Weekly Winners — 11/23/08-11/29/08

Standing in two states at once.
joe in two states

“Is there something on my beak?”


“We need some order around here.”

Feeding the ducks.

The park fountain.

An empty picnic table.

Fall in the park.

Check out more Weekly Winners over at Lotus’ blog.

Computer Woes

I arrived home tonight ready to share some pictures from our Thanksgiving weekend with you, but I can’t.

My remaining card reader stopped working.

Sigh. We bought our computer in April 2007, and soon after the built-in card reader slots stopped working. We were annoyed, but a cheap card reader that was included with the digital camera we bought my parents worked in our usb slot, so we gave up on getting help from Gateway and Windows.

Tonight, that stopped working as well. Gateway offered to help me troubleshoot — at a cost of $100 an hour. The drivers they sent me didn’t work, and the software with our camera doesn’t work. Tomorrow, it looks like I’ll be making a trip to Best Buy to purchase a pci card. My brother, who dealt with this same problem with his computer, says that’s my best bet. Otherwise, I’ll have to buy a new computer.

Please, cross your fingers and send good vibes my way so this will work. I’m really not wanting to buy a new computer right now.

Thanksgiving Greetings

We didn’t get turkey for Thanksgiving, but we sure enjoyed our holiday meal!


Happy Thanksgiving from Dizzy, AJ and Callie. We hope you had a great one!

Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving, and while our family gathering will be smaller and we’ll be missing Randy, who is in Michigan with his girlfriend and her family, and Ryan, Oriona and Harry, who are out in Taiwan, there are many, many things I am thankful for this year.

I am thankful for an awesome family and in-laws and that they all get along so well.

I am thankful for my fabulous husband who does everything he can to make me happy.

I am thankful that my grandmother is home after rehab and that she wasn’t more seriously injured when she fell.

I am thankful that Nana (Joe’s grandmother) is off her oxygen full time. She still uses it on occasion, but the fluid is now out of her lungs, and she can even walk around the block now.

I am thankful for my job. There are so many people now who have lost theirs.

I am thankful for having a job that I love.

I am thankful for having a roof over my head and food on my table.

I am thankful that Joe works in town now and no longer has to drive to Atlanta.

I am thankful for my friends, both in real life and online.

I am thankful I have this blog to us as an outlet.

I am thankful for my three crazy cats. They drive me bananas most of the time (and by they I mean Callie), but I love them, and I don’t know what I would do without them.

I am thankful for a husband who goes out every few days and clears the fallen leaves off Julius’ grave.

I am thankful for life.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day today.

Holiday Preparations

I’m pretty lucky. Since I don’t host a Thanksgiving meal for either of our families, I don’t have a lot of preparations. However, I had several things on my to-do list for today:

Lip and eyebrow wax *check*

Hair cut and style *check*

hair cut

hair cut

These pictures don’t do it justice. It’s super cute. In fact, when I went up front to pay, the woman at the desk said, “Wow, you look trendy now!” Did I really look that bad before?? Oh well. The cut is shorter than I normally go, and I was nervous at first but I really like it. The families will be suprised when they see me!

Tonight I have to go to the store and pick up a few things before going home to make an apple pie. Tomorrow, I’m going to make oven roasted cauliflower at my parents’. I saw Emeril make it on the Food Network while waiting at my doctor’s office today, and it looked so good and easy that I thought I’d give it a try. It’s nice and healthy and is something different to have with our meal. It’s definitely going to be a pizza for dinner night I think!

Phantom Internet User

Someone is breaking into our house in the middle of the night and using the internet on Joe’s cell phone. Either that, or our cats found a way to use the phone because we keep getting charged for internet usage on his phone at 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Representatives at AT&T say he’s accidentally accessing the internet. That’s kind of hard with a Blackjack which locks the keypad after a few seconds and when he’s in bed sound asleep. Besides, Joe doesn’t even know *how* to use the internet on that phone. He just has it because my brother didn’t take it with him to Taiwan. In Joe’s words, he wants a phone that makes and receives calls and can take pictures That’s all he uses it for. And, if he was using the internet in the middle of the night, he’d be accessing it on our computer, not on a cell phone. The representative I’ve been dealing with also said that someone may be stealing Joe’s phone and using the internet. I can totally see that happening at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Seriously? Are you kidding me?

I’m seriously at the end of my rope with AT&T. I think we’ll seriously start talking about switching to a different carrier. I’m tired of being charged for services I don’t use.