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Well my daughter had her baby yesterday, but the day before they had the baby, they had text message calling me “Mema”. Looks like I am going to be called “Mema” when the granddaughter is old enough to say anything…. 😀

K

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but, to just accept the why nots and proceed forward. 🙂

As much as we prepare for everything, we often find ourselves never truly prepared.

Take for example, today…

1. I decide to make it a day for my daughter by taking her to breakfast.

2. Then I gave her a choice of what to do next. She chose to go for a pedicure. The one she wanted to go to wasn’t open, so we randomly go to another nail salon. Miraculous there was a woman that had worked in OB/GYN who happened to settle some of my daughter’s qualms about having her baby.

3. Afterwards, I went to work and she went off to meet up with her Dad who had just returned from Iraq for a spell.

4. After he left, her water breaks and she races to the hospital where she meets up with her boyfriend and myself.

Long story short….a beautiful life arrives today instead for waiting until the due date. In the midst of things, a bag they had prepared to bring to the hospital is left at home. I didn’t have time to do all the things that I had hoped I would be able to do.

However, all the preparations in the world would have never prepared us truly for the amazing life being brought into this world today. You just accept it, love the new life, and move forward with a commitment towards making this world as safe as possible for that new life.

I am counting this as being completed as such. Wouldn’t you???

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for my Lazy Boy recliner love seat and chair, as well as coffee table and end tables. Just so need the space. Been in the apartment for 1-1/2 years and it is extra stuff that is taking up way too much space for now. Kept hanging on to them because I wanted to have access to them when I move into my house; but, that isn’t happening right away. Just signed another year lease at my apartment.

How successful it will be will soon be seen. I’ll let you know.

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Ingredients
Your favorite pizza dough or 1-2 frozen Rhodes white loaves, follow rising instructions and then separate each loaf into 2-3 pieces (depending on how big you want your pizzas to be)

Toppings:
Hard cheese: Asiago, Romano, Parmesan, Reggiano
Mild cheeses: Mozarella or Monterey Jack or Feta
Grilled portabello mushrooms
Fresh basil leaves
Sliced Kalamatta olives
Sliced white onions
Sliced green, red, yellow and orange peppers
Diced Sun-dried tomatoes
Use any meat from bacon to chicken

Sauce:
Any bottled pizza / pasta sauce or olive oil

Instructions
Don’t go strictly by our list — have fun and provide ingredients in separate bowls for people to create their own pizza. Roll dough to desired size and thickness. Brush with olive oil and grill over medium heat until golden brown. Remove from grill and top grilled side with your favorite ingredients. Return pizza to grill, uncooked dough-side-down, close lid and in about 7-10 minutes, you’ll be in gourmet pizza heaven! Serves 4-8

See International Wine Sellers for more ideas….

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“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it,

because you will suddenly have

all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”

– Jerry Gillies

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Mr. Bean can be absolutely hilarious…

Enjoy!!

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luBbtOoVOKU]

For more bits of laughter, check out my HUMOR MEDICINE tab….

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Limited as we are to our steadily aging bodies, we find it fascinating that angels can take any form that suits the message. A “classic” angel, with wings and all lighted up, perhaps with pale skin and eyes of blue flame, seems to be less often glimpsed than do angels in the guise of ordinary folks of all sorts–male or female, young or old, tall or short, any race, any dialect, any description.

-Traci Mullins,
“Breakfast With the Angels”

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When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds… and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

 

– Patanjali, physician and “founder” of yoga

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“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

 

– Shirley Temple

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is not out of the ordinary with me as I do this constantly with my job at work when talking to strangers about crisis situations. We often learn that oftentimes we are just that right person for that person to talk to and somehow we were matched up in the caller sequence. It is amazing how fate works its way out (even if you don’t believe in fate 100%).

I am not too good to sit down next to someone and start up a conversation out of the blue. I will talk to most anyone!! Now, I didn’t say that I was always welcomed b/c some people were sitting there probably to be by themselves for one reason or another and here I come; however, I have on the whole been genereally met with receptiveness.

This is something that someone should always try to do as often as possible. You will never know just what the story is behind the person you meet!!!

Kat

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when you have an apartment that doesn’t have ample storage space to begin with, there comes a time to decide to part ways with them. Now, I have been parting ways with many, many things since I have moved into this apartment in March 2006; however, there is still more to be parted with. That is just one of the casualities of downsizing and currently being extra inspired through my attempts of finding some feng shui in my living area spaces so that I can feel comfortable living and studying there, as well as entertaining guests there in the future.

I am sooo missing not feeling comfortable enough to have guests to my home b/c it is so small and made smaller with all of my stuff that I have been carrying around with me for years and years and years.

Any other suggestions, besides craigslist, that you would suggest to post my items to be parted with???

