Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The graphics I used for my new look are from shabbyprincess.com. Their designers are awesome!! I love visiting their site, but I have now found a set I like a better than this one. I may be rolling out another new look in a VERY short time!
Monday, February 26, 2007
This entry is related to my entry from a couple weeks ago.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed into law last year (July 27, 2006).
Child predators are living in our neighborhoods and we don't know about them. Repeat offenders are relocating and can't be found. Convicted predators are not receiving just punishment.
Please take a moment of your time to let our government officials know that this is an important issue. You can write your own letter or simply copy and paste the sample letters here. Let your voice be heard. We know there is strength in numbers. Pass this on to everyone you know. PLEASE give five minutes of your time, and help save a child.
To find the email address of your Senator(s), click here
As your constituent, I am writing this letter to urge you and your colleagues to act swiftly to fully fund the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act must be funded now so that law enforcement can protect children and communities from the scourge of convicted sex offenders.
I urge you to fully fund all of the mandates within the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. I am particularly concerned about the following:
1. To implement an effective and comprehensive national registry database and website of sex offenders.
2. To build capacity in the federal law enforcement system to enable law enforcement to track and capture noncompliant sex offenders and bring them to justice.
3. To implement a national DNA database so that law enforcement can accurately and promptly verify DNA evidence.
Citizens must have access to accurate and timely information regarding convicted sex offenders living in their community. The 50 states and the federal government must be afforded adequate resources to build and maintain an effective national sex offender database. A national sex offender database is a critical safeguard to protect America’s children and with each passing day that the provisions of this law are not funded, the danger to children is heightened. When information about the identity and whereabouts of convicted sex offenders is not accessible, accurate and verifiable, our communities are at grave risk.
I strongly urge you to act now to fund the mandates passed in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act so that our children are kept safe from these dangerous predators and law enforcement has the necessary investigative resources.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent request.
(your name here)
To find the email address of your Governor, click here
As your constituent, I am writing this letter to urge you and your appropriate state agencies to act swiftly to implement the state requirements under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. Although the Adam Walsh Act provided that states have three years to comply with the requirements, delay in implementing these changes will jeopardize the safety of children and the community. Law enforcement needs the resources to protect children and communities from the scourge of convicted sex offenders.
I urge you to fully implement all the state mandates within the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. I am particularly concerned about the following:
1. To implement an effective and comprehensive mechanism to verify the residence of the most high risk sex offenders at least once every three months.
2. To collect DNA samples from sex offenders who have not already provided them to local law enforcement.
3. To complete fingerprint-based background checks on all foster and adoptive placements to ensure that foster children are placed in safe homes.
Citizens need access to accurate and timely information regarding convicted sex offenders living in their community. The 50 states and the federal government are responsible for building and maintaining an effective national sex offender database. A national sex offender database is a critical safeguard to protect America’s children and with each passing day that the provisions of this law are not implemented, the danger to children is heightened. The states are at the forefront to provide reliable information about the identity and whereabouts of convicted sex offenders. That information needs to be accessible, accurate and verifiable, or our communities are at grave risk.
I strongly urge you to act now to implement the state-directed mandates passed in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act so that our children are kept safe from these dangerous predators and law enforcement has the necessary investigative resources.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent request.
(your name here)
Thank you, Carolynn! I knew the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act had been signed into law, but wasn't aware that it has not been fully funded or implemented.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
The snowflakes are nearly the size of 50 cent pieces! The thundersnow is falling right now. We got about 4 inches Friday night! New forecast for tonight through Monday afternoon is for an additional 16-20!
Church has been cancelled! So we are in the house (other than going out for clean up) for the foreseeable future. While I was (am) SO ready for spring, a storm like this is a little fun when you don't have to be anywhere!
The watch was indeed upgraded to a Blizzard Warning! Along with all that snow we have winds of 35-40 mph! Do know you what snowflakes the size of 50 cent pieces feel like when a 35mph wind whips them into your face? Hint: not good...rofl!
