Thursday, March 30, 2006

Another episode in My Dorky Life

Ok, my neighbors AND the maintenance dept. for our apts. all hate me now.......went to do a load of laundry a little while ago, and the one working washer we have in the second floor laundry room was unplugged.(We're on the first floor) No 'out of order' sign or anything, and since people unplug the washers and dryers all the time, thought nothing of it because the washer seemed to be working fine when I put in the coins and started it.

Well, the WASHER was fine......just seems that the DRAIN was clogged up!!!!So, when I went up after a half hour to put my clothes in the dryer......I stepped into a water wonderland on the second floor, soap suds and all....edging out into the hallway from the laundry room. And thought to myself(this explains the gushing water sound in the maintenance room next to my door on the first floor!Wondered what that was when I walked by it.)

Just so happens some of the maintenance guys were already working on the third floor...I swam back to the stairs! and spied one of them starting up and said,"Ummm.....I think there's a problem up here.and also in your maintenance room on the first floor." I'm not gonna repeat what he said!

Next thing, the hallway is filled with maintenance guys, one of whom tells me'well, we DID have an out of order sign on the washer, someone must have taken it down!"Plus, there's an audience of 5 little boys who were for some reason inline skating on the third floor hallway, all pointing and laughing.(side thought, it's 65 degrees out and the sun is shining and it's a gorgeous day...why would you be skating on the third floor INSIDE the building...but anyway)

So now, I am sitting here quietly in my apt trying to pretend that I don't exist...and I can hear the guys in the hallways cussing and yelling back and forth as they try to snake out the drain and clean up the water.

While it occurs to me that they could have avoided this problem all together if they had just shut the laundry room door and locked it and put the 'Out of Order' sign THERE....there's another part of me that thinks,sigh, this was just another inevitable part of my dorky life.....doing laundry is just a normal occurence for some people, but apparently NOT for a card-carrying member of the 'Dork' club! was YOUR day?Image

First Track meet of Senior Year

Well, today was the first track meet of Dustin's senior year. I'm happy to report that he came in first in both shotput and discus.   State finals again this year? Hope so!     I can also report that we froze to death watching....this is spring?   (Picture is from last year at the state meet)

Monday, March 27, 2006

This and that.....

Ok, I blogroll is getting completely unwieldy!But I just keep coming across so many great blogs that I want to share!

In other adventures from the 'Dork Family Chronicles' appears that even folks who are going to be joining our family by marrying into it in the future are affected by the dorkiness that runs rampant here!

Ben and Emma phoned when they reached the airport on their return from Colorado, to say "hey,we're back!" Then about an hour later, I receive a phone call that has me rofl.Ben says that while they were walking to the baggage claim, Emma is rummaging thru her purse and says"have you seen my keys?" No keys to be found, so after they search her purse, pockets and baggage, Ben says 'let's go to the car and just check and make sure you didn't leave them in it,before we call anyone."

So, they reach the car and discover that they had LEFT THE KEYS IN THE IGNITION(not turned on,tho!) the ENTIRE TIME THEY WERE GONE!Yes, the car was locked, but still....I am amazed, even with airport security, that their car waited all week for them.....since if anyone walking by had happened to glance into the car, those little keys would have been calling out 'hey, want a new car?'

The story continues in that, while leaving the airport, you are supposed to go WEST to come home, but for some reason Emma chose to go they got in some gratuitous sightseeing before they got turned around.

So, all I can say is"Welcome to our world,Emma!Looks like you'll fit right in!"lol.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

National Support the Troops day today..things you can do

Just a quick round up of ideasImage

Of course I'm going to suggest stopping by Soldiers Angels Image      they currently have a waiting list of 1100 soldiers needing to be 'adopted',or you can check out the many other ways they have to support the troops.(Check out their links on the left.)

Other places to go to support the troops:

Kat over at Yikes!  is doing a special project to honor a hero,please consider checking her out.

If you'd like to just send ONE letter or card? Bruce at Bruce's deployment to Afghanistan

has a SPC who could use some mail!

