31 January 2005

Good morning world

Earthdate 31012005...

This morning I woke up with a serious sinus infection...again. So I decided to lay back down. Next thing I knew, Ashley was there telling me to get up. I did my best to ignore her, so she brought in reinforcements. Rusty. Rusty refuses to be ignored. So I got up. Made the bed while the cats inspected. Dusted in the bedroom...again while the cats inspected. Washed dishes while Ashley inspected from on top of the refrigerator. Then I fed them lunch a little early. They are not exactly known for their patience.

Yesterday, our landlord and my husband installed the new 40 gallon water heater, so it is really nice to have hot water again.:-) Now all the laundry I was unable to do Sunday I get to do today. Yay...yeah right. I know the washing machine does most of the work, still, it is a very monotonous job.

Right now I am eating brunch...Quaker Oaks supreme with cinnamon and pecan and bottled water. The Quaker Oaks Supreme is really good. Much better than the regular instant stuff.

Now on to politics...

Yesterday was the Iraqi election, so the president was on a lot yesterday on television with his childish expression of victory. Like this makes up for over 1400 dead American soldiers. And now, the insurgence was probably watching who was working and voting, so the lives of these people are in danger. Notice it was mostly the Kurds that were celebrating, and as we all know, Kurds are Christian, not Muslim. The faction that held power before did not come out and vote, so this was not a victory. It means that this is not over, and we should be concerned.

Now about taxes...again...

Yesterday, I complained about taxes. Yesterday, I also learned that Fayette County was raising property tax 60%. 60%. That is nuts. And what do we get for this money? Lets see...
roads with huge craters what will swallow a SUV;
some roads they do not even bother clearing or salting in winter;
no subway or train system;
no public transportation;
no real public library -- the only public library is part of the school;
no museums except for a tiny one I have yet to find open...
so where in the world is the money going? My guess: the huge black hole also known as politicians pockets.

30 January 2005

gripes

Earthdate 30012005...

Before 2005 even hit, the state of Pennsylvania sent us a tax form to send them money. Then yesterday, we received one from this small rural town of Perryopolis. They are charging us 1% of our gross annual income, and they declared that "joint returns are not permitted by law", so they can claim even more money. What a rip off. We pay 550 dollars a month in rent for this upstairs duplex, plus electricity, gas, water, sewage, cable, phone, air filters (required in our lease to be changed monthly), renters insurance (again required in our lease), lawn care (we pay for the gas to cut the lawn), and of course sodium chloride for winter. I had to call Washington D.C. to get mail delivered, and that is not even delivered on our street, but on the street perpendicular to us. As for trash pick up, our landlord told us that we had to haul our trash instead of letting the garbag men pick it up on Sundays because he does not want to pay the 8 to 11 dollars a month for trash pick up. This is nuts. But we are told we have to pay an extra 1% of our gross income and file it seprately. This from a place that is suppose to value families and "Christian" morality...it is against the law to file jointly. What a crock.

We dealt with no heat on Christmas. Now we have no hot water. There is a serious leak in our hot water tank and so the hot water had to be turned off. We called the landlord twice. He has a cell phone, so I know he had to have gotten the message. Yet we are still waiting, and there goes our Sunday. My husband was planning on getting his hair cut today, but it looks like that will not happen because we are still waiting for the landlord to return our messages. It should not be a big deal concidering we are paying his mortgage for this place, plus he should have money left over concidering there are also tenants downstairs. Yet we wait...again. And since they have this rediculous and unfair income tax that exempts pension, unemployment, sub pay, bank interest, 3rd party sick pay & disability (remember our downstairs neighbor is on disability, so he is exempt), S-Corp., & passive partnership. This leaves hard working middle class people paying the tax. It is suppose to go to the school, but the way I figure it, when we buy a house, why buy here? We can use the money that would go for this tax and send our kids (when we get any) to private school and that would be a federal tax deduction. So this system is very idiotic. This is one of the lessons why it is best to rent before buying...when you buy, you are locked in. This is a lesson learned on where I do not want to buy a house, unless we are retired or on disability.