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in my apartment. I love the candle theme in my present living room nook area, but I am thinking I am going to mix it up a little bit more. I have a lovely dining room table and I am thinking I might move it now towards the window in my living room nook area and expand the look of the great room aspect to circle into the dining room nook and place my long couch (presently blocking not only the window but also the back patio door) over under the overpass/bar area or along the back wall where my glass table presently sits. Not quite sure. Still need to fit into the area a bentwood rocker that my daughter has passed up for a glider that they purchased.

Probably need to make more room in my apartment by putting an old lazy boy sofa and chair recliners and coffee/end tables on Craigslist soon in order to facilitate the feng shui feel of my apartment. 🙂

Got any ideas???

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can be quite interesting. I haven’t really done it in a while (since my Annual Bluebonnet Daytrip this past spring), excepting for some time I took in taking an off the beaten path way to an out of town meeting that I had earlier this month. (If I can’t make time for a daytrip, I can a least squeeze in some time whenever I can!)

The picture of the longhorns is a prime example of some good opportunities stemming from just making the time. Had I not taken an off beaten path (which was also a shortcut) coming back home from the out of town meeting, I would not have happened across this Mama Longhorn and her calf who was just getting his/her horns. Isn’t that just the cutest thing you have seen????

Themes for photography daytrips can be good. Any ideas what my theme for an upcoming daytrip should be????

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Go to Boredomhurts.com for more… 🙂

[YouTube= http://www.youtube.com/?v=wtORhyLaQ4w%5D

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because these folks certainly need a “stupid” sign made for them….

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLIQa05uLY]

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can lead to writing with a great deal of expression and creativity by thinking outside of what might be your comfort zone to include the erotic genre in your writing skills…

😀

What writing have you possibly done outside of your comfort zone that has also added so much to your writing skills and development???

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Join me in the discovery of what processes are now required to get this accomplished…

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but how do you get more cheers to spread around??? 😉

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I wanted to change the world.

But I have found that

the only thing one can be sure of changing

is oneself.

 

– Aldous Huxley

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I love deadlines.
I especially like the whooshing sound they make
as they go flying by.

 

– Scott Adams, Dilbert

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The surgeon saw me today and gave me the okay to not have any future follow up visits, although the no lift rule over 10 pounds is still in tact until after the 1st of July.

She said that I am indeed healing nicely and no longer seem to have an infection. Yea!! She is still available, if I it becomes re-infected and I need more antibiotics, or the like. However, I am good to go!! Yea!!

Thank goodness….

and, as such, I can now considered this recovery from surgery completed!

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It certainly has its point driven home. What ARE the carmakers going to do to eliminate the gas guzzler’s on the road? True. There are the hybrids that are saving many consumers hundreds, if not thousands of gas expenses, each year; but, the prices of most of the hybrid vehicles are still seemingly out of reach for the average car buyer these days.

What do you think???

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I am soooo excited that I got a wonderful response from Faraday’s Kitchen Store when I inquired whether or not they had some cheese making kits there and if they had considered offering some cheese making classes in the future. Be sure to also contact them if you are interested so that we might get a class going in the Austin/Lake Travis area, as well as have access to some cheese making supplies locally!!! See below:

“We have not had a request for a cheese making class or equipment to do so. I like the idea and will look into what is required to make cheese. Any cheese in specific would you like to see done in a class?

 

Thanks for reaching out to us. Have an awesome week.”

 

Tony Curtis-Wellings

 

Faraday’s Kitchen Store

 

Feeding your passion for cooking

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If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first, then the gold.

 

– Jewish Saying

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Per the 80th Legislation article in the Austin American Statesman today,

Day care owners balk at costly new background checks for employees

Children’s advocates, bill author say the fingerprint checks are key for safety

it indicates that the child care workers are all riled up over Governor Perry signing into law that will require a $50 fingerprint background checks for their employees because they have a “high turnover” of employees.

Somehow, I don’t think that they have a valid point, especially, when it comes to the care of our society’s children while parents are having to work to make ends meet for their families.  While I agree that the average day care worker won’t be able to afford $50 for a background check when they job hop between day care employers due to the wage expectations in that industry, nothing can be more valuable than to ensure the safety and well-being of our children from predators preying upon our children.

After all, we have all heard the stories of sexual offenders who have driven buses and taught or worked in the school districts, let alone the horror stories we have heard of day care workers that have been hired that have had shady pasts.  To me, anything that we do to ensure the safety of the children should be of the utmost concern; if that means, too, that the dynamics of the hopping day care worker changes, then so be it!

I am surprised though, too, that there seems to be a doubling of the fees of the fingerprinting  as they used to be $10 or $12 for State fingerprinting/criminal check and $25 for the Federal fingerprinting/criminal check, from what I remembered in the past.

At any rate, perhaps, if the day care licensing authorities post the approved day care licensed worker on a public access database so that the day care working highering authorities could at least have the option of checking their license approval online versus requiring each and every employee being hired to re-go through the fingerprinting/criminal background check (similar to that already established for the private security officers through the Private Security Commission under the umbrella of the TxDPS, it may curtail some of the repetitive hiring processing costs.  Just a thought.

