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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Blame your weight gain on Holiday Stress

There was a national stress survey done in October by the American Psychological Association that found that people turning to food to help them feel better increases to 1 in 3 during the during the holidays. 41% of women and 25% of men admit to increased eating during the holidays.

Is it really stress related? Sure, there is stress. Trying to get your kids the "it" present that year, trying to get your husband something that he won't know what it is already, trying to buy for the gazillion and one nieces and nephews...not to mention arguing over which family you're going to spend Xmas with. Oh yes, there is tons of stress during the holidays.

But as for that being the reason people overeat during the holidays? Ummm....I'm not buying it.

Why do people overeat during the holidays? Well jeeze...from mid November until January 2, everywhere you go, there's food.

You have Thanksgiving, which is basically a day to see how much food you can cram in your mouth before you pass out watching football. Then almost every weekend in between Thanksgiving and Christmas you have holiday parties. Parties at work, parties with friends, school parties, etc. Then if you work in most offices, vendors send you presents and most of it is candy or cookies, tack on another 5 pounds there.

Most families wind up going to a Christmas Eve party, then having Christmas Day at someone's house. Think about all the food and sweets that are consumed then. Then it's left-over time. And to finish it all off, you have New Year's Eve parties full of food and booze (yes, Booze packs on pounds too), and then the New Year's Day dinner.

Most people say they gain about 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Are you really surprised?

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Thursday, December 7, 2006

If only people would tell the truth

I just got a call from the insurance company today. When my husband was in the first of his two recent accidents, the officer asked my husband for his email address and told him he'd email him the report that night. We never received it. I proceeded to email him 3 more times asking for this report, never to hear back from him. So finally I dropped it, figuring our insurance company would deal with it.

I get a phone call from our insurance company today saying they can't find record of the accident with either Leesburg City or VA State police. So I call up the police dept and after looking for 5 minutes, they find it and tell me despite the fact the cop said otherwise, they don't email reports and if I want the report, I have to pay them $6 for it.

So another call to StateFarm later, hopefully they'll deal with it.

Ugh... if they don't email reports, why ask my husband for his email address and say they'll send it to him????

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hugh Laurie Pt. 3

The Swoonfest continues

Johnny B. Goode like you've never heard before.....

Definitely a new version of Johnny B. Goode.

While I live Hugh, I'm so much more impressed with the dude playing the xylophone....I mean hey, he's got sheet music for that? *L*

Hugh Laurie

I'm a Hugh Laurie Freak. So for the next few days, I'm going to post some clips of him I found on YouTube.

You Tube is great...

Behold the sexy, hilarious Hugh Laurie

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Christmas Gifts

I was listening to Casey Kasem's top 40 christmas edition this morning.

Every time they got ready to break for commercials, Casey would do a commercial for an item he recommended listeners buying for their family. What kind of gifts were they? Gifts you couldn't afford to buy unless you made a fortune!

My favorite was for the Bose stereo system. Talking about buying it for a family member, and hey....why not buy one for yourself as well.

Ummm..... I don't know any family member that gets $1000 gifts, do you? The simple fact that in order to buy their headphones, they have a monthly payment plan!!

Geeze!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Emmitt wins Dancing With The Stars 3

Season 3 is all over, and the winner is..... Emmitt Smith.

I have to say, I'm quite happy Mario didn't win.

The premise of Dancing with the Stars was to take stars who had no dancing background, and teach them all the intracracies of ballroom dancing. Every season ABC sacrifices this premise to get ratings. Last year, they brought in Drew Lachey, who was in a boy band and was experienced in learning routines and pulling them off, and he won.

This year, they had two ringers, Mario Lopez and Joey Lawrence. True, Joey Lawrence only had dance training when he was small, but he still had it. He still carried with him the training he received when he was a child. And Mario. Mario was on Kids Incorporated. He learned dance routines every week, and had to master them. Both of them had dance training. Neither of them should have been allowed to compete. I'd even go so far as saying Willa Ford is a recording artist and has training when she does her videos, she probably shouldn't have been allowed in either.

So I'm very glad Emmitt, who had no training and worked his butt off, won this season's DWTS.

