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    Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
    7:45 am
    Sick of hearing about going green? Yeah, me too, but I've still climbed on the bandwagon.

    The other day I was reading an article about various going green tips, and this one stuck out in my mind. Probably because the weather in my part of the world is getting nice, which means I'm thinking about cooking outdoors.

    The article mentioned taking your toaster oven &/or crock pot onto a sun porch or something such as that as a way to prevent warming up your house by cooking. The less heat created indoors, the less your A/C needs to run. Makes sense to me.

    I don't have a sun porch, but I do have a garden shed. Anything I can't make on the grill, I'll attempt to make with the toaster oven or crock pot. Besides, who wants to heat up the house while cooking? I always hate it.
    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
    8:01 pm
    Two Movies: Twilight and Changeling
    I rented Twilight today. It sucked. Yeah, it followed the book well enough, but the acting was horrible. The book wasn't the greatest to begin with, mind you.

    I also rented Changeling, and it's pretty good, despite having Angelina Jolie in it. I've not quite finished it yet because the kids came home (I forgot to lock the door, dammit!), but I'll finish it later. John Malkovich is also in it (I had forgotten), so you know it has to be good!
    Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    4:44 pm
    Triscuits has a new cracker called Triscuit Thins. One of the flavor combinations is Parmesan Garlic. These are more addicting than crack.  I like to put shredded mozzerella cheese and pizza sauce on mine, then heat it up a bit. Excellent stuff!

    Also, it's getting close to Easter, so Easter candy is in full force. I have a huge weakness for Easter candy. Sixlets are my favorite, again being more addictive than crack.
    Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    2:29 pm
    What I Don't Recommend
    Sonic for breakfast. Well, that's a joke. Sonic for brunch, maybe. Breakfast? Never.

    This morning I had several errands to do as soon as my kids were on their respective school buses. In my rushing around, I forgot to eat breakfast. So at 8:50 a.m., I pulled into our local Sonic Restaurant for breakfast. Imagine my surprise when I was told that they didn't open until 9:00 a.m.

    I don't begrudge them not opening before their appointed time. What got me was that they have breakfast items on the menu, and yet they're completely ignoring the breakfast rush by waiting so long to begin their day. I've seen the traffic at other fast food restaurants in those morning hours, and they do a good business. So why does Sonic ignore them?

    Yes, they serve a full menu all day long, so I'm free to try any breakfast item I want...except for during actual breakfast hours.

    But hey, that's OK, Sonic. McDonald's was more than happy to take my order (along with the other people in line with me), and I still got to eat my breakfast before your people even strapped on their roller skates.
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
    11:22 pm
    It's winter in the northern hemisphere, and that means dry hands. Might I suggest Burt's Bees lotion and salve products to help? Their Milk & Honey lotion works wonders. I know a lot of people who knit and crochet who like it. It also helps prevent those little cracks that appear on the tips of your fingers and hurt for days on end.
    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
    10:34 pm
    Like things a bit bizarre? Like to watch TV and say, "What the hell was that?!" Like to think that there's more to science than petri dishes and mold?

    Then check out Fringe Tuesday nights at 9:00 EST on your local Fox network. And yeah, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) from Dawson's Creek is on there, but you actually forget about that while watching the show. So even if you hated Dawson's Creek like I did, you're safe to watch Fringe.
    Monday, February 2nd, 2009
    7:57 pm
    And...we're back.
    It's time to either get this asylum going or shut it down. I'd prefer to keep it running.

    I've been watching a lot of movies lately. Some sucked, some didn't. I'll list a few.

    Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland turned out to be a really good movie. I had my doubts about it when I grabbed it off the shelf, but I'm glad I rented it. As a matter of fact, I'll be owning this one. Granted it's  hard to see Kiefer Sutherland as anyone other than Jack Bauer these days, but that really wasn't much of a distraction. This movie actually gave me nightmares, and that doesn't happen very often. Any movie that can freak me out in my sleep is worthy of owning, as far as I'm concerned. I highly recommend this one.

    OK, don't laugh, but I loved Seance. No, it will never win any awards, but I liked it just the same. Or maybe it was just A.J. Lamas?

    Lakeview Terrace disappointed me. I really like Samuel L. Jackson, and I thought the idea behind the movie was a really good one. Yet the movie somehow fell short. It's worth watching once, but I wouldn't bother owning it. Samuel L. Jackson didn't seem up to his usual standards in this one, I guess.

