Monthly Archives: March 2008

the “dog mom” chronicles … the loving comedy in owning a siberian husky .:|:.~ part 1 ~.:|:.

Oh, where do I begin? My life with this canine is so funny that I just don’t know where to start! I’ll stick with tonight’s episode only … so here goes.


This all started as I decided to settle in for the evening. Having finished up my cleaning, I fired up my PowerBook and left it to start as I brushed my teeth, washed my face, and all that jazz. I come out of the bathroom to find that my high-maintenance dog Cody has moved from the right cushion of the loveseat to dead-center. “So what?,” you might be thinking. Trust me; nearly four years with this pooch has taught me – there’s little he does without making a statement. He’s got major attitude, and it’s funny as hell. What’s he telling me? He doesn’t want to share the loveseat with his mom. No, he’d rather hog the whole thing himself. He’s got the right, right? He does get the whole loveseat, and the entire couch too, for that matter, to himself 5 days a week. My bad.

In his mind, you see, I’m number three. His dad, and pack leader, comes first. He cleans daddy, submits to him, and even lets him brush him without budging. Second, is Cody himself. Yes, that leaves me in dead last. I swear, I’m not crazy. This is true. He honestly believes he’s above me in our family hierarchy. I don’t get cleaned (Okay, I wouldn’t want him licking my face clean anyway. But still …), he doesn’t listen to me, and I can’t even come near him with a brush.

So what happened? I didn’t give up. He eventually moved to his cushion (Mine’s the left, his is always the right.), at least for a few minutes. He then moved to the front door, made his pacing rounds, then came back. Was his move to the front door letting me know he was dissatisfied? Yep, you betcha. Now, he sits next to me, curled in a tiny ball, letting out occasional sighs.

How can you not love these hairy, energetic playmates? He makes me laugh every day!


playlist 1 …

For those of you who are unaware, I’m a music fanatic. While there are times that I do thoroughly enjoy silence, most of my day is filled with a constant flow of music. A day at work without my iPod is depressing and leaves a bit to be desired in the productivity department. Silly, I know, but so terribly true.

My iPod is at present filled with 4,846 songs, and could quickly grow if I wanted to spend the time to transfer the rest of my CDs over. Someday. Until then, I’ll rely on what’s available through iTunes. Stretched out side-by-side, my iTunes wishlist could probably wrap around the world a few times.

Now, for some about today’s playlist. Bob Marley is one of the best for putting me in a good mood; as soon as I hear his voice, I’m back in Grand Cayman, diving and having fun! “C’mon N’ Ride It” is for my nephews, the biggest choo choo fanatics I’ve ever seen! For the smoothest angry song out there, there’s “Indigo Flow.” Plus, it references the Deftones, and who can’t love a song that does that!? Anymore, I’ve got to listen to music from Grey’s Anatomy since I can’t see the show, so there’s “Moon and Sun” by Gomez. And for those sleepless nights, the renowned Ludwig Van Beethoven offers his compositions, sure to soothe even the most restless sleeper. Finally, to make the list feel just right, there are some of my favorites mixed in: Matt Perrone, Toby Lightman and Enya.

Enjoy! Oh, and see if you can figure out the theme of this playlist!


