Sunday, October 30, 2005

Interesting....

Your Seduction Style: Au Natural

You rank up there with your seduction skills, though you might not know it.
That's because you're a natural at seduction. You don't realize your power!
The root of your natural seduction power: your innocence and optimism.

You're the type of person who happily plays around and creates a unique little world.
Little do you know that your personal paradise is so appealing that it sucks people in.
You find joy in everything - so is it any surprise that people find joy in you?

You bring back the inner child in everyone you meet with your sincere and spontaneous ways.
Your childlike (but not childish) behavior also inspires others to care for you.
As a result, those who you befriend and date tend to be incredibly loyal to you.

How True!

You Are Apple Cider

Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.


I'm not necessarily downright nasty. I just bicker more... either grin and bear it or bitch directly about what I do not like about feeling/being cold. I don't like to be cold, period. I do not like to feel suffocated by layers of clothes. I love my skin being bare and free. I do adjust tho. I bicker for a short bit then just adjust and look forwrad to spring. In fact, I'm already looking forward to spring!

My Pizza Personality

Veggie Pizza

Upscale and trendy.
You're the most likely to go for a gourmet pizza.
You have impeccable taste in everything.
You truly enjoy the finer things in life.


True. Also came up with this.

Cheese Pizza

Traditional and comforting.
You focus on living a quality life.
You're not easily impressed with novelty.
Yet, you easily impress others.

My Inner Child... Mmm....

Took a What's Your Inner Child quiz through www.blogthings.com. I wish I could choose few answers for few questions. But, here's my first result. I decided to retake the quiz and answer with the other ones I wanted to pick out too.

Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.



This was my other result...not complaining. :)

Your Inner Child Is Happy

You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.
You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.
And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.
You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.

Odds & Ends

  • Congratulations to Brook Shields for expecting her 2nd child

  • Out of all people, it's Anna Nicole Smith & her dogs who boycotts IAMS in a new advertisement for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I've long been against IAMS because of the company's cruelty to animals and testings on animals in their labs. Why couldn't a better person have been chosen to bring light to this? This is an article written by the Associated Press and posted on AOL:

Anna Nicole Smith's Dogs Boycott Iams

NEW YORK (Oct. 28) - Anna Nicole Smith's dogs are boycotting pet food maker Iams. Smith's protesting pooches are refusing dog food from Iams in a new advertisement for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"Marilyn, Sugar Pie and Puppy are boycotting Iams until it stops testing on animals in labs," the poster reads beneath a picture of Smith, a former Playboy model, and her three dogs.

PETA claims an undercover investigation in 2002 and 2003 revealed "deplorable" conditions in Iams' contract laboratory. The group said at least 27 dogs were killed, and listed abuses including cramped conditions and having dogs' vocal cords removed to prevent barking.

Iams, which sells pet food and pet care products, disputes those allegations.

"We have constantly and publicly communicated with the public with what we do in our feeding studies," Kurt Iverson, a spokesman for Iams, told The Associated Press on Friday. "We also work with a number of well-respected officials from animal welfare groups, like the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States."

The ad will be posted next week on PETA's Web site, and it will appear on billboards this winter.
10/28/05 12:47 EDT

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press

Heard of These Fears?

  • Anthrophobia - Fear of flowers
  • Lachanophobia - Fear of vegetables
  • Helmintophobia - Fear of being infested with worms
  • Genuphobia - Fear of knees
  • Blennophobia - Fear of slime
  • Selenophobia - Fear of the moon
  • Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
  • Bogyphobia - Fear of the bogeyman
  • Chromatophobia - Fear of colors
  • Mnemophobia - Fear of memories
  • Sciophobia - Fear of shadows
  • Ablutophobia - Fear of washing or bathing
  • Mottephobia - Fear of moths
  • Triskadekaphobia - Fear of the number 13

Patricia Ordonez's Announcement!


Patty is the one in black - the first one on the right in the rear row.

Patty O


Fashion Designer

Custom-Fitted
Just for You

info@patriciaordonez.com
www.patriciaordonez.com



EXCITING NEWS FROM PATTY O!

I am expanding my business and working to provide individual attention to my most important customer – YOU!

You can find my new lineup of exclusive designs at The Market NYC (268 Mulberry Street between Houston and Prince Street) beginning October 29th. I will also be selling my clothing at the same location on November 12, November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17th, so mark your calendars and be sure to stop by!

Additionally, in order to give my distinctive clients more individualized attention, I have opened my sewing studio on the Upper West Side for custom fittings. To set up an appointment you can visit me 24/7 on my website at patriciaordonez.com or feel free to contact me via email at info@patriciaordez.com.

Need to find the perfect gift for the perfect person?

A PattyO gift certificate for a fashion consulting session and custom fitting is something that they will NEVER re-gift! Inquire at info@patriciaordonez.com.

Russian Restaurants in Brighton Beach

Here are restaurants that come highly recommended should you venture down to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn for a night of Russian cuisine and entertainment (yes, a show):

1. Winter Garden
2. Imperator
3. Rasputin
4. Odessa

As for a good Turkish-Uzbek restaurant in Sheepshead Bay by the water where you go go for a lovely stroll after you eat, go to:

Bay Shish Kebab & Gyro
2255 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 769-5396





Your Brain is 46.67% Female, 53.33% Male



Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female

You are both sensitive and savvy

Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed

But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve


Delighted to Share.....

The engagement of Lauren & Doug!

They became engaged on August 20, 2005. What a great day! :) I was SO delighted and happy. I knew it was a matter of time before they got engaged. We were roommates when they began dating and beautifully evolved into a loving couple with fireworks. The fireworks show started in 2002. And, the firework show is nowhere near from being over! There is no end in sight. They moved in together over the past year. The magic and spark was there right from the start. In other words, they always clickety-clicked. And, I'm so happy for them!

Here is Lauren's email announcing the great news! I squealed in delight when I read it!

