Saturday, December 31, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR/Stormy Weather

I hope everyone has a safe, and Happy New Year! Don't drink and drive!

And here are a couple of videos from our stormy weather in California today:

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Thursday, December 29, 2005


Damn, I'm so frickin' bored being home! I've taken 6 bags of old clothes from my closets to Goodwill...and my closets are still too full!

Tomorrow is the task of taking down the tree in the living room. I hate taking down the trees.

While going through one of the drawers in my desk today, I found two of my old cell phones. It's amazing how compact cell phones have become:

My first cell phone, a Motorola...this is one heavy sumbitch!

My next phone, a graphics display...only number/text display...I was surprised that the battery was still charged:

My current cell....LG1400 camera flip phone...hmmm..where have I seen that picture that I have as my wallpaper before?? LOL!:

All three side by side....unreal:

Said by Kim at 1:32 PM

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Review Of Christmas/Day After

***EDIT: Video added below of thunder/lightning on 12.26.05***

I finally have time to sit and write about Christmas and the day after. Christmas went well, thankfully! I received two new Barbies for my growing collection from Mom and Dad:

I also received a new pair of binoculars....MUCH needed!

Earlier this month, my dear friend Bruce had also sent me the Holiday Barbie I was missing since I started collecting them in 1993...he sent the 1994 Holiday Barbie to me! I never got around to getting that one when it was out.....THANK YOU AGAIN, BRUCE!!!

The next day was "Girls Day Out" for shopping! The morning started off with a bang though...literally. We had a way cool thunderstorm/lightning show roll through at about 5:45 in the morning. I took some video with my camcorder, so I'll try to upload it later. I've never seen lighting flash so fast was flashing like every 5 seconds....along with the thunder, rain and wind. But here's what the back end looked like when I headed out for Wal-Mart at 7 am:

***EDIT: Here's a video clip of the storm....this video doesn't do it justice....this was the tail end of the excitement....lightning was flashing every 3 seconds at the height of the storm!***

The skies cleared and it was a beautiful day! It was really warm as the morning progressed.

I picked up these at Wal-Mart for next year:

I met Kathy, Heather, Shawnie and Tara at Starbucks at 8 am; we had our drinks, then headed down to the mall to hit Macys first....we headed right for the Christmas decorations for 50% off:

I guess this little guys' ear broke sometime during our outing, but he's still cute as can be:

OH LEX!!! Look I what have! Thought of you immediately when I saw this little guy!

We then headed down to another store at the other end of the mall for more decorations at 60% off - they had alot of 'nautical' themed ornaments this year:

I had been to this store earlier in the month, and I was hoping to get these guys in the different colors they had earlier....but no go:

Yes....I love sea shells, starfish, etc:

They also had these crystal snowmen with little blue lights in their pedestal....they were a steal!

We then walked to see the new store additions to the mall, and grab some lunch at the new Cheesecake Factory Restaurant. There was already a line at 10:45 am, so we got in line:

We were seated quickly, and placed our orders....I had the angel hair pasta lunch portion, and it was really good. But man was I stuffed all day after that!

Here's Kathy and Heather before we ate:

It was a good day.....alot of fun!

Said by Kim at 2:16 PM

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Not So Bad After All

After a rough start Saturday morning, it turned out to be better than it was first thought. Pleasant evening for Christmas Eve, and a nice day for Christmas Day....I just lounged around mainly. So thanks for all of the good thoughts everyone! I received my Holiday Barbie, and another seasonal Barbie, plus a new pair of binoculars. Two pairs of binoculars have broken on me this small pair lost one of the eyepieces when we went to the Lep show in June. I brought them along because I didn't know how far from the stage we would be, and when we saw that we were probably going to be REAL close to the stage, I opted to leave them in the car. I didn't realize until the next day that the eyepiece was was still in Kathy's car! But I couldn't fix that pair. My other monsterous pair broke on me at one of the football games of the lenses just broke off in my hand, so I just trashed them before going into the game. But dad had heard me mention a couple of times that I needed to get a new pair, so that's what I got!'s shop till we drop....I'm meeting Kathy and Heather at 8 am for some sales shopping. I may head to Wal-Mart first at around 7 am because my brother gave Mom, Dad and I a $50 gift card each, so I'll go check out their clearance ornaments first before they are all gone.

I think we're going to try to have lunch at the new Cheesecake Factory restaurant that just opened....I LOVE cheesecake!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Now I'll be SO glad when NYE is over. The idjits down the street just LOVE to shoot off the firecrackers at midnight.

Said by Kim at 7:17 PM

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.

Mine looks to be f-ed up from the get go, so this will be one Christmas I wish to forget.

