Thursday, December 30, 2010

Great Recipe

Some refer to this as Saltine toffee but I call this gem of a recipe Carmelitas. When I make it for the folks at work they call it crack because it is so damn addictive.

Saltine Crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 pkg. milk chocolate chips (I like to mix this w/ half of semi-sweet)
chopped nuts.....such as walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with foil. Lay out saltine crackers evenly on foil. Boil butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until hard for 2 minutes. I stir mine when it is boiling.

Pour evenly over saltine crackers when done. Bake for 5 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from oven and pour chocolate chips on top. As they melt, spread evenly and sprinkle with nuts. We only put nuts on 1/2 of it.

When completely cool, break into pieces. To cool, place in fridge, or freezer, or outside, if it is cold where you live. It must be completely cool.
Enjoy and try not to eat the whole pan :)

Picture Of The Day

Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Infographic About Sleep

I have just slept non stop for the past 2 days as I am fighting something that is making me physically ill.
16 Things You Didn't Know About Sleep
Via: Psychology Degree

Some Not So Important Facts About Sex

15 Not-So-Important Facts About Sex

Amazing Bikerider

Back in my days of youthful husband and I liked to mountain bike and Garth and my dear friend were a part of a mountain bike club called "Ass over Tea Kettle." I was a member by connection to some of the members and every once in a while they would take me out on some of their trail rides. I am proud to say that some of these rugged terrains had some challenges that I was able to get through on a hope and prayer. Those were fun days. I remember doing a jaunt with my Hubby and brother one afternoon from Brantford to Cambridge and back. I have a real appreciation for this dude as he journies from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Amusing Things On The Web

Craziness in Calinfornia

Funny Animal Voiceovers

During the halftime show at a recent University of Hawaii football game, the individual band members formed the shape of a stick-figure football player that was as tall as the field is wide. Then the stick-figure ran in slow-motion across the field and “kicked” a giant football.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

This Day In History.......Fun Facts

I think we know the most obvious thing being celebrated today is Christmas, where traditionally people celebrate the birth of Christ.
As some people break away from the religious connection to the holiday it has also been a day and season to spend with family and friends and to recognize the needs of others and Christmas is a time that you can see love put into action all around. There are many volunteers working for the sake of others through the Season. These volunteers stand in the malls and the cold for hours and ring the bell repetitively for donations. The food banks are filled nationwide for those in need of a Christmas meal on their table.

Some other noteworthy things about this day.....

1964 James Bond Goldfinger premiers in the U.S. It was 3rd in the James Bond series and starred Sean Connery as 007.

1758 Halley's Comet As predicted by Sir Edmund Halley, it arrives. This was the first time a comet's return had been accurately predicted.

Born on this Day
1954 Annie Lennox Scottish singer, with the Eurythmics. Music: Sweet Dreams (1982, #1).

1949 Sissy Spacek (Mary Elizabeth Spacek), American Oscar-winning actress. Film: Carrie (1976) and Coal Miner's Daughter (1979, Oscar).

1948 Barbara Mandrell American country singer. Music: Sleeping Single In a Double Bed (1977, #1). She was the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year (1979) and Entertainer of the Year (1980 and 1981).

1946 Jimmy Buffet American singer, songwriter. Music: Margaritaville (1977) and Cheeseburger in Paradise (1978).

1945 Gary Sandy American actor. TV: Somerset (Randy Buchanan) and WKRP in Cincinnati (Andy Travis).

1937 O'Kelly Isley d. 1986 American Grammy-winning singer, with the Isley Brothers. Music: Twist and Shout (1962), This Old Heart of Mine (1966), and It's Your Thing (1970, Grammy).

1924 Rod Serling d. 1975 (Rodman Edward Serling), American Emmy-winning writer. Film: Planet of the Apes (1968, writer). TV: The Twilight Zone (producer, creator, and host) and Night Gallery (host).

1918 Anwar as-Sadat d. 1981 Egyptian president (1970-81), Time magazine's Man of the Year (1977), and co-winner of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize (with Menachem Begin).

1907 Cab Calloway d. 1994 (Cabell Calloway), American singer, bandleader, actor. His orchestra was one of the leading bands of the 1930s and '40s. Music: Minnie the Moocher (the first million-selling jazz record).

