Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Review…

Last January I posted my New Year’s Resolutions…

New Year’s Resolutions…

*I commit to blogging Monday-Friday, except on holidays and when I just can’t make myself do it.—well I didn’t exactly make that happen so well, will try to do better in 2010

*I will post more pictures on the blog. I stopped posting as many for fear they were not good enough, but snapshots are snapshots and they are good enough, right?—I have posted more pics, there are a ton on my computer, just need to get them actually posted on the blog.

*I will drink coffee and tea, but in moderation, only one-three cups a day—I don’t want to experience the dreaded kidney stone again.—Well done! I did accomplish this and will continue to do so.

*I will smile at least once a day and I will frown at least once a day—keep a nice balance. Hmmm, didn’t keep track of this too much, but do feel I am on the ball and did meet the resolution. I’ll have to think of a few resolutions on for 2010.

Enjoy bringing in your 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A great gift…

My sister got me a set of sheets for Christmas, which was super nice of her. I had my flannel sheets on and didn’t plan to take the off. However, I washed the new sheets yesterday and had to put them on. They are wonderful. Like butter! I’ve never had high count sheets before. I don’t know if I can go back. Yikes!!! Thanks Ms. N!

A moment of TV history, enjoy…

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

This You Tube Video is priceless and sadly so true.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Dear Public Utilities Commission of Ohio:

I am writing today in regards to the poor customer service I received from the (shit ass) Columbia Gas Company on December 20, 2009. On December 19, I discovered a gas smelled outside my back door. I contacted my landlord who then contacted Columbus Gas. A (twice a day smoking-smelly) young lady showed up with in a brief amount of time to confirm there was indeed a gas leak and my gas would have to be turned off. I was grateful for such a quick response to this emergency call. I was (super) unhappy to be displaced from my home during this cold winter’s night, but understood it was in the evening and a crew would be in the next day between the hours of 8am and 4pm. This is a (ridiculous) long window, but understandable (not).

On December 20, a crew of two men (dumb asses) did indeed show at my apartment to research the problem, around 3:30pm (just meeting that 4pm deadline). The problem was identified as an issue with a new gas line installed in my apartment not 3 months ago. The line pipe was installed incorrectly be the previous (incompetent) Columbus Gas (idiot) employee. The crew of two worked for about an hour and claimed the issue was fixed and that a tester would be out in within two hours to test the time and turn my hot water tank and furnace on again. I must be home in order for the tester to go into my basement to do the testing. This is understandable and I was happy to be there to have my heat turned on as the temperature in my home had dropped to 54 degrees. This is not freezing but is a terribly low temperature to simply sit and wait for the gas company (one can not really knit, fingers are too cold). Two and a half hours had past, no tester had arrived. I called Columbia Gas to inquire the estimated time the Columbia Gas employee would arrive. The emergency line employee, seemed (dazed and) confused when I called. She told me, no work order was in the system for someone to come out to my house that evening. I (gritted through clinched teeth) explained that the crew of two had been in my house and they (when specifically asked if I needed to call-was told no they would) claimed they were calling in a work order for a tester to be there within two hours.

The call center employee was very nice and put in the work order for me, explained that someone was required to be there within four hours, I had already been waiting two and that someone would be there in the next two hours. I was (trying!) trying to be patient and did not point out I had been waiting over two hours for someone to arrive the first time when apparently no work order had indeed been sent in.

I waited (freezing) another two hours, now growing more (pissed) impatient as it was now after 9:30pm. I called the emergency line again. I was told that there was an emergency somewhere else and that someone would eventually be at my house. I inquired a timeline as to when that might be. I was told no timeline could be given as there was an emergency, but I was reassured that someone would there that that evening. Well, this is where my complaint really begins. I had now been waiting over 5 hours for someone I was first told would be there in two hours (argh!). Then I’m told that turning my heat back on was not an emergency (bull shit). Well, had I had a small child or an elderly person in my home, it would likely be an emergency, however since I did not the lack of heat in my home on a cold winter’s night was not an emergency. I would like to differ with this, I don’t typically keep my home at 54 degrees in December, in Ohio and I doubt that any of the Columbus Gas Company (dumb ass) employees do either.

Someone finally arrived at my home and at 10:45pm I once again had gas in my home and could turn my heat back one.

The customer service I received from the initial person that arrived to turn off my gas was (ok-not stellar) wonderful, very kind and helpful. The men to came to fix the leak, knew what they were doing (not likely since they dug a hole that didn't need to be), even if they did leave a pile of dirt in my backyard from digging around. However, their (stupidity) incompetence to call in my work order to delay the return to the gas being turned on created a severe break in customer service (a cluster fuck!). The emergency call center’s lack of urgency (annoyed voice) at getting someone to my home to turn the gas back on so heat could be restored to my home was unacceptable. I strongly encourage the Public Commission of Ohio to take action with the Columbus Gas Company (demand they give me a refund for my time) for their seemly lack of concern on returning heat to a home in a timely manner as an individual is forced to wait in a below average temperature home (54 degrees, in December, in Ohio) for over six hours.


(Pissed Off) Columbus Gas Customer

(items in red will be omitted from official letter)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I Did It …

You should too. Go to and vote for your fav a cappella group from the show. It doesn’t cost you a thing, just a moment of your time. If you haven’t been watching no worries, you can catch up on or Or you can simply trust your o’ blogger here and simply vote for the Beelzebubs. Weird name yes, but just do it. I will not track you down and make you vote, but you really, really should.

I’ve never cared about any of those other crappy shows to bother voting and I like the fact I can vote online and not make a phone call.

