Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Godmother




This is my goddaughter Anaya. Isn't she just the cutest 13-month-old you have ever seen? (ok, one of them)

I got to babysit on Friday night, and I have to say, that was just about the best Christmas gift a person could get. Our puppy, Sampson, was even well behaved, once he was allowed to have a little lick and a few sniffs.

And as you can see, he managed to steal a "binky!"

Thursday, December 21, 2006

What Is It...

About the day before a long weekend that can put a person in such a good mood?

Our company is "closing all offices on Friday, December 22 to allow our employees extra time with their families this Holiday Season." Which translates into a 4-day weekend. Add what is now referred to as PTO (paid time off), and you get a 5-day weekend (or 11-day weekend for the lucky ones.) Bring some easy work home with you, and keep the PTO!

Anyhow, with my mood elevated by the impending "vacation," I arrive at work 10-15 minutes earilier than usual, and remember,
"Oh yeah, they're having an employee appreciation breakfast this morning." (Yippee!)
So I see someone walk upstairs with a plate of food, and it's on. My favorite strawberry/cream cheese croissants and Pain au Chocolat (chocolate-fillled criossants). Oh yeah, and bagels with cream cheese.

Back upstairs with the pirate's booty, and enjoy my feast while diligently updating drawings (YES, I DID work while eating.) I have a question about something on one of my mark-ups, so I wander over to the cube of the person who gave it to me. Ask the question, and he looks for a reference. Enter my boss.
"Megan, c'mere for a minute."
Oh crap. He's going to say something about me wearing jeans to work today. It's ok:there was talk that I was going on-site today and it's allowed if you're going out in the field. Breathe.
"I'm not making any promises, but if there were a full-time position to open would..."
Already about to answer:"YES."
"...you be interested?"
Did I already say it? "Yes."
"Ok, I just wanted to make sure. I'm not making any promises."
Walking back to Doug's desk jumping for joy in my head. Boss follows me.
"I'm looking for a new department manager. That's why I wanted to talk to you."
"I'm making Megan the new Department manager."
Laughing, I comment that I'll whip these guys into shape in no time. I get my answer about the drawing, and return to my desk. Headphones back on, and CD playing again. Bopping my head to the music and lip-synching. Work for another hour, and take a break. (Yes, I still smoke, but I'm really cutting back and going to quit FOR REAL as a New Year's Resolution.) Step up on top of the 1-foot ledge by the outside ahtray, thinking about what a good day I'm having.

"Top O' The World, Ma!"

Not sure what or whom I'm quoting there, but couldn't care less, because I am. Thinking to myself, "I've been making lemonade for a LONG time. It's about time I get to make some kool-aid!" (Translation: life's been giving me lemons. Now I'm getting a little sugar.)

P.S. They bought us pizza for lunch today, too!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Hell in a Hand Basket

http://wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=5840782

This story really irked me. Please, read it so you will understand my following ranting and raving. (Please let me know if the link doesn't work and I will post the story,)

First of all: I don't care if you're an albino sasquatch who has no hope of finding a mate of the same genetic abnormalities. DON'T CLONE. Don't clone animals. Don't clone people. DON'T play God.

Yes, the idea of cloning is an interesting one. Grow a heart for someone whose heart is failing. Great. But, I'm sorry: their heart is failing for a reason, otherwise, it would be fine. I'm a smoker- not proud of it, but to quote Popeye, "I yam what I yam." Anyway, sure, I'd love to grow myself some new lungs. But you know what? It's MY fault I smoke, and MY fault I'll have serious problems in the (not so distant) future.

"Ok, so what about the babies who are born with bad hearts, lungs, kidneys, etc." As heartless as it sounds, (and probably not what I would say if faced with the situation) that baby was born that way for a reason. That baby has something important to do, whether it is to strengthen its parents, or something that we mortals will never understand.

I just see this cloning as one more proverbial nail in the coffin: God's not gonna like this. Remember Noah?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Favorite Christmas Song


Ok, who knows what my favorite Christmas song is?

