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[01 May 2006|08:14pm]

I didn't get in an April post on time. I've let everybody down. I'll go to my corner and cry now.
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Ring of Fire [29 Mar 2006|06:32pm]

Ooh I haven't done my March post yet.
I know what to do.

Today's total solar eclipse in Turkey oOOOoh:

http://wm.nasa-global.speedera.net/wm.nasa-global/TurkeyEclipse.wmv <- click me click me!

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I don't like coffee, but cute story... [16 Feb 2006|02:53pm]

[ mood | excellent ]

Carrot, Egg, and Coffee

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your
door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

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la la la [15 Jan 2006|07:35pm]

I love this guy.

The Calypso Borealis by John MuirCollapse )
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Time for my monthly post? [22 Dec 2005|02:29pm]

A little Christmas story from the Mark Twain wannabe David Sedaris-

Six To Eight Black MenCollapse )
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[22 Nov 2005|06:36pm]

I can't let a month go by without saying something over here!

When you think you have the worst job

When you have an "I hate my job" day try this:

On your way home from work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the
thermometer section.

You will need to purchase a rectal thermometer made by
"Q-tip." Be very sure that you get this brand.

When you get home, lock your doors, draw the drapes, and
disconnect the phone so you will not be disturbed during your

Change to very comfortable clothing, such as a sweat suit and
lie down on your bed.

Open the package and remove the thermometer.

Carefully place it on the bedside table so that it will not
become chipped or broken.

Take out the written material that accompanies the thermometer
and read it.

You will notice that in small print there is a statement:

"Every rectal thermometer made by Q-tip is personally tested."

Now, close your eyes and repeat out loud five times,

"I am so glad I do not work in quality control at the Q-tip
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I was pondering this ALL DAY today. Drove me crazy [25 Oct 2005|07:57pm]

What is the Difference Between Muffins and Cupcakes?
Some say cupcakes have frosting. A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oil, shortening or butter, 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level.
Muffins aren't really supposed to be very sweet and they are usually made with stronger flour than cupcakes and melted butter insted of creamed fat and sugar like cupcakes. They are supposed to be a cross between bread and cake where cupcakes are just cake baked in small portions (they dont have to be frosted). Of course a lot of the muffins sold commerically are exremely sweet and taste like cake and are much too big and use oil insted of melted butter which personally I don't think is as nice.
"Muffins are wholesome and eaten by the Amish."
--Becca- sombody on somebody's site
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[14 Sep 2005|10:28pm]

It's dead over here again...
Should I make another tombstone?

I'll go back to an old topic- the misheard lyrics one, cause I remembered it..
In Tom Petty's "Even The Losers", he says "It's such a drag when you live in the past", but I always thought it sounded like "You're such a drag queen livin' in the past." Ha. Ha. Ha.

Good night
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we don't need anotha heeeroooo! [17 Aug 2005|07:26am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I've had alot of ppl I've admired over the years, but they all seem to fall into the same category: they are strong, intelligent, beautiful (inside and out) women who have talents of various sorts and use them to help humanity in some way. Some examples:

~ Wendy Wilson, singer from Wilson Phillips: Probably the big one; I admired her from 6th grade up until a few years ago. Well, I still am attached to her in some respects, but I don't have all the pictures up anymore... Anyway, I was really shy in middle school and she came off that way in interviews, so I figured if she could get up there and sing and write songs and stuff, then I could not be afraid and do what I liked to do. Plus she got me in to trying new things, like English breakfast tea, aromatherapy, and tennis.

~ Susan Herring, my PhD adviser at Indiana U: My stars is this woman amazingly brilliant. At conferences, when she speaks, ppl shut up and listen. She has so much grace, never stooping down to pettyness, which is hard to do in the department she works at. And she is genuinely interested in helping students with their research.

Those are probably the main ones. Nancy Wilson falls into this category, as does Rhiannon, the Welsh goddess of horses and birds. Strength and truth in adversity; graceful but willing to fight for what's important. Full of passion and confident in their talents and life purpose. Those are the things I want and am ultimately striving to achieve. I just have to figure out how to do it.

Oops, this turned into a therapy entry. Better take it to my other journal... :D

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I seeeeee [16 Aug 2005|11:47pm]

No takers? Ok. I will not let this communninuminuty perish! It will live on doggammit!

So- from the Martina board-

Who are your heros?

Mine arrrrrre:
1. Jesus.. do I need an explanation? Saved the world.. totally cooler than Superman.
2. Snoopy. Dude. He's amazing. He's a writer, pilot, lawyer, head beagle, baseball player, king of the jungle, scout leader... ... ... loyal friend, and uber cute dog. He's the perfect example of doing anything you set your mind to, being an awesome friend, and using your imagination.

