Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday This 'n That

***Great. Now they want to tell us which light bulbs we're allowed to use. This cap & trade bill is a travesty...at least what we know of it. We don't know all of it because the dang thing isn't even totally written yet. Yeah, they voted on it without even having the bill. Nice, huh? Take a look at this, if you want a scare.

***Enough of that. It's too infuriating. Watch this, and remember that this land was founded by men longing for liberty and freedom. May God guide us out of the wilderness we are now in.

***Here's a great web site for entrepreneurs. Both my husband and I have small businesses, and are always looking for ways to expand and improve them. If you have a small business, or are thinking about starting one, there are certainly going to be challenges ahead when you look at what they're doing in Washington. Owning a business, though, is very rewarding if it's done right. You'll just have to stay on your toes!

***Here's a great motivational/inspirational site. There's some good stuff on here.

***Well, better get busy. Hope you all have a terrific day!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Here We Go Again!

Another Monday! It's going to be a great week, we have a family birthday party Tuesday, our annual 4th of July party Thursday, and more family coming Saturday. I love having company! We'll be using our cornhole set a lot...betcha didn't know there's an official cornhole web site! We love that game...my husband is really good at it, which is a good thing, because he hates to lose at anything!

***After we get back from our vacation in South Carolina, we'll be going to the Indiana State Fair on Friday for the Band Day finals. We do that every year. Go Centerville!

***Well, this is gonna have to be short today. Lots of work to do before I leave for work! Is it just me, or is there something wrong with that...?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Surfin'

Well, I've got lots to do an little time to do it today, so this'll have to be quick! I'm trying to find more upbeat things to write about than I had yesterday...doesn't seem to be much good news for conservatives in the political realm right now, so I think I'll just leave that news for the Hard Starboard blog.

***We're staying here on vacation this year! My daughter and her new husband are now in South Carolina, so for the first time in many years we're going to take a vacation in August to go see them. I've never seen the ocean, and I can't wait! We miss them terribly...August can't get here soon enough!

***Have you tried McDonald's McCafe coffees yet? I've gotten the mocha a couple of times...since I've had bariatric surgery I have to watch the sugar, but there's not enough in them to make me sick, apparently. They're a little strong, but if I get one on the way to work I add a little milk to it and it's okay. Not as good as a Bear Creek Coffee sugar free mocha latte...but passable!

***Well, better get some work done and then get ready for church. We're having our family reunion this afternoon, so it's gonna be a busy Sunday!

God bless y'all, have a great day!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Weekend Roundup

**One last post on Michael Jackson...I am inclined to agree with Jonah Goldberg over at National Review Online. The coverage of Michael Jackson's death has become ridiculous. All of a sudden, he is a saint. Yeah, he was famous, but as Goldberg says, his life certainly wasn't something you would want your children to emulate. Enough, already.

**We are so screwed.

**After that above story, it's a bit hard to be upbeat. Our politicians, our so-called "leaders," have sold us out for political gain. They didn't even read it. A huge boondoggle of a bill, and they all know it, and they passed it without reading it. They should all be thrown out, including/ESPECIALLY the RINOs who voted for this outrage. Here are their names. Write to them.

**Sigh...what a disappointing way to start the day. Time to go to my favorite verse:
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." -- Romans 8:28

**Another verse in Romans...my favorite Book, if you haven't guessed!
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." -- Romans 8:18

MARANATHA!

Friday, June 26, 2009

***Check this out!! It's hilarious, it's a video of a puppy fighting with himself in a mirror. Guaranteed to make you giggle!

***Here's a great site if you like grilling out, which my family loves. I've grilled shrimp before, and basted them with garlic butter. I did learn one thing...you really have to soak those wooden skewers first...I didn't, and the little suckers caught on fire!

***Finally, for all of your shipping needs, ZIP codes, Priority Mail and Express Mail boxes and supplies, check out USPS.com. It's a very user friendly site.

Michael Jackson, RIP

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past 24 hours, you've heard about this. Michael Jackson, dead at 50. He had cardiac arrest, but the cause has not yet been released.

Before he went bonkers, he was a great entertainer. I've always liked his music, especially when he was at his biggest, during the 80s. Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller, etc. And the dude could *dance*. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family, especially his children. R.I.P., Michael.

Addendum: I had the radio on here at work to a station who was playing Jackson's music. I listened for a while because I do like his music. However, they were having people call in with their "Michael moments." It was okay for a while, but geez, it's starting to border on idolatry. I'm going back to my CDs now...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thoughts Hither and Yon...

"If you want to create jobs, get Obama out of the private sector. It's just that simple."

--Rush Limbaugh

Amen to that.



