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Personal blog entries now here. Blogger Boobie-Thon moved here.
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Prize Patrol
Check out Chris Pirillo's blog -- very cool! I'm in 'lite company with Cheyenne and Christine tonight...
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When I dip you dip we dip
Did you miss me? We had a great time today, and I'm happy to report all's well on the medical front! They don't want to see me again until OCTOBER. (For comparison's sake, when we first moved here they would reschedule me every 2-3 months.) Tomorrow it looks like we're heading over to Orlando to do lunch at Sonic -- doesn't hurt that there's a Gap Outlet next door. And then tomorrow night we're joining Stacy and Daniel for TexMex and most excellent company. While I'm gone, don't do anything I wouldn't do (which as we all know gives you lots of wiggle-room)! Happy weekend everyone -- it finally got here!
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Freaky Friday
Well tomorrow, errrrr today, might prove to be a little bit slow around here. I have another fun doctor's visit in the day planner (just "routine") -- and since it's an hour to north Tampa, and an hour back, Todd is just going to take the day off and play hookie with me!

So behave while I'm gone. Talk amongst yourselves. I will give you a topic: The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. Discuss.
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The fires of hell are too cold for this man
I've kept mostly silent about all of this fallen-priest hubbub that's been floating around the blog world lately. There are some things you just see with your eyes that hurt you so very deeply as a human being, you almost have to close your eyes and breathe deeply or the pain and blackness will consume you. This is one of those topics for me. As someone who's tried desperately (with the help of medical science) for several months to conceive a child -- each time being told "no" or "not right now" by God -- the thought of the very clergy I would have baptise and help raise that child harming them -- well I just can't bear it. I can't even make it through a news story on abused children. My heart literally sinks. That people could take such a precious gift, always unobtainable for me...

But then I got to this story on CNN. Now I am beyond shocked, bewildered and hurt. I am so angry I feel I could become violent if I stood with this man face-to-face. There is no earthly punishment good enough -- and the thought of a "Godly punishment" one day isn't good enough either. A man of the cloth should know better. And I don't buy that "we're only human" bullshit they sometimes toss around. I am human. I am not versed with years of theology. I only have a bachelor's degree in history. But the DAY I hit puberty I knew it was WRONG to touch someone who hadn't. That is human instinct. That is what separates us from the animals. And these bastards are lower than any form of prison life I've ever come across. In prison they don't try so desperately to hide and cover up their sins, and protect their own regardless of the cost to anyone else. They make you their bitch over them. It's getting to the point we need to extend Megan's Law to warn of priests living in your area.

Why am I so riled up? Select quotes from the CNN article include:

"Much of my life these last few years has been choosing not twixt good and evil, but the less of the two evils ... my God, I've even taught kids to shoot up properly."

"One of the first things I do in a new city is to sign up at the local clinic for help with my VD."

"The documents also show that church leaders were worried about allegations that Shanley spoke at the opening session of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, known as NAMBLA, which advocates sexual interaction between men and boys."

"MacLeish has alleged that at least 30 youths were abused by Shanley."

I still have my faith...but right now I just don't know how it's staying there...
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Come and knock on my door...we've been waiting for you...
Ok...quick refresher course for the newbies... My new UPS guy up here in the 'burbs and I have a hate-hate relationship. He hates people. All people. And I hate having to play hide-n-seek in order to find my packages. The man does not know what it means to knock on a door or ring a doorbell. Human interaction is a foreign concept to him. When I "bust" him -- and believe me, I always bust him thanks to a certain cocker spaniel -- I always shout out a nice little "hello!" or "thank you!". I am met in return by the revving up of his engine as he takes off. Would it kill the man to at least nod back once in awhile?!

To illustrate my point, this is what he spent two (yes, I clocked him) minutes constructing outside of my front door today -- as my dog went nuts while I tried to calm her down (so I know he heard us inside): Exhibit A

And this was the size of the box he was delivering. You can see it here on my dining room chair not even taking up a quarter of the seat. It measures a whopping 6"x3"x4" and contains soap and face cleanser: Exhibit B

Is anyone buying that the latest look in home decor and security is a doormat propped half-way up a doorframe? Who the hell is he fooling...and would it really kill him just to knock? And by the way, just for the record, he knows we have a very friendly cocker spaniel. One day he had the misfortune of pulling up when I was outside with Claire while talking to a neighbor. She tried to give him a kiss. So it's not like he's afraid of coming face-to-face with a rottweiler or anything if he did ring the doorbell... Lazy ass.
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"I'll have the salad"
I found this over at cc-chapman.com and know Ashley will get a kick out of it:

Atkins diet author home after cardiac arrest

Not related to the diet? Well thanks for playing Robert...but I'll stick with my carbs, thankyouverymuch. Oh yeah, get well soon and stuff.
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And there was much rejoicing

Public Service Announcement

Well after being taken to task for it here, I decided if you can't beat 'em...beat your head against the keyboard repeatedly instead...

