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Saturday, May 27, 2006
Photo Scavenger Hunt
This Week's Theme: Red White & Blue (In Honor of Memorial Day)

My son on a trip to Washington D.C. three years ago. His entire class wore these matching red, white and blue shirts.
posted by Lisa at 5/27/2006 10:19:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 2 comments links to this post
The Prior-Art-O-Matic
Generate your own randomness here.

Lisa Lisa is an armchair that can only be operated by a trained professional!

Operated by a trained professional indeed!
posted by Lisa at 5/27/2006 10:00:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Tasting Notes
Even wonder how they come up with those crazy tasting notes in wine write-ups? Try the tasting notes generator here. "Tightly wound but equally musty Semillon. Aromas of skim milk, spiney, brackish steamed vegetable and atomic traces of extra-virgin olive oil. Drink now through 2009. "
posted by Lisa at 5/27/2006 09:42:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
You Are 44% Cynical
Yes, you are cynical, but more than anything, you're a realist. You see what's screwed up in the world, but you also take time to remember what's right.
How Cynical Are You?
posted by Lisa at 5/27/2006 09:37:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
What You Do I Belong In?
You Belong in 1972
If you scored... 1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in! 1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too. 1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all! 1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day. 1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!
What Year Do You Belong In?
posted by Lisa at 5/27/2006 09:34:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 2 comments links to this post
American City
American Cities That Best Fit You::
70% San Diego
60% Austin
60% San Francisco
55% Atlanta
55% Honolulu
Which American Cities Best Fit You?
I loved living near San Diego- it was a great town.
I worked in Honolulu for a few years. It was so much fun, laid back and I love the ocean.
posted by Lisa at 5/27/2006 09:29:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
My Personality Is a bottle of wine
Your Personality Is Like Alcohol
You're the life of the party, a total flirt, and probably a pretty big jokester. Sometimes your behavior gets you in trouble, but you still remain socially acceptable. You're a pretty bad driver, and you're dancing could also use a little work!
What Drug Is Your Personality Like?
posted by Lisa at 5/27/2006 09:27:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Friday, May 26, 2006
Embarrassing Confession Of The Week

Okay, I'll come clean. I sleep with a bear. Mr. Bear, to be precise. Yes, I have a woobie. So, last night it stormed a bit. It stopped, I thought it was done and ran out to pick up something from the store. I made the mistake of not checking the weather first. Round two blew in while I was gone. Naturally, my son didn't want to run the errand too. Therefore, he was home alone when it hit. The NOAA radio was going off, and I think that freaked him out. Off to the basement he went, with the dog in tow. What I didn't know is what else he carried down with him. I crawled into bed last night and reached under the pillow for Mr. Bear...Not there...I looked under the bed...Not there. Where-could-he-be?! I was starting to freak out a bit at this point. B walked down the hallway and asked Ian, "Where's the bear?" He knew exactly what she meant. He traipsed down to the basement, where he'd taken the bear earlier to save him from any potential tornado. He's a sweet boy....

I'm pleased and proud to say no woobies were harmed in the writing of this post.
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posted by Lisa at 5/26/2006 09:15:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 2 comments links to this post
From My Mother
My mother is your typical mom- she likes to cut out articles from the paper and send them to me. She also has my dad print out emails, and instead of just emailing them to me, she puts them in the envelope and mails them too. At first I thought she had sent me a recipe for grilled shrimp rolls. I thought, come on Mom- you should know I'm allergic to that. It was the other side that contained the pertinent article. It was about a website to submit your favorite photos. She's so funny! She also sent my son a joke about George Bush. She knows he can't stand him. I bet she finds this even more humorous due to the fact that she's Methodist. This is what it said: Be careful what you ask for, eh? President George W. Bush was scheduled to visit the Methodist Church outside Washington as part of his last campaign. Karl Rove made a visit to the Bishop and said to him, “We’ve been getting a lot of bad publicity among Methodists because of Bush’s position on stem cell research, the War, and such. I’ll gladly make a contribution to the church of $100,000 if during your sermon, you’d say the President is a saint.” The Bishop thinks it over for a few moments and says, “The Church is in desperate need of funds. I will do it.” Bush pompously shows up that following Sunday, looking especially smug, sneering for his photo ops, while strutting his way, cowboy-style, into the church. As the sermon starts, the Bishop begins his homily: “George Bush is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite as well as a nitwit. He is a liar, a cheat, probably still a drunk, and a low-intelligence sneaky weasel. He has lied about his military record, and then had the gall to put himself in uniform on a military jet, landing on a carrier, and then posing before a banner stating ‘Mission Accomplished.’ He invaded a country for oil and money, all the while lying to the American people about the war, with nary a care for the thousands of lives it has taken and continues to take. He is the worst example of a Methodist I’ve ever personally known or known of. But compared to Dick Cheney, George Bush is a saint.”
posted by Lisa at 5/26/2006 05:09:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
This week Kristine over at Random and Odd has assigned the following:
1. Your suitcase or travel bag.
Red makes it easy to pick out in the airport.

