Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Read this for a good laugh

I was surfing the web earlier tonight just perusing various blogs and I came upon this post by a lady about my age, I'm thinking. Anyway, as I read the post I just cracked up laughing, so I wanted to share it with ya'll.

A warning: it has some a couple of foul words in it and it is somewhat crude.

Be sure to read the comments too.

Here's the link: Maybe You Just Dont Want To Know

PS. You may have to be over 50 to relate.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I cancelled my membership to today. I just haven’t been listening to my audio books lately. It’s been too cold out to take walks, and I just hate going to the gym and walking on the treadmill. I really don’t take any long commutes to anywhere so I just don’t have much opportunity lately to listen. I will get back to walking when the weather improves. Right now I’ve got three long audio books waiting to listen to, so I figure there’s no sense just letting them pile up. I will reactivate my membership when I get caught up. I really enjoy the audio books though.

Right now, I’m trying to listen to Dr. Laura’s new book: The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage. So far, it’s a lot like her other book, ‘The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands.’’ It has pretty much the same message: Women have all the power in a marriage if we will only use it. Of course, this only applies if you are married to a ‘nice guy.’ Doesn’t apply to marriages with jerky guys. I think the books make a lot of sense. I also listen to Dr. Laura’s radio program. I don't agree with everything Dr. Laura says, and certainly not with her theology, but with alot, --probably 80% of what she says.

The other audio books I have waiting to listen to are:

Water for Elephants
By: Sara Gruen

By: Nathaniel Philbrick

By Diana Gabaldon

I just finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It took me a couple of months to get thru it, but it was pretty good. Not one of the best I’ve very read, but it kept my interest. I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters though. It seems the main theme throughout the book was about family ties. One of the main characters, Margaret was heartbroken over her twin sister who had died at birth. It didn’t say how old Margaret was, but she was well into adulthood and still lived at home with her parents. She just pined and pined over her dead sister. Then there was another character, (cant remember his name), who was in his 50’s or 60’s and he pined and pined over his mother who had abandoned him at birth.

Now forgive me for being cold hearted, but I say move-on already! They never even knew the dead family members. They spent their whole lives wishing for something that never was. ….But, as I said, it was a book that kept my interest pretty well, so I would recommend it, I guess. It’s gotten lots of good reviews.

On another note, here’s an interesting story about a guy who won a seat on a spaceship:

Then reality struck. After some number-crunching, Emmett realized he would have to report the $138,000 galactic joy ride as income and owe $25,000 in taxes. Unwilling to sink into debt, the 31-year-old software consultant from the San Francisco Bay area gave up his seat.

I say he was a smart guy.

Wouldn't most people just say 'I'll worry about the taxes later. This is an opportunity of a lifetime!'

And that's true, it IS an opportunity of a lifetime, but if you don't have the money to pay the taxes, you shouldn't make the trip.

And yes, you would probably just feel sick about it.

And yes, I think taxes are too high.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Being thrifty isn't always nifty

Bo worked yesterday in Gruver, and Mason worked too, so I had the day to myself (which is nice every once in a while). I decided to go and do some 'window shopping' just to get out of the house. I'm just such a tight wad, it's hard for me to let go of money, and even though that can be a virtue, in some ways in can be a detriment. Just ask my husband! Anyway, first I headed over to Cavender's Boot City because I like their jeans. I am pretty tall (5'8) and have long legs so its hard for me to find jeans that are long enough. When I do find them long enough, they usually don't fit as I like, or they are too 'low-rised' for an old lady like me. So it's rare that I find a pair that are long enough and fit right, AND are a good price. (That's my jean dilemma. I'm sure everybody has one). Anyway, Cavendars carries Lawman Jeans and sometimes I can actually find a pair of Lawman Jeans that I like. And even though I was only window shopping, I like the challenge of finding 'the perfect pair of jeans.'

But guess what? I found a pair that I really liked, not perfect, (is there really any such thing) but a good fit, and they were 15% off. Yippee. But wait.... I'm only window shopping. I didn't expect to actually find a pair I like. I wasn't actually prepared (in my mind) to spend this money. So now I have a delimma on my hands. What to do, what to do??

I have a conversation with myself: It's not that often that I find a pair of jeans I actually like, yes but... I really don't want to spend this money. But the jeans actually fit well and they are even long enough.... But what if I get them home and they shrink in the washer, then they will be too short. Oh, they probably won't. It says they're prewashed and that's another thing, I really like the color of these jeans due to the prewashing.... I know, but they just cost too much, even with the 15% they are higher than I would prefer to pay.

