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Friday, April 25, 2008

Meta-yuck

A few days ago I received a sample packet of Berry Burst Metamucil. This is the first time I've tried the product, but I remember when I was a teenager and my mom was the age I am now (wow!) that she drank Metamucil on a fairly regular basis. Supposedly, the formula/texture has changed since then so I had no qualms about trying it.

Metamucil includes psyllium fiber, which has been clinically proven to lower cholesterol. That, and a heart-health claim, have been approved by the US FDA. Since it was discovered that my cholesterol is a little high I also thought it was good to try it and find out if it's something that I can add to my regimen.

I poured the packet into the cup and added the eight ounces of water. I took a swig and gagged. It wasn't the taste; it was the grainy, pasty-type feeling like something had just clogged my throat. I added more water, stirred again and continued to drink. Although I don't like the Berry Burst that much (personal preference, I'm sure) that wasn't what got me. It was the feel of it in my mouth and going down my throat.

In a word: Yuck!

My mother says Metamucil also makes some type of wafer that's pretty good so maybe I'll try that. As for the Berry Burst Metamucil powder... I think I'll pass.


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Plumbing update

If you're all caught up then you know about the two baby wipes that had supposedly (or should I say allegedly?) been causing the washing machine water to back up into the toilet and the bathtub. Well, early yesterday afternoon I cautiously began doing laundry. I realize now that I have anxiety about the water backing up in the bathroom because I was nervous when I took a shower and even more nervous when I had to go to the potty. So actually doing laundry initially caused a little trepidation.

After two loads I began to relax and I was in my bedroom changing my clothes when I heard the unmistakable sound of water bubbling in the toilet. Moments before that I heard the washing machine begin to drain. Keep in mind that the plumber had snaked out the drain about 15 hours prior and myself and the baby were the only ones at home. I didn't put anything in the toilet and neither did the baby!
I ran into the bathroom, lifted the seat and stared into the toilet. The water bubbled. I held my breath. I decided to flush the toilet. The water came up. I held my breath, but it didn't overflow. I exhaled.

I stomped into the kitchen to get the first plumber's number (the one who was backed up and referred me to the delinquent plumber). I leave a message because the call goes directly to voicemail and call back 10 minutes later to ensure he got the message.

Long story short: He came out. Didn't/Couldn't find a problem. Snaked out the pipes again and I got a clean out from the deal. You know what I mean? The white thing in your yard that the plumber accesses to clean out the drain. I've always had to have the toilet taken up to accomplish that so he did it for free.

"You were my customer and I passed you on to him because of...," he says. "So, to keep you as a customer and make you happy; I'm doing this as a courtesy."

Under normal circumstances, that "courtesy" would have cost me quite a pretty penny. So I appreciate that, but I hope I won't have anymore problems with laundry water taking residence in the bathroom. The plumber recommended using root kill stuff on a monthly basis to keep the tree roots out of my pipes... I just hope the problem is fixed and I don't have an issue anytime soon.
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Unique blog competition

I was reviewing some forum posts on LinkReferral today and, of course, clicked on a blog I thought would be interesting... I surfed around, read a few posts and discovered another interesting blog that is holding a blog competition.

Mcneri's Mcweb says, "I am compiling a list of Blogs/Websites and their link phrase keywords to be displayed on this site at the beginning of every month. It is important to get links and these links become more useful if they link to you through your link phrase of choice. That way, the search engines see that you are linked to for those words and your journey up begins. In addition to being on the list, the top entries will also get featured as one of our Blogs of Focus for one full month. In subsequent months, you may submit additional keywords/link phrases which will also be added to the list for that new month and published provided you fulfil all the basic requirements ..."

Check out Mcneri's Mcweb for more details.
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Two baby wipes?


I'm sure you remember my plumbing dilemma about three to four weeks ago. Only a week later after getting the plumbing fixed it was stopped up again and I figured the plumber did not do it correctly or that he missed something. Three weeks later I was still having problems (the washing machine would drain and the toilet and tub would fill with water) and still trying to get the plumber out to fix it.


He finally arrives last night and insists that something must me down the drain through the toilet. Something I (or me and my children) put in there. When he last came he said not to put baby wipes in the toilet, which I've been doing for almost five years. I immediately stopped doing that and told the teenager the same thing.


The two middle children don't wipe themselves yet so I knew that there wouldn't be a problem.