-Those are my big 2, but as a guitar player, Nancy Wilson of Heart is probably my biggest musical hero, because she rocks hard eh? She inspired me to go buy a mandolin and every once in a while I get inspired enough to have a go at learning how to play it d:
-And my Uncle Mike (Uncle Scar)- he's been playing the guitar since he was in his teens and he's amazing now- everytime we visit him or he visits us we jam together and he teaches me things and I teach him things and it's a load of fun and I've learned a lot from him. And he's always proud of me, even for things that other people think are silly- for good reason. When I told him I wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese's for my 16th birthday he was beaming with pride "that's our girl" d: He hasn't grown up- still knows how to have fun, has a job but still makes plenty of time for his old geezer rock band- He hasn't turned into a grumpy old man and I hope I'm somethin like him when I grow up (only less hairy)(and not a man).

Alright. So does that mean I get a prize steph?
Were you the next person to post with a new topic?
Ummmmm.. yeah!
That's right! Then you get a prize!
Woohooo!! What is it?
I'll give you a foot rub tonight. Enjoy (:
Aww I love you stephie
I love you too steph, but you'd better go take a shower before you make me touch your feet
Heehee. Good idea.
See ya after your shower
See ya soon. My feet are already excited :D
Yeah. We'd better stop before we weird these other people out.
Shutting up -now-
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[13 Aug 2005|10:14pm]

[ mood | silly ]

The next person to come up with a new cool topic gets a prize-

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My last meal would be.... [28 Jul 2005|12:53am]

I kinda dont want to answer this. Everytime I have this meal I'll be thinking "Is this my last meal?"
but it would be:
Beef stew
Mashed 'tatos w/ gravy
Sweet corn on cob rolled in salt & butter
Butter beans cooked w/ okra and fatbat and served on Rice
Locally grown Strawberries w/ sugar
Pepsi/ Sweet Tea/ Wine (since it is my last meal, I dont have to worry about the wine killing me)

ohh I cant forget the Hershey's chocolate
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mmm ... food ... mmm [27 Jul 2005|08:08pm]

Ok, I've got it.

What would be your perfect meal? Doesn't have to be healthy or balanced or anything- like if it were your last meal on earth, what would you want to eat?

*mozerella sticks with .. mozerella stick sauce
*grilled cheese sammich
*those thick flat steak fries
*milk (:
*coldstone creamery cookies and cream ice cream cake

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Let's play a game. [09 Jul 2005|11:20pm]

Dea can do the personality test when she gets back, but until then, let's play a game. It's called How Should Dea Cut Her Hair? She sorta unofficially probably not very seriously left me with a mission over the weekend to find her a good haircut (:
First, let's find a picture of Dea to look at to figger out what might look good on her... Here we go, a good pic for looking at hair-
Image hosted by Photobucket.com
Dea made me take down the other pic- but she sent me another picture to use bwahaha. Ain't she perdy?
And I guess this means I won't be getting my butt kick-ithed :D

And, we must make this game worth it, because Dea's probably gonna strangle me for posting that pic, and never send me any pics ever again, which would make me sad. But I'm only posting it for scientific purposes, to help (: And it's her fault for sending it to me in the first place d: But anyways, if we find a good haircut, maybe she won't hurt me, so let's try for that shall we? wooh go team!

This game might take a little research, so, some guidelines, straight from Dea-
-she wants layers.
-she wants about shoulder length or a little past
-and that's all she told me, except something about stacked layers in the back and then something about curled and flipped under.. that last one is more styling than cut.. but anyhoo
-Post pics, links, or just a name of some superstar I guess would work too. Have fun searching!
Image hosted by Photobucket.comI like this one from the back of the Martina greatest hits booklet. I used it to get my hair cut last summer. It doesn't look like that on me because I have curly hair, but Dea isn't lazy like me, so she'd straighten her hair, and I think it would look lovelie on her.

Jennifer Aniston always has nice hair.. I think I could see that on Dea

Or perhaps an easy Nancy cut that looks good curly and straightery?
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Here are my results... [09 Jul 2005|07:07am]

LOL, and alot of them are the things I'm trying to change about myself...great...

