Friday, June 30, 2006


So, I never win things and today I am mapquesting my directions and blingoing places for their address and low-and-behold I WON A PRIZE! I almost couldn't believe it. Thanks to Janet I signed up for blingo and now thanks to me, we both won a movie ticket. WOOHOO!!!!

Just finished printing out directions from mapquest for our ENTIRE trip and that took some time. I'm so excited! I can't wait to leave. Have a great 4th everyone!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Introducing.......Guest Bloggers!

Hello everyone,

As you all know, I am leaving tomorrow for a vacation (insert cheers!!!!!) So Goofy girl & Janet have been nice enough to volunteer to guest blog for me! Treat them well and make sure to check them out during the week too. It'll be a surprise when they blog so check back often AND I may try to make a surprise visit with some early pictures during the vacation (cross your fingers that somebody's Wi-Fi works).

Happy 4th of July to you all and blog with you in about 10 days!!!!

P.S. For those of you who have been watching for the answers to the questions, I will finish doing those when I return!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thanks to KellyNello for the banner!

Thirteen Places/Things We Are Doing on Vacation!

  1. Pike's Peak Cog Railway
  2. Estes Park
  3. Mount Rushmore
  4. Sioux Falls
  5. Garden of the Gods
  6. Crazy Horse Memorial
  7. Crystal Cave Park
  8. Custer State Park
  9. Deadwood
  10. Sturgis
  11. Scenic Byways
  12. Needles Highway
  13. Stanley Hotel

I'm looking for volunteers to guest post while I am gone. Any takers? Goofy girl said she would take a day (Thanks!) so if I get enough other people, I would be able to have one for every day I'm gone! Or maybe just a few. Leave it in a comment if you would be willing. Happy Thursday!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Answers Day Whatever :-)

So I believe this is the one that Janet has been waiting for!

Question: Is There Such Thing As A Werewolf?
Answer: (taken from the book--shortened!)
Lyncanthropy refers to the delusion that one is a wolf. This can definitely be seen in psychiatric illness, but it may be that in some cases this is not a delusion at all. The werewolf legend may have originated out of two medical conditions.
Porphyria is a rare hereditary blood disease. There are two types of porphyria. In one type, cutaneous porphyria, the symptoms can resemble the characteristics of a werewolf. These patients become extremely sensitive to sunlight, grow excessive amounts of hair, and develop sores, scars, and discolored skin. Porphyria also leads to tightening of the skin around the lips and gums, and can make the incisors stand out (think fangs!)
Another disease that may have contributed to the werewolf myth is congenital hypertrichosis universalis, sometimes known as the human werewolf syndrome. This is another rare genetic disorder characterized by excessive hair growth over the whole body, including the face.

Question: Why Do You See Stars When You Are Hit In The Head?
Answer: (you know the drill)
It always happened to Wile E. Coyote. The Road Runner drops an anvil on his head and then the poo coyote sees stars circling his head. Not only does this happen in cartoons but it is actually a sign of a concussion. A concussion is simply when an injury to the head causes your brain to move around inside your skull! As for the stars, what probably happens is that the portion of your brain that is responsible for visual information, the occipital lob, bangs up against the side of your skull.

So there, now that that is settled :-) Is anyone enjoying these? I've gotten some good feedback, but I'm just curious. We leave Friday afternoon for our vacation. Is there any way on blogspot to have posts that will post themselves when I'm gone? I was thinking about having "Guest" Bloggers, but I didn't know if anyone would be willing to do that. These are things I'm going to have to think about. Any suggestions?

Monday, June 26, 2006

Holy Hill

So Holy Hill is a Shrine I believe. It's only about 1/2 hour north of us, so we decided to go visit yesterday. It's a beautiful church and is just huge. It sits up on a hill about 1400 feet. It's just beautiful. Just thought I would share a picture. This doesn't do it justice, but I'm not the best photographer so this all you get! haha!