Oh dear, what to do. I walked around the store looking at other jeans, took a few pairs to try on, hoping to find a cheaper pair that I like just as much, all to no avail. I tried on the good pair again. None even compared. Oh dear, I knew I was going to have to just bite the bullet and buy the jeans. So I hesitantly walked towards the check-out counter, all the while thinking, 'I can always bring them back, this is not permanent.'

Finally, I handed the jeans to the check-out clerk, gave her my credit card (which I ever-so-faithfully pay off in FULL every month), signed the receipt and headed home. When I got home, I carefully cut the tags off, saving them and the receipt, --just in case I freak out and decide to take the jeans back.

My, what an ordeal to put myself through. It's not as if we are destitute and can't afford a stupid pair of jeans. Sometimes I am so weird.

As I said, being thrifty is not a always virtue, although sometimes it does have it's rewards.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

This morning as I was putting on my makeup and getting ready, I turned on the TV for a little while. The 700 Club happened to be on, so I just watched for a little while. The whole show was about how to prosper financially. It was all about what YOU can do in order to get a blessing from God. I am just appalled at this teaching. There were several stupid moving stories about people who had been really down and out and how THEY decided to accept Jesus as their savior, then THEY decided to start tithing, some even double tithing. And because THEY did these wonderful things for God, THEY received the full benefit of God’s favor. What a man-centered bunch of bunk! I hear this teaching so often these days and it just sickens me. I hear so many people use such verses as these to prove this teaching:

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

But they have taken these verses out of context. In this chapter of Philippians, just a few verses before these two, Paul is talking about how he has learned that in whatsoever state he is in, to be content. He says ‘I know how to be abased and I know how to abound.’

So when Paul says ’I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me,’ it seems to me he is saying he can endure whatever comes his way, be it hardships or prosperity (and we know he had lots of hardships).

When he says, ’God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,’ isn’t he also talking about how God will, thru Jesus Christ, supply our needs, which would be, in this context: the ability to be content and endure whatever comes out way.

To use these verses to say God will make us rich or we can do anything, achieve anything in this world, is just total abuse of these verses, I believe. (I guess Paul and the apostles just didn't have enough faith, or didn't tithe their whole 10% because they sure weren't rich and all died a martyr's death).

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not about what WE do, it is about what CHRIST has done. We do not turn God this way or that by how much we pray, how much we give, or whatever ‘good deeds’ we do. God is not there to serve us. We are here to serve him. He is not our Genie in a bottle.

I guess it's good (for the world anyway) for there to be people that believe this garbage teaching because sharing the world with people that strive to be good and do good deeds, even with the wrong motives, is better than sharing the world with people who care nothing about doing the right thing (isn't it?), but man, when you do look at people’s motives (to prosper themselves and using religion to do it), it is just sad to me. …..BUT I know God is in complete control and it is his will for things to go this way. So, praise his Holy name! I pray he will keep me from such deception because if he doesn’t I will fall right in line with them (and do in so many areas). God help us.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Here's something interesting I ran across today about Daylight Savings time.

The last few days have been pretty uneventful around here, so I really have nothing to blog about, but just thought I'd share the above link.

Have a good day!

Friday, January 19, 2007

It’s 11:00 on Friday night. Bo has gone to bed and I’m sitting up alone just surfing the internet. It has just begun to snow outside and the weatherman predicts we will get 8 - 14 inches tonight and tomorrow. Ugh. I sure hope not. But the Lord knows best and he controls the weather, along with everything else.

I went to Walmart today to get some groceries before the snow storm set in, and it seems many other people in town had the same idea because Walmart was packed. I just hate trying to grocery shop when it’s that busy. There are so many people in the aisles, it’s hard to get thru, and I feel bad if I stop for too long to look at something or read a label because I am in somebody’s way. And then there are the electric cart people who seem to dawdle along. Anyway, today I was on the beverage isle to get my Diet Dr Peppers, and as I reached to pick them up, they slipped out of my hand. The whole pack dropped to the floor and DP’s went rolling everywhere. Of course there were several people on the isle with me at the time, and everybody had to dodge the rolling bottles. Ugh. I WOULD do something goofy like that on such a busy day. Oh well.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Corbin spent the night with us on Saturday night and on Sunday morning, Corbin & I got all bundled up and walked over to the park to play in the snow. The snow is not very deep and it was an icy snow, so you really couldn't do much with it. Corbin just ran around sliding and such. And he found out that walking backwards into the wind was much more comfortable than walking forward into it. It sure was cold (like 20 degrees), but was fun. ---Making sweet memories!

