Mmmm Spam!

November 28, 2011

My main email address I tend to get a lot of male enhancement and dating (anyone looking for a nice Jewish partner?) spam offers. I checked the Spam folder today for the address associated with the Hotpads for Hope – and I had to share some of these.  Copied exactly as it appeared. Any comments from me are in Red.

Mrs Carley Burnell – Note this address, remember it.

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information.  Learn more – Gmail was kind enough to warn me that I might not be coming into money after all.

Dear Beloved,

I am Mrs Carley Burnell, suffering from cancerous ailment. I am married to Sir Richard Burnell an Englishman who is dead – pretty sure that if he’s dead, you’re no longer married to him. My husband was into private practice all his life before his death. Our life together as man and wife lasted for three decades without child. My husband died after a protracted illness.

My husband and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals as he had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament. I can adduce this to the fact that he needed a Child from this relationship, which  never came – what exactly does this have to do with uplifting the down-trodden?. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of nine million eight hundred thousand United States Dollars. which were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market with his  bank in London. Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I  have limited days to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from. Though what bothers me  most is the stroke that I have in addition to the cancer. With this hard reality that has befallen  my family, and me I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which  comes from my husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans, destitute, the down -trodden, physically challenged children, barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill perceived ventures – in other words, I hate his family and want to stick it to them. I do not want this money to be misused hence  the reason for taking this bold decision.  I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. As soon as I receive your reply I shall  give you the contact of my attorney that will also issue you a Letter of Authority that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation.

Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein.

Hope to hear from you soon.

You can contact me through my personal email address; – Remember the address I told you to take note of?  Notice anything different?

Yours Sincerely Mrs Carley Burnell.


Allen Williams – Again, take note of the email address.

Dear beneficiary,

This is to re-notify– re-notify me? I never got a notify you of the 300,000.00(DOLLARS) was deposited here in the western union office in your name is available for pickup. Contact us via email for your M.T.C.N Numbers.

Contact Person:Mr. Allen Williams Direct Line:+2347054799121 wait, this isn’t the email address you used to send me the message.

Please Send Reply To **


And the dough keeps rolling in!

RE: FUND FINAL PAYMENT BOARD/PAYMENT SETTLEMENT VALUE AMOUNT: $950,000.00USD: Get in touch with Mr. Johnson Williams, oversea Credit Commission  for your payment send your full name,address,telephone number,and your account number to him to process your payment

Mrs. Rosemary Russell. Vice President

I can retire now, right?

Happy Holidays!

December 16, 2009

Wow where has the time gone?  Here it is, 9 days before Christmas and I still have a few more gifts to get and a lot more to wrap.  Any volunteers for wrapping?  Definitely not my favorite job.  And for some reason I got it into my head that I’d like to try and make chocolates.  Not just any chocolates though, alcohol infused chocolates and possibly cream filled ones.  So I’ve been scouring the world wide web looking for directions and I think I have it down, well the alcohol ones anyway.  And with those I just have to decide on flavors.  I’m thinking maybe some Bailey’s Irish Mint and Caramel and maybe a peppermint one.

As for the cream chocolates, I found these instructions which would have me making a fondant.  I’m not sure how well that would work.  Not because I don’t think I can make it, but I’m not sure how well a fondant would work as a filling.  The ingredients don’t make it sound too bad.  Then again, I could go easy and just do peanut butter as a filling.  So I might do that this weekend since I guess I won’t be playing the house version of Where’s Waldo with J on Saturday. 


Last weekend I got a fancy pants new scale!  It’s this one and it measures body fat and hydration as well as weight.   So I’ve been curious about my hydration levels and I stepped on it twice Monday – once to get my official weight for the day and just before bed to see what my hydration was.  I also stepped on it Tuesday morning and this morning.  So yesterdays weight (’cause I can’t get just hydration) was 2 lbs less than Monday’s and today was another pound less.  I’m still going with my official weight for Monday, but it’s pretty nice to see that number going down.

And on the weight front I’ve stopped working from home for my full time job.  It got to the point I was feeling pretty lethargic about doing anything.  I’d get up in the morning, get on my computer, take a nap at lunch, get off work and go plant myself on the couch. I had no desire to really do anything.  And while I wouldn’t say I was depressed, I could see me heading that direction. Especially since both MS and my MS meds have been known to cause depression.  Being back in the office full time means I’m also back to going to the gym 5 days a week instead of just 2.  And there’s been a definite change for me.  I’m able to attend 2 yoga classes a week and I love it! I think I’m already feeling the benefits of the extra class.  Plus I decided to try and become a runner.  Not an easy task when my thigh/quad muscles become tired so very easily sometimes.

