K-cups

So lately I’ve just been purchasing whatever k-cups are available at the grocery store. So I’ve tried folgers vanilla biscotti and folgers Colombian. Both are very good.
I love big cats coffee but I just can’t justify spending $75-90 on coffee to get free shipping and if I don’t spend that much shipping is like $9…. Making it not worth it.
Although my expired cups bought from eBay are still yummy even eBay couldn’t bring the cost down in most cases to make it worth it so for now so i can have some variety I will go to the local grocery stores and walmart for my k-cup fix…..

…… Ohhhh got an 18 pack of tully’s kona blend at walmart for $9 on clearance instead of almost $12.
Seems as if walmart is going to start carrying more variety of k-cups!!

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Three feet

Can anyone tell me what kind of tiad this is? This is my little friend named 3 feet as he/she has 4 legs but only 3 feet.
3feet eats dead bugs, live bugs, hermit crab food pellets and sometimes even dog food…. Weird I know!!!
3feet shares a large habitat with 3 medium sized purple pincher hermit crabs.
I noticed one day that the crabs’ food bowls was practically being licked clean and the fact that I saw 3feet in front of our smack cricket buffet for the crabs and then the smashed cricket buffet disappeared rather fast (over night 10-20 smashed crickets gone)
So I’ve bought dried meal worms, dried shrimp and dried blood worms and mixed these together to get a good variety. I also go out several times a week to look for worms and Rollie pollies.
3 feet has gained a lot of weight once being hijacked from the wild.
I feel guilty… But now what can I do besides do the best I can.

The shell beside it is where I put the food. 2 hrs prior to the picture it had 3 frozen worms( harvested from outside today,), hermit crab powder food and dried meal worms.

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Absolutely hilarious

I did not write this but it is sooooo funny!!!

WARNING: BEFORE you read this, go use the restroom… & DO NOT have liquid in your mouth…just in case. 🙂 Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. … A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this: Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest.. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer. The effects of the Tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety…?? WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home… I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave. Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right? There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong? So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Tazer in another. The directions said that: a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; and a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries. All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumfere nce (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, ‘no possible way!’ What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best. I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, ‘Don’t do it stupid,’ reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and… HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHAT THE… !!! I’m pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room. Note: If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a Tazer, one note of caution: There is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor! A three second burst would be considered conservative! A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I had crapped in my shorts, but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair. I’m still looking for my testicles and I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return! PS: My wife can’t stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it
1 hour ago near Tampa

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Children

Hey I’ve been elevated to another level of parenting! Yeahhhhh! I’ve managed to unglued my children from the TV…. However, at the cost of now they are glued to preschool games on the iPad….
Soooooo we’ve tried one vice for another…. But at least they are interactive!

Yesterday, was My oldest’s first preschool teacher conference. The teacher only told us what we already knew. He isca stubborn child who will only do what he wants when it interests him. If the teacher wants him to try numbers or letters or patterns but he doesn’t want to then he’ll just say I don’t know and won’t even try!!! Arrrrhhhhhhhhggggggrrrraaaa!
What to do?????

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My oldest

My oldest threw a mega tantrum before school today. Is something wrong with him? Not just today, but in general? Is it me? My personality affecting him? Is it the new surroundings? Is it genetic? What is wrong?

My youngest is copying him… Or is my oldest copying my youngest. My youngest is 2 1/2….

I’m so overwhelmed! These fits break my heart….

Dude the toad

Well my last toad…Aka 3 Feet is getting huge… Actually/he/she (?) is fat
He is a weird toad. I noticed he ate the dead smashed crickets (the escapees a while back) i put for the hermits, so I tested my hypothesis that he was eating dead bugs by buying freeze dried meal worms and putting them in a shell dish. At first he didn’t eat them but when I added hermit crab “tiny nuggets”, the next morning the dish was clean!
Now those of you who have hermits know that the crabs eat very little… Very little…and after 2 weeks of meal worms, crab nuggets, random bugs, snails, worms and dog food 3 Feet is fat and seemingly content.
However, this seemingly slightly omnivorous toad is starting to make me question my assumption that he is an American toad. He looks like an American toad but everything I’ve read says that toads are hunters not scavengers and that they need prey to move (BUT that American toads have been known to steal dog food…)
I’m just debating on whether he is an American toad or a cane toad. Cane toads are very omnivorous and that is the only reason I question whether my toad is American or Cane.
Maybe his injury (loss of foot) caused him to be an opportunistic eater? Who knows…. All I know is that he eats dead bugs, live bugs, crab food and dog food…. I’ll post a pic soon.