Our landlord just called back. He is suppose to be here in half an hour. Hopefully the hot water tank will be fixed. I hope.

29 January 2005

A joke sent from dad

Earthdate 29012005...

Yesterday I reinstalled AOL messenger on my computer, then the stapler fell on my mouse and broke it. I wonder if it is a sign.

Then today I get an email from dad that he has a new AOL address, which just goes to prove that marketing is better than quality. Macintosh vs. IBM compats is another example. Everyone knows Macintosh is a better computer, but because more people use IBM compats, that is what we buy. Marketing. Even I use use an IBM compat because there are more programs out for IBM compats, plus, I am used to it now having used computers since 1882. I started learning in high school on a TRS80 III model. Then my first computer I bought was a PC Jr. Not because it was a good computer. Actually, it sucked. It was marketing. The computer was good at playing games like hangman. From PC Jr, I graduated to IBM 286. With that, I was able to get onto bulletin boards (the precursor to the internet). Admittedly, Macintosh was also out then, and a much better computer as mentioned earlier, but because more businesses used IBM compats, and there was more software for IBM compats, I used an IBM compat. IBM compats ran on DOS software, which was easy to use. This time period was very early 90s and we used dial up modems. It seems funny now how patient I was back then compared to today. With my DSL, I want to get on web sites instantly, which just goes to show how marketing has influenced out world. We are told with marketing that we get "instant access" with broadband. When did we stop thinking for ourselves, and turn over our will to marketing?

Now for the joke my dad emailed me:

1. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
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2. A mother was telling her little girl what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"
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3. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo while I asked, "No, how are we alike?" "You're both old," he replied.
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4. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her father's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."
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5. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me, and always she was correct. But it was fun for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying sagely, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these for yourself!"
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6. A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off thy neighbor's wife,"
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7. Our five-year-old son couldn't wait to tell his father about the movie we had watched on television, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." The scenes with the submarine and the giant octopus had kept him wide-eyed. In the middle of the telling, my husband interrupted Mark, "What caused the submarine to sink?" With a look of incredulity Mark replied, "Dad, it was the 20,000 leaks!!"
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8. When my grandson, Billy, and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use, Grandpa. The mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights."
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9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandma," he advised. "Mine says I'm four to six."
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10. A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, "Mom, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The mother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said, "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change "y" to "I" and add 'es'" (What English teacher wouldn't love that one?)
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11. Subject: Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Sure," said the young boy confidently. "It means carrying a child."
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12. A grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are these army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV, "The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!"
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13. A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past, Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties. "They use him to keep crowds back," said one youngster. "No," said another, "he's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to a close...."They use the dogs" she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrant."

28 January 2005


John & Rusty

John & Rusty

Giving a cat medicine

Earthdate 28012005...

We laugh and joke about how hard it is to give a cat medicine, but what is even more difficult is that they get smarter as they get older and more difficult to give medicine. As I mentioned earlier, we have to give Rusty allergy medicine. Rusty does not like it. So now, even the squirting water down with the pill does not work. John saw me failing at giving Rusty his half tablet and told me I was doing it wrong. So he tried...and failed miserably. Rusty just spit it back out wet and ran off. So needless to say, Rusty is just going to have to suffer his allergies.

Then I remembered when I was a kid. My brother & I got into my grandparents heart medicine. It took the doctor, my grandfather, my father all to hold down a preschool little girl to get the syrup of ificap down me. So how can I blame Rusty for putting up a fight when I did?

I asked John if he put up a fight taking medicine. He replied, "oh yeah." His parents had to literally corner him and then his dad gave him the medicine. The only reason he did not spit it back out again was because he knew what would happen if he did. And medicine was not cheap, and his family was not wealthy. So again, how can I blame Rusty for putting up a fight?

