baby squirrel rescue
September 6, 2010

At dusk I was wrapping up some yardwork when I heard a little squealing noise coming from my driveway I walked over, just next to a big oak tree and saw 2 baby squirrels had fallen out of the tree. They were probably about 3-4 weeks old, laying flat on my drive way looking scared, shaky, and tired :(

One of the babies had sustained an injury, it looks like he had broken his leg and had a little bit of blood on the tip of his mouth and he was squealing at me, loudly. The other baby was very cute and shaky so I warmed him up in my hand a little bit.

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Then I figured it was best to place them at the base of the tree and hope their mother would come for them. I know typically the mother squirrels will come back pretty quickly or not at all. And you never know if she will reject the injured one.

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I placed them both on the tree where they sunk in their little claws and held on for dear life waiting for her. They were squealing loudly and making desperate calls to her, it was kinda sad :(

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I didn't want to keep going out to check on them, but it was getting closer to dark and getting colder outside. About 1/2 hour later I went out and saw them still clung to the tree shivering. No signs of mama anywhere. I was getting a little worried that they could get too cold..so I went inside, took and old shoebox, filled up an empty water bottle with hot water and wrapped a towel around it. I placed them in the warm box under the tree still hoping their mama would come rescue them before coyotes or some other critters get to them.

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I waited an hour this time to go back out and check. It was dark and they were still there in the box shivering and still crying for their mama. I knew at this point she wasn't coming back...and if i left them there they would have starved, froze, or got eaten by an owl or some other prey...well I couldn't let that happen....so I quick grabbed a dog crate lined it with towels and a heating pad and I brought the babies in for the night. I first tried to get their body temps back up a bit leaving them on the heating pad for a while.

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Then I bathed them trying to remove fleas and other clingy parasites as best as I could. I cleaned up the blood spots with a cotton ball and then I put some neosporin on their open wounds.When I pinched the skin on their bellies I could see it didn't snap back which meant they were dehydrated....so I mixed a quart of warm water with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt to try to rehydrate them. They both took the drink, suckling on the syringe. This made me very happy. I repeated this every 4 hours throughout the night. I also read online that you have to help baby squirrels eliminate b/c they don't do it on their own... so I took some wet tissues and gently rubbed the area to help them stimulate out some waste. To my surprise, it actually worked.

By the next morning the one with the crooked leg was doing a lot better. He was a good color and he latched on to me as I fed him some baby food. The other little guy though was in rougher shape. Overnight he had a little blob of pink insides hanging out of his stomach. He wouldn't take any food and was crying and all bloody on the stomach area.

I knew they needed medical attention, and there was no way the mother would take them back now with all the injuries....Luckily I found a vet nearby who does wildlife rehabbing and if I could get to his office in an hour he said he would take them.

I drove the babies out to his office and he had me hold the one up by it's tail while he inspected the stomach injury. He thought it was a hernia from the umbilical chord and was going to anestheize him and patch it up. He said both squirrels seemed otherwise healthy. He agreed to keep them, patch them up, and rehab them until they could be released back into the wild.

I said my goodbye to the little mates who I got just a tad attached to overnight playing surrogate squirrel mama to them, and wished them well. I knew they were in much more capable hands now. I knew I was not equipped to care for 2 orphaned baby squirrels, with a full time job and while I have my hands full with Miss Plummy, who is a full time job all of her own.

I was sad to leave them though, but I felt good about helping them through the night. If I left them outside in the cold with injuries they most surely would have died. I think maybe I'm even with mother nature now for having to kill those slugs the other week....

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Healthcare Reform - Happy the Bill Passed or Not So Much?
March 22, 2010

I for one am hoping for a repeal that will exempt individuals from being required to purchase insurance and exempt employers from having to offer this substandard govt health care to their staff when there is already great coverage in place.

Don't get me wrong....I think it's great for people who don't have insurance and need it, but I do not think it's fair to make people who don't need it or want it have to pay for it.

My awesome company currently pays 100% of my health care so how does this help me if the government takes that away??

The higher taxes that employers will be imposed with will make it impossible for them to continue doing that.

So yea this totally sucks from my perspective, a huge loss of benefit.

I'm about to buy my first house and the last thing I need is to pay even MORE taxes and have less net income. The gov't is already sticking me for 40% of my gross salary. How is a person supposed to get ahead when close to half of their earnings are being stolen each week?

What is your opinion?

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'tis the season
November 30, 2009

The new Grinch header is live..

Christmas music has been loaded into the playlist for your enjoyment ----->

And I have visions of Sugar Plum's dancing in my head.

It's gonna be a great holiday season..I can feel it in my bones.

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Perfect Gift for Dog Lovers
November 27, 2009

Forget Black Friday battling long lines, angry store clerks and crowded shopping malls. I have the perfect holiday gift for the dog lover in your life and I guarantee you they will cherish it forever, plus you never have to leave the comfort of your own couch.

The very talented Mary Beth, one of our Curly Tail volunteers and resident painters donates her extremely creative and fantastic talent by painting custom dog portraits. MB truly has a gift for capturing the personality and unique spirit of her subjects.

Here are just a few samples of her work, the photo on the left and painting on the right:

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For the low cost of $52.00 (includes shipping) any pampered pet's picture can be captured in a unique way for all to see!!!

Just email your dog photos and MB will paint a one of a kind forever keepsake. She paints all breeds and has graciously agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds to the rescue pugs!

Check out MB's phenomenal talent at the link below and order yours today!!

http://www.curlytailpugrescue.org/Home/pug-portraits

I will be ordering one of the Sausage for myself!

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dog stuff
November 22, 2009

Just a few fun dog-related items to pass on today.

First my latest iPhone app - Pedigree's Shake and Bark. You take a picture of your dog, or any dog and then record them barking and save. Now anytime you want you can shake your phone and see their picture and hear them barking. So fun.

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Also in my travels I stumbled onto the funniest little novelty item for the dog lover on your holiday shopping list this year. Get this.... Puppy's Breath Candles!
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It's a candle that actually smell like a real puppy's breath. Now, if only I could find a place that sells waxy pug ear candles, my life would be complete.

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white wooly
October 15, 2009

Hmmmm, in all my years of tracking the weather patterns of the wooly bugger caterpillar I've never come across a completely white one before...until now!

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I'm not even sure what this means but given that it's snowing here in the northeast today on October 15th...I'd have to say we are probably in for a wicked white winter....good, maybe I'll get to do some skiing this year!

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Charlotte's Web
August 27, 2009

I have Charlotte A. Cavatica living outside my back door. She's spun a web in my entrance way and planted her egg sac just above the trim. Each night she comes out to weave her web, kill mosquitoes, and tend to her modus operandi.

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Here is the egg sac holding her babies.
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It's so entertaining to watch her work, one morning I think I may walk outside and find some cool words spun into the web...like "Humble", "Radiant" or "Some Pug".

It makes me kind of sad to know when her eggs hatch she will wither. Such is the circle of life.

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the sweetest nectar is within
June 16, 2009

LITONYA: is the Indian name for "darting hummingbird."
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The Hummingbird animal totem is a messenger of hope and jubilation.

According to Native Americans, Hummingbirds are signs of:
• energy • vitality • joy • renewal • healing • persistence • peace • infinity • agility • playfulness •loyalty • affection

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol - further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity.

By observing the Hummingbird, we see they are seemingly tireless, always actively seeking the sweetest nectar. They remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day.

Amazing migrators, some Hummingbirds are known to wing their way as far as 2000 miles to reach their destination. This quality reminds us to be persistent in the pursuit of our dreams and adopt the tenacity of the Hummingbird in our lives.

The Hummingbird's most important message:
"The sweetest nectar is within!"

So that should explain the new header.

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Swine flu
April 28, 2009

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Last report I heard was up to 45 swine flu cases in a NYC school. Some of the infected students said they had recently returned from a spring break trip to Mexico where the outbreak has killed more than 100 people.

swineflu.jpgAccording to the CDC the virus is not spread by food. You can't get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. You get it the same way seasonal flu viruses spread via human to human contact.

The news in NYC sent hundreds of people scrambling to their nearest Duane Reade's today for face masks and local hospitals have seen a surge of people get checked out while Mayor Bloomberg urged people not to panic but advised them to stay home from school or work and call a doctor if they have flulike symptoms.

I don't know how much we need to be concerned or not but the US government is taking it seriously enough to declare a public health emergency. I wonder if it's worse than what they are telling us. And I do wonder how it is that humans are able to contract a disease that typically affects pigs. Any type of zoonotic disease always seems highly suspicious to me.

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Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)
April 16, 2009

A friend of mine passed this along and I thought it was pretty awesome. Check it out.

More than 200 dancers were performing there version of "Do Re Mi", in the Central Station of Antwerp. with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of march 2009, 08:00 AM. It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of "The Sound of Music".

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You Don't Know Jack
April 2, 2009

Cookie's back!

With one of my favorite computer games ever now in flash.

Enjoy.



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just fer fun
March 11, 2009

Did you know there are a number of web page translators out there that will actually translate your website into different languages? Just for fun I wanted to see what my content would look like in a variety of vernaculars. Some are kind of funny.

Redneck Click on the link then click the Dialectize button.

Jive This one works best on my Cobra Subsidy entry. Also I like how Jive translates "white t shirts saturated in man sweat" to " honky t shirts saturated in joker sweat".

Valley Girl Translates to a lot of "Like" and Totally" words.

For more fun you can go to netdisater and make a myriad of untidy things happen to my site. Just type in my URL and flood pugsplace, enjoy a meteor shower, make a dog poop on my site, have a dinosaur crush me, or run a chainsaw through my head. Come on, you know you have always wanted to. I think my favorite is the cow dung. It has little flies and everything. Please don't do the worms though....that one freaks me out.

And last but not least, children of the 80's do you remember how much fun Mad libs were to play with your friends? You see even back then I was a word girl enjoying my word games. My favorite games to play were Mad libs, word association, and scrabble. And when I play cranium with my friends I still want the word scramble category but my team mates never pick them. Blast.

Check out www.elibs.com for a flashback of laughs. I just created the following story by plugging a few choice words into their template proving that even now, lo these many years Mad libs still make me laugh.

Bad Trip

One night I was riding my Pickle, it was so Balls! When we got back to the forest I took off my thong because I was so runny, soo runny that I turned on the washing machine. Just hearing that swoosh made me feel fun. I couldn't control myself from going out and panting my whole Led Zeppelin over and over again, but just as I was about to drip Jimmy Page I woke up in a pile of spaghetti and I realized that it was a hot concert of Zeppelin, I screamed Awesome! ! Then I urinated my pants and found a photo of Nick along with some weed. That Is when I was done! I said aloud and that is when police came and arrested me... The End??? Or Was IT???

