Saturday, June 30, 2007

Let The Frenzy Begin

I will admit, that is one cool-ass looking phone and I want one. However, not only do I not have the money for one right now (not to mention a contract with the right cell-phone carrier), I am planning on waiting a good 6 months or so before I seriously start considering purchasing the gadget. Why? Because I'm one of those people who believes that most items need a few months to work out the bugs and discover what needs to be improved on. See, if I had bought an iPod when they first came out, then I wouldn't have an iPod video right now. But, I waited until they made improvements. And I figure the same thing will happen to the iPhone.

But there were a lot of people who could not wait to buy the new iPhone today. Apple stores across the nation closed their doors at 2:00pm to prepare for the beginning of the iPhone era. The phones went on sale at exactly 06:00pm Friday, June 29, 2007. And it's a good thing that the stores took extra time to prepare, because it was a madhouse. People all over the country began lining up as early as Thursday night. I even read an interview with 2 teenagers in California who were waiting in line for their chance to buy 2 phones each and sell all 4 phones on eBay for a huge profit. Where the heck do teenagers get that kind of money? I used to be lucky to have $10.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

We Are The Champions!!!

My niece, Jessica, has played summer ball for several years now. She has been lucky enough to stay with the same team the entire time. This summer was the first year Jessica's team (ages 9-11) moved up to the "player pitch" summer league. And on Monday night, they took 1st place in the 2007 Girls Summer-Ball Tournament for their age group. Which is awesome because some of the other teams were in "player pitch" last year. It was a great game, they won with authority. I don't exactly remember the score, but I believe it was 9 - 1.

Here's the team with their trophies, making funny faces. Jessica is on the right end of the back row:

And here's Jess posing with the team trophy and her individual trophy:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Yet Another Baby!

One of my cousins just had her second child, a baby girl who (I believe) is my grandma's 19th great-grandchild. Her name is Saige and she's soooo cute!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Random Pictures I'm Behind On Posting

Let's see....we shall start with a picture of my friends baby boy who I posted about on April 20th. At the time those first pictures were taken, he was 2 weeks old. He was over 10 lbs. at birth, a pretty big boy. So, it should be no surprise to see a picture of him at 8 weeks old crushing his 3 year old sister.

Next, let's move on to my cousin Josh's little boy. He is 2 years old and has obviously spent too much time watching his daddy on the weekends. Now, I don't want anyone out there becoming concerned - this is an empty bottle that he has and it was promptly taken away from him and disposed of. He's still pissed that we took it from him and his mad fit lasted forever.

Now that you're really bored, I'm gonna hit ya with some pics of the thistle that is overtaking my grandmother's field. She hates it because of the fact that the thorns on the plant stems, leaves and flowers prevent it from being eaten by livestock and result in huge areas of pasture land unsuitable for grazing. However, it did offer me a chance to spend some time with nature.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Crappy Flight!

10:55 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 19, 2007

""I was more nervous than I had ever been on a flight," said passenger Collin Brock.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash.– Passengers on a Continental Airlines flight had to hold their noses for hours as sewage overflowed from toilets while they were high over the Atlantic.
"To be blatantly honest, I was more nervous than I had ever been on a flight," said Collin Brock. The University Place man was on board Continental Airlines flight 1970 from Amsterdam to Newark, New Jersey last week when things went bad.
"I've never felt so offended in all my life. I felt like i had been physically abused and neglected. I was forced to sit next to human excrement for seven hours," said Brock."

rest of story HERE

I Am Such A Slacker

I don't know what the heck has come over me lately, but I have become totally lazy. All I do is sit on my ass all day and play video games or veg-out watching TV. What is my problem?

I need to go grocery shopping, dust the house, pay my bills, clean out my car, etc., etc. But do I do any of these things? NO!!!! Instead I sit around all damn day so that when it's time for me to go to work I can bitch at myself for not getting anything accomplished.

Does anyone out there know how to break free of these types of slumps? Cause I could really benefit from getting some stuff accomplished around here. I need some sort of motivation, a reason to get straight out of bed, take a shower and do something with my day. Who wants to meet me for dinner, or maybe check out a movie? Anyone?

