Monday, February 28, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

This is hosted by Java at Never Growing old (click button)

Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!


1. What are you wearing right now?
Doodle calls it my Frump Fit.  Basically lounging pants and a t-shirt.
2. Do you have any freckles?
Not really, a few.

3. What is your favorite Lifesaver flavor?
Peppermint... does that count?

4. What is the last movie you saw in the theater?
Goddess, I have no idea.  How bad is that I do not remember the last time we went to a movie.  I am thinking, thinking, nope... no idea!

5. Would you rather live without tv or without music?
TV!  Usually, when I am home it is quiet and as soon as Doodle gets home the TV comes on... he could never live with out it!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Helping Herself

Rio aka Royal Pain in the Ass helped herself to my water yesterday.  For some reason she has determined that drinking out of mom's cup is better than the cool, clean, fresh water provided for her.

First she thought sticking her head all the way into the cup would work the best.

Then she decided that dipping her paw in and licking it was much more ladylike.   

PS. No, we are not Patriot fans.. this cup magically appeared in our home.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Good News

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone that kept they fingers, toes and eyes crossed... I got the fall internship I interviewed for a week ago.  I am so very excited, it is what I wanted and now I do not have to stress any more about that aspect of school.  Midterms start tomorrow, I am off to study.  

Smiles everyone!

Weekend Bloggy Reading 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

List Day 5

I am just cruising along on this list challenge, aren't I?  You really don't have to answer that, I know there is no consistency in this blog or my life! 

Here is list question 5: What books have I read?

Up until I started school, I read all the time.  Well, I still read all the time, only they are not books of my choosing.  I belonged to a great book website called BooksFree.  For a monthly charge, I had a list of books that I wanted to read and they would ship them out two at a time.  I could keep the books as long as I wanted before returning them for the next two on my list.  It was a great way to discover new authors and if I did not like the book, I was not out any money. I just returned the book for the next one on the list.  I read over 100 books in a year with this company.  

Then came my bright idea of getting a Masters degree and all the pleasure reading came to a screeching halt.  Instead, I read exciting books such as Development Economics Reader and Globalization and its Discontents. Over the holiday break, I was able to read a couple of books for pleasure:

Marked (House of Night) by Kristen Kast
Betrayed (House of Night) by Kristen Kast
I Heard You Paint Houses by Frank Sheeran

I have to admit, I read these on the Kindle that Doodle bought me.  I like the Kindle, it is easy, portable, but I miss holding a book and turning the pages.  So, that really does not answer the question, what books have a read.  I have read thousands of books, too many to possible list them all.  

Monday, February 21, 2011

Learn Something New Tuesday

Life with the Dietrich's

Trying this out for the first time, because the theme is PETS!

1. Have any animals?  

Yes, they are featured regularly on this blog. 

2. Favorite animal? 
This is tough, I love all creatures.  When I was child, I would not allow my father to kill spiders, he had to take them outside because even a spider had a right to live. 
3. If you could have any animal, what would it be? 
A butterfly, does that count as an animal? No, okay, a Prairie Dog.  


4. Pet any weird animals? 
I was lucky enough to pet a baby bear once.  I have no clue where we were but I remember petting the bear.  When I worked for the vet, they had a Golden Eagle come in for surgery, I was lucky enough to help with that, wow what an experience.
5. Ever been to a drive through safari? 
Many times

6. What zoos have you been to, what is your favorite one? 
I do not like nor believe that animals should be kept in zoos. 


Yesterday, DB & I drove out to look at some property.  As we were pulling up the drive, we see this back in the trees off to the side.  
Moultrie Feeders

DB "look they have a deer feeder". 

GB "Where"?

DB "Over there in the trees".

GB " You mean the rain barrel"?

At this point, DB looks at me... "you thought that was a rain barrel"?

GB "Yes, I was just about to say, how nice it was that they were collecting rain water.  But it is nice that they are feeding the deer".

DB "They feed the deer so they can shoot the deer".

GB "Oh".

DB "You really didn't think it was a rain barrel"?

I must confess, I really did think this was a rain barrel, how unfair that you feed the deer only to shoot them.

Sunday, February 20, 2011



Last night, DB & I went out to dinner to celebrate our upcoming nine year anniversary.  We decided to try somewhere new, local, different, and we were pleasantly surprised.  The food was wonderful and creative.  The wait staff attentive and reserved.  The portions were huge, I ended up bringing over half of my entree home.  We will definitely return again.    

Thursday, February 17, 2011

List Day 3 & 4

I have fallen even further behind in the list challenge!  I am combing three and four as they are related.

