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Saturday, January 14, 2006
I get so emotional, baby... If you had to eliminate one emotion from your life, which would it be?Elaborate, please. Sadness...I'm not so good at showing my unhappiness as it is. Even if I do have deep and profound sorrow about things in my life, I don't want to feel it. I don't want to deal with it. So, if I could magically do away with grief, I would. As a general rule, (ladies, don't attack me) women are good criers. I cry now more than I used to, but I wouldn't say that is a skill I excell at. I call crying a skill because it is obliging to possess....Shedding tears expells the turmoil inside. It seems that I want to hold it in... Great Pretenders
posted by Lisa at 1/14/2006 11:43:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Have you ever...

Bold the ones you've done...

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink 02. Swam with wild dolphins 03. Climbed a mountain 04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive 05. Been inside the Great Pyramid 06. Held a tarantula. 07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone 08. Said 'I love you' and meant it 09. Hugged a tree 10. Done a striptease 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise 15. Seen the Northern Lights 16. Gone to a huge sports game 17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa 18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables 19. Touched an iceberg 20. Slept under the stars 21. Changed a baby's diaper 22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon 23. Watched a meteor shower 24. Gotten drunk on champagne 25. Given more than you can afford to charity 26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope 27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment 28. Had a food fight 29. Bet on a winning horse 30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill 31. Asked out a stranger 32. Had a snowball fight 33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier 34. Screamed as loud as you can. 35. Held a lamb 36. Enacted a favorite fantasy 37. Taken a midnight skinny dip 38. Taken an ice cold bath 39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar 40. Seen a total eclipse 41. Ridden a roller coaster 42. Hit a home run 43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days 44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking 45. Adopted an accent for an entire day 46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment 48. Had two hard drives for your computer 49. Visited all 50 states 50. Loved your job for all accounts 51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced 52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 53. Had amazing friends 54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country 55. Watched wild whales 56. Stolen a sign 57. Backpacked in Europe 58. Taken a road-trip 59. Rock climbing 60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice 61. Midnight walk on the beach 62. Sky diving 63. Visited Ireland 64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love 65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them 66. Visited Japan 67. Benchpressed your own weight 68. Milked a cow 69. Alphabetized your records 70. Pretended to be a superhero 71. Sung karaoke 72. Lounged around in bed all day 73. Posed nude in front of strangers 74. Scuba diving 75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye 76. Kissed in the rain 77. Played in the mud 78. Played in the rain 79. Gone to a drive-in theater 80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it 81. Visited the Great Wall of China 82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog. 83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better 84. Started a business 85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken 86. Toured ancient sites 87. Taken a martial arts class 88. Sword fought for the honor of a woman 89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight 90. Gotten married 91. Been in a movie 92. Crashed a party 93. Loved someone you shouldn't have 94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy 95. Gotten divorced 96. Had sex at the office 97. Gone without food for 5 days 98. Made cookies from scratch 99. Won first prize in a costume contest 100. Ridden a gondola in Venice 101. Gotten a tattoo 102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on 103. Rafted the Snake River 104. Been on television news programs as an "expert" 105. Got flowers for no reason 106. Masturbated in a public place 107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything 108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug 109. Performed on stage 110. Been to Las Vegas 111. Recorded music 112. Eaten shark. .113. Had a one-night stand 114. Gone to Thailand 115. Seen Siouxsie live 116. Bought a house 117. Been in a combat zone 118. Buried one/both of your parents 119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off 120. Been on a cruise ship 121. Spoken more than one language fluently 122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone 123. Bounced a check 124. Performed in Rocky Horror.. 125. Read - and understood - your credit report 126. Raised children. 127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy .128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour 129. Created and named your own constellation of stars 130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country 131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did 132. Called or written your Congress person 133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over 134. ...more than once? - More than thrice? 135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge 136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking 137. Had an abortion or your female partner did 138. Had plastic surgery 139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived. 140. Wrote articles for a large publication 141. Lost over 100 pounds 142. Held someone while they were having a flashback 143. Piloted an airplane 144. Petted a stingray 145. Broken someone's heart 146. Helped an animal give birth 147. Been fired or laid off from a job 148. Won money on a T.V. game show 149. Broken a bone 150. Killed a human being 151. Gone on an African photo safari 152. Ridden a motorcycle 153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph 154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced 155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol 156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild 157. Ridden a horse 158. Had major surgery 159. Had sex on a moving train 160. Had a snake as a pet 161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing 163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours 164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states 165. Visited all 7 continents 166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days 167. Eaten kangaroo meat 168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground 169. Been a sperm or egg donor 170. Eaten sushi 171. Had your picture in the newspaper 172. Had 2 (or more) romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime 173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about 174. Gotten someone fired for their actions 175. Gone back to school 176. Parasailed 177. Changed your name 178. Petted a cockroach 179. Eaten fried green tomatoes. 180. Read The Iliad 181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read 182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them 183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you 184. Taught yourself an art from scratch 185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt 187. Skipped all your school reunions (not on purpose) 188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language 189. Been elected to public office 190. Written your own computer language 191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream 192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care 193. Built your own PC from parts 194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you 195. Had a booth at a street fair 196: Dyed your hair 197: Been a DJ 198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal 199: Written your own role playing game 200: Been arrested. Discussion on Have you ever...

