Wednesday, February 28, 2007

so close & yet so far away...



i'm all baseball-high on hearing the first strains of "Sweet Caroline" sing out from my computer speakers.

i realize it's just the first game of Spring Training but i was lucky enough to be able to listen to it online tonight. can't even capture with words how *good* it feels to hear some baseball again. if you could see my face, you'd understand, i think -- but i am all scrubbed out, no more make up, hair like a wild woman. no chance *anyone* is seeing me tonight! =P

*does it shock *anyone* that the Sox opened exhibition baseball in front of a sold out crowd? (what i wouldn't have given to be there...) (zip it, Michelle! step away from the Lowell!)

*comfortable start by Schill. two hits in two innings on 19 pitches, 15 of them strikes. some things you can just count on.

*just like you can count on Julian to slip back into Ugly EZ, giving up a 3-run homer to tie the game at four. ::shakes head:: at least he made it feel like a Sox game.

*hoping that the jitters & rustiness wear off quickly, because after last year's amazing infield, three errors in one game felt... *weird*. thanks for kicking it off, Lugo. you looked just like you did in Tampa. ::rolls eyes::

*and leave it to my boys to go into extra innings on their first 2007 night on the diamond. just can't have a quick game against the Red Sox. ;-) at least they ended it tied up & not with a loss.

::breathes in deeply::
do you smell that? baseball season is coming!

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revulsion

i just took a big mouthful of yogurt.
and it was not the strawberry cheesecake flavor i *thought* i had picked up when i was grocery shopping.
it was strawberry-banana.

::violent shudder::

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why i hate February sweeps

because after a month of really good, all-new shows to watch, they make me quit, cold turkey. and it makes me suffer withdrawals. there wasn't even a rerun of Boston Legal last night.

and to make it worse, they will now torture me with March Madness for what feels like eternity.

is it baseball season yet? oh. wait. the only thing i will get to watch are D-Rays games. thank God for being able to listen to the Red Sox online.

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And I Quote: Febrauary 28, 2007

"Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself."
(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

in which she does the ridiculous dance of omg-there-might-be-a-spider-on-me

ok. i held back once. but i'll be damned if i didn't walk face first into that spider's web *again* on my way back with my clean laundry. i'm not sure which one of us is more traumatized -- me or the spider who was probably just getting things back to normal when along come this human face *again* to destroy her handiwork.

::shudder::

now all i feel are spiders on me.

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ack!

there's nothing quite like having a full load of laundry in your arms, on your way to the laundry room, and walking face first into a spider web.

::shiver::

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you'd think i would learn...

...not to watch CSI while i eat my dinner. there's nothing like looking up from your plate of honey mustard chicken to see a tape worm crawling out of the mouth of a cadaver.

::gag::

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oh, that's right! we *don't* miss you!



i guess The Original Traitor didn't take it well to read that someone edged him out for his crown. (because you know he is here, hanging on my every word. LOL!) it's ok, JD. you can have it back now:

"They had a chance for a month and a half after the season, but when they don't talk to you or offer you a contract in that time, it tells you they don't want you," Damon said. "That's fine with me. I wasn't going to be in a situation where they didn't want me. I think they just looked at it as, 'Johnny loves it here.' It was great, but this suits me a lot better." (NY Daily News)

he really wasn't kidding when he called himself an Idiot.

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in reverse

when i don't ask for what i need, the people who love me get concerned.

but on the rare occasion that i actually say what i need specifically, they do the exact opposite.

tell me then, why did i make myself vulnerable enough to say what i need if they weren't going to believe me anyway?

i may be a quiet girl. but i know me. and i know what i need. and i'm telling you what it is. all you ever have to do is listen...

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Monday, February 26, 2007

complete with hot & cold running chills


all photos from the Boston Globe

oh, sweet happiness. does it get any better than this? i think not. unless you can find me a photo that has Tek in it too...


anyone suppose that Manny (who was not "supposed" to be at Spring Training until March 1 & was receiving a lot of criticism, but showed up ready to work this morning) was just playing a good game of "Gotcha!" with the media?


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"I'd love to tell you I look like Gabe Kapler with my shirt off, I don't. However I weigh 243 pounds right now, which is exactly 2 pounds under what I weighed in at at season's end last year. The clothes make me look fat..." (Curt Schilling) -- ok seriously. i can't read that with a straight face, but i really didn't need a shirtless mental image of Schill. because Gabe Kapler, he is not.

if that didn't chill you to your very core, then the threat of this might do the trick! please start praying for an unbelievably healthy rotation of starting pitchers, because i am not sure my fragile psyche can handle another round of *that* on the mound. really. haul out the big guns for this, because i am reading some things that are already getting me nervous. like "Mike Timlin had to cut short his BP session after 10 pitches or so when struck by either a cramp or spasm. He came in for heat, ice and a rub and said he'll have to wait to see if he will make his scheduled exhibition debut Wednesday. Timlin is the second reliever to come up with a back problem early, joining Craig Hansen, who will take it slow for a few days after sustaining a slight strain." (Extra Bases) that doesn't really put a girl's mind at ease, you know? insinuations that The Skittish One wants to make a comeback is the last thing i need to be hearing.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

color my world

saw this floating around a long time ago... thought i would finally play along. just because.

RED
1. Closest red thing to you: the box containing the entire series of Friends dvds
2. Last thing to make you angry: fate
3. Do you have a temper: not really. i have a long fuse.
4. Are you a fan of romance: i wouldn't really know...

