Like John's thoughts, a googlism on Jen would be pretty dull, so I did it on deep blue day:

deep blue day is reminiscent of an old fashioned waltz played out under a lone spotlight
deep blue day is having nightmares
deep blue day is a sight for sore eyes
deep blue day is the mp3 of the week
Halloween Edition

Hey, equal work, equal pay.

And why would a woman want to do this?

This would have been really cool and all, but what do you serve to ghosts at the reception?

Looks like there house is going to be egged.

Who would buy skulls at an auction? I guess my question is answered. And for his mother no less.


This Just in...

I really don't think I want to know what's in this.

Oh, deer.

I wonder what he was going to wear home.

Another undresser.

Got Milk, CA?


What's in a name?

Your Heart Number is 2
Marriage and other close relationships will be extremely important to you. You have a strong need for peace and harmony in your life and are liable to be very self-sacrificing where the needs of others are concerned.

Your Personality Number is 5
Makes you a rather fun and care-free individual whose company other people find inspiring and delightful. You're a bit of a free spirit, love variety, and have a strong desire to live life to the fullest.

Your Image Number is 7
Makes you appear to be a bit removed from daily reality. You could be something of a loner, and your head may be in the clouds much of the time as you ponder some of the deeper issues in life.

Definitely me.

Check your name numerology.


The Friday Five - The Scare Edition

1. What is your favorite scary movie? Probably Hellraiser - that movie scared the bejeezus out of me - still does. As far as nightmares though, The Exorcist and Poltergeist kept me up at night when I was a kid.

2. What is your favorite Halloween treat? Definitely candy corns. Must. go. buy. some. candy. corns. now.

3. Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, describe your best Halloween costume. When given the opportunity I'll always dress up. Probably the best costume was a mermaid one year my mom did for me when I was a kid. The most fun one was as Roller Girl from Boogie Nights a few years ago.

4. Do you enjoy going to haunted houses or other spooky events? Absolutely - I love getting the crap scared out of me! We might do the haunted trolley ride downtown this year - supposedly REAL ghost stories.

5. Will you dress up for Halloween this year? Actually, Sweet Dave and I have been invited to an all-drag Halloween party. Tentatively, we're going as either a trailer park duo or hooker & pimp daddy couple. So I've either gotta wear a beer gut and a mullet or a velvet suit and fur hat. I don't know, Sweet Dave's got some great legs, so we may have to go with the hooker & pimp daddy.



I had one as a kid. I could solve it within 10 minutes no matter how messed up people made it for me.

I used to have one on my desk until recently. It would taunt me sitting there, unsolvable. I thought many times about just taking apart or moving the stickers so it would be right. I even have a solution book and I STILL can't get it back to being right. So I took it home and it taunts me from the bookshelf.

Now it's online. Taunting me still.



So Sweet Dave and I finally got the chance last night to go buy a pumpkin. We're hopefully going to carve it tonight. I'm thinking a scary face or a spider, and I think he's thinking whatever is easiest and least-goopy.

When we were walking up to the church that was selling the pumpkins, there was this adorable little boy sitting with his legs crossed in a sea of the really small pumpkins. He had one in his hand and he reached out as if to hand it to us and said, "We're gonna get a pumpkin kirctscha flumbom."

I have no idea what he said but it made me smile.

Just when you feel like some of the things in your life are seriously sucking, something like that happens.


Streakin' on a Stretcher


About the only thing more embarassing for this guy would have been if he'd gotten his tongue stuck to the goal post.



"Deep Blue Day is a sight for sore eyes. The white background, black text and splashes of light blue here and there have a soothing effect on your nerves. No annoying adds, no superfluous information, no flashy banners. Now here is someone who, to my taste, knows how to properly layout a blog.

This is a very personal blog. Lacking an "About" section, you are forced to delve into the contents of the entries to find out about the reader. Her first two entries, dating from the beginning of 2002, give away a little on who she is. Here we already meet the key players in her life, amongst whom "Sweet Dave", her then boyfriend, now her husband. The banner on top of the page, which contains the title of the blog, is actually a cropped wedding picture, chosen to remind her of that very happy occasion. Actually, the banner and where it stems from sets the atmosphere of the entire blog: positive, radiant, intelligent.

Hilarious is the author's obvious dislike of George W. Bush, which she utters most of the time in quoting him directly and then adding sarcastic comments. This might be offensive to Bush-lovers, but it certainly does not put a negative mark on the blog. First of all, the quotes are not abundant in numbers, and second, they are generally very funny to read. Furthermore, the blog is littered with links to all kinds of funny or interesting articles, which were an enjoyment to read. Jen manages to effectively mix her daily thoughts with the things that are going on in the outer world, and that constantly grasps the reader's attention. The Friday Five, which she unvariably puts up each friday, provide more insight in the likes and dislikes of the reader. So, all in all, the lacking about section does not matter at all.