So, last night he says he pulled out two baby wipes. "Two baby wipes stopped me up and caused problems for three weeks?"


He says yes.


I say, ahem, I don't think so.


He says as soon as he hit a major block the water released and drained, but he pulls back two baby wipes. (What was this major block if he got everything the first time?) He says because of the tree roots the two baby wipes could do that and insists he's seen a small quarter-sized bandage do it.


I say, he missed them the first time because no one has put baby wipes down the drain since he was here last. Nothing... absolutely nothing... is exact especially when you can't even physically see what you're doing.


An-t-way, what do you think? Did he miss something or did the toilet stopping fairy put baby wipes in the toilet? And, if he's reading this and thinking that one of my pre-schoolers did it then I'll have to let you know that if they did they would have put the whole entire box of baby wipes down there... just so happens, those two don't play in the bathroom, but when they do get into something they get into it BIG.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I'm # 982

Get listed at www.millionbloglist.com

According to the Million Blog List: "...there are over 70,000,000 blogs in existence." So, they're conducting an experiment to see how long it takes to get 1,000,000 blogs to list themselves on the site.

How long do you think it will take? Go take the poll and add your blog for free.
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"Two Weeks of Toys" Giveaway

Two Weeks of Toys - Giveaway Event


5 minutes for Mom is having a great contest: Two Weeks of Toys Giveaway Event. This week is the cutest little ride-on toy. I've entered... why don't you check them out and enter too? Good luck!

Oh, and while you're entering contests... enter my Mother's Day contest too! :-)
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Enter to Win ... It's a Mother's Day Contest!


10 people will win the SanDisk Cruzer Gator flash drive

I am honored to announce It's a woman's world's first contest. I am really excited about this contest for several reasons, but I think the main reason is the prize: an ultra-cool SanDisk Cruzer Gator. Have you seen these things? They're classy, stylish, functional and perfect for moms (and women, in general) on the go.



It's a USB 2.0 flash drive with 4GB of space, which is perfect to store and transport thousands of family photos, videos, kids' drawings and even kids' songs. Whether you're at work or on the road, you can access and enjoy these keepsakes anywhere. The drive is lighter than a lipstick and it definitely doesn't look like your standard corporate flash drive.

Entering to win is easy:

1) On your blog write a post about your most memorable Mother's Day and include a picture that represents that day. (Including the picture is optional!) Your Mother's Day memory should be no more than 150 words.
2) Your post should also include a link back to my blog and a write-up about this contest with an invitation to others to join. (You do not have to count this in your entry word count.)
3) If you haven't already, please add my It's a woman's world! badge to your sidebar. (Adding the badge is optional.)

It's A Woman's World



4) Once you've completed your post and links, leave me a comment here with a direct link to your post. In your comment please let me know whether you prefer a red, black or pink SanDisk Cruzer Gator. (I'll do my best to send the winners the color they request.)

The contest runs today, April 23rd to Mother's Day, May 11th, at midnight EST. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 13th.

The judging: Instead of doing a random drawing, my teenaged daughter and myself will be reading each entry and looking at any photos. The entries that touch us the most (whether funny, sad, heartfelt, etc.) will be chosen. I know you're all very creative so I look forward to reading each entry.

I will post the 10 winning entries here with links to their blogs and visit each blog to let them know they've won. The winners will then provide their mailing addresses via email and SanDisks will be mailed on May 14th.

Sorry, this contest is only open to those with U.S. shipping addresses.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

This weird and wonderful world

My teenager's boyfriend asked if he could plant a tree in my yard in honor of Earth Day. It's a project for his science class. I thought it a little weird to plant it here, it would have seemed like his teacher would have wanted it somewhere... uh, significant.

I really wanted to say no because I have entirely too many trees now, but I gave in and he planted the tree. An Alexander Magnolia, which will probably be beautiful; however, I'm sure it'll attract even more bugs and bees than I already have. (Hey, that was only a little negativity, she says innocently.)

Well, I guess this event isn't all that weird, but what is weird to me is this teenage boy inserting himself into my world. I'm adjusting rather well to my growing and maturing young woman who recently got her first job and will get her license in a couple of months. Then it's the new boyfriend who I'm sort of okay with... but to see them interact together and him coming over and doing family type stuff is just... yuck, weird.

