Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bucket List

Ok so I watched the movie and I actually really liked it. Not as funny as I would have liked but I do like it none the less. I told Joanne that she and I are making our own. What an awesome idea. Never heard of it before but damn what a great idea. So do any of you have your own bucket list?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Stupid Celebrity Baby Names

The names these celebs keep coming up with continue to amuse and horrify me at the same time. My General Hospital hottie Ingo Rademacher (hubba hubba insert heavy breathing) recently had a baby with his girlfriend. They named him PEANUT JAI RADEMACHER
This is a huge bummer because Peanut Jai was my first choice if I had ever another boy. Or a girl. Or a sandwich filling.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Another pondering thought

Well let's make that two LOL.

Why is it that so many men when they go gray the color on there head changes and there eyebrows stay the same. Not sure why all the sudden I have been noticing this but now it has me wondering???

Also why is it that we close our eyes when we kiss someone?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Now this is plain scary to me

8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take

With 3,480 pages of fine print, the Physicians' Desk Reference (a.k.a. PDR) is not a quick read. That's because it contains every iota of information on more than 4,000 prescription medications. Heck, the PDR is medication — a humongous sleeping pill.

Doctors count on this compendium to help them make smart prescribing decisions — in other words, to choose drugs that will solve their patients' medical problems without creating new ones. Unfortunately, it seems some doctors rarely pull the PDR off the shelf. Or if they do crack it open, they don't stay versed on emerging research that may suddenly make a once-trusted treatment one to avoid. Worst case: You swallow something that has no business being inside your body.

Of course, plenty of M.D.'s do know which prescription and over-the-counter drugs are duds, dangers, or both. So we asked them, "Which medications would you skip?" Their list is your second opinion. If you're on any of these meds, talk to your doctor. Maybe he or she will finally open that big red book with all the dust on it.


It's asthma medicine... that could make your asthma deadly. Advair contains the long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) salmeterol. A 2006 analysis of 19 trials, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that regular use of LABAs can increase the severity of an asthma attack. Because salmeterol is more widely prescribed than other LABAs, the danger is greater — the researchers estimate that salmeterol may contribute to as many as 5,000 asthma-related deaths in the United States each year. In 2006, similarly disturbing findings from an earlier salmeterol study prompted the FDA to tag Advair with a "black box" warning — the agency's highest caution level.

Your New Strategy

No matter what you may have heard, a LABA, such as the one in Advair, is not the only option, says Philip Rodgers, Pharm.D., a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina school of pharmacy. For instance, if you have mild asthma, an inhaled corticosteroid such as Flovent is often all you need. Still wheezing? "Patients can also consider an inhaled corticosteroid paired with a leukotriene modifier," says Dr. Rodgers. This combo won't create dangerous inflammation, and according to a Scottish review, it's as effective as a corticosteroid-and-LABA combo.


Diabetes is destructive enough on its own, but if you try to control it with rosiglitazone — better known by the brand name Avandia — you could be headed for a heart attack. Last September, a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study found that people who took rosiglitazone for at least a year increased their risk of heart failure or a heart attack by 109 percent and 42 percent, respectively, compared with those who took other oral diabetes medications or a placebo.

The reason? While there have been some reports that Avandia use may cause dangerous fluid retention or raise artery-clogging LDL cholesterol, no one is sure if these are the culprits. That's because the results of similar large studies have been mixed. So the FDA has asked GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Avandia, to conduct a new long-term study assessing users' heart risks. There's only one problem: The study isn't expected to start until later this year.

Your New Strategy

Stick with a proven performer. "I prefer metformin, an older, cheaper, more dependable medication," says Sonal Singh, M.D., the lead author of the JAMAstudy. "Avandia is now a last resort." Dr. Singh recommends that you talk to your doctor about cholesterol-lowering medicines, such as statins or the B vitamin niacin. Swallowing high doses (1,000 milligrams) of niacin daily may raise your HDL (good) cholesterol by as much as 24 percent, while at the same time lowering your LDL and triglyceride levels.


Once nicknamed "super aspirin," Celebrex is now better known for its side effects than for its pain-relieving prowess. The drug has been linked to increased risks of stomach bleeding, kidney trouble, and liver damage. But according to a 2005 New England Journal of Medicine study, the biggest threat is to your heart: People taking 200 mg of Celebrex twice a day more than doubled their risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. Those on 400 mg twice a day more than tripled their risk, compared with people taking a placebo.

