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Fortune Cookie

April 4, 2010 Leave a comment

My fortune cookie: ‘No entertainment is so cheap as reading nor any pleasure so lasting.’

Categories: quotes and lyrics

Blogging again

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I think I’m going to try and blog on a regular basis again – even if it’s just a favorite quote or thought of the day.

Last night we created a facebook page for the dog because we’re dorks like that. I hope he doesn’t end up with more friends than me. That would just be sad.

There was also plenty of wine drinking. We used to open a couple bottles every week or at least every couple weeks but it’s been months since we did that – it was a great throwback to how we were.

After sleeping in (darn wine headaches!) we didn’t do much of anything – I was hoping to get more work done outside but the weather wasn’t exactly working with us. We did run to Target but didn’t get anything special. Tonight Jeremy went to see Hot Tub Time Machine but I decided to stay home to read and clean – I’ve finished Handle with Care and Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter. Both were worth the read – a lot of people don’t like Jodi Picoult but I’m a fan.

Categories: about me

Do you have enough time?

March 31, 2010 2 comments

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

– H. Jackson Brown

Categories: quotes and lyrics

Foundation for Ashley’s Dream

March 30, 2010 1 comment

A friend (Kim) passed this along. She’s friends with Ashley’s family – it really hit home for me because it happened in Metro-Detroit.

By Mitch Albom, “Dreams Deferred 1997”

Last in a series on the heartbreaks and hopes of unsung Detroit area athletes.

A thin drizzle fell that night, giving the streets an oily sheen under the lights. It was just past midnight, Monday turning to Tuesday, and a teenager named Tim Doil was driving through Troy with two friends, coming home from a high school graduation party. It was warm. Early June. They had Puff Daddy on the radio, singing “I’ll Be Missing You.” They were heading east.

In the intersection up ahead, Crooks and Long Lake , Doil noticed a black Grand Prix coming west. And from the corner of his eye, to his right, he saw a white Trans Am moving fast from the south. Doil instinctively stepped on his brakes, even though the Trans Am had a red light. Something funny about the speed.

One second later, with the disbelief of seeing someone fall out a window, Doil watched the Trans Am run that red light and plow broadside into the Grand Prix, splitting it in two. There was a loud boom, smashing glass, sparks and smoke and pieces of metal flying.

And then, there was silence.

“God, did you see that!” Doil yelled to his pals. He pulled his blue Oldsmobile to a safe spot, shut off the engine and jumped out. Near the median curb he saw the first body, a young man with blond hair. He was face down in a bloody mess. Doil had never seen a dead person before, but he was pretty sure he was looking at one now.

Just a few feet away, there was another young man, dark-haired. He was facing up, barely breathing. Doil kneeled down and squeezed his hand.

“Hey.” Doil said.

The young man gurgled. There was blood everywhere. Doil saw the eyes close and felt the life slip out of the young man’s fingers. He let them go.

From the middle of the street, he heard the wounded howl of a woman in paid. He ran to join his buddies, who were already around her. It was so eerie, all these bodies in the rain.

“What’s your name?” he asked the woman.

“Lori,” she moaned. She had been driving the white Trans Am, but had been hurled out by the impact. She was bruised and bleeding, in her dying hour. But out of shock, she tried to lift herself, as if to get up to go.

“Stay down,” Doil and his friends kept saying. “You hear the sirens?.Help is coming.Everything will be all right.”

By now, a few other motorists had stopped, and someone shined a flashlight in the woman’s eyes, which kept rolling back in their sockets. Then Doil heard a voice yell, “There’s another one, over here!”

He ran to an area by some small trees, where the back half of the Grand Prix had landed. He swallowed hard. What he saw was the worst of all. It was a girl, or it been a girl, in a plaid shirt and jeans. She lay against the wreckage in a pool of bloody water. A few minutes earlier, Doil guessed, she had been the same as him, alive, laughing, maybe 17 or 18, on her way home for the night.

And now the look.

