Friday, March 30, 2007

The Timid Mouse and the Big Mean Doctor

Well, I have an update on my corneal erosion eye problem. I saw the doctor this morning and he says my eye is improving but I will have to continue treatment for at least three more months. And I may have to get glasses again after only two years of laser eye correction. Sigh.

My husband accompanied me to the doctor this morning. My inner feminist quakes at telling you this but I needed him there because I feel a little intimidated by my doctor. And the funny thing is that I'm usually a strong person who isn't intimidated by anyone. My mother and grandmother were both strong, independent Texas women so some of it had to rub off. But, when it comes to male doctors, I have issues. I don't ask enough questions and I don't tend to stand up for myself. Maybe it's because I feel vulnerable. And maybe it's because I had to see so many doctors as a child. But I knew having my husband there would help me. Plus, it's good to have someone there to help you think of things to ask and to remember what the doctor said.

Maybe I'll just think of it as bringing my "wing man" rather than "Hey, Mr. Doctor Man! You better be nice or my husband's gonna beat you up!"

LBC Freebie of the Day

Get a sample of Pledge Multi-Surface Dust Wipes.

Pledge sample

Thursday, March 29, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day Part 2

Here is a freebie for golfers! Get a 2-pack of the new D2 Top-Flite Golf Balls.

Click on "Hell Ya, I'm with you" and then click on the picture of the golf ball and answer some golf-related questions.

Top-Flite Sample

LBC Freebie of the Day *UPDATED*

This one is actually a gift with purchase but it goes to a very good cause.

If you join the National Arbor Day Foundation for $10, they will send you 10 free trees to plant. And we can use all the trees we can get! The trees will be appropriate for your region and are guaranteed to grow or they will replace them for free.

(Due to Dept. of Agriculture restrictions, they cannot ship trees to AK, AZ, CA, HI or any US territories. But you can still get a membership!)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Corneal Erosion Stinks

Looks like I'm not the only one with this problem.

Ms. Clothesknit suffers as well.

See her post here.

I go for my six-week follow-up appointment on Friday morning and then we'll see if I have to be referred to a corneal specialist. Stay tuned....

Blogger Reality

I have a theory that people who are attracted to reality television shows are also attracted to blogs. My little blog started out as a way for me to keep in touch with the people in my life who are scattered throughout the world. Only two of those people were also bloggers----Genevieve and Ellen. One day, I realized that lots and lots of people I didn't know were reading Ellen's blog. She actually had a big following. (this is due to her honesty, her creativity and her general Ellen-ness) I was curious to see who these people were that were reading my friend's blog. So, I started looking at THEIR blogs. I did the same thing with my friend Genevieve's blog. When I started knitting, I plugged into a whole new blogging world. One blog beget another blog beget another blog. Then, I found out about internet swaps. Now, all of a sudden, I am reading a dozen blogs every single day. Some of these strangers have even become friends. I follow their lives with interest and rejoice in their triumphs and feel sorrow in their dark times. I have learned about knitting websites, infertility, child-rearing techniques, shopping tips, freebies, book recommendations.....The list goes on and on. Bloggers are a wealth of information.

I have felt for a long time that technology is alienating us from one another. In some ways, I still believe that. But the internet and blogging have also offered me the chance to meet other people I never would have otherwise. It is my virtual reality tv. And it's great.

(by the way, I may be getting sucked into yet ANOTHER reality show....did anyone see the promos for the Doggie Day Care one? I'm such a sucker for animals!)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day

Get a free sample of Kotex Ultra Thin Pads with Wings

Kotex Sample

Power of Nice Review and Giveaway

And the winner is.....(check here)

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

I thought I'd blog today about a book I'm getting the opportunity to review from BzzAgent (an online market research group). It's a business book called THE POWER OF NICE by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Now, I don't typically read business books but this one is short and to the point and offers some advice that I think people can apply to all parts of their lives. Here are the Six Power of Nice Principles:

1. Positive impressions are like seeds. Every time you smile at a messenger or laugh at a co-worker's joke, you plant a seed of positive energy and underneath the sufrace, that seed grows and expands, often exponentially.

2. You never know. Treat everyone you meet as if he/she is the most important person in the world---because he/she is. You never know what could happen.

3. People change. One common mistake is believing tha tyou only have to be nice to people in positions of power, not the assistant or the security guard. But you have no idea who might become important in five, ten or even twenty years from now.

