Sunday, January 23, 2011
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1. What time did you get up this morning? 9:30
2. How do you like your steak? med. well
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? tron in 3D
4. What is your favorite TV show? bill mahr's real time, the ricky gervais show, flight of the conchords, reruns of charmed, jersey shore (my guilty pleasure du jour), biggest loser, jeopardy (it reminds me of how brilliant i am), the simpsons (reminds me of what a DORK i am) re-runs of a different world and in living color (in case you haven't figured it out yet, i AM the queen of nostalgia) and old episodes of soul train, the monkees and gidget
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? the lbc, laguna beach, hawaii, the mexican riviera or peninsula, greece, spain
6. What did you have for breakfast? carnation instant breakfast with skim milk and toast w/smart balance buttery spread and strawberry jam
7. What is your favorite cuisine? mexicana
8. What foods do you dislike? okra, beets, onion most ways, chitlins
9. Favorite Place to Eat? rivera's mexican restaurant
10. Favorite dressing? umm, not a big fan of dressing
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? hyundai sante fe
12. What are your favorite clothes? capri pants, sweaters, my keen tennis shoes, flannel pj bottoms, standard men's white v-neck tshirts, yoga pants
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? cubam, most of europe, australia, hawaii, alaska and most of the united states
14. Where would you want to retire? laguna beach, hawaii mexican coast on the gulf side
15. Favorite time of day? 4:30pm (when i leave work)
16. Where were you born? shreveport, louisiana
17. What is your favorite sport to watch? soccer, volleyball (beach & 6-man), the summer olympics, boxing, ufc and roller derby
19. How many siblings? 2 sisters
20. Favorite pastime/hobby? reading, hiking, playing at the beach, hanging out with my man, friends and family, listening to music, dancing, roller skating, going to the movies
21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? EVERYONE's
22. Bird watcher? yep and hanging out at duck ponds feeding local water fowl and wetland/marsh birds
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? both but i'm working on getting regular sleep--like 7 hours a night
24. Do you have any pets? nope, not anymore but if i did it would have to be a pug
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? uh, no...i'd LOVE to be able to report i got a new job or won some $$$ but can't report what ain't happened so i guess i'll shut up now...
26. What did you want to be when you were little? A vet...and then a marine biologist, and THEN a clinical psychologist or counselor (which i became by default ANYway by virtue of my current job position)
27. What is your best childhood memory? winters in MA building snow forts, summers in long beach playing with our cousins and 4th of july fireworks, summers in socal in general and playing ding-dong ditcherman, going to the library and checking out as many books as my hands could carry, going back to louisiana w/out the parent units when i as 13, spending the nights chillin' with the brazilian community in orange co. drinking colombian coffee and listening and dance to samba, my first REAL crush age 14, being 15 and going to the brazilian carnival at the hollywood paladium and being out til 6AM with said crush--he was a total gentleman
28. Are you a cat or dog person? cats are nice but dogs are forever
29. Are you married? nope, but i am happily with the same person for the last 15 years this summer
30. Always wear your seat belt? 'course
31. Been in a car accident? been hydroplaning once but my friend was driving, rear-ended once and a bus once took off my side-view mirror while driving a trolley full of japanese tourists back from disneyland for the anaheim marriott
32. Any pet peeves? liars, people that talk or bring crying babies to movies, ppl being inconsiderate with their cellphones in the public sphere (i.e. restaurants, movies, restrooms, elevators, in line at the post office, i think you get the idea...), cruelty for its own sake, bullying and scapegoating
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, hawaiian, basil,
34. Favorite Flower? california poppy
35. Favorite ice cream? chocolate chip, mint chip, chocolate malted crunch
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? del taco, panda express, togo's, chipotle's and carl's jr. however, i don't eat at any of them often
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? which one--i failed both my regular class c AND class b commercial road tests each once.
38. From whom did you get your last email? best buy
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Target or Bose
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? nawww, getting too old for that
41. Like your job? mostly
42. Broccoli? yep
43. What was your favorite vacation? um, i haven't had a "vacation" for quite sometime. i would like to go to the grand canyon before it gets hades-hot in the AZ.
