Best In Show

This is Cyrus. Named after John Malcovich's character, "Cyrus the Virus", in the movie "Con-Air". Not named for any certain country singer(s).

He is almost 6 years old. We've had him since he was around 10 weeks old. He's been the best dog we've ever had. He's great with the kids. He does tend to be a jumper and a licker though. I get tired of trying to defend his breed. He's an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffordshire Bull Terrier, whichever you prefer. Most people just say, "You have a PIT BULL?!?!" and "What about your kids?"

This breed gets so much bad publicity in the news. It seems that every dog bite comes from a pit bull. If you raise a dog to be mean, vicious, and aggressive then guess what? You're going to have a mean, vicious, and aggressive dog. It really doesn't matter what breed of dog you have, if you raise them well they will be good dogs.

Cyrus is a good dog. He would defend his humans if he had to, but would never bite anyone just because he wanted too. I think the vast majority of the injuries sustained by these dogs is the fact that their owners weren't raising them well and weren't caring for them in a way that is conducive to a happy dog. I would never allow my dog to just run around on his own. Even if he was a poodle.

I'm writing this because I've heard of two dog bite victims in the news lately and so much emphasis was put on the fact that they were "viciously attacked by a pit bull" that I wondered if anyone had any idea there were other dog breeds out there. I'm here to say that there is at least one dog of this breed that is a good dog. He's a family dog. He's a lap dog, if you let him. He's a companion. He's goofy. He's lovable. He's kind. He's the perfect dog.

He's our Cy-cy, Cyrus the Virus, and Goofy Gus.

What cha doin'?

This year we'll be doing Thanksgiving dinner at our house on "Black Friday". Usually we reserve this day for just lounging around the house letting all the food from the day before digest in it's own time.

I didn't really know what this thing called "Black Friday" was until I began to work in retail back in 2000. I did 5 years worth of working the jewelry counter at Wal-Mart on that fateful day and I vowed to never, EVER, actually do any shopping on this day. For some reason, maybe it's all the turkey eaten the day before, the day after Thanksgiving turns people into crazies. Flat insane is what they get. I've seen people do some seriously strange things for a $5 toaster, okay?

Last year Cam talked me into going out into the craziness. I mean it was Friday after all and we couldn't pass up on our "Fun Friday". We didn't really have a certain plan of action. We were just going to be going. This is what we ended up doing...

Yes, it turned into an interesting day. I missed her so much this week!! I can't believe she is so far away!
I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday yesterday. If you are/were out and about on the "busiest shopping day of the year", then I hope that you make it through unscathed! Have a great weekend!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating this week! Enjoy this great remake of an awesome song!

I'm Going There...

I'm a fan of Michael Jackson just like anyone else. I was shocked that he died just like anyone else. I wasn't shocked, however, to see him win awards at the American Music Awards ceremony last night. No, I wasn't shocked. I was irritated. I don't want to sound cold, but why did he win? Would he seriously have won if he hadn't passed away? I can't help but think that no, he wouldn't have won.

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist and Favorite Album in both categories. I would have really cried foul if he had won for Artist of the Year. He was nominated against Eminem and T.I. in the Pop/Rock category for male artist. I honestly don't see how he beat Eminem, who hasn't had an album out in several years himself, but with the release of his new album, Relapse, has gotten himself right back where he once was.

Winning Pop/Rock album over Taylor Swift? Something is wrong here. That girl has sold more albums than freakin' Elvis Presley! Well, it seems that way!! For such a young girl, she sure has her head on straight!

Now I'm not trying to knock on ol' Michael here. He was a great artist. Still is a great artist. I just have a problem with giving awards to people simply because of a tragedy that has befallen them. He was obviously working towards this new "comeback" tour, but I feel that the awards show did a disservice to it's artists.

And another thing!!!! Lip syncing sucks. The best performances were Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys who were actually singing their music! So a big thumbs down going out to Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez who were clearly not singing. Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga win for the weirdest awards show performances... EVER. For the record, I just want to throw out there that I'm not a fan of Mr. Lambert in the first place. All together this show was definitely lacking on the entertainment value.

I Just Don't Know...

what to write about. Nothing interesting or fun is going on.

It's a short work/school week for everyone due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. I'm just not excited about the holidays this year. For once I'd like to be able to spend some time with my family, but it's not going to happen. They all just live so far away. We had hoped to be able to go down for Thanksgiving, but the school district is using the day before Thanksgiving as a "make-up" day so we had to drop those plans. Driving to southern Florida on Thanksgiving day is not my idea of fun times.

