Barnmouse Blitherings

Things on the Road Thursday! Mission:Participation!
January 31, 2008, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Weekly-ish Things

Hi there!  It’s been awhile for my poor little Things on the Road Thursday.  But now that I’m trying to blog every day in 2008, I’m thinking it’s going to make a comeback!  (I’m running out of things to write about….quickly)

*side note*  I totally just sat on my cat.  Oops.  Sorry Neezy!

Anyway.  For those of you not familiar with my little weekly  monthly  semi-annually thing, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.  When I see something interesting or funny or just plain weird on the road or side of the road, I take a picture of it and post it here on Thursdays.

I’ve been thinking about it and I think that it would be a great day to meet some new people and find some great new blogs and just generally have fun!  And for others also doing Blog 365, it’s a post for Thursdays!

So I’m hoping for some participation!  Every Thursday, starting today, I’ll post my picture (or pictures!) from the previous week’s subject (except this week, because HELLO this is the first week!) and then tell y’all what next week’s subject will be.  I’m aiming to making the “subjects” as broad as possible to give y’all your creative licenses, because who wants to go look at the same picture on a bunch of different blogs?!

Hopefully, I’ll get some participation on this, as I think it will be pretty darn fun!  If you play, just don’t forget to leave a comment with a link to your blog where you played so others who played can visit!

For this week’s Things on the Road Thursday, I’m digging waaaay back to my very first TRT!  It’s still my very favorite and possibly the strangest thing I’ve seen around here.


Is it just me or is this the creepiest Santa you’ve ever seen?  I took the picture parked directly in front of it and yet…the eyes….they intrigue me.  Hee.  I mean really.  What. The. Hell.  Who made this?!  And who BOUGHT IT?!  This was supposed to entice people into buying a Christmas tree.  Now there are tons of other Christmas tree lots all around here.  In all honesty, there’s no way I’m going to this lot to buy a Christmas tree.  Something tells me I’d probably never be heard from again.  Oh, and they left it up WELL into January.  Like, several weeks.  Again, I say “creepy”.

Okay!  So!  Next week!  The very first assignment for the participation version of Things on the Road Thursday!!!  I’m going to make this very easy since it’s the first one.  But really, they’re not going to get too in-depth or anything.

SUBJECT #1:  TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR CAR/TRUCK/SUV/WHATEVER.   It can be anything.  If your favorite part of your car is your sun visor, go for it!  Tires, seats, CD player, undercarriage!  Whatever tickles your fancy!  I already know what my favorite part of my Jeep is and it is ODD.  And remember, it’s “due” next Thursday!  (February 7th)

So c’mon!  Join the fun!!!


Birthdays are like Opinions, and Opinions are like…well…You Get Where I’m Going With This…
January 30, 2008, 11:28 pm
Filed under: I totally have real life friends too

And today, (for the next 20 whole minutes) it’s my MOM’S birthday!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!

Again, I had a whole post worked up in my head all during the day today while I was doing “stuff” and now I can’t really remember any of it!

Anyway, Mom, I hope you had a Fabulous birthday today!

We’ll be down there on Saturday to take you out to dinner!  Hopefully the blueberry pie I’m going to attempt to make will turn out great.  *fingers crossed*  Otherwise, I hope the cake we will surely pick up from the grocery store will be edible.  Hee.  Hey, it’s better than picking up some ice cream sandwiches from the gas station down the street!  Ha!

Love you Mom.

Bloggers A-Z
January 29, 2008, 10:43 am
Filed under: Weekly-ish Things

I’ve been tagged!  Yay!

Rule #1: Copy all the links below and replace the link that starts with the same letter as your blog. If your domain name, or title of your blog, starts with an “A,” you’d replace the link under that letter and put the replaced link at the bottom. Link to the person that tagged you so they get more hits as well!


Replaced link:
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Rule #2: “tag” 5 people. (I’m only tagging 4)

I’m really not that angry
Onward Hoe!
Shell’s Thoughts

Note To Self
January 28, 2008, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Weekly-ish Things

Dammit, stop using the #4 treadmill.  It’s wobbly.

Other than that revelation, the day has been pretty non-eventful.

Looks like a good time to check in on New Year’s Resolutions!

Mine have been going pretty well.  I’m up to jogging for 15 minutes on the treadmill at 4.3 mph.  Yesterday, I did 5 minutes at 4.4, but then had to turn it back down to 4.3 for the remaining 10 minutes.

(I have no idea why, but for some reason tonight, every time I try to type “minutes” I type “mintues”.  That’s very annoying considering my level of spelling-OCD.  If something is underlined with the little red squiggle, then I have to go back and try and figure out how I spelled it wrong.  Grr.)

Back to the resolutions.  I’ve really been slacking off on my back and neck exercises and stretches.  Rat keeps asking if I’ve done them, and I finally had to fib (hee hee…I said “fib”) and say that yes, I did them so he wouldn’t guilt me!

