Posted by: Lisa | October 21, 2010

New Blog Casa

A couple of weeks ago I entered a contest hosted by Rose DesRochers and World Outside My Window and sponsored by Vision this hosting. The prize was a free domain name and hosting for a year.

Guess what.

I was selected.

You could have picked my jaw up from the floor when Rose told me. So, as with any major move, there’s lots of cleaning and packing up to do. Then there’s the furniture arranging at the new place and HOURS spent getting it *just right* before company arrives.

But I think I’m pretty much moved in and ready for you to drop by. No need to bring a welcome basket, but……

If you’ve bookmarked or subscribed to this blog, please note my new address:

http://peripheralperceptions.org

So, come on over and visit me at my new blog casa. Please keep in mind that I’m still arranging some of the accessories, and welcome any interior decorating tips, advice and comments on how to make it better.

Gotta run. So many things yet to do!

Posted by: Lisa | October 19, 2010

Need a little nepenthe* from life?

Welcome to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) beginning with the designated letter are selected and illustrate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

nasicornous having a horn on the nose.
A late-summer trip to the zoo provided a plethora of photo opps. Who would have thought I’d ever need a pic of a rhino! And lovely she is, don’t you think?

neonate newly born child.
Speaking of lovely, we have a new little peanut of a girl in our extended family. Say hello to our great-niece, born last week.

nephogram photograph of clouds.
This sunset was accompanied by amazing clouds that looked like a rope. I thought is looked like a cosmic tug of war. You can read about it HERE.

*nepenthe something, such as a drink, capable of making one forget suffering.
Originating in Egypt, nepenthe was an anti-depressant potion for sorrow…more simply, a forgetfulness drug. It’s found in ancient Greek mythology and classical Greek literature. The first time nepenthe appears is in the fourth book of Homer’s Odyssey, where it refers to a magical potion given to Helen by an Egyptian queen to eliminate all sorrows with forgetfulness. It may have been made from opium, laudanum, belladonna or wormwood. Whatever it’s claim to fame, the word easily rolls off the tongue and is fun to say.

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Posted by: Lisa | October 15, 2010

Friday funny, October 15, 2010

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”

God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!”

But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”

The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt.”

On a more serious note, if you enjoy apologetics, you will like the two videos below. Alister McGrath holds a PhD in molecular biophysics. Once an atheist, through his study of the natural sciences, he now in a believer and holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Oxford.

Posted by: Lisa | October 13, 2010

Hands that hold the future-Creative Exchange Week 3

Canon EOS Rebel  |  f4.5  |  1/60 |  ISO 200

Got nuthin’ really outstanding this weekend to share for Creative Exchange Week 3 so I’m pulling one I took when Peanut was born. Originally in color, I thought it would make more of a statement in black and white. When converting digital color shots to black and white, I use the Image>Mode> Lab Color setting in PhotoShop and select Lightness in the Channels menu. I find it gives me better contrast. From there, I go to Image>Mode>Grayscale. Through Image>Adjustments> Levels, further contrast can be achieved if necessary. For the finale, I use Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask until I get the sharpness that looks best.

Posted for The Creative Exchange, Week 3 |  hosted by Lisa at White Cotton Tee

Posted by: Lisa | October 12, 2010

Mayhap* you haven’t heard of these?

Welcome to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) beginning with the designated letter are selected and illustrate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

margaric: pearl-like.
This is my favorite necklace…an anniversary gift.

melittology: study of bees.
Busy little carpenter bee didn’t even notice I was hovering over him with a camera.

minauderie display of affectation.
This is from my Daddy-Daughter reunion post. While deployed, Army Guy missed Peanut’s first birthday, her first steps, first words and her first kisses. Aside from a 10-day leave just before her birthday, he was away from her from the time she was 5 months old until 17 months old.

mayhap* perhaps.