3. Places you have been

Every year, Doodle and I go somewhere for our anniversary, we usually travel within the Southeast to a quaint resort or B and B.  We have found some of the most wonderful places, always with friendly folks willing to go the extra mile.  Doodle and I have also been lucky enough to travel to Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, California, South Dakota, Puerto Rico, Mexico.  I have traveled to France, Spain, and England.  We are hoping for a trip once school is completed, it is just not feasible at the moment.

4.Places you want to go

This is easy, I want to visit every country in the world.  Yes, even the dangerous and poor countries.  I love to travel and should have been a travel agent... maybe in my next life.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday... Early



I have been really trying hard not to just post about school this semester even though it is still taking over my life.  

I am ready for this semester to be finished!  I am tired of reading, writing, trying to figure out what will be on the midterms... 


10 days away

Today, I had an interview for a possible internship this fall.  I really would love to have this opportunity, so everyone cross your fingers, toes and eyes and wish me luck!  Thanks.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.  

~Author Unknown

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pete & Rose

Introducing Nemette's latest friends... Pete & Rose.  Two Pajama Cardinal fish are the newest residents of our fish tank.  As soon as I heard the fish were from the Cardinal family, I said "self, their name must be Pete Rose, after the famous Cardinal baseball player!"  Was that not the greatest idea, Cardinal fish named after a Cardinal player.  

When Doodle got home, I excitedly showed him Pete & Rose.  I said you know "after the famous Cardinal baseball player... PETE ROSE"!  

Doodle just looks at me and says "Pete Rose played for the Cincinnati Reds"!  

UGH... I have named my Cardinal fish after a Reds player... so much for my baseball knowledge!   

They are really neat fish, they just kind of hang out and look at you.  They have already figured out the feeding and swim up to the front when it is time for dinner.  Nemette has not caused any problems, in fact, I think she may have been lonely. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

List Day #2

2. Things that you are grateful for.

There are so many blessings in my life, it is impossible to count them all.  I am grateful that my husband loves me unconditionally.  How he manages that feat is something I will never understand.  DB is my greatest gift, someone was smiling down upon me when I met him.  

I am grateful that DB's wonderful parents live within 20 minutes of us.  They are always willing and able to assist us.  DB's dad even applied to be on the Amazing Race with me, if only we had been selected!

I am grateful for my mom and brother.  Although we live far apart, they are both in my heart and I know they have my back.  I can call them at any hour of the day and they will drop everything for me.  They kind of have to being family and all, but still knowing it is possible is a gift.

I am grateful for my job, the roof over my head, the food on my table.  I know there are millions out there that are surviving on little to nothing.  I am grateful for my friends, they are a small group of strong women, that have laughed and cried with me over the years.  I have so many things to be grateful for, one cannot possible list them all.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The List Day #1

1. People who have influenced or inspired you

Wow, I would have to say first and foremost, my mom.  My mom is the strongest, most loving, wonderful person I know.  My mom is my best friend, she knows my deepest secrets and protects them like her own.  I am so very proud to be her daughter, she worked multiple jobs to ensure that we never wanted for anything.  She graduated from college, the same year I did, her nursing graduation picture is one of my favorites.  While we may not always agree, we always respect each other.

Second, I would say my grandmother.  G-ma, yes, that is what I called her... never had a negative word to say about anyone.  G-ma and I had a running joke, when I was little, I use to tell her she was not allowed to die until I got married and had children.  Well, I did not get married until my 30's and she would say, "you better hurry up, I ain't no spring chicken".  I would counter and say, "G-ma, you are not a spring chicken, you're a baby chick"!  G-ma was there for my wedding, enjoying the cake and champagne.  Whenever, I get frustrated and say negative things about someone, I can hear G-ma, reminding me to always look for the good in everyone.  I endeavor daily and usually fail to remember this.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The List Challenge

Not sure how I came across Romancing Rachel's Blog but she started the 50 day list challenge.  I am a few days late, but I loved the idea so much, I am joining in.  You can read Rachel's original posts here... Romancing Rachel.

Here are the questions...  

