Sunday, December 31, 2006

A New Year Meme

Melli came across this Meme and it sounded kind of fun.
List the first sentence of the first post of the first day of each month and make a story.
Here we go....

Happy New Year!
It's my first full day working from home and I think I will like working this way.
Just for fun, a few of the candidate's personal Web Sites.
Shopping: Belly Rings
Kitty Movie Monday!
It's June 1st and the official start of Hurricane Season 2006
And yes, the girls have grown!
13 years ago today we were married at the San Jose Mission
in San Antonio, Texas
Relaxing in a sunbeam
Happy Birthday Gelsey
Post Halloween fun
Just as the last day of hurricane season passed,
in came the cold weather.

It was a fun year, and next year I hope to do better but don't expect any deep thinking from this blonde, OK?

The Apprentice 6

NBC has changed up the official site already.
Now they have given all of the current hopefuls stupid nicknames.
We have Frankie the Mouth, Derek the Risktaker and Surya the Hair and on and on.
Oh Brother

The Apprentice 6 premieres Sunday Jan. 7th on NBC
BobbleHead Bash is up and running now for your gaming enjoyment..or not.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Passed On: President Ford

I was just watching the State funeral for President Ford.
Betty Ford looks so fragile.
Susan is fighting back tears as colleagues who may or may not have agreed with Mr. Fords politics tell the story of his life in public service.
I can't imagine having the whole world watching you in your greatest time of grief.
Rest in Peace Mr. President and may God Bless your family.

Wedding Picture from HERE

Shopping: Shake n' Bake for Veggies

I don't know if this is a new product, but it's new to me.
McCormick Veggie Steamers.
You put the fresh veggies in a baggie along with the sauce mix provide and nuke it in the microwave. We tried the garlic/basil green bean. The beans came out just the right texture and this is much faster and easier than steaming them. They also have a cheddar cheese varity to use with broccoli and cauliflower.
Good stuff!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

From Me

And My Boyz

Merry Chrismouse!

The Boys made out pretty good too!

Santa brought a lazer toy, it is a BIG hit

Grandma sent some new mousies



Thanks Grandma!

Secret Santa!

I Played a secret Santa game this year.
My gifts came all the way from Georgia!

My SS remembered that I love and collect snowmen
Isn't this too cute?

She also thought of my poor tired feet

It's a foot massager!

Thanks so much to my Secret Santa,
Chi over at A Blog 4 Chilady

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Around The WWW

The clock is ticking and children all over the world are on their best behavior waiting for Santa.

The NORAD site will once again be tracking Santa for those that want to make sure they are in bed before his arrival.

Don't forget the milk and cookies!


Friday, December 22, 2006

Jury Duty! Again!

This time my services are required in The Southern District Court next month in Galveston.
Should I not be chosen to serve on a trial, I will be on call for 12 working days.
Should I be chosen to serve on a trial my services will end at the end of the trial.
Do they have really long trials at this level?
I'll bet they do!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Graduation Day


I finally got the pics out of the camera for
your viewing enjoyment

Click HERE

The Interloper

The cat outside is getting braver,
but still won't let me get touch her.


I fed her by the door hoping to get a closer look
to see if she is a she for sure,
but she prefered to snack facing Rhett.
They have been having some major staring contests.

I think he is in love....sigh.

Rhett and his little friend will
be boarding The Friday Ark

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

100 127 Word StoryPoem

Ok so this started out to be a 100 word story for this week's 100 Word Story Challenge, then is was not a hundred words or a story.
Sometimes it just works out that way.

A Christmas Tale

Twas the day before Christmas
And down at the mall
The traffic had slowed
to a proverbial crawl

The pressure was mounting,
And tempers grew hot
The competition was on
For each parking spot

When what should my wondering
eyes did appear?
A car backing out?
The way is all clear?

I smiled and laughed,
This is excellent luck!
When from the other side,
In pulled a big truck.

He hopped out of the cab,
The big stupid jerk
Then nodded and gave me
A rude little smirk

The anger was raging,
My face was beat red
And visions of slashed tires
Danced my head.

In a blink of my eye,
He was out of my sight.
Merry Christmas Asshole
You are not worth the fight.

In Houston: Flood Zones

Houston Flood Maps are now official

"Developing the new maps cost $30 million, with the flood control district and the Federal Emergency Management Agency each contributing $15 million"

If you need to know if your property is affected, check online at tsarp.org or call the Harris County Flood Control District at 713-722-7227.
Or
just give your friendly local insurance agent a call, I'm sure they will be happy to help you out.

Christmas Around The WWW

Feeling Grinchy?
You won't after watching this, I promise.

