Mrs. Dolphin, I feel your pain, really I do....
Mother of freak baby that did not sleep for the FIRST YEAR!
LONDON (Reuters) - Sleep-deprived mothers of newborn babies should spare a thought for bottlenose dolphins and killer whales.
A study has shown the young of those two species do not sleep at all during the first month of life. They are active 24 hours a day -- and their mothers have learned to cope.
"Somehow these seafaring mammals have found a way to cope with sleep deprivation, facilitating rather than hindering a crucial phase of development for their offspring," Dr Jerome Siegel, a neuroscientist at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), said in a statement.
Siegel and his colleagues said the developmental pattern they discovered in the dolphins and whales is different from all other mammals.
As the calves of both species grow, their sleep gradually increases to adult levels.
"Their bodies have found a way to cope, offering evidence that sleep isn't necessary for development and raising the question of whether humans and other mammals have untapped physiological potential for coping without sleep," Siegel said.
The scientists, who reported the findings in the journal Nature, believe the newborns' lack of sleep has several advantages. Their constant movement reduces the danger from predators and helps maintain their body temperature until they develop greater mass and blubber.
It also enables them to swim to the surface frequently to breathe and helps their body and brain to develop.
The scientists observed two adult killer whales and their calves at SeaWorld in San Diego, California and four dolphins and their offspring at the Utrish Marine Mammal Research Station in the Black Sea region of Russia for five months after birth.
OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS
1) futz futs (intransitive verb)
: to spend time frivolously, lazily, or
Early 20th century. Probably an alteration of
arumfartzen "to fool around."
2) gadarene gadde reen (adjective)
: rushing headlong en masse
Early 19th century. Via Latin from Greek
"inhabitant of Gadara," the town that was the
the herd of swine's headlong rush into the
Matthew 8:28 in the Bible.
WORD: bete noire bet-NWAHR (noun)
: Something or someone particularly detested or
SYNONYMS: * bugbear
* persona non grata
WORD WISE: Bete noire is French for "black
QUOTE: "Even more regrettable, as far as Dame
concerned, is the presence of her old bete noire,
extravagantly disgusting Sir Les Patterson."
--"The Dame's New Man," Daily Telegraph, April
Bo Bice Is Free as a Bird
Rocker didn't win "American Idol," and he's happy about it
Bo Bice is a devout member of a Presbyterian church near his home in Helena, Alabama, so it's apt that he should consult his spiritual adviser, Pastor Donny Acton, about a decision as major as this: Standing on the lot of a Ford dealership near Helena, the American Idol runner-up mulls whether to get his 2005 Mustang -- a souped-up 1967 replica -- in gun-metal gray or bright red with black racing stripes. A local TV news crew films his deliberations, and a dozen or so fans linger nearby waiting on autographs. Bice hollers to Acton, "What do you think, Donny?"
"Get the red," the pastor advises. "If you're going to do it, you ought to do it right."
The Southern rocker with the shoulder-length hair narrowly lost the American Idol title to angelic Oklahoma girl Carrie Underwood, but Bice isn't complaining. Orders for his debut single, featuring his cover of the Ides of March's 1970 hit "Vehicle," easily outpaced pre-release sales for Underwood's debut. Along with Constantine Maroulis, Bice was one of Idol's two "rockers" this season. With his long hair, tunics and leather sandals, he often looked like Gregg Allman guesting on an episode of The Partridge Family. Simon Cowell predicts that Idol has stained Bice as too much a pop product for the rock world. But when Bice arrives home in his new red Mustang, he gets a phone call saying that Carlos Santana wants the twenty-nine-year-old to sing a track on his next record. Two nights later, Willie Nelson brings Bice onstage during his show in Birmingham to duet on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
If anything, Bice is happy to be the Idol runner-up. "People ask me, 'What were you thinking while you stood there waiting for them to announce the winner?'" says Bice. "'Please, God, don't let me win this thing.' I never told anybody that. The label 'American Idol' was not for me. I'm not a pop person. It would have been even harder to play my kind of music if I had won."
Bice had the seeds for his kind of music planted early. When he was four years old, he bought three records for a dollar at a Riverdale, Georgia, yard sale: Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle," Lynyrd Skynyrd's Second Helping and the Allman Brothers' At Fillmore East. "I can remember the first time I heard 'The Ballad of Curtis Loew,'" he says. "I remember how the room smelled, and it was quite musty. We lived in a little one-bedroom apartment, just me and my mom."
He grew up moving around the South, stopping for little more than a year at a time in Riverdale, in Huntsville, Alabama, and in Jacksonville, Florida, with his mother, Nancy. (His father split when Bice was two and has only recently tried to renew contact.) "I never realized we were poor because I always had what I needed," says Bice. "I thought we ate spaghetti every night because I loved it." Things improved for the two after Nancy married the man Bo calls "Dad," Earle Downes, in the mid-Eighties. When Bice was twelve, the family relocated to the U.K., but he returned to the States on his own five years later for college. He formed the grunge-blues trio Purge, which eventually morphed into his current outfit, Bo Bice and SugarMoney. "There's a Purge CD that recently sold on eBay for $700," he says. "Makes me wish I still had a big box of them back home.
Last year, when Bice was managing a guitar shop and playing a few gigs a week, he swore that if he hadn't made it as a musician by the time he was thirty he'd "give it up and get a day job." Today the main road in Helena is festooned with signs proclaiming "We Bo-lieve" and "Bo Rocks!" A block away, Bice shares a modest two-bedroom home with his girlfriend, Caroline, and their three dogs, three cats and two aquatic turtles. He has accumulated several guitars this year, but he made sure his new Martin acoustic was built from trees that fell entirely on their own. "I'm still a hippie at heart, you see," he says.
