Sunday, April 30, 2006

Shoe Blogging about the Cat

Or should that be cat blogging about the shoes.
Do you see my new Sketchers that I haven't even worn yet?

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Teeth marks and lots of them.
Bad Kitty!

Shopping: Bubble Skirts

I think these are so ugly, but I'm seeing them everywhere.

It's in basic black at Nordstrom at $154.00
Macy's has a below the knee style that is only $32.00
South Moon Under, says these skirts look and feel great
This one is TOO damn short!
Big girls should NOT wear gingham, ever.
Urban Outfitters did one in sweatshirt knit.....Yuck!
The Big O has them at $29.99 (pictured here)

My advice is if you like them not to spend too much because I'll bet you that $154.00 that we won't even see them after this spring.
Well, maybe on Ebay.

Tagged: Rafe N Rhett

We ran across a cute kitty meme at Insanity Prevails

If you are a cat or have a cat consider your self tagged and we hope you will leave us the link with a comment so we can visit you.


1. What's your favorite food?

The wet kind with the gravy, it there is not gravy, then it is the wrong kind
treats, treats and treats

2. What is your favorite toy?

Rafe: Toys are for babycats, but I have been known to swat at a jingle ball once in awhile
Rhett: small toys that I can carry around easily are my favorite and Rafe lied he plays with pipe cleaners, I saw him playing.

3. What is your best trick?

Rafe: Yeah, right
Rhett: I play fetch, and I jump up to catch my toys

4. What is your favorite human trick?

I beg for human food until they give in then do not eat any
Rhett: I play hide and they play seek.

5. What human rule do you break often?

I can defeat the babycat locks on the cabinet and let Rhett in to play with the TP
I like to sit on the eating table, that is a dumb rule anyways

6. What do you wish your human knew about you?

I wish I could tell her why anyone would leave such a wonderful kitty at the shelter
I wish I could tell her why I am not a lap cat, she always wants to hold me and I am just too busy for that

7. What are you glad your human does NOT know about you?

Sometimes I do stuff that Rhett gets the blame for
You do?

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Debbie Does...Do We Really Have to Go There?

I like reality TV, I really do-- but isn't this going a little too far?
Not that I won't watch it.
Or blog about it.

Training Your Cat

The Purina "Snack Club" site provides tips
for training your cats using the treat method.

Funny, I thought they had trained me?


Rhett says: Did someone say "Treats?"

I'm of the "get it done" variety and.............

I'm not very lady-like about it either

What your sneeze says about you

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Apprentice: Stuff to play around with

Yahoo has a new The Apprentice game you can try for free. The full version is $19.95. I did download the free one, but have not had the time to see if it is any fun or not, guessing not.

You can take a virtual tour of the suite here and vote for "Pain of the Week" at the Excedrin site. Don't forget The Yahoo Apprentice site features deleted scenes from each episode. Bill Ranic keeps a blog there too and features viewer comments.

Want to take The Apprentice in your pocket?
You can get free Ringtones at
If you would like to be fired by The Donald, get this for your desk.

But if its not against the law then>>>

Friday Cat Blogging

The Boyz each have their very own chairs on the patio

Do you think it's strange that the large cat
prefers the small chair and vise versa?

Well so do we.

See more pampered pets at the Friday Ark and
Don't miss The Carnival of Cats on Sunday
hosted this week at Furry Paws

Thursday, April 27, 2006

New Baby In The Family

A Great Nephew Shepard Stone was born today.
Congratulations Destiny and Chris and big brother Noah and big sister Ariel, who isn't very big at all.

We are so happy for you!

Didn't she realize they have her address now?

This is one of the many reasons you should use a Real Estate Agent when selling your home and not go For Sale By Owner.

I'm not just saying that because I happen to be a Realtor.

Well, maybe I am.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In Texas: BuBye to the Bonus Ball

Texas Lotto has gone back to the old style of playing lotto.

Former Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikeman and Emmitt Smith are celebrating the comebackwith Texas Television and Radio spots.

