Monthly Archives: January 2010

Today’s Exercise Program…

The older we get the more important it is to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. This is necessary to maintain cardiovascular health and maintain muscle mass. If you’re over 50, you might want to take it easy at first, then do more repetitions as you become more proficient and build stamina.

Warning: It may be too strenuous for some. Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program!



















That’s enough for the first day.  Great job.

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An ice storm is on it’s way to my house…

Here in Oklahoma City we are preparing an ice storm.

My hubby went shopping to stock up on food in case we are stuck at home for a while. It was not an original idea! The store was packed with people preparing for the storm.

Ice storms are not fun. Ice builds up on power lines and weighs the lines down. If this storm is anything like past storms, there will be most likely many people without power for days or a week, or more.

We’ve had a lot of power outages due to ice storms. The last time I was on the couch wrapped in blankets with my three dogs piled on me waiting for the heat to come back on. Since the lights were out, I moved the couch to the glass patio door so I could read while I watched the storm.

The nice part of an ice storm is that it turns my backyard into a winter wonderland. The California Girl part of me never tires of seeing snow.

This post is putting me in the mood for some hot food. I think I’ll have some more potato/corn chowder that my hubby made for me…


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Mmmm. Potato/Corn chowder for breakfast….

My hubby is a good cook. He is the only good cook in the house. In fact, he is the only cook in the house.

He won’t eat my cooking since he is a better cook. He would rather do all the cooking. Hey, fine with me!

Last night, my hubby made me a giant batch of potato corn chowder. Yum yum! He made it so I would have easy lunches this week.

Lunches? Well, yes, if I could wait that long. Potato/Corn chowder makes a dandy breakfast, too, as I found out today.

My hubby likes to make sure I have yummy, healthy food all the time.

Thank you, Sweetie!


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“This document was successfully checked as HTML 4.01 Transitional”! (and they said it couldn’t be done)

I am a happy girl.

I’ve been working on my website for several weeks non-stop. I’ve been totally redoing the format and making it more user friendly.

To put the icing on the cake, I’ve been trying for days to get it checked as valid code per the W3C Markup Validation Service.

(Please see yesterday’s post for more info: An open letter, (or nasty-gram as my hubby would say), to…..)

It just passed! (Finally!) I have gotten this message for each of my eighteen pages: “This document was successfully checked as HTML 4.01 Transitional”!

I could not have done it myself. I have learned this stuff little by little over the years, and a lot of people have helped in many ways.

I have recently acquired a Fairy God Parent named Autocrat. Autocrat, who has been helping with several things lately, showed me last night that is possible to modify code to enable my pages to pass validation.

The big problem is that links are peppered with “&”s, which are not allowed. These give all bunches of errors. But, Autocrat generously shared knowledge that you can replace the “&”s with “&” and the other problems will go away!

With the errors gone, then I can find my own little oopsies like missing end tags, etc. Little things can really mess up a web page. (as me how I know…)

I have worked my little fingers to the bone with this code just so I can recommend my eleven favorite books on my website.

I was also having a pesky problem with my meta tags that would not validate. I want to thank Chris for finding a typo. Sometimes validator will have fits over something, but won’t come right out and say what caused it.

I will be adding more things to my website as time passes, and I hope to keep my code valid in the future.

The sun is out today, for a change, and it is warm outside. It is time for me to go out and play in the backyard with my pets. My pets have been very patient with me. But now my doggies want to show Mom how fast they can run, and my bunnies want to romp around the yard with Mom there for safety.

Woohoo! I actually got something done today!


I have earned this award, and I will proudly display it here:

This website is Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional


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An open letter, (or nasty-gram as my hubby would say), to…..

See update in this post: “This document was successfully checked as HTML 4.01 Transitional”! (and they said it couldn’t be done)


I just feel like having a rant…

First off, I’ve been totally redoing my website from scratch the last several weeks. I’ve changed my entire format, and I’m editing the content, as well.

To put a finishing touch on the whole thing, I’m working on getting my code valid according to the W3C Markup Validation Service. It is a good tool to find my own oopsies, like missing tags, etc.

The problem is that I have eleven favorite books that I recommend on my website. I am signed up with so that I can find out if anybody buys a book I recommend. In order to do that, they provide special link code.

But, the links break all the rules of html protocol! I will never, ever get my code the green light from W3C because of those links.

Not only is the code never going to be valid, but I have to hunt through hundreds of Amazon’s errors just to find my oopsies. These oopsies, if not found, make the web pages do funny things you do not want them to do.

You may ask “Surely, cares for its customers and would fix the code if they were aware of the problem”. Well, you would be wrong. I have written politely, two different times. Here the the standard reply:


“Please know that the coding in the Build Links tool is the only coding we provide.