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||| 20%
Stability |||||||||||| 50%
Orderliness |||||||||||||| 56%
Altruism |||||||||||||||| 63%
Interdependence |||||| 30%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Mystical |||||||||||||||| 63%
Artistic |||||||||||||| 56%
Religious |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Hedonism || 10%
Materialism |||||||||||| 43%
Narcissism || 10%
Adventurousness |||||||||| 36%
Work ethic |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Self absorbed |||||||||||||| 56%
Conflict seeking || 10%
Need to dominate |||| 16%
Romantic |||||||||| 36%
Avoidant |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||| 56%
Wealth |||| 16%
Dependency |||||| 30%
Change averse |||| 16%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 70%
Individuality |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Sexuality |||| 16%
Peter pan complex |||||| 23%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical Fitness |||||||||||||| 57%
Histrionic || 10%
Paranoia |||||||||||||||| 63%
Vanity |||||| 23%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||| 50%
Female cliche |||||| 30%
Take Free Advanced Global Personality Test
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trait snapshot:

does not make friends easily, secretive, introverted, reclusive, observer, dislikes leadership, somewhat socially awkward, does not like to stand out, dislikes large parties, values solitude, solitary, avoidant, ambivalent about fitting in, not dominant, unassertive, suspicious, prudent, unadventurous, worrying, weird, intellectual, frequently second guesses self
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here are my results. hmmm [09 Jul 2005|12:39am]

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||| 30%
Stability |||||||||||| 50%
Orderliness |||||||||||| 50%
Altruism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Intellectual |||||||||||| 50%
Mystical |||| 16%
Artistic |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Religious |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Hedonism || 10%
Materialism |||||| 23%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 43%
Adventurousness |||||| 30%
Work ethic |||||||||| 36%
Self absorbed |||||||||||||| 56%
Conflict seeking |||| 16%
Need to dominate || 10%
Romantic |||| 16%
Avoidant |||||||||||| 43%
Anti-authority |||||||||| 36%
Wealth |||||| 23%
Dependency |||||||||| 36%
Change averse |||||||||||| 50%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 70%
Individuality |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Sexuality |||||||||| 36%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||||| 63%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Physical Fitness |||||||||||||||||||| 84%
Histrionic |||| 16%
Paranoia |||||||||||||| 56%
Vanity |||| 16%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||| 36%
Female cliche |||||||||||| 50%
Take Free Advanced Global Personality Test
personality tests by similarminds.com
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Personality test anyone? [08 Jul 2005|06:49pm]

[ mood | amused ]

I did have an idea for another topic, but then I found this. I quite enjoy these type of things. Have fun y'alls! :D

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||| 20%
Stability |||||||||||||||||| 80%
Orderliness |||||||||| 36%
Altruism |||||||||||||||| 63%
Interdependence |||||||||||||| 56%
Intellectual |||||||||||| 50%
Mystical || 10%
Artistic |||||||||||| 50%
Religious |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Hedonism |||| 16%
Materialism |||||||||| 36%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 43%
Adventurousness |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Work ethic |||||||||||| 43%
Self absorbed |||||| 30%
Conflict seeking || 10%
Need to dominate |||| 16%
Romantic |||||||||||||||| 63%
Avoidant |||||||||||||||| 63%
Anti-authority |||||| 23%
Wealth |||||||||||| 50%
Dependency |||||||||||||||| 63%
Change averse |||||||||||||||| 70%
Cautiousness |||||||||| 36%
Individuality |||||||||||| 50%
Sexuality |||||| 30%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||||| 70%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical Fitness |||||||||||||||| 64%
Histrionic |||||||||| 36%
Paranoia |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Vanity |||||| 23%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||| 36%
Female cliche |||||||||||| 43%
Take Free Advanced Global Personality Test -Click me Click me!!
personality tests by similarminds.com

Stability results were high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic..

Orderliness results were moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment. -I'm a good worker! Really I am!-

Extraversion results were low which suggests you are very reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.

trait snapshot:

secretive, reclusive, messy, disorganized, introverted, unassertive, rarely worries, dislikes large parties, does not like to fit in, does not need to control others, solitary, ambivalent about chaos, tough, leisurely, does not respect authority, not aggressive, observer, abstract, impractical, dislikes leadership, daydreamer, bizarre, does not make friends easily, not a perfectionist, suspicious, rarely irritated, strong physical instincts, unsympathetic at times, risk taker, submissive, weird, sarcastic, strange
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I'd like to play... [06 Jul 2005|06:06pm]

I'd love to know how to play bagpipes and guitar. I could listen to those for hours.
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my deep thought for the day [05 Jul 2005|11:58pm]

Wouldn't it be crazy if somebody wrote a book about somebody who was writing a book about somebody who was writing a book about somebody who was writing a book about somebody who was writing a book about somebody who was writing a book about....
I'd get confused.

That's all.
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instruments [05 Jul 2005|06:41am]

Wow Steph, you have fake front teeth? Me too! Ahem, anyway...

I wish I could play guitar really well, like Nancy Wilson well. I think though, aside from being lazy, I want to play so I could play/sing, and I can't sing, so that gets boring. So I quit. OK, that's an excuse, I'm just lazy. And I've just taken a break, I haven't quit all together. I have to get myself weaned off tv and slowly incorporate more things to replace it.

I'd also like to play harp. Celtic harp, not a lever harp. I have one, but it's kinda cheap and doesn't keep its tension well, especially the middle D string.
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