Other resolutions….I haven’t tried any new dog treats.  Bleh.  I honestly haven’t felt like it.  I’ve had this cold on and off and it’s really taken a toll on my mood.  When I don’t have the energy to do anything other than sit down, it’s kind of hard to work myself up to doing even MORE baking than I have been doing.

I haven’t worked on the baby blanket ONCE since writing that it was one of my resolutions.  SLACKER!!!  Yeah.  I know.  *sigh*  And I just found out that the baby shower is going to be on Feb 23rd.  I’m not even halfway done with it.  *bigger sigh*  And now that I know how to make Granny squares, that’s all I want to do!  AH!  Someone send me magic fingers that crochet really fast!  They make those, right?

On the other hand, I HAVE blogged every day (the my computer has allowed!) in 2008!  Yay me!

So how are y’all doing with your resolutions?

Letters To Gym People…The Forgotten Edition
January 27, 2008, 11:23 pm
Filed under: general wonderment, Public Humiliation, Weekly-ish Things

I started doing this awhile back when we joined our gym and I started “people watching’ there.  Sadly enough, I have not see “guy who jogs on treadmill in his socks” again.  But lucky for me, there has not been a shortage of strange people.

To the guy running on the treadmill 3 machines down from mine,

Thank you!  I feel like I should send you a note.  I was about to give up on jogging for 10 minutes when you got on the treadmill and started running in the same rhythm that I was.  You have no idea how much that helped!  Now I know why I always see people walking and running in pairs on the sidewalk!

Thanks again, mouse…the sweaty, kinda short girl with the hat on.

To the guy who bathed in Jerry Curl,

*cough* *wheeze* *gag*

*gasp*, mouse….the girl who couldn’t breath when you got on the treadmill beside her

To the guy in the school-bus-yellow sweatpants and black sweatshirt,

My eyes! 

Really.  Please try to pick pants and a sweatshirt that don’t cause temporary blindness.  And no stripes!!!

Also…5 minutes of iPod surfing before getting on the treadmill, 5 more minutes of iPod surfing after getting on the treadmill, and then yet 5 MORE minutes or iPod surfing once you turned the treadmill on, but then kept standing on the sides letting the belt run without walking on it?!  What was that?!  That’s 15 minutes you could have been exercising.  Couldn’t you have been walking while searching for whatever song you REALLY, REALLY needed to hear?

Just a thought, mouse….the distracted girl on the treadmill beside you


I’m sure there’s more.  I’ve written tons of these while on the treadmill, but then once I get home I forget about them.  Except the lady in her 60’s on the stairmaster who apparently forgot to put on her sports bra underneath that skimpy tank top.  Ewwww.  Yeah lady, everyone was looking, but not for the reasons you wanted them to. *shudder*

That’s all for now folks!

Results Not Typical
January 26, 2008, 9:47 pm
Filed under: drop the cupcake and no one gets hurt, it was all his fault

Is it just me, or would anyone else like to see a commercial for Nutrisystem or any other diet system that shows people who have lost weight with their “former” picture beside them to show everyone how much weight they’ve lost WITHOUT the words “RESULTS NOT TYPICAL” in small print?  What do you think would happen if they showed actual people who used the systems and lost a TYPICAL amount of weight?  I don’t know.  I think I might be MORE likely to consider it as opposed to one of the other ones with “RESULTS NOT TYPICAL” plastered all over the place. 

I’m still not crazy about the nutrisystem commercials though.

“Mah huuuzband….he thanks I’m HAAWT!”

OMG.  I mean damn.  I’m from the country, but Lordy that’s a bad accent!

**side note, Rat just uttered the words “We should build a catapult”.  Whaaa?  I gave him a look and then he says “What?  It’d be fun!”  If y’all stop hearing from me without notice, I’ve probably been flung two counties over and can’t find my way back.  (or my %$#*ing computer crashed again.)

Blah Blah Computer Problems Blah Blah Fork In Head Blah Blah
January 25, 2008, 7:54 pm
Filed under: general wonderment, I totally have real life friends too

Yeah. Another post dated post. Anyway.

So Rat had his TaeKwonDo testing for his Red belt today (I guess you would say he had his Senior Brown belt testing? I dunno). Anyway, he’s going from a Sr. Brown Belt to a Red belt. AND HE PASSED!!!! YAY RAT! Way to go baby! It goes Red belt, Sr. Red Belt, BLACK BELT!!! So he’s almost there. Woo!! (I refuse to say “Woot”. I’m sorry.)

So to celebrate, we went to On the Border, which is a Mexican restaurant with exceptionally yummy food (and also some exceptionally yucky food). It was Very Nummy!

On to another subject before I go and make y’all hungry!

Remember the other day when I was saying I finally learned how to crochet a “Granny Square”? Well, I took a picture and here it is!


Lovely, isn’t it?

I have 21 more of these little buggers in a stack on the table. I have no idea how many it will take to make a blanket. I have no idea what other colors I’m going to use. (I’m thinking I want the blanket to be three colors)

Any suggestions?