Tummy Tuesday!

Silly Rhett

Post your own kitty's tummy and then
run over to LisaViolet's and leave your link for all to visit

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Around The WWW

A funny little movie with Wallace trying to make a good Christmas card while Gromit dresses up as a bird.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christmas Around The WWW


Everything you EVER wanted or needed to know
about the fat man
is HERE

The Carnival Of Cats

While Rico tries to figure out why his Paw used HIS chair to block the hole RHETT made in the porch screen, why not check out this week's Carnival of Cats at House of Chaos.

You'll be glad you did!

(click for larger view)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas Around The WWW

This is pretty silly, but thankfully short.
I don't think anyone could stand too much of this guy.
I almost didn't post this because I am just not clear on what that
thing is
*whispers*
between his legs.

Busy Saturday!

We are enjoying our visit with Kelsey and Sydney
We had an early Christmas, since we won't see them then


They are doing some fishing

And playng with The Boyz



Graduation pics coming soon!

The Apprentice

Yahoo has opened up up their official site featuring candidate biographies and audition videos.

This years fantasy interview contest includes a chance to win a 2 week internship in NYC.
Also it appears Ivanka will be blogging instead of Bill Ranic this year.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Graduation Day

Chandra is graduating from the University of Houston today!
Pics to follow!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Around The WWW


This is kind of cute IF you can get the hang of it.

You will want to mute the sound, though.

Trust me.

Work Related: House Flippers

I'm so tired of dealing with these people that have watched/or worse purchased a program from one of those stupid infomercials about getting rich in real estate.

Seriously, if you could really buy a bunch of houses with no down payment, bad credit and only pay pennies on the dollar, those of us in the business would be rich already.

*stepping down*

PS: If any of you ARE getting rich this way..show me how!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Christmas Around The WWW

Play around with this guy's Christmas lights from your own computer
starting each evening at 4pm Mountain Time.


You can even send an instant message and it will show up on the webcam in his office.
Here's mine but the word Texas didn't come through
I inflated and deflated the toys a few times, pretty fun.
And, it's for a good cause.

Tummy Tuesday!

An old favorite
Baby Dumbo Rico and Rafe

Participating in Tummy Tuesday?
Be sure to leave a comment at Lisa Violet's Diary so all can see.

Monday, December 11, 2006

In Texas: Blind Hunters

That's hunting blind, not a hunting from behind a blind.
Never mind, just read the story

Christmas Around The WWW


Simon Sez Santa is back again this year
and waiting for your commands
both naughty and nice

try pick nose..hehe.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Interloper

This little cutey has been hanging around in the yard, peeking in the door and hiding under my neighbor's boat dock for a few days now.
I took out a can of wet food and she scoffed it down.
She mewed at me, but was too scared to come very close .

(Click for larger view)

I'm thinking one of my neighbors have moved without the cat.
I hate people

Christmas Around The WWW

First Pooch Barney presented his annual holiday video this week.
No matter what your political beliefs concerning our current leadership are, you may enjoy watching Barney and Miss Beazley running full speed through the White House in preparation for the holiday.

There are some fun cameo appearances including Emmit Smith, Dolly Parton and the First Cat, Willie who looked like she had better things to do.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Shopping: Super Sucky Walmart

Ok, I know I wasn't going back in there....but I wanted to get some photo Christmas cards fast so I can work on them this afternoon and they have the one hour online deal for .40 a card.
Well,
They turned out really cute and I sat down to work on them just now and oh crap there are no envelopes in here.
I'm sure I got envelopes last year with my Walmart cards.
Darnit!

Fun With SiteMeter

Tis the season to be searching for a Farting Snowman or maybe you would prefer a Snowman Farting

The Apprentice Meets Survivor

The Candidates are announced here along with a few changes to the format

The losing team will be forced to camp outside in tents,
while the winning team lives a life of luxury.
The losers will also be forced to use port-o-potties
and outdoor showers.

Should be fun.

You can catch up with the prior winners (coming soon) and see the season premier promo at NBC .com

Friday, December 08, 2006

100 Word Stories

My entry for this week's 100 Word Story Challenge
The topic is "Rehab"
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Are you serious?

I don’t belong here!

But the woman who thought she was in charge of all things Paula had heard this all before… and only shook her head.

“It’s for your own good”, she said, in a condescending way.

Well..

The only thing Paula hated worse than being told what to do is being told what to do in a condescending way.

“Give me the credit cards dear, you’ll feel a lot better”, she sneered.

Paula quickly exited, leaving the now bloodied scissors on the floor behind her.

Shopping Addiction Rehab?

Shopping is what makes her feel better!