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is paying $19.99/month worth it to place up to 15 images in 6 different categories on the CMYK Magazine site for a portfolio image, worth it???

Has anyone had any luck with this portfolio site? Are there any with better values???

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“Money’s easy to make if it’s money you want.

But with few exceptions people don’t want money.

They want luxury

and they want love

and they want admiration.”

 

– John Steinbeck

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Blurb.com

In speaking about portfolios, has anyone had any luck with the portfolio software at Blurb.com????

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I am getting some photos that I do rather like, and may stand a chance in getting a shot of a gallery to take a look at them and perhaps offer me some space to sell my photos.

Question is this: 

Do you think it is better to create a hands on version in a notebook/scrapbook style, or, just offer a gallery a business card with your contact information and a link to a site, such as Flicker or other like sites, where they can view your styles and/or purchase your items???

What do you think? What has your experience been?

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I have been in the process of ordering postersize prints of some of my candle photos, along with some black frames to change the decor of my living room nook in my apartment. I must say it is starting to come together bit by bit. I am quite pleased.

When I finish with the candle theme for my living room nook, I am thinking about carrying the black frame theme into the kitchen area and put up photographs of food. I have an interesting egg in a vase type of picture, as well as an interesting view of a fish dish that I had in Guatemala during my mission trip in 2003.

Question, should I continue the food theme as well into the dining nook area or, should that be a flower theme, do you think??? Any ideas???

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Does anyone know if these things truly work??? I have seen this on Amazon and am a bit curious as to if anyone has really had any success with these Play & Freeze Ice Cream Balls that come in a variety of colors?

If you have success with them, what size did you choose and would you purchase the same size again, if you were to do it all over again???

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I am getting geared up for the possibility of learning how to make cheese soon. As such, I have doing a variety of research upon a variety of recipes from a variety of resources.

Today, I have stumbled upon Gourmet-Sleuth which has a 30-minute kit for making mozzerella cheese, as well as a home cheese cookbook that they tout as the first cookbook that you should buy when learning about making cheese.

I have contacted a nearby kitchen store, Faraday’s Kitchen Store, to see if they are going to sell some cheese making kits and/or offer cheese making classes.

Any other suggestions for sources of cheese making kits to get started???

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“Adversity introduces a man to himself.”

 

– Albert Einstein

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Dream house?

Well, we all have our dreams, don’t we???

If I would have my druthers, I would certainly find some acreage (and it doesn’t have to compare to the XIT ranch; just large enough that I don’t feel like I am butted up to my neighbors and I have room to raise some vegetables and flowers and herbs—maybe 6-10 acres would be nice) and then build my dream house that I have had in my mind since I was in the architecture program for 3 years almost 30 years ago.

Not too much to ask for, right??

Well, on the surface, it isn’t; however, as fast as Austin is growing these days, I am going to be pushed further and further out of the city to avoid the taxes, traffic, and urban growth.

Any ideas about how to save up for such a plan, while avoiding being succumbed by the urban growth???

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“Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.”

– Herbert Hoover

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Well…

it is looking like I might be a Grandma before July 8th! 🙂

I need to hurry up and figure out a name to be called…

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Point to ponder:


The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

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This post has been moved to resolve, hopefully, a technical issue on this home page. 🙂

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Let us not forget that Christopher Columbus

did not know where he was going.

When he got back,

he didn’t know where he had been.

And he did it all on borrowed money.

There’s hope for all of us!

                                    — Terry Braverman

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[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En0A8KGMgq8]

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Money is just an excuse to avoid thinking very much about the life you are living.

 

– Michael Lewis, Wall Street writer

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“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Here is your Work Horoscope
for Tuesday, June 12:

The weather forecast didn’t say so, but you’re experiencing a serious brainstorm today, with all the flashes of brilliant ideas that entails. Your enthusiasm and electricity turn you into a natural leader.

Funny.  I wonder if that also means that I am going to ace my math exam this morning???? 😉

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just for brakes??? lol…

I have included a picture of the freezing, boring waiting room that I waited in for what was originally to be only a “couple of hours”, which ended up actually being a bit over eight hours!!

This picture was only a smidgen of a moment where there was no one in the waiting room except from me. What is sad is when you realize that this is, in the end, 1/365th of your year in 2007 memories!! lol…..

I think I probably saw more than 100 customers come in and out of that waiting room who waited there for any length of time (not counting the customers I saw walk by the waiting room to the rental car leasing office, or, who were picked up by friends and family). True, I could have rented a car; but, I am in that few day stretch until pay day when this emergency occurred that I wasn’t prepared for…

What ended up taking so long is when they, the dealership where I got the repairs done, had to order a part — what??

Part of the reason one has the repairs done at the dealership is that they should have all the parts for your vehicle — right???? 🙂

Oh, well….