Hi Sarah-

I came back from Nassau last Friday, and as usual, Doug and I headed to the Hamptons but it was a most unusual day at the beach. While digging sand to make a sand castle (doug's idea), I unearthed a ring inside a little red plastic container. I was stunned, floored, flummoxed. So shocked he had to ask me "will you marry me?" three times before I finally understood what was going on, and happily (and so...uncoolly) said YES! I cried and laughed and sweated all at the samme time. I even got up and shimmied! What a messy yes that was!! I'm no longer on cloud 9-im now visiting cloud 10, 18, and 102. I'm blown away. Sure, we had talked about marriage but Doug always made it sound like it was something we'd do in 2, 3 years. This is alll surreal. We're shy and giddy all over again (yeah, I know, ew, gross, barf). :) :D anyway-this changes things a bit. This weekend his family and we are scouting out locations.

Hugs
Lauren



Here is the official story:

A Ponquogue Beach Story

Doug asked Lauren if she wanted to talk. Lying on a blanket on the quiet beach, Lauren closed her magazine and sat up. Sure, she said.



Doug asked Lauren if she wanted to build a sand castle. He knew that she harbored a secret hope—that the sand hid treasures and new worlds. It was no surprise when Lauren happily began digging. Before long, she uncovered a bright shiny red container. Turning the container over, she saw a ring inside. Someone hid this, she said.




Doug asked Lauren if she would marry him. What? She said.

Doug asked Lauren if she would marry him. Are you serious? She said.

Doug asked Lauren if she would marry him, for the third time.

Yes! She said.




We are engaged! :)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Pascal's Quote

Another quote courtesy of friend ME:

We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
~Blaise Pascal

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Yoo Hoo???

Any single suitable beautiful lesbian women out there for dating? Yoo hoo, anyone?

"Whew, She's Sane!"

Whew, my friend is sane!

She suddenly said on AIM:
I feel buzz buzz

I am thinking to myself:
Huh? What buzz buzz? Her head dizzy or body tired? Or, she's insane with buzzing in her head/body?

So, I asked her hopefully, with my fingers crossed:
What buzz buzz?

She said:
My pager

Me:
Whew!! Thank goodness she's sane!

*breathing a sigh of relief*

Popping Babies Like Baseball Ball Machine

You may have heard of "the mother who recently gave birth to 16th child." It seems like all it took was one head turn before she gave birth once again. I remember reading news about "the mother who gave birth to her 15th child." Now, it's the 16th child named J-something in the Duggar family.

Michelle Duggar, age 39, is the name of the baby popper. She first popped a baby at age 21. I think it's incredible how she loves and genuinely wants to have more children.

They have two websites. I'm not sure which one is current or if they run both websites:

www.jimbob.info and www.duggarfamily.com

Their children include two sets of twins, and the parents have stuck to the letter "J" for their names.

* Joshua, 17
* Jana and John-David, 15
* Jill, 14
* Jessa, 12
* Jinger, 11
* Joseph, 10
* Josiah, 9
* Joy-Anna, 8
* Jeremiah and Jedidiah, 6
* Jason, 5
* James, 4
* Justin, 2
* Jackson, 1
* Johannah, 0

Her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, quoted in an CNN article: "I have always left it up to Michelle because she's actually the one that carries them and does all the labor," he said. "But we both love children. Even yesterday, she said she would like to have some more." He later went on to say how happy and excited they were to have a baby girl, the first in 8 years for the family. Jim further states in the article that "We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them," he said in a telephone interview.

One word: Wow.

It always seem that large families like them are strongly rooted in their faith. In other words, they're always religious or strongly identified in their faith. And, their faith provides structure, discipline, and guidance in raising large families.
I've never read of a large family that was non-religious or not strongly rooted in faith and make faith their way of life.

It's just too interesting and remarkable that these large families of baby poppers always seem to be christians or religious. I've never seen a non-religious LARGE family where they love popping out babies at the rate of a baseball training ball popper that pops out balls at you every few seconds during practice. The only difference here is that there's no training, and these miracles of life are real.

With all due respect to these families and their faith, I can't help but wonder about this: if Kinsey's estimate that 1:10 people are gay, will at least one of their children later come out of the closet as a gay person? Nonetheless, I have faith that these children are growing up to become loving respectful adults with a wonderful large family like Michelle and Jim Duggar's.

Congratulations, Michelle and Jim, on your new addition and arrival!

Oh man!

Oh man! Just realized while looking up the Spring 2006 Schedule for class registration that I'll soon be registering for the last time during my graduate studies. Before I know it, I'll be starting my last semester of graduate school. In a blink, I'll be graduating. Oh man! Where's the fan? *deep sigh and breathing* Is this for real?

Monday, October 24, 2005

Bush Replaces Greenspan

In a move that stunned the international financial community, President George W. Bush today announced that Stanley A. Weinberg was his choice to replace Alan Greenspan as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Weinberg is Mr. Bush's longtime personal financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. "He's like a member of the family," Bush said.

The president dismissed as "predictable" the criticisms that Weinberg had never served on a regional federal reserve bank, never participated in discussions about international banking, had never run a company, and was not an economist. "I trust him," the president said. "I know what is in his heart."

"He's just like you see it in those Morgan Stanley commercials -- another member of the family," the president added. "He set up the college funds we used to put Jenna and Barbara through college, and sat with us at the girls' graduations. He put together the trust we used to purchase the ranch at Crawford. He is just a whiz at numbers -- what better qualification than to deal with all those numbers they have to deal with at the Fed?"

The Fed choice was the latest in a spate of nominations made by the president. The day began with the White House announcement of a new chief of the Food and Drug Administration -- Billy Bob Garmer, the head pharmacist at Wayne Drug in Crawford. "He has been my personal pharmacist for years now," the president said. I've watched him put all kinds of drugs together behind that counter. He knows everything there is to know about all these medications. And he is a good man."

That was followed by the presidential pick to replace Michael Brown as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA: Dr. James Kilgallen, who has served since the beginning of the Bush presidency as his personal physician. "Dr Kilgallen was the first one on the scene when I was choking on that pretzel while I was watching the Texas Longhorns football game. I could have died! But he stepped in and performed that Heimlich maneuver without skipping a beat. I thought, if he can manage that kind of emergency, he can manage anything! And he is a good man."

One earlier nomination, however was withdrawn before the end of the day. The White House had announced at noon the nominee for chief of health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Chester McFadden, the president's personal veterinarian who has cared for the Bush dogs Spot, an English Springer Spaniel, and Barney, a Scottish Terrier. The nomination was withdrawn at 4 pm with no explanation.


