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Saturday, February 04, 2006
Communion Part II
There was one deranged young man in my church that would actually eat the communion cups. Thank God for him we only had it once a month. I don't know if he would have survived if we had it weekly.

My sister has applied other creative uses for the small plastic cups. She puts her home-made jell-o shots. That's nearly sacrilegious I suppose. But that's my sister.

She has her theory as to the difference in the way a man vs. A woman drinks a jell-o shot. She thinks that a woman places the entire cup in her mouth and sucks out the shot. On the other hand, a man puts his tongue into the cup and pushes out the shot.

Personally, I use my tongue. You read into that any way you want....

posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 08:20:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
My son had to memorize the Apostles Creed for Religion class in school this week. While I did not grow up Catholic, and he goes to Catholic School- I'm finding out that I should still know some version of this Apostles Creed. I've never heard of it. I must have been snoozing in Sunday School when that was covered. I was raised Methodist and my mother made sure I was up every Sunday morning bright and early to go to the service. In my church, we would have communion only once a month. I was about 12 years-old and was sitting with my best friend Jenni. It was Communion Sunday. I had tried to get out of actually going into the Sanctuary. For some reason, communion made me completely ferclempt. I don't know if it was all that talk about blood and body eating, but I got nervous every time Communion Sunday rolled around. Anyhow, Jen and I were sitting in the church pew, waiting patiently for our turn to go up and have communion. Up the center aisle comes a little old lady and her husband. She has on the classic old lady church outfit replete with a polka-dot dress, orthopedic shoes, and knee-high stockings. Up the aisle she goes, slowly plodding along, her steps getting more and more dragged out. I can start to see something large and white poke out from under her dress. It was her granny-panties! They just kept dropping lower and lower until she stepped right out of them. She just went right on walking up the aisle, all the while tears are steaming out of my eyes from trying to not laugh in church. What finally did me in was when her husband bent down, picked up the panties and shoved them in his pocket. He went right along the aisle too like nothing had ever happened. All of the action kept my mind off of the impending communion.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 07:52:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Birth Month
Your birth month Pick your birth month and cross (strike) out what doesn't apply to you. To strike out you use the S tag. So for the cross out you would surround the "strike out" with strike out . Then post the whole list for the next person or link back to here. FEBRUARY:Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but those not show it. Dislike unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizing dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 05:16:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Movie Age Gauge
You said you were born in 1970 which means you are 35 years old and about: 51 years 1 month younger than Zsa Zsa Gabor, age 86 39 years 9 months younger than Clint Eastwood, age 75 37 years 0 months younger than Kim Novak, age 72 34 years 0 months younger than Burt Reynolds, age 69 30 years 1 month younger than Nick Nolte, age 65 28 years 10 months younger than Ann-Margret, age 64 22 years 11 months younger than Billy Crystal, age 58 20 years 3 months younger than Whoopi Goldberg, age 56 17 years 7 months younger than Robin Williams, age 53 13 years 8 months younger than Tom Hanks, age 49 11 years 3 months younger than Jamie Lee Curtis, age 47 8 years 11 months younger than Eddie Murphy, age 44 0 years 5 months older than Jennifer Lopez, age 35 9 years 0 months older than Jennifer Love Hewitt, age 26 18 years 1 month older than Haley Joel Osment, age 17 and when these movies were released in the U.S. your age was: The Godfather: 2 American Graffiti: 3 Jaws: 5 Star Wars: 7 Animal House: 8 Star Trek: The Motion Picture: 9 ET: 12 The Terminator: 14 Top Gun: 16 Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 17 Steel Magnolias: 19 Home Alone: 20 Wayne's World: 21 Jurassic Park: 23 Forrest Gump: 24 Fargo: 26 Saving Private Ryan: 28 Toy Story 2: 29
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 04:51:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Right Brain/Left Brain
Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (42%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain. Left Brain (60%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain
Are You Right or Left Brained? personality tests by similarminds.com
Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven. Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what's not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, directness, organization, and the ability to explain their ideas verbally, leaving them unable to communicate effectively. Overall you appear to be Left Brain Dominant ----------------------------------------- According to Darwinian theory, optimal evolution takes place with random variation and selective retention. The evolution savvy individual will try many different approaches when faced with a problem and select the best of those approaches. Many historical intellectuals have confessed their advantage was simply considering/exploring/trying more approaches than others. The left brain dominant type suffers from limited approaches, narrow-mindedness. The right brain dominant type suffers from too many approaches, scatterbrained. To maintain balanced hemispheres, you need to exercise both variability and selection. Just as a company will have more chance of finding a great candidate by increasing their applicant pool, an individual who considers a wider set of options is more likely to make quality decisions.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 04:49:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
My Bloginality is ISFJ!!! I don't think I'm introverted in the typical way... Life as an ISFJ (Introvert, Sensor, Feeler, Judger) People of this type tend to be: cautious, gentle, and thoughtful; hesitant until they know people well then affectionate and caring; very literal and aware of the physical world; uncompromising about personal standards and easily offended; diligent and conscientious, organized and decisive. The most important thing to ISFJs is living a stable, predictable life and helping people in real ways.