ORANGE
1. Closest orange thing to you:
the cover of the little notebook i keep handy for quickly scribbling down quotes from my favorite tv shows. (what? you didn't think i composed all those blog posts from memory, did you?)
2. Do you like to burn things: i like to burn candles.
3. Dress up for Halloween: not since i was a kid
4. Are you usually a warm-hearted person: for the right people i am. time & experience have closed a lot of that off & i tend to be distanced from people i don't really know.
5. Do you have anything against redheaded people: not specifically.
6. Are you usually full of energy: i have energy, but i don't move extremely quickly much of the time. i try to keep my movements fluid, not so quick that i miss the little details. i think we're often in far too much of a hurry. that being said, i can move when i need to.

YELLOW
1.Closest yellow thing:
there's actually not a single yellow thing in sight... oh! it's the little AIM logo on my taskbar! it was literally right in front of me the whole time!
2. The happiest time[s] of your life: California. a very special & memorable day spent at WDW. holding my god daughter for the first time. time spent snuggling.
3. Favorite holiday: i always have a such a hard time picking between Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter. i love them all.
4. Are you a coward: sometimes... although maybe it's just insecurity.
5. Do you burn or tan: i would burn if i actually spent time in the sun without sunscreen.

GREEN
1. Closest green thing to you:
the cup holding my water
2. Do you care about the environment: of course i do
3. Are you jealous of anyone right now: i am not sure that jealous is the word i would use...
4. Are you a lucky person: ummmm... i have many blessings. i should be more thankful for them.
5. Do you always want what you can’t have: ::sigh:: i want very few things. i don't usually get them. but i deal.
6. Do you like being outdoors: i do. unless it's rainy or frigid or excessively humid.
7. Are you Irish: not even the tiniest bit.

BLUE
1. Closest blue thing to you:
the place mat on the island next to me.
2. Are you good at calming people down: i like to think that i am.
3. Do you like the sea: i think that the ocean is beautiful...
4. What was the last thing that made you cry: i'm going to just flat out say that i don't want to talk about it.
5. Are you a logical thinker: i think & understand in emotions. there is rarely any logic when it comes to emotion. but i am capable of logical thinking when it is required.
6. Can you sleep easily: sometimes

PURPLE
1. Closest purple thing to you:
there are two literally the same distance away, on my desk: i have a purple can of compressed air sitting on top of a book with a purple cover -- it's a happy bunny book: "Life. Get one."
2. Like being treated to expensive things: i can appreciate it but i don't *need* it. i am a very low maintenance girl.
3. Do you like mysterious things: ::small smile:: i've been told that *i* am mysterious.
4. Favorite type of chocolate: See's. no contest.
5. Ever met anyone in royalty: do Disney princesses count?
6. Are you creative: i like to entertain the notion that i am...

PINK
1. Closest pink thing to you
: that would be the pink nightie that i am wearing -- and that is just about way too much information, i think. =P
2. Do you like sweet things: sweet things to eat. sweet expressions of love. sweet little babies. sweet little puppies & kitties. sweet kisses...
3. Like play-fighting: nah. i'm more of a gentle soul. i hate to see someone treated in a rough physical manner. it upsets me.
4. Are you sensitive: definitely. maybe even too much so.
5. Do you like music: i *love* music.

WHITE
1. Closest white thing to you:
the steno notebook with my personal budget in it
2. Would you say you’re innocent: naive at times, but most of my innocence is gone now...
3. Good at keeping the peace: very much. i hate conflict & seeing people hurt...
4. Do you like to play in the snow: yes but only for a little while & then i want to go in & get warm. i haven't played in the snow in forever though.
5. Are you afraid of going to the doctor or dentist: not afraid of the doctor, though it's not on my list of favorite things to do. i *hate* the dentist. i had a really bad one when i was in my teens & early twenties & now when i go, it makes me very tense.

BLACK
1. Closest black thing to you:
all the pieces of my computer
2. Ever enjoy hurting people: i *hate* to hurt people. it kills me to see someone i love hurting...
3. Are you sophisticated or silly: ::snort:: sophisticated. right. i guess i am more silly than sophisticated, but i'm mostly just... me.
4. Would you like to go to space: no way! i am perfectly happy here on earth. ok, maybe not *perfectly* happy, but i am content to stay on it anyway.
5. What is your favorite color: navy blue & a deep rich red
6. Does the color you wear affect your mood: i don't think so. if it does, i've never noticed before.

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are we there yet? huh? huh? are we?


all photos from the Boston globe

::shakes head:: so many wisecracks made about how Timlin is older than dirt. and here we see him on photo day, acting his age. nice. =P hey... wait a second! where is the camo shirt under his jersey?! i am confused...


ahhh... it's coming. baseball season is really coming. =) i think i need to change my desktop over to this photo.

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Friday's Feast: February 25, 2007



Feast One Hundred & Thirty Two

Appetizer
Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it?

i have a very faint scar on the fleshy part of my palm, below my thumb , on my left hand. i was a very fussy baby. my mother was trying to cook dinner while holding me. i arched & threw myself backward while crying & put my hand right onto the hot stove. the doctors at the ER bandaged up the burn but it was just below the thumb that i sucked so before my parents even got me back into the car, i had worked my thumb free of the bandages & was sucking on it.

Soup
What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle?

i have many blessings. i am probably not thankful enough for what i have. but i'm still waiting for a miracle...

Salad
Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves.

Dr Phil. i have never watched his show. just his commercials irritate the heck out of me.

