Celebrating Women...for the Real World
Saturday, July 30, 2005 Baseball as America - Grand Slam Summer

We had a great time today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. We went to see the exhibit “Baseball as America” Baseball’s Hall of Fame showing at the Museum until mid August. But the treat had to be for my son. He is a huge sports fan and wants to be a sports broadcaster when he is an adult. We arrived there around 10:30 in the morning and saw a flyer for a show featuring Larry Dierker, Milo Hamilton and Richard Justice as guests to join in a “lively discussion” on Announcers and the Game they love with Curt Smith.

It was quite entertaining and yes as advertised “lively”, of course I was thinking to myself “My kid is in absolute heaven”. After their discussion they opened it up for questions from the audience and before I could turn around and to see if my son was interested, he was out of his seat and headed toward the microphone. He asked them for tips and advice to go into broadcasting and he got some very good advice.

Curt Smith wrote “Voices of Summer” and Larry Dierker wrote “This Ain't Brain Surgery: How to Win the Pennant without loosing your Mind” so after the show they had a book signing (my son was walking about five feet off the ground). He stood in line and when he got up to have his books signed, both Smith and Dierker remembered him and continued talking to him about broadcasting; posed for pictures; called my husband in for a picture (Larry Dierker was my husband’s hero when he was growing up). What a day! What a special time for my son! And best of all, the way he handled himself gave me a memorable “Proud Mama Moment”.
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Friday, July 29, 2005 Kids and Pets

This was forwarded to me from a friend. If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet syndrome including toilet-flush burials for dead goldfish, the story
below will have you laughing out LOUD!

Overview: I had to take my son's lizard to the vet.

Here's what happened:

Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was
"something wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in his
room.

"He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm serious, Dad.
Can you help?"

I put my best lizard-healer statement on my face and followed him
into his bedroom. One of the little lizards was indeed lying on his
back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what to do.

"Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"

"Oh my gosh," my wife diagnosed after a minute. "She's having
babies."

"What?" my son demanded. "But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!"

I was equally outraged. "Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we
didn't want them to reproduce," I accused my wife.

"Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?" she
inquired. (I actually think she said this sarcastically!)

"No, but you were supposed to get two boys!" I reminded her, (in my
most loving, calm, sweet voice, while gritting my teeth together).

"Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" my son agreed.

"Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, you know," she
informed me. (again with the sarcasm, you think?)

By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on.
I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it.

"Kids, this is going to be a wondrous experience, I announced. "We're
about to witness the miracle of birth."

"Oh, gross!" they shrieked.

"Well, isn't THAT just great! What are we going to do with a litter
of tiny little lizard babies?" my wife wanted to know. (I really do
think she was being snotty here, too. Don't you?)

We peered at the patient. After much struggling, what looked like a
tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.

"We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.

"It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified.

"Do something, Dad!" my son urged.

"Okay, okay." Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when it
next appeared, giving it a gingerly tug. It disappeared. I tried
several more times with the same results.

"Should I call 911," my eldest daughter wanted to know. "Maybe they
could talk us through the trauma." (You see a pattern here with the
females in my house?)

"Let's get Ernie to the vet ," I said grimly.

We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.
"Breathe, Ernie, breathe," he urged.

"I don't think lizards do Lamaze," his mother noted to him. (Women
can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me is one
thing, but this boy is of her womb, for God's sake.)

The Vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the
little animal through a magnifying glass.

"What do you think, Doc, a C-section?" I suggested scientifically.
"Oh, very interesting," he murmured. "Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I
speak to you privately for a moment?" I gulped, nodding for my son to
step outside.

"Is Ernie going to be okay?" my wife asked.

"Oh, perfectly," the Vet assured us. "This lizard is not in labor. In
fact, that isn't EVER going to happen... Ernie is a boy. You see,
Ernie is young male. And occasionally, as they come in to maturity,
like most male species, they um....um....masturbate. Just the way he
did, lying on his back." He blushed, glancing at my wife. "Well, you
know what I'm saying, Mr. Cameron."

We were silent, absorbing this.

"So Ernie's just...just... excited," my wife offered.

"Exactly," the vet replied, relieved that we understood.

More silence. Then my viscous, cruel wife started to giggle. And
giggle. And then even laugh loudly.

"What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the
woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless
manliness.

Tears were now running down her face. "It's just...that... I'm
picturing you pulling on its... its...teeny little..." she gasped for
more air to bellow in laughter once more.

