Archive for August, 2006

Ear Candling Update

Eh……… We did the whole ear candling thing, and it was just eh….. I mean my ears feel clean. And the burns on my neck and shoulder are almost healed (from when Patrick cut off the end of the candle and it accidentally fell on my shoulder and neck).And there was a good amount of gross waxy build up inside the candle when we cut it open. When all was said and done it was something I am glad we did. It was fun,good time with the man you love can not ever be a bad thing (except for the whole burning thing).

The wierd thing about it was how it sounded in my ear,kinda like putting the needle on an old LP before the music started, scratchy and poppy. Will we ever do it again? Most likely, like I said it was quality time with Husband away from the TV and/or books. The candles are only like $ 2.00 each so it isn’t that big a deal. However, I really don’t see it as a “must do ” item.
The whole thing was rather anticlimatic,really, so there you have it .


The Wonderful World of Wal Mart

OK so my car needed new tires. No problem. I would just swing by our local Wal Mart and get them to install them for me . No Problem, or so I thought…………

I drove on over to the tire center area and waited about 20 minutes before any one even acknowledged I was there. OH they saw me,even walked right by me a few times. No “one moment please” or “I’ll be with you in a minute” nothing, like I, and my car were invisible. Finally a very pleasant guy walks up to me and asks what I need done . I told him I needed 2 new tires installed.I gave him the info he needed and he asked me to go inside and tell them because his little hand held computer thing was low on batteries. No big deal I went inside.This was all right around 5:40 pm. The guy inside was training a new cashier, they were very gruff and rude. The guy ( I am asuming he was a mgr, because of his tie and all ) was like “it is going to be a while we have 3 tires ahead of you,” then dismissed me.

I strolled around WM awhile and got lost in the dvd section. The next time I looked at my watch it was approaching 7:30 ish. I figure that the guy said three tires ahead of me, they might be done. I walked back to the tire area and looked at my car. It hadn’t even been moved from where I parked it. I had brought a book wiht me just incase I got tired of walking around WM (which I did ) so I sat in the tire waiting area and started reading. And then they started closing all the bay doors and sweeping the area. I went to the office area and had to say excuse me, loudly ,3 times before the new girl came out of the office. I asked her why they were closing the bay doors when my car hadn’t even been touched yet. She sighed heavily, rolled her eyes and said “I don’t know,you would have to ask them. ” and went back in the office.

It was now closing in on 8/8:15pm. I went out and asked them why they were closing the bay doors before putting on my tires. They looked at me like I had grown another head. Then the nice guy who had finally helped me back at 5:40 pm told me they had forgotten about my car. I said “How could you forget, my keys are right there on the counter?”

“We are going to do it right now” said nice guy.

I was out of there by 8:30. Almost 3 hours for 2 tires …..and they weren’t even busy,they had just forgot. I called the store Mgr, not really looking for anything but just to inform her of the goings on ( I am in a service industry too, so I thought they might like to know).The Mgr told me she would let the Dept Mgr of tires know about it and he would be calling me. That was is Sunday. I guess maybe they didn’t really want to know. I haven’t recieved a call back yet. I love me some Wal Mart….hmmmmm.

A Child’s Heart

The world could change in an instant if we could retain the innocence and love that live couched in the heart of a child . This story, as related to me from Patrick brought a few tears to the eye today.

Suzy* is Patrick’s sister that lives in Portland, Oregon. This is a story that happened on her family’s way to a birthday party. Tom* a six year old boy was trying to pass the time by talking to his parents.

“Daddy, How many brothers and sisters do you have?” Tom* asked.
“Well,” replied his Father, ” there is me , my brother Ralph* and our sister Linda*.”
“That’s all?” asked Tom.
“Yes” was his Father’s reply.
“What about you Momma? Tom* asked.

Suzy* began to list the names of all of her siblings (Patrick grew up in a house with 10 children) She got to Patrick and stopped (he is the youngest).

” But Momma,you forgot all about Scott!” Tom*exclaimed.

“Well Honey, Scott isn’t really my brother he is my brother in law.” Suzy* tried to explain.

