cuteness, infancy


Tons of things going on...or, at least, it feels like it. We are buying a manufactured home (whatever, it was born the same year I was, it's a mobile home). It's going to make our living costs a lot cheaper... and we have more freedom, plus less than half the price per month for lot rent VS our apartment rent. Zoe is driving me crazy and getting over stuff as I get hit with it and try to rest up before it hits me, that leaves me with a bigger mess to clean afterward, and rest up from that. We are working on finding the right home based work opportunity and their wanting to work with us; but, everything is on hold while waiting to finish the deal on the mobile home. Zoe has fallen asleep in the mesh hamper she was playing, I'm going to take this opportunity to clean... I can't have a good time for myself when the place looks like a Tazmanian angel hit it; because she does, non-stop (until she collapses)...I want to sleep, too...but, Ican't sleep in peace or have alone time in peace without feeling guilt, or forgetting all about the apartment and feeling bad about it later... I need a break. I took a two hour walk with Zoe yesterday, which was nice; but, my head and body paid the price... though it also felt spa good for a few hours after the walk. I need the peaceful view I'll have when we move. I walked from the apartment to the mobile home park... it's much nicer to walk over there.
the next time I post an entry is undetermined, I'm needing to take care of life, with not much time to tell it's story.


Last week... sometime... I added an array of "cut loose silly" videos, then I saw the crassness (for the most part) was more than just crass... there was inappropriate conduct I didn't initially catch... I apologize to anyone who saw the offensive footage that eluded me at first.
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Irish Traditional Music from Dominican College, Portstewart

Irish Traditional Music from Dominican College, Portstewart
"Irish Traditional Music from Dominican College, Portstewart" on Google Video
There is a high level of interest in traditional Music in the school. This is an extract from a concert in the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine in June 2004.

If you enjoy the performance please feel free to share it with your friends. If you really enjoy it please send a postcard to the music department in the school from wherever you are in the world.

Dominican College, Portstewart, Co. Derry BT55 7PF, Ireland

Charlie Chaplin in the Great dictator

Charlie Chaplin in the Great Dictator
"Charlie Chaplin in the Great dictator" on Google Video
Charlie Chaplin in the Great Dictator
This is the film were Charlie Chaplin first spoke and also the video that got him deported. It seems like people were either too dumb to understand the point he was trying to make or he scared some people in the government. (someone else wrote this, I just fixed grammatical errors)
Check out this site, especially this clip of the last bit of The Great Dictator. I really love this part, where he stops pretending to be "Hinkel" or "the Jewish barber" pretending to be "Hinkel" and starts speaking as Charlie.It choked me up the first couple times I saw it, which rarely happens. (this was me)

From MSN Money

This is a topic that hits home for me....

Extra9/21/2006 10:23 AM ET
Wal-Mart to sell generic drugs for $4
A trial program in Florida could be rolled out to more states next year.

By Associated Press
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT, news, msgs), facing pressure from critics who call its employee health care coverage inadequate, plans to begin selling nearly 300 generic prescription drugs for a sharply reduced price of $4 for a month's supply.

The world's biggest retailer said Thursday that it will test the program in Florida and it will include 291 generic drugs available for conditions from allergies to high-blood pressure. The plan is available to its employees and customers, including those without insurance.

Wal-Mart officials said the reduced price represents a savings to the customer of up to 70 percent on some drugs.

"Wal-Mart is taking this step so our customers and associates can get the medicines they need at a cost they can afford," Bill Simon, executive vice president of the company's professional services division, said in announcing the plan at a Tampa, Fla., store.

The program will be launched on Friday at 65 Wal-Mart, Neighborhood Market and Sam's Club pharmacies in the Tampa Bay area and will be expanded to the entire state in January.

Simon wouldn't be specific about why Florida and specifically the Tampa Bay area were chosen for the rollout of the initiative, saying only that there was a need for it here.

More states to come
The company said it plans to expand the program to as many states as possible next year.

Simon said the 291 generic drugs include "the most commonly prescribed drugs for the some of the most common illnesses that face Americans today, including cardiac disease, asthma, diabetes, glaucoma, Parkinson's (disease) and thyroid conditions."

Simon wouldn't give details on how much the plan is expected to cost Wal-Mart or the company's dealings with the drug companies involved.

"We're able to do this by using one of our greatest strengths as a company -- our business model and our ability to drive costs out of the system, and the model that passes those costs savings to our customers," he said. "In this case were applying that business model to health care."

The $4 prescriptions are not available by mail order and are being offered online only if picked up in person in the Tampa Bay area.

In a conference call with reporters, Simon said that the generic drugs would not be sold at a loss to entice customers into the stores, a strategy that has been used in Wal-Mart's toy business.

He said Wal-Mart is working with drugmakers to help them be more efficient, but added, "We are working with them as partners. We are not pressuring them to reduce prices."

Tampa Wal-Mart pharmacy customer Pat Sullivan praised the company's initiative. The retired Massachusetts police officer said $4 generic prescriptions are a tremendous help.

