Thursday, December 24, 2009


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Sorry I have been so busy with Christmas....hopefully better after today.

~ The Eskimo language has more than 20 words to describe different kinds of snow.

~ The characters of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life."

~ The leaves of the Victorian water lily are sometimes more than 6 feet in diameter.

~ Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to enter space.

~ Michael Jordan shaves his head on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Another excerpt from this cute little book! I have enjoyed it for years....

"What is considered trash or quality in the South has nothing to do with money. Some of the best families around here haven't had money for generations. The emphasis is on breeding and manners. No amount of money can make you quality if you don't act like quality. For instance, good Southern belles don't place much importance on paying $400 to buy a pocketbook that's got some Italian designer's initials all over it. In the South, grandmother's monogrammed napkin rings are much more important than Gucci's monogrammed luggage. To think otherwise is just considered tacky. And around here, nothing is more tacky than being tacky."

-Alabama belle discussing the intricacies of being Southern

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


~ A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans. Every year, more than 8,800 people injure themselves in some way with a toothpick.

~ An octupus will eat its own arms if it gets really hungry.

~ Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark.

~ The Nobel Prize was first awarded in 1901. It resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.

~ Jeans were named after Genoa, Italy, where the first denim cloth was made.

Pease forgive me...

...I have been slacking I know. I am just so busy at the end of the year, and Rachel has spent the last two weekends in T-town, so they have not been around for me to observe funny happenings.

It seems to be turning into a pretty hectic Christmas. Here is where things stand:

1. I have not finished my shopping
2. I have not finished addressing my cards
3. I have not finished my Mom's shopping
4. I have not received all the internet ordered gifts
5. My dog is not putting pressure on his back right leg, so he is hurt
6. My cat is licking all the hair off her back at the base of her tail, so she is crazy
7. I have not spent all of my pre-tax medical money - have to spend $500 more before 12/31

Thursday, December 10, 2009


" the South, even football is a folk ritual, touching on religiosity, and Saturday is a Holy Day."
- Willie Morris

"To Coach Bryant, that guy who played three plays was just as important as Joe Namath."
- Jackie Sherrill, Head Coach, Mississippi State University

"The doctors say it's 85% smoking, poor diet, and the pressures of coaching, and 15% booze and other things. I wish it had been 85% booze and other things."
- Paul "Bear" Bryant, beloved University of Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach, about his health problems

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


~ Every episode of Seinfeld contains a reference to Superman.

~ Hitler was claustrophobic. The elevator leading to his "Eagle's Nest" in the Austrian Alps was mirrored so it would appear larger and more open.

~ The tail section of an airplane gives the bumpiest ride.

~ To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.

~ Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice-cream sundae in Evanston, Illinois, in 1875.

Monday, December 7, 2009


I am having a hard time decorating for Christmas this year. It probably has something to do with me being fat, lazy, and tired. I did get the outside lights up yesterday. And I put up Rachel's Disney tree in the den. Well, I put the tree up and the lights on, she will decorate it tonight.

I asked her last night if she didn't want to put her own lights on this year. This was a big step for me because, you see, I am a fanatic about the tree lights. I have to have a lot (I mean a lot) of lights and they have to be on there just right. Jimmy said one year my tree was a fire hazard! Anyway, when I asked Rachel if she wanted to do the lights (only on her little tree - never on the big family tree) her response was, "No. I won't do lights until I am 25."

Not sure what the significance of the age is, but she was pretty adamant!

Friday, December 4, 2009


OK, hypothetical question you think it is a sin to break in line at the funeral home? I mean come on, not that I did, but if I really had to be home by 7:00 (not to watch Survivor or anything like that), and I really wanted to go to the funeral home to show my respects to the family of a friend that had passed away, don't you think God will forgive me for taking the opportunity to break in line and go through TCW and Miss Polly?

Now that I think of it, of course he will. It is not that big of a deal, and I was doing a good thing.

(I just hope the little blue haired lady that was behind me can get over it!)

