Monday, September 30, 2013

• September 30, 2013 •

Good afternoon! Saturday was a relaxing day. I had Bran Flakes for breakfast, cleaned the house, got on the treadmill for 40 minutes since it was raining & I didn't feel like getting soaked walking around the mile & a half loop, the rd got toned out to an MVA, I showered, took the dogs out, had lunch, the FD got toned out to a down tree, & then I sat down to work on my entrelac knit sweater. It's coming out great! Saturday's Sims game was Fall Designer Showdown & my Sim Kira is raising her son Harry Johnston (3rd gen who is still a baby). Perfect day yesterday & that was even w/ a bunch of shopping & socializing. :) I woke up & took the dogs out, went through the Sunday paper, had a donut for breakfast, & then went to work. Hubby helped me pack up the booth into the truck since it's been 4X now that I've gone there in the middle of the day & either the whole place was closed, or the bay door where my booth is was closed. No wonder I'm not making as much sales as I should have! I've decided to take it all back to eBay. Right now I'm setting up auctions only, but in a week I'll reopen my eBay Store. Once the booth was all loaded into the truck hubby & I went shopping & I found another large bucket of yarn. WOOHOO! We hung out & chatted for a bit & then came back to the house & I processed all of the incoming yarn, took a lunch break, & then went to work on eBay. I need more supplies from the USPS for shipping, but so far I've had the boxes I needed. I need Priority envelopes & then I'll be all set. Once work was done for the day, I checked out some videos on YouTube, played 2nd life for a bit & took a nice virtual vacation in Hawaii complete with canoeing & windsurfing. :) After that it was catalog shopping w/ Patterworks where I joined the knit afghan block of the month club WOO!, cooked dinner, sat down to watch some TV, & then had to go out in the middle of the night on a surprise pickup. All I ever asked of anyone is to give me a WRITTEN SCHEDULE IN ADVANCE so I can be prepared for these things. I don't mind helping if I have the proper notice, but after over a week of asking for the schedule & not getting one, I REALLY resent having to drop everything & go out at 2:a. I think a written schedule is the least someone can do who is getting a free ride in the middle of the night, don't you think? I got back, took the dogs out & finally got to bed at 3:a. If it were completely up to me, I would have left them stranded since I asked for a schedule for about 10 days & didn't get one, but it wasn't only up to me. Everyone I know is MUCH MUCH MUCH more forgiving than I am & doesn't mind being used & abused. Ugh ... it's so frustrating to be forced to be inconsiderately used in so many ways. I really don't like being forced to accept this treatment. No one learns a lesson if they keep getting away w/ not having to do what they're asked. If you call a taxi & don't pay, what are the chances they'll let you in the cab again? Why should I have to? What's the lesson they're learning? They're learning that they can get away w/ anything they want & that there are no consequences. Not cool. If it were completely up to me, I would have left them stranded last night & they would have learned that handing me a schedule as I asked is a small price to pay to get a free ride at all hours of the night & I would finally have a schedule & not get blindsided by having to go out in the middle of the night without any warning. I had already made plans for today that would have required me to get up hours before I did because of last night's "surprise". Had I had advance warning, I would have simply planned around it & everything would have been fine. I think a big part of the problems in this world today is that no one teaches lessons anymore. People just do what they want, when they want, any the expense of others, & the others just hang their heads & take it. I miss the old days where lessons were taught & there were punishments for bad actions. People learned to be more considerate in all areas of life. Don't lie, don't cheat, don't steal, don't be inconsiderate of others. they learned this because at some point in their lives, if they did any of those things, there was a punishment or a negative consequence that TAUGHT them the lesson that it was wrong. Today? Nothing. Yesterday's Sims game was Glenbrooke & my Sim Nikki (2nd gen) is a child in school & has been doing her homework. This morning I took the dogs out & loaded up the Culinary career game in Sims. My 2nd gen Sim is a child in school & has been working on his cooking skill on his toy oven, going to school, & doing his homework.

It’s a new kind of kind.
AOK is a 'social game for good' that makes sharing positive actions playful, rewarding and impactful. When you post an AOK (any positive action or observation) you're rewarded with Cause Currency points (or sponsored prizes) which are donated to real world causes and organizations that further social good!
How do you play?
You can capture AOKs using our iPhone app, or submit them directly to our website. Share AOKs you did (aka your “Acts”) or those you saw someone else doing (aka your “Observations”). Then add details and pictures to your AOKs – this makes them WAY more interesting - plus earns you more points!
What’s the point of the points?
Points convert into real dollars for real world charities and relief efforts (and brand-sponsored treats for you along the way)…that’s the “AOK Impact”. Done – Did it! Simple. Fun. And while you’re leveling up and catching kudos from fellow gamers, you’ll increase your own, and society’s collective mindfulness at the same time!
Wondering what an AOK looks like, or where they’re going on?
Browse other players’ AOKs and share them (oh yeah, we’re rockin’ the “share this” button so you can give props to your peeps and to AOKers you’re impressed with) or check out our AOK map and see what’s happening right next door and around the world!
Most of all don’t get bogged down wondering if your Acts and Observations are AOK enough. Just playing means you’re being mindful. And being mindful is the essence of all that is AOK. You’ll level up and level within. You’ll earn unique AOK rewards, and all the while make the world a better place.
A new kind of kind? That’s AOK.

Boy, it's a big week for sports. There have been so many sporting events & games on radio & television. This is the 1st time that Americans learn all the words to the national anthem.

Fortune cookie was invented in America. The largest fortune cookie maker in the USA, Wonton Food, tried to introduce it to China but failed because it was considered "too American."

Home that smells fresh looks cleaner automatically. Is the kitchen reeking of fish or is the laundry room musty? Set out a bowl of white vinegar to soak up odors.

Jimenez, Mexico:
Jiménez is a town & seat of the municipality of Jiménez in the Mexican state of Coahuila. It's located on the confluence of the Río San Diego & the Rio Grande (locally known as the Río Bravo) bordering with the U.S. state of Texas. It had a population of 1,160 inhabitants, & is, unusually for a Mexican municipal seat, the 2nd-largest locality in the municipality, after the town of San Carlos (which had a population of 3,126).
The region of Jiménez has a hot, semi-arid climate. During the summer, the temperature averages (mean) between 79°F & 88°F.
The region's main resources are agriculture and livestock.
The municipality of Jiménez has a total of 33 primary schools, & 5 secondary schools.