ISFJ Relationships
ISFJs place a great deal of importance on their personal relationships. They're generally very giving and loving people, who place the needs of others above their own. They sometimes have a problem with becoming overly emotionally needy, and with keeping their true feelings hidden from others. They take their commitments very seriously, and seek lifelong relationships. ISFJs are extremely dependable, and put forth a lot of energy into keeping things running smoothly. They sometimes have difficulty saying "no" when asked to do something, and therefore may be taken for granted.
ISFJ Strengths
Warm, friendly and affirming by nature Service-oriented, wanting to please others Good listeners Will put forth lots of effort to fulfill their duties and obligations Excellent organizational capabilities Good at taking care of practical matters and daily needs Usually good (albeit conservative) at handling money Take their commitments seriously, and seek lifelong relationships
ISFJ Weaknesses
Don't pay enough attention to their own needs May have difficulty branching out into new territory Extreme dislike of conflict and criticism Unlikely to express their needs, which may cause pent-up frustrations to build inside Have difficulty leaving a bad relationship Have difficulty moving on after the end of a relationship
ISFJs as Lovers
"To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive - to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before." -- Rollo May
ISFJs are committed to their relationships. They have very intense feelings, which is not immediately apparent to others because they tend to hold things inside themselves without expressing them, unless they have a strong reason to do so. Their intensity of feeling makes their intimate relationship their first priority in life, with the possible exception of God. They seek monogamous, lifelong commitments, and can be depended upon to be faithful and loyal to their mates once they have made a commitment. ISFJs have a difficult time leaving a relationship which is bad, or accepting that a relationship is over. They tend to put all of the blame on their own shoulders, and wonder what they should have done to make things work out. If they have been loyal to their vows and have done their duties, they will be at a complete loss as to what went wrong, and will have great difficulty accepting the end. They are "true blue" lovers, and may even remain faithful to their deceased partners. ISFJs tend to be very selfless, and to put the needs of others well before their own needs. This may backfire on them, if they get into a situation in which they are taken advantage of, and do not have a good outlet for their strong emotions. In this kind of situation, the ISFJ might bottle up their feelings inside them, and form strong resentments against others. The ISFJ should work on recognizing their own needs, and place some importance on meeting them, rather than always putting the needs of others first. After all, if you can't take care of yourself, how can take care of someone else? Sexually, the ISFJ sees intimacy as a tangible way of strengthening their relationship bonds. They also see as something of a duty, and are likely to be more interested in serving their partner than in their own personal satisfaction. Although the ISFJ is not likely to be very wordy about expressing their love and affection, they're likely to do so through their deeds, and will deeply value their partner's responding affirmations. The ISFJ is very warm and selfless. They'll put forth tremendous amounts of energy and time into doing what they feel is ther duty. What makes them feel best about themselves is when others show them their appreciation of the ISFJ. Consequently, the best gift that the partner of an ISFJ can give them is the expression of their love and appreciation. ISFJs have difficulty with conflict situations, and would much prefer to just sweep things under the rug. Sometimes facing a conflict situation helps to resolve it, and the ISFJ should realize that the world will not end if they face the conflict, and express how they feel about it. A conflict situation is not necessarily a "problem" which needs to be gotten rid of, and it is also not necessarily the ISFJ's fault. It's a common problem for ISFJ's to not express their feelings until pushed to some limit, after which they explode in anger and say things which they later feel they shouldn't have said. These kinds of outbursts can be reduced by expressing their feelings on a more regular basis, rather than keeping them pent up inside. In general, the ISFJ is usually a traditional, family-minded individual who places the comfort of their mates and families as their first priority in life. They're great for providing for everyday basic needs, and have a depth of caring which is very unusual, and not found in most types. They highly invested in the health of their relationships, and will work very hard to make things run smoothly. They are dependable and affectionate lovers.
