Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Pictures!


Ava prepares for Halloween by doing her best pink ghost impression!

Waiting in line for a haunted house!

Ava is Ming Ming from The Wonder pets...she's not super duck!

She's also absolutely adorable! You wouldn't know that it took me almost ten minutes to get her into this costume because she was refusing to put her arms and feet in.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Whale Watching, Bears, Hiking OH MY!!

So I've always been intrigued with various oddities:
-I'm obsessed with Ireland
-I'm obsessed with Bed and Breakfasts
-I love whale watching
-I think I'd like to try spelunking
-Victorian Homes
-I like Jazz music and actually think I have a nice Jazz voice
-pumpkins make me happy

etc. That's not really a list just and odd bunch of facts. Larry and I put together a list of ten things we would like to do before we died. Not surprisingly since we are so alike we had a lot of things in common. One thing that he had on his list that I did not was to visit Denali park after the wolf cubs have been born. (This was ALLL pre Palin, so don't go there). I immediately needed to know more about it. While we were on the phone I was looking at the Denali state park website and checking out various other websites of places to stay and things to do and I am officially hooked! Since then I signed up for a B&B newsletter, which would alert me to hot deals in certain areas that you are interested in. They've been sending me some great deals which are just absolutely breathtaking. I mean Alaska really is a beautiful long as you're not going during their summer (Mid May -Mid August) I don't do mosquitoes. There are so many things we want to do, many of which are listed above. I would love to take Larry Whale watching. I've been off the east coast when I was visiting New Brunswick. Then they have this tour where you can take a helicopter ride and see Black bears catching wild Salmon and playing by the rivers, and countless countless other activities. Including of course if we can, seeing the wild wolf cubs.

So I sigh a little at all of the beautiful B&B's that are sent to my inbox and dream about our Alaskan vacation!

Monday, October 27, 2008

I build stuff

This is Larry. So, I'm done laying down my laminate flooring and the only thing I have left to do is nail in the base shoe and repaint the baseboards. This Saturday night, I decided to build something I've always wanted to .... my own workbench. I found some plans I downloaded a few years ago. I modified some dimensions to make it a little taller to suit me. It's nothing elaborate, but it's nice and simple which is what I wanted. I'll post pictures of my workbench and my flooring for your viewing pleasure. Sarah helped me paint the room, so props go out to her. She did an amazing job of taping and painting. I've also got pictures of my bathroom renovations I did awhile ago. I ripped up the linoleum and installed some tile and replaced the vanity and toilet. Those were fun project.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


There's some other chick interviewing for MY job! And she's wearing a skirt...and no stockings!! NO STOCKINGS!!! I am wearing a crisp black suit with a classy white shirt underneath...AND I have my resume separated out in folders! Not cheap Manila folders...ACTUAL nice swaggy with a clear cover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Deep Breath

This is one heckuva hectic week!
So I received a call back from the job I had applied for way back when. They had been pushed back because of AOP planning, so...I wasn't hearing much from the new prospective job...and surprise surprise I wasn't hearing much from the new potential promotion from my current position.

So as soon as I receive my call this week, I tell my manager to let her know that I have a 3 hour interview (I hope I get bathroom breaks). I email my boss's manager to ask him if it is okay to use him as a reference. He emails back saying of course, but that he would also: "Surely like to find a career path growth for you within Marcom Ops, if that's possible and of interest"


While I appreciate that he wants to keep me on the team, why wasn't more urgency put into creating a promotion for me in the past few weeks? Why now when I am facing an interview? Well because the potential of losing me becomes that much more of a reality of course. But don't they realize that if I was offered this new position I would take it over just a "possibility of career growth within Marcom Ops?".


I guess I'm frustrated because if I don't get this job I feel like trying to please me is going to die down again. And I'll have to fight twice as hard if I want to get them to push the promotion.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Being politically correct has gone too far

This is Larry again.

You probably missed the story, but Sony has recalled a video game that it was getting ready to release very soon. Was it the violence? Was it the blood and gore? Was it the language? Nope. It was because "One of the background music tracks that was licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an". Source:

The game is called Little Big Planet and it's basically like Super Mario if you remember that from the old Nintendo. The cool parts about this game is that you can actually make your own levels and share them on the internet and solve the puzzles with your friends. So instead of having to hand your controller over to the next person in line, 4 people can play at the same time over the internet or even at your own house to solve these puzzles which require you to work together. I won't bore you with some of the other cool details about the game.