We're lucky this year though because we are only going to have to do two dinners. That is something we are both thankful for! Thanksgiving day we'll be going to my mother-in-law's for family dinner. Her dad, Chris' granddad, usually does dinner on Thanksgiving day at his house, but this year they are going to do it at my mother-in-law's and I think that is wonderful. Not only does she have a larger home, but we can all get together on one day. I'm really looking forward to it. Then Friday, I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Just for my mom. Last year, I cooked my first real Thanksgiving dinner. It was a pretty awesome dinner. We got to have my bestest friend in the whole wide world and her family over. We ate, drank, and were merry.

I'm interested in knowing what kinds of family traditions everyone has for Thanksgiving. At my mother-in-law's we always help decorate the Christmas tree. When we get there, the tree is bare, but by the time we leave it's completely decked out with ornaments. So what is/are the tradition(s) in your house?

Music from My Library

Yes, Please! {Friday Night Lights}

I love football. We are definitely a football family. Maybe, just maybe, one day Neil will play football. He loves football too. In fact, we allowed him to get his own Facebook page just so he could play fantasy football with us. He's holding his own on that one. Hasn't beaten me yet, but he's working on it.

I've heard of this show, "Friday Night Lights" on NBC, but I'd never actually watched it. Recently we took a chance and invested in Netflix. Netflix is awesome! I had no idea all the movies and TV shows they have including some that you can watch instantly on your computer. One of these is this TV show.

These boys are so cute!! So this post is going to be the next installment of the Yes, Please series.

Kyle Chandler
I remember this guy from a show that aired back in 1991-1993 called "Homefront" on ABC. He was in "Pure Country" with George Strait. That's a good movie too, by the way. He was in "King Kong", "The Kingdom", and "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

Taylor Kitsch
He's 28 years old, but I still feel a little dirty for thinking he is so stinkin' good lookin' since he plays a 17 year old high school football player. He hasn't been in too many shows or movies, but you can see him in "John Tucker Must Die" and "Snakes on a Plane". I haven't seen either of these so I don't know much about them. I have however seen both "The Covenant", which I LOVE, and "X-Men: Origins - Wolverine".

Zach Gilford
He plays the sort of goofy kid who gets thrown into the role of staring quarterback. He hasn't really been in too much else besides this TV series, but I think he'll be able to find other roles easily enough. He's got that down home, comfortable feel about him.

Scott Porter
He's the former starting quarterback. Injured on a play and paralyzed from the waist down. He had a little stint on "As the World Turns". He was in "Prom Night", "Speed Racer", and "Bandslam".

Gaius Charles
He's not been in too many other shows either, but he's a wonderful actor. He's been up and down and everywhere else on this show. Not to mention, duh, he's super easy on the eyes!

It would be totally wrong of me to not include the absolutely gorgeous girls on the show. I mean, I do have male readers!!

Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, Aimee Teegarden

And yes, I am totally maybe just the littlest amount of jealous that they are so b-e-a-utiful.
I've only made it through the first season and a few episodes of season 2 so far, but I'm very disappointed to see that seasons 4 and 5 will be exclusively on DirecTV's 101 Network. Not everyone has DirecTV. Including me so that is a real bummer NBC. A real bummer....


This past weekend went by so swiftly that I'm not even sure if it really happened or not. I mean, is it seriously Monday morning? Already??? Sorry I've been missing in action for the past few days. I've been busy.

I had to take my mom to the hospital on Friday morning to get a CT scan done. They found a dense area that they were a tad concerned with. She made me promise not to tell anyone that the doctors said she was dense in the head 'cause we've been telling her she was dense for years. The radiologist called mom's doctor who then called mom to tell her to take her butt to the ER. I guess I should have told you that when I picked mom up from her doctors office, part of her face was saggy, limpy, and otherwise not in the correct positioning. The dense spot they saw on the CT scan was quite possibly a blood clot forming.

Into the ER we go. Hours of sitting. Hours of waiting. Lots of poking. Lots of prodding. NO food, NO water. The ER doctor says he'd like for her to stay over night to which she immediately says, "No thanks." I say, "She'll be staying." The neurologist comes in, does his little tests and says the same thing the ER doctor says. Stay. She finally caves in and says she'll stay after I use a bit o' guilt inducing charm. Might I add that the neurologist had some really interesting tools of the trade.

Finally after being at that hospital since around 10AM, she gets moved out of the ER. To the MRI room. Then to have an electrocardiogram or an echo-cardiogram or some sort of test where they looked at her heart and carotid arteries. I headed down to the Subway in the hospital and ordered up a nice turkey sammich because I know that she is absolutely starving to death. Oh, I guess I forgot to mention that she is also a smoker who hasn't had a cigarette in all this time either. I'm starting to fear for the nurses lives at this point. She gets to her room around 3:30PM. I've never seen anyone eat a sandwich that fast.

