Name: bdogg_mcgee

From: Big D, Texas, United States

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7.28.2006,7/28/2006 08:43:00 AM
Happy Friday!

Joey wanted to say hello...
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7.26.2006,7/26/2006 01:02:00 PM
A to Z
From the newly minted "Mrs." Lost in TX:

A is for age: 29
B is for beer of choice: Dos XX with two limes
C is for career right now: Marketing Associate
D is for dogs name: I don't have any, but my parents have two: Max and Maggie
E is for essential item you use everyday: Mascara
F is for favorite TV show at the moment: House, M.D.
G is for favorite game: UNO!
H is for Home town: Houston
I is for instruments you play: Piano and xylophone
J is for favorite juice: Lemonade
K is for who's butt you want to kick: No one in particular
L is for last place you ate: Here at my desk
M is for marriage: Yes
N is for your full name: Bdogg McGee!
O is for overnight hospital stays: 2--as a newborn, and at 3 yrs old
P is for people you were with today: DH and my co-workers
Q is for quote: "Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."-- Anonymous (I agree with Lost on this one)
R is for Biggest Regret: Not going to Europe with Century Singers when I was in college
S is for status: US
T is for time you wake up: 6:00 am
U is for unique quality: I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue
V is for vegetable you love: Tomatoes!
W is for worst habit: Biting my nails
X is for x-rays you've had: Many
Y is for yummy food you ate today: I just ate celery stuffed with pepper jack cheese, carrots, and turkey and said cheese on crackers. MMMM--it was quite tasty.
Z is for Zodiac sign: Aquarius
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7.25.2006,7/25/2006 11:42:00 AM
Lunchtime Laugh
People are just SO smart...

1. WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.

2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up!"

3. WHAT WAS PLAN B??? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

4. THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka KS Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5. DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot," the man shouted, "That's not what I said!"

6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING??? A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart." "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"

7. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (Hellooooooo!)

8. THE GRAND FINALE!!! Last summer down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert an hour east of Bakersfield CA, some folks new to boating were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 foot boat going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver no matter how much power they applied. After! about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place... was the trailer!
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7.24.2006,7/24/2006 11:47:00 AM
You Asked For It...
I have a feeling I'm going to post a couple of times today, since I've seen some cool memes and the like.

Earlier I asked you all to ask me some questions, which some of you did, and I answered them in the comments, but I thought I'd post them so everyone can read.

From Lisa:
What are your favorite baby names?
Bridget, Beatrice, Emily, Jane, Bronwyn(DH hates this name, I don't know why...), Cassandra
Boy-William, James, Jackson, Brad, Nicholas

If you could have a threesome with any two cast members from Alias, whom would you choose?
I can't believe you asked me this!! Man, I don't want to be so transparent, but I think you know who I'd have the threesome with. Dixon and Sloane. Yes. I said it.

Seriously, though, I'd have to go with Vaughn and Will. Boring, but I'm straight. Although I think Anna Espinosa would be quite feisty. Hmmmm......

What's the most embarassing book you've read?
Confessions of an Heiress, by Paris Hilton. It's no excuse, but I was curious, and that's 2 minutes of my life I won't get back. Thank goodness I checked it out from the library!

From Bearette:
What is your middle name?
Carrell. It is my grandmother's maiden name. Incidentally, DH's middle name was his mother's maiden name, which, I understand, is a common custom here in the South.

What was the name of your first pet?
My first pet was a wonderfully sweet gray bobtailed cat named Bobbi. She died when I was fourteen under mysterious circumstances. My parents say she got into something, but I wonder if she was hit by a car or the like.

What is your favorite season?
Spring, although Autumn is beautiful as well. I tend to like the rebirth aspect of Spring, though.

From Elsa:
Where did you grow up (what part of the country)?
I'm a native Texan, born and raised. I lived the majority of my life in Houston, with a pit stop in a tiny West Texas town.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a librarian. I was a boring little kid.

What are your hobbies?
Reading, naturally. :) Listening to music, traveling, cooking, baking, decorating, crafts, blogging, watching TV.

From Poppy:
What's your favorite place to shop for shoes?
I usually get my shoes at either Target or Payless. There's a Shoe Pavilion that opened up here in Frisco, but I haven't stopped by yet.

