Friday, July 28, 2006

More oddities

Well, I got the font thing figured out. However, I can't get the archives to post without screwing everything up, so I took them out for now. I don't suppose anyone will mind, huh? If I can figure out how to get them back on, I will.

Hmmmm, oddities

My blog is being weird. The font, when it posts, is completely different than what I see in the preview when I made some template changes. I can't figure it out. I didn't change any of the font. It must be possessed.

On another note, the boys were absolutely tickled pink to hear 2 of their favorite songs on my playlist. They are are just in love with Rascal Flatts and their song "Me and my gang." And, OF COURSE, we can't forget "Life is a highway." I added them on there just for them, really, but it was completely worth it to see them dancing, singing and otherwise jamming to the songs a minute ago after Ryan ran upstairs squealing to his brothers that the "Cars" song was on. LOL. That is how they refer to "Life is a highway." Although, I think they were a bit disappointed that they couldn't see more of the movie in the video.

Well, hopefully I'll get this font thing figured out. I went through all of my old code and compared it to what I have now and everything is the same. So, either it's my computer, or it's Blogger. At any rate, there isn't much I can do about it.

I'm hoping we can stop out at Discover Presque Isle tomorrow morning. We've never been, so i think it's high time we venture out to see all that Erie has to offer. Have a great weekend everyone!

Pittsburgh #2 most beautiful place in US?

How's come you Pittsburghers didn't mention this before? We've lived here for 3 1/2 yrs and I never knew that Pittsburgh was/is #2 on USA weekly's 10 most beautiful places in America! I have just come acroos that picture, or view, from atop Mount Washington, or the Duquesne Heights incline (thanks Tanya). That view is absolutely stunning! Now, I really want to visit there. My camera is calling out for a view as beautiful as that!

Here's what the Mag's article said about Pittsburgh (though I'm sure you all know this already!):

2. Nighttime view from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh
In a nation with a wealth of stunning cities full of compelling stories, ranking Pittsburgh as the No. 2 beauty spot is perhaps our most surprising choice. But the Steel City's aesthetic appeal is undeniable, as is its very American capacity for renewal. Standing atop Mount Washington, the steep hill that rises giddily on the city's south side, sightseers enjoy the unforgettable panorama of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers flowing together to create the mighty Ohio, that waterway so essential in the nation's settlement. The rivers cup downtown's lustrous Golden Triangle, where landmark skyscrapers thrust upward like rockets. At night, lights twinkle on no fewer than 15 bridges. Almost as breathtaking as the vista itself is the urban renewal that made it possible. A century ago, a pall of smoke lay so thick over town that streetlights burned all day. As Pittsburgh continues an evolutionary course that has taken it from trading post to transportation hub to industrial goliath, we salute its reinvention into one of America's most scenic and livable communities. In the life of a city, there's nothing more beautiful, or inspiring, than a renaissance. For more, go to pittsburgh.net.

Sounds like a fantastic day trip! And, since the boys love trains so much, I am positive they would love that cable car! Ok, now I'm off to plan a day trip for us to see this beautiful city!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Where did it go?

It's already the last weekend of July! I can not believe that! That means school starts in 3 weeks. Boy, I don't know where the summer went but I feel like I missed it! Is this how all of the summers go once you have kids in school? I remember when I was little summers used to last forever. Well, in my eyes, anyway.

My mom's birthday is Tuesday. I will miss it this year (possibly), like I missed my dad's 50th earlier this year. But, I promised not to miss her 50th next year. I might even have to conspire with my step-dad and sister to plan something for her (no, she doesn't read my blog, so no fear of spoiling it for her, lol). Hmmmm, I only have a year, so I'd better get conspiring.....I mean working on it, lol.

Ok, I need to go finish a paper or two and head off to bed. Tomorrow, it's off to the beach!