I’ll keep an eye out for the winner announced on Monday and keep you updated in case you miss it. *grin*

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Year of 34 and New Things Continues…

Ok, so I haven’t been good about keeping you updated, but wanted to give you a quick heads up.

1. Watched Yodeling Contest2. Saw Salad on a Stick3. Eat Emu4. Rev Theory & Shinedown Concert5. Iowa State Fair6. Placed a bet on a horse race7. Won on a bet placed on a horse race. 8.Played a $.25 lottery ticket9. Purchased a Cubs T-Shirt10. Walked around a Bass Pro store 11. Ate Dewey’s Pizza 12. Ate at Mario’s Seafood 13. Ate at Potbelly’s14. Ate at Jimmy V’s 15. Watched Zombieland 16. Played Wedding Photographer 17. Attended a Crew Game 18. Cored a pineapple with amazing ease—love the Pampered Chef tool. 19. Took senior pictures, not new, but the fact he was holding shot gun—new! 20. Drank Mike’s Hard Limeade 21. Bought a Mickey Finns CD and saw them at Byrnes.

22. Watched New Moon—Can’t hide it, Twilight fan here.

23. Made a pumpkin-ish pie from scratch—I did, promise, Ms. A watched me make it. I’ll posted an If I Can You Can Too, soon.

24. Watched Julia & Julia—fun, makes me want to commit to eating nothing but non-processed food, but I’m afraid I would miss my Frosted Mini Wheats too much. But I will enjoy the butter! Don’t worry Mom, I give it a B so I would watch it again at if it comes in.

Don’t think I haven’t been doing loads of fun stuff, it’s just not something I haven’t done before so can’t make the list. I've had dinner with the marrieds before, had coffee with Ms. H, attended Gallery Hop all before.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Yes Virginia…

There is a Santa Claus. He is already giving out gifts. Today, I was going to have a very difficult orientation student and she didn’t show. YEAH! Gift for me! Thanks Mr. SC, I GREATLY appreciate it!

I have a confession readers. I sincerely enjoy…wait for it…a cappella music. I have for many, many years. Last night was a bit of a delight as NBC was featuring a new show of all a cappella music groups. Now, I did strongly disagree with the judges choice to send the guys from Colorado home. They were much better than that group from Lee University.

I have a CD from the Denison Hilltoppers that I love. It’s kinda MIA right now, well many of my CD’s are, but soon, hopefully they will be found. One day visiting Ms. H at Denison a truly gorgeous boy brought around CD’s he was trying to peddle. I bought one, I didn’t have a clue who the Denison Hilltoppers were, but again he was gorgeous! It was an excellent CD. Now this was many years ago before youtube, so the ones below are more current Hilltoppers, but enjoy. The sound is not great, but still lovely.

Monday, December 14, 2009

If I Can You Can Too...

A quick bread delight. Zucchini Bread!

First take your zucchini and wash it really well.

Then you will need to shred it, the hand grader works well.

Go pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees.

Then find a small mixing bowl and add 2 cups of sugar.

To the sugar add, 3 eggs beaten, 1 cup of vegetable oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Mix well!

Now add 2 cups of the shredded zucchini.

Let this aside for a moment and find a large mixing bowl.

In the large mixing bowl add 3 cups of flower.

Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Add 1 teaspoon baking powder

Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt, mix well!

Now add the liquid mix to the large mixing bowl with the dry mix. Mix well! You can add some nuts at this point if you like, 1 cup walnuts or such, but I didn't have any so, no nuts here.

Pour your mixture into your baking dish, make sure to grease the loaf pan if you are not using a Pampered Chef stone, otherwise you will never get the loaves out. Will make two regular loaves or 4 mini ones.

Put in the oven to bake for 55-65 minutes, until your toothpick comes out of the center clean. It is best to allow the bread to cool for a bit before attempting to remove from the pan.

There you have it, a quick wonderful easy, bread, lovely for a tea and a chat mid-day or any time really.


What, you don't have zucchini on hand, well try subbing something else instead: banana, apple, cherries, pumpkin, whatever. I have some frozen rhubarb, that I'll likely give a go next time.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 gone with you...

The day is coming close at least for me.

The day started off just fine. I went to walk out my back door to my car and discovered I had forgotten to lock the door. Yeah, no one broke in.

Then, I stopped at Starbucks this morning, got a grande vanilla latte. Thanks Ms. A and Mr. B! Your both rock!

Walked through the bitter wind to my office to start my work day. My the time I got to my office the only thing I could feel was the hand holding the coffee. My appointments began to arrive, I was told how awesome I am. Really this is the only reason for my job, to be told how great I am, except for when I'm told I suck.

I'm just glad one holiday work lunch is done and I'll try to make it through another tomorrow. ick!

Like Maggie, I'd like to stick my tongue out at today. Except Bones is on and well, I do enjoy it.

Here's hoping tomorrow is grand and this sneezing stops soon.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Okay folks here is an update to the Blizzard 09 story brought to you last night.

I am unable to actually measure amounts of snow due to drifts. However local news stated for my area a total amount of 14. 5 inches of snow. That is a bunch of snow!!!

No travel is recommended. Parts of interstates I-80 and I-235 is closed.

Can't get patio screen door open due to ice, so pics from the front entrance.

Sad but the sidewalks here were plowed
muliple times yesterday.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Unedited pics:


Neighbors pinic table.

Guest Blogger: Since Allie is a slacker, I have decided to bring a happening now story to her dedicated readers :)

If you watch the national news, you know that there is a blizzard happening in parts of the nation i.e. Iowa. Well let me tell you it is TRUE!!! Trust me I am living it. (okay I did not watch it but did receive calls about it).

About 5 minutes ago (had to log on and type the wonderful opening, upload pics, etc.) there are 8 inches of snow outside my patio door and wind was blowing.

