Monday, January 31, 2011

Mr. Over-Accommodating Gets His Due (or does he?)

Do you have a family member who is always telling people what you are up to - encouraging people to come along or to try whatever you are trying???

I prefer to keep my whereabouts/activities on the DL.

Everyone does not always need to know what we are doing or where we are going. That kind of thing drives me nuts as when I'm away I prefer not to feel like I have to entertain people or be responsible for their happiness.

A few weeks ago I got a call asking what hotel we would be staying at on an upcoming trip. I wondered how this person knew about it - until it was mentioned that Mr. Over-Accommodating said something. When I'm all grungy and grumpy at the breakfast bar, I prefer not to be noticed - grrrrrrrrrrr

Well, then there was the awkwardness that was yesterday. Mr. O-A encouraged someone else to go to an event we were going to; He no sooner did this than the individual turned to him and asked if he could sleep on the floor in our hotel room the nights we would be there. Instead of saying there would not be much room - usually we are stepping over crap between a boatload of juggling props and our luggage filling every available floor space - instead of saying that- he turns to me and asks me in front of this individual what I thought about it - could the guy stay on the floor in our room? I did the next best thing - turned to Mr. O-A and said it was up to him. It was fun watching him stumble over his words...

And maybe a lesson has been learned. Nah, I doubt it...

Do you have a Mr. Over-Accommodating in your family too???

**all parties involved in this post are really sweet people - it's just the over-yapping that is leading to my frustrations!!!**

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday TV Viewing: Eating Nuts, Berries, Cutting Back on Sex - Plus Dateline

Yesterday was a busy day, if you count going back to bed on my day off after VC went to school. Got up at 10:00 which meant I was in time to check out Dr. Oz.

If you didn't get a chance to see it, he featured a semi-hot yogi who was amazingly chilled, which has just about convinced me that I need to take up yoga (again) and begin trying to limit my consumption of processed food. That said, I came home from $175 in grocery shopping with a cart chock full of processed food last night :-(

One super-interesting tidbit that he felt was also a great way to restore health: cutting back on sex to preserve your energy! Dr. Oz vehemently disagreed but I could tell the audience member they had on stage was on the fence and willing to try his yoga sex-substitution move instead.

I'm not sure there is much truth to this theory, not by my own practice, but by looking at Charlie Sheen!!

Dude seems to have plenty of energy despite his frolicking daily with pRon stars...err, scratch that, the briefcase of cocaine may have had something to do with it.

Anyway, my life is long overdue for a healthy overhaul and I may check out his book. People who practice yoga and this type of lifestyle - which focuses on getting rid of possessions <--- love the thought of that - too much time is spent on maintaining crap- tend to seem to so calm and content.

Then last night I stayed up to watch Dateline: Written in Blood - one of the most interesting episodes they've ever aired. Did you watch it?? Do you think the son did it? I've been reading the message boards and many are thinking that the friend Dale was the one who did it and that the word in blood may have been "Dale." That ones gonna be on my mind for a while...

Watched any good shows lately? Cut back on sex or eating berries? Do share...

P.S. Question regarding blog layout: Do you think I should revamp the layout so that it is more along the lines of my wordpress blog - or do you like it in all it's blue and orange glory??? Please be honest *I can take it*

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This Post is Not Intended to Be Catty

...especially since this button was posted on the site of a very sweet blogger, who I've never met in person, but she does come across as sweet...

But I just wanted to suggest that raising money for your wedding via a chip-in button may not be the way to go. This is the end result. The button was still up on her blog AFTER the wedding. This is why you will never see a chip-in or PayPal button on my site. I prefer to dole out my valuable insight ;-) for frees....
*Honest Check: Fine, maybe the reason I don't have a button up is that I can barely get anyone to read it even for free*

Wondering how far $2 can go these days? Perhaps it might cover a small bag of rice, or maybe a matchstick pack?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Feeling Very Generic!

As part of the lengthy application process (BTW, I'm going ahead and applying to the second school too - they called me back and seem like kinder, gentler folks- plus their rate for gradation from the program is significantly higher) --

Anyway, part of the process is that I need to get in 6 Observation Hours. So on Friday I did about 4 hours. The girl who I was observing was super-busy the entire time, working on 2 patients at once. I don't want to go into any specifics about the place due to confidentiality.

