Saturday, March 31, 2007

goings on

Took the dog to the vet the other day...just for a checkup.  Turns out he has an infection on his lip, and some glands inside his butt are causing him to drag said butt on the floor.  Came home with three medications, and $102 less in my bank account.  What a way to spend my day off.  Well, that wasn't all we did--we (well, actually Joey) got some yardwork done, and one of Bum's friends came over for a little while after school to hang out.  After she left, we all went outside to enjoy the afternoon.  And Bum decided to hug a tree.

Did this all while feeling like complete shit.  Still feeling yucky now...I caught whatever the kids had last week. Ew.

Oh yeah--5 more days til I get my income tax present!

til next time...=)

what got me through work today

Wondering what's in the box?  These.

Mmmmmmmmm.  They're gone now.

til next time...=)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

last pic o' winter...


This is what was left of the snow fort...on Sunday--it's looooooooong gone now.  YAY!

til next time...=)

pic blog

Check out my new pic blog (plog?)  It's pics only, so I'll still be posting here.  And I'll still post pics here, just ones that go with stories--the ones over there will be a little more self-explanatory.

til next time...=)

hippity hoppity

Easter Bunny Name

Your Easter Bunny Name is
Marshmallow Choco-paws
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Friday, March 23, 2007

winter's last video

til next time...=)

at least there's nothing furry

Weekend Assignment #157: So, what's in your fridge?
Be honest. If you include a picture of the current state of the fridge, that'd be nifty.

Extra Credit: What's the oldest thing in the fridge?

Here's the KKMom fridge.  Haven't gone shopping yet, so there's not that much in there.

Let's explore, shall we?

Top right shelf--Bread, buns, and Gatorade (since Dude's under the weather today).
Top left shelf--GoGurt, garlic (mmmm), applesauce, chocolate chips (in the bowl), leftover meatloaf (in the bag).
Deli drawer--
Bologna, cheese, and more cheese (mozzarella and american).
Shelf under that--Eggs, mayo, Crystal Light Iced Tea (ewwww), water, and oj.
Bottom shelf--Vanilla pudding, cheap Country Crock, and pizza (It's Friday during Lent).
Crisper--red and yellow onions...that's it.
Top door shelf--Cream cheese, and light cream cheese.
2nd door shelf--Parmesan cheese, Bacos, pickles (baby dills), and ketchup.
3rd left door--butter (for my cookies) and crescent rolls.
3rd right door--Italian dressing, Jack Daniels barbecue (mmmmm), and milk
Bottom door shelf--more ketchup, grape jelly, strawberry jelly, more mayo, A-1 sauce, and mustard.

And the oldest thing in there--I say the garlic, Joey says the mustard.  Who knows--both are still good.

til next time...=)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

round robin...nature...goes together!

The Round Robin Photo Challenge this time around was I tried to catch it in its glory.  I couldn't use just one was just...too...hard.  Have a look-see.

til next time...=)

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taking night

Your Monday Photo Shoot: It's Night! Take a picture. Naturally, taking a picture inside at night (i.e., where it's well lit and indistinguishable from day) won't do; take a picture that captures some of the quality of the night time. Also: No sunset photos. We'll save them up to do another time.

Here's what I have to offer...

Took this one the other day...didn't come out too good, and my batteries were going, so I couldn't take another shot...dammit.

Took this over the summer...Bum getting soaked in the rain.

til next time...=)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

math sucks, but i'm kinda good at it

Get this...I'm watching AI (this season pretty much sucks, by the way), and the phone rings.  It's my niece (the one I usually don't talk to, since the last time I talked to her, she was high as a kite), asking me a favor.  Oh no, what the hell does she, a ride...? with a math question...WTF?  Proceeds to tell me she's at a friend's house, and friend needs help with an algebra problem.  Niece says she can't help, since she's a stupid dropout (her words, not mine), so she calls me, the genius (again, her  Then she tells me the problem:

You sold tickets to a football game.  Kids' tickets were $4, and general admission tickets were $6.  You sold 525 tickets, totaling $2,876.  How many kids' and general admission tickets did you sell?