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Starting a new theme for Thursday (to go along with Useless Info Tuesday) - I will blog about anything Southern - quotes, food, stories, people, what I love best about being Southern and living in the South, etc.

Today I have some really neat quotes by Eudora Welty. She was a writer from Mississippi.

"Southerners love a good tale. They are born reciters, great memory retainers, diary keepers, letter exchangers, letter savers, history tracers and debaters, and - outstaying all the rest - great talkers."

"I am myself touched off by place. The place where I am and the place I know...are what set me to writing my stories. Southerners feel passionate about place. Not simply in the historical or philosophical connotation of the word, but in the sensory thing, the experienced world of sight and sound and smell, in its earth and water and sky and seasons."

"In a way, I think Southerners care about each other, about human beings, in a more accessible way than some other people."

" the end of the day...I'd have a drink, a bourbon and water - and then I could do anything I wanted to."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


How come every time I try something new at a restaurant I am disappointed? OK, I am that person who can't decide what they want, orders something, and then wishes I had ordered what you did. My lunch suc_ed today! What is it with Wednesday and lunch suc_ing? I think it was Wednesday with the whole Steak and Shake fiasco. Anyway...

We went to Jason's deli. I knew I should have gotten the potato with chili and cheese, that is what I always get. But NOOOOO, I had to try something different - the Chicken Milano. It was described as bow tie pasta with chicken, artichokes, olives, tomato sauce, etc. It sounded delicious...

But it was cold and gross. I sent it back, but the moment had been ruined for me. When will I learn that once I like something at a restaurant, I need never order anything else or I will be disappointed. Does that make me crotchety?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Missed You!

HEY! I hope you missed me too! I had a wonderful! I really was not very productive except for preparing Thanksgiving Dinner, and then cooking big breakfast Friday before the big game.

I did not touch a computer from Wednesday at 5:00 pm until this morning. I was sick as a dog Sunday night and yesterday morning. Must have had a stomach bug! YUCK.

But I am better now, just super without further ado...


~ Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.

~ James Bond is known as "Mr. Kiss-Kiss-Bang-Bang" in Italy.

~ When the divorce rate goes up in the US, toy makers say the sale of toys also rises.

~ Former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been struck by lightning twice in his life.

~ The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933.

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


Miscellaneous Stuff

~ My mom told me this morning she is going to try and kennel train her dog - he is 13 years old.

~ Jenfer colored her hair a dark brown/auburn. She said people like it, but it is very different. I asked her if we were going to have to start making up names for her like the Cracker Barrel lady. I suggested Heinz 57 #2.

~ Watched The Exorcist again last night with Rachel and her peeps. We fast forwarded to the good parts.

~ Why are there no turkey breasts with pop up thermometers this year?

~ I heard I have a new blog reader. Shout out to Amy Sweep-hay. You know who she is. She owns a flower shop in Decatur. (Changing her name to protect the innocent)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


~ Lobsters, like grasshoppers, feel no pain. They have a decentralized nervous system with no cerebral cortex, which in humans is where a reaction to painful stimuli occurs.

~ Before 1859, baseball umpires sat in rocking chairs behind home plate.

~ About 200 babies are born worldwide every minute.

~ Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

~ Las Vegas has more chapels per capita than any other city.

Friday, November 20, 2009



(this is how my blog feels when no one comments)


The B___h is gone! Yea! Laura was voted off! I picked this picture because it was so unflattering! Good Riddance!
This has been the best Survivor season ever! Russel has found the hidden immunity idol for the 3rd time! The first two times he found it without any clues! And he has played it spectacularly! The last 3 Tribal Councils have been thrilling to watch! Everybody getting blindsided by Russel and his group!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


...Rachel made a 93 on the hardest test she has ever taken. It was for Chemistry. She was hoping she made at least a C on it. Go Baby!

...Rachel tried Catfish last night at McCullums and she liked it. We went to celebrate her 93 and to get my catfish fix. She told me not to tell Tim, and the next time we all went she was going to order it and watch him flip out.

