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Don't run with scissors
A lot of my friends are new parents, so if you've missed today's Oprah, it's definitely worth a stop by the website. I rarely watch the show anymore, but just happened to land there today for some reason. The topic is "Child Dangers Every Parent Should Know About". For example, I had no idea that baby oil can be lethal. There are other warnings from gel candy to exercize equipment, so take a few and look them all over when you can.
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Let "the seven year itch" begin!
And since I won't be posting on Saturday, this goes in today... Happy sixth anniversary, babe! I'll tell you the rest when you get home tonight. I love you!
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Gee, I really love you and we're goin' to get married
I'm taking this Saturday off, so the "Dress of the Month" and the "Destination Wedding of the Month" are up a day early. Enjoy!
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Money for nuthin' and your chicks for free
I just want to take a second to thank Stacy for helping me out on my quest of total blog domination by welcoming me into the fold over at Sekimori Design. I'm very excited about this -- and it might help make sense why all of my posts are between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 a.m. these days since I'm working 14-16 hour shifts right now. And they said being a housewife was "easy"...

I'm still doing freelance with Blogomania as well, and there really hasn't been a better time to be a blogger as far as I'm concerned with Blogomania and Sekimori Design around. Between the two companies you can find just about every design package and hosting package to fit your needs. So if you're sick and tired of relying on free servers that go up and down faster than a hooker on the corner of Sunset Boulevard, check them both out! I promise you will not be disappointed. (And that really isn't because you can request me as your designer. Oh no...)
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Pass the crack please
You mean there are blogging performance enhancing drugs and no one told me about them yet?!
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Don't piss off the postal employees
Look -- let me just state something up here at the top right quick. My blog is not a platform for slighted postal workers who don't happen to like that MSNBC.com article and my linking to it. If you have responses, please list them in your own blog and give me the link in my comments. Please do not put full-length articles in my comments. Comment links are there just for that...comments. Not for full-length newspaper editorials and/or sermons.

I never meant to tick postal workers off or imply that your service is not valuable to me in my daily life. I will quote my position so it is crystal clear. Beyond that, please write your own editorials in your own blogs in the future. Thank you!


As stated in the comments of this entry: My problem is not the fact they are making the increase -- but rather, why they need it this time again so soon? I have never been to a post office in the entire Tampa Bay area (and Philadelphia before that and Mobile before that and Norman, Oklahoma before that) where I was not in a long line with several customers carrying several packages each. By comparison, the local UPS and FedEx offices are always dead. They have to be making money somehow. But where is it going is the question?

I've seen too many national news "exposés" now to where I truly believe that a great deal of it is being mismanaged -- and rather than constant rate increases, budgetary house-cleaning might be in better order instead. It's about more than just 3¢.

I don't even mind paying the upcoming 37¢ rate. Truth be told, I'd rather pay 40¢, end up with an even number, and have the USPS use the extra 3¢ to bail them out of "whatever" once and for all. The current system of management obviously isn't working somewhere down the line... It has nothing to do with postal workers to me -- but poor use of funds.



You want to raise the cost of a stamp by 25¢ even -- fine. Hell, I wouldn't mind paying 75¢ to mail a letter, truth be told. It is not just about an extra 3¢ to me. But how can you expect me - or anyone - to not demand you be accountable for the money, and also for you to make it known just exactly what these "improvements" are that the extra money will be spent on? I had a postal worker reply in my comments that the rate increase wasn't being requested due to anthrax, yet the MSNBC.com article clearly stated it was. After all, you are a government agency and it is my money (even if it's not my tax money just to make it clear, and that's why I didn't state it as such originally) keeping you going.
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Name that blog!
A blogger in need is a blogger indeed... Mike is trying to not be so much of a bastard anymore, and needs your help picking the domain name. So go help the poor guy out, won't ya'? Scoot...
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Leavin' on a jet plane
Got an extra $109,000 burning a hole in your pocket and the urge to travel? Visit marquisjet.com and purchase 25 hours of on-call private jet use. I wonder if they have cookies up there?
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I don't have to put on the red light


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Excuse me while I burst out into fits of laughter
The title of a new book by Katherine Harris regarding the Florida vote recounts: "Center of the Storm - Practicing Principled Leadership in a Time of Crisis" That woman truly is a legend in her own mind, isn't she? I suggest spending a lot less time at the Clinique counter, and a little more time in a little thing called reality, lady! (Article from CNN.com.)
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Dead Letter Office
Todd just sent me this link about USPS Priority Mail being anything but. How much more are they going to blame on the 'thrax, yo', while justifying rate increase after rate increase without offering better service? Have you stood in line at the post office lately... How on earth could they be truly be losing money?! (Article from MSNBC.com.)

UPDATE: Please read this entry before replying!
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Just because I color-coordinate my bat and tennis shoes...
This has to be one of the funniest Smoking Gun reports I've ever seen:

"No gay sex occurs in this Manhattan duplex apartment. Repeat, only hot heterosexual action takes place in this $1.975 million Gramercy Park penthouse purchased last year by Mike Piazza, the straight New York Mets star. In the face of rumors about his sexual preference, Piazza, who loves women, announced yesterday (5/22) that, 'I'm not gay.' So only lucky ladies will be romanced in Piazza's 2345 square foot penthouse, which features two balconies, a roof terrace with a built-in barbecue, and two large walk-in closets. Piazza can easily afford such ritzy digs because he gets to cash checks like this every two weeks during the baseball season."


Which leads me to... Why did they have to take the word gay? I'm all in favor of certain people having their own, you know, lifestyle, but...why did they have to take the word "gay"? It's such a lovely word! They've...they've robbed the English language of a beautiful word. I...they have. I mean, now if I say to one of my friends, or one of my friends asks me, "How is your son or daughter feeling?", and I say "Oh, they're feeling gay"...it's a scandal. I've had to stop using the word altogether. Oh. So they've taken "gay" away from us. What was wrong with "pervert"?

And you can't use the word "faggot" anymore either, you...it used to be a lovely bundle of sticks. On cold winters' nights you'd throw another faggot on the fire. But now they work in restaurants, making your salads, being snotty and still expecting fifteen percent.

"Cunnilingus"? My grandfather drove one across America. With pride. He bought the first one off the lot in 1923. Oh, but now they're all gone, forgotten - the Cunnilingus, the Rambler. Oh. I suppose "Rambler" means something filthy now too, does it, does it mean something...?

Can't use the word "fisting" anymore either. Oh no. No, no. But back in the forties the girls and I used to fist every Sunday afternoon. It was a knitting stitch, and a very difficult one. I made a lovely yellow afghan full of tiny, intricate fistings, that won a, that won a grand prize at a, at a jamboree. Yeah. Gave up knitting altogether, though, in 1979, finally found out what the word meant. Oh no. No, no. I took that afghan with all that lovely fisting and put it up the "poop-hole". Oh, that's, that's what we used to call attic. Now they're all gone, locked away, like those beautiful words.