And that wraps up today's lesson in cyber fun and games. Tomorrow I could show you the virtual makeover site where you can upload your head onto the hair and body of different celebrities to see what looks best suit you. And I can state emphatically that my face on Oprah's hair and body does absolutely nothing for me, other than generate a lot of laughs.

Man I hope I land a good job soon. Clearly I have way too much "geek out on the computer" time on my hands.

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COBRA Subsidy and thoughts on the Stimulus plan
March 3, 2009

To anyone who has lost their job recently and is currently paying COBRA premiums out their wahzoo's, take note:

On Feb. 26th the IRS issued a news release outlining information for employers regarding the new COBRA Subsidy.

As part of the$ 787 billion Stimulus Plan , $24.7 billion will be allocated to provide a 65 percent subsidy of health care insurance premiums for the unemployed under the COBRA program.

Here is the composition of the Act:

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It means workers who have lost their jobs may qualify for a 65 percent subsidy for COBRA health insurance premiums for themselves and their families for up to nine months.

Eligible workers will only have to pay 35 percent of the premium to their former employers.

This is really good news for someone like myself for example. The new act will take my monthly health insurance payment of $400 down to $142. I'm not sure why it's only 9 months though when COBRA goes to 18 months, but I guess half is better than none.

The way it will work is the employers must treat the 35 percent payment by eligible former employees as full payment, but the employers are entitled to a credit for the other 65 percent of the COBRA cost on their payroll tax returns.

That is some swift finagling and creative accounting by the chiefs in charge.

To qualify, a worker must have been involuntarily separated between Sept. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009. This subsidy phases out for individuals whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $125,000 or $250,000 for those filing joint returns. Taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income exceeding $145,000, or $290,000 for those filing joint returns, do not qualify for the subsidy.

Employers have up to 60 days from March 1st to notify former employees of their qualifying status and if eligible, of their reduced premiums. The reduction is supposed to be retroactive back to the date of separation.

I can't believe I'm going to type this but.... thanks President Obama! You are starting to grow on me. I wonder if McCain would have implemented a recovery / relief plan as quickly had he gotten elected instead.

What else do we think is good or bad about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?

Looking at the staggering numbers I do worry that we may be getting in even deeper, or just robbing Peter to pay Paul.

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the flick, the tap, and the pinch
December 10, 2008

The topic today is the Black Berry versus the iPhone.

iphonevsstorm.jpg If you're more the business than just-for-fun type I think you're a Black Berry person. But if you're a creative techie type then I think you are an iPhone.

My problem (as my Myers Briggs test can confirm) is that I am a rare combination of both creative and analytical technical, which at times like now when courting new electronic gadgets can cause me to become a bit indecisive.

Here's the deal: My current BlackBerry 8703 that I've had for the last 2 years, while it has served me well in both personal and professional situations has become something of a relic. It doesn't even have a camera on the phone to take mobile pictures. *Gasp*!!

My 2 year contract with Sprint is almost up and I'll be free to make the move to AT&T which is the carrier for iPhone or Verizon which is the carrier for the new BlackBerry Storm 9500 - the first touch screen BlackBerry.

In the making of the Storm, it seems the developers have taken everything that's good about previous BlackBerry phones and made a full-on touch screen model to compete with the IPhone.

But does it?

The IPhone has all the bells and whistles, it's fancy and jazzy. Its all stream lined and lightweight... not a big clunker like some of the Black Berry models. Perhaps the biggest appeal to me for the iPhone is the Multi-touch controls. For me, it is all about the flick, tap, and pinch screen navigation.

There is no doubt that for surfing the web, downloading video, and taking pictures, iPhone is the way to go. But what about all the other functions at the core of my mobile phone usage and at the root of Black Berry's strengths:

• Email
• Text
• Phone
• GPS

Does the iPhone compete in these areas?

One negative I am aware of about the Storm (and this is an important one to me) while it boasts multi screen navigation technology don't be fooled into thinking it has the same functionality as the iPhone, because it doesn't.

The Storm does not have the same kind of "pinch to zoom" multi-touchfeature as the iPhone..... and that's the best part!

The multi-touch on the Storm seems to only apply to the cut-and-paste technology. Which is disappointing. I could be loyal to the Black Berry brand if only it measured up in this area.

My feeling is if I'm gonna upgrade and be locked into another 2 year situation - I want something that does it all:
I want the flick, the tap, AND the pinch!

It sounds a lot like a lesson one could give as to the proper progression of oral sex on a female. Doesn't it? If you think about it, it's the same formula. I know you ladies out there know of what I speak.....and if I may, that Steven Jobs is one brilliant innovator!

I guess what it comes down to for me is that I want all the jazz without sacrificing any of the functionality.

Which one would you choose?

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Christmas gift ideas
December 9, 2008

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With so many people out of work and the economy so poor, no doubt our regular Christmas gifting will be cut back this year. And maybe that is a good thing! I personally think Christmas giving has gotten out of hand and somewhere along the lines it's become about SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, and the true meaning of Christmas has gotten kinda, lost.

I don't know about you but of all the presents I have received over the years, it's always been the inexpensive or homemade with love gifts that have meant the most to me anyway. So, I've come up with a quick list of ten gift giving ideas that don't have to break the bank, but your friends and family will still love.

Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments of this entry, with only 2 weeks to go, we are getting down to the wire and could used more suggestions..

1. If you're crafty and you can make something: Jar it. Can it. Wrap it. Sew it. Quilt it. Place it in a pretty basket and decorate with fancy ribbons and bows and trim, trim, trim.

2. Got Photos? Search for special photos of loved ones and then frame it with an exquisite photo frame or if you have time create a scrapbook!

3. Do you have a dog lover on y our Xmas list this year? Buy them the Story of Edgar Sawtelle and on the inside sleeve write "to ______ and the name of their dog!" Trust me, dog lovers will relish this book.

4. Burn CD's of someone on your list's favorite music, or DVD of their favorite movies! Got kids and a camcorder? Make home movies and give the DVD's as gifts to their grand parents!

5. Baked goods and sweets are always a hit! Especially when paired with a nice keepsake. Get creative. For instance:

    Take a wire whisk and fill it with Hershey's kisses. Put some cellophane over it and a ribbon. Print out a nice recipe and attach. You can also buy the ingredients for something simple like sugar cookies and mix the dry ingredients together and separate into cute little bags...print recipe and attach to bag with cookie cutter..

6. Go to any craft store and pick up some little wooden sleds (very inexpensive). Paint them and decorate any color (blue or white could be used throughout winter, rather than just at Christmas) and then fill them with a bunch of goodies:

  • Small Yankee candle (3.7oz jar)

  • Home made peanut butter cups

  • Home made cookies (various assortment)

  • Cocoas (individual packets)

  • A few scratch tickets

  • Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks gift card

  • Mini bottle of wine or spirits

7. If you have a grandmother who passed away and left behind a bunch of wonderful recipes you could typeset them all into books and give to family members. The cost is little more than time and copying or printing on your own computer. Pages can be bound cheaply enough at Office Depot, Kinko's, or any copy store.

8. eBay - If you have the time and patience you can find something for everyone here. Something unique and special and if you bid correctly you'll get a heck of a deal. You have to be on the ball with it though....I am the annoying bidder who sweeps in at the last 8 seconds of the auction with the highest proxy bid!

9. Go collect pine boughs and pine cones and use them to make ornaments, and use leftover tree trimmings to make wreaths.

10. Last but not least -- nothing can beat the sweet feeling of reading a handmade Christmas card with heartfelt and personal good wishes to your friends and dear ones.

Of course donating to a cause or charity is always important if you are able.

And donating your time to the sick, homeless, and elderly costs nothing and means so much. Not just for them but for you too.

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I rocked it, did you?
November 4, 2008

I voted for the one who I believe is least likely to raise taxes and more likely to get our economy back on track, creating more jobs for slackers like me.
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It's all out of our hands now, at least for another 4 years...

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Election poll
November 2, 2008

With the election just days away, I'm curious....who will get your vote? I think I have a good mix of liberal, conservative, and middle of the road readers here.... so it will be interesting to see how close this universe of voters comes to final result.

Go

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Go Phillies!
October 27, 2008

*****Update*****

They won!!! Wahoooooooooooooooo!! Congrats to the 2008 World Champions!!

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Apologies in advance to my Florida following of readers -- which seems to have increased in recent weeks.

But I just gotta say I am soooo looking forward to seeing the Phillies kick the Devil Ray's ass and send those Cinderella's back home in the pumpkin where they belong.

Just think of everything good that has come out of Philadelphia: the Liberty Bell, Rocky Balboa, Cheese steak!

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Game on.

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Laughter is the best medicine
October 12, 2008


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cell phone safety
September 18, 2008

cellmouth.gifI've been hearing a lot about cell phones and their possible link to cancer. That is because cellular telephones emit radio frequency (RF) energy (radio waves), which is a form of radiation and is under investigation for its effects on the human body.

There have been many debates about whether or not there is a link between the two. I am not here to say one way or the other, though it does make me wonder if it could be the reason why I've been getting a lot more headaches ever since I started using a cell phone. Could be a coincidence, could be not. I am not posting this to deter or scare people from using cell phones as they are obviously a huge part of our day to day society and business culture.

Frankly, I am concerned for myself and my friends. I want everyone to be safe and exercise some precautions. My feeling is since the technology and studies are so new, isn't it better to be safe than sorry?

It's at least important to understand what determines how much RF energy a cellular telephone user experiences. Here is what I know. A cellular telephone user's level of exposure to RF energy depends on several factors, including:

• the number and duration of calls
• the amount of cellular telephone traffic at a given time
• the distance from the nearest cellular base station
• the quality of the cellular transmissions
• how far the antenna is extended
• the size of the handset
• whether or not a hands-free device is used

And here are some safety tips I've dug up from my own research.

CELL PHONE SAFETY TIPS TO MINIMIZE RADIATION EXPOSURE:

1. Minimize cell phone use by keeping calls short and only using for essential calls. Just 2 minutes on a cell phone call has been shown to alter the natural electrical activity of the brain for up to an hour. Limit your cell phone use to the bare minimum. Your cell phone is constantly searching for signals and emitting EMR while you're using it.

2. Use a speaker on your cell phone if possible. Keeping the phone away from the body and head helps minimize exposure to radiation.

3. Limit use of cell phones by children to emergency only. Due to their thinner smaller skulls and developing bodies, radiation can penetrate much more deeply.

4. Avoid wired headsets. Regular wired headsets have been shown to act as an antenna, attracting additional EMFs (ElectroMagnetic Fields) or radiation and concentrating it in the ear canal. Instead get yourself a Blue Tube Headset with an airtube. For more info on airtubes, click here: Air Tube Headset

5. Keep your cell phone out of your pocket and off your belt when on or in use. Body tissue in the lower body area absorbs radiation more quickly than the head. One study shows that men who wear cell phones near their groin are at risk of reduced sperm count by up to 30 percent.