Fun in the sun.... Click here for credits.  Posted by Picasa

My newest layout for Sonya's Simple Style Scrap. Click here for credits.  Posted by Picasa

My new "toy"

I have discovered a new chat program called Hello (from Picasa). Lots of the girls that I "scrap" with use it, so I decided to give it a try. I LOVE it! I can click and drop pictures into it and post them here, or send them instantly to anyone on my friends list. None of this file transfer stuff. I can take screen shots of my computer and send those, and I can send files or entire folders. I really want to get my parents and inlaws in on this. It will be lots easier to share photos of the kids that way! The only thing I don't like is that I can only post 1 photo at a time. SO, by doing it through Hello, it will look like 4 or 5 posts a day. But, that's ok. It's much easier (and faster) than doing it through blogger itself.

Ok, for now I'm off to clean and do laundry. Later...

I'm not sure if I shared this one of Ryan or not, so if I did, I appologize. He's just so stinking cute in this photo, lol. For credits, click here.  Posted by Picasa

This is one of my favorite layouts. I love the b&w photo. For credits, click herePosted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Some of the flowers outside of our house. Beautiful, huh? More layouts to come..... Posted by Picasa To see the credits for the layout, click here.

Success!

Ah, the smell of success is sweet! I have successfully figured out how to link my banner to my main page, fixed the font size of my posts, AND, I did it all on my own! That's what's the best....the feeling of accomplishment that I figured it out all on my own! I can't tell you how long I've been trying to figure out the whole banner thing. I'm HTML illiterate, so the fact that I can teach myself something I know absolutely nothing about through simple trial and error, and what little I can find on the net says a lot about what a person is capable of! GO ME!

Ok, so I'm done tooting my own horn. I'm gonna post some of my scrapping layouts. I realize I haven't done that in forever. I think I'm getting better. I'm gonna try my hand at a few freebies, since I haven't done that in forever, either. Probably not for a few weeks, though, since we're going to Connecticut next week to visit the other inlaws. It should be a fun week! Ok, so be on the lookout for my new layouts :)

Changes in the works...bear with me

As you can see, I've changed my template......again, lol. I found a 3 column template, which is what I've been looking for. And, I finally figured out how to put my own banner on! Now I'm not stuck with a banner I don't like :)

Ok, so I'm still working on it. If you find a link that doesn't work, or something else wrong, leave me a comment and let me know. THe banner is not linked to my main page, but under my profile pic on the right is a link to the main page, if you want to go there. I'll figure out how to make the banner go to my main page instead of photobucket, lol.

I'm off to Vacation Bible School now, but I'll come back and work on it more this evening. Lots of links to add in. TTFN.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Hell hath no fury....

like a woman scorned. And, BOY, do they mean it!


billboard Posted by Picasa

And, I've read her blog. She is one angry woman!

She placed the billboard near his place of work, too, and sprang for lights, so everyone could see. Guess that'll teach him to be a cheating you-know-what again!

Is this your final answer?

For those that have been following our story about the twins and school, we have decided not to fight the school and to separate them. This really has nothing to do with the fight to keep them in the same class. I know that I would have won the fight, and I will continue to push for legislation to give parents of multiples a voice. But, for us, we've decided that it's better for both of them, but especially Zach, to have them in separate classes. Ryan has been going through a really rough time lately. I was attributing it to a growth spurt, but as I studied him more, and looked for the indicators to help prevent his tantrums and other behavioral issues (ok, so that's the special ed teacher in me. Especially when I use words like "indicators", lol), I saw it stemming from Zachary.

Zach has always been the quiet one, complete opposite personality of Ryan. Ryan's a Type "A" personality (and so is daddy, and so is Alex. Boy am I in for it!). He's a natural born leader. Zach has always been content to follow in Ryan's footsteps. But, in the last few months, Zach has really "come into his own," so to speak. He's stepped out of Ryan's shadow. Things that before only Ryan could do, Zach is starting to do. And, Zach is starting to do some of those things better than Ryan.