ISFJs as Parents
"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth...Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable." -- Kahlil Gibran
Parenthood is seen as natural state and duty to the ISFJ. They are responsible about ensuring that their children have their practical needs met, and try to teach them the rules and observations of our society so that they grow into responsible and independent adults. ISFJs may have difficulty administering punishment or discipline to their chldren, although most are able to overcome this discomfort because they feel it is their greater duty to instill their children with sound values. As individuals who value order and structure, they're likely to create well-defined boundaries and roles for their children to live within. ISFJ parents have a very difficult time if their children grow into "problem" adults They tend to believe that it is their responsibility, and that they didn't work hard enough to raise their children well. This may or may not be the case, but usually it isn't. The ISFJ usually puts forth a lot of energy and effort, and doesn't give themselves credit for doing so. In many ways, an ISFJ makes an ideal parent. Their children will not lack for structure, appropriate guidelines, or warmth and affection. Their children will remember and value the ISFJ parent for their warm natures and genuine efforts on their children's behalf.
ISFJs as Friends
Although the ISFJ is likely to place God and family above their friends in their priorities, they genuinely enjoy spending time with friends and colleagues. In fact, ISFJs usually feel a strong need to talk problems and issues over with people before making decisions on their actions. Some ISFJs like to discuss things over with their friends, rather than their families. ISFJs enjoy spending time with most other types of people. The love to observe people's reactions and emotions in situations, and so enjoy being around diverse types of people. The ISFJ usually remains reserved around others, and does not open up very much. However, since they have a need to talk things over with others in order to make decisions, they do really need some close confidantes in their life. Their preference for these companions are other Sensing Feeling Judgers. They really enjoy and respect the company of Intuitive Feelers as well, but are not able to relate to them quite as well. Friends of the ISFJ will value them for their warmth, dependability, depth of emotional awareness and understanding.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 04:11:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Snowy Day
Trees in my backyard after last nights snow Apple trees in my yard
My dog was out having a blast in the snow. There doesn't seem to be enought to make a snowman. It's just not deep enough. I'd be picking up twigs and leaves. That wouldn't make for a pretty snowman.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 03:39:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Going Home
My grandfather came to this country when he was a young man. He grew up in Denmark. Eventually his mother and siblings came over too. His brother Chris, my great-uncle lived in Minnesota. He'd come and visit occasionally. At the end of one visit he said to my father, "I don't like it here in the U.S., I'm going back to Minnesota."
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 03:15:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Random 5
First 5 Random Songs on My I-Pod
  1. Two Step Mamou - Wayne Toups - Cajun and Zydeco Classics
  2. Don't Miss You At All- Norah Jones- Feels Like Home
  3. Air That I Breathe- K D Lang- Drag
  4. And She Was- Talking Heads- Stop Making Sense
  5. Buongiorno Principessa -Mario Frangoulis - Sometimes I Dream

Quite an eclectic mix I've got going on here. I only have about 500 songs on there right now but I'm working on it.

posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 02:28:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
The Saturday 8
sat-8 :: reading, money, race... a veritable smorgasborg. 1. Do you read magazines? If so, what kind? If not, why not? Yes, I read magazines. I read way too many magazines. Photography magazines, cooking magazines, home-focused magazines, Consumer Reports (for my nerdy side), I-Pod magazines (for my other nerdy side), Oprah and Real Simple 2. Do you find yourself reading or watching celeb gossip? Why or why not? No, I don't because I honestly just don't care. I don't read "People" magazine and I don't watch shows like "Entertainment Tonight". Celebs are just regular people like the rest of us and I personally don't want to know the details of someone's life that I don't even know. 3. If you had a job that you could do from home in addition to your 'regular' job, would you take it if you could make your own hours? Why or why not? Sure I would, who wouldn't like some extra cash? 4. If this job netted you $ 1Kto $1.5K per month, how would you spend your money given your current financial situation? I'd take an extra vacation or two and then save the money to go toward a hot tub, swimming pool and screened in porch for my yard. I have a huge backyard just calling out for such things. I love the water and I love to sit and listen to the rain in the open air. 5. Do you participate in any activities (marches, remembrances, historical tours, reading history) during black history month? I don't do much but I have read some online. 6. So, punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow last week, and we're getting 6 more weeks of "mild winter weather." how do you feel about that, or do you care at all? I hate it. I hate the winter and being cooped up inside all of the time. I want to be out and going....kayaking, biking, just being outside in the sunshine. 7. Speaking of Phil, are you a fan of the film "groundhog day"? I'm consistently amazed that I can't find a single person who doesn't like that film. I must be some kind of freak as I've never seen the movie. 8. And speaking of film, are you interested in seeing "the davinci code"? Why or why not? Sure I'm interested in seeing the movie. I've read the book, just like millions of other Americans. I take the book to be an interesting piece of fiction that was well written.