On the sidebar, the archives are easily accessible and all the links work. The archives are followed by quite an extensive list of blogs read by the author, and then come a couple of links to various websites, under which are a few true gems. The link to the Banned Book site clearly proclaims the author's feelings on Free Speech and the same goes for the link to I will not be silenced, a site which focusses on censorship of personal blogs and sites. The Onion and Salon are sites where several links to articles stem from, and Who Would Buy That is absolutely hilarious.

The entire site comes across as a way to fully express the author's thoughts on all subjects that interest her, be it personal, political, funny, sad, controversial or introspect. An interesting read for people with personal commitment, and who want to delve a bit deeper."



The Friday Five - Tube

1. How many TVs do you have in your home? We have three TVs, but only two of them have digital cable.

2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week? Probably about 4 or 5 hours - and all of that is on Saturday for college football and Sunday for pro football. Otherwise, if the TV is even on, usually we're watching a DVD.

3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children? I guess it depends on the generation. Growing up, I watched TV a lot. I think it helped me in developing my imagination and humor. Now, I'm not so sure. There just seems to be so much violence, etc. that I'm sure there's an different affect. There is some really great programming out there though, if the parents (and kids) are willing to stay on those channels.

4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you're heartbroken? College Gameday.

5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like? SpongeBob Squarepants, indie movies and sports. I guess I'll need 2 channels for all that.



"Let me tell you my thoughts about tax relief. When your economy is kind of ooching along, it's important to let people have more of their own money."—George W. Bush, Boston, Oct. 4, 2002

This is absolutely my favorite time of the year.

I love the first big temperature change. I love pulling out my long sleeve t-shirts to wear around the house. Time to wear socks again too. I love the colors of the leaves as they change. I love the winds of the Fall. I love sitting outside and feeling the gentle wind against my skin.

I'm not sure why, but the change of Fall always makes me so hopeful and optimistic. That there's a change all around me. Breathing in the air just makes me smile. Running becomes bearable and usually pretty nice and energizing. This is the time I love to cuddle with Sweet Dave - just for a little warmth, not yet out of winter necessity.

Oh, and another thing that really makes me smile? Wallace & Gromit are back.


Make the Switch?

Apparently Microsoft tried to do a "switch" campaign like Apple did using real people to explain why they switched from Apple to Microsoft. Readers on Slashdot found the women in the ad in a catalog of stock photos and she is aparently not a "real person". Microsoft has since taken down their page, but Google has a cache.

There's more here and here.

You decide.

Update: More info here.



I have a new obsession.

Other than my shoe, running, travel, etc obessions.

Thanks to Deb at Confessions of December, I was introduced to letterboxing a few days ago. And I'm hooked. It just sounds like such an interesting combination of hobbies - something I think I can really get into. I've read everything I can possibly find online and joined the yahoo groups. I've bought some of the supplies and read some of the clues in my area.

Well, it just so happens that Sweet Dave and I went away for my birthday to Rosemary Beach, which just so happens to be about 1 1/2 hours from Tallahassee, FL - one of the closer clues to Pensacola. On Friday, I decided that either we'd go to find the letterbox or go shopping. It was a tough decision, but the letterbox hunt did win.

The hike was pretty much straight uphill in heavy shade - very nice. Last week I read about how to use a compass and showed off my new abilities pretty well. I only got us going the wrong direction once. Within 20 minutes of arriving at the park, we'd found the letterbox. Not only was it our first letterbox, we were the first to find this one!

Next up? Planting our own.



"I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose: you disarm, or we will."—George W. Bush, Speaking about Saddam Hussein, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 5, 2002
The Friday Five - Just Counting

1. If you could only choose 1 cd to ever listen to again, what would it be? If I can't cheat I'd say it would be the CD we gave as favors at the wedding reception - everything from Frank Sinatra to Dido, and Ray Charles to Cake. If I can cheat I would make a CD full of all my favorite mp3s.

2. If you could only choose 2 movies to watch ever again, what would they be? This question was probably the hardest - I'm such a movie addict that it's insane just to pick two. I would have to say American Beauty and Fletch.

3. If you could only choose 3 books to read ever again, what would they be? Snow Falling on Cedars, Heavier Than Heaven, and a really good cookbook.