1889 Lila Bell Acheson Wallace d. 1984 American publisher. She and her husband DeWitt founded Reader's Digest (1921). It obtained the largest magazine circulation in the world.

1887 Conrad Hilton d. 1979 American hotel executive. He bought his first hotel in Texas in 1919.

1880 Johnny Gruelle d. 1938 (John Barton), American children's author, creator of Raggedy Ann (1917) and Raggedy Andy (1922).

1821 Clara Barton d. 1912 American nurse, philanthropist, Mother of the Red Cross. Known as the "Angel of the Battlefield," she helped organize and was the first president of the American Red Cross Society (1881).

1642 Sir Isaac Newton d. 1727 English mathematician, philosopher, astronomer. He discovered the three laws of motion, the law of gravity, and invented calculus.

Deaths On This Day
2006 James Brown b. 1933 American soul singer, "The Godfather of Soul." Music: I Feel Good (1965) and Living in America (1986).

1997 Denver Pyle b. 1920 American actor. TV: The Dukes of Hazzard (Uncle Jesse) and The Doris Day Show (1968-70, Buck Webb - Doris Day's Father).

1996 JonBenét Patricia Ramsey b. 1990 American child beauty pageant queen, murder victim. Her murder in her Boulder, Colorado home drew national attention.

1995 Dean Martin b. 1917 (Dino Paul Crocetti), American singer, actor, partner of Jerry Lewis. He boxed professionally under the name "Kid Crochet."

1977 Sir Charles Chaplin b. 1889 British silent film actor who endeared audiences with his "little tramp" character. He also co-founded United Artists (1919).

1952 Dinty Moore b. 1869 (James H. Moore), American restaurateur, known as the "Corned Beef and Cabbage King."

1946 W.C. Fields b. 1879 (William Claude Dukenfield), American actor. Film: You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) and My Little Chickadee (1940). Quote: "A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for" and " 'Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays

I want to extend my holiday wishes to you and your family as you celebrate. I wish that you find meaning beyond the festivities and gatherings. I hope that you find joy and peace amidst chaos and exhaustion.
I also wish you joy and peace as you enjoy your days off! Happy holidays!

I'm working the next three nights, (24th, 25thand 26th) that’s why I posted this quick greeting now.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Digital Story Of The Nativity

Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon.
Amazingly well put together and thought out... amusing too.

Song Of The Day: Sometimes You Have to Work On Christmas By Harvey Danger

I have to work this Christmas. I am on 12 hour nights on the 24th,25th and 26th.

Nursing is one of those careers, just like most of the “helping” professions where someone has to work the holidays.

Many of us are conditioned to believe that this single day ....Christmas Day ....will produce the perfect day with laughing families, grateful children and restored relationships. The reality is that rarely happens. It is just another day, maybe even a stressful day, made harder by broken promises, unrealistic expectations and a touch of old fashion family tension.

Even though celebrating Christmas on Christmas Day is special in many ways, nurses don’t have to dread working the holiday shift.
I am going to be thankful that I have a stable job and that I have an income to help pay for the basics and also some gifts for my loved ones.

I am going to look forward to the potluck we have planned on Christams Eve. I am going to be festive with my coworkers and be mindful that I am not alone.

I am going to arrange special family time throughout the Holiday Season.

I am going to be aware that working the holiday is an opportunity to show the true spirit of Christmas to your coworkers, family and patients.

Ashton Kutcher’s reported mistress, Brittney Jones, is trying to make some cold hard cash after claiming that she had sex with the actor on his couch.

Brittney is
selling what she says is Ashton’s sweater.
The current bid is 21,000.......why are people encouraging this chick?

Did You Know That Doogie Howser Is Feuding With Victor Newman

Apparently last week Neil Patrick Harris took a swipe at Eric Braeden, calling him a “D-bag” for skipping out on an appearance on his show, “How I Met Your Mother”.

In case you weren’t aware of who Eric Braeden is, he played Victor Newman on “The Young And The Restless” for a long time. He also played the part of Robin’s father on “HIMYM”.

Neil tweeted, “Eric Braeden is a D-Bag. the actor, (Robin’s dad) agreed to a cameo, then last night bailed, saying the part wasn’t ‘substantial’ enough.”