NOTE: This is a satire written by Norm Ornstein.

www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-ornstein/whats-next_b_8450.html

Saturday, October 22, 2005

God's A Photographer!

*gasp*

God's a photographer!

I was sitting on the couch chatting with two friends online. I saw a flash in the room.

*gasped*

*looked to window then to hearing roommate on the other couch*

*she nodded*

"You serious? Thunder?"

"Yes. It's been going on."

*paging friend who's in car - to get confirmation*

"Yes. I thought someone was taking a picture."

"You serious - thundering outside?"

"Yes. It's thundering and raining"

"Wow. Thundering, and it's October 22!"

*asked roommate for date confirmation*

"God's taking pictures"

*windows fill with strong bright white flash*

God sure is taking many pictures tonight, not too far from here.


NOTE: A friend online was silly to suggest that there was an explosion. I told him, " Yea, right. My hearing roommate is here. She must be deaf for not hearing it. Wow, it busted her eardrums." I told my roommate what he said. She said, "Yes, a visual light bomb when it hits the ground. Now, that's logical."

Bush's Freefalling!



www.yeeguy.com/freefall/

I can see that Bush's yoga and pilates classes at his ranch and the White House have paid off. When he's stuck, be creative with your mouse and see how flexible he can be or what positions he can get into.

Too bad he isn't as flexible and smart (up there in the head) when it comes to politics and making decisions for America.

If you're a Republican who actually likes Bush, here is my advance apology for seeing your beloved free falling. No offense intended. Grin.

Enjoy!

Time to Learn Our Greek ABC's

Time to start learning our Greek ABC's! According to cnn.com, Tropical Storm Alpha was born and is just south of Puerto Rico. It's the 22nd named storm of the season, making 2005 the busiest hurrican season on record. We're witnessing history in the making while finally learning our Greek ABC's. And, as my roomie Kate put it, it's not even November yet (the end of the hurricane season).

Knowledge + Empathy = Power

A dear friend, Julie, recently wrote this article for www.deafdc.com.
-S



Knowledge + Empathy = Power

Posted on October 21, 2005 at 11:33 AM

We just got a picture of our cousin proudly sporting an Israeli military uniform. Instead of enrolling in college like most freshmen his age, he opted to serve two years in the Israeli army. People think his mother is either very brave or very crazy. I think she is incredibly generous to allow her only son dedicate his life to a passion that she also understands. Aside from once hitting a hole-in-one during golf, the main item in my grandfather's obituary mentioned his thirty-year service in the Navy. It defined my grandfather, and I will always remember and love him for that.

People join such services for a wide variety of reasons - not necessarily always having something to do with sacrifice. Sometimes, it's actually for self-indulgence; the need to escape life as is. But we all know very few people who actually just go out and do it - for the sake of others' lives. Quality or quantity, it's all the same "out there" (and in a few dark corners of this country, as well).

A few months before graduation, I picked up a Peace Corps application. I slowly filled it out (one of my secrets- I love filling out forms). I made sure that my t's and i's were crossed and dotted. I never mailed it in. After all, I had my family. Cat. Boyfriend-soon-to-become-fiancé. New friends in the next city - Washington, D.C. Important stuff, you know?

Five years later - today - I feel very blessed. I have a beautiful daughter, a good job, comfortable home, dedicated husband, loyal friends, and family in good health. Basically, all the tenets of life in place. But does any of this have to do with my country? I'm living the classic American dream, thanks to the thousands - or millions? - of people who died before me. And also to people who are still dying today, not always intentionally, for the sake of their country. Does that make me feel guilty? You bet.

I hope I teach my daughter to become a "doer". The last thing I want to do is direct the course that her life takes- but I do want to, at the very least, arm her with knowledge. Living in the city of Washington, D.C. is a wonderful place to do just that. Next to serving in the military, I think the next best thing you can do is to teach the next generation the meaning of life, and how it is generated from sacrifice.

A Click Away From Helping Others

Hi-

You're a click away from helping another woman receive a free mammogram. This woman could be your coworker, sister, aunt, mother, passing stranger on the street, or friend. Or, she's one to another woman in your life.

Please click on this Pink Ribbon Challenge daily:

www.thebreastcancersite.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/CTDSites

As you may know, October 2005 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Click on this daily, and it helps increase company donations for funding free mammograms to women in need.

They are behind in their goal to help. Every click is tripled in October, and there are only 9 days left. 368 mammograms left to go! And, the goal is 750.

ABOUT THE BREAST CANCER SITE Your click on the "Fund Free Mammograms" button helps fund free mammograms, paid for by site sponsors whose ads appear after you click and provided to women in need through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to low-income, inner-city and minority women, whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. For info about early detection (from the website), read at the end of this email.

Let's support our fellow women. Many of us know women who have survived, experienced, and/or died from breast cancer. I've always known women all my life who have had breast cancer. Some survived while others eventually died. When I participated in the Revlon Walk few years ago, there were about 8 names on my number card. During the walk, I remembered even more names. There are survivors and fighters amongst us daily.

My dear Aunt Naomi, my father's sister and best friend, was one of the women who fought hard for years and eventually passed away. All my life. during the years I knew her, she had breast cancer. It never defined her or defeated her spirit. Naomi always shone, and she shared and led by example. Over the years, I became a young woman and corresponded with her regularly during her last few years. The night she died, snow began to fall and made the bleak winter landscape so beautiful and shiny. Although her battle was hard-fought with beautiful and difficult moments, she showed great strength and grace. She shed light on blessings in our lives. And, her last moments, although sad for others and peaceful for her, were reflected in the beautiful snow. Her spirit shone on through the falling snowflakes. Let us help others shine on too.

When I click, it's for Aunt Naomi, friends and relatives who have survived, and more importantly, for women who are our mothers, sisters, friends, strangers, acquaintances and so much more.

Let's help the Aunt Naomi's in our and others' lives get free mammograms and education.

Feel free to forward to others. Thank you.

Hugs,
Sarah

EARLY DETECTION: DO YOU KNOW THE FACTS?

Each year, 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die this year.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.

The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. Monthly breast self-exams are suggested in addition.

An Untapped Market in NYC!

Will this ever happen in NYC? This is a great untapped market here in the city there rats are aplenty.