Is giving this poor cat allergy medicine worth the fight? Without the medicine, Rusty sneezes a lot. With the medicine, Rusty is stressed out twice a day and suspicious of us. I am ready to forgo this medicine and just let Rusty sneeze.

Now about my appt. yesterday...

The surgery worked better than the doctor imagined. Yay! He said that my sensitivity to light can happen with the surgery and should go away in about another week or so. Yay again! And even though my former eye doctor declared I will never be able to see 20/20, Dr. Hertle was surprised when I was able, with an eye glass prescription, to see 20/20. Huge Yay! So now I just have to see him once a year for an annual check up. So the next step is to fix my eyesight to 20/20 now that I know it is possible. First of all though, we have to find the paperwork to see what is covered as far as eye care, if anything, before making a decision on eye correction.




27 January 2005

Good morning world

earthdate 27012005...

Good morning world. Thank God for Ibuprofin and whoever invented the monthly life saver. Yesterday was the first day of my cycle, so this morning, I seriously needed an Ibuprofin tablet. Because of my appt. with Dr. Hertle (the great surgeon at UPMC who straightened my eyes), I went with John to work and got the car. Getting into the car this morning, the temperature was bitter freezing. Driving back though was really beautiful with the orange sky. Yes, I know, red sky in morning sailors take warning. It means a storm is coming, but it is still beautiful.

Thank God for my husband. He is so good at putting perceived problems into perspective. It may have been pms contributing to it, but last night I was in tears. I thought the whole health insurance thing was dealt with just to have a nurse from FirstHealth, our new health insurance company, call to ask questions about Dr. Hertle. I thought is was all taken care of like I mentioned earlier, yet here she was calling saying that it has to go through her. My appointment is at 1:20 p.m. today, and I have an hour's drive through Pittsburgh traffic, so I usually leave 2 hours early in case anything goes wrong. Plus, I want to avoid the lunch traffic. Personally, I love cities, but I am convinced that whatever engineer designed the Pittsburgh highway system was completely stoned at the time. Getting back to the nurse, she said she had to call Dr. Hertle to get information and would call me today and let me know. Remember, my appointment is today also. And to add insult to injury, she has a class this morning, so she will not be able to call me until after her class. Our health care system is nuts! Personally, I believe we would increase quality of health care and reduce prices dramatically if we just took health insurance agencies out of the equation all together. They are like the commodities market...they are there just to make themselves a lot of money on the hard work of others. There is a lot of idiocy in our system when a doctor is not allowed to practice medicine if he is not approved by an insurance company to cover him and he has to pay the insurance company outrageous sums of money before he is allowed to treat patients. That is ridiculous.

Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. has a system where doctors are paid salaries, and patients pay on a scale according to what they earn. We are taught here that socialized medicine does not work, yet Cleveland Clinic works on a socialized medicine kind of system and it is one of the best hospitals in this country. The U.S. is ranked #36 in health care, yet #1 in health cost. At the same time, France is ranked #1 in health care, and their health cost is extremely lower than ours. So why do we continue to be so arrogant? Why can't we learn and fix our health care system? Simple. Insurance companies pay off our politicians to keep the system the way it is. The insurance companies get richer. Politicians get richer. We Americans lose. I guess this is what my father and fore-fathers fought for...the right to get taken advantage of by insurance companies and politicians. Even vet hospitals for our people who fought when our country asked have despicable health accommodations. Where is the pride in that? Where is the patriotism?


26 January 2005

Good morning

Earthdate 26012005...

