Monday, March 30, 2009

Current Read...

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This is the book I am currently reading. It is that other book by Jill Davis who wrote ask again later. Soo far it is OK. I am thinking I will be reading a James Patterson book next ... I think all this Chik-Lit is getting to me :)

What I was supposed to post today ...

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I was supposed to post my menu for the week today... but that didn't happen!

The kids didn't have school today because it was a teacher workday. Hayley had an appointment at the orthodontist. She needs braces ! Go Figure!!! After what insurance pays... that leaves $1800 we have to pay ... do they not know I don't have a job right now... LOL

My birthmom had surgery today, I was a nervous wreck cause I couldn't get a hold of any one this morning to tell her I loved her. Then it wasn't until I sent a text to my Aunt that I found out she was out of surgery... at 3 .. I sent the text at 6.... errrr.. My step dad isn't keeping me posted ! I am sure he is busy. At least my Aunt is going to keep me in the loop.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Book Reviews- ask again later by jill davis

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My Rating:

ask again later by jill davis

I chose this book because I noticed it had something about breast cancer in it. I really enjoyed this book, it was funny and was very easy to read. I liked the characters and could relate to them. Someone people had mentioned they didn't like the way the author skipped around, well, I found that to help keep me involved in the book.

I liked the book soo much that I got Jill Davis's other book, Girls' Poker Night.

Cookie's Adventures 3/27

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Cookie has been having fun in Hawaii!!! Here she is at the North Shore!!!

Here she is at the top of Diamond Head Mountain!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Weather?????

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Here is our forecast for tomorrow....


Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain and snow in the morning. Breezy. No snow accumulation. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

What???? isn't it SPRING?????

Shopping today...

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Well, I had to go shopping today. I learned some things on my little adventure today. Here is what I learned....
  1. 18 ct of egg is $1.98, but a 12 ct is only $1.00 so it is cheaper to by 2 12 ct cartons. HMM
  2. Herbal Essences shampoo was $4.69 @ CVS but at Wal Mart is was $2.97 --- WHAT?? However, I got it from CVS before I realized it was much cheaper at Wal Mart. I did have a $3.00 off coupon when you buy 2 (not that it was much help), there was also a $1.00 each CVS buck's back... soo in the end, I only paid $2.47 each instead of $4.69. But from now on I think I will be getting it from Wal Mart!!!
  3. Blockbuster does not open until 10am!!! I got there at 9:30am!!
  4. Academy obviously caters to the rednecks ( see picture below)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cookie's Adventures 3/25

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My 1st Award!!!!

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I received this award from Renee ... thank you Renee!!

The rules are:
Proximidade is described as:'This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes for self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!'This blog award should be sent to your favorite eight bloggers and they, in turn should forward to eight of their favorites.

I tag:
1. Moose Munch
2. The Meads
3. Baby Bangs
4. Married to the Military
5. Barnes Bunch
6. The Princess Diaries
7. My Charming Kids
8. Stretch Marks

Berma Shave -- Just some useless information

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Soo, this morning while taking the boys to school there were some signs about prom on the side of the road. I asked the boys ( 8th grader and Sophomore) if they know what those signs were called. My smart ass son... "umm, signs with words on them"
I told them they were called "Burma Shave" signs ... they think I am a crazy - by the way!!!! I told them to ask their teachers if they know what a Burma Shave sign is.... they just laughed at me.
Being as confident as I am , as soon as I got home, I "googled" Burma Shave. Here is what I found out: Thank you Burma Shave Phenomenon .

Since I know everyone is just dying to know the history... here is what I found out. ( taken from the above site)

Burma Shave Phenomenon

Most people of today's generation have never heard of Burma shave, but ask anyone who lived in America from the 1920s into the early sixties, and you will bring up an extraordinary fixture of their past.