Ryan has put all of this together (though he can't really verbalize it, since he doesn't know how to express that type of feeling in words). He has reverted to the "I can't do it" syndrome and has become very needy, which is so unlike him. He's typically Mr. Independent.

So, to avoid behavioral problems in school, and to give Zach a chance to thrive, on his own, and to help the teacher (so that Ryan won't be demanding all of her attention, like Ryan does with us), we've decided to separate them. And, we'll see how it goes. If it turns out that them being apart from each other is having a worse effect than the separation, then we will put them together. However, if this works, my original plan still stands; that we'll continue with this until they are old enough to make the decision themselves.

I am both saddend and happy by this decision. Saddened because I know how close they are, and because, well, I suppose because I wanted them to be together. But, I am more happy and confident that we have made the right decision for them. I am glad that we caught this in time. I don't want any of our kids to be labeled as a problem child, or as having behavioral issues. I want them to flourish in school and to love school like I did. I think this is the best scenario for both of those things to happen. So, if you are the praying type, keep us in yours. Not only in kindergarten a whole new journey for all of us, but I suspect it will be a bit harder on the twins without having the other there to help them.

This has gone too far

What in the world have we come to??? I heard a story (click here to read it) on talk radio, during their news break, about a 16 year old boy who is being forced to undergo chemotherapy for his Hodgkin's cancer. Um, excuse me! When did it become a court's decision what someone does with their body? It's ok to allow a teenage girl or woman to chose to kill her unborn child, but if a teenager, with the support of his/her parents, wants to chose alternative treatments to chemotherapy, suddenly he/she does not have that right? What the heck?

What burns me even more is that a social worker is the one who requested that he be ordered to undergoe another round of chemotherapy. HELLO! Does this social worker not have more important things to worry about, like, oh, the thousands of children being abused??

This is unbelievable to me! This is no different than a neighbor telling us that they don't like the way we raise our kids and going to the court to have them order us to raise them a certain way. If we aren't abusing them, and they are happy and healthy (and they are), then who's business is it how we raise our kids?? (This is my biggest peeve, btw....someone telling someone else how to raise their kids and what they should/shouldn't do).

3 of my grandparents dies from cancer and I saw 2 of them go through chemo at some point in their battle (one of my grandfathers was around 82, and therefore not willing to fight it....can't say I blame him. He wasn't in the greatest health before the onset of cancer). It is horrendous what it can do to you. I am watching my pastor go through chemo right now. I don't blame this kid for seeking other alternatives. It's nobody's business but he and his parent's how he treats his cancer.

Unbelievable.... if this holds up, it is scary to think about what else the courts can order us to do. Where is the good in this? When will it end? I would ask when has it gone too far, but I think it already has...... I know the courts in this country have too much power, imo, when I see things like this happening.




******************UPDATED*****************

This story has been updated. Click here to see updated story.

The judge lifted the order and ended the joint custody between the parents and state social services officials. Thank goodness there is one sane judge out there!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Speaking of cars

DaimlerChrysler turns to the boxfish as the model to create an aerodynamic and fuel-efficient car.



Have you ever seen an uglier car??? As a general rule, I'd suggest staying away from fish as inspiration for a car design from now on!

Dubbya is good for something after all

Whether you agree with me politically, or not, there's one thing we can all agree on. W has been good for bumper sticker sales, lol. Check out my neighbor's car. They added a few new ones recently and it was so "cluttered" it caught my attention. I had to get a picture. I've seen some that were worse in terms of having more bumper stickers on them, but my neighbor's comes close. Me? I have 1. My Swann/Matthews bumper sticker :)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A story reminiscent of Cinderella

And not the "happily ever after" part of cinderella, either.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13988087/?GT1=8307

Terrible! I just don't understand how people could do this to another human being! Those poor girls!

Monday, July 17, 2006

To kill or not to kill

I love when I run across interesting blog fodder. I did it again today. Lately I've been glad MSN is my homepage, otherwise I'm not sure I'd see some of these things.

