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23 posts from October 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween from the Candidates!


Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas Anymore


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween and Braces Can Still Be Sweet!

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Tomorrow night the ghosts, goblins, grim reapers, and spongebob squarepants characters come out to play and beg for candy, and from what I can tell, a few of them are going to be wearing braces.  So, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello wanted me to tell you how ...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tribute to My Father-in-Law - One Fine Man


Today was my father-in-law's birthday.  He would have been 83 today had he lived.  Ken was a great guy.  Lighthearted, very funny, and a bit quirky after having suffered a debilitating stroke in 1991.  He always had a smile and a one-liner for everyone he met.  We sure do miss him.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Where's My Pizza?


Last night, all of us hungry and none of us wanting to cook - decided to go to dinner.  Unfortunately, as is the case most of the time, we didn't know where to go, so we ended up fussin' in the Suburban - all 6 of us - over where to eat.  So, at 4 dollars a gallon we're driving down the road with nowhere in sight.  As is often the case in our family.  Don't you just love nights like this?  Hungry.  Tired.  No shower.  No plans.  Just wingin' it.  We're good at this kind of chaos.  It was to be an interesting evening - and that's putting it mildly.  (and if I didn't know better I'd swear that was a picture of telephone cords served up on a plate in the picture above)

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Blogger's Choice Awards & Raisin Toast!

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I have to say that this year has been a roller-coaster ride for my family, and also for this Raisin Toast thing I've got goin' on.  I love roller-coasters.  I'm a front-seat-hands-in-the-air kind of gal.  Yee Haw! 

Here's a story about the most recent roller coaster ride...

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

PowderPuff Football at its Best

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Yes, there is such a thing as a girl's football team - The PowderPuffs - and they exist right here in North Carolina.  I can't recall there being a girl's football team when I was in high school can you?  But here we are in the 21st Century and it is an equal-opportunity sport ...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bubblegum in my Braces

NOHM_poster_4x5_high Bubblegum in your braces? Well, maybe not.  That would be really nasty, and you'd end up at your orthodontist's office having the bubblegum picked out of your teeth.  Let's not go there.  So, to avoid what is surely going to be the inevitable anyway this Halloween, I have teamed up with the American Association of Orthodontics and Celebrity Emmy-award winning Chef and Cookbook Author Michael Chiarello of the Food Network's "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello" to bring you some fabulous tips, tricks, and recipes over the next week that will keep you smilin' and your child's orthodontics ...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lessons in Politics & More


This year has been the perfect opportunity to introduce American Government, US History, and the study of the branches of government to my children.  As a homeschooling parent, I try to take advantage of events in the news to capitalize on the subject and teach them what they need to know.  It makes for great interactive lessons and opportunity for family discussions.  I also encourage my children to ...

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Under the Covers


You won't believe this anymore than I do, but I laid down for a nap yesterday at 1pm because, as you may well know, I've been sick for the last week, and I just felt worn out.  I didn't wake up until 7am this morning.  What's wrong with this picture?  I was out.  Totally. 

I did ask my Big Bear if he checked to make sure I was still breathing.  He said "Yep, 3 times, and one time you answered me back with 'I'm sweatin' it out, I'm sweatin' it out'."  I guess so.  There was some heavy dreamin' going on for my lost Sunday, but geez, I sure would have preferred to spend yesterday - conscious.   I wonder if this is what it is like to be in a coma?

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Gobble Gobble


Talk about having too much time on my hands!  As you may have noticed, I've been making some adjustments to the design of my blog (and to my nose and neck in Photoshop).  My microblog-adjustments make it easier to comment, too, because the comment box is at the bottom of the post.  Right there in front of your face.  You have to comment.  It's there.  It's the law.  I made it happen and besides, I insist. Except for those stinkin' spammers.  Go away.  I delete you anyway.  Does that make sense or did you just decide to close your laptop and pick your toes? 

