I love being from a small town. I feel safe when I go to visit my parents house. The biggest thing I ever had to worry about growing up was, well, the experiment I’ve mentioned earlier, but besides that, maybe a traffic accident.
My dad is an EMT in my home town. As part of this job, he was given a police scanner/pager. It is a source of moderate entertainment at our house, as most of the calls that come across are speeders who have been pulled over, usually someone we know. Occasionally, there’ll be something big on the east side of the county, where the freeway goes through, more often than not a chase involving a suspect vehicle out of Salt Lake of Las Vegas.
The news out of Millard County this morning would have been shocking anywhere, I think, but it was made more so by the fact that it happened in Delta. Police Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning.
Josie was enough older than me that I don’t remember going through school with her, even though we would have ridden the bus together. She was friends with some of my cousins, and was a member of Mom’s Young Women class. I remember the fire she had when she joined the sheriff’s office. Hers was the first female voice I ever heard over my Dad’s police scanner, that didn’t belong to dispatch. Okay, or an EMT.
I know it took Josie a while to discover her path in life, but when she decided to be a cop, she jumped in with both feet.
Josie, you will be missed. You were a great example. You were a hero.
First off, I want to thank everyone for the love and support they showed me after yesterday’s post. Anyway, I’m feeling much better now, thanks. I know I missed at least two, possibly three days of medication last week, and I think it all just kinda hit on Sunday, and I needed Monday to recover as well.
So, the Lexapro is back in my system, I’m happy, sane(r), and, not sleeping. So I figured since I was up at 4am, and probably not going to get any sleep before sunrise, I might as well take this time to update my blog.
I thought I’d do a lighter post today, to make up for all the depressed angst of the past few days. So, 116 words later, here we go!
One of my favorite things to do online is to browse at Amazon.com. It is one of my favorite sites. I’ve been shopping there for almost 10 years now, and have had only one bad experience with my purchase, and that was with a third-party vendor, who was probably just selling stuff out of her basement. I’ve watched Amazon grow from an online bookstore, to the place to go online to find diapers and caskets, as well as everything you’ll need in between.
I love to peruse the pages of Amazon, in search of the most random items I can find. Besides creating a very interesting welcome page, it is a source for hours of boredom-busting entertainment. I thought I’d share some of my favorite recent finds with you today.
This first one perhaps isn’t so random, at least not for me. See, for Christmas, my bro-in-law made me a ‘yard’, a box that sits on my patio where I could plant grass, so my dogs would have a place to potty when I’m not home. Well, while I was at my sister’s house, I was flipping through one of her seed catalogs (which I also love doing) and came across some clover seeds. I did some research, and discovered that clover is hardier, requires less maintenance, less water, and is more dog-resistant than grass, and has the added bonus of probably not being toxic to dogs. (I couldn’t find anything that specifically said otherwise. Alsike clover is toxic to horses, but I couldn’t find anything about the dutch white variety pictured here being harmful to dogs.)
Granted, I don’t know many children, but the kids, okay, kid, I know who would want to play with something like this would spend more time trying to eat it than constructing fake sandwiches.
When purchasing toys for my nephews, I have a few requirements that I try to meet. First, because I love my sister and want at least one of us to be sane, I try to avoid toys that have blinking lights or make noise. Basically, anything that requires batteries. Second, it has to do more than one thing. Third, it has to inspire the imagination. And Fourth, if it is educational, that would also be a plus. So how does fake sandwich meat stack up? (no pun intended)
Well, it’s fabric discs printed to resemble meat, so no batteries. That’s good. Can you do more than one thing with it? Lets see…you could make a pretend sandwich. You could make a pretend pizza. You could slip some into a real sandwich or onto a real pizza as a practical joke. You could throw it at your siblings. And, I’m out of ideas. Still, I suppose that’s more than one thing.
Is it educational? Well, I suppose, if you plan on your child spending some point in his or her life behind a deli counter. Still, sorry, sis, I don’t think I’m gonna spend more than $10 on this, no matter how much G thinks he needs it.
I’ll admit, I’m nerdy enough to absolutely be in love with this. There is a surprising amount of Lord of the Rings jewelry at Amazon. Perhaps unfortunately, though, it’s all recreation of the movie costumes.
So, perhaps it’s time to make a little confession. I like Wheel of Time much more than Lord of the Rings. I can’t really say why. So, when I saw the LotR jewelry, I immediately did a search for an Aei Sedai ouroboros ring, (huh, three words in a row that spell check didn’t like. I wonder why…) but Amazon failed me on this.
The closest thing I could find were these earrings:
I still love them though. And I know you can by WoT jewelry elsewhere on the internet, so I suppose not all is lost.
I’d still probably wear these earrings all the time. Besides the WoT thing, I think they look pretty cool. (Friends and family–my birthday is in April, if you’re looking for gift ideas…*nods head vigorously in the direction of the snake earrings*)
So, speaking of fantasy books…
So, did anyone else see the movie “Coraline”? Or read the book for that matter? (I haven’t read the book despite it’s author, Neil Gaiman being one of my favorites. I’m a bit leery about venturing into the children/young adult section of the bookstores and libraries) Anyway, remember the character, Mr. Bobo? When Coraline meets him, she is taking the cheese samples that were mistakenly mailed to her house up to his room in the attic. That’s what this particular seller reminded me of. I was going to post a picture of the Limburger cheese they sell, but, I liked the name “drunken goat” better.
Okay, last one.
Okay, if you spend time in Saskatchewan when the weather starts to get cold, first of all, are you insane?!, second of all, you’ll notice that the locals call a sweatshirt with a hood a “bunny hug” rather than a hoodie like the rest of the world. When I saw the name “Bear Hug”, I hoped it would be something similar. Instead, it’s a hat. With ears. And claws. And a 13 year old model who misunderstood the direction to “look fierce”.
Yeah, I’d probably wear it all winter too.