This is what I get for sleeping in...I woke up with a serious sinus infection that left me feeling lousy, so I laid back down and got back up in time for the president's Special Report, which is really nothing more than the president trying to sell his social security plan, which is nothing more than the president trying to enrich his portfolio by adding tax payer money to the extremely unstable stock market (Enron is a great example of this where thousands of people lost their pensions, and there are photos to prove Bush and the CEO of Enron were friends). Are people suppose to be so idiotic to go for this? If we really care about our future, we will bring down the federal deficit instead of raising it to an all time high. Also, quit stealing out of the social security fund (which has been going on since Johnson's time) and that will definitely protect social security. The stock market is risky where people have historically lost entire fortunes and committed suicide over it (remember Black Tuesday). It is unfortunate that the president of the states does not care about representing all Americans, but rather just the wealthiest 1% and the evangelical Christians. That is how he won the election, and he knows it. He learned this could be done from his father's campaign for presidency. There were churches in this country that were telling their congregations to vote for Bush, and since there are some "sheep" that will do whatever their religious leaders tell them to...the rest is history.

Now on to some good news...

John came home last night in a good mood. He asked me to go to the grocery store for yogurt. I picked up other stuff while I was at Giant Eagle in Uniontown (like organic fat free milk, organic eggs, peaches, nectarine, grapes, grape tomatoes, cucumber, fresh Tuscan bread, flat bread, etc...notice the healthy theme here). When I got back, he carried the stuff up the steps and asked me to watch this NOVA program he was watching. I saw it was 8:30 p.m. and though, I just have enough time to run into the bedroom and watch the second half of Gilmore Girls, but I resisted the urge. Instead I watched the program with my husband which really was good. It was basically science news. Now for the good news part... There may be help for Autism. It started with an experiment with monkeys where brain waves were monitored during different activities. They noticed that every time a monkey grabbed a banana, there was a certain brain wave activity. This happened every time. Then, inadvertently, someone grabbed a banana, and the monkeys saw this. The monkeys had the same brain wave activity as if they had grabbed the banana themselves. So the experiment was done with humans. A person was told to copy the expression of the image he saw projected. Brain waves were recorded. Then the person was told not to copy the expression of the image he saw projected, yet his brain wave reacted as if he had made the face himself. They call these "mirror neurons" in our brains. When the experiment was done with autistic people, and the image was shown, the autistic people's brain waves were different. They did not "mirror". So now knowing this, we are closer to finding a cure for autism. Yay!

On a closing note...

I want to thank Senator Byrd for trying to make Condoliza Rice answer for her lies. After all, did we punish a former president Clinton for lying? Why should this president and advisor get away with it when it was not a personal matter, but one of national security. Their lies put us into a war, got thousands of our military personel killed, put us into the highest deficit ever, and escalated terrorism.

25 January 2005

You know you're live in 2005 when...

My husband emailed this to me either this morning or yesterday from work...

You know you're living in 2005 when...

1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner.

7. You make phone calls from home, you accidentally dial "9" to get an outside line.

8. You've! sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.

10. You learn about your redundancy on the 11 o'clock news.

11. Your boss doesn't have the ability to do your job.

12. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.

13. Every commercial on television has a website at the bottom of the screen.

14. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

15. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.

16. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)

17. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

18. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

19. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

20. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list .

Moocher in our old apt in West Virginia at a kitten, and then moocher as a grown cat in our old apt in WV.  Posted by Hello

Poor Moocher

Earthdate 24012005...

When we lived in West Virginia, the cats were so much more active. As you can see from the picture, Moocher was a happy, curious, involved 7 lb cat. Now he is up to an unhealthy 12 plus lbs. The vet told us to put the cats on a diet, and the cats are not happy. I do not blame them. I am not crazy with my body now either. They say it is all about diet and exercise, but from personal experience, I think it is MOSTLY about exercise and attitude. When a person is happy and active, the body seems to respond more positively.

There are loose dogs in the neighborhood which means it is not safe to let the cats out by themselves. Our vet suggested building an outdoor cat cage that extends from the house, but the problem with that is we rent an apt.

What is even sadder it that our evens have revolved around the TV schedule. How boring is that.

