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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Are We Really Ready for This Already?

I can't honestly say I am. It's beautiful. That's usually the first thing everyone says about snow. I can't argue with that exactly, it is beautiful. It is also a pain in the butt that needs to be shoveled, and COLD. That is my biggest problem with winter--it's COLD. I'm not ready. Then again, if it were still nine months away I STILL wouldn't be ready.

Getting Ready for the Cold

Okay the birds are heading for the hills, the leaves are fleeing the trees, and the days are getting so short they're over before you know it. It is fall and cold weather is moving in fast and furious. I have usually used a heating pad on my bed during the cold months because even though our central heat works fine I just don't like even a little chill but I just found out about and I think I've found a new love. My mother-in-law always used electric blankets which is fine but I think the mattress pad would be so much better.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pelicans in Illinois?

For some reason pelicans are not a bird I'd think would be found in Illinois. Maybe because of the lake they are here in this video, but I always think of these big guys as ocean birds. I guess these found there way inland.

Getting it Back

I'm kind of in a quandry about what to do about my diet. I started out great with a full year of doing so well and then since this spring I've had all kinds of problems with it. I've tried weight loss pills
but I think I need something different since it still isn't getting back on track. It seems to for a few days and then stops. I can't even figure out how to get that mental state of mind back that I had last year. I remember what it felt like and how I thought but can't seem to get it back. It is really aggravating because I don't want to get caught up in that gain it all back syndrome I've been caught up in before. I'm happy that I lost the weight I did. I'd like to lose more but I absolutely do not want to gain back what I did lose.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fishy Video

I'm not a big fisherman but I love how this looks watching the 'jumping carp'.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Illinois Tornado

Tornados in Illinois are scary things but I've never actually seen one even living here all my life. I've seen the aftermath though. Now with youtube I get to see real live tornadoes and really experience the terror and beauty.

Singing The Blues

I didn't know there even was such a thing as 'Illinois Blues' but apparently there is. I know Chicago has the famous 'House of Blues', but I really thought New Orleans and other southern states and even New York were more famous for their specific blues music.

Buy Low Sell High

I've always been interested in the stock market and have checked out online trading places but was always afraid to try them. With the current situations maybe that was best, but now, I think might actually be a GREAT time to try it. When I was looking at it before the prices were so high that the risk was greater. Now you can get in at a much more affordable price for companies that are still unlikely to fail. It's like how often I've wished I had been old enough when McDonalds first went public to buy a few shares. I'd be retired and rich now. Getting in when stocks are low and waiting it out for a few years can be amazing. Things are bound to get better, they always do.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jospeh Odindo Helps to Provide Freedom of the Press

Joseph Odindo rose from the ranks of reporter and television critic to become the Group Managing Editor of the National Media Group that owns the Daily Nation, Kenya's largest independent newspaper.

It is important to Mr. Odindo and his fellow editors to keep this important resource free from all commercial, political and religious constraints that could cloud the outlook and views of the information provided.

One of the most important resources the public can have at its disposal is an independent media association like the National Media Group so that they can trust the news is not propagandized by certain parties or organizations. Truth and honesty lead to well-informed decisions on a public level and that is the best thing the National Media Group could offer the people of Kenya.

A Real Pool From Shasta Pools

I have always wanted a spa since the kids are grown. I've never really thought of having a truly beautiful professional looking in ground pool/spa though. The kind you see in celebrity mansion backyards.

Shasta Pools builds unbelievable pools that are more like works of art. They belong to the prestigious master pool builders and keep up with the best in design and manufacturing of quality pools from experts all over the country. Shasta Pools and Spas has put in over 75,000 pools in the Arizona area and each and every one is a thing of beauty.

That is the kind of pool/spa I would love to have built out here. Shasta Pools and Spas is a family owned business too so they know what is important to a family and work hard to ensure your have your needs met in building your pool.

These are real pools. Pools that last a lifetime.

Illinois One

I've always been very attracted to airplanes. This video is cool. Not only is the plane named 'Illinois One' but it shows it being transported in pieces and put together again on location. How cool is that?

Thursday, October 02, 2008

This time the last time?

I spent all last year doing really well loosing weight. I lost 100 pounds in 9 months. I was going gang busters. The last 7 months have put a screeching halt to it all though. Lots of stress, and many injuries sidelined my efforts. At first just halted it, but then the last few months I started to gain weight back. I'm now trying desperately to get back on track and using a weight loss product and researching others to try and get things under control again before I gain it all back. I've started losing again, slowly but that's okay. As long as it's losing and not going up any more. I need to loose 15 more pounds to get back to where I was 7 months ago and then hopefully keep on going some more. Lots of people regain weight they lost, and more, and I really don't want to do it--again. I've been there. I'd really like this time to be for good.