I would not be too concerned that the coding we provide does not pass through the W3 validator. The W3 validator is very strict and constructing an HTML page which passes through it without any errors is quite a difficult task. As long as you use the coding we provide, we will be able to track any activity via your Associates links.If you would like for us to test the functionality of your links once they are built, please use the link below to contact us, and send us the URL for the page on which these links are stored. We will be happy to assist you.”

Unquote (emphasis mine) says: “The W3C validator is very strict”…. so you are not even going to try to write valid code, The protocol rules for code are there so that code works in every browser, in every language, and that the web pages load quickly. They are not “strict” because they are mean.

If I, little old X, learning html as I go, can get my code valid (except for their links), why can’t the Great and Powerful get their code valid? (I’m still getting the errors out of my website, but at least I’m making an attempt. I’ve having trouble with the meta tags right now….)

These are the rules they are breaking – rules that are there for a reason:

No alt text:

  • Alt text is so electronic readers for the blind have something to read since it cannot describe the image.

No image sizes:

  • Image sizes make the pages load faster since the browser knows the outside limits of the image. says not to edit their code, but I get in there and add the alts and image sizes, anyway. So neener…

In addition to that, the links have many characters and symbols that are not valid including:

  • too many “&”s
  • too many “ />”s

Each link gives many errors in validation. A page where I list all eleven of my favorite books brings back hundreds of errors.

Something else that code is missing is Target = blank. Target = blank allows a new page for a link to open instead of staying on the site where the link is (sneaky I get in there and add that to their links, too.

I’ve been working on my site for weeks, and I thought I just deserved a good rant.

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How to get a free printer plus $8 change when returning a “black screen of death” computer…

We had an interesting time at Best Buy last night…

Earlier this month, my hubby bought me a new computer with Windows 7 (Woohoo!) Soon after we got it all set up, it starting giving me the “black screen of death” periodically.

We took my computer back to Best Buy last night. They were all out of my model with no more to come. But, an employee had accidently taken the last one and set it up as a display model.

Since the only one of the my model available was the display model, they offered us the “open box discount” of ten percent off the list price. Plus, if you bought a computer, you got a discount on a printer.

So, we left Best Buy with a new computer (with new warrantee) new printer/scanner/fax and a gift card with eight dollars change.

I still have my humongous laser printer from when I worked at home, but the auto feed for 8 1/2” is broken. (I can still use it for 11×17 if I ever want to). Plus, it is too big to fit comfortably in the living room where I use the computer. I’ve been wanting a new printer for a while…

Plus, my hubby stole my scanner and took it to work “temporarily” a year ago…. I’ve been wanting to scan some illustrations from my favorite books to put on my website. I finally have a scanner. Finally! That will give me something constructive to do to keep me off the streets…


In addition to that, I have all the fun of having a new computer for the second time this month.

Not too shabby.


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The Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien situation explained by Seth Myers on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update

I’ve been following the Jay/Leno/Conan O’Brien situation with great interest. This is not this first time that there has been a situation like this on NBC….

I watched The Tonight Show for years. This reminds me of when Johnny Carson retired: The Jay Leno/David Letterman situation…

David Letterman’s show was right after The Tonight Show, and many people thought he was the natural choice to take over for Johnny. But, Jay Leno, who was a frequent guest host, was picked instead.

This created a big stir and the newspapers and TV news programs made a big fat hairy deal about it, like it was world news. David Letterman eventually quit NBC and moved to CBS where he competed with Jay in the same time slot…

Time passes…

Then, about five years ago, NBC fires Jay Leno with a five-year notice. Jay Leno gracefully announces that Jimmy Fallen, the host of the show after his, will take the Tonight Show when he is gone. He specifically said that he did not want a situation like his with David Letterman.

So, some months ago, Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show starts. Meanwhile, NBC decides that Jay Leno is a hot property after all, and wants to keep him.

So, a couple of months after O’Brien’s Tonight Show starts, NBC cancels or relocates all the 10/9 central shows and gives Jay that time slot for The Jay Leno Show.

Meanwhile, the local affiliates are mad because the NBC dramas are a good lead in for their local news programs. They rant and rave, hoping The Jay Leno Show is short lived.

NBC bows down and fires Jay, again. Now, the talk is that Jay will go back to the Tonight Show, ousting Conan O’Brien who was minding his own business doing a great job…


Over the weekend, Seth Meyers, the current anchorman of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” (fake news show) explained the situation. I got a big kick out of it, so I thought I’d try to find a copy to post here.

NBC gets things taken off of YouTube very quickly, so there is not a good copy of it available. But, here is the segment that somebody recorded with a video camera. The audio/visual is not that great, but you can hear what Seth says. It is a hoot:

Edited to add: you can see a better copy of the video embedded on this page:


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