Tuesday, January 30, 2007
So anyway, if you don't hear from me for a couple of weeks, you know why! Although I have a few days free during the middle of our trip due to scheduling flight snafus so I will try to get online then.
Have a wonderful week.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
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Saturday, January 27, 2007
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Thursday, January 25, 2007
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Ok, ok, back to my Webster Dictionary fetish: The word of the day is FUEL...let's see what they say....
1. combustible matter used to maintain fire, as coal, wood, oil, or gas, in order to create heat or power. fuelmyblog.com is is the matter mainting my fire! The help me and other bloggers burn baby all over the internet community!
2. something that gives nourishment; food. Yep, fuelmyblog.com gives great nourishment, in that they are nourishing the amount of people who visit me!
3. an energy source for engines, power plants, or reactors: Kerosene is used as jet engine fuel. Once again, fuelmyblog.com is a powerful energy source...the horses underneath the hood!
4. something that sustains or encourages; stimulant: Our discussion provided him with fuel for debate. –verb (used with object) Do they encourage? Of course they do.....they encourage readers to visit my blog!
5. to supply with fuel. –verb (used without object) One final Hurrah for fuelmyblog.com.
In other new news....they are starting a new weekly live radio show where those of us who owns blogs on the site get to talk about our blogs! What a great opportunity for someone like me who loves to chat! Do you want to chat? Just ask, I'll chat!
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6. to obtain or replenish fuel.
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....Yeah Marcie for making a hard decision to go deep with me. I apologize in advance for having to miss four weeks in a row...you know those mission trips, they just get in the way of everything.
Encouragement for everyone else.....GO DEEP!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
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The rise to the top, or, what a long, tasty trip it's "bean." A furor arose when people tasted Jelly Belly beans for the first time. Wow, what flavor! Soon Jelly Belly became the favorite candy of President Ronald Reagan, who made the beans a staple in the Oval Office and on Air Force One. (President Reagan's passion for jelly beans inspired Blueberry flavor, which was cooked up so he could serve red, white, and blue beans at his inaugural parties.)
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Monday, January 22, 2007
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The cafeteria lunch line at Columbus Elementary School moves quickly as students grab portions of -arrots celery, apples and oranges. French fries and hamburgers, once cafeteria staples, aren't even offered.''I eat carrots or apples every day,'' said 10-year-old Alan Espino. He said he didn't notice that the bun holding his all-beef hot dog was whole wheat. Even the pizza available in the cafeteria has whole wheat crust.The school cafeteria looks radically different from those of his parents' generation, and it appears many kids aren't turning their noses up at the new offerings. In fact, according to a survey of food service directors, french fries are decreasing in popularity and interest in carrots is skyrocketing.As choices on the lunch line change, many children are accepting them, said Martha Conklin, an associate professor at Penn State University who conducts research about school nutrition programs and school food service.''If you present these healthy offerings to children, they may turn them down the first time, but you can't give up,'' she said. ''Children will adapt. Choice is important, but they can make those selections from healthy offerings.''The School Nutrition Association's annual survey given to food service directors around the country shows just that. Among students in kindergarten through 12th grade, french fries dropped in popularity from 1998 to 2006, while carrots and fresh vegetables rose in popularity.''We are dealing with much more sophisticated audiences now, and we working hard to meet their needs in a healthier way,'' said Janey Thornton, the association's president.More states are enacting nutrition standards to ensure healthy food and beverage options are available to students, said Amy Winterfeld, a health policy analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures.A 2004 wellness program requires school districts receiving federal reimbursements for school meal programs to develop policies that promote the health of students and address the growing problem of childhood obesity.In 2005, at least 17 states enacted some form of school nutrition legislation and at least 11 more approved them last year.A New Jersey law requires that, by next fall, snacks and a la carte items sold or served contain no more than 8 grams of total fat per serving and two grams of saturated fat per serving. Candy is banned and so are foods and beverages with sugar as the major ingredient.The law is an attempt to establish a culture in which eating nutritiously is the accepted social norm, said Emma Davis-Kovacs, acting state director for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's division of food and nutrition.''The leading health authorities are all recommending that schools take an active role in this area of nutrition to prevent disabling chronic health conditions,'' she said.Mark Vidovich, president of Pomptonian Food Service, which runs programs in 11 north and central New Jersey counties, recalled that students were turned off by whole wheat bread just five years ago.''The children wouldn't eat it. It didn't look right to them,'' he said. ''Now their dining preferences have changed and they're now accepting of making healthier dining options.''Pat Johnson, food service director in the Maplewood and South Orange district, said she started reforming her cafeterias before the new state law. The district is renovating its kitchens to remove fryers and add grills and ovens.She said younger children seem more open to tasting healthier foods and are likely to continue the patterns to middle and high school.''If you put it there and make it look appealing to them, they like it,'' she said.
