November 11, 2006

If you need to upgrade your blog software . . .

I highly recommend Tammy of A Mom and her Blog!

She upgraded us from a very old, old version of Moveable Type to the newest, and did an absolutely flawless job!

Tammy will also create a blog for you, and even host one, if you are thinking about starting one! Just go to her blog and you will see her email address.

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August 16, 2006

Did you know

The Internet is for Pr0n?

Thanks, Stacy!!!

and it is worksafe.

Posted by Beth at 11:06 AM

May 13, 2006


There is a new site (for me, anyway) that looks to be something like a Drudgereport for Conservatives. It is For Your Conservative Pleasure. Looks interesting, you might want to check it out, too.

Posted by Beth at 12:28 PM

Past time to touch base

Life is so busy, I've not had the time for the linky love my favorite bloggers deserve!

First of all, many Ladies of the Cotillion have seen Flight 93 and have reviewed it. It's a great carnival - go check it out.

I have been really remiss in checking my friend's blogs lately - especially, Joanie. She's having a tough time- go visit her and say hi, and think about hitting her tip jar. Back problems really screw up the livelihood of nurses.

And then, last night, our friend, Kat of The Middle Ground came by to 'help me finish the floor'. Only, she brought a friend with her. This friend is kinda sorta doglike, only smaller than most of our cats. It seems that our payment to Kat for helping me with the kitchen remodel is taking this poor little rat dog in.

Needless to say, we didn't do any work last night, but she's coming over again today and we do aim to get 'er done! And I think she's bringing her little dog, Dottie, with her.

However, if we end up keeping Dottie, we will rename her - we always rename our critters.

Oh, one more - at Explicity Anonymous - this is really funny - go read and enjoy!

Posted by Beth at 10:23 AM

March 17, 2006

For folks in the KC Metro Area

Anyone in the metro area should check out Save Our Owners.

Every single entry is hilarious. What's even funnier is that the powers that be in KCMO are threatened by the Save Our Owners Blog.


Posted by Beth at 10:37 AM

March 04, 2006

Well, I've been rather silent lately

Laundry, picking up clutter and cleaning are consuming this weekend.
Andy and Ashes (his darling girlfriend) came home yesterday, and I am very much enjoying their company. They are very cute together. Andy is truly smitten with Ashes, and she with him.

Well, I have to fold more clothes.

Posted by Beth at 03:46 PM

February 22, 2006

My excuse - I'm tempermental

I am really upset that the blonde bimbo has defamed Jay at Stop the ACLU.

Ask John - I never forget anything.

I look forward to the day when someone does an expose on the lies of DS.


Also - some advice to people who need an attorney for whatever reason - first of all, check with the State Bar Association and see if they can recommend a lawyer who has experience in dealing with your issue. For example, an entertainment/sports lawyer is not likely to be capable of dealing with Constitutional law.

Second, get a contract, read it very carefully and sign it.

That is all.

Posted by Beth at 07:11 AM

February 20, 2006


I have been blogging for 2 and 1/2 years. Aside from the guy who stalks me occassionaly, I have never feared for my well being or health until now.
I've had heated arguments with people from the Daily Kos, and from Atrios, but none of the lefties have ever done more than called me a stupid moron - none of them ever threatened me or mine.

That's why it is surprising and hurtful that a threat would come from the right.
No names mentioned here, I'm not a total idiot, but I am afraid.

I have this to say about blogging. The strength of the blogosphere, the one thing that we bloggers do best is fact checking.

If someone, anyone - be it the MSM or a blogger or an advertiser makes any kind of claim, we, the little people, the bloggers, tend to look for proof. None of us should make claims without any supporting evidence. None of us.
No one should think that he or she is going to believed simply because he or she says something is so. Anyone who publishes anything and calls it fact, should expect to be questioned. And if you publish something as truth, and either can't or refuse to back that 'truth' with documentatin, then you should damn well expect one of us little, non-important 'tiny-brained people to take note and point it out.

Well, I'll not mention this again.

Posted by Beth at 09:49 PM

February 15, 2006

Freedom of Speech

There are some extremist Muslim fundamentalists who would have us shut up when it comes to anything bad that is done in the name of Islam.

I find it extremely disturbing that the MSM has not seen fit to be honest about this story, and why they are suddenly so concerned about the feelings of a bunch of religious fanatics.

Go see Lost Budgie today - he has a great roundup on the Cartoon War.

Posted by Beth at 07:35 AM

February 13, 2006

Around my blogroll

I need to try to keep up with the folks on my blogroll. I'm not great at that - for example, I just learned that Margi had her precious baby boy a little on the early side - ok, a lot on the early side, but he is home and absolutely beautiful! See for yourself!

Sister Toldjah has really been following the Cartoon Wars.

Don't forget to check out the Valentine's Day Carnival of the Cats!

Laurence Simon has another blog - Catcall - on the Houston Chronicle - he's gone big-time, folks!

Oh, and the Carnival of the Recipes has been beautifully prepared by Physics Geek!

And John is commenting on Cheney's bad aim.

Update: Thanks to Angela for pointing out my error - I was not linking to Margi's site, but to a different site. I have no idea why I do these things, but it is fixed now and you can all go see Margi's beautiful boy!

Posted by Beth at 08:00 AM

February 03, 2006


I have never cared much for Hugh Hewett. Something about his attitude has always struck me as being rather haughty. Time is proving me right, I'm afraid.

Posted by Beth at 11:55 PM

December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas, Everyone

And thanks for reading me from time to time. This year, I am giving myself a present - time. And I hope that this is a present for John, too.

For now, at least, it's bye, bye blog. The time I spend on this (not so much lately) would be better spent on other things - my husband, our son, my house, my horses and my art. Work steals too much of my time to start with - then, to worry about can I post - - well, it's too much time. I want my life back.

I think that the guys over at Castle Argghhh! will let me bloviate if I have the need, but for now, my needs are to have a happy home life, and that requires every bit of extra time I can weasel out of my bosses.

I wish all of you the best of everything and a very Merry Christmas.

May the New Year be one of time for love and fulfillment for you all!

Posted by Beth at 06:20 AM

November 26, 2005

Thank you, Amy!

Prochien Amy is one of the nicest, kindest, most generous artisitic people around.
Amy redesigned my blog some months ago, and now she has added a rotating banner - so everytime you come to my blog, you can see different critters!

I love it!

Posted by Beth at 05:09 PM

Blatant attempt to earn some Christmas Money!

Ann Althouse, Instapundit, and many others are schilling for Amazon - I think I have made 93 cents in the past 6 months by linking to, and frankly, dear readers, that doesn't even buy me a comic book!
If you click on one of these links and actually buy something, I will get maybe another 4 or 5 cents, so by the year 2010, I might have enough money to buy this book.

With 8 cats and 3 dogs, we have a very hairy house. John and I have destroyed some very high-priced vacuum cleaners at the rate of about one per year. we now have a solution for our hardwood floors - Roomba. Gandalf the Grey, our Persian, sheds constantly. He especially likes shedding on the area rug in our living room. "Roomba"does a very good job of not only getting the cat hair off, but has the additional bonus of entertaining the cats.

Now, for our carpeted bedroom and the kitchen floor (unfortunately carpeted), and the carpeted staircase and walls and ceilings, I love my Dyson.

Please note that I did NOT purchase the animal Dyson vacuum - the only difference is the turbo-thingy that can be purchased separately if you think you really need it.

Okay, let us look at some cool kitchen appliances that I cannot live without:
1. My Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. I have the 5 quart heavy duty professional model now, but I had a 4 quart for years, and it was also pretty good.