So I’m doing a modified version of the couch to 5k plan. I’m up to jogging 90 seconds and walking 2 minutes for the 20 minute period.  I’ve gotten my mile time down to around 14 minutes.  Woohoo!  It’s the little things.  I’m also working on control when it comes to eating.  I’m not really back to Weight Watchers (although I’ve been considering it).  Instead of I’ve been concentrating more on making better choices and adding in more fruit and vegetables. It’s been working pretty well and I’ve got a Butternut Squash recipe I found that I love, and that’s a new vegetable (fruit?) for me.  The recipe is here if you’re interested. I will say that the parmesan cheese is a take it or leave it ingredient.  It really didn’t seem to add anything flavor wise.  At least not to me.


This week hasn’t been so great health wise.  Monday I left my full time job early with a migraine. My neurologist gave me some samples of a migraine medication, something I’ve never tried before. And the dang thing knocked me out! I ended up laying down at 1:45, got up at 4:45 only because I forced myself to, otherwise I was afraid I’d be up all night.  I managed to make it to 9:15, went back to bed and was up again at 10.  And I was up for 2 hours.  Once I got back to sleep though, I slept the rest of the night.

Last night I woke up around 1am scratching.  It took me a minute or so to realize I couldn’t stop and I should check it out. Head to the bathroom and sure enough, I had a hive on my left wrist, both inner thighs and a couple other places. I’ve had hives land me in the hospital before so I tend to be very careful when I start to break out. I checked to see if I have any Benedryl, didn’t find any.  But I do have some Tylenol Allergy that literally started working within seconds.  I stayed up for a bit to make sure I would have to make a middle of th enight run to the ER.  I’m looking forward to an un-interrupted night of sleep tonight.  Think it’ll happen? 


I also have to say the weather around here has been driving me batty.  A cold front will come through and the temps will drop, which means I can open up the windows and enjoy not having the AC on.  THEN a few days later a warm front moves through making it hot and muggy again.  So much for winter and being able to have the AC off.  Ma Nature, would you please hurry up and make up your mind here?

And on that note, it’s time for me to log off from my part time job and head to bed.  Have a very Merry Christmas, don’t let anyone stress you out.  And have a safe and happy New Years!

It was supposed to be me :(

September 18, 2009

One of my local radio stations, WQYK, has been giving away Disney tickets in the morning.  Disney has gotten expensive, and has even upped their Florida Resident rates again recently to somewhere around $70/ticket for a single day ticket.  That’s a heckuva lot of money for one day.  So I’ve been trying to call in, because I like Disney, I like the rides.  And I like Mickey, Minnie and all the other characters. 

This morning I called, and suddenly the line picks up and I hear “Congratulations!”  I don’t know what happened, I responded, but somehow they couldn’t hear me.  So I didn’t actually win tickets.  I was so disappointed, I would have happily gone and spent some money on food and what not with those free tickets.  Guess I’ll have to try again.

On another note, bowling started last Saturday.  I agreed to be the team substitute and I will be bowling until at least October 10 for one of the team members.  I figured I should go ahead and buy some shoes rather than renting them each week.  And I found a pair I love!  I ordered these .  The confirmation email I received showed what time the shoes were ordered, and it was listed in central time.  So I figured the shoes are probably coming from someplace in the Midwest.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the “your item has shipped” email this morning to find they were picked up yesterday and due to be delivered today.  So I checked out where they were shipped from.  My shoes were shipped from Tampa, they went to Orlando and as of this morning they were back in Tampa.  Uhhh, why not just keep them in the same town?  LOL

One of these things is not like the other

August 22, 2009

Last weekend J and I went to check out some houses and neighborhoods.  This is very important around here because one block may look really nice and the next block completely run down and nasty.  While we heading to one of the houses, we saw this: huge house front view

This house was a bit out of place.  I wish I had taken a picture of the buildings across the street from it, just to show the complete differences.  The building on the left, the one with the connecting walkway, the backside of that building has the garage doors.  J and were guessing that the upper part is the guest or servant quarters.

Waiting for yoga to start

The other day I was waiting for Adrienne Reed yoga to start on WUSF.  Apparently Boris was also waiting to practice some Down Dog.

Tasha on her backRemember the recent photos of Boris and Ciera both crashed out on their backs?  Well here’s Tashas version.  She curls her feet up just like she was laying on her stomach and then someone picked her up, flipped her on her back and she couldn’t be bothered to move.

And finally, look what I caught Boris doing while I was working last night.  Sorry about the light, I didn’t dare get up to turn on more light, I was afraid he’d stop.  But you can still see him. 

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