Well, I guess I'm just supposed to fade away, in silence...or be modern and accept it. Fine. I guess I'll just have a "Fuck Off". Oh, that used to be a summer drink, you know..... (Credit: Kids in the Hall)
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Like sands through the hourglass
Just in under the wire...the new "This or That Tuesday".
  1. Charcoal or gas BBQ grill? I prefer our George Foreman grill.
  2. Beach or pool? Beach!
  3. Sneakers or sandals? Well I think I've answered that with graphical illustration this week. Sandals.
  4. Sunblock or suntan lotion? Suntan lotion.
  5. Iced tea or iced coffee? I can't stand coffee in any form. Definitely (sweetened) iced tea.
  6. Touristy beach town or quiet camping trip? Touristy beach town. I don't believe in camping trips.
  7. Theme park or baseball game? In Oklahoma, OU baseball games. Down here, with the games being inside a stupid dome, theme parks.
  8. One or two piece swimsuit? Two piece.
  9. Bicycling or rollerblading? Haven't in years, but bicycling. I still haven't recovered over the fact that rollerblades have replaced white leather "disco" roller skates.
  10. It's 95 degrees outside. Do you prefer to go outside in the heat, or stay in and hide behind the air-conditioner? I reside in Florida. We live and die by the AC.

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Girls who are boys who like boys to be girls
Two new skins are up -- one for the girls -- and one for the boys (PG-13 so use caution if opening at work). Or vice-versa, depending on your sexual coin-flip... And for all of the skin options available, just check here. Enjoy!
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Born with a silver mouse in their hand
I had to giggle while checking out the new arrivals at my online wedding store... New for hard-to-shop-for attendants: an engravable, silver-plated computer mouse. It comes in a velvet gift-box lined with satin. What will they think of next?!
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Deliver the letter, the sooner the better
I found a great link in Annessa's blog -- an online version of "Operation Dear Abby" where you can instantly e-mail a service member by the branch of your choice via an online form. Memorial Day may be almost over, but the job of protecting and defending our freedoms never will be. Make someone's day, regardless of what the calendar says.
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This one is for Susan and Sean

[Let me see that thong]

You both would never make it in Florida! This is my flip-flop collection from this year. And that doesn't even include my Tevas, Birks, sandals, and slides. I...have a problem... But at $4.99 - $10.99 a pair, at least it's a cheap "habit". And I don't even hear the "flip-flop" sound. Guess that means we really are Floridians now.
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I love to feel the rain on my face, taste the rain on my lips
Photos like this are why I love my digital camera so much! We had a rainy afternoon here in central Florida, and I stepped outside and snapped this just now.
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The other monuments so white and clean

All come to live a dream,
to join the slowest parade they'll ever see.
Their weight of sorrows carried long and carried far,
taken to The Wall.

It's 40 paces to the year that he was slain.
His hand's slipping down The Wall for it's slick with rain.

How would life have ever been the same
if this wall had carved in it one less name?

- The Big Parade, by 10,000 Maniacs


Thank you to all of those who are serving, have served, and have stood by their family members while serving -- and dying for -- our country. You are remembered in our hearts more than just one day out of the year.
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The six year itch
I decided to spoil my husband (with ulterior motives) and snag him a new GameCube today for our anniversary next week. He's wanted another gaming system forever (a Dreamcast was his last one), and once everyone started dropping prices this month it was hard to say no. We've debated which system to buy forever now, but after watching the latest "Extended Play" from E3 2002, the deal was sealed. I am salivating at the thought of playing "Super Mario Sunshine" (and the rest of the Mario games) soon! Then this summer Madden 2003 and NCAA Football 2003 will be released for the GameCube as well. And that's just the ones that I want to play (since I'm not really of the gamer mindset)...Todd's list is already a mile long. We rented Madden 2002, Spider-Man, and Luigi's Mansion for this weekend. Right now we're tied 1-1 for Madden victories.

And while we were down in Tampa, I finally found these flip-flops in my size at Targhét. I've been on a mission since I first spotted them. I enjoy being a girl!
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Does she look "perky" to you?
Well because of flash-card issues, I only managed to take one photo from last night's festivities. At least it was a good one. (Shown in photo: Stacy and Andrea.)
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You miss too much these days if you stop to think

I ate too much. Drank too much. And he's the one that gets to come home and pass out. Figures. We had a wonderful time -- hopefully Stacy and Dan will be putting up photos that will embarrass me for all time soon.

Note to self: No matter how much the Goldschlager says so, Roosevelt was not, in fact, a founding father. Either of them. I'm pretty sure that OU wants my History degree back now...
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How much would YOU pay?
This is quite possibly the worst nail-care product ever invented. It was such a beautiful concept -- no-spill gel polish remover in a pump. I am always knocking over my liquid polish remover with the screw-on cap. But I think it would be easier to remove polish with a pickax and chisel. Avoid it like the plague.
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Second skin
New webring link over in the sidebar for "skinned! the webring"... If your blog is skinned, make sure to sign up!
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Duck and cover
Oh dear lord...hurricane season isn't even supposed to start until June 1st (which also happens to be our anniversary -- the irony). Looks like we'll have another excuse to drink this weekend now. It's so Robbie's fault. He was in the Cayman Islands this week -- where this all started!
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I want a doctor to take your picture...
Here's a great link I found on the Movable Type support forums tonight -- "How to Build a Photolog in Five Easy Steps".

So if you've been admiring Dawn's Lomolog, Christine's Pixelog, and Kristine's Snap! from afar -- well now you can get started on making your very own!

And for more tips and tricks, stop by the MT Forums (recent discussion #1, recent discussion #2).
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Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay
And now a moment for man's best friend... I'm not sure if any of you have seen the new "gourmet" doggie treats at Targhét, but Claire freakin' LOVES 'em. Not that she isn't already our bitch or anything, literally and figuratively, but I swear if she had opposable thumbs she'd be doing all of the house and lawn work for these things.

So far we've bought the "Bark 'n' Fetch Biscuits" and "Jump 'n' Sit Bits" (both in Variety, about $2-3 cheaper in stores than on the website). I'm sure we'll be buying more soon though. When Claire realized what I had in the bag tonight, I thought she was going to pass out waiting for me to get them open. If you want to make your own best friend happy, this company definitely gets two-paws-up!
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It's ladies night and the feelin's right
Finally -- a skin just for the girlies out there! Yeah, yeah...I know...it was time.

Expect more to come since I just found this great photo archive!
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Oh I wish I was a little bar of soap
Just spied over at The Aurora Chair -- Caffeinated Soap from ThinkGeek. "No, we're not kidding and no you don't eat it. The caffeine is absorbed through the skin..."

[Butthead voice]
Beavis, this is the coolest thing I have ever seen.
[/Butthead voice]
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Four guys on blog blog baby
There's some creative Googling, huh? But because I'm easily persuaded... Check out 4Guys.com. Live it. Love it. Wish you had more money so your web site design could be created by it. Now let's talk about that orange for the company site's background, shall we? Just because you're in Houston, TX, really doesn't mean you have an excuse for that...
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Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
I received an e-mail today asking about search and subscribe-list blog features I'd recommend, so I thought I'd list them here, too.