I'm hoping to get some attachments for my Kitchenaid this Christmas - maybe the food grinder(hint, hint, John!)

2. My second favorite appliance is my Braun Hand Blender. It is great for soups, sauces, chopping nuts, crunching up ice and milkshakes and fancy drinks. Definitely worth the price.

I will continue with more later - I really have to go decorate my arbor with Christmas lights now.

Posted by Beth at 02:00 PM

November 21, 2005


Okay, so there is this OSMPajamas Media thing now. I guess it will separate those of us who blog for fun, as a hobby and those who wish to use blogging as extra income.

I'm pretty noncommittal about the whole thing. I'm sure that my low stats will fall even lower because I frankly don't care enough about them to spend more precious time blogging and trying to be clever.

I have met a lot of really great people blogging. I hope that John and I will continue to be able to meet other bloggers, but I wonder if the now professional bloggers will lower themselves to meet those of us who are amateurs.

I fully expect that they will all blogroll each other and delete those of us who don't have the time or self-interest to be professional bloggers.

Maybe they should not be called bloggers anymore?

Maybe they should be called advertisements with some opinionated commentary?

I hope they all do well. I suspect that this is the beginning of the end of blogging, though.

Posted by Beth at 07:53 AM

November 12, 2005

well, durn it

I had this nice post written about where we went last night to see this comedian and this comedian and how much fun we had and how nice it was. But as sometimes happens, my browser went blip and I lost it all, and I'm not about to repeat the whole durn thing.

So there.

Posted by Beth at 09:40 AM

November 11, 2005

Have a laugh or two or three

Ellison has an ode to the alphabet that must be read.

Punctilious has a few worthwhile observations here and here and here.

Posted by Beth at 08:13 AM

November 06, 2005

ok - what is this about?

someone pings my post on tornadoes from his/her post - so I look to see what he linked with - nothing - there is no link - the person just pinged to pick up traffic.

And to make it worse, he links to someone who purports to have a photo of the tornado, only it is not his picture, he hotlinks to a weather site and it is not the terrible tornado of last night.

Folks - if you want to link to me, fine, but if I don't see a link attached to your ping, I will put your blog on my blacklist and delete the ping.



Posted by Beth at 10:30 AM

October 24, 2005

Storm Blogging

Pam of Pamibe is live-blogging Hurricane Wilma from her home in Florida. I just turned on the tv, and all those dumb newspeople are standing out in the wind and rain talking about how not everyone has evacuated. Can't they report from inside a building?

They don't look brave. They look like idiots.

Someday, a piece of wood or metal or something is going to fly down a street and kill a reporter on live storm TV.

Maybe then they will quit this silliness.

Posted by Beth at 04:28 AM

October 16, 2005


I have apparently been insensitive to people of the Jewish faith by making this week's Carnival of the Recipes a 'Pork Only' affair.

I decided to make this week's Carnival 'pork only' to mock the English Council that has banned Piglet from government offices so as not to offend Muslims working there.

Religious dietary laws - be they in the minority or the majority - should not be the determining factor when it comes to regulations that limit free speech and freedom of expression. In fact, nothing should be regulating free speech and freedom of expressions. For goodness' sake - if it's okay to call a Crucifix soaked in urine art - and to have government funds pay for that, then certainly, it's okay for me to point out the sneaky infiltration of sharia laws in the West.

By the way, I am aware that Orthodox Jews have very similar same dietary restrictions that fundamentalist Muslims have, so please don't send me informational emails about your faith unless you want me to send informational emails about my faith - Catholicism - which is mocked regularly by bloggers of other faiths - from Jews to Muslims to Christians.

So, if anyone wants to bitch about my choice of recipes this week, bitch at me - not at the hostess of this week's Carnival.

Posted by Beth at 06:53 AM

September 15, 2005


I had little or no internet access this week, I get home, and apparently there has been a lot of talk about sexism and whether or not it exists.

As a 52 year old woman who has been the first woman this or that in a small way, I must say, YES. Sexism exists.
Anyone who says otherwise is living in a dream world.

This has nothing to do with right or left.

There is a certain sexism towards men, too.

I don't have my picture on my blog because I am a 52-year-old woman and I really don't want to chase away what male readers I might have because I'm not a gorgeous blonde!

I work with a bunch of guys - my bosses all the way to the top of the ladder at my company are guys. They will swear that they treat women the same way they treat men.

They are blind, stupid and ignorant - at least when it comes to that.

They do not respect women like they do men. The pretty young women get promoted quickly until they marry and get pregnant, then they are stuck in that position forever. Forever.

Companies today will not let anyone know how much anyone else gets paid. I feel I'm being paid quite well, but for all I know, the guys are making twice what I make - they all drive BMW's, play a lot of golf and have personal trainers.

Of couse, I can shoot better than any of 'em. (a gun, that is).

Anti-male sexism exists in Family Courts - my friend, Dean, has had a lot to say about that through the past few years. And so has Trudy.

More on this later - I've only been back from DC for about an hour, and my beloved husband could probably use some loving.

Posted by Beth at 09:26 PM

August 31, 2005

Great fun with Mog

I had dinner with the genius behind the Mind of Mog tonight, and we had a good time. I am downloading pictures from my camera as I write this, but there are so many pictures, it is taking a bit of time, so they may not get posted until morning.

And yes, I know I still have to post pics from the San Diego party!

But Moggie and I found, to our surprise, that Code Pink and Air America were having a protest at 24th and Camelback Road here in Phoenix - right where the Cheesecake factory is.

I took pictures and talked to the never grown up oldsters, and they were just wacked.

After dinner, we both went out and took more pictures as they had a Cindy Sheehan candlelight vigil.

These people are just a bit on the not quite all there side - and they were older than I expected!

It's taking forever to download 300 + pictures, so I'll go to sleep now, and post them in the morning!

Posted by Beth at 11:50 PM

August 30, 2005

swamped with work

So I have no time right now - just a reminder to get your recipes in to the recipe.carnival at address. Dave Schuler of The Gilltering Eye will host for us this week.

Be back tonight. I hope.

Posted by Beth at 09:05 AM

August 28, 2005

Just last Sunday

We had a ton of fun with a bunch of San Diego Bloggers - and I owe you a post with pictures. You are all so great!

But, I found out at the last minute that I have to go to Phoenix - tomorrow morning. So, I've been balancing the check book (always a somewhat precarious task), putting together an agenda for the week and doing laundry, vacuuming and dishes so John isn't stuck with all of it this week.

I swear, the pictures will be up tomorrow night.

Oh, and is anyone interested in hosting the Carnival of the Recipes next week?

I was going to do it - until my boss called and said go to Phoenix!

Posted by Beth at 07:34 PM

August 15, 2005

this is very cool

Posted by Beth at 02:38 PM

August 10, 2005

Never, ever Hotlink!

If you want to feature a photo that is on someone else's blog or website, you should copy that photo to your own server or get an account at one of those photo-hosting servers.

Last night, this website: by something named Eggagog got an Instalanche from Ann Althouse (who does not appreciate the fact that Glenn links to Carnivals, by the way)

Anyway, back to the above-mentioned blog. It's goofy and cute, and there are a ton of pictures there. Because I like to have pictures on my blog, I checked the properties on several of them to see where Eggagog is hosting his/her pictures. He/she is not hosting them. They are all hot-linked. That means that people viewing the pictures on the Eggagog blog are using the bandwidth of people who are not Eggagog and probably don't know where all their bandwidth is going to - especially after an Instalanche. The bandwidth they pay for is essentially being stolen by the blog. And that can get very expensive. John has had this problem to the point where he is thinking about not publishing as many pictures.