Monday, December 04, 2006

It Smells Like a Pine Forest.

(Remember that Pine-Sol commercial?)

I have my first-ever live Christmas tree, and it smells sooo good in my house!

Bill & I went to the Christmas Tree Farm yesterday with my parents and my sister’s tribe. It was COLD, but we had a good time regardless, except for a certain party pooper who will not be named here. The kids had fun helping Aunt Megan, Uncle Bill, Grandma & Grandpa pick out their Christmas trees.

After cutting, shaking and baling the trees, we headed to the barn to defrost with hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies & popcorn. Bill bought the kids some cotton candy (a previously unknown food to them), which they all eyed suspiciously. Alex found the courage to try it- but made a funny face when it melted in his mouth.

We visited the petting zoo with a quarter horse, piggies, calves, sheep and bunnies. (They were kind enough to place the horse right by the door, so when I walked in I was way too close to that horse!!! Not to mention the 2 Clydesdales I had to give a wide berth to in order to get into the barn! See my posting "Home Again" from January 2006 if you're confused) The kids all sat with grandpa and petted the bunnies. And next door, we found Santa! I must say I was surprised that all 3 went up to talk to him (after a bit of suspicious eye-balling the red-suited guy). They even gave him a hug!

Frigid temps aside, it was a good day. And I can’t wait to decorate the tree tonight!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Dear Santa,

P.S. I forgot to tell you a couple of things. Bill was a good boy this year, too. You could get him (or me or us) gift cards/ gift certificates too.
Here are some ideas:
Pre-paid gas cards (Marathon and Shell are closest)
Restaurants:
Wendy’s
McDonald’s
Burger King
Texas Roadhouse
Jed’s
Frickers
Best Buy
Target
Kohl’s
Wal-Mart
Kroger
Victoria’s Secret

Friday, November 24, 2006

To My Loving Husband

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Bill!
Happy Birthday to you!

I love you.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Dear Santa,

I have been very good this year. I did not fight with my sister or brother at all.
I thought you might want to know what kind of things you could fill my stocking with this year, since I obeyed everything my mommy and daddy told me to do.

Here are some ideas:
- Vanilla body cream from Bath & Body Works
- Clinique bar soap and clarifying toner (the purple bottle)
- Purse-sized hand sanitizer
- Hair clips (“for long hair” WalMart has ones I like)

- Work socks
- Messenger bag (briefcase)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

For Teresa

Pffffffth! (The sound of a raspberry)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Not Ready!

For snow, that is. No snow before my birthday, please. I don't live in Colorado.

Yes, it snowed today. It was freezing cold and really really windy. Luckily, the snow didn't stick, but at times, the snow was blowing so hard it was close to white-out conditions.

I'm ready to move south. That Fortner tribe had the right idea.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

*$#@!&*$ (Ouchie Bubba)

The queen of clumsiness strikes again!I will spare you from the photo, but I did a number on my left thumb!

I was cutting up some Velveeta to go into dinner last night, when all of a sudden the cheese turned red. Yes, that's right: I took a nice chunk off of it. I haven't personally looked at the wound: both times I considered it, the spots swimming in front of my eyes made me think better of it. I do know, however, that there is still 3/4 (above the top knuckle) and most of the nail. Once it heals, I'll post a photo- blood & guts really isn't my thing.

Yes, I took off part of my thumb while I was trying to cut the cheese. Somehow the hilarity of that sentence greatly reduces the pain.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Seriously

I just saw another of those church's commercials on tv. Now I have a serious question.

How does that pastor know that only people who 'abide by' the Christian Bible will 'go to "heaven"?' I mean, there are many other religions which worship only one God. There are 2 parts of the Bible that are widely accepted and followed. Isn't it about worshiping God, and no one or nothing else?

I was just wondering.

And before you attack me for my thoughts, please, just consider what I have said. And then think about it until tomorrow. If you still want to make a neative comment, feel free. But wait 24 hours and think about what I have said- with an open mind. Thanks.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

And All That Jazz

This post may very well be missing the letter "t" often, and I apologize if I miss one. We go through keyboards like nobody's business.

