Saturday, March 08, 2003

My husband saw this last night on the news... he was practically jumping up and down with excitement... I'll tell ya what though, I'd be more receptive to flying if someone would come up with Chippendale Flying - where is a rich, lonely woman looking to invest money when ya need her??
My husband is a car fanatic... he can take them apart, put them together, race them... Sometimes he can tell ya what year, make and model a car is just by looking at the headlights. One day, he was working on his first Pontiac TransAm and came indoors with a huge engine part... it was disgustingly dirty, greasy, and large... He placed it on our dining room table. Now, I just about lost my mind on that one. He got out of trouble with just a minor "scolding" (which he affectionately calls "major bitching") and the matter was dropped... I'm not sure what kinda of trouble he would have gotten in to if he used our kitchen table for other past-time activities .....
Some men enjoy feet. Other men have a fetish for ears. And of course there is the typical man that is totally satisfied with catching the briefest glimpse of a breast. Then there is the man that prefers a friendly wrestling match.But what to you do if you are unable to get a woman to agree to put a choke hold on you? Get creative - reverse the so-called choke hold more to your advantage.

Whatever happened to the cheesey pick-up lines such as "baby, if I had written the alphebet, I would have put "i" and "u" together."? Yes, that was actually tried on me several times, and never with success.

Friday, March 07, 2003

I think it's amazing that you have to take a test to become a liscences driver, yet no test to become a parent, especially in these days... Too often I am coming across news stories of mothers drowning their children, chaining them to beds, or locking them in closets.... most of these incidents happen because the parent has no clue as to how a child thinks, reacts, and ultimately deals with situations that it has never come across before.... Children tend to act with self-preservation in mind at such a young age... The story of the foster parents who chained their child to the bed comes to mind. They chained this child, aged 3 or 4, to a bed around the neck for stealing a piece of bread. Now, let me ask you - how hungry would that child have to be to actually "steal" bread? A child at that age does not see it as stealing anyway. A child at that age sees it as "I'm hungry, there is the food, I'm gonna eat so that I'm not hungry anymore". The proper way to each a child that stealing is wrong would be first to sit down with the child and explain basic rules of ownership. Teach them to ask for things if they are not sure. But those foster parents were obviously unfit to parent... It's unreal and unthinkable to expect a 3 year old to understand that taking a piece of bread because he is hungry justifies being chained to a bed.

And then there are the parents that are just too mentally unstable to be caring for children at all. And if you know of a parent that is unstable enough that they would be a risk to their own children, you should probably urge that parent to seek treatment. Otherwise, you have a parent trying to discipline a child by drowing the demons out of them, ultimately killing the child in the process...

We all have to take a driver's education class before being permitted to drive... I think we should all have to take a parenting course before being allowed to procreate... or at the very least, have the perspective parents screened for common sense....

That's just my nickle on the subject.

Thursday, March 06, 2003

I can hardly believe that it has been 3 months since my daughter was born. She is growing so fast... Today, she actually giggled at one of her toys when I shook it in front of her. It was the sweetest sound. And she is finally getting used to her daddy... or rather, I should say, tolerating him more. She still fusses with him, but not near as much as before.

My middle daughter is going to be 5 on St. Patty's Day... that's a big wow for me... sometimes I forget that she is so young - she acts older than she is a lot of the time. She is so looking forward to going to kindergarden in September... I am so looking forward to her attending kindergarden in September. The child can ask over 15 questions in 5 minutes... for every question answered there is a followup question with a story told by her pertaining to the question asked. By the time my husband gets home, any sentence that is followed with a question mark is followed by a very resounding, exasperated "What?!?!" That is when the dear hubby steps in to save the day. Schlumfy can ask him a million questions and he can answer each with the utmost patience... My oldest was never like this... I'm hoping the youngest won't be this bad too... One Schlumfy is enough for me...

My oldest daughter is now recieving more phone calls per day than me. She's only 9.... I dread thinking about how it will be when she is 16... I know there is 3-way calling available, but at the rate she gets calls, it would be wise to install 6-way calling. Just the other day, someone called our home phone to speak to her... while she was on the home phone, my cellphone rang - a phone call for HER!!!! I mean, she's only NINE... what could she possibly have done during the day that requires so much talking?

The time is just flying by with these kids... so fast... Sometimes I just wish the time would slow down a bit so that I could enjoy my girls a bit more without being so rushed. Will that work if I take the battery out of my watch? worth a shot....
Not a good idea to be dyslexic if you are gonna be growing pot in your home.... just thought that was funny....
I think Tattoos are an incredible form of art. I have two on my right leg myself, with plans of getting quite a few more. One of my best friends is a very talented tattoo artist. I have a few requests to make of her in the near future for some images I have picked out... I doubt, however, that she has ever had a request for a tattoo to keep doctors away . Wouldn't it be easier, not to mention less painful, to just buy a bracelet with the instructions engraved on them? You can get those at pretty much any local pharmacy.