If you want a picture on your blog, please remember that you should host that picture yourself. Fototime and Exposure Manager are two good examples of hosting companies that charge reasonable prices.

Posted by Beth at 05:43 AM

August 09, 2005

Goodbye for now OK, I was really pissed

I'm quitting = maybe forever.

I am tired of trying to make excuses for my existence to too many people out there.

See ya.

I'm still pissed, but who is going to know if I quit this?

I'm back.

Posted by Beth at 09:00 PM

August 03, 2005

Amy did it!

Amy redesigned my site for me - she tried so hard to talk me out of the jewel-tone colors, but I got my way - dark colors!!

There might be a few odds and ends to fix up, but I really like the change!!

Posted by Beth at 09:30 PM

Go read this

AFSister wants your opinion on an interesting situation.

Posted by Beth at 06:20 AM

July 28, 2005

I have to stop using so many exclamation points!!!

I just glanced at my blog and realized that I am a definite overuser of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Beth at 06:45 AM

June 28, 2005

Interesting Reading

When I have a few moments to myself, I love to check out different bloggers. I especially love reading comment streams. Comments can be very entertaining to read. They can go off on some pretty interesting, sometimes silly tangents.

I was just reading Roger Simon's excellent post, "Of Martha Stewart and Gitmo". There are many comments there, and the comments lead to more and more ideas and then suddenly, Triticale posts a link to his Okra Pickle recipe. And it is not out of place in that comment stream. And then, someone links to this, the Terro-Gator, invented by Are You Conservative?

Someone could write a doctoral thesis on the goings on of commenters. It's fascinating, fun stuff.

Posted by Beth at 06:43 AM

June 21, 2005

I need help with my blog!

I will be happy to pay for a redesign. I want to be able to have permalinks that really work for all my posts. I want to upgrade to the next version of Movable Type. I do not have time to do that - work is killing me! Please, leave me a comment or email me if you are interested!


Posted by Beth at 06:58 AM

June 06, 2005


Hi, I'm Barney, and Beth is my person. I was so embarrassed today when she went to Key's blog and found that Mom has not been commenting and linking as proper Blog Etiquette requires.

Key said:

I have blog friend issues. I know this, because all but a couple defied blog etiquette 101 on my first meme post by not commenting even though they were linked!

Mom hardly ever comments on someone's blog when they link to her. She had no fricking idea, she told me!

I'm so embarrassed and sorry about how bad my mom is, I made a 'Sorry World' photo to express meow feelings.

Posted by Barnacle at 08:58 PM

June 05, 2005


Call it paranoia because I'm so sick if you like. But, it just hit my little tiny brain that perhaps more and more MSM outlets are starting to charge to see their articles so that bloggers will be unable to fact check.

I clicked on a Drudgereport link today - to the TIMES of London - and even though I have been a subscriber for years, after I logged in, I got a message that I would have to pay to read the article. And it ain't cheap. Here is a screen print of the pricing


Posted by Beth at 07:49 PM

May 13, 2005

Need a laugh?

IMAO has Carnival of Comedy. It is worth the time to read, very funny!

Posted by Beth at 09:13 AM

April 09, 2005


I am so far behind. I just spent 2 hours cleaning up 300 comment spams. And I spent the entire day yesterday attempting to get rid of something called webpup32. Nothing, and I mean nothing, has worked - I got it at the hotel in Chicago - as soon as I connected to the network there, I started getting popups and my computer came to nearly a standstill. I must have picked up 100 browser hijackers and other bugs - my virus scans didn't see anything, so I ran SpyBot, Adaware, and about 6 other spy removal softare packages.
I'm down to this one - and it is absolutely making me crazy trying to get rid of it.

Anyway, Amanda, our Down Under friend, has produced a gorgeous Carnival of the Recipes - beautiful!

Unfortunately, our host for next week, Conservative Friends, was hacked and hijacked. Go over there and send Drew a note about how much we would like the site back!

I have someone in mind who I will ask first about hosting the carnival on the 15th because I left her out on my list accidentally - this travel is causing me some headaches with keeping track of everything.

Oh, and good news - my boss called me yesterday and said I can be a virtual associate - that means that I won't have to make the commute to our office when I am in town! I have wanted to be virtual for several years, and finally, I have my chance - this might mean I'll be able to keep up with the laundry and cleaning - it will give me back 2 hours a day that I used to spend commuting.

I'll have to have a phone line installed and I need to buy a decent desk - the one I have was a cheapie Walmart desk that I can barely fit anything on.

Whoo hoo!

I have to get beautified today - time for color and a cut.

Maybe I'll get some highlights, too.

Posted by Beth at 09:39 AM

April 04, 2005


Aaron (formerly of Aaron's Rantblog, Aaron the Liberal Slayer) is back in business - his current blog is called Aaron's cc: I'm glad he is back!

Posted by Beth at 07:06 AM

February 24, 2005


I hope that James Lileks ends up loving his Canon Rebel SLR Digital as much as we love ours! I can't wait to see new pictures of Gnat.

From The Bleat:

I got a new camera at a proper camera as the English would say (that's my favorite Briticism: proper. It has so many emanations, and suggests that there's a connection between authenticity, value, and behavior.) (Sorry: behaviour) and now I have to learn about focus and f/stop and all the rest of the details I've managed to avoid by sticking with point-and-shoot models. It's a Canon Rebel. Nice, so far.

I so appreciate James Lileks - every work day, he manages to give us all a thoughtful, often funny post on live and everything.

Posted by Beth at 10:02 PM

February 12, 2005

Last night

Last night we had dinner with Sharon and Bill. Sharon is a frequent commenter, and they were in the KC area for a surprise birthday party today.
They are both cat people, and therefore, very nice!

Free plug here - Sharon has a business - Friends FurEver - and she sells all kinds of cat apparel and accessories. I really like the t-shirts and the cat dishes.

Anyway, John and I had a lovely dinner with lovely people. Hopefully, Sharon will start blogging someday soon.

Posted by Beth at 09:03 AM

February 08, 2005

By the way ...

I just realized that I now have 50 GMAIL accounts to give away - on my personal account - and another 50 on my Carnival of the Recipes account - if you would like one, please let me know in the comments.

Heck, if you want 2 let me know!

Posted by Beth at 05:53 PM

January 30, 2005

100 Things About Me

I have read 100 things about a lot of bloggers, but I have never taken the time to sit down and write one hundred things about me - until tonight!

1. I was adopted by wonderful parents - they brought me home from the hospital when I was only 3 days old, and adopted me on my first birthday.

2. I am a Catholic, and even though I don't go to church to often - I'm still a Catholic!

3. I love critters. When I was 4, I found a turtle that had been run over - I made my mom give me a band-aid so I could protect the crack in his shell - eventually, his shell grew back and he lived!

4. I attended a nursery school called Pegnita (now, apparently Camp Pegnita - VodkaPundit himself attended it!)

5. My first kiss was at Pegnita - a little boy named David Hamilton (later the keyboard player for a '70's group named Pavlov's Dog) would jump out of the Pegnita bus and run to my door and escort me back to the bus every morning. One day, he just hugged me and gave me a little boy kiss. His father was my pediatrician.

6. My dad worked very hard and ended up being a vice-president for Falstaff Brewing Corporation back in the 60s and early 70s.

