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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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Cute~Ella Is Bold

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 Cute~Ella Is BoldCute~Ella is a great gal who I met through a social networking group I’m part of.  Since we’ve met she’s proven to be a great friend who knows how to listen and can give un-biased advice when it’s needed.  So… without further ado – here is Cute~Ella.  🙂

Name: Cute~Ella is Bold

Age: Closing in on 30 faster than my mother would like.  (Turning 30 on Saturday!)

Location: Upstate NY. Yes, there is one of those. It’s actually quite large.

Hails From: East Bum-fuck NY – within an hour radius of Oneonta, NY

Relationship Status: Newly not single.

Children: None of my own yet, I’m enjoying letting my friends have turns, planning baby showers and spoiling their kids.

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

Cute~Ella Is Bold

Occupation: My real job isn’t exciting. It’s supposed to make an impact, but all it really impacts for the most part is my company’s bottom line. Also, I spend a lot of time in bathing suits either teaching midgets not to drown or refining bigger midgets strokes by yelling things like “reach!”. “kick!”, “glide!”, “breathe!” and various other things across the pool.

What is the most challenging part of your job? My real job? Not quitting because I’m bored and need a change…swimming lessons is more like play time, but I’d have to say not getting kicked, flashing boobs when the little ones grab my bathing suit straps and or not getting spit on when they come up for air.

How did you get into blogging? I started blogging in 2004 for no reason I can remember now, then my friend passed away and I found that it was a good distraction and when I needed to get stuff off my chest it was a good way to do so.

Why did you move to the Capital District? I came up for college and for various and sundry reasons, just haven’t left yet.

What thoughts went through your mind when you found our your little brother was getting deployed to Iraq? He was deployed to Iraq in Oct ’08.  It was complicated because I was so proud of him and what he was doing, but at the same time I was so scared for him.  I eventually put it up to Fate that he was well-trained, focused and that he would be home again.  My parents were more worried and I think part of the reason I was alright for the most part was because I was more focused on being there for them coordinating Christmas and my Dad’s retirement party than anything else.
Of course I worried all the time and started crocheting because it was the one thing I could do and not think about what he was doing and where he was.  Also, I started working out with a friend and that took my mind off what was going on because she was trying to kick my ass regularly.
I can say though that the training camps and being out of touch for long periods of time helped.  Also, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been because we had internet connections on both ends and he and I had a deal that we didn’t have to talk or email, but I had to see that he had logged into My Space on a regular basis or I’d worry more.  He’s all about me not worrying.

I know you like crocheting.  What is the most complicated project you’ve completed? Haha complicated? I don’t really do complicated.  I do hats and scarves and I’m going to do a couple blankets for soon to be arriving bundles of joy.  I am going to try making a poncho type thing for my niece.  See the problem is, I don’t really know how to read patterns, I just play with different yarns and/or materials and hope for the best!

What’s it like being a swim instructor? Have you ever tried corralling cats?  Kidding.  I love it.  I teach little kids basics and have fun refining older kids strokes.  Sometimes it’s wicked stressful but it’s almost always fun.  Every time a kid “gets” it, it’s a personal victory.  I liked my special needs kids the best, but right now we don’t have a special needs program at the pool I’m at.  Also, it’s quite inspiring to know I have to be in a bathing suit so many nights a week…keeps the inner fat chick at bay.

Do you find that kids are well-behaved because they enjoy time in the water? Sometimes.  They try to be good for me, but some kids are just rambunctious or are facing other things that make it difficult.  After 15 years of doing this, frankly, if no one drowns and we all learn something new, then I consider it a good day.  I had some kids years ago we’ll call Igor and Namanja (because those are their actual names) and they were terrible.  If we could make it through a class without they punching each other, trying to hold the other ones head under water or kicking each other in the junk then it was a seriously successful day.  They were hands down the worst children I had ever met.  I have often wondered what was going on to make them act out like that

How large are your classes? Up to 8 kids at a time.  If I have more than 6 they give me a helper.  My current one is awesome, but I fear that he will realize how good he is and want his own class.  Then they’ll give me someone new to break in.

What do you do if you get a bad kid? There are no “bad” kids.  I have kids that misbehave, kids that are going through a lot of changes in their life outside of class, kids who don’t want to be there, and kids who have trouble paying attention.  When they misbehave they get a warning, if they do it again they have to sit out of the pool, and after that if they do it again they get out for the day.  I’ve only had to tell one parent in my current program that if their kid doesn’t get better at listening/behaving then they can not return next session.  The parent took it well because at this point, they’re just wasting money.