"That's enough," I warned. We thanked the Vet and hurriedly bundled
the lizards and our son back into the car. He was glad everything was
going to be okay.

"I know Ernie's really thankful for what you've done, Dad," he told
me.

"Oh, you have NO idea," my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter.

2 - Lizards - $140...
1 - Cage - $50...
Trip to the Vet - $30..

Memory of your husband pulling on a lizard's wacker.....Priceless!

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The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World

This article is in the August 2005 issue of Forbes Magazine; written by Elizabeth MacDonald and Chana R. Schoenberger . The rankings are based on a combination of economic impact and cultural clout. Some of the women’s rank was no surprise, but with others it was. What was enlightening was how many women in the world are in positions of political and/or economical power. “We’ve come a long way baby!”

Here are some familiar names and their ranking in the article:

#1 - Condoleezza Rice
#4 – Laura Bush
#5 – Hilliary Rodham Clinton
#6 – Sandra Day O’Connor
#7 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
#21 – Margaret Thatcher
#25 – Barbara Walters
#26 – Diane Sawyer
#30 – Elizabeth Dole
#57 – Katy Couric
#62 – Oprah Winfrey


Here is a Link for the complete list.

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Self Portrait Friday


My Favorite T


Today is Self Portait Friday again. Today's theme is you and your favorite T-shirt. This is it, I purchased it right after the WNBA was formed. I was absolutely thrilled when women entered the professional basketball arena and of course the unforgetable run that the Houston Comets had.


Sheri's Shirt

This is my FAVORITE shirt! My dear, sweet husband (who's taking me out for dinner tonight) bought this for me the week after we got married. When we were dating, he said I'd always be his Princess! I love you honey!

(Sorry I wasn't wearing it. I don't think the partners at the firm would see the humor in it!)

Link on over to Katy's The Grass Isn't Greener to see today's players.


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Thursday, July 28, 2005 The Complaint Department


The Complaint Department

OK.....Now that Sheri and I have ranted about our financial woes (see the following two posts). We decided to set up our complaint department.

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Do I LOOK Like I'm Made of Money?


As you may recall, I went to the Dentist on Monday. I do have dental insurance, so the initial exam and cleaning was free (yipee). I'm sitting here looking at this "treatment plan" and still can't stop chuckling when I see the word "Prophylaxis-adult". Am I the only one who thinks that sounds very close to a word for something related to sex?

Now for the part that I hate.

Mr. Dentist comes in with is smile and calm voice and says "Ms. Kendrick, you have fractured your porcelain crown on a tooth that did not have a root canal. Because of the crack, you have leakage (ok, major yuck). You'll need a root canal and another crown. There is another tooth that looks as if a rather large filling was replaced. There is decay around that and not enough tooth left for me to drill out the old and the decay and refill. You need a crown there as well. You only have two additional cavities that need to be filled and I'm going to suggest an Occlusal guard." My response- "I don't care what type of guard he is, as long as he has a tight butt!" The Hygeneist (sp)thought this was so funny, she had to leave the room from laughing so hard!

"OK" I say. "So, how much are we talking?" To which Mr. Dentist replies "Oh, your insurance covers a good bit of the cost. You'll have to visit with my assistant. She'll explain everything."

I go up front. "Hello assistant, I'm Ms. Kendrick and you are supposed to have some information for me." "Why, yes I do", she says in her sweet southern drawl. "Your insurance covers this much, and this is all you have to pay. When would you like to schedule your appointment?" I take the sheet to get a closer look. "Holy (expletive of your choice here). My portion is $939.80. Why, I could have a baby for less than this!" I exclaim.

Being the good assistant that she is, her response was "Yes, but your teeth won't have to go to college!"

Touche!

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My Makeup & My Money Are Melting Away In Texas...not to mention my mind!


The a/c saga continues… I have been such a good girl shopping around that I think that I am now satisfied that I am not totally being ripped off. The cost is so high because we have to replace the outside unit; the inside unit; all new duct work; add two additional vents and adding an intake on the other side of the house. But what has surprised me is the range of cost for all of this (who am I kidding…I’ve been shell shocked throughout this whole process).