Friday, February 23, 2007
I'm kind of a weather geek! When I was in junior high, I wanted to be a meteorologist! So I am giving you this update...lol! :)
How about 11-19 inches of snow? Yep, that's how much we are supposed to get now. A system that was just supposed to bring us flurries tonight has developed into a decent storm that is supposed to leave 3-5 inches. The storm that was supposed to hit tomorrow afternoon is moving a little slower than expected. It will hit sometime tomorrow evening bringing another 6-10 inches Saturday night, and the remaining 2-4 Sunday morning. At least it isn't the 100+ parts of New York got not too long ago!
Still want to come on up, Carolynn?
The melting snow! I should know by now to not start thinking spring until May or June in this part of Wisconsin. Want to see why?
Winter Storm Watch:Issued at 3:42 AM CST 2/23/07, expires at: 11:45 AM CST 2/23/07
A winter storm watch remains in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Heavy snowfall with accumulations of 8 to 12 inches is possible across south central and southeast Wisconsin Saturday evening through Sunday. In addition, strong easterly winds may result in significant blowing and drifting snow and near blizzard conditions.
Some accumulating light snow may precede the heavier snow Friday night and Saturday.
A winter storm watch is issued when heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain is expected to accumulate to levels that will cause major impacts to commerce and society. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts for updates and possible warnings.
It is expected to be upgraded from a Watch to a Winter Storm or Blizzard Warning sometime this afternoon.
Off to workout, pick up Bob's suit from the dry cleaner, stop at the store for milk, and fill the gas can for the SNOW BLOWER! UGH!
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Update from thursdaythirteen.com:
Welcome to Edition #81 for Thursday, February 22, 2007. This is the official retirement and final edition of the Thursday Thirteen.
There will be no fowarding address, and no change of hands in the Thursday Thirteen management. As the founder and creator, I get the heartwrenching decision of finalizing and closing the door to this baby of mine that I’ve nurtured for the last 81 weeks of my life.
Please do leave the link to your final Thursday Thirteen, I would like to thank each of you for participating.
I wish you all the very best in your blogging endeavors.
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1. March is QUICKLY approaching!
2. The sun is setting a little later each evening.
3. The snow is melting.
4. The Shamrock shakes have made their appearance at the McDonald's in our area. (I can't stand them, but
it's a sure sign spring is on the way!)
5. The groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said to expect an early spring.
6. The buds on the rhododendron, even though they form long before spring, remind me each morning of the beauty that is to come.
7. The cute little sandals and tennis shoes in the stores.
8. The clearance sales on warm coats, sweaters, boots, etc.
9. The potted tulips, lilies, hyacinth, etc showing up in the grocery store floral departments.
10. The appointment with our tax preparer has been made.
11. The birds chirping.
12. The fly I spotted yesterday (Yuck, but that's a sure sign of warmer weather.)
13.Did I mention the snow melting? LOL! (I just won't listen to the weather forecast for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Rain, freezing rain, & SNOW! Boohoo!)
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Season 4 of Dancing with the Stars contestants have been announced:
- LAILA ALI (professional partner MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY)
- BILLY RAY CYRUS (professional partner KARINA SMIRNOFF)
- CLYDE DREXLER (professional partner ELENA GRINENKO)
- JOEY FATONE (professional partner KYM JOHNSON)
- SHANDI FINNESSEY (professional partner BRIAN FORTUNA)
- LEEZA GIBBONS (professional partner TONY DOVOLANI)
- HEATHER MILLS (professional partner JONATHAN ROBERTS)
- APOLO ANTON OHNO (professional partner JULIANNE HOUGH)
- VINCENT PASTORE (professional partner EDYTA SLIWINSKA)
- PAULINA PORIZKOVA (professional partner ALEC MAZO)
- IAN ZIERING (professional partner CHERYL BURKE)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
I discovered a really, really cute Vera Bradley print today while reading here!
From verabradley.com: Pink Elephants with trunks raised for good luck and hope, these whimsical pachyderms symbolize our passionate efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.
