July 21, 2014

Be nice!

So, my nephew is on his mission in NW Arkansas. Yes... he is a Mormon missionary! In northwest Arkansas and in a small town near Erik. So, my brother-in-law said he is having a difficult time already. His bike stolen and I don't know what else... but this reminded me of something.

Even though we do not agree on religion, even though I don't belong to his church, even though I think he is wasting his breath and money, even though he knows this would be difficult... I still love and respect my nephew. And I know that he loves me.
that's Mitt Romney as a missionary

About this time last year, before he went, he mentioned that he was thinking about it. I ask him if he really wanted to do it, or was he giving in to peer pressure or pressure from the Mormon culture in Utah. I told him if he went he should do it with his whole heart and soul... give 100% of his effort to it. And now, here he is, a year later in Arkansas.

And it makes me think.. who would want to hurt my nephew? You could hate everything he stands for... but this is my nephew! You could disagree with absolutely everything he is doing... but that doesn't give anyone the right to threaten or harm him.

Please remember, those guys on the bikes did not establish their church. They aren't the ones protesting at a soldier's funeral. He is not trying to get you into a cult (in spite of what you may have heard to the contrary). They are someone's son and brother and nephew.

Do I really have to remind people about basic manners and basic respect?

July 20, 2014


So, I think I've mentioned before that I have a sleep disorder. I did a sleep study about 5 or 6 years ago and it was determined that I most likely have chronic insomnia. Yea... it sux!

I've been taking Ambien and Lunesta since. Lately, I'm not sure if it's less stress from the job now, but I've been in a fog lately. I decided to try to get off of Ambien. Or at least cut the amount in half.

So far it's working! I still get a good 8 hours of sleep and I don't have that foggy feeling for most of the day like I had before.

One evening this week I knew I was getting a little stressed about something so I took a whole Ambien. Yikes... there was that foggy feeling again the next day. I also remembered that I sleep-eat when I'm on it sometimes. There was a wrapper for a frozen fruit bar on the kitchen floor and a big puddle of red sticky goo. Apparently I ate one when I was asleep and part of it dropped to the floor. Ew! I've heard about people doing a lot worse than sleep-eating on Ambien. It's crazy!

I really think this is the right move to cut back on the dosage. Does anyone else take Ambien? If so, have you had any weird side effects?

July 19, 2014

Breakfast foods

I love breakfast foods. I could eat breakfast foods for every meal. I love it when restaurants, especially "mom & pop" places, have breakfast dishes on the menu all day long! I know... I'm crazy like that.

One of my favorite (and easiest) things to make is scrambled eggs with sausage. I cook the sausages and then cut them up into smaller pieces. I make my eggs differently too. I learned this from my cooks when I owned my deli in downtown Baltimore in the late 1990s. You break them into a jar with a lid. I use the short jars that some salsa comes in. Then add water... not milk (the water helps to boil the eggs). Then shake the jar vigorously until the eggs and water have a little froth. Then pour the eggs into the frying pan with the sausage bits. Just keep stirring and mixing the mixture until it's all cooked evenly. You can also add cheese (I use feta) and keep stirring until done. You can also add spices while it's cooking too or simple salt & pepper.

All this is being done while my coffee is brewing. When I'm feeling adventurous I'll add cinnamon or other sweet flavors to the coffee (mint is also really good)! And if I'm feeling really hungry I'll bake some flaky biscuits!

When you serve it you can also add a little more feta, spices or salsa as you like! In my book this is the perfect breakfast!

By the way... when you take your eggs from the carton, do you use then in any sort of order or just randomly? I used to be one (because of my weird COD quirkiness) to take them in an orderly fashion. Now... it's just at random.

How do you do it? And what is your favorite breakfast food? Another favorite of mine is German pancakes! I'll save that for another post if y'all want the recipe!

Hope y'all have a great weekend! And bon app├ętit!

July 17, 2014

RIP old mouse

I love having a wireless mouse at home! So when it stopped working tonight I thought it just needed a new battery. Nope! It's dead, dead and gone!
Luckily I had another one... remember the old desktop in the guest bedroom? I just switched the mouse. So now the dead PC has a dead mouse. :-( sad face

Oh... and I got tired of the dual monitors already. Yep... It's back in the guestroom with the other useless stuff. Which reminds me... I really do need to get the CPU working, there are pictures on the computer that are not anywhere else. 

So... my week is obviously boring! How's yours going?

July 16, 2014


On my last post about my dual monitors I mentioned that I could have porn going on continually on one monitor while I do normal stuff on the other. anne marie seemed surprised I look at porn. Let me clarify:
I like porn! Who doesn't? OK, I can see how it can be addictive and how it can control some person's life, especially with the ultra-religious community. 

However, I keep a lot of things about me private. If someone ever asked me to participate in a porn movie (I don't think that is likely to happen...) I would decline. I also don't like to talk about my favorite porn sites on a very public forum like my blog. Nor will I use porn to get people to visit my blog.

And I think one should keep a healthy attitude about porn. It is unrealistic. There are not that many people in the world with the perfect body like the actors in porn. Nor is their act a true representation of love. It also gives one a false sense of reality... I mean the average plumber that comes to your home is not on time and is not smoking hawt!

July 14, 2014

Seeing double

This weekend I finally reclaimed my dining room! For the last several years I've had the laptop set up on the dining room table. Since little sister, brother-in-law and niece will be visiting in a few weeks I've been trying to get my place cleaned up.
I moved a few things around the living room and took the top off of an old roll-top desk. I also brought in the extra monitor from the desktop in the guest room (that doesn't work...) and viola! I have 2 monitors, just like I have at work. 

This means I could have porn continually on 1 screen while I check email, facebjork and blog on the other! Woohoo! [evil grin] 

Does anyone else have dual monitors at home?

July 13, 2014


As I was working on some things around the house today I had the TV on. I found a station that plays old shows from the 70s. Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, The Love Boat and several others.
Wow! These shows bring back a flood of old memories! I also realized that I knew I was gay when I had a major crush on Mike Brady, James West (from The Wild Wild West) and Gopher from The Love Boat. Although I also really liked Captain Stubing too. Did you ever see that one episode where the couple goes on a cruise, they have an argument or misunderstanding and then one of the ship's crew steps in to help them get back together? (hee hee... that was the plot for every episode!)

So, who did y'all have a crush on from a TV show from your younger years?

July 12, 2014

Super Moon

Get outside tonight to see this! I know I'll be out there enjoying this!

July 11, 2014


This week I got another email from [major bank] about some required training assigned to me. I'm used to it in this new regulatory age of banking.

This weeks training was on the firm's contingency plans. What would each department and line of business do if disaster struck? Or yet another super-storm of the century?

Was this the banks subtle way of telling me to download the software and get logged online from home? I think so... I finally got it done last night and I can now log into my work computer from home.  :-/

Bring on those storms now!

Happy Friday y'all!