October 2008 - Posts

Animal Mayhem
Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:21 AM

I know that I have been writing a lot about people and animals lately, but the news has had quite a few stories to pick on lately, so "bear" with me here, these are so hard to ignore.
 
Here is one of a woman (61 years old) that actually fought with a deer after it attacked one of her poodles. Now to support all dog lovers, I understand why she did it, I guess. But, what is it with these attacks on dogs?  And what is with these dog owners fighting with animals? The deer started it by attacking the poodle. This woman gets involved and kicks the deer’s hind legs. The deer is no longer concerned with the dog at this point, it now has to defend itself against the woman, so it butted her with its head and pushed her into a fence. She comes back at the deer and hits its head with her fists until it runs away. She had minor injuries to her abdomen from it all, but she was able to save her little dog, so that’s good.

Why are these animals going wild? I saw a recent post where the man who hit the shark to save his dog was interviewed and it was quite interesting. You can watch it here: http://ripplesinthetide.blogspot.com/2008/10/interview-with-man-who-punched-shark-to.html

Even more interesting, is the video that follows of a different dog attacking a shark! Way to go, Fido! Maybe this dog was a friend of the dog who the shark attacked earlier.
 

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Criminal Sentenced To Wear "I Was Stupid" Sign
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 3:52 PM

A young man who crashed his car into a closed gate at a water treatment plant earlier this year, was found guilty of criminal charges. The judge in the case, gave the accused a choice in the type of sentence he would serve for the crime: either go to jail and serve time or hold a sign that says “I was stupid.” The man chose the latter and has to hold this sign to show his “stupidity.” Amazingly, it has been reported that this same judge gives these choices to many who come before him in his courtroom, however, many pass on the “alternative” and prefer to save themselves the embarrassment and serve the jail time.

The judge’s outlook on the alternative signs is that he is saving the system money by keeping non-violent criminals out of jail and humiliating them publicly at the same time. It is supposed to not only embarrass the criminal, but keep others from committing the same type of crime, knowing that they might be publicly embarrassed someday. The “sign” has to fit the “crime” and are optional. His decision has reportedly never been appealed.

I have many follow up questions for this story:
1) How is this sentence enforced? How do they know that the criminal is actually displaying this sign at all times?
2) How long does the offender have to wear the sign? For the entire term that they would have been sentenced?
3) Are they really that embarrassed after what they did to have to wear the sign in the first place, or are they just glad that they got off not having to serve the jail time?


 

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The Gym
Thursday, October 9, 2008 12:34 PM

I have to wonder what gym’s are really for. When you are terribly out of shape and you sign up thinking that you can just get on all of this equipment and start working yourself back into shape and then realize that it will create aches and pains in places you didn’t even know existed, it makes you wonder if it is really worth the hassle. It makes you wonder if you are doing the right thing or if you will always be in such pain. And, believe it or not, more tired than when you started going? I am exhausted!!!

I have only been attending for about three weeks now. I go three times a week and stay for about 45 minutes, which includes cardio and weights. By the time I am done, I feel really good about myself for having gone. But a few days later, I feel like I should not have tried. I just can’t wait until I get to the point where I can work out without feeling it days later. I just wanted something where I could feel more energetic and healthier. I sure hope this turns out to be more fun later.

It also helps having an mp3 player. My husband had been wanting to buy one for me for quite some time, and I always turned him down. Told him I would not have time to listen to it between work and life at home with the kids. It sure is a great thing to have at the gym though. In fact, my cardio workout would be much slower and less effective without it.


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Just One Of Those Days
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 10:05 AM

This morning was one of the worst mornings I have had. My children and I got up early to get ready to leave home for work and school (our daily weekly routine) but things just went terribly wrong. My youngest did not want to get out of bed and so it took longer than usual for her to get up. Then she decided not to wear the clothes that I picked out for her to wear the night before and dressed in the same exact clothes she wore to school yesterday. I guess she thought that I would not notice and since she just loves that outfit, it would be okay. Well, that just was not something I could let slide by, so I told her to go back to her room and put on the clothes I had ready for her. I even explained to her what color they were and what they looked like so that we would be in sync on this. Well, we weren’t! She came back wearing some corduroy pants, a tshirt and a denim overall-skirt over the whole outfit. Ugh! So we remove the denim overall-skirt to leave just the t-shirt and pants but guess what? Both were dirty. So now, I have to once again get her to go change into the outfit that was ready the night before. This time, I go to the room with her to physically put it on her myself and the outfit was missing! Once again, UGH! I ask where she put it and of course the answer is: “I don’t know.” (For those of you who don’t have children yet, “I don’t know” is the universal answer for everything you ever wanted to ask your kids, so don’t bother asking). Well, we could not find that outfit, so we had to dig into her ever so full closet and put together a decent outfit to wear to school. Now we are running late for school, work etc and I just have a meltdown after I drop my kids off at school feeling that I just can’t be a mother anymore. I’ll get over it.

Such is life…

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Learning to Read
Friday, October 3, 2008 12:22 PM

It is so exciting to go through your children’s “firsts” when they get to certain points in their lives. Their first smile, first crawl, first word, first step, etc. Well, we are five years into the life of our youngest daughter and doing more homework with her for kindergarten than with our older daughter for fourth grade. My life has seemed to be such chaos lately, trying to balance work and home. I guess it is because we are now doing homework times 2 and that is a lot of work! The girls have an unexpected day off from school on Oct 17th and that is the equivalent of a day off for us too!

Anyway, the other night we were reading small booklets that help teach phonics skills and my little one read a whole sentence by herself! We were so proud of her. I know that is not a big deal to the rest of the world, but this was just amazing progress. Especially since the goal is that she will be doing this by the end of the school year. It is so nice to see them “get it” when you are trying to teach them a new concept. And I she couldn’t contain her excitement. She feels like she is catching up to her big sister now.

We really look forward to seeing her be able to actually read her books by the time the summer arrives. Once she can read, it opens up a whole new world of learning to her that she can explore on her own.


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