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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Quicker cash for Christmas

Each year we hear reports of how much debt individuals incur while buying Christmas presents by using credit cards. Well, there's another way to buy some of the things you want without incurring major interest rates and that's by taking out a payday loan.

A payday loan or cash advance is an easy way to bridge your cash needs between pay days without a credit check. It is a small short-term loan that can range from $200 to $1,500 and the money can be electronically deposited and repaid from your checking account on dates that are mutually agreed upon.

You can find the right payday loan for you by going to Payday Loan Quotes. It won't take long and you can submit everything online -- imagine that, Faxless Payday Loans. It's confidential and they take all credit levels. Check them out today.

Seven weird things about me!

I know I'm delinquent! I am so terrible about posting memes -- it's because I just don't like taking the time to do them! (Read what I wrote about memes in another post.) However I love reading everyone else's! Now, Carrie and Sweet Mummy have tagged me with this one and I've promised to do it so here it is.

Here are the rules:
*Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
*Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven random/weird things about me:
1. I don't have a favorite food.
2. I don't like combing or styling my hair everyday.
3. I am named after Petula Clark, but my name is pronounced Petchala.
4. The person I like spending time with the most is my oldest daughter.
5. My procrastination habit gets worse as I get older.
6. I hate when people call me tall. 5'7" is an average height!! Yes, it is!
7. My "silly" dream is to be a rich diva so that I can hire a daily hairstylist, a housekeeper, a grounds keeper, a driver, etc., etc. (You get the picture.)

Oh my goodness... who do I tag? (This is the hard part for me!)

1. Monday Morning Power
2. Bradley
3. BBjr~DA~
4. Cheeky
5. Mercury
6. Shara
7. Natalie

Happy tagging!

I'm an amazing blogger?!

Carrie is the best! She has honored me with this award, which I absolutely love! Thanks so much -- I really appreciate this!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A note of thanks!

Given my last post I thought it would be appropriate to say something I'm thankful for so... I'm thankful my children are healthy and have voices to be able to ... uh, wake me up in the middle of the night! :-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Random sleep patterns

I wish I were wide awake because I need to prepare our holiday meal or clean for guests, but I'm not. I'm wide awake because the baby decided to get up at 4 a.m. (I'm not even going to talk about the 2 year old who woke me up about two hours ago.) Normally I nurse her throughout the night and she stays asleep. Not this time. I've had to get up and heat up a bottle.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong because just night before last she slept all night and the night before that she awoke to nurse but went right back to sleep.

Looks like I'm going to be even more tired today -- she just drank an entire bottle and she's still wide awake. SIGH...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Blog friend awards

Carrie (Rantings of a Woman) is at it again: Being nice! She has given me these two awards:

I think they are the cutest ever and I'm going to pass them on...
Here's to Bradley at The Egel Nest, Mel at Mel in a Nutshell and Cheeky at Snow Trapped Southern Girl. Carrie already gave one of these awards to Mel, but I really like her and since I never give awards out I thought I would continue on with my initial thought!

Customer service review site

I probably shouldn't start off with the phrase "I remember when..." because it ages you, but I can't resist. I remember when individuals who worked in customer service positions were polite and accommodating to the customer. Nowadays, there are more instances where cashiers, clerks, managers, etc., act like they're doing the consumer a favor.

Now, we -- the consumers -- can have the last word with, a new site where consumers rate and review the customer service they experience from any business. The last word in customer service is often left to the employee of the company, but now you can have the last word by posting a review of a company when you experience an attitude, a smirk or inadequate service. is fun, free and easy to use. Join thousands of individuals on and get in the last word.


Do you Yuwie?

In an effort to drive more traffic to my blog (and make more money!), I'm joining communities, commenting on blogs, etc. I learned about Yuwie while I was on Linkreferral and what I can gather it's a lot like MySpace, but with a better potential to earn money. I'm just starting to get into MySpace so now I'm trying to learn Yuwie as well.