7. I showed long haired dachshunds when I was 13. Dog shows are pretty interesting.

8. I wanted to be a veterinarian, but way back when I started college (1971), I was told that women were just never picked by the few universities that offered Veterinary Medicine programs.

9. I was a virgin until I was 19 and a sophomore in college.

10. I graduated from St. Joseph's Academy High School - but I only went there for 2 years - before that, I went to Villa Duchesne - from kindergarten through 10th Grade.

11. I have loved horses my entire life.

12. My dad took me to my riding lessons at St. Louis Country Club every Saturday morning for many, many years. My trainer's name was Lillian Lewis.
Dad and Mr. Lewis would drink a six-pack of Falstaff while I was taking my lesson.

13. I was forced to go to Fleur De Lis dance classes and dinner dances in high school - yuch.

14. I turned down the 'opportunity' to make my debut in the Fleur de Lis Ball when I was a freshman at Rockhurst College.

15. My family was the second family to join Forest Hills Country Club. We had the reception for my first wedding there. We have not yet had a real reception for my second wedding - and my second one is a much happier one.

16. My best friend in high school was Nettie Harris. I have not heard from her or seen her for many years.

17. I was an artsy nerd in high school and college.

18. I paint in oils (paintings, not walls!)

19. I love playing with dirt - clay - I have a potters wheel and a kiln.

20. I have never fired up my kiln because I'm a chickenshit.

21. I really like crafty things.

22. I can crochet anything from a doily to an afghan.

23. I can't knit much of anything.

24. I used to be a pretty good seamstress.

25. Back when Andy was a baby and we were broke, I had a lot of garage sales to help make ends meet.

26. I will never again have a garage sale - if I don't want something, I will give it away.

27. I love Kosher food.

28. I love beef - rare!

29. I'm a pretty good cook. Andy likes to come home from college just to get decent food.

30. I am a tomboy. I don't do makeup, I like to wear bluejeans and a teeshirt and if someone doesn't like the way I look naturally, fuck'em!

31. I love kitty cats and puppy dogs - and I miss them when I am traveling.

32. John is the love of my life - and I miss him when I'm traveling!

33. I am a little absent-minded. Well, OK, a lot absent-minded - I have no idea where my car keys are 80 % of the time.

34. I am in awe of the brilliance that is John, my husband - this guy is so smart it is a little scary!

35. I have a wonderful job - challenging but rewarding.

36. I took the LSAT when I was 40 - because I had put my ex-husband through law school and I was going thru the divorce thing - and I was in the 98th percentile - not bad for a stay-at-home mom.

37. I went from making $17,000 a year 11 years ago as a house cleaner to making over $70,000 a year now as a technical consultant. The American Dream is alive, folks. Oh, my, is it alive!

38. I think of my mom and dad every day of my life, even though they are both dead.

39. I am not really fond of airplanes.

40. I have to fly on them anyway!

41. I do like the airbus planes that Frontier has. They have little TV screens in front of each seat, and they are comfortable.

42. I love to go for drives through the country, exploring.

43. I could watch the birds at my feeders for hours - and so can our cats.

44. I am very analytical and I probably would have been a great CIA Analyst. Too bad it's too late to look into doing that!

45. When I was a social worker, I had a little old guy come to his front door with his weenie hanging out.

46. When I managed a convenience store, I had a guy plop a bunch of girlie magazines on the counter - and then his penis.

47. I also got flashed a lot.

48. Laughing usually deflates the flasher. If that doesn't do it, picking up a heavy 18 inch long wrench and threatening him with it will not only deflate a flasher's manhood, but cause it to fold in on itself and hide.

49. I am not as brave as I once was. I don't go careening through the woods on my horse anymore. I wish I was that brave again - it was fun.

50. I got married to my first husband right out of college.

51. I put him through law school.

52. We had Andy - the best thing either of us have ever done for the betterment of the world.

53. Got divorced when I was 40.

54. I once cleaned houses - hard to believe if you were to look at my house right now! Ask Beth Maudlin!

55. I used to work in a call center at Sprint - trying to sell long distance and 800 numbers to businesses who called in.

56. One of my customers bought 2 or 3 800 numbers a week. I think he was maybe a little crazy.

57. He wanted 800 numbers that spelled out dirty words.

58. I didn't care - I needed the darn sales, I'm not a great salesperson, and I had to stay in that job for one year before I could transfer to another part of Sprint.

59. I put up with Sprint managers whose behavior was absolutely beyond the pale.

60. Ditto with managers at Birch Telecom - unbelievable the way they thought they could bully people around.

61. I work for a company that has much nicer managers now.

62. I was in management years ago - it sucks, I'll never do it again!

63. I might be just a little hard to get along with.

64. I hate talking on the phone to people - probably because I do a lot of it at work, if you call me and just want to gab, chances are I will tune you out - not on purpose, I just don't like talking on the phone to anyone!

65. I'm not a great friend - I like people, but I'm too lazy to call them up and say let's get together. I'm probably afraid of being rejected.

66. I am something of a snob, I've been told. I don't really believe that, but if John thinks I am a snob, there must be something to it.

67. I was never in the 'in-crowd' in High School or College. I am and was a nerd - only then, I was called a bookworm.

68. If I could live in the backwoods somewhere with all my critters, John and Andy and my hobbies, I'd rarely leave the house. I am really a homebody.

69. But I still love to travel.

70. I love to cook, but I rarely follow all the directions in a recipe - I like to add my own touches.

71. I am painfully shy.

72. First guy who broke my heart in high school was Chris Meyer. He dropped me for one of my best friends - Laurie Lamberton. I still hold that grudge!

73. I hold grudges for a very long time. Years and years. I still have a grudge against Ann James because she told me that her mother said adopted children were unwanted and wicked - when I was in Second Grade.

74. When I was a teenager, my girlfriends and I had a tee pee war with the group of guys we hung out with. Mimi Horning, Maryanne Pernoud, Laurie Lamberton, Melinda (whose last name I have forgotten) would tee pee the houses of Jim Coates, Sean (last name forgotten) and a few other boys - but only after they had tee peed our houses. Not one of us ever got caught.

75. I was in the Army Reserve back in the '70s. But they had a drawdown and I was drawn down. I should have fought it, but I didn't know any better.

76. I am a terrible procrastinator - but the hypnosis tapes are helping!

77. Well, they help if I get around to listening to them!

78. Andy, my son, is the pride of my life. I am very proud of him.

79. I'm also proud of August, Andy's best friend.

80. I need to bake some brownies and send them to both of them (they are at different universities).

81. I suspect that Andy has a girlfriend named Lu, but I don't know for sure. He always mentions her.

82. John is hung like a horse.

83. Anti-anxiety drugs are wonderful for those of us who can barely get through the day without them.

84. If I won the lottery, oh would John and I have fun! Quit the jobs, travel, pay off our bills, our sisters' bills and make sure all nephews and nieces go to college.

85. I really need to hire a maid.

86. Did I mention how much I love John?

87. I love to read science fiction and fantasy books.

88. If anyone has some suggestions for #87, please let me know - I'm about out of authors that I like!

89. I like to make stuff out of stained glass.

90. But I never have time to make the stuff - maybe someday, when I retire.

91. If I ever retire!

92. Leavenworth, Kansas is a very nice place to live - but don't tell anyone, I don't really want a bunch of people moving here!

93. I like exclamation points!

94. When I travel, I forget to pack underpants so often that I have to go and buy some almost every trip - now I probably have 90 pairs of panties.

95. The good thing about that is I don't have to do laundry as often.

96. I should buy John 90 pairs of underpants so I don't have to wash his as often!

97. I doubt that John or I can find 2 pairs of socks that match. It's unbelievable - we probably have 100 or more pairs of socks between us, and nothing matches - nothing!!

