oh ye of little faith

I was skeptical about this test(see post below) ( because i felt i could've answered some the questions differently(at different times) or both ways. So i took it again and yup it came out the same. Tho evidently this is just a maybe since you would have to take the Real Test to know for sure - for a small fee of course.
Actually I'm good with this assessment - if only i'd taken it years ago.
I've highlighted what i definitely agreed with. Interesting stuff, now go take yours and report back.


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3rd most frequent among education majors in college.

In national sample "Leisure Activities," overrepresented in "Writing," "Appreciating art," "Playing musical instrument," "Listening to music," "Reading"; underrepresented in "Watching TV for leisure" and "Watching TV 3 or more hours per day."

Academic subjects preferred: art, English, music.

In national sample, lowest of all types in liking work environments where "Everything is done by the book"; 1 of 3 highest types in liking "Independence & achievement," "Teamwork," and "People from different backgrounds."

Most important feature on an ideal job: creativity and originality.

In national sample, dissatisfied with "Promotions" and "Salary"; satisfied with "People I work with" in their jobs.

With ESTJs, had highest total coping resources of all the types.

Ranked 1st of all 16 types in using social and emotional coping resources and 2nd in using cognitive resources.

In national sample, ranked lowest in coping with stress by "Developing physical symptoms."

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This weeks theme: high

Wish i was there in the first picture. The view of the pool in Florida from high above on the balcony of our room. However you will not get me up in the elevator inside of that second picture that drops from high up!

Joke Friday

Subject: Irish Humor


An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years. Upon her return, her Father cussed her.

“Where have ye been all this time? Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn’t ye call? Can ye not understand what ye put yer old Mother thru?”

The girl, crying, replied, “Sniff, sniff....Dad....I became a prostitute...”

“Ye what!!? Out of here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You’re a disgrace to this Catholic family.”

“OK, Dad—as ye wish. I just came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion plus a $5 million savings certificate. For me little brother, this gold Rolex. And for ye Daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that’s parked outside plus a membership to the country club........................ (takes a breath)............. and an invitation for ye all to spend New Years Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera and... ...”

“Now what was it ye said ye had become?” says Dad.

Girl, crying again, “Sniff, sniff....a prostitute Daddy! Sniff, sniff.”

“Oh! Be Jesus! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant. Come here and give yer old Dad a hug.”

Mama never said ....

I went in today for what i thought was a "routine" test. It was for an ultrasound of my breast. I've been down this road before - being the lucky recipient of "dense" breasts ( not dumb/ thick? never mind) and also bearing a family history of breast cancer in my mother.

I've had 3 surgical biopsies - all benign thank g-d and 1 needle aspiration.
A few weeks ago i had my first breast MRI - now that was an experience - i thought for sure a man invented this machine, but i was told differently.
It was actually more comfortable than having a mammogram. But it surpassed the ridiculousness quota - instead of having your boobs smashed between two plates of Plexiglas while standing, you got to crawl up on this stretcher and lay on your belly with your boobs suspended in air through 2 holes in the table. then they push you into the machine and it makes alot of noise and then they inject some dye and it makes some more noise - no big deal.

But then i got the call to come in for an ultrasound and i thought "you got to be kidding me - i thought the MRI would trump an ultrasound any day; but evidently the MRI picks up on the "something" and then the Ultra/ultrasound goes and pinpoints it. That's where the trouble began - the very nice tech tells me she's "just going to get the Radiologist to look at it, "do i want a magazine?". No thanks, I'll just dwell on some other problems for awhile.

So in she comes,takes a look and tells me that there are these two areas of ?? a mass as in not a cyst that need to be biopsied and that they can do it right now. I shakily agree and the next thing i know this hypodermic of Novocaine is comin at me as i ask are they sure they don't have any Valium around here? I happen to glance at the clock - it's 2 o'clock - damn i forgot i'm supposed to pick up my son at his drum lesson at 2:30. They tell me the procedure won't be long and i know he's safe hanging outside the school waiting for me ( like i haven't been late before).
When it's over i call him and tell him to walk up to the library to wait for me, cause they're not through with me yet and i'm about 40 min. away.

I go out to the waiting area with my ice pack to sit with the other ladies in their johnny's. (someone definitely needs to redesign these babies ( how bout some velcro?)
Next they do a mammogram to check on these ? markers they left in there ( i wonder if i'm going to go off the next time i fly?) i guess they're for "in case" they have to go back in, find and take out what they biopsied.
I think i'm giving too much information here - too clinical. I better go look for the Tylenol.
Mama never said there'd be days like this. Poor mama.