...I just ate a turkey sandwich with turkey meat that said "Sell by Nov 14th." If you know anything about me, you would realize what a big step that was for me! I am a stickler for expiration, sell buy dates! Hope I don't get sick.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Useless Info Tuesday

~ Some dinosaurs were as small as hens.

~ Debra Winger was the voice of ET.

~ During World War I, almost 14 million people died in battle.

~ Boxing rings are so called because they used to be round.

~ According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 16, 2009



I have been uninspired lately. From my blog, to everything. Not really much to blog about because I really haven't done anything fun, funny or exciting. Really, no one around me has either.

I spent my weekend with my dog on the couch, either cross-stitching or watching TV or napping. That is it.

The most energy I spent was going to the cross-stitch store on Saturday, then going to eat at Cracker Barrel with TCW yesterday. (and no, Strawberry Shortcake Heaven #92 was not there! - hope she didn't read my blog then quit! - yeah, right).

I should have made myself shower and gone to Andy's Birthday celebration at the Brick on Saturday...I am sure I would have had a lot to blog about then!

Oh, TCW did tell me a funny story about Btut. He was sitting at the bar during Andy's party, watching the football game, and the guys next to him were paying their tab and leaving. So, he called Btut over to sit there when they got up. Well, Btut started talking to them, finding out all about them, just gabbing away for about 10 minutes. Then, all of a sudden, she was like "Ok, it is time for ya'll to leave so I can sit down." Totally Btut! Love.

Friday, November 13, 2009



Paraskevidekatriaphobia, or an irrational fear of Friday the 13th,

Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on Friday, which superstition holds to be a day of good or bad luck. In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. In 2009 this applies to the months of February, March, and November. The next year to have three Friday the 13th dates will be 2015.[1]

One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, twelve gods of Olympus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.

Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales[4], and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s.[7][10] It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.[11]

This has always been a luck day for me!

Sorry not much content this week on the blog....not feeling very inspired.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened to Rayray....

...Monday night in her Literature class.
She was sitting at her desk listening to the professor lecture, you know, usual class stuff. Then she said he just walked up to her desk (during the middle of lecture) and asked her if she wanted to go outside and smoke. He was like "Rachel, you want to go smoke?" Of course, after sitting n class for over an hour she said yes.

I thought how odd. I asked her if he invited anyone else to smoke with them, and she said yea. He told the class, "If anyone else wants to smoke with us you can." Rachel explained that he had not had time to smoke in between her class and the class before, so he really wanted a cigarette. And they are usually both outside smoking before class.

Crazy stuff always happens to her

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


~ The Chinese ideogram for "trouble" depicts two women living under one roof.

~ Paul McCartney's mother was a midwife.

~ There are no words int he English language that rhyme with the words month, orange, silver, or purple.

~ The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.

~ The 3 best-known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

Friday, November 6, 2009


What does Rachel want for Christmas this year? She wants.... go see them (Widespread Panic).... in Atlanta (Phillips Arena - Dec. 30 and 31)....

...and stay here (the Westin Peachtree Plaza).
She doesn't ask for much!
Anyway. I got the tickets for New Years Eve. (Josh won tickets for the show on the 30th when he was in Atlanta a few weeks ago at a wedding! Yea!) Then I went on Priceline to look at the rates for the hotel. They had a room available for both nights @ $191.25 a night. I figured this was good because it was New Years. Then I noticed that you had to be 21 to make the reservation, and you had to show valid ID at check in. Well, as you may know, Rachel nor Josh is 21.
I then went to the Westin web site and saw the same rate of $191.25 a night. I decided to call and make sure there would not be a problem with Rachel not being 21. This kind lady assured me that it would be fine, and she could reserve me a room for $230 a night! I was like "Hold UP." On the web site it says $191.25. She told me that was prepaid rooms with no cancellation available. I said I was willing to go ahead and buy the rooms today. She started looking at what was available. She then said, "Well, if that is the case, and you want to purchase them now with no cancellation available, then I can offer you the rate of $140 a night."
I said, "Hallelujah, and book 'em!" I am glad I picked up the phone.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


...(Decatur) who dyes here hair about the color of this tree. When I saw this tree it reminded me of her. You know who I am talking about. She usually shows you to your table.

