Friday, November 28, 2008

Geese in the fence

Geese in the fence
Originally uploaded by ZhenPanda

It looks so real! I stopped & drove around the block to make sure it was a decoy

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks

This is the time of year when I really miss the good ole days.

Growing up in a very large family we had traditions. Thanksgiving was spent with my father's side of the family. That meant the traditional turkey and ham at Aunt Betty's house where the cousins from Helena would show up around 1 in the afternoon. We would split the living room in half- one side for the Cowboys and the other for Green bay! (Being a Bears fan meant you just played both sides until you ended up on the winning side!) It was a great day to watch all the guys argue each and every call and then the winner would be dogging the losers throughout dinner.

Dinner was the buffet style with all the younger kids (me included) stuck sitting at the card table or on the floor with the plate in our lap. Uncle Fr. Tony would lead the prayer, usually the angelis (sp?) which was a bout 10 minutes of grace with a few hail mary added on. Looooonnnngggggg. I remember just closing my eyes and reciting it in cadence with the family just hoping someone would start talking faster. Once the food started to hit our mouths conversations would slow but my family never stops talking. I think the only time it would be truly quiet it when the pies were being cut. My Aunt Betty didn't just make a small pumpkin pie or even 3 she made them on a cookie sheet and we all got squares! It was a treat to get the one with more than bottom crust. Cool whip never lasted past the older cousins so I had to squeeze into the line to get some.

After the food if there was another game on then it was back to the shouting matches while Uncles Bill and Fr. Tony would fall asleep in the recliners. There would be hide-n-seek in the dark and someone would end up crying over a skinned knee but it was fun and we were a family. That was all that mattered.

This year again I will be with that side of the family but with out any of the Uncles or Aunts. My Cousin Mary will cook the bird at her house and I will bring the veggy tray. No football games because they have no TV in the living room and the kids will take over the basement with pool and Xbox. No cousins from Helena. No card table. No hide-n-seek. Just family- a very small one at that. I'm sure someone will lead us in the angelis, painful as it may be.

This year has disappeared so quickly and I have hardly had time to breathe. It will be Christmas before too long and then on into 2009. Time never stops.

I am very thankful for my family.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Not my mess

Not my mess
Originally uploaded by ZhenPanda

I almost wish it were but the cost of this pile of boxes is equal to 2.5 house payments!

I want a new camera but this is way more than I will ever need.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ethics and me

In my "new" job I have discovered that I was not well versed in the ethics of a Law Firm and it's employees. I hate to say my mom is right but tonight she pointed something out that is 100% correct. I need to reevaluate my commitment to this job.

I have allowed my job to not only come home with me but to come between The Hubby and Me.

The good thing about the internet is I can quickly find several views which tell me my mother was right! LOL.

I bookmarked this one which I will have at work as well.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I am a bad influence

The hubby finally had a day weekend off with no phone calls and no heading into the office at 0-dark-30 for some pinhead screw-up airman.

We had a nice Sunday brunch and then stopped by the mall to *look* at a hunting rifle. He looked a lot & I checked out all the cool mounted animals before he found the one! So he now is the proud owner of a .270 whatever/thingy gun.

Maybe I should say "only if I get my new camera"?? LOL

He can have his toys... he works very hard for them.

I'll be cooking up a lot of deer this weekend while he is out killing the next one!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

$343 Million!?!!??


That is a lot.

this guy articulated it best:

“What this is about is an orgy of spending. An orgy of borrowing,” said Jim Goetz, an attorney who represented cycling star Greg LeMond and others in a lawsuit against the club that was recently settled for $39.5 million."


Today is Veteran's Day. Thank you to everyone who has served and is serving in the military.

Today is also my SIL Birthday! Happy BDay Sis Stephanie!

I need to take a break today and wish a belated birthday to Mystery Daughter, who turned 24 on Sunday.

No update on the owl yet. I'll be checking in with her today.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Owl Rescue

Owl Rescue
Originally uploaded by ZhenPanda

Sunday I set out with my Aunt & Cousin to Freeze out Lake to see the snow geese. We were traveling on I-15 north when I noticed an owl sitting on the shoulder of the road. He did not move when cars passed and I feared he was dead. I knew he had to be injured to be there.

My Aunt knew a wildlife rescue lady here in town so we called her and she picked him up shortly after.

We went about our trip stopping in Fairfield to visit the elk and camels; then we hung around the lake seeing very few geese. Our stomachs lead us to Choteau to the Log Cabin cafe and some yummy buffalo burgers served with "buffalo chips" (thick-cut potatoes fried up) then we headed home.
We drove to see how the owl was fairing.
He suffered a broken bone in his right wing, his right eye is gone and he appears to have a skull fracture. The prognosis is guarded at best.
I'll keep you posted.

See more photos on my flickr photostream

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Get out & Vote!!

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Xiao Laoxiong


“little buddy”

Giant panda keepers

Xiao Nan


“little man”

Zoo Atlanta Staff and Volunteers

Hua Sheng



Zoo Atlanta Members

Xi Lan


“Atlanta’s joy”

Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors

Wei Sheng


“greatness is born”

Zoo Atlanta MySpace Community

Shu Shu


“kind and gentle”

B98.5 FM

Wei Li


“large and strong”

92.9 Dave FM

Ling Li


“alert and quick”

VIVA 105.7FM

Shen Shi Lan


“Atlanta’s gentleman”

Star 94 FM

Li Lan


“Atlanta’s strength”

V103 FM

Fu Mei


“handsome and happy boy”

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Mei Chuan


“handsome Sichuan boy”


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A random reoccuring thought

I want to live in Denmark.


I looked on their website & I could teach there!!!

That would be cooler than winning the lottery & marrying Kenny Chesney!!


I'm ordering the Rosetta Stone set today!

Lobby Cafe

I have decided that since I work downtown I should eat at all the different places instead of just grabbing the same old fair.

Today I convinced one of the paralegals from upstairs to go with me to the Lobby Cafe.

It was really empty at noon, a surprise to me since it's downtown! We sat down & a very nice man took our order- I had the beacon cheeseburger, she the porkchop sandwich. Both get a thumbs up. Fries were awesome. Beacon was fresh-cooked, perfectly & just yummy. The price was not bad either- $8.95 for meal with a drink. My lunch companion was very happy with the taste of her sandwich, too.

I didn't see one ghost, bummer.

Yes, I did!

Yes, I did!
Originally uploaded by ZhenPanda

Not the best quality shot but I was all excited! LOL

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tell the city what you want

Great Falls Park & Rec wants your input!

Have your voice heard!