Saturday, January 29, 2011


I challenge every one I know to donate blood in the next 30 days, if you're physically able to do so. Save a life; donate blood!

A message from our local American Red Cross

We have just entered into a "National Appeal" as we have cancelled many Blood Drives due to weather. Please pass the word. We need and appreciate everyone. Thanks!

If you work at Crane:




9:00 am - 3:00 pm


As of Monday, January 24th at 8:00 AM Eastern Time, the American Red Cross National Head Quarters in Washington D.C. will be issuing a statement to the national media that we are officially in a state of appeal for blood donors.

We are currently facing a national blood shortage, which includes the Southern Indiana area.

We do not know how long the appeal will last at this time. Until our inventory is stable, we will need EVERY ELIGIBLE DONOR to donate blood. Please pass this message on to the donors who are eligible and available to attend your upcoming blood drive. You can expect to hear about the matter through the local and national media.

Friday, January 28, 2011


A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. -- Bob Monkhouse

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

To steal idea from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

I always take life with a grain of salt... plus a slice of lemon... and a shot of tequila.

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

If I could say a few words, I'd be a better public speaker. -- Homer Simpson

You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing-after they have tried everything else. -- Winston Churchill

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it. -- Groucho Marx

She looks as though she's been poured into her clothes, and forgot to say when. -- P. G. Wodehouse

I like going to the park and watching the children run around because they don't know I'm using blanks. -- Emo Phillips

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shakeology 101

Shakeology: The Healthiest Meal of the Day

Shakeology is a patent-pending nutritional protein shake that provides a wide spectrum of healthy nutrients in a low-calorie formula. Whether you use it as a meal replacement for weight loss or simply to ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs for optimal health, Shakeology takes the guesswork out of nutrition.

Shakeology works two ways:
  1. helps your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently
  2. allows for better absorption of the essential nutrients you need
Shakeology can help you:
  1. Lose weight
  2. Feel energized
  3. Improve digestion and regularity
  4. Lower cholesterol
I have just started drinking Shakeology. So far, I'm loving it. If I had a 'before' picture, I'd post it. Because I can't wait to post my 'after' picture.

If you want more information (like success stories, what the doctors think, Shakeology recipes, or to order your own) check out my website.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Duck Walks into a Bar

A duck walks into a bar and asks, "Got any grapes?"

The bartender, confused, tells the duck that no, his bar doesn't serve grapes. The duck thanks him and leaves.

The next day, the duck returns and says, "Got any grapes?"

Again, the bartender tells him that, "no, the bar does not serve grapes, has never served grapes, and, furthermore, will never serve grapes." The duck, a little ruffled, thanks him and leaves.

The next day, the duck returns, but before he can say anything, the bartender begins to yell, "Listen, duck! This is a bar! We do not serve grapes and if you ever ask for grapes again, I will nail your little duck beak to the bar!"

The duck is silent for a moment, and then asks, "Got any nails?"

Confused, the bartender says "no!"

"Good!" says the duck. "Got any grapes?"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blog Ideas

In an attempt to blog more often, I've come up with a guide for what I'll blog about each day of the week. I don't expect to blog EVERY day. But when it crosses my mind to write a blog entry, at least I'll have a suggestion to help me focus on what I'll write about.

I've done this before, but it's been awhile. So I thought it might be fun to try it again. This is my current focus list:

Sunday - Shakeology, BeachBody, Health/Fitness/Wellness Goals and Results

Monday - Mary Kay...our latest products, skin care and cosmetics trends and tips

Tuesday - This Day in History...something interesting that happened on this date way back then

Wednesday - Writing...what I'm writing, tools I use, samples and snippets of what I've written

Thursday - 3 Wishes...if I had my own personal genie who was willing to grant me any three wishes, what I would wish for

Friday - Fun...jokes, top ten lists, cartoons, silly quotes and such

Saturday - 7 I'm feeling, what I'm doing, where I'm going, things I'm thinking... in exactly 7 words

Sunday, January 9, 2011

No Songbird Here

I was supposed to sing at mass this morning. I went to Lynn's (the organist) to practice on Friday. I still wasn't back to my normal singing voice, but I was TONS more improved than Christmas. We chose the songs and were fairly confident that it would go well.
But yesterday, while at our Mary Kay January Jumpstart Training at the Primo in Plainfield, my voice gradually degraded as the day wore on. I woke up with a sore throat and a headache. Except for the scratchy throat and an annoying dry cough, I felt fine. But it became evident to me by mid-afternoon, that there was no way I was going to be able to sing at the 10am mass Sunday.

So, I got a sub. Thank you, Gianna!

I'm so tired of being sick. I don't know exactly when this started, but it has to be at least a month ago. There were two full days a week before Christmas where I had no voice at all. None. No volume whatsoever. You can hear my voice today, but it's not pretty. It's not even sexy. I sound like a gravelly old woman.

In the last month, I have finished off two boxes of Nyquil/Dayquil, one bottle of Mucinex DM, one box of Alka Seltzer Cold and Flu (the plop-plop-fizz-fizz stuff), a handful of Zycam chews that a friend swore by, one box of Tylenol Cold and Flu, and two bags of Halls Triple Soothing Action Cough cherry. I'm running out of ideas on how to whip this once and for all.

And I can't sing! I hate that. My eyes are all watery. I hate that too. Makes putting on mascara futile. I'm not sleeping well due to the cough. That's no fun either.

On the positive side, my stomach muscles (what there are of them) are getting a bit of a workout with all the coughing. Once I drop the spare tire, I should have washboard abs.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pretty Nails

I just polished my nails three different colors. I mean, there are three different colors on my nails. No, not EACH nail. Some of them are one color. Some are another. And yep, you guessed it, some are a third color.

I was just in the mood.

Four of them are SO MUCH FAWN.

Three of them are COMMANDER IN CHIC.

And the remaining three are MUDSLIDE.

But not necessarily in that order.

All are from Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure line and are part of my personal fingernail polish collection.

I have at least two dozen different colors, most of the Sally Hansen. Today, I couldn't settle on just one. So, I went with three. I tried taking a picture of them, so I could post it here. But the pictures turned out really bad. I need more practice with my digital camera and close-up shots. So picture this...


Happy New Year, friends!