Friday, December 31, 2010

Brrrrrrrrrr, It's cold here!

I couldn't believe how cold it was here. 27 freakin degrees!!!!!  Now I moved to Arizona for 2 things, cheaper to live here and warm weather. Well, I am not so sure anymore about #2. I left work only to find my car covered with  ice and had to get out an old ID card to scrape my windows.

All I had on was my thin uniform and a hoodie sweater. I was completely frozen and my fingers were stinging when I was done. I moved to Arizona so I wouldn't be cold anymore!!!!! What happened!!!!!!!

And the great thing is it's going to be even colder tonight. Guess that long underwear hiding somewhere in the back of my closet is coming out and getting dusted off. I am such a wimp when it comes to cold weather.

One year I went to a costume themed pub-crawl in El Paso,Tx in January and I picked Laura Croft. Reason I picked her is because in the movie she wears a fur cloak and since it is COLD there I could wear something warm over my costume.

I made one with polar fleece lining and fur on the outside. It weighs a ton but I was so warm and happy that night. Everyone was jealous and couldn't believe I made it. I still have it and have used it a couple of times since then and have loaned it out to other people for their costumes.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Medical Marijuana

The other day there was a debate in the dept. over the recent passing of Medical Marijuana here. I listened to everyone's point of view and it was interesting how many misconceptions that they had.

Some people view it as something as bad as someone addicted to Meth! Ummm...If you look at a meth addict's MRI of their brain you will see a huge difference. Others said it will lead to people using other drugs. Well, like the saying you can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Marijuana doesn't make people upgrade in drug use, PEOPLE choose to upgrade. Many other things were said but I finally had enough and stopped them all in their tracks with this statement.

Can you overdose on prescription drugs?   (them) YES
Can you overdose on alcohol?   YES
Can you overdose on cocaine?   YES
Ok, can you overdose on Pot????? (them) silence......................
Well?     Hmmmm, I never thought of that.
I left them scratching their heads on that one and just walked away smiling.

My point of view is that I have seen the many medical benefits and if it helps than why not. In this day and age people are so attached to new technology and drugs that they seem to forget something.

In the dark ages, medicine and other products were derived from plants. One of which was cannabis. Look at any health food store, though some are questionable in product quality, and you will find many natural alternatives to today's synthetic products. I do agree that illegal drugs should be stopped but this should not be in the same category.

By making it legal it can be relegated by the state, gain money for the state in taxes, divert police resources to fighting the hard-core drugs, and by growing and supplying it the need for supplies from the drug lords in Mexico will stop. Hmmm, am I missing something or is there more benefits in the long run here.

Ok, the only true side effect that I know of is that you may go broke from a munchies binge or you may upset your girlfriend by falling asleep!

Ok guys, you are welcome to have at it and let your comments fly!!!!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas

I know that I have been lazy posting this last couple of weeks. Been crazy busy with work and errands. I wanted to get everything done before the last minute Christmas rush at the stores. Was even so desperate to avoid the stores that on Christmas eve I ran to the local Circle K to get toilet paper. Yeah, it is cheap stuff and expensive but I will do anything to avoid the stores. One year on Christmas Eve I had to run to Wallmart to pick up a couple of items. Huge Mistake!!!!! Wouldn't you know it, I get rear-ended by a driver in a hurry. So after that I swore to do anything to avoid stores.

I hope you had fun on Christmas. I spent a lazy morning watching a couple of movies with Sweetpea and then moseyed on over to my sisters house for a wonderful dinner prepared by my brother-in-law. He is the cook in the family since my sister burns everything she tries to cook. All of us in the family tried to teach her to cook but after several disasters we gave up and told her to make sure she marries someone who can cook. She did well and he is an excellent cook. His mash potatoes are legendary. Can't tell you his secret but trust me they are yummy.

Mom is spending the Christmas holidays with my Grandma and Uncle in Virgina with relatives there. They are having a wonderful time and had a nice white Christmas morning. Wish I could have been there to enjoy the day with everyone and actually have a white Christmas. I haven't had one in years. Last time that I had one was when I was living in Apple Valley,CA.

Christmas is done, phone calls to all the relatives are done, and there is only one present left to give out to and it will be a late but well worth it present. Will have to tell you about it later as I don't want to give it away. Well maybe I will give you a hint. Can you guess?????

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas past and present.

I hope everyone is enjoying their preparations for the upcoming holidays. I have most of the Christmas shopping done with the exception of a couple of items. I do know that one special present I am working on will have to be a late delivery. Shhhhh, I know my family is reading this so I can't tell you what it is.