So this is not about New Years Resolutions...it is about every day resolutions. Every day, we should try to be the best we can. I know sometime it is difficult in this cynical and skeptical world we live in. Sometimes we were try to live by the golden rule of "do onto others as you would have them do onto you" can come back to bite you. One example is of the wonderfully generous and considerate grandmother who put money in the parking meters that were expired. She was arrested for tampering with justice JUST for doing the wonderfully considerate Christian action. I have seen times where people put themselves out to be kind to others to be labeled intrusive, or worse, get sued or end up in jail. What ever happened to "it takes a village to raise a child" or "looking out for your neighbor". Now the interested neighbor has a stereotype of Mrs. Cravats of the TV show Bewitched.

When I was in Europe, no one worried about what they ate or how many carbs, calories, or fat grams a certain food had. Their bodies told them when they had enough to eat. And they did not spend their entire evenings in front of the TV. In both Greece and Italy, chores are done in the morning. Then about 10 a.m., they shop for food (yes, daily shopping for fresh bread and stuff). While they are out, they visit with neighbors and talk. (NOT email, phone, or instant messengers but actually face to face. Imagine.) Then they go home and prepare lunch. A REAL lunch as in REAL food and not something out of a bottle, can, or fast food bag. After lunch, there is siesta time, where people can relax after eating to let their food digest. Imagine. NOT eating while driving or gobbling something down quickly to get back to work. To be fair though, this is NOT all our fault. We start out learning this in school. Kids are only given about 20 minutes on average to eat their lunches. They are told to be quiet and eat quickly. No wonder we have millions of over weight Americans who eat on the run and forgotten that meal time is also a social event.

Even we are guilty of this in our apt. My husband and I really do not eat together. God forbid we talk because TV is on, and that is much more important that a husband and wife conversing. So no wonder we are overweight. And our poor cats have suffered from this as well. Yet we keep complaining about obesity, and torture ourselves and our loved ones (in my case, my cats) with awful tasting diet food.

24 January 2005

Congrats to New England Patriots

Earthdate 24012005...

Last night, Pittsburgh Steelers played New England Patriots. It was a hard game to watch since the Steelers were getting clobbered out of the starting gate. To be fair to the Steelers though, Ben is a first year rookie, and to make it as starting quarterback all the way to the playoffs is quite an accomplishment.

Now New England Patriots will play Philadelphia Eagles in the Superbowl. The Patriots have a strong & experienced team that is established as such. No one player stands out in the Patriots. They work incredibly well together and are able to read each other as well as the opposing team with precision.

This is where Pittsburgh Steelers messed up. It seemed like everything fell on a young rooky. Our (city of Pittsburgh) Steelers were a lot slower. I learned in junior high playing football that if I could touch the ball, then there was no excuse for my not catching the ball. It seems a lot of Steelers never learned that lesson. The coach also messed up. He knew his quarterback was nervous, and the announcers stated that the coach said that was a good thing. WRONG. Confidence is ALWAYS the way to go. I know I have preached before about not using the word always as there is usually an exception some where, but in this case, it is MUCH better to be confident than nervous. When you are nervous, you do not think as clearly and are not as focused, which was illustrated in last night's game.

Now on to other matters...

My husband fixed my computer. Yay! Turns out that I had a backdoor Trojan. Yuck! Plus, I deleted all three of my instant messengers because I only put them on to communicate with someone I thought was a friend in the gladiator games, just to find out that it was all part of the game. Roman Arena games and all the clones, though I thought they were fun at first, and have recommended them to thousands of people when I first started, turns out to be a transmogrification factor. The game is no longer fun since Erg took over as administrator of Roman Arena Lite and the brothers (Brunis & Robertus) got more into their threats and lies. Being that Erg is tight with the brothers...the games are not balanced and definitely not worth a new player joining. There is far too much cheating in the games, and far too much politics. So, for my own emotional well being, I took the messengers off. Then I noticed Ghost Surf acting weird and shut the computer down. Next day, I took Ghost Surf off which was a mistake, because then my internet quit working. My husband worked on it yesterday. He cleaned it (the programs) and got it working...my hero.

