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Writer's Block: Past the expiration date

What's in your refrigerator right now?


Fresh fruit and veggies (lots of berries because I love to make smoothies for myself and the kids), silken tofu, 4 dozen eggs, pork sausage, bacon,  a gallon of 2% milk, soy milk, deli meats and cheeses, 4 bricks of cream cheese, butter, tofu noodles, Dole bagged lettuce, tomatoes, diet soda, orange juice, tons of condiments, 5 different bottles of hot sauce, sugar free Jell-O, pickles, olives, pickled ginger, fresh pork tenderloin that i'm going to roast for dinner tonight.  There's probably more, but that's the important stuff.

Writer's Block: Breaking the food chain

Which one food would you choose to ban from existence, and why?

It isn't so much a "food" as it is an ingredient.  High Fructose Corn Syrup. Ban it. Ban it now! It is just unnecessary and makes you fat.  It is found in so many items where it is just unnecessary and consumers who do not read labels don't realize they are ingesting so much extra sugar.  Bread, tomato sauce, fruit drinks...it's every where and it's unnecessary. 

Writer's Block: Random acts

What was your last random act of kindness? Do you believe in karma?


Around Christmas time I was at The Children's Place returning some items that I bought for MyKayla on-line that were the wrong size. While I was looking around, I noticed a women in the store who just seemed "out of place". I don't say that to be rude, but she just drew attention to herself by the way she was dressed and the way she looked - wide eyed - at some of the price tags. You could tell that she was really trying to find a few pieces in the store to buy, I'm guessing for her kids, as gifts. The women who worked in the store were really watching her. Like a hawk. I think they felt as if she may try to steal something. She had a Children's Place bag in her hands already, so I'm guessing she had a return. Eventually, she picked out 4 items. She brought them up to the counter and said that she wanted to exchange the one item in the bag for the 4 that she'd picked out. The sales lady gave her a hard look (bitch) and rung up her transaction. When she was done, she said that the woman owed her $13 (something like that). She had a strange look on her face. I don't think she had enough money on her. At that moment, I remembered I had a coupon to share with a friend for 15% off their next purchase. I reached in my bag and asked her if she would like to have my coupon. The sales associate said, "I can't take that, I've already rung her up". The associate who was waiting on me said, "No. Actually, you can because you haven't closed out the transaction. She hasn't paid yet. Right?" I handed her the coupon, she rung it up and they owed HER money! She smiled a really big smile at me and said thank you so much!! I told her not to worry about and to have a Merry Christmas. I hope her kids enjoyed The Children's Place clothes as much as my kids did.
I got up a little earlier than usual today so that I could get the kids off to day care by 6 and get to my poll location by 6:05. I have never ever had to wait in line to vote at the assessor's office. This morning, it took me 30 minutes just to get in the door. By the time I got inside, it took another 20 minutes to complete the process. I was about 10 minutes late to work, but I got the deed done. Now comes the wait to find out who benefited from the millions of dollars spent on both sides to become the next President.

No matter what team you're rooting for, please get out there and vote!


You Should Be Allowed to Vote



You got 12/15 questions correct.

Generally speaking, you're very well informed.



If you vote this election, you'll know exactly who (and what) you'll be voting for.

You're likely to have strong opinions, and you have the facts to back them up.

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Since everyone else is doing it.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Marilyn!

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You are a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."


Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.






How to Get Along with Me

  • * Be direct and clear

  • * Listen to me carefully

  • * Don't judge me for my anxiety

  • * Work things through with me

  • * Reassure me that everything is OK between us

  • * Laugh and make jokes with me

  • * Gently push me toward new experiences

  • * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.




What I Like About Being a Marilyn

  • * being committed and faithful to family and friends

  • * being responsible and hardworking

  • * being compassionate toward others

  • * having intellect and wit

  • * being a nonconformist

  • * confronting danger bravely

  • * being direct and assertive




What's Hard About Being a Marilyn

  • * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind

  • * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself

  • * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of

  • * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger

  • * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right

  • * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations




Marilyns as Children Often

  • * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn

  • * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger

  • * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent

  • * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel

  • * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent




Marilyns as Parents

  • * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty

  • * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence

  • * worry more than most that their children will get hurt

  • * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

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No Kiddin'?

Obama
You preferred Obama's statements 100% of the time

Voting purely on the issues you should vote Obama

Who would you vote for if you voted on the issues?

Find out now!

Woof, Baby!

You Are an American Bulldog
You are a very imposing, powerful creature... but deep down, you're generally good natured.
You are incredibly energetic, and you like to blow off steam with sports and horsing around.

You are naturally courageous. You would run into a burning building to save someone you loved.
You intimidate people without trying to. Some people assume the worst of you when they first meet you.

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WTF, Chuck?!

My journal layout just changed out of the blue.  So freakin' weird! 

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