Monday, December 07, 2009

A Great Weekend...

I had a very fun weekend. A wonderful night of Holiday Hop and a lovely lunch with the marrieds.

Sorry no photos from the weekend, I was a putz and didn't take my camera. Opps. I do have this random photo of Lou with a large chicken at the Iowa State Fair. Lou has been chill in my living room for some time, no adventures for him lately. Poor kid, I'll have to make sure he gets into some trouble soon.

Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

If I Can You Can Too...

This is so easy even your 5 year old can do it and it's kinda good for you too.


Open a box of pasta and cook per directions on box. It can be any kind of pasta you like.

Now while your pasta is cooking get out your can of Salmon, or if you the fresh great awesome wondeful-I did not.

Put the salmon in a skillet and heat it up, this doesn't take too long really.

Next pull out your favorite white pasta sauce, mine came from a jar, but if you want to take the time to whip up a white sauce you go for it.

Now all you have to do is essemble your meal.
First a good helping of the pasta, then pour on your white sauce, last scoop some of the heated salmon on top. Add a bit of garlic salt and pepper on top and there you have it a yummy dish filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, good for your heart.

I told you it was easy!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December 1…

I can’t believe it, but today is December 1st. Yikes, where did November go off to?

Ok, picture it…

2009, December 1, small bomb shelter like office, no windows. In the office is a desk. On the desk are seven pieces of small cut paper with names written on each one. The names are pushed around the desk upside down for a moment. A hand goes down, a piece of paper is picked up. The name on the paper is…Ms. H. Congrats Ms. H, you have won the drawing for a photo print. Please email the photo you would like and the size. Sorry kids the new ones have not gone up on the site yet, but give me time, give me time. Maybe there will be a new drawing once I actually get them up there. Hummmm, if only days were 25 hours long and my house was not a disaster and didn’t need a Merry Maid Crew badly. Although, I think all of us have this issue from time to time. Right, right! I can’t be the only one.

Thanks to everyone who entered, I do love you readers!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Too Smart...

I'm so smart, i just got my grade for the class I was taking and yes ladies and gents, I got an A, go me!!! I guess all that busy work paid off.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and your Monday has started well.

I'll be drawing for the photo this evening so don't forget to enter in the drawing today.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

Due to dial up at the parents, I'll not likely get to blog much over the holiday. So, I wanted to make sure to send my holiday wishes today. Eat loads of good food and take a good long nap, you deserve it.

Oh and don't forget to entry the drawing from the Nov. 24 blog entry!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Weekend Update…

Friday: Dinner with the girls and the movie were both grand. If you are only a semi-fan of the Twilight series, I recommend waiting awhile to see the movie, the attendance of those under the age of 16 might scare you. They also like to comment during the movie. The movie gets a “B” per my review. It was good, true to the book for the most part, not enough Jacob or Edward, I think it could be covered a bit more material an still held the audience attention.

Saturday: A big thanks to the couple of readers that came to the Craft Show on Saturday. It was a fun time had by all, a bit slow, but with this economy you just never know.

Sunday: A full fun day in the barn-good times!

Ok, so I’m a bit pissy today. I am recovering from a head cold right now and well, I have little patience for idiots these days. I seem to be surrounded by them here at the office today. Yesterday I was asleep more than I was awake and I think today should have been similar. I knew I was going to get sick at some point, I guess I should be thankful it’s not the flu.

As this week includes the Thanksgiving Holiday, where we will all stuff ourselves with ridiculous amounts of food in the name of thanks, or at least I will. I want to show that although I am pissy, I am thankful. I am very thankful for all my blog readers. To show my thanks, I am giving away another print. You can choose any from the photography site, there may even be a few more up soon, but don’t hold your breath, too long, it will depend on time. You have until Monday, Nov. 30 to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing.

Thanks readers, you rock!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oh The Places You’ll Go…

I reader commented and asked what cooking sites I go to for recipes. Thanks reader for commenting and for the blog entry idea.

I visit many, sometime just a google search for a certain item. However there are some I regular on my bored, down time.

Bakerella: Sweet treats, too much effort, but fun to look at.

Smitten Kitchen: These recipes look great and someday I will try them.

Food Gawker: Loads an loads of fun recipes to look at.

Tasty Kitchen: Fun, some easy recipes posted.

Pioneer Woman: Her site is fun in general, but the cooking section rocks.

Pillsbury: I somehow got on an email list and get weekly recipe updates from them.

Cake Wrecks: I don’t plan to make any of these they are just fun to look at.

Mario Batali: Oh, the recipes sound soooooo good, but I just don’t get around to making them.

Rachel Ray: I have my own personal Rachel Ray who provides me with great ideas, but I haven’t convinced her to do a website yet, so I must go to this Rachel Ray every now and then.

Do you readers have any great sites you want to share with the group?

I’ll be getting my fill of Edward and Jacob tonight. No these are not my dates, they will be on the big screen. Yep, I got roped in the Twilight Saga too.

Happy Friday Kids, I need some good Irish Luck come my way—send as much as you can, please!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Going On Tour...

According To Alison Photography is going on tour. Ok, not really, I'm just going to a craft show this Saturday. I'll be in Marietta, Ohio this Saturday Nov. 21 from 9-3pm at the Junior Fair Building on the Washington County Fairgrounds. If you are in the area and bored beyond belief, you should stop by, say hello and support the local Band Boosters.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Want-a-Be If I Can You Can Too...

