Friday, July 30, 2004


My back was hurting me for several weeks. I had a spasm and the pain never went away. So about two weeks ago I started getting nauseous and headachy and constipated and in general feeling worse. Last week I went to the doctor. He thought it might be kidney related and I had a back strain. Well the tests revealed no blood in the urine and he gave me some stretching exercises, but I had heard all I needed to hear.

When I was pregnant with Squirm I had a kidney stone. They don't give you medicine...correction...they don't give pregnant women any medicine for the pain and you have to pass it. It took me 4 days to do it.  It was extremely painful and it's not an experience I care to repeat. Therefore when I heard kidneys/kidney infection my brain translated that to "kidney stone alert". I immediately cut caffeine out of my diet. No more morning coffee and I'm only drinking decaffeinated tea. I upped my water intake tremendously. I was already drinking water everyday. Now I'm drinking A LOT of water everyday. Fast forward to this week. Something must be working because the back pain is gone, the nausea is gone, the headaches are gone, I'm regular, I'm peeing about 20 times a day and I didn't have to do ONE stretching exercise. I told this to my doctor who said if the water works keep doing it. I know it works because when I was dehydrated on Sunday I was a cranky, headachy, hard to be around person. MD flat out asked my why I was so crabby. When I told him I felt dehydrated, he bought me some water and I immediately felt better. As Shasta has been recently reminded, chivalry is not dead.

The moral of the story: Don't take so long to go to the doctor and water does a body good.

Friday Funny

I don't have a Friday Funny today but Carla has a great one. High-larious!

Thursday, July 29, 2004

In the News

Now that I have come off my Prince induced high (OK I haven't but reality does beckon). A friend hipped me to this interesting exhibit in the Detriot area: Lynching exhibit guides people to the truth. It's definitely something I wouldn't mind checking out. If you are in that area and can make it, let me know what you think.

Monday, July 26, 2004


That is the one word I would use to describe the Prince concert at the Allstate Arena on Friday night.  That man performed is behind off. The concert started at around 9 pm (yes it was late - real late) but he more than made up for it. We didn't get out of there until around 11:30 pm. He opened with Musicology and ended with Purple Rain as the encore. I now know why he is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is GREAT!!!

I actually was hoarse from singing and thought I might not be able to sing with the church choir on Sunday morning. Fortunately my voice was there. I bruised my pinky finger from clapping and my back hurts from all the standing and dancing we did. I don't care, it was totally worth it.  Plus every concert goer got the new Musicology CD for free. I will never miss a Prince concert again. We had such a good time I'm still tired today! Talk about a 30th birthday present!

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

When Will the Madness End?

Michael Jackson is going to be a dad again?! Reports say that is quadruplets. With everything else that's going on in his life, why not this?

Monday, July 19, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Nostalgia:: Memories
  2. Irreplaceable:: Can't Bring Back
  3. Odd:: Couple
  4. James Spader:: Practice Spin-Off
  5. Flamboyant:: On Fire
  6. Intense:: Sensory Overload
  7. Simple:: Usually Best
  8. Septic:: Tank
  9. Ton:: of Fun
  10. Turkey:: Burger

A Little Politcal Humor

This was truly inspired! Thanks to Ursula for finding it and enlightening the rest of us.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Friday Funny

We could all use a good laugh on Friday. Even if it's a variation on an old joke.
A woman was walking along the beach when she stumbled upon a bottle. She picked it up and rubbed it, and 'low-and-behold' a genie appeared! The amazed woman asked if she got three wishes. The genie said, "Nope, sorry, three-wish genies are a storybook myth. I'm a one-wish genie. So... what'll it be?" The woman did not hesitate. She said, "I want peace in the Middle East. See this map? I want these countries to stop fighting with each other and I want all the Arabs to love the Jews and Americans and vice-versa. It will bring about world peace and harmony."
The genie looked at the map and exclaimed, "Lady, be reasonable. These countries have been at war for thousands of years. I'm out of shape after being in a bottle for five hundred years. I'm good but not THAT good! I don't think it can be done. Make another wish and please be reasonable."
The woman thought for a minute and said, "Well, I've never been able to find the right man. You know, one that's considerate and fun, likes to cook and help with the house cleaning, is great in bed, and gets along with my family, doesn't watch sports all the time, and is faithful. That's what I wish for ... a good man."
The genie let out a sigh and said, "Let me see the damn map again."

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Quiz to Pass the Time

I am 50% evil.

I could go either way. I have sinned quite a bit but I still have a bit of room for error. My life is a tug of war between good and evil.

