Friday, March 31, 2006

Friday meme

Borrowed from Special and Needy. I tag Sinner and Trouble.

Have you ever...

Taken a picture naked? I will neither confirm nor deny.

Made out with a member of the same sex? No.

Danced in front of your mirror? Yes.

Told a lie? Yes, but it was always obvious. My face turns red.

Gotten in a car with people you just met? Nope.

Been in a fist fight? No. But I did get in a catfight (hair-pulling and all) in 8th grade.

Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back? Constantly. Still waiting for Pierce Brosnan to call me back ;)

Been arrested? No.

Left your house without telling your parents? No.

Ditched school to do something more fun? YES!

Slept in a bed with a member of the same sex? Only with cousins when I was little.

Seen someone die? No.

Kissed a picture? YES! Still do.

Slept in until 3? Closer to 2 maybe.

Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? Yes.

Played dress up? As a child, and with my kids on Halloween. Next stop: Catwoman :)

Fallen asleep at work/school? YES, especially military classes.

Felt an earthquake? Yes, a very bad one in 1992.

Touched a snake? Yes.

Ran a red light? Yes. My brakes are bad, so sometimes it's safer to just keep going.

Had detention? Can't remember.

Been in a car accident? Yes. I was hit by a car when I was 6.

Pole danced? Um, NO.

Been lost? All. the. time. (see my posts on getting lost)

Sang karaoke? Yes, and it was a disaster, like Cameron Diaz in "My Best Friend's Wedding"!!

Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? Sure, like eating all those irresistible foods.

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Yes!

Kissed in the rain? Not that I recall.

Sang in the shower? That the best place!

Got your tongue stuck to a pole? Never.

Ever gone to school partially naked? NO.

Sat on a roof top? Roof of a two-story house.

Played chicken? Never.

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? No.

Been told you’re hot by a complete stranger? Maaayyybeee.

Broken a bone? Yes, 3 verterbrae when I was hit by a car.

Mooned/flashed someone? No.

Forgotten someone’s name? Yes.

Blacked out from drinking? No.

Played a prank on someone? Yes, innocent pranks, like calling a friend and telling them they won something.

Felt like killing someone? Partially strangling...yes.

Made a parent cry? Probably my mom.

Cried over someone? YES. Especially fictitious characters. Sobbed uncontrollably at the end of "The Notebook."

Had sex more than 10 times in a weekend? I will neither confirm nor deny ;)

Had/Have a dog? Yes, a German sheperd and later - a Golden retriever. One ran away, the other was killed by a car.

Been in a band? no

Drank 25 sodas in a day? No. Don't drink soda.

Shot a gun? Yes, a shotgun, an M16, a .44 Magnum, a 9 mil, a 22 Ruger, a .38, OH, and those BB guns at the carnival!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Bad boy!

You've Been a Very Naughty Accountant
Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Love hurts — especially when you've been a bad boy and you're a glutton for punishment.

Abraham Alexander, the former accountant for a charity for heart disease research, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $237,000 of the organization's funds to pay a dominatrix to beat him. (full story)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

So, I am not a hippie...

I am 15% Hippie.
So Not a Hippie.
What? Am I a Republican? Why did I even bother taken this test?! I guess I’ll back to my George W. Bush fan club and tell them I just wasted 10 minutes of my life. At least I don’t stink, man.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Spring thoughts

Minnesota is jokingly described as "ten months of winter and two months of poor skiing." For those of us who don't ski or do any kind of winter outdoor activities, winter plain sucks. Cold weather is tolerated, not embraced and enjoyed. Winter means frozen pipes, shoveling snow, car trouble and long commutes.

At the fist sign of mercury crawling barely above 40 F, Minnesotans shed their parkas and boots and don summer flip-flops and t-shirts. Seriously, to many here spring is simply bypassed.

Spring means new cute clothes. Green seems to be the color of the season. I went shopping over the weekend and was amazed at the shades of green surronding me -- anywhere from acidic lime to deep emerald. I am surprised I didn't like green before.

Spring outfits also mean revealing pasty white skin, or in my case -- pasty olive. I got a spray-on tan because in the past the foam and the cream looked really fake.

The spray was a little better, but I still look like an Asian Oompa-Loompa. Besides, the back of my legs looks like orange pantyhose splashed with chlorine. Ewww....

