Nov 30, 2009

Week in Review, Week Ahead

Another week gone, and again I'm posting on Monday instead of Sunday. Yesterday I had a bout of, shall we say, self induced sickness. It was bad. Bad bad bad. And that's all I have to say about that. I didn't have a mission this week. I kept up with my push ups - except Friday. I had a stressful day and when I go home from work I just wanted to lie down and watch some mindless tv. And I did. I started cleaning out my closet, though I didn't finish. I feel it's best to do these sort of things a little at a time, other wise I feel overwhelmed and never start. I hate cleaning out my closet. I think it's because I feel I have to try everything on before deciding to keep it or not. It takes forever. So I started anyway, and that's good enough for me. I didn't bake anything, but I seriously considered it.

Some cool things from this week:

Feel like taking a quiz? Try Mental_Floss's Scientology Term or German Techno Artist. I got 50%, how did you do?

Best tide scent ever: Mountain Fresh with BACON. lol. Sadly (or not, depending on how you look at it), I would probably buy it if it was a real scent.

Adorable alert: Kitty dressed as a Lobster sitting in a Pot. Seriously cute. via Cupcakes and Mace

Check out the photos of this Carnival Themed Wedding. So awesome!

Turducken! For Cats! I don't even have turducken for ME. That being said, I'd probably buy it for Memo because it would make me laugh.

On Friday, I did the dumbest thing I've done in a long time. I was leaving for work. I gathered my stuff and walked out the door, locking it behind me. As soon as it clicked shut, I realized SHIT. I don't have any keys. No house keys. No car keys. Nothing. The boyfriend was gone hunting, so I couldn't get his keys. Luckily, a family friend who lives up the street hadn't left for work yet, so I used his phone to call my mom. Who couldn't find the extra keys to my house at the time, but she drove me to work, and then found the keys before driving me home that evening. And, do you think I could get myself locked out of the house on a nice day? No, of course not! I had to do it on a rainy, miserable day! lol.  I can not BELIEVE I did that! I'm very thankful that I have family I can count on. Believe me.

This week, no mission again. I'm going to finish cleaning out my closet. I'm going to keep up with the push ups - and actually do three training days. Maybe I'll actually bake something - maybe some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies or possibly chocolate shortbread cookies. I don't know.

What's up with you this week?

Nov 27, 2009

Five Cool Online Games

Got some time to kill? (It is Friday, after all!) Here are four fun games to play online. You'll enjoy them, I promise.

#1 Steak House or Gay Bar?
This one is really simple. Very very very very simple. The site shows you a name of a real establishment (Examples: Blue Lagoon, Strip House, The Oak Room, The Flying Cow, etc) and you guess if it's a Steak House or a Gay Bar. It's kind of funny, and it'll kill some time, although if you're anything like me you'll tire of it quickly.

#2 Trivial Pursuit Experiment
I love love love Trivial Pursuit. Love it. I am a wealth of useless knowledge, so I do pretty well. At least I think I do. I don't know. Anyway, this site pits men against women to see who's smarter - hence the "experiment" part of the title. I don't really pay much attention to that through. I just answer the questions. There are a lot of questions, too, so you don't have to worry about running out before you tire of playing.

#3 Kingdom of Loathing
I had forgotten all about Kingdom of Loathing! I used to play this game ALL the time! It's a turn based adventure game. The graphics are very simple (think stick figures) and the concepts are pretty silly but it's awesome. Trust me, you should give it a try.

#4 Tower Blaster

Another very simple time waster. Basically, you make a tower with the big numbers at the bottom and the small number at the top. Very simple! BUT it's a race against the vikings (ie the computer team)! Don't let them build their tower first, or you lose. There are eight levels (I think), with the high number getting smaller with each level. Can you beat them all? 

What games do you like to play online when you've got time to kill?

Nov 26, 2009

Things I Love Thursday

Coffee, Cake (Carrot Cake, Regular Birthday Cake, Cheesecake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake....), Family, pay week, Getting things done that need to be done, ending procrastination, exercise, FREE cheesecake (Me, to a Co-Worker: You know what's better then cheesecake? Free Cheesecake! Co-worker: I thought you were going to say "More cheesecake". Me: That would have been a good answer also.), writing, Christmas lights, ribs, sparkly blue and silver, Ideas, glitter, pirates, aqua, bronze, veggies and dip, pepperoni, fruit trays, Scavenger Type by NOFX, Stand by Good Riddance, Christmas Cards (Seriously, some of my co-workers are on the ball...I've gotten three christmas cards this week!), The Sims 3 (still! and Again! The boyfriend is installing World Adventures for me today while I'm at work! SO excited!), Crossing Jordan, Kitties!, Puppies!, butterflies, blankets, rest, teaching people new things, tentacles, teeny tiny baby animals, getting an unexpected hour for lunch break - instead of my regular half hour, unusual signs, big rocks, seals, This, pink suckers with white swirly bits, That the weekend is SO CLOSE, Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows, feeling happier, bubbles.