Just a basic catch-up... It's getting to be fall, which means I am quickly nearing my birthday. That's all I have to say abou that (birthday). Except that I wanna go to J.Alexanders for ribs!

We now have a puppy added o the list of animals rescued from certain death. Our room-mate saved a Jack Russel/ Beagle mixed puppy from a certain death... But he is SOOOOOOOOOOO cute!

No news other than that, that I can think of...

My sister has some awesome pics of the kids.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

HOORAY!

Two more guinea pigs have moved on to a new herd!!!!!

Pig Tally: 4

We're down to half of them. Thank goodness. They were really irritating the you-know-what out of me.

Ok, that 's all. I am going to do the happy dance now.

P.S. Thanks, mom, for the favor you did for me today.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Oppressive Heat or Torrential Rains?

Here in Northwest Ohio, the weather this summer has been... well, strange.

It started out to be a very wet and stormy season. So far this summer, we have SHATTERED rainfall records. In July alone, we surpassed a record set in the 1800's. Let me repeat that: we had more rain than this area had seen in close to 200 years!

And when it's not raining, it seems to be unbearably hot. (Yes, I know, most of the country has experienced unbelievably hot temperatures this summer.)I spoke to someone in Texas during our most recent oppressive heatwave, and he told me that the temperature there was the same as our "feels like" (heat index) temperature. However, he arrived here in Northwest Ohio the next day, and couldn't believe how much hotter it seemed here.

This brings me to something that might make you think I'm conspiracy-minded. The movie "The Day After Tomorrow." If you've seen this movie, bear with me for a moment. The movie is about what happens when we see actual proof of Global Warming. But it happens almost over night. The currents in the Atlantic Ocean change so drastically within a few days that it entirely changes the world's climate. North America becomes a frozen tundra literally overnight.
So what I thought of the other day while watching this movie is this: This movie is going to turn out to be a premonition. My reasoning?

1. The hurricane forecast is constantly being downgraded for this season. The US is having record-breaking heat waves, which I believe (if I know anything about weather)is keeping the hurricanes/tropical storms at bay.

2. South Africa is having a record-breaking winter. As in snowfall accumulation where there has only been trace amounts recorded before. Workers going outside to stare at snow falling, because they've never seen it before.

3. Last year's weather headlines: devastating tsunamis. Hurricane Katrina...

Monday, August 07, 2006

Dear "Anonymous"

Dear "Anonymous",

I'm not sure what to make of the tone of your comment. Therefore, I will make of it what I considered to be your meaning:

From Exodus 20:4.

"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them..."

Those are not MY words. I'm merely quoting them. I can show you my sources, If you like.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Enough!

Quit with the television commercials for churches.

It's not about the building.

It's not about the preacher/pastor/priest.

It's not about the music.

It's ABOUT GOD.

God isn't a fad.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Very Good Day

I just want to say, "Thank you, Mom!"

I had what I rate as a Very Good Day today. Nothing extraordinary happened. It was just a Very Good Day.

I hung out with my mom, sister, and the kids today. Ok, I'll admit I think I babysat while mom and Elissa worked in the yard (their REAL reason for inviting me over). But I had fun. The kids are nuts. Seriously. They're nuts. Alex played in a dryer-sized cardboard box, rolling over and over, and tipping it up and then on its side... Just nuts. We all went to Wendy's for lunch, and I didn't even get my own Frosty, and it still was a Very Good Day.

By the way, did you know that they have vanilla Frosty's now? YUM!

So Thank You, Mom. Even if you had alterior motives, I appreciate it ;)

P.S. Neener neener: I didn't get any mosquito bites :P

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Ick

All I have to say is that with the heat index, it topped out at 110 today. The air temp topped at 96.

Yuck
Yuck
Yuck

Is this what they mean by global warming?