Back to my complaint... This is pretty ridiculous. Even the president of the non-profit American Islamic Forum for Democracy disagrees with this move by Sony. Source: It wasn't even that the music was speaking negatively of the Islam or the Qur'an. It was quoting some of the writing and the song was even by a Muslim. I highly doubt that any Christians would object to a game that had music in a game and part of the music was quoting parts of the bible. Maybe those Japanese executives over in Japan don't understand the freedom of speech.

We're going too far to be politically correct. Make it stop.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The history of Chuck Norris' awesomeness

This is Maverick Larry here. So, I've made quite a name for myself on the internet. Oh, what? You haven't heard? There's a very good reason for that. In many circles, I'm quite the subject of people describing how awesome I am. However, due to my extreme modesty, I've decided to tell these circles to attribute these awesome "facts of awesomeness" to none other than Chuck Norris to help me keep a pretty low profile. Go ahead and google "Chuck Norris facts" later and see what you get. Now, lately, some people have enjoyed the show "24" so much that they've actually attributed these facts to Jack Bauer. Either way, you know the history of these facts, so you should feel privileged. Here are some of the latest facts that have surfaced on the internet. Enjoy.

  • Some kids piss their name in the snow. Chuck Norris can piss his name into concrete.
  • Leading hand sanitizers claim they can kill 99.9 percent of germs. Chuck Norris can kill 100 percent of whatever the fuck he wants.
  • Chuck Norris once visited the Virgin Islands. They are now The Islands.
  • Chuck Norris was originally cast as the main character in 24, but was replaced by the producers when he managed to kill every terrorist and save the day in 12 minutes and 37 seconds.
  • Chuck Norris can speak Braille.
  • Chuck Norris can do a wheelie on a unicycle.
  • Chuck Norris owns the greatest Poker Face of all-time. It helped him win the 1983 World Series of Poker despite him holding just a Joker, a Get out of Jail Free Monopoly card, a 2 of clubs, 7 of spades and a green #4 card from the game Uno.
  • Once, while having sex in a tractor-trailer, part of Chuck Norris' sperm escaped and got into the engine. We now know this truck as Optimus Prime.
  • If you spell Chuck Norris wrong on Google it doesn't say, "Did you mean Chuck Norris?" It simply replies, "Run while you still have the chance."
  • Chuck Norris can slam revolving doors.
  • Once a cobra bit Chuck Norris' leg. After five days of excruciating pain,the cobra died.
  • Chuck Norris does not hunt because the word hunting implies the possibilityof failure. Chuck Norris goes killing.
  • Chuck Norris doesn't pop his collar, his shirts just get erections when they touch his body.
  • Chuck Norris was once on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and was the first to spin. The next 29 minutes of the show consisted of everyone standing around awkwardly, waiting for the wheel to stop.
  • Chuck Norris' dog is trained to pick up his own poop because Chuck Norris will not take shit from anyone.
  • Giraffes were created when Chuck Norris uppercutted a horse.
  • Chuck Norris can delete the Recycling Bin.
  • Chuck Norris sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. Shortly after the transaction was finalized, Chuck roundhouse kicked the devil in the face and took his soulback. The devil, who appreciates irony, couldn't stay mad and admitted he should have seen it coming. They now play poker every second Wednesday ofthe month.
  • When Chuck Norris gives you the finger, he's telling you how many seconds you have left to live.
  • If it looks like chicken, tastes like chicken, and feels like chicken but Chuck Norris says its beef, then it's fucking beef.
  • Chuck Norris doesn't have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel.
  • Chuck Norris is not hung like a horse... horses are hung like Chuck Norris
  • If you play Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" backwards, you will hear Chuck Norris banging your sister.
  • Chuck Norris secretly sleeps with every woman in the world once a month. They bleed for a week as a result.
  • Bill Gates lives in constant fear that Chuck Norris' PC will crash.
  • Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird.
  • Ghosts are actually caused by Chuck Norris killing people faster than Death can process them.
  • Chuck Norris has to maintain a concealed weapon license in all 50 states in order to legally wear pants.
  • Chuck Norris is the only person on the planet that can kick you in the back of the face.
  • Chuck Norris can build a snowman out of rain.
  • The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your cup, but knowing that Chuck Norris didn't kill you in your sleep.
  • Chuck Norris is always on top during sex because Chuck Norris never fucks up.
  • A rogue squirrel once challenged Chuck Norris to a nut hunt around the park. Before beginning, Chuck simply dropped his pants, instantly killing the squirrel and 3 small children. Chuck knows you can't find bigger, better nuts than that.
  • Brett Favre can throw a football over 50 yards. Chuck Norris can throw Brett Favre even further.
  • Chuck Norris never retreats, he just attacks in the opposite direction.
  • Chuck Norris once punched a man in the soul.
  • Chuck Norris keeps his ID on the bottom of his right foot. Nobody ever asks him for his ID.
  • Chuck Norris can drown a fish.
  • Chuck Norris can create a rock so heavy that even he can't lift it. And then he lifts it anyways, just to show you who the fuck Chuck Norris is.