What's your favorite activity to do with DH that isn't sex?
Talking and laughing. I love the end of the day when we go to bed, and sometimes end up talking for about two hours. And it's always about the stupidest stuff, too, like WWII. I sometimes wonder what our children will think of us. :)

Who's your favorite iconic figure and why?
Why, Paris Hilton! She is the icon of the moment, you know....
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7.21.2006,7/21/2006 04:10:00 PM
Nerd Notes
Happy Friday! I'm about to head out here pretty soon--we're going to Houston for the weekend. I really would like to see lots of people, but I don't think it's going to happen this trip. My mom has kind of commandeered me, seeing that I haven't been in town since March. So, I promise that we'll try to make it back in a month or so (perhaps Labor Day weekend?) and I'll get to see all of my Houston peeps!

Today I put my name on the Dawn Spacecraft, which is traveling to the Asteroid Belt. It's pretty cheesy, but if you want to do the same, go here!

Last night, I actually got hooked on something video game-related. On the XBOX 360, you can play certain games live with other people through XBOX Live. For the past month or so, DH has been playing UNO! and I thought that I would try it out. After playing against the computer for a while, I became dissatisfied with the speed of the game, since it was moving really sloooooowly. DH suggested I go into the Multiplayer mode and play against real people, so I did, and there was no turning back. DH sat there and laughed at me as I yelled at the people I was playing against, and throw Skips and Draw Two's to my heart's content. God, but it was beautiful. And the pace of the game was much faster, too!

So, dear bloggers, I must leave you now. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I'll see ya on the flipside!
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7.19.2006,7/19/2006 04:05:00 PM
A Threesome
Hee hee. I liked the title that Lisa gave this particular meme, so I thought I'd steal it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

1. Recommend to me* a movie* a book* a song, album, or musician

2. Ask me three questions (and this time I'll remember to answer them!)

3. Post this on your blog so we can reciprocate

On a completely different note, someone in my office just said "YES" and it sounded exactly like Gollum. It was a bit strange.
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,7/19/2006 08:15:00 AM
Good Morning!
A couple of people have asked why I'm moderating my comments now. No, I am not being stalked by exes or anything like that (ha ha,) but I keep getting SPAM comments. And these horrible spammers are commenting on posts from a while back, I gather, because I can't seem to find them in my current posts. What's funny is that since I've enabled the comment moderation, I haven't gotten one SPAM comment. You know if I turn it off then I'll probably be flooded. Bastards! I wonder if it's easier to catch spammers if you have your own domain? I'll get around to it someday, I guess.

I have started a new diet. Yep. I really didn't want to say anything about it, because I've tried so many "diets" with you guys in the past, and I keep failing miserably. You'd think I'd be able to stick to something for any length of time, but no, not Bdogg! Sigh.

One thing that always gets me is the fact that every time I slip up, I think "Oh well, that's the end of that!" and don't jump back on again. Part of me is such a perfectionist (except for cleaning my house,) that if I don't get something right the first time, I won't do it again, because I expect to get it right the first time. Plus DH and I are such foodies that we tend to celebrate everything with, "Let's go out to eat!" Man, if I could have all of the $$ we've spent dining out in the past several months, we would have been well on our way to saving for a house. But I digress...

Anyhow, I read about this diet in a book where you take a quiz and, from the results, a diet is given you based on your certain "phenotype." There are 6 phenotypes: Addictive, Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular, Diabetic, Emotional, and Hormonal. I happened to be two phenotypes: Blood Pressure and Hormonal (big surprise, huh?) but since DH's phenotype turned out to be Blood Pressure, too (I told y'all he is the male version of me,) we decided to follow this diet.

It's not so bad, really. It shows you how to measure things using your palm, fist, and thumbs, and you can eat practically anything you want (in moderation, of course.) So, we'll see how this goes. The first two weeks you limit your carb intake and it asks that you don't indulge in "treats" (like chocolate,) but afterwards you can reintroduce the carbs and have something indulgent once a week.

Well, yesterday was kinda bad. I kept craving all these foods, like at one point, all I really wanted in this world was a Whataburger with cheese. I would have sold my first child for a cheeseburger. But, I perservered, and drank some water instead (boo!)

So, as I sit here, eating my hard-cooked egg and drinking my tea, I wonder if I'll be able to stick to this. I certainly hope so!
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7.18.2006,7/18/2006 12:59:00 PM
Oh, My....Confident,are We?
From The Scoop. I love that she compares herself to Marilyn Monroe and Princess Di.

Enough about me; what do you think of me?
Paris Hilton continues to hold forth on her favorite topic: Paris Hilton.

“There's nobody in the world like me,” the partying heiress told the Times of London. “I think every decade has an iconic blonde — like Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana — and right now, I'm that icon.”

