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My nephew is here!

My sister Julie had her baby last night.

8 pounds, 20 inches.

Click here to see photos.

Congrats Julie & Corey!
Welcome William B!

if you don’t really want to know…

A lady at work was really upset this afternoon.
Today is her birthday. She asked someone to guess how old she is.

They guessed wrong (about 8 years older than she is).
She had her feelings hurt by their answer.

Why even ask such a question?

I’m not sure what possessed her to ask that. Good grief!

wrong century?

During a conversation with DD13 tonight about going to high school next year, I was asked, “Why couldn’t I have been born in the Middle Ages? Then all I’d have to learn would be to sew and dance!”


For almost 2 weeks now, I’ve been walking each morning at 5:30 with my sister Christina. She brings her little pomeranian Molly to walk along with us.

At first it was hard, as my right leg had an ache in the front muscle on the outside – not a shin splint. It has gotten better and aches less each day. I think it was just getting used to a new routine.

At first it was really hard to roll out of bed, get my shoes on & out the door so early. I now look forward to our morning walks.

This morning, Chrissie went to a class at the Y. I walked/ran with episode one of a runner’s podcast – From Couch Potato to 5K in 9 weeks.

I GoodSearch for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Raise money for your favorite charity or school just by searching the Internet with GoodSearch – www.goodsearch.com – powered by Yahoo!

Thinking Blogger Award

My sister Julie has given me the Thinking Blogger Award and now I get to name 5 bloggers whose blogs cause me to think. It took me a while to come up with my five. I kept going back & forth with them. I know it’s not that serious, but it was important to me that I chose blogs that mean something to me.

I check my two sisters’ blogs each day for updates about them & their families: Chrissie’s blog and Julie’s blog.

OK. Here we go:

1. Blunt Money. I’ve been on a journey to eliminate debt from my life, and reading this blog helps keep me on the path.

2. farnorthblog. Teflonjedi always has interesting thoughts.

3. The Amazing Shrinking Mom is a new find, but a favorite.

4. Carmen has begun a blog called The ELFF Diet to document how she lost 60 pounds over the past year. She’s got great, common-sense, tips.

5. MS Mom’s Money is a really good blog. She’s just posted about the money she’s paid off in the past year. Awesome!

This award has some rules:

If you are tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
Then proudly display the Thinking Blogger Award with a link to the post you wrote. There are two versions of the award:

Earth Day 2007

is tomorrow, April 22.

Many people will be focusing on finding ways to improve the Earth’s environment. Others recognized this holiday on the vernal equinox. Regardless of when you observe this day, preserving and using the earth’s resources wisely will ultimately help all of us the world over.

Sidenote: April 22 is also Oklahoma’s landrun day (1889).

I found several good articles at about.com about Earth Day, from an article on how Earth Day came to be and why there are two dates called Earth Day to an article on how one person can change the world and simple changes we all can implement to make a huge impact on the Earth.

What am I doing to help the Earth (besides blabbing on my blog about it)? I will list a few things…

**I’m cutting down on the use of plastic bags by using reusable cloth bags as much as possible.
**I’m using an electric lawn mower & weed eater to care for my lawn. I’d love to have a push mower (people power/effort only), but the electric mower was given to me, is user friendly, and is not as noisy as the gas mower I had several years ago.
**I’ve cut way down on the use of paper products in my home. I’m using less paper towels, no paper plates or paper napkins, no paper cups.
**I’m more careful about using water and electricity.
**I’ve switched to CFLs instead of traditional light bulbs for about 75% of the lights in my home. As the rest of the bulbs burn out, they will be replaced with CFLs.

A lot of these things I’ve learned from Dori and Val over at More Hip Than Hippie – have I mentioned their weekly podcast lately? Give them a listen. This week’s show on Organic Gardening is really a good one. Their archives are full of great tips on how to become more environmentally friendly in a relatively pain-free way.

What will you do to help the Earth?