2. Your ground.

I'm alternately intriuged and repelled by these gnomes. So, of course, I had to have one!

Posted by Picasa 3. Something you are powerless to.

All my digital photos are on here. I have not backed them up. If my Vaio crashes, I'm toast.

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posted by Lisa at 5/26/2006 03:57:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 9 comments links to this post
Log Cabin Republicans
This is such an interesting thought for me.... From the Log Cabin Repulican web site:
Why It's Okay Being A Gay Republican To some people, being a gay Republican seems like an oxymoron. We disagree. The Republican Party's founding principles and core beliefs represent a powerful tool that should be used to defend liberty-not attack it as the radical right has done. Their dogged campaign to block gay and lesbian civil rights goes against the party's core principles of smaller government and personal freedom. They use values as a veil for hate. The radical right's influence on the GOP can be diminished one voter at a time, by making the case for fairness. That is what motivates the Log Cabin Republicans to lead today's most important battle for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. Even those in the gay community who disagree with our politics should realize our value. Here is why it is okay being a gay Republican: 1. Gay and lesbian Americans who believe in limited government, strong national defense, lower taxes, personal responsibility, and free markets belong in the Republican Party. Democrats who favor big government, higher taxes and more regulation don't represent our values and beliefs. That means leaving the GOP is not an option for gay Republicans. We can be true to our conservative principles while working to make the GOP more inclusive and tolerant. 2. Defeating the radical right and transforming the GOP will allow gay and lesbian Americans to achieve full equality much sooner-decades sooner. The radical right represents the last obstacle on the path to full equality. Defeat them in the grassroots of the GOP and all of us can enjoy the benefits of liberty much sooner. 3. The party will change only from the inside. Pressure from the outside, from the far left won't work. The GOP must be transformed one person at a time, across America on the grassroots level by gay Republicans and their fair-minded allies. Across America, gay Republicans are shattering stereotypes and educating rank-and-file Republicans about the importance of fairness and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. This is the right path to progress. 4. Achieving total equality will take decades longer unless our community has strong allies in both parties. There aren't enough votes in the Democratic Party to achieve sustained legislative victories. Even if all gay Republicans left the party, the GOP would still be there. That is why we reach out to fair-minded Republicans-making the case for fairness. 5. We are doing important work to the transform the GOP, bringing about the same grassroots change that happened in the Democratic Party over the last three decades. We applaud the gay and lesbian activists who worked so hard to change the Democratic Party-making it more inclusive and tolerant. 25 years ago, had gay and lesbian members left the party, then the Democrats would not be where they are today on issues of equality and fairness. We are now doing similar work in the GOP. 6. The history of the Republican Party makes it a natural ally of equality. In 2004, the Republican Party marks the 150th anniversary of its first national convention. Looking toward history can help the GOP chart its future course. The Republican Party rose to power because it embraced the ideals of equality imagined by our nation's founding fathers. When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he created a new birth of freedom. So it can be again. Nearly 150 years later-the GOP has another chance to choose fairness over discrimination, equality over bigotry, freedom over fear.
Click here to see their "Hope Not Fear" ad featuring President Ronald Reagan I don't know.... I still say:
posted by Lisa at 5/26/2006 12:18:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Friday Fiver
Buy me a drink 1. Where did you grow up? The home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 2. Have you ever been to Indiana? For the last decade I've lived in Indiana. 3. Describe yourself at age 18: Making one of the biggest mistakes of my life. Horribly naive. And mostly too well behaved for my own good. 4. How do you deal with pain? Suck it up, buttercup! I can deal with a high level of pain. It comes with practice. 5. When is the last time you screwed up? Daily! Je ne suis pas parfait! My mouth tends to get me in trouble. Well, first my mind (complete with its vivid imagination) and then my mouth.
posted by Lisa at 5/26/2006 09:32:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
FOUR FOR FRIDAY Q1 - Automobiles: A gallon of gasoline weighs just over 6 pounds. When burned, the carbon in it combines with oxygen from the air to produce nearly 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2). With that in mind, and with the price of gasoline continually on the rise, how likely is it that the next car you buy will be a hybrid? Honestly, I'm torn on that topic. I got rid of my Honda Accord about a year ago in favor of a Honda Pilot. I've been paying the price ever since. Q2- Television: How many channels are on your television, and approximately how many of them do you watch on a somewhat regular basis? I'm thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 600, including the XM radio stations. I have a Dish. I watch all of about 2 or 3 channels of it on a regular basis. Sad... Q3- How Are They Doing: Do you think pharmaceutical and drug companies generally do a good or bad job of serving their consumers? Absolutely not. I've been privy to seeing firsthand the waste that goes into the pharmaceutical business. Q4- Right Now: What is the closest object to your left hand? A stack of financial papers. I was supposed to have today off. Here I am at work. But I've promised myself it is only for a few hours at most.
