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The Weeklies ~ Week 29

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about how to kill mosquitoes and where to get yummy cupcakes.  I taught you how to cook a yummy meal that will feed you for days.  I told you who I thought should take their shirt off in the next Twilight movie.  I relayed a story of a man who helped feed some soldiers on their way to warIsabella showed off her work ethic and I told you my strategy to find treasures at yard sales.  Finally I put up a post about my 200th blog.  There we talked about my top 3 posts to-date.

The Weekly Guest Blog Posts: For the past 2 weeks Kristi Gustafson who writes the On The Edge blog for the Times Union has been on vacation.  While she was out she had scheduled guest blogs to fill the time she was out of the office.  Michael and I were featured in the following:  What Is A Friend?My Dog Is My ChildMeet Rose Winters (AKA Dozenroses13) & Meet Michael Henry (AKA: Michael @tcrpmg) Click the links, check them out, and comment away!

The Weekly Yay: Michael and the Times Union FINALLY launched the long-overdue Biker Blog.  Check it out and leave him some comment love!

The Weekly Read: I’m working on reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

The Weekly Music: U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing I heard the song the other day and can’t get it out of my head.  That’s not a bad thing.  I love the song!!

The Weekly Movie: Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Weekly Time Waster: Google Chrome.  I tried using it a few weeks ago and it kept slowing down my computer and crashing.  So I stopped using it, but my Firefox kept getting hung up.  It shouldn’t take 5 minutes for a page to load.  It was worse than waiting for dial-up!  You can’t imagine how many times I was ready to throw something!  So yesterday I finally decided to uninstall Google Chrome and that seems to have been the problem!  (Yeah, I know, you’re shocked, I’m not putting any links to Google Chrome because I don’t want to encourage ANYONE to install it!!)

The Weekly Downer: There never seems to be enough time to catch up on reading all the blogs I love!

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: Wipeout – If I want to watch people run into walls and fall on their face, I can watch myself in a mirror….

The Weekly Food: Italian Goulash, Moe’s Pulled Pork Rice Bowl, French Toast, and Potato Chips.

The Weekly Interesting Fact: In comparison to the size of its body, a Chihuahua has the largest brains among all the breeds of dogs. **

The Weekly Birthdays: John Conklin, Mike Rojas, Nadine Avery, Paul ‘Ozzie’ Cooper, Rory Woods, Wade Clark, Andy Sleurs, Rachel Armstrong, Darla Poisson, Melissa Markle, Sari Medick, Brandon Powers, Gino Balacic, Ismay Ashley, Terri Rossi, Kristi Gustafson, Yvonne Turchetti and an extra special 40th Birthday shout-out to Kerm Tristani.  I hope you all had fabulous birthdays.  Leave a comment and tell us what you did for your special day.

The Weekly Birthday Wish: Kristi Gustafson really wants an electric toothbrush 🙂

The Weekly Activity: Job search (Times Union Job Fair) and blogging.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: I created a new Twitter name GiveAwaysForYou to post up giveaway tweets so they don’t flood my Dozenroses13 feed.  Hopefully one day I’ll be posting my own giveaways.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Kristi Gustafson will be guest bartending Monday July 26 from 5:30-7:30PM at the award-winning Dale Miller Restaurant.  Dale Miller is generously donating 25% of the bar proceeds from the evening to the programs and services of Equinox, Inc. For more information please visit the event page on Facebook.

The Weekly Countdown: Michael & Angela’s photo reception: 2 Days

Weekly Grand Totals: 100+ comments on the Let’s Ride 1st post in the Times Union’s Biker Blog which Michael writes.

The Weekly Hypothetical:

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical:  If I told you Michael wanted me to go outside with him so he could “show me his zucchini.”  What would you say?

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U2 image from http://www.newszoom.com/search/read/inxs/inxs/7/02/
Interesting fact found at http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-chihuahuas-4040.html
Kristi Gustafson image from http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?pid=313244&id=100000018647482
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The Weekly Re-cap: I told you about Ray’s Helova Deli and showed you Isabella worn out.  We talked about The Worst Father’s Day Gift Ever and Simply The Best Pizza.  Later in the week I told you about my friend who said “Live In The Moment and Don’t Keep Score“, and put out another PSA (Public Service Announcement) about Watching For Motorcycles.

