Tuesday, February 28, 2006

i was right

the trip into work this morning was traumatic too. kept looking over my shoulder for a fuzzy little arachnid that surely has nothing better to do than to stalk me. every little tickly sensation that crossed my skin...every shift of light that passed the outer corner of my vision...*shiver* compounding this feeling of immiment confrontation with this critter is the fact that i found a quarter-sized cousin of yesterday's hitchhiker running across my family room floor.

i am starting to feel like Marianne with her bugs and creepy-crawlies and yucky critters. and i didn't even make any jokes to tick off the Bug Gods in the first place!!

all i know is that there are some times a girl would rather not be right. not many of them but this is one.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

the definition of terror

we have an abundance of black widow spiders where i work.

i know, a bit alarming in & of itself. but hold on. there's more.

i'm driving down the road to the post office after work & i see one hanging onto my window. yikes. but i figure that i can get out of the car & flip it off with an envelope or something. (right. i had a ministroke just thinking about getting that close.)

ya know what's worse than that though?

getting out of the car & not being able to find the damn thing anymore. if it held on all the way down the road from work to the post office, then the turn into the parking lot sure didn't dislodge the creepy little thing.

so now i picture it findng a little crevice of some sort to hide in. and ultimately finding a way to get INTO my car.

joy.

everytime the slightest sensation runs over my skin while i'm in the car now, i just know my heart is gonig to stop.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

memes. memes. memes.

i am doing some normal "Sunday blogging" today, like catching up on memes & doing my spotlight post today. because TOMORROW i will be at




with


got it now? ;-)
good. onto the memes shall we?

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these Friday Questions from Divine Reality have been bookmarked in my Bloglines account for...ummmm...some of them quite a while now. time to get 'em done!

this week's questions followed by some others from past weeks...

(2.24.06)
1. What your favorite movie that you've seen so far this year? ok are you ready for this? i haven't seen a movie yet this year. yep that's right. not one.
2. Favorite new musical artist? well he's not new but he's new to me! John Mayer
3. Jennifer or Angelina? JENNIFER!!!
4. How often do you check your email? let's just say...a LOT ;-)
5. What are your plans for the weekend? grocery shopping. more unpacking. laundry. and see above! *happy dance*

(2.17.06)
1. When you think about the next 10 years what are you most excited about? just finished all the excitement i can handle getting into this new house. haven't thought ahead to the "next excitement" yet.
2. Do you wear jewelry every day?? What kind?? yep, just my watch & my little silver necklace though
3. Do you prefer writing in pen or pencil? if ink, what color? pen. black ink. NOT gel or rollerball.
4. What's your skin regime? just some face wash & a light facial moisturuzer with some sunscreen in it
5. What kind of shampoo do you use? Suave Vanilla Floral or Herbal Essences
6. What's your favorite TV show? current: Boston Legal or The Ghost Whisperer. rerun: Sex & the City. of all time: Friends.

(2.3.06)
1. Do you wish on stars? What do you wish for? only real shooting ones which are obviously not that common. and if i told you what i wished for it might not come true so...pleading the fifth. sorry. ;-)
2. List 3 thoughts that are running around in your head 1)i wonder what my dog is getting into. it's awfully quiet out there... 2)i'm hungry. 3)i really ought to get off this computer & get my day started. i have a lot to get accomplished.
3. What was the last thing you took a picture of? Liz at work for the Power Point New Employee Orientation presentation
4. List 3 of your favorite places 1)WDW. 2)my couch. 3)New England in the Autumn
5. What was the last thing you bought? oh Lord...lol...a new trimmer

