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Saw this on Teflonjedi’s blog… wanted to give it a go.

I am nerdier than 58% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Today my dad is 57. When I spoke with him, he was having a really good day. He’s out of town working.. won’t see him until this weekend.

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After biting my nails as a child & wearing acrylic nails in my 20’s, I am happy to say that my nails are strong enough to grow out without chipping/flaking/breaking constantly. I had them all the same length (not long.. I type all day at work) and one broke. I hate when that happens!

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Overheard conversation:

A: My daughter is getting married this summer. Will you come?
B: You ain’t said nothing but a word. When is it?

What does that mean? YOU AIN’T SAID NOTHING BUT A WORD… someone at work told me that it means YES… or I’ll do it.. or you have my word. Why not just say YES? Not a very efficient way of speaking if you ask me.. yeah, I know, no one did. πŸ™‚

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The co-worker that I blogged about yesterday.. about the taxes confusion.. said something else today that floored me.

I walked back to my desk and overheard her & another co-worker arguing about whether or not you can kill a cow when it is standing up. As in.. chop it’s head off.

Why in the world would anyone talk about that? I could not figure out how they got on that subject. I mean.. really.

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When you pick out your clothes in the morning, and you choose a white shirt, do you (ladies) say, “I’m wearing a white shirt.. where is that black bra? I cannot wear a neutral color.. it has got to be black!”

I believe that some of my co-workers do this. Each time some of them wear a white shirt, they wear a black bra.. and they are pale skinned girls.. the black bra shows.

It is not cute.

That’s all I’m saying about that.

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I changed the headlights on my car tonight.. by myself.. and they work!

One of the headlights was out when I started my car this afternoon, so I stopped in the auto parts store on the way & got the guy at the counter to show me how to change them.

I’m so proud of myself!

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Turns out, Granny had a total hip replacement. She was to be moved today to a nursing home for physical therapy for three weeks and after that, she should be able to go back home.

I’m really glad that she was healthy enough to be able to have the hip replacement. At her age, this is wonderful!

Thanks for your continued thoughts & prayers. She (as well as our family & the nursing home staff) will definitely need them in the next month.

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I’m going to Vegas in 3 weeks! YIPPEE!!! πŸ™‚

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen of Titanium’s Favorite Things

1. My children: holding them close, hugging & kissing them.

2. Seeing the eyes of someone I care about light up when they see me.

3. Daffodils blooming in the spring.

4. The smell of my parents’ house.

5. Dobby chirping when he hears my voice.

6. Clean, line dried sheets on my bed.

7. Cucumbers and tomatoes from Mom’s garden.

8. Afternoon naps.

9. An empty, shining kitchen sink.

10. Letters from loved ones in the mailbox.

11. Fresh flowers on the dining room table.

12. The sound of rain on a tin or aluminum roof.

13. An almost empty in-box at work.

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Fortune’s Rocks

Have you ever read the first sentence of a book & knew in that instant that it was going to be great?

This morning, I read the first couple of pages of a book when I was drying my hair (yes, I even multi-task when getting ready for work.. scary, huh?). I was hooked after the first sentence. I like Anita Shreve’s writing style and have read most of her books. This one, I believe, is going to be an exceptional novel.

Fortune’s Rocks

Have you ever read the first sentence of a book & knew in that instant that it was going to be great?

This morning, I read the first couple of pages of a book when I was drying my hair (yes, I even multi-task when getting ready for work.. scary, huh?). I was hooked after the first sentence. I like Anita Shreve’s writing style and have read most of her books. This one, I believe, is going to be an exceptional novel.

Photo Challenge

Thursday Challenge

“TOOLS”
(Hammer, Nail, Screwdriver, Screw, Saw, Wretch, Workshop, Pots, Pans, Knives, Pen, Pencil,…)



Tax confusion

At work today, a lady said that she liked getting paid weekly at a previous job. Another lady, said that she’d not like getting paid weekly because she’d have to pay more taxes.. but at least she’d get a bigger refund at the end of the year.

WHAT?

I asked her what she meant..since taxes are a percentage.. the same percentage is taken out whether you work 40 hours, 80 hours or 160 hours in a pay period.

She said that you pay more taxes if you get paid weekly.

This made sense to her.

She then explained that you pay less taxes if you buy things one at a time at the grocery store.. rather than a whole buggy-full of groceries at once.

I said.. well, yes, you pay more taxes when you spend more money since taxes are in proportion to the dollar amount spent.

She thought I was strange for saying this & said that I was wrong.

I’m not sure where she gets her ideas about taxes & how they work. She said I was being argumentative when I tried to explain it to her. I said, “If you get paid 100 dollars a week and pay 10% in taxes, it doesn’t matter if you get paid weekly and pay 10 dollars in taxes a week, or whether you get paid bi-weekly and pay 20 dollars every two weeks, or if you get paid every 4 weeks and pay 40 dollars in taxes every 4th week, it all is the same in the end.” She didn’t understand it.. at all. She still argued that with getting paid weekly, the taxes taken out are more.

After a few minutes, I quit trying to explain it. I was getting a headache.

If I go with her way of thinking, perhaps I should pay for the kids’ school lunches by the month instead of sending money for two weeks at a time.. so it will cost less… or no.. I got that backwards, didn’t I? I should send money each day, and that would make it cost less.

Or.. instead of filling up my gas tank once a week, I could put 2 or 3 dollars worth of gas in the car each day.. and save money that way… along with wasting a whole lot of time!

It’s funny how some people think, isn’t it?