The Weekly Read: The Twitter Job Search Guide – I’m not too far into the book, but I have found a couple good people to follow because of this book so far….

The Weekly Movie: When in Rome – It was kind of cheesy, but still funny.

The Weekly Time Waster: Stressing out about things I have no control over.  I’ve gotten very good at not doing this through the years, but due to my weekly downer – it’s getting to me more….

The Weekly Downer: I still don’t have a job 😦

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: Wipeout – I don’t get the point of this show.  Watching people get hurt has never amused me….

The Roses at the martini station were beautiful and the martini was really really good!

The Weekly Food: The food at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport’s Grand Re-opening event was incredible!  The dessert room was a wonderful touch 🙂

The Weekly Amazing Fact: OMG Facts on Twitter points out: “Eleven plus Two” and “Twelve plus One” both equal 13 and both have 13 letters. In fact they both have THE SAME 13 letters.

The Weekly Birthdays: Kristin Millius Finch, Dominick Papandrea, John Paratore, Shannon Moul McManigal, Jaye Kaye VanValkenburg, Karyn Niekrewicz-Green, David Butler, Jamie Dwyer, Jenna Lynn Soto, Stephanie Capone, Alec Gabler, Andrew Badera and Sara Caraway Kowalski.  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays!  Leave me a comment and tell me what you did that was special for your big day 🙂

The Weekly Craft: I haven’t been in a crafting mood and that makes me sad 😦

The Weekly Activity: The job search is in high gear!

LaDorka's Team!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.


The Weekly Countdowns: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (June 30, 2010) 5 more days!!

Weekly Event: Join us tomorrow Saturday June 26th 4-7PM at Barista’s Espresso Cafe in Kingston, NY for Michael & Angela’s Photo Gallery Reception.  You can view the event invitation here.

Watch For Motorcycles ~ Look Twice – Save A Life!

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Me with my bike ~ April 24, 2010

Saturday was a beautiful day in Upstate, NY.  Michael and I went out on our motorcycles.  It was kind of a big deal because I haven’t really gotten the chance to ride my bike for any distance since the end of 2008.  Last season when I took it out I pulled a few muscles trying to hold it up when it didn’t want to keep the shiny side up.  So this season I decided that I really want to ride again.  We went out to Richfield Springs – 132 miles round trip.  We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather.  Not too hot, not too cold.

Michael on his bike with the LowePro camera bag he is reviewing.

This is Michael on his bike.  He’s demoing a LowePro Flipside 300 camera bag that he’s going to write a review for.  He wanted to test it out on the bike and see how things went.  It looks like it was pretty comfortable.

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While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my friend KristineKristine is a great gal who I met through our motorcycle club No Destination.  Since we’ve met she’s proven to be a great friend who is one of the most generous people I know, who can give un-biased advice when it’s needed.  (I know, I know run-on sentence….)  So… without further ado – here is Kristine.

Kristine

Name: Kristine Choma

Age: MYOB 🙂

Location: Upstate NY

Hails from: Queens NY

Relationship Status: In one

Children: 1 daughter Alicia & My Pom Bubba

Blog Link: http://shouldabeenablonde.wordpress.com

Occupation: Senior litigation specialist

What is the most challenging part of your job? Wishing I had my old job back with the special investigations unit.

You’ve been through quite a few tragedies in your life.  What’s gotten you through them?
Cases & cases of Michelob Ultra 🙂   Seriously, I credit my fighting spirit, I’m a scrapper & I can be stubborn as hell. When I went through  the Mold House chaos I was determined not be victimized; to raise public awareness about Toxic Black Mold; the fact there are no penalties for sellers of real property when they lie on disclosure statements; that Home Inspectors have no accountability for the info or lack thereof contained in their reports; lastly to have laws & some kind of standards enacted by the Dept of Health to protect the public. I was also determined not to perpetrate the same fraud I was a victim of on other people.  I lost everything I owned including a house I had only owned for 11 months before realizing it was slowly killing me & my daughter. This is a really long story as my battles were many w/multiple different agencies from the real estate agent who was related to & helped the sellers disguise the true condition of this home to the I.R.S. & lasted almost 2 years.

This is the Mold House after I "decorated" it for Halloween (in August) to vent my frustration. The tape says "Caution Do Not Enter & DANGER!"

