Robot Chicken Christmas

Robot Chicken always has some pretty funny Christmas videos. Here's a sampling.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus


Lighting up the Christmas Lights


Born in a Manger


Hermey's Dentistry


NORAD vs. Santa

Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra & Christmas

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I love Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and their voices. Here are some vids of them singing some Christmas songs.

Marshmallow World with Dean & Frank - A True Classic!


Let it Snow - Frank Sinatra
He can make any song his own song.


Frank Sinatra - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm




OMG, I want this!

I'll take one for Christmas please!

Disappearing Car Door


Christmas in Vanguard - Saga of Heroes

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The holidays are here and Vanguard is not ignoring that fact. They have put an all out Christmas flair to the game. There are trees, snowmen, reindeer, presents, presents and presents. I had to take a pic of me by the tree on my reindeer. I'm normally not a Raki (FYI that is one of the many races to choose from ingame), but one of the many gifts are cookies that allow you to temporarily change your race. This time I went from Half-Elf to Raki...

Cool Stuff: 30 Years of LucasFilm Christmas Cards

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In the spirit of the holidays, I just had to share this...



Cool Stuff: 30 Years of LucasFilm Christmas Cards

Use a Wiimote to Make a Whiteboard

This just looks supercool...I wish I had a use for it!

What if Video Game Boxes Told the Truth?

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"The truth is rarely out there. (Videogame box art edits)"
From Calloftheday.net

The Todd Endris Story

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Holy moly! This dude was attacked by a great white shark in CA. I am in awe that someone could survive the injuries he had. http://isarf.org/todd-endris.htm

Everyday Normal Guy

Tay Zonday and Dr. Pepper

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Think you've seen this? You're wrong!

Girl Throws Up At Zero Gravity YUK

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Absolutely Hilarious Ending to a Skatepark Fight

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Russian skater

Halloween & You



















Halloween is just around the corner and my son is really getting geared up for it. This will be his first year of picking out his own costume and really understanding what Halloween is all about. Now I just have to figure out a way to get myself into a costume without looking like some kind of trampy whatever. Or maybe I'll just suck it up and look trampy...we'll see.

Candy USA! I love a website devoted to my favorite foodgroup.



Candy Quiz I got a few right.

Just in case you have forgotten the rules for a safe and Happy Halloween!

1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead.

2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.

3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.

4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else's voice.

5. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go it alone.

6. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.

7. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.

8. If you're searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out that it's just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT!

9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits; just get out!

10. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.

11. If you find a town which looks deserted, there's probably a good reason for it. Don't stop and look around.

12. Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you're doing.

13. If you're running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice. Also note that, despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it's still moving fast enough to catch up with you.

14. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on, kill them immediately.

15. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you're in trouble if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.

16. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to the nearby deserted looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is strange because you thought you had 3/4 of a tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.

17. Beware of strangers bearing strange tools. For example: chainsaws, staple guns, hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any devices made from deceased companions.

18. If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house.

19. If you find that:
a. your house is built upon or near a cemetery,
b. was once a church that was used for black masses,
c. had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or
d. had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house,
MOVE AWAY IMMEDIATELY.

20. Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you are doing.

SURPRISE!!!

I had a surprise party once...it sucked. It was for my 30th birthday and I was pregnant and my mom threw it so hardly any of my friends were there. On the upside, relatives came and they actually gave me money! I hadn't seen that since I graduated high school.

We're throwing a party today for my friend who is 35 and I am in charge of getting her out of the house. It wouldn't seem suspicious at all except one of her stupid friends called her and told her that she was sorry that she couldn't make it to the party. What kind of MORON calls the surprisee to decline an invitation?!? I'm sure she knows now, but I'm going to pretend that I don't know she knows. Who knows, maybe she doesn't know. I hope she doesn't read my blog because that might be a giveaway.

No links or anything fun today. I just wanted to share my surprise party news.

SURPRISE!!!

Internet Fame
















There are all types out there and the web has given them all their little tiny spotlight. I'm always amazed at the things people come up with...and the fact that they are given (at least for a short time) some small speck of fame. Youtube is the perfect forum for those who just didn't get enough hugs as a kid. The funny thing to me is that I work in broadcasting and it would be pretty easy for me to fill Youtube with my work...but...I just don't care to. I like looking at the stuff there, though.

I don't have a myspace page or a facebook...I don't even have a webcam. In fact, I only do this blog thing because I get bored and I like to share links with my friends. Now, if you're a stranger and happen upon this page I don't mind either. I'm not looking for my 15 minutes and virtually nothing here is actually by me. I just have some time on my hands.

