Monday, March 31, 2008

Naked Squirrels!

LOL I made a little squirrel riding a snowmobile this morning... I think I've officially lost it. Must be the SNOWSTORM we are having today... hello?!?!?! Tomorrow is April for God's sake --- ENOUGH WITH THE SNOW ALREADY!

So yeah, well... anyway. I decided to make some new snowmobiling t-shirt designs this morning and my little squirrel one made me giggle so I had to share.

This just might be the end of snowmobiling designs for awhile... I mean once it's really warm out, who can do snowmobile stuff?

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Way To My Heart...

it doesn't get any better than this....

the peanut butter jackpot...

it's like a mountain of heaven!

sorry... I don't share.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Squirrels Need You!

Yep, I'm being sorta silly this morning. But hey... anything for Earth Day, right?

Gobble Gobble

The SMW Blog Assignment for yesterday... yep, I'm late... is to talk about what you are thankful for. I'm thankful for the obvious - health, happiness, my kids, all that jazz... although the health part could be left out. This family is not 100% healthy, that's for sure.

But I'm not going to talk about that.

So instead I'm going to say what I'm really thankful for... right this minute.
The bowl of jelly beans on my desk that lets me have them at 7:00 in the morning.
Saki hasn't been wanting to go outside in the middle of the night.
The snow is almost all melted off the ground.
I haven't had to go into a sanitarium... yet.
Warm wool socks on my feet.
It's Saturday.
Kitty snores.
Quiet mom time. Nobody else in this house wants to be awake at 7am.. and that's why I am.
Bear snores.
The faint sound of birds chirping. (hey... the window is closed! It's only 29 degrees outside!)
I could, at any time, change those thankful things without any warning... or I could add some. You never know.

Being thankful is so much more than health, happiness and all that. Seriously. Look around at the little things - that's what really matters in life. Sure, you might not remember the jelly beans or wool socks 50 years down the road, but you remember it today and the big stuff? It will be there in your memories... that's why it's big stuff. It's the little stuff you have to enjoy - and be thankful for - when it's right there in front of you.

Psst... Demon #2's nickname is Bear

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Tide is High...

Ok it's not really high. Well, maybe it is, who knows, I don't live near the ocean so I have no idea if it is or not.

It's just a tree in our front yard that I hate. I want to cut it down. Damn birch tree. In a few weeks I'll get the joy of having to walk around and pick up sticks. Happy happy joy joy.

Oliver, high up on the kitty tree. Ignore the unfinished ceiling.

Metal dog tag

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Saki on Thursday

I can't help it... Golden Retrievers are photogenic! And Saki is one of the easiest dogs to photograph.

This is a pic I've wanted to get for awhile... everyday at 3:00 she knows the girls are about to come home, so she wants to look out the window. About a week or so ago she figured out how to get up onto the cat tree and balance herself, so now... well, you can see for yourself;

Typing away at nothing.

Did you ever sit in front of your computer screen, with your fingers on the keyboard and not have anything to say or do?

It's one of those days.

I think I'm going to grab my camera, grab the dogs and go for a walk.

A new BSL T-shirt and a Find a Pit Bull test

I'm sure you know that one thing I am very passionate about is breed bans. I don't understand them, I don't think they make any sense and I just flat out hate them. The main reason that I am against them is because it just isn't logical... how can you ban a whole breed for the actions of a few dogs?

Plus, people don't know Pit Bulls other than what they show on the news.

Pit Bulls are not bred to be aggressive towards humans... they are bred to be dog aggressive. There is a huge difference there. Plus, many many people have bred that OUT of Pit Bulls. It's the underground breeders that are still breeding the aggression.

And I fully believe that you cannot be born bad. It's the owners, not the breed.

And, finally, do YOU know what a Pit Bull looks like? Do you really? Take this test and then tell me what you scored. I didn't do well at it at all... 9 or 10 I think I got?

The big question is... how can ban them if you don't know which one to ban?

Most of you have seen (at least I hope you have!) the pet section of my store. I have quite a few BSL/Breed Specific Legislation t-shirt designs listed.

Funny thing is... I don't even like any of the Pit Bull breeds (yes, did you know that? Pit Bulls are not a breed of their own? There are different types?). It's not because of the news or anything... its' just a breed I don't care for. I don't like poodles, either. I guess it's not that I don't like them, it's just breeds I don't care to own. Does that make sense?