Answers Day 3

Well, Carmen wants to know why men have nipples! Well, here you go....
(Taken directly from the book!)
We are mammals and blessed with body hair, three middle ear bones, and the ability to nourish our young with milk that females produce in modified sweat glands called mammary glands. Although females have the mammary glands, we all start out in a similar way in the embryo. During development, the embryo follows a female template until about six weeks, when the male sex chromosome kicks in for a male embryo. The embryo then begins to develop all of its male characteristics. Men are thus left with nipples and also with some breast tissue. Men can even get breast cancer and there are some medical conditions that can cause male breasts to enlarge. Abnormal enlargement of the breasts in a male is known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can be caused by using anabolic steroids. So, if Barry Bonds ends up coming to the old-timers game with a pair of sagging 44DD man boobs, then I think we will finally have our answer to the steroid controversy.

Does that answer the nipple question? My blog is going to be getting some creepy hits with THC in the last entry and now nipples and steroids.

The answer to the question: Should You Put A Steak On A Black Eye?
(directly from book)
Ice is hardly as dramatic as a carefully placed porterhouse, but it does the same job. There is no magic in the beef, just cold and a little pressure. Keeping your head elevated and avoiding aspirin or ibuprofen, which can affect the ability of your blood to clot, also helps. The best idea is to avoid getting punched in the first place!

And....can you get Scared to Death?
(and's right from the book!)
**This is a long answer, so I am shortening it**
There is significant evidence that psychological and emotional stress can increase the likelihood of a heart attack. So it makes perfect sense that the stress of fear could lead to sudden death.

There, short and sweet. Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Answers Day 2

Well, nobody seemed real interested in the answer from Friday, but ah, heck, I'll post some more anyway....

Question 2: Does Coffee Stunt Your Growth? (again, the answer is taken directly from the book!)
I, Billy Goldberg, would like to dedicate this answer to my good friend caffeine. He has been with me through good and bad times. Without him I would not have survived the long nights of my hospital residency (like goofy girl soon!!!) nor the deadline of this book. To my friend I proclaim, "I do not hold you responsible that I am only five foot nine!"
Actually there has been considerable research on whether caffeine consumption is linked to osteoporosis. Overall, it can be concluded that moderate caffeine consumption is not an important risk factor for osteoporosis, particularly where women consume a healthy balanced diet. Some research suggests that regular caffeine consumption may lead to loss of calcium in urine, but this does not have a measurable effect on bone density either. So as long as you have a balanced diet with adequate calcium intake, you can enjoy your espresso with no cause for concern!

Question 3: Why Do You Get The Munchies When You Are Stoned? (taken right from the book!)
Answer: To keep Domino's and Frito-Lay in business.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), or The High Causer. THC falls in the category of chemicals called cannabinoids.
A study in the April 2001 issue of NATURE helps us to better understand how marijuana causes users to have an increased appetite, the famous "munchies." Molecules called endocannabinoids, marijuanalike chemicals present in our own brain, bind with receptors in the brain and activate hunger. These endocannabinoids in the hypothalamus of the brain then activate cannabinoid receptors that are responsible for maintaining food intake. The chemicals from marijuana bind to these cannabinoid receptors and cause the munchies. Sound complicated? Maybe you're too stoned to understand! Go eat some cookie dough.

Hmmm...clear as mud right?

Well, I never said the answers would be easy to understand. I can't wait to see what searches bring up my blog with marijuana and THC in my entry!

The countdown is on to our week vacation in South Dakota and Colorado. We want to do so many things, but we only have so many days. We are thinking about taking the Cog railway up to Pike's Peak. It's a little pricey, but looks like it would be worth the trip. I've been to CO before, but haven't been to South Dakota. I can't wait!!!!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Who wants answers?

Well, I got quite a response that people want to know RIGHT NOW the answers to the questions. Well, I'm only get 1 per day. It seems everyone only wants to read on Thursdays, and c'mon people, I'm not boring Friday-Wednesday, am I?

Here's the answer to the first question (The answer comes directly from the book!):
What causes an ice cream headache?
"Ah, the joy of a popsicle on a hot summer day. One theory places the source for the brain freeze in the sinuses, where the pain may be caused by the rapid cooling of air in the frontal sinuses. This triggers local pain receptors. Another theory postulates that the constriction of blood vessels in the roof and rear of the mouth causes pain receptors to overload and refer the pain to your head. There is a nerve center there, in the back of your mouth, called the sphenopalatine ganglion, and this is the most likely source of the dreaded ice cream headache. A friend of ours suggested a quick cure of rapidly rubbing your tongue on the roof of your mouth to warm it up. Her demonstration included a bizarre clucking sound. Leyner tried this and found himself followed by a large goose of whom he seems to have become inordinately fond."

