You Are a Hard Boiled Egg
You are down to earth and hard to rattle. You have a good head on your shoulders.
You can be a bit stubborn at times, and your determination has only paid off for you.
You are straight with people, and you expect them to be straight with you in return.
You are very no nonsense. You don't have time for pettiness or drama.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Your Primary Mood Color is Blue
You are a sensitive and reflective person. You have a good intuition for emotions.
You can sense what people are feeling and even sometimes what they are thinking.
You communicate well, and you're also a good listener. You cherish your friends, and every word they say is important to you.
You are always there for the people you love, and you expect the same in return. You crave deep connection and understanding.
Monday, September 28, 2009
- What pleases you? :: Many things
- Whatever :: you say
- Chime :: ring
- Pleading :: begging
- Simulate :: fake
- Flashing :: lights
- Directional :: signal
- Pink :: and pretty
- Access :: Hollywood
- Ugly :: gross
Friday, September 25, 2009
You Are the 1990s
You are a honest, down to earth, and somewhat sarcastic person. You don't front.
You appreciate the cynical days of the 1990s, when irony was king.
You're somewhat skeptical and mocking of the mainstream. You tend to embrace alternative culture instead.
You are open minded and accepting. You don't judge people as long as they're real with you.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
You Are Classic Rock
You are a pretty average American guy or gal, even if you don't live in the US.
You like music that's basic, honest, and real. The best songs don't have a lot to them.
You consider yourself to be pretty normal. You work for a living and put your pants on one leg at a time.
You love songs that stand the test of time. You don't fall victim to musical trends.
You Are Peaceful and Passive
You are an accommodating, diplomatic person. You know there is good and evil in everyone.
You try to live with things as they are. You know there's a lot in this world that you can't change, and you're fine with that.
You are a supportive and honest person. You expect people to accept you just as you accept them.
You are willing to take time and let things unfold. You are never in a rush.
This"slim little volume" is the story of how Dickens' A Christmas Carol changed Dickens' life and its impact on his society. It's an interesting read, well-organized and thought-out.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Your Unpredictable Part Says You're Experimental and Rebellious
You're the type of person who likes to shake things up. It's easy for you to become bored.
You like to be spontaneous. You prefer to lead a very exciting, fast moving life.
You are outspoken and bold. Your opinions change frequently, and you never have any problem expressing them.
Your wild ways always have people guessing, and that's fine by you. You really don't care what others think.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Bumbles host a weekly movie meme. This week's movie topic is all about Your Childhood Favorite...
I was 12 when the original Star Wars came out, and I fell hard for the world that George Lucas created. That summer and the following school year, a close group of friends and I lived Star Wars, quite literally. In a time where Dungeons and Dragons was all the rage, we had spaceships and wookiees. We took our fandom seriously.
You Are Driven and Focused
You view people with optimism. You have many meaningful relationships in your life.
You had more conflict with your father than your mother. Your relationship with him was healthy but challenging.
You deal with stress in an effective and competent matter. You are able to remain calm.
You are the type of person who knows how to get a lot done. However, sometimes you can't help but get overwhelmed by life.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
You Are Sophisticated and Well Mannered
You're the type of person who can sit all day entertaining guests with witty banter.
You believe in presenting yourself in the best light possible. You like to be seen as classy.
You give a first impression of being upper class and even a bit snooty. And you're the first to admit you're a little guilty of that.
You are an armchair critic. You can detect quality easily, and you want the best things you can find.
Friday, September 18, 2009
You Should Be With an Earth Sign
Your best match is a Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn.
You like your sweetie to pamper, wine, and dine you. You enjoy the finer things.
An earth sign will go all out to woo you - and never complain about doing it.
Your earth sign knows how to make you feel wanted. And you'll never meet anyone so devoted to you.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
You Are West
Like an American, you are an innovative, free-spirit. You tend to do your own thing, especially if no one has done it before.
People admire that you are creative and a visionary. You come up with all sorts of ideas, and you're never afraid of failure.
Sometimes you come across as wild to the point of being careless. You are a rule-breaker who borders on dangerous.