I have a few If I Can You Can Too Recipes done, but need to upload the photos and such. Opps, sorry. A week or so ago, I had a BAD recipe. I spent a good bit of money to try this new mushroom soup recipe, it was not fit for dogs. Seriously it was horrible. I couldn't eat it. So the entire pot went into the trash and that money gone and no good soup to eat. It was sad, very sad. So I have taken a bit of a break from the cooking of new recipes.

However, I search sites and look for new ones. I love looking at recipe books too. Somehow I've turned into my mother, yikes. *grin*

Today is no exception, I'm sitting watching an episode of Castle on Hulu and searching recipe sites. I've found a few that look very good. Maybe I'll get around to trying them.

Shredded Chicken Nachos-YUM

Slow Cooked White Chili-OH TASTY!

Slow-Cooked Praline Apple Crisp---YIKES, YUMMERS

Spice Sugar Cookies--It is Cookie time!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Birthday...

Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.--Annoymous

Friday, November 06, 2009


Post number 500. It's hard to believe. This is the longest commitment, I think I have ever made.

Happy Friday! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

If I Can You Can Too...

I'm a big fan of butternut squash, but don't make it often. My Mom gave me a couple out of the garden and so I had a feast.

First you have to wash the garden dirt off.

Then you take your knife and cut it in half length ways.

Next scope out all the seeds and guts.

Now get out your cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey.

Put the squash in a baking dish and then sprinkle a bit of brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon all over and then drizzle the honey on.

Bake on 375 degree for 45-60 minutes, until good and soft, but not burnt.

I baked it covered until the last 10 minutes or so, then pulled the lid off for the last bit. Simply scoop out the goodness from the rind and enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

I’m Depressed…

I’m sad, depressed, discouraged, angry and yet not surprised.

I got up early this morning, I’m not a morning person, so this is a real challenge for me. I blocked off part of my morning at work in case I was late. I planned ahead, yeah me. I was prepared to wait in a line. I arrived at my voting location and my glee over getting to vote was washed away by sadness. I didn’t have to stand in line, I didn’t even have to wait at all. I walked in, signed my name, took my sticker, voted, and left. Big sigh! No wait!

I heard on the local news they are only expecting a 20% turn out in Ohio. Now, come on people, there are three state issues on the ballet and several community issues. You can’t get your ass out and vote? Now, I’m not referring to all my lovely readers, I’m sure you did. I also know they have expanded the absentee voting options, which is great. However, I know this is not why there was no line. The problem is apathetic idiots.

Now I have a policy and I’m going to have to enforce it strictly from this point on. If someone is complaining about an issue that was on the ballet, my first question will be, “Did you vote?”. If they did, then I’ll have a spirited discussion with them, if they agree or disagree with my views. If they respond with a “no”, then my response will be, “Shut the Fuck Up! You have no opinion, you didn’t even vote!”. Now, there were some harsh words in there, but sometimes harsh words are needed.

So, today I’m depressed. I wear my “I made a difference, So can You, VOTE” and only hope that others will see it and remember they need to get out today and vote.

Tomorrow, a “If I can you can too”, a bit less dramatic.

Monday, November 02, 2009

The answers...

So the Little quiz all about me, here are the answers, did you get them all correct?

In what year did I start this little ‘o blog?—I started this blog in 2005, that was an easy one you only had to look at the archive dates on the side of the blog. I started it because Ms. L was in Desh and it was an easy way to communicate with her. So, really you can blame Ms. L for all this.
December 2005 was a sad month because of what event?—Brian Borus was a lovely small pub in the Short North, it served its last pints the first weekend in December 2005 the night of the Short North Gallery Hop. The only up side was, I was able to be there for the last night. I braved the ice covered streets that night, although I don’t think I would have felt it if I had fallen and maybe I did a time or two. Love designated drivers!!!

What year did I only post twice?—That year was 2006. I didn’t blog about it, so did the year really happen?

Can you name three random things about me?—You should be able to there have been a few posts all about me and my little corks. 1. I hate snakes. 2. I love pumpkin. 3. My favorite children's book is The Large and Growly Bear.

What did I make for the first If I Can You Can Too? Pumpkin Dumplings—November 25, 2008. I hope to have another episode soon.

What morning show do I listen to?—Bob and Tom, sad but true

What is my “Travelocity Gnome”?—What, now you better know this. Lou—Lou, Lou! February 8, 2008 Lou appeared, getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

How did I win a free gas card at work? I won a contest. The name I submitted was chosen as the title for the department’s newsletter. Which there has only been one issue of—this was last year. Oh well, not my job.

What library was I a loving in 2008?—Seattle’s main library, ah what an awesome trip.

What Irish beer do I love, but can’t get in the US?—Kilkenny! No I don’t want to Kill Kenny, I want to drink the beer!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Too Long…

This post will be too long, but please take the time to read it. It is extremely important. Next Tuesday is Election Day. There are three issues on the Ohio ballet. Do you understand the issues? Let me help if I can. If you don’t live in Ohio, I encourage you to find out more about the issues on your ballet. Voting is a key right all Americans have and if you are not an educated voter, you are not taking full advantage of your rights.

Issue 1-my take on it. Veterans rock! Love them, love that they were willing to go out and say, “Yes, I will defend America”. However, this issue is too vague for me, I want to know exactly how much money will but placed on future taxes to cover the cost of this issue. The issue does not provide a clear indication of current money used and future taxes that could be created to cover this issue. My vote will be NO for Issue 1. My suggestion to the writes of the issue, go back, try again, and provide more clear detail on where the money will be coming from exactly.