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Posted by: Lisa | October 9, 2010

Prelude to an autumn kiss

It’s going to be another week or so before autumn’s riot of color hits full stride here in Middle Missouri. Last weekend I shot a few teasers that I’m hoping will hold me over until the main event.

But my favorite sign is this one.

Posted by: Lisa | October 8, 2010

Creative Exchange Week 2

Through AC’s Scrapbook, I discovered The Creative Exchange. Hosted by White Cotton Tee, it’s a place to share something creative each week that is uniquely you. Whether it’s drawing, painting, photography, writing, poetry, blog/web design, photo tutorial, examples of cooking, baking, sewing, fashion, dance…just about anything goes as long as it’s creative!

So I’m hoping on board this week with a photo taken of Peanut at a local Fall Fest. I wanted the background blurred, but the original shot wasn’t blurred enough for my liking. No worries, as any good designer will tell you…we’ll fix it in post.

To reduce the background detail and bring the foreground object into sharper focus, take the following steps in PhotoShop. You will need a basic understanding of PhotoShop terminology and tools. If you need help, please let me know.

1. Make sure your image is flat. Open your Layers Palette.

2. In the Layers palette, right click and select Duplicate Layer. You have made a copy of the background layer. Select Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Make desired adjustments. Click OK.

3. At the bottom of the Layers palette, click the Create Vector Mask icon at the bottom of the palette window. A white box should appear in the copy layer.

4. In the left toolbar, make sure your foreground color is black and background color is white.

5. Select the Brush tool. Adjust the size of the brush.

6. Begin “painting” the image you want to bring into focus. Smaller brush tips can be used to initially paint the edges. Larger brush tips can be used to paint the inside of the object.

7. If you happen to accidentally paint outside your object, Click the X key and go back and blur those areas. Click the X key again to return to painting away the mask. Clicking X switches the black and white colors. If you wish to include some areas surrounding your image but don’t want them in as much detail, adjust brush opacity and paint some of the area surrounding the foreground image. Return to 100% opacity to continue with your main image.

8. Once the image is in sharp focus, if you’re happy with the result, you are finished.

9. Flatten the image.

Before photo…………………………………………..After photo

Posted for The Creative Exchange, Week 2
Posted by: Lisa | October 7, 2010

Friday funny, October 8, 2010

Now that the weather is cooler, I know many of you will be tempted to take advantage of the beautiful Autumn days by hiking. Consider this a public service announcement and a safety tip for all you mountain men and women. Please read the entire sign before you venture out on the trails.

As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from Hill Street Blues used to say,
Hey, let’s be careful out there.

Posted by: Lisa | October 7, 2010

Jimmy T sings “Put me in Coach”

The best way to sum up last night’s Survivor: Nicaragua is with this video. And I guarantee the eye candy is much better here.

Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play, today….look at me, gotta be, centerfield.

Oh wait…Coach got canned last week. Scratch that.

Last week, Espada voted out the only proven leader in the bunch. And this week it showed. With a noticeable lack of leadership, the tribe is struggling. Combine that with the loss of the last two immunity challenge prizes that would have improved their food situation, and you have some sorry-looking Boomers. Marty continues to play behind-the-scene puppet master and pull strings to get what he wants and play the game his way. All Jimmy T wants is to be put in the game as the leader of a challenge; and for everyone to recognize his leadership potential; and why people should see that he is a strong leader….you get the idea. The problem is that he just doesn’t shut up. There is clearly a rift between Marty and Jimmy T. Now that Marty is successfully rid of Jimmy J, he’s set his sights on Jimmy T.

Over at La Flor, tropical storm NaOnka is building and she is being her usual caustic self, throwing around attitude and letting everyone know who she hates. Although she has an immunity idol, she isn’t playing the game well by p!$$!#@ everyone off. Hello? Hey missy, have you forgotten that, in the end, there’s only one, but it’s THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN KICKED OFF THE ISLAND VOTING ON THE WINNER? Nothing good can come of making enemies within your tribe even if you do happen to make it to the final two contestants.