She's back home now. A small/mild stroke, but the clot seems to have resolved itself. No major damage or any minor damage that we are aware of. She's going to take it easy for a while, eat a better diet. In her defense though, she eats pretty well. Thank you to all who asked about her and to my aunt-in-law and mother-in-law who made her brief stay in the hospital more enjoyable. Seriously, thanks.

And all the nurses survived unscathed...

Talkin' Turkey

I can not believe that we have just 7 weeks until Christmas. Is it bad to want to decorate already? I know I'm not the only one! I think my sister-in-law may or may not have already put up their stockings. I've read several blogs, talked to several people that want to start decorating. I hate to sort of skip over Thanksgiving, but the only real decorating I do for Thanksgiving is on my dining room table. I'd like to get one of those ginormous inflatable turkeys for the front yard.

Isn't it cute? It's like 6 feet tall! Anyway, back to the subject... Christmas decorating. It was such a beautiful day last Sunday that I decided to try to coax Chris into going ahead with the outdoor decorating. As in, I was trying to get him to shimmy on up to the roof and hang the Christmas lights. I wasn't actually planning on turning them on just yet. He laughed at me. The temperature was around 70, no winds, lots of sun. It was a perfect opportunity to do it! In years past, we've always waited until the day after Thanksgiving and it's usually been cold and windy or cold and rainy or just cold! I lost that battle, but only 'cause I hurt my ankle putting away the Halloween stuff. Yea, I know... keep telling myself that. He wins all the battles.

I started browsing for some Christmas music yesterday. Just to try to get into the spirit of all things Chrismas-y. I found what has to be the oddest video on YouTube. Ozzy Osbourne singing with Jessica Simpson. Crazy, ain't it? I love Jessica Simpson's voice, but I can't bare to watch her actually sing. She makes weird faces and gestures. She just looks odd.

See what I mean? It's one of my favorite Christmas songs though. I like the oldies, the classics. I prefer to hear them being sung by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and the like.

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I have been so tired lately. Saturday night I laid down around 8:30PM and I didn't get up until almost 9AM Sunday morning. I don't know what's going on. I had a bit of a sore, scratchy throat last week, but it didn't really amount to anything but just that a sore throat. I had a little cough too, but again it kind of coincided with the scratchy throat. I've just had no energy.

Today it's all gloomy and overcast here. Courtesy of Tropical Storm Ida, formerly known as Hurricane Ida. No rain though. I'm not going to complain about that. We've had entirely too much rain this year. It's supposed to start heading off to the east so we shouldn't get too much rain from it.

Not too much else going on around here though. Not pretty enough outside for pictures, unless you're Beth, who could probably take great pictures of anything. Marvelous photographer that woman is! I'm still searching for the right camera. Hoping to find one fairly inexpensive, on sale, or second hand. I'm not scared to buy a used camera. I found a new one on Dell, but by the time I'd mentioned it to Chris, it wasn't listed anymore. I'm still pining for it though. It was the Nikon I wrote about before. Great camera, only $400. Cam mentioned to me earlier that a photography business in a nearby town sold refurbished cameras. I plan on checking this out.

Monday Mornin'

I've had the Maroon 5 song, "Sunday Morning", stuck in my head since I heard that guy sing it on Oprah last week for that karaoke contest. It just randomly pops in my head.

Some time in the middle of the night between Friday night and Saturday morning, the clasp on the dog chain broke. He scared the crap out of Chris who was trying to check the oil in the car, in the dark at like 5:30AM before leaving for work. Cyrus (the dog) is mostly black so Chris never saw him coming. Of course, we can't just let him run lose in the neighborhood. Other people let their dogs run, but we don't. It's rude to let your dog defecate in other people's yards. So I was up early on Saturday morning. Bummer. Saturdays are for sleeping in.

It was so beautiful this weekend! Sunday we decided to grill a big roast and just enjoy the day. I gathered up all of the Halloween decorations to put away in the garage in exchange for the Christmas decorations. No, I haven't put any up yet, but I'm seriously tempted to do so. While packing a box into the garage, my ankle decided to not function properly anymore and gave out on me. Oooo, did it ever hurt! My foot went a bit numb and tingly for a few minutes, but the swelling was pretty minimal. Unfortunately Sunday's are laundry days and our washer/dryer is in the basement. So that meant many trips up and down stairs for me.