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Friday, October 17, 2008

I Want My Mommy


I'm miserable.  I have been sick for nearly a week and it isn't getting better.  The thing is getting worse.  Dangnammit.  Symptoms: labored breathing, coughing, congestion, aches, hot flashes (the sick kind not the hormonal kind. LOL)  I feel like I've been burned in the chest with a hot poker.  Cough, cough, hack, hack - am I losing a stinkin' lung here?!!!  Irregular heart beats.  Cough, cough, cough - Crap!   I've always had a feeling I was going to drop dead early, but this isn't what I thought would be my way out. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Politics - And Growing Up in an Era of an Unpopular War


Having grown up the daughter of a very active politician, I know, full well, the toll that politics play on children.  My dad, in my eyes, was bigger than life.  He doted on me all the time, and made me feel like I was his pride and joy.  Every little girl should have such problems, right?  I was his only little girl, and the youngest in the family.  Oh, to be a little girl and have such problems.  So, when he started campaigning for U.S. Senate in 1962 and Congress in 1964, and he ran for House of Delegates and again for U.S. Senate in the 70s.  I was small and out-of-touch, but I was a proud daughter.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dreaming of Green in North Carolina

TractorandHay.jpg by you. For the first time since we've lived here, we are starting to see green grass peek thru the straw that we laid just the other day to prevent run-off of all the seed.  We also didn't want a river of ...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Marvelous Mouth-watering Marmalade Muffins

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Say that 10 times!  Beth got a little ambitious the other morning and baked up some Marmalade Muffins for her family.  They were happy she got ambitious in the morning and I was happy she ...

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My Pretty Little Princess


I don't think Sarah would appreciate me calling her that - now that she is 14, a high schooler, and part tomboy at the moment.  However, she used to be all girly-girl, pink room and everything, always wearing dresses, skirts, frilly this and that.  Now she wears jeans and Harley Davidson t-shirts to school.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lovin' Those Old Family Photos Again - Part 2

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I'm still diggin' through the old family photos and scanning them into my computer, and I've spent a good part of today, between loads of laundry, restoring the photos.  What Fun!  So lets restore ...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Crowd Pleasin' Baked Ziti

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It's another great, fabulous, mouth-watering, delicious recipe from my friend, Beth.  I can smell it from here.  Just a note to my readers - if you cook anything from Beth, be sure you open your windows and let the aroma filter out of your kitchen.  It will make your neighbors jealous.  That's how I met Beth, by the way, 25 years ago - she was living in an apartment below me in Coral Springs, Florida and every day I would come home from work and have to pass by ...

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Robert Vaughn For President - 08


Based on recent responses to my Raisin-Toast blog on Corporate corruption and greed at Avaya; a grass-roots movement has begun to nominate my Big Bear to the highest office in the land. Should make for an interesting election season ...

Now this is a job for Bob!  I could handle 400,000 a year, and on top of that, you can bet he'll straighten out all the Corporate Rats out there and solve all that ails this country ...

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Farmer Bob in the Suburbs

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Since Bob now has all kinds of time on his hands, he can play with his tractor toys in the dirt.  And play is exactly what he has been doing the last several days - and I have the dirty laundry to prove it.  Finally.  Thank God.  We've lived here for 3 years and the yard has looked like a bunch of landscape loafers live here.  Our poor neighbors are ...

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Let's Talk Freedom of Speech - AVAYA


Well, it seems as though my post about Avaya and their LACK of Integrity has received a bit of attention.  Unfortunately, it isn't all "positive" attention.  Therefore, I give you 3 guesses who is creating more hot air about my post, and the first 2 guesses don't count.

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Lovin' Those Old Family Photos Again - Part 1

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Yesterday, I was thumbing through our old family photos.  I mean really old.  Remembering my father who passed away in 1980 at the young age of 55, and reflecting on my family history.  I wanted to preserve these memories and maybe see if I could restore some of these photos to their original glory.  I ran upstairs with my laptop and a box full of old family photos and spent a few hours scanning them into my computer.  That's the first thing you have to do before you restore anything, is scan the old pictures into your computer.  Just place them face down on your printer/scanner and start scanning away. 

Next, open those wonderful pictures up in Photoshop.  I use Photoshop CS3 and honestly, I don't know if this tutorial will work in Photoshop Elements because I am not familiar with it, but you can always try.  Let's take a look at an old photo I found of my mother, father, and older brother, Mike,

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Theme? Do I Need A Theme?


My husband wanted to talk last night.  It was 2:30 in the morning and he wanted to talk.  And not just about anything of great importance, necessarily, at least not to me at that time of the morning, but, he wanted to talk about "themes."    My theme.  My theme for this Raisin Toast blog thingy I've got goin' on here.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Teach Your Children - By Example

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Before my children were in kindergarten, my Big Bear and I discussed the option of homeschooling them.   I had taught them their ABC's from the time they were little babies using flash cards, and by the time they were 2 years old, I had them recognizing simple words on flash cards and signs going down the road.   That is what inspired and motivated me to want to homeschool my children - was seeing them learn so ...

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