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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fly like an Eagle

Another weekend has flown by. Friday, I met a some of the gang at a bar called City Lounge in Cudahy. It was really a nice place. Open, with a old fashioned feel it is well maintained and best of all smoke free. We watched the Badgers get destroyed by Davidson. It happens almost every game. The Badgers hit this pocket of time when they don't score any points. This time they could not overcome that.

Saturday, was round two of our poker tourney. I finished in 8th place this week. I played ok I thought but just didn't hit anything when I needed to. After that we played a cash game and I took 2nd. I was happy with that. Payed for my day. I got to meet Milton, the Yorkie Maltese, who was sooo cute. He was only 4 months old and so sweet. Unlike Boomer he didn't bark. That must be the Maltese in him.

Today, I did stuff around the house. Went to the freak show, I mean grocery store. I should know better than to go at 11 am on Sunday. I hit the after church crowd. Just because it is after Easter does not mean that you can wear your white sandaly type shoes with your black nylons. I wish I could have taken a picture of that. It was scary.

It sounds like Scott is having a good time on his trip in Tibet. I hope that he was able to avoid the protests and violence. Can't wait to see the pics when you get back.

The next few days are supposed to be cold and rainy. I just wish that it would warm up enough to not have to wear gloves and a hat when I walk the dogs. The plus side is that I was able to get caught up on my tv watching. My dvr list is empty. YEAH!!!

Have a good week everyone....

ZOBMONDO!!

Would you rather...

Drink one gallon of milk, and then ride on a roller coaster

----OR----

ride on a roller coaster behind someone who drank a gallon of milk?

Well, since I hate milk, I have to go with riding behind someone. Let's hope that the person is not a hurler.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Demolition Part 2

More bathroom updates and pics.....My dad and I ripped out the old vanity and sink a couple of weekends ago. It was a pain in the ass as the sink was practically cemented down to the freaking walls. It took a few crowbars but it finally broke free.







I primed and painted over the old yellow wall so I did not have to look at that color ever again in my bathroom. We then put the vanity, vanity top and sink and new faucet in. It went in pretty smooth. The hardest part was getting the dumb drain plug thingy in. Pain in the butt trying to line it up in a small space.



Next came the paint on the walls. I picked out a color called "Ocean Sighs". It reminded me of a tropical feeling. We got the medicine cabinet in and called it a day.



Next week, the tile guy (thanks for the great recommendation, A) will be putting in the travertine floor and repairing the tile around the medicine cabinet. My dad will then be putting in the new toilet and we are done. I decided to have the tub reglazed instead of replaced or one of the bathfitter things. That will have to wait a bit as the budget is now almost empty. That and I need to find a plumber who will replace the valve and pipes in the wall behind the shower. They will have to go in thru the hall closet, which is fine, but it is a task that will take several hours to complete and my dad wants nothing to do with it as the pipes and all will need to be replaced from the basement up. This could end up being very pricey. Anyone know a good plumber who is willing to work on the side for cheap??

I still need to get some sort of shower curtain and a window covering. I am thinking of either a white roman shade type of window treatment or maybe a bamboo blinds. Something to keep with the tropical feeling. Any ideas??

My cold is getting much better. A couple of days staying low key and some Nyquil seems to have done the trick. I hope that it is gone for good. This was starting to get ridiculous.

ZOBMONDO!!

Would you rather....

Have to put to sleep five puppies you just got

----OR----

a dog you've had for a year??

I would have to go with the five puppies. I would have less of an emotional attachment to them. After a year, it would be heartbreaking. You all know how much my dogs mean to me.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all. The Easter bunny did visit the boys last night and left them a each a new toy. But Boomer, being Boomer has already ripped the legs off and stuffing out of one of them. Almost a record for him... about 3 hours before it was in the garbage. I took the other ones away for now. I really need to find toys that he does not destroy. Even Kong balls are no match for Boomer. He can rip chunks out of them just as easily as a stuffed squeaky toy. You would never think that an 8 lb Yorkie would be such a holy terrier. It is a good thing he is so damn cute.

I am back being sick again. It is getting better today but still not good. It started last week with a sore throat and by Friday was hitting me pretty well. Last night, I took a couple of cold pills and went to bed about 11pm. (I had a wild ass dream that I'll have to share with you later. I should have known better than to take 2 cold pills). I woke up this morning about 9:45 am. I did get up about 5:30am to let the dogs out. Even Rufus decided to get up and go out. I skipped going to my parents and just went to Home Depot to pick up some electrical stuff for my dad. It was nice enough out to walk the boys a bit and then I layed in a big pile on the couch, snuggling with the dogs, watched 10 Years Younger marathon on TLC and dozed on and off. I figured that I better get up for now or I won't sleep tonight.