4. Nice must be automatic. You can't turn on nice when it benefits you. Nice needs to be a habit and without a second thought.

5. Negative impressions are like germs. Just as positive actions are like seeds, rude gestures and remarks are like germs---you may not see the impact they have on you for a while, but they are there, silently infecting you and everyone around you.

6. You will know. Even if you never again see a person you have treated badly, you will know. It will be in your mind and heart when you walk into a room and try to convince others to put their faith in you. Because you won't believe in yourself, you could jeopardize the outcome of a business meeting or relationship.

Although this book is aimed at business people and the cultivation of business relationships, I think we could all benefit from putting these principles into action. I especially like the first one. Have you ever been to the library and the clerk who is helping you at circulation turns out to be especially grumpy? And then, you feel offended and your reaction is to be grumpy back? Well, I have been the clerk in this situation. And, typically, I had just been yelled at five times in a row before my current customer came to the desk. So, yes, I was a little grumpy. Sometimes, people would snap at me and take offense at my attitude. Which is perfectly understandable. But sometimes, a person would smile at me and ask me if it had been a tough day. Or they would crack a joke. And it would change my whole day. Even little things that we take for granted like saying "please" and "thank you" and acknowledging the help and service of our fellow human beings.

In this world where we are increasingly alienated from each other through technology, it becomes that much more important to be nice to one another. Simply to reconnect with each other. Like the book says, "you never know." Your one little smile or joke or "thank you" could change a person's whole day. And they just might pay it forward.

So, I recommend this book not for the writing or for any ground-breaking ideas but for the simple sentiment behind it. The seemingly obvious action of just being nice to each other and the power that such an action can have.

I'm going to give away a copy of this book. If you are interested in winning it, leave a comment.
I will take entries through next Monday, April 2.

Monday, March 26, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day

Register with Kahlua and receive a free plastic shaker. (some people on the message boards SWEAR they have gotten this)

Kahlua shaker

The Terror by Dan Simmons

It took me awhile but I finally finished THE TERROR. At 784 pages, it's pretty meaty. I was attracted to this book because of the starred Publisher's Weekly review that I saw. And the writing does not disappoint. When I first saw the book, I thought it would be a "guy's" book similar of the Patrick O'Brien ilk. But it ended up being much more than that.
The book offers a fictionalized account of the ill-fated Franklin expedition of the early 1800's to find the elusive Northwest Passage. Franklin brings two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, to find the Northwest Passage but both ships end up getting trapped off course in the ice. The men face freezing temperatures, dwindling rations and even a supernatural creature that stalks them. Each chapter is told from the point of view of different members of the expedition. The story really draws you in and makes you feel as if you are trapped alongside those men in the ice.
The last 200 pages were difficult to get through. I started to feel a bit fatigued with the whole thing. And the ending was a bit preposterous. But, overall, the book is well-written and really reveals how difficult sea expeditions of the 19th century truly were.

Liberal Christians Anonymous

I'm not quite ready to leave this topic yet. Just wanted to say a few more things.

First of all, thank you to those of you who commented and were so nice and supportive. I felt a little vulnerable about that post. I just wanted to share something about myself. Because I am something of a cultural relativist, I tend to support people on any faith journey they choose to take. I have chosen one particular path and I work on growing and learning every day. I think that, ultimately, if you are a Christian you have a responsibility to love, support, include and help your fellow human beings. I don't like things that divide us from one another.

I used to think that I would just worship quietly in my own way and not attend church. But then I realized that I needed that faith community. It is so nice to go to church and feel free to express myself and my beliefs without ridicule. Sometimes, I think that liberal Christians don't fit in anywhere. We aren't accepted by conservative Christians because we are "too liberal." And we aren't accepted by liberal non-Christians because we are "too Christian." And I am ashamed to say that there have been times in my life where I stifled my faith around my liberal friends because I didn't want them to think of me as "one of THOSE people." For example, I have felt compelled before to include a meaningful bible verse on a birthday card to a non-Christian friend but I didn't because I was afraid of an eye-rolling response. Lately though, I have decided to just be who I am and let others worry about their reactions. If my conservative Christian friends want to chastise me for my love of my gay friends, then that is their problem. And if my non-Christian friends feel like I'm selling out when I hang my crosses on my wall and teach Sunday school each week, then that is their problem. I have to be me. And, in the end, I am a liberal secular humanist who happens to be a very devoted Christian trying to find her place in the world.

Peace be with you....

