Thursday, July 31, 2008

Visual Profiler

Okay, I know I do those survey things all the time, but this is different. Aside from being fun. ^_^ You click on your favorite picture out of the selections to answer the question . . . or finish the sentance. Whatever. Hopefully this thing will let me post the link for ya:

Here's my results:

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The First 64

I am on a quest. Changing habits that don't suit me. Trying new things. Preparing for the possibility that the world won't end in 4 1/2 years. They say that a person should drink 8 8oz glasses of water daily to stay hydrated. Especially concidering how hot it's been getting, I figured this would be a good place to start. There were a few obstacles to overcome. How big is an 8oz glass? How many ounces do my glasses hold? How on Earth am I going to drink 64oz of water in a day?! Ah! There is the key. 64oz. I was looking at the mondo bottle of soda I was drinking and it's 33oz. So, two of those filled with water a day would give me 66oz. A little more than 64, but that just means if I don't completely finish the 2nd one then no big deal. Also, a bottle with a cap on it is far easier to carry around than a cup. And if I freeze one I can take it in the car and not have to worry about hot water.

So, yesterday I drank my first 64oz of water in a day. I don't think I feel any different yet. The heat didn't quite get to me as bad, I guess. I'm definitely peeing more. O.o Ah, but change takes time. I was pleasantly surprized that drinking that much water wasn't as much of a struggle as I expected. Just a few sips here and there and some chugs when I got really thirsty. It's still early and I'm almost through with my first bottle for today. Heh-heh. Not too shabby.

There's a good chance you can look forward to updates like this in the future. We'll call it "Lizzy's Quest" series. Perhaps I can incorperate it into my comic pic series which I haven't updated in forever. ^_^

Sunday, July 27, 2008

1 a ’mater, 2 a ’mater, 3!

Yes, more garden stuff. Just a quick show and tell for my growing babies. ^_^ Got three that are getting close to marble sized!

There ya go.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Green Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond, author of Clean & Green (Ceres Press, 1990). And posted to OWR by Queen Leo.

Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas
using natural ingredients that were passed down through the
generations because the chemistry was right. Going back to the
original naturally derived ingredients is a way to make cleaning
products that work, don't pollute and save you money. Most are found
in your kitchen cupboards. Mix and match with well-chosen and
environmentally friendly green cleaning products found in health food
stores, and you can easily and simply transform your home into a non-
toxic and healthy haven.

Non-toxic cleaning can give you a deep feeling of gratification in
knowing that your family's health is protected, and that your home is
a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote

Making your own nontoxic cleaning kit will take you no time at all
with these simple, straightforward directions, and with this kit you
will be supplied with enough cleaning product for months of cleaning.

As an added bonus, ounce for ounce homemade cleaning formulas cost
about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterpart—and that
includes costly, but worthwhile essential oils, and concentrated, all-
purpose detergents for homemade recipes.

Baking soda
Washing soda
White distilled vinegar
A good liquid soap or detergent
Tea tree oil
6 clean spray bottles
2 glass jars
more about these 5 basic cleaning ingredients, and a vinegar update.

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough
liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture
onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for
cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn't leave grit.
Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store
in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make
as much as you need at a time.

1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and
use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is
important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you
might have used in the past.

1 cup or more baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the
grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white.
Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight.
You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime
will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess,
dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the
remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn't work for you
it is probably because you didn't use20enough baking soda and/or

1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing
soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution
and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store

Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in
your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use
them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board
before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse but let it set
overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours.
Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just
spray it on and wipe off.

Tea Tree Treasure
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I've
used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a
musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil
is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell
of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.
2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem
areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white
distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy
area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell.
It will dissipate in a few hours.

Tastes Like Radish!

Hello Dolly. We got a splashin' of rain. Enough to muddy up our end of the driveway and sponge up the yard, but not enough to wash away the dog poo. I have pics of our brand new muddy tires, but decided against uploading them. No reason, just thought I'd skip it.