The Immunity Challenge was abysmal. Each team chose a leader who called out directions to blindfolded members paired up and yoked at the wrist. The goal is to collect ten items scattered in the area. When collected, one pair goes out to get some keys that unlock a chest. The first tribe to get that chest and all ten items back to the start wins immunity plus vital gear such as a tarp, knife, tools, knife, fishing gear, etc. La Flor plays their Medallion Power and begins the game with two items already collected. Espada should have done better and could have won it, except Jimmy T can’t seem to take directions from anyone.

Later, when Espada arrives at tribal council (again), it looks like it’s going to be a close vote between loud-mouth Jimmy T and do-nothing Dan. Clearly Jimmy T has gotten on the last nerve of most of the starving tribe members, and Dan has sat out the last two challenges because of a past knee injury.

In the end, it’s almost a tie but the tie-breaking vote boots Jimmy T out in favor of a more anti-antagonistic tribe (sans Marty). I say *sans Marty* because, although he is giving the appearance of being all about tribal unity and strength, he sows the seeds of discontent and is pulling many strings behind the scenes.

What I find interesting about Espada is that, aside from the first week, the women have not been caught in the crossfire. Jane, especially, has been playing her game quietly and effectively. It’s not obvious she is scheming, but you can bet she has a plan. There is much more to her than meets the eye…and probably Marty’s biggest threat between the two tribes.

Judging from the previews for next week, there’s a big shake up coming. Maybe someone will muzzle NaOnka.

Related Posts

Can I survive Survivor: Nicaragua?
Tribal character study
Coach JJ is sent to the locker room

Posted by: Lisa | October 6, 2010

Versatile Zombie Rabbit in Red Stilettos

I firmly believe this should be its own award, as Versatile Zombie Rabbit in Red Stilettos just about says it all. *All* as in this has sat in my drafts folder for entirely too long.

The Versatile Blogger
Rose over at World Outside My Window gave me this award eons ago and I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t paid it forward yet. I thanked her for it at the time, but want to publicly thank her again for thinking of me. If you haven’t been to Rose’s place, make sure you stop by today. She has wonderful blogging tips and the is the founder of Blogger Talk Blogging Forum and Today’s Writing Community. She’s a busy lady but always appreciates comments. And she is great at reciprocating them too!

Rules for accepting the award are to share 7 things about myself and then pass this award along to some of my favorite bloggers. Technically it’s 15, but many on my list already have this award, so I’m passing to a few that I don’t think have received it. If I didn’t name you; and you don’t have it yet…and want it…please take it and run.

Seven things you may not know about me:

7. I love the Calvin and Hobbs comic strip. It brilliantly captures the funny moments of childhood/parenthood.
6. I think the smell of coffee is heavenly, but can’t stand the taste. My favorite hot drink is a chocolate chai.
5. Autumn is my favorite time of year.
4. I hate working in Excel. For me, it’s the 10th circle of hell.
3. I could spend days in Barns and Noble. Recently I went in for a $7 book. And $50 later……
2. Since LOST ended, I’m looking for a new cult show. Loved the series…right up until the series finale. Hated that one.
1. The first record I ever bought was the 45 rpm of Dizzy by Tommy Roe in 1969. The second one was Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells. Mom thought something was wrong with the Crimson and Clover record when it got to the tremolo or *trembling* part…all you baby boomers know what I’m talking about.

The Most Creative Blogger
Another award that’s been sitting on the shelf is this adorable little red number that Jingle offered…again, eons ago. I love these kinds of awards because I don’t have to list anything or do anything other than simply pay it forward to others. Aside from being a shoe that my daughters would kill for, it’s one of the cutest awards out there. For those of you who know Jingle, it’s very *Jingle-ish* for sure!

I’m passing both of these to the following bloggers. They are free to take one or both of them.