I have been tempted to take the plunge into Vera for quite sometime now. The elephants might just be enough to push me over the edge.
For the first time in the history of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the men's basketball team is ranked #1.
They are #2 in the ESPN poll, but honestly why should a team with two more losses and one of them to the Badgers be ahead? Gotta love those polls...LOL!
Sunday's game will be interesting! It is #1 Wisconsin at #2 Ohio State!
Friday, February 16, 2007
I was just checking my FitLinxx stats on the web this after. I decided to click on visits, and honestly, it depressed me. I know it shouldn't because the time I missed was for valid reasons. I don't think a single one was just a I don't feel like working out today. Here are my visits by month:
Aug: 13 (good)
Sept: 12 (good)
Oct: 1 (BAD)
Nov: 1 (VERY BAD)
Dec: 0 (VERY, VERY, BAD)
Jan: 2 (improving)
Feb: 6 (getting back on track)
This month would be better if we hadn't had those day with wind chills of 35 below zero. I wasn't going out in that if I didn't have to. Then Tuesday we had snow leaving the roads treacherous. I took that day off and just used our treadmill in the basement. (I hated every minute of that...LOL.)
Thursday, February 15, 2007
1. The brass door knocker with our name and established 2000 engraved on it.
2. The Italian Tole mini-chandelier my husband's great aunt & great uncle brought back from Italy in the 50s hanging in the entry.
3. The grandfather clock in the living room. Love that chiming! (note to self: call clock shop to have clock worked on. The chiming is sounding a bit off.)
4. The two chairs and over-sized ottoman "coffee" table in the living room.
5. The way the sunlight the floods the family room and kitchen on a sunny day.
6. The fireplace in the family room.
7. The quilts, blankets, and pillows we use to cuddle up while watching TV (and to hide the mess the dogs have made of the furniture in there...lol.)
8. The very used braided rug under the kitchen table. It is beaten up nothing some strong thread and a needle won't fix. The colors are perfect for the room, and it is so soft.
9. The collections of items arranged above the kitchen cabinets and some counter tops. Some are pieces that belonged to family members who are no longer with us.
10. The colors of the walls in the rooms we have repainted since we moved in are so soothing.
11. The pictures of family.
12. The Yankee candles! I have them burning all the time and change scents to match the seasons. Right now I am using Good Morning!
13. The GE Reveal light bulbs combined with the dimmer switches the previous owner installed in almost every room. I love the color light the GE Reveal casts -- none of that "yellowish" hue you get with regular soft whites.
I could go on and on, but this is Thursday Thirteen not Thursday Three-Hundred! There are a few things I want to change, but I love my home!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The crew chiefs on five NASCAR Nextel Cup teams have been suspended. One of them indefinitely. The suspensions are for infractions discovered on the cars after Sunday's qualifying. Until NASCAR takes this seriously and suspends the ENTIRE team from competition it will continue. It is always the same teams. When will NASCAR listen to it's fans and penalize these teams so it really hurts? Are we becoming the WWE?
The points penalties are so small the teams aren't phased. The $25,000-$50,000 fines mean nothing to the multimillion dollar teams. The suspended crew chief can work on the cars all week long. He can have contact with the team during the race. He just cannot be at the track during the race weekend. In my opinion, NASCAR's "punishments" are jokes.
I am pretty sure when NASCAR tells a team their car AND driver will not take the track, the message will be heard.
PS...Carolynn, I know you don't watch! *snicker*
South Milwaukee Considers Law To Restrict Where Sex Offenders Can Live
South Milwaukee, WI -- A proposed new law could mean fewer places for sex offenders to live in one Milwaukee suburb. South Milwaukee is considering an ordinance that would prevent felons who are convicted of sexual crimes from living within 2,000 feet of facilities designed for children. That would include schools, day-care centers, playgrounds, athletic fields and parks.
