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June 6, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Children Learn What They Live

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

By Dorothy Law Nolte (1924-2005)

May 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Lord is Blessing Me…Right Now

Hello All…

Someone sent me this personal message that had been forwarded and I feel I NEED to share with you!!!

If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won’t survive the week.

If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.

If you can attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still married and alive,
you are very rare, especially in this World
today.

If you hold up your head with a smile
on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can,
but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them
or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can
offer God’s healing touch.

If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.

You are so blessed in ways
you may never even know.

January 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Promise….

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, to strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”

~ Christian D. Larson

August 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wash Day!

Monday Wash Day  
 
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I
 may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.

Tuesday  Ironing Day
 
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles
 of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may
 see the beauty in others.

Wednesday Mending Day
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not
set a bad example for others.

Thursday Cleaning Day
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been
hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase
eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.

Saturday Cooking Day
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and
serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday  The Lord’s Day    
O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my
heart so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your
presence.

August 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My name is Melissa…!

 

OK friends…as u have guessed by my username, my original name is Melissa…well, here is a lil history about my name.

My parents told me that my name was a split decision between Melissa and Melinda, my dad favored Melinda, but of course Melissa won, hands down. Anyway…I like to be referred as Melissavirgo for the time being!!!

Some of the cherished names I have been called throughout the years as compared  to the names below are:

Mel, Missy, MelissaAnn(that’s all my dad called me!) Mewissa, Mel -issa(yes two words), Mimi, Missyann, Mush… I could go on for days!! Anyways, here goes. I found this interesting info  on the net under melissa.net.au, I hope u enjoy!!

Lis
Lissa*
Lissie
Lissy
Malissa
Me’Lisa 
Meli
Melis
Melisa
Melise
Melisende
Meliss
Melissa 
Melissah
MelissaLee*
Melissande
Melisse 
.
Melissia
Mel
Mell
Melle 
Melly
Mellie 
Mellisa 
Mellissa
Melyssa
Melyssa
Melza
Melzaroo”
Milissa
Missy
Mlsa
MsLissy
Miss Lissy
Smelly.

How to say Melissa
PRONUNCIATION:  “meh-li-ssah” or “muhl-ih-ssuh”

My Melissa History
Prior to 1960 (in Australia, where I am) the name Melissa was rather rare. It started becoming more fashionable in Australian useage only from the late 1960s onwards. Finding Melissa’s in their 40s and 50s now is quite uncommon. I was the only Melissa at my primary school, I don’t remember any other Melissa’s at my high school either. My mother used to call me ‘Lissy Loo’ and only called me Melissa if I was in trouble…  I hated my name so much at high school I changed it to Lisa. I was also burdened with a very long Polish surname. It was dreadfully embarrassing EVERY time I was asked my name to be greeted with “Whaat?”  Once I matured more and began my career as a journalist, I switched back to Melissa and with a surname beginning with B and a name essentially meaning honeybee Melissa [HunnyBee] BEE is me. The stuff on this page is about MELISSA’s from all walks of life and ages and from all over the world. —Melissa BEE

Melissa
A 3-syllable girl’s name of Greek origin, means: A bee; industrious. 
Entertainers with this name include * Melissa Gilbert (Television) * Melissa Etheridge (Musicians) . Melissa is the 40th most popular girl’s name. Melissa is also a name in the category of  Flowers. More on the name of Melissa
Dear Melissa: The following analysis describes a few qualities of your first name. There are many additional factors (legal name, nicknames, family surname, combined names, previous names, and business signature) that contribute to your entire personality – and your entire life. 

Your name of Melissa gives you a clever mind, good business judgment, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation of the finer things of life. You are serious-minded and not inclined to make light of things even in little ways, and in your younger years you had more mature interests than others your age. Home and family mean a great deal to you and it is natural that you should desire the security of a peaceful, settled home environment where you can enjoy the companionship of family and friends. Whatever you set out to accomplish you do your very best to complete in accordance with what you consider to be right. In the home you assume your responsibilities capably, having the self-confidence to form your own opinions and make your own decisions. Others can rely on you; once you have given your word you will do your utmost to fulfil a responsibility. However, there is a tendency to be a little too independent in your thinking and it is difficult for you to accept the help of others when you should. Due to your strong sense of responsibility, you could experience worry and mental turmoil through assuming more responsibility than you should. Friction could arise through others feeling that you were interfering with their rights and privileges, even though you are only trying to help. 

Origin of the name Melissa
The name Melissa is derived from Greek mythology.  Melissa was a nymph that cared for the infant Zeus while he was being hidden from his father, the king of the gods.  Melissa plundered bee hives in order to feed honey to Zeus, who developed a permanent sweet tooth. When Melissa’s role in protecting Zeus was discovered, she was turned into some lowly species of insect. Zeus later took pity on her and turned her into a honeybee, which is forever involved with making honey. (Parenthetical note:  if Zeus had meant to do Melissa a favor, why didn’t he turn her back into a nymph instead?)  See THE MELISSA BOOK for an up-to-date version.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Enjoy Your Independence Day!!!