Estimate #1 $8600.00
Estimate #2 $7500.00
Estimate #3 $6100.00
Estimate #4 $6250.00
Estimate #5 $5200.00

So hopefully next week we can be comfortable in the house between 4 and 7 pm. again. I know hubby and the boy are probably looking forward to some meals cooked since my kitchen has been shut down, and we will actually be able to have friends over and entertain again (well maybe not we’ll be broke…lol).


UPDATE:
Saw this on The Grass Isn't Greener site and a few others' sites. Due to the above, I guess I'm putting myself up for sale:

I am worth $1,554,050 on HumanForSale.com

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A Word To the Wise

The doctor said, "Joe, the good news is I can cure your headaches. The bad new is that it will require castration. You have a very rare condition, which causes your testicles to press on your spine and the pressure creates one tremendous headache. The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles."

Joe was shocked and depressed. He wondered if he had anything to live for. He had no choice but to go under the knife.

When he left the hospital, he was without a headache for the first time in 20 years, but he felt like he was missing an important part of himself.

As he walked down the street, he realized that he felt like a different person. He could make a new beginning and live a new life. He saw a men's clothing store and thought, "That's what I need ... a new suit. That'll make me feel a little better."

He entered the shop and told the salesman, "I'd like a new suit."

The elderly tailor eyed him briefly and said, "Let's see ... size 44 long." Joe laughed, "That's right, how did you know?"

"Been in the business 60 years!" the tailor said. Joe tried on the suit ... it fit perfectly.
As Joe admired himself in the mirror, the salesman asked, "How about a new shirt?" Joe thought for a moment and then said, "Sure."

The salesman eyed Joe and said, "Let's see, 34 sleeves and 16-1/2 neck." Joe was surprised. "That's right, how did you know?"

"Been in the business 60 years."

Joe tried on the shirt and it fit perfectly. Joe walked comfortably around the shop and the salesman asked, "How about some new underwear?" Joe thought for a moment and said, "Sure."

The salesman said, "Let's see ... size 36."

Joe laughed, "Ah ha! I got you, I've worn a size 34 since I was 18 years old."

The salesman shook his head, "You can't wear a size 34. A size 34 would press your testicles up against the base of your spine and give you one hell of a headache."

New suit -- $400
New shirt -- $36
New underwear -- $6
Second Opinion -- PRICELESS!

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Cross-Dressing Husband

What makes this so funny is that it is true. When I read it I was crying because I was laughing so hard!

"My husband knows that I am posting this, and as long as none of the guys at work read it...he's cool with it. Seems hubby had a little fasion faux pas this morning when he dressed for work."

Go over to Why are these kids following me? Scroll down to "My Husband is a Cross-Dresser" and enjoy.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005 We're Famous!


Can you believe it? We made The Times. The New York Times that is. SuZan's post yesterday regarding the Space Shuttle was referenced in the article below. Way to go, SuZan. Woot! Woot!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/27/science/space/27web.html?ex=1123128000&en=a103bc59d4643413&ei=5070&emc=eta1


****NOTE***** When you click on the link, an ad for Dell comes up. At the top of the screen is a "click to skip this ad". Click that and it will take you to the article!

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The Real Women Show #006 is Ready For Download






The Real Women Show #006 (MP3 - 25.6Mb - 65min)

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That’s right-show number six! We have such a blast putting these shows together each week! This weeks show is full of fun and exciting adventure of Sheri and SuZan. You’ll have to tune in and listen to some of the musings of an Occupational Therapist (SuZan). Sheri was laughing so hard she was crying! See if Sheri adapted to the quiet of the house without the kids. SuZan found a cute article about Shopping-men vs. women-need I say more?

We wrap up the show discussing an article that was in the July, 2005 issue of Redbook Magazine entitled “Are you addicted to stress?” Ah, I think everyone is probably saying “yes”. We share some tips to de-stress your life! They really work.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. As always, we like to give special thanks to One Egg Ticket for the great music and to James Kendrick from jkOnTheRun for his technical support (how does he put up with us?).

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Hump Day Humor!


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I thought this was a good visual for understanding
how computers work. The sad part for me
is that it makes sense.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005 There's a Hole In My Ceiling, Dear Liza, Dear Liza

I think in our last podcast, I mentioned my husband's heroic endeavor to fix the hot water heater and in so doing, ended up with his foot coming through the ceiling up to his knee. Hence, I have a hole in the ceiling, dear Liza. I finally figured out how to operate his digital camera (y'all are in trouble now!) and took some pictures. I hope that I was able to show just how bad it would have been if he would have fallen all the way through as it was over the staircase of our two story foyer, and, he is already wired together stem to sternum from two back surgeries and open heart surgery.



