Sunday, July 29, 2007

Last week of Holidays

Fun with toys
Okay, I admit it. I'm a geek. I love playing with any new widget, program, game, tech thingy, or gadget that comes around. I've used "My Yahoo" as my homepage on my computer for a few years now. Just recently, I've gotten into the iGoogle page, and I just love it--so far.
With a little surfing, I found another toy that helped with the above graphic. For some of the work that I like to do, I did not have a decent screen capture utility. I found a good one--and it's freeware at that. It was the first program that I found using the freeware widget on iGoogle, called Softoria. I love graphic programs, and I have many that I use for different purposes. None of my graphic programs had a decent screen cap utility, and if they did they were bulky and generally a pain to use. I also like the google notebook utility. It can be loaded into Firefox as an add on and therefore staying active whenever you need it. Note book attaches itself to the iGoogle home page if you have it loaded into Firefox. Google Docs and Spreadsheets is another handy utility. I'm finding now that I don't load Works, or Word Perfect to write any documents anymore. And it even publishes to blogger with just a click. Unless I'm drawing or doing other graphic work, I'm finding now that the only program I have open is Firefox. Well except for Diablo II, I have to play my game now and then.

Cheering Squad Update

Almost had to put out an amber alert on Gale Martin. Her blog has been idle since last Sunday, but she just posted twice today on her blog.
That made the cheering squad President just a little white knuckled. Logging up six more pages to the tally Gem. And I believe, another Gem Rocks!
Just some interesting facts
  • If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it when Tim Horton's is just down the street.)
  • The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (O.M.G.! Could you imagine if the prostate could pump like that!)
  • A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (In my next life, I want to be a pig.)
  • A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy, but I'm still not over the pig.)
  • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (Do not try this at home.......maybe at work.)
  • The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. ("Honey, I'm home. What the....?!")
  • The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. (30 minutes...can you imagine??)
  • The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. (What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)
  • Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (I still want to be a pig in my next life...quality over quantity.)
  • Butterflies taste with their feet. (Something I always wanted to know.)
  • The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmmmmmm........Lola did you know....)
  • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. (If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)
  • Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (OK....... so that would be a good thing....)
  • A cat's urine glows under a black light. (I wonder who was paid to figure that out? That would sure screw up some CSI episodes)
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I work with know some people like that.)
  • Starfish have no brains. (I work with know some people like that too.)
  • Polar bears are left-handed. (If they switch, they'll live a lot longer.)
  • Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (Oh yeah! What about that pig??)
And my Google Gold Picture of the Week

Mannequin Implants??

Now it looks as though even mannequins are getting fake ones.
If two negatives make a positive, then it follows that mind.

Monday, July 23, 2007

There's an Amber alert out for Frank

Just a week into my holidays and it seems that things are falling apart at the HnH. Mugs, bless her soul, has put an APB out on my whereabouts. It's okay Mugs, there's only a week left.

UCS's Monday Mailer

The Unofficial Cheering Squad is now 12 days old. In that short time Gale Martin has completed 23.5 pages of her novel bringing her manuscript to 43.5 pages total!. I was going to email this post directly to Gale, but Gale received her first Gem Rocks! Yes, Gale doubled her quota of 3 pages for every post on her blog, and she treated us with two posts to boot! So while Gale was treating herself to a lovely walk, I hit the programs and the net.
And I struck Writer's gold:

The Writer's Prayer

Open my mind, Lord. Grant me the talent to write with clarity and style, so my words go down rich and smooth, like fine wine, and leave my reader thirsty for more.

Open my heart, Lord. Grant me the sensitivity to understand my characters--their hopes, their wants, their dreams--and help me to confer that empathy to my reader.

Open my soul, Lord, so I may be a channel to wisdom and creativity from beyond my Self. Stoke my imagination with vivid imagery and vibrant perception.

But most of all, Lord, help me to know the Truth, so my fiction is more honest than actuality and reaches the depths of my reader's soul.

Wrap these gifts with opportunity, perseverance, and the strength to resist those who insist it can't be done.


-- Sandy Tritt

(c)copyright 1999, Sandy Tritt. All rights reserved. The Writers Prayer

UCS Members

"We are all rooting for you and sending creative juices your way. Feel the vibe, Gale,......feel the blog vibe. We are proud of you!" - Mimi

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Must have over slept???? Now Pandora's in the House

Well, I was keeping good track of my sleeps till Rod Serling barged in unannounced at the HnH. I think I'd be at -10 sleeps now. So, what was I counting down anyhow? Well, a few things. I started this blog when I went on holidays last July, so now I'm on holidays, and the HnH is a year old. Happy (belated) Blogday HnH! The funny thing is the day I started my holidays this July is the day that new owners completed the sale of the hotel I work at. For the past three to four months the hotel has been really strange because the old owners wanted to keep it a secret until the sale was finalized. Hotels are the weirdest places to try to keep secrets. If the truth isn't spelled out for everyone right away, someone will catch on and start telling the little that they do know. Then the rumor mill starts. Then confusion sets in. And, in some cases, anger shows it's beastly head, but when the green light is given to let the truth out, a whole new Pandora's box is opened (because the sale was kept secret in the first place). And it's opened while I'm on holiday's. This may or may not be a good thing---but the timing of my holidays was set by my General Manager, I only asked that it be some time in the summer (summers are very short up here, so she had a few days to think about when I would go). I'm just hoping that Pandora and I have a few things in common.