posted by Lisa at 5/26/2006 09:09:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Friday's Feast
Feast Ninety-Five Appetizer How old were you when you got your first credit card? 23 Soup When was the last time you felt out of place? Nothing is immediately coming to mind. Salad Did you have a curfew when you were a teenager? If so, what time did you have to be home? Yes I did- I had to be in by midnight. Main Course Name a person from history with whom you feel you have something in common. Annie Oakley- a very complex woman Dessert When you read a newspaper, which section do you go for first? Headlines, then work my way through.
posted by Lisa at 5/26/2006 06:25:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Thursday, May 25, 2006
This Would Never Fly in the U.S.
The academy's director of exhibits Dr. Sarah Brewer said: "The more sex we have the more we want and the less sex we have the more we want."
From BBC news Visitors to Amora - The Academy of Sex and Relationships at the Trocadero in Piccadilly, will pass through seven zones including Pleasure and Orgasm. The 10,500sq-ft exhibit is designed to "separate fact from myth and educate everyone into being better lovers". You have to be aged 18 and over to get in and tickets will cost £15 for the attraction which opens on 7 September. Organisers expect to attract more than 600,000 visitors within the first year. The theme park will include life-sized silicone-made models which visitors can touch to discover erogenous zones. People will also be able to build their ideal partner from a series of body parts and there will be instructions on how best to kiss and how to talk more sexily. The seven zones will start with attraction, love and relationships and include a sexual well-being zone which looks at the dangers of unsafe sex. "This academy does push boundaries back and whatever your prowess when you come in we will give you all the information you need to become a fantastic lover."
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 09:22:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Dr. Beach's national winners of the best beaches in America 2006 -- Fleming Beach Park, Hawaii 2005 -- Fort DeSoto Park, Florida 2004 -- Hanauma Bay, Hawaii I snorkled here almost every weekend when I lived in Hawaii. It was gorgeous, crystal clear water. 2003 -- Kaanapali, Hawaii 2002 -- St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida 2001 -- Poipu Beach Park, Hawaii 2000 -- Mauna Kea Beach, Hawaii 1999 -- Wailea Beach, Hawaii 1998 -- Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii I lived very close to this beach and it was a great place for long walks. 1997 -- Hulopoe, Hawaii 1996 -- Lanikai Beach, Hawaii Another beach I visited regularly. 1995 -- St. Andrews SRA, Florida 1994 -- Grayton Beach SRA, Florida 1993 -- Hapuna, Hawaii 1992 -- Bahia Honda SRA, Florida 1991 -- Kapalua Bay Beach, Hawaii
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 08:35:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
I'm Big Bird?
Well, I am somewhat tall, and blonde... and I always wanted a unicycle as a kid growing up.
You Are Big Bird
Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around. You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy. You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you. How you life your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."
The Sesame Street Personality Quiz
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 09:00:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Thursday Threesome
::Last Day of School:: Onesome- Last: What's the last thing you do each day before heading to bed? Do you sit down with a cup of herbal tea? Read a bit? What's your evening routine? Do you settle in early or are you a night owl, winding down long after the rest of the household is in bed? I like to read before I go to bed each night. I've become quite the night owl, which is difficult as I have to be up early to take my son to school. I'll be happy when his last day of school arrives, that will allow me to leave home a bit later. Twosome- Day: How do you start off your day? Do you stumble to the kitchen and turn on the coffee maker in a sleepy haze? Or do you wake up refreshed and rarin' to go? Maybe somewhere in the middle? I go directly to the shower. That usually wakes me up, then I head downstairs to get a cup of coffee when I get out of the shower. Threesome- of School: What's your fondest school memory? Whether it be from childhood or college, let us know! I took French class for years, and every Friday we were allowed to have a "French" party. We could bring in French food and play board games in French. My favorite was Clue in French.
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 08:43:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
3X Thursday
1. Do natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, tsunamis) worry you? Why/why not? Not really, no. I accept that it is beyond my control (that is a huge thing for me!) 2. Where you live, which natural disaster are you most prone to? Does it make you want to move somewhere else? Why/Why not? It would have to be tornadoes. That in itself does not make me wish to live elsewhere. 3. Have you ever been affected by an Act of Nature? If so, do tell! No, I've been very fortunate. Bonus Question for Comments: Which natural disaster do you find the most fascinating (cause hey, they are!)? Why? I had a book on natural disasters when I was a kid and I adored it. The San Francisco quake, some of the great blizzards of Chicago all fascinated me. I suppose I'm most familiar with tornadoes, living in the Midwest.
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 08:31:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Thursday Thirteen
Thirteen Things about Lisa