Neil's basketball team starts practicing this week. His coach called Sunday evening. He's not played basketball before, but seems really excited to do so. His coach has turned out to be his P.E. teacher so that works out well. Her son was also on the same baseball team with Neil in the spring. We're really looking forward to seeing him play. I don't think he's going to do baseball again next year. He really got burned last year with that one player who kept hitting him with the ball every time he got up to bat. He's just not into it anymore, but we'll see how it goes come spring.

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Yes, Please! {Edward Norton}

I got bored this week. Sometimes blogging becomes a chore.  I feel the need to write something, anything, but sometimes the words don't come.  This is pretty much what has happened this week.  Oogle this...

   Edward Norton

He's the *sigh*, hottie, man candy for the week.  I recently watched "Pride & Glory" and rediscovered my crush on him.  He's one good lookin' man, if I do say so myself, and I do...

A little more info on Mr. Norton 'cause he's not just a pretty face, ya know.  He's very active with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.  I'm sure you heard about the marathon running with the Maasai warriors, who were basically barefoot for the run.  Those guys are real warriors.

Taken from,
Edward Norton was born on August 18, 1969 to parents Edward, an attorney who works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Robin Norton, a former foundation executive and teacher who passed away of brain cancer on March 6, 1997. Edward also has two younger siblings named James and Molly. From the age of 5 onward, the Yale graduate (majoring in history) has always been interested in acting. At the age of 8, he would ask his drama teacher what his motivation in a scene was. He attended theater schools throughout his life, and eventually managed to find work on stage in New York as a member of the Signature players, who produced the works of playwright and director Edward Albee. Around the time when he was appearing in Albee's Fragments, in Hollywood, they were looking for a young actor to star opposite Richard Gere in a new courtroom thriller, Primal Fear (1996). The role was offered to Leonardo DiCaprio but he turned it down. Gere was on the verge of walking away from the project, fed up with the wait for a young star to be found, when Edward auditioned and won the role over 2000 other hopefuls. Before the film was even released, his test screenings for the part were causing a Hollywood sensation, and he was soon offered roles in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996). Edward won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Primal Fear (1996). In 1998, Norton gained 30 pounds of muscle and transformed his look into that of a monstrous skinhead for his role as a violent white supremacist in American History X (1998). This performance would earn him his second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actor. In 1999 came the critically acclaimed Fight Club (1999) and in 2000 came his directorial debut in Keeping the Faith (2000).

Notable movies:
Primal Fear
American History X
Fight Club
Keeping the Faith
The Italian Job
The Illusionist
Pride and Glory

E for Everyone

I just bought this game for myself this past weekend.  Notice it says that it is rated E for Everyone?  Definitely NOT for just anyone.  Both Neil and Kaia have been asking to start their own games.  I've tried to explain to them that it's not that easy of a game.  My mom would probably breeze right on through most of the puzzles and brainteasers that you have to complete to progress through the game.  I, on the other hand, am finding that some of these puzzles will drive you mad.

The rating is accurate though because there isn't any violence, language, or sexual content.  I think they should put a disclaimer somewhere on there though that warns you of the addiction factor.  I sat and played this game for 4 hours Saturday night.  The whole time I was grumbling and growling and throwing a few expletives at the game, but I could not put it down.  I was determined to figure out the answer.

If you own a Nintendo DS or DSi (or like me, don't have one, but am mooching off of my kids!) and are looking for a challenging game, this is definitely for you.  I can't wait to finish this and get the next one, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.


I did not want to get out of bed on Sunday morning.  I guess we all had one too many pieces of chocolate Saturday night because none of us were in bed before 1AM.  Normally, I'm seeing the backs of my eye lids by 9:30PM.  I know this is sad.  You don't have to tell me.  Trick or treating seems to have become a chore.  Neil wasn't really excited about going this year, but humored me anyway.  Halfway through our rounds of town, he gave up.  I can't say that I blame him.  I was ready to give up too.  Every year they haul in truck loads of candy, which never gets entirely eaten before the next year.  I wasn't too upset to cut out of the festivities early.  For once, both children were on board for doing the same thing.... heading home.

I've noticed over the last couple of days that the sun seems to be getting up on a different side of the bed.  Just last week, when the sun would rise, it would come streaming in one of our living room windows.  It was helpful in waking me up after the kids had already gotten on the bus.  Friday I noticed that it seemed a little darker than usual when it was time for the kids to head out the door.  I thought it was because of the cloud cover, but when they walked outside, Kaia said, "Oh, there is the sun Mom.  Over there."  It was still hiding behind some clouds, but was in a totally different location than "normal".  Sunday morning it was easier to spot because it was a crisp, clear, cloudless morning.  I know that Autumn has been here for a little while already, but when you notice the location of the sunrise has moved, you know that we're officially there.

Happy Halloween!