Issue 2-this one hits a little too close to home. This issue wants to establish an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. This board will establish the standards governing the care and well-being of livestock in Ohio. I will be voting YES for this issue. A no vote for this issue will give the power to a national animal rights organization and take away the power from Ohioans. Let an Ohio Board set the standard, a board with a variety of individuals, not an animal rights organization not even based in Ohio. Based on the standard this national animal rights organization has set in Michigan, they are too extreme, too expensive; a no vote on this issue will put Ohio Farmers out of business. Ohio has lost too many jobs already, please do not take away more, VOTE YES for ISSUE 2 This issue is listed below with the opinions of those for and against all information taken from the Ohio League of Women Voters, you make your decision.

Issue 3—the casino issue. Gambling is fun; it can get to be too much for many. I voted against this issue the first time. I will vote YES on ISSUE 3 this time. Why? 34,000 jobs, no they will not happen all at once and many will go away after the building is done, however, Ohio needs jobs, there will be construction jobs straight away if this is approved. Other jobs will be created when the casinos open. No, an Ohioan is not likely be the main manager of a casino, why, well because the casinos are going to bring in someone with experience to run their casino, however, they will be tons of jobs on the floor in the hotels etc. They will be Ohioans, why would a casino go so far away to hire which is what opponents want you to think. I work with students majoring in Hospitality Management. One of Ohio’s growing problems is we educate tons of college graduates, but we cannot keep them in Ohio because there are no jobs. Keep these Hospitality Management grads in Ohio working at these casinos and hotels near the casinos. Also, you know someone who works at an Ohio Library? They are in danger again of closing because the Governor’s budget was ruled uncostiutional, voting yes on this issue will help keep those librarians working and libraries open to the public. I also believe Ohio will be placing taxes on these casinos and this tax money will help fund libraries and other public funded concerns.

The issues are listed below with the opinions of those for and against all information taken from the Ohio League of Women Voters, you make your decision.

(Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly of Ohio)

To adopt Section 2r of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

A YES vote means approval of the amendment.
A NO vote means disapproval of the amendment.
A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.

If approved, this proposed amendment shall take effect immediately.

League Explanation of Issue 1: This ballot issue proposes a constitutional amendment that would provide compensation to veterans serving during the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts. The amendment is similar to the bond issues passed by the voters to compensate veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict. It will provide the state with the authority to issue up to $200 million of bonds. The Ohio treasurer has estimated that only $106 million of the bond proceeds might actually be needed. All bonds must be issued by December 31, 2013. Repayment of these bonds would be a general obligation of the state backed by the taxing power of the state. Revenue from these bonds would be used to provide additional compensation as follows:
· Payment may be made to Ohio residents who have served on active duty in the United States armed forces between August 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991, which was the duration of the Persian Gulf conflict; between October 7, 2001 and the end of the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan; and between March 19, 2003 and the end of the United States’ involvement in Iraq.
· Veterans who served domestically or in foreign service in locations other than the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or Iraq may receive $50 for each month served up to a maximum of $500.
· Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or Iraq may receive $100 for each month served up to a maximum of $1000, or may receive $1000 if medically discharged due to combat-related disabilities.
· If a person died as a result of injuries sustained in Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or Iraq service, that person’s family may receive $5000.
· If a person is missing in action or held in enemy captivity, that person’s family may receive $5000.
The Legislative Services Commission estimates that issuing $200 million of obligations could increase the state’s annual debt service expense by up to $18 million. The voters must approve this bonding authority because the Ohio constitution does not permit an appropriation being made for a period longer than two years.

Proponents of the proposed amendment argue that:
1. Passing the amendment by vote of the people shows that Ohioans appreciate Ohio veterans.
2. The payments will ease veterans’ transition back into civilian life.

Opponents of the proposed amendment argue that:
Tax monies will be diverted to paying principle and interest, and this may limit the availability of state revenue for other state programs during a period of financial crisis.
Future taxpayers will be responsible for the debt incurred for these payments. The payments should be paid for by revenues available in the current biennium.

(Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly of Ohio)

To enact Section 1 of Article XIV of the Ohio Constitution

A YES vote means approval of the amendment.
A NO vote means disapproval of the amendment.
A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.

If approved, this proposed amendment will be effective immediately.

League Explanation of Issue 2:
· This proposed constitutional amendment would create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board for the purpose of establishing standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in Ohio.
· The bipartisan board would consist of thirteen members:
o The director of the state department that regulates agriculture
o Ten members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, including:
§ One member representing family farms
§ One member knowledgeable about food safety
§ Two members representing statewide organizations that represent farmers
§ One member who is a veterinarian
§ The State Veterinarian in the state department that regulates agriculture
§ The dean of the agriculture department of a college or university in Ohio
§ Two members of the public representing Ohio consumers
§ One member representing a county humane society
o One member appointed by the Speaker of the House who shall be a family farmer
o One member appointed by the President of the Senate who shall be a family farmer
· The Board would have authority to establish standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in Ohio, subject only to the authority of the General Assembly.

Proponents of the proposed amendment argue that:
1. The board represents a balance of interests.
2. The board would establish standards governing the care and well being of livestock and
poultry in Ohio.
3. Ohioans can have greater confidence in the safety of locally produced food.

Opponents of the proposed amendment argue that:
1. The board should be created by statute rather than by amendment to the Ohio Constitution.
2. Creating another regulatory board utilizes revenues best spent on basic services to Ohioans.
3. The amendment could prevent certain animal care reform proposed by national animal rights

(Proposed by Initiative Petition)

To add a new Section 6a to Article XV of the Ohio Constitution

A YES vote means approval of the amendment.
A NO vote means disapproval of the amendment.
A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.

If approved, the proposed amendment will take effect 30 days after the election.