Most well-liked food seasonings around the world top 10:
  1. Cumin
  2. Nutmeg
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Hot Pepper
  5. Garlic
  6. Oregano
  7. Rosemary
  8. Ginger
  9. Mint
  10. Basil
What's synergy? Simply defined, it means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Wunderlist is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re running your own business, planning an overseas adventure or sharing a shopping list with a loved one, Wunderlist is here to help you get things done.
“Wunderlist is our favorite to-do list manager for just about every platform.” - Lifehacker.
Wunderlist has also been featured in The New York Times, The Verge, TechCrunch, CNet, The Guardian, Wired, and Vanity Fair, just to name a few.
• Wunderlist syncs across all your devices to keep you on top of all the things you want to do, from anywhere.
• Easily share lists with your colleagues, friends and family to collaborate on anything from team projects to group dinners.
• Intuitive design and friendly reminders ensure you never forget important deadlines (or birthday gifts) ever again.
Unlock Wunderlist Pro for $4.99/month or $49.99/year:
• Add Comments and start a conversation with your teammates about any of your to-dos. You can leave feedback, ask a question or add some extra insight all from within Wunderlist.
• Attach files including photos, spreadsheets, presentation decks, PDFs, videos and even sound bites to any to-do.
• Assign to-dos to colleagues, study partners and friends to delegate responsibility and keep team activities on track.
Wunderlist is free to download and use. Upgrading to Wunderlist Pro adds the above  features and is available through an auto-renewing subscription.
Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel a subscription during the active period. Manage your subscriptions in the Account Settings after purchase.
Our Terms of Use:
Our Privacy Policy:
Follow us on Twitter at
Learn more about Wunderlist at
Have questions? Head over to

Your lucky words this week are: pawn shop, Richard Dreyfus, & boogity boogity boogity.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28, 2013

Good morning! Yesterday was a relaxing day. I got the mail, went for my mile & a half walk, went to work, grabbed lunch on my way home, showered, took the dogs out, the FD got toned out to a med call, & then I sat down to work on my entrelac knit sweater. It looks good so far, I think I'm really going to like how entrelac works into a sweater. :) Yesterday's Sims game was Glenwood Cottage & my Sim Faith is in the university towards a technology degree. She's been going to classes. This morning I took the dogs out & loaded up the Fall Designer Showdown. My Sim Kira (2nd gen) is working on her painting & writing skills & is level 9/10 of both. She's 1 level away in each of the 2 skills from achieving her lifetime wish. Her son Harry Johnston (3rd gen) is still a baby. She's taking care of him in addition to learning her skills.

Bahçeşehir 1Kisim Mah, İstanbul, Turkey:

In 1961, the American Skylab Space Station broke apart during reentry into earth & rained debris in Esperance, Australia. The Shire Council issued a $400 fine to the American government for littering. The fine was paid on behalf of NASA in 2009 by a radio show.

Identify your pills, find the lowest price for your Rx, understand your medication treatment, lower your health bill.
Now receive you daily health tips from trusted resources!
Join millions healthcare professionals and consumers users who download iPharmacy!
Coming this Fall: A grand prize will be awarded to the 3,000,000th user.
Introducing BerkeleyWellness -- "BeWell", your daily approach to a long and healthful life!
>>> Powered by University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health & Remedy Health Media
<< User testimonials <<<
“This application has helped me with identifying many pills and has given me GREAT information on the 12 medications I take!” A Diabetes Patient
“iPharmacy is a one-stop shopping for medicine information and savings.” A Patient
“ I use iPharmacy to make sure all my medicines play nicely with each other and to know when is the best time to take them. “ A Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor
<<<< Powered by GoodRx to find the lowest meds:
Easily compare prices at local and mail order pharmacies to find the lowest price. Plus, find coupons, savings tips and more!
--- Over 1 million prices for more than 6,000 drugs at every major US pharmacy chain and many local stores
--- Prices from all major US pharmacy chains and online pharmacies Information on manufacturer discount cards (free coupons provided by pharmaceutical manufacturers that can save you $500 or more)
**An excellent medical dictionary for both consumers and health professionals**
**Save up to 75% on prescription with a FREE discount card**
** Built-in 12,000 pill and package images**
** Controlled substances which are susceptible to addiction and abuse are labelled by US Department of Justice schedules. Best for law enforcement officers.
# Identify medication of interest by brand name, generic name (ingredient), color/shape/imprint and bar code!
# "Best iPhone App for Prescription Reference" in the O'Reilly book titled "Best iPhone Apps", (2nd edition) 2010. (
# 2000 Controlled Substances by DEA Scheduling
# Identify more than 10000 drug by imprint, color and shape!
# Find out customer ratings / comments of your prescription.
-- FREE pre-activated prescription discount card sponsored by RxRelief.
-- Show the RxRelief card at your local pharmacy and save up to 75% on medication.
-- Accepted by Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, Kroger, Costco, RiteAid & 60,000+ participating pharmacies**
-- Find a nearby discount pharmacy using pharmacy locator
Maintaining a proper medication schedule requires discipline, and a helping hand from the iPharmacy app.
Medical compliance is one of the biggest boosts you can give to your health.
The iPharmacy app enables you to set reminders for multiple medications.
oExclusively FDA-approved drug information such as:
oIndications & Usage
oDosage & administration
oWarnings and precautions
oAdverse reactions
oDrug interactions
Plus more features coming soon!
Please visit our website or email for further information.
The iPharmacy application and its owners are not affiliated with FDA. All information presented by the application is for educational purpose solely. Nothing on the application should be taken to constitute professional advice or a formal recommendation. We exclude all representations and warranties relating to the content and use of these applications.

May a sick yak leave a gift in your sock drawer. -Johnny Carson 1973

Moon & stars radiate w/ good news. Success is yours for the taking. Don't be afraid to wear your Elvis sunglasses. Hair tonic is good too, or if none is available, 10W-30 will work. Why? I predict the "wet look" is coming back. Big time.

Ways to avoid insomnia top 10:
  1. Meditation
  2. Self-hypnosis/hypnosis
  3. Sleeping pills
  4. Warm milk
  5. Eliminate all lights
  6. Don't take naps during the day
  7. Don't watch TV or use your computer in bed
  8. Avoid caffeine & nicotine
  9. Don't exercise less than 3 hours from your bedtime
  10. If you can't sleep, don't stress, get up & do something relaxing until you feel sleepy
What properly understood, synergy is the highest activity in all life - the true test & manifestation of all of the other habits put together.

When taking wet clothes out of the washing machine, give them a shake before putting them in the dryer. They'll dry faster & w/ fewer wrinkles.

Friday, September 27, 2013

• September 27, 2013 •

Good morning! Busy day again yesterday. It feels odd saying it was busy when so much of it was spent watching TV. That's not "busy". BUT ... we don't have a DVR, so if I wanted to see the season premier, I had to stop what I was doing & park in front of the TV. It's just like the old-timey days. The days before DVRs. Most of you are probably sitting there asking "just how old ARE you?! What do you mean 'BEFORE' DVRs?! To answer your question ... I'm 47. When I was little we had a black & white console TV in the living room. I watched Saturday morning cartoons because that's the only time they were on, we only had channels 2 - 13 & not all of them were used. We had 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 13. I liked 5 & 11, they were the "fun" channels. 13 was good for Sesame Street & the Electric Company (miss that show). It also had Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, but I was never a fan of that one. We would have to get up & walk across the room to change the channel. There were no remote controls. I remember the day we got a color TV. WOW! COLOR! I remember when we got a VCR. I remember the day MTV hit the airwaves & yes, they played MUSIC VIDEOS back then ... 24/7. Before DVDs & CDs when my music collection was made by recording songs from the radio. Every song had the sound of the DJ at one end & on the other the sound of another song either beginning or ending & slightly overlapping. Yep ... to sum it up, I'm old. Anyway, I managed to get the mail, clean the house, go for my mile & a half walk, take the dogs out, sync Quicken, & pick someone up from the library before racing home to be here to hit record & watch the season premiers of Big Bang Theory (a double header), Crazy Ones, 2½ Men, & Elementary. When hubby got home from work I was in the middle of the News @ 10. Yesterday's Sims game was the fisherman career & my Sim Olivia has been doing well. She caught her 1st perfect fish & put it in a fishbowl. 12 more to go (each must be a different type of fish) before she fulfills her lifetime wish of having the perfect private aquarium. This morning I woke up, took the dogs out, went to work, came back & loaded up Glenwood Cottage. My Sim Faith is in the university towards a technology degree.