Leslie at Coffee Pearls and Grace
Rose at World Outside My Window – obviously she already is a versatile blogger, so I’m hoping she will accept the other one.
L at Backseat Confessions
Cheryl at Deckside Thoughts
Jayne at AC’s Scrapbook
Andi at Transient Perspective

Zombie Rabbit Award
Finally, Roger at Ramblin with Roger passed the Zombie Rabbit Award to me, and just in time for Halloween!

I’m not sure of the source, but my guess is that this little gem originated in the zombie/horror/underworld genre of the blogosphere. But, no matter, it’s close to Halloween so we can have a little creepy fun.

With nothing required except to pass it on to other bloggers, my picks are…

Banterings of a Basketcase: because I’m sure she will want it. She’s Halloween-y like that.
Transient Perspective: because I know she will appreciate the dark humor.
Backseat Confessions: because she’s a Monty Python fan and also appreciates dark humor.
Jingle: because I think she will turn it into a great poem.
Slam Dunk: because some of the stuff he writes about borders on belonging in zombieland.

Thank you Rose, Jingle and Roger. It’s always gratifying when another blogger thinks enough of your site to give recognition. I enjoy each of your blogs and appreciate the time you take to comment on mine.

Posted by: Lisa | October 5, 2010

I suffer from a condition called Lassitude

Welcome to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) beginning with the designated letter are selected and illustrate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

lapideous: stony.
A stream bed full of rocks was simply too tempting. While at a recent music festival, kids of all ages took advantage of creek-stomping and hill climbing on a fine Fall day.

largifical: ample; bountiful.
Down the road about an hour or so is a Mennonite country store with a more than ample bounty of goodies.

lepidopterology: study of butterflies and moths.
lepidopterous: having four wings, such as a moth or butterfly.
A day trip to the St Louis Zoo included a stroll through the butterfly sanctuary. It was full of butterflies (and photo opps) of every shape, size and color.

lassitude: state of being tired or weary.
On that recent trip to the zoo, Peanut hung in there like a trooper, not wanting to miss a moment of fun. But once we settled into the car for the long ride home, she just couldn’t hold out any longer. Don’t think she even made it out of the parking lot.

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Posted by: Lisa | October 4, 2010

The kids were crabby and it was raining

Are you a woman?
Did you vote in the last election?
No? Why not?

Forgot?
Too tired?
Too busy?
Running late for….?
The kids were crabby?
Didn’t have a babysitter?
It was my turn to carpool?
Stopping wasn’t convenient?
Didn’t care about the issues?
It was raining/snowing/too hot/ too cold?

You’ve probably seen the email about the women who picketed the White House in 1917. It got me really thinking because I’ve used at least one two four…okay, I’ve used eight of them over the years. But have repented of my sins. My eyes have really been opened, and now I hope you too will understand how important it is for women to vote…always.

Let’s step back in time to circa 1917 for a moment and take a look at a few of our fore-mothers. If you’re a woman, I guarantee after reading this you’ll immediately make sure you’re registered. I vaguely remember learning about the Suffrage and women’s voting rights, but never like this. With the Internet’s vast resources, this period in time becomes much more raw and powerful than its gloss-over counterpart in some dusty old history book.

Why Women MUST Vote

Even though women fought and won for the right to vote in other countries decades before, it was not until 1920 when women were officially granted the right to vote in elections in our country without restrictions or property requirements. This radical movement by progressive women to change the cultural mindset was, as we all learned in school, called The Suffrage. While women gained small victories in various area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the patriarch cultures many times reversed rulings, relegating women to second class citizens when it came to matters of politics. Their reasoning was that women were much too emotionally unstable to logically make decisions about these matters.

