Friday, October 28, 2005

A Friday Funny

I had to be "reminded" of the rules today! For the gazillionth god damn time.. Yes Kim. He WILL color copy the friggin cookbooks! And don't ask again!

Other rules. According to men:

The Guys' Rules

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down finally, the guys' side of the story.

(I must admit, it's pretty good.)

We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules!

Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!

1. Men ARE not mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail or cheating.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one:

a. Subtle hints do not work!

b. Strong hints do not work!

c. Obvious hints do not work!

d. Just say it!

1. “Yes” and “No” are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

1. You can either ask us to do something, or tell us how you want it done, but not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials..

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not color! Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it WILL be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine...No Really.

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight. But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

This just burns my ass

"Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil company, said yesterday that its third-quarter net income jumped 75 percent, to $9.92 billion. Its profit in the first nine months of this year - $25.42 billion - already equals its full-year earnings for 2004. This year's sales, which topped $100 billion in the last quarter, are expected to exceed those of Wal-Mart."

Well... I'm so glad that the fat cats (and Bushy's buddies) are getting even richer! Meanwhile no one is saying that they are lowering the price of gas that I need to get to work!


"Today, Republicans and Democrats alike, aware of the politically sensitive issue of high energy prices, are putting increasing pressure on the oil and gas industry to return some of its profits. The ideas include forcing the industry to invest in more refining capacity, to increase inventories to cushion energy shocks, or to provide money directly to the government program that helps low-income people pay heating bills."

Finally. Someone investigate them already! They should be giving free gas away for a month!

I like the idea of giving money to help low-income people pay for heat this winter. But they don't say that they will lower the price at all! They're all going to burn in hell.

Monday, October 24, 2005


OK, I was behind her when she wanted to meet with Bush. I can not imagine a mother losing a child. But all I can say to this is "Good luck lady!" She will never be allowed to do this.

Oct 23, 2005 — By Deborah Zabarenko

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cindy Sheehan, the military mother who made her son's death in Iraq a rallying point for the anti-war movement, plans to tie herself to the White House fence to protest the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq.

"I'm going to go to Washington, D.C. and I'm going to give a speech at the White House, and after I do, I'm going to tie myself to the fence and refuse to leave until they agree to bring our troops home," Sheehan said in a telephone interview last week as the milestone approached.

So it's not Poweball or anything

But I did win $175 from our local radio station! They have a promotion that if you listen at work and they call your name you get $25 each hour until they get a new winner. I won at noon on Friday. No one else called in until 11 am today!

At first I was all "I am not calling and having my voice on the radio". So embarrassing. Then I thought about it for... mmm... 20 seconds. Shit, I'll take anyone's money!

So Christmas came early in the Rodgers household! ;)

Speaking of which, we got the girls' Christmas pictures taken yesterday. Yeah. And we weren't even the first ones to have them done! They should be online as soon as I can figure out how to do it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Mad Cow

Sure Idaho is all the way across and the other side of the country, but I think this shows how little control has been in place and how we don't really know what we are eating. Vanity Fair had an article about a year ago that scared the shit out of me. This is why I'm serious about Grace not eating beef. And when I see on her report from the end of the day that she had beef ravioli for lunch... and then had seconds... (despite the fact that I have a note from her doctor saying that she cannot eat beef) they are going to be deailing with their own mad cow!

Officials Investigating Brain-Wasting Disease Cases in Idaho
Monday, October 17, 2005

BOISE, Idaho — From the moment Joan Kingsford first saw her husband stagger in his welding shop, she wanted two things: His recovery and to know what made him sick.

She got neither. Alvin Kingsford, 72, died recently of suspected sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the fatal brain-wasting illness. The disease can be conclusively diagnosed only with an autopsy, which did not take place.

State and federal health officials are trying to get to the bottom of nine reported cases of suspected sporadic CJD in Idaho this year. Sporadic, or naturally occurring, CJD differs from the permutation dubbed variant CJD, which is caused by eating mad-cow -tainted beef and has killed at least 180 people in the United Kingdom and continental Europe since the 1990s.

"One thing is very clear in Idaho — the number seems to be higher than the number reported in previous years," said Dr. Ermias Belay, a CJD expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "So far, the investigations have not found any evidence of any exposure that might be common among the cases."

Normally, sporadic CJD only strikes about one person in a million each year, with an average of just 300 cases per year in the United States, or just over one case a year in Idaho. Over the past two decades, the most cases reported in Idaho in a single year has been three.

Until this year.

Of the nine suspected cases reported so far in 2005, three tested positive for an infectious disease of the nervous system, though more tests are pending to determine if the fatal illness was in fact sporadic CJD. Four apparent victims were buried without autopsies. Two suspected cases tested negative.

Still, federal and state health officials are stopping just short of calling the Idaho cases a "cluster," waiting for final test results from the victims who got autopsies.