I did get some pics of the itty bitty tomatoes:

Yeah, that's the best pic. It's fuzzy so you'll have to use your imagination. This next pic came out much better. It's our first radish! I harvested a tad early in the interests of quality control and making room for some of the others. Split it with Aaron and it was so yummy! Just enough for a bite for each of us, but it was packed full of yummy radish flavor. Best radish I've ever had.

Isn't it purdy?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Growing Green

Yes, here are my garden pics. Oh, you so care. ^_^ First, my radishes:

It's probably a little hard to see, but there's 8 of 'em fighting for dominance in that box. They're gonna be so good once they're all nice and plump. *drools* I already got warnings from my better half about sharing. ^_^

Next, my amazing tomatoes!

I dunno how the picture's going to look, but it's pretty big. I'll have to take a pic of it with something for a size reference. Possibly after I get my cool new tricked out tomato cage! ^_^ Then everybody can ooh and aw and throw a parade for Brak for saving my plant from certain tippage. I'm so scared for it. I never expected it to get so big. Yes. I'm gushing over my tomato plant. Anybody wanting to call dibs on salmonella free tomatoes (and willing to use the gas to come pick 'em up) let me know! lmao Even though that little problem will likely be cleared up by the time these are ready to harvest. I do have a book with gardening tips that my mom picked up, so I've got some cheap-o ways to grow better 'maters.

Well, I'm off to spend some time with the sweet girl. Isn't she so adorable?! She gets so lonely when she's left alone.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Furry Little Update

Jet pooped. Twice. ^_^ Once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. Just like normal. Likely partially attributed to the half can of pumpkin puree Aaron gave her. lol We're still going to keep an eye on her to make sure things are moving the way they should. She's such a sweet girl. Just a bad habit of chewing on things she's not supposed to.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dream Hallucinations

Yesterday I had the weirdest thing happen. I went outside to rest my head and warm my bones for a bit. It was about 2pm. Hottest time of the day I tells ya! I ended up falling asleep on the swing for 2 hours! That's not the weird part. I had a dream. I dreamt I was sleeping on the swing and someone was planting a flower garden next to my head. Then my sister came and woke me up to show me something. But that was just a dream, because Aaron woke me up. Scolding me for falling asleep in the heat even though he told me not to (which he has). I told him that Sandra just woke me up and I had no reason to believe that being woken up was a dream, so I assumed it was true. But, all of that was a dream too! So . . . I woke up very sweaty and very confused. I don't know what actually woke me up.

Also, if you are so moved to, please pray for Jet. (The puppy in my profile pic there) She ate a pencil. So far as we know she hasn't pooped except for once since (she may have and we didn't catch her, but I'm not thinking she did until I see for myself). She's still running around and playful, and she's had instances of delayed poops before after eating something she wasn't supposed to. I just really hope this is another one of those.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Backup Mindset

^_^ I did just like Brak said. I put myself in the mindset of a backup disc and asked myself "Where would I be?" Well, in this big scary room full of stuff that could scratch or break me, I'd want to be safe with my friends up in the trays under the TV. So, I checked. First tray . . . nothing. Second tray. Well, that's where all the burned discs are! And, thankfully, this one was too. There's still a ton of pics that are G4G, but this one was there. As were 3 other re-writeables that weren't labelled. So maybe I'll find more! It's like a treasure hunt. "What's on that disc!?" Most of 'em are music, but that's also good. Less we have to try and re-download. Which, to everyone we've recommended Shareaza to . . . *shakes head* That has also gone the way of "pay per track". No more p2p there. Unless you want someone's amatuer remix of your favorite song. We did find a program. *snickers* Zultrax. (ZOLTAN!) That's still good, old-fashioned p2p file sharing. o.O Just checked the progress of my backup file transfer. I think there might be some program thingies in there I have on our re-download list. *squeels!* Oh. Man. Soon as the sun comes up I have to get some pics of my plants. The radishes are still growing bigger! and my tomato plant has gotten so tall! I have to find a place on the ground for it so the tippy-top can get some sun.

