Monday, December 9, 2013

New & Improved

Well, hello there strangers. It’s been a while. My apologies. I…had 3 more kids. But I’m back! Somewhat.

Of course, with a full time job and 4 kids…I will never be completely anywhere. LOL

Let’s see if I can keep up with this between job, children, cooking, husband, and Christmas shopping. (I’m purposely leaving reading out of this because…well…any spare moment is usually spend with my nose in a book. You know that!)


Frozen by Delain
Never Enough by Epica
Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker
Moody Monday Bonus
Monster by Eminem


December is Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month (yup)
December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day

Today in History

1902 – Birth of Margaret Hamilton, Cleveland, OH, actress (Wicked Witch – Wizard of Oz)
1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premieres
1982 – Marty Robbins, country singer, dies

Word of the Day

calorifacient – (of foods) producing heat.


“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it well.” ~Nelson Mandela
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Bush Stone-curlew or Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius, obsolete name Burhinus magnirostris) is a large, ground-dwelling bird endemic to Australia. Although it looks rather like a wader and is related to the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, it is a terrestrial predator filling an ecological niche similar to that of the roadrunners of North America.
Like most stone-curlews, it is mainly nocturnal and specialises in hunting small grassland animals: frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals are all taken, mostly gleaned or probed from soft soil or rotting wood; also a few seeds or tubers, particularly in drought years. Birds usually forage individually or in pairs over a large home range, particularly on moonlit nights.
During the day, Bush Stone-curlews tend to remain inactive, sheltering amongst tall grass or low shrubs and relying on their cryptic plumage to protect them from predators. When disturbed, they freeze motionless, often in odd-looking postures. For visual predators like raptors (and humans), this works well, but it serves little purpose with animals that hunt by scent such as foxes, dingoes or goannas.
Despite their ungainly appearance and habit of freezing motionless, they are sure-footed, fast and agile on the ground, and although they seldom fly during daylight hours, they are far from clumsy in the air; flight is rapid and direct on long, broad wings.
The Bush Stone-curlew is probably heard more than it is seen. Its call sounds like a wail or a scream in the night. When scared, it screeches – a sound similar to the screech of a possum.[2] When threatened (presumably in the presence of a nest), they may raise their wings wide and high in an impressive threat posture and emit a loud, hoarse hissing noise.

My Life is Average

I made my favourite soup today. I was very eager to start eating it and because of my haste I burnt my tongue. Sadly I couldn't taste the rest of it.

Today after reading about Dumbledore's death I cried for half an hour while my 6 year old daughter comforted me. MLIA

Customers are Fun

I Don’t Work Here Does Not Work Here, Part 13


(My roommate and I are doing some shopping at a popular supermarket chain. The employees wear red shirts with white name tags. My roommate works at a day spa and hasn’t changed out of her uniform yet, which is a black dress with a bronze name tag. As we are heading to check out, an elderly woman grabs my friend’s arm.)
Woman: “Can you tell me where the house robes are?”
My Roommate: “I’m sorry. I don’t know.”
(The woman is still holding on to my friend’s arm, so my friend gently pulls herself loose.)
Woman: “Excuse me! I asked you a question!”
My Roommate: “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but I really don’t know where they are. I don’t work here.”
(At this point, a store employee has noticed us and approaches.)
Employee: “Can I help you ladies?”
Woman: “This lady won’t help me find the house robes! She isn’t doing her job. I asked a simple question, and she’s ignoring me to hang out with her little friend instead. I want to speak to a manager.”
Employee: “Ma’am, I don’t believe she works here.”
Me: “She doesn’t.”
Woman: “Well, then why is she wearing a name tag?”
My Roommate: “I work at a day spa down the street and I haven’t had time to change out my uniform yet.”
Woman: “Oh. How was I supposed to know that?”
(She’s being very rude and I’m getting fed up with it.)
Me: “Because her uniform looks absolutely nothing like his?”
Woman: “Excuse me? I won’t be talked to like that.”
Employee: “Ma’am, I apologize for this misunderstanding. If you’ll come with me, I’ll show you the—”
Woman: “No! I want to see a manager! I want both of these girls fired!”
My Roommate: “Neither of us work here!”

Bookworm Fix of the Day

For all you bookworms out there like me.

There are two websites I’d like to share with you today.

The first is I love this website. It has reviews of books, gift guides, giveaways, recommendations, and then there’s this: which describes me perfectly.

Also, I’d like to share This bookstore is located in San Antonio on Culebra and I just adore this place. I can’t promote it enough because the owner, Don Hurd is living **my** dream. And even though I’m not the one living my dream, I have absolutely no problem living vicariously through him, his wife, and his two sons, all of whom run the store.

Imagine Books and Records boasts not only being a family owned and ran bookstore, but also the added amazing quality of providing a venue for local bands to play, authors to come and sign books, and poets to gather and commune.

They are having some upcoming winter events which I am hoping to be able to make, if I can find someone to watch my 4 kids.

And! They have started a publishing “house” which publishes paperback books under the name Toad Press Paperback.