Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Merry Christmas

A wish from me to all of you!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Wanna be a ChaCha Guide?

Ok, quite some time ago I promised I'd talk more about ChaCha. The reason I didn't get into it too much before is that I couldn't invite anyone to become a guide anyway! Now, they have opened up invitations again, and I just thought I'd share this great opportunity.

ChaCha gives folks like me (and maybe you!) the chance to earn some money from home while doing something that we enjoy -- searching the web. When you sign up to be a guide, you pick three areas of expertize. These are your keywords. Then you begin doing training on those keywords. Experienced guides play the part of searchers and ask you to find them websites based on your chosen words. They also answer questions and often provide hints and tips to help you learn to be a great guide. At the end of each session you get a rating. Once you have about 10 positively rated searches on any one of your keywords, you get to go Pro. This can take as little as an hour to do. From that point forward you begin to earn money. Actual web-searchers will ask you queries. You just find them sites that fit their needs and then they rate your results. The pay scale is difficult to explain, but the site suggests that you can make up to $10 per hour of active searching time. You get to set your own hours: log in and out whenever you like.

For more info, take a peek at the ABC News review of ChaCha... This IS NOT a get rich quick scheme. It IS a great, fun way to make some extra cash. And who couldn't use that?

If you'd like an invitation, just send an e-mail to the following address with the subject "ChaCha." Serious interest only please. I have a limited number of invites right now.

Primarily Primates needs your help!

Anyone who knows me at all knows that animal charities are very close to my heart. That said, I would like to introduce you to Willie. Willie is just one of many apes and monkeys currently living at Primarily Primates in San Antonio Texas. These poor guys have been through a lot lately! The entire facility was recently seized from its previous management due to improper veterinary care, unsanitary conditions, unsafe enclosures, overcrowding and a general lack of care for the animals.

Fortunately for Willie and the others though, new people are taking over and seeing that things are put right. The soft and comfy bed of hay and the contentment on Willie's face are just two of the things the new management has brought to the sanctuary. Unfortunately, this is no easy task! They need help if they are going to help all of the animals now in their care. Of course, one of the primary things needed (as always) is money, but there are plenty of other ways to help too! Check out their wish list here or donate some (tax-deductable) cash here.

I don't even have the words to describe this...

I love that he seems to keep looking around to make sure noone is watching. Nah dude, keep dancing. Just you and the security cameras here.

Hat tip to the folks at Say No To Crack. Seriously, I'm still laughing!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Announcing: Bun-Girl's Reviews

From time to time, I'm sure you've seen me post reviews of various websites and products here. I enjoy doing that, and would like to do more of it, but I don't want it to take over this space. This is my personal blog, and it was starting to feel almost commercial. So, time for a new blog! Bun-Girl's Reviews will be just what the title promises: reviews. If you like reading the reviews I write, go ahead and subscribe to the RSS over there or add it to your bookmarks or however you like to keep track of such things. This doesn't mean you'll never see another review on this site. Now and then such things may happen. But the majority of my reviews will be done over there.


Ok, you may notice a few small changes around here. Mostly I just converted to Blogger Beta and then had to spend a few hours re-customizing my whole page to take advantage of the new Widgets. In the long run this means it will be far easier to customize my page, but MAN was that a bear to get through! Anyway, feedback, as ALWAYS is appreciated.

Monday, December 11, 2006

I LOVE my neighborhood

There are more videos from this house on the family's holiday blog...

This is kinda cool...

Have you ever seen a movie with a car chase and thought "Man, that looks expensive!"? I know I have... Those guys' car insurance rates must be astronomical! Now Progressive Direct has done the math for freaks like me who think about these things! On the HD DVD release of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" there's a feature called "Progressive Direct: Insurance Damage Estimates." Basically a little damage calculator window displays messages like "roof repair $209" and "fender $618." Maybe I'm just geeking out here, but I think I need to go rent this DVD now! Don't get me wrong... I have no interest whatsoever in the movie itself. I haven't seen any of the films in the series. They just seem too much like so many others that I don't see the point. But that damage calculator sounds awesome! Now I just gotta see about getting an HD DVD player... ;-) Kudos to Progressive Direct and to Universal Studios for finding a way to make "product placement" fun!

