Sunday, September 30, 2007
It was my first day in my new home with all of my stuff here. It's pretty full right now, but I am getting it done box by box.
It was also very nice to wake up with Veronica here yesterday morning. My first overnight guest! Hopefully she and other nieces and nephews are here regularly.
Patrick and I went shopping at Benny's - I needed light bulbs, wastebaskets and curtain rods. I also needed to have some keys made - to replace the one I dropped into the dashboard of my uncle's truck and the one I borrowed from the landlord.
We went to Michael's house where Chelsea was off to get her hair cut (very cute). As we waited Vanessa and JaeMae came over as I was babysitting the cute little girl while her parents went to the Red Sox game. JaeMae now has two bottom front teeth that make her more adorable than she was when she was toothless.
While we waited for Chelsea to return from the hair salon we fed JaeMae and just hung around in the car. Once she got back we admired her new hair style and we were on the road.
We stopped to get some pizza and milk and then went to my new house. Once there, JaeMae cried so hard, with tears coming down her cheeks which was the first time I'd ever seen as she is usually a very happy little girl. She had some pizza dough which she kept dropping much to the delight of Hannibal who sat adoringly at her feet.
For the rest of the visit we girls hung out on my bed (which is the biggest clear surface in the entire house) and we had a great time.
I'd forgotten how long it takes to get a baby ready when getting ready to go out. So we were running a bit late to return Chelsea and Emilee home. As we were all getting in the car, I put my hand on the part of the car between the front and back doors to lean in and put some stuff on the passenger side of the car. That was when Emi decided to close the door. After saying "open the door" a few times my hand was freed. It hurt, but not too badly as the door closed at the fleshy part of my hand just above my fingers. Emi started to say how sorry she was and then she cried, which made me cry because I knew how badly she felt. It took a bit to get her and me calmed down and then we were off. (Today my hand is fine, it's a bit swollen but it hardly hurts at all.) I have a vague memory of getting a finger or two caught in the car door as a kid, so while it wasn't a first, it was a first as an adult.
Once the girls were dropped off, JaeMae (who was sleeping) and I headed off to her house. She cried a little after we got in the house and I took her sweatshirt off, but I rocked her and she fell back to sleep. I watched a little TV as she slept on the bed next to me and I gave her some kisses.
Just before Vanessa and Ryan got home JaeMae woke up and I was getting ready to change her diaper - but before I did, Vanessa and Ryan were at the door where we met them (along with Veronica, who was there for just a few minutes.) We were standing in the kitchen talking and I felt a warm liquid over my arm and down my shirt. JaeMae was peeing and because her diaper was so full, I was the one to absorb most of her baby pee. I laughed and Ryan went and got a towel for the floor and my arm. I think they were a little mortified that it happened, but it didn't bother me at all.
They had brought some gaggers home so after JaeMae went to sleep we sat and ate and talked about the game where Vanessa (and Veronica) showed some of their moxie by yelling at the loud drunk people behind them who did quiet down after their verbal assault, though somehow a beer came flying at them a bit later!
I drove home (where the radiator light on my car kept coming on (I think I have a leak) - see The Need For Glasses) and then took Hannibal out for a walk. When we returned to the house I turned the door knob to enter and it turned a little bit and then LOCKED!! It was 1 am, my extra key was in the car which I had locked with the keys that were hanging in the front hall. I very briefly thought of going through a window and then decided to walk over to Patrick's house and wake him up and get his key. After banging on his front door for a couple of minutes without any results, I walked around to his bedroom window which was opened. After abruptly being awakened, he very nicely handed me his keys so I could get in the house. I had (until last night) never locked myself out of a house before, though I need to have the lock checked, because it was unlocked as I left the house. I think I will have to do what I've always told my customers to never do - hide a key outside! There are a few good spots, however, and once the alarm is installed it should be okay.