Main Course
What was a funny word you said as a child (such as "pasketti" for "spaghetti")?

i used to call my Gram "Me-ma" and my Gramp "Be-pa" when i was very young. and i think i called butterflies "flutterflies" but my youngest brother had better ones, in my opinion: he called yogurt "yo-grit" and ravioli "oh-lee-oh-lees" -- LOL

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have always thought ______ was ______.
I have always thought orange juice with pulp was kind of gross. i mean, who wants to chew their juice or strain it with their teeth?? yuck.

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Thursday Threesome: February 25, 2007

brought to you by The Back Porch

::Coffee in my Lap::

Onesome: Coffee--? ...or no? Black? Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce? Homeground beans (that you roasted)? Tea? Green? No? Water? What is your "sip of choice" right now?
i always have a trusty glass of water nearby. and a glass of cranberry juice in the morning. i've also been liking Plum Smart juice lately too. tried some & really liked it.

Twosome: "In my-- wildest dreams there's no way I would ever even consider _______!"
sky diving. ::shudder::

Threesome: Lap--top or desktop? Which is your choice for hanging around on the net? ...or your choice if you had one?
desktop. after working for a computer company, i know that laptops are notorious for having hardware problems that aren't fixable. like screens going bad. if that happens to your desktop, you just get a new monitor. if it happens to our laptop, you have to get a whole new machine. now, i do like the convenience & portability of a laptop, so in an ideal world, i would have both, but my desktop would be where everything important was saved.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

And I Quote: February 25, 2007

i actually liked the most recent episode of Grey's so much, that i watched it again yesterday. i think this may be my favorite episode yet... i noticed a quote that didn't catch me the first time, but this second time through, just stopped me. it was Denny speaking to Meredith about needing to go back, because her friends had such a a hard year & they wouldn't survive this too. and then he started talking about the man who loves her:

"Do you know what kind of miracle it is that Derek is who he is? Do you know how rare it is that someone like him even exists? He's still an optimist. He still believes in true love and magic and soul mates. He's waiting for you and if you don't come back from this, you will change who he is."

there is just something about this quote that hits me...

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And I Quote: February 23, 2007 -- part two


last night's Grey's just blew me away. i think it's because, even though every one else is sick of Meredith, i get her. i understand what they are doing with her character. not the part about being a doctor, the emotions.

Meredith: Miracles happen every day... just not always when we need them to happen.

i know she was talking about in medicine, but... it applies on a much broader scope too...

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Denny: Meredith. You drowned in Elliot Bay.
Meredith: Yeah. That sucked.

something about the way she said this...

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Izzie: She's going to be ok.
George: Sometimes you're wrong.

Izzie: She's going to survive. She's going to survive. She's going to survive. She's going to survive. She's going to survive.

this scene was really powerful to me, in a subtle way. Izzie needing to believe. making herself believe it by willing it so, by telling herself it would happen. how many times have i done this...?

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Dylan (the bomb squad guy that died in an episode from a previous season): The way I see it, it doesn't matter how you got here. You're in this thing or you're not. There's no in between.

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Derek: You broke her. You called her ordinary. You told her time and time again that nothing she ever does is good enough.

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Meredith: I was swimming. I was fighting. And then I thought -- just for a split second, I thought, what's the point? And then I let go. I stopped fighting. Don't tell anybody.

i'm just going to let that one speak for itself. make it a metaphorical situation & not a literal one... and i get it...

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Denny: That's all you get. That's it. Moments with the people you love. And then they move on. And you'll want them to move on. Still, Meredith, that is all you get. Moments...

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Izzie: I can't lie about how I feel.
George: Actually, you can. People lie all the time. They hold their tongues and they wait. You should hold your tongue. Because if I'm not making a mistake, you're going to look like a jerk. And if I am, I'm going to need you. I need you and you keep taking that away.

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Cristina: Your brain works, ok? So all you need to do is a form a word. Please.
Meredith: Ouch.

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Addison: We never had that. He never felt that way about me...

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Meredith: We take our miracles where we find them. We reach across the gap and sometimes... against all odds... against all logic... we touch.

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And I Quote: February 23, 2007 -- part one


after last week's episodes being low on the quoteworthy scale, they sure made up for them this week...

Dr. Alvin Azinabinikrov: I want to thank you very much for taking the time to see me.
Alan: I didn't take the time. You planted yourself in here like a squatter. Seeing you was unavoidable.

Dr. Azinabinikrov: This has been a major personal setback. It goes without saying.
Alan: And yet you say it.

i love Alan's super dry sarcasm.

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Denny: But I'm a Christian and to Christians, temple is... a... a college.
Bethany: My faith is important to me.
Denny: As is mine to me!
Bethany: Please. What denomination are you?
Denny: I'm uhhh... Lutheran!
Bethany: I see. And what do Lutherans believe in, Denny?
Denny: We believe in many things, Bethany. But mostly, we believe... in uhhh... Luther!


::shakes head:: the things that come out of Denny's mouth. the writers must have so much fun with his character.

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Hon. Robert Sanders: He saw aliens?
Alan: Uh, no, not aliens, your Honor. Just their mode of transportation. The point is it bears no reflection on his ability to perform as a cognitive therapist. To terminate --
Hon. Robert Sanders: Were they green with big eyes?
Alan: Your Honor, he did not see the occupants of the craft. Simply the --
Hon. Robert Sanders: Little antennae growing on their heads?

Hon. Robert Sanders: Why are the lawyers hugging?!
Alan: Your Honor, opposing counsel and I are good friends.
Hon. Robert Sanders: Stop it! I won't have happiness in my courtroom!


