Saturday, January 31, 2009

Husband for adoption - low re-homing fee

Date: 2008-09-19, 5:57PM PDT

My husband said it's him or the dog? So, it was a tough choice, but the dog only takes up part of the bed, and he doesn't steal the covers, so I'm keeping the dog.

Husband has tendency to wander, likes to sleep all day, will play with his balls, isn't house trained, but will beg to go out. Needs fenced yard without grass to mow, a home with plentiful food (favorite food is pizza) and drink (loves beer). Gets along well with other dogs, doesn't much care for cats or children. Has little redeeming value, but he is cute. Comes from a long line of hunters, would love to be your hunting companion. Knows Sit, Heel, Stay, and Down. Doesn't always do them? But he knows those commands, don't let him try to convince you he doesn't. Is current on all shots, pretty healthy, has had his teeth cleaned recently, and is NOT NEUTERED. I'd be happy to help pay for the neutering.

Too good home, fee negotiable, I know I can't get anywhere near what I've got in him back. Comes with 49'ers T shirt, large flat screen TV, and a big truck but only the T shirt is paid for.

Serious inquiries only!

Friday, January 30, 2009

What would you do?

If you haven't looked at my blogroll recently you should.....Because it's gotten a crap ton bigger. I've gotten pretty bad at visiting the blogs that I follow so I added them to my blog roll so that I will actually go and comment on them. You should check them out...You never know you might meet some new bloggy friends.
What would you do if you were me? In the last two weeks my brother's fiancee' has tried to kill me twice while driving her car and then last Saturday night she tailgated a car the last few miles on our way to work (we ride together because we work at the same place and basically have the same schedule). With my tax return I was just going to get new struts put in and still go on my girl vacation to Idaho but in light of all that's happened recently I'm wondering if I should get the brakes and rotors done too and start driving myself and put my girl vacation on hold until we go to the Minneapolis PBR event in September?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An Award!

Thanks The Wife of O Riley

Wordless Wednesday - Sort of

Cause my Steelers are going to the SUPER BOWL and the quarterback isn't exactly "Terrible" to look at!

ESPN ranked Steelers fan the best fans in America - but everyone already knew that!! They based their ranking on (1=GREAT; 5=worst):

Stadium factor (loud? great atmosphere?) - our rank: 1

Live and die factor (fans take loss hard? ESPN considers this a good thing) - 1

Traveling road show factor (big presence in other stadiums?) - 2

Loyalty when team sucks (score points by sticking with loser) - 1

Hate factor (other teams fans hate your fans; this is good according to ESPN) - 1

Tailgate factor (home tailgates sizzling or stale?) - 2

Home fans creativity (wacky ideas or not?) - 2

TOTAL (adding up the above rankings) - 10 (we actually tied with Greenbay Packers fans with the total, but think that sellouts and season-ticket waiting list placed us above them) -- SEE BELOW


Consecutive sellouts: 299 Season-ticket waiting list: More than six years

No team is as woven into the fabric of a city. The organization's stability has a lot to do with it, as generations of Steelers fans relate to the tradition of ownership (Rooneys), smashmouth football, quality head coaches (league-low three since 1969) and success (five Super Bowl titles). The season-ticket waiting list is extremely long and the consecutive sellout streak of 299 games, including playoffs, is unbelievable. -- James Walker

The text above was obtained from: Steel City Sports Fan (Steelers Edition)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cowgirls Don't Cry

I was tagged

I was tagged by Hula over at Hula's Secret Blog. I put it off until today when I would have more time to work on it and didn't have to share the computer with anyone, so here goes:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yeah, my dad's uncle James and my middle name is for my grandfather....Jamie Rae
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Does a Cocker Spaniel count? If not, then no.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No, afraid of heights
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Cookie Dough or Vanilla with LOTS of Chocolate or Strawberry Sauce...Depends upon my mood
14. RED OR PINK? I'm going to go with pink on this one because I am forced to wear Red at work.
15. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I'm carrying around a few extra pounds.
16. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Right now my dog we put down the day before Thanksgiving.
18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? blue jeans, purple Lands End slippers.
21. FAVORITE SMELLS? Turkey cooking
24. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Football, Professional Bullriding
25. HAIR COLOR? Dishwater Blonde
26. EYE COLOR? Blue
28. FAVORITE FOOD? Steak smothered in Steak Sauce
29. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings.....perferably with plenty of laughs in between
30. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Someone Like You
31. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Red, I just got home from work
32. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer....Ready for some warmth
34. FAVORITE DESSERT? chocolate
37. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I haven't been doing much reading lately, been doing a lot of knitting on my gifts for next Christmas.
38. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? NADA, using laptop
40. FAVORITE SOUND(S)? I dont know.

I'm not going to tag anyone but if you do this on your blog I would love to read your answers so please leave me a comment letting me know.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Dear Beef Council

Dear Beef Council,

You suck and must be punished! To say that I am a little bit upset about your choice for your spokesman is a vast understatement. I happen to enjoy very much the deep gravely voice of Sam Elliot. Every time I hear him say "Beef it's what's for dinner" I start jonesing a steak.

This video is from the movie Ghost Rider...Which I would have seen sooner had I known Sam Elliot was in it.

Now I hear that you have resorted to selling "sex" in order to get people to eat beef. Now I have nothing against Matthew McConaughey but personally I think he's better suited to be "beefcake" rather than the "beef man." You have to admit that I am on to something with this especially after seeing this commerical!