League Explanation of Issue 3: This amendment would authorize four casinos, one each in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo, located on particular parcels of land owned by private individuals.
1. The operator would be required to pay a tax of 33% annually on gross casino receipts. “Gross casino receipts” excludes payments to winners. The tax revenue would be allocated in the following ways:
· 51% to the 88 counties on a pro rata basis, with 50% of the county’s distribution going to the county’s most populated city if it had a population of greater than 80,000 as of the 2000 United States census.
· 34% to public school districts in proportion to their public school district populations.
· 5% to the host city where the casino that generated the revenue is located.
· 3% to fund the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
· 3% to a fund supporting purses, breeding programs and operations at existing horse racetracks.
· 2% to fund a state law enforcement training program.
· 2% to fund treatment of problem gambling and substance abuse.
2. The Ohio Casino Control Commission would license and regulate casino operators, management companies, key employees and all gaming. The commission would have 7 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.
3. Each casino operator must make a minimum initial investment of $250 million.
4. The initial license fee of $50 million for each casino will fund state economic development programs.
5. Each casino could operate 24 hours a day. Each casino may have a maximum of 5000 slot machines. Each casino may conduct any type of card or table games, slot machines or electronic gaming devices permitted by states adjacent to Ohio, except bingo, and horse racing where the pari-mutuel system of wagering is conducted.

Proponents of the proposed amendment argue that:
Thirty-eight states—including Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia—have casino gambling.
By authorizing casinos in Ohio, the profits could benefit our state rather than other states.
3. Counties, public school districts, and many cities will receive tax revenue
generated by the casinos, and each can decide how to best spend its money.
4. The casinos will create 34,000 new jobs in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.
5. The casinos will stimulate the economy by adding restaurants, hotels and ancillary businesses.

Opponents of the proposed amendment argue that:
The Ohio general revenue fund, which supports basic services for Ohioans, will get $0 from the gross casino receipts tax.
Ohio lottery profits, currently dedicated to education, may decrease because people will gamble at the casinos instead of playing the lottery.
Ohioans may spend money at the casinos they would have spent at other existing Ohio businesses such as restaurants, movies, or sports events, adversely impacting those businesses.
The number of gambling addicts in Ohio would increase, and the tax receipts dedicated to providing treatment for addicts could be insufficient.
The proposed amendment could be construed to mean that all games allowed at the casinos can be played only at the casinos, eliminating church-festival poker games and casino nights sponsored by charitable groups.

In support of the proposed amendment: Cops for Casinos
In opposition to the proposed amendment: Vote NO Casinos Committee, TruthPAC

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Can you believe?...

I'm coming up on 500 posts on this blog very soon. I thought it might be fun to have a little quiz all about me, because of course I am the center of this universe. You can have the next one. *grin*

So here are a few random questions. The answers will be revealed soon.

In what year did I start this little ‘o blog?

December 2005 was a sad month because of what event?

What year did I only post twice?

Can you name three random things about me?

What did I make for the first If I Can You Can Too?

What morning show do I listen to?

What/Who is my “Travelocity Gnome”?

How did I win a free gas card at work?

What library I was a loving in 2008?

What Irish beer do I love, but can’t get in the US?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Secret...

I have a secret crush, ok, now it's not so much of a secret, but just a crush. I adore Mario Batali. He is a chef, who just simply rocks! I love his TV personality, the food he makes looks awesome and he did this entire PBS series on Spain. Ah, I could go on and on. In case you don't know Mario, check out his site...

Also look for this cookbooks at your local library. Spain, Culinary Road Trip is grand, the photos alone are brilliant. Do it, read it now. Make the empanada, it's delightful, the Marrieds agreed. I didn't make it at home so didn't go an episode of "If I can, You can Too" with it.

Watch this You Tube preview for the Spain series...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I just finished my first quiz for my online class. One, I dislike online courses, I'm an audio learner so most of the time just reading will not help me retain the information. Two, I just plain suck. I took the quiz-open book mind you-and I only got 7 out of 10 correct. One because I didn't clearly read the question. ARGH! I'm going to have to do better here. Oh how these 4 weeks are going to pass too quickly for all this work. What was I thinking?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Bunch of Random Thoughts...

I have got to get to the grocery store. I just ate cinnamon oatmeal from the bottom of my desk drawer and a fiber one bar from the vending machine. It's been two weeks since I'm made a Kroger run, I really must put this at the top of my list, asap.

I'm taking a 4 week class online that started yesterday. Why did I do this? I'm asking myself the same question. It's a lot of crap for 4 weeks and likely will not help me in the long run. I did it mostly to get cheap entertainment tickets from the student union and for some brownie points when my review comes up. I just went to get tickets and well, no such luck, there is a glitch with my ID, so hopefully the people in the tower are getting it fixed as I type.

I need a housekeeper. There is one of me living in my house, so I seriously don't know how it gets to be such a disaster, but it does all the time. I'm in an organization phase right now, but can't seem to decide exactly which route I want to take, so alas the mess is as bad as it was before, yet almost worse because now the crap is spread all about not in a neat pile.

Ug! Is it Monday again, it sure feels like it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside...

In more ways than one it's cold outside. The temperature has dropped and I broke, yep, I turned my heat on last Friday for a hour and then last night I left it set on 60 all night long. When the temp inside my house dropped to below 60-56 to be exact, I decided screw it, I was not freezing to death and turned on the heat. Now, I did turn it off again today, with hopes of a warmer day, but likely it's false hope.

It's also cold outside because I got a rejection email today for a job I applied for. I wasn't surprised, didn't even get an interview, but the letter was supposed to be warm and fuzzy, we didn't pick you, but please apply for other jobs. However, the letter seemed to rush in with a very cool breeze.

I hope your Monday is warmer.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Drawing…

Ok, you had a one in 9 chance of winning. I know you have been on pins and needles all week waiting, hoping, chewing on your finger nails—stop it-do you want H1N1! Anyway, I started the process last evening as promised.