1…. This is my first Thursday Thirteen, so I'm going to keep it simple

2... Thursday is my favorite day of the week.

3.... Thirteen has always been my favorite number, and it is the favorite number of my son too.

4... My favorite color is red.

5... I currently have a weakness for $50.00 a bottle Pinot Noir. It's an expensive vice!

6... I've learned that a good wine does not (usually) cause a hangover.

7... I also have a few other vices, ones that I'll go in to another week.

8... I watch very little television, but was forced to watch American Idol last night. I find it difficult to muster up much enthusiasm about it. However, I love music.

9... I find witty and philosophical conversations to be one of the greatest pleasures in life.

10... When I was younger, I was very quiet. Now, you're lucky if you can get me to shut up.

11... I'm a classic example of why it's true- you cannot judge a book by the cover.

12... I cannot play any musical instrument with skill, but I'm in awe and fascintation of those that can.

13... I don't believe that 13 is an unlucky number. I taught my son the word triskaidekaphobia when he was in the 3rd grade. We both love words. However, he cannot spell very well. Nonetheless, he can spell triskaidekaphobia.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. (leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here! The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 08:09:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 3 comments links to this post
Your "Enlightenment" of the Day
I love storms. My son used to be afaid of them, but he's gaining knowledge about them, and that helps. Besides, he's 13 and it's not cool to admit you're afraid of much at that age.
Thunder is the sound of rapidly heated air expanding and vibrating, and shock waves. Light travels faster than sound, so we see the lightning before we hear the resulting thunder. Using the speeds of light and sound as well as the atmospheric conditions, you could calculate exactly how far away the storm is. Chances are you're not going to have a calculator handy during a storm. However you can approximate the storm's distance in miles by counting the seconds between the lightning and thunder and dividing by five. It takes about five seconds for the sonic boom to travel one mile, so if you see the sky illuminated by a streak of lightning and count 10 seconds until you hear the low rumble of the thunder, the storm is about two miles away. Of course, lightning is dangerous, so it's always a good idea to seek shelter before you stop to count seconds. Otherwise, it might be your final countdown.
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 07:58:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
HNT- The Trading Card Version
posted by Lisa at 5/25/2006 06:25:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 5 comments links to this post
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Ex-Gay Therapy
Now, I may need therapy for many a thing in my life. However... I don't need therapy to "make" me not gay. Sorry, but it isn't going to happen. In the first place, why would I want it to happen? Excuse me while I throw up for a minute... these fanatics make me utterly sick. I couldn't bear such self-hate and loathing as one must have to enter in to such a "program." Sorry, but I like myself too much for that. From ABC News
Melissa Fryrear says she struggled with her homosexuality and lived a decade as a lesbian before the "arduous and extremely difficult journey out" of it. "I started to come to the end of my proverbial rope," she said. "Believe me, I am the most surprised about the transformation of my life." Now, she says, jokingly, she is just looking for a tall, good-looking man who looks good in a kilt. She's taking marriage requests, in fact. " 'Braveheart' changed my life," she said jokingly. Fryrear currently is the Gender Issues Analyst at Focus on the Family, a Christian-based ministry, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The topic of "reparative therapy," or so-called ex-gay camps, has come back to the national spotlight after a teen blogger named Zach wrote in his online diary about being sent by his parents to Refuge, a youth program of Love in Action International. The group, based in Memphis, Tenn., runs a religiously based program intended to change the sexual orientation of gay men and women. Founded in California in 1973, Love in Action moved to Memphis 11 years ago. It is one of 120 programs nationwide listed by Exodus International, which bills itself as the largest information and referral network for the ''ex-gay'' movement. Zach is due to leave the camp on Friday. In an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Zach's father, Joe Stark said he "felt good about Zach coming here." "Until he turns 18 and he's an adult in the state of Tennessee, I'm responsible for him, and I'm going to see to it that he has all options available to him," Stark said on the program. There are mixed opinions about the therapies and whether they are effective. Fryrear says the years in therapy have made her life "fuller and happier," though she describes it as the "most difficult thing" she believes she will ever have to go through. "For me it seemed as if this has been a journey of radical transformation," Fryrear said. "I used to believe that I was born gay. Now I know that you are not born gay. I used to have contempt that I was a woman. I used to hate and despise men and now I respect and admire and am attracted to men." Critics of these programs say they open a person to lifelong problems of guilt, shame and even suicide. Peterson Toscano, who was at the Love in Action adult program between 1996 and 1998, said he felt suicidal