The commerical for Dolce and Gabbana's fragrance - The One

I must end this letter now. I must go empty my drowl cup and possibly watch We Are Marshall and/or Ghost Rider and drowl some more.


A disgruntled beef eater

P.S. I HATE you Beef Council!

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Off to have some dinner (my whole schedule is backwards cause I'm up all night and sleep all day), knit some more and maybe do a little reading....Who knows.

Tomorrow....My bitch fit to the Beef Council. It's a goodie.

A mini pity party...

Last Thursday I posted a post called "I'm Gonna Drink" where I posted about all the things that have been going wrong in my life since the end of last November. Well I did as I said I was going to do and I had a few beers and had myself a mini pity party....I actually felt good too. The only downside to it was I started drinking on an empty stomach....NOT the smartest idea I've had in a while. To top that off I was making dinner slightly shall we say "fuzzy". All in all it felt good and even though I didn't do it exactly the smartest way I know of dinner still turned out great and I'm hoping that the washer will start working again shortly.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I got this little blirb off of Blogging Matilda this morning:

Hi there internet! As most of you know, I am collecting donations to help out an old friend. See previous post for more details. At first I thought connecting with people through Facebook and my blog would be amazing sources of support, and now, I can honestly say that I shocked, and not really in a good way.

Random strangers, people who have never met this amazing girl, have far exceeded the people who should feel some connection to her. Toni is such an amazing girl who has defied so many odds in life. She has been through hell and back. To protect her privacy, and not over share, this recent event is not the only tragedy that she has braved with complete dignity in her life. She is a great mother to two amazing children, and a loving wife to a totally kick ass husband.
She has been dealt a shitty deck of cards, and has always fought to come out on top. By collecting money for this benefit, I really hoped to redeem her faith in others and in humanity in general.

Please don't misconstrue this as unappreciation for what has been done thus far, because the generosity of strangers has been amazing, but more can be done. Times are tight, the economy is suffering, tons of us are unemployed, including me. But each and every one of us could make a small sacrifice. A dollar, anything. There is power in numbers, and I can't think of a better time to unite.

This is the story of a girl

This is the story of a girl and a nickname. When I started out blogging I was "just" Jamie. I was totally content with being "just" Jamie too, but then I found my blogging pal Trainwreck (TW to her blogging peeps) over at Cowboys, Kids and Sunsets. Y'all should seriously check out her blog by the way....she's got a wicked sense of humor and on top of that she's a phenominal artist/photographer! Well getting back to my story....My pal TW gave me a nickname....BITRCountryGirl because my first blog name (before the name change and then all the other troubles I was having) was Bumps In The Road: A Country Girl Trapped In Yuppie "Hell". TW took the first letters of Bumps in the Road and got the BITR and then added the CountryGirl to the end of it and now I'm BITRCountryGirl. But then there was a bit of confusion pertaining to my nickname....people actually thought that I was bitter and I'm really not. So I temporarily dropped my nickname after I moved back here to Blogger but now she's back and ready to take on the blogging world! And in the words of Paul Harvey "now you know....the rest of the story."

Friday, January 23, 2009


You'll notice that the name of this blog has changed. The original name of my blog was Bumps In The Road: A Country Girl Trapped In Yuppie "Hell" when I started blogging....way back when and I've decided that I'm going to "rock it Old School" in bloggy land from now on. Tomorrow I have a post scheduled that explains my nickname and why I temporarily stopped using it but now I'm back and ready to take on the blogging world.


Please Help

I was reading through my google reader (which I'm super behind on by the way) and I found another post from my good bloggy pal Jeannie that I thought that I would pass along on my blog. Courtney from Blogging Matilda wrote this (which I borrowed from Jeannie's blog):

Blogging is a wonderful thing. It creates a space that we can all share our lives, trials and tribulations. It connects random strangers with the best of intentions. Every time we need to share, find consolation, or laugh we turn to each other. The greatest thing is the fact that among us all we have the ability to reach out to thousands, even millions of people (if you’re Dooce). But now, I am turning to you for a little help.One of my oldest girlfriends, Toni, needs help.

Her husband and two children were in a car accident with a tractor trailer truck. Her husband took the brunt of the injuries while trying to maneuver the car to protect his children. The kids are ok, and are only suffering from broken bones. Jamie, her husband, was not as lucky, and is on a long road to recovery. This weekend there is a benefit being held in my hometown to raise money for the family, and the medical expenses that they are facing. Times are tight for everybody. We are all feeling the pinch, however, I am trying to raise as much money as possible to present to them this weekend at the spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

I have posted a widget on my blog to accept donations for the family. I am reaching out to my fellow bloggers in hopes that you might take a moment of your time to repost this information and ask your loyal readers to help out this young, struggling family in their time of need.

Thanks for your time,
Courtney at Blogging Matilda

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Too funny not to share

I found this on my bloggy pal Jeannie's blog and it was just tooo funny NOT to share. So here it is:

Think before you speak...

Here are six reasons why you should think before you speak -The last one is great! Have you ever spoken and wished that you could immediately take the words back...or that you could crawl into a hole? Here are the testimonials of a few people who did....

FIRST TESTIMONY: I walked into a hair salon with my husband and three kids in tow. And asked loudly,'How much do you charge for a shampoo and a blow job?' I turned around and walked back out and never went back. My husband didn't say a word...He knew better.

SECOND TESTIMONY:I was at the golf store comparing different kinds of golf balls. I was unhappy with the women's type I had been using. After browsing for several minutes, I was approached by one of the good-looking gentlemen who works at the store. He asked if he could help me. Without thinking, I looked at him and said, 'I think I like playing with men's balls'.