**What a shame, what an idiot. Mark Sanford had so much promise. Now he's ruined. I'm sorry for the loss to the Republican party, but I'm most sorry for his family. Jerk.

ARGH! I had several more entries to this post, and most of them just disappeared. Hopefully I'll have time to come back and add a little more later!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's Dangerous To Be Clueless!

Could our president possibly be any more clueless when it comes to dealing with Iran's terrorist regime? I hate to lead with this, but dang, every day Obama provides another bit of proof that he is not up to the job he has.


Remember this: "The essence to a government health care system--for people who have never lived under it and don't know--is waiting, waiting, waiting. You wait for everything. You wait for years for operations that are routine in America." -- Mark Steyn

**I'm going to be taking a medical coding course...I've been transcribing for 30 years, but with the advent of EMR I'm having to make myself a little more marketable. The more I know, the more I'm worth. It is supposed to take a year, but the man who interviewed me for Kaplan University (an online course) said it can be done in six months. That's exactly what I plan to do! I figure I can whine about losing some of my transcription to EMR, or I can be proactive and make sure my income level stays at least the same by learning something new.

**If you have one of these in your area, definitely check it out! They have the most delicious sugar free mocha lattes ever! I have to admit, I prefer their coffee to Starbucks.

**Bicycling has become my new favorite activity. It's such good exercise, and so pleasant on a nice day. Here is a great magazine dedicated to bicycling.

**If you haven't done it yet today...give your kids a hug!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Finding Good News

**Well, it ain't easy finding good, positive news...but it's out there! Found this web site, which is dedicated to bringing positive news to us when it seems that all we hear is bad news. It's a really uplifting site, check it out! You can even get a T-shirt.

**Speaking of good news, you can read about the best news of all here and here. Being a sinner saved by grace pretty much usurps all the bad stuff out there!

**Sean Hannity does Freedom Concerts all over the United States to show support for our troops and America. Here is a list of venues this summer. I'm going to the one in Cincinnati and I can't wait! If only the main music wasn't country...but oh well. Looks like Michael W. Smith will be there too, and I just love his music!

**This is really an amazing phenomenon. Obama's ardent supporters really do seem to see him as the Messiah. How else to explain the utter blindness to his many blunders and completely socialist policies?

**Enough of that, it's depressing. Here are some stories of everyday heroes, people who put the needs of others above their own and put actions to their words. God bless them.

**Finally, watch this for some goosebumps. It's the US Army Chorus performing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Wow.

Monday, June 22, 2009

RIP, Neda

This is just chilling. May her death keep the fires burning for those who wish for freedom in Iran.

Here's a web site ran by veterans where you can get some great T-shirts and other gear to show your support for our troops.

We took my husband here for Father's Day. It was awesome! Their food is fantastic, and the view of the lake is absolutely beautiful. If you're thinking about visiting Brookville Reservoir this summer, definitely make Ainsley's Cafe one of your stops.

I rarely watch TV, but I love to watch reruns of Home Improvement. I think Tim Allen is hilarious and it was a good, wholesome show at a time when it seems that bathroom humor is the order of the day on TV.

Countdown to July 17! That's when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be in theaters. There is rarely anything in theaters that I'm interested in seeing, but this one I want to see! I really like the Harry Potter movies.

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Be sure & tell your Dad/husband/son/whatever how much you appreciate him today! We don't do that enough. Here's Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable:

"Theo, that's the dumbest thing I ever heard in my life. No wonder you get D's in everything. Now you're afraid to try, because you're afraid your brain is going to explode, and it's going to ooze out of your ear. Now, I'm telling you that you're going to try as hard as you can, and you are going to do it because I said so. I am your father! I brought you into this world and I'll take you out!"

Yep, we all need a kick in the butt from Dad every now and then. My Dad certainly knew how to do that! He passed away three years ago, and I really miss him. He wasn't big on showing emotion or affection, but we always knew he loved us. We never had to wonder if he was coming home, if he was going to continue to work and provide for us, if he and Mom were going to stay together, none of that. He was dependable and hard-working. Thanks, Dad!

**Here's a great article from Dr. Dobson's website on why fathers matter.

**This is just disgusting. Oh, to have adults in the White House again. Skateboarding in the halls of the White House? Where is the respect? Reminds me of when the Clintons took residence and had people jumping up and down on the bed in the Lincoln bedroom. He "sold" it to his biggest campaign donors. How quickly people forget. This is what you get when you elect liberals.

**Bet you haven't heard about this! Chubby people live longer than skinny people? Of course, they mean "slightly" chubby, but still. Not something you expect a headline to say, huh?

Here's a spot-on quote from Ayn Rand:

"Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others."

Have a terrific Sunday and Father's Day, everyone!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday!