Blog Search Feature:
  1. Expert - MT Search (It's what I use for my blog and Todd's, both running Movable Type.)
  2. Novice - FreeFind (I used this before MT Search was developed. You can customize the look, and it even has a feature I wish MT Search had -- it will e-mail you a list search terms people are looking for through your site.)

Subscribe to Blog Updates:
  1. Expert - (If you're using MT, it comes with a built in notification system. You can also add an "e-mail this entry" section to your individual archive template, like I have in my comments.)
  2. Novice - Bloglet (This great little e-mail list works with Blogger, Radio, Movable Type, Big Blog Tool and Nucleus. I like how you can subscribe to multiple update lists and receive them all in one e-mail.)

And here's a bonus trick from the Scripty Goddesses -- how to allow your blog visitors to subscribe to a particular comment thread, so they can be notified when new comments are added.

Got a better feature/tool than the ones listed? Please post in my comments with a mini-description and explanation why...
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Did you catch it?
I took 15 screen captures of Chey on "Call For Help" today, and Jazy's blog has even better ones! By the way, I made the t-shirt she's wearing. The shirts turned out great, if I do say so myself! (Update: Rachel has pics and a sound clip, too.)
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Rollin' with the homies
I just wanted to say a quick "THANK YOU!" to Jason of blogrolling.com. I'm probably one of the last bloggers out there to start updating my blog reads with the service -- but you know what they say -- better late than pregnant.

When I got my first link-list set up, I noticed the "recently updated" image prepend wasn't showing up on my list as updated. (I've tweaked my list so a little pink star shows up to next blogs that have recently updated.) However, some of the links on my list were showing up as updated on other blogs using Blogrolling. Convinced I'd broken it somehow, I wrote Jason. Before I even had time to check my e-mail again, there was already a reply there waiting for me, detailing the issue and the plans for a quick fix.

"If you set up the links after the site was on the weblogs.com list then it won't register until they update again and it's at the top of the list. It's a flaw in the logic of how the system currently runs the weblogs.com feed that I'm re-tooling from scratch."

So here's my PSA for the day: If you're not using Blogrolling yet, do so NOW. There's a reason everyone else is. Not only is it incredibly easy to set up, implement, and use -- and the support is lightning-fast -- that new "recently updated" feature is worth every penny. Oh wait, that's right -- it's FREE! You can save those pennies. And thanks again for the help, Jason!
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She'll leave her heart in San Francisco
If you get Tech TV, today is the day that Cheyenne of gnome-girl.com is going to appear with Chris on "Call For Help". The show airs live at 5 p.m. EDT, so make sure to catch a rerun if you miss the original airing! (Edited to say: Blogomania got a plug -- w00t!)
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Obviously she only played that role on TV
And you thought the achy breaky heart checks were disturbing...check out former "Designing Women" star Delta Burke's furniture up for grabs on eBay! "This exclusive furniture art has no parallel." Could that possibly be because it isn't art?! (From MSNBC.com.)
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'Nuff said


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The drought has ended!
Well look who decided to join the ranks of the blogging again today... I guess now he's earned that redesign I've been taunting him with if he'd only return. Welcome back, baby!
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For the love of all that is holy, why?
There are no words... Wouldn't these all bounce on principle?
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Discover your inner bitch
Last week I discovered the joys of "Hormonal Bitch". Then this week, a spin-off site named "Snarky Bitch" was launched. And last night I got to play around a bit and muddy my feet in the bitchiness since Snarky Bitch is a Blogomania client. Christine asked if I'd be interested in adding a skin, and if so, did I have any good images saved back that would work...

Is Britney Spears a virgin? Oh wait... Is Britney Spears against smoking? Errrr... Well, you bet I did! So if you like the naughty schoolgirl skin here, make sure to check out the new one there! Go visit both sites. There will be a quiz at the end.
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And now for something completely different
It's the very first "This or That" with Christine at the reigns!


  1. Bugs Bunny -or- Daffy Duck? Bugs.
  2. Tom -or- Jerry? Jerry.
  3. Mickey Mouse -or- Donald Duck? M.I.C.K.E.Y. M.O.U.S.E.
  4. Rocky & Bullwinkle -or- Boris & Natasha? Boris and Natasha.
  5. Road Runner -or- Wile E. Coyote? Wile E. Coyote.
  6. Sylvester -or- Tweety? Tweety. That was a nickname given to me in junior high when there were three Roby/ins in science class.
  7. Popeye -or- Bluto? Popeye.
  8. South Park -or - The Simpsons? South Park!
  9. Jetsons -or- Flintstones? Fintstones.
  10. And finally, the eternal question asked by all good Scooby-Doo fans: Velma -or- Daphne? *gasp* I wasn't allowed to watch Scooby-Doo as a child. I have spent a lifetime missing inside jokes (like the "Wayne's World" ending) as a result...

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Let me see that thong
I've ranted about Americans dressing their pre-teen daughters up as sluts in the past, but Abercrombie & Fitch just decided to take it to a whole new level. I'm assuming the "shock press" wore off on their "Buddha Bash" campaign -- because now their latest must-have includes putting thong underwear on young girls ages 7-14 years old.

"It's cute and fun and sweet," said Hampton Carney, spokesman for the company based in New Albany, Ohio. The national clothing company is selling thong underwear in children's sizes - with the words "eye candy" and "wink wink" printed on the front.

What is wrong with these people?!? Don't they know their customers' daughters won't be able to attend Rancho Bernardo High School dances one day if caught wearing their product? (Article snagged from Daypop.)
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I've been working on the railroad...

I posted this in Christine's comments earlier -- but thought I'd share here, too, with graphical illustration: "While watching an old Notre Dame vs. texas game this weekend, Todd and Robbie started referring to the longwhorn mascot as 'the uterus'. If you'll look closely, it does kind of resemble a uterus and fallopian tubes. So of course, all the "UTerus" jokes started flying after that. I will never look at their helmets the same way again!"

You make the call. I've super-imposed one over the other here for your viewing displeasure.
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Doin' the funky chicken
This is quite possibly one of the scariest looking things I have EVER seen! Even worse than photos of Darva Conger naked...
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Maybe they’ll ban markers
I've seen this floating around various blogs for the past week or so, but it's big news now -- MSNBC.com says "copy-proof CDs foiled by a magic marker". Take that Celine!
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May we see your photos please?
I've added ten more photographs to Shutterblog. They were taken earlier today in downtown Tampa when we dropped Robbie and Kelly off at the Port, and then on our drive home. We're still giggling over this last one.
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Beach blanket bingo
I'm up later than everyone else again tonight, so I added all of today's beach photos to Shutterblog. (And here's one beach photo in particular from my boys to all the guys out there.) Robbie and Kelly board a cruise out of Tampa tomorrow afternoon. The visits are just never long enough!
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My two men
Here are a couple of photos from our afternoon at the beach. Robbie's girlfriend flew in to join us about 4:30 this afternoon, so we're back home to let me rest up before we all head out for dinner tonight... Hope everyone is having a great weekend thus far!