Hon. Robert Sanders: Silence! I get to decide! You two huggers don't get to make the rules. I'm the decider!

the scenes with this judge always kill me. he's nuts.

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Denise: Do you really think it's appropriate, Brad? Getting one girl knocked up while you're dating another?
Brad: What?
Denise: Did you not hear me? Am I being too subtle?
Brad: No, Denise. You're being anything but subtle.
Denise: And bringing her into the office. That is *really* classy. You should parade her right into my office. You two could do a little Shawne Merriman sack dance, you insensitive pig.

i see the writers of this show still have a few digs in them when it comes to the Patriots-Chargers playoff game. ::smirk::

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Brad: Ok, you're lost.
Denise: No. I'm scared. I am alone and I'm having a baby. I'm completely alone.

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Alan: The thing about making love for the first time... It will happen when it's right. And when it's right, everything just happens naturally.

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Jerry: I'm sorry. I'd like to point out for the court that counsel is very tricky. And I would ask, your Honor, that it be noted as such. He is a profound trickster. It must be said.

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Alan: You will recall that I once advised you to flee the practice of law. It's an ugly occupation which calls upon its participants to do ugly things. I am very accomplished in the practice of law, Jerry.

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Bethany: Are you saying that Israel doesn't deserve to defend itself?!
Denny: Of course they do. But don't blow up a whole country because you're mad. Only the United States enjoys that privilege. We're a super power.

::shakes head:: again with the Denny scenes.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

And I Quote: February 22, 2007

Pain, you just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on its own, hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions, no easy answers, you just breath deep and wait for it to subside. Most of the time pain can be managed but sometimes the pain gets you where you least expect it. Hits way below the belt and doesn't let up. Pain, you just have to fight through, because the truth is you can't outrun it and life always makes more. (Dr Meredith Grey, 2005)

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

happiness is...



my catchers all suited up in their gear...


and Mike Lowell taking his first batting practice of Spring Training.
::happy sigh::

(all photos from The Boston Globe)

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

::startled::

oooo! i didn't see this coming becacuse i *always* come up as blue or white in every color quiz i take. i think this quiz is a little confused, though, about who i am but i do think it has the "identity in limbo" part nailed.

You are pink. You are in limbo. Not pure and manipulated like white, not impure and noble like red. You are unsure of your real identity, but whatever you chose it to be, you can be it. That is your power. You change everyone you touch, and everyone remembers you. In literature, pink represents the place between heaven and hell. You are the one we will never forget.

What inner color are you?




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Monday, February 19, 2007

so there i was...

...innocently flipping through this week's Target ad. it's just not nice for them to scare the wits out of unsuspecting girls! seriously, though. this is frightening.

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what did you do to your *hair*?!

i don't even have the words for this...

i know. i know. enough with the Red Sox today, right? this is it (for today anyway LOL!) i'll just let these speak for themselves, but i *had* to share.



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i *knew* i didn't like him!!



New Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo showed up at camp today and said he feels "bananas" about the lineup that he's joining.
(Extra Bases)

yuck. i hate bananas.
=P

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a little too personal

you know what i find particularly aggravating?

i field telemarketing phone calls all day at work. it's not already bad enough that they need to waste my time with their 246 (meaningless & aggravating) interruptions. now when they call, they want to know my name! and they aren't satisfied with just my first name. they want my last name too! and as if this isn't already far too much of my personal information, i was just asked for my month of birth.

i draw the line there. i asked why she needed that. she said "to verify that she spoke to an actual human being." oh. i see. like the phone calls i am forced to answer that have a computerized voice on the other end, urging me to please hold the line for an urgent message? (as if!)

needless to say, i refused to give her my month of birth. she stammered & hung up. i guess *that* wasn't in her script. =P

i think i will start giving out fake names when asked now. just to watch in amusement when the junk mail starts pouring in addressed to random people who don't exist.

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i just can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me



just seeing Wake & Schill getting reacquainted with the baseball. does it get any better than this...?

...or this? =)


even the workouts appear to be fun! ::giggle::


and then there's the media circus surrounding our newest pitcher, but i am really far more amazed by #31 -- one Jon Lester, back from an off-season fight against cancer. it is incredible to see him back on the field so quickly. (and i think i will save my Matsuzaka praise for when he shows us something in a Boston uniform. til then... all just hype. so was Josh Beckett before last year officially got under way. and we know what happened there.::cringes at the memory:: let's hope it goes better than *that*.)


and then there's Julian...

...oh Julian...who almost had me ::gasp:: liking him after his performance late last season... and then i read this...
Asked if he expected to be traded, Tavarez said: "Not yet." The journeyman said he would not be dismayed if a trade happens. The positive part of being traded, he said, is that the team doesn't make a deal unless it wants the player. "Piece of cake," he said. "Different color uniform, but the money is still green." (Extra Bases)
::shakes head:: i guess we see which green monster is most important to our old buddy Ugly EZ.
=P

all photos courtesy of The Boston Globe

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it's here! it's here!



the tarp comes off the field...


...it's time to play a little ball...


...and now all is right in the world again. ::smiles::


glad to see the boys brought their warm clothes, because they're going to need them this morning, when they get back on the field for the first day of Spring Training!