I returned yesterday to get in my remaining 2 hours and when I showed up - she asked me what exercises we had been working on the last time she saw me and went to look up my file...-

She had assumed I was one of the patients!!!!! Of course, she was totally embarrassed when I pointed out who I was.

But it left me thinking, am I really that generic looking/unmemorable that I could be forgotten from Friday to Monday after we had extensive interaction for close to 4 hours???

Very perplexing/sobering....

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Reach for the Stars

I took this photo today of VC on our swing set. Even a teenager can appreciate the joy that comes from trying to swing as high as you can!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Me, Today

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Update on yesterday's post. I decided to take a little advice from both sides: those that said Go For It and those that said not to stress myself out further and maybe take a class or two and apply next year.

I called my old high school this morning and they said they could get the transcripts out in the 10:00 AM mail. I didn't even go into whether or not they would be willing to ship Fed Ex if I arranged for shipment. These are no-nonsense Jerseyans after all!!!! Then I called back my college and suggested they too send regular mail and I'll have my fingers crossed that both arrive on Monday.

If not, I shall take it as a sign to take my time and start fulfilling the few course requirements I'm missing after meeting with a counselor. A benefit of that is that I will be able to get my foot in the door and see if I enjoy the school enough to continue on. It is smack dab in the middle of downtown, not the most convenient when it comes to parking or commuting. I'm also curious why the graduation rate for the program is only 57% - when only 30 are accepted. Puzzling.

In the meantime I'm going to apply to the second college that is much farther away, but a more pleasant drive out toward the "country."

My mind is cleared and after another night of no sleep and drippy coughing and awaking to a huge pile of tissues beside my bed, that is exactly what I need....

Come Monday I'll find out if any of the transcripts arrived and will proceed from there, the next step being to beg the student records folks for a copy I can attach to my application. I hate groveling but if it needs to be done, so be it.

It has been very difficult trying to reach the "contact person" at the department. She had neither returned any calls nor emails. And she is the one who will be collecting everything and checking to see that everyone's application is in order. That does not give me good vibes. It is an unusual application process and one would think they would have someone easily available to contact. That is sooooo not the case.

Well, enough boring you with my life. Tell me something happy going on in your life!!!

P.S. I hate it when bloggers make a P.S. apologizing for not visiting blogs because obviously they had time to write the P.S. , but that's just what I'm gonna have to do until I get myself back on track....Thanks for understanding :-)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Seeking Your Advice

It has been an exhausting week. I am literally running myself ragged and practically coughed up a lung yesterday (or at least something along the lines of that - I won't explain further in case you are eating.)

Anymucus, my test results made it into the "advanced" category. The hour and a half practice paid off and I aced the english and algebra sections, but absolutely tanked on the science questions, since the topics were so random and technical ranging from biology to the periodic table (chemistry) to possibly physics. It was pretty much a guessing game. But, my overall test score was in the 87th percentile, meaning 13% who took the test did better than me and 86% did worse...

There is an extensive checklist to apply to this program and it is all due on Monday. When I realized my college transcripts had still not arrived, I panicked - I called one college and they are supposedly on their way, but the other college said they never received my request, which was mailed via the USPS. hmmmm...really?...

I spent three hours today trying to figure out how to get Fed-Ex to pick up the package from the school in NJ and deliver it to the new school (at my cost: $32 for a friggin' letter)...

That was all arranged and then I read the requirements closer and I was supposed to send my H.S. transcripts as well - which I didn't dooooo!!!!

My options are to call and beg the high school to arrange for an overnight delivery - or forget it all and wait 'til next year.

Closer inspection of entry requirements shows acceptance it is based on the highest ranking test scores (that's it). Last year there were 120 applicants for the 30 spots and this year even more are anticipated.

Odds are at least 30 people have surpassed my test score in which case scrambling around like a lunatic as I have been doing - between taking the 3-1/2 hour test, doing observation hours on my days off and contacting FedEx <---------- if I ever have to work with them anytime soon just shoot me now.

