Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Days Go By

So..tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow kicks off NaBloPoMo/>.. National blog posting month. For those of us who don't have the time or imagination to devote to NaNoWriMo, this is a good alternative. Post at least one post to your blog every day..even weekends.. for the month of November. Join up, check out other participants blogs, post your posts to your blog and/or to the NaBloPoMo site.. get your friends to join and have some fun. I'm not sure if I'll make it without screwing it up, but I'm gonna try. Wonder what they do to ya if you screw up and miss a day? take away your blog? lol Well.. we'll see what happens.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Trick or Treat! What's In Your Candy Bowl

 




Lions and tigers and bears.. OH MY! Yes, Kids..it's that time again. Tomorrow is Halloween night, and all your friends and family members will be magically tranformed into scary creatures and things that go bump in the night. Then, sometime around sundown tomorrow night, the streets will be filled with miniature witches and ghosts and Hannah Montanas and Harry Potters..or whatever the hot costume is this year. Unless your neighborhood is like mine and the houses are too far apart to walk to trick or treating.. I'm not sure what they do around here for Halloween actually.. hmmmm. Do kids still even trick or treat anymore in most places? Sad...we used to walk from street to street and house to house.. dressed in real costumes, not a boxed one with a plastic mask.. freezing our butts off most of the time, cuz it tends to be chilly in Massachusetts in October.. and we'd come home with bags full of goodies and be on a sugar high for a week! Ahhhh ...the good ol' days!! We always knew which house to go to .. which ones gave out the good stuff, and which ones gave out popcorn balls, apples - which we weren't allowed to eat of course, or those little Dum Dum pops. The real good ones.. the ones that gave out full size chocolate bars or some other treasure..we'd sometimes hit twice! I love candy bars..or anything chocolate, really.. so my favorites were always the ones that gave out Snickers, 3 Muskteers, Milky Ways, KitKats, or M&Ms.. So, what are you giving out this year? Did you even buy any candy?
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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hi, I'm trying out this...

Hi, I'm trying out this new program that I found. It's called Jott, it allows you to blog from your cell phone and it will transcribe whatever you want to post into your blog. Or you can have it post a voice file so that you can listen to it rather than having it transcribed so I'm checking out, see how it goes and I'll let you know how it goes when we see how this posts to the blog. listen

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Complaints Board.. a cool website


If your inbox and your spam folder look anything like mine, I'm sure you get tons of ads and offers every day, and some of them can seem really great. I got one today from one of the survey companies I do surveys with for a thing called Horizon Gold Credit Card. They claimed to give you a $500 unsecured credit card with no credit check, etc. RIIIIGHT!! Well, having been aroud the block a few times, I looked for the fine print.. There's ALWAYS fine print, where they tell you the outrageous fees, or that it really is a secured card and you need a deposit, etc.. but I didn't see any so I decided to Google it and see what I could find out. I came up with this website called Complaints Board http://www.complaintsboard.com/ where there were, of course, numerous complaints about this company, explaining that it's not really a credit card, it's one of those they give you a credit limit to buy their crap from their website.. and they charge you 79.95 to join.. which it didn't say ANYWHERE on the ad I received. So, I saved myself the hassle of getting hooked by this scam.. and found a great new website. This site has tons of stuff listed that are searchable by subject or by website/product name, and it has tips for consumers and all kinds of other helpful stuff. You can register a complaint about anything you're not satisfied with too, and you don't even have to register or anything like that to do it. Works for me!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Good Gawd. Brutus!

