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November 6th, 2009


I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program and I'm asking you to help by making a donation to my fundraising campaign.

Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress.  You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/los/mardigra10/dsatherfde

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers.   I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support.  I greatly appreciate your generosity.



Thank you,

DeeAnne Sathe



P.S. I would appreciate it if you would forward this email to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well. Thanks again.

January 17th, 2009

Want Something to do?

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Welcome to the new 2009 edition of getting to know your family and friends. Here is what you are supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun.

Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person who sent it to you.
Some of you may get this several times; that means you have lots of friends. The easiest way to do it is to hit forward so you can change the answers or copy and paste.

Have fun and be truthful!


1. What is your occupation right now?  Writer, Engineer, PA, Business Owner
2. What color are your socks right now?  Socks?  Qu’est ce que c’est
3. What are you listening to right now?  Sirius radio baby….
4. What was the last thing that you ate?  Ummm, got me there no clue.  Fries at lunch yesterday?
5. Can you drive a stick shift?  Of course, required in my life at a very young age.
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Spoke to?  The bank?
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you?  I like Glen, yes.
8. How old are you today? 15,649 days.
9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?  Depends HEAVILY on the season (and the company)
10. What is your favorite drink?  Water
11. Have you ever dyed your hair?  One for my sister’s wedding.  It was an experience I NEVER want to have again.
12. What is your favorite food?  Matar paneer.
13. What is the last movie you watched?  I have been trying to watch Mad Money but can’t seem to stay awake.
14. Favorite day of the year?  Today.
15. How do you vent anger?  Depends on the anger.  I either walk away and think happy thoughts or cry.  Very rarely I stay put ant let it rip or go elsewhere and break things!
16. What was your favorite toy as a child?  My red radio flyer wagon.  (non toy, my Teddy bear who I still have)
17. What is your favorite season?  Summer
18. Cherries or Blueberries? Cherries
19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? E-mail me what?  I like to talk to them in any medium.
20. Who is the most likely to respond?  When e-mailed?  Mike or Brad.
21. Who is least likely to respond?  *snicker*  TIM. 
22. Living arrangements?  ????  In a house?
23. When was the last time you cried? A few days ago when pain caught me off guard.
24. What is on the floor of your closet?  Que es?  I don’t own a closet.
25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending to?  Well this is in my blog so it depends on who reads it.  Probably Brad (who is the friend I have had the longest who is around these parts.)

PS:  Thanks Glen!

January 3rd, 2009

 

 

 

Ever notice how over time you acquire your own little unique bad habits? I am not talking about those bad habits like smoking, drinking, or whatever, I am talking about the LITTLE bad habits. Everyone has them. Some are petty annoyances to those around us and others probably skate by virtually unnoticed until something draws your attention to them.

 

I have a few of those kind of bad habits. Most were acquired through some form or other of necessity or ease of function over the years. One rather recent addition to my list of bad habits lately has to do with my morning yoghurt.

 

I get cranky if I don’t get my yoghurt in the morning. More than my coffee, this directly affects my mood for the day. Coffee, yeah I love it but I do pass it by on many days. Yoghurt, not so much. One of the medicines I take messes up my system pretty bad and the only way to keep from being a burpy, heartburny mess is yoghurt. I am really picky about what kind I eat. It can’t have artificial sweetener or its evil twin HFCS in it. I am not a fan of fruit chunks, though I REALLY miss the Yoplait custard style with nuts from the 80s.

 

Over the years I have been forced time and again to find new sources of the proper style of yoghurt. In some cases, there have been periods where I was even forced to make my own. With the recent surge in its popularity I had to shift again as everything became a flavored, sugary mess again. 

 

I switched to YoBaby yoghurt a while back. I love the fact that it is all the things I look for in yoghurt. It does not contain anything artificial and the fruit is all pureed. It comes in wonderful but not overly fancified flavors like banana, plain, apple, blueberry, and others. 

 

I ALSO love the fact that it comes in smaller cups. I think that like everything the size of yoghurt cups has got out of control over the years. I used to open one and dish it into smaller sizes of Tupperware to be eaten over a few days but with YoBaby I don’t need to do that any more.

 

Wait, when did this become a testimonial to YoBaby and stop being about bad habits? Have patience, I am getting there.

 

So every morning, as I run out the door on whatever thing I am going to do that day, I grab my little cup of YoBaby. I am usually at work just a very short time when that little cup of yoghurty goodness begins to call my name. It almost ALWAYS calls when we are just getting involved in whatever project of the day so I have developed the bad habit of… (AHA! You say, here it comes!)

 

I shake the heck out of the container and peel back that foil top. A quick lick to the foil and it goes in the recycle bin. Then I turn that little cup on its corner and drink my yoghurt. It is not MADE to be drunk like that but I seldom have time to go find a spoon and eat it that way. It simply takes to long so I started to simply drink the stuff right out of the cup. It is a bit of a bad habit. My own personal little weirdness. No one ever comments on it any more though I used to get teased about it. I think they are just used to it now. In fact a few of the guys have taken to drinking things not meant to be drunk as well (ravioli out of the can unheated…). 

 

So where does that learning curve come into this? It is rather cold here right now. Well by California standards at any rate. Usually my little YoBaby sits in the car until I am ready for it so it gets a bit of greenhouse action in the winter from the sun shining through the windows.  Today, an aftereffect of no less than FOUR encores that kept us out late and an early call from The Man alerting me that he was on his way to help with the truck, I am a bit groggy. 