“But he is such a big part of our family, and we all love him very much.” was Tom’s* reply. ” I think that you should call him brother”

” I think you are so right Tom*” Suzy*answered, “I guess we will start calling him a brother.”

“He is really my uncle though,right? Just like Patrick?” Tom* asked.

“Yes”, Suzy* replied.
“That’s great!Because I sure do love and miss him. ” was Tom’s Reply.

Why can’t the whole world see things as simply as a child does? I know that might sound a bit niave. But I think everything would be much easier if we could keep a bit of that innocence alive.

* Names have been changed to protect the privacy of others*

I make no secret that Lola is perhaps one of the world’s most spoiled dogs. It all started quite innocently, the day we decided to give her table scraps, and more than 1 toy. These days she believes that she is a primadonna (primadogga) and can cop some serious ‘tude at times.We used to think it was cute, but now it is getting a little out of hand. Take this story as an example.

Usually, I am the first one to leave the house in the morning so it falls to me to let her out for her morning potty break. Yesterday, I was running a bit behind and needed her to hurry a bit. She had other plans. I let her out and stood in the carport telling her to go potty. She slowly made her rounds of Patrick’s plants sniffing and snorting her way from one end of the carport to the other.She then took a long leisurely stretch, lay down in a bright patch of sunlight and began to survey her domain. “Lola you need to go potty and go back in the house ” I told her. She just stared at me and laid her head back down. “Go potty”, I said more forcefully. She looked at me again and snorted her ” I can’t believe it snort.”

“Alright, I don’t have time for this now, if you don’t have to go potty get back inside!”I told her. I have never seen her get up as slowly as she did to walk back to the front door. As I opened the door for her to get back inside she snorted once more, shook her head, as if to say I was the crazy one, and nearly knocked me off the stoop with her butt as she passed.

Sometimes ….I tell ya. If she didn’t have both of her daddies wrapped around her non -opposable digits she would really be in big trouble.


Sometimes these quiz things are right on the money.

Your Values Profile


You value loyalty highly.
You’re completely devoted to your friends and family.
Even if they totally screw up, you’re still there for them.
Just make sure they’re equally loyal to you!


You value honesty highly.
You’re unflinchingly honest, even when it’s not easy.
For you, integrity is very important – in yourself and others.
People may not always like what you say, but they know they can trust it.


You value generosity a fair amount.
You are all about giving, as long as there’s some give and take.
Supportive and kind, you don’t mind helping out a friend in need.
But you know when you’ve given too much. You have no problem saying “no”!


You value humility highly.
You have the self-confidence to be happy with who you are.
And you don’t need to seek praise to make yourself feel better.
You’re very modest, and you’re keep the drama factor low.


You value tolerance highly.
Not only do you enjoy the company of those very different from you…
You do all that you can to seek it out interesting and unique friends.
You think there are many truths in life, and you’re open to many of them.

Light a Candle….

 how_to_cutting_the_candle.gif  …….in your ear. Yes I typed in your ear. No it isn’t a typo. Patrick’s new job is at a health food store called Mana Foods. It is our equivalent to a Whole Foods.It is actually quite cool to just look at all the different things the have there, but I digress……..

 Yesterday we decided to walk down to the store and purchase a healthy salad for dinner. While we were there we decided to look around in the Health and Beauty Aid section. They have all kinds of really new age home remedies and tonics, aromatherapy stuff and (wait for it)……… ear wax candles. Might sound kind of gross, but as we were talking to the Health and Beauty Aids lady, we found out that, even if you clean your ears on a daily basis there is still alot of waxy build up that the q-tips just can’t get to. 

These candles are long cylindrical things with a point on one end and a larger opening at the other.Supposedly. you are to put the small tapered end into your ear(but not to snug, it needs to get oxygen)and then light the other end.The heat gets funneled down the taper and into your ear,creating a vacuum of hot air which pulls the excess wax out of your ear and through into the larger portion of the candle.