Hey friends, it’s that time of year again!!! BBQ’s, family reunions, maybe even a weekend getaway or just plain resting!! Just wanted to wish everyone a happy, and safe and blessed 4th of July weekend, whatever your plans may be…

Here’s some interesting stuff I found on theholidayspot.com, hope you enjoy!!

Location: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico 

Land Size : 9,631,418 sq km 

Weather/Climate of America : America has mostly a temperate type of a climate, but it is tropical in Florida and Hawaii, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest. The low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains 

Population of America : 293,500,000 

Capital City of America : Washington, DC 

American GDP: $10.98 trillion (2003 est.)

Main Industries : Petroleum, motor vehicles, aerospace, steel, telecommunications, electronics, food processing, chemicals, consumer goods, mining, lumbering.

American Currency : US dollar (USD) 

Agricultural products : Wheat, corn, fruits, vegetables, cotton, beef, poultry, pork, forest products, dairy products, fish. 

Main Colors of American Flag : Red, white and blue.

Some US states have cities named the same as other US states. These are :

  • Delaware, Arkansas 
  • California, Maryland 
  • Oregon, Wisconsin 
  • Wyoming, Ohio 
  • Indiana, Pennsylvania 
  • Nevada, Missouri
  • Louisiana, Missouri
  • Kansas, Oklahoma
  • Michigan, North Dakota

There are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.

Rhode Island is the smallest US state in size. 

New Amsterdam, Indiana is the smallest city in the U.S., they have a population of 1. (6-04)

Louisiana has 2,482 islands, covering nearly 1.3 million acres.

The states with the smallest populations are: Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

INTERESTING FACTS

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag. 

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner. 

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television. 

In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.

The United States Government keeps its supply of silver at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. 
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used. 

52% of Americans drink coffee.

27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

A Californian doctor has set the record of eating 17 bananas in two minutes.

Approximately 35 million Americans are linked by blood to one (or more) of the 102 pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. 

There are five US states with no sales tax. They are: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work.

It was once illegal to take a bath in the wintertime in Indiana.

Ohio is the birthplace of more Presidents than any other state – eight.

 
State  Capital  Bird  Flower
Alabama Montgomery Yellowhammer Camellia  
Alaska Juneau Willow Ptarmigan Forget-me-not  
Arizona Phoenix Cactus Wren Saguaro Cactus Blossom  
Arkansas Little Rock Mockingbird Apple Blossom  
California Sacramento California Valley Quail Golden Poppy  
Colorado Denver Lark Bunting Columbine  
Connecticut  Hartford  American Robin Mountain Laurel  
Delaware Dover Blue Hen Chicken Peach Blossom  
Florida  Tallahassee  Mockingbird  Orange Blossom  
Georgia  Atlanta  Brown Thrasher Cherokee Rose  
Hawaii  Honolulu  Nene (Hawaiian Goose) Hibiscus   
Idaho  Boise  Mountain Bluebird Syringa  
Illinois  Springfield Cardinal  Native violet  
Indiana  Indianapolis  Cardinal  Peony  
Iowa  Des Moines Eastern Goldfinch Wild Rose  
Kansas  Topeka  Western Meadowlark Native Sunflower  
Kentucky  Frankfort  Kentucky Cardinal Goldenrod   
Louisiana  Baton Rouge Pelican  Magnolia   
Maine  Augusta  Chickadee  White Pine Cone and Tassel  
Maryland  Annapolis  Baltimore Oriole Black-Eyed Susan  
Massachusetts  Boston  Chickadee  Mayflower   
Michigan  Lansing  Robin  Apple Blossom  
Minnesota  St. Paul  Common Loon Pink and White Lady’s Slipper  
Mississippi  Jackson Mockingbird  Magnolia  
Missouri  Jefferson City Bluebird  Hawthorn  
Montana  Helena  Western Meadowlark Bitterroot  
Nebraska  Lincoln  Western Meadowlark Goldenrod   
Nevada  Carson City Mountain Bluebird Sagebrush   
New Hampshire Concord  Purple Finch Purple Lilac  
New Jersy Trenton  Eastern Goldfinch Purple Violet   
New Mexico Santa Fe Roadrunner  Yucca Flower  
New York  Albany  Bluebird  Rose  
North Carolina Raleigh  Cardinal  Dogwood   
North Dakota Bismarck  Western Meadowlark Wild Prairie 
Rose
 