Appleton, Wisconsin:
Borrowed from Appleton's Website @
Appleton shares its history with Lawrence University, for the two grew simultaneously. The close relationship established in the early years continues to exist.
Fur traders seeking to do business with Fox River Valley Indians were the first settlers in Appleton. Hippolyte Grignon built the White Heron in 1835 to house his family and serve as an inn and trading post.
With the financial backing of Amos Lawrence, the Lawrence Institute was chartered in 1847. Samuel Appleton donated $10,000 to the newly founded college library, and in appreciation, his name was given to the community.
Appleton was incorporated first as a village in 1853 (John F. Johnston, the first resident, village president) and later as a city in 1857 (Amos Storey, Mayor).
Among the 36 individuals who have served as the city's chief elected official, John Goodland, Jr. had the longest tenure, with 18 years in office. Dorothy Johnson, Appleton's first female mayor, was elected in 1980 and served for 12 years. Timothy M. Hanna is the current mayor.
Education was, and continues to be, a priority in Appleton. In 1850, Daniel Huntley taught in the first free public school. The St. Mary Catholic Church opened the first parochial school in the community in 1864. The first 4 year high school began operating in 1876 in the Hercules School and Kindergarten was initiated in 1898 in Lincoln School. With population growth came the need for additional facilities. Today there are 24 public and 13 parochial schools.
Lawrence University's 84 acre campus, with 32 instructional, recreational and administrative buildings, 1200 students drawn from 45 states and 38 foreign countries, and a faculty of 114 men and women, lies east of the city's attractive, lively downtown. Students and faculty members supply the community with an endless array of music, drama and sports activities.
Appleton traditionally has had a commitment to vocational education. The Vocational School was established in 1912, and the first facility in the United States to be built exclusively for this purpose was erected here in 1917. When the State of Wisconsin was divided into vocational, technical and adult education districts in 1965, the local program was expanded and the Fox Valley Technical College was established.
Area business has been responsible for Appleton's economic prosperity and progressive attitude. The paper industry, beginning with the building of the first paper mill in the city in 1853, has been at the forefront of the development of Appleton, In order to provide electricity to this industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station began operation in Appleton on September 30, 1882. Not too long afterward, in August of 1886, Appleton was the site for another national first, the operation of a commercially successful electric streetcar company. Electric lights replaced gas lamps on College Avenue in 1912.
Our community also made history when Alfred Galpin put together his own telephone in 1877, connecting his bank and his residence. Later, a druggist installed several phones in his store, linking them with those in other offices. This Wisconsin Telephone Company purchased this exchange in 1881.
Retail trade has also contributed to the area's progress. Because stores have always been concentrated on College Avenue, businessmen actively cooperate with city government in downtown redevelopment. A major convention center, the Paper Valley Hotel, was opened in 1982 and a shopping complex, The Avenue, commenced operations in March of 1987.
From its beginnings in 1853 as the Appleton Crescent, now the Appleton Post Crescent, the newspaper has provided coverage of the political, educational and industrial arenas of the community.
Cultural growth was encouraged early in Appleton. Central to that development has been public library service. Beginning in a reading room above a grocery store on College Avenue, the Appleton Public Library has developed over the years into a gathering place that offers opportunities for the entire community to "Learn, Know, Gather and Grow". Today it is located at 225 North Oneida Street and has a 360,000 volume collection including a wide range or popular and educational resources. In addition to materials, the library offers free computer access, notary service, meeting rooms for non-profits, study rooms and serves as a WIFI hotspot. The Library's webpage ( offers remote access to a "digital branch" that provides research databases, digital downloads and links to many unique local resources. The Library collaborates with many local organizations and has an extensive event calendar with programming for all ages.
The preservation of Appleton's history has been the work of the Outagamie County Historical Society. Its museum contains artifacts of Appleton's famous native son, escape artist Harry Houdini and author Edna Ferber, who grew up in Appleton. The museum showcases Appleton's heritage as a progressive, industrious community in Wisconsin's Fox River Valley.
The residents of our community are proud of Appleton's past and present, and they manifest a great confidence in its future and a dedication to its ongoing betterment.
Appleton’s first permanent settler was Hippolyte Grignon who built the White Heron to serve as trading post, inn and home for his family. Amos Lawrence chartered the construction project of Lawrence University which is now a successful educational institution. The project brought in many workers and their families who, once the construction was finished, made the Appleton area their home. The City’s name originated from Amos Lawrence’s wife Sara Appleton and his cousin Samuel Appleton. Since its incorporation as a city in 1857, Appleton has been a hub of economic prosperity and progress.

Appleton Fire Department was created in June 1854. On this date, the Council passed an ordinance intended to prevent fires and to regulate the fighting of fires.
The City was divided into two fire districts. East of Appleton street was district one. Everything West of Appleton street was district two.
Fire Wardens were appointed to each district. Their job was to seek out fires in their area summon enough volunteers (and get enough water) to help fight it. The hope was that the fire wouldn't spread too much or get out of control too fast.
Today, we have six districts and we are a full-time career department with trained firefighters at each fire station 24 hours a day-365 days a year.
The Appleton Fire Department responded to 89 calls in 1895. Now we respond to over 3,000 each year.
In 1901, the Appleton Fire Department budget included $820.32 to care for the horses. The line items were listed as grain, hay and bedding, shoeing and harnesses. Today we have eight vehicles that respond on a daily basis for service calls in the City of Appleton.
Fur traders seeking to do business with Fox River Valley Indians were the first European settlers in Appleton. Hippolyte Grignon built the White Heron in 1835 to house his family and serve as an inn and trading post.[6]
Appleton was settled in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1853. John F. Johnston was the first resident and village president. Home to Lawrence University, Appleton grew along with the school. With the financial backing of Amos A. Lawrence, the Lawrence Institute was chartered in 1847. Samuel Appleton, Lawrence's father-in-law, donated $10,000 to the newly founded college library, and his name was given to the community in appreciation.[7][8]
The community was incorporated as a city on March 2, 1857,[9] with Amos Storey as its first mayor. Early in the 20th century, it adopted the commission form of government. In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleton; in 1900, there were 15,085; in 1910, 16,773; in 1920, 19,571; and in 1940, 28,436.
The paper industry, beginning with the building of the first paper mill in the city in 1853, has been at the forefront of the development of Appleton. In order to provide electricity to the paper industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant on the Fox River, began operation on September 30, 1882. The power plant also powered the Hearthstone House, the first residence in the world powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station using the Edison system.[10]
Shortly thereafter, in August 1886, Appleton was the site for another national first, the operation of a commercially successful electric streetcar company. Electric lights replaced gas lamps on College Avenue in 1912. Appleton also had the first telephone in Wisconsin, and the first incandescent light in any city outside of the East Coast.[11]
Appleton's Valley Fair Shopping Center, built in 1954, laid claim to being the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States, although this claim is disputed by other malls. In 2007 most of the structure was demolished, leaving only its east wing and a movie theater. A Copps Food Center now stands in its place.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.82 square miles (64.28 km2), of which, 24.33 square miles (63.01 km2) is land and 0.49 square miles (1.27 km2) is water.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 72,623 people, 28,874 households, and 18,271 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,984.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,152.5 /km2). There were 30,348 housing units at an average density of 1,247.3 per square mile (481.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.5% White, 1.7% African American, 0.7% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 2.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.0% of the population.
There were 28,874 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.7% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.
The median age in the city was 35.3 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.
Crime Appleton Wisconsin United States
Violent crime 234.7 257.0 429.4
Murder 1.4 2.5 5.0
Forcible rape 29.9 19.6 28.7
Robbery 25.6 85.8 133.0
Aggravated assault 177.8 149.1 262.8
Property crime 2,680.2 2,608.2 3,036.1
Burglary 465.2 472.9 716.3
Larceny-theft 2,163.8 1,977.4 2,060.9
Motor vehicle theft 51.2 157.8 258.8
 Appleton is governed via the mayor-council system. The mayor is elected every four years in a citywide vote. The council, known as the common council, consists of 16 members, called alderpersons, all of whom are elected to two-year terms from individual districts. Effective 2013, the council will consist of 15 alderpersons, as a result of redistricting approved by the common council. The current mayor, Timothy Hanna, was re-elected in 2012 to his fifth four-year term, having first been elected in 1996.
The city is the owner of Valley Transit, a network of bus lines serving the Fox Valley. There are also several taxi operators in the city. Valley Transit operates routes that generally operate from as early as 5:45 AM until as late as 9:50 PM Monday through Saturday. Frequencies are usually every hour and every half-hour on certain routes during peak morning and afternoon times on weekdays. There is no service on Sunday.
# Employer # of Employees
1 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 1,831
2 Appleton Area School District 1,690
3 Appleton (formally Appleton Papers) 1,535
4 Miller Electric 1,300
5 Outagamie County 1,243
6 Appleton Medical Center 1,230
7 St. Elizabeth Hospital 1,037
8 West Business Services 1,000
9 Valley Packaging Industries 940
10 Voith 770
The city of Appleton has 24 neighborhood parks and four community parks in its park system. The neighborhood parks range in size from two acres to 16 acres, while the community parks range in size from 25 acres to 139 acres.
Memorial Park is the largest of the community parks, covering 139 acres. The park's facilities include: seven baseball/softball fields, playground equipment, an indoor ice skating rink, a sledding hill, a picnic pavilion, a catch and release fishing pond, grills, and a warming shelter.[14] The park provides the firework display for the Appleton community during the 4th of July holiday.
City Park, established in 1882, is the oldest park in the Appleton park system. The Trout Museum of Art uses the park for its Art in the Park showcase. The show features over 200 artists that draw over 25,000 art enthusiasts annually.[15] Pierce Park is the site of weekly Appleton City Band concerts held during the summer, and of the annual Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet. Pierce Park and Telulah Park each feature a disc golf course. Erb Park and Mead Park each feature a public aquatics facility. Jones Park is the site of the finish line for the Santa Scamper run held during the annual Appleton Christmas Parade, and features an outdoor hockey rink in the winter.