There are two recovering wounded soldiers who might like to hear a word

Or you can check out the MANY links I have to blogs from troops currently serving, and send a word their way!

See how many ways there are to support the troops?What are you waiting for?Image

Friday, March 24, 2006


This is a riot!:)

Why I love the Internet:)

Ok, this is why I love the Internet,lol. I was over at A Soldiers Perspective

reading the post about the 3 hostages.So I leave a comment, and then end up clicking on the page of the comment underneath mine, and come across THIS page
which is totally cool!So I send her a quick message and she replies, and you'll notice she's listed under 'Friends' now.(Sorry AOL readers, she's 'Cindy' on my Yahoo 360 page) I'm in the process of going back and reading her archives, but I want her book!
And speaking of the 'Friends' section, Missy is back, with a cool link to a video on her blast.(sorry,aol readers, I copied this from my yahoo 360'd have to go there to click on Missy)
(That's Luke Stricklin singing, folks, wish THAT song had been on his album)
 since I'm now speaking of bands, here's a link to a band with a great song thanking the troops.   (Click on the flag on the left on their page for the song)
and let's not forget "Iraq Unplugged"
and how did y'all like Hooah! radio?
Another place I've been tonight is AOL's poll about the media coverage of the Iraq war.
I happened to catch the Anderson Cooper 360 show last night with Hugh Hewitt
and Michael Yon
Here's the transcript,you have to scroll down a little on it
I'm tired of the negative media bias towards America...that's just my perspective, but I have personally thought for quite awhile that the MSM views a little ole American patriot who supports the troops like myself...with complete and utter contempt. Yay! for President Bush recommending blogs to get the news....I've been doing that for the past two years.
And now to get back to where I began....I am joyous that the other 3 CPT hostages were rescued, but appalled that they couldn't even be bothered to say a 'thank you' publicly to the military for rescuing them.
Excerpts from a news article about the rescue:
Speaking in Toronto, Doug Pritchard, co-director of the Christian Peacemakers Teams, said no shots were fired and that the kidnappers were not present when the US-British-Iraqi force freed the hostages.
“Our hearts are filled with joy today as we heard that Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember have been safely released
(not...."were rescued today"...?just my thought on the phrasing there.K)
in Baghdad,” Pritchard told a news conference, but he added: “We remember with tears Tom Fox. ... We had longed for the day when all four men would be released together. Our gladness today is bittersweet by the fact that Tom is not alive to join his colleagues in the celebration.”

Pritchard said that the former hostages “knew that their only protection was in the power of the love of God and of their Iraqi and international co-workers”.

“We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by multinational forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq today,” he said. “The occupation must end.”
The emphases are mine in block about thumbing your nose at your rescuers!Sheesh!And I'm kind of disturbed that there seems to be an element of 'contempt' from a 'Christian' Peacekeeping team?Did I miss something in Sunday school?
So, it looks like the guy who wrote the letter to the editor that I posted earlier got an answer to his question...."Is your piety so one sided that you have no care and concern for those who may disagree with your viewpoint, yet have risked and may have even given their lives to save the life of your friend?"
(I'm reading the statements made today by CPT as a 'Yes' to that question.)
And I won't post this sort of thing on my Mail Call! blog, because I don't want to muddy the message about supporting the troops.So I'll be 'vanilla' there,lol, and just my regular old snarky self here. Aren't you lucky, faithful readers?
Well, I'm off to more Internet adventures nowImage
well,some people know who to thank, it appears. This was in our paper today.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Soldier’s Angels Salutes Michigan Teenager and Legislators on Efforts To Establish March 26, 2006 as first National Support The Troops Day

Patti Patton-Bader
Soldiers’ Angels
(615) 676-0239

Pasadena, CA, March 21, 2006 (Open Release) – The Soldiers’ Angels salute Michigan teenager, Alexandra McGregor, Michigan State Representative Robert Knollenberg and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow for the recent passage of legislation in both the US Congress and US Senate to establish a National Support The Troops Day. This is intended for recognition of our active duty troops and the first date is set for March 26, 2006.