44. Last person you went out to dinner with? myself
45. What are you listening to right now? my windchimes
46. What is your favorite color? black, gray and most earth tones
47. How many tattoos do you have? none
49. What time did you finish this quiz? Um who cares? lol 1:13pm
50. Coffee Drinker? holiday season primarily and when we spend weekends at my boyfriend's parents' house--his mom is of polish, romanian and german descent--they drink coffee after dinner and with dessert
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Saturday, January 01, 2011
well, i was feeling a little zen when i found this article completely by accident. first it made me giggle and THEN it made me think, deSPITE the congratulatory glass of champagne i was enjoying at the time.
therefore, i thought i would take a moment to post my recent discovery here. i mean if ANYone could use the ability to harness the ultimate power of "inner peace", we could right? i don't believe it is quite the equivalent of george lucas's "force" so while we may not learn any "jedi mind tricks", i found this gem both entertaining and thought provoking. may it help YOU start the new year with a little zen as well and when all else fails--"use the force".
Friday, November 05, 2010
i was reading a blog post this morning by fearless leader extraordinaire of the slowest loser team, bruce corwin. in short, it was a repudiation of the negativity exhibited by politicians (on BOTH sides) in the lead up to the mid-term elections. therefore, in his desire to "purge", he spent a considerable amount of time on the sparkpeople motivational pages and came up with 21 "pearls of wisdom" to "exorcise", "cast-out" and "cleanse" the soul-crushing energy that was generated by having viewed all those political ads. (i am paraphrasing of course.) in case you missed it in one of your spark newsletters, i have included a link to the original article below:
anyway, i have been quite ill the past week and a half, which i have alluded to in some past status updates. i don't know if you've ever had/heard of shingles but it's like a special kinda chickenpox for adults only worse because of the pain that typically accompanies it. ( www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_
a-z_detail.asp?AZ=422 ) well, in my particular case it came with a side order of often-times, heart-stopping spasms of stabbing pain in my HEAD which would then radiate down toward my left eye. in short, it hurts like a motherfu--well--you get the idea. while the rash has clearly begun to heal, i am still feeling somewhat "touched in the head" but grateful that the pain, while still present (and expected to continue for some time after the rash has all but disappeared according to my doctor), is not nearly as severe as earlier this week. but for several days, i was REALLY down on myself--lamenting my general, overall health, setbacks in physical goals, not being able to work out, worrying about regaining weight i had worked so hard to lose, disappointment in the election results and basically an overwhelming feeling of apprehension regarding the future for not only myself but america as a whole and my citizen-brethren (some of whom are faring far worse than me), that i think i only just admitted to myself after reading bruce's blog. (and now you all--LOL. well, i figure if i can share my number on the scale and that i am working toward a 100lb-weightloss, y'all can handle my doubts about the future and the world, right? no worries!)
consequently, bruce's blog, thinking about all the great peeps i've met on sparkpeople from ALL walks of life (who continue to renew my hope in humanity EVERYday) and FRANKLY, watching my share of drug commercials for every condition under the sun (and even a few i have never heard of before--POSSIBLY made up--but it's too early to say...), thus was born MY inspiration. and SO-O-O...i decided to create my own list of "21". i hope you enjoy them and perhaps you, TOO, will go on to develop your OWN soul-building "colonic", if you will, in whatever form that takes.
"We need to build millions of little moments of caring on an individual level. Indeed, as talk of a politics of meaning becomes more widespread, many people will feel it easier to publicly acknowledge their own spiritual and ethical aspirations and will allow themselves to give more space to their highest vision in their personal interactions with others. A politics of meaning is as much about these millions of small acts as it is about any larger change. The two necessarily go hand in hand." -- Michael Lerner
"The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." -- Johannes A. Gaertner
"The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship." -- Francis Bacon
"Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment." --Greenville Kleisser
"The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character." -- Margaret Chase Smith
"Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." -- Rumi
"Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness."
-- Leo Tolstoy
"Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise."
-- George Washington Carver
"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth's green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
In fighting evils ...
Joy is there Everywhere." -- Rabindranath Tagore
"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others." -- Tony Robbins
"The gods who have been appointed to be our companions in the dance, have given us the pleasurable sense of harmony and rhythm; and so they stir us to life, and we follow them, joining together in dances and songs." -- Plato
"Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error." -- Linus Pauling
"We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." -- Jimmy Carter
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -- Edith Wharton
"I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy." -- Thomas Paine
"We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
"Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you." -- Dr. Seuss
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." -- John Lennon
~shauntay, proud sparkpeople member
p.s. now if you'll please excuse me, i gotta go look up the episode of "the dog whisperer" on my video on demand channel that i missed when i was busy penning this damn blog entry...
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