1.People who have influenced or inspired you
2.Things you are grateful for
3.Places you have been
4.Places you want to go
5.Books you’ve read
6.Your favorite things – what brings you joy?
7.Good things that happened this week
8.The best things that happened in the last year
9.The best days of your life.
10.The songs for the soundtrack of your life
11.Acts of kindness you’ve committed
12.Things you want your children to know about you
13.Reasons why you love your significant other
14.The high points for your autobiography
15.People who love you
16.The cutest things your kids ever said
17.Everything you would do if money were no object
18.Favorite gifts you’ve ever received
19.Favorite gifts you’ve ever given
20.Occupations that you have ever wanted to have (including when you were a child)
21.The best advice you’ve gotten.
22.The worst advice you’ve gotten.
23.Things you’re procrastinating
24.Ways you calm yourself down when you’re angry.
25.The best ideas you’ve ever had
26.The best projects or organizations you’ve ever been involved with
27.The ways you have grown since your early 20’s
28.The most beautiful things you’ve ever seen
29.The greatest lessons you have learned
30.Life’s lessons that you learned the hard way
31.Things that have mad you laugh until you cried.
32.Qualities you most admire in others
33.Qualities others most admire in you
34.The elements of an ideal year
35.All the compliments you’ve ever gotten
36.Foods that you have eaten that are so good that others could hear you enjoying them
37.The times you have asserted yourself
38.Things that inspire and energize you
39.The places where you feel completely comfortable to be yourself
40.The most important turning points in your life
41.Times when you looked and felt your absolute best
42.The things you’re good at
43.What you would do with the power of invisibility
44.Things you want to teach your children
45.Things you still want to do in life
46.Bits of trivia that most people don’t know about you
47.The things you love about your body
48.Accomplishments you are most proud of
49.The things you love about your home
50.Who (living or dead) you would invite to your dream dinner party

Monday, February 7, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

I am trying something new today, Java is hosting a Meet Me on Monday... here we go!

1. Did you watch the Superbowl?

Yep!  I am a cheese head fan and was super excited to see that the Packers won.  I am glad that the game was close and not a wipe-out.  Plus the Darth Vader commercial was the best!
Photo courtesy of the Packers

2. What is the last book that you read?

School book = Getting to Yes
Pleasure book = I Heard you Paint Houses

3. What is your favorite kind of cake?
This is easy, red velvet. YUM  I am not sure if I love the cake or the icing more.
Photo courtesy of Food Network

4. Do you snore?
Who me?  Never! I just breathe hard.  That recording that DB has, is the dog.

5. Do you play an instrument?
I played the clarinet in elementary and middle school but have not touched an instrument since.  I would love to learn the piano, maybe once school is completed.

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  

I am quite tired today, had a difficult time getting up.  I think, no, I know, I stayed up too late watching the super bowl. GO PACKERS!  Just got to love the fact the cheese-heads won.  I have always been a Packer fan, only because I have wanted to wear a piece of cheese on my head.

While watching the game last night, the DVR was recording something, I asked Doodle, what it was and guess what... it was his favorite, Holmes on Homes.  

Have you seen this show?  

Doodle, watches the show, saves the show, and then watches the show again.  I think it is his favorite show.  To quote Doodle, "I am a Holmes junkie".   

That is the extent of our exciting weekend.  You are all jealous of the amount of excitement happening aren't you!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Nemette's Friends

I am so excited, we were able to get two soft corals for the tank!  We got a green star polyp and button polyp.  (I think that is what they are!) They were both propagated so the tank is still considered sustainable.  I would provide pictures but they are not opening yet, it can take up to a week for them to open up and be visible.  Nemette thought the bags were invading her territory, it will be interesting to watch what happens. 

I snagged a couple of pictures from the internet, once ours open, I will post better pictures.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Squirrel Catcher That Was Not

The squirrels have won the battle, if there was ever any doubt.
Let me get closer!
"You don't see me do you!"
Feigning non-interest

Friday, February 4, 2011

Over Forty Follow Friday

Java at Never Growing Old is hosting an over forty blog party... check it out!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

It's officially the Year of the Rabbit.  

Chinese cities celebrated the new year with fireworks and parades.  What does all this mean for us?  The Year of the Rabbit is associated with tranquility.  After this last year, Year of the Tiger, this not such a bad thing! 

Here is wishing everyone a very tranquil Year of the Rabbit! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day

Photograph by: AP Photo/Gene J. Puska
Credit: AP
I have to be honest, this is one of the strangest "holidays" that I know of.  Who in the world thought it would be a good idea every February 2nd to pull a fat groundhog from its burrow lift it up and declare there will be six more weeks of winter or not? 

“Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.” 

These were the words penned in 1841 in Berks County, Pennsylvania by local storekeeper James Morris, who holds the title of being the first American to make reference to the tradition of Groundhog’s Day.  Since the holiday is soon to be “popping up” upon us, the History Examiner brings you some of the history and tradition behind his famed Commonwealth holiday.

No historian is sure when Groundhog’s Day first got its origin, but many point to the fact that the holiday bears some similarities to the medieval Catholic holiday of Candlemas. In the Roman Catholic Church, Candlemas (which is also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple) falls on the second day of February and celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus Christ when his parents presented him to the Temple in Jerusalem. Groundhog’s Day also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 1st and also involves weather predictions for the second half of the year.  (Courtesy of History Examiner)

So everyone, whether it be another six weeks of winter or an early spring.  Happy Groundhog Day!