Thursday, December 27, 2007


For those of you who don't know, Earth is a meta-social Search Engine. Their slogan is "If you can't find it by using this site, it doesn't exist". A pretty confident sounding slogan, I think!

It is a great social search engine with results from all the major search engines. caters to us bloggers, even offering custom tool bars that help our readers find us and may even help out our traffic! I personally like the navigability of the site; it is not all fluffed up with unneccesary info and graphics on the homepage. I hate complicated home pages!

If you have the time, check out this new social search engine and tell me what you think!

Happy Holidays!!! (just a little belated)

My Christmas was excellent! After months of paid blogging, I saved up enough to get my brother the Nintendo Wii, my boyfriend's trimmer and binoculars, and my mother's gift. Everyone seemed really happy with their presents. Whew!

I was in charge of Christmas dinner this year and I made my family a turkey even though I am a vegetarian. The decision to make it was a bit of a struggle but, if I did not cook it, my mother would have. She would have picked up one of those horrible pre-stuffed Butterballs. With me cooking it, at least I was able to pick out a free range, humanely raised, hormone free bird. Everyone seemed to enjoy the dinner so I was very relieved.

My Stella Bella and Nellie were both pretty spoiled this year. They both had stockings full of toys and Stella got a pink collar with tree studs and rhinestones. Of course it sounds tacky but it is actually pretty cool.

All in all I think everyone had a great holiday. And thanks to hours of playing my brother's Wii, I think we each only gained 3lbs instead of 5.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Quick Money For Last Minute Shopping?

First of all let me say that the twins, Bill and Jim both won on Biggest Loser. Jim, the twin who was the heavier of the two in the beginning of the competition, lost the more weight than all of the other contestants who were voted off. His prize was $100,000!!! GO JIM.

Bill won the grand prize for losing something like 165 lbs or so. How crazy is that? In an eight onth period no less. He won $250,000!!! Crazy.

I will tell you, those are two guys who will not be hurting this holiday season!

For the rest of us, if we find ourselves in need of small cah advaces or Payday loans, there are lots of online avenues we can take. If you are so inclined, click on the above link and take advantage of a FREE loan calculator!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wal-Mart Sues Brain Damaged woman for $417,000

Deborah Shank was an employee of Wal-Mart Until a horrible accident left her both brain-damaged and paralyzed.

Mrs. Shank now needs help with even the most basic of tasks, she cannot even eat supper without help. Mrs. Shank and the family sued, and finally received, a settlement against the trucking company responsible the semi-trailer that caused Mrs. Shank's accident. After legal fees and additional costs, Mrs. Shank only received about half of the settlement award, just under $420,000. The Shank's were happy with this amount as it would likely mean the difference between keeping Mrs. Shank at home with her family and a nurse or forcing her into a nursing home.

This is about the point where Wal-Mart steps in. After allowing the Shank's to go through the entire battle and cost of fighting for a reasonable settlement without offering their help or support, Wal-Mart took away Mrs. Shank's 400,000 + dollars; an amount that is less than a drop in the bucket for the low-end retail chain and yet means everything to the Shank's.

The Shank's are flabergasted as Mrs. Shank had no idea that such a clause was in her in her health plan contract. A lawyer representing the Shanks attempted a compromise with Wal-Mart but was informed that their only intention was to sue for the entire amount, regardless of circumstance. It turns out they were not fooling around. The court ruled in Wal-Mart's favour just six days after Mr.s Shank's son Jeremy was killed while serving in Iraq.

Believe it or not, the above mentioned insurance clause is in a lot of employer insurance contracts across the US but employers do not bother to enforce this. And how could they in good conscience?

This blogger has never been a fan of Wal-Mart. I avoid their stores like the plague. Until this story hit, I had not officilly decided to boycott Wal-Mart. Now, though I would officially like to announce my boycott of Wal-Mart. I hope more people join me.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I know, I know, bah hum bug. Bad Nanette! We all know it is true, though. My own brother is getting about a million and three presents this Christmas, 98% of which he will forget he got before February rolls around. It will end up becoming expensive clutter that fills every corner, crack, and crevice in a house already crowded by pat holidays.....not that I am bitter nor pessemistic.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Elvis, Money Making Opps and More

Okay folks, I was on a pretty exciting site today (my surfing and website-reviewing increases ten-fold during the 9-5 hours of the December/Holiday season. Be prepared!)

