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Steam Mop vs Home Entertaiment System

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 1, 2009 by juliannah

No, I have not dropped of the face of the earth. I just took a little computer break. For some reason I had no desire to open my laptop over the long holiday weekend. So, I took it easy and watched some mindless TV.

We had a great Thanksgiving with Hippie Guy, Flower Child, the twins Fuzzy and Wuzzy and Grandma M and Grandpa DingDon. Flower Child prepared a fabulous meal and she definitely pulled out all the stops. Considering this was her first time making almost the entire meal, she scored an A+ with everyone.

Corvette and I actually went out and braved Black Friday. It was ok until we tried to get into the Electronics dept. in Wal-Mart. That only took 20 minutes of maneuvering around the hordes of people. We finally made it in and out. I am now the proud owner of a Shark Steam mop and Corvette walked out with a Blue-ray player. The mop works great, the player uh, let us just say it has a learning curve.

So, the next night Corvette decides to go back to Wal-Mart and purchase a home entertainment system. The last thing I want is a theatre in my living room. Therefore, he fiddles with it half the night and for a good eight hours on Sunday. He finally got it working. I have to assume he broke down and read the instructions. Just as a side note, I spent the day in my bedroom watching Bridezillas and numerous other reality shows and listening to the steady stream of expletives coming from the living room. So fast-forward to Monday morning. I get up and try to turn on the TV. Guess what? No sound. Nada. Nothing. Corvette gets up and plays with it and after more expletives he decides to take it back after work.

Hooray. Score on for team Juliannah! As of today, my living room is my living room again! Thank goodness because if he would have got it to work I might have been waking up to a popcorn machine in my kitchen.

5 Ways to Support the Troops During the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by juliannah

While I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to send to LCpl Honda in his Christmas Care Package I started doing a little research on the internet. I found many great charities and companies that focus on making Christmas for our deployed service people a happy day.

 If you are wondering, what you can do here is just a few of the ideas that I came across.

1. Send a USO care package to a deployed service member. Operation USO Care Package will send a care package to those either deployed or en route to an overseas deployment.

2. Operation UpLink provides phones cards for deployed military members. Being able to call home is a priceless gift you can give to a military member and their family.

3. Christmas Spirit Foundation donates Christmas trees for military families. What a wonderful gift for the family back home!  Being separated from loved ones during the holidays is stressful to say the least. The Christmas Spirit Foundation provides trees and helps families with one less thing to worry about during the holidays.

4. Donate toys to the Marines Toys for Tots program. This benefits all children whether in the military or not. Besides, Christmas is all about the kids and the Marine Corps has successfully made a wonderful Christmas for kids since 1991.

5. Adopt a Soldier. This is the gift that keeps on giving. You can adopt a military member and help by sending care packages and letters throughout his/her entire deployment.

Whatever you choose to do is up to you but this is just five ways you can help and bring some holiday spirit to those who are making it possible for us to celebrate the holidays in freedom.