during his attempt at transformation from a gay man to a heterosexual man. "At one point, I was standing at the subway platform and I thought 'I need to leap because I am a horrible person,'" said Toscano who lives now as an openly gay man, but spent 17 years in different reparative therapy programs. He performs a one-man play based on his experiences called "Doin' Time in the Homonono Halfway House." On its Web site, Love in Action says its growth has "exceeded 10 percent each year for the past four consecutive years." On Zach's blog, he wrote: "My mother, father, and I had a very long 'talk' … where they let me know I am to apply for a fundamentalist Christian program for gays … I'm a big screwup to them, who isn't on the path God wants me to be on. So I'm sitting here in tears." The Rev. John Smid, executive director of Love in Action, believes people have a choice when it comes to their sexuality. He says he is "ex-gay." The American Psychological Association says there are a number of theories about the origins of a person's sexual orientation, but that most scientists agree that sexual orientation is most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors. The APA says homosexuality is not a choice and that in most people, sexual orientation is shaped at an early age. "A lot of harm is done by these programs," Dr. Jack Drescher of the American Psychiatry Association told Good Morning America. "It creates shame and guilt feelings that can lead to suicidal behavior."
posted by Lisa at 5/24/2006 09:20:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 4 comments links to this post
Are you more... 01) A believer in unwritten rules or a believer in written rules? Un-written rules- I even make up rules for myself. 02) Water or fire? I am a water sign...I love the water...nonetheless, I choose fire- 03) Earth or air? Air 04) Someone who eats their eggs plain or someone who spices them up somehow? I have a hard time eating eggs sometimes- so rather plain. 05) Eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, toast and coffee for breakfast or muffin and a coffee for breakfast? I love breakfast. 06) Honest or likeable? likeable 07) Chicken or fish? fish 08) Admiring of Mahatma Gandhi or admiring of Martin Luther King Jr.? Gandhi 09) Hoping this summer is a hot one or hoping this summer is a cool one? It's getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes.... 10) Juicy or sweet? I'm juicy sweet from my head to my feet.
posted by Lisa at 5/24/2006 08:47:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
To Tell The Truth
Here's how we play dis game: (From Irish Church Lady!) You must pick one or the other from each item below. Either state which applies most to you or state your preference. (if you're a lady and it's a guy thing, pick your preference ya da yada yada) If neither or both apply or you can't pick only one preference then for the sake of total wackiness you score a point. It's a game ppl. You need to score something right?! So you think you're doing all hot and stuff, rackin' up these points hee hee and then ICL hits you with the final rule. You have to subtract your points from 10. Then that is your final score. To see what your score means (As always, the score result you end up with is based on a very scientifical study ~ I'll let you know about it when I find it somewhere in my head, 'k) read below. Ya have to tell the truth (no lyin') and ya have to tell us your score so we can all laugh at (wit) you. So on with the show ... 61..smoked or barbequed? (For you Texans this may be difficult 'cause I think you think they're the same thing) smoked 62..DVD or movie theatre? movie theater. 63..thongs or bikini? Uh, oh- I have both- so I can't pick just one! 64..country or rock? rock 65..honey or jam? My Mommy's homemade strawberry jam 66..country or city? city 67..oral or anal (sex)? oral 68..Brangelina or TomKat? Hate them both! 69..fireworks or bumper cars? Fireworks! 70..Bush or Harper? Certainly NOT Bush! Oh I know that last one's gonna stump a few of ya? Let's see what you come up with? LOL. Some of you may even see yourselves in why I picked these topics this week. (Not to mention any names ha ha hee hee) Ya so I love messin' wit ppls heads. I hope you enjoy readin' about them ~ ppl and their heads! So what's your score mean? "Please tell us Church Lady!" 9-10 - You don't give a f what other ppl think! 5 - 8 - You can blab with the best of 'em! 0 - 4 - You like your variety or maybe you don't give a f what other ppl think!
posted by Lisa at 5/24/2006 08:32:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Go visit Musings of a Mad Migrant and tell her you played.
Once, there were THREE BLIND MEN who loved to TRAVEL TOGETHER and in one of their travels, they encountered an elephant. Now, they have never come across an ELEPHANT before, so THEY DID NOT KNOW what it was. The first man, touching the trunk, thought the elephant was like a SNAKE. The second man, touching the ears, thought the elephant was like a FAN. The third, touching the body, thought the elephant was like a WALL. Like the blind men, we all encounter the SAME ELEPHANTINE WORLD -- in fact, we ourselves are elephants --and yet we all EXPERIENCE it and each other DIFFERENTLY. How do you SEE the world?
Would you rather live once to a ripe old age, or live nine times but never get past your teenage years? It isn't necessarily how long you live, but what you do with that time. Nonetheless, I'll take living once to a ripe old age. I certainly wouldn't want to be a teenager over and over again. I was far too "lost" at that time in my life.
posted by Lisa at 5/24/2006 08:17:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Foto Pherrets
The word of the week is: sunshine