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I hope all of you haven't been as busy as me!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
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Saturday, January 20, 2007
The object is to unite together as a team, and a family. Recognize strengths in others and utilize them. And beat the previous years' times! Did they? They did!!! Congratulations. I don't have any pictures, but when I get some I'll post some.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
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I don't know what you have planned for this weekend, but I hope that you have some time scheduled to get some rest...unlike some of us!
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
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If you are interested call my sister Camille at the salon at 425-453-3288 to schedule your appointment.
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Monday, January 15, 2007
The show won best comedy on TV and America won best TV actress in a comedy! How exciting. I love this show. It airs on ABC on Thursdays at 8pm. The whole cast does a great job (except that I'm a little tired of Salma Hayek...I mean she does produce the show, does she need to be on it as well?) Check it out this Thursday and see what the buzz is all about!
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Shopping center caters to Hispanic crowd
By Jennifer PlotnickStaff writer
Seemingly by accident, a shopping center in northwest Fayetteville is starting to cater to Hispanics.
The four Hispanic business owners at 500 N. Reilly Road’s Bragg Shopping Center are thrilled to have loyal Spanish-speaking customers. But they also want the English-speaking mainsteam to learn about their businesses — especially as a new one gets ready to open.
Originally from Spain, Jose “Pepe” and Juana Prieto own the center, said their adult daughter, Susana Prieto.They opened Pepe’s Wood Carving in the center five years ago. Since then, two more Hispanic businesses — Sabor Latino and La Borinquena — opened.
The Prieto family plans to open another business by mid-February called Cafe Espana. The cafe will feature coffee and pastries from Spain.
The center’s businesses already receive a lot of driveby traffic as people head to Fort Bragg. The Prietos hope those passersby turn into customers and experience flavors they haven’t tried before, said Susana, who will run the coffee shop.
“We’ll have stuff that will appeal to everybody, but we’ll introduce them to new flavors too,” she said.
As it finishes construction, Cafe Espana is importing a churro machine to make “authentic Spanish churros,” Prieto said. And for lunches, customers will be able to try a tortilla de patata (potato omlet).
“It’s a very common lunch and dinner item,” she said. “Every Spaniard knows how to make it.”
The cafe will also serve espresso and other specialty coffee drinks, pastries, muffins and American sandwiches and soups.
Plans include stocking specialty meats and cheeses. Later in the spring, Prieto hopes to offer outside seating similar to what customers would see at a traditional European cafe.
Pepe’s Wood Carving is next door to Cafe Espana.
The Prietos first opened Pepe’s in Georgia in the 1970s and opened a second location near Fort Bragg once it started receiving frequent orders from Fort Bragg.
Susana’s sister and brother-in-law still run the Georgia location, which handles the large custom orders. At the local shop, the business has evolved into mostly laser-engraved plaques, although large wood-carving orders are still accepted.
“We do a lot of custom work,” Susana Prieto said.
Around the corner, Sabor Latino offers cuisine native to Dominican Republic and other Caribbean nations.
La Borinquena used to be a grocery store, and now its filled with pool tables and games.
Clustering stores that appeal to the same customers is smart marketing, said Rosimar Melendez, director of the Women’s Business Center.