 

I wanted that yoghurt and I wanted it NOW. I fixed a coffee and while it sat patiently waiting for me, I grabbed that ice cold YoBaby out of the fridge, gave it a shake and ripped the foil off as usual. I tipped that container back and took a swig. Then reeled back in horror as the cold watery part of the yoghurt slithered down my cheek. I grabbed a towel and wiped my face. Trust me when I say you don’t want me the describe THAT feeling the actual way it felt. Let’s just say ick for now.

 

So anyway, I wiped my face, I wiped my shirt off where the watery mess had landed, and one might think I might have paid more attention. Nope. I promptly tipped that cup up again with the same effect. Lather, rinse, and repeat.  I was now laughing as I wiped off my face and shirt one more time. The thought of poor learning curve ran through my head. I started planning this blog. I laughed at my own bad habit biting me in the butt. Then I did it again. 

 

I mean seriously, what are the odds right? I LOOKED in the cup first and it looked to be all creamy yoghurt. I didn’t see any of that watery stuff and figuring by now it was all in my shirt and the towel… So I did it again. Third time’s the charm? Nope. Same thing. The second the yoghurt slid forward in the cup, the water got me again. 

 

I was quick this time, you see I was not so blasé as one might think. I DID learn something from those first two times. I WAS LEANING OVER THE SINK! Clever! Wise! Some might say, Brilliant! Yes! There I was, leaning over the sink, head tipped BACK with ice cold yoghurt water again running down my face and onto my shirt.

 

DAMN PHYSICS ANYWAY!

 

Excuse, me I need a clean shirt…..

 

And a spoon.

January 2nd, 2009


 

 

So I was sitting here tonight enjoying the peace and quiet of the evening. As the clock struck Midnight I texted a Happy New Year Message to my closest friends. The phone hadn’t even cleared the screen before I was dialing 911.

 

Yes, that’s right 911. 

 

You see one of my idiot neighbors decided to light off something big enough to rock my entire house on its foundations. I suspect I know who it was as everyone else has lived in this neighborhood long enough to know that down on the corner three doors from me lives a City Sheriff. 

 

911 puts you to LACHP. They listened carefully then promptly sent the call to the Lomita Sheriff. I told him my story and he said, is THAT by your house? I heard it over here. Even as he spoke my house was rocked by a second blast. He said he would send the first available car. We shared a laugh over if the car would get here before my neighbor chased down the perp.

 

The house has been rocked now four times. The bunny is almost catatonic hiding in the bottom of her condo. The dog is glued to my leg even more firmly that usual. I can’t stop shaking. I have called all my local friends thinking maybe I can go hide somewhere for the night but obviously they are all out partying or fast asleep as no one is answering. 

 

I can not believe how dumb people can be. I mean I live in a remote area to be sure. This morning a coyote was killed by a car on my street, that’s remote for LACO. But I DO have neighbors. Our houses are NOT that far apart. I know enough about explosives to have described to the Sheriff as at least a 1/2 stick of dynamite. He agreed that it was that or more. IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA.  

 

The Sheriff told me to call him back if I saw any casualties otherwise he said he would call me when they cleared the area. I can’t believe that anyone thinks such a thing is fun. I am the first one to appreciate a good firework show. I have been known to set off mortars myself in a safe manner. But this was as if one of the percussion bombs at the end of a professional show had gone off in my backyard. 

 

Assholes. 

December 24th, 2008

Christmas List

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What do I want for Christmas?

 

This is the time of year when I get asked that question a lot. I don’t generally celebrate this holiday anymore. I mean there are a few folks for whom I buy a small gift* but I don’t generally decorate the house and do all that stuff anymore.  Once in awhile I get a wild hair and will hang Christmas lights but then again, I might do that anytime of year.  That said, I still get asked a lot what I want for the (insert Holiday here). The questioner may be asking in anticipation of gifting me with something or merely being curious. 

 

Generally I don’t have anything on my list. If I want something I either get it myself, start a fund to purchase it at a later date, or write it off as a pipe dream. This year I actually have something on my list. This item on my list is something that I want more than anything I have ever wanted in my life and yet it remains elusive. I can’t save enough money to purchase it nor can I simply write it off as a dream so I am stuck. So here it is, my Christmas wish list for this year.

 

 

My only wish this year is that the coming year might find my entire family both happy and healthy. 

 

 

That’s it. That is my list. I know it is asking a lot but if Santa could somehow find his way to drop that in my family room this year it would be lovely thanks. 

 

Generally we are a pretty happy lot but I suspect that this year has taken its toll on us all. There have been a plethora of health concerns that have weighted heavy on us all and in addition there have been things that have dragged us all down to an abnormal level of unhappy.   There have been challenges to try our spirits, triumphs that lift us back up, and health concerns that have run the gamut from minor annoyances to major life threatening ones. I hope to see that in the coming year, we all return to good health and good cheer. 

 

So Santa, I hope this isn’t asking too much and if it won’t fit down my chimney, please feel free to drop it in the yard. 

 

 

 

*Gift: an item purchased and intended to be given to another. Said item is to be something that the receiver would never buy themselves but something that so perfectly fits their personality as to be made for them.

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So.  I had no idea that there was an actual message box here. 

Anyone who sent me an e-mail in the last (way too many months) my humble apologies for not replying. 

January 11th, 2008

*Ahem*

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