-S



Rat Owners Seek Grooming for Their Pets
LA VERNE, Calif. (Oct. 21) - Karri Garrison is getting rid of that cliche about dirty rats - one rodent at a time. Grooming isn't just for dogs anymore, and many pet owners are bringing in their rats to groomers like Garrison, who uses waterless shampoo to make their coats shine and smell sweet.

Customers at Katie's Pet Depot in La Verne, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, began requesting rat grooming soon after the store opened nearly two years ago. Employees began researching rats and even adopted some.

"We need to be there for all our clients," Garrison said. "I think we might be the only place around that grooms rats."

One of the clients was named Jewel, a half-pound, white-and-yellow hooded rat owned by a local high school student. The $10 treatment included clipping her claws, spraying her with the waterless shampoo, and using a product that kills fleas and mites.

Garrison and two other employees, Laurie Torres and Gloria Ferguson, also groom guinea pigs, mice, and rabbits.

They said small pets can bring big challenges.

"The most difficult part of grooming rats is trimming their nails," Garrison said. "They have very small feet."

Ferguson recommends pet owners get their animals groomed at least once a month to protect them from parasites.

"I love rats," she said. "It's an obsession to me. Sometimes when they get nervous they (urinate) but they don't usually bite. We know how to handle them because that's what we do."

10/21/05 17:05 EDT

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Capacity for Hope

I have no idea who the heck this person is. But, thanks to Marilyn for passing this on.
-S



"The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started."
– Norman Cousins

Close Resemblences



Thanks to J for this!



Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Purple Hats




Purple Hats

In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. Here is an angel sent to watch over you. Pass this on to five women that you want watched over. If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just fine.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)


I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.

Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day.


Send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends. Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier. Please send this to five phenomenal women today in celebration of Beautiful Women's Month. If you do, something good will happen: you will boost another woman's self esteem.

Sent with love to my girlfriends...

Dance as if No One is Watching...Sing as if No One is Listening...and Live Each Day as if It were your last...Irish Proverb

The Wizard of Odds

Thanks to SF for this! :)

Dear Sabine




Dearest Sabine,

I wonder what you're dreaming about in this picture. I'm pretty sure that you'll wake up in about 1 1/2 hours to say hi to Mommy and have breakfast.

I really enjoyed visiting on Sunday. You're beautiful as always. The green dress looked great on you and complemented your features. And, the bed jammies your Grandma gave you looked great on you too. Many clothes look good on you. You wear them well!

I delighted in seeing you crawling and knocking down the blocks. You have such a magnificent giggle while playing with the stuffed dog as it barks and jumps around (animated by your mother). You indeed are full of life!

It was fun to feed you a bottle before bed and spend some quality time together. More of your personality is emerging, and it's awesome to see you grow in the littlest yet biggest ways.

CQ also enjoyed meeting you. She said you were (and still are) a beautiful baby and a delight to spend time with. She said you had such a good aura that anyone would want to be near you.

I hope to visit you again soon and spend more time with you and your parents. We'll play more the next time and get to giggle some more. And, I'll chat with your parents more. The next visit will be more fun.

Please let your parents know that I said hello and send my love to you and the family.

Love,
Auntie Sarah

Odds & Ends

* Jessica Biel - named sexiest women alive by Esquire... I agree... I knew for a long time she was sexy. Age 23 now. So, it's ok to say she's sexy now.. finally there's someone different on the sexy scene.

* Best shows this season - Commander in Chief, America's Next Top Model, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, and few more I forgot to mention....

* Cut it out with the news on wehther or not Nick and jessica have split. Many couples forget to wear their rings or do not always wear their rings for various reasons. Imagine being married under the limelight. Give them space and back off!

* With all due respect to Alan Alda, please stop using him in nearly every single crossword puzzles in magazines such as People and In Touch. Before, Alf was common. Now, it's Alan Alda. Move on.

* Etheridge Used Marijuana During Cancer Fight. She's now cancer-free.

* Daniel Craig will be the "new '007." I frankly don't care. I'm glad it's not some big-screen name tho. I always like seeing new names and faces in leading/well-known movies.

* Norah Jones is hot!

* Grace singing during the Will & Grace show last week was hilarious. She was accused of being a snob. Then, to prove she wasn't a snob, she accepted a date with her friend's bf's coworker who lived in a place by the Staten Island Fishkill dump. He eventually dumped her.

* Old news that Mary-Kate Olsen left NYU. I am glad she is being true to herself and I wish her the best in life. She's taking an "approved LOA" to focus on her life and company business.

* Cut it out with news re. Tom and Katie. I'm tired of hearing about them.

* Tori Spelling's husband filed for divorce and is allegedly seeking spousal support. I am against that. What does he need spousal support for?

* Spike Lee went to New Orleans to make a documentary examining how race and politics collided in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now, I'm interested in this.
Lee's documentary will be produced by Time Warner's HBO cable channel and is slated to be ready for the one-year anniversary of Katrina.

* Mayim Bialik gave birth to a baby boy. Learned that Mayim means water in Hebrew. Cool.

* Penelope Cruz is hot.

* Check out Sundance Channel's Transgeneration documentary series.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Government: Official Announcement




The government today announced that it is changing its emblem from an Eagle to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed.

Damn, it just doesn't get more accurate than that!

Shout Out to Darren

Here's a shout out to Darren Frazier on his 35th birthday! :)

I Will Survive

Thanks to a friend for this.... this is for those of you who are straight.... you have my empathy and sympathy.
-S



SING IN TUNE TO " I WILL SURVIVE "


*clap your hands above your head again and again like at a concert*


*tap your foot to the beat*



Now sing it loud girls...

Bring it on!

*rocking head*



At first I was afraid, I was petrified,
When you said you had 10 inches Lord I almost died,
But I'd spent oh so many years just waiting for a man that long,
That I grew strong, and I knew that I could take you
on. . .

But there you are, another lie,
I was ready for a big mac and you've bought me a
French fry,
I should have known that it was bullshit,
Just a sad pathetic dream,
Should have known there was no anaconda lurking in
those jeans.

Go on now go, Walk out the door,
Don't you promise me 10 inches then turn up with only
4,
Weren't you a prat to think I wouldn't catch you out,
Don't you know we' re only joking when we say size
doesn't count.