So there you go everyone! The answer to the age old question. Click back tomorrow for another rousing answer to another question (and who said I wasn't educational?)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Thursday Thirteen!

Here we go....

I recently purchased the Book "Why Do Men Have Nipples?" and here are 13 interesting questions that the book asks....

  1. What causes an ice cream headache?
  2. Does coffee stunt your growth?
  3. Why do you get the munchies when you're stoned?
  4. Should you put a steak on a black eye?
  5. Can you get "scared to death"?
  6. Is there such a thing as a werewolf?
  7. Why do you see stars when you are hit in the head?
  8. What are age spots?
  9. What's up with the ear hair?
  10. Should you starve a cold and feed a fever?
  11. Do microwaves cause cancer?
  12. Why does hair turn gray?
  13. Can you swallow your tongue?

I'll be answering the questions in future blog entries in case you are interested in any of the answers!!! You know how to play...leave a comment, get a link :-) Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Me and Mr. Linky-not currently on friendly terms!

So every week, I see all the "cool" people with the Thursday Thirteen and their "cool" little Mr. Linky where you don't have to worry about posting everyone's name. Well, Me and Mr. Linky are not currently speaking! I signed up for the thing, thinking "this is going to make my Thursdays so much easier!" Has it? No. Have I been able to use it? No. Why you ask? I can't figure out how to do it! So...needless to say, me and Mr. Linky have broken ties and I'll continue to spend my Thursdays putting up everyone's name like all the "uncool" people. Bitter? Oh yes.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I love kids. It's not something that I hide well either. So this weekend when my little cousin was in town, we had such a blast. I was able to play with her and get her to laugh and giggle. She enjoyed my parents pool as well! She walked around saying "pool" all day and would go to anyone willing to take her in the pool! She even had her own little dolphin floating device that she sat in very contently. I just can't believe how darn cute she is! And so smart. Her motor skills are wonderful. Even fiance was impressed with the amount of talent and smarts she has already at 18 months.

On another front, we think we may have figured out where we want our honeymoon. Fiance wants to go to St. Lucia and I'm fine with where ever we go as long as: there is a pool, there is sun and there is the ocean. We found a great Sandals Resort there that has gotten rave reviews on trip advisor as well. So we're checking out the options and seeing what we think we can get as a deal too! I think that is the most exciting part of planning: where are we going on our honeymoon?!?!?!

Has anyone been to St. Lucia? Where did you go on your honeymoon (if you've had one)?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Weekend Wrap-up

The family reunion was awesome! Fiance and I both had a great time. We got up to my hometown around 9:30 on Friday night and were up around 7:15am to start preparing. Fiance went to help my dad and I helped mom. It was fun. People started showing up around 12:30 and we left around 7:45pm. It was such a blast. My uncle who lives in my hometown flew up my other uncle (who lives in FL) and his wife and young daughter. It was a blast to see them. My uncle from FL had not been to WI in over 25 years. So needless to say, he was re-introduced to his family again :-)

Today is just cleaning, some grocery shopping and some relaxing. I can't believe tomorrow is Monday already.

How was your weekend?

P.S. That is a picture of my young cousin from FL. Isn't she adorable?

Friday, June 16, 2006

And the winner is...

So I've been getting these messages on my office phone saying that I won this bridal package and some perky woman keeps going "I can't wait to discuss the prizes in your package so please call me back at 555-5555 and we'll get that package out to you very soon. I am looking foward to talking with you and very excited about your win." I'm sure at the end she flipped her hair and did that smile as well. (Okay that wasn't very nice!) First of all, I don't remember signing up for any bridal packages and secondly, I don't believe I would have given out my work number. Nevertheless, it reminded me of a scam and I am refusing to call them back. What would you do?

Secondly, this week has just flown by. Dinner for my grandma was really nice...there were 12 of us and we had a great time. My mom made her a cake and we all ate and then enjoyed the wonderful Funfetti cake. My grandma loves the game SkipBo so I beat her twice in that game as well!

