Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Whenever I’m in the house, no matter what I’m doing, I like to have the TV on.  Some people like the radio on for background noise, I like the TV.  The show that I had on last night was Thintervention with Jackie Warner

I’m not overweight and I don’t have the discipline or ambition to work out.  I don’t even really like Jackie.  Especially after the one scene where she is all sniffly and is proclaiming how invested she is on everyone losing weight… come on - big, strong Jackie does not pull of crocodile tears very well  rolleyes   What keeps me interested is Joe and Bryan – they are hysterically funny!

“Good morning Frau Warner.”

“I hope this isn’t a park with a snack stand because we’re going to have a hard time keeping Nikki, Stacy and Shay on task.”

“Inner warrior?  Really?  I’ve named my Ethel.”

The rain started coming down.  It’s hard for fat people to run in the rain."”

It seems like every time they open their mouths, something funny comes out  laughing

I think the group as a whole is a hot mess and they will never lose the weight they want – if they do, they’ll never keep it off.  That being said, I’ll still probably put the show on for it’s comedic value 


I also started watching The Event…   I’m not totally sure yet, but I think I’m going to like it.  It’s got aliens and government conspiracies and Jason Ritter – what’s not to like?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rolling Hills

I guess Ghost Adventures aired an episode from Rolling Hills Asylum this week.  My sister is a big fan of Ghost Adventures – me, not so much… I like Ghost Hunters better (they were there in 2005).  Anyway, I was out in Batavia celebrating my nephew’s third birthday (is he three years old already?????), when we decided to take a ride out to Rolling Hills to see what we could see.

After looking it up on MapQuest, we found out that it is only eight minutes from my sister’s house.

So we get there only to find out that my sister had driven past there bunches of times and never realized what the place was - she thought it was an old school house  rolleyes   I guess in all fairness, the banner out front wasn’t out before AND it looks like they will be offering tours in October…

We are soooo going!

It looked pretty dilapidated and creepy in the day, so I’m sure it’s a whole lot worse at night – I can’t wait to find out laughing


Rolling Hills Asylum


 Rolling Hills Asylum


 Rolling Hills Asylum


Rolling Hills Asylum

(This looks distorted because I stitched together
a few pictures to make a big one)

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Favorite

I have a new favorite commercial 


Thursday, September 23, 2010


I’ve usually been very good at whatever job I’ve had.  I was the consistent one, the detail-oriented one, the one that people came to for answers, the one that trained other people.  I’ve always enjoyed that role.

Ever since I hurt my back, it’s not like that anymore.  I’ve since worked jobs that I’ve had no previous experience in, and while I’ve held my own (except for one job that I totally hated), I’m not that exceptional person anymore.  I hate being mediocre.

But being good always came easy – it doesn’t seem to any more.

It’s kind of depressing.

Is this what happens when you get old?

I need to either get really good at what I do now or find something that I can excel at again.

But I guess that’s easier said than done…  sigh3

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Visitor Center

I haven’t been Geocaching much lately.  I love to cache, but with all the projects I’ve been working on this summer, I just haven’t had much time for it.

I recently learned that there is a Geotrail along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and it has piqued my interest – just the thing to get me back into caching!

The place to pick up a logbook in our area is at the Niagara Visitor Center.

I found out when I wanted to pick one up, that the Niagara Visitor Center is *not* open on weekends.

Am I the only one who thinks this is weird? 

Usually when I go somewhere to visit, I’m there on the weekend.  I’ve stopped at numerous visitor centers around the country and don’t ever remember one being closed on the weekends.

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm isn’t exactly friendly hours for people who work – locals and visitors alike (especially if someone is here for business and is working normal working hours).

I sent them an email expressing my disappointment in not being able to pick up a logbook for myself and a friend… to their credit, they responded the next morning and they did mail me two logbooks. 

I still think it’s weird that a Visitor’s Center isn’t open on weekends.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Primaries Conspiracy?

I did my duty today as an American citizen and went out to vote for the Primaries  

It’s kind of an exciting election because we have a shot of getting someone to represent Upstate New York as governor instead of someone catering to New York City and ignoring the rest of the state as usual.

Up here in Niagara county, we are now using the new electronic voting machines.  (IMO there was nothing wrong with the old voting booths, but I guess that’s a moot point now…). 

When I arrived at my voting location I saw a huge line of people through the window.  “Cool!”, I thought, “There’s a high voter turnout – that’s going to make for a good election…”

And then I got inside.  One of the election ladies was announcing that they ran out of Republican ballots.

Are you kidding me???

They said that they sent out for some more and as long as you were in the building before 9:00, you could still vote – even if the ballots didn’t get there until 10:30. 

Right.  Who would want to wait around for hours waiting for the ballots to come?  What’s more – why should anyone *have* to wait?  (That never would have have happened with the old voting booths.   I’m just saying….)

People were *not* happy.  Dozens of phones were open with people calling the Board of Elections and all the news channels.

Some people left, but there was at least fifty people who decided to wait and see what would happen.  When I left (I’m a registered Conservative, so I could vote), there were still more people showing up.

It will be interesting to see if the news is going to say anything about it.  I wonder if anywhere else had the same problem and how much a problem like this will affect the outcome…



Well, from I’ve read, it looks like mine wasn’t the only polling place that ran out of ballots – but in the grand scheme of things it didn’t really matter… the election ended in a landslide!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Zoar Valley

I had a nice day yesterday exploring Zoar Valley.  I had been there before with my cousin, but we stayed along the rim.  Yesterday my sister and I did a lot of exploring in the gorge itself and it was a lot of fun.  We got to do a little Geocaching, but my sister doesn’t enjoy it as much as I do, so we only found one cache…  Next time I go, I want to find more – a lot more  laughing

The place is really magnificent.




Very high walls!

 There's a fun guy (fungi) in there somewhere!

 My sister trying to stay dry...

Mr. Frog

 Zoar Valley

 Zoar Valley


I need to look up what plant this is...

Thursday, September 9, 2010


I should be feeling happy.

My truck finally passed inspection.

My lawnmower is fixed.

My tractor is fixed.

My trailer is fixed.

I’ve been accomplishing projects around the house.

I met up with a friend I haven’t seen in forever and had a great time.

My travel bug going out to Nic finally got picked up and is on it’s way.

I actually have a watermelon in my garden ready to be picked.

You’d think I’d be in seven heaven….  but I’m not.

I don’t know why, but I’ve been feeling very ‘blah’ lately.

I hate this feeling of just going through the motions.

I hope I get out of this funk soon.


And F-you to the old people in the beige Silverado who threw their garbage out the window driving down Salt Road this morning .

Who does that anymore???? 


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010


To put it mildly, my property has quite a few obstacles on it (read: rocks, stumps, etc.).  Every year since I’ve lived here, I’ve gone through at least two or three sets of lawn mower blades each season (read: bent the @#$! out of them).

I swore that this year was going to be different.  With the gorgeous spring we had, I took advantage and cleaned up as much as I could, making every effort to remove any and all obstacles I could find.

I did great!  Mowing season started in April this year and I didn’t have to replace a mower blade at all this year!

Until today.

Yeah.  I wrecked a blade on a stump that must have grown when I wasn’t looking.

I almost made it the whole season.  Almost.  sigh3

Wednesday, September 1, 2010