Pizza, this is about Pizza!

Okay, most of you know I like to cook/bake, I'm also what you might call a bit of a perfectionist...

So I have been looking for a good pizza dough recipe for about 4 years now, every recipe says oh you need a good pizza stone blah blah blah, what's wrong with my $3 aluminum pan? Everything...that's what's wrong Sarah Everything. I went to BB&B and used one of their 20% off coupons and bought a pizza stone, still a little bit skeptic....After one use, I am now a Pizza Stone Fanatic! Let me tell you people, you have not had homemade pizza until you have made it with a pizza stone. It completely makes all of the difference! Not only did it cook my pizza perfectly but it made the crust sort of crunchy on the outside but nice and soft on the inside! NY style! Exactly what I have been looking for for four long years!

Enjoy ma pictures! I also made my own pizza sauce!
1. Is of homemade sauce, and turkey peperoni/mushroom pizza.
2. Turkey Peperoni/Mushroom post pizza stone baking!
3. BEST pizza ever! Pesto, Turkey Peperoni and tomato!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Politics according to Harlem

Apparently, Sarah Palin is now Obama's running mate.

In a fatal car crash eh? Diagnosis: Syphilis

I've determined that the doctors treating me just aren't even trying anymore. They have most likely just given up. I went in to the after hours clinic because I was experiencing a sharp pain in my shoulders and numbness that followed in my neck and arms. Diagnosis: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

I'm pretty sure it's because they just received a new shipment of splints and their stock was high. I texted Larry that the doctor thought it was carpal tunnel, his response? "In your neck?" This made me laugh for a good ten minutes as I could only imagine the confused look on his face.

We then on the way home began discussing how we could diagnose people.
Bleeding finger? Diagnosis: Athletes foot
Runny nose? Diagnosis: Stomach Ulcer
Hang nail? Diagnosis: Small Pox

Then of course there was the wise advice from the doctor:
Doctor Man: If you're feeling any discomfort just go ahead and take some Advil or Aleeve.
Me: Well...I can't because I'm on Coumadin.
Doctor Man: Oh....right....well too bad for you then huh?
Me: Yes I suppose

To sum up: Next week I will be diagnosed with extremely rare strain of malaria.

To sum up further: Doctors are slowly trying to kill me with Advil.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Do you like Pumpkins or Popcorn?

Fall into some Pumpkin Fun!

Ava and I went to a pumpkin farm today! We had so much fun riding in a wagon and picking pumpkins....which means I had fun pulling her in the wagon and she constantly complained about having to ride in it and wanted to get out...also I picked pumpkins while she played in the dirt and then tried to eat the dirt...Enjoy some pictures! I'm going to post a video next.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fun Pictures!

These are some pictures I found mostly from Larry's camera, of our Florida visit!
I love this shot! Ava is so cute giving Momma a kiss!

All of these birds kept landing on me to drink the syrup from the cup...and try to eat my necklace!
This was one of only two pictures we took of all four of us together. Too bad Joseph isn't looking...and too bad Ava looks like she's trying to seduce someone...
Here's one just before we went into a paddle was awkward because we had so much stuff with the kids. Their faces make me laugh!
We had just fed the Giraffe! This is one of my favorite photos and my favorite thing to do at the Zoo!
Don't you love our windblown sillyness?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Debate so far

1. Why am I listening to 90% of what is already in your commercials? Why didn't they just run Obama/McCain commercials back and forth every minute.

2. McCain is Maverlicious "I'll answer the question" (referring to Social Security/Medicare question)

3. I think it's cute that McCain can't hear some of the questions.

4. Drinking games with this debate aren't as easy to come by...I'm not drunk at all.

5. Maverick

6. I kind of want one or both of them to randomly drop the mic while speaking.

7. Tom Brokaw is getting really pissed. At least one of us is drunk.

8. Red Light Green Light.

9. I think the random people asking questions wish they were watching The Office.

10. McCain is making funny faces at Obama while he's answering the questions.

To sum up: I should start drinking every time they go over their minute...then I'd be plenty drunk.