In New Orleans, a topless dancer ... is suing a plastic surgeon for $1.5 million. According to the topless dancer, she went in for a bust lift & according to her complaint, she now lost her job because 1 is now larger than the other. But there's a silver lining to this. Even though she lost her job, she was hired as Ronald Reagan's cheerleader when the found out that she leaned to the right. -Johnny Carson 1980

I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity-in important things, diversity-in all things, generosity. -Inaugural Address of President George H.W. Bush

Keep 1 big drawer empty in the living room & swoop any unsightly things (mail, magazines, etc.) into it.

Most counterfeited items entering the U.S. every day top 10:
  1. Shoes
  2. Electronics
  3. Apparel
  4. Handbags, wallets, & backpacks
  5. Media
  6. Computers
  7. Cigarettes
  8. Watches & watch parts
  9. Jewelry
  10. Pharmaceuticals
Phrase "How do you like them apples?" originated when Allied soldiers of WWI lobbed mortar shells known as toffee apples to kill an enemy.

Teach Me Sushi:
This app is a follow up to the Teach Me Sushi app that was featured as the iTunes App of the Week.
This app contains the following rolls:
Shrimp tempura
Volcano roll
Spicy crunchy tuna
Naruto roll
Vegetable nigiri
California roll
Philadelphia roll
Watch a video of the app here:
•8 Tutorial videos teaching you how to make advanced sushi rolls step by step
•Visual step by step photo guides on how to make the different rolls
•A shopping list calculator that will tell you how much of each ingredient you need to buy depending on how many people you are making sushi for
•An equipment list to make sure you have everything you need before you get started
•A built in rice timer that will time how long you need to cook your rice for and then how long to steam it for. Giving you perfect rice every time
•A map based on your GPS position that will show you where you nearest Japanese Supermarket is for you to buy your ingredients from
•An FAQ video in which we answer 4 of the most frequently asked questions from the first Teach Me Sushi app
Once you have made your first few rolls – why don’t you upload them on our Teach Me Sushi Facebook fan page and share your creations? (
We’re also around on this group to answer any questions and respond to feedback at any given time

You might meet a Gemini who has a crush on a Leo w/ mob ties to a Taurus who recently knocked off a Virgo. W/ friends like that I wouldn't even get out of bed today.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

• September 26, 2013 •

Good morning! Busy day yesterday ... I made a boiled egg for breakfast, cleaned the house, got the mail, walked a mile & a half around the loop, got Quicken caught up w/ my accounts, took the dogs out, then had to help someone else & was out for the rest of the day until hubby got home from work. Because of this I wasn't here to record the season premier of Revolution or CSI & w/ our new setup, I absolutely MUST be here to press record on my PC or guess what? No shows. I got home after they both ended & searched 4 different sites for them ... nothing. Amazon, even though they charge us $2 per episode, doesn't have them available for quite a long time after the original airing. It could be days now DAMN IT! DAYS!! . . . ::: 4 hours of venting edited out ::: . . .

25.1 minutes: Average travel time to work in the U.S.

Balcones Del Valle, Mexico:
Thanks to Google Maps I can walk the streets of Mexico without ever leaving my desk. It's very pretty ... no other information on it though. I wish I had the nerve (& the money) to go there for real. :) Soon the money won't be a problem, but I'm WAY too chickenshit to travel out of the country ... especially to Mexico. I think I've seen too many movies. Well, that & my grandmother always told me to NEVER go to Mexico ... white chicks from the U.S. will be grabbed & sold off as slaves. ::: sigh ::: It's one thing for a grandmother to worry about her granddaughter's safety, but did she have to scare the crap out of me? Anyway, I've never had the nerve to go & prove her wrong. I've never even been to California (or a lot of other states for that matter). Leaving the country is something that just scares me. I wouldn't be afraid to go to Canada ... but Mexico? Too bad, it really does look pretty & this isn't even a tourist trap. It's just a completely random part of Mexico pulled out of a  virtual hat. A 937 mile drive south from my driveway. I could be there in 15 hours. Longer if I stopped to sightsee along the way. I'd be passing right through Plano, Dallas, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, & Saltillo, just to name a few!

Color-code each person's bedsheets for instant recognition.

In 2001, Australian patent lawyer John Keogh got an Innovation Patent for a "circular transportation facilitation device," AKA the wheel. He was trying to show the flaws of Australia's new & confusing patent system.