In a statement from the website of Representative Knollenberg , the Congressman encourages the following: “Our service men and women make enormous sacrifices to keep us safe and to protect our freedoms. They leave their homes and families, work in highly stressful and dangerous conditions, and ensure that all of us here at home are safe and secure. We need to honor these men and women and show them that Americans across the country are appreciative of their work and sacrifice,” Congressman Knollenberg said. … “With this resolution, it is my hope that our troops will know that the American people – from the 16 year girl in Waterford (Alexandra McGregor) to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives – are grateful for their service. Our country is at war and it is more important than ever to show our appreciation for our brave and dedicated men and women in uniform.”

The legislation states “all Americans should participate in a moment of silence to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of members of the United States Armed Forces both at home and abroad.”

Soldiers Angels would like to also encourage Americans to take advantage of the National Support The Troops Day to pray for our troops and to find a way to let our troops know that they are appreciated through the sending of letters and care packages or any of the many other ways that our troops need assistance. For those citizens who do not have time to participate in such projects, but who wish to support the military members stationed far away to guard our freedom, cash donations can be made quickly at the Soldiers’ Angels website and are put to use in the purchase of supplies for our deployed and for wounded soldiers and theirfamilies overseas and at home.

For more information, please check the Soldiers’ Angels website at
Email questions to
Or Call (615) 676-0239

Website for Representative Knollenberg:

P.S. and check out Hooah!Radio   

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

This is Cool

Was surprised and excited to see that my blog about supporting the troops on aol

Was listed in Holly Aho's blog on Sunday

Cool! Thanks,Holly:)

Tom Fox

I might've mentioned before that Tom Fox, the recently slain peacekeeper, had ties to our little community here?

"Fox studied at EMU’s(Eastern Mennonite University) Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in the spring of 2004 before going to Iraq with the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams."  Click here: The Daily News Record: Search Details

Anyway,Tom Fox had a blog:

which I came across via Sean Dustman at Doc in the Box
Let me tell you, it was quite eerie to read this man's words, knowing already as I read it that he had been murdered. It was also incredibly sad.
What made me think of this today was a letter to the editor in our paper:
Troops Should Be Mentioned

AS a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, I am disappointed.

Mr. Fox’s death is a tragedy. However, in all the reports I have seen or heard not one mention is made of thanking the brave members of the U.S. military and the Iraqi Forces who risked their lives to find and free him and his friends and who may have been wounded or even killed while trying to find and free him.

These brave men and women of the U.S. and Iraqi military are continuing to look for and free the remaining hostages. Some of them may be killed or wounded.

Is your piety so one sided that you have no care and concern for those who may disagree with your viewpoint, yet have risked and may have even given their lives to save the life of your friend?

Philip Buskirk

It's...snowing and sleeting...Happy Spring?

Yuck! not very springlike weather.

Well, the play went well this weekend, and now April's middle school drama career and choral career are ended.  Handbells are not quite done yet. (and of course she is in handbells and choir at church:)

Ben and Emma are in Colorado this week.

Other than that......same old,same old,lolImage

Friday, March 17, 2006


Kyle just called after meeting with the Sheriff, and HE GOT THE JOB!!! Yay!Kyle!

He starts April 3. For more info about the jail,etc...

I am so happy for him, and so proud of himImage He worked so hard to achieve this!

Happy St.Patrick's Day!

I came home from Subways(next to Dairy Queen) Weds. night and told Tony "Hey,I found someone else who has hit the donation thing at Dairy Queen!"(see Jan.19 entry for previous dork adventure)


He asked me"and just exactly HOW would that particular subject come up in the first place??"

I said"well, when I was in Subways, I was reading the menu on the board and walking sideways at the same time(doing 2 things at once again, when will I learn?) and I sort of bumped into the chips display and it kind of got caught on my jeans pocket for a second.....and then the poor kid behind the counter tried to stifle a laugh,so I looked at him and said 'yeah, I am a dork'    (Tony said "I'm not sure you needed to tell him that, he might've already figured it out on his own!)and I went on to tell the kid...'not too long ago I ran into the Children's Miracle network donation thing while pulling up to the drive thru over at Dairy Queen" and the kid told me 'Oh, I've done that!"


and I was just so HAPPY to learn that someone else had done it!Of course, coming home from April's concert Weds. night, both April and Tony were convulsed with laughter over the story......and Tony finally managed to gasp out"the picture in my head of you walking thru Subways with the chips display attached to you!"and I was like 'hey!it was only caught on my pocket for a second!'

