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Personal blog entries now here. Blogger Boobie-Thon moved here.
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God speed your love to me
A beautiful Lebanese wedding is this month's "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" feature.
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Aaaaaaa...afternoon delight
You know how you get a song stuck in your head for days, so you finally go snag a copy? Well that happened to me this week with a song called "Mouth". It's a few years old, and I'm not sure if a commercial sparked the memory or what... Then I went to search for the lyrics. How did the meaning of this song skip by me all this time? I played the song for Todd to see if he remembered it, and he replied, "Oh yeah." So I asked him if he knew what the song was about... Blank stare. So I showed him the words and he was just as shocked as I was. At least it's not as bad as when "I Touch Myself" went over my head back in high school and I had to have it 'splained to me. I swear...I'm such a blonde sometimes! So here...now you can feel all sweet, yet dirty, right along with us:

[click here for lyrics]

And since we're on the subject of oral fixation today, here's a bonus track:

[click here for lyrics]

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The name game
Just for the record guys, the baby won't be named "Tobyn". That nickname is short for our names combined until we know the gender. (Todd + Robyn = "Tobyn".)
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Countdown to the Playboy spread in T-minus 5...4...3...2...1! (Link via FARK.com.)
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Inquiring minds wanna know
Since it's been brought up now...what do you think we're having?

Boy or Girl
Is 'Baby Tobyn' a boy or a girl?


UPDATE: Just to further confuse people, the Chinese Conception Chart says "girl" -- but the old wives tales definitely say "boy". And we will be finding out the sex soon.
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Darlin' don't you go and cut your hair
The cake I voted for last week won on "Today Throws a Wedding". This week, it's the bride's hairstyle up for vote. Make sure to click the "view details" link with the photos for a full front and back view. I picked the "Romantic" style. Her smile seemed to be the brightest and most genuine in it, and I really liked the pins in it...
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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
Your favorite coed naked blogger has been nominated for The Blog of the Century. This dance ain't for everyone. Only the sexy people... Voting begins at noon, Mountain time on Friday the 15th -- so stay tuned!
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We're not laughing at you - we're laughing around you
It's nice to know that when I'm up at the ungodly hour of 4:48 a.m. craving linguine with marina sauce and Olive Garden breadsticks -- when I should mention I never even order linguine -- that I can finally share that tidbit with the world, knowing many of you are all chuckling along in solidarity. Why do I hear Nelson's "ha ha" though?
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The AP article made today's St. Pete Times. I've scanned a copy from the paper itself -- which includes a photo of me -- if you'd like to see.

Also, I updated my sidebar with a due-date countdown. It's just above my current desktop image.
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Do not pass Go...
If FARK'ers made Monopoly cards...these submissions are priceless!


[J Lo]
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Nineteen days to go! But who's counting?
A new photo of OU's new Grad Assistant, my Joshie, Josh Heupel --
and OU's quarterback, my hunka hunka Sooner love, Jason White.
You'll have to excuse me for a moment while I collect myself...

[Heupel and White]
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Although it's been said many times, many ways...

[thank you!]
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Mighta took the long way, but we knew we'd get there someday
You might remember that recently tampatantrum.com celebrated its one-year birthday. Well tomorrow, August 12th, is my two-year blogiversary.

Todd and I have seen a lot of changes in the last year. Some bad, many good -- the yin and yang of life always making its presence felt. I've learned a lot. Grown a lot. Gained friendships, and sadly lost friendships. And hopefully come away from all of it just a bit wiser and a better person for it.

"To grow mature is to separate more distinctly, to connect more closely." — Hugo von Hofmannsthal

This all brings me to something I can finally share with the class. It might help explain why the quality and quantity of several of my sites -- this one included -- has been lacking as of late. And why the posting times are always so sporadic. And why I haven't been able to visit blogs like I used to, and my "reply to" box currently has 156 items (84 unread). I fully expect these changes to carry forward as I begin my third year of blogging. Why, you might ask? Because this past weekend I safely passed into my second trimester of pregnancy!

That's right, Todd and I are expecting our first child on February 15, 2004. (For many of you, that due date will hold a bit of life's bittersweet irony.) To say we're thrilled and over the moon would be an understatement. I won't be blogging about my pregnancy here -- but so many of you have prayed for us and sent your well-wishes over the past several months, I couldn't fail to acknowledge it here. "Thank you" just never seems to be enough...

We had our fourth ultrasound on August first, and everything is going extremely well with the baby. The heartbeat was good and strong at 162-170 bpm. It's been that high since week five. We've already heard it on doppler as well. I can now finally present to you...the first public photos of baby Tobyn... Don't you think our little slice of immortality has Todd's good looks and my sense of style?

[baby Tobyn image 1] [baby Tobyn image 2]

I especially want to take a second and thank those of our friends who've been able to sit on their fingers and zip their lips all these weeks, and help keep this mega-secret for us. I know it hasn't been easy! I'm also excited to say that five of my friends -- in real life and online -- are all due within a month of me from January - March of 2004. (UPDATE: Another friend from college just announced today and she's due in February, too. Better make that six!) It's an exciting time for so many of us -- and I'm thrilled to have the chance to share this life-milestone with them!

So there you have it. My big blogiversary news! This is the time on Sprockets where we dance... Cake and punch to the right. Just warn me if you spike it, mmmk?
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Gotta photograph, picture of
Many thanks to a certain someone who dropped this AP photo in my lap!

[AP Photo]

If you catch the article in your paper tomorrow, this picture just might run with it!
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To password or not to password...revisited
I've noticed people wondering how to password-protect an MT blog after dicussion here this week -- and most recently this new AP article.

To my knowledge, there are four ways to do this. I'm opening it up for discussion because there may be other methods -- and I'd love for you to share what works best for you:

  1. The .htaccess and .htpasswd combo (obviously make sure your server is capable of handling these types of files first)
  2. Passwording your site directly through your server's Cpanel -- click on the Web Protect (or similar) icon and follow directions
  3. Using software with cookie-password protection in php -- this web company offers a free version of their software
  4. Scripty Goddess has a restricted post tutorial for Movable Type blogs -- you can see an update on the hack here (this method will password protect certain, but not all, posts on your blog)
Again, if you have other recommendations not listed here -- or better links than the ones I've already given, please speak up and leave them in the comments! Thanks.

UPDATE: Here's another javascript option just mentioned in the comments -- Gatekeeper Password Protection. And yet another script to request access.
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It's in the photograph...
It sounds like the photo (and I guess blog story with me) are out there now. If anyone happens to catch either of them, PLEASE pass 'em along! There's a chance our local papers won't carry the wire story. Thank you!

UPDATE: Here's the article, and here's the photo -- and my commentary on it. Annessa gets featured in this article, too! And check the comments, as several wire services have picked it up now and what's been found is linked there.

UPDATE 2: The article made the St. Petersburg Times as well.
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Oh, snap!
I swear, if it weren't for bad luck with Sooners in the pros here lately...
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