Friday, June 15, 2007

5 Things I Dislike About....

....Lucky Charms:

5. They don't really come from Ireland - they're not even sold there. (it's true)
4. They seduce me with their marshmallow goodness and I am unable to resist
3. Everytime I eat a bowl, I speak in a really bad Irish accent for the next 30 minutes
2. The yummy marshmallows have been contaminated with cereal-shaped bits of toasted oats
1. People are always after me Lucky Charms!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Quiet Day

Today it has been 11 years since someone very close to me left this world. Yesterday was his birthday. He would have been 35. It doesn't seem like 11 years have gone by since his death. Even though it does somehow get easier each year, the wounds still seem too fresh to be 11 years old. My memories are too vivid.

But my memories of his death and the funeral and everything surrounding it are even more vivid. So, I know it's real. It was the hardest thing I've ever gone through. I can't even imagine what his parents and his sister feel when this time of year comes around. I know I usually have a few quiet days of reflection. Days where I listen to songs that remind me of him and thumb through old pictures of all of us.

I've heard people describe how when a loved-one dies they lose a little peice of themselves and I never really understood it until 11 years ago today. That may sound silly, but it's true. I'm simply not the same person I used to be. I lost a little bit of something in my personality. I blamed myself for not doing more. I still do blame myself for not doing more. I changed, and I will never be the same.

Since his death, I feel disconnected somehow from his parents and his sister. I guess it's because of the sadness and my feelings of guilt. I just feel awkward around them now, like I'm an intruder into their world or like I might trigger some memory of the bad times. Because I was his roommate when he died. So, I should have been there. It's crazy. It's tragic. It's difficult. It's 11 years later and I still need my quiet days.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Ha Ha - I've Corrupted Someone!

Looks like my brother, Scott, has decided to return to the world of blogging. Oh, excuse me. I meant he has decided to return to the world of "web scribing". Jeesh, I knew he was a picky asshole when it comes to food, his house, etc., but I didn't realize that words bothered him so damn bad.....okay, I lied, I already knew that he was anal about the English language.

Are you confused yet? Click on Scott's blog The Blarg and you will.....actually, you will probably still be confused. But that's alright. You should be able to get a chuckle regardless. He told me that my blog inspired him to finally sit down and begin one again. Bleh! Like I'm supposed to believe that type of sentimental bullcrap coming from my little brother. What he really meant is that my useless dribble is embarrassing the family name and now I have forced him to say all sorts of witty things in an effort to restore some honor to our ancestors.

Be sure and check it out. Here's the link again: The Blarg and it has also been added to my favorites list over there ----->

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Da Blimp, Da Blimp

This story should have been posted a week or so ago, but what the hell - better late than never. It was a dark and dreary Tuesday in Seligman, Missouri. The 29th day of May, 2007 to be exact. I was at my brother Chuck's house playing with Jessica and Charlie. My sister-in-law, Ruthie, was in the kitchen working on making some food for us and Chuck was outside in the backyard doing some sort of psuedo-manly redneck thing that he enjoys doing, when suddenly he starts bellowing at us all to run outside. I instantly pictured him making a scene over something stupid, like "hey look how I taught the pigs to sit up and beg". But, I was mistaken.

He had heard a weird noise and looked up to see that the Goodyear blimp was making a beeline for the house at a considerably low altitude. Now, let me assure you, the blimp may not be super exciting, but to see it in Seligman, Missouri of all places and to witness it flying so very low to the ground was really quite neat. The kids, of course, thought it was the best thing ever. And because they fly fairly slow (blimps, not kids) we got to watch it for a good 10 minutes or so. Plus, it really did fly directly over Chuck's yard, so the kids kinda felt like it had dropped by for a personal visit or something.

The only thing we can figure is that it was trying to head towards Wal-Mart country in northwest Arkansas because their annual stockholders meeting was in full swing that particular week in Fayetteville. And the impending doom of the storm was causing it some minor flight problems. You could definitely tell the pilots kept trying to turn towards the south but the wind was simply not allowing them to do so. And I'm sure the wind and clouds were responsible for the low altitude. These theories were mostly confirmed the next day when I made a trip to Rogers, AR and saw the aforementioned blimp parked at the airport there. Right next to the Wal-Mart hanger.