Just click on the thumbnails for a larger pop-up image...
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'Cuz you can't have the hop if you don't have the hip
Well once again I managed to outlast everyone at the party tonight. My sleep schedule has been from hell the last few weeks. But it's all ai-aight, because I get to go to da' beach tomorrow! Being married to a lobster boy has turned my skin a whiter shade of pale. I miss the sun. And the surf. I can't even begin to describe the torture of literally being a quick drive from paradise for the last five years and not being able to partake of it.

However, tomorrow I'm slappin' some SPF 4000 on the man I love, chainin' his ankle to a beach umbrella so he'll remain safely shaded, and then I will proceed to soak up the sun. Bring. It. On.
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I'm gonna live forever
One night of insomnia = one new skin (second from the top). It replaces the old, pink Gwen skin. Her time has passed... The image as you see it here was heavily Photochopped to remain PG-13 rated, so it is safe for viewing.

But by request and suggestion, I left the original as-was, and animated it. You can see what too little sleep this close to a weekend can create here. (I suggest NOT opening this image at work!) So if you're bored with your old skin, go grab a new one.
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T.G.I.F.
Todd is leaving work early on Friday afternoon to pick up my best friend from college (and one of Todd's groomsmen), Robbie, from the airport. He's flying into TIA tomorrow and his girlfriend Kelly is joining us all on Saturday. Then they cruise out of Tampa on Sunday. Robbie was supposed to come out in February -- and then in March -- but couldn't get stand-by flights. So it's about freakin' time he got here! There's one good thing about having out-of-town company stacked up every weekend back-to-back for longer than I can remember...it sure keeps your house clean...

Hope everyone out there has a great weekend!
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Can't we all just get along?
"It appears that Miss Lebanon has dropped out of the Miss Universe pageant because she doesn’t want to be in the same room as Miss Israel. Meanwhile, Miss Israel, Yamit Har-Noy, is having issues of her own. The Middle Eastern beauty isn’t wearing her sash in public for security reasons. For years, there have been problems regarding the political situation and Miss Lebanons and Miss Israels. For example, they can’t be photographed together or they might be exiled when they return to their own countries."

And you thought being a beauty queen was easy! (Article quoted above from MSNBC.com.)
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Happy birthday Nikki and Susan!
Happy birthday to my favorite goth mommy-to-be, Nikki! Ok, it just so happens that she's the only goth mommy-to-be I know -- but she's still my favorite. Hope you have a wonderful cake and chocolate filled day, m'dear!

And belated birthday greetings go out to someone else in Seattle -- Todd's cousin Susan. I am so sorry we missed your big day. Hope you had a wonderful one! We love you!


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I'll be there for you?
So did anyone actually buy the ending of "Friends" as a cliffhanger? Don't read on if you haven't seen it yet. I mean, Joey is an upstanding guy with integrity. I find it hard to believe when next season starts that Joey would pretend to be proposing to Rachel with someone else's ring. And how on earth is he going to explain, "Well I'm sorry Rach, but I need to take that ring back and give you another one because you see that ring actually belongs to Ross. I picked it up when it fell out of the father of your child's coat... Oops. Still wanna marry me?"

I thought the ending was hella-lame.
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Leapin' lizards
It's been awhile since I've taken lizard photos, but I had a little guy who was quite the poser today, so I thought I'd share.
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I want Padmé's bra...
So...you have a pretty good feeling that Lucas redeemed himself when the worst thing you can say about the movie was having to sit through The Matrix II preview just before it...which ROCKED! I will not be giving this one a bad review. But then again, I won't be giving any review...for now...because you need to go see it for yourselves and people kill over spoilers! Hey Mikey, did you like it?

P.S. Todd says to tell you that you heard wrong, too, Jana. He walked all the way back across the house to make me type that.
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Send in the Clones

So what are you doing at midnight tonight, Robyn? Let's see... Watching Letterman. Nope. Catching a Screen Savers repeat. Nope. Oh yeah...I've got two tickets to paradise, baby! We're going to see Episode II just as soon as I quit typing and get my arse out the do'. Have a good 'un, everyone!
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I want my Tech TV
Someone asked this in my comments, so I thought I'd share with the group in case anyone else is wondering the same... Looking for Tech TV in your area but don't know how/where to find it? Here's an online listing state-by-state of which cities carry Tech TV. It's channel 354 on DirecTV and channel 191 on Dish Network. And if you have a C-band satellite dish, find TechTV at "GE Americom Satcom C4, transponder 12, 135 degrees west, 40 degrees elevation". Once you have it, you'll never watch TV the same way again! Ever.
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Busted!
Leave it to the one day I was on the phone during "Call For Help", and the one day Chey missed it, too, for Chris to e-mail and say, "You missed yesterday's show didn't you?" Thankfully I caught it on rerun at 2 p.m. today, and at the very end of the show Chris admitted to wearing his red shirt again just for me.

So as a special present for Chris, today I am wearing no socks and matching underwear.

Sounds like Chris has something up his sleeve for today's episode, too. Off to tune in here in a few!
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File it under "sick fucks"
I'm not sure which is worse...rushing to eBay and selling a copy of the only album ever released by Apathy, the band that the alleged pipe bomber Luke Helder played in...or the dumbasses that have now bid it up to $150.00. Not that I'm shocked, mind you, but c'mon. (Article from MSNBC.com.)
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Now it cuts like a knife
File it under "well like, duh!" But think about it. What's a woman going to threaten him with if he knocks her around a little... Why can't he just hook up with Tonya Harding so we can at least get another FOX special out of it or something? (From CNN.com.)
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Bells will ring...the sun will shine...
I just got the May 2002 "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" wedding feature online. If you know of anyone that has recently wed (including yourself), make sure to have them fill out an application so their big day can be featured, too!
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For the times that you wanna go and bust rhymes real slow
Heads-up! Weezer finally realeased Maladroit today! (For a brief history of why this is such an accomplishment, go here and here.)
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Grab a beer - drop your pants - send your wife and kids to France
Big shocker here...ABC has finally given "Politically Incorrect" the boot... But in its place will be a new show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (of "Win Ben Stein's Money", "The Man Show", and "FOX NFL Sunday" fame) that will debut following next year's Super Bowl. Somehow I just don't see this one working.

"The Man Show will have several months of original episodes, but the show will end production with Kimmel's departure."

I wonder if Terry and Howie will finally be rid of 'im though? (Article from CNN.)
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Tuesday, shoot me in the head...
This is the last "This or That Tuesday" by Ashley. Starting next week, Christine M. will be taking over. Thank you for starting this, Ash -- and also for keeping it going Christine!