Ohio  Columbus  Cardinal  Scarlet Carnation  
Oklahoma  Oklahoma City Tailed Flycatcher  Mistletoe   
Oregon  Salem  Western Meadowlark Oregon Grape  
Pennsylvania  Harrisburg  Ruffed Grouse Mountain Laurel  
Rhode Island Providence  Rhode Island Red Violet  
South Carolina Columbia  Wren  Yellow Jessamine  
South Dakota Pierre  Ring-Necked Pheasant American 
Pasqueflower
 
Tennessee  Nashville  Mockingbird  Iris  
Texas  Austin  Mockingbird  Bluebonnet   
Utah  Salt Lake City California Gull Sego Lily  
Vermont  Montpelier  Hermit Thrush Red Clover  
Virginia  Richmond  Cardinal  Dogwood   
Washington  Olympia  Willow Goldfinch Western 
Rhododendron
 
West Virginia Charleston  Cardinal  Big Rhododendron  
Wisconsin  Madison  Robin  Wood Violet  
Wyoming  Cheyenne  Meadowlark  Indian Paintbrush  
Washington DC None  Woodthrush  American Beauty Rose  
 

 

Steak Kebabs
Ingredients :
450 g (1 lb) rump steak, cubed 
175 g (6 oz) mushrooms 
1 red pepper, diced 
1 green pepper, diced 
1 small onion, cut into chunks 
Oil for brushing 
1 tbs Schwartz Steak Simply Shake Seasoning
Preparation :
Thread the steak onto 8 skewers alternating with the vegetables. Brush the kebabs with oil. Place under a pre-heated grill for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally.
Evenly sprinkle over the Steak Seasoning and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked.
Makes 4 servings.  

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Father’s Day Props….

He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse. Malachi 4:6

Hey everyone, I found this on a Father’s Day website a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to post this, it is incredible!! I want to credit not only the fathers who are there for their own biological children, but the step-fathers, and ANY man who is positively stepping in, influencing a youngster to be the best he/she can be by his OWN example. And of course, much respect to the single Moms, like myself holding it down for the family, puttting herself LAST so that her kids are taken care of.

4 years: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad’s idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.
-Anonymous

Just want to send a special shout out to my boyfriend, Tony, who raised his girls when they were toddlers singlehandedly. The ex-wife decided she didn’t want to be a wife or mother any longer, so she took off, WOW!!!!

When asked how did he manage, he’d shrug his shoulders and  say, “I was just  being a father to my girls”. Wow, I wish more men out there would step up to the plate and take care of their responsibilities, including MY own children’s dads. ‘Nuff said.

June 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Hello? This is Admanjuk…I’m in Indonesia (via DatGurlBenz~*)

Wow can u believe this? Read on. Oh and BY THE WAY, I have been offered another position in the company, Collections!!! So, thanks to the Man above, I will not be getting laid off! On the downside of this, tomorrow is going to be my last day in that department, also meaning no more internet access over there. They actually expect some production over there, lol!! So now I only can rely on the library internet in the eves, but oh well, God is so good, who am I to complain? Until tomorrow, folks…my last post (regarding Father’s Day, of course) from my job….rest easy, my friends.

Hello? This is Admanjuk...I'm in Indonesia You know how when you  call a customer service number for whateva,  98.9 percent of the time, you get someone from Pakistan or India.  Cain't understand a dayumm thing they readin' off that script, and they understand NOTHIN' you say.   In most cases I end up hangin' up pissed off, and callin' back (2-3 times!)in the hopes of gettin' somebody I can talk to!  Usually … Read More

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June 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My All-time Favorites!

Today is a super-slow day at work, being that as I mentioned before, my job will be ceasing on July 28th. With that being said, most of the calls in this call center is being re-routed to the Philippines and Florida.

So as I sit here surfing the web as usual, a great idea popped in my head!!! I’d like to post my all-time favorite websites to share with you in no particular order:

1. www.wordpress.com (haha I made sure I put this one first JUST IN CASE I make it on Freshly Pressed, lol).

2. www.cnn.com I know their journalism can be biased at times, and sometimes the articles they post can be quite un newsworthy, I basically like to look at the comments on the bottom of the page and get a good laugh. My co-workers usually ask what am I snickering about and I tell them, the news.

3. www.eztaxreturn.com I have been using them for the last three to four years since I came to the realization that I too, can do my own taxes instead of paying those ridiculously high fees to have someone do it for me, especially when they are using the very SAME website!!!

4. www.nydailynews.com Having been born and raised in NY(Long Island to be exact), I miss the crazy happenings in the Big Apple.  They also have the moste amusing, but rude comments as well.

I love these  three sites, probably the most!!! I need my daily bread, this is what gets me thru the good AND bad days!!! There’s nothing like being fed the Word when you’re hungry or thirsty, but not for food or drink. 

5. www.quotesl.com/bibleverses 

6. www.dailybiblepromise.com

7. www.bibleinfo.com

And also, I must mention some of the best inspirational and motivational quote sites that I use to post daily on my Facebook page.