Anyway, today's interesting topic is about killing off the penny (and possibly the nickel). Is it ironic that the man who abolished slavery has his face on the very coin that may, itself, be abolished? Perhaps. Here's the article. It was rather interesting, though I think I've already mentioned that, lol.

At what point does it become too expensive to make a coin? Apparently, it already is. And it isn't just the penny, it's the nickle, too. There is a chart at the end of that article that tells what is costs to make each piece of currency. They estimate that at the end of 2006, the penny will cost 1.23 cents and the nickel will cost 5.73 cents.

Now, it seems to me that the most logical choice would be to get rid of them, seeing as how they aren't even worth what it costs to make them (literally). But part of me says we shouldn't. Why? I dunno. I guess because I'm a creature of habit and it would require re-vamping prices to reflect not being able to use pennies (or nickles). So, I guess I'm on the fence. I can see both sides of the arguement.

Whatever happens, it appears that the penny will be around until at least 2010. Maybe by then they will have found a cheaper way to make both coins (i.e. cheaper materials). This will be an interesting one to follow...

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Things that make you go hmmmm

That is what I did between 2 and 3:30 this morning while walking around the track at McDowell. It's amazing what a brisk walk, a beautiful night, and 90 minutes will do for your thoughts. Mostly, though, I thought about what I'd blog about when I got home. I didn't, of course, blog when I got home. I decided sleep was more important at 4 in the morning, lol. But, I was very struck by how many people were on the track at 2 am this morning. There were somewhere between 60 and 80 people on the track at any given time in the 90 minutes I was there. It also struck me how many people are touched by cancer. It didn't matter if they were young, old, black, white, gay, straight....they were all there, walking for the cause.

My fingers swelled up like little vienna sausages from the humidity, though. I couldn't budge my wedding ring. My wedding ring is only a 5 1/4, so you can imagine how uncomfortable it was. But, I soon forgot about it as there were other things my mind drifted off to...

I did 16 laps, which, at 1/4 mile per lap, means I walked 4 miles in the hour and a half I was there. I could have gone on and walked some more, and I seriously contemplated it around lap 14 or so. But, alas, I knew that Alex would be up around 6 looking to snuggle in our bed, so I decided to go home and get some more sleep before he woke up and I had to get the troops off to church.

It really was insipring to walk around the track and see the banners with the survivors signatures from years past. And, thought I couldn't read all the names in passing, to see the luminaries. The far end of the track was the darker end and it just lit up with the candlelight. I haven't walked in Relay for Life in about 8 years. When I was in high school, it was always held at my high school. My Girl Scout troop always manned the concessions stand as one of our service projects each year. We also took turns walking for the entire 24 hours. There were roughly 10 of us girls in the troop, and our scout leader (a band mom and family friend) lived directly behind the football field. We would take turns crashing in a tent in her backyard and manning the stand/walking the track.

It always means so much to me to participate. 3 of my grandparents died of cancer. My pastor is currently undergoing treatment for Prostate cancer and walked yesterday in the survivor lap, along with someone else from our church who is a breast cancer survivor. Walking around the track I was struck by how many people are touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly. Sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget these things happen to other people, too. Sometimes, too, I think we get on the bandwagon and support all kinds of things just because they are the "cool thing to do." I really only get involved in things that mean something to me. I support cancer research because 3 of my grandparents died from cancer. I support the March of Dimes because the twins were micro preemies. But, i digress....

I took my camera, but decided I didn't want it clinking around my neck the whole time...especially since I didn't know how long I would actually be out there. And believe me, if I didn't have such an early riser (I really wonder where he got that from. I am so NOT a morning person!) I would have stayed and walked a lot longer.

Now, if I could do that every night, I'd have this "baby weight" shed in no time!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Movies that would make the FCC tremble

I ran across this article on MSN's homepage. It was fun to read. Most of the movies on the list I have either seen, in whole or in part, or know about, but have not seen. Here's the list. Read the article to find out why they were chosen.