Anyhoo, I was on this exciting site today, complete with dolled up Elvis impersonators, a million people who think they can do a better job than Rihanna at singing Umbrella (I am sure at least half of them are right), and FREE money making opps. That is right, this site boasts the ability for us to Make FAST & EASY money with this free opportunity.

So while you are bored at work this December, and I know you are, go check out this site. Upload a video of yourself in all your awesome coolness singing like a rock star. You just might win a bunch of cash. Or join their FREE affiliate program and earn cash with their triple tiered opportunity.

If you do upload a video, make sure to come back here and tell me where it is!

I am a workoholic nut. It is official.

It has recently come to my attention that I am completely nuts. Loco, off my rocker, out of my tree, stone cold crazy. A while back, I volunteered the services of both Mark and I for a fun thing called Operation Red Nose. Basically we work as a team to drive tipsy people home from the bar or club in their own car. One drives the person's car, the other drives her other words, Mark drives the other person's car, I follow. I have offered our services for tonight, tomorrow night, and Saturday night. I will be dead tired at work tomorrow and on Sunday, I am sure..yes, I also got roped into a shift at the ACC this weekend for a Raptors game. Basically I work today 8am-5pm, tonight 7pm -2am, tomorrow 8am-5pm, then 7pm-2am, and then Saturday 7pm-2am, Sunday 10am-3pm. Then back to regularly scheduled programming on Monday.

Yep, I am bent.

On the upside, if you happen to be imbibing and partaking in merriment this weekend in the Distillery district, feel free to look up Operation Red Nose. We will give you a ride home, free of charge (if you have your own vehicle for us to drive you in).

Monday, December 10, 2007

And the Prize For Most Fun Wedding Dance Ever Goes To...

LOL! I can totally see Mark and I doing something like this if we ever decide to tie the knot. Of course, I can also see us eloping to Vegas and geting married by an aging Elvis look-a-like, too. Or getting drunk on any given vacation and being married by a scary looking sea captain...even though we are landlocked but whatever.

Time is Running Out! BOOK ALREADY!

I am sure there are bunches of people out there who plan to go somewhere over the holidays but have not yet gotten around to making the actual plans. You people (you know who you are) should hurry up! Things are getting booked and deals are running out! Unless of course you go to This site has some great deals on Hotel Reservations, vacation rentals, all of the fun stuff!

For those of you procrastinators, just click the link above or below and get to it already! BTW, this means you too , Michael. It is your turn to plan New Years and we all know you haven't lifted a finger yet!

Christmas Tree Saga

As some of you know, I personally wanted to skip the Christmas and the tree this year but the BF was insistent upon having one. I put up a mild fight until one of my very dear and overly blunt male friends pointed out that, if his girlfriend wanted a tree on their first Xmas, living in their new home, he would feel like a real asshole if he vetoed it. Okay, he was right and now we have a 7.5 ft tree taking a huge portion of our living room. It is not yet decorated despite the fact that it has been up for about a week. Hopefully we will get to it tonight.

Last night, I ruined the diet by making and drinking a mug of hot chocolate and watching one of my all time favourite Christmas movies, Love Actually. It was a ploy to revv myself up, get into the holiday spirit and to become inspired to decorate the tree. The issue now is that I just have SO much to do! I will have to put it off for one more night I guess, my clients will understand I am sure. I will definitely post a pic of the tree after it is decorated.

Diet Day 51...I think?

Okay, so at this point it is no longer a diet, mostly a lifestyle change. I abandoned the diet book long ago because I could not find any logical reason for a diet plan to call for me eating cheese every single, bloody day. It was just weird

I am, however, continuing to eat healthy, in smaller amounts, and more often. I have lost about 15 lbs so far and plan to keep going until I am ridiculously thin and the boyfriend starts to complain that I am too skinny. A gorl can dream, right?