Funny thing is, I don't even know where I will be celebrating the holidays. I have family but they are all going to be at other places celebrating. It is not the first time that I have been by myself for the holidays. There have been many times where I will work overtime so someone else can spend the holidays with their family. When I am working then I will either stop by my sisters house after I get off work in the morning or at night after I wake up and have a nice little visit. When I am not working I just relax at home, enjoy a little meal, and watch Christmas movies. To some it may sound lonely or boring but after being single for so long, I have gotten pretty used to it.

It was weird when Max moved in with me and I actually had to do up the house and everything for him. It ended up being fun with him there. I upgraded from a little tabletop tree to a regular tree. That led to more ornaments, Christmas lights, etc. Every year it got bigger and bigger. Now that I am back in a little place I gave the Christmas decorations to my Nephew to use in his new place. He got a HUGE red rolling tote filled with everything he needed. Tree, lights, decorations, wrapping paper, and even Christmas cards. Instant Christmas in a tote. Hmmmm, maybe this is an idea that could sell.

Now don't get me wrong, I am no scrooge, I love celebrating the holidays. But I don't let being alone get me down. In fact, I haven't celebrated new years in ages. Why? Because when you are single you really don't have anything to do because everyone I know is out with their husband/boyfriend celebrating. That is OK. Sometimes being alone can be a benefit. Nobody to pick up after, nag you, or fight with. LOL

So wherever, whenever, or with whomever you celebrate, I wish you a happy holidays.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Elf on the shelf

I was reading on the hot tips message board that I follow for good online deals and I read one where they were discussing Elf on the Shelf. I wish I had found this years ago when the kids were little. It has become a great holiday tradition for many and the parents have fun with it.

The elf shows up the day after Thanksgiving and disappears on Christmas day. Each day the kids look to see where the elf is each morning because when he comes back from reporting to Santa how the kids are doing he is sitting in a new place in the house. Kids will even leave their letter next to him to take to Santa.

He moves around during the night and sometimes does mischievous things. Some of the fun things that elves have done are:

Toilet-papered the living room
Switched the collars on the dogs
Wearing a doll dress and sitting at a little tea party set
Head first in a VCR
Left a cereal trail down the hallway
Ate some cookies and left a crumb trail
Floating on a boat in the dogs water bowl
Changed the language on the TV to spanish
Turned the couch upside down
Sprayed silly string in the kids room while they were sleeping
Built a pyramid of Dixie cups in the middle of the living room
Each night he nibbles another piece off of the gingerbread house

Of course you can have one that just perches in interesting places and is not mischievous. For example they can be found hanging in the chandelier, on top of the doorbell, on the entertainment center, in the table centerpiece, on the fireplace, or sitting reading a book. It is great for keeping the kids motivated to be good and gives them something to look forward to each morning. I plan to get this one day when I have grandkids.

It can be found at many places or you can just buy an elf and make up the story yourselves. Here is a link to the storybook and elf. Elf on the Shelf

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Back to the dreaded four letter word "WORK!"

I am sitting here writing this while my cat Sweetpea is eyeing my lunch of cheese and crackers. She is waiting for me to look away just long enough to grab a bite. I am dreading going back to work tonight. This feeling is also compounded by having a great time on vacation and seeing all of the RV's on the road doing what I want to do right now!

Normally I usually like to get to where I am going as soon as I can but this time I was able to sit back and enjoy the trip, maybe not the traffic jam though. Mom was a great partner to have on the road and we spent the time chatting, looking at other RV's, her taking pictures, and funniest of all getting her addicted to Angry Birds on my phone.

We chatted about going on the road full time and how we both are dying to get started. We even talked about maybe even doing it together since a little thing called finances has been keeping the plan on hold so far for both of us.

Next week I am getting started on Plan A of my list to go full time someday. I know that I am not old enough to retire and collect Social Security, and it may not be there when I do want to collect. So for finances I am starting to work on a couple of areas that hopefully will provide an income while on the road. Need to make some calls, network, and pray that the ideas work. Will let you all know what they are and if they work later.

Trying to find a source of income on the road is challenging. I want to do something that won't be in competition with other RV'rs who are working on the road. It is out of respect and helps when you are providing a service/product that is unique. I have read many books that other full-timers have written and many of them have provided great ideas and tips. Granted each situation is different and some of the ideas are more geared towards someone with an income already and want to supplement it.

So with fingers crossed and a bit of luck, I hope things will start happening sooner than later.

Have a great day.