This is almost painful to listen to...

And the worst part is this is a manager... I could completely understand not gettine it at first. But once the math was explained (many, many, many times!) you'd think he'd get it!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

What's Your 1996 Theme Song?

Your 1996 Theme Song Is: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something

And I said "What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?"

She said, "I think I remember the film,

And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it."

And I said, "Well, that's the one thing we've got."

Kinda funny -- this was one of my favorite songs that year!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Rough Sketch Friday -- Might


Will I be able to get it open? I might. But it will take all my might.

Coulda done more with this, but I'm feeling kinda blah so it is what it is.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

My Lot

As some of you know, I have recently been delving into the realm of money-making opportunities online. I am not looking for any get-rich-quick schemes, nor am I willing to pay money to make money. Recently I came across a site called MyLot. MyLot is a bulletin board/discussion board not unlike many others except in one way: they pay for quality posts. Now, this is not the type of site that will replace your income or make you rich, but you can earn a little extra spending money, and who doesn't want that? Anyway, it's a free site, so you lose nothing by trying... so why not check it out?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings

Ok, there won't be an Illustration Friday again this week (well last week now). I mean come on. The topic is "clear". They're joking right? So instead I have decided to go back to that old stand-by: Unconscious Mutterings.

  1. Nick :: of Time

  2. Focus :: Glasses (these are actually the frames I am currently wearing)

  3. Police :: Keystone Kops

  4. Miles :: Davis

  5. Earn :: Money (more about this link at a later date, I promise!)

  6. Twice :: Baked

  7. Razor :: Gillette

  8. Personality :: Attitude

  9. Dumped :: Heart-Broken

  10. Reliable :: Steady

So there you go. Another little peek inside my head. Look forward to my "Thanksgiving" illustration later this week!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Find it on eBay

Just thought I would give y'all a heads up... I've just listed my first ever e-Bay item. If you're looking for a unique gift for a Michael Crichton fan, this would be the one!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

IF - Smoke



Friday, November 03, 2006

November already!

Wow -- time flies when you're having fun, right? I still haven't finished editing the pictures from Russia, but I'll be sure to post them here when I do. Also, now that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, I've ditched the pink and redone the background completely. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Some exciting news here in Texas: we have some fall color this year!!! Of course, it's only on trees that are on someone's lawn where they were watered all summer, but it's still more than we normally get. Our very own trees out front are even changing. I know that to most of you this is not newsworthy, but our typical fall color goes straight from green to brown (dead) and that's it. So yay color!

Also, I have found a great new MMORPG. Well, maybe not new, I don't know how long it's been around, but new to me anyway. Go check out Rose Online if you get a chance. They have a 7 day free trial if you'd like to check it out.

Right now we're planning a road trip to PA for Christmas. We should arrive in Aston late on the 23rd and we're not leaving until the 1st this year, so hopefully I will have time to visit with some old friends while I'm there. If you're one of said old friends (and you know who you are!!!) email me and we'll try to work out a time to catch up!

In other news, Chris and I attended Sunday service last week at Denton Bible Church, home of the famed Tommy Nelson. We love NorthWest and all of our friends there, but we are prayerfully considering making this a permanent switch. It's just so much closer to home and I think we would have the opportunity to become more involved there because we wouldn't have the huge distance to overcome. Please keep us in your prayers that we make the right choice in that area.

Well, I guess that's about all the update I have for now... До свидания!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Meme: Be Bold

Ok, before I get started I should probably tell you that there will likely be no IF this week. The theme is Ghost. I can not for the life of me come up with any kind of inspiration for this topic. So, no IF. I know you're all terribly disappointed.

Anyway, on to the meme! Today, while surfing on BlogExplosion, I came across this one on nicoleMART. It's such a great idea that I just had to steal it... The idea is you go through the list and BOLD everthing that you've actually experienced. Kinda fun, huh?