6. Avoid using the cell phone in enclosed metal spaces. Vehicles and elevators may require the device to work harder in establishing a connection. The metal also acts as a Faraday cage, trapping the radiation and reflecting it back upon the occupants.

7. Wait for the call to connect before placing phone next to the ear. More radiation is present during the connection time.

8. Avoid using the phone if the signal strength is down to one bar or less. This means the phone must work harder to establish a connection.

9. Turn off your cell phone when not needed OR keep it a few feet away from your body. There's a dramatic drop-off in radiation exposure for every inch you keep your phone away from your body. Even when not in use, as long as your phone is turned on, it continually emits EMR as it connects to its base station.

10. When purchasing a cell phone, choose one with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate). The SAR level is listed in most phone instruction manuals. SAR is a way of measuring the quantity of radiofrequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body. A lower number equals less absorption.

The following articles from CNET lists the best and worst models and those in between:

10 highest radiation cellphones

10 lowest radiation cellphones

Other radiation levels in cellphones

And with safety in mind...remember to never drive and talk on your cell phone. If the cancer doesn't get you, a car accident could.

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signs
August 28, 2008

The day after Pugsley passed I was sitting outside around dusk near my garden in the Adirondack chair where I tend to do a lot of my thinking and ruminating, searching for answers to all of life's great mysteries. When out of nowhere a little baby tree frog hopped onto my toe. I found this odd because tree frogs do not normally descend to the ground, they stay high in leafy foliage. The first thing I thought is he must have just been born because he was the tiniest little thing. For a brief moment I was angry and sad, as selfish as it sounds at the possibility of new life around me when one so close to mine had just been taken. That icky feeling was quickly replaced by the cuteness of the little amphibian as I recalled the many many times I used to tell Pugsley that he looked like a frog with his big bulgy eyes and the way he sat with frog legs from behind.

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A couple days later I was sitting in my chair again smoking a cigarette, trying to figure out where to go from here and how I would even find the strength to go anywhere. I looked over to my right side and there was the frog again. This time stuck to the white gutter that runs down the west side of my garden. He was inches away from my face and staring intently into my eyes. It kind of freaked me out. Being the part Cherokee Indian that I am, I later came inside and Googled "Tree Frog medicine" to find out what the ancients believe it means when one comes into your life. Here is what it said:

"FROG - Frog is the keeper of the element of Water and the cleansing power of rain on the earth. This also allows Frog to help us by being the caller and cleanser of our emotions. The Frog also brings the message of the fresh start of a new life. It is time to cleanse all around you and create a space for new life to begin."

I don't think it was a coincidence that the frog happened into my life at this exact time of emotional turbulence. I haven't seen him in a couple days but as crazy as it sounds that little messenger of life helped power me through one of those difficult fork-in-the road moments and somehow let me know that all was meant to be and all the wrongs would be made right again, in time.

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Christian the Lion
August 6, 2008

For anyone who doubts that animals have the capacity to feel or that there is a true bond that exists between people and animals; consider this.

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seven dirty words
June 23, 2008

I was so bummed to hear about the recent passing of George Carlin, one of the greatest stand up comedians of our time.

The thing I liked about George was his irreverent humor and the way he pushed the envelope. He pissed a lot of people off from various social, religious, and government groups because he made dark funny and wasn't afraid to poke fun at taboo subjects. He was a maverick of sorts and a pioneer for his time and genre.

Notably George was arrested for disturbing the peace when he performed the following skit, "Seven Dirty Words".

Here are some of my other favorite quotes from his comedic material:

"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things."

"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?"

"Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time."

"If God had intended us not to masturbate he would've made our arms shorter."

"Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist."

"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity."

"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."

"The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept."

RIP George. You will be missed.

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mindless fun..
June 9, 2008

Sausage is laying at my feet resting comfortably. T.G. I am mindlessly surfing the net with no particular destination and stumbled onto this fun little program. The Celebrity look alike collage. Here's how it works. Upload a recent photo of yourself and the software runs a face recognition comparing your facial features to a database of celebs.

I am not sure I agree with all of mine, but here's what I got. You try. Then come back and tell me who you got.

I tried uploading a couple pictures of Pugsley to see his lookalikes [Winston Churchill maybe] but the program didn't recognize him as a matchable face :(

http://www.myheritage.com/celebrity-face-recognition

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mother's day
May 7, 2008

Question, what does everyone get their mothers for mother's day? Or if you are a mom, what would you like to receive?

My mom LOVES chocolate so a trip to the candy store is always a no brainer. But what else can I get besides the same old gift certificates to the salon and her favorites stores?

I'm looking for new ideas this year if anyone would like to share.

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relationship secrets from animal trainers
April 27, 2008

In every relationship there has to be a pack leader but how to we become the "Leader of the Pack" and get the full respect and attention we deserve? Or if we are the subservient, how do allow ourselves to become servile in certain situations while still getting the respect and attention that we crave? It's a slippery slope.

I once took Pugsley to a dog obedience class and what I learned there helped me apply the same basic logic of human dog communication to my very relationships with humans. Learning how to find the perfect balance of affection, consideration, consistency, and control.

Dominance and submission
The fundamental aspects of the dog pack. Knowing when to assert your leadership and when to let go and submit to another's willful control. Sometimes giving in is not a bad thing at all. Sometimes giving up one's control can better the relationship and lay foundation for greater rewards.

Along these lines, in the new book What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage, author Amy Sutherland explains how secrets from animal trainers can help us deal in life and love relationships. Here are 6 genius love-life tips that we could all learn from.

1. Ignore the behavior you don't want. If a trainer asks for a flip but gets a jump, he responds with a head-to-toe poker face, because any reaction reinforces the behavior. So if your mate responds or acts in a way you don't like, it is better to do nothing at that time then jump into the situation, and fuel the fire. For instance, your mates temper flares, and you jump in, generally this only fuels his/her temper. Exercise self-control at moments like this and they will look for new (hopefully positive) ways to get your attention.
2. Accept that some things may never change. "A trainer thinks twice about teaching an animal something that goes against its instinct-good luck getting a raccoon not to wash its food," says Sutherland.
3. Make sure to compliment the behavior you do want. Remember, the bigger the effort he makes, the bigger the reward should be.
4. Don't blame yourself when he behaves badly. Good animal trainers don't take it personally when an animal won't sit and stay-behavior is just behavior. Stop asking why they are doing something to you, and instead ask why they were doing it. Maybe they are doing something because it is easy or makes sense to them, and not because they don't love you.
5. Pick your moments wisely. While at training school, students learn not to work with snakes while they are molting, because the snakes are more likely to bite. The same goes for humans. Don't try and reason with someone when either of you are sick, distracted, tired, hungry or grouchy. If you do, be prepared to get snapped at.
6. Keep your mate happy. Withholding food was once a popular technique with dolphin trainers. Today, however, handlers know that denying the animal does not inspire positive change. "Resist giving the cold shoulder and cutting off affection," says Sutherland. Use positive feedback to inspire positive change.

Try it, it works.

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vote chooser
February 7, 2008

Phew....still trying to recover from most scary dinner last night...here is another interesting political distraction.

A friend of mine sent me this link and thought it would be cool to post. The site asks you 10 questions then pools your answers into a database and tells you which presidential candidate you should vote for in 2008.

http://www.votechooser.com/

Then come back here and post a comment so we can see how accurate it is. And no lying if it doesn't come out the way you want it to..

According to this I should be voting for John McCain.

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Believe
January 16, 2008

Diane over at Pandoras Parlor made this cool new header image for me. Didn't she do an awesome job on the design?

She believes in Pug fairies...

Let me back up....

When I was a little girl I believed that a band of tiny fairies would come dance in my garden at midnight.
I believed there was a whole other race of wee folk, woodland creatures, people of peace, mischief and enchantment.

They were some sort of cross between humans and angels with magical powers. I believed they were living amongst us in a secret society that I longed to be a part of.

Every night I would wait until my family was all asleep in theirs beds and not long after 11:58PM I would sneak outside in my long white cotton nightgown and I'd go poking around the garden with a mini flash light, looking for them. I just really believed they were there... Sometimes I would leave bread or cookies hoping to coax them out of their secret hiding places.

I believed whenever I laughed uncontrollably that it was the fairies ticking my stomach from the inside, out.
I believed in flower fairies, woodland fairies, water fairies, and forest fairies...pixies, nymphs, and banshees...
But then I got older and I forgot that I used to believe..

Until I read A Midsummer Night's Dream for the first time and was totally enthralled and transported back to that time. Only it was set to literature and I couldn't put it down until the story was completely done. It was one of the only stories I've ever felt so compelled to read over and over, it was magical......

And then life things happened and I forgot about my fondness for fairies...

Until the other week when a new reader left me a nice message of hope and prayers for Pugsley.

I went to her blog and was pleasantly shocked to read the following entry:

"Just as young girls dream of dressing as fairy princesses
with gossamer gowns
and iridescent wings ...
Flowers in their hair
And enchantment in their eyes ...
Young pugs dream of being lighter than air
and flitting around the garden
Magically transformed into pug fairies!
And as one who likes to imagine that fairies dance in my garden at midnight ...
Hmmm - isn't it possible that there really are such things as pug fairies?
I think we just need to BELIEVE."

Needless to say, I posted an entry on her blog and we started chatting. I found out she is an artist who makes pug pendants with cool artwork that I would describe as "Victorian Whimsy"....Since I'm not much of a jewelry gal but I loved her artwork I asked her if she would instead create a banner or two for my website. I have Photoshop but don't have a lot of time to design things...and Voila!

It was totally her concept and design. My only request was that the new image have a picture of Pugsley with wings and a king's crown, and the word "believe" in there. She came up with all the rest. I love the scrapbook feel and the way she made us look all vintage..

the magic is in the believing...

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winter
January 10, 2008

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When I came home tonight this little wooly caterpillar was waiting outside my back door. He usually comes around early every winter to let me know what kind of weather is in store. You can tell by looking at his 13 segments (they are said to mimic the 13 weeks of winter) and colors.

This guy is telling me it's going to be a pretty mild winter because the brown band is longer than the black ones.

Also the black bands on his head are smaller than the black bands on his tail which means the first part of the winter will be mild and the last part will be more severe.

So far it is holding true here in the northeast being in the 50's all week and even hitting 60 degrees one day.

These are the sort of things you come to know when you're part Cherokee. I will teach my nephew how to read the wooly when he gets a little bit older, like my father taught me.