I ran into NBC's crack meteorologist & resident doorstop today, Dr. Frank Field, & I says, "Doctor, what makes the leaves turn color?" And he says, "Well, you tell them a few dirty jokes and they -" -Johnny Carson 1971

The #1 Mobile Travel App. Includes flight and car search, hotel search and booking, flight tracker and My Trips, so you have your full itinerary at your fingertips. And of course, KAYAK is free.
- Compare flight, hotel and car rental deals
- Book your hotel, right in the app. Just choose KAYAK as your booking option
- Track your flight status
- View and manage your trip itinerary
- Look up baggage fees
- Access airline numbers and airport info
Upgrade to the PRO version for neat airport terminal maps.

Memorable Meals:
Memorable Meals is a beautiful app for quickly recording, remembering and sharing your favorite meals, homemade or at a restaurant. Its focused, intuitive design makes it easy and fun to create memory-jogging notes of your favorite dishes. Now you can remember and share all the great meals you experience, with minimum effort.
Memorable Meals features:
• A beautiful, specialized design that makes it fun and easy to record meals
• Photos, voice memos and single-tap quick notes that reduce finger typing
• Editing of your meal records so you can fine-tune or add to them later
• Sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and email
• A meal list you can search, browse or sort to quickly find meal records
How you use it: Start a new record at a restaurant or at home when you have a great meal you know you'll want to remember. Checkboxes, quick notes and voice memos let you enter meal details quickly, with just a few taps. Add to your record by taking a photo or using one from your camera roll. If you're the thorough type, you can add or edit meals later and include details, recipe notes or website links. Then, share your favorite meals with friends and family by email, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. --- Think of Memorable Meals as an extension of the food-loving part of your brain.

Ways to improve your car's speed top 10:
  1. Turbo charger
  2. Synthetic oil
  3. Bigger tires
  4. Nitrous oxide
  5. Performance chips
  6. Exhaust system
  7. Fuel injection
  8. Air induction
  9. Pop-up high compression pistons
  10. Supercharger
When we really, deeply understand each other, we open the door to creative solutions & 3rd alternatives. Our differences are no longer stumbling blocks to communication & progress. Instead, they become stepping stones to synergy.

With Neptune in hiding you're going to get whatever you want this week. A mobile tattoo parlor could be the answer to your dreams. A mobile chili parlor could be the end of your schemes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

✔ September 25, 2013 ✭

Good morning! Relaxing day yesterday. I cleaned the house, went for a mile & a half walk around the loop, got the mail, & then settled down for the day to work on the entrelac afghan until NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, & Chicago Fire came on. When hubby got home we found that the TV tuner worked, I successfully recorded all 3 shows onto my PC & then he hooked up a long HDMI cable from my PC to the living room TV so he could watch the shows. It's still a work in progress, but it worked! Yesterday's Sims game was Exmoor & my Sim Daniel Koffi is a teen in high school. He's been doing his homework. This morning I took the dogs out & loaded up Glenwood Cottage. My Sim Faith (1st gen) is in the university towards a technology degree.

Atioxidant-rich vegetables top 10:
  1. Kale
  2. Spinach
  3. Brussels sprouts
  4. Alfalfa sprouts
  5. Broccoli flowers
  6. Beets
  7. Red bell peppers
  8. Onions
  9. Corn
  10. Eggplant
Before the problems come up, before you try to evaluate & prescribe, before you try to present your own ideas - seek to understand. It's a powerful habit of effective interdependence.

Keep track of your time and earnings at your hourly job, or track time as an independent contractor. Jump in and start a timer with two taps of the finger. Or, track your time by entering in your punch times manually. View your earnings (even overtime!) in the app, or export via e-mail in text or CSV format and work with it however you need to.
* Apple says "makes it easy to keep track of the hours spent on a project" (watch their video at
* lifehacker says "Best Time Tracking App for iPhone"
* Cult of Mac says "easy to use, and a must for freelancers"
* * * * * More than 2,500 all-time 5-star ratings!
+ Tracks your time while you use other apps (or power off your phone!) without running in the background. No extra drain on your battery.
+ Add as many jobs as you need, there’s no limit.
+ Assign a pay rate and HoursTracker will calculate your earnings, even taking overtime into account.
+ Supports daily and weekly overtime with two levels for each. If you get paid time and a half over 8 hours and double-time over 12 hours or by the week (or both!), HoursTracker has you covered.
+ Track your time in real-time by clocking in/out while you work. Watch as time and earnings accumulate in real-time.
+ Already working but forgot to clock in? No problem, use “Start Clock At...” and start counting time from when you started work.
+ Clock in to any number of jobs at a time, or set it up to have only one timer running at a time automatically.
+ Enter time manually -- just choose a start date/time and an end date/time or duration. Add comments, change the hourly rate for that time, and easily subtract breaks.
+ Flexible rounding options to automatically round your time worked can be configured per-job.
+ Set up pay period details and view your time by weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly pay period on the Pay Periods tab.
+ View your time and earnings by day, or by calendar week or month, or by job, on the Entries tab.
+ Receive reminders to clock in/out based on your location. Or, choose to be clocked in/out automatically as you come and go.
+ See your jobs in nearest-first order. No more scrolling around to find the right client or job.
+ Powerful custom tagging and display filtering let you build custom views of your data.
+ Date formats and currency symbols respect your device’s international settings.
+ Export data via e-mail in text or CSV formats in the message body or attachment. Export all jobs, or any selection of jobs, for all-time or between any two dates. Combine all entries into one daily summary, or export each one including the clock in / out times.
+ Full edit and delete of jobs and hours worked. Easily copy a job if a new job will have similar settings.
+ Passcode lock lets you keep your HoursTracker data private without needing to put a passcode on your entire device.
+ Basic cloud data backup/restore included free with the app. Cloud Subscription adds automatic backups, restoring data to any number of devices, and viewing your reports and exports on the web. iTunes File Sharing is also enabled for backup/restore, so you can keep your data entirely under your control if you prefer.
Make the most out of HoursTracker by setting up your preferences in the app, under the More tab. For additional screenshots and more information, visit our website at
If you love HoursTracker please consider writing a review in the app store. Find us at For support, use the Get Help button in the app (under the More tab)
Please write to us instead of submitting bugs or questions in an App Store review. We can't respond to reviews.