  1. Chihuahua or Great Dane? Big dogs terrify me, so I'll have to pick the annoying Chihuahua I guess. Although my true loves are Cocker Spaniels.
  2. Skyline or countryside? Skyline! I'm a city gal, even if I was raised in Oklahoma...
  3. Wrestle or box? Neither really. I like football. I like watching football.
  4. Monkey bars or slide? When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide, where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride, 'til I get to the bottom and I see you again...
  5. Stars or stripes? Stars.
  6. Ashley, Wynonna, or Naomi Judd? Ashley. She is a goddess.
  7. "The Cosby Show" or "Growing Pains"? Growing Pains only because I had a very embarassing crush on Kirk Cameron once upon a time.
  8. Giggle or chuckle? Giggle. Tee hee.
  9. Would you rather: walk in front of a crowd in your birthday suit, or eat worms? Birthday suit, baby!
  10. Charismatic or gregarious? *whips out dictionary to be sure* Charismatic, I guess. Wanna join my cult?

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Serenity now! Insanity later.
When will TV execs learn that the cast of Seinfeld was only funny together in the cast of Seinfeld? Apart. Not so funny. Bye "Watching Ellie". I hope you stay off the fall 2002 line-up all season long!
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Just another manic Monday...wish it were Sunday...
Todd is home sick from work today so we've done a whole lot of nuthin'. I took Christine M.'s advice last week and joined NetFlix.com (they're doing a free trial with the code "Friend") -- and the first batch of DVDs showed up today and Saturday. When the free trial expires, one thing they don't really publicize on the main page of their site is that you can bust back the "standard" plan (unlimited rentals of 3 DVDs at a time for $19.95/month) to a smaller plan of 2 DVDs at a time for $13.95/month. I think we're going to go with that one. With just the two of us, two at a time will work just fine.

I think the best discovery is that you don't pay to return the DVDs after you've watched them. They include a postage-paid envelope. You just pop the DVD back in and send it right back for free. After you add up just two DVD rentals at Blockbuster, plus the late fees we always seem to get slammed with -- $13.95 a month is quite the bargain. And we can get all the DVDs we can view and ship back each month for that price, instead of just two elsewhere. With Netflix there are no late fees. They hold other movies in a queue you create until you send the titles you currently have back. Once you check them back in, they send you the next item(s) on your list. And it just costs the one flat-fee per month of the rental plan you pick.

We just finished watching "Rush Hour 2". It was funny, but not as much as the first one. It really started to drag in parts and I actually found myself starting to file my nails -- not a good sign I guess. I'm makin' enchiladas cha cha cha for dinner tonight, and then we're going to watch "The Usual Suspects". We haven't seen it since we were engaged waaaay back in '96, and both wanted to again. And I'll watch my third pick alone tomorrow -- "Chocolat". Another reason I'm so happy with Netflix...we can both rent stuff now that the other one would stand there kicking and screaming if we walked out of the video store with it...and it's guilt-free.

So there's my plug for Netflix as well. I think they're getting great feedback everywhere for a reason!
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Doin' the Pigeon
It's been a long-time since I've mentioned favorite blog-reads here, so I thought I'd mention a few you might otherwise not have found in the blog-circles you read. (And yes Christine, I still love you even though you're not listed here -- because they probably have found you through me by now. ) So here it goes in no particular order:

  1. cc-chapman.com (because he loves Tori)
  2. all things reconsidered (she always makes me smile and knows the words to Boomer Sooner)
  3. psychodaisy.com (a new read of mine I'm really enjoying)
  4. redsugar muse (we finally get to meet here)
  5. There is no Arizona (because any woman is forever in love with a man that sends her Martha for her birthday)
  6. Breakfast of Champions (and just why aren't you reading this blog yet?)
  7. Nerdboy Mikey II: Electric Bugaloo (see #6)
  8. Crazy Island (because one day we will actually meet Jen and Wills on the right night, huh Jen? *wink*)
  9. Table of Malcontents (I believe the May 12th entry took a swipe at Puffy and you know I've gotta love 'n' respect that)
  10. mizdos.com (like me, she's minty fresh - branana flavored)

And if that's still not enough for you, you can find my entire list of reads here. Think your blog should be added? E-mail me, baby.
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1-800-GET-R2D2
We're watching "The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards" (hosted by Kevin Smith) on the Sci-Fi Channel right now. The films featured can be seen online here. If you've somehow missed "TROOPS" in the past (a parody of COPS), it's a must-see! "Jawas Gone Wild" is most amusing as well. If you can catch this show on repeat, DO! The commercials are as good as the film shorts themselves.
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I wanna grow up to be...be a debaser
I rarely take online tests, but when I saw the "Which Pixies Song Are You?" quiz on Daypop, it sucked me in. And then the results cracked me up. (Take a look at my sidebar section titles!)



Which Pixies song are you?


Mentally stunted and not too quick on the uptake...and a person of few words? Hmmmm...
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Keep your head in the stars but your feet on the ground
People always make fun of me when I say that I refuse to skydive...ever. But this guy was a Navy SEAL that logged over 4000 jumps. I'm sure he never dreamed anything would go wrong. Ain't no way I'm gonna risk the same fate. I'll stick to roller coasters, thankyouverymuch. (Article from CNN yesterday.)
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Good times...
Joy and Ryan are down here from Chicago taking a "second honeymoon" and after a few phone chats, we got to meet up with them tonight. Joy and I counted back, and we've known each other online about five years now -- she was a member of the very first Newlywed Ring, and also participated in the very first Dress Contest back in '98 (you can see her dress here). So it was a meeting that was long-overdue, and we get to do it all over again in August when we're on our way to Gnomedex and will be road-tripping via a Chicago-detour!

But back to this meeting... First they drove all the way up here to Georgia the 'burbs to see the house first. After that we convoyed down to St. Petersburg to have dinner at Dan Marino's and drinks at Wet Willie's Daiquiri Bar -- both located at Baywalk near the St. Pete Pier. Of course we took pictures, so if you want to see them, just stop by Shutterblog!

My only complaint was that it just wasn't long enough! Can't wait 'til August, Joy and Ryan... Thanks for an incredibly fun evening! It was great to finally meet you!
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She's got the cutest little baby face

To round out the weekend of congratulations here at ATPTB, I'd like to welcome Miss Victoria Ava Wright to the world! She was born on May 6th. Mommy and daughter are now back home and doing fine... Many congrats and much love go out to to Angela and Baron!
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Pimp-Daddy Ken sold separately
Now here's a Barbie all of us can enjoy -- the Raging Hormones Menopausal Prozac Barbie. Off to update my Amazon wishlist... (Link snagged from Daypop.)
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Hap-hap-happy birthday to you!
And a very happy birthday to Dawn -- who turned the big 2-6 today!


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Con"grad"ulations!
My brother-in-law Brian graduates from the University of Central Oklahoma this evening with a B.S. in Computer Science. Just wanted to say "CONGRATS" and wish you all the best from both of us, Brian!
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Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

You and me against the world,
Sometimes it seems like you and me against the world,
When all the others turn their backs and walked away,
You can count on me to stay.