Saturday, March 24, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day

Free sample of Hamburger Helper Microwaveable Pouches
Samples go fast, so hurry!!!

Hamburger Helper sample

Friday, March 23, 2007

Recommended Reading for Liberal Christians

I grew up in Texas and I dearly love my home state. But it wasn't easy being a liberal there. And it was even harder to be a liberal Christian. A lot of people tried to tell me that I couldn't be a liberal AND a Christian. I became pretty embittered as a teenager and quit going to church until I went to college. My faith journey has had many twists and turns.

I was adopted through Lutheran social services at three months old. My mother was Baptist and my father was Episcopalian. We attended a non-denominational bible church while I was growing up. (and I spent some time in a Lutheran preschool) As I got older, my peers started to develop an "all or nothing" attitude. Either you spent all of your time with your church friends listening to Christian music and reading Christian literature or else you weren't included in the group. I increasingly felt like an outsider and a pariah. Was it so terrible to listen to the Police? Was it bad that I just didn't really enjoy Oke's books? Why did that make me a bad person? I quit going to church.

When I went to college, I thought I would try again. I found a home in my campus church where the pastor was the most gentle and caring man. So non-judgmental. I felt rejuvenated. I tried joining a campus bible study but I started to encounter the same problems I had in my youth. At one point, we decided to create a tape of music that was descriptive of our spiritual journeys. Each person brought in a song. Most people brought in songs by people like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. There is nothing wrong with Christian music. I think anything that uplifts the soul is wonderful. But, I brought in "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" by Sting. I got some looks. I think I've written about this before but it bears repeating. I felt hurt and I dropped out of the bible study.

When I moved to Colorado for graduate school, I joined a Lutheran church and really found a home there. The first service I attended included a special prayer for Matthew Shepherd's family. I knew right then that that was the church for me. I was ready to be part of an inclusive group of people . I think one of the main problems with Christians is that we tend to be a little full of pride and judgment. We are charged with reaching out to one another and loving one another not excluding people because they are different.

There are a few books that have been really important to me in my faith journey that I would like to recommend.

1. A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren
This is part of series that really opened my mind and allowed me to rethink the kind of Christian that I am.

2. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Miller's story was very much like my own. And because he is also a member of Generation X, everything he was saying was very familiar and really spoke to me.

3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
Lamott is a liberal Christian who has been on quite a faith journey herself. I enjoy her honesty and determinism. There are other books in this series that are equally good.

4. Sabbath by Wayne Muller
This book had me rethinking what it means to observe the Sabbath.

5. Practicing Our Faith
I'm reading this right now as part of my church's book club. It is an interfaith approach to practicing one's faith in the modern world.

If anyone has suggestions on other good books to read, let me know. Faith is a journey and I'm constantly trying to learn and evolve. Slowly but surely...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day

It would be neat if this one really works. This is from a new company that sells *ahem* marital-aid type products and lingerie. They are sending out samples so people can be introduced to their products.

Baci-Farfalle samples

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

In Praise of Cats (and Husbands)

Well, I got home from my African Dance class last night feeling pretty good. Hubby and I were just sitting down to watch a movie when I had an eye episode. This is the first time this has happened while I was awake. It was awful and I got really hysterical. Partly from the pain but mostly from frustration. I couldn't manage to get my eye open to put any ointment in. I had thought that I was on the mend but clearly the drama continues. So, I was feeling a little defeated. Since I couldn't get my eye open, Gary put me to bed. I felt silly going to bed at 8pm but my options were pretty limited with my eyes frozen shut. I was feeling pretty low.

And then, I felt a 13-pound thump on the bed. I heard a critter walking around and kneading the covers. And then, he curled up right against me and stayed there purring for over an hour. Concentrating on Toulouse's purring helped me to settle down. Just before the episode, the cat had been curled up in his favorite bed in the living room fast asleep. But when he heard me upset, he came to find me. Cats are funny that way. Normally, a tornado could roar through and he wouldn't get out of his bed. But he came to comfort me. Between Toulouse and Gary, I finally calmed down and went to sleep. It's nice to have a good support system when you are feeling low.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day

Free sample of Purina Natural Cat Chow

Purina 6 oz. Sample

Target Love

This is not a particularly meaty post but...

I just love Target. I can spend hours wandering around in there. Luckily, the only one close is in the next town so I have to make a special effort.

One of the things I especially love about Target is their GO INTERNATIONAL designer collection where they have famous guest designers come in and do a low-cost line. Currently, they have Proenza Schouler. It sold out so fast I was only able to get one piece. But I am excited that they have announced the next designer--Patrick Robinson.