Today is my homage to all the internet people...



15 Minutes of Fame
according to wikipedia.



VH1's 40 Greatest Internet Superstars.



Here are a couple of funny gaming related videos that I have always enjoyed. First is the WoW version of "The Internet is for Porn".


"Fette's Vette" made using Star Wars Galaxies.


And finally, I had to find a video using my current favorite game - Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

My Horse















It's about time I introduced you to one of my critters and this one is, by far, the largest (and probably most expensive). His name is Scout and he's a horse. I love him...sigh.

Today is all about horses, if you don't like it, tough. I'm in a horse mood today so there.






I love this forum! Great community, if you're into horses, check it out.


Basic Rules For Horses Who Have A Barn To Protect

THE ART OF SNORTING: Humans like to be snorted on. Everywhere. It is your duty, as the family horse, to accommodate them.

NEIGHING: Because you are a horse, you are expected to neigh. So neigh - a lot. Your owners will be very happy to hear you protecting the barn and communicating
with other horses. Especially late at night while they are sleeping safely in their beds. There is no more secure feeling for a human than to keep waking up in the middle of the night and hearing you, "Neigh, neigh, neigh..."

STOMPING CATS: When standing on cross ties, make sure you never --- quite --- stomp on the barn cat's tail. It spoils all the fun.

CHEWING: Make a contribution to the architectural industry.... chew on your stall wall, the fence or any other wooden item.

FRESH BEDDING: It is perfectly permissible to urinate in the middle of your freshly bedded stall to let your humans know how much you appreciate their hard work.

DINING ETIQUETTE: Always pull all of your hay out of the hay rack, especially right after your stall has been cleaned, so you can mix the hay with your fresh bedding. This challenges your human, the next time they're cleaning your stall - and we all know how humans love a challenge (that's what they said when they bought you as a two year old, right?).

DOORS: Any door, even partially open, is always an invitation for you and your human to exercise. Bolt out of the door and trot around, just out of reach of your human, who will frantically run after and chase you. The longer it goes on, the more fun it is for all involved.

GOING FOR TRAIL RIDES: Rules of the road: When out for a trail ride with your owner, never go to the bathroom on your own lawn.

HOLES: Rather than pawing and digging a BIG hole in the middle of the paddock or stall and upsetting your human, dig a lot of smaller holes all over so they won't notice. If you arrange a little pile of dirt on one side of e
ach hole, maybe they'll think it's gophers. There are never enough holes in the ground. Strive daily to do your part to help correct this problem.

GROUND MANNERS: Ground manners are very important to humans; break as much of the ground in and around the barn as possible. This lets the ground know who's boss and impresses your human.

NUZZLING: Always take a BIG drink from your water trough immediately before nuzzling your human. Humans prefer clean muzzles. Be ready to rub your head on the area of your human that you just nuzzled to dry it off, too.

PLAYING: If you lose your footing while frolicking in the paddock, use one of the other horses to absorb your fall so you don't injure yourself. Then the other horse will get a visit from the mean ol' vet, not you!

VISITORS: Quickly determine which guest is afraid of horses. Rock back and forth on the cross-ties, neighing loudly and pawing playfully at this person. If the human backs away and starts crying, swoosh your tail, stamp your feet and nicker gently to show your concern.




I found an adorable gallery of people who have dressed up their miniature horses for costume contests...and yes...I've dressed up my horse...and yes...that is him smiling for the camera.

Cracked.com - World of Warcraft: A 12-Step Program
















I don't actually play WoW, but the theme isn't far off from any MMORPG...

http://www.cracked.com/index.php?name=News&sid=2302

#1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Well, our unmanageable lives were sort of why we started playing WoW in the first place. Maybe if all bosses and girlfriends had exclamation points over their heads when they had something useful to say, you could get a concise, one-paragraph quest when they wanted something, and safely ignore them the rest of the time. That would be awesome. And hey, we’re powerful over alcohol; we're too busy to head out to the bar because we're playing World of Warcraft.

#2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Absolutely true. It's called the Crystal Restore, it binds on pickup, and it restores 670 damage over 15 seconds. That's the best restoration... Oh, you didn't mean just recovering damage points on some game, you mean how to deal with what is a very serious disease. Then yes, that power is a level 14 priest, who can simply cast Cure Disease on you. Sanity restored, no problem.

#3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

If by "God" you mean "Guildmaster,” then yes. The Guildmaster is in charge of our will and lives, directs us on our raids and determines whether our time is spent in vain or in glory. All hail to the Guildmaster. Amen.

