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30-day music challenge--day 01 - your favorite song

Sunday, June 05, 2011

day 01 - your favorite song:
The Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods

day 02 - your least favorite song:
day 03 - a song that makes you happy:
day 04 - a song that makes you sad:
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone:
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere:
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event:
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to:
day 09 - a song that you can dance to:
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep:
day 11 - a song from your favorite band:
day 12 - a song from a band you hate:
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure:
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love:
day 15 - a song that describes you:
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate:
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio:
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio:
day 19 - a song from your favorite album:
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry:
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy:
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad:
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding:
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral:
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh:
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument:
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play:
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty:
day 29 - a song from your childhood:
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year:


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ZURDTA- 6/7/2011 9:23AM

    Oooh I will do this too!

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Trying to save $$$? This idea seems VERY doable solution..

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

if you're ANYthing like me, this is one of those areas of life, kinda like weight loss, that demands a LOT of disciple. i found this article and thought, hmm, even I could do this.


make it a great day--today and EVERY day after!
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BOOKSCATSTEA 9/5/2011 5:31PM

    Great ideas here!

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AARONSGIRL420 6/1/2011 12:47PM

    Good luck if you are going to try it, I know being on a tight budget is hard (very tight here). emoticon

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PAWSINAZ 6/1/2011 12:01PM


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A Little About Moi :-D

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Copy and paste and fill it out on your own blog.

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... emoticon

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

Post here if you are going to copy this and fill it out I would love to read about you. emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 1/25/2011 12:21AM

    Thanks for sharing --I answered it in my blog, because who needs sleep? emoticon

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TAYGRL 1/24/2011 11:35PM

    emoticon for stopping by!

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MUTANTQUEEN 1/24/2011 11:07AM

    Very interesting. I don't know that I would have the patience for this, but it's nice to know more about you.

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GOODGETNBETR 1/24/2011 1:59AM

    Good stuff but hope you left some juicy bits for your autobiography (everyone should write one and leave it for family/friends to read upon their death, or before if you're brave.)

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My 2011 Quest for Inner Peace and Other "Bright" Ideas...

Saturday, January 01, 2011

well, i was feeling a little zen emoticon 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".



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ZANNACHAN 1/5/2011 11:05AM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing.

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DEELYNNE1 1/3/2011 8:38PM

    I may have to break down and buy a copy of that poster to share with friends and fam. Thanks for this post.

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BOOKSCATSTEA 1/2/2011 1:33PM

    I enjoyed that - thanks for sharing it!

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ZURDTA- 1/2/2011 10:42AM

    emoticon very good... and yep, making ME think too...!!

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'Words to Detox By"--Pt Deux (And Long Overdue)

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_
) 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.

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"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 Living;
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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ZANNACHAN 11/9/2010 5:16PM

    Oh no! I hope you feel better soon! I've never had shingles but I know friends who have and it's a miserable illness.

Great list of detoxifying quotes!

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MCJULIEO 11/6/2010 10:56AM

    Oh My Goodness! I'm just now recovering from Shingles on my face, right around my eye...It took a couple of doctors over a course of several days to make the diagnosis (apparently shingles symptoms masquerade as a LOT of things until the lesions finally pop out)

A couple good things came from it:

Though my case wasn't too bad (only a few episodes of blinding stabbing pains to my head, with only a few blister like lesions on my face), I can REALLY sympathize with those who experience the excruciating pain that lasts sometimes for months.

I have only a few residual pains (I've been recovering for about 3 weeks), but it makes a wonderful explanation for any crankiness or irritability on my part....I'm normally very even tempered, but if I get a flat tire and I'm upset, I can blame it on the shingles!

If someone says something mean to me and I uncharacteristically feel like crying?..... It's the SHINGLES!

Since I am so rarely sick, I might as well get some mileage out of it... one doctor told me that shingles is the only condition he treats that is absolutely caused by stress...

And I don't plan on having a relapse! No, No, NO!

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BOOKSCATSTEA 11/5/2010 6:51PM

    Loved it! A lot! Thanks for sharing! I've known a couple people who had shingles and it is very painful. You have my sympathy. I'm sending positive healing thoughts your way today...

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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 11/5/2010 6:15PM

  That was wonderful!!!!!!!!!

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