THIRD TESTIMONY:My sister and I were at the mall and passed by a store that sold a variety of candy and nuts. As we were looking at the display case, the boy behind the counter asked if we needed any help. I replied, 'No, I'm just looking at your nuts.' My sister started to laugh hysterically. The boy grinned, and I turned beet-red and walked away. To this day, my sister has never let me forget.

FOURTH TESTIMONY :While in line at the bank one afternoon, my toddler decided to release some pent-up energy and ran amok. I was finally able to grab hold of her after receiving looks of disgust and annoyance from other patrons. I told her that if she did not start behaving 'right now' she would be punished. To my horror, she looked me in the eye and said in a voice just as threatening, 'If you don't let me go right now, I will tell Grandma that I saw you kissing Daddy's pee-pee last night!' The silence was deafening after this enlightening exchange. Even the tellers stopped what they were doing. I mustered up the last of my dignity and walked out of the bank with my daughter in tow. The last thing I heard when the door closed behind me, were screams of laughter.

FIFTH TESTIMONY:Have you ever asked your child a question one too many times? My three-year-old son had a lot of problems with potty training and I was on him constantly. One day we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch, in between errands. It was very busy, with a full dining room. While enjoying my taco, I smelled something funny, so of course I checked my seven-month-old daughter, she was clean. The realized that Danny had not asked to go potty in a while. I asked him if he needed to go, and he said 'No'. I kept thinking 'Oh Lord, that child has had an accident, and I don't have any clothes with me.' Then I said,' Danny, are you SURE you didn't have an accident?' 'No,' he replied. I just KNEW that he must have had an accident, because the smell was getting worse. Soooooo, I asked one more time, 'Danny did you have an accident?' This time he jumped up, yanked down his pants, bent over, spread his cheeks and yelled 'SEE MOM, IT'S JUST FARTS!!' While 30 people nearly choked to death on their tacos laughing, he calmly pulled up his pants and sat down. An older couple made me feel better, thanking me for the best laugh they'd ever had!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST TESTIMONY:This had most of the state of Michigan laughing for 2 days and a very embarrassed female news anchor who will, in the future, likely think before she speaks. What happens when you predict snow but don't get any! We had a female news anchor that, the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn't, turned to the weatherman and asked: 'So Bob, where's that 8 inches you promised me last night?' Not only did HE have to leave the set, but half the crew did too they were laughing so hard!

Snickerdoodle Recipe


1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Cup Shortening
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar


In a bowl combine 1 Tablespoon sugar and cinnamon; set aside. In a second bowl, cream shortening; gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in Vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. Add sifted ingredients to creamed mixture; stir until well blended (I acutally had to get in there and kneed with my hands). Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Place snickerdoodles 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake cookies at 400 degrees for approximately 6 minutes (mine needed a couple minutes longer) or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet to wire racks for cooling

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We Are Trashy

One of my new bloggy pals Becky over at In The Trenches recently did a post about animal rescue stories. So here is my animal rescue stories. My family has always been big on rescuing animals in need. Both of our dogs are both rescues actually. My mom always wanted to have a Cocker Spaniel because she had one growing up on her families farm in Illinois....Apparently this dog was a PHENOMINAL farm dog. Well my mom got it into her head that we needed a Cocker Spaniel. My parents didn't want the "hassel" of a puppy when there are soooo many adult dogs out their that need loving homes also. My brother and I told my grandpa that we were FINALLY getting a dog and that we were getting a Cocker Spaniel. Well the animal shelter in the county that he lives in would put a description of all the new arrivals on the local radio station, just incase someone might be looking for a lost pet or to adopt a new pet. Well one day a Cocker Spaniel/Labrador Retriever was surrendered and my grandpa went and snatched her up for us. That is how we got our Shawna.

We recently had to put Shawna to sleep. Her quality of life was going down hill super fast and there was a really good chance that she had cancer too. She lived to be almost 20 years old and we miss her a lot. Which brings us to Laci, our 6 year old Cocker Spaniel....we actually got Laci to be a companion for Shawna. Personally, I think it was one of the best idea's we've had in awhile. We adopted Laci out of the same shelter that Shawna came out of too....Great people to work with when it comes to adopting a pet. We found Laci by accident actually. My parents were watching the news one night and they did a feature on a Animal Cruelty case at this particular shelter and Ms. Laci made it onto TV. We went down to the shelter a couple days after we originally saw the piece (after we took some time to think about it a little bit) and adopted this loveable lug who INSISTS on sleeping on the bed (under the covers if she can get there...if she can't under HER blankie will suffice), snores really loud and is horribly SPOILED:

So yup we're trashy and we wouldn't have it any other way. What about you, anyone else out there trashy like us?

Sad NFL news

The NFL announced today that for financial reasons they had to eliminate one team from the league.

So they've decided to combine the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and form one team, causing many layoffs but saving millions of dollars in costs, they will be known as the..........


Unfortunately, they're only good for one period and have no second string.....

Monday, January 19, 2009

Catching Up part Deux

So here are the recipients (just a few of the many AWESOME blogs I visit) of some wonderful awards, seriously check these blogs out....They are all AWESOME! Lets start with the "One Lovely Blog" award:

Lucchese to Louis Vuitton

Grand Pooba

Dugout Daisy

Too Much Information

Now lets move on the Lemonade Stand award:

Here are the rules for this one:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link this post to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are the recipients:

Terri Terri Quite Contrary

Country Mouse

Just Had To Do It


A Cowboy's Wife

The Texas Woman

This is the Day...Ps118:24

Nana's Kitchen

Jeannie's Happy World

Sticky Stuff On The Floor

So please go check out these super great blogs!