I love you honey and am sooooo glad you weren't hurt!

Sheri

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God Speed Discovery!

I just watched the Space Shuttle Discovery launch. I am just as excited about this as I was watching the first moon landing (a few lifetimes ago). Seriously, it gave me goose bumps! The teenager missed it (he was sleeping). I’ve tried to explain to him the emotional excitement that this brings, but to him it is just so “ho hum”.

Oh well…I’ll just bask in my giddiness:

Good Luck Discovery; may you complete your mission and come back home safely.

I took this photo during a recent trip to Space Center Houston when my sister was visiting.

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Can You Put a Price Tag on Love?

I saw this morning on the Today Show. After 5.5 years of marriage, a soon-to-be-divorced woman from Indiana believes you can. She has itemized everything that she has ever done for her husband and has presented him with a whopping bill of almost a half a million dollars. She stated that she is standing up for all women who cook, clean and take care of their husbands. She estimated $20.00 per meal she cooked; $50.00 for everyday she cleaned the house; and even charged him $160, 000.00 alone for intimate relations (she stated it wasn’t so great). It will be interesting to see how this turns out in the courts.

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We’re Having a Heat Wave!


Yes many of us in the country are having a heat wave. Here in Houston we also have the wonderful humidity to go along with it. My rant today is the cost of the heat wave. My husband and I are remodeling our house, and next on the list was to change out the siding, the rest of the windows and get a new roof. After we received our first $500.00 light bill (in a 1750 sq. ft. home), we decided that we have to address the a/c and get a new one. Granted, the unit inside is original to the house and I know it has to be replaced (the house is over 30 years old).

I had one company come out and we will get the estimate today, but the way he was talking, it is going to be in the range of $8000.00. WTF? If we had a two-story, large house I might be able to swallow this one but geez….$8000.00. I don’t know if I’m just “cheap” or if my shell shock is justified. So today it’s back on the phone for more estimates. I am floored by this cost because it isn’t like an a/c unit down here is a luxury, it is a necessity. What the hell do people do if they can’t afford to pay for this? I know that had this happened during the “early marriage” years, we just would have been SOL! I am so frustrated.

Then last night my Sister called from Prescott, AZ (laughing) just to tell me that the temp there was 72, and she had to cut off her a/c. I told her that I loved her.....BUT.....FU!

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Monday, July 25, 2005 My Dog Is So Silly

I have two dogs that I don't think I've talked too much about. They are both mutts. We adopted the big one, Bradlee, from a rescue center. As far as the vet could tell, he is part black lab and part German Shepard. He weighs about 50 lbs. and is the most sweet, lovable dog we could have asked for. Oreo is our little dog. One of the guys I used to work with had a dog who had an unexpected litter. Oreo was the runt that no one wanted, so of course, I took him. The vet thinks he is part cockapoo and part shiatsu. I have dubbed him a "cockash*t". He is also a very sweet lovable dog weighing in at 20 lbs. Guess which dog is in charge? You got it, Oreo! The big dog does whatever Oreo wants him to do. Oreo is actually my daughter's dog, but he has chosen my husband as his master. This dog also has mistaken identity syndrome - he thinks he's a cat! He lays on the back of the sofa, like a cat. He jumps from each piece of furniture, like a cat. I swear it sometimes even sounds like he purrs.

Now on to the reason for this post. On most Sunday mornings, I make my family a big pan of eggs, biscuits, gravy, you know, the typical Southern breakfast. As a treat, I usually mix a little of the eggs into each of the dogs' bowls as it is very good for their coat. Yesterday I happened to put mushrooms in the eggs. If you look closely at the picture, you'll notice a small pile of mushrooms beside Oreo's bowl. Evidently the dog doesn't like mushrooms! But, instead of leaving them in the bowl and pushing them around, he carefully removed them, one by one, and put them in a neat pile outside of the bowl! How cute is that!











Oreo picking out the shrooms The pile of shrooms

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Celebrating Extraordinary Women

We polk a lot of fun at ourselves. We find the humor in most everyday things. But at the same time we always want to remind ourselves that we are ALL extraordinary. Take some time and read what these other extraordinary women have said:

HELLEN KELLER
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

MARGARET THATCHER
If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

CONTANCE BAKER MOTLEY
(First Black Woman in the U.S. to become a Federal Judge)
“Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.”