(In no particular order)

Bad Santa
Song of the South
Team America: World police
Porky's
Airplane
Cadyshack
Kentucky Fried Movie
Love and Death
There's Something about Mary
Blazing Saddles

Time for the Air Show!

We're heading out to the air show today. It's always a good time. Usually we go on Sunday, after church and before Brian has to go to work. That usually leaves us, maybe 2 hours, if we're lucky. And it's always so stinking hot! Today will be hot, too, but we actually get to stay and watch the planes, since we get to be there awhile.

Tonight....well, early tomorrow morning (2 am), I'm joining my church team at McDowell and walking in the Relay for Life. I'm not a cancer survivor, but I lost 3 of my grandparents to cancer. It is a cause that I support whole-heartedly, along with the March of Dimes.

On another note, I finished my to-do list the other day....well, all except tagging for the sale. That's an ongoing project since I have so much! I'm off to do some more of that before the air show.

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Naval captain's speech urges Americans to "wake up" and act decisively in battling terrorism.

America WAKE UP!

That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 and maybe it was, but I think it should have been "Get Out of Bed!" In fact, I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.

It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this sovereign US embassy set the stage for the events to follow for the next 23 years.

America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Viet Nam experience and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then, President Carter, had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert. The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America's inability to deal with terrorism. America's military had been decimated and downsized / right sized since the end of the Viet Nam war. A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start.

Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil continued.

In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut. When it explodes, it kills 63 people. The alarm went off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more. Then just six short months later a large truck heavily laden down with over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut. 241 US servicemen are killed. America mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more. Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber. The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the gates of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept.

Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid. Then in August a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are killed and the Snooze Alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US soil is continually attacked. Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger list and executed. The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259. America wants to treat these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact we are still trying to bring these people to trial. These are acts of war ... the Wake Up alarm is louder and louder.

The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured. Still this is a crime and not an act of war? The Snooze alarm is depressed again.

Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women. A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500.

The terrorists are getting braver and smarter as they see that America does not respond decisively. They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned with precision, they kill 224. America responds with cruise missile attacks and goes back to sleep.

The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.

And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans think this was the first attack against US soil or in America. How wrong they are. America has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we chose to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.

In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high official in government over what they knew and what they didn't know. But if you've read the papers and paid a little attention I think you can see exactly what they knew. You don't have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the National Security Council to see the pattern that has been developing since 1979. The President is right on when he says we are engaged in a war. I think we have been in a war for the past 23 years and it will continue until we as a people decide enough is enough.

America has to "Get out of Bed" and act decisively now. America has changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. We cannot afford to hit the Snooze Button again and roll over and go back to sleep. We have to make the terrorists know that in the words of Admiral Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor "that all they have done is to awaken a sleeping giant."

Thank you very much.

Dan Ouimette





***The
above-quoted piece about how Americans should have interpreted and reacted to a series of events occurring well before the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. began hitting our inbox in March 2003. It originated with a speech given by Navy Captain Dan Ouimette before the Pensacola (Florida) Civitan Club (a service organization) on 19 February 2003. (Although many versions of this speech describe Captain Ouimette as "Executive Officer of Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida," March 2005 news reports of a training crash identify him as "commander of Training Air Wing 1."

Captain Ouimette may have given this same speech in 2002 as well, but his February 2003 address to the Civitan Club appears to be the basis of the version that has been circulated via e-mail.


(p.s. ~ checked it out on snopes.com.......true. check it out here.)

I am fighting for new legislation in PA and in the US.