So thank you, Wal-Mart. Because of you the kids got a visit from the Goodyear blimp and they were thrilled. The first picture is of the back of Chuck's balding head (he's going to kill me for that one) so that you can sorta get a perspective of how close to the ground the thing was really flying. And then the second picture is when it was directly over the yard in front of us. I actually took several stupid pictures of the stupid thing, but amazingly enough it looks the same in every picture. So I will only post these two.

Cell-phone Sunset

I know these pictures are crappy, but as I was leaving the house tonight to head for work I was completely enamored with the gorgeous bright pink streaks of today's sunset. (Today referring to Wed. 06/06 - it will be Wednesday in my mind until I go to bed at 09:00 am Thursday morning. Oh the joys of the graveyard shift).

But I digress. Back to the crappy pictures. As I was saying, the sunset was too pretty to pass up and since I did have my Nikon with me but the batteries were dead, my Motorola Razr was my only choice. The pics aren't bad considering it's a cell phone, but they sure don't do the deep blues and bright pinks much justice. I hope you guys were all able to admire the colors for yourselves earlier. If you didn't get a chance to, you really missed out.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My List Of Excuses

Wow! It has been awhile since I posted anything new here. Wanna know why? Because I was beginning to bore myself to tears with my own posts. Which totally blows chunks because I truly want to be a real blogger and actually have an interesting blog. It just hasn't materialized yet. But, no worries. I am not yet giving up.

I think a lot of the problem is linked to my lack of sleep which is a problem that just keeps getting worse and worse. I hate sleeping, I really do. I am always afraid I might miss something. No matter where I'm at I make sure I am the last person to head to bed. Why, you may ask? Duh! Isn't it obvious? What if I go to bed and then the other people that are awake suddenly remember they forgot to tell some juicy gossip about someone we all know. I would totally miss out. Or what if I go to bed and suddenly the funniest commercial in the history of the world is shown and my brother got to see it, but I missed it. That's just not acceptable. I have to be the last one awake.

I don't have to be the first person awake, however. Just have to be the second person awake and I better be waking up less than 5 minutes after the first person wakes up. Which actually does happen 99% of the time because I am a very light sleeper and as soon as someone opens a door, turns on a light, etc. it wakes me right up. That way I don't miss anything in the mornings either.

On top of hating sleep, working 3rd shift makes it worse. How am I supposed to sleep during the day when the rest of the world is awake? Plus, in about 6 weeks I will be changing shifts to a mostly normal shift and the closer it gets, the more my body refuses to sleep during the day. It's like I am already adjusting my sleep for my new hours even though they haven't started yet. I have a life-long habit of only averaging 6 hours of sleep a night, but now that I'm down to around 4 1/2 or 5 hours per night, it's really fogging my brain. And a fogged brain is not conducive to blogging.

I do most of my blogging at work, which means in the middle of the night while sitting in an office by myself quietly staring at a computer screen for 10 hours a night. And if you think it's easy to stay awake after only sleeping 4 hours since being at work last night, you're sadly mistaken. But, I do stay awake. I entertain myself by blogging. And now you understand why this blog is so lame, random, boring, irregular and in need of some help. Seriously, I am not fishing for compliments here. I don't need my 1 reader to post a comment stating that they think my blog is just fine. That's not what I'm going for. I'm just trying to explain why it's been the way it's been.

Also, I wanted to inform you that I am working on turning things around both with my blog and with my foggy brain. For my brain, I have turned to drinking green tea to help promote mental focus. And for my blog, I have turned to drinking green tea to help promote mental focus. Hopefully, the green tea helps. Especially since I am using it as the solution in two seperate problems. I realize that what I should be concentrating on is getting more sleep, but that will come naturally when the new person who was hired here has gone through all of her orientation and training and is finally ready to replace me on 3rd shift. Then, I will be able to sleep at night when the rest of the world is sleeping and I can finally return to my normal 6 hour night. Seriously, I can't wait. It will make a huge difference, you'll see.