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Catching Up

I'm playing catch up in this post. I've been awarded a couple of awards and been tagged also. So here be the awards....I'm going to post the luck recipents of the awards/tag from me later this even/early tomorrow morning (depends when I get up).

Thanks R Susanna!

This one comes with a set of rules....I'm not really good with rules but I'll make do. Thank you The Wife!

Now for the tag. I was tagged by my new bloggy friend Dugout Daisy. So here we go.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab the nearest book.

2. Open to page 56.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the next 2 to 5 sentences, along with these rules.

5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual book. Pick the CLOSEST!

6. Tag five other people to do the same!

The closest book to me is called Wisconsin's Historic Houses. On page 56 the 5th sentence is this:

"The Yawkey family donated the house to the Marathon County Historical Society in 1954 for use as a museum. The main floor is preserved as it was when the Yawkey family lived here."

I'm going to wait until later to tag/award people....I have sooooo many blogs that I visit that I want to do this right and not be rushed. So there will be a part deux to this post. I'll be seeing you all later!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Smiley Face at Wally World

This lady was in the checkout line at the local Wal-Mart in Beautiful Downtown Porter, TX. Her hubby was with her and apparently either didn't notice or is just plain evil and didn't tell her about her fashion faux-pas. Wonder if he was pridefully puffed up at all the attention her junk in the trunk was getting or if he just figured he'dget even with her for something or other. Brings new meaning to What Not To Wear - but Be Happy!!! Thought y'all would like a giggle - - -Wonder if that's her standard "go to Wal-Mart underwear"???

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm gonna drink!

EDIT: I'd just like to say "Thank You" for all the words of encouragement that I recieved from all my bloggy pals out there. I really appreciate it. I hope that everyone has a great weekend. GO STEELERS! Now I'm off to knit and/or watch a movie I can't decide which at this point.

I couldn't catch a break if it jumped up and bit me in the ass right now. So far I really haven't had pretty much anything good happen to me since the day before Thanksgiving. Let's recap shall we:

1. The day BEFORE Thanksgiving we put our dog to sleep.

2. December 4th the AC compressor in my car completely seizes up which put me in the hole $1,200.

3. As a result of #2 I'm in debt to the Bank of Dad for $1,200.

4. I have a whole list of repairs that I need to have done to my car.

5. I need to have new struts put on my car because the spring in the strut on the front drivers side is broken and has actually punctured 2 tires to this point.

6. As a result of number 5, I have been no where or done anything really "fun" in MANY WEEKS.

7. Our washer has pretty much decided that it's just not going to work anymore and because I happened to be the person using it when it decided this I am the one who is going to catch hell for it.

So as a result of the above list, I have decided that I am going to drink and possibly cry some and maybe tomorrow things will look a little better. That's my hope anyway.


Houston, We have Hotel!

As I've posted before, my friend Ashley and I are going on another one of our Girl Vacations to see our favorite group of guys...Our PBR bullriders/Cowboys extraordinaire. This morning I made hotel reservations at the Holiday Inn Express across the highway from where the event is actually being held. The nice lady at the desk who was helping me make my reservation was able to knock a $129.99 a night room down to $89.99 a night for us even (She's my hero right now). I am getting SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited about this trip right now it's not even funny!

On another note, a couple months ago I rearranged my room and put my 2009 PBR Hunks calendar in a "safe place." Well it's now the 15th of January and I just found my calendar this morning. We almost had to declare a State of Emergency....It was pretty touch and go for a little while there.

My New Addiction and De-Cluttering....

So I got a $25 iTunes giftcard for Christmas and I spent the whole thing and then some on audiobooks. As I'm writing this post I'm downloading Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (soon to add Gods and Generals to the list too), I've also downloaded Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks, P.S., I love you by Cecilia Ahern, and Dirty by Megan Hart.

I'm in the process of trying to de-clutter my room (which I really need to get back to) and so far I'm sucking pretty miserabley at it. There is soooo much junk laying on my floor right now that I'm actually embarassed....I can not believe I have soooo much stuff. Most of which I really don't need, which will either be going into trash or into my bags to go to Goodwill or St. Vincents (which take up most of my closet and a corner of my room right now). I've got 3 laundry baskets of laundry I need to do and actually put away this time (getting it done isn't the problem, putting it away is the problem). I'm in desperate need of a paper shredder and we don't have one that actually works.

It's colder than HELL here in Wisconsin AGAIN! I think I heard that with the wind chill figured in for Wednesday night it was supposed to be between -35 and -45 degrees below 0. I heard that the high for Thursday is supposed to be -6 degrees but with the wind chill factor it's supposed to feel more like -20 to -35 degrees. I can hardly wait....Have I mentioned that I am NOT a big fan of winter?


Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa , half discovered, halfwild, fertile and naturally beautiful! Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe, well developed and open to trade. Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain, very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty. Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece, gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit. Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain, with a glorious and all conquering past. Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel , has been through war and doesn't make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business. Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada , self-preserving, but open to meeting newpeople. After 70, she becomes Tibet, wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages...only those with an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge visit there.


Between 1 and 70, a man is like Iran ... ruled by nuts.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


If anyone hasn't noticed I haven't posted since Monday morning. I apologize for that I've been trying to fight off a bitching migraine that I think I inadvertantly gave myself. I was out shoveling my drive on Friday morning and must of tweeked my neck just enough that I've been in serious pain since Friday night. So I've been dealing with that for now and working on my knitting projects....Oh and I am in the process of downloading my first audiobook off of Itunes sounds really interesting.