(1.26.06)
1. What is your reaction to waking up and seeing snow? now?! it would probably be "holy $#!*" lol...before it would be a smile because i love the way the world looks under a blanket of snow when i am warm & toasty indoors.
2. What's your favorite dessert to order out? to make at home? out: Cafe Latte cheesecake at Macaroni Grille. in: just a bowl of ice cream. =)
3. Do you file your taxes early or late? prefer early. they wouldn't have been done 2 weeks ago if i could just find the stupid box with last year's paperwork. *really* need to get going on today's to-do list...
4. Do you usually get a big refund? If so, what do you do with it? not really BIG but enough to make me happy. i usually get myself some new clothes (since you've noticed i usually just window shop) & then stash the rest away as mad money to last for a while. this year it's looking like it will go into some stuff for the house. i know, i know. welcome to new homeownership.
5. How do you handle your bills? Are you really organized, really laid back or somewhat in between. Describe. really organized. well defined budget & pay schedule. if i wasn't like this i would never remember to pay anything.
6. How important is money in terms of your happiness? as long as the bills are paid & i have enough to be comfortable, then i don't spend a lot of time thinking about money. it does make me stress though when things are tight.
7. What did your parents teach you about money? that you don't have to have a lot of it to live a truly rich life. =)
8. What do you wish your parents had taught you about money? i'm pretty satisfied with what they taught me to be honest.

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from Friday's Feast

Feast Eighty-Two

Appetizer
Choose one: moving to another state, having triplets, or never being able to eat chocolate again.
having triplets

Soup
Name a news story that truly shocked you. still stunned about yesterday's sports news about the Patriots...

Salad
What was your very first job?
babysitting. unless you mean my first REAL job which was a counter girl at a d'angelos sandwich shop.

Main Course
If you had the chance to read the diary of someone you're really close to, would you? Why or why not? nope. i don't want to know things that someone i'm close to doesn't want to share on their own. sometimes thoughts are meant to be private for a reason...

Dessert
What's something you're looking forward to? TOMORROW!!! *happy dance*

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Friday, February 24, 2006

for the love of all that is sacred in the NFL



Patriots pass on franchise tag for Vinatieri
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - Adam Vinatieri may get a chance to test free agency after the New England Patriots declined to protect the man who kicked two Super Bowl-winning field goals with the franchise player tag.
more here...

ok now that i've managed to pick myself up off the floor...please please PLEASE tell me my beloved Patriots are not *this* stupid...

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window shopping: February 24, 2006

decided i want these tops too from Coldwater Creek. *sigh* i need to make friends with someone who has more money than they know what to do with...


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have i teased you long enough??

*evil grin*

how bout a couple hints? would that help?



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Thursday, February 23, 2006

*bouncing up & down like a 4-year-old hyped up on Easter candy*

do you know what i get to do this Sunday?

do ya? do ya? do ya? huh? do ya?

Andie does!!
AND I CAN'T WAIT!!!

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new commute, new pet peeve

i have to take a 1/2 mile of toll highway each trip back & forth to work. this doesn't bother me. it's a stupid quartereach way. i am spending so much less in gas and wear & tear on my car and TIME (!!) that 25 cents feels like a treat.

where's the peeve? it's coming.

typically i am going back & forth to work at roughly the same time every day. this means that i see many of the same vehicles several times a week. these vehicles then, CLEARLY are familiar with the 25 cent toll to get on the parkway. so why then do they blow through the unmanned toll booth every single day without paying?! that really ticks me off. it takes 3 seconds to stop & toss your quarter in. if they are that hard up for cash then maybe they ought to take the slightly busier but FREE route to where ever they are going.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

window shopping: February 22, 2006

got the new J. Jill catalog in the mail today. did a little wishful thinking...

















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you've been meme'd!

from By the Way Sunday

~Candy Dreams~

By the way...
Which do you prefer?


Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? mmmmmm...chocolate...
Hard candies or chewy candies? chewy
Tootsie Pops or Blow Pops? Tootsie Pops
Plain M&Ms or Peanut M&Ms? mmmmmmm...chocolate...
Are you tempted by the candy display at the grocery store check-out? occasionally. i try to eat before i go grocery shopping. cuts down on the impulse buying. ;-)
What is your absolute favorite candy? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

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from Friday's Feast

Feast Eighty-One

Appetizer
If you were a color, which color would you be, and why? rich barn red. classic. warm. happy.

Soup
When was the last time you went to the doctor, and what was your reason for going? oh jeez. i really need to make an appointment if i can't remember huh? i think it was a little over 2 years ago...

Salad
What do you collect? snowmen. Christmas angels. snowflakes. icicles. gingerbread men. jingle bells. hmmm...apparently only things to do with winter/Christmas lol...