A day in my life getting repairs done for my vehicle.

On my to do list for repairs still on the Red Barron is fixing the AC unit. Any ideas/suggestions where to best go for these repairs where you don’t feel that you have been taken full advantaged of????

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Thank you for signing the petition to Stop the Dead End Shelter!

Can you help us spread the word? Just forward this email to your friends around Austin who may be interested.

Thanks for helping to protect Austin’s community values.

STOP THE DEAD-END SHELTER:

http://www.austinaction.org/petition/Stop+the+Dead+End+Shelter

Help Stop the Dead End Shelter

The City of Austin plans to move the Town Lake Animal Shelter from its current location on Caesar Chavez to a remote industrial location on the outskirts of the City’s eastern edge – out of sight and out of mind.

According to a national shelter expert, locating a shelter in a highly visible location rather than at a remote location or on a dead-end street can literally double shelter adoptions. The proposed new site is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind location, far and away from the City’s main adopters, which is certain to lead to fewer visitors, fewer volunteers, fewer adoptions, and even more killing. We already have a great location and there is no reason to relocate it to the outskirts of town.

With little-to-no public input or discussion, with no public vote by the Austin City Council, and with no analyses of the move’s impact on adoptions, volunteers and return to owners, Shelter management has railroaded the relocation to East 7th and Airport. This is the same Shelter management that has been unable to reduce the kill and intake rates (despite doubling the budget) over the last seven years. Last year over, 12,000 homeless animals were killed and since 2000 under the current shelter management more than 70,000 animals have been killed.

A grass-roots effort has formed urging the City Council to use the voter-approved bond money to rebuild the Shelter where it is-Town Lake.

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION TO

STOP THE DEAD-END SHELTER:

http://www.austinaction.org/petition/Stop+the+Dead+End+Shelter

SEND AN EMAIL TO AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/council/groupemail.htm

VISIT FIXAUSTIN.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.fixaustin.org/

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when you have no help at home to do the general things around the house.

Tonight, I had about 2 weeks worth of garbage to take out to the dumpster and I have been avoiding it because they are a bit heavy. Storing them by the front door on a dolly, I finally couldn’t stand it a moment longer and wheeled the trash to the dumpster.

I think I managed to pop my wound open slightly in the process. I can see why the doctor insisted that I don’t lift things over 10 pounds; however, not many people will come at your door asking you if they can take your trash out! 😦

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for those with Digital SLR cameras on http://www.betterphoto.com. While browsing their $188 rate it seems a bit pricey too me for right now, although their outlines seem decent. My other hurdle too is that I don’t have a Digital SLR camera. In clicking around on the site and exploring a live chat came on to talk to me.

This was the conversation—

Transcript:
[Jason at Betterphoto] Hi, did you have a question about our courses?
[BetterPhoto Visitor] any discounts? 😉
[Jason at Betterphoto] Hello.
[Jason at Betterphoto] We have a promotion for those who have taken 2 or more courses before.
[Jason at Betterphoto] Although we don’t offer discounts for courses, there are a couple of ways you can save on your course enrollment.

Refer-a-Friend:

You can refer a friend using a special form in the Member Center. If the friend signs up, you get sent a $20 “Thank You” card from BetterPhoto which can be applied to your next course. To participate, sign into your Member Center and then click the Courses tab. Then click the link to the Refer-A-Friend form. For more information, visit:

http://www.betterphoto.com/refer/default.asp

ProCritiques™:

Upload up to 8 photos and get critiqued by a professional on our team of instructors. It’s easy! all you have to do is press the ProCritique icon under your photos in your Member Center. The best part is it is only $79. What’s more, you will receive a coupon for $20 off your next BetterPhoto online photography class! For all the details, visit:

http://www.betterphoto.com/pro-photo-critiques.asp

[BetterPhoto Visitor] Hmmm… still a bit pricey right now. I am entering photos on http://www.thephotochallenge.com right now with my itty bitty Nikon 3200. I am wanting to purchase one of the fancier digital SLR cameras, but don’t have the funds for doing so as of now. Back about 5 years ago I had some very nice Canon and Pentax 35mm cameras stolen from me—over $3000 in photography equipment, lenses, filters, etc…
[BetterPhoto Visitor] Started exploring the digital world with the HP612 and now with the Nikon 3200…in the meantime.
[Jason at Betterphoto] Sorry to hear that.
[Jason at Betterphoto] Glad to hear you’re exploring the digital world
[Jason at Betterphoto] Welcome to BetterPhoto and hopefully you will take advantage of one of our courses very soon.
[Jason at Betterphoto] In the meantime, you should take a look at our FREE course to get a feel for what it is like to take a course with us
[BetterPhoto Visitor] yeah… a little bit at a time. Learning some from http://www.thephotochallenge.com, but really need to understand the camera a bit more. Really miss options to change the lenses for telephoto/macro capabilities.
[Jason at Betterphoto] It is no charge and you will receive the same type of instruction as a real course.
[BetterPhoto Visitor] Do I have to have one of the fancier digital cameras???
[Jason at Betterphoto] Take a look here:
http://www.betterphoto.com/courseOverview.asp?cspID=165“>Jason at Betterphoto
[BetterPhoto Visitor] Only problem, it seems to be for the SLR cameras… 😦
[Jason at Betterphoto] Yes, it is best to have an SLR camera
[Jason at Betterphoto] However, if you just want to get the feel for what a course is like…here you go and it’s FREE.
[Jason at Betterphoto] Have a great night!
[BetterPhoto Visitor] Thank you very much….
[BetterPhoto Visitor] You too!