I know that I've been tagged and have things waiting for me at other blogs....I promise I'll come get them and share with all my peeps....I just got to nip this horrible pain in my head in the bud first.

Until then,


Monday, January 12, 2009

The boom has been lowered, complete with some Yumminess!

The boom has finally been lowered on some of our more "special" team members at work. Apparently, on Thursday night during our nightly huddle our team leads made it crystal clear that if you get caught burning your pulls (saying you pulled something when you really didn't) it is grounds for immediate termination. All I can say about that is it's about dang time. There is a small select group of people you seem to be able to pull pulls that are supposed to take over 1 hour to pull (where we pull product from our stockroom that has been purchased throughout the day) in less than 15 minutes.

I am SOOOOOO excited that my Pittsburgh Steelers have made it to the final 4 teams in the playoffs! Which brings me to this "interesting" little tidbit....One of my co-workers thinks that football season is just NOW starting. I can't even tell you the rest of the story because I was too shocked by what she had said that I can't remember it.

Is it sad that I enjoy watching my Cocker Spaniel slide across our new floors into things, like doors, door frames, dishwashers, etc.? Does that make me a bad doggy mommy?

In honor of my Steelers making it to the final 4, I give you.....Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback extraordinaire and some SUPER YUMMINESS!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's snowing AGAIN!

It's snowing again here in the great state of Wisconsin. I wish it would stop. I'm ready for it to be spring again....Does anyone second that? I'm ready for sunscreen and 60-70 degree weather, but I'll settle for no more snow for a few days at least.

I just wanted to let you all know that I did put comment moderation on any post older than 7 days....That way I know who's commenting on my older stuff. If you would like to check out some of my favorite posts, click here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, especially ones like Breakfast in Bed and Santa's Younger Brother.....Yup defiantly enjoyable is what they are.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Repost - Blessings Bloggy Friend Edition

It’s Friday again and usually I do a post about all the things that I’m thankful for that happened during the week. This week I’m doing a little something different and I’m picking a certain “area” of my life to blog about. This week I’m gonna talk about all my bloggy friends! You know who you are!

I’m ALWAYS thankful for my bloggy friends because it really doesn’t matter what’s going on on my blog…..whether I’m complaining about my dog (who can be a real pain in the butt) or launching into a tirade about how our new boss at work is jerking us around and treating us unfairly….there’s always someone out there on my blog list that will say something extremely encouraging and I always feel a TON better.

As I’ve posted before I’m trying to lose a bunch of weight before my trip to Idaho (to see my cowboys again) in April and I’m always getting words of encouragement from my bloggy peeps and my new bloggy peeps…..Encouragement like that from people that I don’t know personally other than through their blogs means a lot to me and keeps me going to reach my goal.

Basically this week my blessings are to you my blogging peeps. Love you all and can hardly wait to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Some of my Favorite Posts

This post is designated for all of my favorite posts. There will be a link in my sidebar back to this post, so keep checking it out to see what's been added.

Window Shopping/Shopping Posts
Window Shopping ~ Bath and Body Style
Window Shopping ~ Cowgirl Style
Window Shopping ~ Western Style
The Original Window Shopping Post
Window Shopping ~ Twilight Style

Vacation/Trip Posts
My "Girl" Vacation
Save A Horse Ride A Cowboy
Columbus Ohio, Dear Diary
Minneapolis, Minnesota Dear Diary
Chicago, IL Dear Diary
Grand Rapids, MI Dear Diary

Movie/Book/Product Reviews, etc.
Australia Review
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer
Hello My Name Is Ingo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die.
Happy Trails Hans
The Searchers

For The Pet Owners
Rubber Gloves
Important Stimulus Information
Husband for Adoption
Dear Beef Council
An Oldie But A Goodie
And then there was a candy dish
I'll be knitting
Santa's Younger Brother
Merry SITSmas
Why Men Should Not Have Action Figures
A Legal Question
Breakfast In Bed

Wordless Wednesday
Bathing Ms. Laci
How PBR Bucking Bull Chicken On A Chain got his Name
Shutting Detroit Down
We Are Trashy
To Moderate or Not To Moderate that is the question
A borrowed blogging tip and a question
Some Yumminess
State of Mind
Monday Morning Church
Little Black Tufts of Dog Hair
Vietnam Veteran

Snickerdoodle Recipe
Warm and Comfy Chicken Pot Pie
Fabulous 4 Bean Hot Dish
Impossibly Easy Cheesburger Pie

The Giant Wave....

I try to very rarely post about my job here on my blog. There are a lot of things that I like about my job but there are even more things that I DON'T like about my job that if I posted them here and someone found it and turned it over to my big boss, well it could cost me my job, so I just don't. Well today, I'm kinda throwing caution to the wind and posting about our "Giant Wave" thing that we have going on at work.

Here's a little info about our store. On the overnight side of things the layout of the store is broken down into "waves." For example, we have the infants wave (which is all the baby stuff minus 90% of the clothes, toys, sporting goods and luggage), the middle wave (which is auto, chemicals, domestics, and plastics), the front wave (which is the office supplies, small appliances and kitchen gadgets), then there is softlines, H&B, Electronics, market and a couple of smaller areas in the store that are assigned to one or two people to complete before their shift is over.

