Thursday, October 30, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Built to Spill covers "Paper Planes!"

I'm a fan of Built to Spill, although I haven't heard much from them recently.

I found this cover of "Paper Planes" and love it.

It's about 3:30 in, but the first song is worth listening to as well. The video isn't so hot, but the music is worth a listen!

If I Had a Ton of Money....

I would totally do this too:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Someone Voted For Me!

FNBO Direct ATM Card

October 10, 2008

My FNBO Direct ATM card came in the mail yesterday. I’m using the account for long term savings so I don’t anticipate needing regular access to the money in the near future but the ATM card will be nice to have if I need it.
I also got an email about FNBO’s Pay Yourself First Challenge, the bank’s promotional effort to encourage a higher rate of savings in the US. Here is a blurb about the challenge.
The Challenge will follow five everyday people in their quest for savings greatness by using the Pay Yourself First method. FNBO Direct will match, dollar-for-dollar1, what each of the five finalists has saved at the end of the Challenge. The grand prize winner will also be whisked away to a luxurious spa destination to restore his or her personal balance.
Pay Yourself First means depositing your paycheck into an FNBO Direct Online Savings Account (OSA). When bills are due you simply transfer just what you need from savings to your FNBO Direct Online BillPay account. Whatever’s left over - whether it’s $25 or $500 — stays in your OSA and earns an interest rate that is seven times higher than traditional saving accounts
I checked out the finalists, Tim’s video about quitting his job was pretty funny so I gave him my vote.
The link:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

If Only I Had Some Extra Money.......

Someone is selling a restored Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1 which was used in Universal Studios Florida for over fifteen years.
“This car is one of three Sony/MGM authorized Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ecto-1. There are the two original cars used in the films and this one built exclusively for the Universal Studios Theme parks. This car has a rich history and thousands of fans have been photographed with this car. The only major change made to this car was the roof rack. We modified the roof rack to resemble the screen used Sony Ecto-1 original car. Other upgrades are cosmetic and mechanically it’s very sound.”
So if you have $45,000 to spare, check out the auction on


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Mornings Interview

Small disclaimer: Dan Harley's name is misspelled! AH!


George Clooney grows a moustache

George Clooney has been spotted sporting a grey moustache.

George Clooney shows off his new moustache during a basketball game
George Clooney shows off his new moustache during a basketball game Photo: SPLASH NEWS
The actor, regularly known as the world's sexiest man, is currently in Puerto Rico. He is training for his latest film, where he plays a US soldier who fights the enemy using ancient Chinese mind techniques. He has grown the moustache for the role.
Clooney, 47, had hidden in his hotel on his arrival but popped out of his room to play basketball with friends.
The Ocean's 11 star is starring in Men Who Stare At Goats, a war film based on British writer Jon Ronson's satirical novel.
The book details a secret unit established in 1979 by the most gifted minds within the US Army.
Defying all known accepted military practice and the laws of physics, they believed a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and kills goats just by staring at them.
They were known as the First Earth Battalion, and it also details some of the stranger national secrets at the heart of US President George W Bush's War on Terror.
Clooney will play Lyn Cassady, who claims to be a former member of the unit who was reactivated in the wake of September 11, with Ewan McGregor playing a reporter who stumbles upon the story.
Jeff Bridges is also set to play the founder of the programme with Kevin Spacey playing a former soldier now running a prison camp in Iraq.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals

I know you guys have probably already seen the SNL Biden/Palin debate parody.  You guys may have seen this, but for some reason I found it really funny:

Monday, October 6, 2008

In Other Third Grade News...

I was on Mornings today!

Hopefully I'll be able to post a video by the end of today!

