Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Snot Faced Pumpkin

This is what happens when you are bored to death, it's pouring rain and you have tons of Halloween goodies and no takers. You photograph candles with runny noses. I need to raid the ice box-there is Witch's Brew in there! Might take the edge off, ya think?

Take A Witch Trick or Treating...

Sorry but I am busy tonight unless you want to wait until after 8PM....

Creepy Places Around The Globe

I personally find most of these off the wall places quite interesting but if you are in the vicinity of them, have a whirl.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Stats and Visitors

I just noticed tonight that my stat counter was gone. This must have happened when I upgraded my template to the new Blogger a few weeks ago. I hadn't noticed any real visitors until I installed the Live Traffic Feed. I don't particularly like this one, but it will stay for now.It only records the last 100 visitors, so when I got all excited about a visit from Moscow and another from Iran, it was for naught. As more people clicked here, they were wiped off my map. If anyone knows of a visitor's map or a similar thing to it that will retain all visits, let me know.
In the meantime, I am also trying to figure out what to do with this blog. I have my other blog of paper crafting which gets more hits and I try to keep it on topic, but that's hard sometimes. Any ideas for here? Everyone has recipes, I don't have photos of family, so let me know if you have any grand ideas. I can scour the Internet for cool stuff maybe or get very political. Or just the whole jumble that is my life but I wont be posting here everyday. I like my stamps too much to neglect them for long. Go visit sometimes and tell me what you think of my other blog.

Scary Stuff! Home May Be House of Horrors

This was in my local paper Sunday. It's not a great paper by any means but once in a while, a writer will get it right. Rose Mary Reiz gets my "Great Write" of the week! Be sure to see her musings about Sweetest Day in the above link. Or email her below and let her know other stuff that creeps you out.

Sunday, October 28, 2007 By Rose Mary Reiz

Forget creepy corn mazes and haunted hayrides; whats really scary is whats lurking in the back of your refrigerator. Or on your toilet plunger. Or under your clothes dryer. The household gunk and grunge were talking about would send even Freddy Kruger running for

But for the rest of us, there's no escape. In honor of the spookiest holiday of the year, here are some of the scariest home chores we can think of.

  • Be afraid. Be very afraid of any clean-up that involves human or animal waste or other bodily secretions especially anything to which the word projectile applies. Cleaning up stinky accidents can test your devotion to your spouse, your child or your golden retriever. But it builds character.

  • Under every oven there lurks a Tater Tot that rolled there circa 1982. The cat and dog have tried in vain to scoop it out with a paw, and you've occasionally swatted at it with a broom. Due to grease and
    dust, its double its original size. It'll stay there until you move.

  • At the bottom of the kitchen sink there's something like a smashed lima bean and corn kernel tightly tied to the stopper with a few strands of human hair and some unidentifiable goo. Have fun teasing it out with your fingers.

  • To save time, you might as well scream before you even enter the bathroom. Between the dirty caulk, soap scum, toilet stains and requisite hair in the soap, the bathroom is a treasure trove of terror.

  • In a similar vein, you can grit your teeth, hold your nose and look the other way while you plunge a clogged toilet. Once that problems solved, you've still got the dripping rubber plunger to deal with. Some are designed with a curved lip around the edge for maximum suction. Try not to think about whats under there, or what would be required to remove it.

  • Metal door and window tracks are sad little cemeteries for the lady bugs and flies that lie in a row on their backs, legs in the air. They make creepy crunching sounds when you remove them.

  • A garage or basement floor becomes a grisly miniature crime scene after Fluffy's caught, played with, killed and decapitated a mouse. Try to remember: Cats only leave such gifts for those they love.

  • Each once-pristine silk or straw flower arrangement is doomed yes, doomed! to become a trap for every minute particle of grease and dust that's ever drifted through the air of your home.

  • How is it possible for so many dried and greasy crumbs to remain in a toaster or inside the crack of a dining room table?

  • How do fresh vegetables become a gray-ish, half-solidified pool in the bottom of your vegetable crisper drawer overnight?

  • Its a law: Even after its been through the dishwasher, at least one tidbit of cooked pasta must remain cemented in the colander.

  • And you don't think you'll ever get those dried bits of-- well, we're scared to speculate about exactly what they are --out of your nylon dish scrubby, do you?

  • Likewise, the goo that drips down the side of your saucepan and puddles in the pan under the burner also has oozed into some frightening chamber far below. You will never get it out, and you will always know its there. Just sniff.