Yesterday, I had attended a "Children Come First" conference and it went well. I saw an excellent speaker on "Love and Logic" when parenting and dealing with children. It was very informative and I enjoyed his speech. He has four children of his own so he used some real experiences to tie in with his speech which I believe made the whole presentation believeable.

Today, I am just working and then heading back up to my parents (this time with fiance in tow) to help set up for the family reunion tomorrow. It's supposed to be 90 tomorrow so my relatives from FL will stop complaining about how "cold" it is up here. I do have some funny stories, but I think I'll save them for now. Any big plans this weekend?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Thirteen Thurday--EARLY!

Now, this week the banner is from Goofy girl!

Yes, I know it's only Wednesday, however, I am going to be gone tonight and at a conference tomorrow so I wouldn't be able to post until late tomorrow...and I wouldn't want to keep you all waiting! I will update this with links and visit others tomorrow night after the conference! Happy Thursday to you all!

Thirteen Things You Never Needed To Know About Me!

1. When I was younger, I had 3 imaginary friends (Eke, Peno, Doua Doua)
2. I have had a popples since I was very young and it still is on my bed!
3. I decided to cut my curtains when I was little "to see if they would cut" (Needless to say, I spent the rest of the day sitting in bed waiting until my father got home!)
4. While growing up there were older neighbors that lived next door and I "adopted them" as Grandparents.
5. When "Grandpa" passed away when I was 7, it was my first loss.
6. Someone said to name a star after him, but I said "Stars aren't big enough, he is the moon"
7. I have loved the moon ever since!
8. I'm an only child and have always feared something happening to my parents.
9. It took me forever to learn how to ride a two wheel bike. The way my mom got me to do me $5. If I learned to ride before my dad got home from work, I got $5. Guess who learned how to ride her bike that day?
10. I'm very stubborn and always have been. I was even stubborn before I was born...10 days late and was not coming out!
11. I've never had a huge group of friends. I have always preferred having a few very close friends.
12. I am very much a pack rat. I keep everything. I have just started to realize that it is okay to throw things out that I haven't used or looked at in 5 years (anything sooner than that is still in the closet :-) )
13. I don't know how to swim. I took swimming classes when I was younger and just hated it. My parents have a pool and I float around in there. Well, I do know how to do the doggy paddle!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Fun one

I found this over at Janet's and thought it was cool.

Your Dosha is Pitta

You have a quick mind, a gift for persuasion, and a sharp sense of humor. (very true!)

You have both the drive and people skills to be a very successful leader.

Argumentative and a bit stubborn, you have been known to be a little too set in your ways.

But while you may be biased toward your own point of view, you are always honest, fair, and ethical.
With friends: You are outgoing and open to anyone who might want to talk to you
In love: You are picky but passionate
To achieve more balance: Be less judgmental of those around you, and take cool walks in the moonlight.


Well, it's Tuesday already! This past weekend, I had the wedding in the Twin Cities. It was a blast! I will post some pictures later on. I am behind on downloading my pictures. She was the most beautiful bride and we had wonderful dresses. My favorite part was the flowers! I will definitely post a picture of the flowers we carried. They were just so bright and wonderful. I had a great time. I got up at 6:45am to make it get my hair done at 8am. Makeup was done at 11 and then at the church at 12:15. Then we took some girl pictures before the wedding, service at 3, more pictures, limo ride to country club, more pictures, then let the party begin! There were wonderful speeches, great food, awesome cake and we danced the night away!

We went to Mall of America on Sunday and spent wayyy too much time and money there, but we had a blast. Then we went to IKEA which is right outside the mall. We found wonderful things for the apartment and we have been re-arranging and hanging new things since we got home. It was so much fun.

This weekend is a family reunion for my mom's side of the family. That should be fun. Tomorrow is my Grandma's 80th birthday (I can't believe that!) I am going up to my home town and we are all going out for dinner to celebrate.

How is your week going?

Monday, June 12, 2006

Monday Morning Humor

I will post more about the weekend later, but I got this picture in an email this morning and I thought it was funny. I actually thought of Nello because of a previous post where a neighbor was outside in white underwear and his dog was pooping in her yard! Let me know what you think of this picture!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Gone for the weekend

Fiance and I will be gone to the Twin Cities this weekend for my friend's wedding that I am standing up in! I finally picked up the dress and it fits!! It was freakin' expensive to have altered, but it looks nice. So we're off around noon and will be back Sunday afternoon or late evening. No posts until then!