I GoodSearch for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Raise money for your favorite charity or school just by searching the Internet with GoodSearch – www.goodsearch.com – powered by Yahoo!


can be used like any other search engine – the site is powered by Yahoo! – but each time you do, money is generated for JDRF.

Getting started is simple:

Go to www.goodsearch.com.

Type JDRF into the I support box and click on the verify button.

Then select Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. My chapter is not listed, so I picked the JDRF national headquarters.

You can keep track of the estimated earnings by clicking on amount raised once you designate them as your organization of choice. The more people who use the site, the more money they earn, so please spread the word!

This is an easy way to raise money for a great cause.

Life Goals

I asked my children, “What’s your biggest goal in life?” I think I should ask them this every year or so & see how it changes over the years.

DD13 said hers was to be a veterinarian and to have a paint throwing party to repaint her bedroom (tarps on the floor, buckets of paint, smocks, paint throwing). Not my idea of fun, but whatever.

DS12 said his goal is to grow his hair out like Jeff Hardy & become a WWE champion wrestler. Either that or play basketball in the NBA.

DD10 said she’d like to be either an actress/singer or a lawyer.

My sister & 2 of her daughters came over in the midst of this, so I asked them their goals.

Niece8 wants to be a kindergarten teacher.

Niece4 wants to be a Fashion Bratz Doll (not just a Bratz doll – I made the mistake of saying it wrong and was corrected by DD10).

I GoodSearch for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Raise money for your favorite charity or school just by searching the Internet with GoodSearch – www.goodsearch.com – powered by Yahoo!

Four months ago today,

DD10 was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. It seems like it was a lifetime ago.

Her 2 month check up with the pediatric endocrinologist and diabetes educator was this afternoon. Her A1C was 6.1. After having it at 11 in February, 6.1 was a major change.

DD10 is doing great with insulin pump therapy. I’m really proud of her.

clips from At World’s End

If you’d like to see a new clip from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, click here to open a new window.

I saw the clip that was featured on Good Morning America (I think) and a new one. Both look great.

I’m deppinately looking forward to May 25, are you?

make a memory

At the official Bon Jovi website, you can listen to the new single, “(You want to) Make a Memory.”

free eBook downloads from WOWIO

I saw this over at the MSMomsmoney blog & have signed up. I’d love to get a free iPod from simply giving out referrals, so let me know if you’re interested. DD13 has been asking for one – and what better than a free one! I’ve already downloaded 5 books. The process is easy & very quick.

MS Mom’s Money explained the eBook downloading really well, so I will just copy/paste it.

Wowio is a website that lets you download eBooks from their library for free. They are in Adobe Acrobat format, so don’t need any special software to read them. There’s also no annoying DRM, so you can move them between computers and PDAs with ease.

What’s the catch? Well, the titles are limited, so you’re not going to get the current New York Times bestseller. But they do have a wide selection, from classics to comic books (I mean, graphic novels!).

To join, you must verify your identity. It’s relatively painless, you only need one of the following:
A non-anonymous e-mail address (no yahoo, hotmail, or gmail).
Credit card – will not be charged
Scan of ID (Driver’s License or Student ID) – I’d probably avoid this. At least with the credit card you have built-in fraud protection.
Friends and Family code – Each new member can “vouch” for 3 others who don’t want to or can’t do one of the above.

Right now, they are also having a promotion that if you refer 10 of your friends, they will send you a free iPod shuffle. This is actually a pretty easy deal, as it’s absolutely free to join and you don’t even need a credit card number. When you sign up, at the end they will ask you for the e-mail of the person who referred you.

So let me know your email address–and I will send you a referral. It’s very easy to do.

This is a great opportunity. Don’t miss out!

I’m in hail

It’s been sprinking/barely raining for about 30 minutes. Just now it started to hail. And rain. Huge raindrops. How strange to see bits of ice bouncing as they land on the lawn.

Behind The Scene: Pirates III = Depp Charge

Click here to open link in new window.