Bonus! A Joke that made me smile:

Laid up in the hospital, James Thurber passed the time doing crossword puzzles.
One day he asked a nurse, “What seven-letter word has three u’s in it?”
She said, “I don’t know, but it must be unusual.”

found here

Nov 25, 2009

Colorful Inspiration: Aqua

According to Wikipedia, "Aqua is a shade of the color cyan. It is identical to the color electric cyan, one of the primary colors of the CMYK color space. It is precisely halfway between green and blue on the color wheel." I say, aqua is pretty.

Right now, in my neck of the woods, it's kind of that blah season...all the beautiful fall leaves are gone, but there's not yet any snow to cover the naked trees and dead/dying grass. I'm feeling that I need a pop of color in my world right now, and aqua really does seem to pop!

What color is inspiring you today?

Nov 22, 2009

Week in Review, Week Ahead

Hello, and happy Sunday! Another week down, and how did we do? My Mission this week was to get moving. I finally ended my procrastination with the hundred push-up challenge. It went very well, if I do say so myself. I'm going to try to finish by the end of the year, and even more hopefully before Christmas. This is totally do able as long as I keep at it and don't make up excuses to put it off. I also did some walking and...I don't know, other stuff. Anyway, I would say I did pretty well this week.

If you need a pitcher for milk or cream, the Heffer Pitcher is probably the greatest one of all time.
via boingboing

17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat  Favorite part: "Kitties are Not Impressed by Cupcakes." So so so so cute. Very Cute.

I didn't post a Things I love Thursday this week. I wrote it - I really did! - but Thursday was a long day and by the time I had it written out I just couldn't bring up the will to make it into a post. Here are a few of the things that made the list: Coffee, forcing myself to exercise (and feeling better because of it), Hamburger Helper, Actually remembering to eat breakfast everyday, silver, bronze, purple, black, navy, Working on my own Happiness Project, Candyman by Aqua (this song makes me lol), Castles, sequins and chocolate peanut butter brownies. Some things I would have added on Friday and Saturday: Gala Apples, My dad for driving me to work when my car broke, Cake, Family and Family friends.

This week, I don't really have a mission per say.  I plan on keeping up with the exercise, clean out my closet and maybe bake something. I'm thinking maybe I'm not so into the one focus mission thing anymore. It worked for a few weeks, but I'm really not sure it's some thing I need to do every week, ya know? I don't know, I haven't really decided one way or the other.

Nov 21, 2009

Human Family Reunion

 This is a really interesting video about how if you look back in history far enough, we're all related to each other - and that you may not have to look back as far as you might think to find that common ancestor.

Nov 20, 2009

Two Pumpkins

Two More Pumpkins, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 18, 2009

Memo Kitty

Memo Kitty, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 16, 2009


Leaves, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Week in review, Week Ahead

Er, Hey, is it really Monday already? I'm a little late on this post. I wish I could say that I had a good reason for not getting this up yesterday, but I really don't. I spent the day playing The Sims 3 and catching up on tv shows.
Anyway, this week I had no mission. I got some rest. The cold is fading a little more everyday, and as of yesterday is mostly gone. Yay! I didn't get any push ups done. I got my Flu shot (just the regular one, not the swine one). That's about it. Yep. I know, thrilling, right?

Good Advice for Bloggers: 100 Ways To Find Ideas For Your Blog Posts   You're welcome.

I love Flowcharts. This one made me laugh. My favorite part: "Do You see the boxes?" --->no--->Wait, what? lol.

Best thing I saw on the way home from work: An owl! It flew across the street above and in front of the car. It was 4:30pm, so I don't know why he was awake so early, but it was really cool.

I am totally in awe of people who make awesome cakes. Check out this Solar System Cake. How Cool is that?

Someone painted their nails to look like bacon. Seriously awesome.

This week, my mission is to get moving. Hey remember way back when I was taking walks most days? and when I was doing push ups three days a week? Yeah, Those days are long gone, and I need to get them back.
I'm kind of a little bit more then obsessed with the Happiness Project right now. I'm starting my own project, and exercise fits right into that. I've been coming up with sort of mantras to help me out with it - much like the Twelve Personal Commandments over on the site. One of them I've come up with is Healthiness is Happiness to remind myself exercise more, eat better foods and just generally all around be more healthy.