(Chorus)

I will survive, I will survive,
Cos as long as I have batteries,
My sex life is gonna thrive,
I will always have good sex with a handful of latex,
I will survive, I will survive. . .hey . hey

It took all my self control not to laugh out loud,
When I saw your little wiener standing tall and proud,

But to hell with all your ego's and to hell with all
your needs,
Now I'm saving all my lovin for a cordless multi
speed,

Go on now go, Walk out the door,
Don't you promise me 10 inches then turn up with only
4,
Weren't you a prat to think I wouldn't catch you out,
Don't you know we' re only joking when we say size
doesn't count.
HEY, HEY

Friday, October 14, 2005

The Diet Guide to the Jewish Holidays

Courtesy of Jenny's aunt and uncle.... Jenny is a fellow Jewish friend....

I thought that the following, in addition to giving information was highly amusing.

For those of you who have been searching for a greater understanding of Jewish holidays major and minor, you will find the explanation below most enlightening:

Jewish Holidays

As a general principle, Jewish holidays are divided between days on which you must starve and days on which you overeat. Many Jews observe no fewer than 16 fasts throughout the Jewish year, based on the time-honored principle that even if you are sure that you are ritually purified, you definitely aren't.

Though there are many feasts and fasts, there are no holidays requiring light snacking. Note: Unlike Christians, who simply attend church on special days (e.g. Ash Wednesday), on Jewish holidays most Jews take the whole day off. This is because Jews, for historical and personal reasons, are more stressed out.

The Diet Guide to the Jewish Holidays:

Rosh Hashanah -- Feast
Tzom Gedalia -- Fast
Yom Kippur -- More fasting
Sukkot -- Feast
Hashanah Rabbah -- More feasting
Simchat Torah -- Keep feasting
Month of Heshvan -- No feasts or fasts for a whole month. Get a grip on yourself.
Hanukkah -- Eat potato pancakes
Tenth of Tevet -- Do not eat potato pancakes
Tu B'Shevat -- Feast
Fast of Esther -- Fast
Purim -- Eat pastry
Passover -- Do not eat pastry
Shavuot -- Dairy feast (cheesecake, blintzes etc.)
17th of Tammuz -- Fast (definitely no cheesecake or blintzes)
Tish B'Av -- Very strict fast (don't even think about cheesecake or Blintzes)
Month of Elul -- End of cycle. Enroll in Center for Eating Disorders before High Holidays arrive again.

Except for the fasting ones, here is a synopsis of most Jewish holidays:

-They tried to kill us.
-They couldn't.
-Let's eat!

We wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful new year!

And may all your kugel be calorie-free!

Who's Who?

Who's who? Can you tell them apart? I happened to view one picture and mistook her for someone else. Both women made the news recently.



Picture #1
Credit given to AP for picture.




Picture #2
Credit given to Getty for picture.


So, who's who? Answer...

Picture #1: Conservative leader Angela Merkel (Christian Democrat party) - took over Germany's Chancellor position as first female chancellor after reaching an agreement with the Social Democrat party on numerous political arrangements.

Picture #2: Harriet Miers, President Bush's pick for Supreme Court nomination which has stirred up controversy.

What both women share in common is the fact that their countries are fucked up with political turmoil and controversies as usual. And, both share similar features although Merkel applies her make up better. Perhaps Miers should meet Merkel for pointers on how to look better in the limelight.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Neighbor Singing Contest

Ooops. Originally spelled signing contest. Then, I realized... siNGing contest.

Anyways, been having a singing contest with my downstairs neighbor on and off over the past hour. See, he's the building drunk who "professionally trains" as a singer on his karaoke machine. He started at a low volume which I could feel with my fee sometimes after 5 PM. The volume gradually increased, and I was surprised to hear his voice. I'm tone deaf. With my hearing aid, I can hear some - like a severely hard of hearing person, I guess. If I hear the voice, it means he's super loud and already annoying fellow hearing neighbors who might already be yelling out expletives by that time.

Knowing Malcolm's, the building drunk, patterns and tendencies after living above him for 3 years, I knew that by the time I returned home late from class, he'd be at a louder volume. Sure enough, I was right.

So, out of the blue after stomping my feet few times (which NEVER works but gives me satisfaction knowing I tried something), I just belted out some nonsense words with no restrain. When I realized that the volume briefly went down a bit, I thought that perhaps this was a great spur-of-the-moment improv move on my part. When the volume went up again, I belted out again unrestrained. The volume went down again. When it went up again, I opened my lovely mouth and did every speech therapist and sensitive embarassed hearing parents' worst nightmare - I sang outloud with my fully and truly deaf voice - with my tongue wagging nonsensely in the mouth and my throat doing whatever as I breathed erratically, happily bellowing out whatever words or sounds that came out.

This was a fun singing contest with my downstairs neighbor, the building drunk. Our singings were like 2 different roller coasters racing, going up and down at different times and trying to outdo each other. Then, I intentionally (and I think) coherently (with the lifelong-years worth of speech training in mind) sang - "Now, will the building drunk please shut up and turn down the damn music because this deaf person can hear it! And, a deaf person is not supposed to hear your music and voice!" Well, something along these lines.

I emailed my roommates to inform them of this new option in dealing with the building drunk when he's too drunk to accurately judge his voice, let alone the music volume of his "professional" karaoke machine.

Realization

Thanks to Carm for this one...


This one makes you think and realize just how blessed you are...

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one


To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.


To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.


To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.


To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.


To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.


To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.


To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.


Time waits for no one.


Treasure every moment you have.


You will treasure it even more when
you can share it with someone special.


To realize the value of a friend or family
member:

LOSE ONE.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

If Women Ruled the World....

Courtesy of Jenny....























Monday, October 10, 2005

Día de la Raza

Thanks to Carm for this educational piece.

-S



Día de la Raza


A celebration of the modern Latin American and the contradictions of the Columbus celebration.



To sum up the great profits of this voyage, I am able to promise, for a trifling assistance from your Majesties, any quantity of gold, drugs, cotton, mastic, aloe, and as many slaves for maritime service as your Majesties may stand in need of.
-Christopher Columbus



Hispanics have a particular concern when it comes to the celebration of Columbus. It used to be that Hispanics would argue with Italians over who had more of a claim to the Columbus expedition. While Columbus was Italian, his expeditions were funded and powered by the Iberian nations of Spain and Portugal. These two nations would dominate the European exploration the Western hemisphere in cooperation with the talents of other Latin nations. Today, it seems as if it's everyone versus the
American Indians [http://web.mit.edu/thistle/www/v9/9.11/1columbus.html] on whether to celebrate the life of Columbus.