Following twelve days off -- during which time he planned to visit his parents in Atlanta and buy a home in Nashville -- Bice will head out on the de rigueur eight-week American Idol tour with the other top-ten finalists. In the fall he'll record an album due out by year's end. His main concern at this point is persuading his new mentor, RCA head Clive Davis, to let him put a few of his own songs on the album. "I would rather put out an album of my songs, and if it flops, it flops," he says. As for the question of whether the guy who almost won what even he calls "a poppy TV contest" stands a chance of being taken seriously, Bice says he'll be happy either way. "The people that love me are gonna buy my album, and the people that don't care aren't," he says. "I didn't go into American Idol trying to win the world over. I didn't have any game plan or strategy. I just came in being myself. And for some crazy reason, that's what people were wanting. Which is why I am truly the guy who's the most freaked out about everything that's happened."
(Posted Jun 23, 2005)
Using frozen puff pastry for the crust makes this quiche-like tart super-easy.
click photo to enlarge
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
6 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 small zucchini, cut into thin rounds
2 large eggs
1 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Roll out pastry on floured surface to 1/8-inch-thick square. Trim pastry edges to form 13-inch round. Transfer to 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Fold in overhang to form double-thick sides. Pierce with fork. Cover; chill 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line pastry with foil; fill with beans or pie weights. Bake pastry until sides are set, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and beans. Bake crust until bottom is golden brown, pressing with back of fork if bubbles form, about 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 400°F. Sprinkle mozzarella over bottom of crust. Top with 6 tablespoons Parmesan, tomatoes, basil, green onions, and oregano. Arrange zucchini rounds in concentric circles to cover top of tart. Whisk eggs, half and half, salt, and pepper in medium bowl. Pour mixture into tart. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.
Bake tart until custard is set and crust is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes 8 servings.
The aspic will be a deeper shade of red if made with canned tomatoes (see cooks' note, below), but fresh tomatoes will yield a brighter flavor.
1/2 cup coarsely chopped shallots
3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 lb plum tomatoes, cored, quartered, and puréed in a blender
2 tablespoons sugar
13/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground celery seeds
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup vodka
2 tablespoons gelatin (from three 1/4-oz envelopes)
Vegetable oil for greasing pan
Special equipment: a double layer of rinsed and squeezed cheesecloth
Cook shallots and celery in olive oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add puréed tomatoes, sugar, salt, pepper, and celery seeds and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes. Pour tomato mixture through a sieve lined with dampened cheesecloth into a clean 3-quart saucepan, pressing hard on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Bring tomato broth just to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce.
While tomato broth comes to a boil, stir together lemon juice and vodka in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over vodka mixture. (Spoon vodka mixture over any powdered gelatin remaining on top.) Let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.
Lightly oil a 1 1/2- to 2-quart nonreactive shallow baking pan (2 inches deep).
Add gelatin mixture to hot tomato broth, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Pour into baking pan and chill, uncovered, until firm, at least 6 hours.
To unmold aspic, run a small sharp knife around edge, then dip baking pan into a larger pan of warm water, 15 to 20 seconds. Put a cutting board over baking pan, then carefully invert aspic onto board and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
• You can substitute 2 (28-oz) cans plus 1 (14- to 15-oz) can whole tomatoes with juice (use the juice) for the fresh tomatoes.
• Aspic can be chilled up to 24 hours.
Makes 8 servings.
What is StudyDog?
StudyDog is a complete Early Reading (pre-K thru 2nd grade) computer-based program aligned with the findings of the National Reading Panel.
StudyDog Reading provides all of the components of a complete, evidence-based, comprehensive, and effective early-childhood reading program.
Our vision is that "Success in life begins with reading".
Our mission is to help every young reader no matter what their financial means. We achieve this by providing a world-class reading program, using a socially responsible business-philanthropy model, that is leveraged with technology.
I have got this for my own kids, looks good, Reading is the best thing, you can go anywhere with it..
New Office Slang
404 - Someone who is clueless. From the Web error message, “404 Not Found,” which means the document requested couldn’t be located. “Don’t bother asking John. He’s 404.”
Adminisphere - The rarified organizational layers above the rank and file that makes decisions that are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant.
Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group. “I dunno, ask Rick. He’s our alpha geek.”
Assmosis - The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
Batmobiling - putting up emotional shields. Refers to the retracting armor that covers the Batmobile as in “she started talking marriage and he started batmobiling”
Beepilepsy - The brief siezure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.
Betamaxed - When a technology is overtaken in the market by inferior but better marketed competition as in “Microsoft betamaxed Apple right out of the market”
Blamestorming - A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
Blowing Your Buffer - Losing one’s train of thought. Occurs when the person you are speaking with won’t let you get a word in edgewise or has just said something so astonishing that your train gets derailed. “Damn, I just blew my buffer!” (Synonym: “Head Crash”)
Body Nazis - Hard-core exercise and weight-lifting fanatics who look down on anyone who doesn’t work out obsessively.
Bookmark - To take note of a person for future reference. “After seeing his cool demo at Siggraph, I bookmarked him.”
Brain Fart - A byproduct of a bloated mind producing information effortlessly; a burst of useful information. “I know you’re busy on the Microsoft story, but can you give us a brain fart on the Mitnik bust?” Variation of old hacker slang that had more negative connotations.
CGI Joe - A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and charisma of a plastic action figure.
Chainsaw Consultant - An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee head count, leaving the top brass with clean hands.
Chip Jewelry - Old computers destined to be scrapped or turned into decoration. “I paid three grand for that Mac and now it’s nothing but chip jewelry.”
Chips and Salsa - Chips = hardware, salsa = software. “First we gotta figure out if the problem’s in your chips or your salsa.”
CLM (Career Limiting Move)- Used by microserfs to describe an ill-advised activity. “Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.”
Cobweb - A WWW site that never changes.
Crapplet - A badly written or profoundly useless Java applet. “I just wasted 30 minutes downloading that crapplet!”
CROP DUSTING - Surreptitiously farting while passing thru a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust; leads to PRAIRIE DOGGING.....
Cube Farm - An office filled with cubicles.
Dead Tree Edition - The paper version of a publication available in both paper and electronic forms.
Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss, as is Dilbert, the comic strip character. “Damn, I’ve been dilberted again! The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week.”
Dorito Syndrome - The feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction triggered by addictive substances that lack nutritional content. “I just spent six hours surfing the Web, and now I’ve got a bad case of Dorito Syndrome.”
