Sunday, November 29, 2009

Monday Mayhem

Thom's 8 Words Meme

Welcome to Monday Mayhem
This week's Monday Mayhem is brought to us by Thom-
You know- this guy :)

Directions: Copy and paste this into a blog post.
In Exactly 8 Words and 1 picture Describe:

1. Your love life
my love life is full and happy today

2. Your worst habit
i can not leave my cuticles alone - nibble

3. The city you live in
Coppell isn't big enough to be a city

4. Your pet peeve
People who are intentionally mean to other people.

5. Your parents
Daddy is dead, Momma is 90 years old.

6. You favorite dessert
DARK CHOCOLATE in any size, shape, or form

7. Your worst vacation
I have not ever had a bad vacation

8. Yourself
short, fluffy, silly, loving, lover, Leo, and caring.

Thanks for playing....we'll see you next week!

(feel free to submit your meme if you would like to be featured)

Sunday Stealing

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing. Sunday Stealing originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We dosometimes edit the original meme, usually to make itmore relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Vicki at the blogFleurette. She states that she found it at Deborah's Devil's Sidekick blog. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us atSunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

Sunday Stealing: The Tell Me About Yourself Meme

1. When is your birthday? Aug 11

2. Where were you born? Panama Canal Zone

3. Where do you live now? Texas

4. What is your heritage? American mutt

5. Tell us about a weakness. a house of cards, a lame duck

6. What's a goal that you'd like to achieve? to find the perfect present for my little sister.

7. What is the most overused internet phrase? lol

8. What was your first thought this morning? you should have asked me earlier...that was hours ago...i don't have the foggiest idea

9. When do you usually go to bed? there is no usual...ah the joys of retirement.

10. Do you smoke? If not, did you ever? no, yes

11. Do you like your current relationship status? yes

12. Do you (or did you) get along with your parents? yes and no

13. How often do you drink alcohol? not very often

14. Have you ever tried drugs (that weren't prescribed)? no, i have always had to take so many that it didn't make sense.

15. Have you ever gone skinny dipping? If yes, do tell. no but it is on my bucket list.

16. If given the choice, how would you like to die? quietly in my sleep.

17. What did you want to be when you grew up? taller

18. Have you ever been dumped? yes

19. What's on your pizza? cheese, black olives, onions

20. Have you ever shoplifted? probably but i don't remember

Thank you for playing this week on
Sunday Stealing!Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Feel free to stop back and visit other player’s posts. Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Leaving on a Jet Plane

1. When was the last time you jetted away for the holidays?
another lifetime.

2. What is your fondest birthday memory?
my 11th ... playland park and a car demolution derby

3. What names do you go by?
Sandy... others are between my dh and me

4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?

5. Where is your least favorite place to be, and why?
the dentist chair because i was brought up with army dentists!

6. Have you ever had a scary stalker type?

7. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
not to celebrate it if possible (dh is not into it)

8. What are two activities you do after eating Thanksgiving Dinner?
watch ice skating and drink hot chocolate

9. What did your family do for Thanksgiving when you were a kid? Do you still do it? If not explain why.
eat and watch football. no, darling husband is not from this country.

Thanks so much for joining us again at
Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Time to laugh

The following have been sent to me and I thought you might enjoy:

The Old Rancher

The banker saw his old friend Tom, an eighty-year old rancher, in town.

Tom had lost his wife a year or so before and rumor had it that he was marrying a 'mail order' bride.

Being a good friend, the banker asked Tom if the rumor was true.

Tom assured him that it was.

The banker then asked Tom the age of his new
bride to be.

Tom proudly said, 'She'll be twenty-one in November.'

Now the banker, being the wise man that he was, could see that the sexual appetite of a young woman could not be satisfied by an eighty-year-old man.

Wanting his old friend's remaining years to be happy the banker tactfully suggested that Tom should consider getting a hired hand to help him out on the ranch, knowing nature would take its own course.

Tom thought this was a good idea and said he would look for one that afternoon.

About four months later, the banker ran into Tom in town again. 'How's the new wife?', asked the banker.

Tom proudly said, 'Good - she's pregnant.'

The banker, happy that his sage advice had worked out, continued, 'And how's the hired hand?'

Without hesitating, Tom said, 'She's pregnant too.'

Don't ever underestimate us old Guys.
The Why's of Men


(because they are plugged into a genius)



(they don't have enough time)



(they don't stop to ask directions)



(because their balls fall over their butt-hole and they vapor lock)


(You're laughing, aren't you?!?!)



(so they won't hump women's legs at cocktails parties)



(you need a rough draft before you make a final copy)



(don't never happened)


(C'mon guys, we laugh at your blonde jokes!)


And the personal favorite:


(because a vibrator can't mow the lawn)
or make a braai

Remember, if you haven't got a smile on your face and
laughter in your heart...
Then you are just an old sour fart

One for the ladies........

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me,
'What setting do I use on the washing machine?'
'It depends,' I replied. 'What does it say on your shirt?'
He yelled back, ' University of Oklahoma ..'

And they say blondes are dumb.


A couple is lying in bed.
The man says,
'I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world.'
The woman replies,
'I'll miss you...'


