Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Trip to the V-E-T

Rafe is going to the v-e-t tomorrow for his yearly checkup.

They have to make sure he is
1. still in remission from his Autoimmune disease and
2. he is not being hurt by the prednisone he takes to keep it suppressed.

I'm sure some mention will be made of his w-i-e-g-h-t....Sigh.

Purrs and Prayers are appreciated, I think I hate going to the V-E-T more that he does.

Update: It went well, they tested Rafe's blood and he is in good health, no sign of damage..:)

Fat Tuesday around the WWW

What IS Fat Tuesday?
Fat Tuesday in New Orleans
Fat Tuesday in Mobile, AL
Fat Tuesday in Galveston, TX
Fat Tuesday in Pensacola, FL
Taking the Fat of of Fat Tuesday

The Apprentice 5: Let the Games Begin

The season premiere of The Apprentice was rather blah, as was the first task of selling Sam's Club Memberships.

The candidates except for a couple are very young and I could have sworn we've seen Brent before, oh wait that was Markus.

Pick Your Poison
After the candidates introduce themselves, The Donald chooses 2 project managers and instruct them to start choosing a team-- grade school style.
They name themselves "Synergy" and "Gold Rush" and get right to work.

Staying On Task
Allie and Team Synergy brainstorm some ideas that are good and bad. They decide to give free manicures and massages to anyone who upgrades their Sam's Club Membership. Both teams are given a GoodYear Blimp to push the sales and Brent is angry at being chosen to ride in it.

Tarek, PM for Gold Rush, is a Mensa member and in case you forget that fact....he will remind you everytime he opens his mouth. The team seems to be a dollar short on marketing ideas, but settle on a free totebag for everyone that walks in whether or not they upgrade the membership. Summer was told to call area business owners and invite them to the party but she only made one call. I think they should have printed up some quick invitations and hand delivered them instead, but they didn't ask me did they?

And the Winner is...
Back in the boardroom our candidates are all confident they have won the task. The numbers speak for themselves. Synergy has won by only three and are rewarded lunch with Trump.

In the suite, Gold Rush is mourning the loss and Tarek and Lenny are doing some damage control. Tarek is instructing Lee on what to say and Lenny is telling Summer to say nothing.
Later, the team is sitting before Trump. Lee speaks against Tarek, and Tarek who is supposed to be among the top 2% of the world in intelligence (just ask him) invites Lee back into the boardroom along with Lenny and Summer.

There's One Every Season
Just when Trump is about to fire PM Tarek ( a member of Mensa..don't forget) Summer stupidly interrupts him. Even AFTER Trumps warns her she does it again.
Summer......You're fired.

Note to candidates: If Donald Trump tells you to shut-up......shut-the-hell-up.


Yahoo's Apprentice site has lots of links and photos
brianjb at Terrible Swift Sword thinks Tarek should lay low for awhile
Jamie at The Eye of Polyphemus also thinks Tarek will not last very long
Ann Althouse wonders how Ivanka will perform
Robin at Battered Basement prefers Martha's version of the show

The Bachelor: Travis Makes His Choice

In a two hour finale that was almost as boring as the two hour finale of Dancing With the Stars, Travis chooses Sarah from Nashville to wear a beautiful diamond ring...on a chain.

I felt sorry for Moana. First her meet the parents date was unfairly painful, then she had a wardrobe malfunction coming out of the limo only to be sent home in tears by the good doctor. I couldn't help but think the intense complexity of Moana's personality may have scared him a little, and he decided to play it safe.

Not that Sarah is not a lovely woman and a good match for the laid back doctor.
I'm sure as long as he stays in Nashville forever making babies it will all work out fine for her.
Hopefully she will get that ring on her finger soon.

Official Site

Monday, February 27, 2006

RIP: Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver passed away today at the age of 81. I'm sure most will remember him from Gunsmoke or as Marshall Sam McCloud. Dennis Weaver also had a deep love of animals and was an environmentalist. He founded the The Institute of Ecolonomics.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Mardi Gras Galveston

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You know the party is over when they are hauling of the port-o-potties.

Bad Kitty!

Rhett about gave his Paw a heart attack this morning when he found him OUTside the second story screened porch asking to come in. How did he get OUTside? through a hole he (once again) headbonked out of place. It is unclear if he 1. fell to the ground and ran up the outside stairs or 2. worked his way around with his claws outside the screen until it was safe to dismount onto the outside stairs. After John fixed the hole the little shit was right back headbonking that same spot, so IF he fell he did not learn his lesson, now did he?

The Apprentice: Hey Tana!!

Just when I think I am done picking on blogging about Tana she shows up in my small world again.

On her Hey Tana website, the bedazzler queen is now selling t-shirts and, hey Tana there does not appear a plastic jewel or stud on them..hmmm.

Now, IF you purchase a Team Tana shirt she will put your picture wearing same on her Team Tana web photo album.

Oh, let me grab my credit card..not.

The Apprentice

The Apprentice new season official site is up and the show premeires on Monday the 27th. It includes bios of the candidates and a silly little flash game that may or may not be worth a click of your time.
Meanwhile the Trumpster and Martha Stewart are still exchanging words like a couple of kids in Junior High School. Whatever.