Now mind you, I haven't been in school in over 10 years...I had an idea how to get the answer, but nothing was clicking.  So I had to get help from where else, but the web?  I did finally get the answer:

x + y = 525
x = 525 - y
4x + 6y = 2876
4 (525 - y) + 6y = 2876
2100 - 4y + 6y = 2876
2y = 776
y = 388
x = 137

Just to make sure...
388 * 6 = 2328
137 * 4 = 548
2328 + 548 = 2876

There's your lesson for the day...well, that and don't get the phone during AI.

til next time...=)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

stuff and 411

This is outside today.  We got about 12 inches of snow between Friday and last night.  Damn--I thought winter was done and over with--guess not.  The dog is so small, he has to hop through the snow to get

Anyhoo, nothing really going on here.  Just my average day off.  Yesterday at work, I got a few funnies, and wrote them down for you.  I told you how we have the recording...well, usually it just asks for the info, but on the holidays it says "Happy Whatever Holiday from 411".  And what we usually hear (from the customer) is, "It said Happy Whatever Holiday from 411!"...and they forget to tell the recording what the hell they were looking for.  Which leads me to the funnies I person, upon hearing this, said, "St. Patrick's Day...isn't that a Mexican holiday?" (they didn't say this to me...they said it to someone else, and the recorder picked it up).  And the other..."So that's why you're wearing green underwear".

I also got a call for the Reject Hotline...thought WTF?  Didn't find it, so I decided to look it up online, and whaddyaknow, there is one!  I had no fact, they have them all over the damn country!

til next time...=)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

sunny day

You Are Big Bird
Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around.

You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.

You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.

How you life your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."
til next time...=)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

home cookin' and goodbye winter

Just some pics from today...had meatloaf for dinner.  Guess who made it?

Well, he did most of the work...Dad did the rest.  And it was goooooood.

Since I was on the pic spree, got one of Bum too.  She's such a ham.

And then I went outside...and got a pic of my snow fort--falling apart and melting.  It was a balmy 45 degrees outside today.

So that does it for today...

til next time...=)

childish things

Weekend Assignment #155: Recount a distinctively childish thing you did (or your children did) when you or they were children.  Because things like painting your hands pink, or trying to make chocolate milk with mud, or arranging a marriage between your stuffed animals? Not something you're likely to do when you're older.

Extra Credit: The name of your favorite stuffed animal growing up.

I have from each of my kids.  And the incriminating pics to prove it...and to embarrass them with at a later

First, from da Bum.  Playing with (and wearing) her food.

And from Dude:  Two words--dirt angel.  Taken last summer.

And yes, I did (and still do) have a named stuffed animal from when I was a kid...

Her name is Phee, named after the person who gave it to me--my sister.  Had her since I was 8.  Still sleep with her every once in a while, when Joey sleeps on the couch, for whatever reason (knees locking up, kids are sick, etc.).

til next time...=)

drinking frenzy

Getting to work wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  City Hall told us they'd be closing the roads around 9am, but I knew better--from what I saw last year.  Just like I thought, they weren't...I left my house at 10, and the roads were still open.  I got to work with no problem, with loads of time to spare.  So I got to people watch...actually, drunk people  I've never seen so much foot traffic on the block I work on...maybe that's because there's an Irish bar on the corner now...hmmm.  And it was a go-between, because the parade was on both ends of the street (went up one street, came down the other), and if people missed something, they could walk down our block, and see what they missed.

This is the only pic I got:

That's because by the time my lunch came around, it was over.  The only parade I really got to see was the parade of drunk people...lmao.  Mostly college kids, but funny as hell.  Didn't get any pics because I didn't want to get jumped by a bunch of smashed  It was still going on as I left work for the night...around 8pm.  This is the only day in Scranton that you can walk down the street with an open container of beer, and get away with it.  And I saw a lot of  I was soooo tempted to go drinking, but I didn't have any money...damn.

Update!  115,000--that's the number of people at the parade.

til next time...=)

movies movies, and more movies

Got this from Paul, and saw it on at least 3 other journals...let's go!