Are these worthwhile courses to pursue; or, is it better to go to a local photo store that might be offering photography classes???

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If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

 

– John F. Kennedy

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Just think….

if we all had these huge bottles of water, it just might make it easier to drink our “8 glasses” of water per day!!!

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but, it is something that I am having to force myself to do—especially with the extreme Texas heat this year. Perhaps, it is feeling more extreme than usual to me this year because my AC is broken in my Chevy SUV this summer. However, if that is a good motivation to drink more water this summer, then so be it!!

I don’t like the tap water here so purchasing water, Gatorade, and Vitamin Water is on demand. I know. Gatorade and Vitamin Water isn’t as good as one would hope b/c of the sugars in the waters and about 200 calories per approximately 32 oz bottle, but Vitamin Water has a plus of having no sodium in it. 🙂

I am making progress though in trying to get those “8 glasses” into my daily routine. With a quick 32 oz first thing in the morning, it is a great burst from the start of the day. Just another 32 oz to go through out the day…and, with this heat, it is easy to accomplish!!!

What are your tips and strategies to accomplish your “8 glasses” of water per day???

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Love for art…

doesn’t always make the bills be paid. Love to do calligraphy, blogging, writing, and photography, among other creative artistic things.

Any ideas on how to break away from other careers to making significant money with my works of art???

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develop my photography skills and entering photo contests is certainly one way of doing so by learning from who wins the contests. Occasionally, I have won a few, but I would love to win many more in the future….

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When I was little, I heard tales of my Grandma and Grandpa visiting this place. I think it was for their honeymoon. Not sure that most people would consider it a honeymoon spot; however, I do want to see the teacups that are embedded into the mountainous landscape that my Grandma told me about, among other sights and sounds…

Anyone have any tips about going to this place? Any suggestions for places to stay? What accommodations are available for those who can’t walk great distances on a whole?

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this was the first visit we fit into the schedules for our out of town guests for a bit of culture and history…..

Long live the Alamo!!

😀

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The economy has been tricky during the past years; most employers offering less pay per job than they have had in the past and cost of living and upkeep keep rising.

Eventually, I am wanting to get a hybrid car to save on gas expenses. I have friends that love that aspect of their hybrid, especially with the gas prices continuing to rise.

In the meantime, I am needing to have some costly repairs to my car. The AC in Texas is something awful…and it isn’t even the hottest months yet. The AC repairs are estimated around $2,000. Don’t have the funds in my bank account to do that just yet. Any one have a quick low-interest loan that I could have to get this accomplished??? 😉

More pressing is the fact that my brakes are starting to squeak, which means that the longer and louder they squeak, the more costly the repairs can be, as well as more risk I have as a driver on the road. Working on to have this tended to somehow, some way tomorrow.

Other than that, my 1998 Chevy SUV is in great shape, but I am interested in getting these repairs done as quickly as possible.

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I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.

 

– Abraham Lincoln

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by Lisa A. Seidman

While this book isn’t what I would have gone to the bookstore to read off the bat; it is certainly one that I have found to be very interesting in the curriculum this summer for my biotech classes.

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by Lisa A. Seidman

While this book isn’t what I would have gone to the bookstore to read off the bat; it is certainly one that I have found to be very interesting in the curriculum this summer for my biotech classes.

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by Lisa A. Seidman

While this book isn’t what I would have gone to the bookstore to read off the bat; it is certainly one that I have found to be very interesting in the curriculum this summer for my biotech classes.

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by Ellyn Daugherty

This is a companion to the other book. Very interesting approaches on the lab work. Glad to have it on my reading curriculum for this summer. 🙂

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by Ellyn Daugherty

Not something that I would have gone to pick up off of the shelf to read in the past; however, I am glad that it is part of the reading curriculum for my BioTech classes this summer.

It is indeed some interesting reading if biological sciences is your thing! 😀

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“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

 

– Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

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“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

– Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

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I have been, lately, seeking out some new education classes in the realm of biotech. Yesterday, I received a congratulations letter from the Biotechnology Consortium (see Congratulations Letter for more about the letter). While it isn’t an earth shattering letter, it is extremely empowering and uplifting and, in a sense, very encouraging….

