Thursday, March 30, 2006

I Love De Quizzes

You Are Fozzie Bear

"Wocka! Wocka!"
You're the life of the party, and you love making people crack up.
If only your routine didn't always bomb!
You may find more groans than laughs, but always keep the jokes coming.
The Muppet Personality Test

I love Fozzy! This rocks!

Your Stripper Song Is

Like a Virgin by Madonna

"Like a virgin, ooh, ooh
Like a virgin
Feels so good inside
When you hold me, and your heart beats, and you love me"

No virgin-ness implied. Not at all.
What Song Should You Strip To?

That works. I guess.

You Are Jan Brady

Brainy and a little introverted, you tend to think life is a lot worse than it actually is.
And while you may think you're a little goofy looking, most people consider you to be a major babe.
What Brady Are You?

How perfect is this? Instead of "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!" my whiny line is "Derek, Derek, Derek!!" Haha. Have a great weekend!



Monday, March 27, 2006

A Family-Sized Rant

This has been circling in the back of my brain for a while now...I think it's time to exorcise this demon and get it out there.

I have a pair of family members who have this idea that only their kids are smart. No one else could possibly compare to them in a match of brains or wits. It's inconceivable.

The first incident occurred maybe 5, 6 years ago when I went with Mom to Grand Junction to visit Grandma & Grandpa. Of course, visiting them means visiting with the other family members who live over there. Family Member #1 was over for lunch one afternoon and Mom started telling him how I had been on jury duty that January and described the case a little bit to him (not sure if I've ever posted about my time on jury duty. Perjury case, found the guy innocent, boring as hell. That's it in a nutshell.). After Mom stopped talking, he said, "You know, it's a proven fact that they only pick the dumbest people for jury duty." I seriously started looking around the kitchen for something to throw at his head. Only Mom's warning glare stopped me. He went on & on & on about his wife's time in court and how the jury picked to hear her trial was soooo stupid, blah blah blah....and then started in on his sons, how brilliant they all are, yadda yadda yadda. After he stopped talking, Grandpa piped up with, "I think all our grandkids are smart, present company included." Thank you Grandpa!!!

The 2nd incident occurred just a few weeks ago when we were over for Grandpa's funeral. There was a large group of us sitting in the living room playing Mom's favorite game, Catch Phrase. My cousin, one of the Smart Ones, said as his clue, "A Roman emperor..." I immediately hollered out the one Roman Emperor everyone thinks of right away, Nero. It was correct and play passed on However, Family Member #2 said to her other brilliant son who was sitting next to her, "Wow! She must play this game a lot to know that!" Uh! Why do I have to play that game to know who Nero was??? I know stuff, especially from history since that's my thing as of late. It just infuriated me the more I thought about it. I didn't say anything then because of the circumstances surrounding the reason we were all there and it wouldn't have been appropraite to make a scene.

But damn!! These two make me so angry!! No one can match up to their professor with a doctorate son, their engineer son, their son who owns a lawn business, their son who has a business degree but is unemployed, living with Mom & Dad. Doesn't matter what you do, you're dumb because you're not one of their children. They should spend a little time with Derek and actually let him talk rather than yapping his ear off one day - I think the Knight kids would definitely surprise them.

Ahhh, there. I feel so much better now!! I hope you all have a fine Tuesday!



Saturday, March 25, 2006

It's March 25th...and we all know what THAT means...

Happy birthday Derek!!

He's on his way to Vegas right now with his wife - I hope you guys have a blast and have a wonderful birthday, Derek! And Andy - Happy birthday tomorrow!!

And also...

I still miss my Rita Kitty...3 years today.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!



Thursday, March 23, 2006

80 Things I Stole From El Sid

El Sid had this quiz and I love quizzes. Whee!

Do you watch the Gilmore Girls?: I saw some of the first season and never watched it after that. It wasn't that I didn't like it...I just...didn't feel like watching it anymore.

Have you ever enjoyed listening to Jack Johnson?: Yes. I just got the Curious George Soundtrack and it's very good.

Do you listen to Christian rock?: Only old Stryper when I want to relive the days where I flunked math and Mom's restriction included no music except for Stryper. Blah.

Have you ever seen or enjoyed watching the O.C.?: Once. And miraculously it was the episode where they played a cover of a Badfinger song.