Update: In a cruel twist of realty TV fate, The Bachelor is scheduled to air at the same time as The Apprentice. I have an appointment at 7pm and one VCR. Not fair!

Just makes you wanna say.....


Thanks, Chan!

All about porcupines

Saturday, February 25, 2006

RIP: Don Knotts

Don Knotts passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

While he may be always remembered by most as Barney Fife or Mr. Furley, I remember him best as The Reluctant Astronaut .
I was 7 and it was still two more years before man went to the moon for real.

Fly High, Mr. Knotts....You will be missed.

Shopping: Red Meat

Kroger and former Astro Nolan Ryan have partnered up during the
Houston Rodeo Hoop-lah to sell beef.
Don't have a Kroger?
You can buy Nolan's steaks on-line as well.

Oh...and if you happen to be vegan don't look here.

Mardi Gras Galveston

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It's a rainy Mardi Gras for Galveston Island Party goers.
The Strand Cam is showing light crowds this afternoon,
but I'm sure that will pick up as the day progresses.
If you haven't been before you may notice clumps of revilers centered under those balconies.
Those folks are throwing beads down to the crowd while waiting for the next parade.

It is 6:30 and time for the parade to start.
How would YOU like to tell all those drunks to get outta the way?

Udate 2:
Now it's 7 and getting dark.
The crowd thickens

The parade begins!

And now back to your regular schedule drinking

Friday, February 24, 2006

In Houston: Dead Bodies

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is featuring a new exhibit called Body Worlds 3.

Man, I really want to see this and check it out you can DONATE YOUR OWN BODY to Dr. Gunther for a future exhibit....weird!

I found this photo album but is is really slow to load, maybe grab a bud-light in a fancy bottle while you wait.

Friday Beer Blogging

Ok, I know I promised not to beer blog any more but isn't this new Bud-light bottle pretty?

I'm thinkin' it must be a special Houston Rodeo bottle, though I don't see that ON there anywhere.

Gosh, these are all most too fancy to drink....not.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Oreo Likes Laundry Too!

I saw this post in Oreo's Blog and I had to laugh because it reminded me of Rhett's entry on "Stuff on my Cat". Sadly Rhett's comments there are filled with spammers. I guess the site got too large to manage properly even though they are selling T-shirts to defray the cost of being so darn popular.

On My SoapBox

How many times to you have to hear that some idiot has left a small child alone in a car only to have the car stolen with the terrified toddler inside.
Too many.

Chandra on TV

Houston's Channel 13 reporter Darren Lyn was in Galveston today covering the upcoming smoking ban and caught my daughter and her co-workers on camera having lunch.

That's her on the left with Ginger.


They were sitting across from Michele, who was interviewed.


"We live in a city that is surrounded by plants, and the chemicals coming from the plants are a lot more unhealthy to us than this cigarette that I'm smoking," said smoker Michele Martinez.

Mommy's Little Helpers

I'm finding even though I am working mostly from home, it is still difficult to get even the smallest of household chores completed.

Even something as simple as making the bed
can be difficult to accomplish.



Rhett says: No worries Mom, we got this handled

See more helpful pets at the Friday Ark and don't miss Sunday's Carnival of Cats hosted this week at My Animal Family. See you there!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Bachelor: The Women Tell All

Yet again.....
A full hour of crying and bitching from rejected bachelorettes.
If this show returns for another season which I doubt, I would rather see them do a behind the scenes or blooper show and skip this "Tell All" format all together.

Official Site

Dancing with the Stars

Lisa Rinna was robbed last week do to Jerry Rice fans voting him to stay for the finals.
whodda thunk so many football fans were watching ballroom dancing.
Not me!
Official Site

The Apprentice

The Trumpster and Martha Stewart are in disagreement as to why The Apprentice: Martha Stewart failed so miserably.
Seriously, did she even watch it herself?

Thanks Mike for sending me the entire letter.
Man that's harsh!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Holy Overpriced, Batman

For a mere 100,000 dollars you can purchase the George Clooney version of the Batman costume. It does include the nipples in case you were wondering.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

On The Island: Mardi Gras

It will be a chilly Mardi Gras Weekend for Galveston party goers.
When we lived on the Island we enjoyed the Seawall parade, but only made it to the actual venue once. After being pushed, groped and puked on, I decided those beads are not worth the effort.
I might watch the crowds on the StrandCam and I will for sure eat some King Cake. Let the good times roll!

Friday, February 17, 2006

First Pay Check

I got an envelope from my new employer.
Inside was a "this is not a check" check for zero dollars.
Like I need to be reminded that I have not sold anything yet..Ha.

I Hate Mopping

My kitchen floor is the worst thing to clean around here.
I wonder why Mr. Clean has not yet come up with a magic eraser mop? Wouldn't that be a great thing to have?
Until then I guess I am stuck on the floor with the little miracle foamy sponge cleaning up Whiska's juicy tuna cat food.

If you haven't tried these yet, get your free sample here.