posted by Lisa at 1/14/2006 10:32:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Friday, January 13, 2006
Friday the 13th
Paraskevidekatriaphobia: Fear of Friday the 13th Personally, I’m not afraid of Friday the 13th. It isn’t that I’m not superstitious. You won’t catch me opening an umbrella indoors- it is bad luck. The number 13 doesn’t bother me. I’ve worked in suite 13 for almost 10 years. I’ve had surgery on Friday the 13th. The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times. Some sources say it may be the most widespread superstition in the United States. Some people won't go to work or leave their homes on Friday the 13th. Just how many Americans at the 21st century still suffer from this condition? According to Dr. Donald Dossey, a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of phobias (and coiner of the term "paraskevidekatriaphobia"), the figure may be as high as 21 million. If he's right, eight percent of Americans are still in the grips of a very old superstition. Exactly how old is difficult to say, because determining the origins of superstitions is an imprecise science, at best. In fact, it's mostly guesswork. 13: The Devil's Dozen It is said: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, all will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don't have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven. As if to prove the point, the Bible tells us there were exactly 13 present at the Last Supper. One of the dinner guests — er, disciples — betrayed Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the Crucifixion. Did I mention the Crucifixion took place on a Friday? Some say Friday's bad reputation goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. It was on a Friday, supposedly, that Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit. Adam bit, as we all learned in Sunday School, and they were both ejected from Paradise. Tradition also holds that the Great Flood began on a Friday; God tongue-tied the builders of the Tower of Babel on a Friday; the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday; and, of course, Friday was the day of the week on which Christ was crucified. It is therefore a day of penance for Christians.
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 04:51:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Top 5 Friday Music Memoirs
Time for the Top 5 on FridayThis week it's top 5 'Royal' songs... Top 5 "royal" songs. (songs with kings, queens etc in the title)
  1. Queen of Hearts- Juice Newton
  2. Sultans of Swing- Dire Straits
  3. Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder
  4. Dancing Queen- ABBA
  5. Her Majesty- The Beatles
Top Five On Friday Music Memoirs
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 04:27:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Top 5 Friday
What are your top 5 all-time favorite cereals?
  1. Post frosted shredded wheat
  2. Team flakes (no longer made)
  3. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
  4. Café Patachou’s own granola
  5. Golden Grahams
Top 5 Friday
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 03:58:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
The Friday Five
1. What is the most adventurous food you've ever tried? Korean food; it ended up being really delicious, except the KimChee 2. What is the most adventurous food you'd be willing to try? Scottish food 3. Would you have a problem eating dog meat and why or why not? No, I would not eat it. I love my dog and could not eat another dog. 4. For the most part, do you consider your diet to be balanced? Yes, I feel it is mostly balanced. I try hard to eat well (most of the time) .5. Which is more appealing- being a vegetarian for the rest of your life or being a strict carnivore for the rest of your life? I’d have to say vegetarian. There would be more variety that way. Eating meat only would get old very quickly. I’m not that huge of a meat-eater anyway and I’ve been a vegetarian before. The Friday Five
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 03:49:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Question of the Day
Winter Olympic sport
If you could compete in any winter Olympic sport, what would it be? Would you win a medal? I would want to compete in the luge. Gliding down the icy track on two steel blades would be both terrifying and exhilirating. Would I win a medal? Probably not, as I’ve never done this before.
Question of the day
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 03:16:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Friday's Feast- A Buffet for the Brain
Appetizer Name one chore you don't really mind doing.Vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom. Soup How many times have you moved homes in your life? 12 Salad How old were you when you had your very first kiss? 9 Main Course What time of day do you usually feel your best? morning Dessert Using three words or less, describe your current local weather. Dreary, dark, rainy
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 01:51:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
In the interest of cleaning and organizing my house…! 1. If you could choose 5 things that belonged to someone else in your household to fling, what would they be? The cluttery papers on the desk, printed t-shirts in the closet, junk in the totes in the basement, junk on the shelves in the basement 2. What would be the worst 5 things that someone could fling of yours? My teddy bear (that is a whole other post subject), my books, my magazines, my photos, my kitchen utensils 3. What are you the best at keeping organized? The worst? I’m the best at keeping my closet organized and the worst at keeping my junk drawer in the kitchen organized. 4. What is the one thing in your house that needs organizing the worst? My junk drawer.
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 01:42:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Friday Fiver
1.Have you broken any New Year's resolutions yet? No, I haven’t, as I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, there’s nothing to be broken.