What are you working on this week?

image by mikebaird


Muffins!, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 14, 2009


Weeds, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

How to Cultivate an Atmosphere of Growth

from How to Make Yourself Happier. at the Happiness Project:

"How do you cultivate an atmosphere of growth? You can fix something broken; clean something up; help someone who’s in trouble; make something; help someone move forward; learn something new; start something; plan and execute something. Having a place in your life where you are “growing” will make you feel much happier – plus these kinds of activities tend to foster other happiness-boosting actions, like spending time with people, making new friends, anticipating something fun, trying something new and challenging, etc."

Nov 13, 2009


Dove, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

My New Favorite Website: Om Nom Nom Nom

With all the time I spend online, how is it possible I did not know about this site? Om Nom Nom Nom is hilarious. I don't even know how to describe it, really. The best way to get an idea of what it's all about, head over to and refresh a couple times. Go ahead now, I'll wait. [....] See? wasn't that awesome?! There's also a blog! Maybe I'm easily amused, but whatever, I love it.

Nov 12, 2009

Things I Love Thursday

Coffee, creamy alcohol, Bones Season 1 and 3 (and a little 2...and kinda 4...5's not shaping up to be too bad, low fat fudge brownie frozen yogurt (it is so so so good, low fat or not!), chocolate cookies, The Sims 3 (back on that obsession again..), payweek, working on holidays (double time and a half!), dreaming up new projects, planting bulbs in my garden (tulips and crocuses!), honey oat bread, Black and Navy Clothing, bizarre dreams, giggling, Ideas for Christmas Presents, olive green, orchids, seeing doggie christmas outfits in the sales fliers (!!), deer steak, resting, when things go right, cuddles, the Happiness Project.

Nov 9, 2009

13 Unbearably Adorable Animal Photos

Mondays can be kind of a downer. You know what's an awesome pick me up? Photos that make you go, "Aww!" That's what I've always found, anyway. Here are 13 photos that are sure to brighten your day.

by Jar0d

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Memo give us a Profile Shot

Memo give us a Profile Shot, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 8, 2009

Week in review, Week ahead

Another week gone. This week, my mission was to Finish what I started. How did I do? Umm...well...not very well. I'm blaming it on the sick that wont go away. I did get a couple of things done that were unfinished, but...yeah. I mostly sulked around and laid in bed and watched tv shows. Thing I did get done: Got back into my one hundred push up challenge on Tuesday (only to fall off the wagon again for the rest of the week). I filled out some paperwork I'd been Putting off for some time. I cleaned the fridge. So I did some stuff. I had much bigger plans, but that's the problem with cold season.

Most Awesome thing I found online: The Flu Menu at Drop Off Service. VIA cmykaboom I've always said you can treat sickness with alcohol (the alcohol kills the germs, right?), but now with these recipes I can totally justify those claims. Favorite Quote (from the The Pomegranate Emergen-C Martini recipe): "the inhuman levels of vitamin C are integral for your well-being. That and vodka."

Something I learned: If I watch videos of beagles in which they howl (like this one), it upsets Jasmine. She thinks I'm hiding doggies in my computer speakers, and it makes her cry.

Best confection EVER: Dexter Blood Slider Suckers! And there are instructions on how to make your own! So cool. So very very cool.

This week I'm not doing a mission. I'm going to keep getting better, get back to my push ups, and that's it. No big plans.

Nov 7, 2009

Pink Mums

Pink Mums, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 6, 2009

My New Favorite Website: Google Suggest of the Day

Have you ever played the Google Suggest Game? It's where you type the beginning of a phrase into Google, and then laugh at the suggestions it comes up with. I guess it's not so much a game, but whatever, that's what I call it. Anyway, We play it at work sometimes, because Call Center life can get pretty boring. Turns out, there's a whole website devoted to the bizarre suggestions that Google comes  up with: Google Suggest of the Day. Although, it's not really 'of the day' anymore, as it hasn't been updated since September 22nd, and so I don't know if it's even being updated anymore. but I'm enjoying reading back through the archives, finding such gems as Pancakes are made out of Pancakes, Why does my bellybutton smell?, My bottom is a treasure house, Can monkeys and humans mate?, My hedgehog hates me, and my two personal favorites, Why is there a dead Pakistani on my couch (turns out, this is a quote from Lost, but it's still pretty hilarious) and Jesus likes Call Of Duty 4. Check it out, if you've got some time to waste and a bit of boredom to kill.


Supper, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 5, 2009

Things I Love Thursday

Coffee, Bones (tv show), Leftover halloween candy, mashed potatoes with gravy, teal, blue, orange, good quality Kleenex, getting some photo editing done, watching tv in bed in the dark, warm  sweaters, trivial pursuit, bacon, cottage cheese, scarves, drinking with friends, wii boxing, sunflowers, remembering to eat breakfast everyday, writing.