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As part of my steps to becoming a forensic biologist, I have had to start somewhere; this “somewhere” as been a part of the ACC Biotechnology program this summer, which started the day after Memorial Day this year.

Today (well actually yesterday by the time that this gets posted), I have received a letter congratulating me on taking this initial step into a new career path for me:

“Congratulations on taking the first step towards your career in the BioSciences!!

The Austin Biotech Workforce Consortium (WorkSource, ACC, The Austin Chamber, UT’s Ray Marshall Center, and area employers) is happy to welcome you to The Fundamentals of Biotechnology.

As part of a new project under Governor Perry’s Meeting Industries’ Critical Needs Initiate, the Consortium is developing new courses in order to provide much-needed training for new workers in the Biotech Industry; while also enhancing the skills of workers with previous experience in the industry. The goal of the project is to develop a better-prepared and more flexible workforce, and to make Austin an important part of the state-wide Biotechnology and Life Sciences industry cluster.

The Fundamentals of Biotechnology course cycle in which you recently enrolled is one of the training programs developed through this project. The costs to participate in the training – tuition, fees, materials, and internships – are all provided through the funding obtained by WorkSource. WorkSource – Greater Austin Area Workforce Board is the publicly funded workforce system of Travis County and was established by the Texas Legislature in 1995. The mission of WorkSource is to lead an innovative, high-quality worforce system that ensures the economic viability of the region. If you want to learn more about WorkSource, visit us at Austin WorkSource.

The Austin Biotech Workforce Consortium wishes you nothing but success as you begin to prepare yourself for a career in the BioSciences.”

(as signed by Peter Brodeur, Training Project Manager, WorkSource – Greater Austin Area Workforce Board)

While it isn’t a letter from Governor Perry or President Bush, it is significant that it emphasizes the importance and relevancy of the career path. That acknowledgement, in itself, can be extremely encouraging and reaffirming that one is indeed on the right path, at the very least!!

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“I think good lab practice, consideration for other people, and safety are three totally related issues.”

— David H. Beach, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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I have picked up the rocker from a friend of mine. Now, my friend is an avid smoker so the rocker is awfully smokey; but, it is now in my car and will soon be on its way to my daughter’s home after I clean it up a bit to take away the smokiness.

The rocker is in good shape overall and should be a great addition to my daughter’s home and in time for the upcoming new arrival of the baby!

Now, I can actually cross this off of my list and say that I have accomplished at least one thing this week….

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Be sure to cut and paste all the below into your email system and keep this moving forward:

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Just a note, the lady that hired me when I first came to the school system just lost her granddaughter of 17 years old; a drunk driver plowed into the back of the car she was in with her best friend at the wheel. They were both

Sitting at a red light wearing seat belts and sober. The man that killed them was 23 and drunk; this was in a residential area around 11:45pm at night (it was a Friday evening). Both girls were HS seniors. This just happened a couple of weeks ago.
Please sign this petition.

 

(Read all the way to the bottom and sign your name)

Went to a party Mom… I went to a party,
And remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, Mom, so I had a sprite instead.

I felt proud of myself, the way you said I would,  

That I didn’t drink and drive,

Though some friends said I should.

I made a healthy choice,
And your advice to me was right.
The party finally ended,
and the kids drove out of sight.

I got into my car, Sure to get home in one piece.
I never knew what was coming, Mom,
something I expected least.

Now I’m lying on the pavement,
And I hear the policeman say,

The kid that caused this wreck was drunk,
Mom, his voice seems far away.

My own blood’s all around me,
As I try hard not to cry.
I can hear the paramedic say, this girl is going to die.

I’m sure the guy had no idea,
While he was flying high.
Because he chose to drink and drive,
now I would have to die.
So why do people do it, Mom
Knowing that it ruins lives?
And now the pain is cutting me,
like a hundred stabbing knives.

Tell sister not to be afraid, Mom
Tell daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven,
put “Mommy’s Girl” on my grave.

Someone should have taught him, That it’s wrong t o drink and drive.
Maybe if his parents had,
I’d still be alive

My breath is getting shorter,
Mom I’m getting really scared These are my final moments,
and I’m so unprepared.

I wish that you could hold

me Mom,
As I lie here and die.
I wish that I could say, “I love you, Mom!”
So I love you and good-bye.

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) IS HOPING TO GET 5,000
SIGNATURES ON THIS THEN PASS IT ON TO SIGN.
When this petition has reached 5,000, please return it to:

MADD
P.O. Box 54168 8
Dallas , TX 75354-1688 1-800-GET-MADD (1-800-438-6233)

If you receive this petition and do nothing but delete it, your selfishness knows no bounds. Signing is such a small effort to make. After you have read the poem, please add your name at the bottom. And never forget, DON’T EVER DRINK AND DRIVE, not even once, thinking that it won’t matter. IT DEFINITELY WILL MATTER!!!