I received this message in my MySpace inbox back in February. At the time, I simply signed the petition. I did not feel the need to fight for this at that current time. After all, my kids were in the same preschool class and I had not experienced not having a voice in their education. Now that they are registered for Kindergarten, that has changed. I was told upon registering them at their respectie school that they "usually separate" them (them being twins or multiples). When I told the secretary that it is our wish that they be together, the response I received was that they would "note it, but it probably wouldn't do any good." This upset me and still does. I am now in the midst of a fight to keep the twins together in the same classroom when they start kindergarten next month. Suddenly, this legislation hits home to me. Not that I didn't care before, because I did. We parents of multiples have a bond that none other can understand. I was doing my part, however silently, to help. Now, I am speaking out. I am writing my congressmen and women. I am writing my senators. At both the state and federal levels. I realize that they have better things to do right now than to pursue this.....they are all (or at least most) in the midst of their re-election campaigns. But, at least it's out there, right? Better that than my passiveness.

And don't think because you aren't a parent of multiples that you can't help! You can! Doesn't every parent deserve a voice in their child/ren's education? If you believe in a paren'ts right to choose, please sign the petition. Sign it for whatever state you live in. Help give us parents of multiples a voice, whether it's for our kids to stay together, or for them to be apart. Either way, we deserve that right. Thank you for your help!

p.s.~ The message is talking about New york, since that's currently where there is a law under review, but there are some in other states, as well. Many times, it take s people like you and I to show there is an interest to get something like this even thought of.


PARENTS UNITE! THIS IS A TRUE GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

I am writing to inform you of a National Campaign of Parents and Twin Researchers and Advocates who have joined together to see that State Legislation for New York and Federal Twin Bill Legislation become a reality for all. The Bill would allow parents of twins, triplets and higher order multiples to have a primary "voice" in the placement decisions of their multiple birth children either separately or together within the classroom. Last year Minnesota passed the first ever "Twin Bill" which was sponsored by Senator Dennis Frederickson http://www.dennisfrederickson.org and signed into law on May 5th 2005. Senator Frederickson is actively working on the campaign in hopes of Federal Legislation.

You may be unaware that across the country, twins, triplets and higher order multiples are routinely subjected to “forced separation “ policies enforced by school principles and districts, against parental wishes, very often beginning as early as Pre-K. Children are not placed together or separately based on their individual needs or on PARENTAL requests, but on outdated, arbitrary practices held firm by educators in the hopes of promoting “individuality”. Though there is no medical, psychological or academic evidence to substantiate an across the board policy as being beneficial for all multiple children , educators continue to enforce such policies very often to the children’s detriment, the heartache of their parents and to the dismay of researchers and advocates who have called for it to end.

Current research studies from the Internationally renown Twin Researchers and Authors, Dr. Nancy Segal Ph.D. and Dr. John Mascazine PH. D., The International Society for Twin Studies along with National Twin Advocacy Groups like the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Twin Magazine, Multiples.com, Twins World.com , Twin Topics and countless other multiple birth Organizations, all advocate FLEXIBLE placement policies, yet multiples, who are guilty of nothing more than sharing a birthright of multiplicity are routinely discriminated against and treated as a “group” .

To join the campaign log onto our web site and sign the contact list. Share your stories about the difficulties you have encountered with the National Education System (Public and Private) as we are creating a National Registry to show how badly this Legislation is needed. Every voice will count! You can access this and other important information at;

http://www.twinslegislation.com

and please support New York's State's campaign for Twin Bill Legislation which is currently underway by clicking on the link below or you may access it also from the twinslegislation site.

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/ryannick/petition.html

***You do not have to be a parent of a multiple birth child or even from New York to sign-You only need to support a flexible placement policy and a parents right to choose****HELP US MAKE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY IN NEW YORK!!!!!

Please pass this information to every person you know so that every parent may be informed. This Bill is super important for our children and will be featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES this week. We proudly have the support of Dr. Nancy Segal, Dr. John Mascazine, The International Society for Twin Studies, Twins Magazine, About Multiples.com. Twins World, The International Society for Twin Studies, Twin Topics, The NOMOTC and many others!!