Main Course
What were you like in high school? Name one thing you miss and one thing you don't miss about those days. (If you're still there, imagine how you'll remember it in the future.) quiet. shy. band geek. smart. (before you think i'm conceited, i graduated 12th in my class without ever cracking a book--imagine if i had actualy applied myself!) i miss some of the people & the good times we used to have wheni really had no clue what the real world was all about. i don't miss the rest of it: the homework, the drama, the pettiness...all that teenage highschool angst.

Dessert
Pretend you're standing in front of your home, with your back towards your home. Describe the view - what can you see? Trees? Cars? A zoo? Wal-Mart? a crane (the construction kind, although you might also see the bird kind too). dumpsters. empty cleared lots. houses in various stage of construction. palm trees. an orange grove. the main road of my community that comes in off the street. the sign that says the name of my section of the community (which i am not sharing for internet security reasons ;-) can't be too liberal with my personal info).

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from Ten on Tuesday

10 Favorite Places in Your Hometown

in my HOMEtown? MY hometown?? in MY.HOME.TOWN?! ok...but prepared to be bored to tears lol...

1. my grandparents' old property
2. the crest of Chippens Hill as you come up Perkins Street
3. the Tobins' house
4. Friendly's on Farmington Avenue (lots of good memories made there!)
5. Immanuel Lutheran
6. my Aunt El & Uncle Will's old house
7. the little pizza place that was out in front of my old apartment
8. Memorial Boulevard
9. BCHS parking lot looking down over the whole city
10. Muzzy Field: high school football season

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Stacy's blog pointed me to this one from the blog of someone named Kelly who i do not know lol...

Friday Five

1. Rain? Love it or hate it? love it...unless i have to drive in a FL monsoon or it happens to be associated with a hurricane

2. Country music? Love it or hate it? love it

3. Rap music? Love it or hate it? ummmmm...i like some of the softer, more R&B or pop style rapping but not hardcore real rap so much

4. Valentine’s Day? Love it or hate it? well i don't hate it but i lean more in that direction than loving it

5. Oprah? Love her or hate her? honestly? she annoys me lol

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love new music discoveries!

been taking in a little John Mayer, "Any Given Thursday". what a great "mood cd". *wink wink nudge nudge* not really so much what he's saying but the sound of the music. yum.

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comfortable

so i got a little box in the mail yesterday from someone who has known me for a long long time. it had some cds in it. it struck me this morning how well someone has to know me to send me music & be able to say "listen to this. i had to share it with you because i know you'll like it." music is an intensely personal experience for me. everything about it has to fit just right.

this was...dead on. what a comfortable feeling.
=)

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*smile*

Why just today I heard you read my mind
That kinda magic is so hard to find
You just get better all the time
(from "You Just Get Better All the Time" by Tim McGraw)

=)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

sometimes it's the little things that are the biggest things of all

She’s not hung up on fairy tales
Or some dream at the bottom of a wishin’ well
Fancy cars or diamond rings
What she wants most are the little things

(from "That's What She Gets" by Brooks & Dunn)

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Monday, February 20, 2006

today in sports


spring training isn't even in full swing yet and already there is drama starring Manny Ramirez. seriously. how much more Manny can we take?? in case YOU haven't had enough of him yet, apparently he has his very own home on the web where we get even more of "Manny being Manny". *shaking my head*


freaking Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500 and they are glorifying him that he could do it "in the wake of a scandel". this just pisses me off. this guy CHEATS and he wins...and they act like he's a hero. he should have been disqualified from the race all together, i don't care which member of his crew was at fault. the whole Jimmie Johnson team should have been ineligible. like last year when they caught him cheating & they penalized him but let him keep the win. what the hell!! he should be automatically disqualified. anyone who cheats should be. what reason does he have to play fairly now anyway? all he has to do is a pay a fine when he cheats to win.


ahhh Ricky...you just won't learn will ya...

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

a heart so full...

Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. (Erica Jong)

Will you ever? I don’t think you will ever fully understand how you've touched my life and made me who I am. I don't think you could ever know just how truly special you are that even on the darkest nights you are my brightest star. (Erica Jong)

Falling in love with someone isn't always going to be easy... Anger... tears... laughter.. It's when you want to be together despite it all. That's when you truly love another. I'm sure of it. (unknown)

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love. (Washington Irving)

tonight my heart hurts in its deepest, most shadowed of place...the place that aches to make someone understand how much you love them...and you hope that somehow they can feel it...

