Thursday, April 15, 2010
1."7 ounces of choice sirloin steak, boiled to your likeness and smothered with golden fried onion rings." -- On a menu.
2."Eat Here - Get Gas" -- A sign at a gas station.
3."Ham and Cheese - $2.50. Cheese and Ham - $2.90." -- On a menu.
4."Hot drinks to take out or sit in." -- A sign on a cafe.
5."May be combined with other offers. . . . Not valid with any other offer." -- On a Papa John's coupon.
6."NOW HIRING / TWO FRENCH DIPS / FOR TWO DOLLARS." -- A sign at an Arby's in North Bend, Washington.
7."Open seven days a week. Closed Sundays." -- On the bottom of a pizza parlor's take-out menu. (Hmmm... now where have I seen THAT before?)
8."Our Infamous Steaks” -- A sign at a restaurant in Raleigh, NC.
9."Our whipped butter is made with margarine." -- On a menu.
10."Parking for drive-through customers only." -- A sign at a McDonald's in California.
11."Please consume all food on premises." -- A sign at a Souplantation restaurant.
12."We dare you Burger for two (Served on a Stretcher) - A Whole Loaf of Crunchy French Bread running end to end with Broiled Hamburger topped with melted Yellow American Cheese, Lettuce, and Tomato. Accompanied by a mound of French Fried Potatoes, Red Pepper Relish, Ketchup, and Pickle Wedges. Delivered to your Table by Two Waitresses on a stretcher." -- On a menu of a restaurant in Danvers, Massachusetts.
13."You can't beat our meat!" -- A sign on a restaurant, now closed.
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Posted by fraizerbaz at 12:38 PM
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Guilty pleasures these days are far and few in between.
As my unemployed status still hangs over my head, I have less money to throw around than ever before. And being a single mom, that wasn't much to start with. I always end up feeling guilty for spending money on something that is not a necessity, even if it's just a few bucks.
In addition to tightening my belt, I also must be concerned with my belt becoming too tight. Well, actually my pants. Let's face it, after the forty-mark, I have to be ever so watchful of the calories I consume. I no longer have the metabolism of a 20 year-old, and all I have to do these days is simply LOOK at a piece of cake and I gain five pounds.
But I can still dream.
Top Ten Guilty Pleasures:
- A (full-fat, full-sugar) Starbucks latte.
- A pedicure.
- A piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
- A professional massage.
- An original size Cinnabon with extra frosting (or two minis).
- Buying new CD's.
- Getting my hair high-lighted AND low-lighted.
- Olive Garden salad and bread sticks.
- Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen.
- Scoring more than one new pairs of shoes that I really didn't need.
For more Top Ten Tuesdays, check out ohAmamda here!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Hi there! I am so glad you've stopped by. I have really been looking forward to the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. This is an awesome way to meet other great bloggers and to enter to win some fabulous prizes!
I'm a 40 year-old single mom of a seven year-old girl, and I've been blogging on and off since 2004.
I'm a 40 year-old single mom of a seven year-old girl, and I've been blogging on and off since 2004.
20 Random Things About Me
1.Hearing the songs Cat's in the Cradle and Tears in Heaven will always make me cry, no matter what I am doing.
2.I am looking forward to meeting my grandchild(ren), my next vacation, the economy recovering, heaven, and my Mercedes Benz (just kidding).
3.I have always fantasized being able to act and/or sing professionally, but I wouldn't feel comfortable being famous.
4.I prefer driving a stick shift over an automatic.
5.I try not to dwell the bad things that happen. I believe that everything happens for a reason.
6.I used to smoke, but one night I had an intensely realistic dream that I was having chemo treatments, and that was enough to make me quit.
7.I want to visit Italy, Spain and Australia before I die.
8.I would love to learn how to sing opera!
9.I've taken dance lessons; ballet (in kindergarten) and ballroom dancing, although I still can't dance worth a lick.
10.If a fire was about to destroy my home and all of my belongings, and I could only take out three (non-living) things, I would choose all photos, any artwork of my mom's, my computer CPU.
11.To me, the most important thing in any relationship is TRUST.
12.My three wishes; I wish for my daughter to grow up healthy, happy and wise.
13.If I could go to Disneyland with any celebrity alive today, it would be Robin Williams. He just seems like he would be so much fun!
14.If I were to suddenly become blind, the last thing I'd like to see is my daughter's face.
15.In my mind on some days, I'm still 15 years old. Other days, maybe 30. But I never feel 40.
16.My mother always told me to never say "I hate you" in anger - it could be the last time you ever get to talk to the person. Turns out, she was right. Good thing that the last time I talked with my mom (over 11 years ago) I told her how much I loved her.