What does this mean?

It means line paragraph breaks are now enabled in my comments. Go wild. You no longer have to use <BR> and <P> (unless of course you just want to). A carriage-return in your comment will equal a new line/paragraph when it posts.

Now don't say I never did nuthin' for ya', mmmm...k?
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From CNN...
Damn. As if the post-traumatic stress nightmares weren't bad enough in Manhattan already...
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She's got <style>
Guess who has a birthday today?! I hope you have a wonderful cake-filled day Kristine! Must be a great day to be born -- our niece Alexus turns 9 today as well...

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No gnus is good gnus
I hate registering for news sites. I'm picky that way. Especially when they make you login for each article you want to read. So this site from tonight's Screen Savers is one I'm going to bookmark. It will generate a randomly assigned username and password ("bogus" of course) so you can view New York Times articles online.
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Look! A fixed iBook!
Hey guess what?! Remember this and this regarding the problems I was having with my iBook? Well now I have reason number 10,947 to love my husband. He didn't give up 'til he fixed everything for me! He details his solution here -- basically it was a problem with Mac fonts gone bad. There's still a blog or two we can't view because of CSS issues, but everyone I've talked to running OSX and IE 5.1 has problems with them. It's not just me. For now I'm happy though -- I can finally surf imdb.com on my iBook! Thanks schmoopie! And thanks to everyone who wrote with suggestions and helped point him in the right direction!
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Spreadin' those wings
Did you know Todd's cousin Susan has a blog? Well if you didn't, now you do! Why am I bringing it up? Because I just skinned her site tonight. Right now there are only two options to choose from, but now I can flip-flop between blonde/red designs for me and brunette designs for her. Whew -- I feel better now!
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I want to be the girl with the most cake
My iBook is sadly lacking in MP3s, so I spent a great deal of the afternoon building up my "chick rock" selection. Wanna copy of the playlist?

  1. Letters to Cleo: I Want You to Want Me
  2. Juliana Hatfield: Spin the Bottle
  3. Veruca Salt: Number One Blind
  4. Liz Phair: Supernova
  5. Breeders: Cannonball
  6. Hole: Take Everything
  7. L7: Shitlist
  8. Tori Amos: Siren
  9. Letters To Cleo: Dangerous Type
  10. Garbage: Cherry Lips
  11. Hole: Miss World
  12. Nelly Furtado: Turn out the Lights
  13. Siouxie and the Banshees: Peek-A-Boo
  14. Breeders: Divine Hammer
  15. Fiona Apple: Criminal
  16. No Doubt: Spiderwebs
  17. Belly: Gepetto
  18. No Doubt: Just a Girl
  19. Go-Go's: We Got the Beat
  20. Alanis Morrisette: You Oughtta Know
  21. Catatonia: Road Rage
  22. Veruca Salt: Seether
  23. Poe: Hey Pretty
  24. Alanis Morrisette: Still
  25. L7: Pretend That We're Dead
  26. Pink: Get the Party Started
  27. Garbage: Special
  28. Belly: Super Connected
  29. Sheryl Crow: There Goes the Neighborhood
  30. No Doubt: Bathwater
  31. Hole: Celebrity Skin
  32. Juliana Hatfield Three: Spin the Bottle
  33. Letters to Cleo: Here and Now
  34. Garbage: Dumb
  35. Blondie: Heart of Glass
  36. Neneh Cherry: Move With Me
  37. No Doubt: Hey Baby
  38. Tori Amos: Cornflake Girl
  39. Elastica: Connection
  40. Go-Go's: Our Lips Are Sealed
  41. Jennifer Trynin: Better Than Nothing
  42. PJ Harvey: Down by the Water
  43. Siouxie and the Banshees: Kiss Them For Me
  44. Letters to Cleo: Awake
  45. Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  46. Madonna: Rescue Me
  47. Hole: Doll Parts
  48. Blondie: One Way Or Another
  49. Blake Babies: Cesspool
  50. Sinéad O'Connor: Jump in the River

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I rather like it when my horoscope for the day (from astrocenter.com) concludes with: "A male visitor might come to your home at some point, perhaps to help with some work that needs to be done. This promises to be a very exciting day, Robyn, with a lot of stimulation that could keep you occupied late into the night!"