For the house fire once again my fighting spirit, stubbornness & refusal to be victimized got me through. However, my knowledge of insurance probably contributed to saving the day in spite of All State’s attempted concealment of benefits we were entitled too & their claims handling philosophy of delay, deny, defend & then delay some more.  The beautiful thing about the fire was that so many friends came forward to help me out, especially an old elementary school friend (Big Shout out to Kim to whom I am eternally grateful); who gave us furniture, clothing, kitchen stuff etc etc to help get back to normal during the first couple of months while All State attempted to not pay our claim. The beauty of my many friends generous spirits was that it enabled me once we did start getting our claim paid is that I was able to Pay It Forward w/3 different families. I helped a man & his daughter starting over after a divorce. I helped a young woman & her daughter re-establish themselves after an abusive relationship; & a very young couple w/an infant & 3-year-old son re-establish themselves after they were exposed to Toxic Mold.

What was left of my '06 Road Guide after the house fire.

How do you manage being the mother of a rebellious teenager?
I don’t know.  Am I managing?  I just keep praying the day she snaps out of it is tomorrow.  But truly things have gotten better with her; she is slowly growing up.

What’s your favorite color? Don’t have just one; but Teal, (not aqua – teal like a peacock’s feathers) Crimson, & a paint color called Cougar are among my fave’s

What got you interesting in motorcycle riding? It’s all my Granddaddy, Charlie’s (pronounced Chahhlie) fault.  When I was a little girl I couldn’t wait to visit him in North Carolina. He would make me ‘beg him’ to take me for rides on his fully dressed Road King & I loved it. I knew he wanted to give me the ride as much as I did despite his teasing & pretending to be too busy.  I loved hanging out with him in ‘the Motorcycle House’. (Yes, his Harley had its very own house) & watch him wash, polish, change the oil etc. etc. while sneaking me sips of his beer when the ‘adults’ weren’t looking.  I loved watching his friends ride up to ask his help & opinion on how to fix what was ailing their bikes & the camaraderie they shared. The best is when my Mother or Ree-Ree (my Grandmother) would catch him letting me sip on his Schlitz. It was so funny watching him play innocent when he knew he was busted, but trying to get away with it anyway. Granddaddy was the best & I miss him terribly.

Chahhlie!

I know you have your own motorcycle license, so why don’t you ride your own bike?Actually getting my license taught me the huge responsibility & risk one takes when operating a motorcycle. Anyone who does not have a license doesn’t realize that the smallest thing like a pebble or twig in the road can cause you to drop your bike. After surviving a motorcycle accident while I was a passenger shortly after getting my license, I had to admit to myself I don’t have enough hours behind the handle bars to ride my own.  We went down because the transmission seized & the rear wheel locked. If I had been operating that bike when it happened, I would not have been able to control ‘the down’ & I’d probably be dead.

What’s your favorite destination to ride to? No destination – anywhere. So long as I’m riding.

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Don’t have one of those either.  I usually va-kay w/my family in Pennsylvania or North Carolina.  I do enjoy going to Laconia every year though & Puerto Rico was great!

Kristine in Puerto Rico

You have the cutest Pomeranian dog.  Tell us how wonderful Bubba is….
What can I say? Bubba is Bubba-licious. J  He truly is a one –owner Pom (a trait of the breed)  he follows me everywhere I go no matter where (except in the pool – Bubba don’t play dat.) He is a marvelous watch dog that never fails to alert me when the doorbell rings; or a door opens or closes. Doors opening & closing & door bells ringing mean people are coming & since he is so very protective of me he wants me to know people are on the way. He is very well socialized; loves all people & other animals.  He’s a big snuggle bear & loves to lay w/me & be petted & give me kisses.

Bubba-Licious!

I know you love to cook.  What is your favorite meal to cook?
THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!  I love to cook big meals & there is no bigger meal than Thanksgiving.

You’re known as the 50/50 Goddess….  What is the biggest pot you’ve ever had?
Well in excess of $1200.00

The 50/50 Goddess Hard at Work!

Who is the most interesting celebrity you’ve ever met?
That would be Sully Erna & the band Godsmack.  I won a contest w/Channel 103.1 (J.K. Rox) It was by far the most rockin’ experience of my life. I got to ride on their tour bus, hang out backstage & get autographs & then have dinner with them. It was amazing.

Godsmack! Look how skinny I was.


What 3 things could you not live without?
Makeup
My Road Glide – I may not ride my own; but I own my own.  Lol
My boots.