(all photos courtesy of The Boston Globe)

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

And I Quote: February 18, 2007

"I think about the unceasing migrations of the human heart -- how we move not only from house to house, but from one phase of life to another. The saving grace is our willingness to leave the old, taking cherished experiences with us, and embrace the new."
(Sue Monk Kidd)

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Unconscious Mutterings: February 18, 2007



Week 211

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


Threshold :: carry your new bride over the...
Jason :: Heather and Andie
Suspicion :: hunch
Tender :: touch
Tempted :: weakness
Crimson :: one of my favorite colors
Repulsive :: disgusting
Bulldog :: sports show radio host on "Frasier"
Garage :: sale
Racket :: noise

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Friday Fill-in: February 18, 2007



1. In the evening .... i like to relax by watching a little tv or reading.
2. I don't know what it is I like about you but .... i think i'll keep you anyway.
3. So a house elf shows up in my bedroom .... and puts away the basket of clean laundry that i still haven't folded.
4. Well, it's been ten years and maybe more since I first .... stopped drinking soda.
5. So I'm packing my bags for .... absolutely nothing in the foreseeable future.
6. Many times I've gazed along .... into the future & wondered how to get there.
7. Leaves are falling all around, It's time I was .... getting back to my book. =)

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Five on Friday: February 16, 2007

brought to you by Five on Friday

Five in a Row

1. Name one thing you do everyday.
check my email.

2. Name two things you wish you could learn.
to turn off the thinking portion of my brain at will. a route into work that isn't bogged down by excessive traffic and/or construction.

3. Name three things that remind you of your childhood.
Advent calendars. the food at Biergarten in the Germany pavilion at Epcot. minor league baseball.

4. Name four things you love to eat but rarely do.
cheeseburgers. mashed potatoes. pot roast. apple pie.

5. Name five things that make you feel good.
email in my inbox (most of the time). Disney World. my photos. hugs from people i love. snuggling.

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Friday's Feast: February 16, 2007



Feast One Hundred & Thirty One

Appetizer
What sound, other than the normal ringing, would you like your telephone to make?
my phone makes more of a rapid beeping sound when it "rings." i kind of wish it would make the ringing sound that my grandparents' old phone used to make...

Soup
Describe your usual disposition in meteorological terms (partly cloudy, sunny, stormy, etc.).
bright & shiny with a 20% chance for dark & twisty

Salad
What specific subject do you feel you know better than any other subjects?
babies. i understand babies, instinctively. have since i was really young in fact.

Main Course
Imagine you were given the ability to remember everything you read for one entire day. Which books/magazines/newspapers would you choose to read?
i think i would just read all my favorite emails that i have filed away under "happy" just so i could have them all burned into my memory... for the times when it's the 20% chance for dark & twisty...

Dessert
If a popular candy maker contacted you to create their next confection, what would it be like and what would you name it?

ohhhh... it would be dark chocolate & raspberry... and it would simply be called Heaven... because you just can't go wrong with dark chocolate & raspberry.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

insert strangled scream here

i hate the words "to be continued". that being said, i don't believe i am spoiling anything about tonight's Grey's in this first part, but if read my three favorite quotes, it's at your own risk. nothing funny tonight. just three very powerful quotes that i really identified with...

Meredith: There's so much more I have to say... but I've disappeared.


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Izzie: I believe that it's been a hell of a year. And I believe that in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we will all be ok.

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Izzie: I believe that believing we survive is what makes us survive.

and now... if you haven't watched yet, stop reading...

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poor Alex. he really got a difficult job to do. and i thought my heart would just break for McDreamy, sitting there in that hall. but i love that McSteamy actually showed he has a heart somewhere in that arrogant, self-righteous attitude he displays.

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note to self: February 15, 2007

i keep seeing all these photos of Washington DC popping up on all kinds of blogs recently. i've only been there once. in eighth grade. just seeing all these photos make me want to go back there -- as an adult with a better appreciation for what i am experiencing, but also with *my* camera, to play...

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Scatterday 2: February 15, 2007

yay! Chele posted the next installment of Scatterday!

In case you didn’t know… scatterday does not necessarily fall on the same day of the week. It seems to occur more of less whenever I can get my act together… lol

Hey all, know what day it is???? It is Scatterday! Today will is the second edition of Scatterday Scategories Meme, come join the fun.

Rules: Using the THIRD letter of your MIDDLE name, provide a word that describes each phrase.

My letter: N (thank God she didn't say second letter of middle name...)

Names used in the bible: Nebuchadnezzar
Junk food: Nachos
Things that grow: Newborn babies
Companies: Nestle
Articles of clothing: necktie
Desserts: Neopolitan ice cream
Car Parts: ??? - ok you got me on this one...
Things Found on a Map: North
Athletes: Nomar Garciaparra
4-letter words: Note
Items in a refrigerator: Neufchatel cheese
Farm Animals: Nanny goat
Street Names: North Main Street
Things at the Beach: nudity (well, at some anyway... LOL)
Colors: Neon pink
Tools: ??? - got me again!
Heros: ??? - and again.
Gifts / Presents: Nightgown
Terms of Endearment: Nana (hey, they didn't specify who you were endearing!)
Kinds of Dances: Native American ceremonial dances

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Dawn's Thursday Thirteen, Edition Twenty-Four:



Thirteen Silly Things I Miss About New England



1) peaceful, winding roads...

2) ...lined with great big shady trees...

3) ...and enormous full evergreen trees, with boughs that come all the way down to the ground.

4) Stop & Shop...

5) ...a Dunkin Donuts on every other street corner...

6) ...and banks with Saturday morning hours.

7) houses with cellars...

8) ...and big front porches...

9) ...lining the streets in residential areas that are not all pre-planned housing communities.

10) guaranteed coverage of *every* Red Sox game...

