What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Friday, December 28, 2007

Right with you, Alix

From today's "Stone Soup" comic strip.......

Monday, December 17, 2007

I feel like Val from Stone Soup when it comes to the holidays. I find that with every year that goes by, I lose a little bit of the joy that used to come with the season. For many of us, it is the stress of wanting to give our kids "a good Christmas", but what is a good Christmas. Is it the Wii's, the Guitar Heros, the Rockband games, more and more and more, or is the the love we give them, the guidance we try to give, or the simple presence of being there for them when they need us?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Page - by Mark Halperin - TIME

The Page - by Mark Halperin - TIME

Wow...a "these comments were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way" apology. That didn't take long.

Guess what, perverts!

I was checking my site meter today and I noticed something that disgusted me. On October 29th, I blogged about my concern over costumes of a questionable nature being marketed to young girls. As I checked my site meter, I noticed hits from the Bronx, Germany, Poland, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and so on. When I checked the details, I found that they had been brought to my blog by google searching "sexy little girls". Apparently in my post I mentioned that these costumes were too sexy for little girls and it brought these perverts here.

Well guess what, perverts. I have removed the post and may you all rot in hell for your perversion. I pray that you never lay a hand on a little girl and if you have or ever do, I hope she comes back to castrate you.

Clinton N.H. Official Warns Obama Will Be Attacked on Drug Use | The Trail | washingtonpost.com

Clinton N.H. Official Warns Obama Will Be Attacked on Drug Use The Trail washingtonpost.com

Funny how the Clinton campaign says that the Republicans will use Obama's admitted past drug use against him in as a dirty trick.....when in fact the Clinton campaign just got dirtier by not even waiting for Republican to do it.

Shaheen asks the question of why Democrats are leaning more towards the newbies, Obama and Edwards when there are more experienced candidates such as Clinton, Biden, and Dodd. I think I have an answer. Maybe it is because there is a want for change in this country. We see what the current elected officials are doing to this country. We heard the past promises by Democratic leaders that once they were in charge that change would come....and it did to a point, but they didn't follow through completely. Maybe in the new guys there is a hope that they will stick to what they promise.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gamers will 'w00t' over word of the year - Internet- msnbc.com

Gamers will 'w00t' over word of the year - Internet- msnbc.com

I am not sure how I think about this. Having a great fondness for reading and the written word, I don't think I am a big fan of words created by letters and numbers, such as what you see in games and in text messages.

I am getting increasingly frustrated by the shortening of words lately and what gets me is that it is only the last syllable that is dropped....like it is just too hard to say that last syllable....like we are so busy as a society that we simply can't be bothered to finish a word. In case you are wondering what I am yammering on about, just watch a few commercials on the television. Listen to the announcer talk about a low closing cost refi (instead of refinance), Rachel Ray talk about Dunkin Donuts coffee being delish (instead of delicious), or one of many people that talk about their vaca (instead of vacation). It makes me grumble anytime I see or hear it. The great writers (Twain, Whitman, Dickinson) are probably rolling over in their graves every time these words are said.

Maybe I am getting old. I am going to be one of those old women saying "In my day, people finished their words!"

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Church bulletin warns of 'evil' film - The Golden Compass

I am not going to deny that the author of "The Golden Compass" is an atheist nor will I deny that he has been quoted in the past as being anti-Catholic. I will not say that I believe in what he says considering I believe that all persons should practice the spirituality that is right for them, should it be Catholicism, Judaism, Muslim, or Pagan....or no belief at all, as long as it does not hurt others in the process.

Having watched the movie "The Golden Compass" but not reading the book yet, I cannot say how watered down Phillip Pullman's intent was. The movie seems to have rather vague references to the Catholic Church except for the bad guys looking like bishops and the bad guys being called the Magisterium. You see, I am not a Catholic and did not know that the Magisterium was the teaching authority of the Catholic Church until today when I read it in an article. I suppose the fear of the Church is that no matter how sanitized the message is in the movies, it will bring people to read the books, which has the harder anti-Catholic message.

But what does a boycott do? In my opinion, if a person finds that they want to convert to a new religion because of what they read in a fantasy novel, then that person was not strong in their faith to begin with. Is this a true case of being concerned for the attack on the church, or is it guilt on the part of the Catholic Church for some of the scandals and harm that they have in fact had a part in. Could it be that some people have left the Catholic Church for far bigger reasons than a fantasy novel? Has "The Golden Compass" become another scapegoat for the Church? Wouldn't it be easier to blame a book or an author for your troubles than the very foundation of the trouble itself?

To me, this isn't any different than the ruckus that the Harry Potter books and movies brought about. How many bulletins and boycotts were called for those when people believed that the Pagans put Harry Potter out to lure kid's into witchcraft (which, for the record as a Pagan, we don't do that).