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blog spotlights: February 19, 2006

found this to be so thought-provoking...

"So it is with faith. If we cherish our own, then we will understand the value of others. We may regard ours as a diamond and another faith as a ruby, but we know that both are precious stones. But if faith is a mere burden, not only will we not value ours, neither will we value the faith of someone else. We will see both as equally useless. True tolerance comes not from the absence of faith but from its living presence. Understanding the particularity of what matters to us is the best way of coming to appreciate what matters to others."

found on Random Reflections

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various quotes that i absolutely LOVED found on *Olive Branch Cafe*

Keep your face in the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you. (Irish Proverb)

If you see a chance to be happy, grab it with both hands and the hell with the consequences. The only things in this life that you really regret are the risk you didn't take. (Jack Lemon, "Grumpy Old Men")

I bless you. I kiss & caress every tenderly beloved place & gaze into your deep, sweet eyes which long ago conquered me completely. Love ever grows. (Tsaritsa Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia)

I do love you...as the dew loves the flowers; as the birds love the sunshine; as the wavelets love the breeze; as mothers love their firstborn; as memory loves old faces; as the yearning tides love the moon; as angels love the pure in heart. (Mark Twain)

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. (William Feather)

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"Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." (Roald Dahl)

found on Family Journal

this quote absolutely reached out & grabbed me. i am starting to feel a scrapbook page coming on...something with all the wondrous little Disney-detail photos i have. ok lol...maybe not ALL of them (which would take volumes of pages), but some very favorites!

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a PSA that totally made me laugh out loud...and then follow its advice ;-)

"So my Photo of the Day is of a roll of toilet paper and entitled "Can You Spare A Square". Did I find beauty, Im thinking - no. But beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and maybe somewhere there is a women stuck in a public bathroom having to drip dry who would find this roll a toilet paper the most beautiful thing ever. Note to self: put a pack of tissues in your purse in case of emergency."

found on Dar-vah-lous

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little tidbits that made me giggle found on Do you not know what causes that?

1. Things You Never Thought You'd Say #1: Don't lick your sister's shoes.

2. Interesting Discovery: If you eat a half of a peppermint patty and a handful of oyster crackers at the same time - it tases just like the Girl Scount Thin Mints. Yum...

Don't ask how I figured this out...

3. What Causes That #3:

Inquiring Mind: Don't you know what causes that?

Little ol me: Yes, and we like it!

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this movitational quote posted on {just jen}

"Risk original thought. Redefine Success."

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this must be the week of the quote huh?

"There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity." (Washington Irving)

found on Adventures of a (d)rebel.

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seriously laughed till i cried...but it was one of those sympathetic "i would die, never mind live to share it with the internet" sort of laughs...this is one BRAVE woman!

Embarassing Moment #453,002,345

found on Very Mom

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more laughter:

Phun Phriday: Battle of the Sexes Humor Edition

found on the macdaddy of scrap

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kids make great blog material:

Whoa.
found on bits&pieces

But he does know his ass from his Elmo!
found on {at any rate...}

stinky baby
found on c'est la vie (ours anyway)

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word association: February 19, 2006



I say ... and you think ... ?

Right time:: right place at the...
Funeral:: remembrance & celebration of a life
Calculate:: add
Believe me:: trust me
Chat:: AOL instant messenger
Anniversary:: wedding
Let you down:: disappoint
Shout:: yell
Sweatsock:: ewww...
Prayer:: powerful

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

i adore this Baby Girlie



i am just the luckiest godmama ever!

=)

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Friday, February 17, 2006

home sweet home

what i adoring about my new house so far:

**my new stove with it's flat-top & an oven with a light!
**my stainless steel kitchen sink with the detachable faucet that turns into a sprayer
**my brand new BIGGER refrigerator that has no-spill shelves & a light in the freezer!
**my over-the-stove microwave that is NOT made by Magic Chef (Heather can appreciate my disdain for my old microwave i think! LOL)
**my slider to the screen porch that has 3 panes instead of 2 & can open in either direction
**my new shower with it's wonderful new shower head. ahhhhh heaven....
**TWO walk-in closets in the master bedroom!!
**the pocket door for the master bathroom. this thing takes up no space!
**a laundry room with a door!
**and the hand-me-down Maytag Neptune washer & dryer that are SO quiet

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

if i had 100...

saw this on Good Gravy & thought it might be fun! =)

If I had 100 dollars I would buy some fun little touches for the new house.

