Friday, March 23, 2007

Wager Anyone?

I was told by one of my coworkers (who happens to be a cheesehead) that the Chiefs will be playing the Packers in Fall of 2007. No actual schedule has been set and no date has been confirmed - only that the teams will be playing each other at Arrowhead. I'M SO EXCITED! I don't know that I need to remind everyone how big a fan that I am - but I know several Packers fans who now would like to place bets on who will win. I believe there is no contest here so I have no intention of wasting my money. I mean - seriously - do I need to remind everyone who I would root for and who will most likely win in their own stadium? I'm so ready for the season to start already:

That's a sucker bet so if you want to take all means I will be happy to take your money!

Okay - done boasting...


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Puzzle Fun

I have found a new addiction. I mean seriously - I start a puzzle because I want to spend a little time relaxing. Then I find that I have completed 4 or 5 puzzles and can't stop. Then I look at the clock in the corner of my computer and it is about 4 hours past my bedtime! I simply cannot stop. What puzzle am I talking about? Sudoku! I found a site that has a great setup and so many different options. Check it out for yourself at I take no responsibility for late-nights or addictions that occur if you go there. But I will tell you that it can be a nice relaxation tool if you have rough days at enjoy.

I think I'm going to go ahead and do a couple of puzzles myself...


Tuesday, March 20, 2007


...more golf photos. I have never been a golfer but I sure could get use to it - if I lived in Phoenix. The weather here sometimes isn't the greatest for playing a few holes. Snow can make it tough to find those little white balls...

"Mulligan anyone??"

Waiting for a shotgun start.

"Where did that ball go?"

On the green

Eric hitting one off the tee.

Is that really safe?

Thank goodness for the food cart!

Checking for cheaters...

"I intend to win this entire thing..."


I think that is officially all of the photos of the golfing that I have that are worth looking at. I wish I could have stuck around for the awards to see the team win the prize. Oh well, I guess I still have bragging rights because I was there.

Best get to work.


Monday, March 19, 2007

More Golf Photos

Nothing much exciting happening around here today so I thought I would share a few more photos from the golf excursion last week...
Aaron is checking out the lie of the course.
"We can't play golf like this in Chicago..."

At the tee.

"A little more to the left..."
This golf tournement was so much fun. I'm half tempted to start practicing so I can be a little more involved next year...if nothing else - learn how to put!
Well, I need to get to bed so I'm going to sign off of here.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

March Sunburn

Hello from sunny Arizona! Yes, I am in the great city of Phoenix for work complaints here! The day started on the golf course ( for a work function (have I told you I love my job??). It was fabulous - even though I don't golf. I simply rode around on the cart with a team and made sure the flag was taken down and put up when necessary. What's great is that the team I was riding around with ended up winning the tournement with a 14 under...I didn't reap any benefits of the win but I can at least use the story, right?? I got some great shots with the camera of course:

After golfing, I left so I could take one of the guys I work with to a spring training baseball game for his birthday. Lucky us we were able to sit in Phoenix traffic for over an hour only to get to the stadium to discover the game was sold out. We were just a little annoyed so we decided skip the baseball, go straight to the beer! I dropped him off at the office since pretty much his day was a bust and headed back to the hotel. While sitting in my room with plenty of sun still left in the day, I decided I would go to the South Mountain and do a little caching ( What a beautiful decision that was! I got up to the top and found the prize in short order so that I still had plenty of time to play before it got dark. I was able to see some great views overlooking the city and then a fantastic sunset before heading back down into the valley:

I only had about 2 hours up there so I have every intention of going back up there when I have an entire day to devote to hiking and checking out the area. I have no doubt it would be beautiful.

So, this is where the title of this post comes from. I was outside from 7:00 AM to about 7:00 PM. Today, Phoenix posted record highs of almost 100 degrees - very unusual for this time of year. I haven't been in the tanning bed for almost 2 months now and that sort of intense sun for at least 6 you can imagine what color my skin is! I have photos of what I look like but you can't really see the fact that I am burnt - too dark:
However - the photo still cracks me's tough to take pictures like this on your own you know!
Anyway, I head back home tomorrow. I hear it is only suppose to be 44 degrees there tomorrow...I'm going to freeze my little buns off! For now, I am going to go outside and enjoy a little more of the Phoenix weather...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My children are older than I am!

A friend of mine sent me this link and I found it to be a little bit freaky! What I found out is that if I were a dog, I would be 4.9 years old. Since both of my dogs are now 5 years in human years - that means they are older than I am! Super fun!!

Here is what is says for me:

20 October 1972

Your date of conception was on or about 28 January 1972 which was a Friday. - I have no idea what my parents were doing...

