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Can we talk???

Wednesday, 9:39 pm

By Cyn




weather is freaking cold, they had snow in the Berkshires last night and this morning...

SO, OK I have been quieter the last few days, but I have a good excuse, I was busy hiding my own Easter eggs............OK, an Alzheimer’s joke which probably is not in good taste, but I COULD hide my own these days, I seem to be hiding a lot of things!!  Either that or the ghosts of my mom and dad are having an awful lot of fun moving and hiding things at my expense.

But I want to talk.........about several things, but since it is going for 11PM, I will just pick one for now. 

The immigration law just signed in Arizona.  I have been chewing on this one for the last several days because I needed to cool down before I commented.  I have to some extent, but I am still angry.  However, before I go any further, I have to give props to the Sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, Clarence Dupnik.  I listened to him on Hardball tonight and liked what he had to say.  He thinks that this whole thing will eventually be thrown out, but before it does there will be a lot of upset voters, hurt feelings and a tremendous amount of confusion.

I confess - proudly - to being somewhat of a liberal, maybe not a total bleeding heart liberal as I have been called lately, but I think I have a pretty good sense of what is right and what is wrong and I think this new law in Arizona is wrong, wrong, wrong.  I also confess I have not read it, I have read the newspaper reports, listened to many different commentators about it and nothing has changed my mind. 

What I do not understand, what I have never understood and what I probably never will understand is WHY we feel the need to go after the illegals?  I don’t blame them for trying to make a better life for themselves.  They are - and I believe this to be true - doing the jobs we don’t want or won’t do.  However, what I cannot wrap my head around is the fact there are so many so willing to go after these people and deport them, break up families perhaps and not one, not a single one that I have heard, has ever said we should be going after the PEOPLE WHO EMPLOY THEM.........most especially the big corporations.  I must be stupid cause I think if we went after them and made it HURT if they are hiring illegals, then the problem would go away........or wouldn’t it?  Could it be it is political suicide to go after the people who are lining your campaign pockets with money?? 

So, c’mon, let’s talk!!



Oh no,

Tuesday, 7:51 am

By Cyn




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I must be depressed and do not know it!!  Just read that Sad people eat more chocolate
Among those whose depression ranked as more severe, an average of 11.8 servings of chocolate were consumed each month. The study quantified one serving as 1 ounce, about two thirds of a regular Hershey bar.

And here I was thinking that indulging in chocolate was therapy, not as a result of sadness or depression.  My husband is a chocoholic--I bake something chocolate for him pretty much each week and have done so almost forever - or so it seems - who knewwww??  I guess I should have been sending him to a shrink instead of enabling him!!



Monday, 11:00 am

By Cyn




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If you’re seeing women dressed a bit more revealingly Monday, it could be they’re taking part in the BoobQuake WRTV-TV in Indianapolis reported.

The station said it started with a Purdue University student’s attempt to poke fun at an Iranian cleric’s contention that promiscuity and immodesty is responsible for earthquakes. It mushroomed into a cause that went viral, taken on by thousands of women.


Bucket Lists!

Friday, 8:24 am

By Cyn




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Good Morning....the phrase “bucket list” has been around forever, but lately I am hearing it more and more, so guess it is currently the “in” phrase.  And that brings me to today’s post....what is on your bucket list or do you even have one?  I don’t think I really had one but I have been thinking about it and I have a few things, nothing very exciting but here NO particular order: 

Travel to Italy - Greece - Ireland - Amsterdam - as of now, we will be going to Italy next Spring, was supposed to be this fall, but one of my best friends who is a travel agent, suggested we wait til spring.  So we will, I am expecting to do 2 weeks or so in Italy next spring, and then somewhere else in the fall of 2011.

Key West - Charleston, SC - (these are easy ones, not sure why I have never been to either, but plan to remedy that--maybe this coming fall).

A 2 week cruise--somewhere (this is a problem cause my husband is not crazy about the idea unless he can see land from the ship the entire time.  Why??  I have no idea since even if he can see land, the odds of him being able to swim to it if he had to are slim to none!)