98. Some days, I just want to hang out on the couch and read a book - and that's all.

99. Whenever I do the above, I spend the next 3 days feeling guilty about wasting a day.

100. My life is incredibly wonderful. I look at other people and I think about how fortunate I have been - how God has watched over me through thick and thin. I've been poor and now I'm rich (well, I'm rich to me, anyway - don't belong to a country club or anything, but I am richer than probably 99.9% of the rest of the people on earth). I have everything I ever dreamed of (except for a clean house on 100 acres!). Only in the United States of America can someone work hard and get what he/she wants.

Posted by Beth at 02:17 PM

January 26, 2005

The heck with bar blogging

I had to come up to my room. There was a tiny little blonde 45 year-old woman talking about her recent hysterectomy - it all its gory detail - and everyone in the hotel bar heard every damn word.

She was sitting about 20 feet from me - at the bar - talking to some poor man who made the ultimate mistake of mentioning that he was a doctor.

Everyone out there in blogoland - listen to me - do not talk about any surgery - ever - in public - especially in an establishment where food and drink are served. And in private, be sure the poor soul you are talking to really wants to hear about it all.

Posted by Beth at 07:25 PM

January 25, 2005

Gmail, anyone?

I have 10 Gmail Accounts to give away - let me know at bhdonovan - at - gmail - dot - com.

Posted by Beth at 12:27 PM

January 02, 2005

Redesign needed

I really want to change the look of my blog, but I don't have the time or expertise to do so. I am willing to put out a few bucks for help, or better yet, for someone to redo the whole darn thing (except my banner. I love my banner).

If you are interested, let me know, please. And tell me how much money it will put me back.


Posted by Beth at 08:36 AM

Time to update the Blogroll

I have not really paid much attention to my blogroll lately. If I should have your blog on it, please let me know in the comments, and I'll add it. I know I am missing a lot of you, especially those of you who I've met virtually through the Carnival of the Recipes. So, feel free to leave a comment, and I'll add you!

Posted by Beth at 07:28 AM

December 31, 2004

Time to take time

I'm going to limit my blogging time for the next few weeks or so. I have a lot of things I need to get done around the house.

I will continue to work on the Carnival of the Recipes - I should have a calendar out this weekend with hosts listed for the next 3 months, maybe 4!

And I will most definitely continue to read all of you, and when I have something to say, I will write.

Right now, my mind is having trouble with the enormous ongoing tragedy caused by Mother Nature in Sumatra, India, Thailand and the other affected countries.

It's time to take time off from this. Love you all!

Posted by Beth at 09:01 AM

December 12, 2004

Yeah, Right

So. CBS News appears to be calling for limitations on the First Amendment Rights of those of us who blog.

Blogs: New Medium, Old Politics

Like all media, blogs hold the potential for abuse. Experts point out that blogs' unregulated status makes them particularly attractive outlets for political attack.

"The question is: What are the appropriate regulations on the Internet?" asked Kathleen Jamieson, an expert on political communication and dean of the Annenberg School for Communications. "It's evolved into an area that we need to do more thinking about it."

With the same First Amendment protections as newspapers, blogs are increasingly gaining influence

Goodness. As I recall, First Amendment protections are for *all* United States Citizens, not just newspapers! And as I also recall, regulation of free speech is not exactly constitutional.

Is the Mainstream Media is suddenly becoming a threat to our Constitutional rights as individuals?

Or have we become such a threat to their hidden partisanship that they are casting stones in our direction?

Posted by Beth at 05:47 PM

November 26, 2004

If anyone is interested ..

I have 6 GMAIL accounts to give away. Let me know, I'll be happy to give you one.

Update: They are all gone now!

Posted by Beth at 04:55 PM

November 15, 2004

A link

This says it all.

Posted by Beth at 06:19 AM

November 03, 2004

Deep Thoughts

I have been more than neglectful in posting anything much of value the closer we got to Election Day.

I was nervous, I was frightened, I was angry.

Bloggers who I used to admire for their intelligence and fairness decided I must be a moron because I believe in God, even if they did support George Bush. (No, they did not pick on me personally, I"m a pretty puny blogger, but I do think that those of us with faith should get as much respect as those atheists out there).

Other bloggers, equally intelligent, but overly emotional, took offense at any anti-Kerry comment I or anyone else made. To those bloggers, it was bad, bad, bad to take one side or another. I can only say that I'm old enough, experienced enough and yes, smart enough, to be able to take sides.

Folks, I'm over 50. That doesn't mean shit in this day and age, but believe me, I have lived through more than those of you under 40. I lived through duck and cover and Vietnam and the end of the Cold War. My viewpoints have changed with age, wisdom and experience - I used to be a bleeding heart liberal - in fact I was a social worker - until the day I quit becaues a client picked up a carving knife and chased me out of her apartment.

I have a very strong belief in a Higher Being - that does not mean that I'm a right-wing nut case. Why does Atheism make one better than those of us who believe that God exists? Why does that make atheists smarter?

I dare you to show me an atheist professor in any college who is smarter than any Jesuit professor in Catholic universities!

I really despise the network newsfolk who claim that all people who believe in God are necessarily on the far right side of politics, especially while denying that they are on the left.

I bet those same people would not say that about Buddhists or Hindus - really, it is a Christian prejudice. These days, it is evil to be Christian. And since I'm Catholic, it is even worse. Many of those Christians who *are* on the far right think I'm evil and will go to hell, and all most everyone else hates the Catholic Church with a strange, strange passion.

I do not believe that there should be prayer in public school, but I do think that Americans should have the option of sending their children to religious schools without additional cost - just like many European countries.

Yes, I do believe that abortion is a tremendous miscarriage of justice - for the child (it's not a potential human, folks, take a biology class). (and yes, pun was intended). That belief does not mean that I am an idiot. It does not mean that I am an uneducated rube. It means that I, as a human being, understand that human life is very valuable and should be protected as much as possible.

And yes, I am consistent - I am against capital punishment (but there are far, far fewer executions then there are abortions!). I am completely against any form of euthenasia - are any of you old enough to remember the movie, "Soylent Green?

I strongly believe in the entire Bill of Rights - and the 2nd Ammendment pretty much guarantees that the government will continue to allow us to have the other ammendments.

So that's me.

I am happy George Bush won.


Posted by Beth at 07:51 PM

October 31, 2004

I'm taking the weekend off

Sometimes, blogging can just take too much time, and this is one of them. I'm going to spend time riding horses, playing with dogs and hopefully creating some stained glass gifts for Christmas.

So, everyone have a great Sunday!

Posted by Beth at 07:05 AM

October 26, 2004

Man, I've about had it

If I never hear from Bob or angrygrrrl again it will be too soon. Top and Maria can also go jump in the lake.

Posted by Beth at 01:58 PM

October 17, 2004


Today I have had over 3,000 3,900 visitors (not page views, visitors). The bulk of them came from's Jonah Goldberg's mom's site).

I am stunned. Stunned I say! Thank you for linking to the Carnival of the Recipes, Mrs. Goldberg!

Posted by Beth at 06:48 PM

October 15, 2004

I need a private, x rated blog

My beloved husband just dared me to blog something he just did to me. But ... my son and at least one of his friends read my blog, and it would be very wrong for me to talk about what John did, even though it was pretty funny.

So, if you really want to know, email me. Or let me guest blog with an alias on your blog.