8. www.wow4u.com 

9. www.brainyquote.com

10. www.quotemountain.com

11. www.facebook.com Well, need I say more, lol!!!

12. www.twitter.com you can follow me, melissavirgo…

13. www.mediatakeout.com It’s been a while since I’ve been on this urban gossip website but it’s a great site.

14. www.playlist.com That is a great site for playlist like the one shown on this page, you can post to many social websites!!

15. www.wikipedia.org I love this encyclopedia website!!! This is where I get a lot of my resources from when posting facts.

16. www.lyrics.com I like this site because when I hear a song on the radio, I can catch the lyrics, duh!!!

17. www.mapquest.com Gets me where I need to go!!

18. www.alabama.gov This is a good site to go on that has all the online information you need for the state, including employment opportunities.

19. www.merriam-webster.com A great dictionary source!!

I use these websites to job hunt.

20. www.monster.com

21. www.careerbuilder.com

22. www.indeed.com

23. www.tuscaloosanews.com I can get the local news from my own town here.

24. www.oprah.com I love her website, I don’t care what ANYONE says, lol!!!

And last but definitely not least,

25. www.icanhazcheezburger.com This is a cute site just to amuse yourself when you are bored while at work, hehe.

Well that’s all for now, my friends! Those aren’t ALL my favorite sites, just the ones worth mentioning. I hope you enjoy. Please share with me some of YOUR  favorites so I can add them to MY favorites!! Enjoy the day!!!

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Life Is…

Hello,  have nothing really personally to post but just wanted share with you this poem by none other than Mother Theresa…

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Farewell Marvin Isley (August 18, 1953 – June 6, 2010)

Well friends, another r & b legend has gone on to glory!! Marvin Isley, bass guitarist for the Isley Brothers passed away on June 6, 2010 due to complications of diabetes in Chicago, IL.

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He was the youngest memhber of the group, formed in  1954 by the three eldest Isley brothers, O’kelly Jr, Rudolph and Ronald. Marvin  joined in 1973, when the group expanded to 6 members,(3+3), including his brother Ernie and brother-in-law Jasper.

Some of the great songs he played bass guitar include “Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2)“, “I Wanna be With You (Part 1)“, “The Pride, Pt. 1 & 2“, “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time for Love)“, “For the Love of You (Part 1 & 2)“, “Voyage to Atlantis“, and “Between the Sheets“. That is just a few to mention!!!

The 3+3 split in 1984. The three original Isleys kept the name The Isley Brothers and the three that joined later(Marvin, Chris and Ernie) became known as Isley-Jasper-Ispley. Their number one track many may remember was “Caravan of Love“. During their tenure they released three albums before rejoining the original Isley Brothers.

The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Finally due to severe diabetes, Marvin retired in 1997. Eventually the disease tragically led him to have both legs amputated.

Wow, this is the music I grew up on!! I remember like it was yesterday back in the day when my family came home from church every Sunday, my Dad would pop that 8-track in the player in the  living room and we’d listen to the great sounds of Isley Brothers, Marvin Gay, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Sam Cooke, Aretha, I soo could go on but you get the point!

But yes, thanks Marvin for your contribution to the R & B world, you will be sorely missed, but your music will live on forever.  (PS, if you see my Dad up there, play him a little ‘Voyage to Atlantis’, his favorite! Rest in Peace, Marvin….a job well done.)

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Moms….

 A co-worker of mine sent this to me today via email, thought it would brighten someone’s day! This just goes to show that just because it’s quitting time at work, doesn’t mean our shift is over…wow, this sure sounds good enough to me to repost!!! Here goes….

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, ‘I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed’. She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.

 She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk, wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse.

Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails. Dad called out, ‘I thought you were going to bed.’ ‘I’m on my way,’ she said. She put some water into the dog’s dish then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV’s, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm ; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals….. About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. ‘I’m going to bed’ And he did. without another thought.

Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer…? Cause we are made for the long haul….(and we can’t die sooner, we still have things to do!!!!) Send this to five phenomenal women today… they’ll love you for it! I just did. Then go to bed!

June 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Who’s Paying…

OK, so it’s Memorial Day(hope everyone is enjoying theirs!!) and I am STUCK at work!! I’ve been here since 8am and hello….it’s 9:23 and I haven’t gotten a call yet!!! So please forgive me for posting so early, I AM BORED!!!

With that being said, I am currently on a jobquest. I will be officially laid of on July 28th, if not sooner. I have been with this company since 2006 but we all know how the economy goes, so goes I. Anyways, here is some material I find interesting and hope you feel the same.