Spend 3-4 months on Oahu each year - this may be attainable in about 2 years from now.

Drive cross country - (younger son has done this 3-4 times, taking a different route each time and has had a ball.  He camps out a lot which will never happen with me, but still)

Completely empty my closet and start over (not a chance!)

Learn how to do more than the basics on a computer

Have someone (like HGTV) come in and redo a few of my rooms - (they make it look so easy).

Grandchildren.............unfortunately nothing I can do about this one and it does not appear to be on either of my son’s bucket lists.  ;)

Empty my mom’s house in the Berkshires; find an auction house to come in and take what no one wants and sell on consignment, and then have the perfect person come along to buy the house.

See, I said nothing special on mine--maybe cause I never really thought about it before.  A few years ago I would have had things like learn to surf, learn to parasail and more of that sort on there, but now, I don’t think so!!

And, to brighten your day, will leave you with this silly little joke.......made me laugh, hope you laugh too.....

An old lady was standing at the rail of the cruise ship holding her hat so that it wouldn’t blow away in the wind.

A gentleman approached her and said, “Pardon me, madam..I do not intend to be forward but did you know that your dress is blowing up in this wind?”

“Yes, I know,” said the lady. “But I need my hands to hold onto my hat.”? wink

“But madam, he said, “you must know that you’re derriere is exposed!”??

The woman looked down, then back up at the man and said, “Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old, but I just bought this hat yesterday!"



TGIF on Thursday

Thursday, 7:33 am

By Cyn




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No, I am not confused........well yes I am, I am ALWAYS confused--but today is MY TGIF day cause I have Fridays off, so therefore, Thursday is my Friday.  Got it??  And boy am I glad even though the weather for the next 3-4 days is supposed to be crappy--showers, damp,cool.  Oh well, at least I do not have to go to work so that is good, I guess.  And I will have no excuse NOT to stay home and do stuff if the weather stinks.

When Kate and I first talked about me being a guest blogger it was cause I had SO much I wanted to talk about.  So how come I have this big blank spot in my head now that I have a place to talk........Huh? Huh?? What is up with that?  I could spend time ranting and raving about Sarah Palin cause that woman just makes my blood boil, but why bother--it is because she had been paid so much attention in the media and everywhere else that she survives and is making money hand over fist......last count was $12 million or more just this past year.  So why would I want to add to the hype.  Someday those who think she is the second coming (of what??) will wake up and smell the coffee, until then, if you do have a need to read all the negative stuff about her, the really funny stuff, then go here Palingates.  There is a lot and I am not kidding, a LOT of interesting information on here - if you are really bored, then go through all the posts regarding her supposed pregnancy and birth of ‘Trig’.  Interesting..... 

On the same page there is a story, with accompanying links about Glen Beck.  This is how it starts,First of all, Glenn Beck found God, finally. “Media Matters” reported yesterday that in an emotional message to his listeners of his radio show, Glenn explains that God has given him a plan, that there are no coincidences etc. etc., and he basically says that from now on only God will rule his world. Unfortunately, Glenn Beck in this clip doesn’t go on to thank God for the $ 32 million he earned last year, which I think would have been an appropriate thing to do.  This clip really is worth listening to. Glenn Beck sounds like the “male Sarah Palin”.

Anyway, as I said, if you have time on your hands and are even remotely interested, it is all quite interesting.......