Posted by Beth at 07:22 PM

September 19, 2004

Blog Comments

I hereby announce that I am *not* going to register with any more blogs anywhere just so I can make a comment.
I have already registered at probably 15 blogs, and it is a royal pain in the ass to do so. I can't always keep the same login and password on all these places, and it's just become totally ridiculous.

I'm sure those bloggers won't miss my comments, anyway.

I will probably end up posting more and linking to those blogs (which of course helps them on the TTLB Ecosystem - more links) or just stop going to those blogs altogether.

I can understand bloggers with no comments at all, like Glenn Reynolds or Rachel Lucas - they just don't want to bother with them.

But if you are going to have comments you do have to put up with protecting yourself against comment spam, and a few other pain in the ass things (John and I manage to do this), but I do not believe you should inconvenience your readers by forcing them to register just to give their opinion when you are virtually asking for their opinion.

If everyone in the Blogosphere used the same registration, well, that might maybe be okay with me, at least I'd only have to remember one user name and password, but on the whole, I think of it as being as annoying as the idea that I should register my guns.

Posted by Beth at 12:15 PM

September 12, 2004

Who needs PJ's to blog?

The other day, Instapundit reported Jonathan Klein believes that bloggers are all sitting in their living rooms in their pajamas.

Now, N.Z. Bear wants to sell blogger pajamas.

Here at the Donovan household, we don't wear pajamas when we blog. We blog nekkid. In fact, we can fact check the mainstream news media first thing in the morning, nekkid, without even getting as far as the living room!

Sorry to our wonderful college son, Andy, for embarrassing him here!

Posted by Beth at 09:02 AM

September 08, 2004

My War is back

MY WAR has a post up on the LA Times - thought you might like to know.

Posted by Beth at 05:53 AM

September 03, 2004

The Convention is causing our server problems

Let me apologize to those of you who have received multiple pings from the Carnival of the Recipies post. My Hosting Matters server is shared with other bloggers who are getting so many comments on the convention that the server masters are trying to keep the server up by doing things like killing processes - some are commenting processes and some are saving entry and publishing and pinging processes. I had to publish the Carnival of the Recipies post 5 times for it to show up properly.

And some of you will have to repost comments until they quit killing comment processes.

It's not pretty, but they assure us it will quit soon.

I hope so. This is the first time I've had a problem like this with Hosting Matters - normally they are a great hosting company. But I guess the server we are on is not prepared for the kind of traffic it is getting.

Posted by Beth at 11:15 AM

August 15, 2004

Word Association

From LunaNiń | Unconscious Mutterings: Week 80

Server - Microsoft Exchange
Charlotte - Shrimp and Grits
Jackson - Mississippi
Resentment - grudge
Controlling - Kerry
Intense - Charlie
November - scary
Donkey - ass
Weave - extra hair
Satisfies - home made bread

Thanks to Stevie for discovering this cool word play.

Posted by Beth at 08:38 AM

August 12, 2004

Blogger gossip

Rosemary, the Queen of All Evil, has a rant about a knuckleheaded professor of Women's Studies beliefs.. Don't miss it. The lovely Joanie, DaGoddess, is going to the dogs. BeeBee has discovered something called Cuddle Parties. Apparently, people in NYC need these things.

The company that Jim works for has been assimilated.I worry about the company I work for being assimilated by Oracle or Microsoft sometimes. We have been on Microsoft's list in the past. Hopefully, this will mean only good things for Jim.

Helen has a story of British Bureaucracy mixed with her own story. Read her. She should put her posts together into books. I know they would be best sellers.

Key is a friend of a famous writer. I am so jealous, Key, John Ringo must be a fascinating person. Our whole family reads fantasy science fiction.

I'm a bit worried about our Florida friends - Boudicca and Pam and Tammi.
Go add Teresa to your blogroll. She is good. You *will* like her.

Madfish Willie has a somewhat off color joke.

Allah has odds on who the Al Quaida assasination target may be.

John *finally* got his own stamp.

Posted by Beth at 08:04 PM

August 11, 2004

Cool, I have a stamp!

Rusty Shakleford made a stamp for me! It's even appropriate, in that my dad worked for a brewery. That brewery was so important to our family as I was growing up that whenever we drove by headquarters, we were all taught to bow our heads.

Go see all the postage stamps

Posted by Beth at 10:13 PM

July 27, 2004

I went shopping after work yesterday

And I really splurged. I bought absolutely the most comfortable sandals on earth, by ECCO, a sandal named Delight.
Wow. My feet feel like they have nothing on, only better.
Mind you, I am very hard to fit. I am flat footed, wide footed and most shoes hurt for a month after I buy them. Not Ecco's. My only regret is that they are not made in the USA, but in Denmark.

Oh, and I bought a second pair, too. Mary Jane's.

Posted by Beth at 08:34 AM

July 16, 2004

I Paid for this Microphone

And if you leave a comment that is rude, I shall delete it.

If you leave several comments that are rude, I shall ban your IP.

I am too busy to argue with screwballs.

There are other people who are happy to do so.

But none of them are here on this blog.

Posted by Beth at 06:33 AM

July 13, 2004

Why I like Jeff

Now for a bit of poetic wisdom from Jeff:

Lifted in its entirety from protein wisdom

The All-Star Game Poem

Man, he absolutely...
1. crushed that pitch!
2. blew that one by him!


Beer is good, and
so are hot dogs with
mustard and relish and
onions. God Bless
America. Screw
Michael Moore

Epilogue Addendum

...the Twinkee-sucking
goo pit of hate.

Posted by Beth at 07:24 PM

June 16, 2004 shut down

Wired News: Thousands of Blogs Fall Silent.

You get what you pay for. As Dean says, using a hosting service with your own domain name is pretty inexpensive, unless of course, you become wildly popular (No worries here about that!!)

Posted by Beth at 05:29 AM

June 04, 2004

Airport bloggin'

Can't Blog Nekkid here! I'm sitting in a bar here at Midway Airport in Chicago - have a two hour layover, trying to make the time go by just a bit faster!

My plane went from Norfolk to Baltimore, and then came on to Midway, where I am at the moment.

The flight from Baltimore to Chicago has to be the most uncomfortable flight I've been on since the bad flight back when I was a kid.

Why was it uncomfortable, you ask?

Well, believe you me, I will tell you!

I usually sit in the last row - either the window or the aisle seat. Today, it was the aisle seat. When passengers got on in Baltimore, this semi normal looking guy wanted to set in the seat next to me. I got up, and then he proceeded to literally spread his body out to fill his seat, half of mine and half of the seat of the young lady sitting by the window. It was so odd. This guy was not a big guy. He put up the armrests on both sides, and just expanded. His elbows went out, his knees went out and I swear, his butt must have expanded by 5 inches. I don't know how he did that because he was not a big guy - really weird!!!

Mind you, I'm kinda fat. I do my best to make myself as small as possible so I won't bother the other passengers. This guy, though, he was obnoxiously possesive of his space, my space, and the other woman's space.

So, I was really really scrunched up. We take off. The woman in front of me decides to recline her seat as fully as possible.

I can't recline my seat, because I'm in the last row - they don't recline.

I almost started crying, I was so uncomfortable. I lifted the aisle side armrest and kinda leaned out that way, but of course, every time one of the flight attendants went by, I had to scrunch in again.

I will say, the Southwest Airlines flight attendants were very nice. One felt so sorry for my obvious discomfort that they brought me a free beer. Twice.

That helped. But, this kinda slimy guy was basically attached to my hips for the whole fricking flight. If I moved a little toward the aisle, he pushed against my hips and I lost another inch of space.