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The 100 Word Story Challenge is posted every Saturday at
http://podcasting.isfullofcrap.com/
So go give a listen and vote for your favorites

If you would like to have a try at writing your own story that is exactly 100 words, next week's topic is "Monkey Business"

Astros: NO he didn't!

Ok, yes he DID!

Night Court

So last night was my jury duty at municipal court.

We were to report at 6pm.
I got there about 10 minutes til and there was a long line of jurors checking in.

We were given the required information, then seated in the order in which we arrived and court began.

First the judge called from his list all the people that did not require or request a jury trial.
Mostly people were asking to take driver courses for tickets
Why can't they do this part in the daytime?

Then the bailiff announced there was to be 3 trials and the panels of 15 for each trial were determined at random, in the order we were seated. The first 6 in each group that were not stricken by either side would serve.
Excuse ME?
The order we are seated is the order we arrived, that is NOT random.

So...Basically if you were on time and sitting with in the first 45 seats you were on a panel.
If you were late, you got sent home.

Well, I was seated 12th in the second group, so had to sit through the entire first trial (because we only have the one courtroom) knowing it was unlikely that I would have to serve at all.

So to make a long story short, I did not get on the jury and was sent home around 8:15pm.
AND
Next time, I will know to be late for jury duty.

Friday Cat Blogging:Rico In A Moonbeam



The best of the pet bloggers are boarding the Friday Ark and
Sunday it's all cats at the Carnival of Cats hosted this week
at House of the (mostly) Black Cats.
See you there!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Work Related: They Want...what They Want!

I had a new client come in through the website today and sent her a quick email offering my assistance with her home search.
This was her reply:

I'm only looking at the kitchens.
I love to cook.
These kitchens are too small.
I want
cabinets, cabinets, cabinets...:)

Hey, Maybe if I find her the right house she will make me dinner!

Monday, December 04, 2006

A sad sad day

Cat bloggers all over the world are mourning the
loss of Laurence Simon's beautful Piper


She was a favorite on the IFOC cat-cams and will be so missed.
Our condolences to the Simon family.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Friday Cat Blogging


Is there anything sillier than a big cat in a small bag?


No, I don't think so


See Rhett and all the blogging pets at The Friday Ark,
Then on Sunday it's all cats at The Carnival of Cats
hosted this week at Catmology

On The Island: Cold as the Dickens

Just as the last day of hurricane season passed,
in came the cold weather.
Temps yesterday morning were a comfortable 73, then quickly dropped more than 30 degrees when our first cold front of the season came blowing into town.

This is just the kind of weather that is perfect for attending
Dickens on the Strand
Don't you think?

Note: this is fake snow.
I took this picture at a Dickens of the past


Thursday, November 30, 2006

Desperate Shopping

This is kind of fun.

You can even "shop by episode" and get all the cute stuff the ladies on Wisteria Lane are wearing each week.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tummy Tuesday!

Rico shows off his stripey tummy


It's Tummy Tuesday every Tuesday at
Lisa Violet's Diary

The Bachelor


Prince Lorenzo seemed to be having a difficult time choosing his true love last night.
In fact, something tells me he may have just flipped a coin off camera.
The ring went to Jen, but Sadie may be the lucky one.

ABC The Bachelor Rome

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Turkey Dance

The Boyz stalk the turkey


Of course once it is served, Rafe remembers that he does not eat people food.

Have a nice holiday everyone!

See the best of this week's pet blogging at the Friday Ark and then it's all cats at Sunday's Carnival of The Cats hosted this week at Scribblings.

Cross posted at The Mis-adventures of RicoLoco

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

On The Island: Bah HUmbug!

This years big tree lighting ceremony has been cancelled due to lack of co-operation between the major sponsor Landry's and the City of Galveston.
We lived a few blocks down from this event for five years and always enjoyed the local school children performing Christmas music, Santa's arrival in a helicopter and ultimately a giant Christmas tree lit in all it's glory. Truly this is an event for locals and not tourist oriented.
Maybe the city has decided providing family entertainment for it's hard working citizens is not as much of importance as hiring an outside source for tips on promoting the island.
What a shame.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Give Him A Hand

John's bandages come off today and the stitches come out.
He will be evaluated to see if he will need therapy or not.
He is so happy to get this done already.
Please send healing thoughts that the surgery was successful.

Update: The stitches really hurt coming out and I tried not to look but couldn't help myself.
The doc said he is healing nicely and gave him some exercises to before his next visit.
He was glad he held back some of those good pills, because he was really hurting after this visit.

Monday, November 20, 2006

On The Island: A Name Change?

A consulting firm hired by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees has recommended that the City of Galveston consider changing it's name to make the destination more marketable for tourism.