Are you evil? find out at

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The Melting Pot We Live In

We know that the US is a melting pot of people and cultures and languages. This neat little tool lets anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States find out more.

Female or Shemale?

Think you know the difference? Take this quiz to find out. I scored 10/16 correct.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Feed Me...

This image puts a new twist on the "Mama I'm hungry" concept. Give that baby some milk.
Posted by Hello

Monday, July 12, 2004

2 with one blow...

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Resignation:: Quitting with notice
  2. Coupling:: Doin' it
  3. Grounded:: no tv, no outside, no nothing
  4. Habit:: Hard to break
  5. Chainsaw:: Massacre in Texas
  6. Rental:: Have to give back
  7. Deleted:: Erase from the hard drive
  8. Online personals:: Stretched truths
  9. Penguin:: Not a flyer
  10. Offend:: You said what?!

  1. Crippling:: Obstacle to overcome
  2. Tough:: Hard to do but not impossible
  3. Slinky:: It's such a wonderful toy
  4. Slogan:: Catchphrase
  5. Stuffed:: Roll me out the door
  6. Instructions:: Detailed Directions
  7. Expletive:: Oohhh, you cussed
  8. Cartoon:: Tom and Jerry
  9. Toddler:: Wobbly Walker
  10. Insinuation:: Nosey

Thursday, July 08, 2004

What a Quiz?

Took this quiz and here are the results.

Wackiness: 40/100
Rationality: 62/100
Constructiveness: 52/100
Leadership: 58/100

You are an SRDL--Sober Rational Destructive Leader. This makes you a mob boss. You are the ultimate alpha person and even your friends give you your space. You can't stand whiners, weaklings, schlemiels or schlemozzles. You don't make many jokes, but when you do, others laugh out loud. They must.

People often turn to you for advice, and wisely. You are calm in a crisis, cautious in a tempest, and attuned to even the finest details. Yours is the profile of a smart head for business and a dangerous enemy.

You have a natural knack for fashion and occupy a suit like a matinee idol. Your charisma is striking and without artifice. You are generous, thoughtful, and appreciate life's finer things.

Please don't kick my ass.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

New America Project

Has anyone heard of the New America Project? Supposedly, it was established Spring 1997. The Project for the New American Century's
stated goal is to promote American global leadership. Interesting are some of its founding members:

Dick Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld
Jeb Bush
William J. Bennett
Dan Quayle
Steve Forbes
Paul Wolfowitz

Some items in its Statement of Principles are:
"...boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities."

"...shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests"

"...shape circumstances before crises emerge..."

I'm interested to hear what others think of an organization like this and why it hasn't been widely publicized.


I'm not sure of the author but I think the following is definitely something I wish for my children.
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better:

I'd really like for you to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.

And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hanukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

Go Bolingbrook! It's Your Birthday!

My hometown is getting an IKEA store. I know some of you are saying that you grew up in a town called Bolingbrook? Yes, yes I did and it's getting an IKEA store so na na na na na. Don't be jealous!

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Riddle Me This...

What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich need it, And if you eat it, you'll die?

Tequila and Salt

  1. There are at least two people in this world who would die for you.
  2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
  3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they really want to be just like you.
  4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
  5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
  6. You mean the world to someone.
  7. You are special and unique.
  8. Someone that you don't even know exists, loves you.
  9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
  10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take another look.
  11. Always remember the compliments you receive. Forget the rude remarks - they're not worth your time.

REMEMBER: "When life hands you lemons, ask for tequila and salt."

The Cat from Hades?

Here is a picture of our cat Squeak.


Isn't she cute? Yeah right! This cat is an enigma. She and Munchkin are in a power struggle to figure out who is the boss. Squeak is currently winning. Munchkin only seems to get the fire when Squeak is doing something to Squirm. Other than that, Squeak has bitten and/or scratched Munchkin more times than I can count.

On the other hand, Squeak knows that MD and I are definitely the boss. She hasn't quite figured out what Squirm's role is but we know that Squirm is boss and can't wait to get her little baby hands on Squeak's tail.

Squeak is quite a lovable cat, she likes to be petted and scratched but she can't keep her teeth off the power cords. It's a habit that we can't seem to break and we have too much stuff with power cords for her to be chewing on. MD has reprimanded her (aka beat the crap out of her) on numerous occasions because of her affinity for chewing on power cords.

I hate to say it, but we are going to have to find a new home for Squeak. We can't let her out on her own during the day because she chews on stuff so she gets relegated to the half-bath. I've never had such a mischevious cat before. Albeit I only had one but she knew what to do and what not to do and didn't need to get her ass beat more than once to learn the lesson. I'm at a loss. Any suggestions?