   

Here are the top paying jobs for women found on About.com:

No. 1 Top-Paying Job: Pharmacist Women’s median annual earnings: $85,644 Percentage of men’s pay: 84.9%

No. 2: Chief Executive Women’s median annual earnings: $83,356 Percentage of men’s pay: 80.1%

No. 3: Lawyer Women’s median annual earnings: $78,468 Percentage of men’s pay: 77.5%

No. 4: Computer Software Engineer Women’s median annual earnings: $70,252 Percentage of men’s pay: 87.3%

No. 5: Computer or Information Systems Manager Women’s median annual earnings: $65,520 Percentage of men’s pay: 85.4%

No. 6: Physician or Surgeon Women’s median annual earnings: $63,960 Percentage of men’s pay: 59.1%

No. 7: Management Analyst Women’s median annual earnings: $59,228 Percentage of men’s pay: 78%

No. 8: Human Resource Manager Women’s median annual earnings: $59,124 Percentage of men’s pay: 67.9%

No. 9: Speech-language Pathologist Women’s median annual earnings: $58,448 Percentage of men’s pay: 100%

No. 10: Computer Scientist or System Analyst Women’s median annual earnings: $56,264 Percentage of men’s pay: 83.7% Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Forbes

Wow!!! Just think of all the schooling, training and tuition paid for these jobs to make that kind of money!!! I can ONLY imagine what  we mothers would be paid if we actually were rewarded for being a Mom:

Doctor, Lawyer, Mediator, Psychologist,  Referee, Mind Reader, Coach, Chauffeur, Sounding board, the list goes on an on.  

Anyway, gotta go now the calls are starting to drift in, and I have to start my jobsearch so have a safe and blessed Memorial Day, enjoy!

May 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Strictly For the Southpaws!!!

Well everyone, as I sit here on this lazy Sunday afternoon, abou to call it a day at work, I wanted to touch on a personal subject, being left handed!! There are about 10-15% lefties in the world. For me personally, I believe I have adjusted well, considering I am the only lefty in my immediate family. Growing up, probably my biggest challenge at home was the ironing board position and the irons my Mom would buy that the cord was accommodating righties. Somehow or another, I managed. Oh, how can I forget about sitting in the desk at school with the writing board on the right!  Maybe out of the Also when my family eats out for dinner, I always sit on the left side, so my elbow doesn’t bump anyone else’s. Believe it or not, I DID play violin and the guitar when I was a kid!!! I just learned just like everyone else right handed. I was offered to have the strings restrung, I refused!! Yeah, playing softball was a b&*#ch in school, of COURSE they had no glove for lefties, now why would they do that lol!!! OK just a thought popped up, I did learn to knit left handed, I think the person who taught me was leftie, I’m not sure, it was soooo long ago!! OK my friends, another thought came to mind, when I was a kid, a girl who I was in a shouting match with, got herself a LITTLE too close to my personal space. Well I remember to the day that I faked like I was gonna hit her with my right but slammed the side of her head with a wicked punch with the left, I definitely used my left-handedness to my advantage, thanks to having to defend myself constantly against two older brothers, wow!!

If you’re not lefty you wouldn’t understand  the challenges we face on a daily basis. Being left handed can sometimes be a drag.  We are more prone to have allergies, migraines, and other environmental illnesses.  Left handed people are three times more likely than right handed people to become alcoholics and scientists speculate that it is because the right hemisphere of the brain has a lower tolerance for alcohol then the left side of the brain Why all the discrimination against lefties? Based on the standards of tradition, the right hand has always been preferred to the left.

Here is some info I gathered on the website Buzzle.com

Facts About Left-Handed People:

Left-handed people are many a times at a disadvantage using tools designed for the right-handed. Well this is true, but today, there is a whole range of tools and equipment being designed for left-handed people. Many right-handed tools too are available, such that they can be molded to suit the needs of the left-handed craftsman. Even the computer mouse has been challenged in use and the touch pad provides the left-handed professional equal opportunity.

Left-handed people are high achievers. Yes. Research reveals that left-handed people are in fact high achievers. This is because their brains are structured to widen their abilities, an attribute that is genetic and on account of the enhanced governing of ‘language centers’ within the brain. A number of mathematical, artistic and sporting geniuses were and are left-handed.

Left-handedness is usually forced to right-handedness due to cultural impact. Sadly, this is the case across the globe. Many children are forced into right-handedness during the formative years. Cultural pressure is fast changing though due the impact of mass literacy on society.

Left-handed people have a shorter lifespan than right-handed counterparts. Statistics reveal that left-handed people are more likely to succumb to accident fatalities and other injuries that arise out of a state of ‘affliction’. This is mainly due to majority people in the world being right-handed and hence the overall design of utilities being designed to accommodate the majority. Left-Hander Syndrome is a condition that is seen in left-handed people who are forced to write with their right hand; thus causing a mental state of confusion.

Left-handed persons use visual stimulus to process information. Research reveals that people who are left-handed do not use the sequential processing style like their right-handed colleagues, to disseminate information. Instead they are good at applying themselves to multiple tasks with the help of the synthesis method of breaking down information and finding a solution.

But have no fear my fellow southpaws!!! Read on!!