I collapsed into bed about 2 am and slept like I was in a coma. What a day!!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
It's pretty full right now, but I am going to go through every box and make a decision; keep, throw away or give away. So far it seems to be working because everyone who has walked out of here over the past two days (except for the movers) have left with something! (Actually, now that I think of it the movers did leave with something; a check from me!)
So I hope to have company, there's room for people to come, sit and visit all at the same time.
The best part of today (yesterday really) is that Veronica is here spending the night with me!!
Life is (almost, sort of, on the way to becoming, I hope) good.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Every home should have working smoke alarms on each level, and protecting each sleeping area. The Home Safety Council recommends installing smoke alarms inside bedrooms as well. For the best detection and notification protection, install both ionization and photoelectric type smoke alarms. Some models provide dual coverage. The type will be printed on the box or package.
Kids and Smoke Detectors
Did you know that despite a piercing 70-85 decibel signal, children often sleep through the sound of a home smoke alarm? A quick response is essential in a fire emergency, so if children don't waken to the signal, parents and caregivers must wake them. Interconnected smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference. Interconnected smoke alarms are hard-wired into a home's electrical system and each alarm is connected together so that when one alarm signals, they all signal, no matter where the fire starts.
With interconnected smoke alarms, you'll have early warning of the fire wherever you are, because the smoke alarm in your room will sound at the same time as the alarm in the room with the fire. If your children or someone else in the household isn't aroused by the smoke alarm, you'll be able to waken them, hastening their safe escape.
Danger: Even with interconnected alarms, emerging research has demonstrated that sleeping children may be able to tune out the blaring sound. Make sure your children wake and properly respond when the smoke alarms signal. Empowering children with basic fire escape skills is a very good idea - everyone should know to react immediately to the sound of the alarm and how to get outside quickly. But before assuming children will react appropriately to a late-night fire, parents must learn if their children will be roused immediately or sleep through the smoke alarm. Even those who awaken to the sound of the alarm may be groggy or move with indecision.
Learn if your children will awaken
To find out for certain, the Home Safety Council urges parents to hold regular family fire drills. Children can participate in the drills by helping to draw the fire escape plan. Once kids have mastered fire escape skills, hold a drill when children are sleeping to learn how they will respond to the sound of the smoke alarm (this is of utmost importance.) Push the "test" button on the closest alarm during the drill. If children don't readily waken and demonstrate the ability to move with decision, parents must make a contingency plan for awakening them in family drills and in a fire emergency.
Important: Children aren't the only ones who sleep through smoke alarms. Research shows that teenagers and even adults can tune out the loud sound while they sleep. Additionally, people with hearing impairments may not be able to hear conventional alarms; special smoke alarms with strobes and/or vibration are available for purchase online and through local fire equipment distributors. Make sure everyone in your family is protected by the early warning that smoke alarms provide.
Blocked Lint in the Clothes Dryer
When is the last time you cleaned out your clothes dryer vent hose? You're probably asking, "what and huh?" You should never, ever leave your clothes dryer running when away from the house. Vacuum underneath and behind dryer at least once per year to get rid of any lint.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
The AP count is five higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EDT.
The British military has reported 169 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 21; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, 7; El Salvador, 5; Slovakia, 4; Latvia, 3; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, 2 each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, South Korea, 1 death each.
By SETH BORENSTEIN
Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting.
In about a century, some of the places that make America what it is may be slowly erased.
Global warming - through a combination of melting glaciers, disappearing ice sheets and warmer waters expanding - is expected to cause oceans to rise by one meter, or about 39 inches.
It will happen regardless of any future actions to curb greenhouse gases, several leading scientists say.
And it will reshape the nation.
Rising waters will lap at the foundations of old money Wall Street and the new money towers of Silicon Valley. They will swamp the locations of big city airports and major interstate highways.
Storm surges worsened by sea level rise will flood the waterfront getaways of rich politicians - the Bushes' Kennebunkport and John Edwards' place on the Outer Banks. And gone will be many of the beaches in Texas and Florida favored by budget-conscious students on Spring Break.