The benefits of using these candles are many fold. Some of them are;better balance/equilibrium,better hearing and less headaches.Of course,being the adventurous shoppers total suckers that we are, we bought 4.We have not used them as of yet because we are spineless cowards who don’t relish our ears being burned by hot wax a little busy with work at this time.The lady said it would take about 20 minutes per ear, so we need to wait until we can dedicate some time to it.However, trust me dear readers,the moment we do have some free time we will try those suckers out. I will post an update here sometime in the next week about how it went. Hopefully, I haven’t grossed out all of my 7 readers with this post (too badly anyway).  🙂

Mixed Bag #2

Today was SUPPOSED to be my day off. Notice how I used all caps on that word supposed. Guess where I am . At work, you say? You would be correct dear readers I am,in fact,at work. Remember back when I posted about the Liar guy .

Well he is at it again,this time he left his shift with out asking for a supervisor’s permission. Then the very next day he was a no call/no show and I have to be here today to inform him he can not come back to work, until he speaks to HR. Should be fun. I hope he gets terminated this time, good riddance to bad rubbish.I guess it’s a good thing that I have no life,therefore had no plans for today.It kinda works out well for me,this way I will have 1 day off with Patrick instead of none. And if the guy gets terminated it will turn out to be a day well spent. A win /win if you will.

In other news I have become addicted to another TV show. I am a little late on this band wagon but I watched 4 episodes of Nip/Tuck last night,I am hooked.I now have to go to my local Blockbuster and rent seasons 1&2 so I can figure everything out. And speaking of TV think this new fall season is going to make my DVR explode. It looks like a great fall new show wise, of course come November I am sure that half of the ones I am looking forward to will not be worth the wait .Some of the ones I am looking forward to you ask? Ok I will tell you ; Vanished ( basically because the guy who played Brian Kinney is in it), Kidnapped,Heroes,Studio60 on Sunset strip, Stand Off and Smith.In addition to all the shows I already DVR its a good thing I have a lot of “free time”.

I Found this over at my sister’s blog and thought it was rather interesting ………  

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OK so who can read this ?

Just a lil glimpse

cane-spider.jpg    This my friends is a picture of the lovely Cane Spider. This is not the one in my car, however. The one in my car is,well still in my car,to my knowledge. Anyway just thought I’d share just a little bit of my world with all of my faithful readers! And your welcome!!

Yesterday while I was reading, I was startled out of my word induced oblivion,to one of our neighbor ladies screaming her head off in my nearest neighbor’s yard. By the time I got out into the yard they were both gone back to her house. I really didn’t think anything of it per se, Her husband is kinda known on our street as a meth head crazy guy.

Not until the 4 police cars 1 ambulance and a fire truck blocked our street did I wonder what the heck was going on.Patrick ,however, in true Gladys Kravitz fashion was chomping at the bit to find out what the matter was. A little later we decided to walk up to the corner store for beverages(ok and a couple of snickers too). The lady at the store knew nothing of what was going on. On the walk back to the house we saw our favorite neighbor on her porch. We stopped to see what she knew.

Apparently the poor guy had been very despondent the past two weeks , not even leaving the house when friends stopped by to take him out.He was what all the screaming was about. He had hung himself to death inside his house and was found by his mother who had been stopping by to check on him twice a day.My heart goes out to his wife (who is a really great lady) and his mother .

We really didn’t know him well, the only interaction we had with him was on Christmas last year when he came over and (violently) complained because we had friends over (on Christmas eve) for a late dinner and we were a little loud.

But that is kinda my point. In today’s world do we ever really get to know our neighbors? I think it is sad that we have lived in this neighborhood going on our second year and we know the people directly connected to our lot and no one else. I remember while growing up in Bama, we knew everyone in our area . Some better than others but we had at least a nodding and smiling relationship with all the people on our street.

The other thing that bothers me is that the people who did know this guy saw how despondent he was ,and yet did nothing to get him some real help.But, perhaps the ones that knew him best knew that he was beyond help. I have no right or place to judge them. I can only hope that if my friends and family saw me slowly withdrawing from the world that someone would do something for me .Even if that something was dragging my ass to a drug center or a rehab place.

I really don’t know what my point is in this whole post other to say Good bye neighbor. Sorry we never took the time to speak. My hope is that maybe now, you are able to find some peace.