I emailed this story to some in my family, and received a reply from my mother later in the day that said "This is really hysterical, I keep rereading it just to laugh"!MOM! OuchImage 

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

March 15,2006 Another Woo Hoo!

Finally! got to talk to the PR woman from Soldiers Angels......who said she really liked the 'Mail Call' blog, and keep it up!Image   Whew! Don't know why I was so nervous, guess I was just afraid they'd say 'oh,you shouldn't do this or that.'    So I guess "I are a blogger" now,lol.

I told Tony this morning, I started thinking afterwards'what have I gotten myself into?I'm not that interesting! why did I think I could write???" and just had myself all tangled up in knots.

After a pause,he replied,'you ARE other people like yourself!" So I said"what the heck does THAT mean!!" and I punched him.Image(not really,no violence please, this is a family forum:)

In other news, Kyle takes the polygraph test tomorrow, and April has her concert tonight(not singing a solo.)Then Fri,Sat,and Sun is the play. Sat night is the cast party after the play,so we'll be busy!

If y'all can get to my Yahoo 360 page? I have a poll up over there:)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

March 14,2006 Woo Hoo!

Kyle got a call from the Sheriff's dept. and they have an opening for a guard at the jail! Yay,Kyle!!!They are starting the background check.Wish him luck!Image

and, I received this yesterday:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

When the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation began less than a year ago it was asked to raise the money to build, own and operate the Memorial and the Museum at Ground Zero. 

Today, we officially began to build the Memorial.  This morning at 8 a.m. laborers and carpenters arrived. Their initial site preparation work will take approximately 4-8 weeks and include debris removal, engineering and surveying work, delivery of construction materials, as well as protection of the box beam columns of the original Twin Towers. No concrete will be poured.  While not dramatic work, it is important and necessary, and signals a true beginning. 

We invite you to continue to follow the building progress on our website where today we posted two beautiful new renderings of what the Memorial will become when it opens in 2009. 

This was a momentous day - real and substantive. Thank you for your support.

Best regards,

Gretchen Dykstra
President & CEO
World Trade Center Memorial Foundation

Let us never forget.

Monday, March 13, 2006

An Irish Wish

Just a little something for St.Patrick's Day  (A poem I came across via Soldiers Angels, Author Unknow,and added pics to.)

Stamps,Phones, and a nice surprise

Since I'm posting specifically on 'Mail Call' about supporting the troops, etc....I had written two stories there that I wanted to share here also.

The first was that not too long ago, I had Tony convulsed with laughter, when I was addressing a letter for Soldiers Angels and putting the stamp on and I suddenly said to him "Hey,I think I've been putting these stamps on wrong! It's a picture of the Statue of Liberty, so I guess it should be upright?......but I saw the white 'first class mail' written on the side and thought THAT was supposed to be upright. I always wondered what the picture was of on this stamp, it looked kind of funny but I guess that's because it was sideways."

After he finally stopped laughing and was wiping the tears from his eyes, he just shook his head and said "only you."

The second story is that earlier tonight I was out at his house helping him install DSL and we hit a glitch so called tech support. And while I was on the phone to the tech, she suggested that perhaps I needed to switch the phone and dsl lines....which I immediately proceeded to try!

Tony was across the room and realized what I was doing and tried to say "DON'T do that while you're ON the phone!" but he only got out 'D' before I had already done it and disconnected myself and was talking to dead air and said"um...that was dumb."

Happily, we reconnected to tech support and then got the problem worked out (mostly thanks to Tony!)

And lastly, I came home to find out that JP over at   had written a 'thank you' to me for my submitting milblogs to his site! Wow, I sort of feel like even though I can't handle stamps or phones, I'm important,LOL.Image

As far as 'Mail Call'

 I had asked someone at Soldiers Angels if it was OK to try and promote them with my little journal, and they are going to hook me up with a PR person, so we'll see what she says. It might not ever reach more than one person!lol, but I'd rather do SOMETHING than nothing at all.