Anyway... had to throw my shamless plugs in there and remind people how stupid BSL really is.
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Monday, March 24, 2008

Bell Training

If you remember, we taught Saki to ring a bell when she needs to go outside. This is a great thing to train your dog to do... no questioning what she wants to do when you hear the bell ring....

that is; if you don't have a smart dog.

If you have a minimal intelligent dog, go ahead... teach away. If you can get your stupid dog to do it, more power to you! DO NOT teach a smart dog to do this.

A smart dog will use this training against you... to train you.

Bell rings... what does Saki want? You would assume she wants to go outside, right? Not all the time... see Saki learned, real quick, that when she rings the bell - humans come running! So the ringing of the bell could mean a number of things:

1. Saki wants outside to go potty
2. Saki wants to outside and play
3. Saki wants to go for a walk
4. Saki wants attention
5. Saki is bored
6. Saki likes the sound of the bell
7. Saki gets a kick out of watching humans jump to her every command

Now, #2 you can usually tell because she'll look back to see if Chico, the resident Pomeranian, is coming (Chico has no interest in the bell - but he's sort of stupid). #3 you can tell because on her way through the entry way she will reach up and grab her leash in her mouth. The rest of it is pure guessing on the human part.

Sometimes you hear the bell... go to the door and Saki is nowhere to be found. She went off to lay down somewhere to take a nap. I suppose she just wants us to know where she is at all times.

So if you are thinking of bell training your dog... don't. Unless your dog isn't very smart.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Yap yap yap yap

Someone brought it to my attention that I talked to much the past couple days... it was hard to catch up on my blog.


Next time I'll post twice as much! LOL

Marine reunited with his war dog > In Iraq -- Marine reunited with his war dog: "They spent months in an Iraqi war zone cementing a special bond.

But after more than a month apart, Marine Maj. Brian Dennis began to worry if Nubs the dog would still remember him, especially in a new place like San Diego.

Their reunion before dawn yesterday at Camp Pendleton clearly showed otherwise.

The 2-year-old dog, named for his two nubby ears, drenched Dennis' face with doggie kisses and said hello with excited whimpers.

“You remember that, huh?” Dennis said as he rubbed the dog's haunches."

I remember hearing about this story a month ago - it brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy that they were reunited! Read the story... it's so sad. The dog was stabbed with a screwdriver and Maj. Dennis brought him back to health.... among other injuries and such. Great story!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter egg coloring

Sisterly love?

Demon #1, being a camera ham as usual

Demon #2 waiting for her egg to change color. We have NEVER been able to get a yellow easter egg.

a row of colors.. the green dye is in the blue cup, the blue dye is in the green cup. Really messed us up.

Demon #2 painting glitter on an egg... no matter how hard you try, you can't make it look like the package! I finally went and grabbed some glitter nail polish.

the end result...

How not to parent!

Stolen from - 411 Mommy = An Informed Mommy!

Happy Easter!

Another snow day

Woke up to more snow this morning... I don't know how much we got since yesterday morning, but it was a mom-walk-around-with-a-camera kind of morning! Just wait 'till the demons get outside!

Do you have an opinion OR NOT?

I belong to quite a few message boards/forums. I guess you could call me a forum addict, really. And just like with anything else, I have my pet peeves. I guess this one doesn't really have to be just forum centered, I don't know.

I cannot stand it when you have an opinion about something and you want others opinions on it and they come back with, "well, it's their choice if they want to do that or not", or something with the same meaning.

I know people have choices and I know people have their own lives, but I also have an opinion and if I want to say what I think they are doing is bullshit in my mind, I'm going to say it. I don't care if it's their choice - I think their choice is WRONG.

Lets take attachment parenting - hey, to those of you who do it - more power to you, BUT! I think it is the biggest crock of doo-doo out there. Sure, you have a right to do it, but I also have the right to think and say that you are out of your mind.

I just get so tired of people wasting other people's time with a comment like "it's their choice". Don't waste my reading space - either you think it's right or you think it's wrong. We all know "it's their choice", we aren't idiots, do you have to use up my time reminding me of that? Arrrggg!!!!

I know, it's sort of pathetic that this pisses me off, but it does. Reading post after post of someone either saying that and nothing else or ending every one of their posts with that is so fricken irritating to me.

Reading this, I sound like a moron myself and I really didn't make any sense, did I ? LOL!

If you have nothing better to do...

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I'd appreciate it!