That's the troubling outlook projected by coastal maps reviewed by The Associated Press. The maps, created by scientists at the University of Arizona, are based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Few of the more than two dozen climate experts interviewed disagree with the one-meter projection. Some believe it could happen in 50 years, others say 100, and still others say 150.
Sea level rise is "the thing that I'm most concerned about as a scientist," says Benjamin Santer, a climate physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
"We're going to get a meter and there's nothing we can do about it," said University of Victoria climatologist Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the February report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Paris. "It's going to happen no matter what - the question is when."
Sea level rise "has consequences about where people live and what they care about," said Donald Boesch, a University of Maryland scientist who has studied the issue. "We're going to be into this big national debate about what we protect and at what cost."
This week, beginning with a meeting at the United Nations on Monday, world leaders will convene to talk about fighting global warming. At week's end, leaders will gather in Washington with President Bush.
Experts say that protecting America's coastlines would run well into the billions and not all spots could be saved.
And it's not just a rising ocean that is the problem. With it comes an even greater danger of storm surge, from hurricanes, winter storms and regular coastal storms, Boesch said. Sea level rise means higher and more frequent flooding from these extreme events, he said.
All told, one meter of sea level rise in just the lower 48 states would put about 25,000 square miles under water, according to Jonathan Overpeck, director of the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth at the University of Arizona. That's an area the size of West Virginia.
The amount of lost land is even greater when Hawaii and Alaska are included, Overpeck said.
The Environmental Protection Agency's calculation projects a land loss of about 22,000 square miles. The EPA, which studied only the Eastern and Gulf coasts, found that Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and South Carolina would lose the most land. But even inland areas like Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia also have slivers of at-risk land, according to the EPA.
This past summer's flooding of subways in New York could become far more regular, even an everyday occurrence, with the projected sea rise, other scientists said. And New Orleans' Katrina experience and the daily loss of Louisiana wetlands - which serve as a barrier that weakens hurricanes - are previews of what's to come there.
Florida faces a serious public health risk from rising salt water tainting drinking water wells, said Joel Scheraga, the EPA's director of global change research. And the farm-rich San Joaquin Delta in California faces serious salt water flooding problems, other experts said.
"Sea level rise is going to have more general impact to the population and the infrastructure than almost anything else that I can think of," said S. Jeffress Williams, a U.S. Geological Survey coastal geologist in Woods Hole, Mass.
Even John Christy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a scientist often quoted by global warming skeptics, said he figures the seas will rise at least 16 inches by the end of the century.
But he tells people to prepare for a rise of about three feet just in case.
Williams says it's "not unreasonable at all" to expect that much in 100 years. "We've had a third of a meter in the last century."
The change will be a gradual process, one that is so slow it will be easy to ignore for a while.
"It's like sticking your finger in a pot of water on a burner and you turn the heat on, Williams said. "You kind of get used to it."
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
AUNTIE I AM WATIHING FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love you but you your not mailing me ine more o your my now BFF o and daddy colling me i go to go love bye mail me too night
auntie your you there????. mail waiting for a mail bye love you.hi auntie it's emilee i an comeing to help you some day call me if you
i am comeing too help you don't move agen ples
Monday, September 17, 2007
I've taken the last 4 nights off from blogging because I was so busy during the day that I dropped into bed almost as soon as I got home each night. So I just silly blogged instead.
I borrowed my uncle's pickup truck for the weekend and Pat and I moved a hutch to my mothers, her hutch to Patrick's (which I'm gonna take soon) and we got rid of some of Patrick's junk in the dumpster where I live.
Now it's my turn. I moved in December, March and now will be moving again by October 1. On one hand, the thought of moving again almost makes me want to throw up. On the other hand, I cannot wait to leave this house. It worked for what I needed and I might have decided to stay if not for the Dimwit and the Idiot upstairs. Plus this place is so crowded I actually need to move some things out just to be able to organize for the actual move. So it's time to go.