If I had 100 pencils I would most likely not get a single one of them to stick in those drop-ceiling tiles if i threw them dart-style like you do when your kids in school & the teacher leaves the room for a minute.

If I had 100 mosquito bites I would not be able to sleep at night.

If I had 100 friends I would be very wealthy. =)

If I had 100 legs I would have a hard time shopping for pants! LOL!

If I had 100 eyes I would be a fly? ewwww...

If I had 100 dogs I would never have any peace & quiet.

If I had 100 acres I would have all my loved ones living near me.

If I had 100 kisses I would not be able to stop smiling.

If I had 100 years I would still not have enough time to spend with those i love the most.

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more backlogged memes

catching up on some more memes today!

how about this one from The Thursday Threesome



::Premium Web Service::

Onesome--Premium - Have you paid for any access to web services? What services? What are they like? an upgraded Hotmail account so that i can use it with Outlook Express. Norton AntiVirus & Internet Security. Spy Sweeper (a spyware removal program & some other features i really like having). i think that's it...

Twosome--Web - For the free stuff on the web, what it your favorite out there? What do you find yourself looking at everyday? my favorite? you understand i never have just one of those right? LOL! for instant messaging: AIM. for blogging: Blogger (of course lol). for email: Gmail. for photo organization: Picasa2.

Threesome--Service - What goes on in your mind when you're out and get bad service from a restaurant or store? Do you let it slide off your back like ducks do to water? Or, do you make sure the business knows your dissatisfaction? i am pretty non-confrontational. you have to really screw up to get me to make a scene. i know that i have on rare occasion but i can't honestly name a specific instance for you. i'm more likely to fume in silence. if i'm at a restaurant, i tip accordingly. and yes, once or twice i have even left NO tip, the service was THAT bad. more often than not though, i will deal with the screw up if i can or i will politely ask for a correction.
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Friday Feast 78

Appetizer
Choose one: Popcorn, Pizza, Pretzels, Peanuts, or Pasta. oh man...pasta or pizza? pizza or pasta? i can't make this decision!!

Soup
Describe your personality in terms of a particular vehicle.
i think i'll go with the Nissan catch-phrase, SHIFT, which according to their website makes Nissan: a pure, uncompromising SHIFT from the ordinary.

Salad
If you won a shopping spree, from which store would you want it to be?
oh...something for home decorating i would have to say right now. or maybe one of those all-inclusive shopping sprees for something like the Orlando Premium Outlets where i could get all sorts of different stuff...

Main Course
Which television show re-runs do you enjoy watching?
Sex & the City. Friends. Everybody Loves Raymond.

Dessert
If you could look into the future, how far down the road would you like to see? 10 years? 100 years? A million?
i wouldn't. i think it would affect how you lived for today. tomorrow is always coming but today is almost gone. why lose even a minute? i keep thinking too of the line from Garth Brooks' song, "The Dance": and now I'm glad I didn't know, the way it all would end, the way it all would go. our live are better left to chance. i could have missed the pain but i'd have had to miss the dance...
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Plastic's Friday Questions

1- Do you have brothers or sisters? Tell a little bit about them. 2 younger brothers. Josh is almost 27 (omg!!) & is engaged to be married this coming May. Zachary will be 8 in June--he's actually my half-brother.
2- What is your favorite type of food? Italian
3- Scrapbooking technique you are scared to try? painting
4- Are you a messy scraper or a tidy one? messy while working on a page but then i have to tidy up before i start the next one
5- What is or was your favorite kids book? it's kind of a series i guess. "If You Give a Moose a Muffin", "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", "If You Give a Pig a Pancake", "If You Give a Pig a Party", "If You Take a Mouse to School" and "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies". i also like "Guess How Much I Love You".