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

MARIA MITCHELL
We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.


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Sunday, July 24, 2005 What is Your Hidden Talent?

I love these silly little tests, they are entertaining and tend to make you smile (or chuckle). Here is the latest:



Your Hidden Talent
You're super sensitive and easily able to understand situations.
You tend to solve complex problems in a flash, without needing a lot of facts.
Decision making is easy for you. You have killer intuition.
The right path is always clear, and you're a bit of a visionary.






Go check out I Miei Pensieri site, she has several of them
listed so you can pick and choose.
Have fun!

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The Perfect Male


The Perfect Male

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#7 Chased and Caught


Lance Armstrong

He did it again!
Congratulations Lance Armstrong,
you are truly an inspiration for perseverance
and determination.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005 Male vs. Female Shopping Habits


Tell me if this is not true! I know in my house it is. My husband always says that he never goes shopping, he goes buying. God help you if he ever goes with you to the grocery store, he doesn't believe in going down an aile more that one time.

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Friday, July 22, 2005 My Aversion


OK, I'm coming to discover that I have a great aversion to all things medical when it comes to me. I have no problem taking my kids or husband off for whatever they need. When it comes to me, well, you'll remember my rant about my Well Women exam (if I knew how to link to it I would-it happened back in June). Now it's time to go to the Dentist-Blach! It's not necessarily pain that I worry about because all I'm going to get done is a cleaning. I think it's more the fact that 1) The smell of the dental office makes me sick 2) the sound of the drill (no matter where) makes me want to curl up into a ball 3) I can't possibly multi-task laying there with my mouth open and someone scraping 4) and this is the big one.....I'm a talker. I'd talk to the doggone wall if it would talk back. You are asked questions that you can't answer with all the digging and scraping. Me being the social butterfly that I am, can't possibly let a question go unanswered-why, that would be quite rude! (that was said with my best Scarlet voice).

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What's Your Power Color?

I stole this from Cat over at Samp Mom

Sheri:
Your Power Color Is Gold

At Your Highest:

You are engrossed in passions that mentally stimulate you.

At Your Lowest:

You seek thrills and neglect what's important in your life.

In Love:

You see dating as adventure and approach it with an open attitude.

How You're Attractive:

You passion for life makes others passionate about you.

Your Eternal Question:

"Am I Having Fun?"

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SuZan
Your Power Color Is Magenta

At Your Highest:

You energize yourself and push others to suceed.

At Your Lowest:

You feel frustrated and totally overwhelmed.

In Love:

You are suprised by who you attract. You're a love magnet.

How You're Attractive:

Open and free spirited, people want to explore the world with you.

Your Eternal Question:

"What is my next source of inspiration?"

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Cows, Constitution, Commandments & Carlin



COWS-Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington, and they tracked her calves to their stalls? But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country? Maybe we should give them all a cow.



CONSTITUTION-They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys! It's worked for over 200 years and we're not using it anymore.




TEN COMMANDMENTS-The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse? You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians! It creates a hostile work environment!




And Last but not least.....

George CARLIN- said it best about Martha Stewart... "Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars. O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too. But they take the one woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and haul her off to jail???"



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Self Portrait Friday


It's that time again! Self Portrait Friday and this Friday the theme is "All about the computer" and where we do our blogging. I guess I have gotten used to my wrist rest now. You know, ergonomics is very important to maintain the well being of your joints. Not only does this wrist rest provide a nice "cushy" place to rest on, but it is so soft and it vibrates too (but only when happy)!




This is a six year old model, but still going strong. Hop on over the "The Grass Isn't Greener" to see the other participants today, it is sure to be a lot of fun!

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 They Could Have Given Me The 1.2 Million!


We have recently finished up a special legislative session here in Texas, and guess what? They didn’t accomplish a darn thing! Furthermore, back when I found out that the session was going to be over school finance, I just knew that nothing was going to be accomplished. If they wanted to spend the 1.2 million dollars of tax payer money, they could have just given it to me and let all the legislators go home and spend time with their families. But now a second special legislative session has been called starting today, see the article at the Houston Chronicle link.

So now we are stuck again with education finance reform. I know the legislative process is a slow one and that is good; however I don’t approve of the inefficiency to get the job done. For example; it took three special sessions to finalize congressional redistricting, to the tune of over 3 million. UUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!