The Saturday 8
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 01:10:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Great Things About The Weekend
  1. I get to sleep in past 5:30 am.
  2. I get to drink an entire pot of coffee while sitting in my pj's.
  3. I get to sit and watch the entire news in the morning.
  4. I get to listen to the music I want to listen to, not that Muzak crap at work.
  5. I can take a 20 minute long shower in my fantastic shower.
  6. I can run around and shoot photos with my Rebel
  7. I can stay up past 9:00pm and not worry about getting enough sleep.
  8. I don't have to dress up and go to work.
  9. I can write for as long as I want to write.
  10. I can read the Sunday paper while doing item 2 and item 3.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 12:56:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
The Great Pretenders
When The Sky's Not Blue If you could paint the sky in another color, what it would be? Why? Red, of course because it's my favorite color. A truly dark red sky would be slightly frightening looking. What type of weather phenomenon would a red sky be indicative of?
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 12:37:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Question of the Day
The Heist Today you get to be a thief, which I know you aren't in real life ..... Right? You are planning the heist of all heists, what are you stealing? Perhaps the famous Van Gogh painting Portrait of Dr. Gachet that sold for 82.5 million dollars. Or even better, the Hope Diamond allegedly valued at a quarter of a billion dollars.


posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 12:20:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
I'm sick of wearing contact lenses. I've worn them forever. I've been sitting here all morning in my damn glasses. I hate glasses even more. No one will ever see me in my glasses. If that makes me vain, then so be it. When I go to the eye doctor every year I get new contact lenses but no new glasses. The ones I'm wearing are a few years old and needless to say, I can't see so well out of them. I need to go put my contacts in but I'm enjoying my day off lazing around. I'd like to get the Lasik surgery but I'm scared. Yes, I am admitting I'm scared and that isn't something I do very often. I don't like to have my eyes messed with. So as much as I want the surgery, I haven't done it yet. I think if I took halcion before hand I could do it. Halcion is a terrific drug. I had a God-awful 3 hour long dental procedure done in which the bony palate of my mouth was cut open. I took halcion before hand and have no recollection of the procedure. I felt like I was in the operatory for all of 15 minutes. I didn't ' t take the medication because I was frightened, I'm not scared of anything dental. I've worked in dentistry for over 15 years and I can tolerate significant amounts of pain. Sounds like a personals ad for S&M aficionado doesn't it?
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 11:40:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Toys for Grown-Ups
I hate weddings. I hate going to weddings. But one of my dear friends is getting married next month and of course I am going. But it's what comes before the wedding is what's really got me going this time...The bachelorette party. Good God, the last thing I want to see is some naked man. Been there- done that- don't want to do it again. It's been nearly a decade and it's not something I want to re-visit. Anyhow, luckily she's promised no male strippers. Perhaps what she has planned is even worse. A sex toy party. Now, I'm no innocent naive girl. I know things that I'm not going to go into here. But this is a co-ed party. I don't want a bunch of straight men sitting around with sex toys in the room. Not a good combination. And to make it worse, this party is being held at a bar (at least in a private room). Not just any bar, but a bar on the southside. If you know anything about Indy, you know someone like me isn't fond of the southside. If I have to do this, I'd at least like a bottle of my favorite Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio on hand, in my hand, in my glass. Somehow, I'm doubtful that anywhere on the southside carries that brand. So pray for me on March 4th. I'll let you know how it comes out... And if you feel so inclined, send an extra bottle my way...