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
Let's see...10 Things I Hate About You, Better Off Dead, and Dirty Dancing, and Showgirls, just to name a few.  Then there's the ones I saw only cuz the kids HAD to watch them again and again and again...Mighty Joe Young, Shrek (1 and 2), Finding Nemo, The Lion King (all 3 of them), Harry Potter movies, and Halloween (Dude's favorite).  Currently, it's Saw 2 and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.  Both picked by the

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
None.  I didn't go to the movies that much as a kid (I think I saw 3 or 4 movies in the theater), and as an adult, I just waited for them to be on pay-per-view or video.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
I dunno.  I usually go by the previews--doesn't matter who's in it.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Same as above--I think.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
There's a lot of those.  Pretty much all of the ones in the first question, plus more.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Grease...don't know if there's more.

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
See above.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Dogma, but who hasn't seen that?  That is just too funny.

9. Name a movie that you own.
House of 1000 Corpses.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Mark Wahlberg.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
There's only one drive-in around here, and we try to make it up there at least once a year.  I saw The Others there, and that was goooood.

12. Ever made out in a movie?
I don't think so.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
Four Brothers.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
I didn't, but I remember my mom did...Fantasia.  Got her money back too.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Can't think of any.

16. Popcorn?
Maybe, but I'd rather have candy!  SnoCaps, please.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Not often at all...I think it's been almost a year since I went to the movies.  Renting, however--I just did that last week.

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Over the Hedge, with a bunch of kindergarten kids.  It was a field trip last year.

19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Bambi.  When I was five.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
This is easy--Super Mario Bros.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
I dunno.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
Cujo.  Saw it when I was 8, and I had nightmares for a week.  I see it now, and it's still a little scary.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
Definitely American Pie.  Can't beat the  And I still can't look at apple pie the same way.

til next time...=)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

everybody's irish today

I'm half asleep right now, but I had to write about this.  I just woke up for work (8am), and already most (if not all) the bars in downtown Scranton have been open for over an hour.  Why?  The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, of course.  We went last's the link.  There's some good pics in there.

This year, on the other hand, is a no-go.  Two reasons--too cold (40s with clouds)...not good for Bum, especially standing out there for 3+ hours.  Second reason is the one that I'm not happy about--I have to work at 11:30, which is the same time the parade starts.  It wouldn't be that much of a problem...if I didn't work SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE of the parade route.  So that's why I'm up right now--I have to leave 1 1/2 hours early for a drive that normally takes five minutes.  I'm going to be driving through crowds.  Yay.  But there's one good thing about working down there--on my break and lunch, I might be able to get some pics from the parade...if I can get close enough.  The crowds usually go 10-12 deep...that's what happens at the 3rd largest parade in the  I just hope I get to work on time. 

(I suggested to beat the crowds, and since the bars are open at 7, me and my co-workers go drinking, then go to work...)

til next time...=)

Friday, March 9, 2007

how un-stupid are you?

You're 80% Un-Stupid!

B students can still succeed, so don't despair. I got this score too, and I WROTE the quiz! So, hang in there, it's not all that bad.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

CarnivAOL™ 34

This is the first time
has gone
On the open road.

Number thirty-four.
I give you the submissions
Written in haiku.

A poem -- An Ode To
The Intrepid Wanderer --
Natalie wrote this.

The first time for Joe,
Our own J~land editor --
Revealing some secrets.

Sent in by Barbara:
An insightful look at this --
"The Chicken's Story".

Memoirs from Gerry,
Called "Adventures With Horses".
An amazing read.

Lisa loves her girl
How beautiful she's become.
Makes a mother proud.

Chronic pain -- not fun.
Dawn debunks some myths of it.
Hope you learn something!

LuAnne has pain, too.
She mentions how she suffers,
And how she makes do.

Rebecca submits
...Personal Entertainment...
Has she mentioned you?

Cin is showing her
Ecological footprint.
Wow -- that thing is huge!

Lex, Cin's son, drew some
Awesomely cool Dot Monsters.
Man, those are way neat!

The winter is hard --
Depression makes it harder.
Indigo's entry.

Jack has some news to share...
A big announcement for us!
Go see what it is...

De has a story
About a long day at work --
"How To Save A Life".

An entry from Marc
Teaches us a life lesson
With a meatball sub.