Scholarships for Left Handed People
Left-handed people, as the name suggests, use their left hand and leg (i.e. the right hemisphere of the human brain) efficiently. They face many problems in day-to-day life, such as the inability to use certain equipment, and thus need to buy special tools. The only scholarship available for left-handed children is the one offered by Juniata College in Pennsylvania. The ‘Frederick and Mary F Buckley’ Scholarship of $1000 is granted to left-handed students. This scholarship program was started by Mary Francis Buckley in the year 1979 and till date it helped 40 students attend school.

Frederick and Mary F Buckley Scholarship
Left-handed students can apply for the scholarship, after which they are screened to verify their left handedness. One might be asked to provide references of people who would confirm the prevalence of left handedness in him. Good academic performance and recommendations would help in increasing the chances of receiving the scholarship. The scholarship offered to a student can range from $1000 to $1500. It covers the expenses such as tuition fees and allowances (food, transportation, books, etc.).

Other Scholarships
To obtain scholarships, one should try to earn a respectable GPA. Financial need is the second criteria to judge a person for a scholarship. However, these are only few of the many aspects that govern the necessity to grant a scholarship. Left-handed students/people should focus on, understand and note down the various problems they face. The odds or hurdles encountered in daily life for the reason of being a left-handed person should be portrayed in a manner as to earn maximum leverage in obtaining a scholarship. However, it is also the responsibility of a scholarship seeker to be honest and present only the true problems.

In places around the world, some organizations and institutions do provide grants to cater for left-handed people. The community centers and NGOs could play an instrumental role to help earn scholarships for left handed people. One should however seek benefits for a proper and reasonable thing. A left-handed person should try his best to obtain the necessary benefits for his needs and betterment.

 

President Obama is left-handed!!

Famous Left-Handed People:

There are a number of famous left-handed people. The list includes:

Presidents of the United States of America: Harry S. Truman, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and the current President Barack Obama.

Legendary personalities: Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Fidel Castro, Helen Keller.

Musicians and Composers: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr.

Artists: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci.

Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Greta Garbo, Whoopie Goldberg, Cary Grant, Angelina Joli, Nicole Kidman, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe.

If you’ve been taught that left-handed people are in some way inferior to right-handed people it’s time to adjust your viewpoint. And if you are a left-handed person who was “trained” to be right-handed feel free to use either hand now. Times have changed. Thank goodness.

Some Christians believe that when judgement day arrives according to custom God blesses the saved with his right hand and casts out all the sinners out of Heaven with his left hand. Wow, I’ll have to beg to differ on that. I am a true Christian and believe I will be there on the ‘correct’ side when my day comes to meet my Maker. Amen!!

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Great Mother’s Day Weekend!!

Well folks, although I DID end up spending last Sunday, Mother’s Day at work, my kids and I did get to spend some quality time together at the airshow last Saturday in Tuscaloosa. I had warned my kids when the construction started earlier this year that by no means was I going to torture myself (and them) with the snarling traffic like we luckily avoided last year when we went.  I knew there were going to be crazy detours this year.

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Considering how close I work in proximity to the airport, I could see the Blue Angels practicing in the afternoons during the week prior to the show during my breaks outside. Finally I gave in because I had gotten that same pumped up thrill I got LAST year when the kids and I found out they were coming to town!

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So Friday  evening  I allowed one friend of my girls’ to spend the night  over and my oldest daughter spent the night HER friend’s house and I picked them up bright and early the next morning. Including myself, there were 7 of us in tow . We packed a cooler full of food, drinks, and brought a bunch of snacks and headed out around 7:30 a.m. We got a pretty good parking spot near the airport, thank goodness!!

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While the kids were off doing their own thing, my little one and I caught up with my boyfriend who had arrived an hour after us. Boy did we  enjoy the show!!! It was spectacular as usual! I especially love the parachute jumpers and of course the BLUE ANGELS!!!  They were the finale, and performed for at least a half hour. The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS, almost if not 90 degress. Wow, it was worth getting my face sunburned(I should have known better it happened last year too)!!

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My family and I are looking forward to next year’s airshow already!! Hopefully I can convince some of my family members from out of town to join us next time and we can do something big at the Robert Cardinal Park next door to the airport. As soon as it is confirmed they will be back, my plans WILL be in full effect!!

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 3 Comments

Nothing Special

Hey everyone, just wanted you to know that my son FINALLY got his laptop back yesterday!!(yah). I mean damn….It was there since March already. Like I said, he bought it in February from this beauty supply store nearby. He had it less than a month when he started encountering problems with it. So he took it back to them. Come to find out, it was the ‘motherboard’ blown. First they tried to get us to pay for repair. Man I almost ripped that guy a new armhole!!!