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said "I love you" and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby'’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had/Have amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger'’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the snake river
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in a Rocky Horror Picture Show
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn'’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn'’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone'’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone'’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read "“The Iliad"”
135. Selected one "important"” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you'’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn'’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone'’s life

So there you are. I guess now I'm supposed to "tag" someone or something, but I don't really get that. If you want to do it too, do it. If you don't, dont.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

IF -- Smitten


Btw, you can buy this on a cami here. If you want it on something other than a cami, just email me.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Leaving on a jet plane...

Ok folks, tomorrow's the day. I'll be in Russia for two weeks, so don't expect any updates. I may post a time or two, but don't count on it. In the meantime, everybody have a great two weeks!!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I Hate Crocs!


Let it be known: I HATE CROCS! No, I don't mean crocodiles. I actually think they're kinda cool. I mean those stupid, cheap, foam sandals that everyone and their brother seems to love these days. What is wrong with you people? Why do you insist on making your feet look like boats and then drawing attention to them by wearing colors like hot pink??? People, seriously. There are better footwear choices out there.


Monday, September 11, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Friday, September 08, 2006

Google Image Labeler

If you haven't tried it yet, you really should. (click the title)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Fly the Flag

On Monday, September 11th, 2006, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fifth anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed inAmerican flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bun-Girl's Shop

Ok, I've been meaning to do this for quite some time. No reason not to, really. So, here goes: I have now opened a Cafe Press shop. so far just one design, but please go take a look! I'm sure I will be adding other offerings soon. Do I honestly expect anyone to order one of my items? Not really. But hey, now I can make my own t-shirts... ;-)

BTW, I have recently decided that I really need to get back into drawing, painting, collage, etc. This was inspired by a dear friend of mine who is now attending art school. Who knows if this will last or not... but it is what it is. The bunny in my shop and the collage I did for I-Fri are a result of this resolution.

**Update 9/7: there are now four different designs to chose from. Unfortunately, I can currently only do one design per item, but if there's a particular combo you're interested in, just let me know! Also, I am looking for ideas, so if you have a special request, email me (ddragongrl at gmail dot com) and I'll do my best!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings September 03, 2006

  1. Wiggle :: Jello -- I love those new ads! (now I have the song stuck in my head...)

  2. Face :: Paint

  3. Adjustable :: Lighting (this track lighting is beautiful! I think we may wind up getting it to put in the game room at some point...)

  4. Room :: house

  5. Easy :: Mac

  6. Store :: Ikea (my fave store of late)

  7. Maid :: service (perhaps I play the Sims too often?)

  8. 9 pm :: evening

  9. Challenge :: game

  10. Debt :: credit cards

Monday, September 04, 2006

The Return of Illustration Friday

Theme: Safe


The Crocodile Hunter no more

For those of you who have not yet heard the news, Steve Irwin died this morning. He was stung by a giant stingray. While I do not in any way approve of his irresponsible and often dangerous antics, I do respect the work he's done in the area of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and public education. His publicity stunts brought people to his zoo in droves and allowed him to help thousands (millions?) of animals who would have otherwise not made it. I cannot help but respect that.

And all this time I've had his name spelled wrong... Why didn't anyone tell me?!?

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I'll be going pink

Ok, I don't know if I've blogged about it or not, but this year my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently going through chemo and all the fun that goes with it. Yeah, my life's just been sunshine and giggles this year...

ANYWAY... October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And there's a campaign out there for bloggers. So, for the month of October I will be putting aside my LOATHING of the color pink in order to be part of this movement. Please note that since I will be in Russia for the first week of October, I can't guarantee that I will get this taken care of on the first, but I will change over my template as soon as is possible.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Do "all dogs go to heaven"?