Tracy's new journal --
Mama Moser's Recipes --
She wants ya'll to know!

Debbie writes to wish
Happy Birthday to Dusty,
Her little kitty.

Whew--glad that's over.
Just kidding--I liked doing this.
Hope you come back soon!

My name is Annie
And I'm guest hosting this week.
I hope I did good.

til next time...=)


Monday, March 5, 2007

carnivAOL's on its way

I'm sitting here writing my edition of CarnivAOL™, eating a banana choco chip muffin.  Actually, I've been working on it most of the weekend, adding to it as I get entries for submission.  All I have to do now is add the links, and that's it...done!  Thanks for all the submissions...there's at least ten of them.  It should be a good edition.

Good thing--I think I'm starting to get sick...with whatever my kids have had for the past week.  Bum didn't get it that bad, but Dude's been puking the past 3 nights...including at Mema's house.  When he went up there on Saturday, he said he was going to puke on her couch...and that night, he did just that...lmao.  He stayed home today...he's sitting next to me on my bed watching TV.

I have a dentist appointment later today...yay.  Figures I start to get sick when I have to go back to work tomorrow.  Oh well--I'll just puke on a monitor or  You think they'll send me home then?

til next time...=)

Sunday, March 4, 2007

what i see on vacation, part 6

Okay--my vacation's almost over, and I hadn't baked anything...until this morning.

Mmmmmmmmm...cinnamon streusel muffins.  The only reason I make so many muffins is simple--I don't have a loaf  But they come out so why mess with a good thing?  The icing is from scratch...just some powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Again...mmmmmmmmm.

I made some banana chocolate chip ones too, but forgot to take pics.  Maybe later, if they last that long.

til next time...=)

Friday, March 2, 2007

what i see on vacation, part 5

This is Max.  Joey named him, since I got to name Princess.  He's a full-breed (?) pomeranian, and he's four months old.  As big as he is, that's about as big as he's gonna get.  He's afraid of steps, which is a good thing here--won't have to worry about him running  Took him to the pet store the other day, and he found a toy he liked.  Squeaky.  Squeezed it in the store, and he went we just had to get it for him.

til next time...=)

what i see on vacation, part 4

This is what I saw the other day while looking out my window...

About damn time...the city finally got around to clearing my street.  I mean the WHOLE THING--you know, so people could park on it?  LOL.  Two weeks...funny.

til next time...=)

baby you can have my car

Weekend Assignment #154: Your Car or Your Computer: You must pick only one. Which one do you choose?

Yes! You must choose between the car -- beloved icon of American greatness and freedom -- and the computer -- the defining machine of the 21st century. If you choose the car, you do not get to touch a computer again, except for basic work-related purposes at work. If you choose the computer, no more personal wheels for you. And for those of you in a two-car family, there's none of this "oh, I'll just ride in my spouse's car" stuff: Any rides you bum have to be outside your immediate family. Similarly, no using the spouse's or kid's computers, and those of you with super-enabled cell phones will henceforth use them only for phone calls. No Web-browsing, e-mail or text messaging. See, now it's gotten harder, hasn't it?

Extra Credit: Which was more expensive: Your first car, or your most recent computer?

I would have to choose the computer.  With it, I pay my bills, upload my pictures, get more mail than I get in a physical mailbox (and no junk mail!), and I get to write in my journal, for all to see.  The car, well, I can do without it, being that I'm close to everything...a block away from a supermarket and my bank.  A block away from the kids' school.  2 blocks from the drugstore.  A Burger King, Blockbuster, and two dollar stores, all within 5 minutes walking time.  Work--about 1/2 hour walk, or I can take the bus...which its stop is 1/2 block away.  I also know I can go without a car living here, because we did it last year for 6 months, and had no real problems.  So the car can go.

The extra credit goes like this:  I paid $475 for my first car...the computer I have now was given to us...that should answer that

til next time...=)

Thursday, March 1, 2007

hint hint

Toast shaped decorative pillow.

This is what I want for my b'day.  I know it's 3 months away, but it's a big one this year...30!  They're pillows!  I found them here, via Slashfood.

Fried egg shaped decorative pillow.

til next time...=)