Do you have one or more Britney Spears C.D.?: Ummm...okay, okay - I'll admit it. The only Britney CD I don't have is that new mixes one. I actually have all the others!! I don't like her but some of her music is fun. And Jordyn likes it!

Do you regularly watch the news?: No.

Which radio station is your favorite?: Even though the morning guy annoyed me - I still listen to The Peak 95.1

Are you a Lost fanatic? : Never seen it but Shanon is going to let me borrow Season 1 so Collin & I can get all into it.

[[Be honest]]

Do you have a song by Ozzy Osbourne in your library?: I have his greatest hits CD.

Alanis Morissette?: I think I have 3 of her CD's

Do you watch Family Guy regularly?: Somewhat. I love Stewie.

The Simpsons?: I LOVE THE SIMPSONS!!! Although I haven't seen a new episode in a while since I work on Sundays.

King of the Hill?: Not as much.

[[Admit it]]

Do you read trashy romance novels often?: Not trashy, no. I have gotten into Nora Roberts as of late who writes pretty good romance with a plot.

Do you really work out every day?: Bah! I used to. I've gotten extremely lazy.

Have you ever eaten chocolate in bed?: Probably

Have you ever eaten an entire pint, or more, of ice cream by yourself? : Maybe...a long time ago.

Have you ever spent an entire day in bed without being sick?: No. I get too bored.

Have you ever eaten nothing but junk food for a week straight? : Yes.

Do you shower every single morning, no exceptions?: Morning? Hardly ever - I take one in the afternoon before work.

Have you ever gone to school/work only 15 minutes after waking up?: Yes and I hate that feeling. Hate it.

Do you ever forget to give an xmas present & instead keep it for yourself?: No. I love giving presents so I wouldn't ever be able to do that.

Do you sing obnoxiously in the car when you're driving alone?: I sing in the car no matter if I'm alone or with people. It's a disease.

Do you sing obnoxiously in the shower when no one's home?:I live alone so I ALWAYS sing in the shower. One time in high school I was singing "Carrie" by Europe in the shower and Dad heard me and never let me live it down.

Have you ever watched a little kid's show when you were over 12?: Of course. I purposely watch Powerpuff Girls and Totally Spies and Spongebob and I used to be addicted to Animaniacs. And Elena loves (loved?) The Wiggles so I watched a lot of that with her.

Have you ever looked forward to going to school?: Probably only to see whatever guy I was crushing on at the time.

[[The Necessary Love Questions That Aren't So Necessary]]

(we'll have to replace the word CRUSH with BOYFRIEND)

Have you ever had an explicit dream involving your crush?: My dreams are always so messed up...yes I have but I've also had dreams like that about people I didn't even like. So disturbing.

...Did it include a broom closet? Gack. No!

Have you ever pretended your crush was with you when they really weren't?: No...that's just weird.

Did you draw for your first crush back in elementary school/preschool?: No. I can't be expected to remember that far back.

(Girls) Have you ever asked a guy out?: God, no!! The shyness, it is dibilitating! Thank God Collin had the nerve to ask ME out! :0)

(Guys) Have you ever liked a girl but didn't ask her out b/c you were afraid?: The only guy around here is sleeping right now but I KNOW he's told me that he has done that. Poor poor sleeping boyfriend...

Have you ever written a poem/story about your lovelife? I have PILES of notebooks filled with silly love stories.

An autobiography?: It so wouldn't be interesting.

Have you ever listened to a song repeatedly just because it reminded you of your crush?: Oh, Good God...OF FREAKIN' COURSE! I'm a GIRL! We do that. Whole CD's were made to satisfy the crush thing...

Have you ever spent over an hour thinking about nothing but your crush?: Yes.

Do you reread meaningless AIM convos just because they're with your crush? : We don't IM much...and when we do it's not a lot of mushy banter...we're both pretty weird.

Have you ever reconsidered liking someone because of their appearance? : Their appearance changes due to their personality so if they're an ass, they're not attractive in any sense and so my answer is no.

Have you ever liked someone solely for their appearance? At first...I would think, Ooo! Cute guy. But after that it's all about what's going on inside. Are they nice? Smart? Funny???

[[The Questions You Love: Completely and Utterly Pointless Ones]]

Do you eat all the servings in the food groups on a daily basis?: Ha. Ha ha ha.

Are you ever a freak about cleanliness or organization?: Not a freak but I've been trying hard to keep my stuff neat.