My Road Glide

What if anything do you collect?
Sandals & boots; peacocks; & art by James Christensen.

Which is your favorite James Christensen?
I don’t have just one favorite.  I love everything James Christensen does. ‘Poofy Guy on a String’ was the 1st Christensen I ever purchased.  When I bought Poofy Guy; I was going through the Mold House drama. When I read the description that Poofy Guy’s wardrobe represented the baggage of a life time it touched me in my soul. Next came Twilight; then The Bride;  Gettin’ it Right; Superstitions; A Place of Her Own & Fairy Tales came last. A Place of Her Own is my 2nd favorite.  I came across that one right after the fire & a lot of people thought I resembled the woman in the picture. But there was so much about the painting itself that reminded me of things I’d owned but lost in the fire, or to the Mold House, I had to have it.

A Place of Her Own ~ James Christensen

Poofy Guy on a String ~ James Christensen

What is the biggest misconception about you?
That I’m Italian.

What do you like to spend money on?
Sandals, boots, Halloween Decorations & James Christensen’s art.

The house decorated for Halloween.

What’s your favorite board game?
Nightmare. It’s actually an interactive video board game. Creepy stuff, so naturally I luv it.

What would be the title of your auto-biography?
The Luckiest of the Unlucky

You were recently injured.  What’s the diagnosis?
Three herniated discs in my Lumbar Spine w/nerve impingement, & lesions of the sciatic nerve.

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The Weekly Movie: American Pie 2, The Score (Also referred to in my Heist Movie Blog),

The Weekly Downer: I didn’t ride my own motorcycle 😦  Soon though….

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Anything to do with Kate Gosselin (of the Jon & Kate Plus 8 fame) – between all the arguing with your ex-husband Jon and dancing on Dancing With the Stars, and photo shoots….  Who the hell is raising your 8 kids????


The Weekly Beverage:
Lemon Drop Shot

Brooks BBQ ~ Oneonta, NY

The Weekly Food: Brooks BBQ, Easter Ham, Michael’s awesome hamburgers

The Weekly Amazing Fact: One quarter of the bones in the human body are in your feet!

The Weekly Birthdays: Cute~Ella Is Bold, Bill Flandreau, Sabrina Hayles, Kevin Kretser, Dean Temple, Beth Sarris, Nellie Haywood-Reynolds, Victoria Collier, Carl Clark, and Andrea Roome-OsterhoudtI hope you all had wonderful birthday celebrations surrounded by those you love. Did you do anything special for your big day??

The Weekly Activity: Motorcycle Riding with Michael

Merrell

The Weekly Shoes: Flip Flops!


The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Kelly Monaco, Bradford Anderson, Laura WrightSteve Burton from General Hospital, The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Paul Miles, and The Empire State Book Festival.

Weekly Milestone: I published my 100th blog!!

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: What would you like me to blog about??

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Where's our Destination?

So tonight I was working on making ride plans for our motorcycle club No Destination.  If you’re local to Round Lake, NY and ride motorcycles you should check it out.  All types of bikes are welcome.  We have Harley’s, Sport Bikes, Yamaha’s, Suzuki’s, Triumph’s, Victory’s, choppers, etc….  (By the way, they have a Facebook page now – check it out)

No Desination

Anyway, back to the ride plans…  I use the Harley Davidson Ride Planner to map out the rides.  The program can be frustrating to say the least.  It does help to check the “Avoid Highways” box.   Every time you drag the route to a different road it creates a waypoint along the ride.  By the end of the ride it tells you 10 times to “continue on route 9.”  It’s annoying if you’re trying to condense the ride to one page.

Moving on – Do any of you in the northeast have any good destinations to ride to?  We need rides within an hour radius of The Mill in Round Lake, NY for our weekly rides as well as some rides further out for weekend rides.

Do you have ride ideas for us?
And if you know good roads to get there (that aren’t highways) it’s even better!!

Thanks for all your help.
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I hope everyone had a very Happy Easter.
Michael & I went down to my parents house for dinner after church.
Mom made ham and mashed potatoes.  There were green beans and a salad too, but who cares about that….  (veggies are yucky right?)

After dinner Michael and I went riding the motorcycle for a bit with my friend Dave.  By the time we got home tonight MY BUTT HURT!  That is why I found this picture vaguely appropriate 🙂

Happy Easter to all!

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