Saturday, August 09, 2008

The Skimpy Olympics

The volleyball girls wear bikinis and the swimmers wear full-length suits. Go figure.

At least they don't dress like at the original Olympic games.

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide

I wonder if bloggers realize that if they post a blog, then have second thoughts and delete it, the original post still shows up in RSS readers?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

My Dumb Bank

Subject : re: suggestion of something to add to your website
Message :
Dear Ms. Simons,

Thank you so much for your suggestion. We have forwarded it the department that manages EC*Web for consideration.

We appreciate your suggestion and please keep them coming. They help to make our web site more user friendly.

(name removed)
Member Services

P.S. On a personal note, I think this suggestion is the best one we have ever received!

They did respond promptly to my email, but if they would just look at the websites for other banks they would find lots of other ways to copy to make their web interface better.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Go, Rangers!

When we first came to Dallas over 20 years ago we were semi-serious fans of the Texas Rangers. Baseball is the only sport I claim to understand (I don't have a clue about football). I pretty much understand baseball rules and have even been known to keep score on occasion. In recent years we haven't paid so much attention to the Rangers, but with our family's biggest baseball fan back under our roof (Andrew), we are paying a bit closer attention again.

Andrew, Gary and a friend from church went to the game tonight and they got to see a good one--walk off grand slam against the hated Yankees!

Also, it is the 15th anniversary of a famous event in Rangers' history--a game we were at--Robin Ventura charging the pitcher's mound where he found Nolan Ryan putting him in a headlock. I remember thinking at the time: this is not a very good thing for my sweet baby Andrew to be seeing. Well, maybe he wasn't such a baby then, age 14, but I do remember him saying he thought both combatants should have been thrown out of the game, not something easy for him to say about his hero, Nolan Ryan.

We've got tickets for the whole family for Wednesday night's game, and I think Andrew has talked his wife into letting Baby Isabella go to her first baseball game. He did this by excessive begging, mainly, but also by buying tickets that were out of foul ball range and in the no-alcohol section. We don't want any beer spilled on this pretty baby, now do we?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Another Bridal Shower, Another Bridal Shower Cake

Homemade carrot cake seems to be everyone's favorite, covered with cream cheese icing. That is what we have here. I covered the top with crystalized sugar for a sparkle, used butter cream icing to make the decorative edges, used fondant to make the letters and the one rose. (I found a youtube video to learn how to make fondant roses.) The real roses are much prettier, however.

I hope the cake made it safely to the shower venue this afternoon, and didn't melt in the 100+ degree heat out there.