(stepping off of my soap box now)

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Follow this link for some free stuff!


Kellie over at momisnutz (very cute site btw) had a post with a list of companies offering free goodies. Check it out!

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Adult ADD???

Oh my God, I think I have it! The other day I was cleaning the house and couldn't finish not one job before starting another. At one point I think I had six different tasks going! Today at work there were a number of things that needed to get done. I made a list thinking that would help me stay on task listing the most important first. Of course I jumped around the list, started several of the projects, finished them in no significant order, and now, since I don't have anything else on my list, will go back and tackle item #1 which was the most important item. Is this ADD or motherhood?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005 Something to Think About


We talked about this in our Real Women Show #005 Podcast, but due to time constraints (and the fact that neither of us are at a loss for words), couldn't finish. We promised to post this on our blog, so here it is! Feel free to copy and paste, then answer your questions in the comments section. We can't wait to read your answers!

From the July 2005 edition of The Oprah Magazine, here is something to think about. When you're alone, do you wallow in loneliness or bask in glorious solitude? How comfortable are you with being on your own - for an hour or a lifetime - depends on the perspective you choose. Take a moment and consider the following:

  • How self-reliant are you? Think of a difficult decision you had to make recently: how many people did you turn to for counsel, and whose advise did you ultimately follow? If a similar situation arose now, what would need to happen for you to trust your own instincts?

  • You're stranded in a remote beach house during a storm. Phone service is down, and it might be a day or two before the read opens. But the house is snug, and you have plenty of food. What would you find best and worst about this time alone? What would you need-books, music, running shoes-to make it a good experience?

  • Are you a conciliator or a contrarian? Think about the last time the room was split into polarized points of view-political or otherwise. How did you behave-did you stand by your beliefs or try to keep the peace? It's important to pick your battles, so list the three opinions you feel most passionately about and promise yourself never to compromise on them.

  • Going solo is a chance to live your own life, not one tailored to others' specifications. If there's any part of you that reflects someone else's priorities, write down the changes you need to make so that your life fully expresses your desires.

  • Being alone is easier when you have a security system in place. When something goes wrong, whom do you turn to? Whom would you call if your were in an accident or got sick? Who has keys to your house or apartment? A copy of your passport and other vital papers? Are there any gaps in your safety net that you need to fill?


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Grilling For The Weekend!

The big weekend is coming, and if you need a new Grill here is a bargain for you.
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Stainless steel grill, for FREE, you read right, FREE !
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Available in all stores:
United - Win Dixi - K-Mart - Albertson's - Wall Mart - Vons -Walgreen's - Ralphs, etc.
Hurry before they run out of stock!
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Free Grill
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A friend of my husband emailed this today and I just had to share.

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Mother-In-Law Knows Best



Cooking and cleaning can wait till tomorrow,
for babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs,
dust go to sleep,
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep."

During our last pod cast, I made reference to this poem but couldn’t remember the whole thing being my baby is now 16. Back then, I had gone back to school; had a full time job; was a Cub Scout leader; and totally frazzled. When I was at my wits end trying to balance everything my mother-in-law put things in perspective for me and gave me this poem.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005 Now That it is Mid July

I have no idea why this still stays with me. When I was growing up, I would spend my summers here in Texas at my grandparent’s house. I spent my childhood growing up in Mexico City and since at that time, we only had one TV channel in English, I was mesmerized by all of the channel selections available and would probably have watched everything if I would have been allowed.

Anyway, I was watching Hollywood Squares one day (about 100 years ago) and one of the regulars recited a poem. It has always come to mind this time of the year since I heard it.
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Spring has sprung,
Fall has fell,
We’re in the middle of July,
And it’s hotter than hell.


Nipsey Russell

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This is so Sick...But Funny!

This Smells Odd

When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor homeparked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motor home trying to steal gasoline and plugged his hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake.

The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

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The Real Women Show #005 Is Live




LISTEN NOW

Welcome back and thanks for listening. This is show #5 and boy, is it jammed pack with information! After we set the timer (we’ve got to keep ourselves honest), we review our week. Find out why Sheri has a hole in her ceiling, and what it takes to get three children packed for a two week vacation-with their dad! SuZan shares her experience with her teenage son going out with friends-driving friends that is!