    I finally watched The Happening. Yes, I know. I'm way behind the times on this one, but I had my doubts since so many people had said they didn't like it. However, I really enjoyed the movie. It wasn't one of those jump out and bite you type of horror movies. This one got to you mentally if you just asked yourself, "What if...???" But I think a lot of people don't like to think about movies after they've seen them, hence why they didn't care for this movie.
    Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
    10:34 am
    A non-recommendation
    At someone else's recommendation, I tried a non-fat chai tea latte with an extra pump of vanilla today. I definitely do not recommend this for others. It's very blah.

    I've been using Kaspersky 7.0 as my antivirus protection on my computer, and I'm still not thrilled with it. At this point I'm suggesting using it at your own risk.
    Friday, March 7th, 2008
    9:49 pm
    FlipSides Pretzel Crackers
    I didn't really have much hope for Keebler's new Town House FlipSides Pretzel Crackers. Honestly, a pretzel and cracker combined? Ewwww...

    However, I have learned that this was actually a product I was wanting and didn't realize it. I know that sounds commercial, but it's true. I'm loving these pretzel crackers! (We're calling them prackers at our house.)

    The best part of a pretzel is the outside, right? That's where all of the flavor is. You get the pretzel flavor in full force with these prackers, but they're not as hard and dry as regular pretzels. My son and I have nearly wiped out the entire box in one day. I bought a cheese ball and have been putting it on the prackers. It's very tasty!

    I'll definitely be buying more of these in the future.
    Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
    1:10 pm
    Because cold treats in winter are appealing.
    Blue Bunny ice cream has gelato now. I had never tried gelato before, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I got the chocolate flavor which also had chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings on top. Very good stuff! I also like the espresso flavor.

    The pistachio flavor is ok, but there were way too many pistachios on top. I love pistachios, but not on my gelato, I guess.

    I do not recommend the Italian vanilla or whatever it's called. The flavor wasn't appealing. It also had chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings on top, but the gelato itself was sort of bleh.

    I'd recommend the chocolate and espresso though. Just don't get them from my store because it's already hard enough to find them in stock! ;)

    There are other flavors, but I've not tried them.
    Friday, February 29th, 2008
    10:17 pm
    The return of me!
    My computer got hit with some majorly nasty viruses (virusi?), and I lost my computer for a few days. I'm still trying to catch up on everything I normally do online. It just feels overwhelming because my computer had to be completely reformatted, so I lost just about everything.

    So my recommendation for today? Get a decent anti-virus program for your computer! Seriously, go right now if you don't have one! I was using AVG, and I knew it was sucking under. I was too lazy to find something decent though. My computer guru put Kaspersky on my computer. I'm not ready to recommend it yet, but I might be in the future. I will say I'm feeling much more confident about my computer protection now.

    What are you waiting for? Go find some decent protection for your own computer! And stay away from sites like MySpace that are filled with nasty viruses!
    Thursday, February 21st, 2008
    11:24 pm
    Today's recommendations are all about the sweet stuff. I have a very active sweet tooth, so there may be a lot of suggestions along this line.

    Today I tried Life Savers Sherbet. It's five flavors of sherbet (cherry, pineapple, watermelon, raspberry, orange) in one carton. This is the first time I've ever had cherry, pineapple or watermelon sherbet. The watermelon flavor was ok, but I'd have preferred they used lime instead. The pineapple wasn't my favorite either. However, I liked the cherry. Raspberry and orange I've had before, orange being my favorite of the two.

    All in all, not a bad product, but I don't think I'll buy it again unless my kids really like it.


    M&M's Wild Cherry! I discovered these today while out shopping, so I snagged a package. They're limited edition, and that's very unfortunate. I really liked these, but a little went a long way. They became too sweet after awhile. But the M&Ms are bigger than normal ones. If you see these on the shelf somewhere, definitely buy some!


    Easter is my favorite holiday, and I go crazy over the candy. I thought I'd list some of my favorites here, but I'm sure I'll forget a few.

    Cadbury Creme Eggs are definitely a favorite, but unfortunately they've became too rich for my older tastebuds. Still, I have to eat at least one every spring. They also come in orange flavor as well, and they're wonderful!


    Along the same lines, Cadbury Mini Eggs. Nothing but pure milk chocolate in a candy shell. I buy a couple of bags of these each spring and make them last as long as possible. This is one of my most favorite Easter candies!


    Dove Chocolate Truffle Eggs are another huge favorite of mine. I can't find anything like them the rest of the year, and it just kills me. If you want to indulge yourself, pick up a box of these!


    Today I discovered Milky Way bites, but these contained orange-flavored fluff. I grabbed a package, and *love* them. I was really surprised because I don't normally like Milky Way candy bars, but these are excellent! If you like orange and chocolate together, give these a try!


    That's enough talk about sugar for one day. Let's see what I come up with tomorrow.
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