Have you ever been treated for OCD? ADD?: No but I think I need to be for OCD.

Do you own a graphing calculator?: What the hell is that?

Have you ever been to South America or Africa?: not yet.

Have you ever owned a Klutz book or kit?: A huh?

Do you know how to knit?: No. That's too crafty for me.

Do you have a cellphone or iPod with a patterened cover? Nope. My phone is U-G-L-Y, it ain;t got no alibi....

Have you ever written song lyrics yourself and put them in your profile?: Nooo...these questions are getting weird....

Do you keep a diary or journal (online or on paper)?: Not anymore. I used to keep journals in college, though.

Did you ever want to be an astronaut or a teacher when you were a kid? A teacher but that was when I was in 3rd grade and figured I would be a nicer teacher than Mrs. Kynor. Evil evil woman!!

Do you own a striped sweater?: Yes but it's too small for me now. Dark purple stripes on light cute!!

How often do you take a bubble bath?: At least once a week.

When you open your closet, what is the dominant color of your clothes?: Pink.

[[Truly Unusual This or That Questions]]

Baskin Robbins or Coldstone?: COLDSTONE is my God...I bow down to it's ice creamy goodness....

Sees or Godiva?: Nothing wrong with anyy kind of chocolate...unless it's dark...

The Shins or the Decemberists?: Never heard The Shins and I got annoyed by The Decemberists so...give me The Scissor Sisters.

America or Canada?: Never been to America.

Physics or chemistry?:

Glamorous or au naturale?: Au naturale. It's so much easier for lazy ol me.

Earphones or headphones?: Headphones. The Ear things hurt my ears.

Chocolate brown or teal?: Neither. Chocolate brown isn't a fun color for me and teal was my wedding color....shudder.

Earrings or a ring?: Rings. My earring holes closed up.

Commitment or casual dating?: Commitment.

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?: Depends on my mood. I love them both. I am only saved from total geekdom by my love of sports, according to someone in the know! ;-)

Fly or road trip?: Road trip. You can manipulate the music and go at your own pace.

Starbucks or Petes?:

[[Another Wave of Random Questions]]

Do you know what a geisha is?: Yep. I loved the book, haven't seen the movie.

What is your favorite Disney movie?: Little Mermaid. Always & forever.

Do you have a more classic style or do you stay up-to-date (clothes wise)?: I'm an original. Hahahaha!

How much jewelry do you own?: I have a lot of rings and necklaces.

What year do you (did you) graduate high school in?: 1989. Sooo old....

Have you memorized the rejection hotline, just in case?: What's that? Do you think I need to?

Have you ever given someone the rejection hotline as your number?: Seriously, what the hell is that?

Have you ever eaten at a food court?: Yeah. For a while it was the only way to get Chick-Fil-A.

Have you ever bought clothes at Sears?: Used to all the time when I had a Sears Card.

Do you own any Care Bears memorabilia?: Nope.

Do you have a quilt on your bed?: A quilt I bought at Mom's store. It's so pretty...

What color is it?: White with pink & baby blue patterns



Monday, March 20, 2006

A Conversation In A Vue

Dad: I think I'll open a barber shop.

Mom: You can't cut hair! You don't know how!

Dad: I don't have to know how. I can hire people to do that.

Mom: Buzz cuts will be your specialty.

Me: Yeah! That'll be the name of the shop - Buzz Cuts

Dad: Why Buzz Cuts? I'll do more than buzz cuts.

Mom: Can you dye hair? You don't know how to dye hair!

Dad: It's a barber shop! No one will want their hair dyed!

Mom: Men will come in and say 'Color my mustache!' or 'Cover my gray.' Will you know how to do that?

Dad: There will be no dying in my barber shop!!

Me: This is a barber shop for men! No hair dying!

Dad: Exactly!

Mom: Remember when....'Shave & a hair cut, 2 bits!'

Dad & Me: Wha...

Mom: You know?? The old song...what would 2 bits be? 50 cents?

Dad: A quarter.

Mom: No-ooo. 2 bits can't be a quarter.

Dad: Yes. 2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits, a dollar. See? A quarter. 4 quarters equal a dollar.

Mom: But...2 bits can't be one quarter. It just doesn't work.

Dad: Well, that's the way it is. Sorry.

Me: Who decided that then? It really doesn't make any sense.