I really hope this next flight won't be filled with rude guys who like to be comfy at the expense of all other passengers on my flight from Chicago to Kansas City!!!!!!!

I don't know if I can be polite again.

Posted by Beth at 02:38 PM

May 31, 2004

Memorial Day

John's post says everything for me.

I'll get back to blogging tomorrow, after I get to Richmond, VA.

Posted by Beth at 12:10 PM

April 23, 2004

I took the day off work today

So, what do I do with it? Blog.

Well, I need to do a bunch of gardening - my garden pond's plants were delivered and they need to get in the water quickly.

I'll try to get some pictures of that, too!

Posted by Beth at 10:47 AM

April 18, 2004

Why my blog is titled "She Who Will Be Obeyed"

Nicht the troll is back - commenting under the previous post. He is apparently ignorant of the English term She Who Must Be Obeyed - meaning, the wife.

I did not use She Who Must Be Obeyed because there was already a blog by that name, and also because there are numerous SM/pXrn sites using that name.

So I chose She Who Will Be Obeyed - it seemed somewhat more proactive.

Perhaps he is so ignorant because he has nothing better to do than to troll around as Mickey - my dog who passed away last fall.

Posted by Beth at 11:02 AM

April 06, 2004

Thank you, Madfish Willie!!!!!

If you need to have your weblog designed or redesigned, call Madfish Willie. He and Pam worked together to build my blog for me.

Last night, I was playing with the templates and totally screwed up the Main Index. I was too sure of myself, and didn't make a backup first (and I do have a backup on my home computer - but that's too far away to do me any good when I'm travelling!)

I put out a call for Madfish Willie, and he fixed my problem and made an enhancement or two!

He also created John's new design. Anyway, I highly recommend his web design work. And for banners and other graphics, no one is better than Pam!

Posted by Beth at 07:20 PM

March 26, 2004

No More Clock

Dowingba, Pam and everyone - I took the clock and the blogstreet link off. I think I threw all sorts of stuff on the side bar when I started this simply because I could. Please let me know if this is better.

Somehow, though, in my purging of excessive stuff, I kinda screwed up my Dead Pool Link. Any ideas on how to fix that?

Update: Dowinba told me what I needed to do to fix my Dead Pool Link - and it is now a very happy link.

Updated update: Pam suggested I make the Dead Pool Link a sidetitle, and it looks even better!

Posted by Beth at 06:53 AM

February 14, 2004

Even in the cold of winter

John is Blogging Nekkid. I left the house at 7:50 to go get my hair cut and colored (have to do this every 4 weeks, or my skunk stripe shows) and John was blogging nekkid. I got home at 9:45, and John was blogging nekkid.
I'm getting ready to go get my massage (John's gift to me for Valentine's Day), and John is still blogging nekkid.

Just thought everyone should know that John blogs nekkid.

Posted by Beth at 10:13 AM

February 11, 2004

Note to people who make obscene comments

I think that allowing comments here is important. I don't spend a lot of time reading blogs without the option to comment (sorry, Glenn). I love to hear from people.

But ...

if you add a comment here that is full of the 'F' word and not much else, your comment will be deleted. An occasional f word for emphasis is okay, but when every 3rd word is a F..k or a b...h, you just are not saying anything worth keeping. So, I deleted an extremely rude comment to my rant about that Englishman and I have banned the IP from this person - who scares me a little, actually.

Posted by Beth at 04:59 AM

January 24, 2004

Well, Damn!

I just realized that most of the posts I have written lately appear to be authored by John! Not true. This is the result of two people sharing one computer. When John logged into MT, the computer saved the settings. I did not realize this, and whenever I went to MT to add stuff, I was signed in under John.

Correcting this will be painful, so I won't.

Can't wait for his new computer to be finished!!! I feel like I have been hacked, hacked, I tell you!

UPDATE: Wow, I just discovered Power Editing on MT - let me change the author with incredible ease. I guess I'll forgive John now!

Posted by Beth at 09:03 AM

January 22, 2004

Beth will be home tonight...

... and working from home tomorrow. I expect she'll spend a little time in here, too - so keep on checking!

If nothing else, she can talk about her near-miss meeting the Esmays!

(BTW - I'm jealous... she's 'rolled by them and I haven't made the cut!)

Posted by John at 11:08 AM

January 10, 2004

Light Posting today

John's computer has completely failed, so we are sharing mine. I have a ton of laundry to do today, and other household things, so I probably won't write much of anything.

So go have a great weekend and be sure to check out all the fine blogs on my blogroll there to the right.

Posted by Beth at 11:06 AM

December 24, 2003

No more Christmas bitching

It's pretty much here now, and I'm running all over the place trying to remember where I hid presents the last few months. This is seriously silly.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Posted by Beth at 10:00 AM

December 22, 2003

It's time for

Snooze Button Dreams: Bestofme Symphony, 3rd performance

Go, read, enjoy

Posted by Beth at 04:39 PM

December 21, 2003

Just getting caught up

Traveling for three weeks in a row really slowed down my blog-reading capabilities. I'm just now finding such gems as Margi's definition of blogging, and LeeAnn's giftwrapping job.

Helen is back in the USA.
I missed Jim's anniversary - he says such sweet things to his wife!!

Eric is very good at telling

very bad jokes.

My own John is whining about Donnie's interview at Jennifer's place.

Pam has her gifts wrapped and sent, but feels kinda sad - I agree with her. However, anytime someone says to me, Happy Holidays, I say to them, Merry Christmas, or if I know they are Jewish, Happy Hannukkah.

And if someone sneezes, I say God Bless You. I refuse to be pc about these things.

I missed out on Sam's new puppy, Ruby - scroll down it's blogspot -(yes, another Ruby, but you can't confuse Sam's Ruby with Sugarmama's Ruby). I was actually really happy to see that Sam's significant other let her get a puppy. I know it means a lot to Sam.

Oh, and Da Goddess has a sick little girl, and one little boy who doesn't like flu shots - may all of them be healthy by Christmas!

I have a lot to do today. More than a lot, so I may not blog much until this evening, but I'm so glad to be home and to have the time to read all of you. Thanks for blogging!

Posted by Beth at 08:19 AM

December 10, 2003

Well, I'm bloggin' nekkid tonigh

Sometimes, I just can't stand to have anything on. Tonight is one of those nights. It has been a rainy, damp, chilly day here in North Carolina, and I've been cooped up in a basement conference room for 3 days. Couldn't wait to get back to my hotel room, strip and take a nice warm bath. Bra's are so damn constricting!

Sometimes I think I might be too old for this job. Other times, I am scared to death that they are going to figure out that I don't really know anything and they are going to fire my ass! Thank God my clients usually love me and give me high, high ratings. But then, I love working with our clients - I have learned way more from them they do from me.

For example, today, one of the OpenVMS/AIX administrators I have been working with taught me all about something called Warnier/Orr diagrams. It makes a lot of sense, in fact, I have made outlines like that just as a logical way of thinking, but I didn't know there was an official name for it, or that you could buy a program that makes it really easy to do.

And almost everytime I travel, I learn something from a client that broadens my knowledge. It's great, excep that I really, really, really miss being home with John and all our critters.

But without my traveling career, we would not be able to do all we are able to do, and I do not think I am willing to give up all our fun and hobbies.

However, if I won the lottery on Saturday....