Egosurfing - Scanning the Net, databases, etc., for one’s own name.
Elvis Year - The peak year of popularity as in “1993 was Barney the dinosaur’s Elvis year”
Flight Risk - Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave a company or department soon.
Generica - Fast food joints, strip malls, sub-divisions as in “we were so lost in generica that I couldn’t remember what city it was”
Glazing - Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open; a popular pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings. “Didn’t he notice that by the second session half the room was glazing?”
Going Postal - Totally stressed out and losing it like postal employees who went on shooting rampages
GOOD job - A "Get-Out-Of-Debt" job. A well-paying job people take in order to pay off their debts, one that they will quit as soon as they are solvent again.
Gray Matter - Older, experienced business people hired by young entrepreneurial firms trying to appear more professional and established.
Graybar Land - The place you go while you’re staring at a computer that’s processing something very slowly (while you watch the gray bar creep across the screen). “That CAD rendering put me in graybar land for like an hour.”
High Dome - Egghead, scientist, PhD
Idea Hamsters - People whose idea generators are always running.
Irritainment - Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying, but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime example.
It’s a Feature - From the old adage, “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” Used sarcastically to describe an unpleasant problem you wish to gloss over.
Keyboard Plaque - The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on some people’s computer keyboards.
Link Rot - The process by which web page’s links become obsolete as the sites they’re connected to change or die.
Meatspace - The physical world (as opposed to the virtual) also “carbon community” “facetime” “F2F” “RL”
Mouse Potato - The online generation’s answer to the couch potato.
Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time during which you realize you’ve just made a terrible error.
Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or telecommute.
Percussive Maintenance - The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
Perot - To quit unexpectedly. “My cellular phone just perot’ed.”
Plug-and-Play - A new hire who doesn’t require training. “That new guy is totally plug-and-play.”
Prairie Dogging - When something loud happens in a cube farm, causing heads to pop up over the walls trying to see what’s going on.
Ribs ‘N’ Dick - A budget with no fat as in “we’ve got ribs ‘n’ dick and we’re supposed to find 20K for memory upgrades”
Salmon Day - The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed in the end. “God, today was a total salmon day!”
Seagull Manager - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits over everything and then leaves.
Siliwood - The coming convergence of movies, interactive TV and computers; also “Hollywired”
SITCOMs - What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids. “Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage”
Square-Headed Spouse - Computer
Squirt the Bird - To transmit a signal up to a satellite. “Crew and talent are ready...what time do we squirt the bird?”
Starter Marriage - A short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.
Stress Puppy - A person who thrives on being stressed-out and whiny.
Swiped Out - An ATM or credit card that has been used so much its magnetic strip is worn away.
Tourists - Those who take training classes just to take a vacation from their jobs. “There were only three serious students in the class; the rest were just tourists.”
Treeware - Hacker slang for documentation or other printed material.
Umfriend - One with whom one has a sexual relationship; as in, “this is Dale, my...um...friend.”
Under Mouse Arrest - Getting busted for violating an online service’s rule of conduct. “Sorry I couldn’t get back to you. AOL put me under mouse arrest.”
Uninstalled - Euphemism for being fired. Also: decruitment.
Vulcan Nerve Pinch - The taxing hand position required to reach all the appropriate keys for certain commands. For instance, the warm re-boot for a Mac II computer involves simultaneously pressing the Control key, the Command key, the Return key and the Power On key.
WOOFYS - Well Off Older Folks.
World Wide Wait - The real meaning of WWW.
Xerox Subsidy - Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s workplace.
Yuppie Food Coupons - Twenty dollar bills from an ATM.
You Know You're From British Columbia When...
You know the provincial flower
You consider that if it has no snow, it is not a real mountain.
You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Blendz, and Tim Horton's.
You know how to pronounce Squamish, Osoyoos & Nanaimo.
You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.
In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark - while only working eight-hour days.
You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
You know that Dawson Creek is a town, not a TV show.
You can point to at least two ski mountains, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
You notice "the mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 5, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
You switch to your sandals when it gets about 10, but keep the socks on.
You recognize the background shots in your favourite movies & TV shows.
You buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time.
You use a down comforter in the summer.
The local hero is a pot-smoking snowboarder
The local wine doesn't taste like malt vinegar
Your $400,000 Vancouver home is 5 hours from downtown
You can throw a rock and hit three Starbucks locations
You've been to a deforestation protest
If a cop pulls you over, just offer them some of your hash
It's November, it's raining, but you're still wearing birkenstocks
You go broke just paying rent.
You don't own a heavy winter coat
You can't figure out why Manitoba is considered part of Western Canada.
You wouldn't be caught dead on Vancouver Island or Vancouver without your umbrella and plastic shoes.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from British Columbia.
|Slow and Steady|
They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.
It'd really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment.
They expect you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then usually decide against it.
By ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press Writer
Fri Jun 24, 3:10 PM ET
TANACU, Romania - The whispers started in April in the mind of the 23-year-old nun.
In the heart of an Orthodox convent in Romania's impoverished northeast, doctors say, Maricica Irina Cornici believed she heard the devil talking to her, telling her she was sinful.
She was treated for schizophrenia, but when she relapsed, a monk and four nuns tried a different method: exorcism.
Last week, Cornici was bound to a cross, gagged with a towel and left in a dank room at the convent for three days without food — where she died of suffocation and dehydration.
The case has stunned this impoverished nation where rural youths, many raised in orphanages like Cornici, have flocked to Orthodox monasteries and convents for spiritual help or food and shelter. Polls show the Orthodox Church to be the nation's most trusted institution.
In April, Cornici was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in the northeast city of Vaslui.
"She thought the devil was talking to her and told her that she was a sinful person," said Dr. Gheorghe Silvestrovici, a psychiatrist who treated her. "It's a symptom of schizophrenia, and she was probably having her first episode."
The nun was given medication and released on April 20 to the care of the Holy Trinity convent in the nearby village of Tanacu, an isolated community of about 1,000 people in a hilly area cultivated with vineyards and corn.
She was supposed to return in 10 days, but never did.