 


My roomie has a dog, named Brutus. He's a boxer, and he's a really good dog. Except for one thing. Brutus is a farter. Now, I know that some people like to pass a little gas and blame it on the dog, but this time it really is him. I have always had dogs, and I have 3 of my own now, and on occasion I know they do tend to let one loose, and it's usually pretty funny. Especially when they're really loud and you can hear them cuz, let's face it, dog farts are funny, or maybe that's just me. Brutus's farts, however, are no laughing matter. They're toxic, noxious, nose-punishing and constant. I don't know if it's the brand of food Phil buys, or the fact that he has taken to eating both his food and some of my dog's food, in combination with the table scraps I share with him, or just some intestinal disorder he's suffering from, but he's foul. Okay, it is still kind of funny, even as bad as it is, but I just wish it was a lot less frequent. Really, it's all day, several times a day, and nobody else seems to smell them but me. He never does them when anyone else is around. It's like he saves them until we're alone together, a token of love like cats who leave dead things on the porch as gifts. It wouldn't be that big of a problem, except Brutus loves me, and he insists on being as close to me as possible whenever he can get away with it. His dad tries to keep him out of my room and make him stay in the living room, because he doesn't like him on the carpets, but he'll sneak in here every chance he gets and lie down right next to me.. sometimes so close he's sitting or sleeping on my foot. Then, I'll be sitting here, minding my own business, working or playing or whatever I happen to be doing and suddenly I'll be hit with something that smells like, to quote Michael Jackson, "the funk of 40,000 years". It happens with no warning, because his are of the silent but deadly variety in most cases, I'll have to cover my mouth until it's safe to breathe again. Maybe I should take him to a doggy GI doctor and get him scoped. I guess I could just lock him out of my room and throw him out every time he manages to get in, but it would break his heart. Could you be mean to this face?


Guess I should just invest in a good pair of noseplugs.
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Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Little "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at Hogwarts

 




I stole this pic from someone's blog and forgot to copy the address..sorry if it was yours. :O)

So, J.K. Rowling has pubicly "outed" Dumbledore! In case you haven't heard, she announced that Dumbledore was gay..saying, 'I've always thought he was gay". Well, she would know being the author, wouldn't she? So, what does that mean? why come out with something like that? I, personally, couldn't care less about his sexuality, and I'm sure most don't either, it may even give some another reason to be fascinated with the character, another layer of the onion that is Dumbledore to peel.. but it just gives those already crying about how the HP books promote withcraft and are evil another bone to run with. You can bet, if they're against promoting wicca and witchcraft, they are, more than likely, against being gay too. LOL So, I've been reading message boards and blogs.. as I so often do..and some are claiming it's wrong of her to have said that, and she is pandering for a little sexual titillation to bring back renewed interest in the books..like they need that!.. before Halloween. Some say she was just stating a fact, he's gay, another facet, like he has blue eyes, big deal! .. and some believe she did it as a jab at those who try to ban the HP book, etc.. another bone to chew. Well, I don't know why she did it.. but I'm wondering what people think about it. So, what do you think?
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Friday, October 12, 2007

 


I have a friend who is going to school to be a hairdresser and another who has been a hairdresser for quite a while. Every time I talk to them, it seems they're telling me about one friend or family member or acquaintance of some kind who wants them to cut their hair for them.. usually for free. I also know a few people who have trucks, and someone is always asking them to borrow their truck or asking them to help them move, or to go pick up a large item with/for them because it won't fit in their car. So, I got to thinking.. when do you draw the line? How do you say no to friends and family when they ask you to do something like this.. I'm sure computer techs, web designers, doctors, lawyers, and anyone with any kind of special skill gets the same thing all the time. Most people, because they are friends..even when they aren't that close of a friend, will expect people to do things for them free, or at greatly reduced prices.. I know I do it sometimes too. We forget that these people do these things for a living and get paid, it's their job, so why do we expect them to do it for free for us? In the case of people who own trucks, why do we assume they want to spend their weekends or spare time schlepping heavy stuff for us ..for free..delivery people and movers make pretty decent money, yet we use and abuse our friends. Most people are too nice to say no, and the ones who do say no, they won't do it for free, I'm sure are thought of as money grubbing or stingy or unreasonable.. after all, how can you charge a friend or family member? Does this happen to you? do you do it to others? would you expect to pay a friend who cuts your hair or performs a service they normally get paid for, for you?
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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Hit Me Up!