I kid you not. So e-mail with your photos and address requests! Heh.
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Mr. Elmo goes to Washington!
"The red, furry friend to toddlers everywhere gave evidence before the Education Appropriations Subcommittee to urge more spending on music research and musical instruments for school programs." Now that's a Congressional Record I'd like a copy of! (Article from CNN.)
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Equal time
Linh sent me another great celebrity photo link -- only this time boys are the eye candy. Enjoy -- and thanks Linh!
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Now that's one way to get hits
This has to win the title of "most amusing link-back to me". Ever. Too bad he forgot to use my maiden name, too!
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This nature thing ain't all it's cracked up to be
Remind me again why "backing up to a nature preserve" was actually a selling point for this house? We've had a 3-foot snake crawl up out of the toilet. We've had a tall pine tree fall over the fence, barely missing the house. And now, some forest creature snuck in our yard and stole our two koi fish out of the fish pond...

I guess I should state from the start I'm not a nature gal. I like looking at photos of nature. I like having scenary other than parking lot out the back window now. And I like the beach. That's pretty much where my love and adoration of the great outdoors starts and ends. I scream like a little girl if any bug larger than a ladybug makes it inside. It's why I got married -- so I don't have to kill them. I don't like long walks in the woods. I don't go camping. My version of roughing it involves staying at Motel 6 and ending up with two towels that look more like washcloths. Ironic that I, of all people, ended up with Lyme Disease (from a tick bite), no?

So I don't know why in heaven's name a house with a fish pond was actually a selling point for me. No we didn't get lucky enough to have a real pond (with even more snakes) here. It came with one of those plastic eco-system ponds that aren't, which you see poor husbands with that defeated "yes dear" look on their face lugging out of Home Depot each weekend. While these things may sound like a fabulous idea, having one in south-central Florida where the sun always shines is NOT a good idea. Ever heard of algae? Ever seen it bloom? Not a pretty sight (or smell)... Last fall we went and got ourselves one of those big, ugly algae-eater fishies. Worked great, until he just vanished out of the pond one day. During the winter the two koi were holding their own and keeping things in check.

That was until one day a few weeks back when I went to feed the fish and couldn't find them. Todd's "man answer" in the form of a question? Well maybe they're just hiding? This was his answer for approximately 10 days. Anyone who has ever had and fed fish knows they do not hide for almost 2 weeks when waiting to be fed. They practically leap out of the water for those little processed, dried pellets from heaven. So one day he gives in and believes me. The fish are gone. Right about this time, it also decided to rain for about five days straight in Tampa Bay. Rain followed by endless sun minus two koi equal the dreaded algae bloom. Only this time it didn't just "bloom". Oh no. It freakin' exploded. At which point we finally tossed our hands in the air and accepted defeat.

The pond was drained this evening after we both hacked back the plant life in and around it. Soon it will find a nice new home in our garage, where it will remain for approximately 4-7 years collecting dust -- until we finally get fed up enough with all the crap we never use and throw a garage sale. Right now our attentions are focused on the front yard anyway. This past weekend we sprayed to kill everything out front, which just started dying today. Next weekend we'll till everything up (or rather Todd will as I direct, heh), spread topsoil, and reseed from scratch. And the neighbors all rejoice! Nature can bite my.......
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Using my powers for good and not evil
Hoopty hinted here that he'd like a new celebrity skin for his site...so I thought what the hey and gave him an image I'd been saving up for somethin' special. You can sneak a peek now here.
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Hooked on phonics worked for me!
Raising Hell has a great question of the week -- "What are your favorite children's books?"

My answer: "No little hellions around here yet, either...but we have a whole bookshelf full of children's books just waiting for the day. One of my favorites is The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka. My favorites as a kid included the Madeline series, Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, all Shel Silverstein books, and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We have all of these already. And one book that I recently bought on eBay is one my mom read aloud to me as a kid and I always loved it -- Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGregor."
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An Apple a day...
Here's a cool "new to me" site -- The Apple Collection. They have a lot of cute desktop pictures and startups to choose from, including ones for the iBook and the iMac.