Song Title … Artist … Album
01. Paperback Writer … The Beatles … 1
02. Three Little Birds … Bob Marley … Legend
03. Drive Away … Matt Perrone … With or Without You
04. Hang … Matchbox Twenty … Yourself or Someone Like You
05. C’mon N’ Ride It … Quad City DJ’s … Get On Up and Dance
06. Sweetest Thing … U2 … U218 Singles
07. Rhiannon … Fleetwood Mac … Greatest Hits
08. If Only … The Calling … Two
09. Moon and Sun … Gomez … Grey’s Anatomy, Vol. 3
10. Nothing Lasts Forever … Maroon 5 … It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
11. Weight of the World … Toby Lightman … Bird on a Wire
12. The Last One … Cary Brothers … Who You Are
13. The Riddle … Five for Fighting … Two Lights
14. Indigo Flow … Limp Bizkit … Three Dollar Bill, Y’all
15. Sonata in E Flat Opus 7 … Ludwig Van Beethoven … Beethoven’s Moonlight
16. One by One … Enya … A Day Without Rain
17. Two Pina Coladas … Garth Brooks … Sevens
18. Wings of Forgiveness … India.Arie … Testimony: Vol. 1 Life & Relationship
19. One Way … The Bloodhound Gang … Use Your Fingers
20. Voyeur … Blink-182 … Dude Ranch
21. Rockin’ Robin … The Jackson 5 … The Essential Michael Jackson
22. Cumbersome … Seven Mary Three … American Standard
23. California Sun … The Ramones … MOM: Music For Our Mother Ocean

until it’s gone …

I’m warning you now … this is my mind in free flow mode. A stream of consciousness, with some serious thoughts as the roots.


It’s interesting to note life’s ups and downs. And have you ever thought about how true, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til its gone,” really is? Why does it take something bad to make us appreciate what’s good in life?

Before you start to panic, stop. I haven’t lost anything. Well, maybe my sanity and a few bad habits, but that’s about it. Now, proceeding …

My latest conclusion: hospitals are think-tanks. It doesn’t much matter whether you’re a patient or a visitor. No, I’ve concluded it’s something they pump into that ultra-pure air that just plain makes you think. Does anyone know what that stuff is?

I just sit – watching and wondering. Do you think about why other people are there, who everyone is visiting, and what news is being delivered to the family sitting in the waiting area next to you? Their loved ones are in there, too, “sleeping” peacefully. What will their days ahead hold?

In a short period of time, you see tears of joy and sorrow, both pain and relief, plus lots of anxiety mixed in. There are warm embraces, some of which won’t ever have the chance to happen again.

I’ve learned a lot over the last two weeks. Family, meant to include those to which you were born as well as those you’ve “befriended” along the way, is frankly the most important gift we’ll ever receive. I’m admitting that I haven’t taken the time to let the most important people in my life know how much I care. And as much as I’d love to be able to answer the question, Why?,” I simply can’t. It’s life, and it happens. But it’s so dynamic. In an instant, your whole perspective can change.

I’m sad that so much time has been lost, but I’m also wondering if this feeling will last forever. Will I take the time to look back, or will I keep moving ahead and let things revert back to how they used to be?

I’ve got a long road ahead of me. I have a lot of time to make up, and a lot of relationships to mend. Some will be easier than others, and some could be lost for good. Regardless, I’ve got to try.

Life is fragile, too short and just so damn difficult sometimes. Can’t we go back to the days when a tragedy was recess spent inside because of the rain???