Ah well.. sometime soon I'll post some pictures of my tattoos... I have one that still needs to be finished, but that won't take too long to do at all... It's just a name being added. I'll have to get my friend to email me pictures of her tattoos... some she has done freestyle. She has a lot of talent. I'm looking forward to seeing her again soon so she can get to work on some of my ideas.

The only downside to having tattoos is I can no longer punish my children for drawing on themselves with pens and markers. That would make me hypocritical and I don't want to be like that with them. However, to keep their little bodies a bit more tidy, I will go out and buy them temporary tattoos... less messy and a bit more artistic, ya know?
How many times have you driven down the road and saw a dead dog lying on the side? It was obviously hit by a car driven by someone who just didn't care enough to stop and render aid to the poor defenseless animal. How many times do we hear the stories of dogs being tossed out of cars on the highway or some deserted farm road, left to defend themselves simply because the owners couldn't handle being a dog owner anymore... This has always angered me to no end and finally some dogs can be applauded for standing up and taking their revenge .
I'm all for standing up for what you believe in, but hanging on to it to extremes is a bit on the insane side, in my book....

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Giving peace a chance could land you in jail... I think that is a bit ridiculous. It's not like he was slandering any one person or any country... If a shirt as innocent as that is being banned from a public place, might as well ban the theme song for Coca Cola from the television... I mean, really... Now, if he was sporting a tshirt with Bin Laden's picture on it with a caption that "Fair Trial for All", THEN I could see arresting him - just on basic principal....

Just my thoughts...
Ya know, I fight the dinner pounds put on me every night by taking a long walk and excercising... These people have to fight off their prospective Thanksgiving dinners literally!! The turkeys are boycotting Thanksgiving a bit early though....

Sorry... Just thought that was a bit funny....
Quote:
"We are not saying that there should be complete immunity from suit whenever someone says something anonymous on the Internet," Beeson said. "We are only arguing that, especially when it's a public official that is criticized -- that public official has to show that she actually suffered some harm from the statement before she can proceed to unmask the speaker."

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, the bar for proving harm to a public official is considerably higher than for others.

Experts say it will be difficult for the judge, who was recently endorsed by the state Republican Party to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, to prove she suffered harm.

"When you have speech about a public official, it's going to get the highest level of First Amendment protection and in this case in particular," said Robert Richards, a professor of communications and law at Pennsylvania State University.

"Courts that have dealt with this issue recently have recognized the Internet as one of the broadest vehicles of speech yet and that it deserves a high degree of protection."


She was criticized.. how did that harm her? I am criticized every day, but I'm not filing suit against anyone... Freedom of speech... It's like I say in therapy, say anything you want about me, I don't really care. In the end, I know the truth and that is what matters. Personally, I think those public officials that get all bent out of shape over statements made about them are upset because attention is brought to something they did that they probably shouldnt' have done... in other words, they are hiding something...

Ah well... On with my life.... My 3 month old daughter, whom we shall refer to Peanut, is sleeping so this is the perfect time for me to relax and work on some crafts... I might go ahead and make some hammoks for my rats - they chewed through their last set, the silly little beasties. Bless their hearts, they are just about the cutest little things ever.... anyway...
Another fun one for all you parents out there, especially those of you that despise changing diapers... cut and paste, but it's definitely worth it!!!

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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

My Schlumfy is the character in our family, in more ways than one. She is a little free spirit, definitely has her own opinion on pretty much anything that pertains to her life. She has little to no fear about trying new things - just last week my husband and I caught her doing a backflip off the sofa. She finds doing pushups fun, whereas we use pushups as a form of punishment for our oldest daughter. The biggest character trait in my Schlumfy though would be her unending curiosity.... always asking questions, always getting in to things, taking them apart to see how they work, and exploring new areas...

Exploring new areas.... yes.... there is a story....
Last year, I was lying in bed one morning, trying to get some extra sleep because I was in early pregnancy and quite sick all night. My husband took our oldest daughter to school so that I could sleep in.... well, Schlumfy, 4 years old at the time, had no intentions of letting me sleep in that morning, especially after her new discovery! She climbed in to my bed and sat up on her daddy's pillow. "Mom, guess what! guess what!" she said to me over and over. I rolled over to face her and very groggily asked, "what is the problem?" She started bouncing (which was making me a bit more naesous (my spelling is atrocious)) and shouted "I have a straddle!! I have a straddle!!" Now, I'm still half asleep and thinking "what the hell is a straddle and where did she get it?" I figured maybe she found something on her daddy's computer desk... So, I opened my eyes and asked the question that will forever haunt me with it's answer... "What is a straddle, hun?".... My innocent, 4 year old daughter lifted her pajama dress, spread her legs and started playing with herself. (She does not sleep with panties on, never has... not sure why... ) Needless to say, I was completely dumbfounded... or so I thought... until her next statement, with great excitement - "And, Mommy! guess what else! When I move my straddle up and down it tickles!!!" which she proceeded to do with great vigor.... she also excitedly asked me if I had a straddle. What was I supposed to tell her?? Even with an older daughter, I had never had to encounter this situation before.... Of course, I immediately called my husband at work and informed him that his little princess was not so innocent as we had thought.... He laughed. We told his mother, who completely freaked out... his father didn't want to hear about it, which I can't blame him really on that...