The house I'm moving to should be my home for a good long time. The rent is extremely low, it's next door to where Patrick just moved (same landlord) and it's got enough room that I might actually have to buy some furniture! Not much though, because I don't want to have to go through the purging of my entire life again anytime soon. The house is in EG, right on the NK line, just down the road from Richard's Pub which is why Patrick moved there in the first place.
The top of my list of things in a new home was to have a washer dryer hook-up. This new place has the washer and dryer to go along with it, and enough storage space for my appliances.
There's a good size bedroom, so that my bureau, vanity and my bed will have plenty of space and I'll actually be able to use the bureaus again, I've been keeping my clothes in piles around the bedroom and my underwear has been kept in a box since December! The kitchen is a small galley kitchen but it has lots of cabinets and drawers to put the silverware in! There's an adjacent dining area and a pretty good size living room.
There's a house upstairs and new people (a young couple) will be moving in October 15. The rental agent said he's a carpenter and she works in Boston. I'm pretty much figuring they can't be anywhere as annoying as the upstairs neighbors I now have. I'm hoping to talk with them soon so that we can share cable and internet service.
I'm looking for volunteers (again) for another move. I will be hiring movers so the real work will be done by them. The help I need will just be in helping me get organized and packed here and then unpacked at the new house. So don't everyone jam the phone lines calling me all at once!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Essential additions for the workplace vocabulary. How many do you recognize?
BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.
ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.
CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.
PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.
MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.
STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime example (and as of today, might be again.)
PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.
404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located.
GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions.
OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.
WOOFYS: Well Off Older Folks.
CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously farting while passing thru a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust; leads to PRAIRIE DOGGING.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Dogs Compared To Men or Why Dogs Are Better Than Men
Dogs miss you when you're gone.
You never wonder whether your dog is good enough for you.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 - and the entire population gone from Alaska - because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
The best example that I can give you is 12th grade - high school (1973-1974.) I had decided that instead of carrying a pocket book or knapsack to school, that I would carry a lunchbox instead.
For some reason I chose a Peanuts lunchbox (and I don't even like cartoons or animation.) It actually worked out great because I was able to carry alot of things in there in addition to my lunch. (As a joke, I carried Smarties, which I called SUPER ENERGY PILLS, and I would hand them out discreetly to my friends in the corridors. Many times I got nabbed by a teacher or administrator as they thought I was dealing drugs.)
Within a few weeks there were more and more people (well, girls) carrying lunchboxes and after a while I stopped because it became so popular. So that's why I consider myself a trend setter.
As you can see from the pictures above, some of my family members have started their own blogs, because they enjoy mine so much! Now I get to enjoy theirs too.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Now we all know something about hedgehogs!
Friday, September 7, 2007
I noticed a few weeks ago that Hooters on Airport Road is closed! Oh, what a shame, they can no longer demean women, and the women who worked there can now go somewhere else for their daily dose of degradation. A successful boycott!
My boycott of Bess Eaton Donuts resulted in their demise also. (yep, I'm taking full credit.) Had they refrained from putting biblical quotes on the coffee cups and donut boxes, there might have still been time to make the donuts (whoops, isn't that Dunkin Donut's catch phrase?) I know I wasn't the only one to be offended by their actions, actually the actions of their founder and chairman; Angelo Gencarelli. As a so-called "born again" christian, he felt that he needed to get his message out about his religious beliefs. As consumers, we decided that his messages were offensive and chose instead to make DD one of the most profitable entities in RI. At the end of his little reign Mr. Gencarelli filed for bankruptcy amid questions about their financial dealings. So much for his christian character, hmmm? Another successful boycott!
And speaking of christians, then there are the catholics. I was raised roman catholic and even as a young child found their celebration of mass to be a bit ridiculous. Of course, I find any sort of ceremony to be a bit silly, always asking myself who came up with this stuff? Sit, stand, and kneel; all on demand. I really never got it about a higher power either. Who says? Because it's written in a book? A baby whose mother was a virgin? A guy who walked on water and fed a lot of people with a little bit of food? A guy who rose from the dead? Sounds like a magician to me, or maybe just a tall tale - like Paul Bunyan. I just don't get it, period. But I acknowledge that there are people who believe, and while I don't get that either, I respect their right to their own beliefs.