Anyway, whenever we go to Cracker Barrel, I have to assign her hair color a new nickname. I have been doing this for years, just ask Tim and Rayray.

Some more memorable dye names:

Harem Crimson #24
African Desert Sunset #7
Cherry on Top #2

You get the picture. The next time you are in Cracker Barrel and see her, think of your own nickname for her hair color. Let's keep the tradition alive!

I apologize if she, "Blazin' Raven #11" (that was a good one!) is anyone's Nana.

P.S. This is my 350th post! Yea!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Conversations with Rayray

Saturday night, Rachel, Tim and I were sitting in the smoking lounge (carport) waiting on Jenfer to get back from here sisters. (Her sister rents the house right next to me. It is great not having crazy neighbors!) Anyway, Rachel was telling us she might go to her friend Forrest's river cabin. This is how it went....

Tim: Where is the cabin?
RR: I don't really know.
Tim: Have you been there?
RR: Yea, once but Christina drove so I did not pay much attention.
Tim: Is it East of here, like near Cow Ford (sp)? or West like you are going to Joe Wheeler?
RR: I don't even know. If I have to drive I will take Mom's GPS.

(so this is where I just had to say a little something...)

LL: Well, what the hell are you going to type in "River Cabin?"

I love you Rayray!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


~ There are more than thirty-three thousand radio stations around the world.

~The abbreviation ORD for Chicago's O'Hare Airport comes from the old name Orchard Field.

~The longest inaugural address by a U.S. president was given by William Henry Harrison. It was one hour, forty-five minutes long during an intense snowstorm. One month later, he died of pneumonia.

~ Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

~ Vampire bats don't suck blood; they drink it. They make small cuts in the skin of a sleeping animal and lap up the blood. Vampire bats need about two tablespoons of blood each day and are able to extract their dinner in approximately twenty minutes.

~ Eating chocolate was once considered a temptation of the devil.

Monday, November 2, 2009


...made me happy this morning.

I love the colors of Fall. I have been enjoying my drive to work, noticing all of the beautiful shades of the leaves. I also love the time change!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

In honor of the season....

Fun Facts about Halloween:

Historical Happenings

The celebration of Halloween started in the United States as an autumn harvest festival. In pioneer days, some Americans celebrated Halloween with com-popping parties, taffy pulls and hayrides.

In the late nineteenth century, with the large influx of Irish immigrants into the U.S., Halloween became associated with ghosts, goblins and witches.

Jack-o-lanterns are an Irish tradition. In Ireland, oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes were hollowed-out, carved into faces and illuminated with candles to be used as lanterns during Halloween celebrations.

The word "witch" comes from the Old Saxon word "wica", meaning "wise one." The earliest witches were respected dealers in charms and medicinal herbs and tellers of fortunes.

The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago. It is one of America's oldest known vegetables. Pumpkins generally weigh from 15-to-30 pounds, although some weigh as much as 200 pounds. The majority of pumpkins are orange, but they also can be white or yellow. They are rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene and potassium, and their seeds provide protein and iron.

According to legend, the jack-o'-lantern began with a fellow named Jack, who was too stingy to be allowed into Heaven and too mischievous to join the Devil in hell. As consolation, the Devil threw Jack a lighted coal, which Jack placed inside a turnip he was eating. It is said that Jack continues to use the coal to light his path as he searches for a final resting place.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


...and I would not recommend messing with him.
True story. I saw this on MSN. He vetoed a bill proposed by some person in the California legislature that he disliked. He sent the man a hidden message in his veto letter. Look at what you get if you take the first letter of each sentence in the two paragraphs below....
Coincidence? I think not!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


~ A scallop has a total of thirty-five eyes, all of which are blue

~ Professional hockey players skate at average speeds of twenty to twenty-five miles per hour.