Evidently they underestimated the bullheadedness, stubborn, rage, power of women, at any given time, in the throws of PMS or peri-menopause. While mainly a movement of protest, some of these women did take violent and aggressive actions. One could argue that because of this, the reason for repressing them was validated. But it’s not wise to argue with a woman once she sets her mind something…rational or not.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Citing her citizenship under the 14th Amendment, Susan B. Anthony went to the polls to cast her ballot in the 1872 presidential election. She was arrested, tried, convicted, and fined $100, which she refused to pay. Although she and Elizabeth Stanton founded the National Woman’s Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869 to advance women’s suffrage, she died 14 years before passage of the 19th Amendment, never having the opportunity to cast a legal vote.

The height of The Suffrage in America came just before the onset of The Roaring 20s…a hotbed of all kinds of new, questionable behaviors in women (think Chicago, the musical). The social, cultural and artistic upheaval of the this time period would forever re-define womanhood.

During this time, Woodrow Wilson was president. Although reported to be proud of his progressive ideas, he stood by as one of the most violent nights of aggression on record against the Suffrage movement unfolded in the autumn of 1917.

Thirty-three women, armed only with picket signs asking for equal rights for women when it came to voting, stood outside our nation’s capitol. Essentially defenseless, these women were arrested and jailed for picketing the White House.

Their crime?

Obstructing sidewalk traffic.

So began the events of November 15, 1917. The women were taken to the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia, where the warden sent 40 club-wielding prison guards to teach the imprisoned Suffragists a lesson. All because they dared to picket in front of President Wilson’s White House for the right to vote.

Here are a few photos of these dangerous criminals. I must say I’ve never seen a more threatening group. I know…looks can be deceiving. You decide.

Lucy Burns

Lucy Burns was beaten and her hands chained to the cell bars above her head. She was left hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. Lucy was not new to the prison system. Her Suffrage protests landed her in jail many times, and she may have been the one that spent the most time behind bars for her Suffrage activities. But being imprisoned did not stop her resolve…as from within prison walls, she organized protests among the other prisoners. During her hunger strike, she was force-fed her food. Force feeding Lucy Burns required five people to hold her down. When the guards were unsuccessful in opening her mouth, they shoved the feeding tube up her nose.

Dora Lewis

Dora Lewis smashed her head against an iron bed when thrown into her prison cell. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, suffered a heart attack because she thought Dora was dead. Affidavits from that night testify the guards’ actions included grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women. For weeks the women were imprisoned with only an open pail for water. Worms infested their food.

Alice Paul

Alice Paul was an advocated of more militant direct-action tactics to get the point across. Educated in America and Great Britain, she was the original author of the initial Equal Rights Amendment to our Constitution in 1923.

As one of the imprisoned women, she protested their treatment and prison conditions with a hunger strike. Guards tied her to a chair and forced liquefied food through a tube into her throat until she vomited. It was weeks before reports were smuggled out of the prison to the press about these secret activities.

So, explain something to me…why won’t some women vote this year?

Can the twenty-first century woman even comprehend the battle these women waged so she has the right to step into the polling station, pull the curtain and have her say in how government is run? A privilege so highly valued by these women that they literally risked their lives so future generations of women, regardless of their “status,” could exercise that right without fear or retribution. We complain about so many unfair situations these days. Unfair was being denied the right to vote because of your gender. Unfair was being denied the right to vote because you were married. Unfair was being denied the right to vote because you didn’t own property in your name. Unfair was being thought of as another person’s property.

Pauline Adams in her prison uniform

Is voting inconvenient? Absolutely. At times, it IS hard to fit it into a hectic day. And for working moms, when is there a day that isn’t hectic? But I bet young women of this generation probably don’t even bat a pretty little mascaraed eye about what it took to get women to this point. In less than 100 short years, we’ve gone from women literally risking their lives for the chance to cast their vote to barely thinking twice about it…maybe not even realizing (if a local issue) that there’s even an election going on.