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To shop perchance to buy
November 25, 2007

I've decided I'm doing all of my holiday shopping online again this year. Sure there will be those few items I decide to brave the crowds and mall for. There may even be a time during the season the spirit moves me and I want to actually be amongst the ever loving throngs of overworked underpaid deal braving shoppers at the mercy of 4th quarter sales hungry merchants, oh yes there are those days when I do long to be a part of it all but I'm going to shoot for buying the bulk of my gifties this year via the world wide web, aka my couch. More specifically, I'm going to ebay as much as I possibly can. Here's why:

Convenience

You can find the most unique gifts that you simply can't find anywhere else. It's like a virtual flea market, novelty store, mall, brand names, international goods, new, used, vintage, antique, all in one without ever having to leave the creature comforts of your own home. And by creature comforts I mean the pug.


Something for Everyone

For instance, I have a cousin who absolutely loves vintage Asian culture and he also loves to play games. Now the ebay light bulb goes off and I know that for him can go bid on a vintage Mah Jongg set with leather carrying case and Bakelite tiles directly from China. Oh and I love playing Mah Jongg too so it will be something he will totally flip over and it's something we can do together.

Another instance my mom is crazy for Beagle things so on ebay I can find her everything from Beagle Xmas tree ornaments to beagle pajamas, beagle socks, beagle slippers, beagle calendar, there are 9,255 beagle items listed with categories and subcategories for which to search by!

Believe me when I say there is truly something for everyone but it would take you tons of aggravating visits to a bricks and mortar store versus a couple clicks to find that special thing. It's such a vast playground, my online problem is I tend to wander this time of year and forget that I'm not there for myself.

Competitive

Ebay is like a sport to me. There is of course an end goal in sight, locate the item, do your research and comparison shopping, add to your watch list and then wait to swoop in and win the bid. I guess what I'm saying is, unlike other shopping even other online shopping it's a given that you're going to put an item in your basket and walk away with it. With ebay however, you have to be strategic and wait for your right time and outwit the other bidders. I guess what I'm saying is shopping on ebay isn't boring because your competing with other shoppers to "shop victoriously" and I love the challenge.

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ugly
November 11, 2007

Last week was ugly. There is no other way to say it. It all started last Saturday after I had a dental cleaning. Near as I can tell being exposed to the strange instruments caused germs to implant. I'm sure it was the dentist because the whole time I was sick my gums ached. Next thing I know I'm traipsing around NYC in the cold, wind, and rain with a nasty sore throat that soon blossomed into a nastier viral throat infection and fever. I lost my voice. Had to leave early. Was contagious so I couldn't be around other humans...and to top it off my Blackberry stopped working due to storage limit issues (Sorry Stephen I lost your cell # and couldn't text you back!) and then back in Connecticut I lost my home internet connection to the world. Charter sucks. Talk about feeling isolated. Until laryngitis I never realized how much I take it for granted just being able to have a conversation with someone. You miss it when you can't. Without a voice I felt trapped and suffocated. I was a mute for 3 days...and sans email or text. It was like I was screaming on the inside on the top of my lungs but nobody else could hear me....except for Pugsley but he was too busy begging for treats. He is selfish like that.

The rest of the week was a blur of Vicks cherry flavored cough drops and vaporizer rub dabbed under the nose and smeared on the neck to open up sinus cavities. Blue fuzzy wool blankets to keep warm during the chills and kick off during sweats, and after three boxes of tissues I can now confirm that Kleenex really is better than the generic brand. Less Chaffing. Tylenol every 4-6 hours until I surpassed the amount you can have in a 24 hour period. Then it was onto the Nyquil and vitamins until mid week when I graduated to Tylenol Cold Multi symptom Day and Night packs. The Collection of DVD's that I like to watch when I'm sick provided some comfort; The English Patient, Thorn Birds miniseries, Little Women, Mighty Joe Young, and Wizard of Oz. On TV it was mindless flipping through Oprah, Dr. Phil, and random shows like Man vs. Wild and the Secret Life of Otters. My pink and white flannel sheep pajamas, fluffy red robe, toast with cinnamon, and blueberry tea with honey provided comfort, too.. The puke pot and spit buckets are also essential staples in times of infirmity. They allow you to expel the pestilent matter from your body without the constant annoyance of having to get up to run to the bathroom every 2 minutes.
Note to self: next time do not leave spit bucket within reach of curious pug or he will wait til you're in the other room then secretly stick head in bucket and lap up the phlegm before you can stop him.

I told you it was ugly.

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sick
November 5, 2007

Well it's Ad Tech week again. I won't be blogging much this week since I'll be in NYC attending the show. I’ve been battling a wicked sore throat, cough, and aches and pains right before I leave for the conference. Grrrr. I’ve been loading up on the Nyquil and Tylenol hoping to kick it before I leave.

Here's a little brain teaser for you to stew over while I'm gone:

A man walks up to you and says - "everything I say to you is a lie." Is he telling you the truth or is he lying?

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haunted hangman
October 25, 2007

Keeping with the Halloween theme, I found this on Samantha's site for some Friday fun. Just click to play.

Halloween Hangman created by The Dimension's Edge, Inc.

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Vick is a dick
August 20, 2007

Co defendants in the Virginia dog fighting case testified on Friday that in April of this year, NFL star Michael Vick helped execute approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in training sessions by methods such as hanging, electrocuting, and drowning.

So much for his not guilty plea.

They also confirmed to prosecutors that all the accusations in the 17-page indictment are true, including that the money behind the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting operation were funded almost exclusively by Vick.

What a waste of talent. What a sadistic, cruel, barbaric fuck.

Sorry but this is a sensitive subject for me. My pug rescue organization has actually rescued pugs that were used as "bait" in pit bull fighting rings.

What people don't even realize is it's not just the fighter dogs that are abused and lose their lives, it's also the small helpless dogs, cats, kittens and rabbits you never hear about that are used to "train" pit bulls to fight and kill. Many animals suffer and die because of illegal dog fighting. It's more horrific than you could even imagine.

Vick faces federal charges of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. These crimes are punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sadly, I don't think we will ever see him serve any time behind bars. He will most likely cop a plea, pay a small fine and be put on probation.

Here is what pisses me off about the charges - why is it not okay to organize fights and profit from them but its okay to drown and hang dogs? I mean, why are there no charges of animal cruelty against this man?

We have to enforce stricter laws against the shit. This is totally fucked up. Laws need to change at the federal level, NOW.

The media has a nasty habit of glorifying celebrities when they do something wrong but not this time. This time everyone needs to take a stand here and say enough is enough. He needs to be made an example of and we need to do more to protect animals.

Nike has suspended Michael Vick's contract without pay pending the outcome of the trial. Reebok and the NFL have also pulled Vick-related items and for now, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has barred Vick from training camp until the investigation is finished. The league could suspend him for up to a year.

Not good enough.

The NFL has no business employing this man now or ever, there should be a lifetime ban and he should not make it into any hall of fame. People should stop buying his jerseys and retailers should stop selling them.

The National Football League and everyone else needs to realize that little boys look up to this man and aspire to be just like him. If he's not held accountable then we're looking at a new generation of boys who will become teenagers who will become men who will think its okay to kill dogs and train them to become killers.

If you want to help, take a minute to email Mr. Goodell and ask him to suspend Vick, indefinitely. Alternately, you can call and leave a message with NFL Public Relations at 1-212-450-2000.

If there was any justice in the world Vick would get 5 years prison for each animal killed. If he killed eight dogs he should have to serve 40 years behind bars and pay $250k x 8 = $2MM. I have other thoughts on what should be done to him during his jail time but I digress.

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Man vs. Wild
July 10, 2007

It's a sweltering 97 degrees here in the Northeast which got me thinking about another hot topic: Global Warming. I caught some parts of Live Earth this weekend, the benefit concert to raise awareness for anthropogenic climate changes. That is, the effect of increased industrial activities and other human activities that are responsible for or contributing to the Earth's average temperature rising.

The concert was intended to encourage people to live more environmentally friendly lifestyles. I'm all for that. Nobody cried more than I did with the Crying Indian from the 70's commercial in his "Keep America Beautiful" anti pollution campaign. The PSA televised one of my proud Cherokee ancestors canoeing down the river through human degradation, smog, and waste. To see through his crying eyes what's become of our natural world was devastating to me as a child. If you're too young to remember, I dug it up here on Retrojunk.com.

So I'm all about protecting the planet of course, but I'm also skeptical about how much of Global Warming is truly brought on by humans and how much of it is actually just natural occurrences and phenomena? I mean, the Earth has been known to take on many different forms and climates over the years. Like before the 18th century and the industrial age. Take the Ice Age for instance, was man to blame for that?

I don't think I have a side on this topic, I'm just throwing out some talking points if anyone feels like chiming in. I'm not saying I believe it's man or wild or both or neither - maybe there is a spiritual element at play here if you believe in that sort of thing, like biblical plagues. I'm merely interested in learning more and knowing where others stand on the issue.

I wasn't a big Al Gore fan when he was in office, but I will say I think he's done his best work with his environmental activism. I'm just not sure how much of it is true. I didn't see an Inconvenient Truth, and I'm not sure if I will. If anyone wants to convince me why I should, I'm all ears.

pollution_historic_cody.gif In a sort of freaky twist to this entry...either I've been hitting my peace pipe too hard or there is a strong resemblence between Al Gore and old Iron Eyes Cody. Hmmmmm....

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let freedom ring
July 4, 2007

On this day we in the United States celebrate our Declaration of Independence.
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In it's literal meaning:

Independence noun: freedom from control or influence of another or others

So on this day I try to take mental note of all my personal liberties. Those that are newfound, those that have been earned after long painful battles were fought and won, and those that are our basic constitutional rights as citizens of this great and awesome country. We musn't take our everyday freedoms for granted.

Freedom from past relationships that didn't work
Freedom from previous jobs that sucked
Financial freedom
Freedom to vote
Freedom to register as an Independent
Freedom of speech
Freedom to write
Freedom of thought
Freedom of expression
Freedom of choice
Freedom of religion
Freedom to educate
Freedom to work
Freedom to create art
Freedom to eat
Freedom to drink
Freedom to celebrate and be merry
Freedom to sulk
Freedom to dance
Freedom to take naps in the middle of the afternoon
Freedom to dress in any wardrobe
Freedom to marry or not marry
Freedom to change anything that doesn't add value to our lives

What freedoms are you most grateful for?

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The West is the Best
April 22, 2007

Well, I'm off to San Francisco in the AM......I won't be able to do much writing out there with my full schedule, but I will try to do some photo blogging at least. In the meantime here is a digruntled looking Sausage watching his mama pack.

