Archive for June, 2009

>Back to work

>Back to work today. The Boss was not in on Friday either, so my work is now even farther behind. Tomorrow I am out in the field, so still no work will get done. Well, actually we got some done. But we still don’t have the big job done.

Em came with me this morning. She didn’t come to work with me, just to the city. Taking the day since Saturday was graduation. So she got a manicure, a pedicure and her eyebrows waxed. Then she walked around the city, texting me as she went. She had a good time, but her blister is back and was really painful by the time we went home.
The boys had a fire tonight, finally! And I couldn’t find the cable for my iPod™, I even sent a text to Tigger asking if he had it and could you buy them etc, then I found it and had to send him another text, “Nevermind”

So now I am going to say goodnight. I don’t know when I will be able to check in tomorrow. Till then.


>The New York Times
Monday, June 29, 2009 — 10:16 AM ET

Justices Rule for White Firefighters in Bias Case

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that Sonia Sotomayor, a Supreme Court nominee, endorsed as an appeals court judge.

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~The New York Times~

>On June 29, 1995, the shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

On June 29, 1868, George ElleryHale, the American astronomer, was born.

On this date in:

1776: The Virginia state constitution was adopted.

1946: British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to stamp out alleged terrorism.

1951: Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a priest.

1967: Actress Jayne Mansfield, 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans.

1972: The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”

~The New York Times~

>Billy Mays, most well-known for his OxyClean commercials, died in his sleep last night, according to the Discovery Channel. The spokesman was 50 years old. Discovery Channel issued the following statement: “Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth. Billy was a pioneer in his field and helped many people fulfill their dreams. He will be greatly missed as a loyal and compassionate friend. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time of incredible loss.” An all day marathon of Mays’ Discovery show, Pitchmen, airs on July 1 starting at 11 a.m ET/PT, with the season finale airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Entertainment Weekly


>Saturday was a do-nothing day, I did get up though, even though it was a do-nothing day for me, it wasn’t for the rest of the household. It’s hard to sleep in when someone is building a shed outside your bedroom window.

It’s like this, D and Stitch are going to be working from home. So D wanted to turn his shed into an office. That means they needed a place to put the stuff from the shed. So he decided to turn the area under the deck into a shed and that area is right outside my bedroom window. Also Butterscotch had escaped. It was also graduation, Em needed to go to work and Fred needed to go practice (he was playing) and he was out looking for Butterscotch (Dude, he’s a cat, you won’t find him unless he wants you to). So I hollered at Fred, “Graduation!” He came back, they left, I went back to my room.

As I was on my computer participating in one of my many online activities, I got a text from Em, “Come to Dutchess Stadium”, so I got up, got my shoes on, went upstairs, looked around at everything, not quite in focus, realized I had forgotten to put in my contacts. I came back downstairs and as I was putting in my contacts got another text, “Nvrmnd”. So I went back to my room until I got the next message, “OK come and wait in the parking lot”. When I got there, I noticed that Em’s van was in the parking lot, this caused me to wonder why she was asking for a ride, the question was answered when Fred came out and got in the front seat, when I asked about Em he said, “I was using her phone, couldn’t you tell?” Guess I didn’t get enough sleep! He then turned to me and said, “I figured what to do with the Jelly Belly flavors I don’t like.” Pause “Use them as for practice swallowing pills without water.” O.K. then.

Except for going to Ron’s for lunch, the rest of the day was pretty boring.

Oh, Butterscotch eventually decided life outside wasn’t for him and came home. Only took him a couple hours.

>The best laid plans

>Friday morning we (Em, Tigger, Fred and me) planned to go down to the Today Show to see the Fray. I opened my E-mail Thursday when I got back from getting my hair done to see the following e-mail.

TODAY Show Concert Postponement ~ THE FRAY

Concert Postponement: THE FRAY

It is with sincere apologies that the TODAY Show announces the postponement of The Fray performance, scheduled for Friday, June 26th, due to the death of Michael Jackson.

I was very upset, when I first saw this, got as far as due to the death of and thought someone from the Fray had died. Then I got mad that because that creepy little freak had died, I wasn’t going to get to see the Fray.

That may seem like a cold response to hearing that someone had died, I am not really like that. I was upset when I heard that Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett died, I feel no such thing for Michael Jackson.

Back to Friday. We still went down to the city, just not as early and we didn’t go to the plaza. We did go to the Top of the Rock, since Fred had never been. It started to rain so Em and I went inside, the boys stayed outside and kept taking pictures. Em said, “My children are morons.” After we left Rockefeller Center we bought 2 umbrellas from a street vendor, then walked up to Central Park. We were just walking around, Em wanted to show Fred the Chess & Checkers House (mid-Park at 64th Street), when we got up there I started sneezing and wheezing. I told Em I had to leave there was something there I was allergic to. As we walked back down the stairs, Fred said, “Maybe these purple flowers?” I said, “No smells like white flowers.” Em turned to me with a grin, “I was going to say the same thing!” I can’t explain it, but years dealing with allergies has given me the ability to smell the color of flowers.

Leaving Central Park we went to Cafe Frida, but they weren’t open yet. So we walked to the Crocs store. Fred’s feet were really bothering him and he wanted sandals. After lunch we went to Maria Tash, by subway (can you believe it? Em went on the subway!) so I could get my ears pierced. This isn’t a great pic, I took it right after I left the piercing spa. My ears were still swollen and red.

>For more postcard fun, visit postmistress Marie Reed

This is another postcard sent me by a friend on vacation. This was a girl from my church who is the same age as me. She went on to marry Em’s brother.

I don’t know why I blocked out my address, since no one in my family even lives in the state of Florida any more. Just habit I guess. One interesting fact, if you look at the dates, she mailed this on August 3rd, I received it on August 23rd. In fact, I called her and said, “Guess what? I got the postcard you sent me from Spain today.”

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>Tony Peters

>Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visited Kansas today to mark the kickoff of the Obama Administration’s “United We Serve” initiative. Administrator Jackson joined local students to monitor and help clean up the Missouri and Kansas Rivers at Kaw Point Park in Kansas. Students tested mercury levels in fish, measured water quality and used boats to pick up trash along the Rivers’ banks.

United We Serve is President Obama’s summer service initiative. It is a call to all Americans to join a volunteer effort this summer and be part of building a new foundation for America, one community at a time. United We Serve officially starts Monday, June 22, and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th.

A new national web site for United We Serve ( lists thousands of opportunities to get involved. There are many ways to get involved including through Adopt Your Watershed where you can work for clean water by joining with local organizations to monitor water quality, restore habitat, build rain gardens, plant trees, or clean up debris.

Visit to find volunteer opportunities in your area, and choose the one that best suits your interests. More information on EPA’s three service programs visit

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I often run across blogs while I’m at work that I find interesting and want to save, unfortuanately I don’t want to save them to my work computer. Normally I just e-mail them to myself. Then I thought, maybe I should share them.
So I am starting a new feature on my blog, its going to be called “Check out this blog”. I don’t know how often it will be. After all, my boss expects me to work sometimes. The things I have to do to stay employed. SIGH. Here is the first one.