11) ...and *every* Patriots game.

12) churches that are actually beautiful buildings with some history, not built ten minutes ago in a cold, stark, completely contemporary style or permanently run out of hotel conference rooms or in vacant storefronts in strip malls.

13) rolling hills with mountains in the distance.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

note to self: February 14, 2007

when you're feeling bummed out by all the reminders (thank you, Hallmark) that you are indeed alone, alone, alone, (even if it is a conscious choice on your part) watching a chick flick is not such a bright idea, Dawn.

=/

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

And I Quote: February 13, 2007

brought to you by tonight's episode of Boston Legal -- a few quotes that caught my attention:

Jeffrey: I will tell you this. I don't believe in that "friends with benefits" thing. If someone can make love to a person and not feel, there's something wrong with him. Or *her*.

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D.A.: Oh. You're celebrating. Real classy.
Denny: Ooooh, look. It's the LT pout. Blame it on our head coach, sport.


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Denny: You don't plan sincerity. You gotta make it up on the spot.

and i have to say, i'm going to miss the character of Jeffrey Coho. couldn't stop laughing at his grand exit. *so* glad they suited him up one last time as Buzz Lightyear. perfect way to remember the last time we see him at Crane, Poole & Schmidt.

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plotting

Chele offered to ship me a box of the snow they are supposed to get tonight -- packed in dry ice, of course, to keep it from melting! ;-)

just think of all the unsuspecting people i could hit with snowballs...
>=]

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PSA: February 13, 2007

do *not* drink a glass of unsweetened 100% cranberry juice immediately after brushing your teeth. you think toothpaste makes OJ taste nasty?? you haven't tasted anything *yet*. ::shudder::

don't say you haven't been warned...

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even bigger shoes to fill

as if JD/DJ Drew didn't have a large enough obstacle winning over the fans as it is, taking over RF. don't they realize that there is only one number seven playing RF in our hearts??

good luck with that JD/DJ...

ohhhh...
::realizes that this photo shows *two* players that, sadly, are no longer Red Sox::
=(

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oh man!

and i thought the buttcrack guy at LAX was more than anyone needed to see. *so* thankful it wasn't this guy!
(link to article found on Dave Berry's blog)

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speaking of celebrity babies

everyone is talking about the Anna Nicole thing, which is sad, but i really feel the worst for that innocent little baby girl...

so anyway. just happened to find, while wandering aimlessly online...

the bassist to Godsmack? not so cute. his brand new baby girl though? wow is she a pretty little thing!


and while we're on the subject of *cute* -- Mira Sorvino's little boy, Johnny. i could just eat him up. he is too adorable for words!


i feel *really* bad saying this, because, after all, she *is* just a baby... but Adam Sandler's daughter? not so much... ::looks sheepish:: maybe that's just not a good shot...


on a different note, i think Kimberly Williams Paisley is a such a beautiful mom-to-be. she & Brad are one of my favorite celebrity couples.


and i was excited to learn that Jenna Elfman is expecting a baby -- another celebrity favorite. i bet she makes an adorable expectant mom. although i hope the baby looks more like mommy than daddy. =P


and i now return you to whatever you were doing that actually had some meaning & value. because you certainly did not just find it here. =P

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what the hell...?!


i am not sure how *this* was a good plan, in mid-February, with virtually no available head coaches left, when both your offensive *and* defensive coordinators are gone, not to mention four assistant coaches. the Super Bowl favorite for next season now has *no* coaching staff at all, no playbook of any sort, and will be starting the 2007 season from scratch. i think this qualifies as the bonehead decision of the year.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

little bits of happy: February 12, 2007

...still happy about the dinner i treated myself to at Biergarten on Saturday. nothing fixes an unhappy Dawn like some of Gram's cooking -- or in this case the closest thing i have ever tasted to it.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

One-Word Sarcomical Sunday: February 11, 2007

played over on Sarcomical but i wanted to post my answers here too. i love when she puts these up! =)

Feeling: restless
Thinking About: work
Your Family History: complicated
The Last Person You Had "Words" With: forgot
Want To Fly Away To: Disneyland
Hate the Sight Of: Peyton
The Sport Whose Players Turn You On: baseball
Favorite Color Ink: black
American Idol Judge Who Irritates You Most: clueless!
Place You Thought Monsters Hid When You Were Little: dark
Favorite Spice or Herb: basil
What You Like for Breakfast: yogurt
Your Living Room Couch: navy
Most Recent Purchase: groceries
Hours You Typically Sleep On Weeknights: six
Something You Dislike: insecurity
A Favorite Color: scarlet
Your Snack When Willpower Is Nonexistent: chocolate
Your Bedsheets: white
The Part of Your Face You Scrunch Most Often: nose
The Last Thing You Thought Was Funny: Friends
What You're Going To Do Now: sleep...

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just when i needed a good laugh...


leave it to Bill.
::shakes head::

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And I Quote: February 11, 2007

a little bit late, but here are my favorite quotes from the most recent episode of Grey's...

oh & i have to say, i am loving the character of Alex lately.

Meredith: Life is full of disappearing acts. If something we didn't know we had disappears, do we miss it?

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McDreamy: This is the happy ever after part, and in that happily ever after part, the guy is there all the time, saying things, and the girls *love* it.

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Meredith: Why can't I just be that happily ever after person? Why can't I believe in that?

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McSteamy (to the Chief): You need high lights in your hair! *That's* why it looks so odd... [pause] I'm... gonna go save some lives...

oh, yeah. and i really hate "to be continued". =P

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Randomness: February 11, 2007

randomness...feed your mind and your blog

week of Feb11: Love Is In the Air

Well with Valentines Day coming up soon, lets talk about it.