Drink, drink, drive, die. This is the story of a killer, only the killer is a decision to get behind a wheel. This time it killed in Troy , a place where children still shine, where they leave their parents dazzled by their achievements. Three of the brightest lights you could ever imagine were in that black Grand Prix, that night, sober and happy. And now their fathers cry in the middle of the afternoon, and their mothers wait longingly for them to somehow burst through the door, still young, still laughing.

Drink, drink, drive, die. This is the story of everyone that killer decision destroyed. And what really kills you is that it didn’t have to happen.

Full .pdf of article is available here.

Visit Foundation for Ashley’s Dream.

Categories: quotes and lyrics

Win $100 Cash at the Ultimate Money Blog

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Mrs. Money is giving away $100. To be entered to win, check out the blog post here: Ultimate Money Blog

Categories: giveaways

computer not turning on?

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

My poor laptop finally bit the dust…

Or so I thought.

Right now we have a graveyard of computers – two Dell desktops are sitting unused in our second bedroom/office/scrapbooking room. One won’t even power up properly and the other can’t connect to the internet. We’ve been surviving off my old (2001-ish) laptop which has been fine because it’s nice to be able to have one of us on the laptop and the other watching tv or playing video games (that’s him, not me). But when we went to turn the poor old thing on a few days ago it wouldn’t turn on. 😦 I figured it had just crashed and burned and was no more, but upon further inspection I discovered it appers it’s just the cable going from the a/c adaptor to the computer (the battery can’t hold a charge, so though it’s a laptop, it’s not really anymore).

I went to dell.com via my cell phone and discovered they still do make ac adapters – for $66 + shipping.

Uh, you can get new computers for $300-400 (if you’re cheap like me and don’t care about the fancy widgets).

But … searching amazon today at work I discovered ac adapters on a great sites called Amazon 😉 for only $12! I spent more in overnight shipping than I did on the actual adapter itself.

Hopefully I’ll be back to my own computer in no time.

Still keeping an eye out for a fantabulous deal on a new one though.

Categories: to do

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

EDIT: Apparently the booksigning is now 5:30pm on Friday. I’m guessing she won’t be there long as she’s supposed to be in downtown Detroit for a show at the Fox at 8pm.

In this new, no-holds-barred account of life on the ridiculous side, Chelsea mines the wealth of material that is her family, her sex life, her career, and her distinctively outrageous worldview.

Discussion and booksigning this Friday for metro-Detroiters:

April 2, 2010: 3pm5:30
(Wristbands for line placement will be given out when the store opens)
Borders Books in Birmingham
34300 Woodward
Birmingham, MI
248-203-0005

Categories: to do

Michigan Earth Day Fest

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey Michiganders – mark your calenders!

MI Earth Day Fest will be held over the weekend of April 23rd-25th in downtown Rochester. The festival is free and open to the public. It will offer 200+ exhibits, informative presentations, lively music & entertainment, organic food and drink, kids’ crafts & activities, free massage and wellness activities, door prizes and samples, networking – all focused on earth-friendly, healthy living. Special activities include a parade, a trail run and and an evening-hours Party for the Planet. For more information visit miearthday.com.

Categories: green living

Couple Money Netbook Giveaway

March 21, 2010 1 comment

Couplemoney.com is giving away a netbook. To be entered to win, check out the blog post here: couplemoney.com

Categories: giveaways

Groupon Detroit is finally here!

March 12, 2010 Leave a comment

This is going to sound salesy and I’m including my referral link but it’s not because I want you to sign up so I can make money from you, it’s because I’ve actually already signed up for two of these deals so I think it’s worth signing up for.

groupon.com sends an e-mail each morning with the deal of the day. I’ve signed up for a $15 wine tasting for two in Royal Oak at Vintner’s Cellar and a $25 gift certificate to Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery (my whole family loves their food) for $10. There have been deals I’ve passed on – two months of unlimited yoga at a studio in Grosse Pointe (just too far for me to drive) and plenty of restaurants. There was even $35 for $100 worth of salon services at a salon in Ferndale.

Anyways, sign up (it’s free) and if you like the deals keep getting the e-mails, if you don’t you can just unsubscribe. 🙂

Here’s the link: groupon.com. There are groupons in a lot of cities – the Detroit one is only a couple weeks old and I’m loving it!

Categories: couponing, favorites