Beautiful day here in eastern Indiana today. Lots of sunshine, perfect bike riding weather. I intend to take full advantage of that after I get a little more transcription done.

**How I wish our president could bring himself to stand up for freedom and liberty! His mealy-mouthed, tepid non-responses to the goings-on in North Korea and Iran are embarrassing. Man up, Mr. President!

**Victor Davis Hansen is one of the most brilliant minds in journalism today. Check out his latest essay over at National Review Online.

**This is absolutely amazing! It's a Slovenian choir doing the song "Africa." Awesome! Here's their website.

Friday, June 19, 2009

And Miles To Go Before I Sleep...

Well, I normally get up at 2:30 - 3:00 a.m. in order to do my transcription before heading to the Post Office, but I woke up at 1:30 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep, so here I am! The blog title is from Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

**Yep, it's gonna be a while before I sleep. Found a neat website for literature hounds, it's called The Literature Network. You can search for authors, specific works, etc. Pretty neat when you can only remember a phrase from a certain poem or book, it'll find it for you.

**Just want to direct you to another of my favorite websites, The Heritage Foundation. They have brilliant writers and great information that you certainly won't find in the mainstream media.

**"You know, most people, when they read 1984, were scared. When Barack Obama read it, he started taking notes." -- Rush Limbaugh

**Here's a great web site if you're interested in dispensational theology. Check it out.

**I'm pretty sure I know the reason for my insomnia tonight. I have applied for the early retirement offer from the Post Office, and today is the last day I can withdraw it. After today, I can't change my mind. I can make a lot more money in my transcription business, but EMR (Electronic Medical Records) has already cut in on a little of my business, and the way it's being pushed to doctors, I'm really not sure what the next couple of years is going to bring. Most of my clients are already on EMR and just don't use the letter generator feature because it's too cut and dried, but who's to say they won't start? Now they just scan my letters into the electronic system, something I certainly hope they will continue to do. However, I plan to be proactive about this. Apparently there is a need for people to help hospitals and doctors' offices transition to EMR, so I'm going to look into that just in case. Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Let The Sun Shine In...

I'm excited, we're actually having some sunshine here in my corner of Indiana today after days of rain. Got lots of work to do, but I'm definitely going to take a break in a little while in order to take a bike ride. I've been wasting a little time browsing on eBay when I should be working, I'm afraid. That particular activity can be extremely habit forming, and time-eating. I usually look for additions to a couple of china patterns that I have (yeah, I *really* need more dishes...). I've always had good luck when buying and selling on eBay, thank goodness.

I'm about to fix some coffee, or perhaps just have some Click, which is a protein/mocha/espresso drink with vitamins that tastes *really* good! It's great for bariatric patients like me who need extra protein. If you're looking for an energy drink that's coffee based, try it! The directions say to make it with water, but I make it with 1% milk in order to boost the protein count...and I love the way it tastes, like a mocha latte.

Oh no, ABC's not biased at all...

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
--Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What Day Off??!!

Yeah, I'm off from the Post Office today, but I'm workin' my tail off on my transcription business. Not complaining, I'm glad I have the business! To any medical transcriptionists out there, the web site rxlist.com is a great resource for drug name spelling. You can search for a drug and spell it as best you can, and it will find it with the correct spelling. I use it all the time.

**I was looking at my son's Eagle Scout picture just now. Boy Scouts is an awesome organization, I highly recommend it to any parent who has sons. The lessons my son learned in that organization reflect our own values, and that was very important to us. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2007, and we've never been prouder of any accomplishment of his.

**Here's another great parenting tool that we used a lot when the kids were younger. It's Plugged In Online, at Dr. James Dobson's web site. You can look up movies that your kids want to see and get the scoop on what's in them and if they're fit for them to watch. You'll find that there is precious little that Hollywood is offering that isn't junk...but there are some good things once in a while.

**Okay, does anybody seriously still doubt that Barack Obama is a socialist? Check this out.

**Well, the sun is trying to shine here in Indiana, so I had better take advantage of the break between rain showers and hit the road on my bike. I try to exercise every day, either walking or biking. I don't always succeed, but I do get in some exercise at least five days a week. I figure that'll do!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

She Works Hard For The Money...

Anybody remember Donna Summer? She really did/does have an amazing voice (I haven't heard much from her lately). The post title was referring to ME, and my 16 hour workdays. Hey, one kid in college, one just got married, ya know? Guess I could scout around for some stimulus money and let you good people take care of my kids, but I'm just not wired that way.

**Since we're reminiscing, one of my favorite groups in junior high and high school was Creedence Clearwater Revival. They had a really unique sound.