And yet Celebrex, a COX-2 inhibitor, is still available, even though two other drugs of that class, Bextra and Vioxx, were pulled off the market due to a similar risk of heart damage. The caveat to the consumer? In 2004, the FDA advised doctors to consider alternatives to Celebrex.

Your New Strategy

What you don't want to do is stop swallowing Celebrex and begin knocking back ibuprofen, because regular use of high doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding. A safer swap is acupuncture. A German study found that for people suffering from chronic lower-back pain, twice-weekly acupuncture sessions were twice as effective as conventional treatments with drugs, physical therapy, and exercise. The strategic needling may stimulate central-nervous-system pathways to release the body's own painkillers, including endorphins and enkephalins, says Duke University anesthesiologist Tong-Joo Gan, M.D.


Most bacteria in the lungs and sinuses don't stand a chance against Ketek, but you might not either. This antibiotic, which has traditionally been prescribed for respiratory-tract infections, carries a higher risk of severe liver side effects than similar antibiotics do. "Ketek can cause heart-rhythm problems, can lead to liver disease, and could interact poorly with other medications you may be taking," says Dr. Rodgers. "Unfortunately, it's still available, and although many doctors are aware of the risks, some may still prescribe it without caution." In February 2007, the FDA limited the usage of Ketek to the treatment of pneumonia.

Your New Strategy

Can't imagine catching pneumonia? The last time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated the top 10 killers of men, this deadly lung infection (along with the flu) came in seventh. Avoid backing yourself into a corner where you might need Ketek by always signing up for your annual flu shot — if you have pneumonia, it'll reduce your risk of dying of the infection by 40 percent. And if you still end up staring at a scrip for Ketek, Dr. Rodgers recommends asking to be treated with one of several safer alternatives, such as Augmentin or the antibiotics doxycycline or Zithromax.

Prilosec and Nexium

Heartburn can be uncomfortable, but heart attacks can be fatal, which is why the FDA has investigated a suspected link between cardiac trouble and the acid-reflux remedies Prilosec and Nexium. In December 2007, the agency concluded that there was no "likely" connection. Translation: The scientific jury is still out. In the meantime, there are other reasons to be concerned. Because Prilosec and Nexium are proton-pump inhibitors, they are both incredibly effective at stopping acid production in the stomach — perhaps too effective.

A lack of acid may raise your risk of pneumonia, because the same stuff that makes your chest feel as if it's burning also kills incoming bacteria and viruses. You may also have an elevated risk of bone loss — in the less acidic environment, certain forms of calcium may not be absorbed effectively during digestion. "The risk of a fracture has been estimated to be over 40 percent higher in patients who use these drugs long-term, and the risk clearly increases with duration of therapy," says Dr. Rodgers.

Your New Strategy

When you feel the fire, first try to extinguish it with Zantac 150 or Pepcid AC. Both of these OTC products work by blocking histamine from stimulating the stomach cells that produce acid. Just know that neither drug is a long-term fix.

"To really cure the problem, lose weight," says Michael Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and coauthor of YOU: The Owner's Manual. That's because when you're overweight, excess belly fat puts pressure on and changes the angle of your esophagus, pulling open the valve that's supposed to prevent stomach-acid leaks. This in turn makes it easier for that burning sensation to travel up into your chest.

Visine Original

What possible harm to your peepers could come from these seemingly innocuous eyedrops? "Visine gets the red out, but it does so by shrinking blood vessels, just like Afrin shrinks the vessels in your nose," says Thomas Steinemann, M.D., a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Overuse of the active ingredient tetrahydrozoline can perpetuate the vessel dilating-and-constricting cycle and may cause even more redness.

Your New Strategy

If you still want to rely on Visine, at least make sure you don't use too many drops per dose and you don't use the stuff for more than 3 or 4 days. But you'd really be better off figuring out the underlying cause of the redness and treating that instead. If it's dryness, use preservative-free artificial tears, recommends Dr. Steinemann. Visine Pure Tears Portables is a good choice for moisture minus side effects. On the other hand, if your eyes are itchy and red because of allergies, pick up OTC antiallergy drops, such as Zaditor. It contains an antihistamine to interrupt the allergic response but no vasoconstrictor to cause rebound redness.