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a reason, a season, and other cases of goodbyes that suck
April 19, 2007

It's hard to understand why there has to be goodbyes. Goodbyes are never easy and I keep finding myself in situations where I have to let people or things or relationships go, for no fault of theirs or mine and I wonder why it has to be this way. Why we're allowed to grow so attached. Why we get used to people and their smells, the sound of their voice, the color of their sweaters and the texture of their hair. We come to expect their emails and calls; they often brighten our days, like a little gift that was given just to help us through a difficult moment. We acclimate to places and times only to have them taken away, uprooted, extricated from ours lives leaving an empty path of emotional wreckage behind. Leaving us searching for new things and other people and different places to fill up the time, space, and void.

Sometimes what's worse than a purposeful goodbye is when people who were once in our lives just drift away without explanation or closure, consideration, or care.

Maybe we were once great friends now traveling down different paths that never seem to cross much anymore. But we still miss and love and wish good tidings with Christmas cards once a year and we think and want and reminisce in the stillness of our minds. Maybe we reach out and make a call but it isn't returned and we have to remember that it was another time. Maybe they've moved on and we're left with sadness mixed with special memories. I miss rock concerts and movie nights, holidays, racetracks, crying on each other's shoulders through illness and divorce. I miss my friends and I assume they miss me too. I miss emails and IM's, I miss cubicle mates and old classroom chums. I miss old coworkers from my last seven jobs. I hear certain songs on the radio and I still think of them.

Sometimes we have to sever ties for reasons that are beyond our control. Maybe it's a business relationship that isn't working and hard decisions have to be made.

Maybe the people we have to say goodbye to, were never close. Maybe we had our differences and didn't always see eye to eye. But we saw each other and talked everyday and we got attached the way you would to a testy step sibling whose quirks you grew to find endearing, whose faults you learned to forgive, whose jokes were easy to laugh at because of the unique way in which they were told. The worst goodbyes are those you never saw coming and didn't have a chance to say all the things you always wanted them to know. Or maybe just a simple handshake and acknowledgement would have done. A kind word of wisdom that someone once said to you and it stuck and made a difference in your life during difficult times. Maybe that's all you could offer but it would have been something, before goodbye.

Sometimes it's personal and others end it without consulting us and we're left to turmoil over the understanding of why or what we could have done different or better to make them want to stay.

Maybe we were lovers who shared something exhilarating, passionate moments when we needed them most. Maybe we loved them in ways they didn't return. Maybe we wanted them to be more or give more or feel more but they couldn't. Maybe the idea we had of their purpose in our life didn't quite live up to the way we imagined it or felt it would be so we grew disappointed and irritable, and then one day it becomes clear that it was a point in time that can't be recreated so you have to let it go. You have to let it go along with the knowledge that maybe if it was a different place or a different time, their purpose and their reason for gracing our life may have been greater. Maybe it would have been love or friendship. Or maybe both, had it been a different goodbye.

Sometimes we have to be the ones to say goodbye ourselves. Not because we want to but because they won't and we know it's what's necessary in order for both of us to move on. And we have to move on. Why do you we always have to move on?

It reminds me of the classic from Brian A. "Drew" Chalker
"A Reason A Season and A Lifetime"

People always come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend to you, and they are. They are there for a reason, you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die, Sometimes they just walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.

Lifetime, relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway); and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being part of my life....

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Pet Food Recall
March 18, 2007

Kidney problems and deaths spark massive pet food recall. FYI

Tthe FDA has issued the following press release yesterday:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been informed that Menu Foods, Inc., a private-label pet food manufacturer based in Statesville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling all its "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food produced at its facility in Emporia, Kansas between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The products are sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The recall was prompted by consumer complaints received by the manufacturer and by tasting trials conducted by the manufacturer. There has been a small number of reported instances of cats and dogs in the United States that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product. Ten deaths, one dog and nine cats, have reported at this time. The firm has undertaken extensive testing of the pet food products in question, but to date has been unable to find the source of the problem.

The products are packaged in cans and pouches under numerous brand names and are marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers including Ahold USA Inc., Kroger Company, Safeway, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., PetSmart, Inc., and Pet Valu, Inc.

Menu Foods, Inc. has identified the potentially contaminated products on the Internet at www.menufoods.com/recall. Consumers who have any of these products should immediately stop feeding them to their pets. Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should consult with their veterinarian. Menu Foods, Inc. is notifying retailers by telephone and mail and is arranging for the return of all recalled products.

FDA is conducting an investigation and working with Menu Foods, Inc. to ensure the effectiveness of the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-866-895-2708. Consumers who wish to report adverse actions or other problems can go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.

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Why I won't be voting for Hillary
February 6, 2007

I think it's funny how people assume that just because I'm female, that means I will automatically be giving Hillary Clinton my vote in November '08.

Not.

How foolish would it actually be to vote for a candidate based on their gender alone? Maybe the country is ready for a female president, but I don't believe this country is now or would ever be ready for her, specifically.

Sorry, but unless Hillary comes out with an animal rescue platform that enforces maximum punishment against animal cruelty, she has zero chance of ever getting my vote. And even then, I wouldn't believe her. She has proven herself too deceitful and has a history of saying what she needs in order to get the votes.

I'm sure this entry will incite some and piss off others (sorry in advance SJX and perhaps my californian cousins) but hey, we are all Americans and all entitled to our opinions and our vote. Besides the blog has been quiet lately and I think it's time to spark up a healthy debate. Any takers? Where do you stand....will you vote for Hillary, yes or no? Is it too early to say? I was trying to put up a nice fancy poll but keep getting header errors and I'm tired, so comments will have to do.

So, I was riding home on the metro the other night, passing through Chappaqua NY (where Bill and Hillary live) it wasn't long after she announced she would be running in '08. I asked myself what exactly has she done as a Senator for NY, really, aside from Carpet bagging her way into the state to use it selfishly for her own personal and political gain. As I thought about it, my neck muscles starting spasming, even worse than they already were. In fact my C2 and C3 vertebrae have been locked together ever since with no space in between for my joint to move freely. Now if Rudy Giuliani runs (he didn't start an exploratory committee for nothing) you can say that he did a lot for New York, especially around the time of 9/11. But what about Hillary? I don't live in NY so maybe I'm missing something and I'm open to hearing about it if she actually has done some good there.

Here is my biggest problem with Hillary Clinton and it comes down to character really, which to me is an important and even crucial attribute that a presidential candidate must have. Sure no politician is perfect and at the end of the day it all comes down to lying, cheating, and stealing to some degree and this is exactly why I don't allow myself to get too caught up in politics. But let's go back to the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal. In Hillary's book of memoirs; she states that she had no idea about her husband's affair(s). That is basically saying she was admitting to being clueless. I'm sorry but while I don't think Hillary is a quality political candidate for running the country, I also don't think she is stupid or clueless by any stretch. And you'd have to be pretty oblivious to not know what was going on under the white house desk while the rest of the country knew.

The fact is she did know and she stayed with him anyway. She stayed with him so she could continue to ride the coat tails of a cheating husband for one reason, power and political gain. There is no other reason for a bright, schooled, highly motivated woman to allow a man to publicly (or privately) humiliate her like that. I think that alone speaks volumes about her character.

Some may argue that she stayed out of love and loyalty. Bla, bla, bla. There may be a shred of truth there but moreover, I think Hillary likes to play both sides. She wants us to see her on one hand as a helpless clueless victim of her husband's dalliances but she also wants us to believe she is a strong powerful woman who would be capable of running our country and going up against some of the biggest forces in the world at what is a crucial time in our history. All I can think is if she couldn't outsmart Slick Willy, how could we possibly trust her to go up against say, the leaders of North Korea?

I'm sorry but you can't have it both ways.

Speaking of playing both sides of the fence, it totally irks me how she sways from one side of an issue to the other side of the same issue based on where she thinks she will capture the most votes. Her vague stances on issues are further proof that she is a controlling, power hungry filibuster who would do or say anything to hoodwink her way into office.

For instance:

A couple years ago, when the debate over when the U.S. should remove its forces from Iraq was heating up, she stated that immediate withdrawal would be "a big mistake", leading to Iraq becoming "a failed state", but that the Bush administration's open-ended commitment to stay in Iraq was also misguided, because it gives Iraqis "an open-ended invitation not to take care of themselves."

C'mon now, PICK A SIDE.

Even way before she became Junior Senator, Hillary proved herself to be dishonest poll chaser with a sketchy track record. Remember the Whitewater affair that cost the country an estimated $40 million? For which Hillary claimed she was unable to produce legal documents that later surfaced in her own library. And how she interfered with the running of government as a first lady with her failed leadership of health care changes?

I can appreciate her lobbying for better healthcare, especially for women and children but from where I sit, if Hillary (or anyone) really wanted to help out the middle class and had done a better job of convincing Congress, I wouldn't be paying $500 a month in co pays alone, just to keep my neck bones in alignment until my next visit. I don't believe she is at all for helping out the middle class. By the way, I would feel the same way about any male candidate who had the same track record.

Lastly -- even if I was a Hillary supporter, I still wouldn't give her my vote because I don't believe she has a strong enough chance at winning a national election. So I wouldn't want to waste my vote on her and in turn, keep someone good from getting in. I also can't forget that she is a candidate who is against making English the official language of America. Not to mention the time she tried to steal the white house silverware.

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Candy Hearts
February 1, 2007

Here is something fun I found, the Acme Candy Heart Maker. You can make your own Valentine candy hearts and email them or whatever. The only downside is you can only have 4 letters per line and 2 lines. Still, you can be creative. Here are a couple of mine:

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Cryptogram has another candy heart making program that lets you enter more letters and lines but the hearts don't look like the real candy. Nonetheless, still fun.

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Say it isn't So
January 30, 2007

barbaro3.jpgI've been so upset about this, but I keep telling myself that Barbaro fought a great fight and he was a true champion. There is talk about honoring Barbaro by burying him in a garden near the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, next to four other winners. I'm planning on attending the Derby in May and I hope his owners decide to lay him to rest there so I can pay my respects but also because I think that's where he belongs.

Rest In Peace Barbaro!

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Memories
December 29, 2006

Once upon a time in a distance galaxy not so far away, in another lifetime back when Pugsley was just a precocious young puglet, I worked for the e-commerce company Outpost.com. I was on the marketing team when we hired the Cliff Freeman agency to make memorable commercials that would be so outrageous they would force consumers to remember our URL and lure buyers to our Web site. It totally worked. The ads won Clio awards. Superbowl viewers were shocked. Orders quadrupled overnight. The gerbils that we kept in our customer service department got a new Habitrail. And it was a lot of fun being a part of it all. The best was the infamous Gerbils commercial. I know a lot of old Outposters read this site, so I’m posting this entry for them. Ah, the memories...... It was a simpler time. Thanks to good old Youtube we can take a trip down memory lane. Thanks to the Macguy for sending me the link!