Honestly, I think adding the word "Island" to the name of the city would not be as effective as finding a way to deal with our homeless population who are constantly approaching tourists or the prostitutes and drug dealers hanging around every night on the east end of Seawall Blvd clearly giving our city a bad image.

Just my opinion.

The Galveston Daily News

Kitty Movie Monday

Rhett does not want to share his shopping bag with Rico



Cross-posted at The Mis-Adventures of RicoLoco and
Shared at the YouTube Kitty Movie Monday Group

Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Carnival of Cats


Wake up Boyz!

Mog over at Mind Of Mog was presented with a beautiful grandbaby this weekend and still found time to put together a great looking Carnival of Cats.

On My Soapbox

I got a summons to appear for Jury Duty for the City Municipal Court next month.
It says to mail the summons back with the survey filled out by November 30th and then farther down--it says to "bring the entire summons to court"
So which is it?
Mail ahead or bring it in?

Speaking of City Hall.

I used my debit card in the parking meter last month when I attended a closing on the Island.
I knew there were meters and did I bring quarters? Of course not.
It was 3 bucks minimum, so I swiped my card and went about my business.
So now I see my bank statement this month is off by 3 dollars.
They charged me twice.

Will I fight City Hall for 3 bucks.
Hell, yeah.
What are they going to do.....call me in for Jury Duty?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Shopping: Holiday Party Dress

Isn't this cute?
I tried it on at Express today and it looked horrible.
It hits mid knee, a very unflattering length and the bust gaps.
It was really ugly.
In fact.... everything I tried on looked horrible on me today.
I did pick up a red silk blouse to wear with my velvet pants from last years party, but I didn't try it on or most likely I would have left it hanging as well.
and..
I don't even know if those pants still fit.

This was not a good day for shopping, I guess

Work Related: Working From Home

Trump University and Office 2 Share.com are sponsoring The Home Office From Hell Contest.

The winner gets to have lunch with George Ross in NYC and gets free rent on a real office for a year.

Not that a home office is not a real office, because it is.

You just get to work in your pyjamas with a cat on your lap and you don't have to share your bathroom with strangers.

I like it like that.

Work Related: Showing Instructions

Showing instructions are normally limited to the combo on the lock box, turn off the lights, don't let the cats out, and/or please leave a buisness card.

So I am making appointments for today and receive these instructions

There is a large dog in the back yard
The dog's name is Bruiser
There are treats in a bowl by the back door.
Please give Bruiser a treat before showing the backyard.

Man, I hope these people don't want to see the backyard.

Friday, November 17, 2006

A New Apprentice

The Donald will be welcoming a new little apprentice this summer.

On The Island: He's not a cat hater

He just shoots cats.

I hope they throw the book at him, or something worse.

For something more cheerful...look HERE and then head over to the Friday Ark

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I'm So Blonde: and so forgetful too

So I bought this little carameled apple kit.

It's really easy, you just wrap a prestamped circle of caramel over each apple and put in a stick. Even a blonde can do that, right?

The instructions say bake 5 minutes at 200 degrees.

About 40 minutes later.....I was smelling something.
It smelled yummy, like apple pie.

Then I remembered.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

TV: Show Me The Money

This show is horrible.
It's loud and cheezy.
The rules and questions are strange and complicated.
I have no comment on the sleazy dancers.
I hope it is dealt the "killer card" very soon
Surely William Shatner has better things to do.
Yuck.

Show Me The Money

In Houston: Charley Gibson

ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson is broadcasting live from Eleanor Tinsely Park near Downtown Houston. I'm glad we are having nice weather for him to be standing outside in and I really hope he is wearing his mosquito repellent.

Shopping: On-line specials

I prefer to do most of my holiday shopping online.
If you like to shop on line too, check out Ker-ching for lots of online coupon codes and specials.
I just completed my toy shopping at K-mart.com and got free shipping.
I like free.

Speaking of holiday shopping, I popped into the mall to kill some time between clients Saturday and guess who is already sitting in his big chair and selling over priced 5x7's to worn out parents of screaming babies?
Ugh, can we just have Thanksgiving first?

Tummy Tuesday

RicoLoco sleeping off the nip party I posted about yesterday

Tummy Tuesday every Tuesday at
Lisa Violet's Diary

Dancing with the Stars: Two Words

The Bachelor: The Final Two


After a trio of overnight fantasy dates, Lorenzo has narrowed the field down to two.

Jen, blonde and conservative and Sadie, blonde and conservative.

Lisa was sent away in tears after the Prince decided she may be more into "The Bachelor" the show than the bachelor himself.

ABC The Bachelor in Rome