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What book has had an impact on how you think about life? Oh gosh, so many books! I don’t even know where to start.  PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern hit home hard.  When I read it, I had just lost a dear friend of mine/ex-boyfriend to complications from his lung replacement and it was just a really meaningful book to read right then and there.  The Lorax by Dr. Seuss when I was little and it really did help form an opinion of “different is ok or even good” at an early age, my Intro to Semiotics class book in college – it really changed my view on word usage, and then a book in college about how a message is affected by the media used and mode of communication.  That was really fun to play with.  An example of this is the song “Good Riddance“, by Green Day. it’s a song we all know and most of us have loved or at least even liked, but if you read the lyrics with any degree of anger it’s not a happy goodbye, it’s the ultimate F*ck You.  (You might only know the song by it’s secondary title of “Time of Your Life”.)
I’m working in Ishmael by Daniel Quinn right now.  It’s about a Gorilla who has the meaning of life.  I try to take something meaningful/educational from every book I read.  Even the trashy novels.  It might not be the message the author intended, but I get something out of it all.
I just finished reading Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.  It’s religious satire at it’s finest.  The writer is either drunk, stoned or crazy – or some combination of the three.  (and I say that with the utmost admiration and respect for his talents.)

What do you worry about? I am a worrier by nature.  I want my friends and family to be happy, healthy and loved. I worry about my parents, my siblings, my friends and their troubles and about finding a new job before I go completely nutso here.  I worry that I don’t have it in me to make it through the next year with my guy, but I’ll find a way… I worry about money, if I’m eating the right food, if my car is going to die.  Maybe worry isn’t the right word for some of it, but there’s a lot of passing concern and thought.

What do you miss most about your childhood? The only thing I miss  about my childhood is the simplicity and reading by the pool every day all summer while I life-guarded (rarely had patrons).  I don’t want to go back and relive high-school, I wasn’t a typical kid.  My parents divorced when I was really little and I had a more adult role from about the age of 5.  I was then raising my kid sister (we have different moms) at 14 on weekends… my parents actually considered letting me take the GED and leave high-school to start college at 16.

Cute~Ella Is Bold

What’s a goal in your life you have yet to accomplish? Figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I’m not sure I’ll ever figure that out to tell you the truth.  Right now my goals include saving 6 months worth of living expenses, making sure my friends, family, and new guy know how much I care about them, finding a job that I like more, working on the 101 in 1,001 Days, and finding a way to relax on vacation.  I don’t do relaxed very well. 😦

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Meet Lisa Bathrick Miller

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.

This week’s interviews all have a military connection.  Meet my friend LisaLisa and I grew up together in Red Hook, NYLisa is an army wife.  She was a wonderful friend to help out my friend Sara Caraway Kowalski when she moved to TX and needed a friend.  You’ll be able to learn more about Sara in tomorrow’s blog.

Name: Lisa Bathrick Miller

Blog link:
http://miliwifeaviation.wordpress.com

Age: 31…yeah getting old!

Location: Currently Ft. Hood, TX

Lisa & Joe ~ September 20, 2008

Relationship Status: Married since September 20, 2008

Kaleb, Bailey, and Trevor

Children: I have 3. Trevor is 11, Kaleb is 7, and Bailey is soon to be 5.

Occupation: I’m a mom, wife, and everything in between

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Making time for me.

Joe & Lisa

What is the best part of being a military spouse? Being able to live in different places.  Kids get to experience different things. It can be a tough life, but I wouldn’t change it!

How many times has your husband been deployed?
Since he has been in the Army, he has deployed 3 times. Together we have gone through one.

How do you handle it when he’s gone? You have good days. You have bad days. Then you have down right horrible days. I lived on my computer waiting for him to get online. If I had to go out, I would always have my phone on me. Friends are always helpful, especially if they are going through the same thing. Oh and alcohol is always good company for misery. LOL

What advice do you have for a new military spouse? One thing a newbie might have problems with is dealing with being alone…ALOT. They tend to expect their soldier home at 5pm. Well it doesn’t always work that way. There are days my husband goes to work at 7am and doesn’t come home til 8pm.  Some new wives (and even some not so new) will get so mad at their husbands. They have to realize it is not their fault! They have to be able to adapt, be flexible, and be understanding. Oh yeah…  and please don’t be one of those wives that runs to the commander every time you get mad at something.  It’s embarrassing to your soldier, and makes life hell for him.