1 - Your name, why do you have it? it's Dawn. and i don't honestly know how i got it. i was *supposed* to be Danielle or Megan...
2 - What did you want to be when you grew up? a mom. a teacher. a horse trainer. an interior designer.
3 - What is your favorite body part(on you)? my eyes & my figure
4 - What kind of paintings do you like? moonlight, sunrises & sunsets, especially over water...i especially like the work of Steven Power, "Diamond Head Sunrise" is my personal favorite
5 - If you weren't ______ ( a mom, married, etc..) you would be? i'd still do my best to be me =)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

how about some more new house photos?

anyone tired of these yet? lol...

the kitchen




the plan is to get this freestanding cabinet to go in the space under the clock in the photo above...


master bedroom




master bath


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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

why do i love these goofy things? LOL




You Are a Visionary Soul



You are a curious person, always in a state of awareness.

Connected to all things spiritual, you are very connected to your soul.

You are wise and bright: able to reason and be reasonable.

Occasionally, you get quite depressed and have dark feelings.



You have great vision and can be very insightful.

In fact, you are often profound in a way that surprises yourself.

Visionary souls like you can be the best type of friend.

You are intuitive, understanding, sympathetic, and a good healer.



Souls you are most compatible with: Old Soul and Peacemaker Soul

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this is not funny people!!


that is frost.
and ice.
this morning.
on MY car.
because it was 27*!!
IN FLORIDA.

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please insert eye-rolling here

never been much for Valentine's Day. not that i'm not sweet & romantic when it comes to The One I Love. but i prefer it be a regular thing--not a Hallmark thing. and as history shows...i have bad V-days...some of my worst fights with significant others have been ON the day of hearts. *sigh* here's hoping this one will be bearable...




Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"



You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.

You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.



Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you



Your flirting style: friendly and sweet



What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance



Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive

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Monday, February 13, 2006

the truth revealed

how about those answers to Saturday's 6 truths/4 lies game! (truth is until i read someone else's, i had completely forgotten i needed to do this. actually...i had remembered but then i forget. but that's neither here nor there lol...)

1. my math skills leave much to be desired. TRUTH: scary as it is, i was an accounting clerk for not one but TWO car dealerships for well over a year & a half lol...

2. i finally gave in & washed my car today. LIE: lol...unless the rain counts ;-)

3. i haven't taken a photograph in over 24 hours. TRUTH: that has since changed. in fact i took some & posted them on Sunday!

4. i love college football. LIE: i hate all college sports though i do love some of their professional counterparts!

5. i no longer have to take the highway into work now that i've moved into the new house. LIE: i actually take 1/2 mile of highway travel to get into work--just on a different highway than before

6. i have 3 god children. TRUTH: one is my sweet Baby Girl whose photos appear frequently on my blog. one is actually my almost 8 year old half brother Zach. and the 3rd is my old boyfriend's niece.

7. i nap with my puppy almost every afternoon/evening. TRUTH: usually just for a half hour or so on the couch when i curl up to relax after dinner or on the weekends, mid-afternoon. the most comfy couch ever & a warm furry little body curled into your stomach is the best lullaby. =)

8. i only drink water. LIE: i actually drink 1 glass of cranberry juice in the morning when i get up. then it's mostly water all the rest of the time. an occasional deviation but i'm sure to most, it *seems* as though all i drink is water!

9. i haven't been to Disney park since before Christmas. TRUTH: shocking isn't it?! i changed that on Sunday too when i took some photos lol...

10. i get hiccups from drinking anything with carbonation. TRUTH: i hiccup EVERY time. it's kind of annoying as the hiccups are usually of the painful variety.

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i don't care how much you hate the cold...

...this photo is breathtakingly serene. nature's true beauty.

photo by Rena Urglavitcht - Yardley, PA


When Earth puts on her ermine wrap
And holds white diamonds in her lap.
(from "Winter Morning" by Edna Jaques)

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catching up to speed

i think i will have to spend this week catching back up with the memes that got out of control with all the packing & relocating & more packing & more relocating & even MORE relocating & now the UNpacking lol...so bear with me--some of these go back a while. i'll just do the ones that are approriate to that day. ;-)

found this one on Stacy's blog and i don't know where she found it lol...