17.Some things that make me anxious - Flying, being out alone at night, when my daughter runs off without me in public, black widow spiders, a big dog (not on a leash) running right towards me, big black bees, heights, lightning storms, dancing in public, and high rise elevators.
18.Some things that make me happy – A very clean car and house, home made tacos, freshly washed sheets, kissing my daughter goodnight, peppermint stick ice cream, clear starry nights, beautiful sunsets/sunrises, hummingbirds, a deserted beach, baby animals, cookies straight out of the oven, and a beautiful meadow.
19.The first person I call when I need advice is my Dad.
20.When I die, I want to be remembered for having great character and integrity, especially by my daughter.
Of course I would love to win a prize!
My top three picks are:
11 – A $100 gift eCertificate to Restaurant.com, immediately redeemable online at over 13,000 restaurants nationwide. Provided by: Amy LeForge of Earnest Parenting
8 – $55 E-Gift Card for Amazon.com Gift code will be emailed to the winner and can be used for purchases from Amazon.com. Provided by: Kelly’s Lucky You
15 – $50 Target gift card to one winner. Provided by: Haley Quarles of Love, Life, Family…and then some
Posted by fraizerbaz at 11:16 AM
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Spam on Twitter. If there's one thing we don't need, it's another way for spam to find us.
Recently, Twitter spam discouraged me from reading my stream and my DM's (direct messages). Increasingly, the tweets that I saw were actually advertisements, geared to promote a product or service. (As if we weren't already inundated by advertisements enough.) Hardly anyone was replying to anyone else. And nobody was replying to me. It was like tweeting into a vacuum. I had a gazillion auto-DM's from these “friends”containing links of which were of no relevance to my own interests. Twitter quickly became very noisy, and I was becoming burned out. That's what happens when the majority of your Twitter “friends” are spammers.
Now, I admit, I am not the best Twitterer (or Tweeter?) ever known to man. My Twitter karma wasn't very good. You've got to apply The Golden Rule here. If I had engaged better with my Tweeps, and had been a better Twitterer in the first place, things wouldn't have gotten so far out of hand.
I knew that I had to do some pruning, and clear out my spammy “friends” from my Twitter tree. I realized that my lax follow-for-follow (auto-follow) policy was part of the cause. I wasn't paying close enough attention to whom I was following. In many cases, I was following bots! But most of the spammers were simply people, trying to sell whatever it was to everyone, and anyone who dared to follow them.
So, one day I took a deep breath, rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I began to use several Twitter utilities that helped me take a closer look at my “friends,” and if they weren't someone I'd want to talk with personally at a party, I was parting ways.
I poured over profile upon profile, summing them all up, and I soon began to notice that many of them had some common keywords in their profiles.
Words such as:
8.helping + achieve
11.law of attraction
Wait a minute. Is this a big deal? They've got to make a living somehow, don't they?
Yes, they absolutely do. However, they're selling something that I won't be buying. I have no desire to start my own business, and I have no money to throw around for seminars or investments. I'm sure these are very nice people, but as an unemployed single-mom, I'm the simply wrong prospect for these folks.
My initial Twitter M.O. was to surround myself with other bloggers (such as you) who could enlighten, entertain and engage with me. And I had hoped to do the same, in return. The whole Twitter experience should be a two way street, don't you think? It should a social arena; a real community. Not simply one Twitomercial after another.
I vowed to myself that I would make a genuine effort to be the kind of Tweeter that I would like to follow myself. I want to be a better Twitizen. Not just another Twerp.
(For more Talk About it Tuesday, please visit Sarah at Blogger Chix Designs.)
Posted by fraizerbaz at 1:33 PM
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I often think of the events that transpired after the arrest of Jesus, leading up to His death. I marvel at just how much He endured. Could I even come close to imagining what it must have been like to be in His position that day? No, I don't think I could.
What was He feeling? Aside from the sheer physical pain, just what precisely were His emotions that He felt during His trial and punishment? And to have known for so long exactly what was in store for Him, long before any of it actually happened; how did this foreknowledge affect Him? I wish I knew.
One thing I DO know. I am so, so, so eternally grateful. I owe Him everything.
1 Who believes what we've heard and seen?
Who would have thought God's saving power would look like this?
2-6The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We're all like sheep who've wandered off and gotten lost.
We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong,
on him, on him.
7-9He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn't say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he'd never hurt a soul
or said one word that wasn't true.
10Still, it's what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he'd see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God's plan will deeply prosper through him.
11-12Out of that terrible travail of soul,
he'll see that it's worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant,
will make many "righteous ones,"
as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I'll reward him extravagantly—
the best of everything, the highest honors—
Because he looked death in the face and didn't flinch,
because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
Posted by fraizerbaz at 8:32 AM