Nov 4, 2009

Feel Better: 5 Ways to Cope When You Have a Cold

It happens every year around this time. The weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and people get sick. It's cold and flu season and this year it's hitting me hard. I'm on my third cold already, and it's only November. The first one was pretty mild, but the second two have been totally kicking my ass. Colds suck and that's the truth. To help get you through your own bouts with the sick, here are a few of my favorite ways to cope when I'm feeling under the weather.

Get lots of rest

I'm usually one of those people who, unless they're on their death bed, tries to soldier on and go about my regular routine. "It's just a cold! I'm fine!" I'll says, even though I'm miserable and the cold drags on and on. A few days into cold number two, I arose feeling particularly terrible and thought, Screw it, I'm staying home. I called in sick to work and spent the whole day in bed. The next day, although still sick, I felt at least ten times better. Get some rest. You'll feel better.

Drink huge amounts of water

When I say huge amounts, I mean huge amounts. I pretty much double my regular water intake, and I already drink quite a bit of water. It always makes the cold more bearable. Although I haven't tried it, I'm sure that fruit juices and clear broth soups could be subbed in for some of the water. It's all about keeping sufficiently hydrated.

Sore throat tip #1: Gargle with Salt Water

This is totally disgusting and i avoid it at all costs. It really does help though, so if you're desperate, give it a try. I have no idea why it works, but this site suggests that it has to do with drawing water out to reducing swelling.

Sore throat tip #2: Hot Beverages

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate  - whatever. It's very soothing, however temporary. My favorite is hot milky tea.

Cold Pills and Neocitran

Both are very helpful when dealing with a cold. I like Neocitran because it also doubles as a hot beverage. It's not very tasty though. Cold pills have no taste, are portable and easy. There are tons of choices depending on your symptoms, but I always find myself standing in the drug store isle, feeling miserable, trying to make a choice from what seems like a million options, none of them quite fitting all of my symptoms. If at all possible, write down your symptoms send someone else to buy them for you.

How are you making out this cold season? What tips do you have for coping?

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Tree, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 2, 2009

Memo and a Penguin

Memo and a Penguin (2), originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Nov 1, 2009

Week in Review, Week Ahead

So, this my weekly mission was to get my house nice and clean. I did alright. I cleaned and put away my muddy boots and did a bit of tidying up on Sunday. I also did a quick sweep of the house (oh I love having all tile floors!).  Monday I did a complete cleaning of my beta, Parker's tank which, although the water was clean, was getting pretty green on the sides. And the plants. And the frog ornament. It was pretty slimy. Tuesday was a big day for cleaning.  I organized my desk, which was a clutter nightmare. Cables and papers and bills and envelopes and crap. Everything has been filed, thrown out, put away or straightened up. Then I dusted every surface that could be dusted. Shelves, window sills, the top of the big aquarium, ceiling fans, my keyboard tray, the top of my computer, etc. I love my swiffer duster. Wednesday I did nothing. I know. Thursday I did a major sweep of the whole house. I moved the bed and other furniture to sweep under it. Sweep, sweep, sweep. The pile of cat/dog (although mostly cat) hair was kind of scary. I also did laundry and emptied the dishwasher for the third time this week. Friday. I cleaned the bathroom sink & mirror, and also the kitchen sink. I also wiped down the counters and swept the floor again.  Saturday I changed the cat litter. Did I get everything done that I wanted to? No. Did I do better then most weeks? Yes.

Most adorable photo I saw this week: Winnie The Pooh Puppy.

Funniest newspaper clipping: More suspicious people! I love the wording "merely Canadian".

New thing I tried: Goose! I've never had goose before. It was...ok. Kind of dry, but not terrible.

Five best things I ate (best to least): 1. Blueberry Pie! 2. Taco Nuggets 3. Barbecue Chicken wings.  4. Pomegranate seeds 5. Halloween Candy

Saturday was Halloween! Pumpkins were carved (not by me, though. I don't carve pumpkins) and candy was given out. Some friends brought a Wii over and we had a bit of a tournament. There may have been beer involved. It's our first halloween in this house, and we didn't know how many kids we'd get, so we guess on how much candy to buy. Well, we had maybe 55 kids, so we've got LOTS of leftovers. Which is just fine by me.

Best Trick-or-treating story I've read ever: This story is hilarious.

Cutest costume seen: Two little kids dressed as teeny-tiny tigers. AWW.

This week's mission is to finish what I started. One thing I stated and didn't finish was last weeks cleaning. I've still got a couple of jobs I want to get done. Also, I haven't done any of my one hundred push ups challenge for almost a month. I wont exactly finish it this week, but I want to get back on track.

What do you want to accomplish this week?