Friday, July 21, 2006

And then there were 4

Remember the guinea pigs (Free to a good home…)? Well, over my 4th of July mini-vacation, we were “blessed” with the arrival of 3 new piglets. Imagine my joy: 8 squeaking, whining little guinea pigs.

Well, I had posted on craigslist.org for free guinea pigs, and found an adoption site where you could post guinea pigs available for adoption. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, I’ve had 2 get adopted! So the count is 6 of the little rodents as of this posting.

It gets better. Bill talked our neighbor into taking 2 of the babies. Yippee!!!!!!!!! Anyone need to feed their pet snake?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Laugh Out Loud

I was just thinking about the movies I've seen recently that have made me (and still make me, after multiple viewings) laugh out loud. I'll tell you the ones I've come up with so far, but what ones do you still laugh out loud at?

Anchorman ("Brick"- all his lines)
The 40 Year-old Virgin (The waxing scene)
Napoleon Dynamite ("decroded piece of crap!") this movie is funniest because it reminds me of people I know

Ok, now what movies do you find hilarious?

Ok, admit it.

Everyone has something that they just love, that they might not admit to anyone else. I know my sister enjoys "So You Think You Can Dance" (or was it "American Idol"?). I, myself, laugh hysterically every time I see or hear the new Subway commercials with John Lovitz. He's hilarious!!!! Veggie Tales silly songs? I sing along. When there are no kids around.

So go on, admit it! What is it that you love that you might think is silly that you love?

Friday, June 30, 2006

Insurance

If you get a new cell phone, GET THE INSURANCE!!!!!

Bill ruined 3 or 4 cell phones before we got new ones on a new contract, and I got him the insurance on the new one. Silly me, I didn't get it for mine. And my phone went for a little swim today... I sure hope it dries out and works (yeah, right... I know how well electronics get along with water).

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :(

Thursday, June 22, 2006

"Storm of the Century"

As my sister posted, we had some nasty weather roll through our area the past 2 days.
Here are 2 pix. The first is as the storm was about to hit. You could feel the electricity in the air.
The second pic is as the storm rolled across the Maumee River, over our heads.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Question of the Day

Someday, I might be a mom. I might have a curious child. He or she may ask me questions I have no answer for. An example? Here's one that popped into my head today (you know, that inner child thing...):

When blind people sleep, do they close their eyes? And if they live alone, do they turn on lights at night?

Friday, June 09, 2006

Flashback...

Today, I spent the better part of my day backing up data. From 5 1/4 floppies. I must say, they really took me back to childhood. No real memories per se, but vauge recollections. Like the pink Datalife sleeves remind me of Cathy's old apartment off of Holland-Sylvania.

Remember the old text-based adventure games? The ones where you meet up with an ogre and it asks you what you want to do. You type in "kill the ogre," and it tells you it doesn't understand the word "kill." Those drove me nuts! I could never figure out how to kill the stupid ogre!

Aah, the good-old-days.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Kids Say the Darndest Things...

Ok, I don't have any kids to post about, but that won't stop me!

I was thinkging the other day about some "kid-isms" I have come across in my life, and here they are. Keep in mind that some of these "kids" are parents now.

"Rubby, rubby, rubby. Pretty red dog"(now repeat several times)

"Dad, It's raining." (said in a tent, during a downpour)

"I hate something to drink!"

"That used to be a worm, but now it's nothing" (pointing to a greasy smear on the sidewalk)

I know there are more, I'm just having a hard time thinking of them right now.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Gift

We are in the midst of some pretty nasty storms here this evening. On our drive home today, though, Bill and I were treated to a gift from Mother Nature. Just on the horizon, half-hidden by trees, was a beautiful, thick rainbow. It was amazing! No real arch to it, it just spread right across the horizon, with the darkest sky behind it.

Amazing.

something to think about


Have you ever looked at a map posted in a tourist town, or looked at the fire-escape route map on the back of a hotel door? Remember how there is a big “X” with “You Are Here” next to it?