You were born on a Fridayunder the astrological sign Libra.Your Life path number is 4**.
Life Path Compatibility:You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 6 & 7.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 3, 5 & 9.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2441610.5.
The golden number for 1972 is 16.
The epact number for 1972 is 14.
The year 1972 was a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/15/1972 and ending 2/2/1973.You were born in the Chinese year of the Rat.
Your Native American Zodiac sign is Raven; your plant is Ivy.
You were born in the Egyptian month of Choiach, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 12 Heshvan 5733.Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 13 Heshvan 5733.
The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is12 baktun 17 katun 19 tun 4 uinal 6 kin
The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Friday, 12 Ramadan 1392 (1392-9-12).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 2 April 1972.The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 9 April 1972.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 16 February 1972.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 21 May 1972.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 28 May 1972.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 9 September 1972.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 30 March 1972.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 15 February 1972. - HIGHLY IMPORTANT!

As of 3/14/2007 12:27:53 AM ESTYou are 34 years old.
You are 413 months old.
ou are 1,795 weeks old.
You are 12,563 days old.
You are 301,512 hours old.
You are 18,090,747 minutes old.
You are 1,085,444,873 seconds old. - DAMN I'M OLD!

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Snoop Dogg (1972)
Dann Gillen (1967)
Viggo Mortensen (1958)
Tom Petty (1950)
Jerry Orbach (1935)
Mickey Mantle (1931)
Art Buchwald (1925)
Fayard Nicholas (1914)
Bela Lugosi (1882)
Charles Ives (1874)
Arthur Rimbaud (1854)
Christopher Wren (1632)

Top songs of 1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan
American Pie by Don McLean
Without You by Nilsson
I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
A Horse with No Name by America
Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me by Mac Davis
Me and Mrs. Jones by BillyPaul
The Candy Man by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Lean On Me by Bill Withers

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 4.91702544031311 years old. (You're still chasing cats!) - Told ya so...

There are 220 days till your next birthdayon which your cake will have 35 candles.
Those 35 candles produce 35 BTUs,or 8,820 calories of heat (that's only 8.8200 food Calories!) .
You can boil 4.00 US ounces of water with that many candles. - can I burn those calories while I eat it??

In 1972 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1972 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1972 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1972 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.
In 1972 the population of Australia was approximately 13,409,288.
In 1972 there were approximately 264,969 births in Australia.
In 1972 in Australia there were approximately 114,029 marriages and 15,655 divorces.
In 1972 in Australia there were approximately 109,760 deaths.

Your birthstone is Tourmaline

Your birth tree is Maple, Independence of Mind - I had to have maple leaves at my I know why!

No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

There are 286 days till Christmas 2007! - I best get to shopping!
There are 299 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you wereborn was waxing gibbous.

That pretty much sums it up. I found it very interesting.

I best get back to school work...


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Where does the time go?

Wow! It's been like 3 months since I have even posted on here...I totally suck! I guess I just haven't taken the time since I travel so much and spend what little free time I have left working on school the fact that I had to re-build my PC and lost pretty much everything! I found it though thanks to Nicky :D

In the past three months I have:

1. Flown to Phoenix and gotten stuck there while Kansas City got pummeled with snow. I guess if you are going to get stuck somewhere, it just as well be somewhere like Phoenix. I finally got to do something I have always wanted to do - hike in the Superstition Mountains to the top of the flat iron:

2. Flown to California. I didn't get stuck there but I did a complete tour of the state. I started in San Fransisco then drove to Sacramento, Fresno, Costa Mesa, San Diego, then back up the cost through Los Angeles to San Fransisco. It was AWESOME - with one exception - the TRAFFIC. If I was ever given the option to move to LA, I'm fairly certain I would have to pass. I got a fair amount of photos but I will show you the best:

3. Spent 2 weeks recovering from surgery - NOT PLANNED. I got an infection near my new tatoo and had to have a large lump removed from the middle of my back. My husband had to put gauze in the hole twice a day for just about 3 weeks. One of the most painful experiences I have ever gone through. It is just about completely healed though and there was very minimal damage to my tattoo. The picture was taken shortly after I got home from the hospital:

4. Flown to Seattle. My husband got to join me because of my back. We spent a week touring the area. My cousin lives not far from Seattle so we were able to visit with her while we were there. We flew into Seattle, drove down to Portland (stopping at Mt. St. Helen on the way after driving through a blizzard), drove back to Seattle in a snow storm, drove to Bellingham then took the ferry over to Orcas Island, then took the ferry over to Port Townsend and stayed in Port Angeles (with a room on the bay), then drove around the coast back to Seattle. I wish we would have had more time...Again, I have a billion pictures but I will share one of the best.

5. Flew to Chicago to help set up a new campus in Gary, Indiana. I don't have any pictures of it because I didn't take the camera. I do want to offer this piece of advice - don't fly out of Chicago Midway on a Friday night...
I think that pretty much covers it. I leave for Phoenix on Monday again and then even more travel is in my future...I don't mind because I get to visit some really cool places. I do mind it because it is time away from home.
Speaking of home, I have got to get finished up with laundry so I can travel again so I had best sign off. I will try VERY hard to be better...