What communities and blogrolls do you belong to? Which ones do you like the best for making money and which ones are for generating traffic and making money?

Relating to The Mist by Stephen King

When I was pregnant with my third child one of our neighbors had a large dog that always barked and growled at us. When the teenager, who was in middle school at the time, would walk home from school the dog would run after her or bark loudly and threateningly.

When I would leave the house with my son, who was the youngest at the time, the dog would bound over from wherever he was and bark and growl at us. Before I left the house I would always peek out of the window, try to sneak out the door and rush to jump into the car. I finally convinced my husband to go next door and talk to the neighbors, but he wouldn’t go unless I went with him. While we were standing at the end of the neighbor’s driveway, the dog (who the neighbor said never growls or jumps on anyone) took a running leap and lunged at us. Luckily the neighbor was fast and he grabbed the dog’s collar and yanked him back.

My husband was about to turn and run and leave his pregnant wife (me!) standing there. But before he could get away, I grabbed his arm and firmly pushed him in front of me. As I thought about this incident later, I was stunned to realize that there may be a dangerous situation where my husband’s protective nature would falter and my survival instincts would kick in. Either way; it seemed like we both would sacrifice the other to save ourselves.

Scary thought, huh? I guess that situation revealed our true natures.

That’s what I thought of when I saw the trailer for The Mist by Stephen King, which is releasing today, November 21st. It tells the story of a father and son who are trapped in a store – along with a large group of townspeople – by a strange mist. The father doesn’t know what scares him more, the mist or the people inside the store who change in the face of fear and panic.

I wouldn't miss The Mist for the world. I can't wait to see how the father and son survive this scary situation.


Personal info & the net

I've noticed how some bloggers use pseudonyms for their family members and I’ve often wondered if it was to protect their identities or for creative purposes. Are you worried about someone stealing your identity or tracking your family down for “unfriendly” purposes? Or is it simply creative liberties?

Since I’m an avid TV watcher, I often think that it may not be a good idea to give too much information… especially about my children. But then on the other hand, I think who would take the time to track me down and do something unthinkable? Well, enough of that thought because it’s already creeping me out.

What’s your opinion?

Do you protect your identity on your blog?
Yes, people are crazy! Can't be too careful.
A little. Some caution can't hurt.
No... stop being paranoid!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stop the pain

I have finally made my way back to my primary care doctor to find some resolutions to my medical issues. Most pressing is the constant pain and severe exhaustion that I experience on a regular basis. I will not get the blood test results until next week, but I’m being tested for everything from arthritis and depleted protein levels to diabetes and … well, I don’t know what else. Although my oncologist said that I will have pain everyday for the rest of my life, because I went through chemotherapy in 1995, that answer is unacceptable to me.

So now it’s about dealing with the pain outside of popping pills everyday. This is where Freeze It Gel – the advanced therapy pain relief – comes in. Freeze It is used for sore muscles, muscle strains and arthritis as well as several other ailments. Whatever my pain is coming from (there was some mild arthritis discovered at the base of my neck more than five years ago) Freeze It is sure to help. If I won a year’s supply of Freeze It I would be able to make it through the day and care for my four children without suffering with constant throbbing pain. I could play with my 5-month-old baby without wincing when she pushes against my arm or sit comfortably without jumping when the toddler and preschooler hop across my legs. The mere acts of stooping to pick up a toy or bending over the bathtub to give a bath are chores I dread each and everyday.

Freeze It is sold in a 4-ounce tube or a 3-ounce roll on, which is convenient and easy to use. Freeze It contains natural ingredients including ILEX, which is used in various health and wellness formulations. I, for one, can’t wait to give Freeze It a try.


Online casino reviews

I have never gambled online, but if I did I would definitely want to know what the best sites are for online casinos and gambling. is an online casino review site that has been doing reviews since 1997.