See some images of the new collection set to hit stores in May here.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Malady Evolving

I think I may be moving into a new life stage. And I'll tell you why.

I am starting to find magazines like "Good Housekeeping" more compelling than "Elle" and "Vogue." I used to look at "Good Housekeeping" and think of it as a magazine for women "of a certain age." Now, I find myself grabbing an issue at the checkout at the grocery store. It all started when I saw the issue with Kate Winslet on the cover. I think she's wonderful so I thought I'd grab a copy. As I flipped through it, I found all these great tips on organizing your office and cleaning your bathroom and starting thinking about starting files for the different subjects. Whoa! Hang on. Where did all of this domesticity come from?

Instead of tearing out pages of magazine depicting the hottest handbag and the best ways to wear the new looks for Spring, I'm earmarking magazines that have articles about the best non-toxic and environmentally sound products for cleaning your bathtub. When did this happen? Is this a by-product of getting married? Am I nesting? Maybe I just need a good dose of "Sex and the City."

There is nothing wrong with being a domestic diva. I just never saw myself becoming that. But then, stranger things have happened. I never thought I'd get married and here I am. But I still have that fashionista club gal in me. I'm hitting a special Victoria's Secret event in the city on Friday night with a girlfriend or two. Who says you can't have a little "vogue" in your "good housekeeping?"

LBC Freebie of the Day

This freebie is only for people in certain states but maybe you'll get lucky!

Free Carnation Breakfast Drink

Carnation Sample

Spring Reading Thing

I have decided to join in on the Spring Reading Thing. I'll be picking five books (or more!) to read this Spring. The hard part will be deciding what to put on the list. Let's start with this...

1. Finn by Jon Clinch
This book revisits the story of Huckleberry Finn in a new and surprising way. It focuses on Finn's father and is supposed to be a bit dark.

2. Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
This book is said to be reminiscent of Reading Lolita in Tehran. It's about a young American woman who leaves her everyday life in order to bring her love of reading to a small African village.

3. Last Empress by Anchee Min
The sequel to Min's impressive Empress Orchid about China's last empress.

4. Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
This story is told in flashbacks and interviews about a pagan priestess named Athena and is supposed to fuse philosophy, religious miracle and moral parable.

5. Lover of Unreason by Yehuda Koren
I've been really excited to read this non-fiction book about the life of Assia Wevill, the "other woman" who broke up the marriage of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

6. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
This suspense novel/ghost story is written by none other than the son of Stephen King.

7. What is the What by Dave Eggers
I added this one because it has been getting such good buzz. The book reveals the history of civil war in Sudan through the eyes of a refugee now living in the United States.

8. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
Another last-minute addition. This has been described as a "twisted novel of suspense." An immigrant is arrested in the murder of two prostitutes but only admits to the first murder. The story is told by several narrators and the reader must decide who is telling the truth.


Friday, March 16, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day

Free Avalon Organics Baby Samples--here's a little something for those of you with babies!

Baby organic samples

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Just for Grins

Okay, this really made me laugh.

It's a Norwegian sketch comedy skit about medieval "tech support."


LBC Freebie of the Day

Today is Starbucks Coffee Break day! Head to your participating Starbucks between 10:00am-noon to get a free tall brewed coffee. Whoopee!!

Starbucks info

Stop Her Before She Watches Again

Gentle readers, I think it's time I fessed up to a serious problem...

I think I may have a reality television addiction.

I've been in denial for awhile. I tell myself that it's only one or two shows. It's not a big deal. But as many reality shows are premiering, I have to face facts. I have a problem.

It all started with America's Next Top Model. That bred Project Runway. Then I started watching Girls Next Door. That bred Real Housewives of the OC. And recently I have gotten into Workout and the Search for the New Pussycat Doll. I have managed to wean myself from Top Chef and have not been drawn in by Top Design. But it's been close.

Why are these shows so darn satisfying?

My husband gives me no small amount of grief for watching these shows but what can I say? The Romans had their gladiators. I have my reality tv.

Am I not entertained?!

(okay, if you haven't seen "Gladiator", you might not get that reference...I'm such a dork)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day

SoyJoy bar samples--one for you and two to share with friends

SoyJoy sample

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ugly Malady?

When I was 14, I was a pretty sorry sight. Skinny. Permed hair. Braces. Glasses. Acne. Yuck.