Daniel Petru Corogeanu, a 29-year-old red-bearded monk who served as the convent's priest and allegedly led the exorcism, told the media he was trying to take devils out of the nun. He said she had to be restrained because she was violent and that she refused to drink holy water.
Corogeanu and the four nuns were charged with aggravated murder on Wednesday in Cornici's death after testifying for 11 hours to prosecutors. If found guilty, they could face up to 25 years in prison.
The monk said Friday outside the courtroom that he and the nuns were innocent and blamed media pressure for their arrests.
His lawyer has asked for the case to be moved to a different location, citing the intense media and public scrutiny in the area. Romania's Supreme Court is expected to rule on a location for the trial.
"I am scared that if I went to the monastery they would crucify me, too," said Ioan Hristea, a 52-year-old former welder who suffers from epilepsy and said he was hospitalized with Cornici.
Others said the prosecutors were swayed by the public pressure and went too far by charging the suspects with aggravated murder, and that a lesser charge of manslaughter would have been more appropriate.
"Aggravated murder implies intention and committing the crime with intentional sadism," said Aurelian Pavelescu, a lawyer and member of Romania's parliament. "But they believed they were helping the woman, that they were curing her from her pains."
In Cornici's native village of Perieni, about an hour drive from the convent, her relatives demanded justice for the young woman, who they said joined the convent just days before she was admitted to the hospital.
"She was disfigured, she had marks on her hands, her ankles and her stomach," said her aunt, Anisoara Antohi, 29, standing by Cornici's grave, marked with a simple wooden cross with the words "Sister Irina" scribbled on it.
"She was a good girl. It was too cruel, God, much too cruel," her great-uncle, Gheorghe Antohi, 53, said as he burst into tears. Those who allegedly killed her "should all be crucified like her."
In Tanacu, a couple said they met Corogeanu, the monk accused in the case, when he baptized their godson at the convent, a wooden building with a metal roof that overlooks a rolling hill.
"He held a beautiful service," said Petrica Pintilie. "Who knows what happened there?"
The church has closed the convent, and its gates were chained Friday. A nearby sign warns that no men are allowed in after 4 p.m. and that only Orthodox believers who are properly dressed can enter.
"Here we only talk to God and we sing with the angels in silence and with much prayer," says another sign posted on the convent's white fence.
The Orthodox Church has strongly condemned the exorcism ritual in Tanacu as "abominable." It has banned Corogeanu from the priesthood and excluded the four nuns from the church.
Orthodox monasteries and convents have flourished in Romania since the 1989 fall of Nicolae Ceausescu's brutal communist regime, which suppressed religion.
The Tanacu convent was built in 2001 by a private donor and had not yet been sanctified by the church.
Cornici's death and the revelation that Corogeanu was ordained as a priest without having finished his theological studies have prompted the church to impose stricter rules for entering monasteries, including psychological tests.
This is so sad , it really is obvisious the girl was suffering from mental illness, but who is to say how that mental illness came about , it could be "possession" by a "demon", we honestly don't know, can you show me proof, that there are no such things as demons, when you can with absolute proof,
then I will believe, but for now I tend to be one of the believes in the stranger things on the fringes of reality,
of course my husband thinks I'm nuts, and a closet tree hugger too, but oh well it is interesting to me and thats what this BLOG is all about....
Starting the day off with "the Scorpions" "No One Like You!" another good song that makes me long for my youth, it is so true Youth is wasted on the young....
the forecast is for...99 degrees, which means in real human terms , we are looking at about 105-110+ , Weather Dorks are always WRONG!!!
A Hot day, already about 85 degrees,9:15 am.
AC is on, and Me and the boys are jamming to "Gorrillas : Feel Good Inc..."
GRRRreat song, good bass....have alot to do today as I lost a day yesterday with the migraine...
I really have to get working on my web pages for the "continuim" lol...
.WE WILL ASSIMILATE YOU!!!
I might trim the baby's bangs today to get them out of his eyes...
Does anyone ever really read this or am I talking(writing ) to myself...?????
Hey Leave a message ...Yes You right there in front of the screen...:pointing at shadowy figure out there....
32 ounces plain yogurt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh marjoram leaves
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 (5 1/2-pound) leg of lamb, boned and butterflied
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pitted brine-cured black olives, such as kalamata
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh marjoram leaves
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a large plastic freezer bag. Add the lamb and seal the bag. Shake to evenly distribute the marinade over the lamb. Refrigerate and marinate for 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove the lamb from the marinade and wash quickly under running water to remove most of the marinade. Pat dry and season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper on all sides. Spread the lamb, smooth side down, on a large baking sheet and set aside.
To make the stuffing, combine the bread crumbs, olives, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, the pine nuts, marjoram, mint, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, and the lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 2 to 3 times. Do not puree. Set aside.
To make the basting sauce, combine the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and the remaining salt and black pepper in a medium bowl and whisk to blend. Set aside.
To stuff the lamb, spread the olive mixture evenly over the rough side of the meat. Starting at the long side, roll the lamb up tightly and tie at several places with kitchen twine to hold its shape. Brush the outside of the lamb liberally with the basting sauce; reserve the remainder
Roast the lamb until a meat thermometer inserted into center registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Brush occasionally with the remaining basting sauce. Let stand 15 minutes. Slice the lamb and serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: The cooking time will vary depending on the cut of the meat. Start checking the temperature at 1 hour and don't forget that the meat will continue to cook once removed from the oven (as it rests.) Also, don't forget those tasty bits on the baking sheet. These can be spooned over individual slices of lamb as a tasty sauce.
Delmonico's Dry-Aged Sirloin Steaks with Homemade Worcestershire Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes and Creamed Spinach ....
Oh Yum, I have got to make this.....
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 dry-aged sirloin steaks, 16 ounces each
Freshly ground black pepper
1 recipe Creamed Spinach, recipe follows
1 recipe Scalloped Potatoes, recipe follows
8 teaspoons Homemade Worcestershire sauce, recipe follows
Preheat a grill to high heat.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon olive oil over each steak and then season on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill until medium-rare and slightly charred around the edges, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Slice each steak 1/2-inch thick against the grain. To serve, spoon the potatoes into the center of each of 4 large plates and arrange the sliced meat on top. Spoon the creamed spinach next to the potatoes and drizzle 2 teaspoons of the Worcestershire sauce over each serving. Serve immediately.