Apparently, that caused Eric to run to “Entertainment Weekly” to discuss the matter. In response, he said, “I really don’t know who that fellow is. He’s a guy who stars in that series. It’s very unfortunate. First of all, I came back from hip surgery. I was off for three weeks. I’ve doubled my work, 30 to 50 pages a day for me, alone. Everyone knows that I’m exhausted. I was not about to appear on a show for two lines, because that’s what it amounted to.”

“Entertainment Weekly” reports:

Braeden originally agreed to take the gig because he enjoyed his first appearance on the CBS comedy in November 2008. “I truly enjoyed working there last time,” Braeden said. “The cast and crew and producers couldn’t have been nicer.”

As for Harris, “His choice of words bothered me,” Braeden added. “It seems to me like a young whippersnapper, having seen himself on a few covers, who’s received a few awards, is now suddenly suffering from the first signs of hubris. I’ve been in the business for 50 years. I’ve seen people come and go and I’m still here.”

Braeden ultimately laughed off the whole situation. “If he is a worthy adversary, he’d better not cross my path. I will let bygones be bygones.”

Neil has since taken to his Twitter to apologize, saying, “Now I feel bad for the D-bag comment. Don’t know the guy personally. I’m just fiercely protective of our show. Jpk”

Can’t we all just get along???

Fun Facts I Learned Via The Web

Jellyfish are 99% water.

Pandas eat bamboo almost exclusively. About 88 pounds of it every day.

Bees have to visit 5 million flowers to make a jar of honey
Dalmatians are born without spots

Giraffes are the only animals born with horns.

An octopus is about the size of a flea at birth

The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees.

Owls are the only bird that can see the color blue.

1 in 4 women cheat on their partners. 1 in 3 men do.

Men over 35 have a 1/77 chance of having a heart attack when they have sex.

In 1990, 290 women were charged with rape in the U.S.

3 out of every 1000 men can fellate themselves

Most male orgasms in one hour.... 16.

Most female orgasms in one hour......134.

An extramarital affair usually lasts 21 months

The average prostitute stays in that job for 5 years.

Marilyn Monroe was paid only $50 for her 1949 nude calendar photo

Charlie Chaplin had to pay child support for a child that wasn’t even his.

1 in 4 women can’t name all of their past lovers.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best Poop Story Ever

Check out this funny dog story that Canadian rocker Bif Naked recorded for George Stroumboulopoulos of The Hour.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas

This just might come in handy to someone so I thought I would pass along.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Deal Of The Day: Dell Wireless Mouse $14.99

There’s a special offer on this little wireless mouse with nano receiver from Dell Canada. The regular price is $29.99, but they have reduced it to half price – it’s now $14.99 with free shipping too.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

High 5 Cam Spreads Disease & Cheer

Marriage & Divorce

Things are shifting in the love department.......

Joel Madden & Nicole Richie Got Married on Saturday.

Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson have separated and plan to divorce.

A Divorce is in the works for Dexter & his wife

and......sweethearts Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens break up

Turf War among Cats

Monday, December 13, 2010

Embrace Life! Always Wear Your Seatbelt

Wow!! This is an effective commercial with an important message.

Friday, December 10, 2010

An Addition To My Christmas List

I want one of these for Christmas.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wishing You All A Happy Holiday Season

I know it may be early to some but I am wishing all my friends and family a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

RIP: Mike Dailey

Just last evening as I was catching up reading my favorite blog I read about Mark Dailey. I felt so sad reading about his journey with the cruel disease of cancer and today I am saddened even more. City TV has a wonderful tribute that you can read here.

The Return Of Marilyn Denis

CTV announced recently that its highly anticipated daytime talk show, "The Marilyn Denis Show", premieres Monday, January 10. Airing Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. on CTV. The show offers a fun and relaxed destination for entertainment, inspiration, and lifestyle tips. I have missed her.......Can't wait.

Ducks In A Windstorm

I love how they all regain their composure at the end of the clip.

Celebrities & Their Kids

Reese Witherspoon takes time to pose with her 11 year old daughter Ava Elizabeth and her 7 year old son Deacon Reese as she received her coveted star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Wednesday.

Kate Winslet picked her son 7 year old son, Joe Alfie up from school on Thursday.

At age 3, Nancy O’Dell‘s daughter out with her husband Keith and 3 year old daughter Ashby Grace.

Jennifer Lopez and daughter Emme Maribel, 2½, attend a party celebrating the new Gucci Children’s Collection Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Suri Cruise is now 4 years old and apparently does not have any sweaters or jackets to wear while out and about so she brought a warm blanket to wrap herself in instead.