For Hispanics, the dilemma is that our cultures and languages [http://members.dandy.net/~orocobix/terms1.htm] are heavily influenced by Native Americans (referred to as indios in Latin America). Beyond the influence of indio culture, we share much of the same blood, and therefore history. The same can be said of the Africans who would become slaves in the Americas. Many call the attacks on Columbus revisionist history, but that claim loses weight in light of the fact
that history was being revised as it was written. Every action, regardless how malevolent, was justified in the name of the Church. Our accepted history isn't the work of unbiased intellectuals, but rather religious and political zealots seeking fortune. The rest of the story has also been recorded, but is seldom presented.

It cannot be said that Columbus was simply a product of his times. In every era and region where there has been slavery, there has been an abolitionist. In every era there was brutality, there were voices of opposition and advocacy for the abused. This isn't a case of applying modern morality to past actions, but rather a case of applying any morality at all. Some journalists have tried to turn the tables by
equating the rituals of Aztecs [http://www.ambergriscaye.com/pages/mayan/aztec.html] and other groups with the brutality of European conquerors in the New World. The
contradiction is that this righteous morality has always been applied to our indio ancestors, but the actions of our European ancestors have always been viewed merely as a product of their time and culture. Most people are aware that cannibalism or human sacrifice existed in the Americas, but those same people often believe that claims of Columbus' legacy of brutality and slavery are fiction. We also accept the idea that widespread slavery and nation-felling were morally acceptable compared to the confined atrocities that occurred in a few of the original indio nations.

In the case of Columbus, his primary moral opponents were Fray Bartolomé de las Casas [http://www.lasculturas.com/lib/libLasCasas.php] and Queen Isabella. Queen Isabella was a strong advocate of Columbus, his patroness, but she would also finally come to question his policies and would later have him arrested. Fray de las Casas himself left a legacy of paradoxes. He did own Arawak slaves, but was the first to document atrocities against the natives as atrocities and not as righteous
necessities. He argued that they had souls and should be treated with dignity. Unfortunately, he also was one of the first to recommend using Africans instead of the Arawak as slaves.

Columbus was a magnificent navigator and naval commander. Contrary to one of the most widespread urban legends, he was not [http://www.hartford-hwp.com/Taino/docs/columbus.html] among the first to believe the earth was round. This had been known for centuries. He does have the distinction of being the first European (that we know of) to make conscious repeated journeys while mapping his route to the Americas. Columbus also established the first European government in
the islands and became governor. This is where his image tarnishes. Las Casas, who journeyed with Columbus, would document such horrors as gambling to see who could cut a person in half with one stroke of the sword. This is only the beginning of the documented atrocities.

Columbus' government would be the first to institute an official form of slavery and an active onslaught of brutality against the natives. He would define the rest of the conquest for many. Las Casas is sometimes credited with the Spanish "Black Legend [http://clas-www.uchicago.edu/Civilization/American/Supp135/LasCasas.html]"
that painted them all as savages.

It is important to note that there were those who behaved with respect towards the Arawak. Queen Isabella recognized the Arawak as her subjects, to be protected and treated with at least a basic sense of dignity. When Columbus sent back hundreds of Taino [http://www.lasculturas.com/lib/libTaino.php] indians to be sold as slaves, Queen Isabella ordered them free and returned to their land.

Eventually, the European colonists and sovereigns became so discontent with Columbus' mismanagement that he was arrested and shipped back to Spain in chains. He spent the rest of his life trying to regain his governorship over Hispaniola [http://www.hispaniola.com/].

The government of Columbus was brutal and violated human dignity and the moral senses of his contemporaries. He was the first to establish institutions of slavery and brutal conquest that would lead to the demise of the nations and people who already called the Western Hemisphere their home. He is also responsible for completing the modern Latin American identity by introducing Europeans, Africans and Asians to the family identity of the Americas. It is an irony that the only two
individuals celebrated with national holidays in the United States of America are Columbus, a man who ended his career in disgrace for his policies over Spanish subjects and cost many their lives, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who gave his life fighting for the dignity of every man. Not every sin of the first colonists can be laid at the feet of Columbus. Even he wrote about his colonial subjects, "I take my oath that numbers of men have gone to the Indies who did not deserve water of God or man." Still, you have to wonder how the first meeting of the two hemispheres would have gone if Columbus had applied the same strict management to his own people that he did to the Arawak he conquered.

There's a saying that Columbus landed in 1492 and nine months later the first latinoamericano was born. El Día de la Raza is celebrated on Columbus Day. It either replaces it or is combined with the holiday, depending on the nation celebrating. The U.S. celebrates on the second Monday in October; most of Latin America celebrates it on the 12th. El Día de la Raza[http://www.lasculturas.com/lib/libDiadelaRaza.php] celebrates the birth of our current identity, with its bittersweet history and contradictions. Our ancestors fought against each other sometimes, fought together other times and created families from the very beginning. Columbus Day won't find me celebrating Columbus, the man, but I will be grateful that I have all the ancestors I do, from all over the globe.

-KJ Balogun

Time Flies!

10 years ago.....

In 1st year of college and starting to work jobs to pay my way through college. Met and dated beautiful smart Yalie women. Met a girl I ended up staying with for 2 years. Did the AIDS Ride from Boston to NYC. Escaped on weekends for deaf medicine after a week of classes on a hearing college campus. Made the college softball team only to quit later on after adding yet another job to make ends meet. Cut my hair to a short buzz-cut style.


5 years ago.....

Left a public relations agency to return to working in the social services field. Worked at New York Society for the Deaf where many people in the field seem to have worked at one point or another during their career. Lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and didn't mind the "long" commute into the city. Felt right at home in the city and enjoyed meeting people. Started to become involved with Deaf Women United - Greater NY Chapter. Elected to the Board.


1 year ago....