It’s why shopping malls with stores that sell similar goods are effective, Melendez said. Customers will browse in all.
“It’s a one-stop concept,” she said.
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This is his "I Have A Dream" speech delivered on August 28, 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. What are your dreams?
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. *We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign stating: "For Whites Only."* We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
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Friday, January 12, 2007
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Have Been Paid: $565.91 (yes, I've really received all this money in my paypal account! I just started in October)
Will Be Paid: $359.37 (this is how much will be paid to me over the next 30 days)
If you add those two numbers together you get (drumroll please....) $925.28....that's right almost a $1000 made since October! It's easy...I only do two blog posts a day in between my other posts and it makes me money! So if you visit payperpost.com and sign up use me as a reference: email@example.com.
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Yum, look what we had for dinner tonight! Quesadillas....and they were oh so delicious! Barb, Charlie and I headed down the hill to Rodney and Holly's for dinner. Holly got this nifty quesadilla maker for a wedding shower gift.
It is fast, it is easy to clean and it makes great quesadillas. We made ours with just chicken and cheese but you could make it with anything you wanted inside. And I bet it is faster than making them on the stove. How much fun and how easy would this be if you had kids!
I think that I will be buying one of these when I have my own kitchen!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wet snowballs, snow forts that keep you protected, a good throwing arm, a whole passle of people to play...what do you need all these things for? A SNOWBALL FIGHT of course!!
No, I did not go outside and have a snowball fight with anyone today! Although when I drove to the church today I saw lots of snowmen sitting out in front yards looking out over the traffic keeping an eye on all those people who think speeding on snow and ice is ok...but I digress! I'm sure that there were hundreds of kids and adults (who act like kids) out in the greater Pacific Northwest having a blast throwing snowballs at one another! Now you can have a snowball fight online, in a totally cool interactive internet game. Tapeonline.com, a company who sells blank dvds, video tape, disc media and more has created an online snowball fight game! Whoo--hoo! The characters that you get to hit (don't you love creaming someone with a big 'ol snowball right in the face!) are all Tapeonline employees. They have the top forty scores, the top twenty recent scores AND the top twenty employee scores. Hmmm, what are these Tapeonline employees doing while they are supposed to be working?? I guess everyone needs to take a break once in awhile. So if you live around the Seattle, but don't want to have a real snowball fight in the snow come inside with a cup of cocoa and enjoy a fight while staying warm. And for those of you wishing that you had snow, here is your chance to enjoy a bit of the white stuff!
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FYI: for those of you who do have children who have missed numerous days of school, there is a vote happening sometime in the next week or so about schools making up missed days. The vote is that those counties whom Gregoire declares a state of emergency may not have to make up the missed days. Unfortunately for those counties that haven't been declared a state of emergency you will have to continue and make up days at the end of summer...bummer!
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Remember though, Christmas does live on all year long in your heart because it is truly a season about celebrating the birth of our Savior!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Sidenote: My sister arrived home safely at 11:45pm...over 7 hours after she left work tonight! I pray that the rest of the drivers out there get home safely!
Are you into tracing your family roots? How bout making those totally fascinating family trees? Wouldn't you like to get beyond the family roots that are only here in America and trace them across the sea and into the country (or countries) that your forefathers came from? Here is your opportunity. Zooof, The Family Network has a new site that is opening to the public for free on February 14th. This is a site that is allowing you to creat a virtual family tree, and the more family members you connect to your tree from different countries you will be given more tools to use in your quest. I think once you get started you will be amazed at how many of us are actually connected to one another in some fashion. If you'd like to check this site out before the open date of February 14th you can mail them: your name, e-mail, country and gender to: firstname.lastname@example.org were you will receive a personal invitation link. Have fun with this and who knows who you might be related to and remember you are helping unite the world into one family.
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Normally, I wouldn't be so agitated...but I got a call to go into work this morning...and it was great because it was a two hour late start day (but I would've gotten paid for the whole day), then I was waking up to actually go in I got a call that school was cancelled. Yuck, there goes a good chunk of change. I like days, I really do, but I haven't worked for a few weeks because of Christmas break and I have no regular source of income coming in...I really needed todays pay. Oh well, God knows that He will provide for me...of that I have no worries!