I wrote all the names on slips of paper.

I just got this lovely Pampered Chef baker, but haven’t had time to use it, but felt it should be used somehow. So, I got it out of the box. And put all of your names in.

I shook it up and then took the lid off and pulled out a name.

The winner is…


Please email me at to let me know which photo you would like and the size. All photos and size options are listed on my Photography site, link is to the right. I'll get it to you asap. Congrats!

Thanks to everyone who entered. I may do this again, it was kinda fun.
Enjoy your damp Thursday!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


So, I have been a crazy busy lady and didn't get the drawing done last night. I am sorry, however this is good news for procrastinators. I will plan to do the drawing this evening around 9pm. This will follow a 13 hour day at work, and yes a 13 hour day yesterday. So, please forgive me, but understand life gets in the way sometimes. So, if you know others who want to enter, tell them to get it done and get it done by tonight 9pm. If you have no idea what I'm referring to, read the entry from Oct. 6.

Love, don't hate, and give a girl a break. *grin*

Friday, October 09, 2009


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

This year more than 203,500 women in the US will learn that they have breast cancer, more than 40,000 women will lose their lives. Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in America. –information taken from Breast Cancer Awareness website.

You can do a small part and click on the “Give a Free Boob Squeeze” link to the side. Then squeeze your own boobs, you get to choose if it's in public or not. *grin*

I will not likely be posting on Monday, so look for the drawing winner on Tuesday as the next post. Don’t know about the drawing, look at the post from Oct. 6.

Happy Weekend!!!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Blame It On The Rain…

I don’t usually think too much about the title of my blog entries. Sometimes by default they are ironic or silly, but most times they are very simple. So simple it took longer to type the title than think of it. However today, for some reason I was really stuck on the title for this blog entry, there were many that ran through my head: blame it on the marketers, blame it on the tv, damn tv, along with others. I kept playing this song in my head, sometimes I wonder what the little dudette at control central is doing up there.

Well anyway, please feel free to play the song below while you read, but trust me when I say, I completely understand if you don’t.

This all started yesterday about 2am, my neighbors decided to have a little gathering and decided to scream, curse, and pound on the front door to the apartment. Lovely, I put my ear plugs in and finally fell back asleep. I woke up again at some point and took the plugs out afraid I would not hear the alarm. All well and good until 5am, when the darlings next door were back at it, I’m not sure what the hell the wall was doing to the guys but they were pounding on the wall separating my bedroom from theirs. Oh how happy I was, as you can imagine.

So, I dragged myself into the office, only to discover at about 8:15am, that I would be on campus until 730pm that night for a student org meeting. Ok, sure, I’m there, just let me chug some coffee, then later that day even walked to get a soda, ick-although if you are going to drink soda you need to be drinking Cherry Coke Zero or Diet Dr. Pepper, the only two ok ones. Or well, sprite if you don’t need caffeine. Funny really because I don’t like cherries, hummm. Anyway, so I made it through 13 hours on campus, that’s right, I didn’t leave campus until 820, ok just short of 13 hours.

Fast forward to 230am this morning. Guess who was having a shindig again. ARGH!!!!!!! Well, I decided since I was here so late last night, I would sleep until 7am and just plan to make it to my office by 8am. I did indeed sleep until 7am, however was still dead on my feet. I decided that the damn tv has been advertising the pumpkin coffee and pumpkin doughnuts at Tim Hortons. We all know my love of pumpkin, so I decided I deserved a stop at Tims and one of each. I’m blaming my act of weakness on those damn commercials. I was sooooooo good on Sunday, I didn’t take a DK Diner pumpkin doughnut offered to me. I figured no, I wasn’t hungry and I really didn’t need it. Am I dieting, no, I was just plain stupid Sunday night.

Ok, so I get the doughnut, I’m so excited I could feel it in my toes. I took a bite and…eh, it was ok. DAMN!!! Tim made the mistake most do, too much spice not enough pumpkin. It was a disappointment and I was really wishing-wishing upon a star I had a DK Diner one instead, so much better. I was prepared for disaster when it came to the coffee, but it was yeah, score, TASTY!!!

Tim gets an A for the coffee and a D+ for the doughnut. If you want a good pumpkin doughnut head over to DK Diner, an A doughnut. I’m just saying.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


I was flipping through some older photos on my flashdrive and came across this one. It may be smile.

Happy Wednesday!

(Be sure to check out the post from Oct. 6.)

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A Random Act of Kindness…

Yesterday, I had to carry a 16x20 photo in a frame across campus to my car at the end of my work day. The frame was not heavy, but a bit awkward to carry across campus. I had it somewhat tucked under my arm. A random young man walked up along side of me from behind. He walked with me for a moment, asking if I had taken the photo. I was startled at first, but answered, that yes, I had taken the photo. He responded, with a complementary comment and then continued on his way.

This random act of kindness put an unexpected smile on my face. This young man could have simply walked past, made no comment, and none would have been the wiser. Thanks young man, your random act of kindness was greatly appreciated.

In turn, I would like to perform my own random act of kindness. I would like to give away one of my photos to one of you wonderful readers. You can pick any of them you like and the size you would like and I’ll mail it out to you. I will simply do a random drawing for the winner. In order to be considered for this drawing, please post a comment on this post and please include your first name or at least Ms. X or Mr. X-you know what I mean. I know not all of you read every day, so I will do the drawing Tuesday evening, October 13, this gives you all one week.

Ok, get commenting—and good luck. If you don’t like my photos, that’s ok, you can still comment, but just let me know you don’t want to be included in the drawing.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Picture It …

Picture it 1990, early spring.