I know it has been awhile but here is the latest....

ZOBMONDO!!

Would you rather....

For the rest of your life, choose the same drink and the same meal to ingest every time you eat

----OR----

have someone else always choose what you eat??

Ok, this is a no brainer... for those of you who know me, know that I tend to be a bit strange with my eating choices. I will eat the same thing every day that I choose. It would be my luck that someone would make me eat a hamburger... and that would not be a good thing.

Have a good week everyone :)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Blow Me

I am stealing the title of today's blog from StB who had a post the other day about Mother Nature can blow him.


I think we (southeastern Wisconsinites) must have done something to piss God off. We get dumped on with snow about 6 weeks ago. It just happened to be on Ash Wednesday. Again on Good Friday, we get another foot of snow. I think this is someone's way of telling us that they do not want us in church as many churches were cancelling their Good Friday services until today. You know it is bad when the catholic church cancels service.

My driveway is about 120 feet long or so. It runs the length of the lot to the back where my garage is. It is hard to snow blow because the driveway sites right between my house the the neighbors. You have to blow the snow forward first and then off to one side. This makes it take twice as long cuz you have to move the snow twice. When I went out yesterday about 3 pm the snow was up past my knees in the backyard. I almost fell face first into the drifts.

This is a picture of my driveway from the top. There is still another 30 feet or so to the street.


I am really lucky that my next door neighbors are two sweet older men. They are brothers. They have been snowblowing my sidewalk and driveway up from the street to the up where the house starts. That makes my job so much easier. I am going to make them some Nana's Apple Cake as a gesture of my appreciation. It took me about an hour to clear the rest of the driveway and a spot for the dogs.
This morning, the brothers were up and at 'em about 6:30. I tried to sleep in but Boomer had other ideas. He thought it was much more fun to sit in the window and bark at the brothers while they were snowblowing. I tried to sleep some more but was up by 7:30ish or so. I got the dogs out and started the task of cleaning off the rest of the driveway. It was easier today that yesterday but the drifts in the backyard are about 3 feet high across the driveway. It took awhile to knock those all down. The sun is out and melting off the rest of the snow nicely.

I may look into getting someone to plow for me next year. Especially if we get the big snows. It is just too hard to find a spot to put the snow between the houses.
I think I may head out to watch the Badger and Marquette games this afternoon. That means that I have to get my butt in gear and get stuff down around here. I really need to go grocery shopping.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Half Nekkid Thursday

Just a cartoon I found that I thought was kind of funny....





Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Gone To A Farm

Did you ever had a pet when you were a little kid that all of a sudden 'went to the farm' to live out his last days?? Since we lived on a farm that story really never held water but I remember that we did have a pig called 'Arnold' that went to go live on another farm after he got to big for his pen at our house.

Well, the Onion has one upped that. The Packers are saying that they gave Brett Favre to a nice farm family somewhere. He didn't just retire to Mississippi somewhere. Ted Thompson and Coach McCarthy sent him off to live his days out where there are no injuries or winters. You can read all the details here.

I am sooo glad that the Onion tells the story as it really is. hehehe

Monday, March 17, 2008

An Irish Legend

An Irishman moves into a tiny village in County Kerry, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table-- alone. An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more.

This happens yet again. The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times.

Soon the entire town is whispering about the "Man Who Orders Three Beers."

Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town. "I don't mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers?"

'Tis odd, isn't it?" the man replies. "You see, I have two brothers, and one went to America and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank... as a way of keeping up the family bond."

The bartender and the whole town are pleased with this answer, and soon the "Man Who Orders Three Beers" becomes a local celebrity and source of pride to the village--even to the extent that out-of-towners will come to watch him drink.

Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening: he orders only two beers. Word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers.

The next day the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, myself first of all, want to offer condolences to you on the death of your brother. You know, the two beers and all...."

The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, "You'll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well. It's just that I, myself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Site Changes

I have added a few new link on my side nav. Stop over and take a look at them. They are some good sites with interesting people.


Getting Single... details a woman's journey through her marriage and divorce. It is also a podcast. You really have to go back and read it from the beginning to get a true sense of the story of her life. Check it out....