That all being said.... I wonder if they give Cheryl a bean bag next season if she could win again?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Sending the woman off to fight your battles

After being out of the spotlight for almost 7 months, Tom Cruise is inflicting himself on the population again. But what was he careful to do before he started appearing everywhere? Send Katie Holmes and "his" daughter out to mend HIS fences.

You've seen the photos, Katie out having lunch with Brooke Shields (the site of his last great stand), having Katie making things look good.

Now they're finally getting married this weekend. I feel bad for Katie. I think she's in over her head, and there's no way to get out now.....not without losing her baby.

And as for Suri...that baby is all Katie. Suri looks just like her mother. Doesn't look at all like Tom...which just confirms my feelings that Suri wasn't conceived naturally. I swear there was a fertility clinic involved in the conception.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Target Recalls Various Toys Due to Lead and Laceration Hazards

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2006
Release #07-035

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Target Recalls Various Toys Due to Lead and Laceration Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Various "Kool Toyz" Children's Products

Units: About 190,500

Importer/Distributor: Target Stores, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Manufacturer: Toy Century Industrial Ltd., of Hong Kong

Hazard: Some of these toys contain lead paint, which is toxic if
ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. Also,
some of the toys have sharp points, posing laceration or puncture wound
hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received four reports of toys breaking
apart, exposing sharp points. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves "Kool Toyz" brand toys, including sets
containing die-cast cars, playground set, doll house set, dinosaurs,
trucks, boats and planes. The packaging is primary blue and has the
"Kool Toyz" logo is on the upper left corner of the packaging. The
following chart lists the toys involved in the recall, their item
numbers written on the upper right corner of the packaging, and the
specific hazards they pose:

Product Name / Item Number / Hazard
Truck Carry Case / 087/01/0050 / Lead Paint and Sharp Points
Tiny Playground Set / 086/10/0048 / Lead Paint and Sharp Points
Dream House Play Set / 086/10/0048 / Lead Paint and Sharp Points
Discovery Dinosaur Habitat / 087/01/0011 / Lead Paint
Command Center Action Figure Play Set / 087/01/0034 / Sharp Points
Aircraft Carrier Action Figure Play Set / 087/01/0034 / Sharp Points
Air, Land and Sea Defender Play Set / 087/01/0036 / Lead Paint
Tank Action Figure Play Set / 087/01/0040 / Lead Paint
Helicopter Action Figure Play Set / 087/01/0040 / Lead Paint
Remote Control Trucks / 087/01/0042 / Sharp Points

Sold by: Target Stores nationwide from July 2006 through September 2006
and on Target.com from August 2006 through September 2006 for between
$10 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the products away from children and return
the item to the nearest Target Store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Target at
(800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or
visit the firm's Web site at www.target.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07035.html

Target Recalls "Play Wonder" Puzzle Tables for Choking and Laceration

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2006
Release #07-034

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Target Recalls "Play Wonder" Puzzle Tables for Choking and Laceration
Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: "Play Wonder" Puzzle Tables

Units: About 7,100

Importer/Distributor: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Manufacturer: Sunrise, of China

Hazard: The handles on the puzzle pieces can come off, posing a choking
hazard to young children. Also, the tips of the nails on the inside
shelf of the puzzle table could be exposed, posing a laceration or
puncture hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received two reports of the pegs coming
off of the puzzle pieces. In one of these reports, a child was found to
be mouthing the pegs. No other injuries were reported relating to these
hazards.

Description: This recall involves a "Play Wonder" brand puzzle table
that contains three nine-piece wooden puzzles inside the table. They are
light blue with paw prints painted across the top of the table. The
table is about 13-inches high when assembled and has green sides. The
"Play Wonder" logo is located in the front lower right corner of the
packaging. Item number 204/12/0162 is located in the front upper right
corner of the packaging.