There are more than 3,000 online casinos so instead of trying to filter through all of the information yourself (as the player) you can just get the casino online review from Pro360. Their fully written reviews include editor ratings and player ratings as well as whether the casino site will accept U.S. players and what the max bonus is. One of the best features of Pro360 is the casino signup bonus they offer, which may be greater than what the online casino offers.

Try them today. You may find just the casino site you're looking for – to play poker, craps, slots or roulette – and win a little extra spending money for the holidays.

Blog award

My dear blogging friend Carrie (Rantings of a Woman) has blessed me with another award. The love she has shown me is absolutely awesome and I really appreciate the recognition.

I think the awards that she's received, including this one, are well deserved. She's a wonderful person who has an excellent, interesting blog!

Get free shipping on one of Oprah's favorite things!

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She also talked about Claus Porto soaps, which are also available at Don't forget that you can get $10 off a purchase of $60 or more... so get to shopping now and indulge in a couple of Oprah's favorite things.

If only I could...

Do you watch Heroes? It is one of my favorite shows. I'm always trying to decide which power I think I would like to have. At first I wanted to travel through time. Then I thought it would be great to be able to regenerate. It crossed my mind that being able to throw electricity at folks may come in handy, but I think I've made my final decision.

I want to be able to read minds and use mind control.

Right now it's 1:13 a.m. and about 15 minutes ago I laid the baby down (I'm not going to mention that 15 minutes before that I was yelling at the 4 year old for waking up the 2 year old with his crying. And, no he never said what was wrong!) and thought I'd be able to get a couple paid posts in and some link referrals to boost my traffic. You know, standard active blogger stuff. Well, guess who woke up crying? Loudly! So, now I sit here trying to balance the baby and do the paid posts. I'm now trying to decide if I want to struggle through a 300-word post or lay down with her and cut my losses. AARGH!

Do you see where this is going?

If I had mind controlling abilities I could simply focus on the baby's thoughts and say, "You are sleepy and content. You will go to sleep right now and not wake up until 9 a.m."


It didn't work... Baby wins again: Baby 100 Mommy -100

Tactical gear

One of the things people learn about me when they get to know me is that I like to surf the Internet. It’s actually the best place for someone who likes to move fast and get information quickly. Well, I just came across a police gear website.

Police gear? Yeah, I know… kind of odd for me to mention, right? But I figured, ‘Hey, if it’s out there someone must need to know about it.’

Check out 511 Tactical Outdoors for all your police gear needs including galco holster and double mag pouch as well as tactical pants, shirts and shoes. It’s your one-stop shop for everything tactical.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Are you worried about autism?

Oprah Winfrey has aired two shows about children and autism. Her second show included Jenny McCarthy whose son was diagnosed with autism (a developmental disorder that affects brain function) and who is now "cured." Jennie, who was featured on 11Alive news Monday night, is challenging the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to remove the toxic ingredients from vaccinations including monkey kidney tissue, mercury and formaldehyde. (To me the list of ingredients is disconcerting.)

Jenny maintains, as do many other parents, that vaccinations are a contributor to the development of autism along with environmental elements. She is certain that for her son this is absolutely true. You can read more about her story in her book "Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism."

Years ago the incidents of autism were much lower than the current 1 in 150 . Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. Children used to receive about 15 vaccinations now the number is up to about 36. The correlation between the number of vaccines administered and the increase in the number of children with autism seems obvious. But why does it seem like scientists are hesitant to take a hard look at this compelling information?

In 2000 I met a young lady who became a good friend. She was -- and still is -- a vegetarian and could possibly be called a naturalist. When she became pregnant with her first child about five years ago we had the "vaccination" discussion. She told me she would not vaccinate her children. At that time, my oldest was 11 and, of course, she was up-to-date on all vaccines. My friend now has four children, none of whom have been vaccinated, and she is very careful about their exposure to germs during certain seasons and most likely does things I'm not even aware of to keep her children's immune systems boosted.