The odds are now 1 in 25.8 million compared to 1 in 47.8 using a bonus ball.
Feeling lucky?

New: Yahoo Mail

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Have you seen this new Yahoo Mail Program?
It looks too much like Outlook to me,
Why are they always fixing stuff?

I think I will go back to regular Yahoo,
but I was wondering about the FireFox program,
I think it's called Thunderbird.

Does anyone use it?

Wordless Wednesday

If you are participating in Wordless Wednesday
please leave your link for everyone to visit.
All are welcome to leave a comment.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Apprentice: The Early Birds Get the Win

This week The Apprentice candidates are sent out to Ellis Island.

The Mission: To create and sell a limited edition booklet benefiting the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation.

Gold Rush, led by watched by Lee hop out of bed early and leave the still snoozing Allie and Synergy in the dust generating a win for the first time in 4 weeks.
The team is rewarded with a day of playing golf with Trump and Pro Vijay Singh.
Charmaine complains that Lee got the win.
Clearly this girl is never happy unless she is unhappy.

Team Synergy, not willing to blame themselves, focus on Andrea.
The girls quickly form a plan that includes --
"blood will be f_ing everywhere".
Very nice, Allie.
Sean, the only man on the team, can not defend his friend and Trump sensing dislike among the group for the self proclaimed
>insert anything here< specialist
says: Andrea you're fired.

Now, Andrea is not my favorite but truly it was Allie that deserved to be fired this round for missing the boat----literally and figuratively.

Monday, April 24, 2006

On The Island: Web Cam Fun

John is on his way home from work.
How do I know?
I see him on a Galveston Island web cam.
Pretty cool, huh?

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Don't you hate it when.....

You clean out the fridge and have to throw out a bunch of stuff that looks iffy because you didn't eat it fast enough.
What a waste.

Friday, April 21, 2006

In Houston: San Jacinto Day

Today is San Jacinto Day.

I took this photo last year, we love going out there.

San Jacinto Monument

NBC: More Product Placement

Deal Or No Deal is a re-run tonight and the Miss USA contestants (Friday is the pagent) are taking the place of the usual models.

The current Miss USA, Chelsea Cooley made an appearance on that stupid Celebrity Cooking show. I missed the final, but it appears she won.

So...did I just refer to these lovely ladies owned by Donald Trump himself as "products"??

Well, yes I did.

On The Island: Texas Beach Party

Galveston Island is battening down the hatches in preparation for the annoying annual Texas Beach Party also known as KAPPA Weekend.

Thousands of mostly African American young people will swarm the Seawall in an endless parade of barely dressed girls, jacked up cars and boys with video cameras.

Even more annoying than the loud beat of thousands of overblown speakers blasting HipHop all over the Island, is the city blocking off nearly every street with the exception of the major arteries.

Many businesses close because workers can not travel around the Island to get to work.

Even 7 miles away our little neighborhood will be barracaded (photo) due to the traffic backing up this far in previous years.

Every year the city tries to lure the party out to East Beach.
The turnout is usually light out there, the main venue clearly being Seawall Blvd.
After the party there is a big expensive mess to clean up, but the city does a good job of putting things back together quickly. Summer has arrived.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sometimes Rafe is naughty too

Rafe knows he is not allowed on the leather furniture.
In fact.....
The Boyz have Their very own claw-friendly furniture Downstairs.


Me: Rafe, get down
Rafe: *blink*
Me: Rafe, get DOWN
Rafe: *blink*


Rafe says: She is not the boss of me!

See all the blogging pets at The Friday Ark
don't miss Sunday's Carnival of Cats this week at My Animal Family

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Happy Birthday: Pop Rocks

Yup, that freaky candy you loved as a kid is 50 years old!

What? You don't think they look a day over 30?

Well that's because the secret formula sat on the shelf for 20 years.

BTW... if you thought the brat from the life cereal commercial was killed by eating PopRocks and drinking Pepsi?
Well, you were wrong.