Forget that this decongestant can be turned into methamphetamine. People with heart disease or hypertension should watch out for any legitimate drug that contains pseudoephedrine. See, pseudoephedrine doesn't just constrict the blood vessels in your nose and sinuses; it can also raise blood pressure and heart rate, setting the stage for vascular catastrophe. Over the years, pseudoephedrine has been linked to heart attacks and strokes. "Pseudoephedrine can also worsen symptoms of benign prostate disease and glaucoma," says Dr. Rodgers.

Your New Strategy

Other OTC oral nasal decongestants can contain phenylephrine, which has a safety profile similar to pseudoephedrine's. A 2007 review didn't find enough evidence that phenylephrine was effective. Our advice: Avoid meds altogether and clear your nasal passages with a neti pot, the strangely named system that allows you to flush your sinuses with saline ($15, sinucleanse.com). University of Wisconsin researchers found that people who used a neti pot felt their congestion and head pain improve by as much as 57 percent. Granted, the flushing sensation is odd at first, but give it a chance. Dr. Roizen did: "I do it every day after I brush my teeth," he says.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Can someone again try and

make me believe there is global warming with temps like this in August let alone in the state of GA!!! Ummm it will be a hard thing to convince me of it right about now

And Rest In Peace again

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Isaac Hayes, the baldheaded, baritone-voiced soul crooner who laid the groundwork for disco and whose "Theme From Shaft" won both Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday afternoon after he collapsed near a treadmill, authorities said. He was 65.

Hayes was pronounced dead at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis an hour after he was found by a family member, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Ok a question????

So someone sent me a picture today. In was a young girl in a bikini who clearly did NOT need to be in one. Now I am the first to say that way to many girls are having body issues and eating disorders off the chain. There is way to much pressure to be "skinny" and such. But my problem is this. If you are comfortable in your weight I am fine with that, BUT I do not need to see fat rolls pouring everywhere and that is NOT attractive. Jeff Foxworthy (whom I love) did a thing on big girls wearing things on there butts that say juicy and other things like that. THAT IS NOT JUICY!!! There is no way I would, nor would I let my daughter, wear a bikini if she is way over weight. So my question is this..... would you????? Or am I just being shallow??

What's in the Water?

What is in the water or air out there in Hollywood? Have you noticed how many couples are having twins lately? J Lo & Angelina/Brad had theirs already, now Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell and Lisa Marie Presley are also having twins. And I think there is another couple also that is not coming to me right now that are having twins. Seems like a lot to me and with the exception of maybe J Lo I don't think any of them used fertility drugs, or they say so anyway. Just thought it was kind of curious.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Can we say OMG

Okay whoever lied and said school was free needs to rethink that little statement for sure. Went school supply shopping and TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY dollars later they have there school supplies. And this is without new book bags. How insane is that???? I remember when I was in school all we needed was paper, folders and pencils. SERIOUSLY two hundred and fifty dollars is not even right!!! And this does NOT include school gym uniforms or anything of the sort. this is JUST for supplies. The other thing that pisses me off is all the stuff the teachers need for themselves. They get money for supplies and I know they have to go into there pockets for things BUT Office Depot and places like that also offer them a teacher discount on things. I would rather just give them some money and let them buy the supplies off the discount that they get and I don't!! Just my little complaint of the day

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Rest In Peace

CHICAGO - Bernie Mac, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor and comedian who worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago’s South Side, died Saturday at age 50.

“Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital,” his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.

She said no other details were available and asked that his family’s privacy be respected.

The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body’s organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.

Wow was I ever shocked when I read this this morning. I loved him in Ocean's, well all of them. He will be missed a lot

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bumper Sticker

I saw a bumper sticker this morning that reminded me of the people on TOB. It said "God Hates Republicans." Are you serious? I'll never understand people the equate every part of their lives to politics and the Republican vs. Democrat fight. And why bring God into it? I really doubt that God gives a crap which party you belong to. It's all very childish to me, some people need to get a life.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Well the first part is done

So I took the kids to register for school today. All went well, but Preston is not very happy with his teacher. It might be because it is a male teacher and he has never had one, not sure but I sure hope that he can get over whatever it is about his teacher he doesn't like. Now Caleb has a INCREDIBLE looking Science/homeroom teacher. I was like DAMN where did you come from. Let me tell you he is HOT HOT HOT!!! LOL I even told him he could get in trouble in that class as much as he wants :O)!!! Madison is a bit scared with it being her first year in middle school and because of her disability (dyslexia for those who do not know that already) she is in a resource class and she is not that happy about it. It makes her stand out and that upsets her. At her old school it didn't matter much but here it is going to. I hate it so much for her since this is going to be a hard adjustment anyway and middle school are way hard years!! But tomorrow we go for the supplies and Monday they start. Good Lord where did all the summer go?????