P.S. No real gerbils were harmed during the making of this commercial.


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You'd have to see it to believe it
December 23, 2006

My boss called to check in on me and I was updating him on all the medical drama.

“I had to go get another MRI today and I had my second physical therapy session. They told me my neck is a total mess. They said the muscles in my upper neck are spasming so bad and so often that the actual muscles keep pulling and rotating my C2 and C3 vertebrae. You could actually see them poking out of my neck!"

“You’re a mess”

Yea….they gave me the TENS unit, heat with electrical stimulation which felt great and loosened up some of those muscles“. They said they are 99% sure my problems are all bio mechanical, not related to a serious injury or illness.

“So that’s great news”

"It’s really great news. Then….you won’t believe this but I had to take Pugsley to the vet because he was limping. After giving him a full exam they told me the reason he’s limping is because he’s having muscle spasms in his right shoulder and neck. Can you believe it? It’s like he's taking on my pain!"

“Ok…this is where you start to lose me….”

“Before I knew it, they were sticking him with acupuncture needles and had hooked him up to the electrical stimulator just like me.”

“Your life should be a reality show”.

"It already is."

*laughter*

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Ho Ho Ho
December 21, 2006

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Christmas Trivia
December 13, 2006

In Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:

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After the Grinch's "change of heart", what colors did his pupils change from – to?

A. Red to Green
B. Green to Red
C. Blue to Green
D. Red to Blue

Which of the following food items did the Grinch NOT steal from the Who’s icebox:

A. Who-Pudding
B. Who-Butter
C. Who- Hash
D. Who-Roast Beast

Which of the following is not a decoration that the Whos use to trim their trees?

A. bingle balls and fuzzle fuzz
B. whiffer bloofs, and wuzzle wuzz
C. fantoozlers, and ring tinglers
D. dang-donglers, and snaffer snoof

This one is a two-part question because Part one is so easy:

1.) From which Classic Christmas movie is the following drawing?
2) Describe the scene in which the drawing appears in the film.
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From what popular Christmas movie(s) do the following quotes come? Bonus points if you can name the characters who say the lines.

“Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.”

“Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double-beatloaf. I hate meatloaf.”

“Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to”

Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

In It’s a Wonderful Life:
What was the Bailey’s youngest daughters name?

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What was Clarence’s full name – First, Last, and rank title.

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I'll post the answers on Thursday!

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Dear Santa
December 7, 2006

npole.gifDear Santa,

I’ve been mostly a good girl this year. I’ve resisted temptations and I've tried very hard to do all the right things. I’ve shown kindness, compassion, and forgiveness in the face of adversity. I’ve given to others when I didn’t think I had anything left to give. I haven’t done anything thoughtless, haphazardly, or half assed. I’ve given everything 100% and I’ve backed off when I felt I needed to not push and give things a rest. I stood my ground when it was called for and I gave in when it was time.

Of course, I am not perfect Santa. I’m no elf or reindeer, or pug....I’m human after all. I’ve lost my temper, could have made more time for people and things that matter. I’ve forgotten to bite my tongue at times when I should have. But I did my best Santa, really I did. When I was wrong, I learned from my mistakes, and was honest with good intentions at each pass.

It’s because of all these things Santa that I think I can ask you for what I really want next year. Things only you can help me get.

Please keep Pugsley well and happy and please Santa, please, please, please keep that nasty old cancer away. Keep him lump and tumor free and let him enjoy his golden years basking in peace and good health. Help me keep him swaddled in toys and treats, keep him stubborn and greedy like a spoiled pug should.

Also Santa if you think of it, Can you bring me a guy? But not just any guy. He has to genuinely be good and care about me. He should be thoughtful and considerate. Kind but macho. Funny, but not a comedian. Handsome but not a pretty boy. Affectionate, but not clingy. He should appreciate my independence and compliment it, not try to take me over or control me. He should understand (or at least tolerate) my love for Pugsley and have a big heart for animals. He should be available emotionally and physically. He should be attracted to me at all times, even in the morning when I’m crabby in sweats with dark circles under my eyes and hair thrown up in a bun, even when I’m hormonal and insecure, he should still want me.

Give me Saturday nights with wine and good cheer and Sunday mornings with comfort and hugs and a Christmas tree we can decorate together. Give me snowy weekends in bed and rainy spring nights with the windows cracked. Give me blueberry tea and banana bread over the Sunday paper. Give me Katydids and peepers all summer long, the symphony of nature outside my door. Give me fresh cut grass, gardens to tend, soil to turn, yards to clear, seeds to plant, let me reap what I sow.

While you’re at it Santa, I’ll take that new house, the one with privacy on all 4 sides. Give me exposed beams, stone fireplace, whirlpool tub, and a huge country kitchen. Give me hardwood floors, a 2 car garage and a porch in the front and a deck in the back. Give me my office-cum-workshop that’s well equipped, a laundry room and gym and space for guests. Give me 2 acres or more and mortgage I can afford. And Santa please don’t forget all the things I’ll need once I’m there. Like a riding lawn mower and a new gas grille, a snow blower, a big flat screen T.V. and a huge kitchen table that seats 12.

If there’s anything left after that, I’ll take a corner office at work and a new set of golf clubs. Might as well throw in some lessons too with a hot instructor and a membership to the country club. Plane tickets to a nice vacation destination and some Juicy couture travel clothes. Give me a cure for the pain in my neck, a new laptop that doesn’t overheat and a Blackberry. Definately a Blackberry.

Love,
Lori

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Fortune Cookie
September 25, 2006

You can't see it, but my fortune says, "A beautiful, smart, and loving person will be coming into your life."

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When?

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So Long Steve
September 4, 2006

I was so bummed to learn of Steve Irwin’s untimely passing. I’ve watched many a Crocodile Hunter episode sitting enthralled and enraptured at what a funny crazy bloke he was. But really he was just an enthusiastic man about the things that mattered to him, like the natural world. I hope he isn’t remembered for being crazy, but a truly passionate animal lover and naturalist who left this world doing what he loved most.

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R.I.P. Crocodile Hunter
1962 - 2006

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Montage-a-google
July 23, 2006

I know I must be a total geek because I think this is the coolest thing that I stumbled onto in my random internet surfing this weekend. The Montage-a-google, a nifty little web based application some college student put together. You type in a google keyword and the program searches the Google image index files, pulling in the top 20 images for that keyword and then giving you a montage like the one below. I must have done 20 different keyword montages this weekend. It's wicked! Of course my favorite is the keyword Pugsplace. Check out the Montage-a-google.

Hey Nicole, nice thong in your montage ;)

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Triple H
July 18, 2006

Hazy. Hot. Humid. We are having a heatwave here in CT. Blech. Pugs weren’t made for heat and neither was I. Maybe I’m part pug. There’s a heat advisory in effect here until sometime tomorrow night.

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TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPPER 90S COMBINED WITH HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDICES OF 100 TO 103 DURING THE AFTERNOON TUESDAY. REMEMBER...A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN HIGH HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO COMBINE WITH HOT TEMPERATURES TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 100 TO 104 DEGREES. RESIDENTS WILL NEED TO EXERCISE APPROPRIATE CAUTION DURING THIS HEAT WAVE WHICH IS LIKELY TO LAST THROUGH TUESDAY.

Driving home tonight I saw power lines two roads down that had big billowing clouds of smoke coming out of them and fire trucks trying to contain it. Somehow it didn’t effect me because I still have power. Pugsley is limited to essential and brief "constitutional" walks what with being a brachycephalic breed and all. I’ll have to cut tonight’s entry short because my laptop keeps overheating and powering down. It wouldn’t even open up a browser this morning and is starting to show signs of slowing down again. Hope everyone else is staying c-o-o-l.

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What Kind of Kisser Are You?
June 30, 2006

And now for some Friday fun:

You're a Passionate Kisser
For you, kissing is all about following your urges
If someone's hot, you'll go in for the kiss - end of story
You can keep any relationship hot with your steamy kisses
A total spark plug - your kisses are bound to get you in trouble.

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It Runs in the Family
April 26, 2006

So I hooked up my super cute Cousin Nicole, aka Pixie Girl with some Yandy product reviews. Stop by and give her some Love! Oh and if any other Blogettes out there are interested in doing some reviews, contact me and I’ll see if I can get you in the Blog for Lingerie program too.

***Reminder*** The Contest is coming down to the wire. If you haven’t entered yet, make sure you do. If you're a new visitor and aren't sure how, click the big Pink Yandy Banner <<<<>>>>> Our Blog drawing is still on for May 1st when Pugsley will pick the winner by way of a Bag o' Snausages. What fun!

Speaking of the Sausage, I realize it’s been far too long since I posted a picture of his royal cuteness. Therefore, here is a Sunday shot of Pugsley lounging on the couch watching the new King Kong movie that we got on DVD. Note the Kong toy behind him, that was his Easter present this year. He loves to be surrounded by toys, they are like a security blanket for him :) Could he be any cuter??

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I came home to some very good news tonight. There was a message from the real estate agent, who is also a mortgage broker. He ran my credit report and left the following "You don’t have excellent credit, you have superb credit!” Apparently, my middle Fico score is 800 which is higher than the norm. It basically means any program that any bank has available, I'll get into. I haven’t confirmed this yet but I think it also means I’ll qualify for the lowest interest rate.

Yee Haw! I knew there was a reason I’ve been toiling away and scrimping by on a meager existence for the last so many years paying my bills on time and even early most months. The fruits of my labor are finally starting to pay off and I see a light at the end of the tunnel like a shining beacon showing me the way home. I'm just not sure yet where that home will be. But I'm getting closer to finding it... He also said he has 6 more properties to show me this weekend. Giddy Up.

In other news, some of you have asked how the SB diet and exercise has been going. Well...I'm back on carbs and allowing myself sugars in moderation, I'm happily living in Phase 3 now, the "Maintain Mode". Ever since my neck and lower back issues, the exercise has been slow going. Derek has instructed me to ease my way back into working out with low impact activities and only weight training with the assistance and support of my medicine ball. He also told me running is probably not good for my spinal alignment issues. He wants me to use an elliptical machine instead or something that won’t cause the same kind of cervical strain. But since I can’t afford an elliptical right now, we’re doing some trial and error where he’s letting me slowly work my way back into walking/jogging intervals to see how I do. So far so good. A running group from work has invited me to join them in their track interval training as they prepare for a moonlight 5k coming up. I’ll probably give that a whirl and see how it goes. Not the 5k, just the track meets. In the meantime, I’m none the worse for the wear subsisting on lower impact exercise, thanks to some good genes that got mixed in there somewhere. Like I said, it runs in the family.