Hope everyone has a good week!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Life here in 'Podunk'

It's been an interesting week. Coors brought in some huge tanks for their plant out in Elkton.Coors Begins Tank Delivery Process  

What made this hilarious was that Tony had been telling us that when he drove home the other night, "people were actually stopping their cars on the road and getting out to watch them go it was a parade or something!" Not long after he finished telling that, the news came on.....and they SHOWED the people who were doing that, and were interviewing them. We were all convulsed with laughter when this one older guy, who looked like something from Deliverance, grinned a big ole grin and said "I think its purty neat." Yup, we're WAY out in the sticks here, folks.Image

Another happening was not so funny in itself....a police car went off the road and ran into the wall of an apt during a high speed chase and a woman was injured. Cop Car Rips Through Home         but  then they are interviewing the neighbors on the news and this one young lady said      "Wa-al, I was in ma room foldin ma laundry, and I herd the si-reen...." and I was like "omg,we live in HICKSVILLE!" and we were all rofl.

Then Ben and Emma came over and were once again discussing possible names.....and Ben was saying he would like to use his name as the middle name,since that was kind of a tradition in the See family....and we were discussing that Ernest had had his fathers name as a middle name, and then Kevin had 'Ernie' as a middle name, and I popped out with 'Well, if you named him 'Benny Ernie' he'd for darn sure be a Nascar driver!"   and that sent Ben off on a gut busting rant about "Wa-al, I think the ole Benny Ernie team did purty good out there today......"reminiscent of the John Boy and Billy Big Show spoof of Nascar drivers talking after the race.........

and I suppose this probably won't mean much to folks that haven't lived down south here for almost 30 years like I have, or haven't ever seen a Nascar race....but we had a good,long laugh together, and isn't that what families are for?Image

So, anyway, that's life in the 'Burg.

March 11,2006

Came across this guy's journal tonight over on AOL, I was rofl. He's hilarious! gosh I hope he writes more about himself and his 'cadre of codgers'!Image

and that seems to be the most I've found so far. sigh. but there's a bunch of stuff by Cindy Sheehan comment.
Maybe I'm just not doing my search correctly?

Thursday, March 9, 2006

March 9,2006

Slowly finding more journals on AOL, here's the links:

Click here: Destination Iraq    (this guy's from VA)
and sister Tracy has an awesome video posted on her blog
Click here: A Red Thread to China      tissue alert on this one! Tracy and her husband are in the process of adopting a baby from China. (Look under 'Wow' on March 8.)

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Fun with the Tub

Yes, we almost had to resort to using the sink today, as nephew Jake was here in the pic!

Yesterday late afternoon the tub would not drain. The maintenance guy,(not the psychotic one, he's no longer employed there,thank goodness)worked on it till 8 pm and then came back again for most of today since it was still not fixed. Finally fixed now.....HURRAY! So I reckon y'all will be happy to know that I'm going to go take a shower.Image

This week and next will be busy,busy,busy!April is in practice almost every day for the play showing 16,17,and 18 next week("The Lion,the Witch,and the Wardrobe")Plus she has a concert (handbells and choral....she MIGHT be doing a solo!:)on the night of the 15th. THIS week she has two 'Standards of Learning' tests, and the 9th there is an orientation meeting for parents of rising 9th graders, plus an Electives fair after that so we will take her to that. And there's a dance Friday after school.Whew!

Well,must go get clean!

Happy Birthday,Sis!

Happy Birthday,Sister Tracy!

Check out their blog,"A Red Thread to China".

Sunday, March 5, 2006

Started Another Journal

Last night I did a 'search' through the AOL journals for 'Support the Troops'. While I came across two interesting journals, the lack of results made me decide to move my efforts to encourage people to support the troops to a 'public' journal called 'Mail Call!Supporting the Troops"....(the link is on the left) I'll still keep this journal(does anyone read it,lol) and my Yahoo 360 page...I just wanted a page to write only about supporting the troops.     (and I bet y'all will be glad of that!:)    And I also posted the links to the two journals I came across,check them out!