Here’s something for you to ponder today: If you’re in Hawaii, the map you look at says that you are there. But at the same time, if you were holding a map from, say Idaho, it would tell you that you were in Idaho. HOW could you be in Idaho and Hawaii at the same time?

They are magic teleporting maps, I bet.

(This was an actual conversation I observed, between a few 40+ year-old men this morning)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Toga! Toga!

So our friends' annual toga party is on the 27th...

Anyone have a "real" (read: not just a bedsheet with a knot in it) toga that they would be willing to loan/ part with?

I know that I could easily make one, but I just thought I would try to find one first.....

Sorry I don't have anything more interesting than that. I'll try harder next time.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Vacation

So my sister and cousin and their families are all planning trips to warm, beachy places in the next week or so.

I'm going on vacation, too. Memorial Day weekend, I get to go to Custer, OH (no, they don't have a stoplight), and Weston, OH (they don't either) for a cookout with my in-laws!!!!!!! And the rest of the week, I'm going to Owens-Illinois Global Glass Division in Perrysburg, OH! (for those who don't know, that's where I work) I know, you're jealous.

Ok, so maybe I'm not actually going on vacation. But my brain just might :)

P.S. If you're wondering where those small towns are, they're west of Bowling Green, Ohio. (Bug-Soup)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Well, is it?

So, did you hear about the “miracle fish” that was found? It apparently had writing on its scales that said something like “God is great” in Arabic.

Anyway, when I heard it mentioned on Bob & Tom (radio program) this morning, all I could think was:

Is it a fish? (No!)
Is it a fish? (No!)
Is it a fish? (No!)
Is it a fish? (No! Shut up Andrew!)


Disclaimer: If you're not related to me, ignore this post.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Movie Wisdom

I just wanted to share a few things I learned by watching movies. I have them on post-its on my computer monitor, for those days when life just seems to be handing out lemons (make lemonade?)

"Life's a garden. Dig it." (Joe Dirt)
"It's wind. It blows all over the place." (The Weatherman)

"Don't Panic." (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
"Sometimes in life, you just have to chuck some s**t." (The Weatherman)

And the old standbys:
"Stupid is as stupid does."
"Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get."

Monday, May 15, 2006

Just FYI

DAD, ITS RAINING!

MOM, ITS RAINING!

DREW, ITS RAINING!

ELISSA, IT'S RAINING!

Bad Megan

I am the worst kid ever.

I slept most of the day yesterday. I forgot it was sunday. I forgot to call my mom and wish her a happy mother's day. (I did, however, get her and my sister a gift which she should be getting any day now)

BAD MEGAN! BAD!

Sorry, mom. Happy Mother's Day. I love you! I'm sorry I didn't call you. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Happy Birthday, Andrew!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, dear Andrew!
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Boys and Toys

Ok, so can I just say that BB guns (hand gun) can be very fun toys.

That being said, gun safety applies to ALL guns, real or not. Yes, I got shot by a BB gun. Yes, Bill's friend thought the gun was empty. YES, I will be getting him back for it... somehow. The phrase "I fired it two times before that and nothing came out" was uttered: UM, YOU OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T SHOOT YOURSELF those 2 times. Luckily, it was a plastic BB, and it didn't leave enough of a mark to photograph. And believe me, I was gonna take a picture of it. And show it to him every time I saw him.

Anyway, I got to shoot the gun a few times and it is fun. But I know better than to point any type of firearm at anyone...

My leg hurts :(

Friday, May 05, 2006

My Cinco de Mayo

First of all, about the guinea pigs: Elissa, be thankful that I didn't give your children one for Christmas. I seriously considered it.

Today started out like a monday. It was in NO way worthy of being a friday. Fast-forward a few hours to when I got an e-mail invite to lunch from my dad. Talk about that timing thing again!

Thanks, daddy.

The rest of the day was 100% better, and it keeps looking better and better. Bill washed and vacuumed the car before he came to pick me up. (Prince Charming and the shining chariot, thank you very much!)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Free to a good home...