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Redneck Bumper Sticker
April 11, 2006

Driving into work this morning, I was merrily strumming along sipping my extra large gourmet coffee made just the way I like it with cream and Splenda. Had my sunroof open and my Tori Amos Little Earthquakes CD cranking. When I found myself stuck at a red light behind a redneck driving a beat up old pick up truck -- I almost spit my coffee out when I read the bumper sticker on the back of his window:

Liquor in the front and Poker in the rear

Ah, the simplicity of it all!! Had me in stitches for the rest of the day…

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Night of the Lepus
April 9, 2006

bigbunny.jpgHave you heard about this story? It seems there’s a Giant Monster rabbit on the loose in northeast England reeking havoc on local prized vegetable plots. The ginourmous bunny has been ravaging gardens, devouring a hearty abundance of leeks, onions, parsnips and spring carrots, leaving a path of wreckage and destruction behind. It’s been reported that the garden owners have hired marksmen to keep night watch for the hoppy critter. I hope they don’t catch him!!



Giant Bunny Breeder Karl Szmolinsky
seen here holding his giant male breeding
rabbit 'Robert' in Eberswalde, eastern Germany
demonstrating how big this breed can get.

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The Host With The Most
April 5, 2006

I’ve spent the last couple months and especially the last couple weeks as it intensified in what I painfully like to refer to as living in the dregs of Web Hosting Hell. I will spare you most of the gory details and will not name names but let’s just say the hosting company I used before was shady, unresponsive, and towards the end, downright abusive and deceitful. I got tired of waiting 3 days, 11 emails, 4 IM’s, and 3 phone calls later and no support. I would open ticket after ticket explaining in length my issues and I would get a one line response back that made no sense and not answer my question. On the rare occasion that I would get someone on the phone, they sounded like they were stoned.

I am a Blogger not a developer, crack coder, or any sort of tech whiz. Put me in front of a computer and I want to write, post cute pictures, throw up a couple links, and run my contest. I don’t want to come home after a 12 hour day and have to troubleshoot issues and teach myself script and code until my eyes bleed….I know how to use Moveable Type software, edit templates, etc but I don’t know nor do I have the time or desire to learn how to convert Berkeley Databases to MYSQL, or change root directory paths, configuration settings, etc. etc. This has been my dilemma and why I was stuck where I was for too long.

Cut to, the day last week when I had enough. I searched and navigated through the endless selection of web hosting companies. After a weekend of phone calls with bitter, clueless sales reps and customer support specialists, I was left disappointed and disillusioned at my prospects.

I put the feelers out to folks in the Moveably Type community who also operate MT Blogs, I posted on the forums, opened more support tickets, emailed blog designers, searched sixapart hosting partners, only to sign up for one and find out after they charged my monthly fee that their MT Blog manager was still in BETA mode and still ironing out some “bugs” and they offered no support for the product! UGH, this on top of last minute wedding details, family gatherings, crippling neck pain, bla bla bla. I won’t lie to you, it looked bleak and at one point I considered starting over from scratch and switching to a free Blogger account.

Then it came, the email I’d been waiting for. A referral from a blog friend:

“You might want to check out Living Dot. Pavel is great! Fast, friendly and he's Mr. Movable Type. I bet he or his team can assist with your needs. www.livingdot.com. You can let him know we sent you. He's a peach!”

I knew I was in business straight away. I submitted my first pre sales inquiry on April 3rd and by April 5th Living Dot had completely migrated my entire site, contents of old server, database convert, etc etc to their servers and even installed and upgraded me to a new MT version all before my Domain Name Servers had switched to theirs!! They also took the time and had the patience to answer all of my questions and explain things to me step by step that I didn’t understand, so they now make sense.

These guys are fast, friendly, and have a superior customer service ethic. Best of all they KNOW Moveable Type!! There hasn’t been one support ticket I’ve submitted that I’ve waited more than 20 minutes for a response. Some I receive in 2 minutes and I have to blink my eyes in disbelief. It’s the total opposite of what I’ve been used to dealing with.

Listen up – If anyone out there is looking for a new hosting company, Living Dot is the best that I’ve found, the best I can imagine. It just can’t get any better. My only regret is that I didn't find them sooner.

I am totally stoked about having them for my new host, and in case you missed it, still doing the Happy Pug Dance!

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A Wee Dram Before Supper?
March 17, 2006
Your Irish Name Is...
Kayleigh O'Callaghan

Check out the Irish Slang Dictionary

****Random Fact about Ireland**** It is a biological fact that there are no snakes in Ireland, not even the tiniest grass snake....That is my kind of country!

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Irish Proverbs

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

“The Irish - Be they kings, or poets, or farmers, They're a people of great worth, They keep company with the angels, And bring a bit of heaven here to earth”

“Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes... That's the Irish for you!”

Happy St. Patty's Day!

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Fun With Search Words
March 15, 2006

So I was looking at my website referrer search stats the other day for the month of March. These are the keyword phrases that random people (no I can’t tell who they are) go to Google or Yahoo search engines and type these phrases in the search box -- then my blog appears in results because somewhere on my site I have those same words – though as you will see, not always in the same context of the thing they are searching for! I’m analytical so I like reviewing these stats.

Here are a couple choice selections plus my commentary:

when should a guy call to finalize plans? -- The poor dear. If she is looking on my blog for this answer, she will be looking for a long long time. I am still waiting on a guy to finalize plans from last year.

itchy nipple -- there were over 20 searches for this key phrase so far for half the month of March. Apparently there are a lot of itchy nipples out there.

jai guru deva om bracelets -- oooh, where can I get one?

bono is sexy -- Yes, he is.

saggy balls products – Poor guy!

pocket puggles private – these are people looking for backyard breeders, don’t do it! Go to petfinder.org and adopt a homeless Puggle!

Dog ate tampon – this is a recurring search that people perform at least 10 times a month, yikes! The worst Pugsley did was his Spite and Malice routine.

how do i get my dog s erection to go away? --- See the Salty Dog entry. I hear vaseline works too. Keep in mind either way involves rubbing something on it. Not for the faint of heart.

help my pug wont quit eating her poo -- welcome to my world, though Pugsley having a more discerning taste, prefers cat shit.

what does it mean when pugs keep their tale down -- it means they are sick or sad or nervous about something!

reasons why men dont call -- Keep on searching and P.S. please come back and let me know when you figure this riddle of the Sphinx out.

bella dahl sweats -– I love mine, they have a blue star on the butt.

cervical mucous with lumps -– I know a thing or two about mucous.

bactrim and night sweats -– uh oh! I hope someone else didn’t get liver failure from taking Bactrim like I did 2 years ago!

Foot cheese – another recurring search I get every month -- but I wonder if the foot cheese they are searching for is what I consider foot cheese? Probably not.

pug butts, saggy balls, and brazillian wax pics are other popular repeat searches that I get every month.

fucking winfixer –- LOL, funny that they typed the expletive into Google. But I also feel their pain of trying to defeat the Vundo virus that causes Winfixer to keep popping up. I hope they learned reading my entry that sometimes all you can do is reformat the old C:/ drive

These ones piss me off

teacup puggle puppies sale
pugs dying of heat
tea-cup pugs
mini puggle breeders

These scare me

rubber gloved penis abuse
masturbating witches
torture wax needles
christian men messing with women in the workplace
brazilian waxing for men pictures
old women tit

These intrigue me

pug shower curtain
mating rituals of pugs
what does it mean when men lick their lips a lot
pugsley sandwiches nutritional facts
will my waxer think i m fat

These make me sad

support for sagging testicles
pug swollen face
pugs being abused
puggle sick
my pug is tired and didn t eat

These make me laugh

why do males scratch crotch
pony tails and round asses
why does my pug smells like corn chips
where can i buy ben-wa balls and delivered in two day?
why do men tug or adjust their balls
udder cream for humans
lopsided testicles
big beefy bitches
big nipps

Honorable mention category

ear puss guy squirts puss out of girlfriends ear
dirty lying bipolar whore
tuna pimple
whitehead with puss on hemorrhoid

And then there were some that were far too nasty to repeat...Let me just say --- there are some sickos out there.

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Ashes to Ashes
March 1, 2006

"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return".

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In case you haven’t guessed it already, I’m giving up refined carbohydrates for Lent. This year I needed to choose something I could actually succeed at. Quitting certain other things right now would only be setting myself up for failure. Make no mistake, this one will be a sacrifice, but I know I can do it.

My original plan was SBD and no carbs at all for 2 weeks. Now, I am planning on adding another 33 days where I will not allow myself any of the white stuff. No starch, no white flour. No cane. That means Slump only with whole wheat pasta. It won’t be easy.

But I look at it like this -- Back in biblical times, there were no refined carbohydrates. It was man and technology who came along and decided to “refine” natural foods into an unnatural process and where did it get us? Overweight with heart conditions and cholesterol problems that’s where. There was no unbleached, unbromelated, enriched, polysaturated gluclocomate, or hydrogenated fats back in the day. I don’t recall any foods being written about in the good book save for wine, water, meat, fish, dairy, nuts, fruit, and vegetables. And the only starchy carbs you ever heard about were whole oats and grains. That’s what I’m talking about, getting back to basics. Organic living. Detoxing. Purifying. At the end of the day, I’ll be able to out fish my brothers and have fulfilled my holy obligation.

Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 7:04 AM permalink
Bode-licious
February 21, 2006

Two words -- Bode Miller.

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Who cares if he doesn't win a medal -- I just like looking at him.

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Wooly Bugger
February 20, 2006

Look what I saw this morning while walking Pugsley out in the backyard. One Dandy of a brown and black ringed Wooly Bugger! Also known as Wooly Worm, Wooly Bear, and the Hedgehog Caterpillar. The scientific name is Pyrrhactia Isabella. But I like Wooly Bugger, because that’s what the fly fisherman call them. They are the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger Moth with a wing span of about 2 inches. I never go by predictions from the weatherman or Punxsutawney Phil or even the Farmer’s Almanac – I always put my money on the Wooly Bugger because he is never wrong.

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According to Native American folklore, when the Wooly Bugger appears, take note of his markings. The longer the black bands, the longer, colder, snowier and more severe the winter will be. The wider the middle brown band, the milder the winter will be. Also, the position of the bands indicates which part of winter will be the coldest. For instance, if the head is dark, the winter starts out severe. If the tail is dark, the end will be cold. Furthermore, being the Wooly Bugger has 13 body segments; folklore says each one (beginning at the head) corresponds with the 13 weeks of winter. So reading each band could actually forecast each week of the winter.

If you read this Wooly from right to left, it is exactly how the winter has gone here so far in the Northeast. It started out cold, snowy and harsh but the middle part was unusually warm and mild for about 7 weeks. Now we near the end of winter and it’s back to being brutally cold and nasty again. The good news is, if the tale of the wise old Wooly Bugger holds true, the black in this guy’s tail is short, so shall be these last couple weeks of winter here.