#4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

We do this every few minutes. If there's one thing World of Warcraft addicts are good at, it's searching inventory. And generally it's fearless, because even if we're a few gold short and don't have the fabric to make into the gloves we need, we can go out and hunt more. There's a world full of creatures waiting to drop things for us. And as soon as we pick something up, it's time for another fearless search of our inventory.

#5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Look, we're sorry about aggro’ing all those dragons, okay? Yes, we screwed up a little bit and our little party had to restart the raid. We're not as bad as Leroy Jenkins, but we admit here before the Guildmaster, ourselves, and our guildmates, we went aggro a bit too early and didn't have the buffs set up to back it up.

#6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Our character definitely has some defects, and we're ready to have them removed. The low hit points are somewhat of a problem, especially when combined with the lack of damage resistance.

#7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Dear Guildmaster, please give us all Thick Obsidian Breastplates so that we may deflect the damage we receive from our enemies, and thereby fight a more worthy battle in your eyes. Amen.

#8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

37 Abominations, 126 Bandits, 54 Cannibal Ghouls, 38 Daggerspine Raiders... this may take a while. Actually, it'd probably be a lot faster to make a list of the people we haven't harmed. Especially if you count causing accidental death as harming, because that would cover all the people in that party...

#9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Well, all the mobs can't really have amends made to them, and making amends to anyone else would injure our guild... injuring the guild is bad. Perhaps we'll just make a direct amends to our Guildmaster. Donating gold for guild use generally covers any wrongdoing, just like donating to the church and saying Hail Marys is a quick way to be forgiven for sinning against the rest of the world.

#10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

We assure you, inventory will continue to be taken very personally. And that time we thought we had healing potions and didn't, we were very quick to admit it. Well, insofar as you can call, "Dammit, thought we had a few healing potions left! Now we're screwed!” an admission.

#11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.

Prayer and meditation are very important. Meditation recharges your mana, which you'll need if you're going to cast the big prayers. And we sure hope we've got the power to carry that out, because if there aren't any prayers of healing being granted, then this party is not going to last very long.

#12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Behold, heed our message and learn these principles we have resolved to practice: Believe in the Crystal Restore and Cure Disease. Be guided by your Guildmaster. Search your inventory fearlessly. Acquire Thick Obsidian Breastplates. And if you are going to use lots of prayers, don't forget to learn meditation.

Another addiction conquered by the magic of 12-step programs. Let's drink to our success! But do it quickly, because we've got a Molten Core raid coming up.

Robot Chicken Star Wars

I loved this show! I hope that once I'm in my new house and have a DVR and they rerun it so that I can record it...that's a lot of factors to hope for, though.

Here are some scenes from that episode...

The Emperor's Phone Call


Death Star Orientation


Ponda Baba's Bad Day

High School Football











Wow, it is really fall! The leaves are starting to turn, the air is getting cooler and the apple orchards are up and running. One true sign of fall is driving by a high school on a Friday night and seeing the parking lot full and the lights ablazing. Prep football is huge!

Who knew there was a NFL High School website? Not me. Lots of cool features there.

Looking for your school's prep schedule? You can probably find it here.



Did you know Detroit blows?












An old man and his wife have gone to bed. After lying in bed for a few minutes the old man cut a fart and says "seven points."

His wife rolls over and asks, "What in the world was that?"

The old man says, "Touchdown, I'm ahead 7 to nothing."

A few minutes later the wife lets one go and says, "Touchdown, tie, score."

After about ten minutes later the old man farts again and says, "Touchdown I'm ahead 14 to 7."

Now starting to get into this the wife quickly farts again and says, "Touchdown, tie score." The old man strains really hard but, to no avail he can't fart, so not to be outdone by his wife, he gives it everything he has and strains real hard to get out just one more.

Straining, the old man tries so hard he poops in the bed. The wife asks, "Now what in the world was that?"

The old man replies, "Half-time, switch sides."

Networking
















I wouldn't call myself computer illiterate, but the Geeksquad isn't going to be calling for my help any time soon either. I'm just an average (maybe slightly above average) computer user. I can do the basics and I know a few tricks but like most people, I'm generally confused about the higher end computer stuff.

My latest task: Set up a network at my parents' house so I can have internet access while my new house is being built. Gamermom can only go so long without slaying some fantasy critters.

My initial solution (and probably the one I'll go with) is to by a LONG cable and run it from one computer to the other. The problem with this is the fact that I know there are better ways to do it...namely wirelessly (is that even a word?). I have a PC, it doesn't have a wireless card. Ah well, I'll just do it the wrong way and forget it.