posted by Lisa at 5/24/2006 08:08:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Way Back Wednesday
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
This week the Kept Woman has given these orders:
It's history! Looking for shots of you at a historical site or monument...bonus points for anyone in a red, white and blue one-piece terry sunsuit with a bowl cut...
I'm needing to get some more old pictures from my mother and father's house. So instead of getting bad photos from the 70's with terry cloth rompers, I give you bad photos from the 80's and 90's instead. I dont' really like having my picture taken, so there isn't much to choose from. Late 80's
Punchbowl Memorial Honolulu Hawaii with the ex. I'm obviously so thrilled to be there I can't even keep my eyes open from the excitement! Very early 90's and we are at an important site in Hawaii called "Blow Hole" Yes, I am serious.... If you've ever been to Oahu I am betting you've seen it.
The ex just had 4 wisdom teeth extracted and looks miserable. I was kind enough to share my hip 90's shades with him to ease his misery. But that's his own pink floral shirt he's sporting, honest to goodness! I'd guess this to be about '94 based on the age of my kiddo. Soldiers and Sailors Monument downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This is before we moved here. I guess we were checking it out. I'll give Indy one thing- it is very clean for a city of its' size. My son and I at the U.S.S. Alabama in Mobile. This was taken about 4 years ago on a trip to Gulf Shores. He love ships and thought this was absolutely great. I, on the other hand, questioned the entertainment value in it all. But hey- we mom's do stuff like that for our kids!
posted by Lisa at 5/24/2006 07:00:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 3 comments links to this post
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
My Mom and Karen
This exact episode of Will and Grace was on the other weekend when my parents were here. I kept thinking to myself, "not a good show to watch with the parental units"- too risque for them. But my mom actually liked it. I was amazed...
posted by Lisa at 5/23/2006 08:39:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Taking Out The Trash
I think of you
when I take out the garbage.
Not because I miss you
but because the scent
of Glad handle-tie deoderant trash bags
reminds me of you.
posted by Lisa at 5/23/2006 07:51:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
What Color?
I'm not yellow- I hate yellow. How can yellow be the most passionate? It should be red!
Your Passion is Yellow
You're a total sexual shape shifter. You possess a complex sex drive and are very adaptable. Of all the colors, you are the most likely to be bisexual. While you the most passionate, you are very open minded.
What Color Is Your Passion?
posted by Lisa at 5/23/2006 08:18:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post

Hell, I'm my own gay childhood icon!