Remember when the circus came to town
How you were frightened by the clown,
Wasn't it nice to be around someone that you knew,
Someone who was big and strong and looking out for...

You and me against the world,
Sometimes it seems like you and me against the world
And for all the times we've cried
I always felt that God was on our side.

And when one of us is gone,
And one of us is left to carry on,
Then remembering will have to do,
Our memories alone will get us through
Think about the days of me and you,
Of you and me against the world.


I knew my mom wouldn't see this over the weekend, so I wanted to wish her a Happy Mother's Day here today. She used to sing this song to me when I was little -- it literally was just "mom and me against the world" for three years of my life. And those are some of the happiest memories I have. I love you, mom.


Postscript: To this day I am still frightened by clowns. Maybe this song had a bigger impact on me than I realized...
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She's so lucky - she's a star
Move over Darren's Dance Grooves...here comes the Britney Spears video game for PlayStation 2. Called Britney’s Dance Beat, you can now audition to be Britney’s backup dancer on a virtual concert tour! I wonder what the "Easter eggs" on this one will be........... (Article from MSNBC.com.)
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Reason #9,469 to hate tex-ass

First seen over at the SoonerFans.com message boards... This AP photo of accused mailbox bomber Lucas Helder shows him committing the most heinous crime possible -- wearing orange and giving the "hook 'em 'whorns" sign. I just knew it! (Also shown here in this CNN article.) Oh yeah. Fellow Sooners are having a field-day with this one!
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Mr. Clean
Chris just gave a cool link on Call For Help. Ever get an e-mail that's been forwarded on a million times and is full of line-breaks, spaces and ">>>>" symbols? You can go to the demo at this site and it will clean it up for you -- exactly how you specify it to! If you have Windows, you can even download the software. But the demo is great -- especially if you're on a Mac like me!
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And if I can't have everything well then just give me a taste
Reading over this list again almost makes me proud that I flunked university-level intro Botany the first time... Good luck to everyone out there taking finals!
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The Force is strong in them
Let me start this off by saying that we used the "Main Title" as our wedding recessional. So keep that in mind as you read on, mmmk?

But I just had a dress submitted for the Dress Contest that darn-near made me fall off the couch I was laughing so hard -- not at the dress so much, but at the groom's attire. I am not linking it here. Unh uh, not gonna do it. Even if you beg. I don't want to end up in their stats or get hate mail for being a bitch (even though deep-down we all know that I am). So if you really wanna see it you can e-mail me and I'll pass it along in private. Ooooh boy. Every once in awhile one of these comes along...
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If Todd made TV commercials
(Recent exchange between the two of us.) Background info: Have you seen that Kodak commercial where the little kid goes to the photo lab with a photo of his grandmother from way back when, showing her playing baseball? Now imagine that photo was of a penis. And scene...


Little kid: I need you to make this picture bigger.
Salesclerk: How's this?
Little kid: No bigger.
Salesclerk: This ok?
Little kid: Yes, thank you.

New setting...at grandma's house...

Little kid: Grandma, can you still do that?
Grandma: Well let's see...I used to be able to catch balls like that...

Fade to black... Share a moment. Share life.


*bows* Thank you for joining this installment of Pollman Masterpiece Theater.
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Speechless
Oh. My. God. I am so sad reading this news. He was simply AMAZING. Taking a moment of silence now...
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I believe that was a burn...
After only four broadcasts, Clinton 'ho Kathleen Willey has been bumped from her Richmond, VA, radio talk show. “She just wasn’t ready yet for a station at our level,” WRVA’s Randall Bloomquist told the paper. “We’ll go back to ‘The Best of Dr. Laura’.” Apparently all of her conversations were filled with “uhs” and “ums” on-air. Check your 15 minutes at the door, please. (Article from MSNBC.com.)
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Strange days indeed
Hi, I'm Robyn. I have had stick-straight hair. I mean reeeeally stick-straight hair. I have never had a perm "take" a day in my life. Even expensive, fancy-schmancy salon perms. If they had money-back guarantees, I always got my money back. I have just enough American Indian in me to make my hair laugh in curlers' general directions. I curl it. It falls out. It's been an ongoing battle since I gave up the ponytails somewhere around early 1985. Moving to Florida's humidity didn't help things much.

So imagine my shock when one day, I take my hair out of the towel...let it air-dry...and it ends up looking somewhat like this. (No styling products or styling aids were used on my hair -- that is au naturel right there.) I snapped this photo in the mirror late last night for my mom so she could see what's going on.

It didn't happen overnight. I cut my hair super-short back in 1999 and my stylist noticed a lot of natural curl was sneaking in the back that she'd never seen before. But now, it's snuck around my entire head. I'm not sure what's going on...if it has something to do with turning 30 this fall or what...but I think I like it!

Where the hell was this when I needed it back in 1990 though?
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Love in an elevator
Man, I was working in the wrong places! (Article from MSNBC.com.)


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And you shoulda known better
When are celebrities going to learn simple chemistry? Heroin and cocaine don't mix. They just don't. Unless you want to be discovered days later, semi-melting and reeking like a 175 lb. package of hamburger meat gone bad, fuhgetaboutit. Go have a V8 instead. Get it? Got it? Good. (Article from E!)
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114 days left 'til kickoff...but who's countin'?
I added in 30 new photos to the Tampa Bay Sooner Club site tonight. Oooh boy, am I homesick for Norman and football season right about now! By the way, ever wonder what Boomer Sooner means? Don't say I never taught you nuthin'!


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If you're cranky and you know it, flash your blog
Well Chey's got the market cornered on "hottie", but since she's shown you hers, I thought I should show you mine as well. I bought this a couple of years ago, and think it's much more fitting for me anyway... Who's next?
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Sorry guys...
The photos in the June Penthouse aren't of Anna Kournikova after all, but rather of fashion designer Luciano Benetton's daughter-in-law instead. A judge has ordered distribution of the magazine stopped -- and blocked Penthouse from putting the topless photos on their website. Oops. (Article from CNN.)
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Tuesday's child is full of grace
Ashley's This or That this week is a quickie version.
  1. This or that? Funk that.
  2. Could or should? Should.
  3. Want or need? Want.
  4. Right or left? Right.
  5. Up or down? Up.
  6. Do or don't? It's all about the Dew.
  7. Talk or listen? Talk.
  8. Sleep or play? Sleep...then play.
  9. Highlight or underline? Highlight.
  10. Marry or merry? Merrily married.

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If they could see me now...
Thinking of a Carnival "fun" cruise? I suggest reading this first. (Congrats to Candi and Brian on their recent nuptials, btw!) My Destination Weddings and Eloping Forum has been FILLED with "Carnival ruined our wedding and/or honeymoon" stories over the years, so the instant I heard Candi was planning a Carnival cruise I wrote to warn her armed with links to tale after tale...but unfortunately it was too late and she had already booked. Thankfully, she'd chosen to marry off-ship. So I sent her the small handful of positive reviews we had received at the forum, and she hoped for the best -- but unfortunately also experienced the worst.