If you want to know how to do it right, you can always check Howstuffworks. They have a lengthy description which seems easy enough to understand.

Top Ten Signs That You Are An Internet Geek

10 When filling out your driver's license application you give your IP address.

9 You no longer ask prospective dates what their sign is, instead your line is "Hi, what's your URL?"

8 Instead of calling you to dinner, your spouse sends email.

7 You're amazed to find out spam is a food.

6 You "ping" people to see if they're awake, "finger" them to find out how they are, and
"AYT" them to make sure they're listening to you.

5 You search the Net endlessly hoping to win every silly free T-shirt contest.

4 You introduce your wife as "my lady@home.wife" and refer to your children as "client applications".

3 At social functions you introduce your husband as "my domain server".

2 After winning the office super bowl pool you blurt out, "I feel so "colon-right parentheses!"

..And the number one sign you are an Internet Geek:

1 Two Words: "Pizza's Here!".
My mom wants me to build her a website. I can cheat and get it done by going to one of those pre-fab websites. I just don't have a clue how to actually build one from the ground up. Maybe I should learn some HTML. HTML Goodies may prove to be helpful.

I'll also have to use some of the info on build-website.com












If you're like some of the people I know, you might just want to start here. Although, if you're reading blogs, I would hope you're already beyond this point, but who knows.

Moving Day (s)




















Well, we've sold our house and it's time to move. Actually, we get to move twice because the next house we'll be living in isn't exactly ready yet. This means we'll be moving twice: Once into a couple of storage units (just our stuff, not us) and then in a month or so, we'll move into a house.

Homesickness: What you feel every month when the mortgage is due.

This whole ordeal is fun for me, if not a little stressful. I love the adventure of moving to a new home. That said, enjoy the following "moving" links...

In case you didn't know how to move and always wondered how, you can learn How to Move Yourself

Our new house has one down payment and 240 darn payments.

And here are some real tips on How to Move your Pets Safely. BTW, my pets will be moved by putting them in the car and driving them to the next place we'll be living...Pet Carriers...hah!

The trouble with owning a home is that no matter where you sit, you're looking at something you should be doing.

If you're looking for a new house, this is a pretty good place to start.

If you want to know exactly where the property line is, just watch the neighbor cut the grass.

Here's a How-To on Buying a New Construction home.

If you think no one cares you're alive, miss a couple of house payments.

I love About.com, you can find out anything. Here's their page on Buying/Selling a Home.

Why?

I had always heard the stories of kids asking a million "why" questions or constantly wondering "are we there yet?". I had also always put those stories aside as exaggeration. Surely, I thought, kids ask questions, but it couldn't be the endless stream they are portrayed to be...boy was I wrong. My three year old busted that right out of the water. On our 2 day journey to and from fabulous Walt Disney World the "are we there yet?" question only popped up about 9437 times. Ok ok, that's an exaggeration...he only asked it every mile we drove while he was awake. The drive is some 1200+ miles and he slept for approximately 40 minutes a day in the car so...well...you do the math.

When he wasn't asking the famous "are we there yet" question, he was asking another question. This one is a little more difficult to answer at many times. He follows every statement ANYONE makes by asking "Why?". This can follow ANY statement. I've even tried changing the way I talk to him by including a reason and still he asks "why".

Here's a sampling:

In the car on the way to Disney...
Boy: Are we there yet?
Me: Nope, we won't get to Disney until tomorrow
Boy: Why?

After we've returned home from Disney...
Boy: Can we ride Haunted Mansion?
Me: Next time we go to Disney we'll ride it.
Boy: Why?

Boy has also taken up the new game of using his new favorite word: "Ass"
Boy: Mommy if you do that again I'm going to spank your aaasssssss.
Me: That is a bad word, you'd better not say that again or daddy will wash your mouth out with soap.
Boy: Why?

So, now that I've finished my own anecdotes about kids and the famed questions, I'll share some good "Why" links...

The Why Files
answers the "why" behind things. Maybe I should peruse this site so I have answers to the millions of "whys" I'm sure to hear in the upcoming months.

If the boy continues to ask "why" maybe I'll send him to Why, Arizona because he's making me feel like I live in Hell, Michigan

When he's older, I'll teach him to use Ask for Kids. Then he can find out for himself.

"Why" isn't covered in this article, but it could be useful down the road.

If you want to find out why kids ask "why" check this out and this.

And with that I send you off to ask your own "whys" of the world.