Over the past 24 hours, I have received message after message about Ivan, and most of them seemed to contain some reference to the "rainbow bridge" or a promise that I will see him again on the other side. As comforting as that thought may be, I try not to pin my hopes to fluffy stories invented to console greiving pet-parents. I need something with a bit more truth to it. So, the question of whether I will see my beloved Ivan (and all the pets that have come before him, and all the ones that will come after) is a very difficult one for me. The way I look at it is this:

In Matthew, Jesus talks about God's provision for birds. Psalm 104 talks about God providing for all his creation. And in Deuteronomy, when God decrees a day of rest for his people, He requires that rest is also provided to their animals. So, clearly, God cares for the animals He has created, as well as the people. He even makes a covenant with them after the flood.

But do we know that they will be in heaven?

We know that there will be animals in heaven surely. Horses are mentioned specifically. In Revelation, it is said that "every creature" will give praise to God on the day when the Scroll of the Lamb is opened, so we know that our dogs (and bunnies and cats and any other creature you can think of) are capable of praise to the God Most High, and it would seem that they are also cognizant of his presence and His love. Even when Isaiah speaks of the creation of a new earth, wolves, lambs and lions are all included. So, clearly, we will see animals in heaven.

I would like to think that one day I will see my sweet little boy again. I would like to believe that he will come running to greet me as I pass through the gates. I would like to know that even now he is running, free of disease and pain, free of worry and sorrow, joyously celebrating the Love of our Creator. But I don't know. Because I can't find anything biblical that specifically mentions whether the animals we see in Heaven will be the eternal versions of the ones we see here, or they are newly created for that place.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Ivan, RIP

In the early morning hours of August 31st, Ivan lost his battle with Ehrlichia. He was, without question or doubt, the sweetest dog to ever have lived and will always have a place in my heart. He slept on my pillow, licked away my tears, and was always more than eager to please in any way he could. Though we had him only a brief seven months, I loved him like he was my own child, and I can't imagine a world without him. I hope he's up there romping and playing in that big dogpark in the sky, but I can't help but wish we had had just a little more time with him here on Earth. The world is a harder place without him. Still, I am grateful to God for the time we weregranted and for knowing this four-legged angel, and I know that he could not have found a more loving home. Please pray for our family as we learn to cope with this loss.

Note: In tribute to my sweet pup, I am keeping this post at the top of my page for at least the next month. Possibly longer. For newer content, please scroll to the next post.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Prayers for Ivan

Hey folks, I have a big prayer request. We just got back from the vet and found out that Ivan has chronic Ehrlichia, and has likely had the disease for as long as we've known him. This can be fatal. Please be praying for him and for us as we are not ready to lose our sweet little boy. He's currently undergoing antibiotic treatment and is on 24 hour watch at the vet's office. We are hoping he will not need a blood transfusion, but it seems likely. Please pray for healing for Ivan, wisdom for Dr. Blonien and Dr. Shelton, and peace and comfort for Chris and I.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Red Friday

Taken verbatim from an e-mail: (don't blame me for the caps lock at the bottom!)

Just keeping you "in the loop" so you'll know what's going on in case this takes off.

RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers.

If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers.

Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.





Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings July 30, 2006

  1. Italy :: Italian food (my fave cuisine!)

  2. Honk :: Geese (we've been seeing some Canadian Geese not far from the house lately.)

  3. Shades :: Joe Cool

  4. Tool :: Craftsman (cause hey, you can't beat that guarantee)

  5. Modern :: style

  6. Tension :: stress

  7. Conservative :: Liberal see my score, posted below...

  8. Weight :: Height

  9. Insurance :: deductible

  10. Political :: debate (remember this one? I'm still giggling)

Your Political Profile:

Overall: 65% Conservative, 35% Liberal
Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

I <3 Hank's

Ok, for those of you who were not lucky enough to have grown up in the Philly area and who have missed out on such things as Hank's and Herr's, you probably won't appreciate the beauty of the information I am about to divulge. World Market now has Hank's!!! And not just the rootbeer either. We got a 12 pack "variety" with rootbeer, black cherry, vanilla cream, and orange cream. And for like half the price on the website. So, if you know and love Hank's (as I do), go check your local World Market. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, go anyway, and try it. Even if you don't like Root Beer. It tastes nothing like what you're used to. Seriously. Try it.