Update: the offer may be expired, if so they are in the cleaning aisle of your local store

Seven Bucks for a Valentine Card?

So I am going thru hubby's reciepts and see the Hallmark one for my 6.99 Valentine. Now, this is a pretty card, it really is but $7.00?
I spent like $2 for his.
I told him next time to just get me a 6 pack of Corona and slap a bow on it.
$7.oo well spent vs sadly wasted.
Isn't that romantic?

And The Winner Is?

Think you know who will take home that little golden statue?
Then you should enter this contest.
The winner gets to attend the ceremony sit outside somewhere near the red carpet.
Plus there are "lots of other great prizes".

Oh, what will I wear?


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Fun with Google

So being the narcissist that I am, I often google for myself.
Today I found this and it's over my blonde head, but funny as hell.

Snow Day

The kids in NJ sent some pics of their big snow
The girls seem to be having a good time




Josh, maybe not so much....ha


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Bachelor In Paris

Hour one of The Bachelor was a recap of past overnight dates and interviews with former contestants. Three couples are still together and it was fun to revisit them.
Then we were on to hour two and the much awaited overnight dates

Where's Dick Cheney when you need him?
Moana and Dr. Stork are attacked by pidgeons in Venice, but otherwise had a romantic date.
I can see them together.

Just Friends?
Both Sarah and Travis question themselves on whether the obvious friendship the two have developed can transcend into romance. I'm thinking if he really wanted a girl from his own hometown he would already be married.

Between a rock and a hard conversation
It's a day of rock climbing for Susan and the Bachelor. Travis has some tough questions for our little actress. Apparently, he didn't buy her tearful confession of love as Susan was left roseless.

The final two
I am choosing Moana, though I think Sarah is the better match.
Next week is the "Women Tell All" episode and that is always fun.

Happy Anniversary

Josh and Lorie

Monday, February 13, 2006

King of the Cat Tree

Rhett enjoys sitting at the very top of his cat tree


It's the one place he can be Alpha Cat


Rhett says: Rafe is too fat to get up here

The Boyz have been tagged

So I am surfing kitty sites and see Rafe and Rhett have been tagged at Meezer Tails.
Now being kind of new at this, I think they are supposed to answer the questions so here it goes.

1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Post the fifth sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

It wasn't a cat post, it was a TV one and sounds rather funny out of context.

"Read More about Martha doing the Apprentice"

Thanks, Meezers

Happy Birthday Syd

Our pretty little Grand-daughter
Sydney Paige is
5 years old today!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I'm so annoyed

I just spent some time choosing photos and writing entries for the Piedmont Pet Foods pet photo contest only to have the entries go *boing boing boing* all over cyberspace.
That's just wrong.

Update: the entries went the second time around and I got a thankyou note too... it's all good.

I'm so cold

I'm trying to get some work done, but my office is downstairs where there is no heat. I really need to pick up a space heater.

I peeked out side and saw this birdy, even he looks a little cold.
I feel for those in the blizzards up north at least we know our cold spell is only for a day or two.

Lincoln's Birthday around the WWW

From the White House, a biography

From E-how, ways to celebrate

From the National Park Service, the Lincoln Memorial

From Abraham Lincoln Online, The Gettysburg Address

From the US Mint, the story of the penny
From the History Place, a timeline of events

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Shopping: Shoes

If you have a Skechers outlet you MUST hurry right over there.
They are doing buy one get one half price on clearance right now.
I got these cute denim sandals, 2 pairs of boots and some even some atheltic shoes all for 80 bucks today.

*happy dance*

Shopping: The Dump

So we are always hearing the radio commercial for this furniture place The Dump.

We saw one on our way home through H-town today and excitedly stopped to check it out.

We would love to have a new bedroom suite.
John is using the dresser he had for about 40 years and I am not kidding.

Well, they use the type of marketing that is big red tags that say "compare too" this price and "our price" kind of thing. You wonder where do they get this "compare to" number and we didn't wander around this huge showroom long before we were convinced that surely they pull this all important figure out of their a$$es.

No doubt there might be some good deals here IF you even see something you like and we didn't.

John says, We've been here twice.....first time and last time.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Dancing with the Stars

I admit it, I love this show.
Not just for the dancing, but for the outfits. How do they get those slinky dresses to fit just so like that and keep them there with no malfunctions?

I'll bet they superglue them to their butts....:)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Virtual Shopping

This is kinda fun at Glamour.com
You can make a virtual model of yourself and try on different skirts.
When you find your favorites, all the information is there where to buy them. This one looks like a tablecloth,
don't you think?

Kitty Tails

There is a cute little movie HERE along with an article from the Purina Petcentric newletter about understanding what your kitty's tail is saying about his mood.
Like they don't make what they want purrfectly clear....:).

Rafe says:
Just tell Rhett to get HIS tail outta MY closeup

See all the cute tails at the Friday Ark

Just Show Me the Way Home

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I use Yahoo maps to get around Houston.
I like it because it is uncomplicated and I always have trouble using Google for driving directions.
I was so surprised to click on there this morning and find a new
(and looks like Google's) Beta Yahoo Maps.

My head hurts.