I have been boycotting the catholic church for a very long time. Yes, even when a kid asks me to buy a candy bar, I always have to ask who they are selling it for. It's hard to say no to those kids, but once I had realized that the catholic church employees (bishops and priests) said one thing and did the exact (and sometimes extreme) other thing, there really was no choice. Like child sexual abuse, also known as pedophilia.
I have up close and personal experiences in that department, and as a result I have always felt that one of my duties in life is to protect those who cannot protect themselves; your children.
So today I read another report of another diocese paying out money to the victims of these horrible priests. Here's a listing, get your calculators out, because we are talking HUGE amounts of money:
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said Friday it has agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy, the second-largest payment by a diocese.Earlier this year, the diocese abruptly filed for bankruptcy protection (still, they didn't want to live up to their responsibilities) just hours before trial was scheduled to begin on 42 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse. Bankruptcy could shield the diocese's assets, but a judge recently threatened to throw out the bankruptcy case if church officials didn't reach an agreement with the plaintiffs. Thank goodness for that judge!
In the largest payment yet in the scandal, the Los Angeles Archdiocese settled 508 cases for $660 million in July, two days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the first of 15 trials involving 172 abuse claimants there. (Again, they tried to get out of it.)
The Diocese of Orange agreed in 2004 to settle 90 claims for $100 million after a judge promised to set trial dates and begin the discovery process if settlement talks collapsed.
Diocese of Covington, Ky., 2006, up to $84 million for more than 350 people.
Archdiocese of Boston, 2003, $84 million for 552 claims.
Diocese of Oakland, Calif., 2005, $56 million to 56 people.
Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., 2007, agrees to pay about $52 million to 175 victims to emerge from bankruptcy protection; sets aside another $20 million for any future claims.
Diocese of Spokane, Wash., 2007, agrees to pay $48 million for about 150 claims to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
Diocese of Sacramento, Calif., 2005, pays $35 million to 33 people.
Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., 2003, $25.7 million to 243 victims.
Diocese of Tucson, Ariz., 2005, agrees to fund a settlement trust worth about $22 million for more than 50 victims to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
The Davenport, Iowa diocese, which faces claims from more than 150 people, is still in proceedings.
"The diocese has always been committed to resolving this litigation in a way that fairly compensates these victims of abuse and would still preserve the ongoing ministries and programs of the church," Bishop Robert Brom (of San Diego) said in a press release Friday. "We pray that this settlement will bring some closure and healing to the years of suffering experienced by these victims."
Well Bishop Robert Bozo, what you don't realize is that these "victims" are really survivors! They have lived their entire lives tortured by the memories of what was perpetrated upon them when they were just little kids! There isn't enough money in the world that could fix that for them. Shame on the catholic church, from every pope, bishop and priest who had any involvement or knowledge of what was happening repeatedly from one side of this country to the other and did nothing! Nothing!!!
I'm hopeful for yet another successful boycott.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
I checked the Court System web site this morning and found that she had changed her plea from not guilty to nolo contendere and was re-arraigned while there yesterday. Listed below are the results of the trial:
Possession SCH 1-5 controlled substance: pleaded nolo*, sentence deferred, substance abuse counselling, 100 hours of community service
Possession SCH 1-5 controlled substance: pleaded nolo*, sentence deferred, total assessments (not sure what that means?)
Possession SCH 1-5 controlled substance: dismissed
Driving with suspended license: dismissed
*Nolo Contendere: (in a criminal case) a defendant's pleading that does not admit guilt but subjects him or her to punishment as though a guilty plea had been entered, the determination of guilt remaining open in other proceedings.
I'm assuming that she is still on home confinement, according to the Corrections Dept. web site, that ends in November.
So now I get to check with the landlady to see what's going on from her end. Hopefully the eviction notice has been delivered and it's only a matter of time that she is out of here.
If not her, then me.