1. Cupid, man or myth?
myth. c'mon. a little winged man flying around, making people fall in love by shooting arrows into their hearts?
2. What do you want for Valentine's Day?
pretend it isn't happening?
3. Who was your first Valentine?
i honestly can't remember. i know it was in the second grade...
4. Do you even enjoy Valentine's Day or do you think it's a made up holiday?
i think i have become the Ebeneezer Scrooge of Valentine's Day...
5. Any bad Valentine's Day experiences?
i haven't had good one yet! dead serious. either they started out poorly or ended that way. maybe that explains my answer to question four?

week of Feb 4: This or That?

Pick one!

1. peanut butter or jelly?
peanut butter. yummy.
2. hiking or swimming?
hiking.
3. football or baseball?
sorry! both! there is no picking for this girl!
4. christmas or thanksgiving?
yes, please. ;-)
5. grade school or high school?
grade school. it was so much easier to be a little kid.
6. summer or winter?
winter. it's much easier to snuggle up & get warm than it is to cool off when it's 101* & humid.
7. romance novel or mystery novel?
mystery!
8. mickey mouse or barney?
The Mouse. always The Mouse.
9. road trip or airplane?
i suppose that depends. road trips are fun with someone whose company you enjoy. airplanes are often more practical.

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Unconscious Mutterings: February 11, 2007



Week 209

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


The best thing :: being snuggly
Hold :: in your hands
Rapture :: bliss
Cover :: magazine
Restrictive :: warden
Baker :: the Butcher, the Baker & the Candlestick Maker
Author :: book
Pill :: form of birth control that does not work for one of my friends =P
Months :: caldendar
Valentine’s Day :: blah

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another silly survey

borrowed this from Stacy! =)

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
oh boy. this is going to be a challenging hair week...

2. How much cash do you have on you?
$33. and a whole bunch of quarters to do laundry.

3.What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
explore

4. Do you label yourself?
i don't think that i label myself so much as be very critical & demanding of myself...

5. Bright or Dark Room?
for...? i like there to be some light when i'm awake, but i like it to be dark when i sleep.

6. Why is there always a missing question?
to make you wonder...

7.What does your watch look like?
gold and silver, slim, Seiko <--- i wonder if Stacey & i have the same watch?! =O 8. What were you doing at midnight last night?
i had just dozed off after reading in bed for a little while.

9. Where is your nearest 7-11?
i think there's one at the corner of the intersection up the street. not sure though. i don't usually go to convenience stores.

10. What’s a word that you say a lot?
i am a girl of few words. i don't *say* very much at all. which is probably a good thing since that would indicate that i spend a lot of time talking to myself. ;-)

11. Who told you he/she loved you last?
ummmm...

12. Last furry thing you touched?
i believe that would be Athalia about a week ago.

13. How many rolls of film do you need developed?
none. i'm digital. i *do* need to get some photos off my camera that i took yesterday, but that will have to wait til my computer is home again.

14. Favorite age you have been so far?
::sigh:: i am sure it was back in the single digits...

15. Your worst enemy?
my own thoughts

16. What is your current desktop picture?
right now it's a sunset over water but this isn't my computer. when i get mine back, it will be something seasonal.

17. What was the last thing you said to someone?
"no thanks, i've got it" to the bagger at Publix when he offered to take my groceries out to my car for me.

18. The last song you listened to?
"Call Me When You're Sober" by Evanescence

19. What time of day were you born?
just before 11am

20. What do you do when vending machines steal your money?
i can't even remember the last time i bought something from a vending machine. seriously, i think it was more than a decade ago!

21. Do you consider yourself kind?
i try to be...

22. What’s your life motto?
"that which doesn't kill you, makes you stronger"...

23. Name three things you have on you at all times.
cell phone. keys. drivers license. at least when i leave the house.

24. Can you change the oil on a car?
sure. it's called : take the car to the Walmart Service Center. =P

25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
i can't remember when it was exactly... i know it wasn't too long after i moved to Florida. i mailed a letter to Chele because i didn't have any other way to contact her & we got all reconnected. =)

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Friday, February 9, 2007

stupid is as stupid does

the world is filled with stupid people. what i want to know is why do they all have to talk to me?!

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Five on Friday: February 9, 2007

brought to you by Five on Friday

Roses Are Red

1. What is your favorited red food?

that would be a toss-up between raspberries & tomatoes. although i guess raspberries are more pink than red huh?

2. Do you own any red clothing?
i sure do! in fact, i have to be careful not to gravitate toward it quite so much. it's starting to take over my closet!

3. Name one item you can see right now that is red.
a Hershey kiss in the candy dish on my desk

4. Have you ever run a stop sign or red light?
yes, but not intentionally. thankfully, nothing bad happened as a result.

5. Do you ever get so angry that you "see red"?
no. when i get really angry, i "see cold," not hot. that doesn't happen often. me being angry, that is. i have a really long fuse. if you manage to reach the end of it, though, you have most definitely earned what you have coming.

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Friday's Feast: February 9, 2007



Feast One Hundred & Thirty

Appetizer
Have you been sick yet this winter? If so, what did you come down with?
just once. it was brief. i had an unhappy tummy early in January. never amounted to very much, thank God. let's hope i keep up the trend! ::knocks on wood::

Soup
What colors dominate your closet?
equal amounts of red, brown & black.