My question for you: Wait til next year and re-apply, at which time I will be another year closer to death- or continue on as I am doing and be hospitalized by Monday. Nah, but you get the point. If I do the first option I can always take a class or two that is required before I start the program assuming I can get accepted next year.

I'm also looking into another school over an hour away that has the same program but they have yet to get a reply back to my emails or call...Not a good sign.

I'm worn out and wearing myself thin and had to visit the doctor before work to get antibiotics which caused me to be late for work so I was sweatin' that too.

Project "Improve Carma" has hit a snag. Chances are I will either be depressed I didn't go all out to get the HS transcripts- or relieved that I can take my belly dance class as planned tomorrow and not have to drive downtown at night to attend an info session on a program I probably won't get accepted into anyway....

And it's not even a matter of getting the transcripts to them. I would also need to visit the school to get them to make a copy for me after they are scanned in the system, not knowing what time they will all arrive - and you know school bureaucracy.

WWYD, my friends???

Monday, January 17, 2011

Will Ricky Gervais Ever Work in Hollywood Again?

What did you think of his hosting the Golden Globes last night? I'm not sure that dissing A-Listers or even C-Listers like Tim Allen is gonna get you too far....

As much as I've liked him in the past, I thought it was a cringeworthy hosting job. He started out by bashing "Saint" Angelina and Johnny Depp's movie and then moved onto a crass comment about wiping the butt and putting in the teeth of the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press, when as far as we know he could in fact have false teeth (he is up there in years) ...if looks could kill...

Then the rude comment about Robert Downey Jr. (one of my superfaves) spending time in jail, BLECH. So glad he did't miss a beat firing back at Ricky, same with Tom Hanks coming to the defense of Tim Allen by saying that he remebered when Ricky used to be fat and nice to people. OUCH.

What did you think of the show? and Did Katey Segal have some "work" done????

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crazy Dog T's: A Review

Taking a break from my non-existent test prep, I wanted to post a review of site that I've ordered from before - and it is T-errific!!! (sorry, couldn't resist :-o )

Last year for his birthday, I got VC this fun T:

Not necessarily the most PC, but it is a BIG hit at school :D

[unrelated: Have you seen Weird Al Yankovic's video for "Amish Paradise?" Check youtube. Got that song running through my head after VC played it the other day again...]

If you are not familiar with Crazy Dog T-shirts, it is the number one source online for funny t shirts and vintage shirts that help you stand out and get noticed. Founded in 2004 the t-shirt empire offers custom shirts in Rochester, NY. They provide customers with a variety of cool t-shirts and crazy shirts.

Here's one of VC's current faves:

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It looks like the folks at Crazy Dog iron about as much as I do ;-) Kidding!! I can attest that these shirts are seriously soft and hang so well ironing is not necessary (at least not for me).

At their sister site, Nacho Mama Tee's, you can find some of the best offensive t shirts around. But if offensive is not your thing, there are many other awesome shirts, like this awesome shirt:

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Founded in 2004 the t-shirt giant offers funny shirts which include chuck norris shirts, hangover t shirts and zombie tshirts. And everybody loves a chuck norris shirt!!

Oh, I should also mention that each site offers a $6.99 daily T-shirt special - can't beat that price!!

full disclosure: I received product for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was made. The opinions contained herein are my own :-)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Getting Cold Feet

Well, I was all set to get the testing over with today - until I got the call this morning that the test I need is not offered on Fridays. So I made the mistake of doing some more research online - come to find out is it a test similar to the SATs where test prep is required-- if you want to pass it. I called B&Noble and the $45 study guide book is not in stock, which means I'm SOL when it comes to preparing.

Here are a few sample questions I found online:

1. Two cyclists start biking from a trail's start 3 hours apart. The second cyclist travels at 10 miles per hour and starts 3 hours after the first cyclist who is traveling at 6 miles per hour. How much time will pass before the second cyclist catches up with the first from the time the second cyclist started biking?