The law would leave just a few isolated areas in the city where they could live. The proposal is similar to legislation recently put in place in Franklin.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
If you are interested in checking out what topics other thirteeners are using for their weekly lists, I have added the Thursday Thirteen Blogroll to the sidebar of my blog. (My blog is now listed on it!)
Last week's Meet 'n Greet certainly brought a lot of traffic to my blog! Thank you everyone who visited and keeps coming back...lol!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
2007 Speedweeks Schedule of Events (from daytonainternationalspeedway.com)
Thursday, February 8
|Noon - 5 pm||ARCA RE/MAX Series Practice|
|7pm||Budweiser Shootout drawing at the SPEED Stage outside of Turn 4|
|Friday, February 9|
|Noon||ARCA Qualifying (Two laps, all positions)|
|4:15 - 5 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Budweiser Shootout At Daytona Practice|
|5:10 - 6:15 pm||ARCA RE/MAX Series Final Practice|
|6:30 - 7:30 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Budweiser Shootout At Daytona Final Practice|
|Saturday, February 10|
|10:30 am - 12:30 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice|
|1:30 - 3 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice|
|3:30 pm||ARCA RE/MAX Series Driver Introductions|
|4:15 pm||Daytona ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series (80 Laps, 200 Miles)|
|8 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Budweiser Shootout At Daytona|
|8:30 pm||Budweiser Shootout At Daytona NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race|
|(70 Laps, 175 Miles)|
|Sunday, February 11|
|2:10 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying for the Daytona 500|
|(Two Laps, Two Positions)|
|Wednesday, February 14|
|Noon - 12:55 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice|
|2:05 - 2:55 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice|
|(Final Practice Before the Gatorade Duel At Daytona)|
|3 - 4:20 pm||NASCAR Busch Series Practice|
|4:30 - 5:30 pm||NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Practice|
|Thursday, February 15|
|9 - 9:30 am||NASCAR Busch Series Rookie Practice|
|9:30 - 10:55 am||NASCAR Busch Series Final Practice|
|11 - 11:30 am||NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie Practice|
|11:45 am - 1:15 pm||NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Final Practice|
|1:30 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Introductions|
|2 pm||Gatorade Duel At Daytona|
|Daytona 500 Qualifying Races (60 Laps, 150 Miles, Each)|
|7 pm||NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying|
|(Two Laps, All Positions)|
|Friday, February 16|
|1:40 - 2:40 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice|
|3:05 pm||NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)|
|7:30 pm||NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver Introductions|
|8 pm||Chevy Silverado HD 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race|
|(100 Laps, 250 Miles)|
|Saturday, February 17|
|10:35 - 11:55 am||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice for the Daytona 500|
|12:45 pm||NASCAR Busch Series Driver Introductions|
|1:15 pm||Daytona 300 NASCAR Busch Series Race (120 Laps, 300 Miles)|
|Sunday, February 18|
|2:30 pm||NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Introductions|
|3:15 pm||Daytona 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race|
|(200 Laps, 500 Miles)|
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Red is one of my favorite colors, and lately I have really been drawn to it. So with Valentine's Day coming soon I thought I would use the color red as the topic for this week's thirteen.
1. Red is a strong color that conjures up a range of conflicting emotions from love to violence.
2. Red can increase the rate of respiration and raise blood pressure.
3. Red is power -- think of "the power tie" worn by business people and VIPs.
4. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.
5. Red is the color of mourning in South Africa.
6. Red Ruby is the traditional 40th wedding anniversary gift.
7. Red letter day - a day of special significance.
8. Red carpet treatment - make someone feel special.
9. Paint the town red - celebrate, go out partying.
10. Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight - good and bad warning signs when at sea.
11. Seeing red - to be angry.
12. Red herring - something that deceives or distracts attention from the truth.
13. In the red - losing money or overdrawn in a back account.
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Today was another day off of school for Olivia. I am so glad this really cold snap is over! We were up to 7 degrees (windchill -5) this afternoon with snow falling. It is done now, and we got about 1.5 inches. It's strange to get snow when it is so cold. Usually, when we get snow around here it is around 25 or 30.