And that’s a good thing, ‘cause, as my Pappy would say, “It’s colder than a witch’s tit in a January!” Then, my brother trying to one-up him ...."Colder than a witch's tit in a brass bra!"

Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 10:20 AM permalink
Technical Difficulties
January 22, 2006

Right, so you might have noticed that my Blog has been all messed up here for the last couple days. I won’t get into the drama of it all but lets just say I was having major technical issues with my server that impacted my design. The only way to fix it was to have my hosting company restore my site from their last back up and then recreate the last month of data.

In addition, my cable modem was also down from Tues – Saturday morning so I wasn’t able to even get online to KNOW that there was a problem with my Blog until some friends emailed and called on Friday to tell me. Thanks T and Scallywag.

Thirdly, my mail server was also down during the same timeframe. Somehere in there, I had purchased a Sidekick but had to return it because I had no service at home or at work.

As a result of all these technical difficulties, there are a couple things you should know:

  • If you’ve sent me any emails to my pugsplace address in the last week or so I haven’t gotten them.

  • I lost and had to recreate all of my Blog entries going back to 12/25.

  • In doing this, my Moveable Type Spam software somehow banned my own IP address from being able to post comments! Because I was posting too many at one time while recreating the last months comments. So – If you ask me a question in comments and I don’t reply, it’s not because I’m ignoring you, it’s because I can’t.

  • I’m currently working with the MT support forum to try to remedy this issue. But if anyone else knows how to lift my own ban, Please let me know!

  • I did my best to post all old entries and your comments; there might be a couple missing.

  • If you had signed up AFTER 12/25 to receive Blog Notifications, you will need to re-subscribe if you still wish to receive them. Your subscription data got removed during restore and since it’s an Opt-In, I can’t redo that for you.
  • Definitely not how I wanted to spend my weekend, but at least it seems to be working now. If you notice anything that doesn’t look right, please let me know.

    Finally, if anyone can recommend a good hosting company who is experienced in supporting Moveable Type software and scripts, please send any recommendations my way.

    Thanks!

    Now hopefully I can get back to some blogging..

    Yamahama!!

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 11:55 AM permalink
    Because I can
    December 21, 2005

    In case there was any question about my sanity -- this little exercise in Adobe Photoshop should clear things up for you...

    Click the image for the full effect :)

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    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 11:47 PM permalink
    Brain Tease
    December 2, 2005

    My color is yellowish orange and I make beautiful decorative shapes.
    I have a white tip with a hole at the top and a black plug at the base.
    I don't weigh much, just 8 ounces to be exact.
    I am long but cylinder shaped with no front and no back.
    I'm ever so tasty, my texture is smooth and soft,
    Last night Lori daydreamed of squirting it on that special someone and then licking it off.

    What am I?

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 7:51 AM permalink
    The Butter Shave
    November 15, 2005

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    Does anyone remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer started buttering his face when he shaved? I always think of it at Thanksgiving time and picture Kramer's head on that turkey's body.

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    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 11:21 PM permalink
    Woke Up This Morning
    November 8, 2005

    When the F*ck is the Sopranos coming back on? That’s what I want to know. Seems like it’s been about 2 years. Hey, maybe now that Joey is tanking they will bring Adriana back. Afterall they never really showed her getting whacked, only implied it.

    Is it weird that I find James Gandolfini incredibly sexy? Even though he did recently buy a Puggle. I think it’s something in his jawline and mouth. I’m a big fan of pouty boy lips. Or maybe just the fact that he’s such a bad ass or could be his piercing eyes.
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    I miss Uncle Juniors grotesque one-liners, Anthony Juniors increasing rebellion, and even the Bada Bing scenes. Fuhgetaboutit

    Click Here for some media today:

    I woke up this morning
    Got myself a gun,
    Mama always said I’d be the
    Chosen One.

    One in a million
    I believe I’m gonna learn to shine
    Cause I was born under a bad sign,
    With a blue moon in my eyes.

    I woke up this morning
    And all that love had gone
    Papa never told me about
    Right and wrong.

    But I’m-a looking good, baby,
    I believe that I’m a-feeling fine (shame about it)
    I was, born under a bad sign
    With a blue moon in my eyes

    I woke up this morning
    My world turned upside down
    Thing's ain't been the same
    Since the Blues walked into town.

    But I’m a one in a million
    I’ve got that shotgun shine.
    Born under a bad sign
    With a blue moon in my eyes.

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 7:36 AM permalink
    Cuc-Koo
    October 29, 2005

    You asked for it, 70% of your votes made me a Slutty Girl Scout for Halloween this year!

    Bonus -- I won 2nd place in the costume contest. Good call. Lisa's witch costume won 1st. I got a $50.00 gift certificate to Koo, a ribbon, free champagne, some eyeball coasters, and a flute with a spider on it.

    Miss Ohio was pissed because she lost by one vote. She tried to take me down and steal my ribbon but it didn't work.

    I thought for a moment about selling my cookies, but in the end I decided they are worth saving.

    Let's see, what should the next poll be??

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    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 1:31 AM permalink
    Focus Group - Blog Study
    August 31, 2005

    Here is your mission should you choose to accept it. I want to get a Virtual Focus Group going to help with some Blog market research I'm conducting. If you would like to participate, please be completely honest. You can post anonymously if you would like. It's up to you. All feedback will be appreciated and open for discussion as long as it is constructive.

    I’ve noticed a lot of variations in reader participation from visiting others blogs and of course, evaluating my own. I’m curious about why it is that some of my entries get 1 comment and others get 30. Of course I have a totally different and skewed perspective of this blog because it’s a personal diary/writing tool/cybershrine to Pugsley. I’m interested in the hearing your perspective on blogs in general, blogging, other bloggers, my blog. What you like, what you don't like. Etc. etc.

    Here are some of the things I'm interesting in knowing:

    How many blogs do you visit and how often?

    Do you visit at night or in the day?

    Have you replaced reading books with reading blogs?

    What makes you feel compelled to post a comment to a particular entry?

    What kind of entries do you prefer…..a topic you can relate to? Something you read that provokes thought or controversy? Something you want to debate in the comment forum?

    When you visit a blog, do you only read the latest entry at the top of the page or do you scroll down to read others?

    As it relates to my blog:

    What type of entries you prefer and which you could do without?

    In terms of design, is there anything you find distracting on my blog? Anything you would want me to add or remove to make for a better user experience?

    Is there something I haven't done before that you have seen on other blogs that you'd like to see here?

    You can answer as many or as few of these questions as you want to comment on. Or you can point out something different. I would really like to get inside the mind of the reader. I'll be the group moderator.

    Also, if any ONE stands out for you -- I'd like to know what is your favorite entry at pugsplace and why?

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 8:21 PM permalink
    SOS! SOB! - SAVE OUR BLOG
    July 16, 2005

    or Son of a Biatch....as the case were....

    Friends, the technical issues here continue in a big way. Seems my hosting company decided to switch me to a new server but somehow didn't transfer everything over correctly. My CGI bin, Perl scripts, and MT installations got all f'cked up in the process. As a result all of my July posts, comments, notification alerts, and guestbook entries, everything is GONE. This sucks! Goodbye Good Vibrations story, So long Grossness of Pugsley's anal sacs blurb, Fare Thee Well to the Return of Colin post. Will I ever see any of you again?? It's still all up in the air.

    I've been working nonstop with my hosting company since yesterday at 2:00pm to try to repair the damage that has been done. I don't know yet if they will be able to recover July. Also, if any of you have tried to email me since Friday at 2:00 pm, I have not received your email as that is mysteriously down as well. Needless to say I am fit to be tied!!

    If you need to reach me in the interim until this gets resolved, you can email my alternate account: pugsplace@yahoo.com. I'm going to the 3 Doors Down concert tonight to try to relax on the lawn and shake off some of this crap.

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 4:34 PM permalink
    Ya Gotta Believe
    May 15, 2005

    Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while might remember last summer a dear friend of the family was undergoing surgery to remove a malignant Brain tumor. She is only 17 years old. Well, to give you an update I'm happy to report Amanda is just finishing up her 2nd round of chemo and is doing so awesome. She is such a fighter and an inspiration that I believe she will kick this cancer's ass.

    I received my 45YGB Bracelets in the mail and am proudly sporting one on my left arm.
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    Do you have your bracelet yet? The bracelet is a small but powerful way to show that you care about the adults and children who face the challenge of brain cancer, and that you support medical research to help them to live well. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets support The Tug McGraw Center for Neuro-Oncology Quality of Life Research at Duke.

    And because Tug was one of the greast pitchers of all time, the very cool bracelet was made to look like a baseball. Check it.

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 7:09 PM permalink
    December Keywords
    December 30, 2004

    Checking out my web stats again,
    I always get a chuckle at the kewwords
    and keyphrases folks are typing into the
    search engines to find this site.

    People crack me up!!! Whoever did a search on "Pug Butts"
    must be a true pug lover...or some kind of frightening
    wierdo...

    Here are some of the December Search Terms
    people have entered into Google, etc. and then
    been directed to pugsplace..

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    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 6:21 AM permalink
    Never Forget
    September 11, 2004
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    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 9:43 AM permalink
    Political Humor
    July 27, 2004

    Okay, I normally don't get too political but this one is too funny to keep all to myself!

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    http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/af/content/this_land_af

    Thanks SL for passing it on, made me LOL!

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 12:58 PM permalink
    Technical Difficulties
    July 5, 2004

    Hi Folks, you may have noticed we've had some technical issues of late with the website being down as well as the pugcams and the weblog. It seems the hosting company was performing maintenance to our old server, then moved us to a new server which was when everything really stopped working!! Of course it has to happen on a long holiday weekend when nobody is around to fix it. Well, now they say the original issue has been fixed so we're back on the old server and knock on wood, seems to have stabilized. We could use your help....if you notice anything not working properly, please let us know!

    ****Coming Soon**** we will be making some design changes to the look and feel of the site for your viewing pleasure. Stay Tuned!

    Last night there were two cute little toads sitting out on the back stoop. Not sure if they were together but I managed to get a good pic of one.

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    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 1:05 PM permalink
    Another Test
    June 24, 2004

    Testing Notification List - please let me know if you get this - also please try to post a comment via the email notification link to test.
    Thanks!

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 3:40 PM permalink
    Oh Happy Day...
    June 9, 2004

    John P Rocks!! He helped me set up my web log and get it rolling a'las - Tommorow he will get to meet me for the first time and know all of his efforts were worth getting to know a special puggy like me!

    Pugsley

    Woof

    Posted by Lori in Everything Else at 3:54 PM permalink
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