Off to see the World

Well, I'll be out for a couple weeks. I may find a minute to post a bit here and there while I'm gone, but I can't make any promises.

Ah Disney World! My favoritest place. Here's a few Disneyfied clickies for you to check out while I'm gone...

In case you're a troll and have no idea what I'm talking about, here's Wikipedia's entry on Walt Disney World.

I'm on this website's mailing list and they have plenty of useful info.

This website is all about the Hidden Mickey phenomenon. Don't know what a Hidden Mickey is? They'll explain.

Disney Trivia

Walt Disney World Trivia

The Unofficial History of Walt Disney World

And finally, I can't even compete with The Disney Blog.

Talking to a Computer

So I was perusing the Detroit Free Press Online (aka freep.com) the other day and noticed a little article about "Bots Chatting".

I was intrigued and as I read, I noticed there was a link within the web article to the REAL article done by Discover Magazine. Pretty neat stuff. The gist of it is that they got two chat computers to talk to each other. They came up with some decent conversation.

I tried talking to the jabberwacky one myself, and found it sort of lame in the end. It was interesting for a minute, but because the program doesn't have a "memory" prior to the last statement, full conversations are very difficult. Kind of like trying to have a conversation with a 3 year old.

America's Got Talent - Cas Haley

I love lame-o reality contests like Top Chef, Project Runway and Dancing with the Stars. Recently, America's Got Talent ran their second season and I must say it was better than the first. From his first appearance, I was enamored with Cas Haley. Not in the "crush" way, but I love the way he sings. In the end, Cas didn't win the million dollar prize, but I'm sure he's earned some fans. I couldn't resist googling him and I found the website for his band Woodbelly very well done website for a band, btw. I also bought their cd. Pretty good, if not short. I must point out that the cd is probably 3 years old and hopefully now that Cas has garnered a bit of fame, he and his band will hop into the recording studio soon to kick out another album (are they even called that anymore?).

Here are some clips from the America's Got Talent shows and a clip of Woodbelly playing a gig.

Cas Haley

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This is what got my attention, he's just got such a great voice and sound.

America's Got Talent: Cas Haley - Sir Duke

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Woodbelly - I Loved You All Along

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bug sex

Also for Tainne

insect sex

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By special request

Ricci Martin is holding a contest...Dean Martin's Son

I love Dean Martin. I've mentioned this before. Well, I was scrolling the web and found out that Dino's youngest son Ricci is a musician. He tours with his own band performing tributes to his father. On his website, he's holding a contest. Here are the details "Dress up like dean, funny or serious, with caption and email the picture, we will judge the best and give the prizes accordingly. All photos will be added to the website. Ricci will personalize all the items in the list." The "prizes" are pretty weak, except maybe the "Dark Brown Casmere Sweater (Dean Martin's)" and even then, what would I do with a sweater once owned by Dean Martin? Oh well, if you think you can come up with something clever, it might be fun. I'd love to see the winners of this one.

Vanguard Saga of Heroes

Cognition - Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

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Kevin Smith talks about Tim Burton

Kevin Smith fights back!

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Dude gets pwnd!

Kevin Smith Protests against Dogma

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I'd love to have a beer with this guy!

Kevin Smith about talk Superman

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Kevin Smith is hilarious. This is long, but worth it.

Sean Kingston-Beautiful Girls

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"Chocolate Rain" Original Song by Tay Zonday

If you haven't seen this yet, you're missing out. This is a great example of a voice not matching the look.

Pillow Fight Extended

For Tainne and Victus Umbra

Jimmy Cliff - I can see clearly now

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This is my theme song for today!!! It IS a bright, sunshiny day.

Amy Winehouse - Rehab

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There are a few songs like this right now that bother me for some reason and yet...I'm entertained at the same time. Darnit!

What's It Gonna Be?

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Too funny not to share. A little disappointed by the ending, though. Ah well, it's his video, he can do what he wants. :)

Polydactyl Cats

So, the other day Cynical-C had a link to a site featuring Ernest Hemingway and his Polydactyl cats. Of course, I had no idea what polydactyl meant so I first checked out the site. It had some nice photos of Hemingway and his cats, but no mention of them being polydactyl (at least I didn't see it) so I just HAD to look it up. Basically, it means cats with extra toes. Now, I've had a few cats in my life, but never any with extra toes. I had a friend who had one though. He didn't seem extra special or anything, but it seems that people who have polydactyl cats tend to believe that the extra appendage(s) make them more agile. I found a website with lots of pics of these special animals and their extra toes. Just something to check out if you're bored.