If one blindly follows a book, it is no better than one blindly following a person or a religion.

Church bulletin warns of 'evil' film

Friday, December 07, 2007

I think I am leaning towards Barack Obama....

There have been quite a few reasons why I have made this choice. I suppose that Hillary's tendency to flip from one stance to another is on the same topic is one of them. I think I still am angry at her for the display she put on back before the Iraq War started and I listened to her for almost 20 minutes sound like she was against the war, yet in the last two minutes said she was going to vote for it. I was so mad I wrote her and told her that her actions prompted me to go to the Independent Party. Her Kindergarten Cop act didn't help her case with me either.

*Sigh* It's going to be a long year, isn't it?

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Honey Beats Meds at Soothing Kids' Cough - MSN Health & Fitness - Cold and Flu

Well, how about that....seems that, in some cases, the natural cures ARE better for you. With some of the fiascos that have come out of the Food and Drug Administration in past years, this is refreshing news.

Honey Beats Meds at Soothing Kids' Cough - MSN Health & Fitness - Cold and Flu

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Grrr....the Patriots won another one.

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Last night I didn't even watch Monday Night Football as I had assumed that the Patriots would pretty much shred the Ravens anyway. Besides, I was having a blast watching "Tin Man" on Sci-Fi. After "Tin Man" went off, I turned it to ESPN to check the score and was extremely gleeful to find that the Ravens....the freakin' Ravens, were BEATING the Patriots with 8 minutes to go. Needless to say, my plans to go to bed at 11pm were changed.

Sigh....alas, my dreams of watching the Patriots have their asses handed to them were squashed after watching an extremely poorly placed timeout on the Ravens part and the final touchdown that Jabar Gaffney squeeked in.

I can not stand the Patriots....please, I beg a team to hand them a loss if only to stop the commentators from gushing over Tom Brady!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Reflections on turning 35

I am 35 today and I am not sure how I feel about it. I was the same way when I turned 30. It's something about the milestones, I suppose. Funny....I don't feel 35 and I have been told that I don't look 35 so I can not imagine why a number would bother me so much. Maybe it's all those warnings you hear on drug commercials...you know the ones that say "especially women over 35" or all the screenings that one should get once they hit 35, like thyroid, breast cancer, or amnio tests if you become pregnant. Is there a self destruct button or something?

Ahhh, nevermind. What I do have to remember is that I am healthy, that I am happy, that I am the mother of two beautiful boys. I have a good life and more to come. Maybe I will check out the Red Hat Society (as a Pink Hatter)...those women know how to embrace their age and party!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize - Climate Change - MSNBC.com

Al Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize - Climate Change - MSNBC.com

I am glad to hear that they Nobel committee has chosen Al Gore for their peace prize. His work to promote the cause for global warming has brought much needed attention to this important subject. Al Gore has had his critics and some of his critics have called him a hypocrite, but it does not take away from the fact that global warming NEEDS to be addressed and Al Gore's work for it should be commended.

Congratulations, Mr. Gore....and thank you.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Do I ever love football!!

Not only for the fact that my beloved Colts are now 5-0, but for the emotional roller coaster that a good football game can be. Did anyone else see that Bills/Cowboys game? Holy cow! Even though I was rooting for the Bills, I have to say that after the Cowboys last minute win, I was giddy with the excitement the whole game gave me. No doubt about it, the Cowboys came through in the end.

Damn, what a game!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Great place for wings!

I would imagine that most of the people in the North Country are familiar with this place, but I have just managed to get around to it after living here for 12 years. The place I am talking about is the Rusted Route on Route 3 just outside of Watertown heading towards Sackets Harbor. I went there today after a beautiful ride on the back of a motorcycle and we has their Sampler Platter, a hot chocolate with Bailey's Irish Cream and whipped cream, and, of course, some of their famous Black Betty Wings.

Let me tell you, the wings were AWESOME and the atmosphere is pretty great, too. With two big screen tvs (one in the bar and one in the dining area) and plenty of other smaller Tvs at the bar for football watching, this visit was a great Sunday outing. The bar was pretty crowded, and I not being much of a "at the bar" person found the dining room area very roomy and comfortable to eat and watch the game.

This is a place that I will definitely come to again! Their calender of events can be found at www.myspace.com/rustedroute.

Monday, September 24, 2007


Yesterday I celebrated Mabon with a ride on a motorcycle with my sweetie to head up to Adirondack Artworks in Natural Bridge. This store has a variety of artwork, crystals, and loads of other interesting things. I bought some candles and some sandalwood incense and we were off again. I took these photos on the North Croghan Road and was able to get a visitor in the form of a bullfrog on film.