4. If you could only choose 4 things to eat or drink ever again, what would they be? Definitely bread, chocolate, cheese, and wine.

5. If you could only choose 5 people to ever be/talk/associate/whatever with ever again, who would they be? I'm assuming that I have to already be able to talk to them now - my grandfather, brother, my mom, my dad, and of course, Sweet Dave.

Just like John Cusack, Daryl Hall, and Eleanor Roosevelt, today is my birthday. Yea me. I look like a monkey, and I smell like one too.



I had the wonderful opportunity today to visit my local social security office this morning.

I arrived approximately 20 minutes before they opened and there was already a substantial line. Immediately I felt very out of place and very uncomfortable. Until this sweet, old man started talking to me. He told me that I looked like I didn't belong there. I explained that I did because I had just gotten married and needed to replace my social security card. He talked to me for a few more minutes before heading up to the front of the line. He was allowed to do that because he was in a wheelchair - they let them go in first so they don't have a hard time trying to manage through the crowd.

As I looked around, I started to feel sorry for just about everyone there. And I felt overwhelmingly fortunate.

How great it is to be able. How great it is to be able to work. And doing something I love to do. How great it is not having to depend on the government to eat. How great it is to have choices. How great it is to not have to deal with hassles like this every week or month.

I think I am a very thankful and thoughtful person. But this experience was pretty sobering and made me think how easy I really have it. Yes, I've got debt, sometimes I don't like the president, sometimes I hate driving in the traffic. That is nothing compared to some of these people's lives.



Word of The Day:
blurker (BLUR-kur): n. 1. One who reads many blogs but leaves no evidence of themselves such as comments behind; a silent observer of blogs. 2. One who reads many blogs but has no blog of their own; a blog-watcher or blog voyeur.
Source: One Rainy Day

Question of the Day:
How orange were the artist's hands when they were done with this?

Dork of the Day:
Where are his priorities? I would agree that beer is important, but really.



Why is when things seem to be going so smooth and I am at my happiest, something someone does always undermines that? I'm finally happy, truly happy, and he comes back to try to manipulate and threaten me. I've done my part. I've said my "Poof! Be Gone!" and he's still able to get back in.

And I'm not letting him in. I've left it at "as outlined in this legal agreement, you owe me this money, so pay me monthly and we'll never have to speak again".

Yet he keeps trying to manipulate me and make me feel bad because he's in a bad financial situation. And I'm sick of it. My first reaction was to dismiss everything and just give him what he wants just so I will never have to worry about it again. Nope. Not going to happen.

This one's going to end fairly. I've given up enough to be away from him. I'm done being too nice.

Remember what I said?

If you see my smile again, don’t trust it, because it's not for you.

You are only a lesson to me.

Poof. Be gone.

This Just In

"You see, the Senate wants to take away some of the powers of the administrative branch."—George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

Hmmm. I can't imagine why.


He's blue

No really - he's literally blue.

Apparently, Stan Jones started taking colloidal silver in 1999 out of a concern that Y2K would mean an end to antibiotics. He turned blue. And it's permanent. Now I'm not one to limit my candidate choices based on one issue, but really, I don't think I could get past this one.

Nice move, Stan the Blue Man. I can only imagine what his campaign slogans are.
The Friday Five - Shoe Clues

1. What size shoe do you wear? Well, I used to wear an 8 1/2 or 9, until I started running log distance. Now I at least wear a 9, sometimes 9 1/2. Weird.

2. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Over the past 2 years, I've been trying to simplify my life, mostly be getting rid of "stuff". I've tried with the shoes, it just doesn't seem to work though. I probably have now about 40 pair, 15 of which I have recently put on a shoe rack out of the way. Maybe I'll be able to wean myself off those and donate them soon.

3. What type of shoe do you prefer (boots, sneakers, pumps, etc.)? Definitely comfortable sandals. Then sneakers.

4. Describe your favorite pair of shoes. Why are they your favorite? My big clunky sandals - easy to get off and on, very comfortable, and go with almost anything.

5. What's the most you've spent on one pair of shoes? Probably $120 - for running shoes.



A New Day

So now that I have a wonderful new life, I must have a wonderful new design. Plus you know how I get bored easily.

I was going for something very clean and more reflective of me. The image at the top is a crop of the wedding party picture I posted here. I like remembering how beautiful the day was, not only the weather, but also everything about the day. So this will be another one of my reminders for awhile.



A quality I do not possess.

Another trailer.
Huh? v9,907

"There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you won't get fooled again."— George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

Isn't that a Who song?

Rabbit, Rabbit

There. I said it. And I get a bonus because my birthday is in 10 days.


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