Most delicious & least-known fruits top 10:
  1. African cucumber
  2. Dragon fruit
  3. Durian
  4. Kumquat
  5. Mangosteen
  6. Star fruit
  7. Lychee
  8. Passion fruit
  9. Jackfruit
  10. Rambutan
Serving Sizer Recipe Converter:
Customize recipes for families, couples, large or small groups. This app does what a regular cookbook can't--instantly scales all ingredients based on number of guests coming to dinner!
✭ Also converts between Metric & US measures
✭Featured by Apple in Party Planner, Apps for Foodies✭
Easily convert entire recipes using serving sizes--no more fraction math! Save favorites and revise recipe for latest guest size in a snap.
✭Got a family of 5? Scale 4 serving recipes to 5--less leftovers than just doubling a recipe. A lifesaver especially for parents on a budget.
✭Holiday dinner guest lists change yearly. Change 6-serving recipe to 14 one year, then to 9 the next.
✭Dinner for 1 tonight, but you don't want 3 days of leftovers. Convert that 4 serving recipe to a 1-person meal.
✭You're catering a big event for 100. Scale up an 8 serving recipe for a crowd. Serving Sizer Pro™ will calculate the right amounts to buy and make. Resize for a different sized group next time.
✭Sure, anyone can double a recipe from 4 to 8 servings, but what if you have 10 people coming and don't want to run out of meat? Calculate how many pounds to buy for your dinner party.
✭Got a cookbook from Europe, and amounts are all in metric? Serving Sizer Pro can help here too--one tap toggle to change between US and Metric units
Not sure if Pro is right for you? Try our lighter version: Serving Sizer recipe converter--calculates one ingredient at a time.
• Scale recipes by serving size
• Easy entry—pick from over 500 ingredients, or add your own
• Easy entry—select fractional amounts and units using beautifully designed sliders for fractions, volumes, weights, & items, like eggs
• Special display for cooking—scaled ingredients and directions all on one screen
• Scaled amounts optimized for minimum number of steps and common units, such as 1 cup & 1 Tbsp, instead of 17 tablespoons
• Double, triple, & halve buttons to convert quickly to common recipe conversions
• One tap to convert between US & Metric units
• No logins or website accounts required
• Email scaled recipes to friends and family
• Backup recipe database to iCloud Backup, iTunes.Use iTunes File Sharing for extra backups.
✔ Holiday feasts where recipes are increased to serve more people
✔ Dinner parties for non-standard number of people
✔ Great for parents cooking odd-sized servings
✔ Meals for one or two
✔ Catering for crowds
✔ Convert European based recipes into a US format or US to Metric
"TERRRIFIC tool for moms"
"It even converts the mysterious American cup measurements in my slow cooker recipe book to something useful."-PC in the UK
"I use it at holidays to try out my favorite recipes on my big family. Having it [mobile] allows me to use Serving Sizer easily in my kitchen or at my parents' house"-Ralph P
"Most of my favorite cookbooks are for 4-8 servings. Serving Sizer provides a simple way to reduce recipes for the two of us. Thanks so much for this simple tool!"-Karen R
"Do a lot of cooking for different sized groups of people?...Not only can you quickly reduce a four serving recipe to dinner for two, but also can use recipes from other countries easily and accurately...ideal for caterers who want to expand a smaller recipe to serving sizes for large crowds....Anyone who cooks will enjoy the convenience..."-Handheld Computing
Also available from Creative Algorithms:
★ Trip Boss™ travel manager, available in 4 versions. Expenses, Budgets, Itinerary, or keep a Journal
★ Date Wheel date calculator - calculate time between two dates in months, weeks, days, & bus. days. Save for future reference
Creative Algorithms is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: all
Categories: Parents

Shop when stores are at their emptiest - early morning or late evening. The weekends are the worst time.

Silbo Gomero, a language in the Canary Islands, is whistled, not spoken.

Stars will be disturbed by a rogue comet this week & you might be disturbed by some tainted lunchmeat. Be prepared to make a connection between the rogue sandwich & vapor trails you're leaving in the hallway. Wear a disguise & blame the smell on a coworker.

We're now officially in autumn. I tell you that because you probably came from the east out here. And autumn in California doesn't quite make it ... you know back east the leaves turn, & the air is nice, & there's a nip in the air. Here in California, it doesn't make it. I was walking through Beverly Hills today & I saw an old man raking all his plastic plants into a pile & burning them because fall is here. -Johnny Carson 1984

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

○ September 24, 2013 ○

Good morning! I have it ... my annual fall cold. It sure didn't waste any time getting here. Yesterday began the fall season of TV & I was right here & ready for it. I have to be, no more DirecTV or DVR ... if I'm not sitting here when it airs, I don't get to see it. I tried the record option from the guide that came with the TV tuner for the PC, but it didn't work. In fact, the whole TV tuner thing isn't working today. I turned it on, found a channel, went full screen, & it crashed. After that, whenever I try to open it up, it says no tuner available. ::: sigh ::: At least I have the converter box in the bedroom for tonight's shows. Yesterday was productive. The FD got toned out to a med call, I cleaned the house, got the mail, took the dogs out, made lunch, then found ALL of our TV shows ... what nights & times they're on, which ones will be available on Amazon, etc. Then I went through & cleaned out my PC & moved my saved Sims games back onto the flash drive. Then it was time for the 1st show of the season ... Mom. How that show is supposed to be funny, I don't know. All it did was piss me off. I'll see if it gets any better as it progresses. During Mom they played a lot of previews for Hostages, so I watched that too until hubby got home from work. Yesterday's Sims game was Paristyler Villa & my Sim has been visiting all the public areas of town. This morning I took the dogs out & loaded up Exmoor. My Sim Daniel Koffi (2nd gen) is still in high school & has been doing his homework. Big news! Today I introduce a new section to this blog ... "Location of the Day". A purely random location in the U.S. (usually). Perfect for road trips, RVing, or just reading up on other places in our great nation. No, I haven't been to any of these places. I wish! I'm just doing the online research on them & bringing my findings to you.

Alcoholic drinks excluding wine & beer top 10:
  1. Absinthe
  2. Whiskey
  3. Brandy
  4. Gin
  5. Tequila
  6. Vodka
  7. Bourbon
  8. Mezcal
  9. Rum
  10. Herbal liqueur
Filterstorm has been designed from the ground up to meet your iPad and iPhone photo editing needs. Using a uniquely crafted touch interface, Filterstorm allows for more intuitive editing than its desktop counterparts with a toolset designed for serious photography. A favorite of Photojournalists, Filterstorm is at home in a professional workflow, or for anyone who simply wants to get the most out of their pictures while on the road.
Filterstorm contains a suite of powerful tools including layers, curves manipulation, color correction abilities, noise reduction, sharpening, vignetting, and black and white conversion fine-tuning. It also includes the powerful ability to adjust masks by brush, color range, gradient, and vignettes.
Tutorial videos are available at and are linked to from within the app.
• Layers (Max 5 at a time. When a 6th is added, the bottom two layers will be automatically merged)
• Ability to apply adjustments to entire image, by brush, gradient, color range, vignette, or selecting opacity.
• Send images via Email, FTP,SFTP, Flickr, Dropbox, Twitter, and Facebook
• Export high-res images. Suggested max: 22MP (iPad2/iPhone4S), 7.5MP (iPhone 4), 5MP (iPad 1)
• Save edits as automations to apply to other images
• Edit masks with brushes (adjustable size, softness, and opacity)
• Edit masks with gradients
• Edit masks by color selection
• Edit masks by vignette
• Combine multiple images using layers and masks
• Curves: Luminance, RGB, Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
• Levels tool: Luminance, RGB, Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
• Autoexposure
• Brightness/Contrast
• Shadows/Highlights
• Color balance
• White point picker
• Temperature
• Saturation
• Text tool
• Black and white fine-tuning
• Image editing History
• Cropping, with the ability to specify aspect ratio
• Scaling/Scale to Fit
• Rotation & Image Straightening
• Add Borders
• Combine multiple exposures
• Vignetting (circular, or oval scaled to image aspect ratio)
• Sharpen
• Tone map (Simulated HDR)
• Blur
• Noise reduction
• Add noise
• Clone Tool
• Numerous layer blend modes
• EXIF support for JPEG and some RAWs
• IPTC support: For a full list of supported metadata tags, visit Filterstorm's website at
Recommended by "Rough Guide to the iPad"
"Filterstorm was designed for the iPad from the beginning, and is a study in limitation and excellence." - App Craver
"While Filterstorm certainly won’t replace your image-optimization workflow on your desktop computer, it can prove useful (and fun) enough that you will want to put it to use for quick adjustments to fine-tune an image you want to share via your iPad. " - Digital Photo Pro

I know why I feel good today. I'll tell you. I had a very profitable day today. I had 2 gold fillings removed from my teeth & bought a condominium. -Johnny Carson 1980

Just because you're underwater doesn't mean you can't play hockey! Octopush is a sport where you compete to push a puck across the bottom of a swimming pool into goals.