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Another Request

CJ over at A Soldier's Perspective posted this today:

I am trying to help organize a letter writing campaign to the family of SGT Rickey Jones. As you may have read earlier, their home was vandalized by idiots who wouldn’t understand patriotism if it flew a plane through their bedroom window.

If you own a blog, please post this effort on your respective blogs and ask your readers to post it on their blogs. If you are as disgusted as I am and would like to write a letter to have delivered to this family, please email Lauren ( for more information. The good people over at Operation Military Pride are helping facilitate the delivery of these letters.

This family recently lost a son and shouldn’t have to deal with people like Fred Phelps and the people responsible for the egging of their home and irreverent phone calls. If you feel the same way I do, please email her and write this family a letter of support and love. Let them know that we appreciate their son’s service and mourn their loss. Let’s show them what America is really made of. This isn’t about whether or not you support the war. This is about common decency for a family that has suffered the ultimate sacrifice…having to bury a child. Thank you in advance. When this is over, I want the post office to have to hire new postmen just to handle the volume. Yes, it’s a challenge, as LinkedinUSAF would say.

What happened to this family is just appalling and heartbreaking. Please take a moment and do your part to let them know that they are loved and appreciated. No family should have to go through what they have gone through!

Also,don't forget about
Operation: Honor A Hero"(see post below)

Please Honor a Fallen Hero

Please think about clicking on the link listed in the story below and just sending a short 'thank you' that can be printed out to go in the scrapbook that will be given to this young man's family.

Celebrate the Life and Honor the Memory of a Fallen Hero Tuesday, 21 February 2006

"Living just down the street I grew up in was an honorable hero waiting to serve and eventually die for our country. Deploying for Iraq in the middle of 2005 this soldier was in for a huge project dedicated to a 1 year long deployment. Not only had this soldier made a huge decision to protect his country but he also decided to dedicate his life in marriage to his high school sweet heart days before leaving on his mission. Serving his country and his beautiful wife this soldier died in an horrible accident caused by an IED in August 2005. His wife was mortified beyond belief by only being able to spend a few short days with her husband before he was killed in combat. This soldier's life didn't end when he died; his character, faith, and enjoyable personality lived on in those dearest to him. He would have been 24 in April and we would like to ask you for support in helping out his family. We aren't asking for much, just a few words, maybe a thank you so we can create a wonderful scrapbook for his family to remember this fallen hero."

If you would like to contribute to "Operation: Honor A Hero," please send emails of support to us through contact form. We will be collecting emails until April 2, 2006. The collection of emails will be arranged into a gift scrapbook, and given to the family. The creator of the scarpbook would like to remain anomynous until the gift has been created.

Friday, March 3, 2006

Agghhhhh! Computers!!

What a day!!! I awoke this morning to discover that somehow a virus had gotten into my AOL email....I discovered this by suddenly getting a bunch of 'unable to deliver' messages for a bunch of email addresses I'd never seen before in my life!!!When I checked 'send'......yep,it was my computer trying to send them!

So then the tech I talked to said change ALL of our passwords!!!Because altho the antivirus had finally caught on to was still continuing to send emails.

So I did all that, and ran TWO virus scans afterwards (and am still leery of using the computer,lol!)and my computer no longer seems to be sending emails to various and sundry folks.

On the plus sideImagewhile running all these scans I did get a bunch of cards written  for Soldiers Angels!

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Recommending a book

Wanted to recommend a book written by a fellow Soldier's Angel(and she's from MN, for all the gang up in the Great White North!)

Click here: Holly Aho Online - Home 

She's written about how she got started supporting the troops, and has letters from the troops in there. (and I haven't gotten my copy yet,lol, but I was already hooked on her blog before I even became a Soldier's Angel.)

And here's the link to her blog.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Had an Interview

Had an interview today,for an assisted living facility down the road in Timberville. I think the interview went well.....would LOVE to get back to work! Will keep y'all posted.Image