SuZan found some great information about the Dove Corporation and their new marketing campaign designed to feature “real women”. Sheri realizes that with her kids gone, she doesn’t now how to relax and have some alone time which brings up an article that appears in the July 2005 issue of The Oprah Magazine.

After a short intermission, we talk about some awesome stuff that’s appeared on our “Blog Pick of the Month”. We briefly chat about the new reality show that aired last week on ABC called “Brat Camp” and how it was interesting to see the counselor’s use some of the same techniques we’re learning from the book “STEP”-Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. We continue on to do a brief review of what we’ve covered in the book and talk a little more about what we’ve learned as we continue to read the 2nd chapter.

We finish the show with a freakin awesome recipe for Pineapple Pie that SuZan made. She got the recipe from a fantastic cookbook called “The Four Ingredient Cookbook” by Linda Coffee and Emily Cale. Trust me when I say it was delicious! While flipping through the cookbook, I found some recipes that even I can make-successfully!

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Monday, July 18, 2005 A Little Light-Hearted Humor

A big corporation recently hired several cannibals. "You are all part of our team now," said the HR rep during the welcoming briefing. "You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please don't eat any of the other employees."

The cannibals promised they would not. Four weeks later their boss remarked, "You're all working very hard, and I'm satisfied with you. However, one of our secretaries has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to her?" The cannibals all shook their heads NO. After the boss had left, the leader of the cannibals said to the others,"Which one of you idiots ate the secretary?" A hand rose hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals continued, "You fool!!! For four weeks we've been eating Managers and no one noticed anything, but noooooo, you had to go and eat someone who actually does something!!!"

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Sheri Made Me Do It!

I was out running errands today (see previous post) and one of our stops was to make a payment on my son's class ring. I'm still in sticker shock over the $4o0.00+ ring. Anyway, while I'm not working, Sheri and I communicate via email a few times a day. She told me I should post this email I sent her after she asked me if we went to see the ring.

BTW: My son has been warned that he is NOT to ever give his ring to some sweet young "thang" he falls head over heals for. I really do have kind of a sick sense humor, but here it is in all it's glory:


Oh man...yes the ring is very cool....I know G-2 is dying to get it. Made a payment....300.00 damn dollars to go! You know, I spent 100.00 for my class ring and it was a custom one...geez.....do they think we are made out of money? Ok...hold on....let me go shit some Grants (sorry about the visual you probably just got).

Talk to you later!

S
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The Reason I Just Love Starbucks!


Starbucks


Besides the fact that you walk in and “ahhhhhhhhh” the aroma just takes you away, the employees are always very kind and helpful. I’m finally about out of the Komodo Dragon flavor. The first time I had it I thought that it was pretty good. But after drinking it a while, I wasn’t that happy with it…it just didn’t have the boldness that I like in my coffee.

The girls there were absolutely wonderful. We ended up having an impromptu “coffee tasting party”. The other customers and myself had our little taster cups; the girls brewed up one of the flavors they wanted me to try. I decided to try Gold Coast; we shall see how it does tonight when I have my evening brew. Of course when I had them grind it for a French press, I had to explain to one of the other customers that by brewing it in the press, you get all the oils from the beans in your coffee. If you use a filter in an automatic brewer, the oils get caught in the filter.

We probably spent 45 minutes in there laughing and trying different flavors. Thankfully no one was in a hurry and the patrons that were already in there joined in the fun. This shopping stop was an unexpected treat!

UPDATE:

The Gold Coast is very good! It has the boldness I like with low acidity therefore it isn’t bitter.


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What is Your Blogging Style?


SuZan:
Your Blogging Type is Social and Responsible
You enjoy blogging and do all you can to advance the blogging community.
From helping friends set up blogs to getting rid of spam - you take a leadership role.
A super blogger, you tend to blog regularly. You'd hate to disappoint your audience.
And always appropriate, there's no way you'd blog something too personal!



Sheri:
Your Blogging Type is Kind and Harmonious
You're an approachable blogger who tends to have many online friends.
People new to your blogging circle know they can count on you for support.
You tend to mediate fighting and drama. You set a cooperative tone.
You have a great eye for design - and your blog tends to be the best looking on the block!

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I just love these silly little tests. Sheri and I did say that even though we are good friends, we are very different from each other. Go on and try it and tell us what kind of blogger you are.

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This Is Your Brain On Drugs!



Just when you've learned to just say
"No" to drugs. Maybe we should
give up coffee and get on LSD.

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