  • No amount of scrubbing will eliminate the stain (once chili) that has fused with the molecules of your plastic storage containers. A

  • And finally, one last scary thought, what is that black stuff stuck to the bottom of the kitchen trash bin when you remove the plastic
    bag? And how long do you plan to ignore it?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Free Tacos-Hold the Beef.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Many Americans will be wagering on this week's baseball World Series. For Taco Bell, the stakes are a free taco for everyone in the United States.

The fast-food chain on Monday unveiled a promotion it is calling "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco," which will run through the best-of-seven matchup.

"Millions and millions of people will be watching the Series and hopefully tuning in to see when they are going to get their taco," said Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch.

There has been at least one stolen base in every World Series matchup since 1990. When the first base is stolen, the unit of Yum Brands Inc, will announce a Tuesday afternoon when consumers will be able to walk into the chain's participating 5,800 outlets and ask for a free taco. Anyone who walks into a participating outlet during the give-away period would be eligible for a free taco.

Despite the promotion's name, stealing the taco will not be

Hey Tofu Eaters...Read This Recall.

A tofu recall (why should we vegetarians be exempt?) and all the details are here !

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Natalie at Thanks for Looking sorta tagged me. Anyone reading this is now officially tagged. I placed it here on my non-artistic blog to keep it separate in case others were not interested or offended. If you want card making, go to Paper Tango . This blog is for the insane-or the fast getting there.


  • Q. What is your salad dressing of choice? I don't use very much so really anything; as long as it doesn't have cheese or dead fish in it and always on the side. That Colonial stuff at Bob Evan's is okay.
  • Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant? None-I don't do fast food. Blech!
  • Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Charlie Kang's in East Lansing for Korean or Ashoka or Priya in Troy for Indian-both an hour's drive at least-but whatever I am closest to. I prefer ethnic anything to American slop.
  • Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant? Typically 18%... and round it to be even.
  • Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Peanut butter right out of the jar.
  • Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice? black olives and green peppers-unless it's from Buddy's in Detroit-then the spicy Greek one.
  • Q. What do you like to put on your toast? margarine and PB if I am at home-never jelly.


  • Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer? two dogs-one huge, one itty bitty and the small one saying "F*** you! I can only die once!"
  • Q. How many televisions are in your house? One in family room-60", one in basement 12" only for videos (not using ), One in bedroom for exercise DVDs. We have satellite tv and it's only connected in the family room.


  • Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed? righty but confused. I went to Catholic schools. Left was the devil-my kids are all lefties.
  • Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body? I expelled alien earthlings, a few teeth, parts I no longer needed for reproduction (not by choice)
  • Q. When was the last time you had a cavity? I can get all my teeth filled or even pulled and will still have cavities.
  • Q: What was the last time you lifted something heavy? Today-lifted weights at the gym--this week, moved some boxes of books.
  • Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious? deliberately, many times by doctors for surgery etc. Once had a money box fall on my head from a closet shelf -full of coins. Yeowch.


  • Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Nope-not interested. Quick and alone would suit me fine.
  • Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I always wanted to be Jacqueline-very exotic to me. Just Jan don't bake anymore.
  • Q. What color do you think looks best on you? black-because it doesn't show dirt-pass a bib to me if you can. I am a slob.
  • Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake? A yellow crayon-holding it in my teeth and swallowed-gag!
  • Q. Have you ever saved some one's life? I saved a kitten's life once-her owner's son stuck its head in a hole of a plastic jug and I used a butcher knife to cut it free. Decided then never to be an EMT.
  • Q. Has someone ever saved yours? Maybe-my daughter saw I was having a seizure in the hospital and called for help. Not like they check up on you anymore.


  • Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for$200,000? no. I don't like pain.
  • Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000? Yes. And a lot of other things I would quit for the same or less or even pay you.
  • Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? nope-ulcers. I don't like pain.
  • Q. Would you give up TV for a year for $1000? I rarely watch now, so bring it on. Take away my sports section of the paper and then we have issues.


  • Q. What is in your left pocket? Nothing-well, my fingers as I just double checked to see that I have nothing.
  • Q. Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie? I have never seen it and would not bother. Let me check Metacritic. 64 of 100-supposedly better than Nacho Libra with a 52.
  • Q. Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house? some of both. Some in boxes.
  • Q. Do you sit or stand in the shower? Stand. If I sit there is no room and I am on the drain.
  • Q. Could you live with roommates? I am having a hard time living with a husband.
  • Q. How many pairs of flip flops do you own? none-never wear them.
  • Q. Last time you had a run-in with the cops? January 2007-accident deemed my fault even tho other person had no lights on in the dark. Should have been equally at fault.
  • Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? a giraffe.
  • Q. Who is number 1 on your top 8? My top 8 what? People who annoy me? Can we have an 8 way tie??