2. Broken any bones? Yes, I’ve fractured my clavicle while carrying a kayak.

3. When is the last time someone else broke your heart? I’m like the Tin Man in the “Wizard of Oz”- I don’t have a heart, so it can’t be broken. Maybe if I get the see the Wizard…

4. What is the most expensive item you've ever broken? Does putting a dent in a car count?

5. What phrase are you tired of hearing over and over again? “Is it over yet?”

The Daily Meme: Discussion on Friday Fiver
posted by Lisa at 1/13/2006 12:36:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Thursday, January 12, 2006
9 Layers
9 Layers
A meme to peel aways the layers of you.
Name: Lisa--
Birth date: February 26th--
Birthplace: Mishawaka, Indiana (yes- it is a real place)--
Current Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Eye Color: green --
Hair Color: blond--
Height: 5’8”
Righty or Lefty: righty
Zodiac Sign: Pieces LAYER TWO: --
Your heritage: Danish/Swedish/German/Irish--
The shoes you wore today: Franco Sarto black loafers--
Your weakness: kryptonite?--
Your fears: needles, snakes, left turns, gas pumps--
Your perfect pizza: thin crust mushroom--
Goal you'd like to achieve: travel to Europe, get paid to write, retire before I die!
Your most overused phrase on AIM: don’t chat on AIM--
Your first waking thoughts: what is that damn noise?--
Your best physical feature: my eyes--
Your most missed memory: it’s missed… so how can I know that I miss it?
LAYER FOUR: -- Pepsi or Coke: Coke I guess, I don’t like soda much--
McDonald's or Burger King: neither--
Single or group dates: single I guess--
Adidas or Nike: neither- I used to wear Nike about 15 years ago--
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Lipton--
Chocolate or vanilla: vanilla--
Cappuccino or coffee: cappuccino
Smoke: nope, hate it--
Cuss: regularly and profusely--
Sing: in the shower or the car, but that is all--
Take a shower everyday: at least once a day-
Do you think you've been in love: of course--
Want to go to college: sure--
Liked high school: it was fine--
Want to get married: been there, done that.--
Believe in yourself: yes, I do--
Get motion sickness: very, very sick--
Think you're attractive: yes--
Think you're a health freak: no--
Get along with your parent(s): well enough, we don’t argue, we’re “fine”--
Like thunderstorms: yes, unless they’re extremely bad--
Play an instrument: I played the clarinet in 6th grade and I sucked at it.
LAYER SIX: In the past month...
Drank alcohol: yes--
Smoked: no--
Done a drug: no--
Made Out: no--
Gone on a date: no--
Gone to the mall?: yes--
Eaten an entire box of Oreos?: no--
Eaten sushi: no--
Been on stage: no--
Been dumped: no--
Gone skating: no--
Made homemade cookies: yes--
Gone skinny dipping: no--
Dyed your hair: no--
Stolen Anything: no LAYER SEVEN: Ever... --
Played a game that required removal of clothing: yes--
Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: yes--
Been caught "doing something": no--
Been called a tease: no--
Gotten beaten up: yes--
Shoplifted: no--
Changed who you were to fit in: yes
Age you hope to be married: never again--
Numbers and Names of Children: 1 Ian--
Describe your Dream Wedding: don’t want one--
How do you want to die: not at all…ok- how about painlessly?--