~ Xenophobia is the fear of strangers or foreigners.

~ A tea in China called white tea is simply boiled water.

~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the most famous editor at Doubleday & Co.


Monday, October 26, 2009


A great time was had by all in attendance of the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving at Webb Tree Farms (aka WTF). It was so good to be around friends old and new celebrating the colder weather and the fun time of year that it is. Here are some glances into the craziness that was yesterday....

Kadie Bug made this real cute Frankenstein cake. She did it all by herself, and look, she even signed it!
Here is the barbecue area...boy some good meat came out of this! It was delicious!
Carvers serious at work! There's Btut in the white t-shirt.

Polly, Lois and Daina busy carving and eating!

Pumpkin Carving Rule #1...the most important...YOU GOTTA GETTA GUTTER! Lisa TutB is our number one gutter. My goodness, she has gutted mine (and most everyone elses) for the past 3 years. Thanks Lisa TutB - Love!

Jenfer (sitting next to Lisa Tutb in the light blue shirt) gutted a lot this year too! Thanks Jenfer! And her sausage balls were yummy! If anyone took a picture of the food, please send it to me. It would probably had to have been panoramic, there was so much! YUMYUM.

The end result....time for the judging. I don't have a good picture of the winner, but it was done by Kristen and Blake and it was an intricate pattern of wolves howling at the moon! Love the Pyrotechnics on the two burning one....boys will be boys!

Friday, October 23, 2009


BTUT (Beth), please tell me it is not true! You are not going to miss the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Party at Webb Tree Farm in order to attend Gail Busby's Retirement Dinner at the Turner-Surles Community Center? I hope I heard wrong!

If you see your mom, tell her I asked how she was doing....(you know what I mean)


This is so embarrassing, but it is soooo funny too! Boy, we can sure pick them in Decatur for our City Council! I heard the throw down is going to be behind City Hall at midnight tonight!

Excerpt from the Decatur Daily:

Decatur Council President Greg Reeves has accused District 1 counterpart Billy Jackson of threatening him.
The accusation, which Reeves posted on his blog Monday evening, alleges Jackson threatened Reeves during an argument that followed a contentious council meeting that morning.
It includes Reeves' account of the conversation:

He kept saying, "I will meet you anywhere, 24/7, anyplace, you name it," at which I said "OK."
And he kept repeating himself.
Finally, I said, "I will meet you , too," holding on to some faint hope that he wanted discussion and not a fight. But Billy continued this, over and over saying "24/7, anywhere, you name it," and again I said "OK."
His tone turned when he said, "I can back it up, I can back it up," about 4 or 5 times in a row to me. Finally I asked, "Are you threatening me?"
"Take it any way you want to take it, " he said, pointing his finger at me...
"Quit threatening me," I said as I walked away.

Makes you proud doesn't it?

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Rachel seemed to be calling and texting me a lot yesterday. Once to say she was leaving for school, then when she arrived, then she was bored, then she wanted me to buy her a movie, then she needed a book called "The Jungle."

I was car shopping with my mom (no stress there) and she called me again. I was a little agitatied. Here is the conversation:

R: Hey
LL: Hey, I am carshopping with G-ma, what do you need.
R: We have to talk about something (partents hate to hear this!)
LL: What is it?
R: Remember the Chemistry test I had last Wednesday...
LL: Yes...(thinking OH SHIT!)
R: Well the class average was a 63...
LL: (depressed)
R: So, you can guess how I did....
LL: How? (thinking the worst)
R: I MADE AN 84!

She really had me going! She shouldn't do that to me. My heart can't take it. We celebrated with Steak Out when she got home!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


...really two confessions to make.

I was getting ready to go to Target on Saturday, and I noticed that the screw on the right side of my eyeglasses was really loose. I have to tighten this screw at least every week and a half. I made a mental note to do this before I left.