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 11:16:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
The Great Gatsby
Doesn't everyone think their dog is the most precious thing to walk the earth on four paws? I'm just the same. My Gatsby (yes, that is her name) is a sweetheart. My literary-minded son named her. She's 3 1/2 now and still full of puppy energy. I had a dog when I was growing up, and I adored her, but this is different. I first saw Gatsby when she was 4 weeks old. I was doing a "meet-and-greet" at a Women's Conference. There was a woman-run pet rescue there and of course I had to go and see all the babies. I am a sucker for that. I saw Gatsby and fell in doggy-love at first sight. Her adorable little white spot on her chin. She was so sweet and had that puppy dog breath. She fit right into the pocket of my suit jacket. I knew I had to have her. So I took care of the appropriate paperwork and set the wheels in motion. I didn't tell my son right away. The owner was having another showing at a local pet store and was bringing Gatsby along even though she was taken. I had my son meet me there and when he walked in I had her in my arms. He was so shocked that we were actually getting her. We still had to wait for a few weeks until she was old enough to be separated from her mom. Mom is a beagle and had 9 lab mix puppies at the time Gatsby was born. Poor momma! Gatsby has been with us ever since and it such a welcome addition. I love having the companionship that she has to offer. Though she does think she owns the house. I have a favorite chair in my office and she loves to sit in it all the time. She is a black dog and this is a (normally) white chair. I am constantly washing the slipcovers. That must be true love because my home office is my second favorite room in my house, right after the master suite. She had a terrific time running around in the snow today. She's got a huge yard to run around in. She hates the rain and will barely go out to go to the bathroom in it. But snow, that is a different story. The funny thing is, she pees on the deck when there is snow on it. Normally, she is an intelligent dog. I don't get it. Yes, the deck is huge at about 900 sf. But why only in the snow? She's crazy, but I love her.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 10:50:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Google, The Verb
I'm a fan of Google. It's my favorite search engine. SBC Yahoo is my ISP for both home at work and therefore Yahoo is my default search engine, I'll always surf over to Google to find what I want to find. When I do use Yahoo I'm disappointed in the results. Have you Googled yourself? Come on, admit it- of course you have. It sounds like some strange sexual act to me... google yourself. When I Google myself, I come up with about 880 hits, and that is when I do my name in parenthesis. Needless to say, not all of those hits are me. I have a rather common name. My son has informed me that a Google-whack is a search that returns less than 100 results. Damn, even when I Google "FleurDeLisa" I get 196 results. Yeah, some of those are definitely me. Not necessarily ones I want to see...Goes to show you can't control what goes on Google. Now, when I Google "A Textbook Good Visit" (my blog title) it's all me. Finally! But then again, there's only 47 results. It is no secret that Google is the world's leading Internet search tool. It is used over 200 million times a day; people in virtually every country in the world use it. The world's newest verb, “to Google,” has become a part of everyday vocabulary and a part of everyday activity, too. Many of us Google more often than we do any other task while at work each day. So, do you think it is vain to Google yourself? Are you ever surprised, shocked, or even pleased with what you find? Take my Googled poll and feel free to leave comments to this post too.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 09:33:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
I'd almost forgotten it was winter...
Oh yeah, that is right- I live in Indiana now, and it is winter. I'd almost forgotten that until I woke up this morning. It was raining when I went to bed last night. That's pretty much what we've gotten around here lately- rain. So when I finally rolled out of bed this morning at 7-ish (I was able to sleep in!), I could tell something was different. I have a small hexagon-shaped window in my room that is up high in the wall so it doesn't have a curtain over it. I could tell that is was brighter out somehow. Now, I'm no fan of winter. I hate to be cold and I'm always cold when it drops below 60 degrees. I'm not made for living here. Why do I? I have no idea... I lived for too long in other places, places like Hawaii and California and I learned that you don't have to freeze your ass off. But here I am anyhow, stuck in the Midwest for the past 13 years. God help me.... It was a tough transistion at first. No ocean to play in, land so flat you can see forever. But I've learned to adjust and find new activities to enjoy. I'd rather see the snow, but I don't want to drive in it. My son loves to snowboard and never gets cold so I'm sure he's elated to see this little bit of white. It is gorgeous though...All of the trees are covered with a coating of white. I'm aching to get out there with my Digital Rebel and shoot some great shots.
posted by Lisa at 2/04/2006 08:58:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Friday, February 03, 2006
Life is more than the sum of its parts
I just got back from seeing Transamerica. If you've been hiding under a rock lately, it's about a pre-operative MTF transsexual that discovers she's fathered a son who's now a teenager hustling on the streets of NYC.
It was opening night here in Indianapolis at my favorite Keystone Art Cinema. We'd decided on going to the 7:35 pm show so we purchased the tickets ahead of time online. When we arrived around 7:05 the place was packed. When you pre-purchase the tickets online you still have to get the tickets printed out of a little machine at the theater. There are three of those machines and all of them had lines of at least a dozen people. Luckily, there was no line at the bar so I headed over to get a glass of pinot grigio. I was amazed at the sheer number of people there tonight. It's amazing what a little Oscar buzz can do for a few art films.
First off, I wonder why the masses flocked to see this movie. Is is due to Felicity Huffman and her Desperate Housewives fame? The Oscar buzz around this film? I don't know... But since when is the general American public clamoring to see a film about a male-to-female transsexual? I find it ironic that "Brokeback Mountain" and "Transamerica" are both doing well and creating quite the buzz in Hollywood, but America is still not accepting of legalizing gay marriage. It's okay, just as long as it's only a story, only a movie? It's fine, as long as we don't have to have one of "those people" living next door to us? That is all so much crap....
I am the first one to admit that I have limited knowledge about the "T" folks in the GLTB community. So I cannot offer a fact-based opinion if this film was accurate or not. I can't even say if it was complimentary or insulting to the transgendered population...