Nicle Kidman out and about in NY City with her 2 year old daughter Sunday Rose.

Kelly Rutherford with her son Hermes Gustaf Daniel, 4. She also has a 17 month old daughter Helena Grace.

Michael Douglas is recovering from treatment for throat cancer and looked joyful as he posed with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and kids Carys, 7½, and Dylan, 10, on a family trip to Epcot Center in Florida.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Interesting Tidbits I Learned Via Internet

The phrase “Don’t worry, be happy” is printed at the bottom of receipts from the Cheesecake Factory.

Chuck Norris is a volunteer cop, and sometimes helps in big police raids.

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.

In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die!

Aerosmith's Dude Looks Like a Lady was written about Vince Neil of Motley Crue.

The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

Crocs Come To Canada

Crocs have opened their online Canadian website. If you are a fan of the comfort of crocs or like me enjoy getting them for the kids because they are virtually indestructible (water nor mud, nor rocks shall destroy those things) is now operational.
They have croc winter boots now, rain boots, toning shoes… etc,etc. Have they ever expanded!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Greatest Inventions Of All Time

Check out this Encyclopædia Britannica's list for the Greatest Inventions Of All Time.

I Am Hoping This Is Not True

I love Josh Duhamel. He is one of my celebrity boyfriends and I think Fergie and him make a nice couple. When I read this headline I was startled. That is so not the way I perceive his character. I think it might be time to change my celebrity boyfriend list.

Juicy Couture Has A New Type Of Fan

According to CEO of Juicy Couture, Edgar Huber, they’ve had to close the Fifth Avenue Store because of bed bugs.

Edgar sent out an email to his staff, laying out their plans to rid themselves of the infestation:

As you may be aware we have temporarily closed the 5th Avenue location due to the discovery of bed bugs.

Our top priority is to protect our associates and our customers and we are moving swiftly and aggressively to address the problem. We expect to re-open the store later in the week and will keep you updated when we have specifics around the re-opening.

At this time there have been no other locations identified with this issue but we will continue to take all necessary precautions.

The company has also issued an official statement, directing customers to their website or another location so that there’s no interruption in business:

We wanted to inform the public and our consumers that we have temporarily closed the Juicy Couture Store at 650 Fifth Avenue due to the discovery of bed bugs.

Like other major retailers recently impacted by this issue, we are moving swiftly and aggressively to address the problem. We expect the store to re-open later this week.

The people who shop and work at the store are our top priority and we are taking all necessary precautions.

There are three other Juicy Couture stores serving New York City shoppers at 860 Madison Avenue, 368 Bleecker Street, 103 Fifth Avenue and of course all merchandise is available 24-hours a day at

Friday, December 03, 2010

Should I Have A Cookie?

Click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Tim Hawkins Is Funny

I love, love, love when people even crack themselves up.

Christmas Tune #2: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Santa Needs To Lay Off The Egg Nog

Drunk Santa is caught on surveillance camera entering a parking garage. I personally think the guy pushing him is a little harsh.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Question Of The Moment

Every once in a while I will randomly send out a (text question) via my mobile phone to a few of my contacts who like to keep me entertained when I engage them in this silly banter. The most recent question was where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Here are a few of the random answers I received :

"I see myself in University for a career in writing or psycology."

"I see myself having written my book on the theory of life, have 2 adopted kids and an adopted monkey, living in Durham region with the man I'm supposed to be living with in my dream home from that I bought with the profits of my book. i will be driving Shelby and still working as an RN in Whitby."

" I am going to be forensic psychiatrist."

" I'm going to be in the movies."

" I will be broke, putting my kids through University."

I had a few other answers that were too sick and disturbing to mention.......right Briannna?

Feel free to leave your answer here.

Kids At Play

Christmas Tune #1: Blue Christmas

Trailer:Frankie & Alice

Something tells me that Halle may get an Oscar Nod for this upcoming flick.

Lack Of Insight

Many patients and their families, who seek treatment at a psychiatric/mental health unit of a hospital expect the doctors and nurses to change their lives and make all of their problems disappear. Somehow they’ve gotten the idea that we have a magic wand in our back pocket and that by waving it, we can make their troubles go away. Even tho' we offer them hope through the use of medications and talk therapy....... there are some things that just cannot be fixed.