Well, I forgot. As I parked at Target I looked in my purse to use the little screw driver that I carry. I had changed purses, and had not transferred that into the purse I was using. I entered Target and started looking at the check out for a little screw driver like these, that cost about $1.00
To my surprise, Target did not have these for sale. The checkout lady told me the only kits they had would be by the reading glasses. So I made my way over to the reading glasses section of the pharmacy. No simple little kits there, of course. But they did have a deluxe kit similar to the one below...
...for $5.99! OK, so here is my confession. The kits were shut with velcro like the eyeglass cases. Well, I spied the little tool I needed, so I just opened the kit, tightened the screw in my glasses, replaced the screwdriver, refastened the kit and hung it back up! I know, I know, I am going to hell! But I saved 6 bucks!
My second confession is: I am wearing brown pants and brown shoes to work, and I wore a black jacket and I am carrying a green leather purse. Please, please, please, no one tell Jimmy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


~ A cockroach's favorite food is the glue on the back of stamps.

~ Ancient tomb robbers believed that knocking off Egyption sarcophagi's noses would stall curses.

~ Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same manner human males do.

~ In ancient Greece, women counted their age from the date they were married.

~ Mr. Spock was second in command of the Starship Enterprise. His blood type was T-negative.

Happy Tuesday

Monday, October 19, 2009

I am so greatful....

....that I was born and raised in the Deep South!

"Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It's more than where you're born, it's an idea and state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It's more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, football, and country music. It's being hospitable, devoted to front porches, magnolias, moon pies and coca-cola... and each other. We don't become Southern - we're born that way." - Unknown

"In the South, the breeze blows softer...neighbors are friendlier, nosier, and more talkative. (By contrast with the Yankee, the Southerner never uses one word when ten or twenty will do)...This is a different place. Our way of thinking is different, as are our ways of seeing, laughing, singing, eating, meeting and parting. Our walk is different, as the old song goes, our talk and our names. Nothing about us is quite the same as in the country to the north and west. What we carry in our memories is different too, and that may explain everything else."
--Charles Kuralt in "Southerners: Portrait of a People"

Friday, October 16, 2009


I love the movie "My Cousin Vinny." The first time I watched it I laughed my ass off! There is a scene that keeps popping into my head today, so I thought I would share. It is the Yutes scene!

Have a great weekend.

Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes...
Judge Chamberlain Haller: ...Ah, the two what? Uh... uh, what was that word?
Vinny Gambini: Uh... what word?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh... did you say 'yutes'?
Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute? [beat]
Vinny Gambini: Oh, excuse me, your honor... [exaggerated]
Vinny Gambini: Two YOUTHS.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


This is what the sky looked like driving back from lunch today! This is looking South, right over Marshal Space Flight Center. Jimmy works there. Wonder if that is only a coincidence? (Can you guess my mood?)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


~ There are more than fifteen thousand different kinds of rice. Rice is grown on more than 10% of the earth's farmable surface and is the main food for half of the people of the world. (Especially on Survivor!)

~ At the height of its power in 400 BCE, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.

~ In the Middle Ages, everyone believed - as Aristotle had - that the heart was the seat of intelligence.

~ As much as 50 gallons of maple sap are used to make a single gallon of maple syrup.

~ Leif Ericson was the first European to set foot in North America, in 1000 AD, no Columbus.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Guess where I picked up lunch today?
....and guess what was in front of me? The most softest, pink Cadillac I have ever seen. And what a cute license plate "AIM HYE."

As you can tell by the trunk below, it was a Mary Kay Caddie. But this is what I don't get...It was being driven by a man. I thought, hum, maybe his car broke down and he had to borrow his wife's, or maybe he was driving his wife around in her car, or, just maybe he himself was a $1 million dollar seller of Mary Kay. (Probably no on that last one.)
I can not for the life of me imagine why any man would be caught dead driving this soft pink car! It could be he was like the CEO of Mary Kay - yea - that's it. That's the only reasonable explanation! But, then I guess the people in the Chick-fil-a parking lot were wondering, "Why in the hell is the woman in the Malibu taking pictures in the drive through line?" They will never know!