Not a Player, Rather a Predator. Roxy is a girl on the Easy coast who is completing her medical school residency. Always entertaining.


The Wife - Mrs. Chako's Side of the Story. The Wife is married to Dr. Chako who is a poker playing doctor in Iraq. The Wife is very funny and always a hoot.

ZOBMONDO!!

Would you rather...

As a brazen teenager showing off on class camping trip, drink a thimbleful of snake venom

----OR----

eat the tail off a dead scorpion?

First off, I'm glad that our camping trips don't have stunts like this. Second, I have to go with eating the tail. I would have a better chance at survival.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Demolition Phase 1

Bathroom demolition is under way. My dad ripped out the old medicine cabinet on Friday and temporarily hung a light on the way for me to be able to see. What a difference that made. I went from 30 watts to 75 in short order. I can now see if the shower and can see the spots that I missed shaving on my legs.

Here is where the old medicine cabinet was. I had the mirrored doors from the old one in there so I could see when getting ready for the day.











Here is the rest of the vanity and toilet. Notice the lovely yellow color and ugly floor tiles. Gotta love 1958 decorator colors.












Saturday was spent running errands.... after shoveling almost 5 inches of fluffy snow. Gotta love living only 3 blocks from the lake. I had to pick out paint for the walls, a register cover, and a vanity top/sink. It took me almost 6 hours but I can say that I am done buying stuff. Or at least I hope so.

I was supposed to go play poker at a friend from work's house on Saturday nite but by time I got home I was tired and wanted nothing more than to lay on the couch and spend some snuggle time with the boys. I am bummed that I missed the first week of the poker series tho. He is running a home tourney that will run for like 10 weeks. It will pay off the top 3 spots each week and you get points based on your finish each week. After 10 weeks the top 10 will play off with the top 3 taking home cash and the winner getting a buy in to a Potawatomi tourney. Not too bad of a deal. I will have to wait to see how the person who sat in for me on Saturday did. I am really looking forward to playing in live games more often. M is a good shit and hilarious when he gets drunk.

My dad came over today and put the medicine cabinet and the new light fixture in. I have even more wonderful light in the bathroom. He had to patch the drywall and got the first coat of mud on. My job is to do the rest over the next few days. I started sanding the door frames down. Who was the crazy person who thought it would be a good idea to have metal door jambs. That explains why everything is painted.














I did take the new vanity and vanity top out of the box and set them up in the spare room. I set the faucet on top and it looks so cool. All nice and shiny and clean.I can't wait to see the completed room. It will be nice to have one room done in the house

Zobmondo!!

Would you rather....

Be held in high esteem by one and only one person who you truly respect

OR----

by 10,000 people that you don't respect?

I have to go with the one and only person that I respect.

Another busy week coming up . Good thing the weather is supposed to turn around for the good finally. Peace Out!!!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Sick and Tired

I am finally getting over a cold. It has been coming on now for the past couple of weeks but decided to rear its ugly head late last week. It doesn't help when everyone else around you is sick as well. I ended up missing two days of work. I got off easy as a few people at work were out more than a week.

The boys and I are adjusting to our home. Boomer has finally stopped barking every time the furnace kicks in. Which is a good thing at 3 am. Rufus still misses soon to be ex hubby and wants to sit on my lap all the time. He is good to cuddle with as he snuggles up and nice and small.

Went on Saturday with my dad to pick out bathroom stuff. I got a vanity and medicine cabinet. My dad was nice enough to pay for it as an early birthday present for me. That was so nice of him. I did not expect that at all. I ordered the faucets, towel bar, lighting fixture last nite. Today, I stopped at the tile shop and ordered my flooring for the bathroom. It is a Mojave travertine marble. It is really pretty. Have to give some big kudos to A's son. He gave me a nice price on the installation and I got a very nice discount on the tile. All to do now is get a vanity top. All I know is that I want a counter and sink 1 piece thing. Then I don't have to worry about ever caulking it. I plan on taking some before and after shots. I'll post them in the coming weeks.

I did finally get all the ice off of the driveway. No more skating rink. My dad helped me chop it all off on Sunday. There is one section that still has a pile of frozen snow on it but I can now get into the garage easily enough. Now if I only had power in the garage I could use the door opened instead of having to open it manually each time. If I could only get an electrician to call me back to come and fix it.....

Well, that's all for now.

Talk to you all later.