Charleston, SC

So, Hubby and I decided to get outta Dodge and take a long weekend vacation sans kidlets. We went to Charleston, South Carolina and I HIGHLY recommend that everyone visit that town sometime. It's one of those places that has it all. History, entertainment, relaxation, fun...you name it, you can probably do it there. If I could ever figure out how to load photos here, you'd see some of the great shots we took. In the meantime, you'll have to look them up here and here and this site has some photos after an earthquake struck in 1886.

My Crazy Roommate

We've all had one of these...mine was crazy AND a kleptomaniac (sp?) ...anyhoo... This guy's got a dream of a crazy roomie and he blogs about the brilliance of the nutjob he lives with. Good stuff.

Evolution

This isn't a new video, by any means, but it's pretty neat to see how "beauty" works...

Dove Evolution

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If you liked that, you'll love this!

Slob Evolution

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White N Nerdy

I'm guilty of some of this...including owning a copy of "The Star Wars Christmas Special". Heh.

I love Dean Martin! I love his music and his humor. He was such a suave guy! I'm pretty sure I was born too late because I'm totally into the standards and the music from his era. I've found a couple of his "music videos" and a couple clips from The Dean Martin Roasts (funny stuff). Enjoy!

Dean Martin

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Thats amore Dean Martin

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Foster Brooks Roasts Some Folks

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Foster Brooks on Dean Martin Roasts

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Been Busy

I had hoped this wouldn't happen so soon, but I was so busy for the last week that I had no time to blog. Ah well, no one is reading anyway so it doesn't really matter...the joys of a new blog...no responsibility.

To make up for it, here are some cool places to visit around the web.

You can waste a lot of time here. I don't really understand what it's about, but it's fun.

Thinking of proposing or getting married, try this site.

The Gallery of Regrettable Food, really cool. Makes fun of those old cookbooks.

I love lounge anything. My favorite bars are those quiet lounge ones. This site pays homage to that kind of kitsch.

and finally...

Ever wanted to know what your phone number spells? Here you go. This figures it out for you. BTW, my number sucks for this and I get nothing good. :(

Planning a Road Trip

I mentioned in my "100 Things" that I love going to Disney World and while the hubby continually insists that each trip will be the last for a while, we still go every year. This year, we’ve decided to drive down, rather than fly. It was the way I used to travel to the Sunshine State as a kid and now that we have 2 kids of our own, the cost to fly is becoming prohibitive. But, I digress… We also have a trip to Charleston, SC coming up in July and because of the two plans, I’ve been spending a LOT of time researching hotels, car rentals, ticket prices, local attractions, etc. In my clicking around I found a few super cool websites that I just had to share.

First up is Motel Americana. Now, we probably won’t be taking the byways to visit the featured motels, but it’s so fun to check out the kitschy places that are out there (at least the ones visited by the couple who run Motel Americana).

That fun website led me to explore some more and I wound up at Road Trip USA. This website is dedicated to traveling the country via America’s finest 2 lane highways.

And finally, I couldn’t resist spending (a little too much) time at Roadside America. It has tons of great information on the wacky tourist traps that have survived the ages and continue to draw crowds. No matter where you’re headed on the road, or even where you live, you’ll probably find a great Mystery Spot or Paul Bunyan statue or Caverns or Whatever.

So, before you head out on the road, don’t miss your chance to do some homework and see the little things that you won’t want to miss.

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

In case you missed it, I'm a gamer. My current favorite is Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. I'm addicted. It was the same with Star Wars Galaxies. I could play for hours and not know how much time had passed. I've tried a few others like World of Warcraft and City of Villains, but something about Vanguard and Galaxies was different enough and more fun for me to play. If you've never tried an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), you might want to give one a shot. I like the fact that there are times where I can just do my own thing during the game and just play, but if I get stuck or feel like socializing, I can get a group together and kill stuff.

100 Things

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Inspired by My 2 Second Shelf Life, I decided to share 100 Things about me. These are very scattered and random.

Enjoy!