Friday, October 9, 2009


I don't really think Lisa Tutb understood my last post. Rachel and I need a win, not a threat! See email below - Girl, It is on!

LL -
Beth and I would take on you and Rachel anytime - You can't stop the Tutwiler Twosome!!! We were taught at the foot of the Master of all things dirty (board that is) - Just name the date and we will duke it out!! Loving the Blog - keep up the good work - It is the best part of my day here at DOC -
Sending Love and A Dirty Board Challenge,
Lisa Tutb

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


(This is not the board from last night)

Last night we had the Partner's Dirty Board Championship for the week of 10/10/2009. Well, it was the Championship for the Week until Josh and Gram beat me and Rachel! Then it just became the Championship for Wednesday! (we play dirty with the championship rules!)

I don't know what happened. Rachel and I were killing them. Then all of a sudden Rachel was all home safe, Gram (somehow) got all home safe, and Josh and I had one man out and we both needed a one to win. Obviously, Josh rolled a one before I did.

It was an extremely exciting but emotional game! Rachel and I are both having a dry spell when it comes to dirty board wins lately. Hell, Tim beat me twice in a row last night before the big game!



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tues Use

~ In Minnesota, it is illegal for women to be dressed up as Santa Claus on city streets.

~ Pineapples do not continue to ripen after they have been picked.

~ Americans spend more than $5.4 billion on their pets each year.

~ The Ouija board is named after the French and German words for "yes" - oui and ja.

~ In Turkey, the color of mourning is violet. In most Muslim countries and in China, it is white.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 5, 2009


Today would have been a perfect day to sleep in. It was cloudy and cold, and I was sleeping REAL good. But, as Mondays go, this has been ok. Got a lot of work done. Get to go home and have the house to myself (of course Bikie and Salad will be there) until about 8:00 when Rachel gets home from school. Hey wait, that actually gives me something to look forward to on Mondays! Just kidding Booboo.

And, in case you missed the wonderful game Saturday night, WAR DAMN EAGLE!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I was reading the news this morning about the tsunami that hit Samoa. Then it dawned on me! That is where cutie pie Jeff Probst and Survivor is being shot! What if my fav show got washed out to sea!

Then it dawned on me, they were probably already finished shooting the show. They are only gone 30 or so days. Hope Jeffie Poo is safe.

Nothing else has dawned on me today. Except that my lunch was gross. I went to Steak and Shake for the bowl of chili and a side salad. Both were gross.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


~ All Hebrew names that end with the letters "el" have something to do with God.

~ Fifty-seven countries were involved in World War II.

~ Pirates thought having an earring would improve their eyesight.

~ Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Survivor Somia

For those of you watching Survivor - Good for you. For those of you who aren't - I am sorry.

Last nights episode was full of firsts:

Russell (can't stand) found the hidden immunity idol in his camp with out any clues.

Ben (can't stand) got kicked out of a challenge for playing too dirty.

Quote of the night - Yasmin from Chicago (after spending a horrible night freezing and getting bitten by bugs) - "The hood is not the woods."

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


One only had to go to Wikipedia to find a reference to Spain meaning "land of rabbits."

"It may also be a derivation of the Punic Ispanihad meaning "land of rabbits" or "edge", a reference to Spain's location at the end of the Mediterranean; Roman coins struck in the region from the reign of Hadrian show a female figure with a rabbit at her feet.[6] "

Is there a doctor in the house?

These are from last Friday night at Riverfest...Team "Lil bit o smoke" was cranking!
They look like surgeons at the operating table.

I was just trying to stay out of the way!

Pros at work! We had such a good time. Can't wait until next year!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


~ Spain literally means "the land of rabbits."

~ The Academy Award statue is named after a librarian's uncle. One day Margaret Herrick, a librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made the remark that the statue looked like her uncle Oscar, and the name stuck.

~ Soccer legend Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

~ The bark of a redwood tree is fireproof. Fires that occur in a redwood forest take place inside the trees.

~ The hole in flyswatters are used to lower air resistance.