2 pounds fresh spinach, tough stems removed and washed
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Drain in a fine-mesh strainer, pressing with a large spoon to release as much water as possible. Finely chop and set aside.
Bring the cream to a low boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat. Melt the butter in medium-heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft, about 1 minute. Add the flour and cook, and then reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly with a heavy wooden spoon, until a light blond roux forms, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the milk in a steady stream, whisking constantly, and cook until thick and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the salt, white pepper and nutmeg and simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the hot cream, whisking constantly, and cook for 1 minute. Fold in the Swiss and Parmesan cheeses, and mix until smooth. Add the spinach, mix well and cook until completely warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Serve hot.
Yield: 4 servings
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
3 cups heavy cream
2 3/4 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces Swiss cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with the butter and set aside.
Place the cream in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the salt and pepper, and stir well. Add the potatoes, adding more cream, if necessary, to completely cover the potatoes. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are barely fork tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat.
With a large spoon, transfer 1/3 of the potatoes with some of the cream to the prepared dish, forming an even layer on the bottom. Top with 1/3 of the cheese, and continue layering the potatoes and cheese, ending with cheese on top.
Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Yield: 4 servings
Emeril's Worcestershire Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups coarsely chopped onions
4 jalapenos, with stems and seeds, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
4 (2-ounce) cans anchovy fillets (or an 8-ounce can), drained of oil
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons salt
2 whole, medium lemons, skin and pith removed
4 cups dark corn syrup
2 cups 100 percent Pure Cane Syrup (recommended: Steen's)
2 quarts distilled white vinegar
4 cups water
3/4 pound fresh horseradish, peeled and grated
3 pint-sized canning jars
Combine the oil, onions and jalapenos in a large stockpot over a high heat. Cook, stirring, until slightly soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic, pepper, anchovy fillets, cloves, salt, lemons, corn syrup, cane syrup, vinegar, water and horseradish and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mixture barely coats a wooden spoon, about 6 hours. Strain into a clean container.
Worcestershire Sauce may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or processed as directed below and kept for up to 1 year.
Sterilize 3 pint-sized jars and their metal lids according to the manufacturer's instructions. Spoon the hot mixture into the jars, filling to within 1/2-inch of the rim. With a clean, damp towel, wipe the rims and fit with a hot lid. Tightly screw on the metal ring. Place, without touching, on a rack in a large, deep canning kettle or stockpot of rapidly boiling water; water should cover the cans by 1 inch. Boil and process for 15 minutes. Using tongs, remove the jars, place on a towel and let cool completely before storing. Test the seals and tighten the rings as needed. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks before using. After opening, store jars in the refrigerator.
Yield: 3 pints
Lemon Scented Loofah Soap
1 (4 ounce) bar unscented glycerin soap
1 teaspoon powdered loofah
15 drops lemon oil
1 drop red food coloring
Melt the bar of glycerin soap in a small saucepan
over low heat until the soap has liquefied.
Remove from heat & stir in powdered loofah, lemon oil,
& food coloring. Pour soap into a mold & let set
for about four hours, or until hardened. When
powdered loofah is mixed in, it will make the soap
extra exfoliating. Loofah can be dried, shredded,
& added to soap.
NOTE: To make the powder, loofah can be cut up
into tiny pieces using a pair of sharp scissors, or
you can purchase it in powder form.
What a a nice way to have coffee, Hubby and I and the boys rocking out to Bo Bice , on the TODAY SHOW, he has sung , "Vehicle", "Inside your Heaven" so far, the show is on-going right now.
We had a nice Father's day, Presents and coffee, a nature walk , Bup almost stepped on a BULL SNAKE he was right on top of it, roughly 6 inches from it, scared the crap out of me I was bringing up the rear with the baby in the stroller, up and down a very winding trail which was paved ...Saw some very cool beautiful scenery, and ancient cave paintings, and then had a nice supper at a local D.Q.
Bup was a hyperspaz , and xab was cool, he is such a mellow guy....I had a bad head day but what can you do, just take the damned pills the Dr. gives you and hope the pain goes away, it is still here this morning , I am getting really tired of these head aches...
Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
If at first you do succeed, try not to look astonished!!!
"You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone." - Al Capone (1899-1947)
"The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain
Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.
Save time... see it my way.
It's not the pace of life that concerns me, it's the sudden stop at the end.
Oh Lord give me patience... NOW!
You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
Life - it's nothing like the Brochure!
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
Today's subliminal thought is:
Some people have a way with words, while others... erm... thingy.
If a lawyer and an IRS agent were both drowning, and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?
Due to financial constraints, the light at the end of the tunnel has been extinguished.
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.
Bacon & eggs - Hens are involved but pigs are committed.
Any twelve people who can't get themselves out of jury duty are not my peers.
It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them.
Dyslexic man sells soul to Santa... Film at 11.
People who love sausage and respect the law should never watch either of them being made.
Spotted on the back of a T-shirt worn by LAPD Bomb Squad: If you see me running, try to keep up.
Do you know that if all the smokers were laid end to end around the world, three quarters of them would drown?
Hickory, Dickory, Dock. Three mice ran up the clock. The clock struck one. The other two escaped with minor injuries.
"AOL for Dummies" is kind of redundant, don't you think?
For Sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain.
"I'm not normally a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me, Superman!" - Homer Simpson
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce today would cost $100, get a million miles to the gallon, and explode once every few weeks, killing everyone inside.
Sleep: A completely inadequate substitute for caffeine.
Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes.
As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing.
"If the Start Windows Restart when Windows starts check box is checked Windows Restart will start automatically every time Windows is started." - Actual excerpt from a windows program help file!
Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue.
The three most dangerous things are a programmer with a soldering iron, a manager who codes, and a user who gets ideas.
To know recursion, you must first know recursion.