Later I made a dinner with traditional Mabon foods (Potato and Parsley Soup with Corn Bread) and collected different colored leaves in the woods near my home. Mabon is a time for balance and over the course of the last year, I have been completely out of whack so I thought it was as good as time as any to work a ritual honoring the Sabbat as well as working to bring myself back to balance. I have been away from the Ancient Celtic Traditions for a while now and felt it was time to rededicate myself to the practice for, in the past, it has brought me as close to balance as I have ever known.

So here's to balance and peace!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Still losing...not much more to go

I weighed myself this morning, and to my delight, I am down to 139, which puts me back on track. I now have 9 pounds to go for my goal. When I reach my goal, I will be at the weight I was when I went to basic training at age 17. I do, however, still need to get back on the exercise track. I fizzled last week and didn't work out as much as I should have, but with the weight loss still progressing, I am motivated to get right to it!!

I wanted to share a simple recipe that I use from time to time. It probably isn't new, but I whipped it up myself one day while playing around with ingredients so I don't have exact measurements. It's pretty yummy and curbs my hunger in the mornings for breakfast or as a snack during the day.

Banana-Strawberry Soymilk Shake

1 banana-cut up
2 large (Frozen or fresh) strawberries-cut up
About a quarter cup of low fat vanilla yogurt
Enough vanilla soy milk to cover it all up in a cup (or the consistency that you like it)

Mix with hang mixer until blended. Enjoy!

I also have set a goal to run a 5K within the next year. It is actually on my "Things to do before I am 40" list and I am working towards the Shamrock Run in Watertown in March 2008. I want to start off slow and work my way up. With enough perseverance, I will make it!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Couple welcomes 17th child - Kids & Parenting - MSNBC.com

Couple welcomes 17th child - Kids & Parenting - MSNBC.com

I know, I know....I will post my opinion on this subject and have people thinking "It's their choice" or "What's it to you?" but every time I read in the news about this family having yet one more child, I cringe. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I wonder how the parents can possible give all their children enough love and attention when there is always a baby in the house....or it could be my nagging thought that in this day and age of overpopulation that it just seems so irresponsible...or the creepy feeling I get when I see all these kids together, kind of like seeing a spiders nest with all the young going every which way. There is just too many of them....

One of the funniest things I read in this article was this:
"We'd love to have more," Michelle said, referring to baby girls. "We love the ruffles and lace."

I love ruffles and lace too, lady, but you know what? Having two boys myself, I understand the love of ruffles and lace, but I think I will just buy it for myself, my nieces, or just hold out for the granddaughters I might have in the future....not keep spitting kids out for it. Oh, well...just my opinion.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Small changes

I have found that just adding small changes can make a difference. By going back to the healthy eating habits I adopted last year, I have already found myself at the 141 mark on my scale. I started back working out this week and have cut out eating some of the goodies that I can eat at my workplace (I work part time at a pizza shop...yikes!). I have set my goal for 130 because that was my original goal and because it was the weight I was years ago when I felt at my healthiest. Anything less and my "Irish farm girl" build looks too thin.

So I am well on my way...wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I bought this book a little over a week ago and am already done with it. My boyfriend and I started out saying that we were going to take turns with it, reading a chapter at a time. We didn't realize, however, our different reading styles nor the fact that I have more time to read than he does. It didn't take long for him to tell me to just go ahead and read the book because without trying to, I was putting a little pressure on him to read faster. We will have to wait for our discussions on what we thought of the book until he is done, but it is so hard because of all that has happened in this book.

Ok....about the book! I am not going to give away the secrets here, although they are all over the internet already. I don't want someone to inadvertently read something they didn't want to read. I believe that this is the best book of the series. It might have to do with the fact that so many questions were answered and it was awfully exciting. I found that I just couldn't put the book down and when I did, I couldn't wait to get back to it. What an emotional roller coaster ride that book was!

At the end of the book, I was a little sad because it was the end of a great series. It was the same kind of bittersweet feeling that I felt as I watched the last of the Lord of the Rings movies, "Return of the King". It's amazing when works of fiction pull you into their world and you feel for the characters as you would your own friends and family. To me, the Harry Potter series is just like that.

All is well....

P.S. Comments are now open again.

Friday, July 20, 2007

It's Harry Potter Day in my house!

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" even more so than my children, I believe. It have been deemed Harry Potter Day at my as we plan to not only attend the local Borders book release party (at which I put my order in for the book back in March) but also will go see the latest Potter movie "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".

I have stayed away from every source that could possibly give away the ending to this book and will stay as such until I get it read. I think it sucks that there are people out there that want to ruin the fun for everyone by releasing the book or give away the endings! I know that I am going to have to be careful though because as the legitimate copies come out, more and more people are going to want to give away secrets. I want to read the book as quickly as possible, but my man and I have decided to get one copy and read it a chapter or two at a time. Seeing that I have more time to read that he does, it is going to prove hard for me to want to read ahead.

Oh, well....we will see where my resolve is!