Every two to 3 weeks we’d stop by there and they’d give one reason after another why it wasn’t ready. So towards the end of April they tell us that they had gotten the wrong motherboard, so finally last week it was ready. I stop by there after work to pick it up and bring it to my son. Well ok, two keys were missing from the keyboard  which he said ‘whatever’ as opposed to them getting it back for another month to fix. But when he discovered they had taken out the usb jack, he was floored. I WAS FLOORED!!!! So, once again back it went!

So like I said, I went by there yesterday to get it because they called a day or two before to notify me it was ready, so come to find out my son had already gotten it. So now, my friends there is peace in the household…sigh!!!

And so I just found out last week that my job of almost four years is being moved to the Philippines(yea ok). So at this point I am looking hard and heavy!!! At least we were given ample notice(the end of July) a lot more than others have been given, thank God. So I have been feverishly looking for work on my downtime, and as a matter of fact, had an interview for another department at work in collections. Wish me luck!!!Well my friends, it’s the weekend, I’m going to enjoy this beautiful weather with my youngns’  this weekend, and I wish u all a great one as well, but let me leave u with this….

Life inflicts the same setbacks and tragedies on the optimist as on the pessimist, but the optimist weathers them better … The optimist bounces back from defeat, and, with his life somewhat poorer, he picks up and starts again. The pessimist gives up and falls into depression. Because of his resilience, the optimist achieves more at work, at school, and on the playing field. The optimist has better physical health and may even live longer. Americans want optimists to lead them. Even when things go well for the pessimist, he is haunted by forebodings of catastrophe. For pessimists, that is bad news. The good news is that pessimists can learn the skills of optimism and permanently improve the quality of their lives.
– Martin Seligan, author of Learned Optimism

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

30 “Oh So Trues….”

  Hello, my friends, I’m back. Work is kinda slow and my co-worker sent me this e-mail that I think you’d find amusing as it sure put a smile on my face…enjoy!! By the way, I added the pics myself for good measure, lol!!

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the Person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

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12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this – ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

21. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

22. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

23. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

24. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

25. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

26. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

27. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

28. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

29. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still do not know what time it is.

30. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

That’s My Sign!!

Now that I’m getting used to this blogging thing, more ideas are popping in my head daily. Today I want to touch on my zodiac sign, Virgo. As you see, my user name is Melissavirgo because I feel a strong connection to being a Virgo. From the first time I ever even read up on my sign as a teen, I truly believed that it best described me.

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Some of my interesting reading  in Wikipedia.com has enlightened me of my birth sign . Virgo is the sixth astrological sign in the zodiac. 

Generally, Virgo is considered compatible with same element signs, Taurus, Capricorn, Scorpio and Virgo itself.[5] These signs share an earthy demeanor and are believed to relate with each other on that merit.

According to astrology-online.com/virgo.htm:

Traditional
Virgo Traits

Modest and shy
Meticulous and reliable
Practical and diligent
Intelligent and analytical

On the dark side….

Fussy and a worrier
Overcritical and harsh
Perfectionist and conservative

 That’s me to a T! And it’s not like I changed myself to fit into the mold, trust! When I was a child I was chided for ‘keeping it real’ often. And now that I’m an adult, I try to  give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and take into consideration others’ feelings before speaking out. My biggest problem NOW more or less is not WHAT I say, but HOW I say it. Well, I’ll be the first to admit that I AM a work in PROGRESS!!!

The article goes on to say:

Virgo is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female. It is sometimes thought of as a potentially creative girl, delicately lovely; sometimes as a somewhat older woman, intelligent but rather pedantic and spinsterish. The latter impression is sometimes confirmed by the Virgoan preciseness, refinement, fastidious love of cleanliness, hygiene and good order, conventionality and aristocratic attitude of reserve. They are usually observant, shrewd, critically inclined, judicious, patient, practical supporters of the status quo, and tend toward conservatism in all departments of life. On the surface they are emotionally cold, and sometimes this goes deeper, for their habit of suppressing their natural kindness may in the end cause it to atrophy, with the result that they shrink from committing themselves to friendship, make few relationships, and those they do make they are careful to keep superficial.

Virgo is said to govern the hands, abdomen, intestines, spleen and central nervous system. Illnesses to which its natives are prone include catarrh, cold, coughs, pleurisies, pneumonia and nervous instabilities. Their natures make them inclined to worry and this makes them vulnerable to stomach and bowel troubles, including colic and ulcers. Male Virgoans may have trouble with their sexual organs. Both sexes are strongly interested in drugs and esoteric cuisine and as their delicate stomachs require them to be careful about their diet, it is essential that they treat their fascination with exotic food with extreme care.

Heaven knows yall, in the blink of an eye, when I think of certain things, my stomach knots up like crazy, then I must find the nearest rerstroom, asap(I know, tmi, lol!). I do know it’s some kid of anxiety thing I have going on. Also, when I’m stressed out, I lose my appetite completely. Wo is me!!!