  1. I have been in love for the last 12 years.
  2. I started dating my husband when I was 19.
  3. I got married at 25.
  4. I’m still VERY happily married.
  5. My kids are the most wonderful kids in the world…argue all you want, I know MINE are best.
  6. I love animals.
  7. I am allergic to rodents (guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.).
  8. I’ve had rabbits & guinea pigs as pets and I can’t understand why I tormented myself like that.
  9. My husband pretends to hate our dog, but he secretly loves her.
  10. My husband hates horses and I own one…he’s not pretending about that.
  11. I love the smell of the horse barn.
  12. I wish I had more time to ride my horse.
  13. I love to bargain shop.
  14. I have been known to buy things and not tell anyone (including hubby).
  15. This is “technically” my first blog, but I once started one for an online gaming guild.
  16. I love my career.
  17. I can’t stand some of my co-workers.
  18. I trust people too much.
  19. I’m learning to be more cynical.
  20. I give people lots of chances that they don’t deserve, but burn me too many times and I will cut them off entirely.
  21. I don’t give my all at my current job because there’s no use.
  22. I love going on vacation.
  23. My favorite vacations include going to Disney World.
  24. I go to Disney World at least once per year.
  25. Every time we go to Disney World, hubby says that it will be the last time for a while.
  26. I took a semester off in college to work at Disney World.
  27. My parents divorced when I was three.
  28. My mom remarried when I was six.
  29. My stepdad adopted me and I have called him “Dad” ever since.
  30. My real father passed away when I was 17 and I hadn’t seen him in nearly 10 years.
  31. I have a half-sister from my mom and stepdad (DAD) who is 6 years younger.
  32. She is a pain and is spoiled, but I still love her.
  33. I don’t seek out females to be friends.
  34. I only have one female friend who I can tell anything to.
  35. I have only been to 2 “foreign” countries…Canada and the Bahamas.
  36. I’d love to travel to Ireland or Australia.
  37. I took French in high school and American Sign Language in college.
  38. I barely remember anything of either language.
  39. I worked at a gas station with a garage when I was 18.
  40. My mom hated the job except for the free auto repairs.
  41. I have only owned Chrysler vehicles.
  42. I miss my Jeep Cherokees most (I’ve had 2).
  43. I donated my last Jeep to charity because it was easier than fixing the brakes and selling it.
  44. It took me 12 years to finally finish college because I had jobs in my career and wasn’t able to go back.
  45. After getting passed up for a job ONLY because I didn’t have a degree, I went back and finished my last 3 classes.
  46. My favorite color is blue.
  47. Orange looks better on me, though.
  48. I love sports.
  49. I’m a bit of a tomboy.
  50. I love video games.
  51. I love to work in my gardens.
  52. My favorite movie is “Gone With the Wind”.
  53. I love my grandfather.
  54. I named my son after him.
  55. I named my daughter after her grandmothers by combining their first names.
  56. In 14 years of driving I had only killed one animal (a cardinal).
  57. In the last 6 months (since getting my new car) I have killed 5 more animals (rabbits, birds and an opossum).
  58. I live in a small town in a rural area.
  59. I have never been to New York City and have no interest in it.
  60. I love living in a small town.
  61. I have a train that runs through by backyard…about 75 yards from the back of my house.
  62. I’m used to it.
  63. I hate winter.
  64. I will never get used to it (and I’ve always lived in a 4 season state).
  65. I like to sew.
  66. I have a VERY expensive sewing machine that does embroidery.
  67. I give a lot of personalized gifts because of it.
  68. I feel like I could lose a few pounds.
  69. I love Thai food.
  70. My favorite homemade food is my grandma’s spaghetti & meatballs.
  71. I have the recipe for the spaghetti & meatballs, but it never tastes as good as Grandma’s version.
  72. I talk to my mom almost every single day.
  73. I smoke.
  74. I still hide the fact that I smoke from my mom. She knows, though.
  75. The jewelry I wear on a daily basis has personal meaning. I have a mother’s ring, a wedding ring, a ring with mine & Hubby’s initials and a necklace with my son’s birthstone.
  76. I have a jewelry box full of costume jewelry that I almost never wear.
  77. I’m too much of a pack rat to get rid of it.
  78. I’m a procrastinator.
  79. My favorite musician is Michael Bublé
  80. I have seen him in concert 3 times.
  81. I’ll be skipping his next local concert because tickets are too expensive.
  82. I really want to own my own business.
  83. The business I want to own has nothing to do with the career field I’m currently in.
  84. I’m a spelling freak and will correct people’s spelling.
  85. I’m a grammar freak (even though I’ve left some dangling participles in the above posts).
  86. I’m an apostrophe freak.
  87. It really bothers me to see the above three types of errors on billboards or permanent signs.
  88. I’ve been in 3 car accidents, 2 were my fault.
  89. None were very serious, luckily.
  90. I have 2 kids and have never gone into labor (LOVE C-Sections).
  91. I’m done having kids.
  92. I hated every second of pregnancy (except the end).
  93. If you have a booger on your face and I like you, I’ll tell you.
  94. If you have a booger on your face and I don’t like you, I’ll let it sit there.
  95. I love the Star Wars movies.
  96. I love watching reality tv (not MTV reality, though).
  97. I work in the television industry (very small-time stuff usually).
  98. I have no aspirations to work in a bigger television market.
  99. I used to work for a hunting and fishing tv show.
  100. I had never gone hunting before I worked on that show.