Now on to the "Giant Wave." The people who aren't assigned to area's like softlines, H&B or the other smaller area's of the store make up the "Team Wave" (which is what I refer to as the "Giant Wave"), which is usually about 10+ people who work each wave in the store as a group before moving on to the next wave. In the beginning of the "Giant Wave" it was run soooo inefficiently that I hated it. Then Christmas came along and we hired some real "winners" that made being a part of the "Giant Wave" completely unbearable. You have to work TWICE as hard because these people don't feel that they have to do anything.

Well now that Christmas is over and all the "winners" are no longer with us, thank God for the term "SEASONAL Employment!" The "Giant Wave" is running much smoother these days and we're actually getting all the work done with time to spare. I still hate it, just not as bad as at the beginning.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

To Moderate or Not that is the question?

For a little while now I've been moderating my comments just to test the waters a little bit and I've noticed that recently the comments have dropped off drastically. I've found that I had better success with commenting when I was not moderating my comments. So my questions to you are: What are your feelings on moderating comments? Do you moderate your comments or would you ever consider moderating your comments? Do you tend to not comment on blogs that have comment moderation enabled and why?

The "Great Blog Makeover" commenses after my nap....I hope you all like it!

I'm Twittering!

I'm Twittering now and if you would like to follow me on there here is the info you need:

Send "Follow Jamers841" to 40404

P.S. I'll be doing a blog makeover again shortly...Ought to be interesting when I get through with it that's for sure.


Is it wrong....

That I'm jealous of Ree over at The Pioneer Woman? I LOVE her webpage and wish I had one like it too. I know there's a whole lot of marketing stuff that went into making her webpage the way it is today but I'm still jealous. Is it sad that I've considered e-mailing her and asking the secret to her success? Now that I've put that out there lets move on....

I went out and purchased a crap ton (in layman's terms, LOTS) of yarn to start working on knitting gifts for next Christmas already. I can hardly wait to start on my next project! But first I have to finish my scarf and get pictures of it posted so you all can see it. I SO have to get better about finishing one project before I start another.....I am SO bad at that right now.

I find this pretty unusual....Usually I watch A LOT of TV/Movies but in the last week I've watched MAYBE 2 or 3 hours TOTAL. I've been doing A LOT of knitting and blogging in that time. Since I'm not really going anywhere for a while with the current state that my vehicle is in I guess it only makes sense...But I still find it odd.

Can anyone tell me why Blogger felt the need to "eat" both of my blog lists? That does NOT make me happy! I've got a couple added back in but I MUST get something other than blogging done today, so I'll probably be working on it over the next couple of days, so please bear with me.

Well I think that's pretty much it for now at least.


An oldie but a goodie.....

I was looking through my really old Blogger blog (well 3 blogs ago anyway) and I found the following post....It made me giggle so I thought that I would share it with you too.

Well last night at work was pretty uneventful. Boring to be blunt. Well that was until I was told to rearrange the cooler. It was pretty much rearranged and sorted by pull group (we pull things from our stockrooms to replenish what our store's guests purchased during the day). The only real problem that there was in the cooler was there wasn't much moving around room due to three pallets of milk in the cooler. Two pallets were just your basic different types of milk, the third was a pallet of Silk soy milk. After I was done tweaking the cooler I was to put the cases of Silk up on top of the shelving that we have in our cooler....Now each case had 6 1/2 gallon containers in it and after about the 10th one they started getting really heavy! And 90 minutes it took me to get the whole pallet put up, because I had to start over. Apparently, I was not putting the cases up the way I was supposed to or something of that nature. So now as a result of this project I am not a big fan of Silk. But in the word's of Stewie from Family Guy ..... "Victory is MINE!"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Some Photoshop "projects"

Here are some of the Photoshop projects that I've done so far. I downloaded PW's Action Sets and I've been trying to figure some of those out too. Well I think I've mastered 1 or 2 so far but with time and practice I'll get more "mastered." The photo's I used were just some that I found on the hard drive...I'm guessing they were borrowed off the net at some point but I can't tell you from where cause I have no idea.

The photo above is the orginial

The same photo using the "Diffused Glow" filter

Using the "Colored Pencil" Filter

Using the "Dry Brush" filter

Using the "Smudge Stick" filter

Using the "Facet" filter

Here's another original

This is PW's "Sharpen This" Action Set

Here's another original

This is using PW's "Sepia tone" Action Set

This is using PW's "Sharpen This" Action Set

Monday, January 5, 2009

Johnny and June

Heidi Newfield's "Johnny and June"

Taylor Swift "Love Story"

I've changed my blog background again....I went with a springy feel.....Hoping it will make this miserable winter we're having a little more bearable. My mission to eliminate clutter in my blogs sidebar has come to a halt....I've added just some of the blogs that I read back into my sidebar (I missed having you "guys" there.) I've almost completed my first major knitting project...The scarf that I was going to give my mom for Christmas but I didn't get it done in time. No pictures of it yet but I'll post some when I get it done. Also on the knitting front, I taught myself how to do the purl stitch...It wasn't nearly as hard as my brother's fiancee made it out to be.

I'm going to put this shout out too....Y'all should stop by my blogging pal Tara's blog. Tara and her husband Michael (also known as Oby) have a little girl named Chole that is a real inspiration to a lot of people (Click Here to Learn more about Chole), see Chole has West Syndrome (a seizure disorder) as well as some significant developemental delays. I LOVE checking out Tara's blog because it seems like there is another "little" miracle everyday. You'll be hooked...I know I was.

Now I'm off to watch Sabrina....The one with Harrison Ford....Unfortunately I haven't seen the classic version yet.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

ANOTHER giveaway!