A Burma Shave roadside

Burma Shave was one of the world's first brushless shaving cream manufacturers and spawned heavy competition for their product, but this certain company had an upper hand in winning over customers. Burma Shave signs were the precursor to modern billboard signs on America's earliest roads. They were an interesting diversion from long drives and began to spring up all over the country throughout the mid-twentieth century. The signs were often humorous jingles that were placed at intervals along the road, each sign showing one line of the four-part rhyme until the last sign which concluded the clever advertising scheme with "Burma-Shave".

I called my dad to see if he knew about them. He said when he was young and they would travel, they always looked for Burma Shave signs .... COOL !!

The history...

It all began during the Roaring Twenties when the Odell family conjured up the formula after looking for a more profitable product that would be used daily by customers. Their previous product, the Burma Vita could only benefit the ill, so the family decided to persue a wider market. After repeated experimentation on the new brushless shaving cream, the product was finally born and ready for sale.
Several poor marketing ploys were used at first which forced the family business try new alternatives. Alan Odell came up with the idea of the signs, which would relieve him of his tiring travel duties, but his father did not accept the idea immediately. After some persuasion, the first signs were put up in 1925, and remained as American landmarks until about 1963.
The original signs did not rhyme, but were usually a series of four signs, each having something to say about the product. Travelers began requesting for the product after seeing the funny lines on the road and Burma Shave began to expand production for the demanding druggists. Sales were going through the roof, and signs spread from Minnesota to the surrounding states. Here was a company that was virtually unaffected by the Great Depression due to mass appeal from their uplifting advertisements!

The National Recognition...

Long journeys became something to look forward to as the catchy sign sprang up all over roads the of the U.S.A. Audiences began to include more than just farmers, who had been the ones receiving the most exposure to the signs. The jingles were short and cute, and attracted more attention than other ads. Youths were big fans of the ad campaign, as many of the jokes catered to them. It was somewhat of an addiction, as people loved to see the new signs and collect the rhymes. These jingles were a nice departure from the other hygienic ads that became commonplace.
Burma Shave stood out in American marketing, and it even seemed to have its own individual personality. Careful never to offend anyone, the signs quickly became a part of the popular culture. The slogans included safety and moral messages, and weren't restricted to male wallets:


While Madison Ave. was the hub of the industry, Burma Shave was doing rather well independently. It was even molding shaping the industry itself quite a bit. From the success of the signs, there was no need at this point in time for any other advertising media.
Burma Shave was even known to be ingrained so much in the heads of Americans that when one went off to fight, homesick GIs posted burma shave signs all around the world wherever they went. This was similar to the similar to the "Kilroy was here" grafitti sprouting up all over the place during the war.
Ordinary folk could even interact, as contests for the most creative jingle were held to allow for a more continuous supply of verses. Thousands of high quality entries poured in. Promotional Burma Shaves bottles at sporting events made news when emotions stirred. Sometimes signs disapeared near college towns for room decorations. Burma Shave made absurd claims to mock coupon consumers for humor, and some took them quite seriously, leading to even more publicity for the company.

no more brushes

You can just imagine the outcomes of these rhymes! But Burma Shave was quick to fulfill a promise or atleast get as close to fulfillment as possible.
FOR 900

All types of fenders were sent in to the company, so the company company completed its part of the bargain. Now the trip to Mars was a harder promise to fulfill, and an enterprising supermarket manager acheived his end of the bargain. The company's first reply: If a trip to Mars you's earn, remember, friend, there's no return. So the manager continued and turned it into a big promotion for the shaving company. The man won, and was sent to Mars...Mars, (spelled Moers, but pronounced Mars) Germany, that is. Publicity was enormous, and the company's little gag paid off.

The End of an Era...