Lisa

What got you interested in blogging? Boredom I suppose. I just wish I had interesting things to write about.

(except for the deer)

We grew up in a small town in New York State. How different is it living in Texas? Well its HOT during the summer! And summer is about 9 months out of the year. The interstates and highways are way weird here!  They talk weird. Although I am the one always getting accused of that. Real estate is so much cheaper.  BUGS…big ones at that! We have bigger deer in NY though. The trees here are different. I miss the trees back home. Thats just a few things…

Lisa, Keleb & Trevor at Monster Jam!

I know your ex-husband lives in another state. How difficult is it to coordinate visits for your children?
They go for a month in the summer. They are old enough to fly by themselves so it isn’t too bad. My step daughter will be turning 5 next month, so she will be able to fly by herself as well.

Heaven on Earth

When you lived here in New York you used to work at Holy Cow which is many opinions is the best ice cream there is.  Does all other ice cream taste like fluff to you?
There is nothing that tastes as good as Holy Cow ice cream.  Still to this day, my hubby and I can be sitting on the couch and out of no where I will say “God, how I could go for a hot fudge sundae from the Holy Cow!” Maybe next time you are in Red Hook you could send some my way? And yes I am going to be picky…send CHOCOLATE!  {HOLY COW – HEAVEN IN RED HOOK}

We’ve known each other since elementary school.  Do you have any funny or thoughtful memories of us?

One time your mom took us to her friend’s house so we could go swimming. We were in the pool for what seemed like forever, but I don’t think your hair ever got wet. LOL

What are you favorite TV shows on right now? I like Chuck. I can’t wait for Amazing Race to start again. And I am a total HGTV and Food Network junkie! House Hunters and Chopped are a couple of my favorites.

You lived at Ft. Hood during the shootings here earlier this year. What was it like that day?  What were you doing when you heard about it?  How have things there changed since then??
That day was actually supposed to be pretty special for me. It was my 31st Birthday, and since my husband and I have been together it was the first birthday of mine that we were actually going to be together! I was super excited even though we didn’t have anything huge planned. The only thing I wanted for my birthday was to spend it with my husband.  Well, that didn’t happen!

The kids had half day of school that day.  I had just picked up my little one from the school across the street. We were sitting in the livingroom, looking at their papers from their backpacks. My friend either text me or called me, I can’t remember which one. She was the one to tell me what was going on. Funny thing is, I live just about a mile from where it was all going on, and I had no clue.

I turned on the tv right away. As she was getting info from a friend on post, she was relaying it to me. My husband was in a training center much farther away from where the shooting took place. He didn’t know about it till a little later. What was frustrating was there was so much talk going on about there being 2 or 3 shooters.  Some were on the loose on post, supposedly near my house. They told everyone to lock all their windows and doors and close all their blinds. Sirens were going off telling you to stay in your house. It was scary! So many stories were swirling around. Later to find out most of them were not true.

Post was on lock down. Some kids in schools that let out a little later were stuck there. Soldiers couldn’t leave to go home. People who lived on post or had kids in schools on post couldn’t even get on Fort Hood. It was a long afternoon that turned into a long night!

My husband finally got to come home around 8pm. Needless to say, I wasn’t in a very Birthday mood! I was very upset! Same question everyone had…how and why could this have happened? Very frustrating that one of our own could do this. Still makes me very angry.

Lisa's Family

Lisa on a weekend getaway in Fredericksburg, TX

Lisa & Joe in Fredericksburg, TX

Joe & Lisa at a winery in Fredericksburg, TX

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Last year I read a blog that mentioned the blogger’s favorite websites.  I figured why hoard them when I can share them with you!  Here’s a compilation of some of my favorites.  Over time I hope to add to it.  I want to know what some of your favorite websites are too!  Comment away!!

