Monthly Archives: January 2007

Wordless Wednesday #7

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Getting to Know Me

I was over at Seb’s blog and he did this meme. I liked it, so here goes!!
1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? I really like where I live now. However, I will withhold judgment until I get to Australia. I have a friend in Adelaide that I’d like to visit.

2. What’s your favorite article of clothing? Fleece tops. I have several different colors and live in them this time of year when the mercury dips below 60 in California. And I can’t live without jeans. I can’t remember the last time I wore a dress, and I don’t own a pair of high heels.

3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? Kindness. Humility. Sense of humor. Looks come last, but I admit I like longish hair on men of all ages.

4. What’s the last CD that you bought? Morrissey – “Viva Hate”

5. Where’s your favorite place to be? Home around my hubby and birds, and around books!

6. Where is your least favorite place to be? Gynecologist’s exam room.

7. What’s your favorite place to be massaged? Don’t like massage. But I do like gentle touches up and down my back.

8. Strong in mind or strong in body? Both. My body has some physical problems, but keeps on ticking. With all the stuff going on with me, I think my body’s pretty strong.I’m pretty strong mentally due to coping with this illness.

9. What time do you wake up in the morning? I’m a night owl. I go to sleep around 3am and get up around 11 am. I have always been this way since I was a kid. It was really rough getting up to go to school.

10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? Cuisinart counter top convection oven.

11. What makes you really angry? People who constantly judge others without any background information. I don’t like to hear critical or snarky remarks about other people’s clothes, blue hair, or tattoos. Sure, we all judge to some extent. But people who are unkind simply piss me off.
12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? Didgeridoo

13. Favorite colour? Blue, teal green. I love the colors of a tropical beach scene – all the blues and greens you can see in the water instantly tranquilize me!

14. Which do you prefer…sports car or SUV? Neither. I think a jet pack would be cool. I’ve wanted to try a jet pack ever since the first time I saw one on the old show “Lost in Space”!

15. Do you believe in an afterlife? Absolutely. There is no doubt in my mind that there is another dimension (or reality or plane, or whatever) where we originate and I believe we go back there. I also believe in reincarnation.


16. Favorite children’s book? “Where the Wild Things Are”, “A Wrinkle in Time”

17. What is your favorite season? Summer

18. Your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the bathroom, or any chore that involves a lot of bending or stooping.

19. If you could have one super power, what would it be? To be able to fly. I have had some incredible, realistic dreams about running, flying and levitating. Some people think these kinds of dreams represent astral projection (the soul leaving the body during sleep).

20. If you have a tattoo, what is it? I don’t have any. I was always too worried about contaminated needles to even think of getting one. Now they can surgically remove tattoos, but until recently, the permanence of the act also prevented me from getting one.

21. Can you juggle? Yes, several physical problems at once.

22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to? The guy who took me to the prom when I was a freshman in high school. Afterwards I kind of avoided him because I was afraid of getting too close. I would like to apologize to him. Mark-I am sorry.

23. What’s your favorite day? Saturday. That’s the day Bill and I eat out and then spend hours hanging out at Barnes & Noble.

24. What’s in the trunk of your car? Flashlight, umbrella, map book

25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger? Neither, although I do eat meat, I can’t even think about putting raw fish in my mouth. Of course, I wouldn’t eat cooked fish either – I really don’t like fish at all.

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We Lose Another One


photos by Crystal_Ineka

Yvonne De Carlo died this month at the age of 84. You may remember her as Lily Munster on the 1960s sitcom “The Munsters”. She appeared in nearly 100 movies during her career; one of these roles was as the wife of Moses in “The Ten Commandments”.

At the age of 22, movie publicists touted her as “the most beautiful girl in the world”, but her talent for versatility is what got her plenty of work. She starred in many different genres of films, including drama, comedy, and the frequent sword-and-sandal epics.

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A Job I Do Not Want


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Deadly Contest

Last week in Sacramento, California, a 28-year-old mother of two lost her life after participating in a contest to win a free playstation. Jennifer Strange was trying to win a Nintendo Wii game console for her kids in a contest called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii”, sponsored by Sacramento radio station KDND. The winner would be the one to drink the most water without a bathroom break. Ms. Strange drank two gallons of water in three hours. A few hours later she was discovered dead in her home – drinking too much water can radically alter the body’s chemistry and cause brain swelling.

The radio station took the morning program off the air and suspended 3 DJs involved with the contest.

I don’t know how to respond to this one. I think that people have a poor sense of what their bodies are capable of and/or are oblivious to the old saw “everything in moderation”. People are so used to the idea of “super sizing”everything that they have lost the concept of limits in their lives.

I also blame some of this carelessness on the movies and television shows where we consistently see people falling off buildings, getting in car crashes, getting beaten up, etc and walking away unharmed. I think maybe it instills a false sense of the body’s capabilities and maybe encourages people to think they can get away with things that in real life would severely injure or kill them.

How very sad for the family she left behind.

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Wordless Wednesday #6

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Here Comes the Flood

I’ve got that Peter Gabriel song mentioned above on my mind right now.

This afternoon I was sitting in my computer room working when I hear my little bird Gobi in the other room making a racket. Gobi usually makes a racket anyway when I’m not in the room with him, but this was somehow different.

Then I heard the sound of a waterfall (literally) coming from that end of the house. I do not have any decorative waterfalls in my house… I ran to the kitchen – had I left the tap running in the kitchen sink with the drain plug in it? No, that’s not like me…but as I round the corner…there are the two kitchen sinks full to the brim and water flowing out of the sinks onto the floor creating quite a flood! The problem was that the washing machine out in the garage was draining, but there was apparently a backup in that line, which is common to the kitchen. The water had nowhere else to go but up through the kitchen pipes and up into the sinks. I literally cried “OH NO! NO!” as I scrambled for towels to staunch the flow of water which was headed rapidly to our cork flooring in the TV room (cork flooring does not like water on it, plus the floor is only a year old).

As logic kicked in, I ran to the garage and shut down the washing machine. Then I grabbed some buckets and started bailing out the sink. Whew! Bill came home from work and started moving furniture around to check for wet spots.The cork floor still got wet in a couple of spots, but a fan is blowing on them as I write this, so I think it will be OK since we caught it early. At least the torrent did not get through the rest of the house, it’s all cork!

This has not been a good week for me and it’s only Tuesday.

Yesterday at my chiropractor’s office, my brand new Brooks walking shoes were stolen. Now this flood today. I’m afraid because these things supposedly come in threes…oh, well, as long as no one is hurt I can handle it. Sometimes I think things like this happen so we can gauge our reactions to situations and see if we are progressing emotionally, like a reality check, so to speak. That way we can try to evaluate our actions and feelings to see if they were appropriate and where we may need spiritual or emotional improvement.

I am satisfied with the way I handled these two situations – as far as the stolen shoes, I prefer to think that an error was made, not a theft, as a pair of unclaimed shoes at the office looked very similar to mine. It feels much better to give that someone the benefit of the doubt than to harbor ill will towards them. Besides, even though the shoes weren’t cheap, they’re just shoes. And I’m OK with the way I handled the flood. Plus I was reminded what a good guy my plumber is, fitting my emergency in when he had plenty of other calls to finish.

There were three lessons reinforced:

1) Every cloud has a silver lining!

2) Never leave the house with an appliance running. I never do that so I was home to catch it. I don’t want to think about the problems we would have had if I had not been around to stop the water right away.

3) Pay attention when your pets make unusual noises! They may be trying to tell you something. Thanks, Gobi!!

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