75 random questions …

75 random questions

Do you have any pets? 1 dog … Cody .:|:. 1 fish … Bix (short for Bixley) .:|:. and a frog … the General (he lives under our front porch)
What color shirt are you wearing? Green with yellow duckies – I LOVE these PJs!
Name three things that are physically close to you: Cody, my cell phone (For once … I never have it with me anymore!), and my pink Crocs
What is the last book you read? Thinkertoys – it’s a book of creative thinking techniques
Are you or were you a good student? Yup.
What’s your favorite sport? To watch: hockey (though I still have yet to go to a game with my husband) .:|:. To play: not much of the sports type
Do you enjoy sleeping late? Yes, I’m so not a morning person. Although late is now 7 am. Hey, I’m up at 5 am for work! Even 6 am can feel like sleeping in!
What’s the weather like right now? Okay; chilly. But so nice during the day! I am so excited for the arrival of spring!
Who tells the best jokes? Oh, I don’t know. You???
What was the last thing you dreamed about? Can’t remember, but I did wake up thinking that I needed to remember b/c it was good! Don’t you hate that?
Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed? Yes, no. Well, kind of. It’s a long story.
Do you believe in karma? Sure do. Know what I think? Karma’s a bitch, baby! And it comes back, in a fierce way. Ooh, I love it!
Do you believe in luck? Not really. Well, maybe to a certain extent. I won’t part my hair to the left b/c of luck/superstition. Yeah, I know … crazy.
Do you like your eggs scrambled or sunny side up? I prefer Egg Beaters, so that would be scrambled. All that runny stuff is too life-like for me to eat. It makes me think I’m eating the baby chicken.
Do you collect anything? If so, what? Fun pens, lately. My favorite is my finger pen. It really looks like a finger! Oh, and I collect Fiestaware and Cow Parade … those adorable and creatively decorated bovines!
Are you proud of yourself? Sure, why not. Seriously, I guess about some things, but for the most part, not really.
Are you reliable? I really try, but lately, not so much.
Have you ever given money to a bum? No. And I’ll keep my thoughts to myself on this one … it’ll keep me out of trouble.
What’s your favorite food? Can’t say that I really have one. Kielbasa made my way, maybe? A perfect margherita pizza.
Have you ever had a secret admirer? Probably, but I can’t remember specifically.
Do you like the smell of gasoline? Heck no! Are there people out there who do?
Do like to draw? Totally, but I prefer abstractions.
What’s your favorite invention? Radiant floor heating. Do you know what it’s like to get up at 5 am and step onto a warm granite floor? It’s amazing, and I appreciate it every single day. No joke.
Is your room messy? I wouldn’t call our house messy, just in need of a finished shed to put things where they belong. It’s more like temporarily organized chaos. But I wouldn’t say messy.
What do you like better: oranges or apples? Oranges.
Do you give in easily? Totally. So bad that sometimes it’s ridiculous.
Are you a good guesser? I don’t know; I haven’t guessed on much lately.
Can you read other people’s expressions? No, I’m totally naïve and always see the best in people. Too bad it gets me in trouble!
Are you a bully? No way!
Do you have a job? Uh, yeah!
What time did you wake up this morning? 5 am. Translation … to damn early.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Fiber One Caramel Delight cereal, no milk. That stuff is SO incredibly good!
When was the last time you showered? 5 am this morning.
What do you plan on doing tomorrow? I’ll be at Johns Hopkins Hospital while my little sis, April, has surgery. Not exactly the best way to spend a day, but it’s life. Love you lots, girlie!
What’s your favorite day of the week and why? Sunday. They’re often lazy days that include football and my favorite “Nascar naps!”
Do you have any nicknames? Minski, Wellsette, Min, Mindy Lou, Mindy Lou Who, Aunt Di Dee, and probably a few I don’t know about!
Have you ever been scuba diving? Funny you should ask! Yes! I just got my advanced certification with my dad in February! It was a blast, and I’m looking forward to our next dive trip together!
What’s your least favorite color? Can’t say that I have one. Maybe white, which isn’t really a color, but the absence of color.
Is there someone you have been constantly thinking about? If yes, who? My sister, April. She’s been really sick, and in the hospital for almost 2 weeks. I can’t get her off my mind.
Would you ever go skydiving? No; terribly afraid of heights.
What toothpaste do you use? Crest Vanilla Mint
Do you enjoy challenges? Oh yeah! But only for fun. I’m not terribly competitive, but would rather let people win to see them happy.
What’s the worst injury you have had? A broken foot that I let heal on its own. Ouch! That thing is still not right!
What’s the last movie you saw? Coming to America … watched it last night. It’s a classic!
What do you want to know about the future? What the 2008 Presidential election will reveal. It’s going to be interesting!
What does your last text message say? Too long to type, but it’s a forward I got from both of my sisters.
Who was the last person you spoke over the phone to? My mom.
What was your favorite school subject? calculus
What was your least favorite school subject? physics
Would you rather have money or love? love
What is your dream vacation? 2 weeks of diving in the Cayman Islands. I’m dying to go back!
What is your favorite animal? giraffe
Do you miss anyone right now? Sure, plenty of people. A bit too many to list.
What’s the last sporting event you watched? Ooh, it’s been far too long to remember!
Do you need to do laundry? Always!
Do you listen to the radio? All the time. I’m a complete music addict.
Where were you when 9/11 happened? In my senior year of college, getting ready for Painting class.
What do you do when vending machines steal your money? Ignore them. It’s my sign that I don’t need the drink/food.
Have you ever caught a butterfly? No, I’m not a bug person. I don’t even like ladybugs or lightning bugs.
What color are your bed sheets? Ooh, good question. They might be ivory? I can’t remember.
What’s your ringtone? Something normal. Can’t stand the song ringtones.
Who was the last person to make you laugh? My dog – he’s so funny! Seriously!
Do you have any obsessions right now? Diving. I’m so terribly obsessed.
Do you like things that glow in the dark? Yeah, I guess.
What’s your favorite fruity scent? Grape! Watermelon! Wild cherry!
Do you watch cartoons? No, but I would if I were home when they’re on.
Have you ever sat on a roof? Actually, I’ve spent several days on a roof 26 stories up. Talk about creepy! Oh, the view, though. Gorgeous!
Have you ever been to a different country? Yes – do you need to know which ones? Find me on facebook …
Name three things in the world you dislike: Oh who knows.
Name three people in the world you dislike: There’s no way I’m committing the answer to this question to other’s eyes. Trust me, though, I can easily come up with three! Even better, they know who they are!
Has a rumor even been spread about you? Yes. Could we be any more juvenile?
Do you like sushi? Yes, but I have to bee in the right mindset for it.
Do you believe in magic? I’m singing, “Do you believe in magic?” What fun is life if you don’t believe in magic?
Do you hold grudges? I try not to, but it’s just in my nature.