I overcame the acne and the permed hair in high school. And even the braces. Until my junior year. Then, I had the pleasure of braces AGAIN.

Fast forward some ten years and here I am. Chunky but with straight hair, clear skin and laser-corrected vision. And crooked teeth. Again.

As I continue to struggle the vision in my right eye, I am faced with getting braces yet again. My bite is so far off that if I don't do something, it will eventually effect my jaw joint. Am I going to end up with glasses and braces again? Will I get my own tv show about a plucky yet ugly girl working in a library? Stay tuned....

Monday, March 12, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day Part 2

Free samples of Curel for Hands and Feet

Curel lotion sample

LBC Freebie of the Day

Tide with Bleach sample

Tide sample

Back to Work

Well, I pretty much spent the last four days moving from bed to couch and back again. I'm feeling a little better. But I'm short on sick leave so I'm back at work.

Being sick stinks. But I did get to do a few restful activities. I watched season two of "Black Books" (loved it!), "Stranger than Fiction" (pretty good) and "The Prestige" (freaked me out). I read half of THE BOOK THIEF (good so far!) and THE TERROR (freaking me out). And I knitted half of two different shrugs. I started my Flair sweater and then immediately got confused. I can't figure out how to place the stitch markers. And you have to cast-on extra stitches in a backward loop method that I don't know how to do. I knit continental and always use a long-tail cast-on so I'm not sure I can figure this out without help.

It would be great if there were a local sweater-knitting class I could take but I haven't found any so far. But the shrug is going okay. I started making one in this delicate fuzzy pink yarn but couldn't see the pattern very well so I cast-on another one in a green wool/acrylic yarn for practice. I'm halfway through both. At least my convalescence was fairly productive. Wish I could still be in bed today.

Friday, March 09, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day Part 2

Another free razor....this one from Old Spice

Old Spice sample

LBC Freebie of the Day

Free sample of Honey Buches of Oats cereal

Honey Bunches Sample

Thursday, March 08, 2007

(Swallow) Ouch! (Sniffle)

So, my throat starting hurting last night. Then, my head started aching. This morning I woke up feeling like poo. I called in and told my boss I would be in late. I hopped in the car and started driving to my job which is twenty miles away. I made it about a mile before I turned around and went home. I think I may have caught myself a little cold.

I hate being stuck at home sick and missing work. But I suppose it's better to get some rest.

Hope you are all having a good Thursday!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Just for Fun

Here is a link to a photo of me and hubby taken at the Vivienne Westwood Couture and Cocktails opening gala. It was taken by photographer Drew Altizer.


If you click on the "next" button, you can see a close-up.

LBC Freebie of the Day

Free deluxe sample of Murad intensive wrinkle reducer.

Murad Sample

2 Reviews

Okay, it took me awhile but I finally finished the two books I have been working on. Here is a brief review of each....


This book focuses on the interactions of a family over the course of many years. They have a very unique arrangement. The father of the family was once married to a beautiful young woman named Madeline. Soon after they were married, Madeline had a serious accident that left her with the mentality of a 10-yr-old. The father subsequently marries Madeline's nurse but they keep Madeline with them in a "daughter" capacity. The story is narrated by the son of the father and nurse.

I was really excited to read this book because it sounded really unusual. But somehow, it left me cold. It took a lot of effort to get interested in the characters. The narrator never really felt connected to the events he was relating. The fact that the story jumped back and forth through time made it seem disjointed and wasn't really an effective technique in developing the narrative. Overall, it was a disappointment.


I have never read a book by Elizabeth George before. When I looked at reviews of this book online, people either loved it or they hated it. Readers who are big George fans will probably hate it. Her previous characters do not appear in this book.

The story revolves around a poor mixed-race family in London as they struggle to overcome some pretty major obstacles. At the beginning of the book, three children are abandoned by their grandmother on their aunt's doorstep. You later discover that these children have experienced nothing but tragedy in their lives. The reader is left in the helpless position of watching the inevitable disaster unfold.

I found this book very compelling. It was too long and could have used a little editing. And the fact that the book often lapsed into vernacular could be a little jolting. But the characters were really interesting and I think the book demonstrated how difficult it can be for some people to overcome the obstacles that society puts in their way.

On to the next book on the pile!!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Woman in Motion

So, last week when I weighed in, I weighed exactly the same. My WW leader said that it was good that I was "maintaining." I guess I shouldn't be too discouraged. After all, my Girl Scout cookies were delivered last week so I "slipped." I have such a weakness for cookies. I made Gary hide them last night so I can't find them.