"I'm on disability and my benefits run out by the end of the month," he said. "It comes down to where do I go for a $100 prescription? I have no outlet other than to break a pill in half and take half today and half tomorrow."

Employee benefits too stingy?
The initiative -- the fourth since last October that Wal-Mart has moved to improve health benefits -- drew criticism from one of its most vocal anti-union groups Wake Up Wal-Mart.

"While lowering prescription drug costs is a good thing, Wal-Mart cruelly ignores the fact that it fails to provide company health care to over half of its employees which leaves 46 percent of its workers children uninsured or on public health care," said Chris Kofinis, spokesman for Wake Up Wal-Mart, in a statement.

"Wal-Mart needs to answer one very simple, but serious question -- why not just improve the health care coverage of its employees?

Wal-Mart's recent moves to improve its health care included relaxing eligibility requirements for its part-time employees who want health insurance, and extending coverage for the first time to the children of those employees. Part-time employees, who had to work for Wal-Mart for two years to qualify, now have to work at the company for one year. This year, Wal-Mart also expanded a trial run of in-store clinics, aimed at providing lower cost non-emergency health care to the public.

Last October, Wal-Mart offered a new lower-premium insurance aimed at getting more of its work force on company plans.

But critics argue that Wal-Mart's coverage calls for a deductible that requires workers to pick up the first $1,000 in medical expenses, and the deductible rises to a maximum of $3,000 for families.

Wake Up Wal-Mart has called upon Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart to offer better health care coverage and higher pay to employees.

Critics contend that the company's benefits are too stingy, forcing taxpayers to absorb more of the cost as the workers lacking coverage turn to state-funded health care programs.

This past summer, Wal-Mart won a successful fight against a first-of-its-kind state law that would have required the retailer to spend more on employee health care in Maryland. A federal judge ruled in July that it was invalid under federal law. But other states are considering similar legislation aimed at the company.

Its shares fell 17 cents to $48.70 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

I worked at Wal-Mart for three years, until two months before Zoe was due... and I was born without a thyroid gland (so I've relied on synthroid since I was a six month old (or something like that) sized little girl (people's stories change through the years)at almost mother breast feeding me, saved my life)... and generic synthroid has been a true blessing to anyone's finances, who has had to buy my medicine (from my parents to my husband and I).

I have many different ideas about this, which might be a little less altered if I hadn't worked there or been born without a simple hard working, thankless piece of the puzzle... most people have and don't notice. And, I just (last week) cashed out a check for the 1.67 stock I did't know I still had until I got a review in the mail. I spent it on Panda Bear and about the price (per stock) they mentioned in the end... -$20 taken out for cashing it all out.

Oh Well,That's Life!

This is part of an e-mail to a freind of mine I sent today...but, this proclamation to my soul, my ego, and my husband occurred early last month or late July.

I've given up on driving for now and maybe at all; because, everytime I've had an incident (two or three times), I blacked out for a second... I have decided my own chemical deficiency, dependant on (generic)synthroid, causes me to not think fast enough on the road, to be a safe driver... I can make split 30 second decisions; but, not split second decisions. And my old doctor said that those without a thyroid gland take a little longer for the brain to register things than those with a thyroid gland... I didn't think of it much until the third time I blanked out when Mike took me driving... Fortunately we just popped a tire because I ran into the curb; but, Zoe was with us and it could have been a lot worse. I used to be so irritated and vexed because I hadn't obtained a liscense yet. Now, I believe it was for the best.... my ego is a little wounded still; but I'll come to terms with it someday, feeling better about my decision to be safe for myself and those around me.... it doesn't make me an idiot because I didn't accomplish a simple goal most everyone does... it made me smart for recognizing it and coming to terms in swallowing my tremendous pride.

Late Night / Early Morning Reprimanding

Sometime while sleeping last night, I was reprimanded in my sleep for using copyrighted pictures/graphics in my blogs, and another I made for a friend... and for saving copyrighted images in my computer's picture files to begin with. So, this morning I spent all my time on the computer fixing the error of my ways... and have yet to fix my other blogs; and my friend's MySpace profile... one step at a time (which is a task with this keyboard the baby has recently worn out with insisting on pounding on the keys) will get done and my conscience will be cleared ... about this fault, anyway. From now on, I'll be taking measures to make sure that images I find on the internet are not copyrighted before I add them to my files. The only photo that might be copyrightd is one I copyrighted for a photo contest I entered.
motherhood, black and white photos

They Say "You Are What You Eat".

That must be why my ,"Q-tip" eating, Zoë decided to start cleaning my ear with her pointing finger and sharp, soft little baby nail...I guess it's the thought that counts.... and it didn't feel half bad... her little nail actually scratched the itch she created,
quite satisfactory. =0)~

I can barely believe I'm here right now.

I should be in bed, snuggled up to my Sweety, instead of sitting on a desk chair at 2:29 a.m., losing the feeling in the lower half of my bod...especially the tail bone area and lower legs.... Good night everybody.... I need to take longer vacations from the computer, this is the second time I've done this in about a month.... I need sleep.... I need feet are cold.... Goodnight.