I have to look at the bright side. I may have a new set of challenges at work that, by meeting these challenges, may or may not get noticed by the new owners, but I'll meet the challenges head on. I may end up with a totally different job description. This alone could prove interesting. I may even be replaced, therefore more time for playing with my blog buddies. Or nothing may change at all. One thing that is of concern though, is not only am I the night manager of the hotel, but Lola and I also run a small business within the hotel. Lola and I have the janitorial contract for cleaning all departments of the hotel. With the sale of the hotel, all contracts are void and need to be re-negotiated with the new owners through our General Manager. She did mention this to me, but we still have not hashed this out yet. I'm sure (fingers and toes crossed) that it will be settled when I return to my duty shifts--I still clean the hotel with Lola while I'm off my duty shifts.

As an aside, the duty shifts and the contract make Frank a busy boy. I start work at 5:00 pm to 1:30 am for my duty shift, and usually start cleaning with Lola about 2:30 am and could finish anywhere from 7:00 am to as late as 9:30 am. I get to work with my wife for a good portion of my day. We're not on conflicting schedules where we would barely get to see each other. I don't think either one of us could handle that for too long.

Long story short: Am I worried about the sale? A little. I have invested much time into the hotel, and I do have a lot to lose in more than one way at the hotel. Only time will tell.


Foxxfyrre's Cheering Squad update.

Gale just announced that she has completed another four pages of her novel!!! Go Gale. Since the Cheering squad has been in place, Gale has now completed 17.5 pages and her manuscript now totals 39 pages. It seems, by the picture on her last post and comments made to that post, that there is a cyber barbecue happening. I just finished googleing all the necessary ingredients for the barbecue, but I found some protesters.

I'll admit that I was udderly terrified of an out-and-out bovine revolt, so I followed their recomondations, and googled chicken, plum sauce, and Bull's Eye for chicken.
Cocque aux Vin anyone?
I'll get the wine and the pearl onions. On second thought, he's too cute scary to eat. So how about pork?
I'll see if I can catch one....
When the heck did they start growing wings? Probably since the eastern Europeans started pickling their feet. (I hope Lola didn't hear that. She is from Poland, and I do talk and type sometimes).
So, sorry UCS's (Unofficial Cheering Squad) it seems that a cyber barbecue is going to be a little more difficult than I first thought. I'll keep you posted.
Keep plugging away Gale, were routin' for ya.

Monday, July 16, 2007

We Interupt this Countdown

This countdown has been interrupted...
(Woo Hoo!, Rod Serling's in the House!)

Now follow me, if you will, on a short journey into the not so distant future. A future where self discipline, a burning desire, and hours of hard work gets duly rewarded. A future where anything and everything is possible.
All you need is to want it.
Want it with every essence of your being.
The time, October 16, 2007.
The place, New York City.
Our protagonist, Gale Martin, has recently completed her novel Savage Grace,
and is receiving accolades of praise on her work. A feat many have struggled with, and few have accomplished, but none have accomplished this goal with the constant nagging and prodding from a northern Neanderthal who calls himself Foxxfyrre. For this alone, Gale should be given all the kudos, awards, badges, and a thing called an ice cold zinfandel.
We will now return you to the beginning of this story, for you now know how it turns out, where you can tune in and watch it unfold on something called the internet at a blog called Gem-ospohy

Duu duuuu duu do
Duu duuu duu do

Saturday, July 14, 2007

4 and a 2 ........

Catnaps left now

Four more mini sleeps. Yeah!

Sidebar: I delayed a day on this post because the only way I understand a two followed by a four is in that wonderful invention called a twofour of ice cold beer. And then.....I'd have to drink em. And then.....Lola would want some too. (one too many beer and she gets a little amorous).

And then.....I'd have to set the perfect mood (and if I've had one too many, I tend to get a little coy adventurous) And then.....I'd probably have to reset this count down.

Double sidebar (I'm not into single libations): I really am a romantic at heart, so I know that both of us would do the canonball.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

6 catnaps left and still counting

Only Six...
Yes, six (Count 'em, there's six there)
Naps left. (I really did google 'six' and the first picture offered was that of the 6 Taiwanese super models). I think I'd best be careful what pics I show for this countdown. After all, I wouldn't want to end up like this
poor chap. And then...what if Lola stumbled onto my blog and saw the models? Hmmm. First, she wouldn't know what I'm counting down, and second, she'd wonder what porn sites I've been surfing through. And then....She'd wonder why I found the need to share my "dirty picture" collection on an open blog. And then....I know she'd have my bags packed and ready at some god-awful-wee-hour of the morning. And then...I'd have no choice but to wander the streets
bags at hand, and not knowing why all the ladies scream and run away from me, even though I know I can be a sight for sore eyes when I haven't had my full 28 winks.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

14, 12, and counting down

OnlyNaps left.

But I am more into little siestas than a dog nap!

Wow just look at the pipes on that award!

And I'm still counting down
(Cat Naps till????)


This isn't a sticky post, but I'm adding to it every day cuz I'm counting down. I couldn't find a countdown timer that would count down by twos so I'm making one of my own through this post. Why count down by twos? I have such a weird work schedule that if I were to count down the sleeps left till a certain time, I would have to count down by twos cuz I only have time for two short catnaps a day instead of real sleeps like most people. What am I counting down--you'll see! So me, just being me, I wont settle for just a number to show for a countdown. Instead, I'm googling a pic per pair of 40 28 winks per day.

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