Monday, March 27, 2006

A Tribute To My Minnesota Brothers In Iraq


The Story Behind “American By God’s Amazing Grace”
(complete bio here)

Iraq Vet Sings His Way Home

He went to war to fight for freedom and came home with a hit song. Luke Stricklin's song, American by God's Amazing Grace, hit the air waves before he returned from Serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The National Guard soldier wrote and taped the song while in Baghdad. He e-mailed it to his parents and now it's all over the radio. He visited the Base Exchange at Robins Air Force Base to offer a free concert to all military members.Stricklin says if he hadn't deployed to Iraq, he isn't sure his long-time dream would have come true.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The journey

I have been reading a lot lately. I went through a phase when all I read were Jeffery Deaver books, then Michael Connelly, then Dan Brown. I could compare it to watching one Jerry Bruckheimer movie after another -- lots of special effects, but no food for thought...

I started to miss the challenging discussions I once had as an English major, those thought-provoking poems and novels that are powerful enough to alter once life. My life also took a few sharp turns, and suddenly things were off-kilter....

My inner strength and ever-optimistic attitude, and more importantly -- the love and friendship of those dear to me -- have helped me regain my balance. If I were to die tomorrow, I would die a happy person....

These are the two latest books I can credit with helping me grow:


Link to synopsis


and --




synopsis:
"What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you absolutely could not fail? This is one of the most important questions of all, because what this says is that this is really your great dream and your great ambition in life, and if you can write the answer to this question it means that you can have it. The very fact that you can think clearly about what this answer might be, and that you can write the answer down on paper, means that you are capable of accomplishing it.

"Nature is not capricious, and Nature does not on the one hand give us the ability to clearly visualize and write down a goal without at the same time giving us the ability to realize it. This is one of the most exciting things about the human psyche: the very fact that you can crystallize your desire means that you can achieve it. The only question is, how badly do you want it, and are you willing to pay the price to get it? Because the only limitation is in your own mind; it is not contained in physical reality."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Profanity


I used to have a big problem with swearing. My opinion was that an educated person should be able to express oneself using proper language. It's not the case anymore, given the potty mouths I work with. I couldn't beat them, so I joined them. Why the hell not?

So, now my question is: why is profanity socially unacceptable?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

My first enlistment



I had the privilege and honor of enlisting someone today! Well, re-enlisting, actually, but still - my name will be on the enlistment form.

I, (state name), do solemnly swear that I will support or defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic: that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.


Wow!!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Alchemist


I finished reading Paul Coelho's "The Alchemist" last week. Here are some memorable quotes that might interest you in reading the book if you haven't already:

* "When you want something, all the world conspires in helping you to achieve it."


* "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." (The Old King)


* "At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fates. That's the world's greatest lie. Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it." (Melchizedek, the Old King)


* "As he mused about these things, he realised that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief and as an adventurer in quest of his treasure"


* "There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe... The soul of the world is nourished by people's happiness." (The Old King)


* "The desert takes our dreams away from us, and they don't always return. We know that, and we are used to it. Those who don't return become a part of the clouds, a part of the animals that hide in the ravines and of the water that comes from the earth. They become part of everything... They become the soul of the world." (Fatima)


* "Life attracts life"


* "Don't think about what you've left behind" (The Alchemist)


* "If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return."


* "It's not often that money saves a person's life." (The Alchemist)


* "It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn."


* "What happens once will never happen again. But what happens twice will surely happen a third time."


* "The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."


* "If I am really part of your dream, you will come back one day." (Fatima)

I am back!



I am back from Atlanta. I got a little taste of spring and a much needed vacation.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Coffee




You Are a Cappuccino



You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.

However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.

You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.

You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please

OCD


I am not a neat freak -- far from it rather. I have lived out of a laundry basket before, left dishes in the sink longer than I should have, and shoved my kids' messes in their closets before having guests.

However, I can't resist straightening napkins at a restaurant, lining up books so they are flush with the edge of the coffee table (or at least, parallel), or insisting to button a friend's shirt pocket, etc. It's probably some mild form of OCD, not nearly as freaky as Jack Nicholson's character in "As Good As It Gets." I don't know when I even became first aware of this sudden Obsessive-Complulsive Disorder. I think, someone pointed it out to me as I absent-mindedly aligned something that was in front of me.

The funny thing is, I didn't do that for military inspections! My shoes were out of whack, my trousers on the hangers, my keyboard was not grounded correctly (gasp!!). The only thing I could do with absolute perfection was folding a t-shirt into a 6-inch square.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

More celebrity doubles


Rob Olson, Channel 9 reporter



Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce) from TV's Frasier


Kevin, an American Idol contestant


Chicken Little :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Quotes that I can relate to

Multitasking: Screwing up several things at once.

A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.

Late night TV is very educational. You realize you should have gone to bed earlier.

Usually people are as happy as they make their minds up to be.