My dad's here for the weekend, so if you don't hear from me, that's why. Well, here's why:

My mom bought a computer. It would have been a fine computer for her to store pics on and get on the internet. She bogged it down with games that she would leave open. Like, 3 games running at once. O.o So, when the fan wouldn't shut off and things got to slow, she sent it off to my sister's husband (yes, I refuse to call him my brother-in-law. He's no brother of mine) to "fix". Now, this is the same dumbass who killed our last computer which sent me to the library on a daily basis to check my e-mail. Hrm. I made a comment to that effect which was promptly dismissed. Oh, but of course he knows what he's doing. Well, no he didn't. Anyone care to explain to me how a window can say that a device is working properly when it can't even detect it? Not only that, he did something to the D: drive so it was no longer a recovery drive, but a normal hard drive. And as we all know from my previous heart-ache: being able to recover is a good thing. So. My dad's going out today to price PCs. Just the boxy part since the monitor, keyboard, etc still work. Yeah.

Oh, before I go. If anybody's exceedingly curious (NOSEY! :-p) about what was on those three (it was three) unlabelled re-writeables. 2 were music CDs and one was blank. . . . . yay! ^_^

Monday, July 14, 2008

All Gone....

You know how when you're taking computer classes in school and they stress the importance of saving and backing up your work? And ya know how in real life things like that sort of slip your mind? Yeah. Something happened with our comp last night when I tried to restart it and nothing would fix it. Apparently the option to run diagnostics without windows is no longer readily available (at least on mine) so I couldn't even figure out what the problem was. Had to do a complete system restore. I have an old back-up disk somewhere. If anybody has any ideas on where it could be I'm all ears. So now I'm plotting out on the calendar regular times to do a complete back up of all our personal stuff. So many pictures. So much music. So much stuff gone forever. On the bright side, there's some stuff on disk and some more stuff uploaded online. We just really need one of those USB memory stick thingies. *ugh* So much stuff I'm gonna have to redownload! Firefox, yahoo messenger, Shareaza. *hears several of the world's tiniest violins playing simultaneously* Piss off, it sucks! :-p At least it wasn't a complete system meltdown (run from the fried hard drives! EEEEEeeeek!) and the comp still works. So, could be worse. Also, hey Barker! It's Monday. Did I miss a round of GASB?! *mental note: Check blog subscriptions for last GASBs*

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Defy The Odds

Okay, so $5 in the crane game isn't too much defying, but when it's $1 a shot that's not too bad. It actually would've worked out better if Marge hadn't been such a stubborn old biddy. Got Hulk on 2 tries and Marge I actually got on the first shot, but then she got stuck in the box (way up at the top), so it took two more tries to punch her down. :-p Couldn't just leave her there for someone else to snatch up! So now we have 60% of the Simpsons family. 1 Marge, 2 Homers and 3 Barts. Hrm. We've seen Lisa here and there, but she's usually buried. Haven't seen Maggy at all, though. Anywho, here's a cross section of our Simpsons:
Fun. Oh, we do not recommend "Borderline Cult" for fun horror movie watching. It was an interesting story, not well executed. It was like something somebody taped with a regular old camcorder (complete with the camcorder's microphone instead of a filtering boom mike) and the acting was decidedly sub-par. Interesting story, though . . .

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fish With Bikes

Yeah, you know who you are. *ahem* Not a whole lot going on. Chugging through "Duma Key". Loving it. Gardening. I got pics which, believe it or not, are outdated by now. The tomato plant has 5 or 6 flowers now (not just buds) and the radishes are springing up like little green madmen. I think the oregano is finally poking it's head up and the basil is flowering. I didn't know basil flowered, so I don't know if that's good or not. Oh yeah. I finally got around to charting the distance between the HEB and Wal*Mart in Cove. 1.5 miles each way. So on that fateful night of the dead battery we walked 3 miles. I didn't even know I could walk that far. And Aaron did half of it carrying the fresh battery! 3 miles. Man. Yesterday was the 4th. I think I missed the big Ft. Hood fireworks show. If they did one this year. It was 10pm by the time I realized how late it was. Walked up to that open area where they're about to be building and stood watching the niblets of fireworks being shot off by people to the West. Not great, but better than nothing.