"A good programmer is someone who looks both ways before crossing a one-way street." - Doug Linder
Mountain Dew and doughnuts... because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
"Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea - massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind - boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it." - Gene Spafford,1992
A much wittier reply came to mind immediately after I clicked the 'Send' button.
Don't make me use uppercase...
There is an old saying that if a million monkeys typed on a million keyboards for a million years, eventually all the works of Shakespeare would be produced. Now, thanks to Usenet, we know this is not true.
The truth is out there? Does anyone know the URL?
In The Beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Jesus is coming - Look Busy!
The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along.
“The word bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” - George Carlin
The trouble with political jokes is they get elected.
If the enemy is in range, so are you.
Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.
Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't.
If you find yourself in a fair fight you didn't plan your mission properly!
Teamwork is essential; it gives the enemy someone else to shoot at.
Sometimes we turn to God when our foundations are shaking, only to find out it is God who is shaking them.
A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender says, What is this, some kind of joke?
If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.
Can priests turn other food into God, or only those little cookies?
A good sermon should have a good beginning and a good ending, and they should be as close together as possible.
A dyslexic, agnostic insomniac - one who lies awake at night wondering if there really is a dog...
I don't mind Jesus, it's his fan club I can't stand.
In the beginning, there was nothing. And God said, 'Let there be Light.' And there was still nothing, but you could see a bit better.
I still miss my ex. But my aim is getting better.
“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” - Oscar Wilde
There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
“Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.” - Henry Kissinger
Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished...
I married Miss Right, I just didn't know her first name was Always!
In a movie, no matter what window you look out in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is always right there.
There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.
Luge: The sport of lying down and trying not to die.
Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
Never try to leap a chasm in two jumps.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment.
Eat right. Stay fit. Die anyway.
Conventional wisdom says to know your limits. To know your limits you need to find them first. Finding your limits generally involves getting in over your head and hoping you live long enough to benefit from the experience. That's the fun part.
Never anger a dragon, for you are crunchy and you go well with Brie.
Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
“I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve immortality by not dying.” - Woody Allen
“I only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn't looking good either.” - Scott Adams
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” - Mark Twain
If you get cheated by the Better Business Bureau, who do you complain to?
Can atheists get insurance for acts of God?
Is there another word for synonym?
If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?
How do 'Do Not Walk On Grass' signs get there?
If you mix milk of magnesia with vodka and orange juice, do you get a Phillip's screw driver?
Why is it that when a man talks dirty to a woman, it's sexual harassment, but when a woman talks dirty to a man, it's $3.95/minute?
Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?
How come the bullets that work are fired, and the ones that don't work are not?
“When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?” - George Carlin
Can you be a closet claustrophobic?
While he is not dumber than an ox, he's not appreciably smarter either.
Everyone is entitled to be stupid but you're abusing the privilege.
You sound reasonable...Time to up my medication.
I'd like to see things your way, but I'm not sure if I can stick my head that far up my ass.
It's hard to believe you out-swam a million other sperm.
Let's have a suicide pact. You go first.
He's about as subtle as a chainsaw, but lacking the social grace.
You are such a good friend that if we were on a sinking ship and there was only one life jacket, I'd miss you heaps and think of you often.
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
A fool and his money are soon partying.
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.
Drugs may lead to nowhere, but at least it's the scenic route.
I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Borrow money from pessimists-they don't expect it back.
Half the people you know are below average.
99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
All those who believe in psycho kinesis raise my hand.
Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.
OK, so what's the speed of dark?
How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.
I intend to live forever - so far, so good.
Join the Army, meet interesting people, kill them.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
24 hours in a day ... 24 beers in a case...coincidence?
Dancing is a perpendicular statement of a horizontal desire.
Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!
Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
"If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don't have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it's not enough." - Ann Landers
If silence be good for the wise, how much better for fools.
Consulting: If you’re not a part of the solution, there’s good money to be made in prolonging the problem.
Cluelessness: There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
Incompetence: When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there’s no end to what you can’t do.
Dysfunction: The only consistent feature of all of your dissatisfying relationships is you.
Burnout: Attitudes are contagious. Mine might kill you.
Mistakes: It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.
Overconfidence: Before you attempt to beat the odds, be sure you can survive the odds beating you.
Regret: It hurts to admit when you’ve made mistakes, but when they’re big enough, the pain only lasts a second.
Despair: It’s always darkest just before it goes pitch black.
Pessimism: Every dark cloud has a silver lining, but lightning kills hundreds of people each year who are trying to find it.
THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:
1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.
No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
Love is grand. Divorce is a hundred grand.
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should be changed regularly and for the same reason.
An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true.
You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
Jesus loves you... everyone else thinks you're an asshole.
Lord, save me from your followers.
It IS as bad as you think, and they ARE out to get you.
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
Some people are only alive because it is illegal to kill them.
"Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened." - Cora Harvey Armstrong
"The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy." - Helen Hayes (at 73)
"Old age ain't no place for sissies." - Bette Davis
"We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty." - Douglas Adams
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
War never decided who was right, only who was left.
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his." - General Patton
"I love vegetarians. That's all I eat." - Ted Nugent
Just because I'm paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get me.
Our FREEDOM rests on 4 boxes: Soap, Ballot, Jury, and Cartridge
"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." - Col. Jeff Cooper
Rule #1: If there are guns in your house, one had better be yours.
Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints...
A child of five could understand this! Fetch me a child of five!
According to my calculations the problem doesn't exist.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
Chaos, panic, pandemonium - my work here is done.
Dear IRS, Please cancel my subscription.
If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
Never use the words 'Evil Diabolical Plan' on your resume.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that the maximum safe load capacity on my butt is two persons at a time, unless I install handrails or safety straps. Since you have arrived sixth in line to RIDE MY ASS today, please take a number and WAIT YOUR TURN!
There ought to be a better way to start the day than by getting up in the morning.
There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.
Usually I try to take it one day at a time, but lately several have attacked me at once...
"A new study shows that licking the sweat off a frog can cure depression. The down side is, the minute you stop licking, the frog gets depressed again." - Jay Leno
"Nearly everything you read signed "from God" is just somebody putting their words in my mouth." - God
Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
"Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered another round.