Said by Kim at 8:15 AM

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Sunrise From Wednesday

Sorry I haven't been around much this week....but that's how it goes right before Christmas. Today is my last day to work before the New Year. Pray for me next week. LOL

There was a beautiful sunrise on Wed. morning....along with some birds hanging around the Ramada/McD's sign:

Man the Sierras have been just gorgeous this whole week....temperatures here have been unbelievable...low 70's!

More of that sunrise - I love how the jagged peaks of the mountains are standing out in this one:

No, this isn't an altered "Photoshop" job...this cloud really had this look about it:

For those who may be heading out of town for this Christmas weekend...HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Said by Kim at 4:26 AM

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Ratty's Christmas Spirit/Assorted Vids

Ratty seemed to be in the Christmas spirit this morning:

You'd better watch out, could slip:

I told think you're some sort of acrobat....think again:

And don't try to 'blend in' with my Christmas statues, either - you stick out like a sore thumb:

Atta boy, Moose....he knows how to improvise when there is a lack of snow:

She never learns.

Now for some new videos from today! This just cracked me of those balloon statues that move every which way in front of the Sprint store:

I couldn't believe the temperature when I got into my car to head home after work Monday afternoon! It was a freakin' gorgeous day!

What are those that I see there??? MOUNTAINS!! Yes, we had a nice clear view of the Sierras today!

Sorry for the shakiness of this one....I guess I was awestruck at the sight of the mountains....LOL!

Said by Kim at 8:00 PM

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Year In Review

This is making the rounds on various blogs, so I'll play along:

1) Was 2005 a good year for you?
Outside of seeing Def Leppard again...and getting to know some fantastic people in Lep Land...2005 SUCKED.

2) What was your favorite moment of the year?
Seeing Def Leppard walk on stage!

3) What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Too many to count

4) Where were you when 2005 began?
Outside, trying to keep the dogs quiet thanks to all of the PSYCHO BASTARDS shooting off guns, and firecrackers.

5) Who were you with?
The dogs

6) Where will you be when 2005 ends?
At home

7) Who will you be with when 2005 ends?

8) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2005?
I never make them.

9) Do you have a new years resolution for 2006?

10) Did you breakup with anyone in 2005?

11) Did you make any new friends in 2005?
Many, thanks to blogs and MySpace!

12) Who is your favorite new friend?
No favorites...I love them all!

13) What was your favorite month of 2005?
June - or at least June 4th!

14) Did you travel outside of your country in 2005?

15) What different states did you travel to in 2005?
None...damn it.

16) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2005?
Not physically.

17) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
Friends that I haven't seen in awhile.

18) What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2005?
I hardly have time to watch movies.

19) What was your favorite song from 2005?
"Rock On" by Lep

20) What was your favorite record from 2005?
"Rock Of Ages" of course!

21) How many concerts did you see in 2005?
3 - Lep, The Eagles and Crue (Vince's time to SHUT UP now).

22) Did you have a favorite concert in 2005?
Def Leppard! June 4th at Grizzlies Stadium!

23) did you drink a lot of alchohol in 2005?
I can't stand the taste of alcohol.

24) did you do a lot of drugs in 2005?
Hell no!

25) How many people did you sleep with in 2005?

26) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

27) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2005?
None that I can think of.

28) Did you treat somebody badly in 2005?
Probably....lack of communication.

29) Did somebody treat you badly in 2005?

30) How much money did you spend in 2005?
Uh....probably too much!

31) What was your proudest moment of 2005?
Continuing to do well in my job.

32) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2005?
Falling at the skating rink....LOL! Sonofabitch that hurt!

33) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2005 and change something, what would it be?
Too many I'd want to change.

34.) The best thing that happened to you in 2005?
Standing out in the 90+ degree heat, in line for the Rock And Roll Doubleheader Tour! Great times, and finally met some online Lep buds!

35) What are your plans for 2006?
Hopefully have a better year than 2005!

Said by Kim at 5:46 AM

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

I *LOVE* Christmas Decorations!

I've noticed a few discussions on various blogs about Christmas decorations, and how it has become excessive. I'm sorry, but I happen to *LOVE* it. I always have, ever since I began walking as a baby. I remember sitting in front of the aluminum Christmas tree at our old house, and just watching it turn red, blue, green and yellow from the spinning color wheel pointed toward the tree. It just fascinated me.

This year, our neighborhood is rather depressing, because no one on our block, except for a couple of homes, have put up any kind of external decorations. On the other side of the street, there are several homes that have put up some pretty cool lights. We stopped decorating our trees and bushes out in front because when we first moved to our house, some little punks found it funny to come steal a few light bulbs out of the strings of lights Dad had carefully placed on the shrubs, and the wrough iron post on our front porch. Bastards.

The more elaborate the decorations, the better I like 'em! I don't see excessive decrations as 'degrading' to the Christmas holiday....I see them as mood lifters for those who may need some Christmas cheer. They are so beautiful in the night, especially when they are glowing softly in the night fog.