The best tool of investigators to pin down the diagnosis — the autopsy — is sometimes hard to get, said Tom Shanahan with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Pathologists are often reluctant to perform the procedures, the cost of an autopsy can be high and some families are reluctant to give their consent, officials say.

Joan Kingsford wanted an autopsy done on her husband, but no mortician in the area would agree to handle Alvin's body after his brain cavity had been opened. They feared they would catch the rare disease, Kingsford said.

Ultimately, she opted to skip the autopsy and have a traditional funeral service.

"A week before he passed away, the funeral homes said they wouldn't take the blood out" if an autopsy was done on him, she said. "They just put some embalming in him and told me I had to have a funeral in three days."

CJD is transmitted through a malformed prion found primarily in the brain and spinal fluid of those infected, Belay said. Standard sterilization procedures don't eliminate the risk of infection; instead equipment must be soaked in a chemical solution for more than an hour and then heated, according to the World Health Organization.

Mortuary procedures — including embalming — can be done safely on intact bodies of CJD victims as long as extra precautions are taken, but the World Health Organization does not recommend embalming patients who have had autopsies.

Larry Whitaker, a Beaverton, Ore.-based regional salesman for the embalming chemical and equipment manufacturer Dodge Company, offers workshops to his clients on safe handling of CJD-infected bodies.

"When the brain has been removed, it is an extraordinary risk," Whitaker said. "This is one time I think that cremation has to be more than mildly considered."

A member of the Mormon Church, Joan Kingsford's church discourages cremation. She was thrown into making a decision about her husband's remains much sooner than she expected.

"It was two and a half months before we knew what was wrong with him, and by that time he was in the hospital," she said. "I wish we could have done the autopsy, because I think people need to know about this."

"We definitely have a problem in Idaho," she added.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Who knew Titanic was a horror film?

I think it's really interesting the way they have editing the preview for Titanic to make it look like a horror film. Apparently someone has also done this with The Shining, to make it look like a romantic comedy. Too funny!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Holy Schnikes!

I guess the "Save Katie" campaign didn't work.

Madame Alexander at Mickey Ds!

I just went to the doctor for my annual check up. Yuck. Anyway, I had to go during my lunch hour so I hit McDonald's on the way back to the office. They have the miniature Madame Alexander dolls again! I got #5 Hop Skip and Jump (she came with a jumprope) and #6 a ballerina. SO so so cute. They are like $1 or so each if you're thinking about collecting them. I got most of the dolls the last time they were out. I know I should keep them in the plastic, but Grace really does love playing with them.

I am SO Target's Bitch

Anyone who knows me knows that Target owns me. I might as well sign my paycheck over. When Gregg and I started dating I took him to the first.Target.ever. He has only mildly caught the bug.

Good to know that I am not alone.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Let's see how many posts and I can start with ellipsis...

FYI...I am having a book party for Henn. Yeah half price stuff!

Here are the monthly deals. I love the leaf bowls.


I feel like I can't do the right thing lately. My daughter is in daycare so I can work. I'm working so that she can go to daycare and learn social skills, have a schedule and be ready for school. This has been on my mind and weighing heavily on my heart since I had to go back to work. Am I doing the right thing by having her in daycare? Yes, I have a job that I hate and the work I'm doing is not satisfying at all. (Hello, I went to college to be someone else's secretary?!). Being able to quit would be a bonus.

I was at home for her first 7 months and I loved it. If I was home with her she would still learn her colors and numbers and be learning about the seasons, etc. I would also be able to sign her up for dance lessons, swimming lessons and other things that are offered during the day to continue her social development.

There would be enough money for all our bill plus some left over. Not a lot for savings or buying a home. Although I'm not sure right now is a good time to be buying anyway. No thank you housing bubble!

I think the part I'm struggling with is the thought of just yanking her out of daycare. For no apparent reason? Or is there? If she hates going in the morning, and I have no reason to believe that continues throughout the day, why continue to torture her? If I concede and let her stay home am I giving in? If she was a baby I don't think this would be such a tough decision. Stay home. Easy. Done. But, when she is almost 3 why does that seem almost like a bad idea? Is it ever a bad idea to stay home with them? 3 is kind of the magic number around here. That's the age that she can take a lot of the classes through our city's rec. dept.

Most importantly, I want to do the right thing for Grace.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Today is the day...

I am recommitting to Weight Watchers. I will be writing down every little thing I eat and exercizing more. Not on here though. See the boring details I shelter you from Internet?

I normally eat VERY healthy, but I just don't have a shut off switch. I don't understand portions. I was hoping to hit goal by my birthday but I'll be happy to hit goal period!

I'm sending this out to all the Internet to keep myself honest and to have some damn accountability. Today is the fattest I will ever be. No more quitting if I have a bad day. That elliptical wasn't free and it certainly isn't going to work itself.

Wednesday is the annual doctor visit. I'm going to face the music and ask for help. Something I am normally incapable of. Please send me some skinny and brave vibes.

In keeping with the theme, check out the 10 foods you should never eat. (link at top)


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