A. 2 hours
B. 4 ½ hours
C. 5 ¾ hours
D. 6 hours
E. 7 ½ hours

2. Jim can fill a pool carrying buckets of water in 30 minutes. Sue can do the same job in 45 minutes. Tony can do the same job in 1 ½ hours. How quickly can all three fill the pool together?

A. 12 minutes
B. 15 minutes
C. 21 minutes
D. 23 minutes
E. 28 minutes

3. Mary is reviewing her algebra quiz. She has determined that one of her solutions is incorrect. Which one is it?

A. 2x + 5 (x-1) = 9, x = 2
B. p - 3(p-5) = 10, p = 2.5
C. 4 y + 3 y = 28, y = 4
D. 5 w + 6 w - 3w = 64, w = 8
E. t - 2t - 3t = 32, t = 8

4. When the chromosomes line up in mitosis this is known as which phase?

A. Telophase
B. Anaphase
C. Metaphase
D. Prophase

5. Which cellular organelle contains enzymes that are considered digestive?

A. Golgi Apparatus
B. Lysosomes
C. Nucleus
D. Ribosomes

6. Organs repair themselves through a process of?

A. Meiosis
B. Mitosis
C. Cellular differentiation
D. Transformation

7. Which of the following is considered a model for enzyme action?

A. Lock and Key model
B. Enzyme interaction model
C. Transformation model
D. Transcription model

8. Which of the following statements about enzymes is not true?

A. Enzymes are catalysts.
B. Almost all enzymes are proteins.
C. Enzymes operate most efficiently at optimum pH.
D. Enzymes are destroyed during chemical reactions.

I may as well take my $30 test fee and FLUSH IT DOWN THE F*ING TOILET!!

Why couldn't the question be something like what were the names of the strippers Charlie Sheen was partying with in Vegas or which Broadway star is alleged to be a cross dresser???


Have a fabulous weekend :-) Be glad you do not have test on Monday. Hey, I may not have one either after I back out!!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

And I Still Haven't Found (What I'm Lookin' For)

Yeah, so I've been a little MIA lately. If you are a regular reader of this blog (bless you) you will recall that about every 4 months I get a hankering to go back to school to make something of my life.

Well, it's happened in a bad way. And this time I have a deadline. A DEADLINE!!!! of January 24th. By then I should have jumped through all sorts of hoops and dotted all the dots and submitted my application to see if I will be one of the 30 students accepted into a full-time program at a local community college.

It's a lot harder these days to get accepted than in the old days when you only had to fill out an application and then show up.

And on top of that, I have to take a test, which includes algebra- before I can even have my application reviewed.

It is a standardized test and I've spent some time looking online for practice tests, which only served the purpose of scaring the crap out of me and convincing me that I will not pass the test.

Hence, I am going to take the test before completing any more steps. I'm nothing if not efficient. Remember I've been out of school 20+ years!!! The last math I took was calculus II when I got my bachelor's degree so it's been a long while since algebra.

If I do not pass the test I will have a good excuse to return to being my lazy blogging/tweeting self since hey, I made the effort to apply - it's just that I did not get accepted.

Tomorrow I call and schedule the test.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Recital Recap

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I had hoped to post lots of pics today from the recital but after installing the new PC over the weekend I'm still missing some software - and Photobucket is acting all wonky. Here are the few pics that I was able to upload:


That's me on the right...
and here I am before the recital.


The recital went well - I messed up slightly on one dance but hopefully nobody noticed :-O

I'll try and post a few more pics when I get things back up and running computer-wise. We are snowed in and everything is at a standstill.

Oh, but VC's party went SO WELL on Saturday. Yep, the party was the afternoon of my recital. It is either all or nothing around here. Total of 8 kids at the house running around like lunatics. I picked up some party blowers against VC's wishes - but one thing I've noticed is that big kids love to act like little kids and let loose and between those and the inflatable things that you hit together to make noise the kids had a blast playing pool, ping pong and other fun stuff. It just made my day to see him so happy :-) Can't believe that I am now the mom of a 15 year old!!! GAH!

Stay warm and cozy and hopefully I'll be able to post some more pictures soon...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lookin' Fine at 92 (or 90)

Since the Ted Williams Golden Voice Homeless Man video has now gone viral, you've probably already heard his voice and seen his transformation, but have you seen his mom?