At work today, we all got an email from one of the managers.

Here’s part of it:

You guys are the best group of caring, concerned and big hearted individuals I have had the pleasure to work with. You should be proud of the characteristics exhumed by your generosity. I personally thank you for that!

I think that instead of exhumed (dug up.. as in a buried corpse), the word should have been exuded (displayed conspicuously). Am I horrible for noticing that & being bugged by it?

Granny is still in the hospital. We’re not sure when she’s coming home yet. Will update when I know more. Thanks for your kind thoughts & prayers. It means a LOT to me!

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Tonight after work, I went over to my parents’ house to get a book I’d left over there this weekend. When I was still outside talking to Mom (when I arrived), Dad waved me in & said, “Do you know how to find the address book on this thing?” He’d gotten a new cel phone b/c his old one died & didn’t want to read the instruction booklet. He said a guy in Home Depot today helped him find the address book but he couldn’t remember how the guy had done it. Too cute. He was upset b/c they’re making cel phones smaller & they don’t have one as big as his old one. Now he cannot hold it on his shoulder. If he comes home with an earpiece, I’m gonna crack up.

Luckily, he has a thing mounted on the dash of his truck that allows him to hear & make phone calls through the truck speakers (a microphone is set up somehow on the steering wheel, I think).. so he can talk hands free when driving. I’m not sure what it’s called, though.. but I’m sure you can tell what I’m talking about from my wonderful description. πŸ™‚

Thursday is Dad’s birthday. He’s going to be out of town working on a big project.. he’s remodeling a restaurant, I believe. Mom will be out of town at a conference. The kids & I will have to call & sing to him & then have birthday stuff when he gets home.

One of my sisters did birthday stuff with dad this past weekend.. I did not plan ahead enough to make that happen. So now he gets 2 birthday celebrations!

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Today at work, I came across several patients who are named after famous people in history.. like General Robert E. Lee, for example. Who’d name their kid this? If my last name was Einstein, I’d never name my son Albert.. talk about setting them up for getting beaten up on the playground!

I really don’t understand what people are thinking when they name their kids these things. Maybe the pregnancy was a nightmare….

George Washington
Abe Lincoln
Ben Franklin
Tommy Jefferson

It’s just mean, you know?

Granny

My paternal grandmother fell today. We do not yet know if her hip is broken. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Grocery List

Mom reminded me last night of something I’d put on a list for her once when I was a teenager.

I wrote:

sugar-free gum
(which I would not need if I were 2 inches taller).

Alas, this is still a truth in my life. If I were a few inches taller, I’d be the correct height/weight ratio.

Funny that she remembers that, huh?

Work Schedule

Right now, at the company where I work, employees can choose to work from 8am to 5pm with one hour lunch or from 8:30am to 5:30pm with one hour for lunch. That’s it.

Beginning April 3, this is changing. Employees will be able to work any 8 hours between 7am & 5:30pm with either 30 minutes or one hour for lunch. Management is making this change to make the company a more appealing place to work.

I’m choosing to work from 7am to 3:30pm/30 minute lunch. I will be home at 4pm.. the same time my youngest 2 children get home. My oldest gets home at 3:30. I believe this will make a HUGE difference in our family life.. this extra time in the evenings together. It’s almost 2 hours extra that we will have, as I usually get home around 5:45pm.

The kids are excited. I’m thrilled & relieved.

YAY company I work for!

Surely I need glasses

This morning after I dried my hair, I noticed something in the mirror. Something kind of sparkly & light. I leaned in a little closer to get a better look. It was still there.

Then I got out a hand mirror to look even closer.. from a new angle..with the light shining just right (with no shadows to impair my view, you know).

I blinked, looked away, focused on something in the distance.. and looked again.
I squinted.
I peered closely.

Is it really there?
It cannot be.
Maybe I’m seeing things.
Hallucinations are common in 36 year old moms, right?

Surely I’m not seeing this!

I’m not ready.

But…

I saw that it was there.

Actually.. THEY were there.

Two of them.

On my head.

Two gray hairs.

It’s official. I’m getting older.

Now when my kids ask me why I’m forgetful, I can tell them it’s because I’m old with gray hair.

UPDATE: I just saw one of my sisters. She said I do not have two gray hairs. She looked & could not see them. My nephew said I must have been hallucinating. My sister said I was imagining things. WHEW! πŸ™‚

Thursday Thirteen

Titanium’s Thirteen Favorite Childhood Toys

1. Pooh, got him when I was a baby

2. Brown Bear, also from when I was a baby

3. Madame Alexander Little Huggums

4. Frou Frou (mine had purple hair)

5. Snuffles

6. Buck the Wonder Horse

7. Record Player
(I still have all the records!)

8. Phone


9. Grams Care Bear

10. School House

11. Natalie Doll

12. School Days Desk

13. Pooh TV
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Dentist & stuff

Taking the youngest daughter to the dentist this morning. Fillings. Three.

Ugh.

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This morning’s peak flow reading was not good. Oldest daughter fell asleep without doing her asthma medicine last night. Made a HUGE difference in how she felt this morning & in how much air she was getting.

After doing the medicine this morning, her lungs opened back up & she seemed to feel better by the time I dropped her off at school.

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Son is feeling so much better that he wanted to walk to school with his friends instead of having me drop him off on the way taking youngest to the dentist.

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I’m changing some of my insurance coverage today thru my employer after the Financial Peace University class last night about insurance. I also need to call USAA to check on a few things regarding my auto & home policies. Fun stuff, huh?