We get more than our fair-share of Carnival coverage here in Tampa because we are a port city. I absolutely cringe when friends call to brag that they are going on a Carnival voyage. If Todd and I won a Carnival cruise -- and I say this admitting we've never set foot on a ship -- we would not take it. I am not kidding. We would give it away. We've seen and heard too many stories, video footage shots, and live trial coverage recollections of feces floating down the aisles, power outages, illegal waste dumping in the Bay, money-making scams, horrendous living quarters, horrible food, spoiled food, and even worse treatment by the ship staff... The Tampa crowd can back me up on this -- I can't count the number of times the local news has done yet another story of weary newlyweds debarking from yet another miserable journey. It's almost a joke around our house...

Q: "Did you hear Carnival ruined yet another honeymoon?"
A: "GET OUT! I'm shocked!"
A: "Well I'm shocked AND appalled!"

Soooo...buyer beware. You get what you pay for. In Carnival's case, that ain't much. And please for the love of all that is holy and sacred in marriage -- do NOT choose Carnival for your wedding. Don't believe me? Candi's post and the comments there are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I've been doing this for almost six years now...trust me on this one...
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Champagne wishes and caviar dreams
On tonight's Screen Savers, Megan listed several "weblogs of the rich and famous". Melanie Griffith's is quite scary -- eep!
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Blast from the past!
My roommate my freshman year at OU, Angela (shown here with her now-husband Shannon), wrote me last week. She'd found my old college Honors Dorm photos site, and noticed quite a few people (including herself) were missing. So today she sent me a stack of pics from her own collection to add to the pile.

I literally shrieked out loud when I opened these! I haven't seen some of these faces in years. And I can no longer deny that I, too, wore acid washed jeans once upon a time. The proof is right there in glorious living color. Wanna see?





You might even recognize Kathy there in the dorm room shot at the end. This is TOO cool! 1991-92 in the Honors Dorm lives on...
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Reason #4772 why I love Chris Pirillo
He just mentioned me on the air again for this entry! Did you catch it? Thanks Chris!
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Meet 'n' greet
Today I'd like to welcome "Frame Your Day" into the WM! advertising family. Go check 'em out!
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*fingers in ears*
So...raise your hands if you want to rush right out and see "The Sum of All Fears" when it opens now... Great timing for Paramount Studios, I guess. (Article from CNN.)
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Why can't I be you?
Unfortunately Dawn seems to get her blog design stolen all the time...which was completely beyond me that people could be that pathetic and low (not to mention lazy)...until I headed on over to Stacy's tonight and saw that not her design, but her content had been stolen! That's right. some chick took it upon herself to take all of Stacy's entries and daily writings -- and then pass them off as her own. Un-freakin-believable. Ahhhh...behold the power of the smackdown. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but for identity and intellectual theft I really think you should rot in hell.
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And now, your moment of zen
Well you may have heard by now that Spider-Man smashed all of the box office records this weekend (and deservedly so, IMHO). Now you can learn everything you need to know about the sticky-fingered avenger, straight from the man who created him. (Links from CNN and E!)

...footnote...


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Have tissues handy
We can't wait to meet Baby Wright, Angela and Baron! Best wishes for a smooth delivery -- and a happy, healthy baby in your arms very soon! We're praying for you!
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Gotta photograph, picture of
Found another pic buried in with pet pics...third time's a charm? Todd says it's my, "Man you are a freakin' idiot" look. Well, c'mon -- you didn't see him bunny-hopping on one leg trying to make me smile!
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Make a new plan, Stan
Todd and I are busy formulating the answer to all of our problems. We're putting in a new front yard this weekend -- as we've finally killed off the old one 'til it's dead and dry and just needs to be raked up. ("If at first you don't suck seed, keep on sucking 'til you do suck seed.") We've decided that instead of waiting on a list for years to adopt a healthy, bouncing baby boy - we just need to head on in to the state agency and ask for the 14-year old special. I think you can pick up a couple of those in 2-for-1 deals from the drive-thru window, and they even throw in a free bamboo steamer and set of Ginzu knives for your trouble these days. (And the Ginzu may be handy to have around in a lockbox with teenagers in the house.) Because what point are children really if you can't say, "Son - go out there and mow the yard. And trim those hedges while you're at it..."
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Sashay. Chante.
These...are not my best candid photos...but that's ok. Because I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone-it, people like me. (And here's a bonus shot of a new outfit just for wKen, by request.)
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Uninvited
Disclaimer: If you have to ask, or are sitting there paranoid wondering if this is directed to you, well then I'm not talking to you here. It should be perfectly clear who the following is directed at, to the person it actually is directed at,and just exactly why.



Like anyone would be
I was flattered by your fascination with me.....
But you, you're not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight .....

Like any uncharted territory
I must seem greatly intriguing.....
But this is not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight ....

*certain lyric lines purposely left out



Now please, let this be it once and for all. Please. Leave us alone.
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Catches thieves just like flies
We saw the laaaaaaaaaaate showing of Spider-Man tonight because of near-misses. And the theater had no AC. In south-central Florida. It broke during the showing just before us and they couldn't get it on again. (Thank goodness for complaint lines and free passes!) But we ended up sitting down in our seats, and who plops down next to us purely by coincidence in a 24-screen theater, but Susannah's sister Jen and her husband Eric! We haven't seen them since Thanksgiving, but they're moving up to the 'burbs near us next month. Looks like Todd's got a golfin' buddy soon -- whoo hoo!

But on to the important things in life... That movie kicked ASS! The credits rolled and I squealed like a little kid, "Do it again! Do it again!" And all I'm sayin' is we need a monsoon-style rainstorm down here real darn quick. I want one of those kisses...now. Think I could talk Todd into hanging upside-down for it? Can't wait for the Hulk in 2003, either -- what a tease with that trailer. Although, there just are no words, are there? *blows smoochies to Chris*

Have a great weekend everyone! Now...I sleep.
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You say it's your birthday...
Hey -- can you guess who today's birthday girl is? Everyone's favorite little hottie Cheyenne (a.k.a. Gnome-Girl)! Happy birthday!


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This is news?
Ok, I joked about the whole Creed-accident-cancel-tour-thing the other day, but it sounds like someone is taking themselves just a wee bit too seriously. Imagine that. When fans started to complain about the police report that stated the accident occurred at 20mph, and frontman Scott Stapp was reported to be ok and refused treatment at the scene, also helping push a disabled Ford SUV to the side of the road -- and just how did this 'injury' warrant an entire tour cancellation when he filmed a video the very next day -- he talked to MTV2. Suddenly the accident occurred at 50-60mph (and he once caught a fish this big) according to Stapp, and I quote:

"I did that [refused treatment] against my manager's wishes and against the doctor's wishes," he admitted. "I have a personal doctor, and I had him come and see me at my house because it immediately becomes big news if I'm in the hospital. I was trying to avoid the press."