I was playing a game of Taps in gym class. Yes, it was my freshman year, gym class was required. I had gotten through the year with little to no incidents up to this point, I’m very accident prone you know. Anyway, at some point the basketball, my pinky finger, and the hardwood gym floor all connected at the same time. Shut up, sit down pain, instantly. Of course everyone thought I was just a wimp and likely they were correct, but still.

I dress in street clothes and shoes again and headed to the last period of the day, study hall, thank goodness only 50 minutes or so to endure the pain in public. I had a bit of ice I was given in the gym and some of those brown restroom paper towels wrapped around my hand.

Now, study hall rocked, but was also crap. You of course could not talk and there was assigned seating, all grades in one room. It rocked because I had to sit right beside Mr. B. It was crap because I had to sit right beside Mr. B. He was a senior, the quarterback of the football team and by all accounts to a 14 girl a GOD!

Mr. B rarely said much to me, why would he, he was a GOD and I was the cubby freshman. He was never mean, I just didn’t exist in his world. Well, Mr. B got up and left study hall that afternoon, of course I noticed. He did return, he returned with a new batch of ice and new paper towels. AHHHHHHH, of course he was already dreamy now he was a wonderfully nice, dreamy GOD. He didn’t say much, just gave me the new pack, I think he said, “hope it feels better” and threw away the dripping wet old supply. From that day forward I was in love, in love with Mr. B, who would of course graduate and leave the same town we lived in and I would never see him again.

Oh, I did break my finger by the way for those idiots in gym class that though I was just a wimp.

Ok, fast forward, 2009, early fall.

I don’t go into Facebook much, I do once in a great while. Well this day was the day. I had a few extra moments and well, had a moment of nostalgia, I did a search for people from my high school. Most of the time I care very little. I still talk to the ones I care to know much about. However this was the day, the day I would again see Mr. B. He has a Facebook page, now of course, I would never try to be his Facebook friend, but he did have a picture of himself up that I could see. Mr. B has lost a bit of that GOD like luster that he seemed to have before. Now don’t get me wrong he looks just fine, not the same, but really that’s been 19 years ago.

So if one of you wants to friend Mr. B on Facebook, you let me know I’ll give you his name, then you can key me in on his marital status.

What? Some dreams never die.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Friday, Thank Goodness...

Boy, I've been waiting for Friday since Tuesday. It's simply been a crazy busy week. It's good to be busy, but at some point one has to stop, reflect, sleep!

I hope the rain stops, the ducks are even in hiding now. I would complain about my wet feet, fly away umbrella, and big ass puddles this morning, but it's too close to 430pm, too close to the end of my work week, too close to freedom to muddle it with negative thoughts.

Enjoy your weekend, stay dry, and party like a rock star!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Look 3 Days in a Row...

I have now actually logged in and am posting yet another delight for you to read. Yeah me!

Ok, so I'm sitting here eating my lovely fresh pineapple, cored with the awesome pineapple core device from Pampered Chef. However about 15 minutes ago, I had to run to the ladies room for a little break. I walk through the first door only to be struck by this sight that baffles me to no end. There is a nice young lady sitting on the 1970's plastic couch reading a novel. Why, why do ladies do this, the room is dingy and is part of the ladies rest room. GROSS! She is not the only one, it happens often.

Now, be aware this next sight is disturbing...

I can not just take a camera in to show you this scene, so I did a drawing--because people like me and I'm good enough. I'm not sure what exactly is more disturbing, that I am such a horrible sketch artist, I took the time to draw this out--add color none the less, or that I then walked down the hallway to the copied to scan it in for blog posting.

Yikes--these are the extremes I go to for you, my lovely readers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Year of 34 and New Things Continues…

1. Watched Yodeling Contest2. Saw Salad on a Stick3. Eat Emu4. Rev Theory & Shinedown Concert5. Iowa State Fair6. Placed a bet on a horse race7. Won on a bet placed on a horse race. 8.Played a $.25 lottery ticket9. Purchased a Cubs T-Shirt10. Walked around a Bass Pro store 11. Ate Dewey’s Pizza

12. Ate at Mario’s Seafood—good, I’ve lived in my current apartment this time for 2 years now and lived there for two years once before and had never eaten there before now.

13. Ate at Potbelly’s—good—had a salad which was loaded with all kinds of stuff—next time I would have a sandwich.

14. Ate at Jimmy V’s---wonderful! The mushroom soup was fab—go, go now!!!!!!

No, these are not just new food places.

15. Watched Zombieland—funny, funny, funny! There is a bit of blood, but no nightmares which is amazing for me. Go, it’s fun! Silly, but fun.

16. Played Wedding Photographer—interesting. Stressful. Fun. Would likely only do it again if the couple were friends or family.

17. Attended a Crew Game—super grand time. Was in the crazy fun cheering section and loved every minute. Didn’t get to see David Beckhim, he didn’t make the trip for the LA Galaxy. I don’t understand all the rules. However, I know to clap and cheer loudly when the ball goes in the net when the yellow team kicks it. I will go to another game!!! Soon, hopefully! The pics below were taken by Ms. D—yeah for her camera. Please, my hair the humidity has been doing god awful things to it, forgive it, it cannot help it.

18. Cored a pineapple with amazing ease—love the Pampered Chef tool, I will have one.

19. Took senior pictures, not new, but the fact he was holding shot gun—new! However, I think they turned out just fine.

20. Drank Mike’s Hard Limeade, yummers! A bit sweet, but go Mike!

21. Bought a Mickey Finns CD and saw them at Byrnes. I have never seen them at Byrnes and this is the first CD I think they have done or at least the only one I have. This is old video, but good video.

Oh Ray!!!!