Edith Ainge

What would these Suffragists think of our gender if they knew some of the reasons we use NOT to stop what we are doing and vote? Would they think twice about the courage of their conviction? Would they even have bothered if they knew how nonchalantly we now take this right for granted?

Did these women suffer and endure the humiliation, abuse and ridicule so we could shrug our shoulders and say, I just can’t take time out of my day to do this.

Seriously?

What inconvenience could we possibly have compared to what these women endured?

President Wilson tried to have Alice Paul declared insane so she could be permanently institutionalized. Thankfully, the doctor refused, stating that Alice Paul was strong and brave. And that didn’t make her crazy. The doctor was a man.

Conferring over ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at National Woman's Party headquarters, Jackson Place, Washington, D.C. Left to right: Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right).

Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk, Conn. Serving 3-day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, "Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Our right to vote was fought for by strong, brave, courageous women. It doesn’t matter if you vote Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Conservative, Liberal, Labour/Labor, Tea Party or Green…Just. Go. Vote.

Photos and historical information taken in part from the Library of Congress/Records of the National Woman’s Party.

Posted by: Lisa | October 1, 2010

Friday Funny, October 1, 2010

Thoughts from comedian Aaron Karo’s column called Ruminations. There’s also a website where you can “ruminate” about life. Click HERE to add yours.

1. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I don’t understand the purpose of the line, “I don’t need to drink to have fun.” Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they’ve invented the lighter?

4. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

5. Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the “people you may know” feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?

6. There is a great need for sarcasm font.

7. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

8. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

9. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

10. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

11. A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

12. Was learning cursive really necessary?

13. Lol has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say.”

14. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

15. Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

16. Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart,” all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart.”

17. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?

18. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

19. Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using “as in” examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in (10 second lapse)..ummm Goonies.”

20. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

21. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it (thanks Mario Kart.)

22. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

23. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

24. I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

25. I would like to officially coin the phrase “catching the swine flu” to be used as a way to make fun of a friend for hooking up with an undesirable woman. Example: “Dave caught the swine flu last night.”

26. I can╒t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

27. Bad decisions make good stories

28. Whenever I’m Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don’t mind if I do!

29. Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

30. If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

31. Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem.

32. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you╒ve made up your mind that you just aren╒t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

33. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don’t want to have to restart my collection.

34.There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

35. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

36. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this ever.

37. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What╒d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

38. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

39. When I meet a new girl, I’m terrified of mentioning something she hasn’t already told me but that I have learned from some light Internet stalking.

40. I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

41. Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles.

42. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

43. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

44. It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

45. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

46. Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn’t know what do to with it.

47. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the hell do I respond to that?

48. I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

49. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

50. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

Posted by: Lisa | September 30, 2010

Would you take a free hug?

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If you saw someone with a sign that said Free Hugs, would you walk by, smile and think, what a nutcase?

Would you pretend you didn’t see them?
Would you think this was a huge liability?
Would you think it an attempt to hurt someone?
Would you think this was some sort of perversion?
Would you be horrified that someone would want to hug a stranger?

Would you take them up on it?

I ran across a video about the Free Hugs Campaign and it struck me that all but one of these were probably the first thoughts when they saw the person with the sign. It’s true, I can be a sarcastic cynic with the best of them, but found myself thinking, why does it have to be that way?

While life is relatively calm in my little world in Middle Missouri, there are day-to-day struggles where a hug could make all the difference. But chaos, terror and fear doesn’t normally take center stage in my mind. I haven’t had any life-threatening experiences or devastating news lately. In other words, my life is such that I tend to take for granted the things and people around me. I have close friends here, but they’ve not had to rise to the occasion to talk me down from the ledge…lately.

But I know that’s not so in other worlds. Reading blogs has shown me there is a lot of angst out there. People searching for a meaning to their life. People who want to feel connected to something or someone. People who feel empty and lonely. People I just want to reach through the computer and hug, telling them better days are coming. But I can’t because we live in an age that is moving away from emotional interaction on a physical level.