Haiku Wednesday

awake in the dark
alone but for the black dog
sleeping at my feet

(Happy Birthday Dad - he would've been 94 today)

Happy Easter!!

Peep Show

Happy Eastover!

Joke Friday

As you may have heard the Bush Administration said each and every one of us
would now get a nice rebate. If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the
money will go to China.
If we spend it on gasoline it will all go to the Arabs
�If we spend it on fruit and vegetables it will all go to Mexico, Honduras,
and Guatemala.
If we purchase a good car it will all go to Japan.
If we purchase useless crap it will all go to Taiwan and none of it will
help the American economy.
We need to keep that money here in America, so the only way to keep that
money here at home is to buy prostitutes and beer, since those are the only
businesses still in the US.

My name is Elliot Spitzer and I approved this ad...

I'm done...

headin to bed for a pre-dinner nap; it's cold, it's dreary, it's New England - it's Spring. I worked this morning then came home to meet the taxman. So I am not doing another thing except go get some takeout for dinner. I think i better start back on the Prozac; I am really getting tired of my bad mood. Wow, i think i've sunk to a new low - i just answered a survey on the phone - she sounded nice.
How bout you all, how's your day going?

Barack Obama - Yes!

I will warn you this video is really long, but really worth it - if you believe; if you believe in hope, in change, in a future for this country and our children and hopefully the world.

Blue Hyacinth and red jello

Well the highlight of my day was visiting my best friend in the hospital. For the few hours that i spent with her I felt like this is just where i belong; unlike when i returned home. I left home still angry with my step-daughter for her disturbing/disruptive ways. Since i am in a between reading a novel stage, and since i thought i need a book to distract me from my thoughts i brought along "Plan B- Further thoughts on Faith" by Annie Lamott - i love her! She was just the ticket - i am really glad that i went back home and got the book, when i realized that i had forgot it in my haste to get out of the house (of dread & gloom). Funny thing happened tho - after stopping at the store to pick up a plant - a blue & pink & white hyacinth ( i thought since she can't eat, she can feast her eyes and smell the wonderful scent.) When i parked the car in the garage to get on the "T"(subway) into Boston, i was juggling my purse, book, water and plant I dropped the book and bent to pick it up just as a car was turning the corner. I thought to myself - hmmph is this Plan B - put me out of my misery right here in this parking garage?
But i did make the right choice of reading material for my ride - just what the doctor ordered - some pearls of wisdom that seemed to be talking right to me.

When I got to Boston and to the hospital, i smiled as i remembered my old neighborhood, stomping grounds, and place of employment. I got on the elevator with a group of 4 Black young men - smelling faintly of marijuana - i wondered if maybe i could get a contact high and if some of their mellowness might rub off on me.

When i reached my friend's room she was asleep and looked a little pale and frail in that hospital bed. I was glad when she opened her beautiful blue eyes and after some conversation i saw some color come back into her cheeks.
My dear, wonderful friend, i hated seeing her in that bed but know that she is now on the mend and will soon again amaze us with her words, wisdom and wonderful way.
As i said as i left her side, "I love you."
Oh and thanks for the red jello ( and the memories).

Joke Friday

A man walks into the front door of a bar. He is obviously drunk, and staggers up to the bar, seats himself on a stool and, with a belch, asks the bartender for a drink. The bartender politely informs the man that it appears that he has already had plenty to drink, he could not be served additional liquor at this bar, and could a cab be called for him? The drunk is briefly surprised, then softly scoffs, grumbles, climbs down off the bar stool and staggers out the front door. A few minutes later, the same drunk stumbles in the SIDE door of the bar. He wobbles up to the bar and hollers for a drink. The bartender comes over and, still politely - but more firmly, refuses service to the man due to his inebriation, and again offers to call a cab. The drunk looks at the bartender for a moment angrily, curses, and shows himself out the side door, all the while grumbling and shaking his head. A few minutes later, the same drunk bursts in through the back door of the bar. He plops himself up on a bar stool, gathers his wits and belligerently orders a drink. The bartender comes over and emphatically reminds the man that he is clearly drunk, will be served no drinks, and either a cab or the police will be called immediately. The surprised drunk looks at the bartender, and in hopeless anguish, cries "Man! How many bars do you work at?"


Ok we've got a situation here( who can tell me what show (?hill street blues?) that is from? or is it my imagination?
Ok so here it is. I had a situation to begin with. any longtime readers of this blog might be aware of this. Ok so here it is, I've been married for 15 years and unhappily for most of them.

Fast forward to Xmas this year when my 20 yr. old step-daughter decides to move in here. She flunked out of college after a year, came back home (to her mother's- in the next town) and started working and attending college locally. Let's just say that didn't work out too well either. A few weeks before xmas she arrives here.