Happy weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Thirteen excuses/reasons I hate to exercise

Banner courtesy of goofy girl
As a side note: my fiance is a personal trainer and I hate to exercise!!!!!
1. My reason for not canceling my membership: I'm hanging on to the hope!!!!
2. When asked if I am going to exercise, I say "Maybe 'morrow!"
3. Seriously, who LIKES to be sore and not able to move!
4. Gyms are like germ incubators.
5. It takes a lot of effort to change into work out clothes, drive to the gym, come home and shower.
6. I hate.hate.hate to sweat!
7. I would feel an obligation to eat better if I exercised.
8. If I did sweat, I would need to drink more water...and ewwww...I just don't like plain water.
9. Honestly, what else would I have to complain about?
10. I hate those people who go to the gym with their hair all made up and their make-up caked on....ummmm honey--you are at a gym....g-y-m.
11. It feels like whenever I'm there, there are at least two men by the weights attempting to lift WAYYY more than they can and grunting louder than I have EVER heard just to prove they can.
12. I love to say "oh I don't need to go to the gym today" "why not?" "Oh, I cleaned the house and took the stairs up to the apartment." Yeah, like that's helpful.
13. Moral of the story: as much as I complain, hate it (yes, even despise it), I still know I need to go. Oh well, maybe 'morrow!
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Well, today is another busy day. On top of all the work I have piled around me, I have to go pick up a bridesmaid dress. Now granted it's been done for 2 weeks, but have I gone to pick it up?? Noooooo. I'm surprised they haven't called numerous times to get that dress out of their store! I just honestly have not had the motivation to go pick it up. I know I have to pick it up today since the wedding is Saturday and we have to leave early on Friday to make it there (the wedding is 5 1/2 hours away from here). So needless to say instead of picking up the dress, I'm sitting here typing about it. Wow. Motivationally.Challenged.

The next couple weeks are just going to fly by...I can just feel it. Friday through Sunday this weekend we are in St. Paul/Minneapolis for the wedding. Then a week from today is my Grandma's 80th birthday and we are all going out to dinner to celebrate (2 hours from here). Then Thursday morning after the bday I have to get up around 5 to make it to Wisconsin Dells for a conference that I'm helping run a booth at to promote our agency. Then Friday we are going back up to my home town in order to help set up for a family reunion being held at my parent's house (I don't know why they always offer to host these things!!!) on Saturday. Then it's back home to start another week!!!

Whew. I'm tired just thinking about it.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Picky, picky, picky

As I was looking for something to eat for lunch, I realized that I must be one of the pickiest eater ever. And I mean e.v.e.r. Most of the foods that I don't eat aren't really for any good reason, I just don't like the texture or smell, but refuse to try most of them. I went out to eat with fiance a while ago and tried feta cheese (on accident) for the first time and you know what, I actually liked it. Yes, liked it.

I don't eat tomatoes or most vegetables for that matter and I'm very picky about fruit. I won't eat strawberries (I will occasionally) because I think they look like noses that have a lot of blackheads! Strange right? I know.

I don't like peas, however, I will eat split pea with ham soup. Strange again right? I'm trying to get past this extreme pickiness. It isn't fun...I don't like being picky. It also shortens our options for meals.

What are your likes and dislikes? Am I the only one who is this picky?

Friday, June 02, 2006

My new design!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to Goofy girl for my WONDERFUL new blog design. How do you all like it? I love it. I have loved the moon since I was little and enjoy the night time. This is a perfect blog design for me. If you like the design, please contact Goofy girl or click on her link to her designs on the left side of my blog.

I love it!!!

What's new with this page? Well, I now have a link to 100 Things About Me. I also have a new countdown to starting back to school!!! I have a favorite blog list too!! So stroll around and leave me a message about how wonderful the new design looks!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

It's honestly Thursday?

Sorry guys, but I have to take another week off. This whole work thing is really getting to be a lot of work. On a happy note, it is my 1 year anniversary with my agency today. Woo hoo!!!

Happy Thursday everyone!