1. Eggs? Fried or Scrambled? scrambled i guess. if i have them fried, i only eat the whites. not for health reasons but more cause the yolks gross me out lol...
2. Chocolate covered cherries? Yummy or Yuck? no thank you...
3. When eating a salad, what type of dressing do you prefer to use? some version of Italian
4. Peanut Butter? Creamy or Crunchy? either but there's usually just creamy at the house
5. If you HAD to eat only one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life, what flavor would it be? coffee. but if you'd let me count frozen yogurt, it would be Roadrunner Raspberry: vanilla with a raspberry ribbin & little dark chocolate raspberry-filled cups
6. Thick or thin crust pizza? thin
7. Salsa? Hot, Medium, or Mild? medium
8. Toast? Lightly toasted or practically burnt? well-toasted but not burnt--it's a fine art lol
9. What is your FAVE food item at Taco Bell? if it's ok with you, i'll pass on Taco Bell all together thanks...

AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST

10. When are you MOST LIKELY to pig out during the course of a day?
i eat pretty consistently all day long lol...
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these are also from Stacy

1. What time of day is too late to telephone someone? depends on who i am calling really. the times vary from person to person...i guess unless otherwise pre-determined, 10:30pm.

2. Have you ever looked up the lyrics to a song online? MANY times

3. What’s your favorite dessert to order at a restaurant? cafe latte cheesecake from Macaroni Grille

1. What are your favorite pizza toppings? List your favorite 3 (or more). just tomato & cheese

2. What was the last movie you saw (theater or rented, your choice, or both)? watched "Shark Tale" on HBO this weekend if that couts...

3. What is your favorite fruit? raspberries
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from Burberry Girl

Random challenge for today. List 5 or more false impressions you give people when you first meet them. Things they assume of you but is completely wrong.

1. that i am outgoing--i'm actually shy & pretty quiet.
2. that i live at the Disney parks--yes i have a season pass & i do go alot, but i'm not there every day! LOL
3. that just because i was born & raised & lived in CT for 25 years, i am immune to cold weather--i HATE to feel cold, i almost always felt cold in CT other than the absolute dog days of summer & even then every place i went had the a/c set to arctic. if i wanted to cold weather i would still live in CT.
4. that just because i lived in CT, i give a crap what the Huskies do in basketball--i actually LOATHE basketball on every level. *gasp* sacrilege for a CT native! LOL!
5. that i wish i didn't have to wear glasses--i love my glasses. =)

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*through chattering teeth*

photo by Pamela Moore
i'd blog but i'm shivering too hard. 37* this morning. and the temps are still falling. this is lunacy i tell you!! and tomorrow is supposed to be 10* colder?! i thought i moved to FL to stay warm. at least when most of the rest of you people are this cold you have this to look at--i just get dead grass. =P i know return you to your regularly scheduled blogging while i seek out some place warm & cozy...

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

baby it's COLD outside

yes i know that some of you are buried under up to 2 feet of snow drifts but don't think it's all balmy & tropical down here in the Sunshine State!

Your Local Forecast
Updated: 2/12/2006 4:06:00 PM


Important Message
Freeze warning in effect from 4 AM to 8 AM est Monday. Wind chill advisory in effect from 10 PM this evening to 9 am est Monday. Freeze watch in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Tonight
Clearing this evening. Becoming partly cloudy late at night. Colder. Lows around 30 in normally colder areas...32 to 36 elsewhere. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph this evening diminishing to north 10 mph overnight. Wind chill 25 to 30 by daybreak.

Monday
Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Continued brisk with highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph...diminishing toward Sunset. Morning wind chill 25 to 30.

Monday Night
Mostly clear. Cold. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds.

Tuesday
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. East winds around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 35 to 40. Light northeast winds.

the blustery, bone-chilling wind did *not* stop me though from going into Disney today as i had planned! brought back some new photos with me from Disney-MGM Studios, the Boardwalk & Epcot's World Showcase.










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word association for the week of February 12, 2006



I say ... and you think ... ?

Unorthodox:: non-traditional
Skate:: ice
Hold on:: wait a second
Europe:: Italy
Reminder:: refresher
Gold:: silver
Calcium:: need more
Rated R:: strong content
Saturday night:: last night
Tell:: show and...

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