A graduate student at a prestigious university, undergoing growth and numerous transitions - all for the best, still loving living in NYC without any questions or doubts, continued vision field loss, meeting a dear friend of mine who I've come to become sisters with, living as a Manhattanite, loving living here although I dream of someday living in a building with a laundry room IN the building, elevators, courtyard, and perhaps in closer proximity to a subway station .....


Yesterday.....

Slept in. Talked with friends. Went out to dinner. Played in the rain and got all wet. Had fun. Laughed a lot. Went to bed happy.


5 snacks I enjoy.....

Coke
Frozen grapes/fruits
Mozzarella string cheese
Cheese/cracker/fruit platter from Starbucks
Ice cold water with ice cubes dancing in the glass


5 songs i know all the words to.....

None that I can think of.... remember portions of...

Lean on Me
All I Ask of You (opera)
Step By Step
I Love You Bushels & Pecks (in Italian)


5 things I would do with a million dollars....

1 - Give half to my brother
2 - Pay off ALL school loans
3 - Go on a vacation overseas and go to beautiful beaches
4 - Invest
5 - Buy my own place in Manhattan - Upper West Side, Central Park West, or Midtown West then buy a place in Brooklyn if money has grown enough by then


5 things I'd never wear.....

1 - mini-skirts
2 - man's tuxedo
3 - Uggs boots
4 - tent dresses aka muumuu dresses (i think)
5 - bathing suits with skirts


5 bad habits.....

1 - Sleeping through my alarm clock
2 - Drinking coke
3 - Forgetting to return clothes to stores
4 - Forgetting to clean the hair out of the tub after showering
5 - Leaving stacks of school books in the living room while in middle of studies, writing papers, etc. (i'm fortunate to have supportive understanding roomies)


5 fav toys.....


1 - cat toys for my cat to happily play with
2- art supplies
3 - the dvd remote control (to figure out how the heck to watch a movie, not miss a chapter, etc)
4 - the laptop
5 - and more....

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Elvis

Heeeeeere's Elvis!

Elvis, the dog, not Elvis Presley! Elvis Presley still hasn't been found. But, my dear friends MK and Casey did find Elvis the dog. Now, they're one happy family. I visited and met Elvis 1-2 weeks ago. He was adorable, funny, alert and brilliant. I can't wait to see Elvis again! It's so much fun to watch a puppy grow up.







Thursday, October 06, 2005

Congratulations, Kate & Tom

Congratulations, Kate & Tom, on expecting your first child together. I'm sure that we'll understand more this time around when you go jumping up and down on or off more couches during upcoming interviews.

Upcoming Blog

A blog about slices of life in Hell's Kitchen, my neighborhood, will be coming soon. Here's a preview.

Worst Disaster to Hit the US



When will the rest of America wake up and realize that Bush is the worst disaster to strike the United States?

Bush nominates a woman to the Supreme Court who has no experience as a judge although she has experience as a lawyer, who is yet another one of Bush's endless "loyal friends," needs an extreme makeover especially instructions in how to properly apply eyeliner unless she has a visual problem causing her to think that the eyeliners are thinner than they appear (just like objects in your car side mirror are actually larger and closer than they appear), and seems like a quick shoo-in through the Congress since she's probably got nothing that the politicians can find enough mud to slug her with. With all due respect to her, I hope that if she is appointed to the Supreme Court, she's a pleasant surprise for Americans. I'd like to see more information about her employment history and track record as a lawyer. Yes, I know she was once the President of the Texas Bar Association or something like that. Whop-de-doo! Titles aside, how did she work? What were her ethics? Where does she stand on major issues?

Bush goes riding bikes with Lance Armstrong while ignoring Mama Cindy because he does not have the spine to face her. Instead, he biked away and put on that infamous face. What a wimp.

Bush exhibited that same facial expression during the Katrina disaster just like he did while reading books to children on 9/11 after receiving news of what just took place. That face is well known by now. Every time I see that face, I know that something bad has happened, and he's being a dimwit about it once again.

Bush doesn't know how to move beyond his comfort zone and team of "buddies" who have money or have been "loyal to him since his earlier Texan days." Perhaps Bush should have stayed in Texas since he seems to love Texas so much as evidenced by his frequent vacations, endless loyal Texan friends and chums, business ties, and so on. Need I say more? He doesn't have the guts to take on real changes for America outside of his britches and comfort zones. Perhaps he could learn one thing or two from watching "Commander In Chief." It should be easy enough for him to understand and learn something while watching. If not, he must be dumber than we already made him out to be.

I am counting the time left until he is out of the White House. I hope that we have decent presidential candidates this time around, minus the few dimwits from smaller parties who don't have real platforms and take away important votes from the candidate we really need in the office. That includes Al Sharpton. When is Al going to get it in his head that he has no chance in making it to the White House? Guess democracy is a two-sided sword. We have this privilege of having different parties and voting for who we want in government. Yet, when we have one too many, votes are more spread out to a point where a dimwit like Bush is unfortunately reelected to office.

Bush is such a pea-head with his pea-sized brain full of squashed peas. Pass the pea bowl, please!

5 Ways to Possibly Hypnotize Guys & Lesbians



Disclaimer: Some of you may find this humorous. Some of you may not. This is x-rated and includes nudity. If you disapprove of nudity, do not click. If you are comfortable with nudity and have a sense of humor, click. This does not necessarily represent my approval or agreement. This is posted for possible entertainment purposes.

www.ourlighterside.com/stuff/hypnotize

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Through My Cat's Eyes



I love looking into my cat's eyes, whether it be us looking at each other or her looking at something. I would love to look through my cat's eyes one day and know what is going on with her.

Pastor Gets Unwelcome Supply of Viagra

I wonder which denomination he was with. Sounds like quite a surprise....

-S



LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 29) - A pastor received an unwelcome supply of Viagra pills by registered mail earlier this month. The 500 pills of the impotence drug was very unexpected, he said.

The pills were charged to his credit card, which the pastor believes was stolen while he was on vacation in Canada, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

"I do see the humor in it, but it's kind of not the type of humor you'd want for yourself," the pastor said Wednesday.

The company that issued the pills had a Canadian phone number, and the package had a return address in India.

All information gathered was sent to the FBI, and the unordered pharmaceuticals were destroyed.