With the diminishing countryside and the expansion of America, Burma Shave could no longer keep up. Faster automobiles, huge billboards, superhighways, decreasing sales, and increasing costs to keep up the signs led the Odell family to sell business to Phillip Morris, Inc. a division of the conglomerate American Safety Razor Products who no longer viewed the ad campaign to be a smart business venture.
Similar to the craze of the unconventionally practical Volkswagen Beetle, Burma Shave had set itself apart and became commaonplace. Burma Shave also set precedence for other advertisers to follow with similar serial ads. The small family business was well known. Everyone knew Burma Shave. Approximately seven thousand verses had been made on signs outstretching 45 states. It had become a part of the culture, and made one feel at home.

This ends your useless information for the day :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The greatest invention!

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Today I feel the greatest invention is the drive up window!!!! After having a pretty sleepless night last night -- taking Motrin every 4 hours because I could not take the pain in my left arm. I got the kids off to school, canceled the appointment I had to take the Acadia into the shop and went back to bed. I got up and decided I better get to the bank and deposit my unemployment check and pay a couple of bills. So, I put my jeans on and made myself a drink to take along. As I get about halfway into town, I realize that I have my slippers on, I don't have my shoes on ... LOL Well, luckily, the bank has a drive up window... I can get my lunch in a drive thru... I can even pay my water bill at a drive up box. I love the person who invented the drive up window !!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cookie's Adventures 3/23

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Today Cookie went Geocaching. This is her with hubby Rik :)

Cookie's Adventures - Explained ...

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Soo, Hayley decided to send her stuffed dog, Cookie, with Rik to Hawaii. Rik has been sending us pictures of Cookie and her adventures. I decided I would post them :)

Here is a link to all of Cookie's Adventures soo far.

Spring Break is over!!

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Ok, so this has been the most boring Spring Break ever!!! Living in Florida the last few years, we have always gone to the beach and to the Theme parks. This year we did... well... NOTHING!! Mostly because I am unemployed and really can't afford going anywhere. Rik left on Tuesday, so it was just me and the kids.

We went to the library and checked out a few books (more fun for me and Hayley then for the boys!!). I took the kids to eat out at BWW :)

I would love to say we did a puzzle, but Shelby did it mostly by himself.. he did it in less than 24 hours... Here is a pic...

On Friday - The first day of spring, me and Hayley went to Lowe's and got some flowers to plant....We also watched a BUNCH of movies .. I can't remember the name of all of them... LOL

Menu Monday 3/23- 3/29

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Sandwiches

Southwest Nacho Casserole


Bean & Cheese Burritos

Smokey BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Italian Chicken Salad Panini

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cookie's Adventures 3/20

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Cookie on her way to go Scuba Diving!!! I am sure she had a great time!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cookie's Adventures 3/19

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Cookie enjoying the KOI pond on base.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday Delphi !!!

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Happy Birthday Delphi !!!

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Something is Missing

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This is Rik's side... it's empty :( Rik left today to go to Hawaii. A nice 8 hour flight !!
Me and the kids went shopping. We first went to the Library in the town nearby cause it is SOOO much bigger than the one in my little town. Then went to eat at BBW (my fave place to eat!!). Went to Target, Pet Smart, Michaels, CVS, and Blockbuster.

Movies we got:
Transporter 3 -- of course it was good, Jason was in , and he didn't have a shirt on in some parts!
StormForce -- let me just say I should have checked before renting this one. The whole time I was watching it I was thinking, it must have been in a different language and they put English over it.
The Mummy 3
some Mary Kate and Ashely movie for Hayley

Monday's Fun...

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Rik and the boys went and did Paintball with friends. They had a great time, and came back nice and tired!

Weekend Flashback...

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Ok, so I have MIA for awhile. The kids are on Spring Break.

Anyway... here is a flashback from my weekend.

I stayed in my PJ's all day! Wooo Hoo!!! Rik actually went grocery shopping for me... soo nice!!!

Movies we watched:
Role Models
Sex in the City: the Movie

We went out to lunch at Texas Roadhouse -- They have some AWESOME, fall off the bone ribs!!!!!!


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