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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 34,962

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Why are there forty three different formats for user names to be

combined at random with 27 formats of passwords? Why are passwords hidden as a series of dots so i can't tell if I've made a typing error or put in the wrong word? Why do I have to sign in to order a simple box of chocolates, or a book, or whatever? Why do companies expect me to remember my password when I only order from them once a year?

Four Iceland bank executives jailed

Former CEO Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson was given a five-and-a-half sentence and former chairman Sigurdur Einarsson was sentenced to five years.

Magnus Gudmundsson, the head of the Luxembourg unit, and the bank’s second-largest shareholder, Olafur Olafsson, both were sentenced to three-and-a-half years.

They were indicted in February 2012 by Iceland's Special Prosecutor investigating the nation’s economic collapse.


Snowmegedon does exist:

Every year it snows in places that have cold spells rather than a continuously cold winter. And every year people talk about how "people don't know how to drive here" or "3" shuts down the city"

Let me tell you a little secret: People in Buffalo or Upstate New York are no better at driving in 3" of wet snow than people anywhere else. Here is our big secret:

It's called a snow plow. We pay taxes to buy a fleet of these things and pay people to drive them around on all our roads 24/7 when it is snowing. Typically, any road in my county is down to bare pavement within 2-24 hours of the last snow fall, depending on how heavy it is.

We also inconvenience ourselves by putting various parking bans in place November thru April in order to keep the roads clear so the plows can get through.

Face it, you have a lot of days in your town where the temperature is above freezing. But how many times the last few years has it snowed where you live? (Florida, sit down, I'm not talking to you!)

I maintain that people in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes snow belts and New England face a natural disaster each winter, but no one notices because we've built in the infrastructure to handle it.

i discovered a possum in my chicken house eating eggs last night.

I also discovered that tossing plastic flower pots at possums does not encourage them to leave the chicken house, but does scare the hell out of the chickens!

I love internet shopping! It's a life saver!

I spent an hour this morning picking up a couple things at the grocery and browsing at the fabric store and a book store. I am done for the day! Fortunately I can sit at a desk and work, because that's all that's going to be happening!

Dog Logic: when the brown truck comes up to the house,

I bark like mad at it, and it goes away.

I have protected my home from the brown truck.

Income inequality: has the discussion escaped from liberal chat rooms into

general common knowledge?

How fast can you spot the error in this Facebook posting?

"Finally!! I FOUND it! DONT want to lose this again - DON'T be like me! SHARE to save this on your wall!! You won't believe it!!!!!! NO FLOUR, NO OIL, NO WHITE SUGAR Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites **SHARE so it will save in your timeline** Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups canned* chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter (can use PB2 from gym to make healthier, check your labels) 1/4 cup (80 grams) honey (agave would be amazing too!) 1 teaspoon baking powder** a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it 1/2 cup (90 grams) chocolate chips * My can was a 400 gram can, 240 grams without the water, and I used all but a few tablespoons ** If you need grain-free baking powder, you can use 1 part cream of tartar + 1 part baking soda + 2 parts arrowroot. Directions: Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2″ balls. Place onto a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do much rising. Bake for about 10 minutes. Yields about fourteen 1 1/2″ cookie dough balls. *** Don't even try with regular peanut butter! They'll come out oily. You MUST use natural peanut butter PLEASE SHARE To SAVE be sure to click photo then click SHARE so it will store on your personal page. recipes and motivational weight loss tips Join me here:"

Odd Christmas memories:

At work, I saw a safety film showing how people were safe at work, but managed to hurt themselves at home getting ready for Christmas - hanging lights from a broken ladder, slipping on ice, etc. I told my kids about it, and they insisted I borrow the video. They thought it was the funniest thing they'd ever seen - they saw it as slapstick!

Apartheid and me:

Back when Apartheid was going through it's death throes, I lived in a small city in a rural county outside Columbus, Ohio. Ironically, considering that General Sherman was born there, at that time I think the area was completely white. We used to watch the news every night on a B&W TV. We used to try to explain the news to our four year old son. When my young son finally saw a black person in real life, he assumed that that person was from South Africa. We had to explain then that most African Americans had been here far longer than our family, that we were the newcomers!

I revisited the area recently. It has become a bedroom community for Columbus, and the influx of newcomers has brought a more representative population mix!
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