While I was visiting John Deere Mom's blog I found another bloggy giveaway. This one I found on The Russo Corner's blog. Please check this blog out I would post what is all being given away (the blog authors favorite beauty products) in this giveaway but there is literally toooo much to name. All of which would find a nice home at my house by the way. To view the giveaway please click on the image below:

John Deere Mom's Anniversary Giveaway!

While I was out and about visiting my fellow SITS members this morning, I found a new blog that I really like A LOT......John Deere Mom. Well John Deere Mom is doing a giveaway for her blog anniversary. Let's tak a look see at what is all being given away shall we (I borrowed the photo's from John Deere Mom's blog)?

Let's take a look inside!

Here is a list of the goodies inside:

1. Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen and Mercy by Jodi Picoult

2. The movie Madagascar

3. The John Deere tote

4. A $2 bill for luck

5. Tide Stick to go

6. A bag of Lindt Chocolate

7. A pocket hand sanitizer in Midnight Pomegranate

8. A bottle of Dancing Waters lotion

9. A bottle of Moonlight Path body lotion

10. and a $10 Starbucks gift card!

"Window" Shopping - Bath and Body Style

I was visiting some of the blogs that sponsor SITS this morning when I came across the blog Little Window Shoppe (ya'll should check it out it's got some pretty interesting branched off sites). There are all sorts of different places to visit on Little Window Shoppe but I selected the Sweet Shoppes from there there are a WHOLE BUNCH of different options, I personally selected Bath and Body under the Women's section. Which brings us to "Window" Shopping - Bath and Body Style (Please note that I only put a few from each of the webpages that I visited on this post, please visit the shoppe's webpages to see more products, Click on the images to go to webpages Home Page. Another Note: Almost all of these products are handmade, personally I LOVE handmade soaps, etc. The handmade soaps that I have purchased in the past have lasted much longer than my store bought soaps and left my skin much more refreshed, it's a little bit on the pricey side but TOTALLY worth the money!):

Soften Up Salve - $24.00
Skin Type: Damaged, dry skin.

Fine for Sensitive skin. Soften, soothe, repair and heal all of your rough and damaged spots. Botanical ingredients combine with rich oils to naturally calm and repair skin. It will, after a few minutes, absorb into skin and will not leave a sticky feeling. It is sure to heal rough, dry, damaged skin. It will also help reduce wrinkles, scars, eczema and help sunburns. A little goes a long way. Made with Herbal Oils of Calendula, St. John's Wort, and Plantain combined with Meadowfoam Seed Oil. and Sea Buckthorn Oil. Also contains Beeswax and Organic Soy Lecithin.

Key ingredients:

* Calendula Oil: Soothing, aids in healing dry and damaged skin, skin inflammations, rashes, diaper irritations, and other skin irritations.

* St. John's Wort Oil: anti-inflammatory, aids in healing wounds, bruises, varicose veins, sunburns, bee stings, and mild burns

* Sea Buckthorn Berry: Extra healing, treats dry damaged skin, wrinkles, and scars

* Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Rejuvenating and Moisturizing

* Paraben Free

* No Mineral Oil

* Gluten Free

* Wheat Free

Ingredients: Calendula Oil (Olive Oil infused with Calendula Flowers), St. John’s Wort (Olive Oil infused with St. John’s Wort), Beeswax, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Lecithin (Soy Based), Seabuckthorn Berry Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Oil Extract

Margarita Body Cream - $20.00

Margarita Body Cream is a soothing body cream with a scent that will lift you spirits and make you think of a wonderful relaxing beach vacation. Made with Organic Lime Hydrosol, healing Organic Aloe Vera Gel, repairing Mango Butter and Avocado Oil, and Lime and other essential oils. Next best thing to a real vacation (well sort of).

Key ingredients:

* Red Roobious Tea: Fights free radicals, Anti- oxidant

* Kelp Extract: Helps to firm skin

* Hibiscus Extract: Anti-oxidant, helps to maintain skin elasticity while firming and toning skin

* Mango Butter Butter: Heals and repairs skin, Clears wrinkles

* Avocado Oil: Rich in vitamins and fatty acids

* Meadowfoam Oil: Reduces the signs of aging, helps skin retain moisture

* Paraban Free

* No Formaldehyde

* No Mineral Oil

* Vegan Friendly

* Gluten Free

* Wheat Free

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avocado Oil, Organic Lime Hydrosol, Mango Butter, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin (Veg), Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Hibiscus Extract, Vitamin E, Essential Oils blend of Lime, Lavender, Lemon, and Orange, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (and) Potassium Sorbate, Organic Atlantic Kelp Extract, and Organic Red Rooibos Tea Extract

Size: 2 oz, Click Here to go to Jackson Sage Shoppe

Daily Lavender Scrub - $13.00
Skin Type: ALL

Our Lavender Daily Scrub gently cleanses and rejuvenates skin due to its high mineral content. It literally absorbs impurities while soothing and softening. Its toning action stimulates the skin by gently exfoliating and cleansing, leaving a rejuvenating complexion. A combination of therapeutic herbs with the clay combats blemishes while healing and reducing inflammations. Kaolin Clay does not draw oils from the skin, making it a perfect choice for dry skin types. Designed to use as a daily or weekly treatment.