  • Q. Friend you talked to? My dog-and he didn't listen. Just like a man.
  • Q. Last person who called you? Courtney at 12:04 AM Friday after the storm.


  • Q. Number? 23-Grampa, Willie Horton , summer of 1968
  • Q. Season? Summer-like hot hot hot.


  • Q. Missing someone? missing myself.
  • Q. Mood? puzzled
  • Q. Listening to? Red Wings (5-2) on XM radio, baseball on TV and the hum of the computer.
  • Q. Watching? computer screen-that little cursor sure is a busy guy.
  • Q. Worrying about? what don't I worry about? Someone has to give a crap.


  • Q. First place you went this morning? toidy
  • Q. What can you not wait to do? leave this place for warm forever.
  • Q. What's the last movie you saw? Some bore I gave into and it didn't make an impression on me for sure-can't remember one bit of it.
  • Q. Do you smile often? depends-kids make me smile. Adults usually make me cry.
  • Q. Are you a friendly person? with kids and animals, yes, but I don't trust most adults, so not until I know them well.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mouthwash-The Song

I found this song playing on a blog from the UK and thought it was catchy. But stupid me, I thought the lyrics said that "Sometimes I fart" when it actually says "Sometimes I floss" . Enjoy.


This is my face, covered in freckles with an occasional spot and some veins.
This is my body, covered in skin, and not all of it you can see
And, this, is my mind, it goes over and over the same old lines
And, this, is my brain, it's torturous analytical thoughts make me go insane

And I use mouthwash
Sometimes I floss
I've got a family
And I drink cups of tea

I've got nostalgic pavements
I've got familar faces
I've got mixed-up memories
And I've got favourite places

And I'm singing uh oh on a Friday night
And I'm singing uh oh on a Friday night and I hope everything's going to be

This is my face, I've got a thousand opinions and not the time to explain
And this is my body, and no matter how you try and disable it, yeah, I'll still be
And, this, is my mind, and although you try to infringe you cannot confine
And, this, is my brain, and even if you try and hold me back there's nothing
that you can gain

Because I use mouthwash
Sometimes I floss
I've got a family
And I drink cups of tea

I've got nostalgic pavements
I've got familar faces
I've got mixed-up memories
And I've got favourite places

And I'm singing uh oh on a Friday night
And I'm singing uh oh on a Friday night
And I'm singing uh oh on a Friday night and I hope everything's going to be
And I'm singing uh oh on a Friday night and I hope everything's going to be

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Win A Camera! A Camera On A Mission!

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Who Will You Vote For in 2008?

As the months tick down to a new election, are you as confused and angry as me? Try this simple yes or no quiz to see who might be in line with your dreams, passions and hopes for the American people and the world.

Free Hugs

The Great Carni-Vegan Compromise

To be continued..................???

Thursday, October 04, 2007


I posted this at my other blog but I know some visiters here don't read that one at all.

I did a half marathon Sunday. Haven't done one of those in many years, 10 miles pretty much being my comfort zone. At 11 miles, I was ready to quit and that is not like me at all. I just wanted to sit DOWN!!! I would have settled for an ant hill if I saw one. It was an interesting way to see the city of Lansing and a nice fundraiser for the Children's Museum . And we had a corpulent cop say we were her heroes--we did try to convince her to join us but I think she was stuck behind the popo wheel (with a box of doughnuts).

This is what the front of the shirts look like-lousy photo but I like it as it's not white and tea stains won't show. As I neared the finish line along the river (wish there had been more color in the trees and not 80F at the end) a duck on the water started to laugh at me! Ha Ha Ha over and over. Good thing I don't eat animals otherwise he may have been lunch!

I don't care what my time was, only that I finished and got my nice fake bronze medal (the paint is already peeling off). I have sore hips, shin splints and a burned face. Also some odd bruises that look like a comet exploded on my thigh but that could just be because I am a klutz. I did go to the gym today to try and work the kinks out a bit, see the half neked guys play hoops-we sometimes get NBA guys like Mo Pete and Mateen to knock around (and I got to watch the Wings game, Allison). Crazy but I heard there was another on Mackinaw Island the end of the month... Now that would be pretty and a fudge delight! Where do I sign up?