Philosophy is very meaningful until you have to pay the rent.

Life is what happens when you're not watching television.

Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his mother cooked.

Don't worry, it only seems kinky the first time.

A MN girl cocktail

Take two parts nice
Add one part naughty,
Two parts hope,
Stir with three parts energy
Sprinkle some sweetness and zest....

Serve cool or hot :)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Love is...

Love is not a necessity, but it is life’s greatest gift and luxury.
Love is caring, kind, and patient.
Love does not expect anything but love in return.
Love knows when to put pride to the side,
Because the greatest thing one can be proud of
Is a love that is shared.

Love is or should be unconditional.
Love is giving and selfless.
Love is therefore unselfish.
Love is not arrogant, or does not insist in its own way,
It is a celebration of what is right.
True love never ends.

For the unperfected will pass upon
The coming of that which is perfect,
And Perfect love never ends.

Love is undying devotion (yes that too).
Love is not resentful and does not rejoice in wrong, but celebrates the right.

Love is the desire to be intimate...physically and emotionally.
Love endures all, hopes all, bears all.
Love is believing, sharing, dreaming.
Love is Honesty.
Love is friendship, companionship, and more.

Love is completion.
Forgiving.
Understanding and inspiring.

Love is the attainment of life's greatest inspiration.
Love is supporting, but not overbearing.
Love is the free and complete expression of oneself to/for another.

Love is being open to another's expression...

True friends, companion, lover, and mother (or father).

Love is faithful and loyal.

Love is the one thing in life (true love is), that man (as a whole race) longs for and strives for, and in many cases, more than anything else it can be the hardest to find.
Love can be strong, yet so fragile.
There are those out there who have not been lucky enough to find it...some never will. (Not all, but some)
In addition, what one would call true love...love in its best, purest, truest sense is even rarer and harder to find.

Not that no one ever does;
Many probably do.
It is still the hardest thing that mankind strives to obtain.

The dream of finding and marrying for true love exists and
Concludes by everything falling into place.


Paul E. Barton
11 January 1998

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

After the Rain



Do you ever feel so dreamy, so serene and happy that the whole world seems kinder and brighter? Even the cranky old lady in one of the offices seems like a sweet old darling. You learn to put things in perspective, and suddenly all the life's problems become minute and insignificant. You ask yourself -- what is it of all of this that will matter next week, next year, five years from now?

I finished reading "Tuesdays With Morrie". It was beautiful, sad and inspiring. I cried at the end...

I am reminded of Dolly Parton's words for some reason: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

I think my rainbow time is here....

Friday, March 03, 2006

My daughter #1

You may have noticed that my kids Dayna and Jimmy are quite creative and elaborate when it comes to circumventing authority and testing the limits. My oldest daughter, Nicole is quite the opposite. When she was about five, she called a girl at her school "fat". The girl's dad was right there and got upset. So, that evening, I had a nice long talk with Nicole, and explained that she needed to apologize.

The following morning Nicole, feeling very remorseful, tearfully approached the chubby girl and said in her most sincere voice: "Erin (sob), I am so sorry you are fat!"

I snickered.

Spam

I continue being spammed to death. I don't know why it bugs me so much, after all it goes straight to the spam folder. My most recent favorites are

1. Great deals on toys!
2. Try new sex positions
3. Get cheap health insurance

Am I detecting a pattern? Hmm...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Navigating in the Metro, part II



I am directionally challenged. In one of my previous posts I proudly described my newest state-of-the-art navigation gadget. Now I can add to it the interactive live operator package.

My brother is usually doing one of two things throughout the day -- sleeping and playing on the computer. Most other vital activities (eating, grooming, talking on the phone) are accomplished concurrently with the above mentioned. So, whenever I get lost now, and my $3 GPS unit malfunctions, I dial him -- my very own On-Star operator. Thanks to lightning-fast internet and google maps, I eventually find my way.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Любовь зла полюбишь и козла


Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat Posted: 2006/03/01

A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal.




The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi."We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together," Mr Alifi said.Mr Alifi, Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, told the Juba Post newspaper that he heard a loud noise around midnight on 13 February and immediately rushed outside to find Mr Tombe with his goat."When I asked him: 'What are you doing there?', he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up".Mr Alifi then called elders to decide how to deal with the case."They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife," Mr Alifi told the newspaper.
http://www.mathaba.net/

I can draw parallels with a Russian proverb that goes something like "Love is blind, you can even fall in love with a goat." (Любовь зла, полюбишь и козла)



A related theme was explored by Bill S. in his "Midsummer Night's Dream" comedy.