'It's just too hot to wear clothes today,' Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, 'honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?'
'Probably that I married you for your money,' she replied.


Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man?
A: A rumor


Dear Lord,
I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; And Patience for his moods. Because, Lord, if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death...

Q: Why do little boys whine?

A: They are practicing to be men.


Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name?
A: You did not hold the pillow down long enough


Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?
A: Rename the mail folder 'Instruction Manual.'
Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate. "Dear," she chirped, "I think it's time to tell him he's adopted."

Book Review: Supreme Courtship (Audio)

Narrated by Anne Heche

Publisher's Summary

President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her - Judge Pepper Cartwright, the star of the nation's most popular reality show, Courtroom Six.

Will Pepper, a straight-talking Texan, survive a confirmation battle in the Senate? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? And even if she can make it to the Supreme Court, how will she get along with her eight highly skeptical colleagues, including a floundering Chief Justice who, after legalizing gay marriage, learns that his wife has left him for another woman?

Soon, Pepper finds herself in the middle of a constitutional crisis, a presidential reelection campaign that the president is determined to lose, and oral arguments of a romantic nature. Supreme Courtship is another classic Christopher Buckley comedy about the Washington institutions most deserving of ridicule.

©2008 Christopher Taylor Buckley; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

My thoughts

Anne Heche does a very good job of reading this novel. I do have to warn you that drinking and listening can be hazardous to things and people around you.


It is called "spew alert"! We have had to back it up several times as we were laughing to hard to hear what she was saying. Oh, maybe you shouldn't drive and listen to this either.

Who would I recommend this audio book to?

People who like satire. People who like to laugh. People who need to laugh. Ok, ok, EVERYBODY SHOULD READ THIS BOOK OR LISTEN TO IT! It's really good.

This is one of my choices.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Book Review: True Blue (Audio)

The book was well read by Ron McLarty. There were some odd words and phrases that had dissonance to my ear. These were, I suspect a result of the differences between the written and spoken language, but it was not intrusive.

The characters were interesting and well developed. The plot was complex, interweaving treads from the perspective of several characters, but not confusingly so.

The story starts with in prison with Mason Perry (Mas) having a very bad and scary day...well it was scary to me. A guard who paws. 'Ladies' who are big and threatening mayham after lights out. It's after the nightly lock up. Her door opens. A woman enters. A cop. The chief of cops. Her sister. So begins the fast moving thriller! Hang on tightly. That was just the start!

It's an amazing bookl

Thank you Hauchette who lets me review books with no further expectation other than it be my own honest opinion!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Review: The Thirteenth Tale (Audio)

The Thirteenth Tale : A Novel (Unabridged)

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel (Abridged)

Publishers Summary:

Settle down to enjoy a rousing good ghost story with Diane Setterfield's debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale. Setterfield has rejuvenated the genre with this closely plotted, clever foray into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths. She never cheats by pulling a rabbit out of a hat; this atmospheric story hangs together perfectly.

There are two heroines here: Vida Winter, a famous author, whose life story is coming to an end, and Margaret Lea, a young, unworldly, bookish girl who is a bookseller in her father's shop. Vida has been confounding her biographers and fans for years by giving everybody a different version of her life, each time swearing it's the truth. Because of a biography that Margaret has written about brothers, Vida chooses Margaret to tell her story, all of it, for the first time. At their initial meeting, the conversation begins:
"You have given nineteen different versions of your life story to journalists in the last two years alone."
She [Vida] shrugged. "It's my profession. I'm a storyteller."
"I am a biographer, I work with facts."
The game is afoot and Margaret must spend some time sorting out whether or not Vida is actually ready to tell the whole truth. There is more here of Margaret discovering than of Vida cooperating wholeheartedly, but that is part of Vida's plan.

Margaret has a story of her own: she was one of conjoined twins and her sister died so that Margaret could live. She feels an otherworldly aura sometimes or a yearning for a part of her that is forever missing. Vida's story involves two wild girls--feral twins (is she one of them?)--who would have been better off being suckled by wolves. Instead, their mother and uncle, involved in things too unsavory to contemplate, combine to neglect them woefully. There's also a governess, a Doctor, a kindly housekeeper, a gardener, and another presence--a very strange presence--which Margaret perceives as a ghost at first. Making obeisance to other great ghost stories, there is a deadly fire, a beautiful old house gone to ruin, and always that presence....

The transformative power of truth informs the lives of both women by story's end, and The Thirteenth Tale is finally and convincingly told. --Valerie Ryan

Abridged: 6 CDs, 7 hours running time.

I agree with Ms Ryan's review completely. It was a fun listen. My biggest objection is with the recording itself. Ms Redgraves has such a strong variation in her voice that to be able to hear when her voice was soft, you had to turn the volume up which made other parts very loud. Both women did great jobs reading the book with its various characters. If the sound editing had been better, Had this book's recording been better, I might have rated it as "amazing". As was, I could only say "I liked it" with such marvelous characters and story line. The other problem was with the abridgement...some of the shifts seemed off balance. If I invest in another copy, it will have to be unabridged whether it be hard copy or audio.