**I'm so glad warm weather has returned to Indiana! Cookouts, bike riding, walks, cornhole, I love it!

**Another thing I love about summer is High School Marching Band competition season. I got involved with that when my daughter was a member of the color guard during summer band season at Centerville High School. Those kids work their butts off and put on some amazing shows. Centerville has a proud history, they have won the small band competition at Indiana State Fair Band Day 9 out of the last 10 years. They really are amazing. Check out statefairbandday.com for more information.

**Another favorite summer activity? Kings Island amusement park in Ohio! I've lost a bunch of weight and will now be able to ride more of the rides, I can't wait! I'm not one for the monster coasters, but I absolutely love the water rides. I also like to SHOP! They have some pretty amazing shows there, too. It's a bit pricey, but hey, it's summertime! Gotta do some of this stuff.

**I'll close with a great quote from a great man: "Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
--Ronald Reagan

Monday, June 15, 2009

Yo Monday!!

Hey, I'm a little late to the party today. I've been up since 2:30 a.m. working...first in my business until about 6:30, then here at the post office until 5:00. Long day, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Gotta make lots of money so Obama can take it, dontcha know. As a small business person I feel like I have a target painted on my back.

**I've been in an Irish music mood today. Check out this CD for some awesome Irish music. My daughter danced competitively with a traditional Irish step dancing studio (a bit different than the Riverdance dancing as it is much more technical) and I grew to love the music. I listen to it now in my Ipod and in my car on a regular basis.

**Okay, I admit it. I'm a big Harry Potter fan. Well, the movies anyway. I haven't read the books. I can't wait for the next movie, which comes out July 15. The next one is "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." Here's the trailer, if you're interested.

**What are you reading right now? I'm working on the classics which I should have read long ago. Right now I'm reading "Les Miserables," the unabridged version. Sheesh. It's bigger than Atlas Shrugged, which I have read and absolutely loved. I don't like Ayn Rand's sniveling disdain for Christianity, but she sure knew what she was talking about when it came to capitalism and individual liberty.

Well, that's it for now. Hope you're all having a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Morning

Good morning, and happy Sunday! It's gonna be a beautiful day here in Indiana. After church I plan to take a nice long bike ride, then hunker down at my computer to do some serious transcribing. I left everything I was going to do over the weekend for today, now my Sunday is spoken for. Ah well.

**Soooo...thoughts for today. My son (20 years old, just finished his sophomore year at Wright State) is taking off to a big skate park in Indianapolis today. I love to watch him do that, he's really good at it! He has some good friends here in Richmond that he runs around with. Glad they're gonna have a nice day for their outing.

**I was just reading the Drudge Report...looks like the little dictator in Iran has pulled it off big time. Wow, bet THAT was a fair election...

**I would feel much better about the world situation if we had something other than a clueless, self-absorbed neophyte as our president.

**Wanna check out one of the best guitar players you'll ever hear? Go to http://www.ericloy.com. This guy is awesome.

**I'll leave you with this quote from Ayn Rand: "Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others."

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Maiden Voyage

Hello everyone! I created this blog in order to muse about things that don't really belong on the political blog I contribute to (http://www.hardstarboardblog.com) or on Obesity Help, where I post regarding my weight loss surgery journey. Sometimes I just want to ramble, so this is where I'll do it.

**The most recent thing to happen in my life is my daughter's marriage. Emily married a wonderful man named Peter on May 23rd. The downside is they moved to South Carolina as Emily will be starting an internship with Charleston Magazine (she just graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, majoring in English). Since we're in Richmond, Indiana...that is WAY too far away! Hard to let her go, but they are so happy I wouldn't change a thing.

**I had the Roux-en-Y bypass on May 29, 2008 and have lost 139 lbs. since then. I feel *wonderful*. I didn't realize how limited I was when I was morbidly obese until I started getting rid of it. Thank you, Dr. Samer Mattar! I'd like to lose another 40-50 lbs., but even if I never lost another pound I'd have the surgery again in a heartbeat.

**I love the military and I'm grateful every day for their sacrifice for our freedom. I believe the current administration is the greatest threat to American freedom ever, unfortunately. Hopefully we can survive the Obama administration without too much damage...though what he has inflicted in only five months is pretty daunting.

**My favorite web sites? http://www.rushlimbaugh.com, http://www.michellemalkin.com, http://www.obesityhelp.com, http://www.nationalreview.com, and of course, http://www.hardstarboardblog.com. Well, that should tell you where I'm coming from.

**I just got a new mountain bike and I love the thing! Think I'll go take a spin when I get finished here.

**I'm an entrepreneur, I have a medical transcription business which I run out of my home. The name of my company is Meditran Transcription Service. Hmmm...maybe I should start a blog for that...

**Okay, enough for the first day. See ya tomorrow!