seven deadly sins …

seven deadly sins …

Who did you last get angry with?
The guy in front of me who wouldn’t get out of the left lane. Idiot!
What is your weapon of choice? Seriously? I don’t have one.
Would you hit a member of the opposite sex? If I had to …
How about the same sex? If I had to …
Who was the last person who got really angry at you? April
What is your pet peeve? Mouth noises – if you really want to p**s me off, chew with your mouth open, slurp your soup/beverage, or suck on a d**n mint in my ear. I’m getting so ticked just thinking about it. Oh, for the love of Pete.
Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily? I guess I’m in between. Okay, I lean more on the side of keeping grudges, but I eventually let go.

What is one thing you’re suppose to do daily that you haven’t?
Floss … yeah, I know.
What is the latest you’ve ever woken up? I have no idea, but I was a teenager at one point.
Name a person you’ve been meaning to contact, but haven’t? There are far too many to mention.
What is the last lame excuse that you made? I don’t want to talk about it.
Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through? Sure have!
How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock this morning? None … I totally ignored the alarm clock today! I’ve got some chronic exhaustion going on here people …

What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice?
I don’t know.
Are you a meat eater? Yup.
What is the greatest amount of alcohol you’ve had in one sitting/outing/event? Hmmm … a lot.
Are you comfortable with your drinking and eating habits? Not really – comfortable with drinking, but not always eating.
Do you enjoy candy and sweets? I’m human – you?
Which do you prefer: sweets, salty foods or spicy foods? Salty by far.
Have you ever looked at a small house pet or child and thought, “lunch”? OMG, no! Admittedly, however, I have wanted to kick little yuppy dogs. I wouldn’t, but I’ve wanted to (Sorry, my little Ladybug!)!

How many credit cards do you own?
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? Pay off my school loans, Justin’s loans, and our house. That’d wipe out a good bit. Then I’d have some fun with family & friends!
Would you rather be rich or famous? Neither. The rich are miserable and the famous have no privacy. I feel equally sorry for both.
Would you accept a boring job if it meant that you would make megabucks? Absolutely not. Money cannot buy happiness and people who believe that will live a sad and miserable life. Get a clue – you can’t have it all! Make a good choice, please!