Facebook
If you don’t know what Facebook is I’m guessing you live under a rock and don’t have a computer.  If that’s the case, you’re not reading this….   Have I lost it?  I’m talking to an invisible person….
While you’re over there check out the new page I made Rose’s Recipe Group.  Moving on >>>

MySpace
You won’t find me there quite so often, but I still visit on occasion to check out the blogs.  KTPP, Namaste Theorist, The Dish From The Spoon and The Carcass Cadaver are some of my favorites 🙂

Twitter
Now I’ll start explaining the sites better.  Twitter is basically a status update about what you’re up to.  What are you reading, what are you watching, who’s annoying you at work, what you’re making for dinner – basically anything you want to tell your followers.  The catch?  You only have 140 characters to get your point across.
Some of my favorite people to follow are:
Albany-ish: Michael Henry, Kristi Gustafson, Andrew BaderaEllie, Jerry, Dom, Emily, Albany Kelly, Cute Ella, Swilly, John Jordan, Cassie Cramer, Terri Rossi Albany/Saratoga Realtor, Tweet Up Albany This is our local Tweetup Group!!, Marcus Molinaro – NYS Assemblyman I went to high school with, Meg Sharp, Bill Swallow
Non Local Cool Peeps: Lone Pine Photo Great Photographer in GA, St. Simon’s Elopments If you want a beautiful place to get married, contact Miss. Carla, Shit My Dad Says HILARIOUS!!, In Tune Guitar Picks Michael’s cousin & her husband manufacture guitar picks – cool huh?, Chris Cactus – great blogger
Celebrities: Megan Ward Kate from General Hospital, Scott Reeves Steven Webber on General Hospital, Logan Neitzel runner up on Project Runway, Carol Hannah Whitfield runner up on Project Runway, Alyssa Milano from Who’s the Boss?  and Charmed, Katey Segal from Son’s of Anarchy – AKA Peg Bundy from Married with Children, Carolyn Hennesey Diane from General Hospital – Also on CougarTown, Sutter Ink Creator of Son’s of Anarchy, Sarah Joy Brown was Claudia on General Hospital, Nancy Lee Grahn Alexis on General Hospital, Derk Cheetwood Max on General Hospital, Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Peter Facinelli Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight series – Also was on Fast Lane

WordPress
Obviously I spend time here everyday.  So read my blog, subscribe to my blog, comment on my blog….  And while you’re over there check out Michael’s blog The World Through My Lens, Courtney’s Blog Cute~Ella is Bold, and Cassie’s Blog No Day But Today.  There is one other blogger that really amuses me.  Check out Rude Cactus.

Goodreads
I like to read, though I don’t do it as much as I’d like.  Once I discovered this site it became a place to keep track of what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I want to read.  Check it out.  I enjoying seeing what books my friends like and don’t like.  I won’t waste my time on a book my friends hated….

Paperback Swap
I don’t know about you, but I hate spending so much money on books.  Paperback Swap is an online community book exchange.  You pay to ship people your books, they pay to ship their books to you.  You earn credits for every book you’ve mailed and can use those credits to request other books.  The only criteria I’ve learned to ask on this site is if the book is from a smoke free environment.

Meetup
Meetup is a great site to get to know people with similar interests.  Awesome for someone who has moved to a new city and/or wants to make friends.  You can join groups all over the country.  If you’re in the Capital Region some of my favorite groups are No Destination which is a motorcycle group, The Capital Region Photography Meetup Group which is Michael’s photography group, and Fun, Fearless Females which is a woman’s group.

Pandora Radio
Panora is a great online radio site.  Basically you search for an artist you like and it will play you music from that artist and other artists they think are similar that you may like also.  It’s a nice way to get introduced to new music.

IMDB: Internet Movie Database
This site is great to research movies, or search for movies based on an actor or actress you like.

Wikipedia
You can research almost anyone or anything on this website.  It isn’t always 100% accurate because content can be updated and changed by the public.  Usually it’s pretty good though for a fast answer.

LaDorkas – 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.

Brooks BBQ
If you live in NY, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Brooks House of BBQ.  They come to many churches and schools in Upstate, NY for fundraisers.  That’s how we discovered them.  We eventually visited their restaurant in Oneonta, NY and we enjoyed it quite a bit.  On their website at the bottom you can click on BBQ Events to view their catering calendar.

Other sites I enjoy for shopping
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Adagio Teas – Loose tea and teapots, etc.
Deals Plus+ – coupons and deals to over 15,000 stores you like to shop at – Best Buy, JoAnn’s, Michael’s, etc.
eBay – online auction site
Half – online bookstore – powered by eBay
New York & Co. – Women’s clothing
Pandora Jewelry – Charm Bracelets
Teavana – Loose tea and teapots, etc.

What are some of your favorite websites to visit?
Comment away!

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