(I have not checked for grammatical or spelling errors)

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Unfair: another post from joseph4gi

http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2011/09/legal-circumcision-battle-goes-state.html

The excerpt below is only a small portion of the well written blog article. Please copy and paste the above link to read the entire disheartening article.

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“Legal Circumcision Battle Goes State AND Federal

Why a Legal Battle?
On September 30, 1996, a law was passed that would prohibit any form of female genital cutting on non-consenting minors. Even the mildest form of female genital cutting is condemned as “female genital mutilation,” and it is prohibited under federal law, without exempt for religious rituals. The law, of course, allows for medically indicated procedures, and would not criminalize a doctor if the procedure was medically or clinically warranted.

Last year, the AAP tried to endorse a “ritual nick” in girls, under the pretext that doing so might dissuade parents from taking their daughters abroad to other countries to have more severe forms of female genital cutting performed. The AAP admitted that the proposed “ritual nick” would dwarf in comparison with male infant circumcision. May 2010 would not end before there was a world outcry, and an embarrassed AAP was forced to retract their statement. The message was clear; under absolutely no circumstances were medical professionals ever to come near a girl’s vulva with a knife, not even for a “ritual nick.”

The establishment of such a law would seem like a noble gesture, were it not for a glaringly obvious inconsistency; the federal ban on female genital cutting (AKA female genital mutilation) protects members of only one sex against the needless cutting of their genitals, defying the 14th amendment, which says that citizens shall not be deprived of the equal protection of the law. While “religious freedom” and “parental choice” would never be enough to justify the slightest “ritual nick” in girls, for whatever reason, these are acceptable alibis for the circumcision of healthy, non-consenting boys.

To human rights activists who see the genital cutting of healthy, non-consenting individuals of either sex as mutilation, also known as “intactivists,” it seemed only logical that such a law which offered protection to only one sex ought to be challenged. If neither “religious freedom” nor “parental choice” are enough to justify the slightest “ritual nick” in girls, then it only follows that the same applies to boys. A law that views the genital cutting of one sex as “mutilation” regardless of “religious importance” but not the other is not only sexist, bigoted and self-serving in nature, but also unconstitutional. Boys deserve the same protection under the law.”…..

…..”MGM Bill organizers have a difficult enough time getting their voice heard, but even when they do, they’re faced with bias, if not outright ignorance from those in government who are supposed to set aside their own personal bias, listen to both sides of the debate and make a fair judgement.”……
……”The Problem With Circumcision “Protection” Laws
Perhaps the biggest problem with this legislation is that, like Mike Gatto’s law in California, it enacts as statute value judgements about circumcision that a state legislature cannot and should not be making. How are the medical claims in this law confirmed? Are there any urologists, pediatrics or epidemiologists sitting in Congress? Will evidentiary hearings in order to substantiate the claims about circumcision be held? Will the public have the opportunity to be heard at these hearings? Will we know what STDs children are at risk of contracting, for example? Precisely what “kinds of infection” does circumcision prevent, and do these “kinds of infection” have alternative treatment? Will we know how exactly circumcision “improves hygiene,” and why this “improvement” is needed? (Incidentally, in their last Circumcision Policy Statement, the AAP has specifically said that “there is little evidence to affirm the association between circumcision status and optimal penile hygiene.”) Will we know what are the risks and complications of performing circumcision on healthy, non-consenting individuals, especially infants? Will the functions of the prepuce be outlined in full detail?”……

http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2011/09/legal-circumcision-battle-goes-state.html

Purpose

I feel like I’m choking on grief right now and I can’t fathom why. There hasn’t been anything sad going on in my life. Things are good. Sometimes I feel like I have no purpose, no reason for being but I try to remind myself my purpose is to be the best mom for my boys. I have value as a mother…. I just see no defined direction in my life right now and I feel lost……

Circs in USA going down

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44373820/ns/health-childrens_health/t/fewer-baby-boys-getting-circumcised-cdc-says/
Thank God!
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Excerpt:
Fewer baby boys getting circumcised, CDC says
Reuters
CHICAGO — The number of baby boys getting circumcised in hospitals has dropped slightly in the past decade, health experts said on Thursday.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from three national surveys to track changes in hospital rates of circumcision, which involves removing the foreskin of the penis.