Psssst... There's also a nifty little Mac Erotica section with pin-up girls. (I just don't suggest opening the page at work.)
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'Til Tuesday
Time again for Ashley's "This or That Tuesday".

  1. Is your mouse pad plain or decorated? Don't need one with a laptop.
  2. Do you own a web cam? Yes or no? Yes, an Intel -- but we never use it.
  3. Which do you do use more often online: email or search? I'd have to say right about 50/50, but if I had to give an edge, it would be to email.
  4. Do you use HTML coding, WYSIWYG editor, or something else to create your web pages? I create all of my pages in Notepad or BBEdit Lite by longhand. I've never used an editor other than my brain since day one.
  5. Do you forward chain emails? Only if the person has sent them to me in the past, and then all bets are off and payback is a bitch.
  6. Do you forward those mushy stories that take 20 minutes to read? HELL NO! I think I was guilty of forwarding one patriotic 9-11 story, and haven't sent anything like that since.
  7. How large is your monitor: 14", larger, or smaller? I have a 14.1" on my iBook, and Todd has a 17" on his PC.
  8. Do you have a mouse with a scroller, one with two buttons, one with three? No mouse needed with a touchpad...
  9. Do you listen to music while surfing the web? Yes or no? During the day when Todd isn't home (except during CFH)...yes. But the bastard flips my speakers off the second he walks in the door at night.
  10. How often do you clear your cookies, or cache? Pretty often. At least 1-2 times a week.

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Devil in a pink dress
Somehow I just don't expect this one will go flying off the shelves at Christmas...

But it's no joke -- you really can buy your very own Osama cross-dressing doll (and George W. action figure) at HeroBuilders.com. (Link from MSNBC.com.)

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Oh no, it go, it gone, bye-bye
Every once in awhile people will write and ask me where I get the celebrity pics I use in my skins. I ran across a new (to me) site while hunting for Reese Witherspoon photos on Monday, so I thought I'd pass it along as well -- The Actress Archives.
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Glitter on the highway
Well you didn't think I would leave well enough alone did you? Thanks to Kristine's great CSS tutorial, I spent a little bit of my free-time today tweaking my first CSS skin. Now it looks like this:

If you want to play around with it, or others, you can reskin the site here.
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On a Mission to cure my lonely condition
And now for something completely different...today's Monday Mission.

  1. Ever had a love that you still think of as "the one that got away?" What's the story there? Yes, Todd all throughout college when we were "just friends". I dated another guy long-distance my junior and senior years, but I think it was always long distance somewhere deep in the back of my mind...because Todd...wasn't. The story began on October 19, 1995 when I made it my one and only goal in life to never let him get away again.
  2. What was the last book that you finished reading cover-to-cover? Do Vogue and InStyle count as books? They're as thick as one these days... I plowed right through both over the weekend.
  3. Did you ever get up and walk out of a movie? Which one and why? Honestly not that I can ever recall. Although I wish we had for Vanilla Sky!
  4. If we were to go out dancing, what song would you want me to ask the DJ to play as I slipped him a $20? "Something In My House" (Mortevicar Mix) by Dead or Alive, "Male Stripper" (Out of the Ordinary Techno Mix) by Paul Zone and Man to Man, "White Lines" (70s Club Mix) by Duran Duran, "Kiss them For Me" (Kathak Mix) by Siouxie and the Banshees, or "I Sit On Acid" (just about any mix will do) by Lords of Acid.
  5. What was the coolest toy you had when you were a kid? Oh how lame for me to admit...but my Barbie Dream House. I was the envy of every girl on the block.
  6. When was the last time you felt lonely? The first full day in our new house when Todd went back to work again after the move. He had joined me for lunch every day since the day we moved to Tampa Bay, but now we live too far up in the 'burbs for him to do so.
  7. Do you have any minor anal-retentive character traits? Too many to list here -- just ask poor Todd. I'm a perfectionist with borderline obsessive-compulsive mandates concerning where each and every little thing goes in the house. It moves an inch, I know it (and move it back). Monica on "Friends"? That's me, but without the obsessive-cleaning and scrubbing fits. Well...sometimes at least.
BONUS: Can't you see what I mean? Ooooh, I hate it when I screw it up and miss the bonus questions!
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Time to raise a little hell...
So Michelle and Melly, two of the mommies I most admire -- along with Mig of Feral Living -- have started a new blog called Raising Hell. They describe it as:

"A new perspective on family life. If Erma Bombeck and Ozzie Osbourne had a bastard child and added caffeine, it would look a lot like Raising Hell. Raising Hell looks like a typewriter and sounds like a lawnmower. Raising Hell is red meat at a vegetarian restaurant. It's the dispeptic hippopotamus at the tea party. Raising Hell is about finding love and beauty in chaos and panic. Raising Hell: a new genre of parenting.