You make a great artist. No matter what you do in life, it's your personal expression of who you are.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The darling of Cannes, Sunshine Cleaning tells the story of Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams). Rose's young son is constantly in trouble at school. When the principal insists on sending the boy to special education classes, Rose determines to get him into private school. The problem is, her salary as a maid doesn't allow for such luxuries. Desperate to earn extra cash, she starts cleaning up crime scenes.
Projo reports that Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center has won the National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award for its success in helping adults to literacy and self-sufficiency. Nice to hear some good news.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
These are from her post titled Julien Oppenheim:
I'm such a fan of the rustic look right now, pairing white or near-white with wood tones, plaster and rugged, worn furniture. These are beautiful examples.
photos via Mental Floss
I tried so hard to describe the tree to the Bear, but she didn't have a frame of reference. "It's thin," I told her, "with blank spaces in the middle and branches that come out on levels every few inches. Cue the blank stare.
Well, this is pretty much what I had in mind. I had seen the first picture years ago, but couldn't find it until this morning, when I discovered in on Mental Floss. They also had a more modern version, called a "feather tree." Not quite the same, but close.
This year we used our artificial tree again. Maybe next year.
There were no pumpkin pies or cranberry sauce, no sweet or white potatoes. Yes, there was turkey, but there was also venison, swans, ducks, partridges and seafood including lobsters, clams and eel. The vegetables were usually stewed: squash (including pumpkins - a new treat for the Pilgrims) onions, beans, peas and carrots. There was no sugar available, so they satisfied their sweet tooth with corn pudding and dried berries.
All this was cooked primarily by the nine surviving females: four married women and five adolescent girls. Fire roasting (such as venison) was handled by the men.
Water at the time could easily be contaminated, so the Pilgrims and their Native American guests drank beer and occasionally goat's milk. No cows at that time, either.
There are some good links to authentic recipes and more history, too.
They have an adorable nativity set, that contains my one deal-breaker feature: baby Jesus comes out of the manger.
In our house, Jesus doesn't go into the manger until Christmas Eve (Santa puts him there, because Santa "gets" the meaning of the season). Therefore, Jesus must come out of the manger.
They also have wonderfully charming Christmas scenes, and three different types of advent calendars (my favorite is the Christmas in the Park)
- Fix leaky faucets and fixtures
- Inspect the water heater for signs of trouble; drain sediment from the tank until the water runs clear
- Check the temperature of the hot water heater and if necessary, lower the setting to 120deg.
- Pour a glass of water into the basement floor drains and infrequently used sink drains to ensure there is sufficient water in the trap to prevent sewer gas from entering the house.
- Recycle old magazines, flyers and mail order catalogs. Sort the rest
- Cull piles of photos - separate the good, the bad and the ugly. Share duplicates with friends and family. Set aside the rest for now.
- Go through CDs, videos, books. Create piles for keepers, loaners, donation and resale.
- Paw through stacks of games and toys; collect missing pieces and put them in the appropriate boxes. Create stacks to donate, toss, store elsewhere and put in the family room. Donate the ones you can't use.
- Start an inventory list of model and serial numbers for your TV, stereo, DVD player, etc. for homeowner's insurance.
- Vacuum and clean floor, walls, bookshelves, entertainment centers, windowsills, miniblinds and ceiling fans.
- Dry clean or launder drapes, throws and area rugs. If possible switch sides when rehanging drapes to minimize sun damage.
- Spot-clean sofas, vacuum cushions and sofa base, flip and rotate cushions, dig down the sides for lost coins, etc.
- Designate a spot for remotes.
- Designate a spot for library and returnable items. Calendar due dates.
- Institute a weekly five-minute cleanup with family to keep things moving toward their designated spaces.
- Take a picture or video of the room to keep with your home inventory list.
- Begin an exercise program.
- Monthly breast self-exam
- Calculate your net worth
- Re-evaluate budget and savings plan
- Organize tax receipts
- Paint interiors
- Get bids for major repairs and start scheduling
- Have car's fluid levels checked.