I watch them talk when they don't know I'm listening. They're finishing each other's sentences and looking all puppy dog at each other. She seems to act a little differently around him, but not in a bad way.

The other day (Saturday) they went out on a date and when he brought her home I asked him, "You wanna come in for a sec.?" Well, he said yes and I was thinking, 'Oh, I was just saying that to be polite.' Yes, I didn't really mean it. I know, shame on me.

They sat next to each other on the couch and I sat on the love seat. He didn't sit back (and she did) and they weren't extra close or anything, but just seeing her and him and them and yuck ... SIGH!

I can't believe she's just about a young woman. Another year she'll graduate from high school, start college and a career and, most likely, get married (Yuck! Okay, so I can't think of a more mature word that really expresses my feelings) and start having babies.... Grandchildren in maybe 10 years or so?? I won't even be finished raising her siblings before I may be a grandmother! Scary!

LOL! I know I'm being silly... it's such a process of learning and growing with children. Each day, month, year brings some new milestone and adjustment. Although my thoughts are possibly a little scattered and whatnot, I hope that I'm flowing and being a good mom to such a beautiful teenager in this weird and wonderful world.
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Monday, April 21, 2008

What the freak?


I don't know what's going on and I'm too tired to try and figure it out (especially after my 'duh' moment), but all of my sidebar stuff is at the bottom of the page. It wasn't like that earlier today and I hope when I get up tomorrow it isn't like that.

Hopefully it's just a glitch in Blogger and tomorrow I'll seem like a silly, hallucinating person when everything is back to normal.

HOWEVER, if you see it too then please excuse me... I guess this blog is under construction!
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I just had a 'duh' moment!

For the longest time I've been wondering how folks are changing the colors of their font, centering text and doing all kinds of stuff in their blog posts. Well, tonight when I was doing the Red Rose Award post I wanted to center the text like everyone else had and I couldn't figure it out. I pressed CTRL + C, but that didn't work so I just sat staring at the screen.

"It has to be here somewhere," I thought as I scratched my head. "What does this do?" I asked myself as I clicked the "compose" tab, which switched me from the "edit HTML" tab. And there, as plain as day, were all the functions I'd been looking for all of this time.

This is probably the mode I needed to be in to do some of those memes that Carrie and Tammy had passed to me. It's also probably what Tammy (or was it Carrie?) was trying to tell me the last time I asked how to do something.

Oh well, I'll just blame it on being physically and emotionally drained. Yea, that's it. And, yes, to the smarty pants in the back who said that I must have been physically and emotionally drained for the past year! :-) I'm normally very intelligent.

(I'm sure all you Blogger users are cracking up about now! LOL.)


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Red Rose Award


From the bottom of
my heart I wanna say thank you
Tammy for this beautiful
red rose award.
You made my day!

A red rose has number of thorns on it
when it pricks your finger it hurts
Everyday in my life is just like red roses.
Sometimes life is not always a bed of roses.
But life is great with God.

Now, it's my turn to share this red rose.
I am awarding it to the following persons
Mom (Shaunalynn)

Thank you my dear friends.
You are awarded with great appreciation.
See you around here as often as you can.
God Bless You!
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Always learning something new...

Today I'm not really in a positive mood so I've been contemplating what to post about. I figured since I just posted a vent on Saturday then I should at least talk about something... uh, a little informative, positive or funny.

I sat down at my desk and messed around with email and shuffling papers. I looked around the room, IMed my NY friend (which I thoroughly enjoy), ate lunch and then the baby woke up from her nap. She wouldn't eat what I had for lunch so I sat again to ponder what to fix her and looked around the room some more.

I glanced at her playing on the floor. She laid down while holding a ball in her hand and looked up at me and smiled. Of course I smiled. She got up and pushed her toy across the room. Sat down and crawled back then pulled herself up on one of her toys. Then she plopped down on her bottom and started pulling at her sock.

She only did it for a few seconds, but it's the first time I've seen her show an interest in her socks and getting them off. Now I'm watching her accidentally step on the corner of the sock that she has partially off and try to keep her balance.

(Sorry, I don't have a camera available so you'll have to take my word for it about how cute it is.)

Babies are so funny and adorable while they learn the world around them. Today she's figuring out the dynamics of removing her socks... tomorrow she'll be driving!



This is baby Anna long before she figured out that anything else existed besides eating, sleeping and diaper filling.
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