Key Ingredients:

* Kaolin Clay: Mild Clay that stimulates circulation without drying skin. Rich in Minerals. Heals blemishes and inflammations

* Calendula: Stimulates collagen, Minimizes Scaring, Anti-bacterial

* Jojoba Beads: Gentle Exfoliate

* 100% Natural Ingredients

* Cleanses gently; detergent free

* Cleanses without striping

* Paraban Free

* No Mineral Oil


Daily: Pour small amount into palm of hand. Add water to form a paste. Apply in a circular motion to skin. Rinse. Avoid eye area.

Weekly: Use 2 TBS. Add water or herbal infusion to form a paste. Leave on for 5-20 minutes. Rinse. Avoid eye area.

Ingredients: Kaolin Clay, Organic Almond Powder, Jojoba Beads, Organic Lavender Powder, Organic Calendula, Lavender Essential Oil

Size: 1.5 oz, Click Here to go to Jackson Sage Shoppe

Doggie Sage Miss. Fruity Soap - $8.00

Doggie Sage Miss. Fruity Soap is made from skin loving conditioning oils and a light citrus scent. It does not contain artificial or synthetic ingredients that cause allergic reactions or irritations. It is easy to use. Rinses off easily leaving your dogs coat soft and shinny.

* Paraben Free

* No Mineral Oil

* Vegan Friendly

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera Oil and Essential Oils of Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, Orange, and Lavender

Size: 4 oz Bar, Click Here to go to Jackson Sage Shoppe

Gentleman Caller - $5.50

The highest quality Bay Rum and Lime fragrance. This is a classic men's scent! Fresh and Clean.
My boyfriend LOVES this scent, and so will the man in your life.
Ingredients: olive oil,coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, sodium hydroxide, tussah silk, color, fragrance.

Click Here to go to Luv 4 Country Soaps

Hippy Hippy Shake - $5.50

The creamiest bar of soap you'll ever experience! This sensational bar is made with "sheeps milk" which has the highest milk fat content that you can find. Double the milk fat of goat's milk! This makes for a wonderfull emollient moisturizing treat! Scented with a Luv4Country Original patchouli and sandalwood blend . A great unisex scent! This is also a favourite of mine and our best selling soap.

A Unique marbelled swirl, no two bars are exactly alike. October 2007's batches are more green with rose swirls (less white)

Ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, palm kernel flakes, soybean oil, sodium hydroxide, sheeps milk, fragrance, color.

Click Here to go to Luv 4 Country Soaps

Healing Salve

This salve recipe is formulated with natural healing oils and essential oils! Whenever I've done a show these FLY off the shelf. This salve comes in a perfect sized container to throw in your purse or pocket. I like to take mine on flights and rub a small amount on my temples. A great all-purpose salve.

Available in an 8 gram tin or 30 gram jar. Choose size accordingly. 8 gram tin is $3.00, 30 gram jar is $6.50

Ingredients: emu oil, hempseed oil, olive butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, allantoin, vitamin e, tea tree and lavender essential oils.

Shea Whip Pink Sugar - $3.00

*NEW*Pure and Simple. Shea Butter and Aloe Vera whipped and scented with the wonderful fragrance of PINK SUGAR (Aquolina Type)! This yummy butter is light and ultra moisturizing. Packaged in a convenient purse sized jar just right for carrying anywhere. Wonderful for dry hands, feet, elbows, you name it!

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, fragrance

Click Here to go to Luv 4 Country Soaps

Bubble Rubble - $18.00 in Sexy Laundry Day scent

Rebel! Fight the Bubble Conglomerates!

We've torn down the bubble establishment. And from the rubble has emerged a chunky bubble bath by the people for the people. Hand made & scented, packed with tons of bubble action for all.
Take a chunk of rubble or two and break it up under warm running water. Bubble action ensues immediately - not to mention relaxation and fun.
Handmade, gentle, bubbly and beautiful, this bubble bath smells great and looks great in the jar.
Available in a 10 ounce jar that will fill plenty of tubs with plenty of bubbles.

Click Here to go to Product Body

Crush On You - $22.00

We've Got A Crush On You...
...and we'll do anything for someone we love. So we've formulated a unique and amazing exfoliating and moisturizing skin cleanser that you're gonna want to marry.

Crush On You is like nothing you've ever felt (unless you've run your hands through a bowl of extra moist sugar cookie batter). It's loaded with sugar that not only scrubs you clean but sloughs off dead dry skin cells. The macadamia nut oil and fresh shea butter we whip in moisturize your skin, leaving it soft and supple. Finally, the incredibly gentle body wash that holds it all together rinses you off as clean as a whistle, leaving your skin soft, clean and fresh feeling.
Scent offerings change from day to day or week to week, depending upon what our freshest batches of product are. If your favorite isn't here now, try something new, or check back from time to time. You can always email us to ask about your faves.

Click Here to go to Product Body

Ski Bomb - $18.00

Expose Yourself!
All Natural

We Love Summer - but some butters don't. Please click here to read our heat warning before ordering!

Snow (Beach). Wind. Cold (Hot). Why not just take sandpaper to your skin? If you're going outside you need to wear protection, and our latest super-potent ALL NATURAL moisturizer is just the ticket. Ski Bomb helps protect your skin from harsh weather conditions so that you can do whatever you want this winter (or Summer).
Made from a ridiculously wonderful blend of shea, cocoa, macadamia and sal butters to moisturize, as well as beeswax for protection and a healthy dose of vitamin E, Ski Bomb is packed with what you need to protect your skin this winter, and nothing you don't.
So slather it on and let it help protect your skin from getting wrecked while it soothes and helps heal what you've already damaged. Most importantly, relax and go have fun - we'll keep an eye on your skin.
NEW!! Net weight 3.5 ounces. No added scent.

Click Here to go to Product Body