Where you want to go to college: someplace I don't have to pay for
What do you want to be when you grow up: I don’t want to grow up--
What country would you most like to visit: Denmark
Number of drugs taken illegally: 1--
Number of people I could trust with my life: 3--
Number of CDs that I own: 300--
Number of piercings: just my ears--
Number of tattoos: none--
Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: 3--
Number of scars on my body: 3--
Number of things in my past that I regret: can’t pick a number- quite a few…
9 layers
posted by Lisa at 1/12/2006 08:27:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
3x Thursday
3x Thursday: 01/12/y2k+6: If Wishes Were Fishes.... I grant you 3 personal wishes (these wishes are for you and not anybody else!)! What are they? Explain in detail.

1. To be a writer for a living. I’d like to leave my job and be able to be paid to do what I love, instead of what I have to do. 2. Have my mortgage paid off. Gee, I wouldn’t have to be that great of a writer if I didn’t have to pay my mortgage. 3. To have enough free time to spend with my son. He and I are both so busy with, well, life that we don’t have enough time to enjoy each other. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” 3X Thursday
posted by Lisa at 1/12/2006 08:30:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Thursday Threesome Question
Please be Seated:
Onesome: "Please-- join us for a light dinner and some conversation." If you were coordinating a group of say, the thirty or so regulars here, where would you like to have them meet in your area to be able to spend some time talking and eating? I’d have to suggest a private room at Maggianno’s. The setting is comfortable, elegant, warm and welcoming. The food is classic Italian so there would be something for everyone and the wine list is extensive.
Twosome: be-- my Valentine? Yes, it's early, but do you have 'traditional" dinner plans for that holiday (or the time around it)? ...or if you don't, where would you like to go? No, I don’t have plans for dinner. I usually cook at home for Valentine’s Day. There isn’t anything that I make as a tradition for dinner but I do like to make my Grandma’s sour cream sugar cookies in heart shapes for dessert
.Threesome: Seated-- Hmmm... Table or booth? Do you have a preference when you go out to eat? Just wondering... Booth, definitely. It is much more comfortable to me. Some of the chairs in restaurants are so hard. A booth is like a vacation for the butt.
Thursday Threesome Questions
posted by Lisa at 1/12/2006 08:21:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Question of the Day
Question of the Day…

Only one
If you were told that you could watch only one tv show a week for one year, what show would you choose to watch?

I would have to say I would watch the “Ellen” show.  She has a little bit of everything going on and she makes me laugh.  Laughing is the only thing that keeps me sane…well- relatively sane.

Question of the Day
posted by Lisa at 1/12/2006 08:07:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
21 Things
21 Things

Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says: I let go of the bed and I hold my hands in front of my face and I stare at them.