So for all of you who didn't have to go to work or used the snow as an excuse not to go to work...HAVE FUN!
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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1 : pain in the head
2 : a vexatious or baffling situation or problem
Main Entry: mi·graine
Pronunciation: 'mI-"grAn, Britain often 'mE-
Etymology: Middle English mygreyn, from Middle French migraine, modification of Late Latin hemicrania pain in one side of the head, from Greek hEmikrania, from hEmi- hemi- + kranion cranium
1 : a condition marked by recurrent severe headache often with nausea and vomiting
2 : an episode or attack of migraine
Why do I give you these two definitions? This is what happened to me today! And unfortunately happens quite frequently. It started about Noon, I took four Aleve after school, went home and went to bed. I was hoping that I would only need to sleep for an hour or so, OH NO...I went to sleep at 3pm and woke up at 7pm. It was so bad today that I even turned my phone off so no one could bother me. UGH...I don't understand why my body does this. It is something I have suffered with since I was a child, but it doesn't get any better as I get older. I've learned to live with it and realize it is a part of my life, but man oh man does it SUCK. So it is feeling a bit better now, but there are still some tendrils of pain threading through out the front of my head.
I suppose having headaches like this isn't great when you are trying to wean yourself off of coffee and caffiene?
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Iwao Takamoto, the animator who created the beloved Scooby-Doo and directed the cartoon classic "Charlotte's Web," has died. He was 81.Takamoto died Monday of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said.In a career that spanned more than six decades, Takamoto assisted in the designs of some of the biggest animated features and television shows for Disney and the Hanna-Barbera animation team. They included "Cinderella," "Peter Pan," "Lady and the Tramp," "101 Dalmatians," "The Jetsons" and "The Flintstones."But it was his creation of Scooby-Doo, the cowardly dog with an adventurous heart, that captivated audiences and endured for generations.Takamoto said he created Scooby-Doo after talking with a Great Dane breeder and named him after Frank Sinatra's final phrase in "Strangers in the Night."The breeder "showed me some pictures and talked about the important points of a Great Dane, like a straight back, straight legs, small chin and such," Takamoto said in a recent talk at Cartoon Network Studios."I decided to go the opposite and gave him a hump back, bowed legs, big chin and such. Even his color is wrong."Takamoto also created other famous cartoon dogs such as Astro from "The Jetsons" and Muttley, the mixed-breed that appeared in several Hanna-Barbera animations. He also directed the 1973 feature "Charlotte's Web."Born in Los Angeles to parents who had emigrated from Japan, Takamoto graduated high school when World War II began. He and his family were sent to the Manzanar internment camp in the California desert, where he learned the art of illustration from fellow internees.Despite a lack of formal training, he landed an interview with Walt Disney Studios when he returned to Los Angeles and was hired as an apprentice.Takamoto worked under the tutelage of Disney's "nine old men," the studio's team of legendary animators responsible for its biggest full-length films before moving to Hanna-Barbera Studios in 1961. There he worked on cartoons for television, including "Josie and the Pussy Cats," "The Great Grape Ape Show," "Harlem Globe Trotters" and "The Secret Squirrel Show."Takamoto was survived by his wife, Barbara, son Michael and stepdaughter Leslie.Funeral arrangements were pending.
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Monday, January 08, 2007
Umm...yeah I really like this cowboy look he was going for!
Do you know that he would have been 72 today? Hmmm, I wonder what he would look like know at 72...'cuz ya know he wasn't looking so hot when he died. And speaking of his death, I think it is all a conspiracy theory...I think he never died and he is truly roaming the Dairy Queens and Walmarts of the greater United States of America :)!