How to se t it up:
* Click on Forward
* SIGN YOUR NAME AT THE BOTTOM.
* Then send it t o everyone you know.

* Don’t use last names, cities, states, and don’t put a smiley face or anything besides your first name! I (#787) just spent five hours cleaning this up so don mess it up!

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36. Mark
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558. Jean
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564. Joanne
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566. Helen
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602. Kyle
603. Linda
! 604. Peter
605. Ron
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609. Helen
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612. Diane
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619 Judi
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has been turned down b/c it would sound too much like what his Mom wants to be called (NayNay). Augghghghgh….

Help!

Does anyone have any suggestions???

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“Things turn out best

for the people who make the best

of the way things turn out.”

 

-Anonymous

 

I only hope that this is very true! 😀

 

 

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I was in third grade about the time that Hemisphere ‘68 was built and in high gear action. My Dad was one of the on call doctors at that time at the Hemisphere and had the opportunity to go meet Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. He could have gone by himself, but he got permission to take both myself and my sister to meet them.

We had the opportunity to see their dressing rooms and the loads of fancy clothes that they had for their shows.

Dale Evans and Roy Rogers after agreeing to have their picture taken with us, invited us to watch the show. We stayed for the show and were in high heaven because we had had the privilege of meeting them in person before the show.

It was an amazing day that we had that drew on into the evening. Almost 40 years later and I still have that memory ingrained on my mind although my sister ended up with the photograph taken that day.

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I have always been a great admirer of him b/c of his roles in his movies, but also b/c he seems to project that he is a real, wholesome person that is truly down to earth and not into all that glamor and glitz that people get so wrapped up in.

Met someone once who is a huge fan of Johnny Depp who indicated that my intuition of Nicolas Cage is correct b/c she has actually met him through Johnny Depp, one of Nicolas’ friends. I lost contact with her and will probably never know if, what she was telling me, it is more truth than fiction.

Would love the opportunity to assess that for myself in person some day…

In the meantime, I will continue to envision those sexy eyes looking at me one of these days in person, albeit it may only be in my dreams. lol…..

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You can observe a lot by watching.

 

– Yogi Berra (Yankee Hall of Famer)

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included the aromatic scents of her baking a freshly prepared batch of bread—banana, white, zucchini, pear, and so many options. One would always feel that besides eating a warm batch of bread that one was also eating healthy knowing that zucchini, pears, bananas, or any number of fruits or vegetables might be blended into the bread during preparation….

I would so love to be able to duplicate that experience with my future granddaughter some day….

Anyone have any good, simple recipes to start off with the learning process???

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but I have begun to move things around a bit in attempts to find that feng shui in my living room. (Shouldn’t have because of my recovery period.)

It is looking a bit better though so I am happy about that, but I will probably shift things around soon another swing to find that perfect spot for the sofas. As it is, I have put the long sofa against the wall with the window; however, it is blocking the patio door a bit, which can be a good thing dependent upon how you look at it.

In the meantime, the quest for feng shui in my living room are coming together with some of my candle photographs I have taken put up on the walls to continue with the candle theme in this room; however, I am open to other suggestions.

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Nothing like being kept from doing any lifting over 10 pounds for 6 weeks. Went for my 2 week review at my surgeon’s office and she said, “Definitely, nothing over 10 pounds lifted until after July 1st!”

Now, how can I move my living room around to gain that feng shui perspective, if I can’t lift anything over 10 pounds??? Do you think that includes not pushing (at least, I am not lifting!!)??? 🙂

Patience…. aughghghghgh….

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has been my motto. I even take my camera stashed in my purse to the grocery store and classes. Don’t know whenever you will find that opportune moment!! 😀

Kat

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but it seems that home is full of distractions although noone lives with me right now other than two loving cats. This is part of the reason I am trying to find feng shui in my apartment; however, I am limited right now because of my surgery recovery process (to move things around just yet) since I just had surgery about 2 weeks ago. Frustrating…to know that I can’t do anything for 6 weeks! 😦

In the meantime, I am off and running to the class building to study before class starts. Laters!

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no one hears what I say. I talk and talk, question and question, blog and blog, and yet—

some of the same questions I have from 3 years ago are still seemingly unanswered. Could be that I am asking the wrong questions and they have no answers….

but, what are the right questions to ask???? 😉

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Received this email from a friend of mine this morning….

Hi,

Can you face another summer where a day trip to the lake or the beach costs you an arm and a leg? It’s shaping up to be just that if we don’t ask Congress to stand up to Big Oil now.

The House passed a bill last week that could make gas price gouging a federal crime, but the oil companies succeeded in weakening it at the last minute, so it’s hard to enforce.

In a couple weeks, the Senate will vote on the same bill, and we need them to make it stronger. I signed a petition to urge my representatives to pass a strong gas price gouging bill. We have over 500,000 names already, but we want to get to 750,000 — can you join me at the link below?