What else?  Oh, this is OLD news, but you all have read and I am sure, discussed, the story of the woman who put her adopted Russian son back on a plane and sent him back to the orphanage in Russia. I have been thinking about it since the story first broke.  At first I was all about the poor little boy. then I read more and thought that perhaps the mother was ‘somewhat’ justified.  Then I was thinking it was all a hoax, along the lines of ‘balloon boy’ and done just for publicity.  But then there have been the reports from medical experts saying that he was a danger to his family, etc.  Do you think, honestly, a 7 year old boy can pose a danger to other people?  I suppose they can, but is it irreversible?  The more I hear, I think there is no clear cut right or wrong in this story, that there is a lot we do not know nor ever will and that everyone loses in this one.  However, I did read just yesterday, or heard it, not sure - that the mother has already started proceedings to adopt another child.  My question is, if she is all about adopting an older child which she seems to be, then there are lots and lots of children here in the United States that need homes.  I realize to adopt an infant is hard here and that is why people go to other countries (and I have a lot of thoughts about that too--but will save for another time), but why do you need to go to Russia to adopt a 5 year old or older child?  I bet the orphanages here are full of young children who, because of their age, are hard to find homes for..

So, the Bruins have won 2 in the playoffs so far--who knew?  I used to be a huge hockey fan, and then have fallen off the wagon some over the last 4-5 years.  I think part of my displeasure, other than the fact that the Bruins have been godawful the last several years, is that players get moved so often, you need a scorecard to keep track.  Used to be you knew everyone on the team and they were there for a long time so you really got involved.  Now it is all about the money and I find it boring.  But here they are with two wins under their belt when they could barely find the puck during the regular season.  It would be nice to see them go deep into the playoffs, but I am not counting on that.

And then there is the Red Sox, talk about bad.............they lost what, something like 5 or 6 in a row and then the last two nights have started winning again.  I think there is some karma between them and the Bruins.  Bruins win, RS win.  Bruins win in OT, RS wins in OT (last night).  You have to admit it is kind of strange!!  I finally succumbed to family pressure and have, after a gazillion years, become a Red Sox fan.  I am still amazed at myself--but if they start trading lots of players so I don’t recognize names anymore, then I will drop off the bandwagon!  And before we know it, it will be time for football.  I do love my Patriots!! 

OK, that’s it, your turn!!



Happy Patriot's Day and Marathon Monday

Monday, 9:10 am

By Cyn





It is sunny today, first time we have seen the sun in I do not know how long.  However, it is windy and COLD.  I know it is cold cause my cat was out for about a half hour and since she came in, she has been sprawled out in the window in the full sun.  Normally she can do that for a bit, then moves to a cooler place, but so far she is just soaking up the heat.

For those of you in other parts of the country, today is a holiday/Patriot’s Day - IF you live in Suffolk County.  For the rest of us in the Boston area, we like to pretend it is our holiday, but it really isn’t.  Today is Marathon Monday which you all know about.  That means the Red Sox play their annual game at 11AM instead of a reasonable time.  Not that watching the game is any big deal, at least not if they play the way they have been.  Man, could they get off to any worse start to a season?  I don’t get it. 

Speaking of the marathon, last night’s news mentioned there could be as many as 2,000 runners stranded all over Europe because of the volcanic ash issue.  They said they really will not know until today how many were supposed to be here and could not make it.  Amazing.  Who knew!

OH--I found this amusing.  Started listening to the local news on ABC last night because something golf was still on CBS which is the channel I prefer for local news.  So our channel 5 went into the weather forecast for today and for the week, it was pretty depressing, not much to look forward to.  Damp, cool, some rain, a little sun.  Then I switched back to channel 4 (CBS) for their news.........the weather comes on and it is not TOTALLY different than the other channel but substantially so.  Now these are two local channels, local forecasts, using presumably the same techniques and technology to come up with a forecast...... So who do you believe?  No wonder they never get the weather right.  Today is a perfect example, neither one said FULL SUN, and yet it is.  I have decided to believe channel 4 cause their forecast was a lot more optimistic than channel 5!!  And they are both probably wrong.

Do I do errands today or do I stay home and clean my house?  Big decision.............HA

And that is it people, I got NOTHING. Absolutely nothing to offer.  So let’s call this an open forum and anyone who wants to can offer a comment on most anything they want to!!  That work? 

Maybe I should start an advice column on Kate’s blog!!  Someone told me the other day I am SO good at offering advice!!  Yeah, to other people, too bad I don’t take my OWN advice.  laughter

Play nice, write to me so I have something to respond to!!



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