Friday, July 26, 2013


Halfway through the summer.  Kids still not fighting (much).  We've been spending time at the beach, but still have to trek down to the shore a few times.  We are kind of running out of time for that.  I haven't been hearing "what are we doing today?" that much.  I must be doing something right.

Okay, so I just updated my family info, and I had to add two years to each kid.  Is that proof enough that I am the Worst. Blogger. Ever?  Thank God that no-one reads this blog on a regular basis, because if you were looking to me for any kind of guidance, you would have had to wait until now to get it.

As for my other blog, that I promised to update every week?  Well, I have to admit that I am a coward about that one.  Still working on the first twenty.  St. Patrick's day sort of did me in.  I am still 10 lbs down, but I think that it was supposed to be 40 by now?  Or something like that.  I guess that it is good that I have not gained, after all.  Remember the bathing suit weigh in?  I haven't actually worn a Bathing suit since January.  I'm calling it self-preservation.  

I really do hate bathing suits, anyway.  Even when I go to the beach, I don't wear one, because I'm not going to go in the water.  I just want to sit on the beach and read a book.  Just finished a good one.  See my previous post.


My niece,  Elizabeth Mehling, has written an exciting horror- fantasy novel called Shadow's Dolls.  If you are a horror fan, this novel is right up your alley.  Here is a description and link to Amazon.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the lives of six children are shattered when they are abducted and forced to become demonic creatures. Their captor, and leader, then brainwashes them by convincing the group that they must use their suffering as a motive to inflict it on others, especially the mysterious beings that shunned him years ago. Their inner and outer demons begin to form into one, an effective weapon that exists for the sole purpose of wiping out the apparent adversary. On the outer edge of Ursa Major, a culturally diverse civilization, blessed with the ability to control magic, is one of the universe's best-kept secrets. Each of these inhabitants have families, homes, and stories of their own, all of which are interrupted and torn apart by the satanic gang known only as the "Shadow Beings." The Shadow Beings themselves display an apparent sense of control and security. In reality, they must face the constant struggle to remain hidden and hold onto the blind faith they have in their leader (and tormentor), all while falling into a dangerous cycle of doubt and self-destruction that only intensifies. As the cities burn and the people are slaughtered, both the victims and the perpetrators begin to realize that this is not just a direct genocide of the innocents....but a desperate struggle for everyone to maintain their grip on identity and sanity. Recommended for ages 15 and up due to disturbing content, language, and violence.

Thursday, January 03, 2013


Admit it.  You can't either.

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I have decided to switch to a new email account.  Granted, this blog is attached to the email that I want to delete, which is a problem.  All my contacts are there too...ditto.  But I'm still going to do it, because the amount of email crap that I get on a daily basis is overwhelming, and I just want to start from scratch.

I remember a time when I thought that getting an email was a wonderful thing.  Sure, it's great when you receive pictures from friends and relatives, or actual correspondence (I'm not talking about the dreaded FWD's here).  Right now, I would just love to have a nearly empty inbox.  I waste so much time deleting messages that I do not want.

Whatever possessed me to sign up for surveys?  I'll never know.  Maybe I didn't realize that I would only earn a whopping one dollar for suffering through one hundred surveys.  Talk about time wasted.  Sure, I could earn money faster by filling out "offers" to buy other products, but doesn't that defeat the purpose?  I would be spending more money than earning.  I cancelled one of my survey accounts, and after warning me that I would forfeit all my earnings (a whopping $17.00 for months of surveys--they can keep it) they asked for my reason.  Here it is:

"It is impossible to make money doing surveys without spending money first.  I think that it defeats the purpose".

I signed up for Groupon, Living Social, etc.  I get about 10 emails a day from  each of them.  Don't know why I signed up for offers in New York City (about a hour away from me).  Maybe, I probably thought that I would get great offers from Museums, and concerts--and there are some--but most of the offers are for haircuts on the Upper West side, etc.  It doesn't seem to make much sense to spend $50.00 on gas just to save $20.00 on a haircut.

I get offers from Publishers Clearing House several times a day.  All the emails say, "This could be the winner, so don't ignore it!"   It never is, but I keep searching on "Search and Win" to lose over and over again.  But I still enter the contests, just in case. However, I have noticed that when I ignore the emails, the world still turns. 

Then there are the emails from companies that you have ordered products from.  This is a "One day only sale", sucker.  I don't mind them as much as the emails from companies that I never ordered from.  How did you get my email again?  I spend much time deleting myself from the mailing list.  Of course there is the occasional SPAM that sneaks through the filter as well.  It's just too much, and I can't keep up.  Most of the email coming to this account is just unnecessary.

This is why I want to start over.  Brand spanking new email.  Three emails at most per day.  I think that I can handle that.  It's just going to be a pain in the butt to switch everything over, but it will be worth it.

Brian Stella and the Company Town Band


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