Our social networking has left us with a void in human contact. It’s a strange parallel that the world has been brought closer together through the Internet, YouTube, social media, instant messaging, blogging and Skyping. But these very communication advances have caused vast social disconnectivity at the same time.

How easy has it become to sit at a computer and establish “relationships”? And as we become more entrenched in living in cyberspace, do we distance ourselves further from establishing healthy, physical relationships? While a cyberhug {{{{{HUG}}}}} is always appreciated from our bloggy buddies and facebook friends, it pales in comparison to having someone physically embrace life’s happiness, joy, angst, loneliness or sorrow with their arms intertwined in yours. We are created to be relational beings. The need to touch and be touched by others emotionally, spiritually…and physically is in our DNA.

The Free Hugs Campaign is a social movement phenomenon that began back in 2004. Hundreds of people have participated in countries around the world. Their message is simple. Perform a selfless, random act of kindness just to make another person feel better. A hug, even from a stranger, can make a difference in someone’s day.

Videos from around the world have been uploaded to YouTube showing the response to these events. Aside from it being in Italy, the one below is my favorite. The music is hauntingly addictive, and you may find yourself humming it all day.

Now, go out and hug someone.

Posted by: Lisa | September 30, 2010

Coach JJ is sent to the locker room

Week 3 of Survivor: Nicaragua was disappointing as well as comforting. While there weren’t any fireworks this week, people are beginning to show their true selves.

La Flor vows to be more united as a tribe…all but NaOnka, who continues her caustic diatribe against anyone that crosses her path. Come on, it’s one thing to play the game and quite another to just act like a flaming B**** in the process. They better not every lose an Immunity Challenge from here on out because I think she is successfully alienating every. single. person. on. the. island.

Yes, La Flor won the Immunity Challenge this week and was awarded with a herb garden and seasonings for their food. There was a glimmer of hope when Espada was winning the challenge, but failed to keep the lead. After being awarded the goodies, an Immunity Idol clue was spotted in the fruit basket by both Kelly B and NaOnka, which led to a cat fight back at camp to see who could get it out of the basket first. NaOnka beats out Kelly B, and with no intention of sharing it with the tribe, goes off to decipher the clues.

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Meanwhile across the island at camp Espada, Jill persuades Marty to share the Immunity Idol with the rest of the tribe. This wins him serious points in the eyes of the members. Score again behind the scenes for Jill. After the challenge, it’s clear Marty’s Achilles Heel is Jimmy Johnson. He feels very threatened by him and mounts his campaign to oust  him at Tribal Council. But Jimmy has allies in camp and we really don’t know what will happen. At Tribal Council, it’s a noticeably subdued group. No one throws anyone under the bus. In fact, most of them dodge the questions about who’s the weakest. Airing dirty laundry is kept to a respectable minimum. Everyone agrees that in order to win against La Flor, the tribe has to be kept strong. When each are asked if they are the weak link, no one admits it….except Jimmy Johnson.

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Even if Coach had allies going into the tribal council, he all but hung himself with that comment. He made a tactical error. He thought he was dealing with a sports team.

He was not.

This is not a football team where, if one person’s weakness is exposed, the team rallies and builds them up for the challenge. This is not a rah-rah, go team environment. There were two other prime candidates being considered, but with JJ’s confession that he thought he was the weakest link, the decision was inevitable. Survival of the fittest…and most confident.

Aside from Marty and Jimmy T, Coach Johnson’s leadership and encouragement was appreciated by the rest of the tribe members. Now that he is gone, I wonder who will step up to lead, strategize and be the motivational glue that keeps them united as team.

I disagree with the decision. Dan is physically a much weaker player at this stage in the game. While Jimmy Johnson’s age was not an asset, his attitude and ability to keep  the majority of the members in a cohesive team mentality was.

But now Jimmy can regain his perfect coif.

I wonder who Marty will target next.

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