Oklahoma Remembered

Today is the 11th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

I took some photos of the Memorial Grounds when we were there a couple of years ago.
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If you ever find yourself in OKC, the museum there is an afternoon well spent.

In Houston

Clients often ask about the Harris and Galveston county sex-offender lists and want to search for such when they are choosing a home.
It makes them feel safer.
This guy tried to take a little girl in Pearland and is claiming to have made many attempts in the past.
His territory was most of Harris and Galveston County.
He is not on any list.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Texas Windstorm may be dropping coastal customers this year.
Our policy expires in August, right in the middle of hurricane season.
These policies are lender required.
I wonder how that will work not only with my own little waterfront home but with the ones I am trying to sell as well.
No doubt, prices will be rising.

Celebrity Cook Off

Ok, shoot me I'm watching it.

Ashley can't crack his eggs, Patti can't find her whisk and the volley ball player's dough is falling apart.

Oh......The drama.

Update: The rock star that I never heard of won tonight and I think Alan Thicke does not realize that even if anyone even cared what he has to say, he can not be heard over the way too loud studio audience.

Come back tomorrow to see Tom Arnold in the kitchen...yea.

Celebrity Baby Watch

Tom and Katie had a baby girl today as did Brooke Shields.

The Apprentice: Brent's Bagel Diet

The diet
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Celebrity Cook Off

Ok, I don't know if I can watch this all week, but it took the place of The Apprentice last night so gave it a try. It's not the Iron Chef, but it was somewhat amusing.

Alan Thicke is the host, and there was an amusing segway from Deal or No Deal to start it all off.

The blondes were wearing skimpy little sundresses and high heels, no surprise one of them got burned, I was just surprised it was her hand not her boob. They both kept flipping the hair and even John said, get a ponytail holder already.

The football player was my favorite, and though he didn't win at least he did not take himself too seriously.

The judges, one of whom was dressed in clown gear, gobbled off the same plate--yuck-- and I kept waiting to see if one of them had found a blonde hair in the food.

There is a blog with one entry, and each night the show is giving away a new kitchen.

Tonight Patti LaBelle is competing and I may watch again because I'll bet that gal can cook.

Easter Girls

So Pretty in Pink


Lezley says: Let's Go!


Look what we got!


Sunday, April 16, 2006

Tagged: 6 weird things

My friend Melli Tagged me to come up with 6 weird things about myself.

So here it goes

1. If something strikes me funny, I laugh. Often, it is not appropriate, ie a funeral.
I have no control over this and have gotten myself in big trouble for this habit since, well since about 1st grade to present. Oh

2. I am a major list maker and even if I don't do ANYTHING on that list on that day, I STILL have a sense of accomplishment just for making the damn thing.
weird, huh?

3. I hate cooking, but have been following the weekly recipes at and try to make something from that site at least twice a week. Now some of it has been pretty gross, but I try
and some of it has been pretty good too.

4 .Sometimes, I have trouble making even the simplest decisions and am apt to flip a coin to make one even if I am driving in the car.

5. I am really picky about what to wear for the day, I get dressed about 3 times...Not kidding.

6. I am totally paranoid about being late for ANYthing. I tend to be at least a half an hour early for appointments, if I arrive less than 30 minutes prior, I "feel" late .

On the Canal: Lazy Sunday

It's a beautiful Easter Sunday

These little flowers started blooming today

These little fish got lucky, they are too small for bait

The brisket is in the smoker

and The Boyz think it smells pretty good

This is Mike, he lives next door and thinks the brisket smells good too

Our neighbors are out and about

And so are the birds

Is that a Cheeto in his hand?

Yes it is...

Happy Easter Everyone!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

NBC: Product Placement

The contestant on Deal or No Deal last night proposed on stage to his fiance.
I couldn't help but notice as soon as he brought out the ring the camera focused on the Kay Jewelers logo on the box.

Now they are pushing this Celebrity Cooking Showdown, lots of opportunity there for product placements.
Country Crock anyone?