Monday, October 6, 2008

10 Things 10 Cards -Day 5

This is kind of a close shot eh? This card features a stamping technique using a post it. I stamped the big pumpkin first with a post it in the corner so I could stamp the smaller pumpkin, almost inside of the big pumpkin. Then the last pumpkin is stamped with a post it covering the middle pumpkin. I then cut out the leaves and adhered them to the card.

These are some of the containers I decorated, they have candy inside!

I'm not feeling well so I'll post the other things later.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm sorry I didn't tell you all sooner...I hope you will all forgive me...

Being able to see Canada and Michigan from my backyard distracted me from my goals

Friday Fun!

So I asked Larry to compile a list of some of his favorite movie quotes, so that he and I could do a post together. He came up with some really great ones! AND I didn't have to ask him more than once...AND he had his list done before I did! -I'm pretty sure he's actually a woman-

Here's his list:
Movie Quotes counting down in order of importance

10) Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Robin Hood: Kindly let me pass.
Little John: Uh, no. Sorry, but a toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll, and if we don't get no tolls, then we don't eat no rolls.
Little John: I made that up.
Robin Hood: It's very fascinating. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to hurt you.

9) Rush Hour 2
James Carter: Who died, Lee?
Lee: You!
James Carter: Detective Yu?
Lee: Not Yu, you!
James Carter: Who?
Lee: You!
James Carter: Who?
Lee: Do you understand the words that are a-coming out of my mouth?
James Carter: Don't nobody understand the words that are comin' out of your mouth.

8) Shanghai Noon
Chon Wang: [shaking his hand] My name is Chon Wang.
Roy O'Bannon: John Wayne?
Chon Wang: Chon Wang.
Roy O'Bannon: That's a terrible cowboy name!

7) Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail
Sir Bedevere: There are ways of telling whether she is a witch.
Peasant 1: Are there? Oh well, tell us.
Sir Bedevere: Tell me. What do you do with witches?
Peasant 1: Burn them.
Sir Bedevere: And what do you burn, apart from witches?
Peasant 1: More witches.
Peasant 2: Wood.
Sir Bedevere: Good. Now, why do witches burn?
Peasant 3: ...because they're made of... wood?
Sir Bedevere: Good. So how do you tell whether she is made of wood?
Peasant 1: Build a bridge out of her.
Sir Bedevere: But can you not also build bridges out of stone?
Peasant 1: Oh yeah.
Sir Bedevere: Does wood sink in water?
Peasant 1: No, no, it floats!... It floats! Throw her into the pond!
Sir Bedevere: No, no. What else floats in water?
Peasant 1: Bread.
Peasant 2: Apples.
Peasant 3: Very small rocks.
Peasant 1: Cider.
Peasant 2: Gravy.
Peasant 3: Cherries.
Peasant 1: Mud.
Peasant 2: Churches.
Peasant 3: Lead! Lead!
King Arthur: A Duck.
Sir Bedevere: ...Exactly. So, logically...
Peasant 1: If she weighed the same as a duck... she's made of wood.
Sir Bedevere: And therefore...
Peasant 2: ...A witch!

6) Spaceballs
Dark Helmet: So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb

5) Talladega Nights
Chip: I can't hold my tongue. These kids are my grandchildren and you are raising them wrong. They are *terrible* boys!
Walker: Shut up, Chip, or I'll go ape-shit on your ass!
Texas Ranger: I'm gonna scissor-kick you in the back of the head!
Cal Naughton, Jr.: Yeah!
Ricky Bobby: Yeah! Now turn up the heat!
Cal Naughton, Jr.: Go on and get some, boys!
Ricky Bobby: Come on!
Walker: I'm ten years old, but I'll beat your ass!
Texas Ranger: Chip, I'm gonna come at you like a spider monkey!
Cal Naughton, Jr.: Like a spider monkey! Go on!
Ricky Bobby: Chip, you brought this on, man.
Walker: Greatest Generation my ass. Tom Brokaw's a punk!
Chip: What is wrong with you?
Texas Ranger: Chip, I'm all jacked up on Mountain Dew!
Chip: Are you just going to let your sons talk to their grandfather like this?
Ricky Bobby: Hell yes I am! They are winners! That is how winners talk!
Carley Bobby: If we wanted two wussies, we would have named them Dr. Quinn and Medicine Woman!

4) Fight Club
Narrator: After fighting, everything else in your life got the volume turned down.

3) Beauty and the Beast
Beast: I want to do something for her... but what?
Cogsworth: Well, there's the usual things: flowers... chocolates... promises you don't intend to keep...