I did go to the gym last night. I'm trying to do the Self Magazine Challenge. I got on the treadmill and put in thirty minutes. I'm so out of shape that it's a real challenge. But my iPod keeps me going. You know what song really inspires me when I'm trying to run on the treadmill? "St. Elmo's Fire." I kid you not. It's one of the cheesiest songs of all time but it so great for working out. It has such inspiring lyrics like "I can make it. I know that I can!" and "Only you can do what must be done!" It makes me feel like Rocky.

Now, if I can just get in at least two more workouts this week, I will feel as if I have accomplished something.

Monday, March 05, 2007

LBC Freebie of the Day Part 2

It's a freebie bonanza! Here are two new freebie links:

Free Sample of Almay Hydracolor Lipstick

Free sample of Biore skin products

Starbucks and Sympathy

1) The Lenten season is upon us. I have always liked Lent because it serves to refocus me on my faith. I grew up in a non-denominational bible church and we did not give things up for Lent. So, I traditionally try to "add" something to my life rather than "take away." This year, I am reading a book about practicing one's faith in a positive way in the modern world. I'm a little behind so I need to catch up. It's good to spend time thinking about one's faith.

2) If I had to give something up for Lent, it would have to be Starbucks. That would be really really hard for me. As some of you may know, I am addicted to tall, non-fat, no whipped peppermint mochas. It just makes me feel good to clutch one of those warm cups in the morning. I also have a weakness for chocolate-chip cookies. And my "go-to" comfort food is macaroni and cheese. (in a pinch----a grilled cheese sandwich would work) If you see me going for macaroni and cheese, chances are that I need a little comforting. All of those things would be a challenge for me to give up.

3) Gary and I got dolled up on Saturday night and went to the gala opening of the Vivienne Westwood exhibit. Some of you may know that Westwood is a famous fashion designer who helped to launch the punk aesthetic. She dressed such people as the Sex Pistols. It was fun to go out and get dressed up. The goodie bags were a little disappointing. But Gary bought me a ridiculously expensive Westwood t-shirt that I adore. I'll have to post a picture of it.

I have to admit I'm a bit of a fashion junkie. I think fashion is such a wonderful form of self-expression. As such, I get drawn into such shows at PROJECT RUNWAY and AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. I's terrible...but I can't help it. I just love that stuff. I am also embarrassed to say that I was super-excited to see the season premiere of GIRLS NEXT DOOR. I don't know why life at the Playboy Mansion is so interesting to me but it just is.

LBC Freebie of the Day

Get a free sample of Fibersure and a coupon.

Fibersure Sample

Friday, March 02, 2007

Texas Independence Day

"I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults"
-Molly Ivins
I cribbed the above quotation from Knitted and Purled. I love Molly Ivins.
Today is Texas Independence Day. Or, as I like to think of it, another day to piss non-Texans off with how much we Texans love our state. I don't know why we love our state so much. Part of if is the history, I think. Texas has such a colorful history. On March 2, 1836, while the Alamo was still under siege, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. That is why this day is so special. Six different flags have flown over Texas. It was a Republic before it became a state in 1845. And Texans are just larger than life people. Although we are most commonly known as the "Lone Star" state, we are also known as the "Friendship" state. Texans are a friendly and welcoming people. As long as you are not gay, an atheist or a Democrat. (just kidding)
I love my home state. You can take the girl out of Texas but you can't take Texas out of the girl. And if you don't get it, that's okay. In the immortal words of Lyle Lovett, "That's right, you're not from Texas. But Texas wants you anyway."

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Astrological Silliness

I don't believe in astrology but I enjoyed this past week's episode of REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY where they had their charts done and I thought I'd do a free online astrological reading. This is what it said:

"You appear gentle and soft, and you act rather reserved with others until you know them well and feel it is safe to be open with them. You have a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and are deeply attached to the past: your heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is known and safe can be very painful and difficult for you. You tend to cling and hold on to people, memories, possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to you.

You are, in many ways, an eternal child. Your mind is bright, alert, curious, flexible, playful, and always eager for new experiences - and your attention span is often quite brief. You grasp ideas quickly and once your initial curiosity has been satisfied, you want to go on to something else. You crave frequent change, variety, meeting new situations and people."

I don't think I appear gentle or soft. I am definitely a big dork. But this "reading" is actually pretty accurate otherwise. Hmm....