You Are the Very Gay Tinky Winky!
Purple with a gay pride symbol... how could he not be gay? And that red purse is divalicious!
What Gay Childhood Icon Are You?
posted by Lisa at 5/23/2006 08:14:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
TMI Tuesday
From the fabulous Lizzie- 1. Which is more important of the two in "chemistry," physical attractiveness or sexual performance? Physical attractiveness- I'm thinking that performance can be taught! And if not, I'll still have great visuals. 2. Would you rather have sex with someone who is a good with their mouth (in every sense) but small (flat chested or teenie penie), or a bad with their mouth but well endowed? I'd take good with the mouth any day. Obviously, well-endowed would do nothing for me and I'm not particularly a fan of big boobs. Saggy=Bad! 3. Do you prefer natural tastes or flavored lubes? Flavored sounds disgusting. 4. Have you ever been scared the first time you kissed someone that you might never kiss them again? No. I'm not that negative. 5. Do you play music, TV, or other noise in the background when you have sex? Not intentionally anyhow. Bonus (as in "optional"): Most embarrassing sexual moment? (that was cruel wasn't it?) Today I'll opt out of the optional one- And, yes, that was cruel! ;-)
posted by Lisa at 5/23/2006 06:47:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Monday, May 22, 2006
Moody Monday
The word of this week is: Foreign
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posted by Lisa at 5/22/2006 10:09:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
My Letter Is....
This little game has been going around for a while, and I thought I'd give it a spin too. Susan assigned me the letter "T" This is how it works: Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation of what the word means to you and why, and then pass out letters to those who want to play along. Taboo- I like to break through the typical boundaries now and again. Tabula Rasa- I like the idea of starting each day with a clean slate. Tactile- I'm a hedonist when it comes to the senses, and the sense of touch is no exception...It's actually one of my favorites! Tangent- I'm famous for going off on a wild tangent. Taksmistress- I can be a slave-driver when I need to be. Tattoo- I got my first tattoo this year for my 36th birthday and I totally enjoyed the experience and sensation of it. Technicolor- I have extremely vivid and wildly detailed dreams.
Picture yourself on a boat on a river With tangerine trees and marmalade skies Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly A girl with kaleidoscope eyes Cellophane flowers of yellow and green Towering over your head Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes and she's gone Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds, ah Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers that grow so incredibly high Newspaper taxis appear on the shores Waiting to take you away Climb in the back with your head in the clouds and you're gone Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds, ah Picture yourself in a train in a station With plasticine porters with looking glass ties Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile The girl with kaleidoscope eyes Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds, ah Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds Lucy in the sky with diamonds, ah
Teddy Bear- I sleep with an unbelievably ugly teddy bear I've had my entire life. TGIF- I live for the weekends, but I'm trying to break myself of that habit and enjoy each day more. Tired- Something that I am right now. Something that I am far too often. I stay up too late and get up too early much of the time. Must be why I'm ready to crash by Friday!
posted by Lisa at 5/22/2006 08:14:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
A Lizzie Quizzie! 1) Do you panic when people come over and feel the need for your home to be "perfect?" Hello- I'm OCD, of course I feel the need for my house to be perfect. 2) On a scale from 1-10, how organized are you? 8 3) Have you ever played laser tag? Paintball? No, but they sound fun. 4) How many bottles of wine are in your house right now? Liquor? Cases of beer? 5 bottles of wine (bought 3 Saturday but drank 2!), about 12 bottles or so of various liquors, and only about 10 bottles of beer (I'm not a big fan of beer but will drink a Corona with lime on a hot day and I'm in the right mood.) 5) Have you ever tried "Eastern" methods of medicine or other "alternative" methods? A few. 6) What is your desktop picture? Screensaver? I change my desktop photo constantly - variety is the spice of life- right now it is this photo I took this weekend: 7) Who put on the best concert you've ever been to? I saw James Taylor several years ago. He's wonderfully talented- I respect an artist that writes his own music and plays his own musical instruments. 8) How many songs do you have in iTunes (or other mp3 organizer)? About how many cds do you own? I have 575 songs on ITunes. I don't know exactly how many CDs I have- somewhere around 300. 9) What is your favorite piece of computer software? Adobe Photoshop 10) Why did the chicken cross the road? Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, But why it crossed, I've not been told! Also from Lizzie: BEWARE! :) The George Bush Virus - Causes your computer to keep looking for viruses of mass destruction. The John Kerry Virus - Stores data on both sides of the disk and causes little purple hearts to appear on screen. The Clinton Virus - Gives you a permanent Hard Drive; with NO memory. The Al Gore Virus - Causes your computer to keep counting and re-counting. The Bob Dole Virus - Makes a new hard drive out of an old floppy. The Lewinsky Virus - Sucks all the memory out of your computer, then e-mails everyone about what it did. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Virus - Terminates some files, leaves, but will be back. The Mike Tyson Virus - Quits after two bytes. The Oprah Winfrey Virus - Your 200 GB hard drive shrinks to 100 GB, then slowly expands to re-stabilize around 350 GB. The Ellen Degeneres Virus - Hard Disks can no longer be inserted. The Prozac Virus - Totally screws up your RAM, but your processor doesn't care! The Michael Jackson Virus - Only attacks minor files. The Lorena Bobbitt Virus - Reformats your hard drive into a 3.5 inch floppy ... then discards it through Windows.