I've thought long and hard about this. Although I agree with her I feel like I don't and wouldn't do enough to protect my children without vaccinations. But with this ongoing debate about the correlation between vaccinations and autism, it is very scary to contemplate that my younger children may be susceptible to such a frightening and difficult disease. Although I've survived, so to speak, with one child, I am now raising a new generation of children who live in a time when environmental hazards are at an all-time high.

Does this possible danger -- the development of autism -- concern you when it comes to vaccinations? What about when you think about that there are children who had no prior indicators of autism? They weren't born with it... it developed over time and some showed signs shortly after receiving a vaccination.

As if parents didn't have enough to worry about.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I guess the "me time" I was able to take gave me a little extra energy because I was able to get a couple of things completed that required a little energy. I cleaned out the tub/shower, gathered up a bunch of trash (inside, front yard, deck) and loaded it into the van as well as used the leaf blower to get most of the leaves into a pile for gathering later.

While I was outside I kept smelling something. The extension cord on the blower smelled a little funny, but I don't think that is what kept causing the smell offense. Then I was near the van and smelled it again so I thought it was the van or the trash in it. Every once in awhile a pungent fragrance would reach my nose, but I couldn't put my finger on what it was.

I took the trash out, ran to the store to get outdoor bags and AA batteries, got home and finished a couple other things including kidding around with the teenager. I welcomed the middle children home, had to give a quick spanking, fixed snacks, gave baths... just regular stuff.

Then I go into my room and pick up two pair of shoes that I had left near the door. The plan was to put them in the closet when all of a sudden I clearly got a whiff of something. I turned one of the shoes over and saw a little brown something on the tip. Why oh why did I put my nose closer and take a gigantic sniff of dog poo!!

Ewwuuu! Is all I have to say!

A real honor!

I am so honored by this award that was given to me by Tammy at Mom Knows Everything. It means a lot to me because I am very conscious of my complaining or vents and try to keep my writing light, entertaining and informative.

This award was created by Mel at Monday Morning Power and, according to Mel via Tammy: "This award seems like a natural given what my site is all about. This award is based on positive thinking and is meant for those blogs who base their existence, in part or in whole, on Positive Winning Attitudes."

Thanks Tammy for this wonderful honor!

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Time for me

A couple of my RLFs often ask me if I've taken time for myself... usually the answer is no or I go into a long list of things that I've been doing or that I need to do. Well, today -- I believe -- is a turning point. Last week I promised my friend Larry(excuse me, Lawrence) in Bermuda that I will schedule time for myself this week.

I'm happy to report that I started today with a little "me time" by going to church alone. You may not understand how this would be "me time" when I'm sitting in a sanctuary surrounded by thousands of people, but let me explain... The treat and me-ness of it all comes in like this: I didn't have to pack diapers, bottles, wipes, extra clothes, etc.,... I was able to get dressed and out of the house in record time, eat my a.m. snacks in peace while I listened to gospel music (I even enjoyed a song I used to hear a lot while growing up and I belted it out loudly without one person rolling their eyes, making faces or asking me questions. OR, for that matter, crying while I'm singing and driving). I drove in musical silence. You know what I mean: No one interrupts the song you're listening to.

While in the service I was able to focus -- somewhat -- on what the speaker (we had a guest today) was saying. I wasn't distracted by keeping a baby quieted or whispering to other children. I got my "spiritual food" without interruption... well, besides the lady who was sitting next to me, invading my space and nudging me with her arm.

And, because I was child free, I was able to leave the sanctuary -- no stops to the bathroom to change diapers or whatever -- and mosey around as I saw fit. I didn't have to make arrangements to meet up with the people I was riding with. I stood and talked without struggling to hold a squirming child. I didn't have to carry a diaper bag, purse and bible while balancing a baby.

It was wonderful! Then afterwards I stopped over a friend's home. She was surprised to see me alone and I spent a delightful hour sipping coffee and chatting.

It felt good to get spiritually fed. (I'll admit that I haven't been to church in awhile.) And it felt good to do it for myself.

Now, what am I going to do next?
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