Bree (Felicity Huffman) was talking with a physician to get her final sign-off for the surgery and they had this conversation:
Dr. Spikowsky: How do you feel about your penis?
Bree Osbourne: It disgusts me. I don't even like looking at it.
Dr. Spikowsky: And how about your friends?
Bree Osbourne: They don't like it either.
The film did posses a wonderful balance of humor and dead-on seriousness. That is most likely the best way to take on such an issue as gender identity. What amazed me was Huffman's ability to make you forget she was born a woman. I cannot imagine how she had to prepare herself to play the part of Bree. You believe she is a transsexual. She had to re-learn how to talk, walk, dress and move like a woman playing a man becoming a woman.
...Just a thought...
Life is a journey. Bring an open mind.
posted by Lisa at 2/03/2006 10:24:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
What Celeb Do I Resemble?
I saw a story on the news today about My Heritage. You can upload a photo and see what celeb you most resemble. I've got to tell you, I was quite surprised by the results. If I'm told I look like anyone famous, it is usually Laura Dern. Here's What My Heritage came up with: Yael Bar Zohar 61% (I didn't know who she was either.) Henry Fonda 56% (huh?) Liv Ullman 56% Jim Carrey 56% Jennifer Lopez 56% ( I don't think so!) Klaus Kinski 55% Camilla Parker Bowles 52% (now I'm insulted) Julie Andrews 51% Annette Bening 51% Katie Holmes 45% Steffi Graf 44% Gwyneth Paltrow 41% Julia Roberts 40% Natalie Wood 39% Drew Barrymore 39% Madonna 37% Michael Shumaker 37% (WTF?) So surf on over and see what they come up with for you. It should be entertaining.
posted by Lisa at 2/03/2006 05:06:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 3 comments links to this post
Pick me up When you are having a bad day, what do you do as a little 'pick me up'? Soak in my enormous bath tub or have a glass of wine or getting lost in a great book. Best of all, doing all three at one time...


posted by Lisa at 2/03/2006 04:07:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Question of the Day
Daily routine What aspect of your daily routine do you look forward to the most? When my son comes bounding in the door from school. Followed closely by the few minutes between the time I drop my son off at school and when I start working.
posted by Lisa at 2/03/2006 04:03:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
The Friday Five
1. What is your favorite specialty restaurant (Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc.)? Greek food 2. What do you order to eat there? Greek salad, Chicken souvlaki and lots of pita 3. What is your favorite specialty food or dish to cook? I make a mean Bolognese sauce. 4. If you could travel to the home country of your favorite specialty food, what would you do there? See beautiful Santorini... 5. What is your worst experience with a specialty food restaurant? I went to a really bad Indian restaurant with friends one day. It was a buffet and it was terrible...
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Music Memoirs
Top 5 "Super" songs...As always interpret this as you see fit. Go ahead be creative! Super Freak- Rick James Sunshine Superman- Donovan Champagne Supernova- Oasis Super Trooper- ABBA Superman- Five for Fighting
Music Memoirs
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friday feast
Feast Seventy-Nine Appetizer On a scale of 1 to 10 (10=highest), how sociable are you? 7 Soup Name 3 DVDs you currently own. "Out of Africa" "O Brother, Where Art Thou" "Steel Magnolias" Salad If you were to win a superlative award now (such as most talented, class clown, most likely to succeed), what would it be? Most Tired? Main Course What is your favorite radio station? The radio station I listen to the most is NPR. But I am getting XM radio so I won't be listening to any regular stations. Dessert Complete this sentence: I believe _____ because _____. I believe my son can do anything because he has the talent and the ability.

Friday Feast

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NWhoo-hoo! It is finally Friday. It's been one helluva week around here. I am butt-dragging tired but only have to make it through half a day today. In honor of Catholic School Week (don't ask me what that means), my son has early dismissal from school. And, of course his father can't pick him up. Why is it that men think that their jobs are more important that women's jobs? I'm venting right now. I know that all men aren't like that. I shouldn't put my ex-husband in with every other male. He deserves a class all to himself! Ian, if you are reading this at school, stop now. My son has computer class at school. He decided to Google the word beagador. That is what breed we call our dog who is half beagle, half lab. Lo and behold, what site does my dear child come upon, but this blog. I'd never given him the link to it as I didn't really want him to read it. What are the odds of him coming across my site just by searching for the word beagador? I told him to stop reading my blog at school, I don't want him to get expelled! I'm going to relax tonight by going to see "Transamerica". It's finally made its way here to Indy. I'm excited about seeing it.