Or....how about this one....the reason so many people "see" Elvis out and about is that his twin brother Jesse (who supposedly died at birth) never actually died, but was given away or kept hidden and he is who you see at DQ and Walmart. Hmmm....yeah, I think so. Actually I saw this Twilight Zone episode once where they went into the whole thought process of Jesse never dying, but when Elvis was still alive, and the Elvis died and I think Jesse took his place or some weird thing like that....come on it was Twilight Zone and I was young, so I'm probably not remembering correctly.
Anyways...HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS! You could've shaken your hips my direction anytime!
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Hello...do I love to travel? Do I travel alot? Well, yes I do. I love to travel all over the US and abroad...in fact I am heading to SE Asia (Singapore and Thailand to be exact) in just a few weeks. Besides airfare, what is probably the biggest thing you have to worry about when traveling? Hotel reservations of course! Everyone knows you need to do this early in order to get good rates, but I admit it is frustrating to go from site to site looking for the best deal and hoping that a nice hotel pops up with a decent price. There is this great new site called hotelreservations.com...how convenient and easy to remember! Not only do they hook you up with great hotel reservations, but you can also look for vacation packages, flights and cars....one stop vacation shopping. Amazingly they are doing hotel reservations in over a ton of couuntries right now. You have to know that if you travel overseas booking hotels can be quite frustrating. You have a language barrier, you may not be familiar with the location and therefore not know what to book, there may not be websites to book on (and who wants to sit on a long distance phone call overseas), and you truly don't want to pay a travel agent to do something that you know you can do at home. Here's your answer....hotelreservations.com has got you covered. And my favorite is that they have listings in Espana (Spain), Singapore (we usually stay at the YMCA, but someday I know I'm going to get to stay at The Raffles...a snazzy place), and Greece (where I plan on going for my 35th birthday in 2.5 years!!!). So come one, if you are traveling anywhere that requires a hotel stay...from Motel 8 to the Hilton...check this site out!
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Sunday, January 07, 2007
Yes, I know I should be sleeping (since I have to get up and teach Sunday School tomorrow), but I seriously have a computer addiction. These are the last ones I'm putting up tonight. As soon as I'm done, I'm off to bed...so good night in advance (as I wait for my pics to load)!
So in all the times I've been to Disney or Disneyworld, I've never taken the time to see the "Tike Room" show. This time we took time, and it was quite cute!
Me and Maddy outside of the Tike Room!
This is some statue that sits outside. I'm sure they had some sign saying what he represented, but I wasn't paying much attention!
Here is Mason inside eating ice cream...in December, and the room was freezing cold! It wasn't so bad eating ice cream outside as it wasn't terribly cold out, but the inside was like a freezer. Isn't he one of the cutest kids you've ever seen? I love him!
And this is one of the main birds of the show, Jose! I had to take a picture of him as my nephew Josh likes to go by the name Jose! This is for him!
This is Nathan, our "cruise director" down the River Nile...aka...our jungle cruise. He was quite funny, but the thing is I think I've been hearing the same jokes for a few years now. At least he still made the trip exciting.
Maddy and Cassi wondering what Nathan is going to point out next. Is it the wild gorillas, the bathing elephants, the menacing piranhas? Hmmm....one never knows...watch out!
Of course every jungle cruise has some wildlife...here we see the great gorillas with some Zebras down below. I was nice and didn't put the picture of the lions eating the zebra!
And finally, some Hungry Hungry Hungry Hippos! Remember that game? Yeah, well I wouldn't want to really run into one of these in real life, but here they are fun!
We are calling this the Ramirez Family Picture 2007! The tree is one that was decorated at Medieval Times. The reason they didn't have one in front of their own tree is that between the cat and Mason the tree didn't survive! It had lights up and looked pretty with the lights, but there were no ornaments. People would put ornaments back up and then a few minutes later they'd be back on the floor!
This is the only half way decent picture that Brittany would let me take of her. She isn't one for taking pictures, and in fact I had to trick her into all the pictures I did manage to get! I don't know why she doesn't want me to take pictures, she is awfully cute.
Finally, we have my bad bad mexican. Of course, it is Madalyne. She is getting so big! I can't believe she is already 8!