Next topic...

Good bye to Johnny Carson who died over the weekend. He was a wonderful entertainer in my opinion. He will definitely be missed.

22 January 2005

Snowy Saturday

Earthdate 21o12005...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... the song is playing in my head at this moment as I dry off from the sleet and snow. John cleaned off the car, shoveled our driveway as well as the downstairs neighbor's driveway plus part of the road in front of our apt, while I on the other hand threw snowballs at him, cleared off the truck, and built half a snowman. The snow is not packing well and does not roll. It was really fun spending time with John outside.:-) My flannel lined jeans are completely soaked through and my legs are beet red. It really took the anger off of the anniversary of my haircut...or rather hair homicide.

I went to get my hair cut early last year. I just wanted a trim, but I wanted it to remain long. At the time it was down to the small of my back. A lady there talked me into donating my hair to children with cancer. They kept reassuring me that they would take great care and I would look so much better. Turns out they completely messed up my hair and it looks a thousand times worse. My husband the other day actually commented that my hair is growing very slowly. He used to touch my hair and give me lots of compliments. Not any more. I seriously recommend that you do NOT let anyone talk you into donating your hair unless you are a completely confident that they will be responsible and respectful to your hair. Sad part is, the guy who did the chopping is well known and has won Olympic gold medals in hair styling. Absolutely NO one like my hair chopped up short the way it is. Usually when you come out of a hair styling place, you should look better. I looked worse coming out than I did going in. That is not a good sign. The worse part is that I was completely lied to, and if they lied to me on one level, how do I know that my hair actually went to children with Cancer and not to make a wig for them to sell. I don't know.

Last night was great...scifi night. 4 straight hours of new shows. Enterprise; Stargate Atlantis; Battlestar Galactica; Stargate SG-1. They are all awesome shows, and they were new episodes, which is really great. Unfortunately, it also meant staying up until midnight. So I forgot to put the pizza back in the frig, and this morning I had to throw out an entire Supreme pizza because it was left out all night. That really sucked. But the shows were GREAT!!! I highly recommend them.:-)

Rusty has gotten really good at hiding the pills in his mouth and then spitting them out when we are not looking. I only discovered this when finding half a pill (we only give him half at a time) on the bed. So now, when we give him a pill, we then put a syringe with water in his mouth and squirt some water in so he has to swallow. An hour of rubbing his throat just does not work. He easily hides the pill between his cheek and gum till it is safe to spit it out. Gotta love him.:-)

John is busy trying to fix my computer right now. At the moment, he is virus scanning, even though he really does not believe it is a virus., but that I messed up the computer taking off messengers. (AIM, MSN, ICQ). Oh well. One of the great things about a computer is that it is a machine, and for the most part, machines do not have feelings and can be fixed.:-) Yay.:-) So if I do something to hurt my computer, I have a wonderful husband who usually knows how to fix it. I am sure my husband is NOT as happy about this at the moment.;-)

Have fun in the snow, and have a great weekend.:-)

21 January 2005

Earthdate 21012005...

This morning, while giving Rusty his allergy medicine, I watched the Today show and saw Conservative Christian groups complain about a web site that endorses tolerance. These same Christians whould have criticised Christ also since it was Jesus who said, "Judge not lest ye be judged." And when Jesus and his followers happened upon a prostitute being stoned to death, Christ turned to his followers and picked up a stone and said, "who among you without sin shall cast the first stone," meaning we have no right to throw stones at others when we ourselves are not perfect. These conservative Christian groups have completely forgotten what it means it be Christian and are just as bad if not worse than other extreme religious groups we call terrorists. Christ was about teaching tolerance and love, and to be Christian means to be as Christ, which means being tolerant.