posted by Lisa at 5/22/2006 10:27:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 2 comments links to this post
Curious as a Cat
Questions for Week Number Nineteen: If you could only repent for one thing when you die, what one thing would you choose? It's not something I can write about in here. Let's just say it wasn't good and definitely not "textbook good"- and the worst thing is, I did it more than once. If you could talk to anyone in the world by phone, who would you choose? I don't know....Anastasia Beaverhausen? ha ha!
posted by Lisa at 5/22/2006 09:08:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Monday Madness
How many simple things have you learned to appreciate more, for one reason or another? Please list them and feel free to elaborate on each.
  • Talking with my son on the drive to school each morning.
  • The feeling of fresh, clean and smooth sheets against my skin as I slip into bed at the end of the day.
  • That first sip of coffee in the morning, it's mellow and rich warmth washing over my tongue and firing up my brain.
  • Learning to appreciate new wines- how they hit on the palate and discerning the different and subtle undertones- tea leaves, ripe black cherry, plum, lilac blossom wrapped in chocolate, raspberry jam...
  • Sitting on my deck and just doing nothing for a few minutes but watching the way the sunlight plays through the leaves of my trees.
  • A walk in the morning when there's no one else around.
  • Sharing a conversation with a witty soul.
  • Laughing out loud about a book I'm reading. I did that last night and stayed up way too late reading. No, it wasn't "The Screwtape Letters"- I was busy thinking up about 13 ways of killing myself while reading that bit! It was "Possible Side Effects" by Augusten Burroughs. I can't think of anyone who's funnier, more perceptive or more irreverant. He's not for the easily offended. In one of the chapters his grandmother first tells him about the tooth fairy. She likens her to Tinkerbell, and Augusten is horrified- he thinks of Tinkerbell (and therefore the Tooth Fairy) as a "creepy bug woman with her devil wand, sneaking into my bedroom at night while I was sleeping, and taking my teeth and leaving things under the pillow that shouldn't be there..." So he procedes to pray to keep the Tooth Fairy away- "Although my parents never attended church or mentioned Jesus except when they screamed at each other - and then they used his full name, "Jesus Fu**ing Christ"- they did explain that the was a man who lived in the sky and granted wishes to certain people. People he liked."
  • Listening to live music. I'm simply mesmerized by it and have a deep admiration for those who are musically gifted.
posted by Lisa at 5/22/2006 08:10:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Just Another Manic Monday
1. If, like the milk or the newspaper, you could have anything delivered to your front doorstep each and every day, what would it be? I love my morning coffee, but I'm very particular about it. I'm a huge fan of organic food and would love for someone to bring me coffee made from freshly-ground organic beans. Can it be delivered directly to my bed? 2. If you could have your voice sound like any other person, living or alive, who would that be and why? This is a tough one for me to pick just one, so I won't... Lauren Bacall or Kathleen Turner to name a few. I prefer a woman's voice that is somewhat throaty, deep (but not too deep) , and full of bit of repressed lust for good measure! 3. Which month of the year do you think best describes your personality? May. Expect the unexpected. Powerful storms or calm and tranquil days filled with the warmth of the sun... the Earth green, fresh and in full bloom...Rebirth...Energy...Passion...Desctruction...Creation...
posted by Lisa at 5/22/2006 06:49:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Make Your Own Kaleidoscope
I've always been fascinated by kaleidoscopes. I found a site here to make one using one of your own photos. Here's a screenshot of one I made. If you want to use the same photo, here is the url you will need http://static.flickr.com/43/150168601_d8e26e6382.jpg I only wish the site would allow for a flash download so I could post the actual working kaleidoscope on my blog.  Posted by Picasa
posted by Lisa at 5/21/2006 09:20:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Jack and Karen Sing...
posted by Lisa at 5/21/2006 04:54:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Unconscious Mutterings
  1. Yours :: Mine
  2. Charcoal :: Grill
  3. Platitude :: Aphorism
  4. Graduation :: Day
  5. Hungry :: Like the wolf
  6. Somewhere :: over the rainbow
  7. Nurse :: Hospital
  8. Freak :: Out
  9. Unbelievable :: Astonishing
  10. Walk :: Like an Egyptian
posted by Lisa at 5/21/2006 10:24:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Photos Yesterday
I had a great day yesterday. The Broad Ripple Art Fair was wonderful. I really enjoyed the live music and it was a gorgeous day. Later on in the day I was really inspired by the quality of the light. I shot a few photos around the house and then headed out to Butler University.

This is one of my favorite shots, I love the little fluffies floating on top of the water.

The peonies were such a vivid pink and the yellow center was a striking contrast.

I'm normally not a fan of purple but I was struck by the quality of the light in this shot.

This has a bit of a Georgia O'Keeffe feel to it.

A perfect example of why I don't share my camera! I prefer to be behind the camera not in front of it.

posted by Lisa at 5/21/2006 08:19:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 1 comments links to this post

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