Three guinea pigs. Two males, one female. FREE. FREE. FREE!

They began as feeder pigs for a friend's snake... the snake died. My husband, the animal lover, couldn't let them die. I'll admit, they're cute. But I really can't keep them. I mean, we already have a cat (excuse me, a princess of a cat) and a squirrel. (YES a real squirrel. Yes, it lives in our house. No, it doesn't live in a cage.)

Oh yeah, and last week, I came home to find 2 baby guinea pigs in one of the cages. Turns out "Eileen" wasn't a girl, after all. Fun stuff.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dads

So how is it that dads just know?

I had a pretty crummy day today. Wished my dad weren't stuck out of town on business so I could whine on his shoulder. And to my happy surprise, there was an email from him, at the perfect time! (This is especially great as his internet access is limited where he is)

So thanks, daddy, for just knowing but not knowing I needed that.

I love you.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I want some baclava!

My Aunt and Uncle are in Cyprus. (Lucky) Check out the blog:

http://hatcreek-honalee.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

How can I want to have kids?

My husband and I are trying to start a family... But this article I found on a local t.v. news website makes me wonder why:

" (Toledo, OH) --- Police are investigating what's being a possible "Columbine-type shooting massacre" that said would take place Friday or Monday at Washington Local schools, a police spokesperson said.
Sgt. Richard Murphy, Toledo police, told NBC24 that authorities are aware of the threat, they are investigating it, and they are ready for it.
A 14-year old student from Washington Junior High School and her mother filed a police report after receiving word about the threat. The alledged planned shooting involved a hit list with the names of at least seven female students on it, including the girl who filed the police report. The girl gave police names of two possible male suspects who she described as loners and not very popular.
Supposedly the two suspects have brought guns to the school before, police were told."

I wasn't very popular in high school, either. But I never would have even thought about considering taking any kind of weapon to school. And the girls at my school did some pretty mean things to me.

How long before the human race becomes extinct, by using everything up, and killing each other off?!

Makes me sick.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Moving...

Is there anyone who doesn't HATE moving?

Yes, I'm moving this weekend. That's a good thing, because I get away from the horrible place I used to work. The bad part is, I have to move this weekend. And I am most likely starting a new job (at O.I, for those who know what that is and/or care) on Monday.

Hey sis? I'll trade ya: I'll be you for the weekend, and you can move all our junk with Bill. (I know no deal. But I had to try)

Monday, February 13, 2006

The squirrel whisperer


My husband is the squirrel whisperer. He has a pet squirrel. Her name? Oddly enough, it's Baby Squirrel. And she plays with him the same way our cat plays. You have to see it to believe it! She also has a sweet tooth. She loves Hershey's miniatures and caramel corn. Most recently, she has found a box of Hershey's Pot of Gold and claimed it as her own. I'm glad we ate all the good ones before she got to them!

You see, my husband is an animal lover. At the moment, in addition to the squirrel (who has free reign over most of the house), we have:

  • three guinea pigs (two of whom were intended to be our friend Eric's snake's dinner. The second meal outlived the snake)
  • our cat (a princess)
  • our friend Matt's cat (a lazy boy who is just starting to get along with our cat)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

How Cool is That?

So check this out. I was directly involved in the making of these two (makes of) Hummers. I programmed the CNC machines that made the molds for the rear carpet of these trucks.
Yes, the carpet in your car is molded. They heat the material to a few hundred degrees, then place it into the mold. After that, it is moved to a waterjet machine, which cuts it to the right size, and cuts any holes (like to go around the brackets on the bottom of your seat).

Yes, my job is pretty cool.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Home Again...


Ok, so we've been home a week now and I haven't updated.

We had a great visit with my father-in-law. I wasn't expecting him to act just like Bill... just kind of like him. But boy, they're alike down to singing to the radio. I met an aunt & uncle of his who have three horses. (I'm quite afraid of horses) They also have a dog, who did not scare me (for those of you who know how I felt about strange dogs when I was younger).

We never got on each other's nerves, by the way.