I got this from http://www.wearefamilyfoundation.org :

The We Are Family Foundation is pleased to provide Tolerance.org's Declaration
of Tolerance, part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's National Campaign for Tolerance

Tolerance is a personal decision that comes from a belief that every person is a treasure. I believe that America's diversity is its strength. I also recognize
that ignorance, insensitivity and bigotry can turn that diversity into asource
of prejudice and discrimination. To help keep diversity a wellspring of
strength and make America a better place for all, I pledge to have respect
for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own.


Now, this pledge is what Christ preached, and is in accordinace with Christ, so how can it be anti-Christian. It is rediculious. It is a pledge I have taken as a Christian, and a pledge I believe every person should take.

Now on to my day yesterday...

Vikki from my health insurance company called. Great news. They are going to cover my infertility...yay!!! And they are going to cover my eye appt. with Dr. Hertle. So that was really good news. Plus, my husband can get refills on his prescriptions without prior authorization. So I am back on my diet...along with the cats.

We took the cats to the vet yesterday. Rusty is now on allergy medicine, and the cats have to lose weight. We were told that we seriously need to cut back on the number of cans of catfood we give them, and we have to start measuring out the dry food we give them. Plus, they gave us some diet kibble for them to switch off their pro-plan. Ashley is 11 lbs plus, Moocher is 12 lbs plus, Rusty is 15 lbs plus. Now that they are indoor cats, they do not need all their shots as often according to the vet. We do not have to put Top Spot on them any more because there is no worry about them going out and getting fleas. Rusty and Ashley got their Rabies shots and Moocher is due for them in November. They all got their feline leukemia shots. On the way to the vet, they were all protesting loudly. Going back home, they were quiet. Moocher is here with me now...for anyone who does not have any cats, I seriously recommend adopting one. These three that we have absolutely enrich our lives in ways we could not imagine before. They are our babies.



20 January 2005

My thoughts

earthdate 20012005...

Good morning world. The cats are all asleep in the bedroom. John is at work. He should be home early today to help take the cats to the new vet. We have never been there before, and it is an hour drive from here according to http://www.maps.yahoo.com , but the cats need their shots, so we are taking all three at once since it has been over a year for them. Cross Lanes Vets already faxed the cats records. The invention of the fax has to be one of the best ideas ever.:-)

Today, for the first time in a long time, I actually turned TV off in the morning instead of letting it run, which is one of the reasons the cats are still asleep. The inaugural address is on everywhere, so the only way to get away from it is to turn it off. I heard that the President plans to filibuster the inaugural address with his idiotic social security reform. All he is trying to do is make it look like the economy is doing better than it really is by putting Social Security money into the stock market. If he really wanted to protect Social Security, he would STOP taking money out of it for other government stuff and he would actually repay Social Security all the money that the government borrowed from Social Security. Then there would be more than enough money considering Social Security started when all the babybooms from the WWII era were working and donating into the fund. Considering with interest there should be MORE than enough money in there. PLUS, ALL Americans should be donating into Social Security, especially since a lot of the money has been going to other parts of the government instead of back to the people. Amiss do not have to pay Social Security. They are exempt. This really is not fair, considering I was never given a choice. Yet, in this country when ever we talk about things being fair for all people the response is, "If you don't like it, you can leave", or "this is NOT a communist country." Yet it was our forefathers who created this country that said "All men are created equal" which is the same concept, yet now we are told it is NOT American. So are you saying our forefathers who risked their lives signing the Declaration of independence are all Communists? Give me a break. I think our government, especially the ones in the White House could care less about this country. What he really wants is to play God and to spread Christianity, which is suppose to be the role of Churches, NOT our government.

George W. Bush was the REASON our forefathers declared separation of church and state. To protect us from people like him...Yet it seems that our government no longer cares about the Constitution of the United States of the founding fathers, but rather how they can rewrite it to fit their personal wants. How sad for us all.

