Uh Oh! Belated Birthday Alert!

Yikes, I totally forgot to bake a cyber cake for Nicotine! He had a birthday on the 29th of January! Without further delay..


Birthday Cake
I hope you had a wonderful day, Nicotine!

February 2008!

African VioletFebruary 2008 is almost here! Thank you so much for the ideas again!

Astrological Signs:
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Pisces: February 19 – March 20




1. Eat a Milkbone and Party On Day (National Animal Dental Health Month)

2. Stupid Day

3. Random Thingie Day

4. Hotdog Appreciation Day

5. Original Version of a Movie Appreciation Day

6. Post Comments Poetically Day

7. Monkey Appreciation Day

8. Then and Now Photo Day (take a photo of yourself before getting ready for work and then one when you’re all ready)

9. Post Lyrics to One of Your Favorite Songs Day

10. Robert Wagner’s Birthday (1930)

11. Clean Out Your Computer Day

12. Barbie Doll Appreciation Day (First Barbie Dolls are Sold in Stores)

13. Read to Your Child Day

14. Laura B.’s Birthday!/Hearts, Hugs & Kisses Day

15. Canada Flag Day/Jewelry Day

16. Swear Word Appreciation Day/John McEnroe’s Birthday (1959)

17. World Human Spirit Day

18. Celebrate an Obscure President Day

19. National Chocolate Mint Day

20. Ashburnite’s Birthday!/Introvert Appreciation Day

21. Extrovert Appreciation Day

22. Buy Something Fun, Stupid and Useless (Woolworth’s, the First Chain Store, Opened in Utica, NY in 1879)

23. National Banana Bread Day

24. Flag Day in Mexico (Dia de la Bandera)

25. Drink Milk Out of the Carton Day

26. Listen to a Johnny Cash Song (Johnny Cash’s Birthday – 1932)

27. National Polar Bear Day

28. Celebrate an Extra Day

29. Superman’s Birthday

Other Observances this Month Include:

Cat Health Month (US National)

Chocolate Month

Friendship Month

Library Lovers Month


What Musical Instrument Should You Play? (thanks Ms. Laura B.!)

You Should Play the Harp

You are a sensitive soul, with a great admiration for beauty.
You definitely have what it takes to make beautiful music, but most instruments are too harsh for you.
You are subtle, shy, and even a bit spoiled. You’re very picky about most aspects of your life.
It’s just your style to play an eccentric, hard to transport instrument like the harp that few people consider.
Overall, you have the relaxed demeanor of a leisurely upper class person, and your music would reflect that.
Your calm yet soulful harp playing would be sure to help people forget their troubles for a while.

Your dominant personality characteristic: your zen-ness

Your secondary personality characteristic: your quiet independence

I don’t know how I’m gonna carry a harp with me in that little car of mine, but I’ll see what I can do.

Gray Ice

We were in the high 40s and low 50s in temps yesterday. Then last night the winds came, rattled windows, scared animals and blew around balcony furniture, and now we’re back to winter mode and the temps are below 20 degrees F. When I walked out to my cold little car this morning, I heard a scraping. Thinking I’d see a maintenance guy come around the corner, I looked across the parking lot. A light snow had dusted the pavement, and the wind was still doing its thing. I expected tumbleweed to blow across, because the apartment complex looked like a ghost town from a bad cowboy movie. No tumbleweed. Instead, an empty beer can. Then I glanced in the car port where my car was parked, and noticed more beer cans. Nothing puts people in a party mood better than high winds and unnaturally high temps from the night before. I’m going to think that the cans were from a garbage can, and that I couldn’t possibly be living in an apartment building filled with litter pigs. A girl can dream, can’t she?

Anyway, so we didn’t get that much snow, just a dusting. But it rained yesterday and then the puddles froze over and then those puddles were covered with frosted snow, which made the ice look gray and unassuming. Some of it took me by surprise as I’d make a turn and my wheels would do the winter slide (like the dance “The Electric Slide” only for cars). There was gray ice all the way to work. Not completely covering the streets, but on corners and curb sections. There’s also something called “black ice”, and that’s when a shallow puddle or a covering of water freezes over on pavement and it turns glassy. Ice is ice, no matter how one labels it, though.

I Was Here…(a Traveling Meme)

Brought to you by DMarks, here is the “Places I’ve Visited” meme. I listed these in order of memory recall. They are not alphabetized.


Andalusia (college project)
Birmingham (To see Ms. Rosa Parks…The celebration was held there instead of Montgomery, and we were on our way home from Andalusia, so we stopped there to see her! I really should’ve brought my camera.)


Tucson (first visit to lovely Arizona)
Flagstaff (Grand Canyon, baby!)
Phoenix (I’ll be back.)
Peoria (yes, it does exist in Arizona and in Illinois)
Glendale (Downtown Glendale is an antiquer’s paradise…Just ask my mom.)
Scottsdale (awesome thunderstorms)
Sedona (Chapel of the Holy Cross, community of psychics, beautiful scenery and my dream wedding location)
Red Rock (Lots of rock that’s red, but pretty)

South Carolina:

Columbia (the location of our first Dougray Divafest reunion)
Irmo (cute town)
Charleston (historical village)


Miami (just buzzing with excitement and the bluest water I’ve ever seen)
Key West (Hemingway’s house, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, trolley rides and the southernmost point of the continental U.S.)


Houston (lots of greenery and scenery)
Austin (cute little bed-n-breakfast near a drive-through liquor store)


Ann Arbor (to see my brother graduate…lots of rain there)
Dearborn (Henry Ford museum and a very cool hotel with two huge pools)


Las Vegas (Caesar’s Palace….replica of the Statue of David…..FAO Schwartz toy store….Cirque du Soleil)

Calgary (fun place, eh?)

A city just across the border that I can’t remember

Nassau (people standing on corners offering to braid your hair or give you a cab ride, narrow alleyways filled with vendors telling us to slow down and buy stuff)


Lakewood (lived here)
Brook Park (and here)
North Olmsted (and here…temporarily)
Middleburg Heights (here…temporarily)
Strongsville (and finally here)
Aurora (for Geauga Lake/Six Flags/Sea World)
Sandusky (for Cedar Point)
Millersburg (my mom had an antique shop there)
Medina (my mom had one here too at one point)
Avon Lake
Painesville (we have relatives out there)
Willoughby (where I had surgery for my dog bite)
Mansfield (Three ghost hunts at the old prison)

New York:

Niagara Falls (I don’t remember anything about it, I just have photos proving I was there with my family)

I won’t tag anyone, but you should do this meme, because it was fun remembering this stuff.

Challenger Remembrance Day

In Remembrance

Challenger Crew

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. It was destroyed in the second minute of STS-51-L in the beginning of its tenth mission.

I was in grade school back then, and a classmate came up to a small group of us and told us what she heard had happened. We didn’t believe her, so we all went up to our teacher and asked her. She looked very sad and serious and just quietly nodded.

I don’t remember feeling anything at first. I do remember being bummed out that “Scooby Doo” wasn’t going to be aired after school because the news was on. Then the more news I watched, the more real it all became. My mom was crying and the newscaster was on the verge of tears. Reagan delivered his heartfelt speech and when I saw the jets fly over on TV, it even choked me up.

Where were you when this happened? What was your reaction?