"Procrastination is not the problem... it's the solution." - Ellen DeGeneres
Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.
Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
We don't shoot to kill....we shoot to live!
"You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you'll find me in a pile of brass." - Trooper. M. Padgett
There are two major products to come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence.
Oops! My brain just hit a bad sector.
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Computers come in two styles: prototype and obsolete!
If Bill Gates had a penny for every time Windows crashed......Oh wait, he does.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.
It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."
- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
Today's subliminal thought is:
As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing.
A dyslexic, agnostic insomniac - one who lies awake at night wondering if there really is a dog...
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” - Mark Twain
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Three weeks after being defeated by Carrie Underwood in the finals of "American Idol," Bo Bice says he's happy he lost.
"People ask me, 'What were you thinking while you stood there waiting for them to announce the winner?'" Bice says in the issue of Rolling Stone magazine on newsstands Friday.
"Please, God, don't let me win this thing."
Bice claims he never wanted the Idol crown to tarnish his Southern rock rep.
"The label 'American Idol' was not for me. I'm not a pop person. It would have been harder to play my kind of music if I had won," says the 29-year-old Alabama native.
In the May 25 finale, the long-haired rocker failed to bring in as many votes as Underwood, who won over audiences with her country charm. But runners-up on the Fox show have done well in the past most notably Clay Aiken.
This fall, Bice will record an album with producer Clive Davis, due out by year's end. He hopes to persuade Davis to include a few of his own tunes.
"I would rather put out an album of my own songs, and if it flops, it flops."
After all, Bice feels like he's playing with house money at this point.
"I just came in (to 'American Idol') being myself," he says. "And for some crazy reason, that's what people were wanting. Which is why I am truly the guy who's the most freaked out about everything that's happened."
In The Garden Of Eden
One day in the Garden of Eden, Eve calls out to
God. "Lord,I have a problem!"
"What's the problem, Eve?"
"Lord, I know you created me and provided this
beautiful gardenand all of these wonderful animals
and that hilarious comedic snake, but I'm just not happy."
"Why is that, Eve?" came the reply from above.
"Lord, I am lonely, and I'm sick to death of
apples." "Well Eve, in that case, I have a solution.
I shall create a man for you."
"What's a man, Lord?"
"This man will be a flawed creature, with
many bad traits. He'll lie, cheat, and be vain-
glorious; all in all, he'll give you a hard time.
But, he'll be bigger, faster,
and will like to hunt and kill things.
He will look silly when he's aroused, but since
you've been complaining, I'll create him in such a way that
he will satisfy your physical needs.
He will revel in childish things like
fighting and kicking a ball about. He won't be
too smart, so he'll also need your advice to think properly."
"Sounds great." says Eve, with an ironically
raised eyebrow,"What's the catch, Lord?"
"Well... you can have him on one condition."
"What's that, Lord?"
"As I said, he'll be proud, arrogant, and
So you'll have to let him believe that I made him first.,BR>
Just remember, it's our little secret you know, woman to woman."
Starting the day off right, jamming out to" Back in Black " by AC-DC , the kids are rocking out too, cutest damned thing to see a baby dancing and smiling to AC-DC> little rock star, and the Four year old jamming on air guitar....
BACK IN BLACK
(Young, Young, Johnson)
Back in black, I hit the sack
I been too long I'm glad to be back
Yes, I'm let loose from the noose
That's kept me hangin' about
I keep lookin' at the sky 'cause it's gettin' me high
Forget the hearse. 'cause I'll never die
I got nine lives cat's eyes
A busin' every one of them and running wild
Cause I'm back, yes I'm back well, I'm back
Yes, I'm back well, I'm back, back
Well, back in black yes, I'm back in black
Back in the back of a cadilac
Number one with a bullet, I'm a power pack
Yes, I give a bang with the gang
They gotta catch me if they want me to hang
Coz I'm back on the track and I'm beatin' the flak
Nobody' gonna get me on another rap
Don't look at me now, I'm just makin' my bed
Don't try to push your luck, just get out of my way
Cause I'm back, yes I'm back,well, I'm back
Yes, I'm back well, I'm back, back
Well I'm back in black, yes I'm back in black
Well I'm back, yes I'm back
Well I'm back, yes I'm back
Well, I'm back, back
Well I'm back in black, yes I'm back in black
Well I'm back, back in black
Yes I'm back in black
Out of the sack!
What does Love mean?
> A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8
> year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were
> broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.
> See what you think:
> "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over
> and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her
> all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
> Rebecca- age 8
> When someone loves you, the way they say your name is
> different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."
> Billy - age 4
> "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on
> shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
> Karl - age 5
> "Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of
> your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."
> Chrissy -age 6
> "Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
> Terri - age 4
> "Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she
> takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is
> Danny - age 7
> "Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired
> of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My
> Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"
> Emily - age 8
> "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop
> opening presents and listen."
> Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)
> "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with
> a friend who you hate,"
> Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
> "Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he
> wears it everyday."
> Noelle - age 7
> "Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are
> still friends even after they know each other so well."
> Tommy - age 6
> "During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared.
> I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and
> smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared
> Cindy - age 8
> "My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone
> else kissing me to sleep at night."
> Clare - age 6
> "Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."
> Elaine-age 5
> "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still
> says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
> Chris - age 7
> "Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left
> him alone all day."
> Mary Ann - age 4
> "I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her
> old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."
> Lauren - age 4
> "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and
> little stars come out of you." (what an imagination)
> Karen - age 7
> "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't
> think it's gross."
> Mark - age 6
> "You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it.
> But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."
> Jessica - age 8
> And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once
> talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the
> contest was to find the most caring child.