More pictures!

Ok, I promised more Pics, and I am going to deliver. Still haven't learned much about the new camera, but I'm having fun messing around with it anyway!

Here's one of the lovely miss Masha:


And we can't leave out the eternally sweeet and patient (even though I took about a thousand shots of him) Ivan:


And, just to prove he's not always grumpy, the Moose brought me some roses last night:


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings July 23, 2006

  1. Requirements :: Rules (this movie was on recently... couldn't believe Grump had not seen the whole thing before!)

  2. Pizza :: Hawaiian

  3. Dating :: Over it

  4. Issue :: Problem

  5. Sharp :: Tongue

  6. Distinguish :: Tuxedo (okay, this is more in relation to the word distinguished, but that's the first thing I thought of...)

  7. Remote :: Control

  8. Felony :: Arrest I don't know if this was a felony or not -- just what popped into my head.

  9. Exercise :: Gym

  10. Choose :: Pick

I caved...

Ok, last thing I ever thought I'd do, but I'm now on MySpace for anyone who is interested.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Got a new toy...

Ok, so I recently got a new toy... An Olympus E-500 to be exact. This is the first shot I have taken, and I gotta say I am amazed at the clarity! I guess I really didn't know what I was missing before. So now, I gotta teach myself how to use the darned thing. I've always gone with the point-and-shoot method before, but I took a class on digital photography at the Creative Memories convention I attended way back when, and since then have wanted to try for more. So, here goes! Hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more pictures soon! (After I get through the fun of reading the manual... this may take a while!)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings 7/16/06

Ok, so I missed last week -- not the first time!

  1. Video :: Games

  2. Fantasy :: Final

  3. Homework :: Highschool

  4. Crush :: Ice

  5. Late :: Schedule

  6. Husband :: Grumpamoose!

  7. Soccer :: Mom

  8. Wine :: tasting (for the record, I don't drink, but Wild Rescue used to host wine tastings as fund raisers.)

  9. Before :: After

  10. Romantic :: Candlelight Note: I wanted to link to some kind of how-to article on digital photography by candlelight, but couldn't find one! So, you got my favorite candle store instead.

Friday, July 14, 2006

I am a Chestnut Tree

You Are A Chestnut Tree

You are a born diplomat with a well developed sense of justice.

And even though you're impressive and intimidating, you're also fun to be around.

You can be irritated easily, and you sometimes act superior.

Nevertheless, you are sensitive of others feelings and very loyal.

Sometimes you feel misunderstood and are fiercely close to those who know you best.

thx to Jami... This is surprisingly accurate for me... LOL!

Monday, July 10, 2006

My new corporate heros

I've never really been drawn to Panasonic's brand, but with their new "Neuter Your Bunny" campaign, they've hooked me. I'm still not sure I understand the connection between batteries and rabbit reproductive health, but I don't really care why they're doing this. Neuter/spay campaigns always tend to start and end with cats and dogs. While that's all fine and good, the rest of us have to try to publicize our info via the grass roots method. Now, to have a large company put their voice behind such a cause is certainly cause for celebration! So, if you're in the market for long-life, disposable batteries, please check out the new Oxyrides, and hey, here's a coupon while you're at it. Can't find them in your area? Here's a list of stores. And while you're at it, take a moment to thank them for their donation to HRS and their work toward healthier, happier bunnies for us all!

Friday, July 07, 2006


I found a fun new tool! It's called Scrapblog and it's a great way to create scrapbook-like pages for your blog! Of course, it also helps that it's totally free and really easy to use. You can embed the "scrapblog" directly into your page, but unfortunately it kinda throws off my format, so to see my first creation, you'll have to view it at the site. If any of you folks who are better at HTML than I am have any suggestions to shrink this down to half-size when embedded, I'd love to hear them! And yes, I have already tried adjusting height and width.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Unconcious Mutterings 7/2

  1. That :: This

  2. Fishbowl :: Lens

  3. Church :: NBC (not the network!)

  4. All about :: You (I use this phrase a lot...)

  5. Fist :: Punch

  6. Tagline :: Logo

  7. Agree :: Argue

  8. Leak :: Pipes -- I LOVE these commercials, even though I don't really approve of RX ads on TV... Still, the pipe guys are too cute! If anyone has a link to the actual spot (called internal plumbing) other than on pay sites, please let me know... I'd love to post it!!!