Sold at: Target stores nationwide and on www.target.com from December
2005 through October 2006 for about $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the products from children immediately and
return the item to the nearest Target Store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Target at
(800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or
log on to the firm's Web site at www.target.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07034.html

Decorative Snaps and Metal Clips Recalled by Provo Craft Due to Lead

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2006
Release #07-033

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 955-9490
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Decorative Snaps and Metal Clips Recalled by Provo Craft Due to Lead
Poisoning Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Decorative Snaps and Metal Clips

Units: About 76,000

Manufacturer: Provo Craft, of Spanish Fork, Utah

Hazard: The recalled clips and snaps contain high levels of lead. Lead
is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health
effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves the "Rob and Bob Studio Clip-Ease"
metal clips with model numbers 28-1084, 28-1085 and 28-1086 and the "Rob
and Bob Studio Snap-Ease" snaps with model number 28-1080. The product
name and model number can be found on the packaging.

Sold at: Scrapbook stores and craft retailers nationwide from August
2005 through October 2006 for about $6.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these products immediately and
contact Provo Craft for instructions on how to obtain a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Provo Craft
at (800) 955-9490 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday or
visit the firm's Web site at www.recall.provocraft.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07033.html

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Thanksgiving's Coming!?

Already?

Yesterday my father and I were discussing whether I had room in my freezer for the turkey. He mentioned I should probably take it out on Monday. I asked why, he said Thanksgiving is Thursday.

Thanksgiving is next Thursday????

This year has just flown by. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating my boys' first birthday, and now it's the middle of November. In 3 weeks my birthday is here, and 3 weeks after that it's Xmas.

Has anyone else just had this last year fly by??
Did Thanksgiving sneak up on anyone else too?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Deer!

I'm against hunting. I hate it. I hate the idea of poor innocent deer being gunned down literally by someone who hides hundreds of feet away, makes me mad. If you want to hunt, do it the way the cavemen did... with a ground rock... make them work for it.

After this morning, I still feel the same, but dang... I hate Deer.

One decided to attack my car this morning. My hubby stopped for one deer, and another ran into the side of the car. So now I have to put my car in the shop and get it fixed.

Ugh.

Deer stories anyone?

Anyone else hit a deer? What happened?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Black Friday #2

Just a quick follow-up to my post the other day about Black Friday.

My husband and I have spent the day planning strategy. We're sending the boys off to spend the night with their grandparents on Thanksgiving so we can hit some of the online Black Friday deals at midnight, and then it's up bright and early to hit Walmart at 5AM and then run over to Staples at 6. Then to the other stores we want to hit.

What? You don't have your plan of attack mapped out yet??? Shame on you!
Just visit blackfriday.gottadeal.com and check out the sales ads. They have almost all major stores including JC Penney, Sears, Walmart, Lowes, Staples, Office max, Circuit City, Best Buy, and they even have CVS and Walgreens!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Some people shouldn't be allowed to go out in public

If you remember, 5 years ago Bill Maher showed himself to be an idiot with his remarks about the terrorists. He lost his TV show, and now has a show on HBO. I've seen it, not very impressed with it quite frankly.

At Halloween, the idiot struck again by going to a Halloween party dressed up as Steve Irwin

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To say this was in bad taste is an understatement.

Friday, November 10, 2006

And Where will you be on Black Friday?

Black Friday is the name given to the day after Thanksgiving. It's when nutcases, like me, get up at insane times in the morning to go camp out in front of our favorite stores for their early (usually 5AM) openings to get the amazing sales.

For example, one year my husband wanted a laptop. Me, being the terrific wife I am got up to get him his special Black Friday laptop. I got up at 4 AM and sleep-drove my way to Best Buy. I then stood out in the cold and rain from 4:30 to 6:00 in my quest to get the laptop. While talking to people in line, I found out the ones that were first in line had gotten there at 10PM the night before....talk about dedication. Three hours later, irritated, laptop in hand, I left the store in victory.

Other memorable Black Fridays... the year of the Furby. I remember my mom, step-dad, and I hitting about 5 stores going through the mad rush as stores opened (back then they all opened different times, so if you were lucky you could hit every opening). After 3 stores, we finally got our Furbies.

Gottadeal.com has started it's yearly countdown to Black Friday. If you are like me and take this stuff seriously, you need to scope out the sales so you can figure out which sale you must be at when the doors open, which store you'll hit next and plan out your morning.

Want to start planning your attack? blackfriday.gottadeal.com

Anything on your wishlist?
Have any Black Friday memories?

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