Happy Easter

The Boyz and I hope the Easter Bunny is kind to all of our readers and if you have kiddos in your family you may want to let them hop by our very silly Easter Page

See all the blogging pets at The Friday Ark
don't miss Sunday's Carnival of Cats this week at Begin Each Day.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Wordless Wednesday

Don't you hate it when.....

You are having a bad day and you call your significant other to get some sympathy only to have them tell you how much worse HIS day is going??

Celebrity Baby Watch

It seems you can't turn on the TV or pick up a magazine without hearing about celebrity babies.

Britney is in the news again after the nanny dropped her baby on his head.
They took the little guy to the emergency room......6 days later.

Gwenyth Paltrow's new son, named Moses, is welcomed home this week by little sister Apple.

Tom and Katie's baby is due any day now and Angelina is reported to be preparing for birth in Africa.

Brooke Shields at age 40 is having a girl next month and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani is due in June.

Now, if you want to name YOUR baby after a celebrity.....look HERE.
OR if you want to dress your baby like a celebrity....go HERE.

And if you don't care, don't pick up People Magazine for a couple of months.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Shopping: Lee and Lenny Shirts

I just saw these in a post at The Orthodox Apprentice.
Aren't they great?

The Apprentice: The Pricing Game

Hour two of The Apprentice finds our hopefuls selling some really strange looking sandwiches for the 7-11 corporation.

Leslie is anxious for her turn at PM for Gold Rush and Andrea goes for a second run for Synergy.

Both teams get right to work with marketing strategies.
Michael was happy to move over to Gold Rush and hoped to help them to a win.

Leslie and Lee quickly come to loggerheads over the pricing of the "P'EatZZa" when he feels she has lead the team down the wrong path with pricing the sandwich too high. They do agree that mini-coolers will make a great item to feature with the sandwich and Lee is off to check out the location.

Andrea chooses ball caps as the giveaway on her own.....No discussion.
The team goes with a $4.00 price point, half of what Gold Rush is asking.

Both teams seemed to be enjoying themselves the day of the task.
Lee had a big idea of selling a thousand Pizza Sandwiches to one company, but the deal fell through when price became an issue.

In the boardroom everyone is surprised to hear that even though Synergy had the lower price point, they were the winners.

While Synergy enjoys a reward of a day in Washington DC, Gold Rush finds themselves once again in the boardroom.

Leslie, though not a bad project manager is fired if for no other reason than choosing a bad price point. Oh, and for not being able to out yell Lee in the boardroom. What a way to spend your birthday.

BTW: Does anyone else think it's weird that we haven't heard Tammy speak for a couple of weeks now?

The Apprentice: Extreme Room Make-Over

This week our candidates are partnered with Ace Hardware to renovate a recreational room for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Lenny and Michael stepped up as PM's for their respective teams and no boardroom was more uncomfortable to watch than was the meetings they each led with the Ace Hardware and Boys and Girls club executives.

Both sides must struggle to get the task completed on time and blame this on the lack of leadership of the project managers.

Amazingly the rooms do come together and the execs bring some kids in from Boys and Girls club to check out the new rooms.

Synergy's "lounge" theme (which I personally thought sounded kind of sleazy) was the clear winner with many interactive opportunities for the kids to enjoy.
Gold Rush went with a music theme and while the kids seemed to enjoy playing on the instruments, the executives felt the mark was missed.

The winners are sent to Toys r Us to assist a little girl on a shopping spree courtesy of the Make a Wish Foundation.

The losers are of course sent to the boardroom.
Lenny tried to blame Charmaine for his loss and while he hoped Lee could help him in the boardroom, Trump saw no reason to delay the inevitable and said

"Lenny, you're fired"

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Apprentice

I'm taping the show so I can watch the new "Ten Commandments" (which by the way is not as good as I had hoped) and I popped in the other room to make sure it was taping OK and saw who got fired.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Take me out to the Brad Ball Game

(Click for full size Brad)

We saw the Astro's play today at Minute Maid.
The roof was open and it was nice to be outside.


This one is my new desktop background



The "other" Brad