One of my favorite websites EVER

I know this isn't a new site and I know MANY people already know about it, but I must say that when I'm feeling down, Homestarrunner always cheers me up.

Be sure to click the "First Time Here?" link. It'll break you in nice and easy.

In case you missed the point of the "First Time Here?" link, you MUST watch the Strong Bad Emails!

How-To's

There are some things in life that I just can't figure out on my own. Since there are no "How to make you're terribly evil co-worker pleasant" sites, I figured I'd just share these other How-to tips...

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet


How to Cut a Pineapple

How to Pop a Cork with a Sword

How to Make a Jedi Robe (This is for my fellow Star Wars fans)

How to Fold Napkins

How to Clean a Horse's Sheath (This is for my fellow horse owners/lovers...I don't do this, BTW)

How to Make a Secret Book Hollow

How to Remove an Ink Tag


All credit goes to Cynical-C...He's got a GREAT blog!!!

Resume How-To's

In light of the fact that many people I know are currently unemployed, I thought I'd share this article I found...

Avoid the Top 10 Resume Mistakes

by Peter Vogt
MonsterTRAK Career Coach

It's deceptively easy to make mistakes on your resume and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once an employer gets it. So prevention is critical, especially if you've never written one before. Here are the most common pitfalls and how you can avoid them.

1. Typos and Grammatical Errors

Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn't, employers will read between the lines and draw not-so-flattering conclusions about you, like: "This person can't write," or "This person obviously doesn't care."

2. Lack of Specifics

Employers need to understand what you've done and accomplished. For example:

  • Worked with employees in a restaurant setting.
  • Recruited, hired, trained and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant with $2 million in annual sales.

Both of these phrases could describe the same person, but clearly the second one's details and specifics will more likely grab an employer's attention.

3. Attempting One Size Fits All

Whenever you try to develop a one-size-fits-all resume to send to all employers, you almost always end up with something employers will toss in the recycle bin. Employers want you to write a resume specifically for them. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.

4. Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments

It's easy to slip into a mode where you simply start listing job duties on your resume. For example:

  • Attended group meetings and recorded minutes.
  • Worked with children in a day-care setting.
  • Updated departmental files.

Employers, however, don't care so much about what you've done as what you've accomplished in your various activities. They're looking for statements more like these:

  • Used laptop computer to record weekly meeting minutes and compiled them in a Microsoft Word-based file for future organizational reference.
  • Developed three daily activities for preschool-age children and prepared them for a 10-minute holiday program performance.
  • Reorganized 10 years' worth of unwieldy files, making them easily accessible to department members.

5. Going on Too Long or Cutting Things Too Short

Despite what you may read or hear, there are no real rules governing the length of your resume. Why? Because human beings, who have different preferences and expectations where resumes are concerned, will be reading it.

That doesn't mean you should start sending out five-page resumes, of course. Generally speaking, you usually need to limit yourself to a maximum of two pages. But don't feel you have to use two pages if one will do. Conversely, don't cut the meat out of your resume simply to make it conform to an arbitrary one-page standard.

6. A Bad Objective

Employers do read your resume's objective statement, but too often they plow through vague pufferies like, "Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth." Give employers something specific and, more importantly, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own. Example: "A challenging entry-level marketing position that allows me to contribute my skills and experience in fund-raising for nonprofits."

7. No Action Verbs

Avoid using phrases like "responsible for." Instead, use action verbs: "Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff."

8. Leaving Off Important Information

You may be tempted, for example, to eliminate mention of the jobs you've taken to earn extra money for school. Typically, however, the soft skills you've gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.

9. Visually Too Busy

If your resume is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache. So show your resume to several other people before sending it out. Do they find it visually attractive? If what you have is hard on the eyes, revise.

10. Incorrect Contact Information

I once worked with a student whose resume seemed incredibly strong, but he wasn't getting any bites from employers. So one day, I jokingly asked him if the phone number he'd listed on his resume was correct. It wasn't. Once he changed it, he started getting the calls he'd been expecting. Moral of the story: Double-check even the most minute, taken-for-granted details -- sooner rather than later.