Anyway, every parent knows that their child is going to eventually discover parts of their bodies that we wish would stay hidden until they are well in to their 40s... but well... it's not to be.... but our biggest question to this day is this..... how did she come up with the word "straddle" for that particular part of her body???? She still uses that word when referring to that area on herself.... straddle.... I'm still baffled....
Opera Contest for Dogs

My middle child, whom I shall call Schlumfy (German for Smurf, a nickname given to her by her German grandmother), has a harmonica that she is constantly playing. Our German shephard, Sasha, loves to sing along... it's quite funny to listen to. Our Brittany spaniel, Cinamin, hides during the musical renditions... sometimes it gets so annoying that I have to plead with my daughter to quite down or play the harmonica outside. It doesn't always work... anyway... I think my daughter and Sasha would be good at that talent show...
Here's something cute for all you parents out there.... http://www.madblast.com/funflash/swf/splishsplashbaby.swf ... you will have to cut and paste cause I don't know how to do links yet... but it's worth it.. have fun!!!
I know I don't have a comment section as of yet here, but I am working on it with the help of Tony. I'm still pretty new to all this though so it may take a little bit of time. Anyhoo... sorry if you want to sound off and are unable to at the moment... again, I am working on it....

Hope ya'll are enjoying my thoughts so far...
I'm glad to report that there are parents out there that take responsibility for the kids ... as well as make their kids take responsibility for their own actions... Two days ago, the side of my house was pelted with mud balls... I'm talking PELTED. All because I told a little boy and little girl (both probably in the 1st grade) not to climb the tree that has been planted outside near my house... These little ones had no respect for that and in retaliation decided to mud my back porch, my sliding glass doors and the side of my home. (I'm in a townhome on the very end unit.) Let me tell ya... I was quite livid. The maintenance men kind of smiled and laughed, mainly because apparently I am funny when I'm on a rant. *shrug* Anyhoo, I reported this to the office of the complex and they promptly sent out a letter to the offenders' parents. With the way parents are today, I was fully expecting to hear a reply of "not my kid, my kid would never do that", even though I witnessed them doing it. But surprisingly, the mother came to our door and had her son wash the mud (that he could reach) off the siding...

What I'm trying to say is, kudos to the mother for standing up and making her son clean up his mess.... It will be a lesson for him in the end that every action has a consequence. It also teaches him respect for other people's property. And that is something that every child in today's society needs to be taught... unfortunately, it's not the children's fault... it's up to the parents to TEACH this. Too many parents are letting television teach their children so called "manners" and "proper" behavior in today's society. Too many parents use the excuse of "I'm just too busy with working a full time job to pay the bills to spend time with my kids." It's an excuse. So, kudos and thank you to the little boy's mother.

Monday, March 03, 2003

I'm a big fan of the online role playing game called Dark Age of Camelot. When I play, I'm mostly on the Pellinor server playing for the side of Midguard... Basically, the Midguardians battle the Hibernians and Albions for relics... My husband and I play with some of our friends... anyway, if you do play this game, you will find the following quite cute... http://www.koboldin.de/demhibbies.swf/ It's somewhat of an anthom for us Midguardians!

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Wow... what a weekend... I'm seeing some interesting stuff go on locally... To get very local, my very own neighborhood... I have some neighbors a few houses down that just baffle me to no end. They are a young couple with 3 children, ages 4, 3, and 18 months.... Now what gets me is how they claim to love these kids yet pay no attention to them whatsoever. For example, all three kids are put outside to play... alone... no adult supervision... including the baby.... that just doesn't seem right to me, especially with all the attempted kidnappings going on. The other day, I noticed the kids outside again with no parents around. My kitchen window was open and I was washing dishes when I heard some crying. At first, I thought it was one of my own children, then realized they were upstairs in their rooms watching tv quietly (for once). I listened again and found the crying to be coming from outside. I went out my front door and followed the sound to the side of my house. There was the 18 month old baby girl standing there crying... she was not sure how to get home. Now, this child does not know me very well, except on a few occasions of me waving to her as I walk by while walking my dog. Yet she came right to me, allowed me to pick her up. Poor kid was so scared. I took her to her house and knocked on her door. Her mom answered and said, very nonchalantly, "oh, where did you find her?" It was almost as an afterthought... I was so angry but had no choice but to give the little girl back to her mother. Wanna know the sad part? An hour later, the child was outside again with her brothers and no adults in sight. I just don't get it... my children are 9, 5, and 3 months old... my 9 year old is permitted to go outside to play by herself, but there are strict limits to where she can go and there are check in times as well. But my 5 year old is NEVER outside without an adult to watch over her. I just can't fathom allowing her outside to take care of herself... not in today's society. Maybe that's just me though... I don't know... I just feel sorry for the little kids down the street...