Pay Yourself First Challenge Press Release

Six-Month Savings Journey Kicks-off for Five Challengers from across the Nation

FNBO Direct announces finalists for the Pay Yourself First Challenge

Last update: 9:28 a.m. EDT Oct. 6, 2008
OMAHA, Neb., Oct 06, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Five finalists from across America embark on a six-month savings journey today as part of the FNBO Direct Pay Yourself First Challenge, a national online savings contest that follows real consumers as they overcome their saving challenges. The finalists, chosen from over 150 entrants, have savings goals that are familiar to many Americans: paying for college tuition, preparing for a new baby, buying a larger home and paying off student loans. Americans can follow the Challenge by reading the finalists' blogs, downloading podcasts, posting comments and voting for their favorite finalist at
The timing of this challenge could not be more fortunate for America's "savings-challenged." In the mid-1980s, Americans' savings rate exceeded 10 percent. Since 2004, the rate has averaged less than 1 percent (Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Research, March 2008). "Americans should be doing more to save for a rainy day," said Liz Pulliam Weston, the Internet's most-read personal finance columnist. FNBO Direct has teamed up with Weston to bring an exciting element to this challenge. According to Weston, the nation's personal savings rate fell below 0 percent in 2005 -- something that had not happened since the Great Depression. "It is now more important than ever for consumers to save more of their hard-earned money," said Weston. And that is what the Pay Yourself First Challenge is all about -- helping consumers build sound saving habits.
"I'm excited about the Challenge because I hope it will inspire and encourage Americans to save more," said Weston. "And I look forward to helping our Challengers on their savings journey by offering sound, time-tested financial advice -- and have a little fun along the way," she said.
Meet the Pay Yourself First Challengers
The Pay Yourself First finalists represent a good cross-section of Americans who are struggling with many of the same savings problems, such as setting up and sticking to a budget, paying off debt and controlling their spending. Meet the Pay Yourself First Challengers, watch their creative entry videos, follow their savings blogs and vote for your favorite finalist at
Challenger Tim Rhodes speaks on behalf of all five finalists when he says "I've never mentioned 'saving money' and 'fun' in the same sentence before. But now, after meeting the other Challengers and Ms. Weston, I realize that learning about and sharing new saving tactics can be really fun and ultimately really rewarding," he said.
What can they win?
After working hard for six months to build a savings balance -- FNBO Direct will match each finalist's savings dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000(1) -- and the grand prize winner and a guest will be whisked away to an all-expense paid vacation to a luxurious resort and spa destination to restore his or her personal balance.(2)
Media Assets
-- Learn about the FNBO Direct Pay Yourself First Challenge at
-- Additional video of Mr. Rajive Johri, Ms. Liz Pulliam Weston and the five Challengers is available upon request.
About FNBO Direct
FNBO Direct ( is an Internet bank that offers consumers innovative online banking products. FNBO Direct is part of First National Bank of Omaha, a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska, Inc. First National of Nebraska has grown into the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. This all-American bank celebrated 150 years of banking excellence and commitment to community with a recent nod for a seventh year in a row as one of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.(3) First National and its affiliates have $21 billion in managed assets and more than 8,000 employee associates located in 35 states. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
Copyright (C) 2008 First National Bank of Omaha. All Rights Reserved. Online Savings Accounts offered by First National Bank of Omaha, Member FDIC. Deposits are insured to the maximum permitted by law.
(1)FNBO Direct will match what each finalist saves, up to a maximum of $5,000 per finalist. See Official Rules for details at
(2)The Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense paid vacation, worth up to $7,500. See Official Rules for details at
(3)Working Mother magazine named First National Bank of Omaha one of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. This is the seventh consecutive year First National has won the award.
SOURCE: First National Bank of Omaha

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tomorrow, It Begins

Tomorrow, the Pay Yourself First Challenge begins. Please check out the site and subscribe to my blog here.
To say I'm excited is an understatement.  I can't wait.
And be sure to vote for me while you're there. :-)


Thank you guys for your prayers for Daniel.  On Monday he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  He spent a couple days in the hospital getting his blood sugar back to normal and also getting educated on the changes that he would need to make in his life.

He's taking it amazingly well-- I'll admit I'm more freaked out about it than he is.  He's a great kid, and is a lot cooler than I was when I was 13.

He decided to screw up some graduation pictures:
And this one too.
One of my favorites-- he looks like a hobo. :-)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fun with Truth Talk Live

There's this radio show that airs on FamilyNet (the satellite radio channel), that 95% of the time I absolutely cannot stand: TRUTH TALK LIVE.

There are many reasons why I do not like this show.  You'll get an idea of how bad it is just by some of the topics they have on the show:

  • Should Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter get married?
  • What in the World is going on?
  • What's the BIG deal about evolution in public schools?
  • Can Prayer END Abortion?
  • Which Presidential Candidate makes you feel safe?
  • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
  • Should a Christian ever sell a billboard ad to an Adult establishment
  • Why Black Americans should have doubts
  • Should societies protect Animals over Babies?
I could go on.  But I'll spare you.

Then one day, this topic came up:

Yes, that was the topic.

So, to be as sarcastic as possible, I posted this (you may have to click on it to see it):

I of course got some feedback

And posted back.

Fun fun for everyone.  But whether you like Palin or not, isn't this question pretty ridiculous?  Especially in our current times, especially for a one hour radio show?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

PYF Challenge Kickoff in Omaha - the Pictures! Pt. 2

During wardrobe, this came up as a possible outfit I was going to have to wear.

This was me bringing Sexy back.

More from the photo shoot!

We also did a shoot at a really old bank safe.  It was pretty awesome.

An adorable picture of Beth.

Jean-- a pretty awesome person we met there.

Phil and his wife Teresa.  He is one of the contestants and is a pretty incredible guy.  Check him out at Prime Time Money.

Dave-- another contestant.  He is an awesome guy too.Check him out at Three60 TV.

The entire group minus Kristen (but her husband Michael is there to take her place).
In a day or so I'll let you know a little more about the PYF Challenge.  Remember, the big kickoff is October 6.  I can't wait!