What’s one thing that you have done that you’re most proud of?
Almost finishing my master’s. Now I just have to finish!
What’s one thing you have done that your parents are most proud of? College & grad school.
What thing would you like to accomplish late in your life? Huh?
Do you get annoyed by coming in second place? Not really.
Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors? No. I seriously need some self-esteem, right!?
Have you ever cheated to get a better score? Yep. Middle school was so rough. Ha!
What did you do today that you’re proud of? Nothing I can think of.

How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies, family, strippers, locker rooms)?
I am so not answering this.
How many people have seen you naked (not counting physicians, doctors, family, locker rooms, or when you were a young child)? Again, see above.
Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a person of your chosen sex during a normal conversation? Good heavens …
What is your favorite body part of a person of your gender choice? Nose … I know, it’s stupid.
Have you ever had sexual encounters (including kissing/making out) with multiple persons? No.
Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute? No.

What item of your friends would you most want to have for your own?
Too tired to think about it.
Who would you want to go on “Trading Spaces” with? Alli :0)
If you could be anyone who existed in the world, who would you be? Me. Hey, we’ve all got problems. The grass is always greener on the other side.
Have you ever been cheated on? Yes. Bastards.
Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own? Sure do – just one that I’ll keep to myself. If you know me well enough, you know it.
What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself? Contageous personality.
What deadly sin do you do the most often? Wrath or sloth.
What deadly sin do you do the least often? Lust.
What deadly sin is your favorite to act on? Gluttony.

a dose of thinking … the internet

What would we do without the internet – our precious world wide web? This is the platform upon which we survive and thrive these days. Know a few websites? I have, to date, 1,086 links saved to But this isn’t just a collection for the sake of collecting. These are things I actually use on a relatively frequent basis! Nah, the internet isn’t powerful. Or maybe I’m just strange.

I can’t remember what life was like before “www.” No e-mail, but a paper-laden world that consisted of faxes, postal mail and phone calls. Encyclopedias – remember those? Research at the high school library consisted of the Dewey Decimal System, the encyclopedia sets, and microfiche. Now, I carefully consult the web for everything. Literally, everything.

Something that started as an idea experienced viral growth that spread like wildfire. Netscape kicked it off, but was later overcome by Bill Gates and MSN. Seriously, the internet age wasn’t started by Microsoft? Oh no! The Microsoft boys were shaking in their boots. Go Netscape, go! It didn’t last for long, though.

Enter the bully. Microsoft, in my mind, is as bad as Wal-Mart and their “relationships” with their suppliers.

I guess it’s time for the disclosure. For the record, I’m a rebel. I love my Mac. Yes, I’m forced into mactopia, or Office for Mac. Trust me, it’s not by choice. There, my bias.

So … Netscape taunted Microsoft, and Microsoft answered back in time with …

Internet Explorer. Got it? Not me. Firefox wins for me, with Safari as a backup. Sure, it has its idiosyncrasies, but don’t they all? Best of all, it’s not putting money in Bill’s pocket, and that’s what makes me smile. Again, another disclosure.

How’d Microsoft do it? They imitated Netscape. Copied their moves. Kept up and closely followed in their tracks. The engineers worked killer hours and the sales team harassed customers, forcing IE upon their buyers. How could they lose? IE was, of course, free. Right … bundled with Microsoft Windows.

Bummer. Eventually, Netscape was rolled into AOL. Unfortunately, Netscape was the pioneer that sparked a windstorm of start-ups that would continue to fight for pieces of Microsoft’s share.

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Ooh, there’s another hour, this one on search! Google, Yahoo!, Altavista, and excite. What do you use? From my Spring 1999 Intro to Marketing class, it’s been mostly Google for me. Prior to that, Yahoo!. With its unique algorithms, Google seems to supply the most unique mix of results. And that, my friends, is what it’s all about.