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first? The wall to my bedroom

What is the last thing you watched on TV? The "Today Show"

WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what time it is: 9:20 PM

Now look at the clock, what is the actual time? 9:37 PM

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? air purifier

When did you last step outside? what were you doing? this evening on the way out of the salon

Before you came to this website, what did you look at? my blog

What are you wearing? Born loafers, tan J. Crew khakis and a striped J. Crew shirt

Did you dream last night? I am sure I did, but I can't recall it

When did you last laugh? today at lunch What is on the walls of the room you are in? a dreamcatcher over the doorway

Seen anything weird lately? most definitely

What do you think of this quiz? not too shabby

What is the last film you saw? Jumanji

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first? a flat-panel TV

Tell me something about you that I don't know: I can touch my nose with my tongue

If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do? do away with discrimination

Do you like to dance? not really, no

Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her? a boy? Kinsey, Ian

Would you ever consider living abroad? sure, why not? Link to The Daily Meme

posted by Lisa at 1/11/2006 09:54:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Question of the Day
A visitor A visitor from abroad who has never been to your country before is coming to stay with you. What one place, attraction, or event would you be sure to take him or her to? I’d take the visitor to the Smithsonian Institution. It is a wonderful slice of American culture and history. It is know as our nation’s “attic”. The Smithsonian is made up of 16 different museums and the National Zoo. Trackback - Powered by HaloScan.com
posted by Lisa at 1/11/2006 05:50:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
My Top Ten Phobias
10.Emetophobia-Fear of vomit.
9.Aichmophobia- Fear of needles
8.Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns.
7.Iatrophobia- Fear of going to the doctor
6.Levophobia- Fear of things to the left side of the body( in my case-fear of turning left)
5.Molysomophobia- Fear of dirt
4.Ophidiophobia- Fear of snakes.
3.Suriphobia- Fear of mice.
2.Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces
1.Antliaphobia- Fear of Gas Pumps

posted by Lisa at 1/10/2006 09:00:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
I want to be left alone...
Or, at the very least- I don't want to go to the damn post office.
What are we to do with all those pesky 37 cent stamps we have stuffed in desk drawers? Why must the U.S. Postal Service put us through the tediousness of a 2 cent rate hike? Why 39 cents? What study chose 39 over 40? Every time the rate is raised we must trudge to the Post Office and stand in an eternal queue to buy trifling little one or two cent stamps. If you are creative (or don't give a damn about wasting money) you can use up your remaining old stamps and place adequate postage on your mail by putting 2 stamps on each letter until the oldies are gone.
Why have I given this so much thought? What else was I supposed to do while I was in line at the Post Office today?
I guess if two cent stamps are my biggest challenge in my life today- I am doing pretty damn fine!
posted by Lisa at 1/10/2006 07:34:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Monday, January 09, 2006
Further evidence of my belly button obsession at a young age
I came across this picture this weekend. I am not sure which is more unfortunate, the fact that I chose to lift up my dress and show my belly button to my entire family; or the fact that someone thought it funny enough to take a photo of it. I'm proud to say that I no longer have said obsession. Nor do I wear dresses on a regular basis. Jugdging by this photo, that is a very good thing.... I can see I've got quite a fashion flair, ever at the tender young age of two. Love those red shoes, darling!
posted by Lisa at 1/09/2006 09:10:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Sunday, January 08, 2006
It is Sunday evening. I shouldn't be this tired after having 2 days off, right? So then, why can't I wake up enough to come up with something fascinating to write? So, instead- I'll throw out a top ten list... Here goes...
My Top Ten Favorite Movies of All Time: ( In no particular order)
1. Gone With the Wind 2. Fargo 3. Pulp Fiction 4. Grease 5. Fried Green Tomatoes 6. Steel Magnolias 7. When Harry Met Sally 8. Out of Africa 9. Chocolat 10. The Color Purple
posted by Lisa at 1/08/2006 08:52:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post

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