    LIKES
  • Health foods
  • Lists
  • Hygiene
  • Order
  • Wholesomeness
    • DISLIKES

    • Hazards to health
    • Anything sordid
    • Sloppy workers
    • Squalor
    • Being uncertain

    The article goes on regarding negative issues with Virgoans:

    Problem:  Finding yourself frequently alone and unable to keep friends for more than a few weeks.
    Solution:  Try not to be argumentative over much and the constant criticism that Virgoans give to their companions are not endearing qualities to have. Try to live and let live, they will love you for it.

    Problem:  People tend to avoid making close contact with you.
    Solution:  Being too preoccupied with health and making it a continual topic of conversation. Try to keep your tips and suggestions about health and health products to yourself unless asked for them.

    Problem:  Dissatisfied with the way your life is turning out; no excitement or change to speak of.
    Solution:  You may be restricting yourself by reducing your life to a set of theories and pigeon-holes. Try to express the positive by first asking yourself, Who or what are you serving; are you devoted or are you enslaved. Answer those questions and then start a new path that includes your true worth.

    Problem:  You may feel that your life and your climb to success is a steep hill that you may never be able to scale.
    Solution:  Try expressing the positive traits of your finely tuned analytical reasoning, employing the light touch with employees and coworkers, while expressing genuine concern for all; You will find those mountains turning into hills that you run right over.

    Wow, that’s interesting!! While I admit I am an anti-social person, it’s part of astrological makeup!! You know I’ve been living in Alabama and yet to have the honor of having a best friend as of yet? I guess I need to loosen up, huh?

    Here are some famous Virgoans:

    Adam Sandler (September 9)

    Amy Irving (September 10)

    Bill Murray (September 21)

    Billy Ray Cyrus (August 25) 

    Cameron Diaz(August 30, 1972)

    Tattoo Design
    If I were to get another tattoo in addition to the three I already have, I would like to get this one,  probably on my right shoulder. It is sweet and simple!
    Ok, so it’s time to start closing the programs on my computer, it’s just about quitting time….that’s all for now, friends!

    May 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    Do You Know How To…

    Hey guys, a little something that I’ve been thinking about for a while that I’d thought I’d throw at you. While at the library a few weeks ago, my children and I were all on the computers. My 6 yr old (she’ll be 7 tomorrow, go Neva!) happened to be sitting next to me. While usually I concentrate on my own business at hand, I happened to glance over at her screen. Now, normally she’s doing the Nickelodoen thing, playing games or watching videos. Well, imagine my surprise when I looked over at her and saw this young lady on the screen with no shirt on dancing  around with no top on, showing folks how to design your own shirt! She was showing how you cut up the side of the shirt, make horizontal cuts and then tie the strips together so the sides of the shirt has holes!!! While the trend is unfamiliar, as my teenage girls have a few t-shirts of their own like that, I was just taken aback because I’m trying to figure out how the he!! did she happen upon that site and video!! Well, I figured out that part, when she logged on the computer, she must have hit the button to restore last session, so youtube popped up. And apparently she just clicked on any video that had been on the screen, because she surely did NOT type in “How to Design your T-shirt”! Of course I quickly directed her off that page and guided her to Nickelodeon, her familiar territy.

    Now I find it amazing though that you can find instructions on ANYYTHING you need to know how to do. I’m talking about from A-Z, folks!! Here are some How to’s that I find amusing if not interesting…

    1. How To Tie a Tie-Windsor Knot

    -that might come in handy when my son finally starts dressing like a real young man when he goes to church instead of those pants to the ground.

    2. How To Cut Your Own Hair

    -well one might not want their 6 yr old looking at that kind of stuff just yet, what do u think?

    3. How To Kiss Your Boyfriend For the First Time

    -geeze, that might come in handy for my teenage girls, smh….

    4. How To Roll a Blunt With a Cigarello

    -thanks, well if I didn’t know, thank goodness now I do!!

    5. How To Get Pregnant

    -ok but they don’t tell you how to take care of  the kid once’s he/she’s arrived. Are you serious?

    6. How To Get Rich On Farmville

    -ok Facebook fam, this is just for you!!!

    7. How To Make Homemade Lemonade

    -finally, so my kids don’t scrunch up their face when I make my own remedy, lol!!

    8. How to Stretch Your Shoes

    -good, I’ll never have to buy them another pair until they walk down the graduation isle!!

    9. How To Insert A Tampon

    -isn’t dear ole Mom supposed to show us how to do that, ughhh!!! That is what I call TMI….

    And now, something that I finally could get some us out of…..

    10. How To Quit Smoking Cigarettes

    -yes, I knew if I searched long and hard enough I’d find a category that I could really really relate to, but then I’d have to make up my own video with the title….

    11. How To Maintain Your Weight After Learning How to Quit Smoking On Youtube

    -need I say more?

    Well that’s it for me folks….I’m out!!!

    April 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment