Sunday, April 30, 2006

dismay


of course the race was rain delayed until tomorrow & i was left with nothing but to watch in pain as Schilling collected his first loss for 2006. it's an exquisite form of torture to watch the Red Sox play these days. kinda like old times. but not any i was eager to revisit.

and now on top of everything else; on top of losing to the worst team in the AL East; on top of now being tied for first place with The Nemesis; on top of the next month's schedule consisting of 3 stints with the Yankees, 2 each with Baltimore & Toronto and another stand with the D'Rays; on top of tomorrow's home opener against NY being pitched by Wakefield (or more accurately, my issue is that it's being caught by Ward)...

on top of ALL THAT...

tomorrow i have to look at The Traitor (who i refuse to even link my blog to!) in pinstripes. with his sell-out haircut.

and no it won't matter if they are actually in road grays & not pinstripes.

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you've been meme'd: April 30, 2006


I say ... and you think ... ?
April 30, 2006

Out of place :: conspicuous
Helicopter :: medical transport
Francis :: Hurricane Frances (2004)
Ryan :: one of Michael's nephews
Wedding :: bride
Apalled :: shocked & appalled
Historian :: history buff
Powerful :: dominating
Sex symbol :: ME!!! (bahahahahahahaha...) ok no...Pamela Anderson
Uncomfortable :: cramped

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from Monday Madness

This week's theme is 5 THINGS... Thanks for playing, and have a blessed week! =)

Name 5 Things that:

April 24, 2006

1. Make you smile: email. being at Disney World. photos of my god daughter. comments on my blog. the Red Sox winning.
2. You can see on your desk right now: Andie's digital camera that she loaned to me. a recipe for Flame-Grilled Fillet Caesar Salad. a vanilla-scented candle. photos & a card from Alison. Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Bread, a stick of margarine & a knife (i ate breakfast right here just a minute ago lol).
3. Kept you busy this weekend: grocery shopping. laundry. napping. watching the Red Sox. cleaning the kitchen.
4. You'll be doing this coming week: working. blogging. watching the Red Sox-Yankees series. emailing with my friends. hopefully receiving my new camera!!
5. You've said to make someone else smile: awwww shucks...i dunno...lol. something i hope!

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Feast Ninety-One
April 28, 2006

Appetizer
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how polite are you?
9

Soup
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
i have to pick 2 because they made me laugh equally hard: Boston Legal this past Tuesday & my email conversation with Nichole on Wednesday i believe it was.

Salad
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
does Tinkerbell count?

Main Course
Tell about the funniest teacher you ever had.
probably Ms Norton, my junior year English teacher. she always said exactly what was on her mind & she was pretty sacrcastic which tends to amuse me. i wonder if she can still get away with teaching her students the way she taught us...?

Dessert
Complete this sentence: I strongly believe that
by grace we are saved through faith.

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(from April 14, 2006)

Oh my aching... actually nothing at the moment. hmmm...

I'm addicted to... sports!

This week I discovered... some old film i needed to develop.

I don't understand... how Matt Leinart didn't go until 10th overall in the draft, but i'm thrilled that he went to the Cardinals & not the Raiders.

Inconsideration ...makes my blood boil.

I should have... watched The Sopranos last night but i forgot it was on.

WooooEeeeee, this weekend... it rained!!!

(from April 21, 2006)

When I was a kid I used to think... the scary stone house down the road from my grandparents' home was haunted.

I totally shouldn't have... rubbed my eyes just now because now they burn.

Thank goodness... today is the last game in this Red Sox-Devil Rays series.

When I grow up... i will still love Disney World.

I can't get... that aggravating James Blunt song ...out of my head.

Brett Favre's return for 2006 ...makes me smile from ear to ear.

I will spend my weekend... grocery shopping, doing laundry & relaxing.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

oo! oo! oo! oo! stayin' alive! stayin' alive!


just as i was constructing a eulogy for the Sox against the Rays tonight, something to bemoan the terrible tragedy of the last three outings here on my humble blog, Manny finally woke up the bats. i have come to a conclusion: unless Manny or Big Papi is hitting, NO ONE is hitting. i'm not sure who decided this was so--baseball gods with a twisted sense of humor? or is the rest of the batting order just feeling defeated when their homerun sluggers can't connect with the ball? the Red Sox website deems it an "offensive funk". it's offensive all right...and not in the way that should be implied when discussing Boston's hitting. but a solo homer by Ramirez in the 5th & suddenly they were all bringing bats to the plate again.

through four though, i was huddled up on my couch, lamenting the fact that no matter how poorly the Rays do against every other team they face, they seem to have the Red Sox' number. Boston is in first place, the D'Rays in last, yet it's as if the real world ceases to exist when they play against each other. suddenly it's the twilight zone & Tampa looks unstoppable. it befuddles me.

whatever the case, in an unexpected (by me anyway) about-face, Manny managed to come up with a stand-up triple in the 7th--and let me tell you, if Manny can get to third base easily, your defense must be moving backwards, never mind in slow motion. the only person slower than Manny is the as-of-late frustrated Ortiz, who, when he is in his zone, doesn't *need* to haul ass because the ball has gone yard & he can take his sweet time to trot around the bags. but Manny has shown some hustle these last few days & even if he is no sprinter, i am appreciating his effort. someone needs to show some if we're going to kick this slump & be ready to face those Crankees the beginning of next week! after several near heart failures, a couple words my father would not approve of and an ulcer the size of my fist, the 9th inning brought redemption for the poor performances i had been witnessing of late. in a delayed, but worth the wait rallying response to Manny's triple, the boys came through with some runs to take the lead at last & made me jump around like a lunatic right through the bottom of the inning when Papelbon sealed the deal with 3 straight Ks.

*sigh of relief*

if only i could be thrilled that Schilling takes the hill tomorrow afternoon. the sick feeling in my stomach comes from Kazmir starting for Tampa. Kazmir, who makes the Red Sox look like...well...like they have been looking in the games leading up to tonight. let's just hope the Sox don't revert back to bringing dead wood back to the plate & treating Schilling like they have been Wakefield.

tomorrow i will be watching the race & just checking the game's score on commercial breaks i think. i am not sure i can take that match-up at Tropicana after what they put me through tonight...

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Friday, April 28, 2006

do you suppose...

...this is how the Red Sox feel after last night?
*sigh*

(you can click on it to see it bigger!)

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

today's snack...

...because yesterday there was a comment from Nichole that was not very happy with my choice. ;-)

also so yummy. with dried sweetened cranberries, dark chocolate chips, peanuts, almonds & cashews. (but i throw away the almonds cause i don't like those.)

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in agreement with my previous post

from Surviving Grady

"What is it about having Tim Wakefield on the mound that makes the offense shut down? The only run, and the only bright spot of the night at plate, came from a Wily Mo long ball. The rest of the guys checked their bats at the door and cranked the suck-o-meter up a notch. Seriously, is this some sort of team prank?...

...Whatever it is, Bard is in on it. Four passed balls last night. And not all of them were the nasty knuckler. At least one was a belt-high pitch that inexplicably bounced off the top of Bard's glove allowing runners to advance. Even mild-mannered Timmy was showing signs of frustration."

i reiterate: i miss Mirabelli.

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the learning curve


so i learned last night that Wakefield is the *only* knuckleballer in all of present-day baseball. i knew it was uncommon but sheesh! i understand now that there's no other way for Bard to get better at catching him than to just get out there & do it. trial & error, emphasis on the errors. and i feel bad for him. i really do. he looks so aggravated out there. but i feel for Wake as well. how frustrating has this got to be for HIM? i guess, being that no one else is really a true knuckleballer, i am still befuddled over the fact that the Red Sox dumped Mirabelli--who was not only comfortable catching Wakefield, but GOOD at it! i know that maybe he was asking for a longer term contract & that Wakefield may not have as many years left in him as Mirabelli might have wanted but...you have a catcher who can catch a one-of-a-kind difficult pitcher with ease...and who was a great back-up for Tek...wouldn't it have been worth it instead of taking the end of a man's career to train a catcher in a technique he may conceivably never use again??

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

hmph!

guess which sucker is working late so THE BOYS can golf...and on Administrative Professional's Day no less!!

*raises hand sheepishly*

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indulgence

so so yummy...

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i thought the saying went "laugh & the world laughs with you..."

sometimes i feel ridiculous watching a show by myself & laughing alone. like tonight for example.

"Bored? With Denny Crane?? Why even my name fascinates!"
(paraphrased from a line spoken by William Shatner's character in tonight's episode of Boston Legal)

normally it's James Spader's character of Alan Shore that cracks me up the most but Denny Crane (William Shatner) made me freaking LAUGH tonight.

and that whole episode left me with a look of bewilderment. between this week's Boston Legal & last week's episode of The Sopranos, i am starting to think that my favorite show writers have completely cracked. LOL

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

sharing du jour: April 25, 2006

song of the day: "Me & You", Kenny Chesney

quote of the day: "The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them." (Thomas Merton)

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the man in black?



Gentlemen, start your trembling. There's an Earnhardt back in black.
How freaking cool is he going to look at Talladega on Sunday in honor of his father's birthday?! all three DEI cars will be sporting the black color scheme this weekend.

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when what to my wondering eyes should appear...


...but the announcement that Favre will play one more year!!!!

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back to good


Schilling remains undefeated & Manny is finally being Manny belting out home runs.
sweet dreams for this BoSox fan tonight.
=)

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Monday, April 24, 2006

sharing du jour: April 24, 2006

song of the day: "After All These Years", (Jim Brickman. vocals by Ann Cochran)

quote of the day: "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." (Morrie Schwartz)

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only me...

so. my hands were dry. i hate that. i grab my keys & take the 5 second walk to my car to get some of my favorite yummy vanilla hand lotion which i keep stowed in the compartment of the driver's side door. i am supposing that the lotion is unhappy being kept in the car in the heat (did i not learn my lesson with Little Debbie??) because when i flipped open the little cap to squeeze some into my palm, the lotion shot out at me in protest. and onto my my right boob. which made me start laughing. a lot. because it looked...never mind. if i have to explain it to you... ;-)

let's just say i smell extra-vanilla-y now. but unlike when someone usually inquires as to the source of the yummy smell...i will NOT be offering up the reason as i usually raise up my hands for them to breathe in deeply of the vanilla yumminess.

ha...
happy Monday.

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word association: April 24, 2006



Week 167

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

Ambition::
goal
Meatloaf:: mashed potatoes & gravy
Celebrity:: paparazzi
Coach:: Bill Belichick
Slacker:: lazy
Reflection:: mirror
Original:: master copy
Risk:: reward
Saved:: Redeemed
June:: CT

Week 168

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

Rising::
waking
Third:: Watch
Disruptive:: distracting
Surround:: envelop
Distant:: memory
Suction:: cup
Fried:: Green Tomatoes
Nuggets:: chicken
Clip:: barrette
San Antonio:: Spurs?

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

sharing du jour: April 23, 2006

song of the day: "Right Here", Staind

quote of the day: "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." (Aristotle)

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any bets...

...on how much longer before this dog turns on Ken's parents??
*wiping tears of laughter from my face*

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{Snapshots of Saturday}: April 23, 2006

hosted by Standing on the Edge

anniversary party for some friends of the family...

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heaven help us...

...my friends are raising divas!

the girlie belonging to Alison...


...and the one belonging to Heather!


LOL!!

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now that there are photos...

...i am going to share this little bit of fun!

yes that would be me on the right--only a local would be wearing a jacket in FL in April lol...

i got to meet Abby (whose blog i am currently working on fixing lol) & her husband Tony this past Wednesday! they are both so nice...and she is as sweet & adorable in real life as she is in blogland & email. i had a really great time--even if the restaurant we met at for dinner was a bit (ha...) noisy.

i've said it before & i'll say it again: this blog thing is SO FREAKING AWESOME!! i have made some really great friends i might never have otherwise. and i am lucky enough to live in a vacation hot spot because i have great opportunities to meet them! in fact, in a couple of weeks, i'm going to meet another one & i'm even more excited now than i was before!!

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you've been meme'd: April 23, 2006

from Blogdrive Insanity

Wednesday Mind Hump
April 18, 2006

Hi humpers! Ready for another mind hump? This week's theme is Cow Chip Day. I don't like that one, so I'll choose something else. I'm getting a brand new digital camera for my birthday this weekend, so today's theme will be photography!

1. Are you the photographer in the family, or is it someone else? it is mostly me! i do have a family full of photo-takers, though none as much as i do.

2. What kind of camera do you have? Digital or film? i actually have NO camera right now. but my wonderful friend Andie has let me borrow one of her digital cameras until i can save up enough to buy a new one--which will absolutely be digital!

3. Are you photogenic? Or do you run whenever someone breaks out the camera? i am by no means photogenic but i don't run from the camera like i used to. i've learned the value of being in the photos (when i'm not taking them) because i love looking back on old family photos & seeing the people i know & love long before i ever arrived on the scene.

4. If you could take a moment in your life, the best one you've ever had, and photograph it so that you could remember it forever, which moment would it be? i don't know how you would ever capture something like this but it would be the moment i recognized i was in love.

The rules are, there are no rules!!! All you need to do is copy and paste the above questions into your blog and add your responses. After you've finished, return here and leave us a comment so we'll know you've humped. Be sure your hump is linked back to http://bdinsanity.blogdrive.com so others can hump too.

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::"I am the King of Wishful Thinking"::
April 13, 2006

Onesome: I am-- When you state "I am", what do you state that you are? "The Queen" of course!

Twosome: the King-- Are you the king (or queen) of something? The remote? The household? Or is there something else you master? i am The Queen of where i work.

Threesome: of Wishful Thinking-- What have you been wishful for lately? a Red Sox win

::"Hey, Good Lookin', whatcha got cookin'
How's about cookin' something up with me."::

April 20, 2006

Onesome- Hey, good lookin': Makeover time! What's the one thing about yourself you would change if you could? From your hair style to your nose to your weight, you name it. i am who i am...

Twosome- whatcha got cookin'?: Do you like to cook? What's your favorite meal that you cook yourself? Care to share the recipe? Zesty Chicken with Spring Vegetables over Pasta

Threesome- How's about cookin' something up with me?: If you like to cook, do you like to share the kitchen/grill? If you share, do you direct the goings on, or just let the other person do their thing? Or do you prefer to solo it, subscribing to the "too many cooks spoil the broth," theory? i need to be solo in the kitchen. i hate when i have too many people underfoot. grab & chair & keep me company but do *not* get in my path.

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Feel Good
April 14, 2006

1. Have you ever ridden a camel? as a matter of a fact, i have! lol

2. When you are outside, what does the horizon look like? trees, some soft hills & a glimpse of lake

3. Who is the last person to leave you a message? my hairstylist--who claims i missed my appointment on the 20th but i have news for her--the card she filled out for me says the 27th...

4. How many hours did you sleep last night? 7

5. Chocolate: take it or leave it? leave it...all for me that is ;-)

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Feast Eighty-Nine
April 14, 2006

Appetizer
What movie soundtracks do you own? "City of Angels"; "Grosse Pointe Blank"; "Phantom of the Opera" (the Broadway show, not the movie)

Soup
How much cash do you usually carry with you? roughly $10-$20 & some portion of a roll of quarters for the toll booth going to & from work

Salad
Are you more comfortable around men or women? Why? usually men. they are straight-shooters. if they are annoyed at you, they make it clear & tomorrow they are over it. they don't thrive on the gossip & pettiness & back-stabbing & false pretenses that a lot of women tend to. i've actually made a decent number of "girl" friends recently but i've noticed a common trend: we all prefer the "man mentality"! lol

Main Course
What is the most mischievous thing you remember doing as a child?
peeking in the unwrapped Christmas presents when no one was around

Dessert
Who is the funniest member of your family?
my dad when you get him going

Feast Ninety
April 21, 2006

Appetizer
List 3 things you keep putting off.
unpacking. ironing. ordering the free-standing cabinet for the kitchen because i'm afraid it will go on sale as soon as i buy it--exactly like my plane tickets to CT did for my trip in June. *sigh*

Soup
What do you feel is your greatest responsibility?
to be true to myself & those i care for

Salad
If you could have starred in any movie, which one would you have wanted to be in and why?
"Serendipity" -- because Kate Beckinsale's character finally gets her guy despite all the time & space & obstacles

Main Course
What is an expectation you had as a child about being an adult and, now that you are grown up, you realize you were wrong?
that love makes any sense.

Dessert
When was the last time you had your car serviced?
3 weeks ago

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Friday Five for 04.14.06 --
A photograph's worth 1,000 words.

1. What is your favorite photo? one my brother rcently scanned & emailed me of my grandparents (that i plan to share here at some point)
2. Who took the photo? i have no idea, possibly my aunt
3. If you could photograph anything or anyone what/who would it be? The Man who avoids the camera like it's a death sentence
4. What makes a good photo? capturing the emotion going on at the time the photo was taken
5. Which do you prefer: digital or print? digital

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Are you more...

01) Pure chocolate (either milk or dark) or chocolate mixed with stuff (peanuts, almonds, rice puffs, etc.)? any will do but i guess mixed with stuff takes a slight edge
02) Someone with a neat, beautiful signature or someone with a horrible chicken-scratch signature? actually a cross between the two: neat enough to be able to identify the signer but messy enough to make it both original & difficult to copy
03) Tolerant of phone solicitors because they might be offering something you want or intolerant of phone solicitors because they're annoying you at home? 100% intolerant--don't call me, i'll call you
04) Joysticks make for the better gaming overall or gamepads make for the better gaming overall? ummmm...huh?
05) A lover of fast automobiles or a lover of reliable, sturdy automobiles? reliable
06) The regular holidays should be kept as-is even if they have a religious background or all holidays should be completely secular? leave tradition & well-enough ALONE. if you don't believe in what someone's celebrating, just don't join in.
07) Expecting that there will be ETs walking freely on Earth within your lifetime or expecting that it will happen after you're dead if at all? ETs? heh...i'm a skeptic. period.
08) Needing of quiet when you work or enjoying noise (radio, tv, conversation) when you work? prefer quiet...or at least controlled noise
09) A karaoke singer or a karaoke critic? critic--which is messed up because NO WAY am i getting up there to do it myself!
10) One who thinks that you should honestly critique children's work (so they can improve) or one who thinks you should always praise children's work? i think that children need a healthy dose of both--one to encourage their true potential & the other to nurture their self-esteem. you can't praise idly or criticize too harshly. everything in moderation.

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from Friday Fun

Famous Friday
April 21, 2006

This week, it is all about the rich and famous!!

1. Name one celebrity that you admire. Name one you that you absolutely DON’T admire! admire: Tom Brady. DON'T admire: T.O.
2. Have you ever met a celebrity? Was it a good experience? If not, who would you most like to meet? i met a WWE wrestler once. i was having a book signed as a Christmas gift. i think i was the only one there who didn't care who he was--and so we ended up having a good conversation.
3. Do you have a celebrity crush? If so, who? hmmmm...i've had a thing for Kiefer Sutherland lately...
4. Who is your favorite actor? Actress? actor: John Cusack. actress: Jennifer Aniston.
5. What is the best movie you have seen this year, new or old? "The Wedding Date"

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Friday, April 21, 2006

sharing du jour: April 21, 2006

song of the day: "Nothing Else Matters", Metallica

quote of the day: "Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen." (unknown)

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party tricks!

it appears you can not only make me shoot water out of my mouth if you time the delivery of a humorous comment to coincide with my attempt to take a drink, but apparently if you distract me enough from the task at hand, i will just miss my mouth all together & end up the one taking the shower.

and i'm thinking that Nichole & Daniel have now added another item on their vacation to-do list.

that's me. a laugh a minute.
=P

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the morning after

all i can say about last night's game is...

i miss Mirabelli.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

5 things you need to know

5 things:

in my fridge
1. orange juice
2. a Brita water dispenser
3. keilbasa
4. french onion dip
5. 2 yoplait yogurts: mixed berry and pineapple

in my closet
1. a box full of photos
2. my high school yearbooks
3. my favorite formal black dress
4. plastic storage drawers on wheels filled with scrap supplies
5. a basket full of clean laundry to put away

in my purse
1. 2 checkbooks
2. a package of Extra Spearmint gum
3. SoftLips in French Vanilla
4. Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets
5. a case to hold my sunglasses

in my car
1. 4 scrapbooks
2. my winter coat
3. 2 containers that i used to bring cupcakes to work last Friday
4. my water bottle
5. Windex wipes

on my TiVo (assuming i had TiVo)
1. The Sopranos
2. Boston Legal
3. Ghost Whisperer
4. some sort of sporting event
5. the PMS episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" because it cracks me up every single time i see it

I tag:

1. anyone who feels like playing along

Please leave a comment so we can check your blog out! ;)

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sharing du jour: April 19, 2006

song of the day: "All I Want", Toad the Wet Sprocket

quote of the day: "You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back." (Barbara De Angelis)

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Go Sox!



AL East Standings
Red Sox 11-4
Orioles 9-7
Yankees 7-7
Blue Jays 7-7
Devil Rays 7-8


ok so the Yankees are no longer in last place. that would be partially the Red Sox fault anyway since the current series has consisted of the Sox being victorious over the D-Rays twice now. doesn't matter anyway. without getting too smug too early (we *are* only 15 games in after all...) i like seeing the Boys from Boston firmly in first. not to mention Schill 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA. Beckett at 3-0 and an ERA of 1.29. Papelbon closing with a solid 7 saves. some fine defensive work in the field--highlights-worthy plays & some real hustle being shown. and finally, finally, the bats starting to show some life. i have to say...if the NFL is my first love, the Red Sox are an almost imperceptible second!

in closing, some particularly favorite quotes from Surviving Grady:

All in all, it was just what you'd like to see every night. Seven strong from your starter, set-up and close. Good defense and plenty of offense. Spring is here. Baseball is back. All is well. ("Brining Down the House" 4.12.06)

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Such a curious thing, this 2006 Red Sox team. Last night's offensive hero, Alex Gonzalez, began the evening hitting .167. Manny Ramirez looks like a guy who can't find his ass with both hands whenever he steps to the plate (now checking in at a most un-Mannylike .200). Mike Lowell, who I previously feared would be the official team albatross, is absolutely crushing the ball at Fenway. The Mighty Wily Mo Pena is, as Men at Work once sang, "six foot tall and full of muscle," but reduced to spare change whenever he takes a bat in his hand. And Curt Schilling has been reborn as the heart, soul and fury of the team. ("And Just Wait 'Til Clemens Gets Here..." 4.15.06)

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Attention Kevin Youkilis:

What can I say? I'm sorry.

Ever since it was reported that you'd be taking over first base duties, I've led a one-man campaign to smear your good name. The bat would go dead, I promised. The defense -- even though a fancy hat rack might prove an effective upgrade over Kevin Millar's glovework -- would be deplorable. It was time, I thought, to climb upon JT Snow's shoulders and let him carry us into the promised land.

But, like so many other things, I was wrong....Most recently, you've wormed your way into my heart by single-handedly resuscitating a game that, for all intents and purposes, was lying cold on the floor. Hauling your prodigious ass down the first base line, you injected more adrenaline into this city than the twenty-two thousand marathoners ambling up Heartbreak Hill could ever hope to."
("I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends" 4.18.06)

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Seriously, I can't recall another season that packed more drama into the first couple weeks. Between the one-run nailbiters and walk-off homeruns and balls-out saves and diving catches, I've already pushed my blood pressure well out of the safety zone. And it's only April? Sweet Melissa!...

...And it all came down to a spectacular holy-crap-did-he-really-catch-that? snag by Adam Stern to seal the deal. Before you could even wrap your brain around what was happening, Papelbon was pumping his fists and "Dirty Water" was in the air.
("The Famous Final Scene" 4.19.06)

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Suffice it to say that last night, our pals from Tampa Bay looked woefully out of sync, as if some of them were channeling a baseball game happening in an alternate universe. The Sox, meanwhile, continued to tear it up, with the offense delivering a seven-run third inning, and Schilldog, while not quite as sharp as previous outings this season, striking out seven and holding the Rays to one measly run. Our Man Curt is 4-0. The Greek God of Walks (3-for-4 with a home run) has been reborn as the Greek God of Kicking Y'alls Azz. ("I Saw an Angel, Of That I'm Sure" 4.20.06)

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brief hiatus

faithful readers & determined stalkers:
(heh--all four of you)

i have been alarmingly quiet these last two days, no? not a single meme to half-way appease you. not even a quick "sharing du jour". not so much as a peep...

my sincerest apologies for any concerns or withdrawals i may have caused. (please know that i am cracking myself up here lol...but the apologies are sincere, truly.)

fear not though! i am back today. with more blather than ever.

and i know you just can't wait...
;-)

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Monday, April 17, 2006

sharing du jour: April 17, 2006

song of the day: "Bless the Broken Road", Rascal Flatts

quote of the day: "Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you." (Oscar Wilde)

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every time i get these forwarded to me...

...i still can't help but to laugh!

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry La Prise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey," died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.

They put his left leg in, and then the trouble started.

SHUT UP. You know it's funny.

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A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables, and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, "Jesus is watching you."

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight out, and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, promised himself a holiday after the next big score, then clicked the light on and began searching for more valuables.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, "Jesus is watching you." Freaked out, he shone his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice.

Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. "Did you say that?" He hissed at the parrot.

"Yep," the parrot confessed, then squawked, "I'm just trying to warn you."

The burglar relaxed. "Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?"

"Moses," replied the bird.

"Moses?" the burglar laughed. "What kind of people would name a bird Moses."

"The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus."

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a day late?

...or a reminder that Easter is not about just one Sunday in Spring?

look who is starting to peek out today! =) at first i was a little disappointed when all the buds stayed tightly wrapped. i checked the lilies about 50 times, hoping they would somehow know that it was Easter--being *Easter* lilies & all--and would open up there pure white trumpets in joyful praise. nothing doing. when i went to bed last night, not a bud had budged.

but when i woke up this morning, look at what was waiting for me. as i impatiently waited for my lilies on Easter, my lilies had a lesson in store for me. Easter isn't just about that one day. that one day is just a reminder that we have a reason to celebrate *every* day.

i was reminded of this particular email i received a couple of weeks ago:


The hymn writer Isaac Watts celebrated the central symbol of our faith in his well-known hymn, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." This is the cross of Christ, not a replica of wood or stone encased in gold, but the [one] on which "the Prince of Glory died."

The cross struck horror into the hearts of millions in the ancient world, just as the twisted cross of the Nazi swastika or the hammer and sickle of communism were meant to strike terror into the modern world. No one gloried in the cross until the Prince of Glory was elevated upon it. Then the cross became for the first time the "wondrous cross," the sight of which can turn a man's life inside out. The dying Prince of Glory made it so.

Christ was delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification. The Crucified is not dead. He lives! And faith is not in vain. As He is true and real, as His wondrous cross was true and real, as the open tomb is true and real, so true and real is faith that trusts in Him.

At the cross, life meets death, and only life remains for those who pin their hopes on Him. Fear is turned into faith, and hatred of God and man transformed into love. All this comes from the Savior Christ who speaks to you today: The whole realm of nature is Mine. I gave it all up for you. For you I died. For you I live.
(Dr. Oswald Hoffman)


life meets death, and only life remains. an empty cross. an empty tomb. i get a shiver just thinking about that.

are you still rejoicing today...?

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i know...it doesn't take much does it

gaggle

someone used this word in one of the 8000 emails we shoot back & forth over the course of the day. made me laugh.

gaggle

can't help it. it's a funny word. i laugh every time i hear it. and then you know how the more you say some words, they start sounding less & less like a real word? that's especially true for a word that makes you laugh.

gaggle
ha.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

sharing du jour: April 16, 2006

song of the day: "Nobody But Me", Blake Shelton

quote of the day: The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said...." (Matthew 28:5-6)

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NNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!

say it isn't so. tell me THIS won't happen. i could tolerate him in a new uniform, although it wouldn't be the same. not the same at all. but...not playing for a team i don't like. please don't make me do this...

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and just who does Barry Bonds think he's kidding with this excuse. please.

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hope resurrected


In a world of injustice, God once and for all tips the scales in the favor of hope. Celebrating with you the Good News of the Risen Savior as we are filled with renewed hope this glorious Easter season.
(Max Lucado)

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

{Snapshots of Saturday}: April 15, 2006



napping. errands.
waiting for Easter. quality pup time.

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sharing du jour: April 15, 2006

song of the day: "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)", The Commodores

quote of the day: "The difference between a good day and a bad day isn't about what changes in your day. It's about what changes in you." (Soledad O'Brien as told to Holly Taylor)

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waiting...


praised


betrayed


died

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action...Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how His body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
(Luke 23:50-56)

those who believe as i do...we wait...in humble & reflective vigil...for Son-rise...

due to the sensitive & personal nature of this blog post, i am going to ask that any commentary be respectful of my beliefs. i know we do not all believe the same things but this time is deeply meaningful to me & i expect that i will be treated in the same courteous manner in which i would acknowledge your beliefs, whether i agree with them or otheriwse. i also reserve the right to remove any comment that offends me--something i don't typically practice, but i will not have this sacred time clouded with inflammatory or derogatory remarks. thank you in advance for you consideration.

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i think i found my new catch phrase

was wandering aimlessly through my (embarasslingly extensive) Bloglines list this morning. checked out Tenika's blog [ butterfly wings ]. she had a cool internet toy. had to try it out.

behold The Advertising Slogan Generator which doth proclaim:

Watch Out, There's a Dawn About.

ha.

as you were. ;-)

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Friday, April 14, 2006

spf: April 14, 2006



Stuff Portrait Friday: April 14th, 2006

1. Your Peeps - introduce us to some of your friends outside of the blog world.

i had to cheat to play along with this one since most of my non-blogging friends live in CT & i haven't seen them since last year. in the back, next to me, is my very good friend Alison that i met just when i needed a new friend about 4 & a half years ago. we bonded over cake. and i feel like i've known her my whole life. in front of Alison is someone i *have* known my whole life--or all but the first 3 years of it anyway which at our age counts as our whole life--but Heather has a blog so i'll move along now. =P next to Heather, holding an escaping little man is my friend Gosia (pronounced GO-shuh for anyone who doesn't know her). we met about 6 or so year ago and she is just the sweetest person. she's the kind of friend who is really there for you & that you can pick up right where you left off no matter how long it's been & she will always be truthful, tell you like it is, say the things you need to hear but no one else wants to say--but never in a way that is hurtful. i can't wait to see ALL my girlies when i'm up in June. =)


and these friends are Tony & Darna & their furbaby Sam. they are a ton of fun to hang out with. they are our breakfast buddies & Casey's playdate.

2. Something Fuzzy - *shaking head* you guys keep it clean.

this is my pupster...trying to make everyone in internet land believe that nobody here loves on him & gives him attention. he is really quite pathetic. and a con artist. =P

3. Something/Someone you want to dye/die - Yeah, shut up, you’ve thought of it!

i would really like to dye these but quite frankly no one here will eat this many hardboiled eggs so i guess i will do without...

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sharing du jour: April 14, 2006

song of the day: "Every Time I Hear Your Name", Keith Anderson

quote of the day: "It is impossible to fall out of love. Love is such a powerful emotion, that once it envelops you it does not depart. True love is eternal. If you think that you were once in love, but fell out of it, then it wasn't love you were in. There are no 'exit' signs in love, there is only an 'on' ramp." (unknown)

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

sharing du jour: April 13, 2006

song of the day: "Fast Cars and Freedom", Rascal Flatts

quote of the day: "...That river was cold but we gave love a chance..." (excerpt from "Fast Cars and Freedom", sung by Rascal Flatts)

~i know that this isn't technically a quote but i happened to catch a live acoustic performance on The Cledus T Party Morning Show while i drove into work this morning...and something about that line struck me as very symbolic...so there it is~

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on Boston sports...hanging in limbo...hope for the common man...and a i had a dream


well...6-2. no complaints here. still in first place in the AL East. i know the consensus is to blame Wells but to be honest, there was just no hitting at all in last night's game. not even from old reliables like Tek or Manny. the biggest problem was that the pitching sure didn't help matters. i hope Boomer finds his groove soon. and this little bit from Surviving Grady cracks me the heck up: I'd like to be the 3,482nd person to officially point out that more than a week into the season, Bronson Arroyo has two more home runs than Manny Ramirez. Sorry, I just think that's the friggin' funniest thing ever. Who knew we had a sleeping HR hitter in the rotation huh? too bad we let him go for "I'll Swing At Any Pitch You Throw" Pena...And we've gone Cuckoo for Coco Crisp--and signed a 3-year contract extension. from what i've seen so far, i'm pleased. as long as this early trip to the DL isn't a foreboding of what's to come...


finally, FINALLY! the Patriots organization has screwed its head on straight & started thinking about working out some deals with current team members. *before* they become free agents & we lose another dozen guys that took the field the previous season. a 4-year contract extenstion for Richard Seymour sounds darn good to me. he earned a little more of my respect too by saying: "I was never interested in who's the highest-paid player," Seymour said. "At the end of the day, I'm not going to spend all this money anyway. A lot of it is just a bunch of zeros. My concern was always just that I be compensated fairly for the things I do on the football field. We came to an agreement on that. There was give and take on both sides." (please don't ruin my happiness by telling me he was probably reading a carefully scripted line...just let me be delusional & believe that he was sincere, mmm-kay?) kind of curious where these meetings between Ty Law & Bill Belichick might lead too...


in other football news (or lack there of in this case)...and you know this pains me to say it...but it's really & truly time for Brett Favre to make a decision. i know he's struggling with it, you can see it plain as day, but really...it's time. his family, his fans, his team...they've been waiting patiently & supporting him every step of the way. i think we'd all understand whichever way he goes with his decision. we just need to get to that place so we know what comes next. us...but most of all HIM. i know every great athlete believes he has just *one more* great season left. and therein lies the greatest battle--fear of giving it up too soon. i don't know if he owes it to the Pack to come back for 2006 or to bow out at this point. on the one hand, they've lost the chance to pick up free agents to better to the team because they couldn't promote any QB and they've also lost the chance to pick up one of the veteran free agent QBs to help back a very inexperienced Rivers. he almost owes them this last season for the losses they've suffered leaving his career fate up to only him. and no one can really expect a brand new head coach to step into the picture & cut Favre, The. Brett. Favre., as his first line of business. that would be career suicide in Green Bay. on the other hand, maybe he's wavered so much that it's time he leaves them to put Rivers in, trial by fire & see what he's made of, to step away quietly. i just don't know. but the media has been so unforgiving of his indecision that it makes me sad to see someone who should go out with honor & accolades ending his career with criticism & snide remarks.


all this drama over Greg Biffle's girlfriend getting up in Kurt Busch's fiancee's face over Busch taking Biffle out of last Sunday's race. Biffle's girlfriend is getting reprimanded. blah blah blah. can't have this sort of catfighting being allowed in the public eye. blah blah and more blah. the only long term effect of this "incident" (which by the way, i totally see why Biffle's girlfriend was upset & had something to say, woman to woman) is that these 2 clowns got their women in the media spotlight & now every common man in America who watches a sports clip on tv suddenly has rekindled the hope that he too might somehow land a babe way WAY out of his league.


see what i mean?? how on earth did those 2 guys end up with those 2 girls?!

and last but not least, i must thank Michelle--not to be confused with Michelle (who finally blogged, TWICE in the last 24 hours!) or Michele (with 1 L)--but Michelle who gets me wound up on football commentary & talks a whole lot of Manning trash with me, who so kindly implanted thoughts of Chad Johnson & endzone dancs in my head late last night...which is the only way i can construe that i dreamt Chad Johnson had a huge spinning recliner installed in the endzone to the side of the uprights for his next TD celebration. i don't know what's more disturbing: that i dreamt about Chad Johnson or about ridiculous endzone antics.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

the year was 1994...

so i mentioned that this past weekend, i unpacked the boxes that had been living in my office. in one of them i uncovered my yearbook from my senior year of high school. totally could not resist looking through it.

first thing that struck me. we really look like a bunch of dorks. even the "cool kids". how did we not see this back then?? i mean really. dorks. it is inescapable.

then i started reading some of the things that were written in my yearbook by friends & classmates. ya know how you have all those inside jokes? things that can elicit eruptions of spontaneous laughter at the time with just one word? well 12 years (yikes. 12. i've been out of school now as long as i was in it. minus college of course but that's not the same thing. i digress. this should not come as a shock to you. where was i...? oh yeah!) when you read these one liners--typically followed by "you know what i mean"--12 years after the fact, you are just plain clueless. you have NO idea what so&so meant by that. none. yet back in the day, you can't imagine a time where you don't know, where none of this is important. because when it's happening it seems like it's enormous. you can't imagine anything bigger than this...and really, just like the fact that you have no perception of just how dorky you really are...you also can't begin to grasp how insignificant high school really is.

it's a rite of passage though. and there are some good memories in those pages even if most of them are foggy at best. and let's not forget the comic relief of looking at the photos. =P

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sharing du jour: April 12, 2006

song of the day: "Man to Man", Gary Allan

quote of the day: "I never thought it was worth it, you know waiting for your love, and then I felt your kiss, I could wait forever for this" (unknown)

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not sure what *this* is supposed to imply...

went out to the Chinese Buffet for dinner tonight. opened my fortune cookie to see:

You may attend a party where strange customs prevail.

if you know me at all, you know that i am no party girl. i am a little alarmed though now. the only "party" i know of in my future is Easter dinner at The Man's parents' house on Sunday. not too sure what to expect all of a sudden...

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you've beem meme'd: April 12, 2006

from Friday Fiver

I only smile in the dark

1. What's the weather like? perfect. 73*. breezy. sunny. more clouds than blue sky.

2. When is the last time you felt appreciated? this morning when i took a cup of coffee upsatirs to my boss & he said "you are just the sweetest thing".

3. What is the last bad news you heard? a good employee here got laid off

4. What is your favorite sad song? just ONE?? how about the first one that comes to mind: "A Bad Goodbye", Clint Black

5. Tell us about something you're obsessed with: blogging =P

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from Blogdrive Insanity

Wednesday Mind Hump: April 12, 2006

Hi everyone! Another hump day is upon us. Today is Big Wind Day, so grab a coat and play along.

1. "And the answer, my friends, is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind." So says Bob Dylan. What IS the answer?
only the wind knows

2. Ever seen/been near a tornado? Was it cool or scary? Both? Get out of it ok? yes but i didn't know it at the time. about...ummmmm...8 years ago (?) i was up in Syracuse NY with Michael visting friends. there was a really bad storm outside & we lost power. with nothing else to do we kind of wandered around house looking out the windows at the trees blowing & the rain & the lightning. finally we all just went to bed. when we woke up in the morning & ventured out for breakfast, we saw a street a block over cluttered with downed power lines, twisted trees, snapped utility poles & various other debris. turns out it was a tornado!! i wasn't scared because i didn't know but if i'd known, i'm sure i would have been terrified.

3. Pick a random country. If there's a message you could whisper in the wind to someone in that country, what would you say? Italy: thank you so much for all the yummy food -- what can i say?? it's almost my lunchtime & food is on my brain ;-)

4. What's your favorite thing and least favorite thing about wind? i love the way it feels on a warm day when a breeze comes along & refreshes you. but i do *not* like the wind when it comes with a hurricane & howls around my house for endless hours...

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from Manic Monday

a new meme i found courtesy of Stacy

1. When eating pancakes or waffles, do you put your syrup on top of the pancakes/waffles or on the side and why? i don't really like pancakes but i do like waffles--especially Blegian waffles. i usually put a little bit of butter & then my syrup or fruit of choice right on top, one section at a time. not too much though because i don't like them soggy. as i finish a section, i top the next one.