Stop by and give it a read. I can pretty much guarantee with 110% certainty that you won't be disappointed!
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Now that's good eatin'
I just put up another tasty recipe at The Red Kitchen -- this time for Bow Tie Pasta Romano. It's a quick, easy favorite of ours.
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It's been awhile since I've posted strange Google searches -- and I get a lot of 'em here. But today I've had two doozies hit my site.

1. college boys getting cavities filled
2. no better feeling than chinese in your lap

I can neither confirm nor deny #2, but then again, I'm always willing to try new things!
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Where's a "celebrity death match" when you need one?
And in other "I will literally do anything to keep my name in the headlines since that whole boxing thing didn't work so well" news...
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Do you wanna see me down on my knees?
Heads up -- there's another new skin to choose from! It's my first "guest skin", designed by Dave at Acerbia. It's supah-fly, so don't forget to check it out. Thanks Dave!

Also, Todd has tried all of the suggested fixes for the OS-X / IE 5.1 problem I've been having (originally outlined in this entry). Thank you so much to everyone who gave us suggestions to try and offered their trouble-shooting advice. Unfortunately we're still back where we started from. Anyone else wanna give it a whirl?
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She's got Bette Davis eyes
Here's one for the girls out there... I'm in search of a beauty product, and I'll be your new best friend if you can find it for me. It's Jane Cosmetics' Brow Beaters tinted brow groomer in "naturally henna". To be honest, I'm not even sure if Jane still makes this -- I haven't needed it for several months. But now that I'm a redhead again, and the tube is nearly gone, I'm starting to panic. In the past I've only been able to find it at Wal Mart -- but recent searches at Wal Mart, Tarjhet, and Walgreen's have all left me empty-handed.

It's perfect for me for two reasons. One, my eyebrows are white-blonde and this not only puts them in place, it also tints them lightly to match my hair color. And two, when my white-blonde roots start poking out in between dye-jobs it works great as a quick touch-up product for my part-line. Bobbi Brown and Chanel have similar products that I will try if desperate -- but Jane's works great and comes in at about $13-20 less a tube. Biiiig difference, no?

So all this leads me to a sort of "meme" I guess... What five beauty-related products would send you running out to stockpile if you found they were discontinued tomorrow? They can be high-end and/or drugstore brands. If you answer in your blog, make sure to let us all know in my comments here -- and if possible, state your skin color and hair color as well. Thanks, and here are mine! (I have very fair skin. My natural hair color is blonde, and currently it's dyed medium-dark auburn.)

  1. NARS blush in Orgasm. Not just for the name but for the way it looks on my pale skin. It's a color that goes with everything.
  2. MAC Studio Fix in NW15. I live in south-central Florida. Liquid foundations are just not an option. And this doubles as a foundation and powder in one.
  3. MAC lipstick in Viva Glam II. It's the perfect neutral lipstick. Although it's a nude-pink in the tube -- it completely changes looks if I wear it over MAC's Spice lipliner or Chanel's Nude lipliner. (By the way, perfect doubles for MAC Spice and Chanel Nude are Wet 'N' Wild's #712 and #666, respectively).
  4. Stila "Pink Shine" lipgloss. It's a great little dot of shimmer to blot on the center of my bottom lip after I put on my lipstick. Perfect "pouty lips".
  5. Chanel Sculpting Mascara (Extreme Length brush). I have it in two colors and love them both. Bronze for when I'm a blonde. Copper for when I'm a redhead. I've never found an adequate substitute. It never clumps.

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Another one bites the dust
Seatle police found the partially decomposed body of Alice In Chains front man Layne Staleyn in his home, according to CNN. Sigh. (Also spotted this evening at davidgagne.net, A Small Victory, Bliss, and redsugar muse.)
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