In one survey, newborn male circumcision rates fell to 56.9 percent in 2008 from 62.9 percent in 1999. In another, rates of circumcision fell to 54.7 percent in 2010 from 58.4 percent in 2001. In a third, rates fell to 56.3 percent in 2008 from 63.5 percent in 1999.
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The article itself is pretty skewed towards favoring circumcision but at least the rates of circumcision are decreasing.

Below is a conversation I had on fb after posted this saying “thank God!”

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BM: You’re thanking the God that instituted circumcision? **grin**
Sunday at 8:19am · Like

Me: True but still thanking him that people who do it just because everyone else did are starting to think…..
God also sent plagues, had snakes bite his own people for unbelief, had first borns killed, supported the destruction of the original people’s in the promise land besides that the Egyptians were circumcising before the Hebrews were….soooo
What is started by man and what is sent by God?????
Plus the “order” for circumcision was for the Jewish peoples not for mainstream Americans.
It’s a cruel procedure to inflict on a baby.
Sunday at 5:33pm via · Like

Me: Oh and I’m not angry at you. It is a child rights position that I’m am very passionate about…. Online…. I rarely let it bleed into my personal daily life because I don’t want to alienate friends and family who feel differently.
Sunday at 5:35pm via · Like

AR: Yeah!!! That is my daughter in law.
Sunday at 6:04pm · Like

Bm: I don’t have any strong feelings either way about it. It is not remotely as traumatic or damaging as female circumcision. Therefore, I think it should be left to the decision of the parents, as some will consider it both a religious and cultural marker. I was mainly just teasing you, hence the grin.
Sunday at 6:52pm · Like

W.c: Neither of our sons were circumcised.
Sunday at 7:41pm · Like

Me: I love you and your wife even more! Hehehe
Sunday at 9:10pm via · Like

Me: It is only through our cultural perception that it is not as traumatic or harmful as female circumcision. Most female circumcisions are minor clippings of the clitoral hood or the labia minora (type 1) not the cutting and excision of the clitoris and suturing closed theexternal vulva area (type 4 inflibulation) (excuse spelling)
Look up sunat and people consider the female circumcision very minor.(type 1, not type 4)
http://www.mummysg.com/forums/f40/have-you-sunat-your-girls-29826/

http://dro.dur.ac.uk/5302/

http://www.marinaosman.com/2011/04/sunat.html
“It’s her 49th day and we decided to have her circumcised or sunat. The earlier the better since it’ll heal faster and had it done at Klinik Nor Azian. Very nice clinic – they have a surau, play area with slides and comfortable waiting area, good service and they have couple of doctors as well. We only waited about 10-15 minutes and the procedure was a mere 3 minutes and that’s it! She only cried a little bit because she just didn’t like people holding her legs. Once done, she stared at the doc and smile…good girl!”

Male genital cutting is an American cultural norm unfortunately so it doesn’t seem bad to us but remember last yr or 2 yrs ago when the AAP (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/722840) said it may allow a pin prick of the clitoris by a dr and the incredible outcry that provoked! The horror! Surgical equipment one a new born girl’s body! How horrid! But everyday little newborn boys are put under the knife/scalpel/ hemostats/clamps on their most sensitive area with mild pain relief.
Since 1996, girls in the US have been protected from genital cutting… It used to be legal here…. Under the equal protection laws…. Boys should be protected as well but are not because whereas female cutting seems horrible, male cutting is seen as socially and culturally acceptable. It is a double standard. Females are protected and given the choice. If I want to go in for a “trim” I as an adult can but no one else can decide for me. However, boys are not granted the same bodily autonomy.
I respect that it is a culturally acceptable and legal decision for parents to make but I do think it is a human rights and child rights issue. A man deserves the same respect of bodily autonomy and say as any woman… Even if that man is only a boy and 48 hrs old.
Sunday at 9:26pm via · Like

Me: I know you were teasing! But it’s a serious subject for me so I felt the pull to respond a bit too vehemently.
Sunday at 9:27pm via · Like

Me- (add on)- even if Male circumcision and female circumcision were nothing alike. Even if fgm were always more horrible than mgm. It still doesn’t negate the fact that MGM is harmful, painful and unnecessary and should not be inflicted without consent or medical need on a minor much less an Infant.
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I think male infant circumcision will continue unabated until more men realize the harm that was done to. Them, speak out and not inflict the same injury onto their boys.
Please excuse typos….