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Hehe

I was looking on one of the “news” sites one day, and found a bunch of political cartoons.  I thought this one was funny enough to warrant being shared.  I think I got it from Yahoo, but it was originally printed by the Sacramento Bee.

 

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoon

Laterness and G’night.

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Interesting

https://www.yahoo.com/food/which-supermarket-sharp-cheddar-tastes-best-112901075698.html

My mother and I have had several discussions over the years. She’s always said there’s no difference in taste between yellow and white cheddar cheese. I always say the yellow tastes different – not as sharp.

The above article says that people could tell if the cheese was white or yellow in a blind taste test. I guess I wasn’t imagining it after all. Turns out my favorite Cabot cheese was voted the best of a list of supermarket cheeses. Of course, I prefer the Vermont extra sharp, but I’m just different. LOL

Laterness :)

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Interesting way to retain moisture when planting

Interesting way to deal with dryness and growing plants

I live in OK and have problems when I try to grow plants in a pot outside – like tomato plants. They get dry, even with daily watering. I have extra diapers that are a couple of years old. I bet they’d still work for this, and my nephew will be potty trained soon, so he won’t need them.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes:

This just made me think about all those grammar posts you see. Does it matter to many who aren’t writers, editors or English teachers?

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Oh my… You either laugh or cry

So, as a joke in 2007, I posted that I wanted Bernie Sanders to run for president.  (link is here – opens in a new window).

Now, Yahoo! says that he’s considering running for president.  He also said if he does, he’ll run to win. (link is here – opens in a new window).

Does this mean I’m prescient?

I doubt it.  I’d say it means that he’s gotten more popular over the years, and that he now thinks he has his name out there enough to win.  However, when I voted in the 2000 election, I was told that if I didn’t vote for one of the major party candidates (Bush or Gore), that I was throwing my vote away.  I have to wonder how many people feel like that and wouldn’t vote for Sanders as a result.

He is one of the few independents in the senate, though he used to be in the House of Representatives.  Before that, Jim Jeffords was one of the 2 Vermont Senators, and he switched to independent from being a Republican.

What can I say? Vermonters have an independent streak a mile wide.  Just ask anyone who knows me ;)

Laterness.

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Sadness and thankfulness, hand in hand

A friend of mine died last month. He lived to be almost 30, which is considered lucky when you have cystic fybrosis.

I can remember babysitting him when he was just 2, and his mom had to walk me through all of the medications he needed.

I can remember all the times he was in the hospital for too much mucus in his lungs. Mom drove them to doctor appointments in Burlington,  which was a 2 hour drive.

What breaks my heart the most is his last Facebook post, where he asked why it was so hard to breathe.

Josh grew up to be a funny young man with a lot of the same interests as I have. Yet, I’ll always remember him as the adorable toddler who would only take his medicine once it had been hidden in applesauce. 

I’ll miss you, Josh.  I’m thankful for the years we knew each other.

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With a racing heart

LOL not for any real reason.  Just as I read a message on Facebook about a severe thunderstorm warning, the storm was right overhead.  The thunder made me jump and my heart race.  Which makes me think… if the lightning is the dangerous part, why do we call it a thunderstorm instead of a lightning storm?

My mind is wandering all over right now.  I’ve seen some bad news on Facebook, and my mind keeps worrying at it.  Two friends of mine were diagnosed with cancer.

One was the pastor of the church where I grew up.  He was the pastor when our trailer burned when I was 16.  If I remember right, he had a scanner, so heard the call for the fire department to go to the trailer.  He made it out there and picked up my sister and I, which was a good thing since we both had to leave the house in our pajamas in the middle of November with about 1′ of snow on the ground.  It doesn’t sound so bad, except my sister only had slippers and I was barefoot.  Snow is very cold when you’re barefoot ;)  We stayed at the parsonage for a couple of weeks until a big enough apartment came open at one of my parents apartment houses.  I still love Janice and Roger dearly, as well as their younger 3 – I don’t know their oldest as well.  They were like a second set of parents to me until they moved away about a year later.

The other one recently diagnosed was a friend from when I was working as a SysAdmin in North Carolina.  Paul and his wife Nancy were very good friends to me while I was there.  They owned a gaming store that Nancy ran, and they got me involved in gaming again.  Real gaming, not just online gaming like I had been doing.

All these thoughts are going through my mind with Paul’s and Roger’s health.  My prayers are with them and their families as they go through this.

Laterness and g’night.  I’ll try to post again tomorrow, since I do have more to say.  But I’m working 12 hour shifts until Sunday, so it may not happen until then.

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Like arguing with a brick wall

I started writing this April 30th and got sidetracked and discouraged.

It’s frustrating sometimes reading the press releases from big companies.  The company I work for had a big article in the paper talking about how they’re moving a bunch of jobs from Oklahoma to the corporate office.  The press release said flat out that it wasn’t affecting jobs here.  Nevermind the 10+ people who have lost their job, and at least another 10 who have had to move or lose theirs.

Instead, they were saying the moves only affect people in Edmond, OK.

Whatever.

I started reading the paper while I was out in public – at the local coffee shop where I sometimes stop.  I started yelling, then took a deep breath and put the paper back on the counter.  The barista said something about arguing with the paper, and I said I was arguing with the people who wrote the press release instead.

One of the things the article said was that our town wasn’t going to be affected financially.  Except when asked, it suddenly changed to the company wasn’t going to be affected financially.

It’s like talking to a brick wall.  I understand that the number of jobs lost here in town is small in the grand scheme of things, but it’s just so frustrating to have the whole situation downplayed like we don’t matter at all.

Of course, I’ve been offered another job within the company, so I”m no longer affected, but still.  I feel ignored.

That’s why I wrote an anonymous question for the town hall meeting this week.  I asked why they were willing to get rid of that much regulatory knowledge.  Let’s see what they say, if I even hear it since I’ll be out of town training my replacement this week.

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Gotta love the irony

I got a job search email from LinkedIn today.  In it, it says that my company is looking for people like me…

Yea, they are.  They were trying to convince me to move to Cincinnati, OH.  I don’t feel right moving so far away with a step-son who needs his father living here.  He graduates in 5 years, maybe then I’ll change my mind.

In the meantime, I need to figure out what I want to do.  They keep talking about wanting to extend my time there again, but I haven’t heard anything definite.  It’s now down to about 4 weeks to go.  This could get interesting.

Someone at one of the plants wants to offer me a job.  My only issue is that I have 2 kids under 10 and can’t work weekends if my husband is working.  So what do I do?  So far, I haven’t heard anything official from him either.

I hate being in limbo.  Yet, the company I work for is looking for employees.

And the stress had me falling asleep at 7 last night.

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Life is Good

http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/life-is-good-my-friends-life-is-good-even-though.html

I saw this from one of the blogs I follow and started thinking.

It’s so easy to focus on the negative, whether it’s stepping on something, or having your car stop working correctly.

What happens when we focus on the positive? does our attitude change?

Life is good, life can be good.  All we need to do is remember to take it one day at a time.

and focus on the positive.

Life is good, even though I’m not sure when my job ends any more.

Life is good, even though we’re not in our own house yet.

Life is good…

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