Here's a link to some pictures of an annual tradition around here: Christmas Tree Lane

On a side note....I need to get out and finish my shopping today. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so I don't want to go out in that, and I sure as hell don't want to be anywhere near a store next Saturday. Nope, no way.

Said by Kim at 5:40 AM

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

A Little Survey

Here's a little survey for visitors - I'm curious as to what everyone would rather 'have' in their golden years:

Would you rather be of able body, but not so able mind


Be of able mind, but not so able body?

Speaking from personal experience recently....I'm more inclined to be of not so able body, but still have my mind intact.

Said by Kim at 11:51 AM

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Fresno's 'White Christmas'

Welcome to Fresno's version of a 'White Christmas'....we don't get snow here, but fog is our annual nemesis during the winter months, especially around Christmas time.

During my drive in to work Wednesday:

Driving to meet Kathy for lunch Wednesday at noon....the fog lifted, but never burned off yesterday:

Said by Kim at 4:16 AM

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005


I hate when food sits like a big ol' lump in your stomach. I met Kathy for lunch today for Mexican food, and now I'm back at work with this big lump in my stomach. And it doesn't taste too good the second time around. Bleh...........

Said by Kim at 1:31 PM

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Eagles Video Clips

I finally remembered to upload a couple of the video clips from The Eagles concert from September....the video quality sucks, due to being in the back of the Save Mart Center, but the audio is good!

A clip of "Rocky Mountain Way":

And a clip of "Life's Been Good":

A clip of "Dirty Laundry":

Said by Kim at 7:36 PM

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Foggy Friday Drive

A foggy drive to work Friday:


My Christmas display at work:

Said by Kim at 7:30 AM

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Friday, December 09, 2005


....but $123.50 for Lenny Kravitz and Aerosmith at the Save Mart Center on Feb. 20 is just a little too much for my blood. I detest Lenny Kravitz, $123.50 for Aerosmith is WAY too much for me. Only one band will ever get that type of money from me....those 5 lads in Def Leppard are the only band I will pay whatever to see.

Besides....we're Smirking about a week later, so that is what we're looking forward to.

Said by Kim at 10:55 AM

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Assorted 'stuff'

Hmmmm...I wonder if this means that gas is free at this station that I passed by this morning on the way to work:

But in taking a second look at the picture, I see that they are upgrading their pumps. No wonder gas was free.

I finally found time to decorate my little Christmas tree at work. I found some ornaments in my box at home, and found these little guys...Lex should love them...LOL!:

Uh, no're NOT a substitute tree ornament....look at how ridiculous you look perched on my little tree:

She thinks she's in the Christmas spirit, just because she has a little bulb ornament on her head:

Cross-eyed b*tch.

A more 'up close and personal' look at the penguins gracing my tree:

Driving to a favorite place of some of the E*V*I*L ones....hehehe:

Said by Kim at 6:28 PM

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Today is a special's TRACEY'S birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day, my friend! Thank you for your friendship, especially during the past few months! LOVE YA, GIRLFRIEND!

Said by Kim at 8:46 AM

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Damn My Arm Hurts

Most of us at work got vaccinated yesterday with the DaPT vaccine (Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus). We're evidently having an increase in Pertussis (whooping cough) cases here in Fresno County, and our hospital is offering vaccines for all employees who wish to have one. I went ahead and got one, because I sure as hell don't want Pertussis! But damn the injection site is hurting today. But the gals doing the injections said it was going to be sore. Ugh.

Said by Kim at 4:11 AM

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Saturday, December 03, 2005


Even though we SUCKED last was still fun getting out to the game and freezing our asses off.....and it was FREE! 50 yard line Red Seats...Kathy can now be called our "Free Ticket Broker." LOL!!!

I shot a view vids during the game...this one is a study in the contrasting enthusiasm levels of an older couple sitting in front of us:

Here was the same woman early on in the game...reading through a mail-order catalog!

And she's STILL looking through that catalog!

FREE tickets!

And whoever thought up the 'brilliant' idea of those "Thunder Sticks" should be tarred and feathered...but they look funny as hell flapping together from across the field:

This was just too funny...someone down in front of us wanted to get some popcorn from one of the vendors walking up and down the aisles:

FINALLY....popcorn arrives:

Said by Kim at 6:15 AM

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Rainy Day

It was a wet, rainy day today....but the clouds on the way in to work looked cool:

Yes, they really looked that way. Cool, eh?

We finally have some Christmas cheer in our building...a couple of gals from the hospital came over and put this tree up in the entry way:

I wish I could decorate like that!

Only working a half day tomorrow, because Kathy and I are going to the final home Fresno State football game Friday night, and the game starts at 6 pm. Let's see if we can get in for free like we did last time! I'll take the camera along and do some videos from the game, and driving to the game, of course. LOL!


Said by Kim at 8:28 PM

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