2) Finding Nemo
Marlin: If this is some kind of practical joke, it's not funny, and I know funny. I'm a clownfish.

1) Gladiator
Maximus: What we do in life echoes in eternity.

Here's my list
In no particular order:

Ever After
Henry: [as Danielle rushes away] Have we met?
Danielle: I do not believe so, Your Highness.
Henry: I could have sworn I knew every courtier in the providence.
Danielle: Well, I'm visiting a cousin.
Henry: Who?
Danielle: My cousin.
Henry: Yes, you said that. Which one?
Danielle: Th-the only one I have, sire.
Henry: Are you coy on purpose or do you honestly refuse to tell me your name?
Danielle: [stops quickly] No.
[quickly heads towards the gate]
Danielle: And yes.
Henry: Well, then, pray tell me your cousin's name so that I might call upon her
to learn who you are. For anyone who can quote Thomas More is well worth the effort.

When Harry Met Sally
I love that you get cold when it is 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend day with you,
I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Monty Python
Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
Sir Lancelot: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I am not afraid.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name?
Sir Lancelot: My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Sir Lancelot: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour?
Sir Lancelot: Blue.
Bridgekeeper: Go on. Off you go.
Sir Lancelot: Oh, thank you. Thank you very much.
Sir Robin: That's easy.
Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
Sir Robin: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I'm not afraid.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name?
Sir Robin: Sir Robin of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Sir Robin: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is the capital of Assyria?
Sir Robin: I don't know that.
[he is thrown over the edge into the volcano]
Sir Robin: Auuuuuuuugh.
Bridgekeeper: Stop. What... is your name?
Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Galahad: I seek the Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour?
Galahad: Blue. No, yel...
[he is also thrown over the edge]
Galahad: auuuuuuuugh.
Bridgekeeper: Hee hee heh. Stop. What... is your name?
King Arthur: It is 'Arthur', King of the Britons.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
King Arthur: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
King Arthur: What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
Bridgekeeper: Huh? I... I don't know that.
[he is thrown over]
Bridgekeeper: Auuuuuuuugh.
Sir Bedevere: How do know so much about swallows?
King Arthur: Well, you have to know these things when you're a king, you know.

Wizard of Oz
Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable...

Blades of Glory
Chazz: The night is a very dark time for me.
Jimmy: Its dark for everyone, moron!
Chazz: Not for Alaskans or dudes with night-vision goggles.

Tommy Boy
Tommy: Does this suit make me look fat?
Richard: No your face does
[checking Tommy’s outfit, pulls off his tie]
Tommy: [laughing] It's a clip on
Richard: ha ha are ya sure?

Ilsa: I can't fight it anymore. I ran away from you once. I can't do it again. Oh, I don't know what's right any longer. You have to think for both of us. For all of us.
Rick: All right, I will. Here's looking at you, kid.
Ilsa: [smiles] I wish I didn't love you so much.

Evan Almighty
God: Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

Ferdinand: I suppose the life of an anorexic duck doesn't amount to much in the broad scheme of things.

Chicken Run
Fowler: Pushy Americans, always showing up late for every war.
Overpaid, oversexed, and over here!

Shawshank Redemption
On Red's harmonica playing.]
Andy Dufresne: Here's where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don't forget.
Forget that there are places in the world that aren't made out of stone.
That there's a - there's a - there's something inside that's yours, that they can't touch.
Andy Dufresne: That's the beauty of music. They can't take that away from you.

We would love to hear all of your favorites!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I will probably be getting a boat soon...

So there is an add out for MG&E (Madison Gas and Electric), which features a family on a large boat tying down the sail, trimming the line, pointing to the starboard and various other boaty type things.

Then Mr. Voice over comes on and says "...Paying your energy bills online will reduce the amount of paper we waste each year, and it allows you to have more time with your family...blah blah..."

So to sum up: pay your bills online and they will send you a boat. I'm pretty sure that's what the ad was all about.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


So my increased swelling and lack of help caring regarding my DVT led me to post on a free forum for DVT.

Almost everyone suggested I wasn't getting the right medical advice/attention regarding this, and suggested I see a Hematologist (someone who specializes in blood, I googled it). So I have an appointment on Nov 14th which was the next available appointment. Some are satisfied with the appointment me, some think it should be sooner coughcoughLarrycoughcough.

In other news McDonalds is running Monopoly on Oct 7th. I generally don't even like McDonald's and only eat there when forced...except when they play Monopoly. Then it suddenly becomes a tantalizing gourmet meal. Why is it we love McDonald's during Monopoly so much? Or is it just me?