Mom: Well, obviously someone wasn't thinking.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

A Ghost Story

Last Monday, my aunt Charlene was admitted into the hospital because of pneumonia and a slipped disk in her back. My Grandma took her in and waited as they settled her into her room. After a while, Grandma asked the nurse of she could see her and the nurse replied, "Yes but only one visitor is allowed in the room so you'll have to wait."

"What do you mean? There was no one else with us."

"There was a man in there with her when I walked out," the nurse told her. Now, this is Dad's side of the family, the creepy side where people see ghosties all the time so Grandma pretty much took this statement in stride.

"Was it a big man or a tall, thin man?"

"He was pretty big." The nurse poked her head into Charlene's room and of course it was devoid of visitors. Charlene said there had never been anyone with her. We figure it was her brother Jim who died 13 years ago, checking up on her.

It's comforting to know that relatives are still there for us, whether we can see them or not!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different

There were so many people at my Grandma's house this past weekend that the place was constantly abuzz with conversation. Mostly I just sat and listened as people talked but somehow I ended up at one point in a little circle that consisted of myself, Mom, Aunt Thelma and my cousin Nita. We talked for over an hour and then someone was called into another room or got a phone call or something but suddenly I was sitting on the floor alone and heard a snippet of a conversation between my cousin Jody, his wife Malea and another cousin, Kirsten. What I heard Jody say was, "Can we do the spanking in the morning?"

My first thought was that Jody was being crude but then I realized that Kirsten wasn't the type of person you would tell a joke/story like that to. She's way too sweet & nice. And then Malea jumped in and finished the story, highlighting what I had missed. It's too funny not to share.

Jody & Malea's daughter, Sierra, is about 4. She went up to Malea one night around 10:30 and asked if she could have some ice cream. "Absolutely not," Malea replied. "I'll make you some oatmeal or cereal if you're hungry but it's too late for ice cream." Sierra walked away and the incident was forgotten until Malea heard a noise in the kitchen. Walking in, she found her daughter dishing herself up a bowl of ice cream.

"If you eat that ice cream, you'll get a spanking," Malea warned. Sierra looked at her, then the ice cream and said, "Okay. But can we do the spanking in the morning? I really need this ice cream."

Malea admitted she was in a quandry. What could she do? So, she relented and Sierra ate the ice cream. Jody said the next morning, she came into their bedroom and said, "Okay, I'm ready for my spanking." So she's got the system all figured out. A little bit of discomfort in trade for the truly yummy things in life she would be denied if she followed the rules. I have to start subscribing to her way of thinking!! :-)

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Monday, March 13, 2006

A Little Sorrow Talk

"Between the news of holy war & holy need, ours is just a little sorrow talk." - Duran Duran, 'Ordinary World'

Mom & Dad & I returned home yesterday after being in Grand Junction for my Grandpa's funeral. It was a long trip highlighted by the horrible snowy weather from Vail Pass all the way to C-470. But we made it.

The quote above captures perfectly how I felt this week, especially Friday, the day of the funeral. To me, my Grandpa's passing was huge news and I felt everyone should know about it. I seriously kept expecting it to be on the news, to see shots of the cemetery service or something. Then I would remember that there was bigger news to be reported other than what had happened in my family.

As far as funerals go, Granpa's was a good one. It was upbeat and a lot of friends and family got up to speak about him and say wonderful, kimd things. That wasn't hard to do because Grandpa was a wonderful, kind man. I held it all together until the end of the funeral service when they started handing out the flowers off of the casket. I think that just symbolized the end for me, that it was over and he was gone and there would be no more hugging him or joking with him or trying my hardest to beat him at a game of Oh, Heck*. Thank God my Dad was standing behind me when I lost it or I probably would have fell on the snowy ground.

My most irrational moment came just before the church service. The viewing had just ended and they needed to close the casket for the funeral. Two men went and folded the white quilt lining inside and shut the lid. I was so mad at them for shutting my Grandpa in there like that. I knew I was being irrational and the men were very nice to all of us but I was still mad.

I hated having to leave my Grandma behind when we left yesterday but she's still got family in town to look after her so I know she'll be okay. I just worry. I think I'll be making a lot of trips over the mountains from now on.

Thank you, also, to everyone who commented or sent cards &/or flowers or called, expressing their sorrow and condolences on our family's loss. It means more than you know.