Good Gawd am I outta the loop. I used to blog like a fiend..updating several times a day. I visited other people I found by surfing through blogs and checking out other people's blogrolls and have quite a good list of blogs I love..like Dooce, Buzz, and Helen (she and the Lemonheads are home and doing SPECTACULAR..btw).. But now, having been pretty much out of the whole blogging thing for so long I had no clue just how many networking/ community/ blogging/social sites there are.. I have been a member of MySpace, Yahoo360, Blogger, Hi5, Tagged, StumbleUpon and a few others for quite a while and I have small lists of friends on each that, unfortunately, I rarely have time to visit or interact with anymore. I miss them...now, today I decided it was high time I got back into blogging a little bit..catch up.. visit some old friends and update my blog and my personal domain site (in progress still).. and there's so MANY things out there to join. ..de-li-cious and Furl, Bebo, blog this and blog that Digg, Redditt, Blinklist.. on and on and on..not to mention YouTube, Kaboodle and Flikr and those sorts of things.. YouTube is a time-sucking void that it's very easy to waste hours a day surfing and checking stuff out.. Don't even get me started on Ebay and Wikipedia!!..and I have one burning question.. where the HELL do you people find the time to update and network and keep track of all of these communities in any kind of real way? LOL

Well.. I found and joined MyBlogLog today, and I think I'll really like that one.. and Twitter.. another I have high hopes for. If you're stopping by and you are looking for me on any one of these networking sites, you can usually find me under JaxVenus or Suze05. One place I spend a bit of time...aside from Singsnap because I'm addicted and the addicted can't help themselves.. is Mylot.. so if you're a member look me up.. if not check it out Mylot

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Alive and Kicking!

Hey..guess what! I'm still alive! LOL I know I abandoned my blog for a while.. and I probably won't be posting after tonight on any kind of a regular basis either.. but ya never know. I just wanted to put a little something in here while I've got a few spare minutes to let anyone who may remember I used to blog here and care that I am still alive. Lots and lots of changes since the last time I posted. The biggest one DING DONG THE PITA'S GOOOOONE!! Yes, I finally did it.. I'm finally free officially as of the end of last January..wow..has it been that long since I've posted?? Time sure flies. I also moved from Jacksonville to Middleburg, Florida.. just a town away but I'm living out in the "back of beyond" now .. just me and some cows out here.. and I have a roomie. His name is Phil.



I took some pics of the house and the yard and the dogs and stuff and put them up here.. you can go look if ya like http://picasaweb.google.com/JaxVenus2000/House?authkey=9gM8C1_x1uk



I got a new baby last August.. a year ago this past August.. wow..dang it HAS been a long time since I've updated LOL I'll post some pics of her later. There's a few of her at the link above. Her name is Daisy and shes a 1 year old black Great Dane.. she's the most beautiful puppy EVER! She was just in heat until the end of this past week, and I was supposed to breed her ..but I couldn 't do it this time.. long story . But next time she goes into heat, I will most likely be breeding her..she's gonna make some gorgeous babies, so if anyone's in the market for a great dane puppy let me know!

I also have a new honey.. we've been dating since February 15th. His name is Mike and I've known him for about 3 years. I'll post pics of him another time too because at the moment I'm not having great luck with trying to get pics to post.. or finding my pics.. grrr..

A year ago last August I discovered online karaoke! I love karaoke.. and this is the best site .. its at www.singsnap.com. If you love to sing, go check it out. It's free and they have about a zillion songs and over 10,000 members.. You can check me out here.. I didn't say I was any good.. just that I love it LOL http://www.singsnap.com/snap/profile/overview/a52b88

Well, I know this post is very short and spare on the details after not posting for so long, but it's late and I got a bunch of stuff I want to get done. I'll try to post some more later.