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Friday Fiver
Weekend Update 1. Any plans to watch the Super Bowl? Most likely, no. I don't care all that much especially since the hometown team the Colts aren't playing and I have a lot to do this weekend. 2. Friday or Saturday: Which is a better date night? Date, what is a date? I think Saturday is better as I am too damn tired to do much on Friday night. 3. Do you do anything special on the weekends that you don't do during the week? Sleep in past 5:30 am, drink coffee in the morning, read the paper. 4. Where do you get your news from? I watch a little of Sunrise every morning. That is the local NBC's affiliate WTHR's program on before the Today Show. I mainly listen to NPR on the radio to get my news. 5. Kevin, Norm, Colin, Jimmy, Tina or Amy? Tina Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow
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5 On Friday
1. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an English teacher 2. Did you follow through? If not, what happened? No, I didn't follow through. I found out that being a teacher wasn't going to be what I wanted it to be. 3. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid? If not, is it better or worse? No, it didn't turn out the way I thought it would. I think I had unrealistic expectations as a young person. I didn't know the realities of life and what life would throw at me along the way. Some better and some worse. 4. Paradoxes aside, if you could time-travel back to when you were 10 years old, what would you tell your 10-year-old self? Watch out for the guy you are going to marry. I wouldn't say don't marry him, as then I wouldn't have my son, who is everything to me. Just better prepare myself for what was to come to possibly prevent it. 5. Do you think the child you were, would like the adult you've become? I'm working on becoming that person. I think that is a very good judge of what kind of adult you are as kids are totally honest and open.
5 On Friday
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Four For Friday
FOUR FOR FRIDAY Q1 - Have You: Ever attempted to put together your family tree? If so, how far back were you able to go? If not, would you like to put one together? I didn't have to put it together as other members of my family had already done so. It goes back to around the 1770's. Q2 - Would You: Like it if first-run movies were released on DVD and/or Pay-Per-View at the same time as they are released in theatres? If so, do you think you would watch more movies at home, or would you continue to see first-run movies only in the theatre? I don't feel first-run movies should play simultaneously at the theater and home release. I'd much rather see an excellent film in the theater than at home. It would be fine to release on DVD immediately after the end of the theater run. Q3 - Should You: See a doctor more often? If so, what's stopping you? If not, how often do you have a check-up or physical? I see my doctor very regularly. I've been way more often than I like this past year. Q4 - Could You: Survive living on the streets of your town for an entire month with no access to any of your money or other assets? Why or why not? How about access to money of my friends? Does that count? If not, then no I could not survive. I wouldn't make a good beggar.
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Thursday, February 02, 2006
Photo Theme for Thursday
CURRENT Theme is "GROUP"(Pile, Stack, Collection, Heap, Arrangement, Bunch, People, Crowd, Team, Band, Flock, Herd, Swarm, School, Pair,...)
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Question of the Day III
Where are you? Tell us, where are you? And then where do you wish that you really were? I'm at home sitting in my comfy-chair. Home is good- better than work, but I'd rather be somewhere balmy, tropical sipping a drink with an umbrella in it and getting a full body massage. QOTD
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Question of the Day II
Only 3 parachutes ~ Oscar Nominees You've been given 3 parachutes, but there are 4 people who need them. Who will you not give one to: Keira Knightley, Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, or Matt Dillon? (Of course, all 4 of them are up really super duper high in the air, and the parachute is truely the only way to save them.) I'd choose Matt Dillon. He's always seemed a bit smarmy to me. Maybe it is because I remember him from the early 80's in "Tiger Beat" magazine. QOTD
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3X Thursday
3x Thursday: 02/02/y2k+6: Randomness 1. "I hate it when ________________. " Why? I hate it when people show every emotion as anger. Anger is such a negative and contagious emotion that can block out everything else in life. It does have its time and place of course. I have the connotation that anger can equal being hurt, physically and/or mentally. 2. What makes you feel violated? Why? If my voice is not heard, my basic needs not respected. I don't ask for much so when I do it means it is something very important to me. I'm not going to say why... 3. Do you ever have reoccuring dreams? Can you remember any of them? Do tell! I don't really have recurring dreams. They're all usually fresh and new, and bizarre. Bonus Question for Comments: Ever feel like you need to post a sticky on your forehead that says, "GO AWAY!" ? Yes, I most certainly do!