Mason decided a little while ago he would walk over to the library. I told him, 'it is very cold out, you better wear your long underwear, a big coat, neck warmer, gloves, and such. He stood there in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with another open button-down shirt over it. 'Naw, I'll be fine,' he said. As he stood there, I typed into my internet browser. 'It's 23 degrees!' I said. 'You better get some warm clothes on. You will freeze if you don't.' He came back with, 'Why don't you just let me find out for myself instead of always telling me what to do? I'll be just fine.' "OK,' I said, 'see ya later.' So off he went. Now, mind you, it's a mile walk over to the library and a mile back. About 40 minutes later, here he comes walking in, about frozen. (He didn't even wear gloves!) 'I should've listened,' he said, 'I about froze to death,' he said as he touched my face with his very cold hands. I hated to say I told you so, but just couldn't resist. Teenagers! .....But to top it all off, the library was closed for Martin Luther King day.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

It is 12 degrees here this morning with a wind chill of -2. Brrrrr. It's cold. We have snow on the ground and only have an expected high of 27 today. AND it's supposed to be like this thru Monday. Ahhh, winter in Amarillo. Oh well, it's not as bad as some places and I AM in a nice warm house, so I can't complain too much.

Bo had a business meeting yesterday and business dinner last night in Gruver so he just spent the night there. He will be driving home later today. Mason has to work today at Sonic. Hopefully he'll be working inside and not carhopping. He hasnt been carhopping much anymore. Now he's working at the intercom inside. I think he likes that better, but he does miss the tips. I have had a quiet week, not much going on. I worked Wednesday and Thursday morning and I picked Corbin up from school on those days. Jenny went to San Diego with her dad, so Cody & Corbin are batching it for a few days.

Well, that's about it for me. I talked to Jocelyne this morning and she said it is pouring down rain in Austin. --Aren't you glad you read my blog today and got the latest weather reports in a couple of areas in Texas? What's it doing in your area? Eileen, it looks awful cold in Colorado. And to think..... they're having a heat wave in New York City for this time of year.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Jeff Foxworthy said: "You might be a redneck if you spend at least forty hours a week at Walmart and you don't work there." Sometimes I feel like I spend that much time there. I really don't, but I know that hardly ever does two or three days go by that I'm not there. I do all my grocery shopping there and for some reason I just can't get all my grocery shopping done once a week like my mother did while I was growing up, so I have to keep going back to get stuff. I am glad that I live only a couple of miles from Walmart instead of the 80 miles away I used to live. How did I survive back then without Walmart being close by?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Don't Ever Bowl In Tennis Shoes

Yesterday Bo, Mason & I were just sitting around the house, not doing much of anything and a little bored, so we decided to go bowling since we had such a good time bowling on Christmas Day. As we were driving over to the bowling alley, I told Bo I thought I would just bowl in my tennis shoes because I don’t like the idea of wearing shoes that have been worn by many other people, all of whom I do not know, AND don’t know what kind of fungus might be growing on their feet. Bo told me he didn’t think they allowed people to bowl in their tennis shoes and that it probably wasn’t a good idea anyway because my feet wouldn’t slide properly. I told him that I was going to try it anyway, and if I wasn’t supposed to, the bowling employees would probably come and tell me. Bo again told me he really didn’t think I should do that, but I, being the independent person I am, said I will just try it and see how it works out. I waited over to the side while Bo & Mason got their shoes and we got assigned a lane, then we all picked out a ball. Mason bowled first and then sat down as I got up to bowl. I did my usual technique ….step one, two, three, four, slide. ----And slide I did! I slid over the line and busted my rear end fell hard on my backside. Then I couldn’t get up. I fell a couple of more times as I tried. The floor across the line was so slippery it felt like I was on ice, only magnified a couple of times. I would put my weight on one foot trying to stand and my foot would slip out from under me. By this time, people were watching me and Bo was cracking up laughing. I finally sort of inched my way to the other side of the line and got up, feeling like a total idiot, but laughing hard myself. I almost took a bow to all the people watching, but decided against it. After catching my breath and acknowledging to Bo that he sure was right, I promptly limped over to the counter and asked for a pair of bowling shoes. Needless to say, I will not try that again! My backside is still pretty sore today. ----So if anybody out there is as dumb as me and thinks they will try bowling in their tennis shoes, take my advice and DON’T! (And always listen to you spouse).