By Susan E. James

He’s the Wizard of Odd on the road less traveled. Among movie clones and conformers, actor Johnny Depp has blazed his own trail. Some of his films have succeeded beyond wildest studio expectations. Some have crashed and burned and have never been heard from again. But freakish or tender, profound or peculiar, Johnny Depp is ever-changing, an actor endlessly exploring the ramifications of the strange and the wonderful, a voyager going where few have gone before.

A glance at his beginnings did not indicate thespian promise. Born in the provincial wilderness of Owensboro, Kentucky, and raised in Florida, Depp dropped out of school at 15 to follow that all-American dream of growing up to be a rock star. A chance meeting with actor Nicolas Cage led to a few small film roles and a recurring part on a popular television series, 21 Jump Street, which turned him into a teen-age heartthrob. But Depp’s willingness to take a chance on peculiar roles led to his breakout part in 1990 as the digitally-challenged Edward Scissorhands for director Tim Burton, the first in a continuing collaboration between actor and director. Ed Wood in 1994 saw Depp dressed in women’s angora sweaters as he directed a depressed Bela Lugosi (played by Martin Landau) in a series of truly awful vampire movies. Five years later, in Sleepy Hollow, Depp put on a characteristic Burtonian eccentricity to play Ichabod Crane going “mano y mano” with the Headless Horseman. In 2005, the dangerous duo riffed on the joys of necrophilia in The Corpse Bride and then took author Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory out for a ride, losing themselves in a steaming swamp of acid colors and geisha girl coyness. They’re now filming Sweeney Todd, a character construct of the demon barber of Fleet Street, who in nineteenth-century London turned his customers into meat pies. The partnership of Depp and Burton, sign-posted by a notice “beware all who enter here,” continues to flourish.

In Edward Scissorhands, Depp pioneered the persona that he has honed over 17 years and nearly 40 movies, that of the weak or frail or flawed outsider who has difficulty dealing with unimaginative reality. Where television tried to turn him into a teen-age hunk, movies have allowed him to become an eccentric character actor playing leading man parts. Even in films where he plays the silent type, such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Depp projects a profound vulnerability, a nearly neurotic shyness that hides behind floppy hair, eccentric hats and a seductive personality. Mix odd, unique, bizarre, whimsical and outlandish with profound, sensitive, gentle and soulful, add a scoop of The Wizard of Oz, a soupçon of Peter Pan and a dash of Romeo and Juliet and you get Depp at his best. Nominated in 2005 for a Best Actor Oscar for his tender, complex and remarkably buttoned down performance as Peter Pan author James M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Depp had a key scene playing pirates with a small boy. Ironically, it has been a pirate who has propelled the actor to international stardom and box office riches — a pirate named Captain Jack Sparrow.

Ironic as it seems and having spent most of his career hiding behind the mask of eccentric characters in small productions, Depp is now king of the world on his own pirate ship. The final installment of the trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World’s End, with a host of international stars — Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Yun-Fat Chow, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce and Stellan Skarsgard, with a special appearance by Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards as Captain Jack’s father — is due to open in May. But good as they are, none of these actors captain this particular pirate ship. Ask the lines at the box office who they want to see — the hand at the helm is a shy and retiring character actor named Johnny Depp.

Yo ho, me hearties, and see you at the movies!

finding your pony

I saw this over at a blog that I enjoy, Mom to the Screaming Masses and began to think about the concept of finding my pony.

There were two boys who were the subject of an experiment. One was put into a room with every toy known to children. The other boy was put into a room full of horse manure. They were left alone for quite a while, and then the doctor conducting the experiment came to check on them. He found the boy who was in the room of toys, sitting on the side, looking dejected. When questioned, he said that the reason he was so upset was that there was no Nintendo DS in the room. That was his favorite toy. The doctor went to check on the second boy, and to his surprise, found him jumping around, dancing, singing, laughing and having a grand time. When questioned as to how he could possibly be so happy in a room filled with horse manure, he responded, “With this much horse manure, there MUST be a pony in here somewhere!”

Try to find the pony in your day.

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