Friday, September 18, 2009






Funny, funny, funny...

I really didn't have anything to blog about until I read this. It is too funny! To give credit where credit is due, I was on K. Snider's Facebook page and this guy, D. Grisham posted:

I heard Kanye West interrupted Patrick Swayze's funeral to say that Michael Jackson had "the best funeral of all time."

I thought it was hilarious! Have a good weekend. Go to Riverfest. I am going tonight.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I like a little adventure....

...but this just seems wrong!

Associated Press
updated 3:44 p.m. CT, Tues., Sept . 15, 2009

WICHITA, Kan. - A tender moment in a trash bin went all wrong for a couple who found themselves being held up at pocket knifepoint.
Police said two 44-year-olds had climbed into a dumpster to be alone just after 6 p.m. Saturday when two men interrupted them and demanded their belongings. Officers said the man and woman were engaged in "an intimate moment" when they were robbed of their shoes, jewelry and the man's wallet.
Police said one of the robbers was a 64-year-old man who egged his 59-year-old companion on during the robbery.
The suspects were found a short time later and the stolen property was returned.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Yes, I am going to steal an idea from my friends' Rich and Ken's blog. The other day they asked us to name our 10 songs that meant the most to us (most meaningful). Well, I interpreted that to mean my 10 favorite songs of all time.

I thought it would be fun to hear from some of you, so please take the time to participate. Leave your 10 favorite songs of all time in the comments, or if you can't comment, please e-mail them to me, and I will post them later. It is harder than you think.

Here are mine:


TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - LOU REED (this one just missed out-had to list for honorable mention)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


~ The average lead pencil can draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

~ Australia did not have any memebers of the cat family, hoofed animals, apes, or monkeys until they were imported into the country.

~ Halifax, Nova Scotia, has the largest number of bars per capita of anyplace in the world.

~ Experienced waitresses say that married men tip better than unmarried men.

~ To keep cool, ostriches urinate on their legs; it then evaporates like sweat.

~ The main library at Indiana University sinks more than an inch every year, because when it was built engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Yesterday, as Rachel and I were carrying Brad's car battery to be tested (no hint of hostility there!) we listened to Widespread Panic's version of the song "No Sugar Tonight." I told her it was a real old song from the 70's, and then we both wondered who originally recorded it.

It was the Canadian band The Guess Who. It was side B to their first #1 record "American Woman." Them being from Canada gives new meaning to that song. I don't think I like it as much anymore.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This is the van that Dan bought....

Last Tuesday night Tim called and asked if I would do him a favor. Of course, without hesitation I answered yes. A friend of his in Denver had bought a volkswagon van on Ebay from some guy in Huntsville. Tim was going to go pick it up and drive it to his house to keep until Dan came to town on business. So, I was to take him to work the next day and then take him to pick it up after work.

We should have known we were in trouble for a number of reasons:
1. The van was parked at a house directly behind Bandito Burrito on Govenors
2. The guy asked Tim if we were towing it
3. When asked did it run, the guy answered, "Yes, but you know how volkswagons can be. They can be hard to drive."
4. Once there, the guy told Tim he had to give it gas all the time or it would conk (is that a word) out.

When Tim left the safety of my car to start driving home, I told him I loved him, and wished him luck. It could have been the last time I saw him alive!

An Ode to the Volkswagon Van...

This is the van that Dan bought on Ebay.

This is the van that Dan bought on Ebay, that burned oil and smoked all the way from Huntsville to Decatur, broken down on Wilson Street.

This is the van that Dan bought, that burned oil and smoked all the way from Huntsville to Decatur, that broke down on Wilson Street, getting assistance from a tow truck.

This is the van that Dan bought, that burnt oil and smoked all the way from Huntsville to Decatur, that broke down on Wilson Street, got assistance from a tow truck, now sitting at its temporary (final?) resting place on Pennylane.

Just makes you sigh!

Oh, I forgot to mention there is a wasp nest in the back window vents! And, keep your eyes open, it might be back on sale on Ebay real soon.