Person w/ a foreign accent will approach you w/ clues about your future. Pretend you know what they're saying, point behind them & yell, "Glockenstubel!" at the top of your lungs & when they turn to look, run for your life.

San Giovanni, Italy:
I couldn't find a lot of information on San Giovanni, Italy, but Italy is a place I've always wanted to visit. San Giovanni is off the beaten path & probably a place I'd like to see since it doesn't seem to be in the middle of all the tourist traps like the major cities. I wish I could have found more information other than a weather report ... which translates to an average high of 62°F this week. Sounds nice! If any of you have been to San Giovanni, I would welcome pictures &/or info. You have your choice of 
Anonymous or full credit. :) Safe travels!

Set a time limit & use a timer to finish a task. You'll be surprised by how much you can accomplish when you're racing the clock.

Shazam recognizes music and media playing around you. Tap the Shazam button to instantly match, and then explore, buy and share. You can Shazam as much as you want!
Once you’ve tagged something, you can:
○ Buy from iTunes (and find others by the same artist)
○ Watch the videos on YouTube
○ Share tags on Shazam Friends
○ Use LyricPlay to sing along to streamed lyrics
○ Check out the artist’s bio and discography
You can also:
○ Preview and save your favorite tags
○ Share tags on Twitter, Facebook & G+
○ Explore what’s popular around the world with Shazam’s Interactive Maps
○ Tag without coverage, Shazam will match when you have a connection
Want Shazam but without the advertising? Upgrade to Shazam Encore, it only takes a few taps.
○ Previewing and buying music requires the iTunes music store in your country. Previews are courtesy of iTunes.
○ Lyrics and LyricPlay™ available: US, CA, UK, FR, IT, DE, ES, AU, NZ

Time you invest to deeply understand the people you love brings tremendous dividends in open communication. Many of the problems that plague families & marriages simply don't have time to fester & develop. The communication becomes so open that potential problems can be nipped in the bud.

Monday, September 23, 2013

• September 23, 2013 •

Good morning! A long but productive weekend is behind me & the weather is still beautiful! Love it!! :) Saturday I got the mail & then headed out to Greenville to check out a dealership. Saw a NICE black Mustang & it was so tempting. Recently I've been searching for the "Empty Nest Mobile". I've spent the past 2 decades & about a decade before that (3 decades) driving large vehicles. The 1st decade it was for work, the past 2 decades it was so our children would be safe. I wanted as much space inside as I could get & something
large that could take on most anything. In my truck I mostly only worry about getting hit by busses or trains. :) Once our youngest leaves the nest in June though, I can ... for the 1st time ever ... get a tiny 2-seater, convertible, manual transmission sports car. My 'Empty Nest Mobile'. The black Mustang was cool, but a little large for what I was looking for, not a convertible, & not a manual transmission. A Miata is at the top of my list. A Pontiac Solstice is 2nd. On the way home we stopped at Fry's & picked up a TV tuner for my PC & an outdoor antenna. Saturday we hooked up the tuner card & got it working. Saturday's Sims game was the Criminal career & my Sim Renesmee is in the university on a distinguished phys ed award & has been going to classes. Sunday I went to work, took the dogs out, went to work again, made a boiled egg for breakfast, went to work at the other house, went to Taco Bell for lunch, went to work a 3rd time, showered, went through the Sunday paper, took the dogs out, went through my PDF files, cleared out my LCFD e-mail, checked out YouTube, then went to work on all the TVs again. With the TV tuner on the PC working, I went ahead & assembled the large antenna. With not enough cord to run it from the PC to outside, I just stuck it in my office (it's large, but it's not a huge mast antenna for the roof ... I'm not THAT crazy). It works well in here & there are only a couple channels I can't pick up this way. Now all I need is a LONG HDMI cable that can run from my PC to the large TV in the living room so we can watch live TV & our recorded shows in there. With the TV tuner on my PC, I no longer needed the TV & converter box out here in the kitchen so I moved it back into the bedroom w/ the large indoor antenna (the large outdoor antenna stayed on the PC). From the bedroom setup I can pick up whatever channels I was missing in here, but am missing a couple in there that I get in here. Funny. For example, I can't get channel 8 WFAA out here in my office, but I can pick it up just fine from the bedroom. It's all in the antenna direction. The antenna is in the only place I could put it out here in my office due to its short cable & large size, so that's OK. Once we get a longer cable, it'll be mounted outside, facing south. This will get EVERY available channel since I'm doing quite well & only missing a couple with it inside & facing east. Here's a note to anyone reading this who watches TV on their PC using Windows Media Center: If you haven't upgraded to Win8 yet, before you do, keep in mind that Windows Media Center has been REMOVED! You can ADD it ... for $100. As much as I enjoyed Windows Media Center in Windows 7, I'm NOT going to pay $100 to get it back in Win8. When everything was done last night we sat down & finally watched Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was GREAT! Yesterday's Sims game was Springmanor & my Sim Lewis is in the university on a distinguished fine arts award. He's been going to classes. This morning I woke up to another beautiful day! I took the dogs out & started up a new game in Sims. This one is Peristyler Villa (2nd pic). My Sim is Yvette (1st gen). She hates the outdoors, is a coward, computer whiz, & kleptomaniac w/ no sense of humor. Her lifetime wish is 'Posession is 9/10 of the Law' which is to possess $50k in stolen property. She likes vegetarian dim sum, custom music, & the color spiceberry. She won't be going to the university since she won't be working outside the home. Instead, she's going to just constantly visit as many places & people as she can until she steals enough 'stuff' to make her lifetime wish come true. Her furry companion is a Himalyn cat named Faith who is playful, lazy, & destructive.

American cats live the good life - 75% sleep in bed w/ people (in addition to mine).

How many watched the Emmy show? Okay. This hasn't been a good year for NBC. I tell you. The actors didn't show up. And the problem - usually the trouble w/ NBC's programs is the actors show up. -Johnny Carson 1980

Most well-known fairy tales top 10:
  1. Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs
  2. Cinderella
  3. Little Red Riding Hood
  4. Goldilocks & the 3 Bears
  5. Beauty & the Beast
  6. The Frog Prince
  7. Hansel & Gretel
  8. Pinocchio
  9. The 3 Little Pigs
  10. The Little Mermaid
Out of Milk:
* Best shopping list app for your phone *
Have you ever returned from grocery shopping and realized you forgot that one item you really needed? Then Out of Milk is the perfect app for you! Out of Milk is the best app for creating and sharing Grocery Lists.
* Awards and Recognition for Out of Milk *
Positively reviewed by the WSJ: 'The Out of Milk app is straightforward and offers three main list functions: shopping, pantry and to do.'
Babble: '#1 of Top 25 Apps For Moms'
Nielsen: 'Top 10 Most-Used Shopping Apps'
C-NET How To: 'Simplify your grocery shopping...'
Mashable: 'Grocery List Apps That Make Shopping, Syncing Lists Simple'
Why you need this app:
• Simplify your Grocery Shopping
• Share and email lists easily with friends and family instantly
• Manage your shopping lists online at our website
• Cross platform - Out of Milk is available on all major platforms
• Save money by keeping track of what's in your pantry and having an organized shopping list before going to the store
• Save time by keeping track of your tasks in Out of Milk's integrated to-do lists
App features
• Built in sync to make sure your data is always safe and secure
• Gets smarter the more you use it - Out of Milk remembers your items to help you enter them faster in the future
• Integrated barcode scanner to make adding items to your lists simple and fun
• Create as many lists as you need
• Organize your lists by custom categories
• Send lists by email and text
• Use the product history to keep track of your purchases
Contact Us
Have questions or want to give us some feedback? We will help you any way we can through

People don't have to open up verbally before you can empathize ... You can be discerning, sensitive, & aware & you can live outside your autobiography when that is needed.