09/29/05 16:32 EDT

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

Kung Fu Power Outfit

I liked my outfit today which made me feel like I had kung fu power, especially while walking down the street in my boots with heels with audible steps. Today, I wore long dark rose pants, black leather boots with thick heels, and a black top armed with a small black purse. I was ready to go and do a Kung Fu kick with my boots.

No Hurricane Ursula?

I talked with someone recently who is a hurricane afficiando. I asked him, since Tropical Storm Tammy was threatening Florida at that time, what the name for Hurricane/Storm U would be. I thought Hurricane Ursula would be appropriate. This country has taken more than its share of battering storms this season. And, the season isn't over yet. It is common knowledge that after the Hurricane names run out on the A-Z list that any further storm names will be according to the Greek alphabet. How many times do we get to see this during our lifetime during a season?

There are no Hurricane/Storm U's or Y's and Z's. They will skip U to Vince and Wilma before resorting to the Greek alphabet. Then, it's Greek time! We'll be learning our Greek ABC's.

*tune begins* Alpha Beta.......Z... and now I know my Greek ABC's. Won't you sing along with me the next time? *tune repeats as I bob my head*

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Socialist

You are a

Social Liberal
(73% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(10% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

L'Shana Tovah!

L'Shanah Tovah!

I wish you a Shana Tova U'Metukah!

This is a time to start over - who you are, yourself, your life, your plans and choices, and your commitments.

Enjoy apples with sweet honey!

Hugs!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

First Household Call

Just woke up to receive the household's first phone call in 3 years. See, we've never had a real phone in this place since it's a deaf household. Sorenson changed everything.

I was in the middle of dreaming about travels to Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding islands. I was on the phone numerous times with my father, aunt and uncle, etc throughout the dream making travel arrangements. At one point during my travels, a friend flew out so we could explore several small islands with clear blue water, vibrant sea life, and natives in their natural surroundings not interfered by the government. Then, I got out of the water to chat with my aunt and uncle and make new travel plans for the next leg of my journey. During this phone call in my dream, my roommate Kate came in to wake me up and inform me that a friend was on the phone. I had my eyes half open, nodded and closed my eyes again.

See, I thought it was surreal that someone was calling me in real life so I just nodded. Thought it was a spoof during my dream cuz I was already in the middle of a phone conversation at that moment in my dream... with a slight odd departure to Kate telling me that someone called me and is waiting for me on the phone. I continued to chat with my aunt and uncle on the dream phone.

Kate entered again. This time, she tapped me harder and kinda sign-screamed that my friend really was on the phone. I said - what phone? Remember, we've never had a phone in this household over the past 3 years. So, this was out of ordinary.

Me - what phone?

She sign-screamed - your friend is on the phone - Sorenson!!!

I said - sorenson? how?

Kate - Doesn't matter. Get up! She's waiting for you now! Phone to talk with you now!

Me - Uhh... ok...(dream's still lingering in my head, and i'm still sleepy with my eyes temporarily open) soon me get up.

Kate - No - NOW. Real phone call. She on phone now waiting. U must come and talk with her.

Me - ok ok ok please close the door. thanks. (puzzled sleepy look)

Me thinking - mmm? sorenson? phone? how? (closed eyes... half dreaming.. told aunt and uncle I'd call back and I had to go now and answer the other phone. hung up)... woke up again... Kate would kill me if she found me still in bed dozing off. She doesn't just make this up, and this has to be real somehow. let's go check it out. Put on something decent cuz it's sorenson.

Out of room. Plunked down on couch. Yup, an interpreter on the screen. Me half asleep said hi. Friend was in energetic mood and said hi hi hi! Me nodded. Hi.

Checked train sked. Called her back. Finalized plans for this afternoon.

My roommates and I just discussed our first household phone call. Bec was thrown off. She told Kate - the phone is ringing! She thought it was her own cellphone but was puzzled. Oh, the tv is ringing! Sorenson! Kate - uh ok ok ok .... click remote control. Ah, phone call. I've received the first official household phone call.

Now I'm off to shower and get ready to head for the train station. Will have pedicures with my friend and just spend time together. It'll be fun.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Google Image Bandwagon

Jumped the "Google Image" bandwagon and did this for fun. It indeed was a lot of fun!

-S



Age now - 29




Next age: 30




Hometown - NYC




Neighborhood - Hell's Kitchen/Midtown West




There are many slices of life in Hell's Kitchen for sure.




Last residence - Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

One of the Avenues in the neighborhood.




A common sight I grew to love as a neighborhood signature.




Fave color - Aqua
(Couldn't decide which one to pick since both capture how that color makes me feel)







My Favorite Fruit - Peach







Favorite Nickname - Peach Girl
(given my my dear daddy and called this all my life)




My Favorite Veggie - Snow Pea




Came across this great recipe for "Snow Pea Canoes"




Favorite Salad - Caprese




First Name - Sarah

(A Hebrew name that means princess)



This beautiful oak wood Mezzuza case is enhanced with the Hebrew letter shin in silver and is adorned with sterling silver leaves and semi-precious gems.

I felt this was appropriate to include since I have come to learn and find proof that I have Jewish heritage.



Famous Person with Same Name - Sarah Jessica Parker




Middle Name - Marie




Reminded me of the "Ave Maria" song.... thanks to my Italian relatives who attend Catholic masses.




Found this hilarious, so had to include it....




Came across so many pictures of nuns named Marie. What % of nuns are named Marie? I sure wonder!




First & Middle Name

Too cute that I had to include it!




My Fave Pet - Cat
(I admit I love dogs just as equally as cats.)

Reminded me of my first cat, Joy. She was alive when my mom became pregnant with me, and she was there when my mom went into labor with me and stayed with mom until Dad came home to take her to the hospital.




My Current Pet's Name - Emma




My Hobbies

Exploring






Taking Pictures (until I finally get a digital camera, I frequently use disposable cameras with which I actually do get some great pictures sometimes. I always see opportunities that would make great photo shots)




Watching Movies - Especially Indies, Foreign, Comedy, etc




Exploring, Observing, & Learning About Sealife (used to want to be a marine biologist until I realized I did not want to do certain scientific stuff that the job required and that I wanted to work with people)




Beach-Hopping




Why? This is how seeing and exploring new beaches make me feel - especially when I can observe sealife and enjoy water beauties.











Fave vacation spots - Hawaii & South Beach

Hawaii




South Beach (an actual picture from South Beach)