Posted by Beth at 08:47 PM

November 30, 2003

Bloggin' Nekkid ©

I'm happy to see that people are voting. My apologies to Cheeky Squirrel, the deadlines for logo entries was Saturday, noon Central, and I won't be able to add your logo.
However, I figure people can use whatever logo they want.
I am working on the Congress of Nekkid Bloggers Blogroll, which will be located right under my calander on the right.
If you want to be listed, please let me know. I have some idea who is interested from earlier comments, but I will need your blog URL.
If you do not have a blog, well, you ought to start on - there are free hosting services out there. But if you really, really don't have a blog, don't want to start one, then give me your name and email address, and I'll have a special section for you.

Posted by Beth at 10:22 AM

November 29, 2003

Bloggin' Nekkid© Logo Contest

Okay, folks, The voting begins now. Just pick your favorite over there on the right.
Many, many thanks to our artistic Bloggin' Nekkid friends:
1. Eric of Straight White Guy 2. Pam of Drowning at 2 feet sea level has 5 entries;

And finally, Jim of Snoozebutton Dreams has two entries - one male, one female:

Voting will be open until December 5th, then the winner will be announced.
The winner does get a tin of wonderful bourbon balls and pecan balls (figured 2 kinds of balls are better than one.)

And, the winning logo will be the official Bloggin' Nekkid logo.

Posted by Beth at 01:41 PM

November 28, 2003

Nekkid Bloggin' Logo Contest Reminder

Anyone who wants to enter, needs to let me know (in comments) where your logo is.
I'll copy them to my server and post them tomorrow afternoon.
Then the voting will begin!

Posted by Beth at 05:53 PM

November 26, 2003

sorry for lack of posting

Our son is home from KSU for the Thanksgiving weekend, and, as usual, he has managed to install all kinds of spyware/adware/badware on my pc.
So, I have spend most of my time at home trying to get it all cleaned up.

I have Adaware, SpyBot and PestPatrol all trying to get rid of this shit.

John's pc is so much better than mine, and our son's is better than both of ours, but it is back in the dorm.

So, I'm running every kind of scam scan I can to get rid of this darn stuff.

In the meantime, I am thinking of making a slightly different bourbon ball recipe - one with maple syrup as well as bourbon. (hope Mom doesn't roll over in her grave or through a lightening bolt at me from Heaven!)

Posted by Beth at 07:37 PM

This is so cool!

Thanks to Venomous Kate for this link: StrangeBanana: Computer-generated webpage design.

Everytime you refresh the page, a different template appears.

I don't know CSS well enough to create an exciting template and I'm too cheap to pay someone else to do it - well, actually, we spend too much money on guns to have enough money left over for my own template.

I will try some of these tonight when I return from work.

Oh, can anyone tell me how to get a graphic into the top of my page? Or do you make the whole header thingie a graphic?
I love the dachsund on pamibe's page, wondered if I could do something similar with a different kind of critter - I guess it would have to be a nekkid critter.

I'll do some checking around.
Update: I found a really neat style, I applied it, and all my stuff on the right, from the calendar on down went to the very bottom of my blog.
So I'm back to where I was. The style looks a whole lot different from MT, so I got scared. If anyone can help me with this, I have the new style in the Extended Entry.

Posted by Beth at 06:11 AM

Change of rules

For the logo contest - I am extending the entries until Saturday, November 29th, noon Central time. That way, I hope Eric can finish his logo.
Here are Pam's works of art.
Update - Jim has been creating logos, too.

Posted by Beth at 05:28 AM

November 25, 2003

Bloggin' Nekkid © logo

Okay. This is my thought. Please feel free to give me your thoughts.
I would like to put up any and all Bloggin' Nekkid logos, and let everyone vote on which one they like best.
So far, Pam has been absolutely going to town, and Eric has created one.
How about I put those up, and any others that are entered, and we can have a contest, and whoever gets the most votes wins. (I will look at IP addresses to at least try to limit duplicate votes.

The chosen logo will be the official logo of the Bloggin' Nekkid © whatever we decide on the group name.
And, I will give a prize to the winner.

The winner will receive a tin of home-made bourbon balls. My mom's recipe.

So, anyone who has more logo possibilities, please link to me by Wednesday evening (that would be November 26th, 2003).

The voting will begin on Thanksgiving and go until November 29th - that is this Saturday. Sunday I'll post the winner and make the bourban balls (balls seem to be appropriate, don't you think?

I will link to all the logos as you let me know you have created them!

Posted by Beth at 07:34 PM

November 23, 2003

More on Bloggin nekkid'©

Just in case some of you don't believe my premise that there are bloggers out there nekkid, take a look at these links:
Nekkid Pam

Nekkid Acidman

half nekkid Susie of Practical Penumbra

And of course, John.

Of course, there are those who have not quite come out of the closet, but you know they have to be bloggin' nekkid©, too.

Anyone who writes the erotica that Jim writes is bloggin' nekkid.

and you know that Harvey has to be bloggin' nekkid - all those love notes!

Then, of course, there are those who just act suspicious enough that you have to just assume that they are.....bloggin' nekkid.

Like Kelley of Suburban Blight, she is just so obviously cool, that she would blog nekkid, if it wasn't for the little one (or ones, it's hard to keep track of those 'breeders') in her household.

And, naturally, Venemous Kate has to be bloggin' nekkid when there are no little kiddle's around - just look at her picture on the right side of her blog - you *know* she is bloggin' nekkid when possible!

And then, there is Helen, probably the sexiest, most desirable woman in the Blogosphere. I know that my husband likes to imagine her bloggin' nekkid, and so do I - no comments from the peanut gallery, please!!!

And, one more nekkid blogger - Chris Muir - he even admits to it - look at the comments to my first bloggin' nekkid post.

Anyone else bloggin' nekkid, let me know!

Posted by Beth at 03:19 PM

Bloggin' Nekkid ©

I think there is a large contigent of bloggers out there who blog nekkid. It's time to come out of the closet, fellow nekkid bloggers! I suggest that we form a Bloggin' Nekkid © Alliance. John thinks it should be called the Axis of Bloggin' Nekkid ©, but I'd like to think of something more original than Alliance or Axis - any suggestions?

Now, you don't really have to blog nekkid all the time to join, it's the whole spirit of the free and easy blogging that is of the utmost importance.

Think nekkid, blog nekkid.

Posted by Beth at 09:38 AM

November 22, 2003


Blogrolling is completely functional again, so I hope I have pretty much recreated what I had before. If I am missing your link, please tell me, and I'll add you back in.

It's a good service.

Update: Blogrolling quit working again. I still have to add Blackfive, the paratrooper of love back into my blogroll.


Posted by Beth at 07:01 AM

November 19, 2003

Gennie embraces her inner bitch

Not that it matters, but I like her bitchiness. And she has most definitely earned it:Dizzy Girl: The Origin of Gennie's Bitchiness....
It's hard to read about what she has gone through, but read it anyway. She is a survivor.

Posted by Beth at 06:18 AM

November 18, 2003

alrighty then

I stole John's blogroll and pasted it into my Index - ha! That saves me a lot of work. I will add back in any that are not in there - just might take me a few days.
I still think Blogrolling is really cool, and when it gets fixed, I'll use it again. When I first saw my blogroll and saw that it had been hacked, I was afraid that someone had actually stolen my password into blogrolling, and that I was the only hacked site. So I changed my password for Blogrolling, and I deleted my blogroll, because I couldn't delete all the entries fast enough.
So then, I started a new blogroll - only got as far as Chris Muir's Day by Day, and Blogrolling shut down.

I have not been able to recreate my blogroll yet, that function still does not work, but I still love everyone who is not on my blogroll yet!!!

Posted by Beth at 03:41 PM