Salad
How would you describe your personal "comfort zone"?
left to my own devices, i prefer that with which i am familiar, be it location, people or topic of conversation. as long as i have at least one of those close at hand, i can deal with unfamiliarity in the rest.

Main Course
On which reality show would you really like to be a contestant?
none! Dawn does not do reality tv. i live in reality. i watch tv purely to be entertained.

Dessert
Which holiday would you consider to be your favorite?
i have a hard time with this. Christmas & Easter have such special meaning. Christmas is also an opportunity to spoil the people i love. i am also a huge fan of Thanksgiving... hmmm... do i really have to choose?!

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Friday Fill-in: February 9, 2007



1. The last thing I took a picture of was .... not on my own camera. it was on Nichole's camera, at the Superbowl party, of the Super Fan skit she was part of. soooo funny!

2. after looking it up, because i have no clue what song this is the lyrics to, i discovered my answer was the actual first word to the line. that's no fun. so i improvise with: being a Red Sox fan ... is like oxygen; you get too much you get too high, not enough and you're gonna die. [song lyric]

3. One of my favorite scents is .... fresh evergreen.

4. the episode of Friends when Monica wears a turkey on her head to cheer up Chandler & ends up scaring Joey ... makes me laugh ALOT.

5. When I daydream it's usually about ....
how my life would be in a perfect world.

6. Lions and tigers and ... wombats (which is just a funny word to say!) ... oh my! [movie quote]

7. This weekend, I want to ....
get out of the house at some point & enjoy the fact that it will actually be in the 70s again! i also need to get my oil changed. ::shakes head:: wow, i live a full life. =P

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closet packrat

i pride myself on being pretty darn streamlined when it comes to my personal belongings. that being said...

you may or may not have read that my photos were indeed successfully rescued from my confused hard drive.

well... if you watched Friends... you know how Monica doesn't let anyone into the closet over by the bathroom?

yeah.

no way am i admitting how many photos i actually have.

just... whoa.

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commit to memory

You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
And in a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway

(from "Anyway," Martina McBride)

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

little bits of happy: February 8, 2007

...learned that my photos were indeed rescued off of my sick computer today

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Dawn's Thirsday Thirteen, Edition Twenty-Three: Eat your vegetables!



Thirteen Vegetables I Think Are Yummy



1) broccoli

2) peas

3) carrots

4) cauliflower

5) zucchini squash

6) yellow summer squash

7) tomatoes (yes, i know. technically a fruit.)

8) (raw) bell peppers

9) cucumbers

10) green beans

11) potatoes

12) corn

13) asparagus


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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

little bits of happy: February 7, 2007

...getting something off my chest that was really weighing me down, even more than i realized

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And I Quote: February 7, 2007

last night's Boston Legal wasn't as good as the episode the week before & there weren't really very many quote-worthy moments. the funniest parts of the show were more "had to see it" funny. here are a couple that made me giggle:

Denise: You have a smart little wisecrack for everything, don't you.
Claire: Most things.


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(this just made me laugh because it was a dig at Floridians... and in this case, i am still too "New England" for it to include me. ::wink::)
Alan: If God doesn't get you for it, the skinheads will. And if the skinheads don't, the Republicans will. And if the Republicans don't, the Southern Democrats will. And if they don't, my God... it will be left up to Florida.

and just since this just doesn't satisfy the need to quote, how about a couple of good ones from an episode of Friends -- The One in Massapequa -- when Phoebe dates the super happy Alec Baldwin character.

Chandler: Somewhere there is someone with a tranquilizer gun & a huge butterfly net looking for that man.


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Phoebe: No, *I* am a positive person. You are like Santa Claus on Prozac... at Disneyland... getting laid.

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while i was away...

there was a special day that needs to be remembered. February 4.

the year my Gram was born, there was a blizzard on February 4. the doctor couldn't make it to the house because they lived on the top of a hill. her father had to deliver her. every year that my Gram was alive, there would be a storm on her birthday (sometimes it came the day before or after) -- snow or ice or rain during the warmer winters. the first year after she passed away, February 4 was cold but clear & sunny...

my Gram would have been 90. there isn't a day that goes by that i don't miss her...

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Scatterday 1: February 7, 2007

Chele got her new meme started! yay!

Rules: Using the FIRST letter of your first name, provide a word that describes each phrase.

My letter is D

A Boy’s Name: Drew
U.S. Cities: Denver
Things that are cold: Dawn! (hee hee)
School Supplies: Dry Erase Markers (??? a lot of teachers use whiteboards now... this one was *hard*)
Pro Sports Teams: Dodgers
Insects: Dragonfly
Breakfast Foods: Danish
Furniture: Dresser
TV Shows: Desperate Housewives
Things Found in the Ocean: Dolphins
Presidents: Dwight Eisenhower
Product Names: Dannon
Famous Females: Demi Moore
Medicines / Drugs: Demerol
Things made of metal: Dimes
Hobbies: Drawing
People in uniform: Deputy
Things you plug in: DVD player
Animals: Deer
Languages: Dutch

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messing with perfection



as if we needed another reason to love Mike Lowell, how about his sense of humor?
Francona on placing a call to Mike Lowell amid rumors he was part of a potential trade to the Rockies: "He understands the nature of the business. He answered the phone with 'Now hitting sixth for the Rockies....'" (Extra Bases)

all joking aside, let's not speak of trading him anymore, mmm-kay Theo? some things just look perfect patrolling the Fenway third baseline in a Boston uniform.

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every year feels like a gift

the best football news i received all weekend... one more year.

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