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Thursday Threesome
::A Dangerous Step :: Onesome: A-- whole new year is in progress and we've made it just over a month into it. Do you have any new projects started around the place or are you waiting for Spring? ...or does it already feel like Spring? I'm always working on some sort of project but I'm saving the heavy-hitters until Spring really gets here. Twosome: dangerous-- It's a dangerous world out there on the Net some days! What are you using for Anti-Virus and/or Firewall software? ...and is it working well for you? (If not, it may be worth seeing what the gang has to say...) I use Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus. It works just fine for me, I haven't had any problems or viruses. You've got to practice safe surfing... Threesome: Step-- right up and tell us what you have planned for the "Annual Commercial Extravaganza" this Sunday. You know, the one with the football game cut up and slid between the segments. Is it party time? Shopping? What commercials? Sometimes I watch the Superbowl and sometimes I don't. It isn't a big deal to me, especially as the Colts (my hometown team) aren't playing.
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Booking Through Thursday
Booking Through Thursday

This week's questions brought to you by Deb, reader extraordinaire. Thank you, Deb.

  1. Do you lend your books to other people? Yes, I do. We tend to pass around our books at my office.
  2. If so, do you get them back? Of course, as I see the person I loaned it to just about every day.
  3. What do you do if they're not returned? Send the police? Stop speaking to the borrower? Storm the house and take them back? I simply ask the person if she's done reading the book and if so, could she please return it to me.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Foto Pherrets
Since tomorrow is Groundhog Day, I thought that we should make this week's word that thing that we all don't want the groundhog to see... Shadow
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Question of the Day II
Junk drawer Does your home have a junk drawer? What is the last thing you put in there? Does anyone ever clean it out/organize it? You better believe we have a junk drawer. The last thing I put in there was a roll of Scotch Tape. It seems to magically disappear in my household. I clean it out, but resistance is futile, it is after all a junk drawer
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Question of the Day
Bill Murray What is your favorite Bill Murray movie? I'm a sucker for "Caddyshack"- it is an oldie but a goodie. Plus, I love the gopher. Question of the Day
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Brazilian Baby
Honestly, I am baffled by the news story out of Brazil where locals found a two-month-old baby in a plastic bag thrown into a lake. What kind of monster would do that to her own child? It is beyond my comprehension... It is amazing that the infant lived through the ordeal. I have no idea how she would have survived without drowning or suffocating. What is puzzling is the fact that the baby was dressed nicely and even had a ribbon in her hair. Whoever placed her in the bag obviously took effort to get her ready, just to drown her? The happy part is, the baby did survive and now people are lining up outside of the hospital where the baby is being kept to adopt her. If the mother didn't want the baby in the first place, she could have just given her up and not risked the poor child's life as she did.
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Wednesday Mind Hump
Chocolate or vanilla? vanilla Hot or cold? hot A bunch of short weekend trips, or one long vacation? one long vacation Almond Joy or Mounds? almond joy Country or Rock And Roll? rock Cosbys or Bradys? Cosbys Brand new car or brand new house? new car- I don't like new houses as much, not as much character in them, but I'll take a new car any day. Inside or outside? outside, I love to be outside Pepsi or Coke? if I had to pick one, Coke, but I don't drink either one.
Mind Hump Here
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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
My Sucky Tuesday
Now that's an enticing post title, isn't it? I'm so tired today. I think I'm still getting over being sick last week. Or maybe I'm getting sick again. I certainly hope not. It didn't help that I was out way too late last night. Ten o'clock is way too late for me as I usually go to bed around the time toddlers do. Anyhow, I was out last night being wined and dined (literally 3 drinks and 3 hours later) and had to come home and wind down before sleeping. I suppose having 2 Bailey's and coffees before bed was a bad idea. So today I was dragging. Tuesdays are usually a hectic day at work and it seems as if all the nutcases were coming out of the woodwork today and they wanted to talk to me. On top of that, one staff member didn't show up to work and the boss (yes, the boss lady) was 25 minutes late. Not the greatest way to start the week. For some reason, my neck and back are causing me excruciating pain right now. My chest hurts (from stress most likely) and my bra underwire is digging into my tender bits of flesh. I took some aspirin (yes- aspirin, not tylenol or advil- I was worried to mix that with the drinks I had the night before and trash my liver.) to dull the ache this morning. It didn't work. Oh yes, and I got an email from the school telling me my son is not turning in his homework and is going to get failing grades if he keeps that up. My ex-husband is calling me wanting to send the kid off to military school. I spent my evening helping said son catch up on his homework. He had to do a poster for Catholic School Week (long story, a whole other post someday as to why he goes to Catholic school) as to how my son is like Jesus in physical, family, educational and spiritual ways. JFC- how do I know??? What crazy shit is that? (If you are easily offended you may want to stop reading...About 2 paragraphs ago) I think that is about it. I'll quit bitching now. You can thank me later....
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