Robinson Crusoe was inspired by the real life experiences of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who was marooned on an uninhabited island for 4 years.

Slip old socks onto your hands for an inexpensive & fast way to dust. It's an especially great way to clean venetian blinds.

Write the words "Rake Me" in a co-worker's desktop Zen garden.

Your lucky words this week are: kybo, hoochie-coochie, & Kevin.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21, 2013

Good afternoon! What a perfect, beautiful day yesterday! Today is beautiful too w/ a forecasted high of only 83. I love it! Lots of stuff yesterday. 1st of all, I changed from V2 e-cigs pre-filled carts to the clear blank cartridges & a bottle of liquid. I like them! Smoking now only costs me pennies a pack. WOOHOO! I started out yesterday by going to work, came back & made eggs over for breakfast, did my treadmill time, showered, ran a laptop charger up to the high school, went back to work, was treated to KFC for lunch, came back & got 2 packages from UPS, got the mail, the FD got toned out to a down tree & a med call, I took the trash out, checked up on Ravelry, took the dogs out, played Bejeweled on the Wii for a little bit, & then headed off to the football game (pics). It was perfect & beautiful out! Not too hot, not too cold. I got there before the game started & stayed through
the end. I even got a cheeseburger, fries, Dr Pepper, & M&Ms for dinner. Yesterday's Sims game was Nottingham & my Sim Queen aged up into a child. She's been working on her cooking skill on the toy oven & going to school. Today is another beautiful day! I have the A/C off & the doors open. I'll probably just open everything up as the day progresses. It's that time of year. :D I love the fresh air! I took the dogs out & loaded up the Criminal career game in Sims. My Sim Renesmee Schlick is in the university on a distinguished phys ed award.

3rd  Punic War between Rome & Carthage, which started in 149 BC, was finally formally "ended" over 2,000 years later w/ a peace treaty between the 2 cities' mayors in 1985.

20@ puts your favorite people in the palm of your hand. And with built-in shortcuts, you can call content directly into your chats in a lightening fast way (we call it SEARCH@).
When a good friend tells you something, you want to do it! And 20@ let’s you:
1) Have multiple micro-group chats just like in your real life; and (2) use search@ to quickly find and bring what you’re looking for into your message conversations.
The outcome is group discovery and doing more stuff. 20@ lets you find it the very moment you’re thinking about it! Now you’re searching with friends.
What’s different in 20@?
* Social Speed-Dial: Organize your friends into easy screens of 20 (face-based)
* Get FB, Twitter (with less noise): 20@ fetches your social streams (choose to only see close-friends activity too!)
* Search@: We re-did search on mobile, so it’s more like the way you do it!
Forget the noise and clutter, and interact more with the people and things that really matter.
Search@ will be everywhere (API coming soon!)
Anyone including you, can instantly have great mobile presence to be discovered and engaged. Our approach is already changing the future of mobile search.

*** Price reduced on the most feature-packed parking app on the app store! ***
* WINNER: Macworld Best of Show * Top 5 Navigation App on US App Store * "Most Useful App" award iPhoneDevCamp * Works worldwide *
-- Say Goodbye to Parking Tickets --
*Version 1.3 with support for iOS 5 * Alarms require iOS 4.1 or above.*
AutoPark turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into an essential driving companion, featuring: parking meter timer alerts w/ local and remote push notifications, parked-car finder w/ GPS, parking-lot position reminder, text and image notes, rich email sharing, and search for nearby services.
If you drive a car then you'll want AutoPark. Use it once and you'll never want to drive without it again.
"AutoPark looks great, works elegantly, and incorporates enough clever extra niceties to deserve a spot of its own on your iPhone." -- 4.5 out of 5 mice Macworld review.
"Paid for itself in one day" (5-stars) - User review.
- Meter Timer: AutoPark keeps track of time remaining on your parking meter so you can get back before you get a ticket. Get early-warning and meter-expired alarms. Let your iPhone save you money for a change.
- Car-finder: Place a marker on a map where you parked your car, then easily find your way back with the iPhone's built-in GPS.
- Parking Lots: Forgot where you parked in a big shopping mall or multi-story lot? No problem. With a few taps keep track of parking lot name, slot number, floor, color code, or section. No more wandering around lots carrying heavy bags.
- Notes and Photos: Write a note or use the iPhone's camera to take a picture and remind yourself where you parked. Also handy for remembering what your rental car looks like.
- Pre-paid Machines: Supports both time elapsed (i.e. 60m left) and clock time (i.e. valid until 11:30am) printed on tags from pre-paid ticket machines.
- Nearby Services: Search for local services near your current location, parked car, addressbook contact, or just enter an address. Have time to kill and want a cup of coffee? It can't get easier. v1.3 ships with support for:
- Banks
- Bars
- Carwashes
- Coffee shops
- Fast Food
- Fire stations
- Florists
- Gas stations
- Hospitals
- Locksmiths
- Parking lots
- Pharmacies
- Police stations
- Post Offices
- Repair service
- Restaurants
- Local Push Notification Alerts: Get alarms even when running another app or if your phone is buried in your pocket. With sound, vibration, and text alerts there's no way to miss it.
- Email: Send a formatted email message from AutoPark with all your parking data, including embedded map and attached picture. Easy way to arrange a rendezvous back at the car or when parking at the airport for a long trip.
- All maps now in standard, satellite, or hybrid (satellite+street) views.
- Extensive built-in Help: Still have questions and need to get in touch? Send tech support messages directly from inside the app.
- Graphics: Beautiful, efficient 'one-look' user interface helps you quickly see everything you need to know on a single screen.
- Use with your car, motorcycle, RV, car-share service (e.g. City CarShare or ZipCar), or travel rental.
- Practically pays back for itself the first time you make it back to your car on time and avoid a ticket.
Please visit to submit feature requests or bug reports. There is no way for us to respond to App Store reviews. Thank you.
Please note: features requiring GPS, phone, or camera will only work on the iPhone. The iPod Touch does not have the necessary hardware. However, iPod Touches can still be used for tracking meter times and parking lot reminders. Maps, email, push notifications, and nearby services will require WiFi access.
More info, including screenshots, screencasts, and FAQs at

Don't push; be patient; be respectful.

Double wrap your underwear today. Don't ask why, just do it. If you're already at work this is a good time to remind you to have an extra pair of emergency undies in your drawer at all times.

May a weird city councilman zone your sister as a business district.

Take a different route during your walk. You're bound to see something you have nver noticed before.

Uses for a single red brick top 10:
  1. Bookend
  2. Bug masher
  3. Doorstop
  4. Hold down picnic tablecloth
  5. Brace a wobbly badminton pole
  6. Place in a toilet tank to save water
  7. Add to a brick wall or brick path in need
  8. Chip off a corner & use as sidewalk chalk
  9. Boat ballast for a toy boat
  10. Place inside a large plant pot or Christmas tree stand for stability
Wear wheeled shoes to work & glide around the office on them all day.