2. Do you cut your sandwiches on the diagonal, straight up the middle or not at all? depends on the sandwich. if it's just on regular sliced bread or on a round roll, i don't usually cut it at all. except for grilled cheese--that gets cut diagonally. if it's a sub-type sandwich & bigger than 6" then i cut it in half.

3. Do you tuck your top bedsheet in with hospital corners or do you like it on the looser side? i tuck it in, not perfect hospital corners but still neat. here's the thing though: i don't like to be tucked in too tight but i also don't like the sheets pulled out so that they come loose under the comforter. i like to get into a tightly made bed & then wriggle around until the sheets are the perfect tension (i know! i know! LOL) and i will even get up & re-tuck the sheets if i loosen them too much.

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from The Friday Five

another new meme discovered thanks to Marianne

Bits and Bobs for Friday, 7 April 2006

1. Do you like chicken? mmmmmmm...yummy. i like it all sorts of ways. grilled. roasted. chicken strips. boneless buffalo wings. chicken sandwich. tenderloin strips in a stirfry...

2. What is 1 food you can't live without? ONE?? ummmm...pasta.

3. Are you an early bird or a night owl? both. i like the peaceful calm of being the only one awake when every thing else is sleeping. i am NOT a middle of the afternoon girl.

4. Chocolate or vanilla? depends on what we're talking about.

5. Are you more of a cat person or a dog person? i like cats just fine but i *love* my puppy.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

sharing du jour: April 11, 2006

song of the day: "I Go Back", Kenny Chesney

quote of the day: "Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were suppose to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic." (Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin in "Sleepless in Seattle")

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Monday, April 10, 2006

PSA for Monday April 10, 2006

it is a good plan to roll your window all the way down *before* you throw your quarter into the basket at the toll booth. the odds of getting it through the inch you have it lowered for enjoying the fresh morning air on your commute to work are not good. neither is the shock of that small disc of metal bouncing back & hitting you on the side of the head, if you want the honest truth.

it *is* good for making the person behind you laugh as they see it happen though. *sigh* (this had to be the one time someone was paying attention huh?) it also makes good blogging material. look at me, Little Miss Glass-Half-Full. =P

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is this supposed to help??

a co-worker (who just happens to be a Bucs fan) just left the following page on my desk from his Buccaneers page-a-day calendar:

Buccaneers Fact
Kicker Martin Gramatica (1999-2004) is the only player in Buccaneers' history to score 100 points in a season. He did it three times, with a high of 128 points in 2002.

handwritten underneath that little nugget is the following message: of course if he could still do that, he would still be playing for us.

yeah great. thanks.

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sharing du jour: April 10, 2006

song of the day: "Kind & Generous", Natalie Merchant

quote of the day: "When you smiled you had my undivided attention. When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with you. When you cried you had my urge to hold you. When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever." (anonymous)

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2Peas Challenge: April 10, 2006

1. Harry.... When Harry Met Sally
2. Black.... cat
3. Delicious... yummy
4. Funny... Bill Engvall
5. Green... beans
6. Ribbons... and bows
7. Internet... black hole
8. BBQ... chicken
9. People... diversity
10. Quirky... original

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Sunday, April 9, 2006

{Snapshots of Saturday}: April 9, 2006

challenge hosted by Standing on the Edge

i spent my Saturday finally unpacking the rest of the office & getting it organized



this picture on the wall was a housewarming goft from my very sweet & talented friend Andie who framed me some of her amazing photography =)


this big empty space where the chair is will hopefully one day house an armoire


this is going to be my scrapping table


and where this cair is will possibly one day be a big comfy cozy chair for curling up with a good book or magazine. the computer desk will need to shift over a little but there's plenty of room to work with. right now just trying to balance out some of the empty space.

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word association: April 9, 2006



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

Buck::
antlers
Harry:: Potter
Play:: ground
Monstrosity:: eyesore
Nightclub:: not my scene
Missing:: persons
Sprout:: Jolly Green Giant
Flavor:: grape
Identity:: stolen
Saucy:: spunky

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sharing du jour: April 9, 2006

song of the day: "I Cross My Heart", George Strait

quote of the day: "Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you I had no control over." (unknown)

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Saturday, April 8, 2006

what's better?

received this comment (which earns a blog post all it's own even if i didn't have something to add):

Dawn, there's no good entry in which to post this and I don't have your e-mail, so I'm just gonna say it here...

What's better than a Friday in which the Sox beat the Birds 14-8?

A Friday in which the Sox beat the Birds 14-8 and the Angels beat the Yankees 4-1!


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better than that even? a win on Saturday as well with a 2nd fine performace by Schilling & another nice close by Papelbon.

the icing on the cake:
AL EAST
Red Sox 4-1
Bluejays 3-2
Orioles 2-3
Devil Rays 2-3
Yankees 1-4 (edit to add: THE YANKEES LOST *AGAIN*!!)

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sharing du jour: April 8, 2006

song of the day: "She's From Boston", Kenny Chesney

quote of the day: "There are only two seasons -- winter and Baseball." (Bill Veeck)

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spf: April 8, 2006



Let’s get to know your camera, okay?

This Friday’s theme…Take me off AUTO!

1. Macro: take a picture of something ‘close up’. Don’t use your zoom, make sure you have good lighting and make sure you’re steady. If you have to, set your camera down on something and then take the picture.



2. NO FLASH: try swiching the flash off and taking pictures of your stuff without it. It may take a lot of pictures to get the right shot, but open the windows and find artifical light to get it to work.



3. Perspective: get up high or down low…either way, change the perspective of your picture..tilt the camera sideways. Change the layout of the picture. Instead of having the subject framed perfectly in the middle of the picture…move it to the left or the right.



You all hate it when I make you think of out of the box. This is one of those weeks you’re going to hate me, but it’s really not that hard. Find your favorite subject and follow the rules.

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