It cracks me up because in the first video clip I saw of her - instead of being ecstatic about her son's new found fame she was kinda dissing him for all his mistakes since the other half of the family was "college educated" and full of success stories and then she goes on to say, "and he thinks I'm 92 - I'm not 92-I'm 90!"

In the more recent videos she is more grateful and has also had a makeover and lemme tell you she looks darn good for 92 or 90!! As my African American buddy always says, "Black Don't Crack." Being that I am glow-in-the dark white, I'm already preparing for lots of cracking....The Clarisonic and moisturizing lotions are working overtime....

Here she is:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pity Party Update

People have started to RSVP!!!! I swear I am extra-sensitive when it involves VC. I remember as a kid not having many parties and the year we planned a big party for my birthday there was a blizzard so only 2 friends came. The two who came remember it years later as one just mentioned it on FB, but still....

Oh, and I made the long cold drive to the distant location for dance rehearsal by myself. And I got there and realized I had left my purse and cell phone at home. Genius!!! The two girls who slighted me (although I don't think they realized it) were sure looking for my attention though, first for a an opinion on makeup and then to discuss their hair styles. Funny how that works....

Do you ever feel that you never REALLY know who your friends are. Maybe sometimes I am easily suckered in....Let me rephrase that, I am ALWAYS SUCKERED IN. I try to be friendly and find out a lot about people and show an interest. I guess sometimes that can backfire.

This sad news article made me take pause as I have many more invisible friends than I do the handful of real life friends. I trust you guys would pick up the phone and call 9-1-1 for me as I would do for you.
Rest assured, if I think you guys are in danger I'm hopping in the Element and headed to save your A$$!!!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Table For One: I'm Having a Pity Party!

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Do you ever feel like people see you as completely irrelevant considering the way they treat you??? This happens a lot to me and part of it is probably what MB refers to as my "meekness." Heck even one of my own parents refuses to acknowledge my presence and well, you know about the holidays....

There have been a couple things so far this week that have me planning my own pity party. First, I have been waiting for a prize for almost 2 years now. It is something really special to me as it is artwork, and I've been waiting patiently yet periodically "poking" the giver (in a nice way), and said giver PROMISED I would have it for Christmas. Guess what? Nothing.

Tonight is the rehearsal for my recital on Saturday. Normally a few of us carpool together since the location is remote and about a 50 minute drive at night. So I cheerfully sent out a message: "Do you guys want to drive together tomorrow?" to two of my buddies. Ends up it appears they were already planning on going together and that they didn't want to wait around since I am doing a dance they are not doing and it might mean they would have to stay longer at the rehearsal. Many witty quips were exchanged via FB, but I gotta say it hurt my feelings :-( If it was me I would have stayed an extra half hour - or even a full hour or more - for them....

On Sat I'm having a small party for VC. He has only had a handful of parties in his life so I wanted to make it special and yet I am left hunting down RSVP's. UGH.

Am I being overly sensitive? I know I am. But sometimes I just gotta let it out....Do you feel like a unimportant lump sometimes too??

Sunday, January 2, 2011

It's All About the Jaw

Every time I log onto my Yahoo! mail page today I am graced with this picture of two UFC fighters:

It occurred to me that although they are not good looking in a traditional sense, their jaw lines make them HOT!!! Maybe it's due to my advanced age ;-) that I am not around men with strong jaws anymore. More like several floppy curves in succession.

While I'm on the topic of Yahoo! mail, does anybody know how to change how my name appears when I send a message. I've tried to do it and all I have succeeded in doing is changing the way the name appears when I log on as it now says "Hello, C!" Not the result I had intended. The mail is linked to my AT&T account and I've tried to go through there to do it but was also unsuccessful.

The reason I need to make the change is that I've been trying to sell something relatively expensive on Craigslist and have been met with several suspicious emails where the emailer seems to be trying to hook me into replying so they can get my email address. I do not want them to see my name or then they can look it up online and come to my house to stab me.

Any help would be appreciated.

Hope that your New Year is off to a good start and that you are surrounded by strong jaws....
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