Friday, August 1, 2008

50 things about me

I saw this on another blog and thought what the hell LOL

1. Do you like blue cheese?

Yes! Haven't met a cheese I didn't like

2. Have you ever been to Yellowstone Park?

Nope but maybe one day

3. Do you own a gun?

I do not but my husband does

4. What are your favorite songs?

At the moment they are:

1. All Summer Long: Kid Rock
2. Fall For You: Secondhand Serenade
3. I Kissed A Girl: Katy Perry

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?

Yes because I can not stand them

6. What do you think about hot dogs?

They are good when I am in the mood for them. They have to have chili, mustard and onions though

7. Favorite Christmas song?

"So this Is Christmas" John Lennon

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?


9. Can you do push ups?

Yep but only the girly kind. I have ZERO upper body strength

10. What was the name of your first pet?

Wendy and she was the best Great Dane ever

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?

All my rings

12. Favorite hobby?

I do not have a hobby

13. Favorite trait of spouse?

None LOL

14. Do you have ADD?

Lately I think that I do

15. What one trait do you hate about yourself?

Only one??? My entire body!!!!

16. What’s your middle name?

Lynn and I hate it

17. Name 3 thoughts you are thinking at this exact moment?

1. My life is an absolute mess

2. I wish I was anywhere but where I am right now

3. GOD help me

18. What did you buy yesterday?


19. Favorite vegetable?

Steamed asparagus

20. Current worry right now?

Is my marriage going to survive

21. Current dislike right now?

Having to find a job

22. Favorite place to be?

The beach in San Diego or Carmel

23, What did you do to bring in the New Year?

Watched Dick Clark of course. What is New Years without him?

24. Name three people who will complete this?

I don’t know…

25. Believe in God?

Very much so

26. Do you have an unusual skill?

Nope. Not really any skills at all. How sad is that fact?

27. What shirt are you wearing?

A pink (did you really think I would have on any other color LOL) shirt

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?

It has been so many years ago I don't even remember. I do love how cold they stay

29. Can you whistle?


30. Favorite color?

Gee ya think pink might be it??

31. Would you be a pirate?

In a heart beat as long as Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom where on that pirate ship with me ;O) LOL

32. What songs do you sing in the shower?

I don’t think I have ever sung in a shower. I thought they only did that in movies

33. Favorite girl’s name?

Toss up between Isabella, Paisley and McKenna

34. Favorite boy’s name?


35. What’s in your pocket right now?

Don't have a pocket

36. What made you laugh last?

Something Joanne said in an email. She always has a way to make me laugh when I do not feel like it. She is the best of the best and I love her so much

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?

when I was young I used to pull my knees out of socket all the time and I always ended up on crutches

39. Who is your loudest friend?


40. Do you like where you live?

I hate this state. Way to hot and muggy and humid and the list just goes on and on.

41. How many TVs do you have?

Six. Is that not over the top crazy?

42. How many dogs do you own?


43. What would you do if you hit a deer while driving?


44. What is your favorite book?

Toss up between Rebecca and Evergreen

46. Favorite Sports Team?

Baseball if I am in the stadium

47. What were you doing at 12 a.m. this morning?

Watching a LMN movie. I know the dreaded chic flick station ;O)

48. What was the first thing that you thought of when you woke up this morning?

Do I have to face another day of hell?

49. What song do you want played at your funeral?

I do not even want a funeral. I want people to have one hell of a party and laugh about all the fun we had when I was alive. And they better be playing some LOUD Bon Jovi, Areosmith and many others like them

50. Does someone have a crush on you?

LOL I think so ;O)

I so can not even believe

that is is August already!! This summer has literally flown by and the words from my mother of "time goes by so much faster the older you get" are ringing in my ears. I feel like my kids where just let out of school and they are already starting back on the 11th. Wow where has my summer even gone?

Chic vs. chick

Ok so Joanne and I have been talking about the correct spelling of the word chic/chick when you are referring to a girl. I have always known it as chic, because a chick is a baby chicken. Not sure if it is a southern thing or what. So what do you use when you are spelling it out and talking about a girl?