Tomorrow will be back to school, and let me tell you I am glad. Olivia just doesn't know what to do with herself and is driving me nuts! Grrr...LOL! Thank goodness the school year doesn't end in say December and start up again in March. Think of how stir crazy the kids living in cold climates would be. I shudder to think of it...lol!!
Monday, February 05, 2007
Olivia's school and many in the area were closed today due to the cold. We had windchills of 38 below zero this morning. Yesterday's high was -2 with windchills around 30 below! Brrrrrrr!! Tomorrow will be down right balmy if we hit 8 like they are predicting! LOL!
I did not go to the Y today because I didn't want to leave the house in this weather since I didn't have to. I did go downstairs and use our treadmill for 30 minutes. It's better than nothing!
I used this day to do one of those things that always gets pushed aside because I HATE it. The laundry closet -- removing the bi-fold doors, pulling out the washer/dryer, cleaning the vent, sweeping and washing the floor. Boy, was there the dog hair there. It nearly filled a plastic grocery bag. YUCKY! It was hard to believe it has only been about three months since it was done last.
Friday, February 02, 2007
This isn't the kind of thing I normally post. I realize it is controversial, but I followed the Dahmer story closely. The arrest, the fallout after his arrest, the trial, and his murder by a fellow inmate in 1994. It was all so horrific that it was like something out of a book or movie.
I remember that summer like it was yesterday. The stories of missing young men. I remember the flier of one in particular -- a deaf man named Tony Hughes. It hung for weeks on the door of McDonald's (I worked there at the time).
Did Jeffrey Dahmer confess to all his crimes?If interested in the rest of the story, you can read it on themilwaukeechannel.com or see the video here.
There's a call to reopen the investigation into Milwaukee's most notorious killer.
There are new questions about Dahmer's criminal history before he returned to Milwaukee and never-reported details that some believe link Dahmer to one of the United States' most notorious cold cases.
The boy at the center of that cold case is now a household name. Who can forget the toothless grin of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, the Florida boy abducted, dismembered and dumped in a drainage canal in 1981.
A Miami author is making the case that Dahmer may be responsible for the Walsh slaying.
Yes, we still purchase CDs! We buy CDs when we are pretty sure we will like more than one song. When there's a catchy tune by someone we don't want a whole CD of, we purchase & download that song.
1. Frank Sinatra Romance Songs from the Heart(Bob's)
2. Christina Aguilera Back to Basics (Shared)
3. Guns 'n Roses Greatest Hits (Bob's -- I kept asking what he was thinking, but after listening to it a little I found out there are more songs on there I like than I cared to admit...lol!)
4. Point of Grace Winter Wonderland (Mine)
5. Daughtry Daughtry (Mine -- BY FAR THE BEST!!!)
6. U2 18 Singles (Shared)
7. Sugarland Enjoy the Ride (Mine)
8. Keith Urban Love, Pain, and the Whole Crazy Thing (Mine)
9. Rascal Flatts Me and My Gang (Shared)
10. Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (Mine)
11. Nickelback All the Right Reasons (Mine)
12. Bruce Springsteen Devils & Dust (Bob's -- I don't even want to hear Springsteen when we are in the truck together...lol)
13. Mariah Carey The Emanicpation of Mimi (Mine -- I can't believe it, but YES I bought this CD. I loved her when she first hit the music scene. I have her first three or four CDs. Then she had a few duds. This one was kind of back to what made her popular. It is pretty good. Not one of my favorites, but still good.)
"TractorWatch" is over!! Al Jones, sports writer for the The Sun Herald and friend of Brett Favre, writes Favre to play in 2007!
I am SO glad to hear he will be back! He is an amazing player!
I do find it funny that it is first reported in a Mississippi paper...lol!!
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I haven't forgotten about Today's Thirteen. I was hoping to have time to post it this afternoon, but that just didn't happen. I have a topic picked out, but not enough time to type it up right now. It was just one of those days were everything takes twice as long to do than you were expecting!