Things are a little (to put it mildly) difficult but we all persevere. She still is not working but has a job waitressing ( which her father pulled strings to get for her) starting soon.
Ok so now fast forward to my sons Video Ipod going missing/lost/stolen??? he got it last yr. for his 13th birthday with his money. Ok this kid loses everything (hats/jackets, etc.) so i interrogate him: did u take it out of the house? did one of yr. friends borrow it. he swears he last saw/left it in the sun rm. Some time passes and we give up on ever seeing it again. I give him back his old Ipod that he gave to me. Then... that one disappears. I don't want to hear it/ don't even tell me. But he tells me that he listened to it before school, placed it on the little table in the dining room and when he went to get it that nite to listen to in bed , that one too was Gone!. (Also a few wks. before the 1st Ipod went missing. I discovered that i was missing $180 from my secret hiding place).
But back to the Ipod, we searched/tore the place apart; asked/beseech ed - to no avail. Finally we gave up on every seeing/finding either one of them. And this past Sun. we went to Office Depot to buy(with his $$) a cheap-$30 MP3 player ( because he just couldn't live without his music anymore).

Then yesterday when i came home i saw that my step-daughter had left the lites and her computer on again, as usual. I went into her room to shutdown her computer. I hit start/shutdown but there were so many programs running (ie: AIM, etc) that i went to click out of AIM and as it closed another window/program popped up - ITunes and the window said "Luke's Ipod cannot synch because.....
Imagine my shock! I called Luke upstairs to read it/confirm it. I said how could this window pop up and he said my Ipod would've had to been connected. later i confirmed this with Apple.

I realize i'm rambling here and i do want to wrap this up. so to make a really long story shorter - my husband came home and under pressure from me confronted her. we called her downstairs and he told her what I had found on her computer earlier that day. Well, she denied it. After some histrionics we all went to bed. Today i called my husband at work and asked if he spoke with her again and he said that he did and told her we couldn't have "this" going on.

She is not four and " this" is not a barbie or a hissy fit with a girlfriend.
After thinking about it all day I've told him that I want him to confront her with it again and tell her we have this "proof" that whe stole it/ it had to be connected to her computer for that message to pop up, right? and that she can return it or at least own up to it if it is gone. But then what? what are the consequences??
If she owns up/all is forgiven and life goes on?
if she doesn't own up do we tell her to go back and live with her mother (if her step-father will have her)?
ok this is where you all come in.
1) is the evidence damning? beyond the shadow of a doubt? Yes/No
2) do i forgive and forget if she admits? and
3) if not do i show her the door?

"D" list

Awhile back I did a list of "S" words and it was suggested that I do "D".
so here i go:
disheartened,disillusioned, dilemma, decision, decisive(I'm not), deliberate, disenchanted, delusional(I am), dysfunctional(no comment), daunting, dilettante, disguise, Divorce, dysthymia,dissuade, delve, delicious, downtown,diary,dreamy, dance, dog, deep, dove,diamond, disaster, date, dope, drug, dessert,drink, discuss, dissect, develop, delude, dine, disengage,dumbfounded,delve,decolletage,disaster,develope, doze, dingbat,deck,discussion,disdain,disorganized,disturbing,disgusted, divine

So you wanna buy an O. Go ahead pick a letter, you know you want to.


This weeks theme: Different

Joke Friday

If God had created Eve first,what might have transpired:

After three weeks in the garden, God came to visit Eve.
"How are things, Eve?", He asked
"It is all so beautiful, God," she replied,
"The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, the smells, the sights,
everything is wonderful. But I just have this one problem.
It's these breasts you've given me. The middle one pushes the other two out, and I am constantly knocking them with my arms, catching them on branches,
snagging them on bushes, they're a real pain."

"That's a fair point," replied God, "but it was my first shot at this, you know.
I gave the animals what, six? So I just figured you'd need half, but I see that you are right. I'll fix that up right away!" and God reaches down and removes the middle breast, tossing it into the bushes.

Three weeks passed, and God again visited Eve in the garden. "Well, Eve, how's my
favorite creation?" He asked. "Just fantastic," she replied, "but for one small
oversight on your part. You see, all the animals are paired off. The ewe has her ram, the cow has her bull, all the animals have a mate, except me. I feel so alone."
God thought for a moment. "You know, Eve, you're right. How could I have overlooked this! You do need a mate and I will immediately create Man from a part of you!

Now, let's see, where did I leave that useless boob?"

Carrie & Big

Lest you all think i've turned this humble blog into a politico blog: I give you 2 of my favs with some great music to boot.


Thanks to my son for finding both of these great videos.



This weeks theme: Party