19 January 2005

Earthdate 19012005

What a year. Happy 2005!!! So far it SUCKS!!! I should have known there would be problems when we spent New Years Eve watching The Three Stooges.

Let's start with today. It is only 11:27 a.m and already my computer is not working, so I am using my husband's. The power is acting weird in the apartment where the light dims and then will come on completely on its own.

4 a.m. this morning I was awake and crying and that woke my husband up. I kept thinking about the health insurance problems. My husband's company switched over to new insurance for the new year. It does not cover any of our doctors. We have a PPO, and even with that, it will not cover my infertility doctor at all, and I have fibroids that need to be removed. So now I am S*****d. I have been trying to lose weight because my infertility doctor told me that I have to lose the weight before he can do the labroscopy. He said it would be safer if I was down to my ideal BMI. Now, why bother? I have an appointment and Magee's Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh and I do not know what to do.

I also have an appointment for my eyes since they were operated on. Even with insurance from last year which paid 90 percent, we still pay over a thousand dollars. Now with this new insurance, since they do not cover my eye doctor and my eyes are still not done (they have to recover fully from the muscle disorder surgery before working on the sight part).

This is just me. My husband has been suffering with Tendonitis and allergies, and the insurance does not cover any of his doctors. When I call, they say you can find a doctor on our website, yet there is an error 500 on their website, so Vikki who is actually nicer than Laura at the insurance company said they are working on the web site.

Now continuing with the topic of insurance, our old insurance sent a letter about my husband seeing a doctor on 27th of Dec to a doctor he did not see. They were nice and covered it. But it struck us as weird that we did not see this doctor, so I called the old insurance to see who the doctor was and to let them know my parents arrived that day and my husband did not go to any doctor on the 27th. The insurance lady was nice and said it was for a physical. I told her my husband did not have a physical in December. She said it was in South Charleston, WV. We live in Pennsylvania, which is a 5 hour drive. I told her that Dr. Gibson was in the same building as my husband's former doctor, but my husband has not seen his old doctor since we moved to Pennsylvania. The insurance lady again was very nice and we said that numbers probably got transposed. So she is going to call the doctor's office so the correct person gets credit. She also took down our phone number in case there are any more questions or anything (like to testify if it is insurance fraud, which I really hope it isn't)

Now this all brings me up to a VERY important subject. Our lack of balance in Washington D.C. where everyone seems to be kissing the president's rear end and the president is kissing Evengelical Christian leaders' rear end. Seems to be a lot of butt kissing. I hope they are getting some satisfaction out of it.

Our forefathers and my ancestors who faught for this country must be turning over in their graves from shame. They came here to AVOID religious persecution, because Europe at that time was like how we are now. Now, Europe seems to have the values of our forefathers, and we turned into Old Europe hunting dissenters.

Our forefathers said that there should be separation of Church and State, yet we have an office in Washington that gives OUR tax money to churches. But Heathcare and Education which is suppose to be every citizen's right is denied to many people.

Let's start with Education. One the the great things we preached in this country was every citizen was entitled to a free education. What a joke. I have friends that pay a LOT of money so their 6 year old daughter can have a decent education. They pay a lot of money for this private school. I know others that go to private school also, and the education is so much better, but you have to have MONEY to attend. Of course, at about 15,000 dollars a year just to attend, how in the world can a minimum wage earner afford to send his kid when minimum wage is only $5.50 an hour. And our president claims to care about education because his wife was a former teacher. What a joke.

Now Condaliza Rice is being questioned by the Senate, yet she knows she is going to get the appointment, so what does it matter? Why are they letting her get this appointment? We seriously need help. Why did so many of my family and ancestors fight for this country just to see politicians in Washington D.C. destroy everything they faught for?

I know it was the Evangelical Christians that voted Bush in because of the Right to Life cause, but what good is winning your cause at the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who are already born? I hope you are happy with yourselves.

And for all the people in Washington D.C., hopefully you will grow a spine before it is all over.