*=If you've never played Oh,'s a card game that is a favorite among Mom's family. Grandpa loved it and played it masterfully. He was always the one to beat. The last thing he did Sunday night before leaving us was to win his last game. There couldn't have been anything more fitting.



Monday, March 06, 2006

Not A Good Day

I had so many post ideas for you today - - an ooky one about nearly-severed thumbs and a ranty one about Burger King and an outraged one about Wal-Mart selling the Morning After pill but they'll have to wait. It's not a day for posts like those. My grandfather, my Mom's dad, passed away last night after having a heart attack.

They were in Denver for my cousin's birthday party and were supposed to come down here to the Springs to visit us on Wednesday. I couldn't make it to the party because of work and figured I'd see them then. Now I feel horrible that I didn't just take vacation time for it and see him.

It doesn't seem real yet. I've not had to deal with death a lot in my life (knock on wood & point like Fred that it doesn't start happening with regularity now) and I don't know what to do. My Mom is inconsolable of course. I offered to leave work last night to be with her but she told me no. I want to be able to do something but there's really nothing to be done. I want to be there for my Grandma as well, even though she's a strong person, I hate the thought of her being without him.

He wasn't supposed to die. He was supposed to be around forever. God, I'll miss him!

In loving memory of Harold Leroy Widegren - We'll miss you, Grandpa.



Friday, March 03, 2006

Game Night Friday Night

Tonight the Knight Family - including Collin and his offspring - are going to have a Game Night. I love Game Nights!! We sit around Mom's dining room table, playing game after game of inestimable fun and laughing heartily at Mom. In honor of this mountain of fun soon to be had by all, I present to you the pics from the last Game Night we had for my birthday.

Here's Derek looking like he has an Ace up his sleeve. With the blood that runs through our veins, that's not too hard to believe, either. He's been known to hoard Wild Cards when playing Phase 10 in his sleeves - true story, hands in the air!!

Here we have my lovely sister-in-law Squatchy. She appears to have been enjoying whatever game we were playing at the time. It might have been Crap or Fact which is an enjoyable game!

I know this is a little blurry but I couldn't pass up on sharing The Look with everyone. This isn't a full-blown Look, just the one she directs at someone who wants to take her picture.

And one more...a blurry as well but the looks on Mom's & Derek's faces...I do believe we were playing Mad Gab when I snapped this. Derek & Squatchy had brought the game over and no one had ever played it. During the reading of the instructions, it kept telling us, nay, instructing us to be overcome with mirth & hilarity. We didn't think the game sounded that fun but it turned out to be so fun that we were all laughing til we cried and our stomachs hurt. It was mostly Mom's fault. She can't help but be funny.

So now that you've seen the madcap amusement that is Knight Family Game Night, I bet you wanna come over, huh? Mom's place, around 7pm. See you there!

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I Must Rant A Little

For a month now at work I've been doing what is known as hand testing. I hate hand testing. Everyone I work with hates hand testing. It's boring, tedious and unhealthy.

Boring = I sit at a table for 12 hours placing parts in a socket, waiting for the temperature forcer to get to where it needs to be then I hit "TEST." 60% of the parts I'm testing fail. That is why we're actually doing the hand test - to weed out the baddies at a hot temp. THEN, if we happen to get a pass, we have to place a little gold dot on the part with a paint pen. We used to have to pencil in the fail number on the bad parts but thank God they stopped that! The only good thing about this is I get to read while I do it. Otherwise I'd be completely non compos mentis by now.

Tedious = Pretty much the same thing as above. 12 hours, little parts, waiting, blah blah blah, you get the picture.

Unhealthy = I'm not making this up. After 4 weeks of constant handtesting, I'm pretty sure it will be the death of me one way or the other. My back hurts, my shoulder is in a constant state of cramping, the skin on my left index finger was actually peeling off the other morning from the heat on the socket and to top it all off - - I was looking at the new paint pen the engineer bought for us last night and noticed a little warning sticker: "This pen contains a chemical that is known in the state of California to cause cancer." Gack! Great!! Here I sit, dutifully marking the passes with toxic paint, breathing in cancer-causing chemicals!! And I'm not the only one. Ginny & Morris have been my constant companions in hand testing hell so they're doomed as well, not to mention the workers that come & cover us when we go to break. Soon, our whole shift will be dead.

I hope you'll come to my funeral.



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