  9. Jessica :: Simpson (for the record... ick.)

  10. Superman :: movie

Monday, June 26, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings June 25th

    1. Newspaper :: Dallas Morning News

    2. Crucify :: Christ

    3. Sausage :: Italian (interestingly, I just shared this recipe with Jami this morning!)

    4. Handy :: Man

    5. Cloak :: Dagger

    6. Drunk :: Disorderly

    7. Fuel :: Expensive

    8. Caress :: Soap

    9. Itch :: Allergies

    10. Vehicle :: Jeep

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings June 18th

  1. Voice :: Song

  2. Us :: Them

  3. Passionately :: Fire

  4. Humbly :: Meek

  5. Love songs :: Ballads

  6. Dim :: Dark

  7. Calendar :: Plans

  8. Careless :: Ignorant

  9. Block :: Lego

  10. Goal :: Dream (I just came across this while searching for an appropriate link, and it gave me giggles, so there ya go!)

Friday, June 16, 2006

Now this is good marketing

Maybe we should buy a second home in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings June 11th

  1. Band :: Marching

  2. Tan :: Cancer

  3. Mount :: Rushmore (Yes, there is a connection here -- I rolled up Mt. Rushmore while playing We Love Katamari last night, which is what brought it to mind...)

  4. Arcade :: Game

  5. Customize :: Personalize

  6. Hamburger :: Hot Dog

  7. Solid :: Liquid

  8. Forbidden :: Planet (I've never actually seen this, so I'm not sure why it came to mind, but there ya go...)

  9. Deter :: Avoid

  10. Torment :: Tantalus

Monday, June 12, 2006

Grumpamoose Returns

Not that I honestly think I was tremendously missed by anyone not known personally and even then probably not very much, but I have decided to make another go at this blogging thing. I have however found myself self censoring much of what is on my mind at random times, mainly to limit how much I annoy Bun-girl. (Not that it does much good). However, since my brain is still as it was lo those many months ago when I killed the Grumpamoose, I need to have an outlet somehow.

So here I am again. I will make no promises about topics or frequency of posts, and again I am not going to flatter myself that my opinions really matter to anyone but me. But I will make a effort to be more active

Sunday, June 11, 2006

fun with Jami and Frenzy

Don't let Grump's expression fool you -- we had a great time with Jami and Frenzy this week. We're both so glad you guys got to come up and see us, and of course, you are welcome to come back anytime!!!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

X-3, the return of the obsession

So I saw X-3 yesterday. I won't give away any spoilers, so don't worry. Let me just say that I was totally unprepared to find myself crying in the middle of a superhero movie! It was so good though!

Meanwhile, conversations with a certain blog-friend (who is coming to visit me this week!!!) about this movie have revived my interest in the whole X-Men/Marvel comic book universe. This means Grump is in trouble, though he does not know it yet! I used to be a fairly (obsessively) devoted fan of Wolverine as well as several other titles. The guys in the comic store I frequented knew me by name and new my taste well enough to recommend new titles to me on occasion. I spent hours pouring over each issue I got, and sketched my favorite characters regularly. Ok, yeah, in short I was a bit of a dork about the whole thing. (To clarify, I am still a dork, just not so much about the comics lately!) So anyway, I spent some time looking up all of my old favorites on Marvel's website, and it got me thinking. A few years before I moved out, my Mom did the Mom thing an threw out some of my old comics because they were starting to look a bit worse for wear. Of course, the ones that were looking so ragged were my favorite books. I replaced several of them, but my #1 pick I was never able to find again. The guys at the comic store couldn't figure out what issue it was any more than I could, and eventually I gave up on it. Of course, that was before I became so enamoured with this wonderful tool we call the internet! So, In about ten minutes I tracked down my long, lost book (would've been less if it wasn't for this darned slow dial-up) and it is now on order at Lone Star Comics. (which is actually somewhat local for me, so I don't even have to pay for shipping!) I should have it tomorrow. Well, they said Monday or Tuesday, which could mean Wednesday, but I am choosing to firmly believe that it will be in my hands TOMORROW (do you hear that guys? It WILL be here TOMORROW!!!) I think the obsession may be returning...