Did you know that Google started as an idea cooked up by two Ph.D. students at Stanford? When Stanford told them they needed to move their invention off campus (it was inundating the university’s network), Google found angel investors to fund their first $1 million. These guys seriously wanted to organize all the information in the world. Huh?

They struggled to figure out how to pay for this venture, and eventually came up with their method. Aah, using keywords as a marketing research technique. You type in keywords and give away what? Information. Who wants that information? Aah, businesses, a.k.a, advertisers! Paid ads, ranked listings, AdWords! These methods of advertising created an amazingly level platform for organizations of all shapes and sizes. Mom & pop corner market can compete with major supermarkets in a small midwest town.

BTW, I love the Google motto: “Don’t be evil.” It’s brilliant!

Is Google all great? What about privacy? Does it feel to you like those supermarket customer loyalty cards that spit out targeted coupons based on your purchase patterns? Being of a marketing mindset, I say you can have it. Take my information, just don’t attach my name to it, please!

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Many thanks to “Download: The True Story of the Internet” on the Science Channel for inspiring this thought provoking blog and occupying 120 minutes of my life.

45 random questions …

45 of the most random things you probably never needed to know about someone

What’s your name spelled backwards?: ydnim
What did you do last night?: watched “Night at the Museum” then “The Matrix”
The last thing you downloaded onto your computer?: pictures
Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?: Uh, no. For what reason, exactly?
Last time you swam in a pool?: scuba training; 8 laps … January 21st
What are you wearing?: comfy black sweatsuit
How many cars have you owned?: 2 – the Bluebird and my overworked Civic
Type of music you dislike most?: heavy metal – too noisy
Are you registered to vote?: Yup, and thank goodness. This presidential election’s going to be a wild one!
Do you have cable?: Sure do, but barely use it!
What kind of computer do you use?: Apple PowerBook G4 & Apple Mac Pro
Ever made a prank phone call?: No. How obnoxious.
You like anyone right now?: My husband, thank goodness.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?: Heck no … terribly afraid of heights.
Furthest place you ever traveled?: France
What’s your favorite comic strip?: I have no idea; no interest in them.
Do u know all the words to the national anthem?: yes
Shower, morning or night?: Morning; night only when I go to the gym, but I still shower the following morning. OCD.
Best movie you’ve seen in the past month?: The single-star rated “Vantage Point.” I liked it!
Favorite pizza toppings?: Nada – plain, please!
Chips or popcorn?: chips
What cell phone provider do you have?: Verizon
Have you ever smoked peanut shells?: Smoked peanut shells? I don’t get it.
Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?: no
Orange Juice or apple?: apple
Who were the last people you sat at lunch with?: Justin, Jon, Michelle, Kannon & Magnum
favorite chocolate bar?: plain ol’ Hershey’s
Who is your longest friend and how long?: Amanda D. … almost 28 years!
Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?: End of summer ’07 … and now I’m longing for one!!!
Have you ever won a trophy?: Yep – cheerleading and twirling, and maybe a few others.
Favorite arcade game?: Skee Ball, I guess.
Ever ordered from an infomercial?: I don’t think so.
Sprite or 7-UP?: neither, really
Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work?: Nope. Oh, wait a minute … yes! Carmike Cinemas!
Last thing you bought at Walgreens?: I don’t go to Walgreens.
Ever thrown up in public?: I don’t think so.
Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love?: I’ve found my true love. No interest in being a millionaire, as crazy as that sounds.
Do you believe in love at first sight?: Yes, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be married today.
Spongebob or Jimmy Neutron?: “Squarebob Spongepants.”
Did you have long hair as a young kid?: Yes, ridiculously long.
What message is on your voicemail machine?: the one that came with it
Where would you like to go right now?: diving in Grand Cayman
What’s the name of your pet?: Cody, a.k.a. Eesh Eesh
What kind of back pack do you have, and what’s in it?: Swiss Army – nothing right now b/c I’m unfortunately not traveling any time soon.
What do you think about most?: Lately, I think about how much my head hurts. I’ve had it with this ridiculous mess!