Friday, November 13, 2009

A Funny For You

A Catholic priest went into a barber shop for a haircut. When he was finished, the barber refused to take payment saying, "You are a man of the cloth... This is a free service that I offer to you." The Priest thanked the barber and went on his way. The next morning the barber found seven fishes and seven loaves of bread on his doorstep in gratitude from the priest.

The next week, a Jewish Rabbi went into the same shop for a cut. Again

The barber refused payment saying, "You are a man of God... This is a free service that I offer to you." The next morning the barber found a fitting gift from the Rabbi.

The following week, two LDS Missionaries went into the shop for haircuts. Again, the barber refused payment saying, "You work in the service of God... This is a free service that I offer to you." The next morning the barber arrived to find 12 LDS Missionaries on his doorstep.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Socks for Dinner?


One of my favorite shows growing up was The Cosby Show. It was fresh and funny. And if you have never seen BILL COSBY HIMSELF, I highly recommend it. Because like his show, this concert can make kids, adults, and just about anybody laugh their heads off. One of the things I really loved(and still do) about The Cosby Show was the unique way they got their message across to their children. A few examples include: Denise comes home from college to visit her family and really she visits her friends instead. To make their point, the family ignores her when she is ready to leave. Message was loud and clear. Theo believes he can make it in "the real world" as most kids do. Family puts on an elaborate scheme of the "real world" where Theo must buy his food, furniture, rent his room etc. Lesson learned. The real world is harsh. Vanessa spends an evening with friends. They get drunk. Next day she is sent to school completely hungover. If that isn't punishment enough, again the folks plan an elaborate scheme. They invite her to play the same game she did the night before and do shots of brandy. Not only were they doing it, but Rudy was invited as well. Turns out the "brandy' in question was tea.

I know I don't write for a television show, and I know that they were actors in a show. But come on, those are some awesome messages!! They make the kid think. I have only managed to dish out one such message.

Emily had this nasty habit of leaving her dirty smelly socks on the table. Why she put them there I will never know. I certainly don't put MY socks there, nor does Rich. I would normally just toss them on the floor and grumble about it. But really what good is that? Sometimes if she was in the room, I would tell her not to do that. Finally, I was fed up. It was time to change things.

One night as I was clearing the table for dinner, I found her nasty socks yet again. Grrrr! child, I do not want your nasty socks on my table! Then it hit me. I need to get the message across to her that this is not where socks go. I put them on a plate and set it neatly at her usual spot. Then I called everyone to dinner. Emily was last to come to the table, which is pretty normal. She looked down at her "socks for dinner" and then gave me a very blank stare. She simply didn't know what to make of it.

"Why are there socks on my plate?" she asked.

"Well since you put them on the table, I just figured that is what you wanted to eat."I said calmly. Shock and awe.

"No." she said.

"Then please do not leave your socks on the table." And guess what? She has never done it again. I had forgotten about that day until Mama Kat's writing prompt for today brought it straight to the surface. Maybe I need to turn the tables more often. It seems a far more effective method of getting the point across. Of course, logic doesn't always work on a 4 year old!

If you would like to participate in Mama Kat's weekly prompt, go here to her site.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day


I couldn't embed the video because it has been requested that you don't. Please go to the link to see The Changing of the Guard. I was privileged enough to see this in person. I can not even describe the spirit that is felt during this ceremony. Turn learn more you can go here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Me? Now I'm Blushing!

Molly from As Told By Molly has given me this award. Thanks again, Molly! You made my day.


Now my acceptance speech goes something like this: I answer the next 35 questions with one word...one word? Me? Well...I will try.


1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your hair? Tawny
3. Your mother? Best Friend
4. Your father? Grumpy
5. Your favorite food? Chocolate
6. Your dream last night? Forgot
7. Your favorite drink? Water and Diet Coke
8. Your dream/goal? To lose at least 25 pounds
9. What room are you in? Family room
10. Your hobby? blogging
11. Your fear? The unknown
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Out of debt(except a house payment)
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something you aren’t? Male
15. Muffins? Yes please.
16. Wish list item? New laptop
17. Where did you grow up? S. CA
18. Last thing you did? Drank hot chocolate
19. What are you wearing? Clothes
20. TV? Nightly
21. Your pets? Fish--they belong to the kids actually
22. Your friends? Golden
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Content
25. Missing someone? sometimes
26. Vehicle? The one I drive or the one I want?
27. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Bath&Body Works
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. When was the last time you cried? Sunday I think.
32. Your best friend? Loula
33. One place that you go over and over? Mom’s
34. One person who e-mails me regularly? Mom.
35. Favorite place to eat? Mom's.

Now I must bestow this award to six of my bloggy friends...so here goes in no particular order....

The Kennedy Adventures because she homeschools and has twins. How is she sane? Oh yeah, and she is a nurse!

CJ at Simply Simonsons because her savings and deals always manage to blow me away.

MamaKat at Mama's Losin' It. I know I am one of MANY followers for her, but I do enjoy her blog and the writing prompts she gives each week.

Emmy at Emmy Mom--One Day at a Time because she is a darn good photographer and I love the things she does with her kids.

Rachel from Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug because I love her humor and "Random Fridays" are the best.

KK from KampKK because she loves her family, loves her "little sister" and has the best dog...she writes!







Monday, November 9, 2009

New Discoveries

In our house we have five, yes five working computers...ooops I mean six!!!! The sixth does not have internet and is used for studying purposes by Rich. But yeah, five computers. Why? Because we do not play well with others? Because we are all hopelessly addicted? Well I will enlighten you, since you obviously asked.

Once upon a time we had exactly one computer. I used it occasionally for email purposes only. Then I got a little brave and got on the internet. I always had to ask Rich to get me "online" and find the sites for me. Yes, I was that computer illiterate! I think I knew how to turn it on and off at least. Finding a program to use...I needed desktop icons for that. Rich made them. I didn't.

After 9/11 happened my husband signed up to go to DC for the opening of Homeland Security. I told him to go for it because it seemed a good opportunity. Well, not wanting to be without a computer for 8 weeks--he went ahead of us--he bought an old IBM laptop. It did what he wanted out of a computer and we could email each other. A few months after we got settled in VA, and I got custody of the old lap top, we kind of got used to me having my own computer. Then it kind of died, right around the same time I was reconnecting with a dear friend of mine. So I was using the main computer for chat and email and a little internet--I was getting brave. In the end, when income taxes came, I got a new computer--brand new laptop to call my own!! I loved it! It had lots of bells and whistles. We buy computers like others buy cars. Rich has built three or four computers in the last few years.

So what do we do with the old ones? We gave some to my mom and my sister. We gave the others to our children. Four lap tops in the same house. Crazy. Plus a desk computer. I thought the other day that Ryan really doesn't know how to play on one, and he desperately wants to be like his sisters and get to play on the "big computer" so yesterday I set him up on Nick Jr. and he had a blast. Is it a bad thing or a good thing? One thing is for sure. He was very focused on what he was doing.
The tongue makes it easier to concentrate.
See?
Works every time!!