 

http://pol.moveon.org/stoppricegouging/?r_by=-8354252-5dnlA7&rc=mailto

 

Thanks!”Do you think that you can help encourage the passing of the bill by contacting your representatives today???

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Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

 

 
– Oprah Winfrey

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I am hoping so. I had found a man that doted on me; unfortunately, he died just 2 weeks short of our first anniversary. That was nearly 5 years ago.

I feel that there just might be someone out there for me. If he is out there, I would sure like for him to speak up!! 😀

I’ll keep a flame burning until he is found…..

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Of course, she isn’t due in this world until around July 8th and, among the fact that, she won’t be able to speak my name until after 6 months or so, I know that I do have some time.

Mumo – My Mom is called by my daughter
Mimi – My sister’s children call her mother-in-law
Grandma – I called my own grandmother

What are some other suggestions???

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is one of my goals for this year for my apartment. I became an empty nester February 2006 and it has been an adjustment without a husband by my side. I had figured that when this would happen I would at least have someone by my side to share life on a day to day basis; that hasn’t happened according to plan. Few things, I am finding actually truly fit a molded plan; therefore, I devise some loosely molded plans to make things work and come to forward as an accomplishment. That way, I am not quite so disappointed when things don’t come forward exactly as to plan.

I moved to a smaller apartment at that time to save money, etc.; however, coming with the smaller apartment is also a less means of storing things. Aughhghgh. I have had to be creative about my storage aspects (ie creating an island in the kitchen by stacking 18 large plastic tubs together). Thankfully, I have a larger than normal kitchen for a small apartment!

My goal is to have recreate some even more clever storage aspects, after going through more stuff to minimize my stuff in my home, and find some idea of feng shui existing in my apartment so that I will feel relaxed and rejuvenated when I am at home.

To start, I have created a candle theme in my living room and started printing out my photography with candle themes (my own photography created) and hanging them with black frames. It is a start…

Currently, I am physically hindered from doing any moving around of anything greater than 10 pounds since I have recently had an umbilical hernia surgery. My doctor has forbid me from physically doing anything until after July 1st; however, this doesn’t mean that I can’t spend the next couple of weeks mustering some other ideas and comparing notes to some suggestions, and devise a plan of action in my mind.

Would love to hear some ideas from others that have created some feng shui in their home….

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is one of my goals for this year for my apartment. I became an empty nester February 2006 and it has been an adjustment without a husband by my side. I had figured that when this would happen I would at least have someone by my side to share life on a day to day basis; that hasn’t happened according to plan. Few things, I am finding actually truly fit a molded plan; therefore, I devise some loosely molded plans to make things work and come to forward as an accomplishment. That way, I am not quite so disappointed when things don’t come forward exactly as to plan.

I moved to a smaller apartment at that time to save money, etc.; however, coming with the smaller apartment is also a less means of storing things. Aughhghgh. I have had to be creative about my storage aspects (ie creating an island in the kitchen by stacking 18 large plastic tubs together). Thankfully, I have a larger than normal kitchen for a small apartment!

My goal is to have recreate some even more clever storage aspects, after going through more stuff to minimize my stuff in my home, and find some idea of feng shui existing in my apartment so that I will feel relaxed and rejuvenated when I am at home.

To start, I have created a candle theme in my living room and started printing out my photography with candle themes (my own photography created) and hanging them with black frames. It is a start…

Would love to hear some ideas from others that have created some feng shui in their home….

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for being a Grandma. A friend of mine has a bentwood rocker to hand down to my daughter. Need to pick it up, clean it off, and take it to my daughter’s apartment in preparation for her being a new Mom soon.

What accessories would you suggest for the rocker???

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This has seemed to be such a great idea to help disperse my book collection to good use. Anyone have any experience with this program as being successful for them???

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I have worked as an administrative in a variety of fields, been a paralegal, worked and volunteered as an advocate, and moved forward to getting some education in the biotechnology field.

By the end of the year, I hope to be employed in the biotechnology field in order to be on my way to improve my career options. Any suggestions on biotechnology companies best to work for???

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by taking photos of crosses, but I have a long ways to go. I don’t know how to find a publisher though and put the whole thing together.

Any ideas????

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My Grandma

was my role model in having sewn many quilts for all of us grandchildren, who had learned how to sew quilts from her own Mother.

I have sewn one with my Grandma when she was alive; now I would love to sew my own many, many, many years later. Just need some incentives—one being my granddaughter to make her debut on/about July 8th.

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Photography

has been more than just a hobby of mine; it has become throughout the years a passion. I have entered several contests and have won on occasion. Would like to make money at this someday; however, I haven’t a clue where to start. Does anyone have some ideas to begin???

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on July 8th with their first daughter; my first granddaughter. Am I prepared? Can anyone truly be??? 😉

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Can you believe these are made from ordinary scotch tape????


For more things exuding a sense of humor, check out more under my tab HUMOR MEDICINE! 😀

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