If it's 'big news' that your sorry-singing-butt ended up in the ER for a whiplash-check, I'm moving to another state. Puh-leeeze! Can someone say "beautifully timed press-op as media attention was fading"? Suuuuure. I knew you could!
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A hunka hunka burnin' love?
So some guy goes to a flea market, buys a bunch of Elvis tapes, gets them home, and "was shocked to find a recording of Priscilla [Presley] discussing intimate details of her [love] life with Elvis". Now dubbed the Elvis Lost Love Tapes, they come complete with the "shocking" confession of why Priscilla took a lover while she was married to Elvis -- and also a cheesy, soft-pornesque website to boot. I think I'll wait for the entire Limewired copy in hell. But if you're a glutton for punishment, you can "click to hear how Elvis tied Priscilla to the bedpost and ravaged her for hours." Uh thank you. Thank you vehhry muuuch. (Story via MSNBC.com.)
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Slice o' Southern hospitality
I skinned Christi's blog today with one new design. (I swear I could get permanently lost under those trees...) The new skin is for 1024x768 or higher, so I left her original design as the default for now -- but there will be more to come, hopefully over the weekend. Stop by and tell her hi when you get a chance. And make sure to throw things at her, too. She's going to see No Doubt in concert this weekend!
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Tag...you're it!

After reading all of the comments here and in the other blogs I linked to in that entry, I thought I'd try a little something new. "Comment tag...you're it!"

Feel free to take this image, make it a little bigger, add your own blog name and/or logo to the bottom, upload it to your own server, and hit someone else's comments with it. Just make sure to keep the ones above you - plus the instructions - on there so it will be a "chain" of links/images and they'll know what to do with it. Linking to this entry as an example in your tag-comment might not be a bad idea either. As the tag-list grows in other blogs, you'll be able to find new reads you might not otherwise have seen before. I struck first here -- now it's your turn! Just call it my own little version of slambook 2002! And you can't tag me back until there are at least 5 other blogs there besides yours and mine...

Still don't get it? Here's another tag-example I pulled from another site. It stopped with Christi's, and I added Susan's on as if she had been tagged next. So now there are four sites here. If Susan tagged someone else, they would add their info to make it five when they passed it on.
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My *heart* belongs to...
In case you haven't been to Cheyenne's site today, check out the Gnome-Girl Store I set up for her last night. You know you want one!
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Well, like, duh

So, I'm guessing the other half of Americans didn't inhale then?
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Sick of weddings yet? Tough!
Heh. Well since most of today's posts seem to have a wedding theme anyway, I thought I'd link the most adorible groom's cake I just ran across here. Seeing these cute wedding pics almost makes me want to go through all of the planning all over again. Almost. If only we could re-register and get presents every five years though!
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And bringing up the rear...
...the May 2002 "Destination Wedding of the Month" is online now as well!
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May Dress of the Month
The May 2002 "Dress of the Month" is up! Make sure to stop by their wedding site, too -- they had one heck of a photographer and sense of humor (see below).
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He expects me to do WHAT?!
I'm working on the May "Dress of the Month" right now (so stay tuned!), but I just had to share this photo I came across while working on her collage. It's one of the cutest wedding pics I've seen in a LONG time!
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Everybody was Kung Fu fightin'
In case you're a lover baby, not a fighter...check out the Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide. You can learn about game basics, strategy tips, and use an online trainer to perfect your skillz. Who knew they had their own secret society? And the stickers are hysterical!
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If you are confused, check with the sun
I've noticed interesting dialogue in blogs and comments today about being afraid and/or leery of commenting in certain blogs because the site visitor is either too shy, too embarrassed, or too intimidated by the "cliquish" atmosphere already established in the blog.

If that's the case with any of you out there *peers around the room* speak up! Don't be afraid. It only hurts the first time...I promise. Actually, I wouldn't even say it "hurts". It's more like that funny feeling you get while climbing the rope in gym class.

I've tripped in front of a large group of people. I've had lipstick in my teeth. I've left the ladies room with toilet paper stuck to my shoe. I've belched quite loudly at an inappropriate time. And all along, I've laughed at myself while doing so.

So don't be shy. We have ways of making you talk...
And oh yeah -- howdy!
Robyn
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Kiss them for me
Wanna be wowed by a true web goddess extraordinaire? Check out the new design and relaunch over at Banshee Studios! It's a most excellent quarterly e-zine for fiction writers. Straight from Stacy's site:

"We're very excited about Banshee's new direction, which now includes author interviews and quarterly writing contests with actual prizes! Another brand new feature is the Workshop area in which aspiring writers can practice their skills on prefab settings and characters, and even get constructive criticism from professionals. Other regular features include poetry, essays, sudden fiction, book reviews.....come on by, check out some of the best amateur writing around and perhaps think about dusting off some of your own work."

I shall now give it the highly coveted two snaps in a circle! Go. Now.
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They say that breakin' up is hard to do
Looks like we've got ourselves quite the little "kick your sorry butt to the curb" CD going on... You might want to file this post away for future reference, as I'll be expanding the list as it grows. That way should you, or someone close to you, need a little pick-me-up -- you'll have tons of songs already gathered to download the night away, so you can crank up the "break up" songs whilst force-feeding ice cream and tequila!
  1. Like a Friend by Pulp (Robyn)
  2. Now That It's Over by Everclear (Leandra)
  3. Songs off the entire 'Everyone Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We' album by The Cranberries (Ashley)
  4. I'm Wrong About Everything by John Wesley Harding (John)
  5. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel (John)
  6. Beautiful Goodbye by Amanda Marshall (munin)
  7. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette (wKen)
  8. How's It Gonna Be by Third Eye Blind (Susan)
  9. Hold On by Sarah McLachlan (Susan)
  10. This Love by Pantera (Jesse)
  11. Break Your Heart by Barenaked Ladies (Mike and Angela)
  12. You Can Feel Bad by Patty Loveless (Angela)
  13. If It's Over by Mariah Carey (Queen) *
  14. Hag by The Breeders (hoopty)
  15. She's Not There by The Turtles (hoopty)
  16. Girl Don't Tell Me by The Beach Boys (hoopty)
  17. Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers (munin)
  18. Say Goodbye by Dave Matthews Band (John)
  19. Breakup Song by Greg Kihn Band (kd)
  20. These Boots Were Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra (srah)
  21. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (srah)
  22. On My Own by Union Peach (srah)
  23. Used To Love Her by Guns 'N' Roses (J2)
  24. Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe (J2)
  25. Guess Ill Hang My Tears Out To Dry by Frank Sinatra (Donna)
  26. Every Little Thing by Raul Malo (geekgrrl)
  27. Am I Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers (geekgrrl)
  28. See comments for even more recommended songs...
* Disclaimer: The owner of tampatantrum.com does not personally recommend Ms. Carey's songs under any circumstance, and caution should be used if you choose to expose yourself - and others - to her music.


Now's your chance to add yours to the pile...keep 'em comin'!
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