You can read our story here:
http://multiples.about.com/

Thanks again,
Kathy Dolan

MYSPACE/TWINSLEGISLATION
MYSPACE/SHANNONBREEZE (YES I ALSO HAVE A BAND!)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Today's special is

Hmmm, not many responses to the minimum wage thing. Could it be possible that everyone thinks as I do? Impossible! Oh, well. It's no big deal....I was just hoping to get a plethora of opinions and facts, etc.

So, today's "menu" (aka to do list):

[ ] vacuum
[ ] clean crayon off of carpet
[ ] declutter the living room
[ ] laundry!
[ ] tag clothes and such for Lil' Lamb's sale

Ok, I think that's good enough for today :) Tha should keep me plenty busy.

I'm a bit bummed today, though. One of the moms in my mommy group is going back to work and was looking for a full-time sitter. I was the first to respond, as I'd love to earn a little extra money watching a baby/kid. Well, it turns out she wanted someone to come to her home in Waterford to do it from 2-5:30. I couldn't do that since the twins will get out of school at 2:30. Then she said maybe someone could meet her sil halfway on Peach and another mommy responded before I could :( I wasn't quick enough on the ball, I guess. Oh, well. Maybe next time. And, it was only seasonal, anyway.

Ok, off to work on my to do list!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Trading a paperclip for a house?

Has anyone out there in blogland heard about this story? I found it utterly fascinating!

Blogger's quest ends with keys to house
Montreal man vowed to barter one red paper clip up to a new home

By BRIAN BERGSTEIN

Updated: 3:10 p.m. ET July 10, 2006
Taking a paper clip and turning it into a house sounds like a cheesy magic trick or a phony instance of resourcefulness on the 1980s TV show "MacGyver."

Kyle MacDonald, however, has pulled it off.

One year ago, the 26-year-old blogger from Montreal set out to barter one red paper clip for something and that thing for something else, over and over again until he had a house.

On Wednesday the quest is ending as envisioned: MacDonald is due to become the proud owner of a three-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot home provided by the town of Kipling, Saskatchewan. MacDonald and his girlfriend, Dominique Dupuis, expect to move there in early September.



You can read the full article here.

I would honestly think that this kind of thing could never happen, but here it has! It's amazing what you can do with a blog, huh?

Now.......I wonder what I could find to trade for a house?.......hhhmmmmmmmm

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Is an increased minimum wage really a good idea?

I'm throwing this out here mostly to become more informed on the issue. I am not an economist, but it seems to me that if the minimum wage goes up, regular wages go up, too. That may not seem bad, right? But that means the cost of business goes up and that extra cost is ultimately passed on to the consumers. So, in effect, everything goes up. Now, of course I think people should be paid a liveable wage, but is raising the minimum wage the ONLY way to do it? What are your thoughts?

Looking for

My church is looking for working tv's and dvd players for use with our children for Sunday School activities. If anyone has any that they don't want or don't need and they would like to donate it/them, it would be greatly appreciated. The church would be willing to pick them up and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes )tax write-off). Leave me a comment here if you have one or both you'd like to donate :) TIA!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

When do you know that censorship has gone too far?

I am miffed. Not just miffed, but pretty pissed off. If you know me, you know it takes a lot to get me po'd. What has me all worked up? Censorship. I have been censored. I don't like it, and I don't think it's fair.

I belong to a stay-at-home mom meetup group here in Erie. Someone had posted on our message board asking for some info on a certain company. I originally thought it was a phone company of some sort. When it was brought out that it was a telemarketing company, I made the comment to the effect that I hate telemarketers. They call at the most inconvenient times and never take no for an answer. I've had to ask for their supervisor before (so has Brian), just to tell them to STOP CALLING ME! This was after I hung up on them because they would not take no for an answer. Yep, that's right, they called me back! Anyway, I digress. Apparently, someone in our group works for this company and was offended because I said I hate telemarketers. I have yet to meet this person and had no idea that she worked for this company or that she was a telemarketer at all. So, instead of coming to me about it, she went to the organizers of the group.