She didn’t stop there. “There's a lot of heiresses out there, and I don't see any of them doing what I've done,” she continued,” she said. “I have so many projects — bags, fragrances, make-up. I go round the world every three days, designing and personally approving it all. I've got movies to make, a tour, TV shows. Every day of my life is scheduled until the end of 2007.”

What’s more, Hilton claims that feuds between her and other celebs — such as Lindsay Lohan — are publicity stunts designed to capitalize on her fame. “All those stories are made up. You know how shy I am ... Well, non-confrontational,” she said. “Certain girls just use me to get media attention because a feud with Paris Hilton always gets press.”

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,7/18/2006 11:03:00 AM
A Meme of Fives
Pilfered from Nancy Drew:

5 Things always in my purse:
2-Lip Balm
3-Cell Phone
4-Saline Solution

5 Things always in my wallet:
1-Debit/Credit Card
2-Drivers License
4-Medical Insurance Cards
5-Car Insurance

5 Things always in my refrigerator:
4 -Tortillas
5-Salad Veggies

5 Things always in my closet: (ONLY 5??)
3-Purses I don't use anymore
5-Dry Cleaning Bags

5 Things always in my car:
1-At least one pair of shoes
2-Reflective sunshade
5-FM modulator for iPod

5 (or more) Things always on my desk:
2-Water bottle
3-Lucky Bamboo
4-My menagerie of toys
5-Hand Sanitizer

Whoever wants to play can play!!!
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7.17.2006,7/17/2006 03:21:00 PM
Oh man. You know how the previous post listed the high for today at 99 degrees?

They lied.

Right now we're at 102 degrees, with a heat index of 105. Tomorrow's forecast? 106.

I wouldn't be so upset about this if the a/c on my side of the building here at work wasn't on the fritz. I think it's close to 80 degrees in here right now. Oy.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! We didn't do much. Friday night I got a wild hare and decided to clean the kitchen and do a food pogrom in the refrigerator. It was something I'd been neglecting, and boy, did that poor fridge need it. When I finished, all we had in there was the door of condiments, some coffee creamer, and two 12-packs of soda. I'm not kidding.

I then moved to the rest of the kitchen, and at the end of the evening it was cleancleanclean. For the rest of the weekend, every time DH went in there to put a dish in the sink I yelled, "PUT YOUR DISH IN THE DISWASHER!!!!" Well, maybe I didn't yell. Rather, I urged. :)

After that, the rest of the weekend was pretty lazy. Laundry needed to be done. Floors needed vacuuming. Car needed washing in preparation for selling. But, I didn't do any of it.

What was my excuse? It's too hot.
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7.14.2006,7/14/2006 04:45:00 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Hell

And now, the weather forecast. Since it doesn't say it here, right now in Frisco, Texas, the temperature is a balmy 100 degrees. Makes you wanna head outside and run around, doesn't it? Or, even better, forget to put your sunshade on the front windshield of your black sports car with black leather interior! Even with the sunshade, it's only about 2 degrees cooler in the car, but at least a girl can touch her steering wheel.

Ah, summer.
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,7/14/2006 11:25:00 AM
An Update...
Happy Friday, everyone!

So I got my test results back, and everything fell within normal range, which was good. The doctor also doubled the strength of my blood pressure medicine, which is helping immensely. I'm glad I'm feeling better, but I'm also frustrated because these symptoms and my test results just don't match up. The weight gain and the acne are most troubling...grr.

The doctor wants to try re-testing me in a month or so, as cortisol levels tend to fluctuate, and we're going to go from there.

At least it's not a tumor! Hooray for that!

Seeing that I haven't done these in a while, here's a couple of quizzes for ya.

Your World View
You are a fairly broadminded romantic and reasonably content.

You value kindness and try to live by your ideals.

You have strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.

You respect truth and are flexible.

You like people, and they can readily make friends with you.

You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.

What Is Your World View?

Oh no!

You Failed 8th Grade Spanish

Sorry, you only got 4/8 correct!

Could You Pass 8th Grade Spanish?

You Belong in 1962

If you scored...

1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!

1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!

What Year Do You Belong In?
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7.12.2006,7/12/2006 11:48:00 AM
A Revelation...
I was originally going to leave this as a comment on Liz's blog, in reference to this post, but you know, I think I need to address it here.

I am officially old.

Now, I know what you're going to say. "You're not old, Bdogg!"

But I am. The things that were trendy when I was a pre-teen/teenager have come back in style.
Case in point:

I had a pair exactly like this when I was about 16. Then, I loved them. Now, I don't think they're particularly attractive, seeing as they look like you're wearing a couple of bricks on your feet. They're just so, chunky.....and now, there's enough on my body that's chunky--I don't need the shoes to match.