Happy Harry Potter Day!
P.S. Anyone that even thinks of posting the ending on the comments pages will find that I have disabled them for the time being...so ha ha on you!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Got Lazy....gained weight....working to get it off again

One of the things that I was most proud of was my weight loss from 165 pounds down to (at my least) 139 pounds. My routine consisted of a three times a week Bowflex routine, a daily 8 Minute Abs, and occasional aerobic activity, such as bike riding and walking. I watched what I ate by eating less carbohydrates and more proteins and ate very little sweets and fast food. I was feeling really good.

In the process of this life change I am going through, I have strayed from this routine. I am eating out more and not exercising as much. Although I have not gained a significant amount of weight (I am up to 145), I feel out of shape and flabby. I actually feel sluggish and icky. Today I decided to do something about it.

I started back on my 8 Minute Abs this morning and holy shit, did that hurt, but having used it in the past, I know that the routine works. I am also off to the grocery store to get the foods that I used to eat...yogurts, skim milk, wrap bread, etc. Tomorrow I will get the Bowflex out and get to that routine.

I can't wait to feel good again.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Goodbye, Mr. Wizard

I remember watching every episode of Mr. Wizard's World on Nickelodeon in the 80's. I loved the experiments and remember doing quite a few myself at home. He made learning fun and made one realize that one didn't need any fancy tools to experiment and learn. He was a great educator and will be sorely missed.

Goodbye, Mr. Wizard! Thanks for your vision!

Charleston Daily Mail

Monday, June 11, 2007

Changes and starting again.....

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In my last post, I had mentioned that my life was crazy. Thing is, it was changing. This year, I have seen not only an end to a 10 year relationship (7 of them married) but the beginning of something wonderful and new. Things are changing for me at a high rate of speed and I am starting to find the balance I need to be a better mother, teacher, and friend. I have had to face certain demons that haunt me and become the grown up I have been fighting to become.

As scary as this new stage of my life is, I am awfully excited about it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I know, I know.......

I didn't live up to my word. I haven't posted here since March and that was just a link to an article. I am not up to my usually "having something to say" about different topics and events.

Thing is....my life is crazy right now, but once things finally start to level themselves out, I will be back doing what I love the most besides my family......writing. Writing blogs, writing stories, writing in my journal.

According to my sitemeter, there are still people who have enough faith in me to check this blog periodically. To them I say thank you. Give me a little bit to get things stable again, and I will be able to be here again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

IOL: Bush: Congress can question aides - but not in public

Wow...Dubya seems appauled....I mean APPAULDED that Congress would dare question him and want to subpeona top Washington aides. He is accusing the Democrats of taking the "partisan road" when this whole issue of judicial firings screams partisanism itself. Now he is trying to vilify the Democrats for wanting to follow through on these subpeonas when, in my opinion, they are not being given much choice.

I don't know....maybe if Dubya didn't try to duck, dodge, and hide everything, it wouldn't come to this. IOL: Bush: Congress can question aides - but not in public

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Study: Thousands of veterans return with mental illness - CNN.com

Let's hope the military treats these veteran's better than the ones that had to experience the Walter Reed slums.

Study: Thousands of veterans return with mental illness - CNN.com

It's a shame that we expect our troops to perform their duties, yet they can't expect us to take care of them when they come home broken in body, mind, and spirit.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Firsthand Report on the Wounds of War - washingtonpost.com

A Firsthand Report on the Wounds of War - washingtonpost.com: "A Firsthand Report on the Wounds of War
Bob Woodruff Indicts Military For Its Response to Veterans"

I am not only amazed at the miraculous recovery of Bob Woodruff, but thankful for using his experience to bring attention to the scores of wounded veterans that face their own brain injury rehabilitation.

This is one of those "forgotten statistics" that I believe the military is trying to sweep under the rug out of public view, but it does not go away because it isn't seen. In fact, it grows every day.

Good for you, Bob Woodruff and continued health and healing to you!

Monday, February 19, 2007

To those who wondered where the hell I went....

I have been gone for a while, showing that I have a tendency to not journal or blog consistently. Call it a procrastination, boredom, or my Sagittarian nature, but I tend to drift off sometimes. That, along with some personal issues that I have been having of late, and I just simply have not been in much of a mood to write.

But I am back, for a while and although these are a little late, I want to share some of our photos from the weeks of snow that we have been getting here in the North Country. Right back in January, some people were still moving their lawns and we didn't even get a White Christmas up here...which felt very weird....

(Warning: Know It All Alert!!) I am not surprised that we got hammered though...I remember saying out loud that we would, considering how warm Lake Ontario was going to be....

Check out the amount of snow on the truck!

On top of the roof....

Sitting on the floor in the living room taking a picture out through the patio door

Standing outside in the side yard....I am 5 foot 4, the hubby is 5 foot 7