When I got online Tuesday after being gone all weekend, I had an im from one of the organizers telling me they were concerned about my reply that I hate telemarketers and that I offended one of the members because she is a telemarketer. They then asked me to rephrase my response, which I was happy to do. I would gladly have explained myself, letting her know that I didn't know she was a telemarketer, and that I was not directing anything toward her, especially since I've never met her before. However, upon trying to do that, I found that my response had been deleted already. Now, I realize that the organizer of the group has that right, but when does that right go to far? Is it worth alienating a few of your members to keep one happy?

So, I'm wondering, when did the "right to NOT be offended" take precedence over the right to free speech? Don't I have a right to say what I feel, even if it risks offending someone? I'm not the type of person to purposely offend anyone. I don't try to do that and I wasn't trying to do that here. I was just expressing the way I felt. But, apparently, I am not allowed to do that with that particular group.

So much for freedom of speech....

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Great fireworks!

I made a daring move last night. I took the boys and went to Mercyhurst for the fireworks - ALONE! Brian was sleeping since he had to work the morning news today. It wasn't bad at all. I found a pretty good parking spot which didn't require much walking. I brought the DVD player to keep the boys entertained for the 90 minutes before the show started. They did really well. Ryan picked a great spot to sit, too. And, it only took me 30 minutes to get home afterward! Much better than 2 years ago (last year we were in Ohio visiting for the 4th). It took me over an hour to get home that day! I attribute that to the fact that I know my way around Erie a little better than I did 2 years ago! I actually knew where I was going and could take a few side streets to get back to 38th. Once on State, it was smooth sailing. Not many people heading back in that direction. So, I made another filmloop of the fireworks that I took. I'll post that now:



It really was fun. My only complaint is that I thought they lasted longer! It seemed it was over before it began. It lasted 15-20 minutes (not sure since they started a bit before 10 according to my watch). The boys kind of had that look like "What? That's IT?" Oh well. It was still fun :) I took a picture of the moon, too, for Ryan. He told me he wants to be an Astronaut someday so he can fly to the moon. It was too cute!

I love that the boys are older now so I can do things like this on my own and not have to worry that I'll loose them in the crowd. Same with the beach. I love that I can take them there without the fear of loosing the baby in the water, kwim? Well, let me rephrase that. Without having to watch the baby like a hawk so that he doesn't go into the water alone. Now, I can send him with his brothers to play whilst I plop down on a towel with the camera and a good book :) Near-by, of course.

On a totally different note, my sinuses exploded over the weekend. It was terrible! The only thing that ever bothers me, allergy wise, is Ragweed. Man, I don't know if it was prevalent in Ohio where we were, or if it was something totally different, but man. I was miserable! I slept most of yesterday trying to sleep off my sinus headache. It mostly worked. I still have a small one today, but it's much better compared to Monday and yesterday. Fortunately, the Benadryl allergy I have is working fairly weel. If weeds get too high, though, I'll have to bust out the Claritin D.

Ok, enough of my random ramblings. I hope you all had a great 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day!

Is there any greater day in our beloved country's history than July 4th? NO! That is what makes today such a great day! Happy Independence Day, everyone! I am proud to be an American!

We spent the weekend in Ohio with our good friends. After a rocking party Saturday night, we went to see a Reds vs. Indians game in Cincinnati on Sunday. It was my first major league baseball game! Not the teams I would have preferred, but it was still a fun time. Since I didn't have a stake in either team, I did what the song told me to do "Let me root, root, root for the home team." Unfortunately, the Indians won, so I guess I didn't root enough, huh? LOL. No, really, it doesn't matter to me who won.

I have some great pics to share, though. The field was also next to the Bengals stadium (and, no, I'm not a Bengals fan, lol.). The syline is just beautiful. We parked in Newport, KY and walked across a bridge to get to the stadium. Here are some of the pics from the skyline, along with the kids sitting in the shade cooling off and pics of the field. We had such a great time!