And the leggings featured on Liz's blog! I had several pair of those as well.

I know fashion is a cyclical thing, but I never thought it would actually happen to me, or, if it did, that it would be several more years before I started seeing things I misguidedly wore as a youngin on the shiftless teens of today.

See, there I go again with my old-ness! That's another thing.

Teenagers tend to really piss me off. When DH and I were in H-town a few months ago we woke up to find egg yolk on DH's Mazda RX-8, most likely thrown by bored teenage boys. Took the paint off his door panel in spots. Why did they do this? I simply don't understand! Then again, I didn't understand this when I was a teenager, so I think it's a guy thing.

And the way they drive! Oh, man. I got cut off by a teenager a while back, who decided that she desperately wanted to get in the left turn lane I was in even though there was a perfectly good left turn lane right next to me that was going to the same place as my turn lane. Since she nearly hit me, I honked my horn at her, to which her boyfriend took great offense and began doing all these little hand motions at me and being all dramatic by looking in the rear-view and side mirrors. I wanted to scream, "It's not my fault your girlfriend drives like shit!" But I took the high road and sat there, stony-faced, while Little Boyfriend defended the Shit Driver Girlfriend's honor. Whatever.

Another thing: My co-worker, who is cool as all get-out, has a 15-year-old daughter. I had given my co-worker some of those little "bling" jewels to put on her cell phone, and the daughter was aghast. She told her mom, "Those are just for kids, Mom! Old people shouldn't have that on their phones!" The daughter also couldn't believe that I had a MySpace profile, because that, again, is "just for kids." Sigh......

It makes me wonder, though. Were we all "stupid teenagers?" Did people ten (or more) years ago look at us and curse our general self-centeredness and stupid and destructive behavior? (I think so) Makes me cringe to think of it!

At least there is some justice to this. In ten years the teenagers of today will be my age at this moment, and will probably be experiencing all of the same stuff I am now.

It's a small comfort, though, especially when you're trying not to get in a fender-bender because you really want to sell your zippy little sports car in order to get a 4-door car that is "family-friendly."

Dammit. There I go again. You know what? I'm just going to shut up now, before I find myself using a walker to get around and eating dinner at 4:30 pm.

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7.10.2006,7/10/2006 09:20:00 AM
Pet Peeve #5748
When you're driving down the road, and one lane is clearly a "Right Turn Only" lane(with SIGNS and EVERYTHING,) and the person in it who has had ample time to get over decides at the verylastminute to swerve into YOUR lane and cut you off and doesn't use their turn signal.

Freakin' idiots.....
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7.07.2006,7/07/2006 12:07:00 PM
In Memory...

I wanted to post something about the London bombings that happened one year ago today, but I wasn't sure what I would do. Then Poppy posted her memoriam, and I thought I would do the same.

My heart goes out to those lost in terrorist attacks, and the ones who are left behind to deal with these senseless acts.

We're not afraid! Yeah! Take that!
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7.04.2006,7/04/2006 09:35:00 AM
Happy 4th, Everyone!

We were supposed to go to Houston this weekend, but, seeing that I had to do some tests on Sunday that kind of chained me to the house, well, we decided to say home. DH and I both had yesterday off, so we went with the in-laws to see The Devil Wears Prada and to dinner. I have to say, I really liked this movie, although the ending was distinctly different than that of the book, and, I think they made Meryl Streep's character a bit more sympathetic in the movie.

The annoying thing, though, was the fact that we sat in front of two women who felt they needed to go all Mystery Science Theater on this movie. This one chick kept whining, "They're all so mean to her," during the scenes that Anne Hathaway's character was at work, and kept making these half-laughs-but-kind-of-honks at totally inappropriate moments. I seriously wanted to turn around and throw what was left of my Icee on her, but, I figure that can't be good for my blood pressure, so I tried to let it go.

After dinner and the movie we stayed over at DH's parents for several hours and talked. I don't know what it is about getting together with them, but we laugh about one thing or another almost constantly. I think it's great. DH's mom sent me back with some more Fortnum & Mason tea, in bags this time, and I'm going to enjoy some as soon as it finishes steeping.

So far, I haven't learned anything from my test results. The ones I did on Sunday will take about a week to get back, since these tests are pretty specialized. And the CT scan results haven't come back yet, either. And, since you all know how I feel about waiting, you can imagine that my face is looking somewhat like this:

But, this isn't good for my blood pressure, so I'm trying to stay calm. :)

After some housework, I think I feel like a bit of shopping, and DH and I might try to catch some fireworks tonight......

Have a great day, everyone!!!
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