Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
So I sort of re-discovered Mike's blog today and was thinking about a childhood memory that I was also reminded of yesterday when I read this disturbing article that Jeff had sent to me.
This is a very vivid memory for me. I was probably about 9 years old riding my bike to the convenience store that was about 3/4 mile from our house. This in itself boggles my mind because there's NO WAY IN HELL that I would even let my almost-12 year old daughter ride her bike on a busy road to a place that was that far from the house, but I guess things were different then or something because I was going to get some milk for my mom for dinner (or something). I was almost there when a man approached me and said hello. I stopped and said hi. He was probably about 20-ish, but it's hard to tell age when you're 9 years old. He had scraggly dark blonde hair that was sort of wavy and needed a haircut and he had a beard and a mustache. He was dressed casually in a flannel shirt and work boots...I remember his boots had mud on them. He asked me if he could show me something. I said sure. He said it's just back there in the woods. He pointed behind him to a fence and some trees. There was a sort of creek that ran through that part and he said what he wanted to show me was down there. I said no I really have to get back, my mom needs some milk. He said are you sure? It will only take a minute. I just said no I gotta go and I left. I don't know if he tried to follow me or anything because I didn't look back. I don't remember feeling particularly anxious or scared because he was not a scary looking man. I remember the ONLY reason I didn't go with this man was because I knew I would get in trouble if I took too long getting the milk! It didn't occur to me until years later that I may not be here writing this if I had actually gone with him. I could have been a statistic, a headline on the evening news, a wreath laid beside the road to mark the place I was last seen alive...you get the idea.
I guess my point is that I don't think parents (myself included) have any idea just how many sick people are out there waiting to prey on children. And I'm not talking about small children because a lot of times they are smarter than we give them credit for, I'm talking about that sort of "tween" age that isn't quite a little girl and not quite a teenager. Sure we've all heard the "don't take candy from strangers" mantra, but what about the not so dubious sounding requests? My daughter has ADHD, is very naive, and very outgoing and I can totally see her just trusting anyone without a thought because she's forgetful like that. It's a scary thought indeed. I think I will let her read the article. That might be the best way to illustrate to her that people aren't automatically deserving of our trust.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
The Special K people think you're a big fat pig cow!
In case you haven't seen this little gem of a commercial, let me set it up for you...
There's a picture of a scale and meat products are dropped onto it until it reads 6 lbs. while "Barnyard Boogie" by Louis Jordan (specifically the part that sings "Oink Oink, Moo Moo") plays in the background.
Does anyone else think this is the most blatant subliminal message? As if to say "Hello all of you big fat Americans! Buy Special K! You need to lose weight!" I mean how awful is that??
And their red berry Special K is so good! And now I have to stop buying it because their commercial could be insulting me! Besides, no way in hell am I eating cereal for 2 meals a day for 2 weeks!! I'd never leave the bathroom!
Hmmm...anyone else notice the ridiculous amount of !!'s and ??'s in this post??(????)
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Side note...not a real post...
Notice the timestamp at the bottom of my posts?
It's 3 hours off.
Since we've moved here, the time on the laptop has remained on Pacific Time and thus is 3 hours behind the ACTUAL time here on the East Coast. I don't know why I did that. I think I was homesick at first or something. Now it just seems silly so I think I might change it.
Time to go play with my birthday gift...TheSims2:Nightlife. New job can't get here fast enough...
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Happy Birthday to me
Yup, today it's 31...(sigh)
When I was a teenager, I thought that 30 was OLD.
Since then I've realized that teenagers are idiots who don't know anything, but think they do. So it's all good!
Watching Food Network...
Ever notice that Giada De Laurentiis wears WAY too much makeup and looks like a lollipop (you know, teeny tiny stick body with a HUGE balloon head). She's like a train wreck, I can't help watching. And what's up with the OCD hand washing after everything she touches? I wonder if she has a special bar of soap and everything.
WTF happened to Rachel Ray? She used to be cute in a girl-next-door kind of way but now I guess she has put on a few pounds or something because she looks funky in a bad way and her overzealous personality seems to have morphed into some kind of psychotic, giggle infested, EVOO, drug induced bad trip or something.
Alton Brown never disappoints though. He's my surrogate husband. When Jeff was gone on deployment, AB was the only man that I saw almost every day. I still watch all of his shows even though I've seen them thousands of times.
I made my own birthday cake today. It was chocolate with chocolate filling made from scratch, including the fondant. It looks sort of like a purse...or a pillow, or something. I'll post a pic eventually.
Hmmm what else...OH
I got a job! Staying at home has been fun, but I am not doing anything productive while I wait to be impregnanted so I may as well make some money. I'm waiting for a security clearance so that I can work on the base here in Norfolk. It's your basic helpdesk type job but for less pay than I was getting before. I'm not all that concerned about how much I make, since it's all going to be extra anyway. It's nice to not have to worry about that for once...
Speaking of trying to get impregnated...yep we're still trying. I had an oh-so-pleasant pelvic ultrasound a few weeks ago and the results were "normal" according to my doctor so there's no reason why I have such a weird cycle. I must admit that I never dreamed having a baby would be this hard, if i had known this in high school I wouldn't have worried so much! March will be a year and a half (more or less) that I've been off of birth control. Of course, Jeff was gone for several months in there and some high stress things were happening in my life (oh, like moving accross the country...) so it's not totally abnormal yet. This will be my 3rd month "charting" so maybe it will get better. I use a nifty little website called "Fertility Friend" (I know it's hilarious isn't it?). I think that link contains more information than you will EVER want to know about me, so click at your own risk.
Ok, I'm fighting sleep...time to surrender. =)