Unconscious Mutterings June 4th

  1. Fraud :: Crime

  2. Cure :: Race

  3. Slate :: Clean

  4. Pretentious :: Materialistic (oddly enough this was the Scripture Reference for the sermon at our church this morning!)

  5. Splendid :: Wonderful

  6. Geek :: Code ( GO d- s+: a- c++ U--- P L E W++ N o-- K- w O M V PS- PE Y-- PGP- t-- 5-- X+ R++ tv+ b++ DI++++ D- G- e* h-- r+++ x+++ )

  7. Blister :: In the Sun *language/content may not be appropriate for all audiences (hey -- it was high school -- I had no musical taste then apparently)

  8. Pizza :: Ham and Pineapple

  9. Revive :: CPR

  10. Visionary :: Revolutionary

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I can't wait to see the new X-Men Movie!

You Are Iceman

You tried to live a normal life, but it just wasn't possible
A bit of a slacker, you rather tell jokes than cultivate your powers

Powers: turning self and others into ice, making ice weapons, becoming nearly invisible

Word of the day: Crepuscular

Definition: most active during twilight hours.

Exe. Bunnies are crepuscular animals, because they tend to be most active at dusk and dawn.

Since I taught a friend about this word today, I just thought I would share it with the rest of you. ;)

Friday, May 19, 2006

I'm still here

Ok, so it's been a couple of months... So sorry! Can you ever forgive me? Well, you can thank Jami for this post since she linked to me and I figured I ought to put something new up here for folks to read. Soooo... I have pictures to share! (Yeah, finally found the camera)

Here's the house (as promised):

And here's my two little puppy-angels:

That'll have to hold you for now -- I have to go prepare for a scrapboking workshop.

More soon (I promise!)

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Same again... same again...

Well, the news is new, but it may sound like a repeat. I am again without a job, this time not by choice. For those of you who pray, please pray that God will continue to provide for myself and Grump as He always has, and that I would find the position He has in mind for me. Meanwhile, perhaps now I will have time to finish unpacking boxes and eventually find my camera so I can post some long overdue pictures for all to see!

In other news, I am still attempting to come to terms with a rather startling bit of bad news in my family. My mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer. They are fairly sure that they have caught it early enough to not have spread, but they will be running tests to be sure. Again, if you pray, please pray for wisdom for her doctors and health for her. She is still very upbeat about the whole thing -- she keeps saying that this is one way to lose some weight -- and she is relying on God to see her through this difficulty.

This has really not been my week. Next week can only be better!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Technical Difficulties

Please forgive my absence... We recently moved into the brand spanking new house in the brand spanking new development only to find out that it is indeed so new, in fact, that we are having issues getting an internet provider. Looks like I am going to be banished back to the stone age of dial up for a few months at least. What a pain! In the mean time, my digital camera is still MIA, so I can't even post pictures of the house, or of Ivan -- our new German Shepherd pup who is now Masha's constant companion. You'll just have to trust me when I say that he is irresistably cute! In other news, we have also adopted a missionary. Umm... that is a friend of ours who is raising money to go into international missions in Kazakhstan (sp?) moved in with us as well. So, currently the new house is home to three people, two dogs, three bunnies, four mice, more boxes that anyone has any right to have at one time, and a partridge in a pear tree. Hence the chaos. Anywho, thanks for the props Jami (you're so darned sweet!), and I'll get those pix up as soon as I possibly can!!!

Verse of the Day