> The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor
> was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon
> seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old
> gentleman's yard,
> climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked
> what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I
> just helped him cry"
1 POUND FINE GROUND HAMBURGER HIGH FAT
CONTENT BEST FOR THIS
1 POUND FINE GROUND LAMB
1 1/4 TABLESPOON GARLIC POWDER
1 1/3 TEASPOON OREGANO
1 1/2 TEASPOON SALT
1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED GARLIC
1 TEASPOON MAJORAM
1.2 TEASPOON BLACK PEPPER
MIX ALL , THEN BLEND IN FOOD PROCESSOR FOR 1
MINUTE (ADD A TAD OF WATER IF NEEDED TO MIX BETTER)
SHAPE INTO AN OVAL CHAPE AND REFRIDGERATE
NEXT DAY, WITH OVEN AT 350 DEGREES, BAKE FOR 50
T0 60 MINUTES OR UNTIL IT IS RATHER DRY.
LET SET TO COOL.
SLICE WHEN WARM SLICE THINLY
SLICE SOME TOMATOES, ONIONS TO ADD ON TOP OF
1/2 CUCUMBER, SEEDED AND CHOPPED
1 TEASPOON DRIED DILL WEED
1 CUP LOW FAT PLAIN YOGURT
1/.2 TEASPOON OF SUGAR
1 HEAPING TABLESPOON OF CHOPPED GARLIC
1/3 TEASPOON SALT
DRIZZLE OVER ALL
Here's your totally useless fact of the day:
Winnie, from Winnie the Pooh, was named after a
bear at the London Zoo.
The animal had been born in Canada but brought to
London in 1914 as the
mascot of a Canadian regiment.
Just Listening to this this morning ...
while I get to work, on my vast and secret plans to take over and crush my enemies under my spiky heeled black patent boots...
OOOppps.. you didn't see /hear that...
:looking around at nothing whistling a stupid tune...
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?
Come on, now.
I hear you're feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain,
Get you on your feet again.
I need some information first.
Just the basic facts,
Can you show me where it hurts?
There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're sayin'.
When I was a child I had a fever.
My hands felt just like two balloons.
Now I got that feeling once again.
I can't explain, you would not understand.
This is not how I am.
I have become comfortably numb.
Just a little pinprick.
There'll be no more ...Aaaaaahhhhh!
But you may feel a little sick.
Can you stand up?
I do believe it's working. Good.
That'll keep you going for the show.
Come on it's time to go.
There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're sayin'.
When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.
One-Line Signatures captured from the Internet
Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear.
Daddy, why doesn't this magnet pick up this floppy disk?
Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
I.R.S.: We've got what it takes to take what you've got!
We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
He who laughs last thinks slowest!
Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.
"More hay, Trigger?" "No thanks, Roy, I'm stuffed!"
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
Artificial Intelligence usually beats real stupidity.
Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.
I won't rise to the occasion, but I'll slide over to it.
What is a "free" gift ? Aren't all gifts free?
If ignorance is bliss, you must be orgasmic.
"Very funny, Scotty. Now beam down my clothes."
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
Okay, who put a "stop payment" on my reality check?
We have enough youth, how about a fountain of SMART?
All generalizations are false.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
C program run. C program crash. C programmer quit.
Bear Guzzles Campers' Beer, Eats Food
DUNBAR, W.Va. - Larry Gaynor and his brother had to cut their latest fishing trip short after a black bear ate their food and guzzled their beer. Gaynor, 67, and his brother, Billy Bob Gaynor, 53, were camping at Summit Lake near Richwood on Friday when the bear wandered into their campsite at about 9 p.m.
Hearing a noise, they looked outside their tent and saw the bear with its mouth clamped on their cooler. Larry Gaynor said the bear dragged the cooler 30 yards into the woods and flung it against a tree, scattering a case of Coors Light.
"He only drank three cans," Larry he said. "He would've drank all of them if it would've been Budweiser."
Billy Bob Gaynor said the bear ate all of their food so they returned to Dunbar the next day.
"Either relocate them or let me eat them," he said.
This is not about me or my husband, it is a joke I found on line.....
How My Husband Broke His Arms....
Last year, when the power mower was broken and
wouldn't run, I kept
hinting to my husband that he ought to get it
fixed, but somehow the
message never sank in. Finally I thought of a
clever way to make the
When my husband arrived home that day, he found
me seated in the tall
grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of
He watched silently for a short time and then
went into the house. He
was gone only a few moments when he came out
again. He handed me a
toothbrush. When you finish cutting the grass,"
he said, "you might
as well sweep the sidewalk."
The doctors say he will probably live, but it
will be quite a while
before the casts will come off!
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A bald eagle crashed through a window of a home and landed in the living room, scattering broken glass, feathers and a salmon carcass across the floor. Homeowner Jean Stack heard the crash and initially wondered if someone had thrown a dead fish through the window.
"I stopped in my tracks and thought, 'Oh my gosh," she said.
But then she heard her neighbor, Kurt Haskin, yelling. He saw the whole thing from his deck.
Haskin had been drinking coffee and watching eagles from his deck shortly before 6 a.m. Monday. He said one eagle was on his roof, and three more were in a nearby tree. Another pair occupied a tree across an alley.
"They were fighting, thrashing around; there were leaves and limbs (shaking)," Haskin said. "This was all within 50 feet of me, and I was thinking this was pretty cool."
Then one eagle swooped out of the nearby tree, up past Haskin's head, around the eagle on the roof and back behind the tree, said Haskin.
"I didn't notice it was packing a fish when it swooped over me," he said.
The eagle re-emerged and bore down on Stack's bay window, which is about 15 feet off the ground.
"It just grenaded that window," Haskin said. "The window didn't even slow it down."
But the jolt apparently shook the fish and some feathers free. A moment later, the eagle popped out the hole where the window had been.
"It was only about four or five seconds, then it must have gathered its wits and flew back out of there," Haskin said.
Stack was awake in bed when the eagle hit.
"I heard this tremendous noise," Stack said. "I thought, 'What in the world was that?' It was so loud, and I didn't know where it was."
When she reached the living room she found glass from one end of the room to the other. "There was this huge fish carcass right where my dog usually slept," she said. "It didn't have a head. It was at least two feet long — just the back bone and the tail."
There were feathers about eight feet into the room, she said.
When Haskin began calling and asking whether she was OK, Stack went outside and got the story.
"I said, 'There was an eagle in your living room,'" Haskin said. "I just couldn't believe it."