Friday, March 21, 2008


Just my buddy & me

... enjoying possibly the last snow storm of the season.

Disfigured woman found dead after French court rejects euthanasia - Yahoo! News

Disfigured woman found dead after French court rejects euthanasia - Yahoo! News: "A mother of three, Sebire attracted a strong outpouring of sympathy when she appealed in a television interview last month for the right to 'depart peacefully'.

Before-and-after pictures of the woman, her face severely deformed, have been featured in the press along withd her account of frightened children who ran away at the sight of her.

Sebire learnt in 2002 that she had developed an esthesioneuroblastoma, an uncommon malignant tumour in the nasal cavity, which she said had led to 'atrocious' suffering.

'In 2000, I lost the sense of smell and taste... and I lost my sight in October 2007,' she said in the television interview.

'One would not allow an animal to go through what I have endured,' she said before urging President Nicolas Sarkozy to intervene and grant her request."

I believe that the one thing a person truly has to call their own is their own life. I've heard the arguments that your life effects others and, yes, that is true... but after all is said and done it is still YOUR life. YOU have to live with the consequences of your actions, YOU have to live with your health, YOU have to live with your looks. Simple as that.

Law or no law - laws were made by mankind, they can be changed by mankind. A law is not written in gold.

What are your thoughts on this one? Do you believe in the law... or do you believe in being humane?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jelly Beans Revisited

Thanks to Jenny, I added a poll about jelly beans.

*pops a Starburst jelly beans into her mouth*

Day #62 - The Million Dollar Question

Today is Day #62 of being smoke-free.

*pats self on back*

I stopped taking the Chantix. I was sick of the sour stomach. I'll take one every now & then if I'm having a craving really bad, but I don't think it's the pill changing the craving. I think it just puts my mind at ease.

So I've been asked a few times.... have you gained weight since you quit smoking?

Well... for those of you who know me in real life and haven't seen me in awhile.... sit down.

Seriously, sit down. You'll want to.

Let me first tell a story to those of you who don't know me. I was 140lbs when I graduated high school. All muscle weight. My parents bought me a trampoline when I was 10 or something... and being a bored teenager with friends who didn't have a trampoline - it was our "hang out spot". Anyway... when I got pregnant at 21 with Demon #1 I threw away all my size 9 jeans. I mean, who is ever going to get back into those after a baby, right?

I'm glad I threw them away because I was right... they didn't fit me anymore. 3 months after Taryn was born, they were too big.

Yes, too big.

I had gone down to a size 5.

I got preggo with Demon #2 and threw away my size 5 jeans. I mean, who is ever going to get back into those after a 2nd baby, right? Dumbass I am. Within 2 months I was back to a size 5 and I was 120 lbs. I lost some more weight after that - I'd just forget to eat.

Yes, you can forget to eat. With 2 munchkins running around.. it happens. I'd sit back and think "when was the last time I ate?.... Tuesday? Monday?". I think my lowest wieght was 105 if I remember right.

Well, one night I was sitting on the edge of the bed in just a bra and the husband stuck his fingers between my ribs.

I knew it was time to do something. I wanted to get back to around 130-140 lbs. Demon #2 is almost 12 years old - it took me this long to get back to 140lbs. I don't know what it's like to try to lose weight, I've never had to worry about what I ate before. But I do know that it's a bitch to try to gain weight.

Yes, I'm back to 140lb. I passed 140lbs.

Two months ago I quit smoking. I was 135lbs. I am now 149lbs.

I guess smoking was my diet.

Now I have to lose 10lbs.

Come on, brat-dogs, we're going for a walk!

Demon's 1st Communion & Earth Day

My girls are having their 1st Communion tonight. They are both pretty excited about it. We are behind on church things because the girls were only baptized last fall. Long story - maybe someday I'll tell ya about it!

I'll take pics & maybe post them tomorrow.

I've been busy the past couple days getting some Earth Day designs/Earth Day section in our holiday section in InsanityWear. Need an Earth Day t-shirt? You know where to go now!

Here's a preview:

Monday, March 17, 2008

Nothing to say

I have absolutely nothing to say today besides that I like jelly beans.

Hiding from Mom & pure randomness

Kristina Demon #2 hiding behind her Tomagotchi (this is the "thing" that I don't know how to feed or clean it's poop)

Taryn Demon #1 hiding behind a slinky.

Nope, neither one are good at hiding.

random shot of Demon #1