Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Hubby surprised me and put up the halloween decor on Friday before I got home from work. Here is a daytime shot, complete with the zombie guarding his graveyard.

Here is the nighttime view. It is hard to see, but there are skull lights in the hedge and strobe lights with spooky music behind them. Tonight we will add a fog machine to finish out the spooky graveyard look. I will sit outside dressed as the zombie handing out candy to the kids.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Decor

Today when I got home from work hubby had almost completed decorating the house and yard. The graveyard looks really nice and the spooky films are on the windows and the door, the skull lights are in the bushes, and all was left for me to do was make the ghosts to line the driveway. When it gets dark we will have to turn everything on and take pictures. Hopefully the wind cooperates and doesn't blow over all of the tombstones.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Do you believe that your loved ones who have died still watch over you and visit you from time to time? I definitely do. Specifically my grandmother. There are times when I dream about my grandmother, but when I wake up it feels very real. Usually this happens when I am really stressed or need someone to smack me on the back of the head about something. My grandmother visited me last night and it felt so real, it was like we were truly sitting at her kitchen table talking. When that happens, I wake up feeling both happy and sad at the same time. Happy because I got to visit with her, but sad because it makes me miss her even more.

Do you have someone that watches over and visits you?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What's on your iPod?

No matter what season or what kind of mood I am in, my iPod always has to have 4 items on my iPod....the soundtrack from Rent, TransSiberian Orchestra, Trace Adkins, and Bon Jovi. So what does my iPod say about me? I think it says that I have very eclectic musical tastes. What is always on your iPod?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Public Welfare and Health Policy

I have a presentation and paper due on the topic of Public Welfare and Health Policy. I can be as broad or as specific as I would like and can be on anything related to these topics. I just don't know what to write about.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Last year we decorated the yard as a graveyard and it went over really well. We are going to do the same thing again this year, but just add more stuff. This year we have a fog machine to add to the spooky look and we are making a fence to go around part of the yard. I am going to set outside and hand out candy dressed as a zombie and one of the dogs, Nash, will also be in costume. He will have the headless horseman riding on his back. It should be fun.

Friday, October 22, 2010

How Many Calories Should Your Dog Eat?

Dogster has this cool link on their site where you can complete profile information about your dog (breed, weight, age, activity level, etc) and it will tell you a recommended number of calories for your pet. I was concerned that we weren't feeding Riley the proper portion, but as it turns out, we were spot on.

Check it out.

Friday, October 15, 2010


We had our yard aerated a couple of days ago. When hubby called to tell me it was done, I had this mental picture of our yard with hundreds of baby gopher holes all over. Well, it doesn't quiet look like that. You can see the holes in some places, but mostly you see the plugs of dirt that were pulled out of the ground just laying on top. It actually looks like hundreds of little dog turds laying all over the yard. The only bad thing is that in the back yard, it is hard to tell which one are the little pieces of dirt and which ones really are dog turds. That makes picking up the yard a bit more of a challenge. In a few more days, the little clods of dirt should break down and go away, but for now it makes for an interesting time walking in the yard.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hectic Day

Today is going to be somewhat of a hectic day. We have an all day meeting in our office with our new "big boss". I met her yesterday and she is a really sweet lady, but a very large portion of the people attending will be meeting her for the first time today. They all have to do a presentation, so it will be interesting to see what kind of show they put on for her. They like to do fancy power point presentations with a nice dog and pony show; however, I heard she does not like that, so it should be fun to watch. Normally on Thursday's I leave early to head to class, but today the meeting runs past the time I typically leave by an hour (if we stay on schedule). Running late to class would not be a big deal, but today I have to give a presentation in class. I already made the professor and my team mates aware I would be late, but late last night one of my team mates sent an email saying she had an emergency. She needs to present first and wants us to present early because she has to be back at her office by 6pm (class isn't over until 7). I am not sure how this is going to work, but we will see. I am ready for my presentation, I just don't want our team disfunction to affect our grades.

Monday, October 11, 2010


I continue to have issues with my cholesterol. It is much higher than it should be and I couldn't tolerate the meds they wanted me to take, Simcor. They put my back on Crestor, but a higher dose and added in a prescription strength fish oil. All in all today was a decent check up and I didn't hear anything I wasn't expecting. Tomorrow..... the flu shot!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Homemade Chili

A big pot of homemade chili sounds really good today. I bought the stuff to make it yesterday, but by the time we got home from the store, it was too late. My aunt used to make it with venison and it was so good. Since I don't have any venison, mine chili will be a turkey chili. What do you like to make your chili with?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Out of Balance

Everything seems really out of balance right now. Home, work, school - all out of balance.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

XXX Vitamin Water

When my brother and nephew were down, they bought some XXX Vitamin Water to drink and left one behind. One day I decided to give it a try and am now hooked. It is acai-blueberry-pomegranate flavored. I have tried other Vitamin Water flavors, but none are as good as this one. Thankfully they are not expensive. They are usually about $1 per bottle - except at school where they charge $2.50 per bottle.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Got My Computer Back

Mr. Notebook called this morning to let me know my computer part was in and if they were not busy when I came in, they would install the fans while I wait. I was so excited. We headed out to Mr. Notebook and an hour later, my computer is back up and running.

I am so happy to have my computer back!