Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day. Maybe you were working, but hopefully you were off enjoying the day with family and friends or just relaxing.

We, on the other hand, spent a good part of the day in the hospital. Welcoming a new little man into the world. Little Reece arrived yesterday - I'm officially an aunt now.

Man, he's going to be so spoiled!


Friday Five - Brands

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use? Crest - ever since I was a kid, that's all I can remember using.

2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer? Something soft - not necessarily the expensive stuff, but not sandpaper either.

3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear? Usually get my shoes from Payless or Rack Room Shoes. I don't really pay attention to the brands except for running shoes - always Saucony.

4. What brand of soda do you drink? When I rarely drink soda, it's Coke. And I have beaten the taste test, so yes, I can tell the difference.

5. What brand of gum do you chew? Extra - with all the candy I eat, I have to chew sugar-free gum.



Another email I received:

People over 35 should be dead. According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, thoseof us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or evenmaybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloredlead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids onmedicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and when we rode ourbikes, we had no helmets.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter,and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from onebottle, and no one actually died from this.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day,as long as we were back when the street lights came on.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although wewere told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them, instead of email and chat rooms.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.

Tests were notadjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own.Consequences were expected.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility,and we learned how to deal with it all.

Makes me want to go outside and play with lawn darts.



Due to increasing products liability litigation, American liquor manufacturers have accepted the FDA's suggestion that the following warning labels be placed immediately on all varieties of alcohol containers:

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with other members of the opposite sex without spitting.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead, knees and lower back.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter,faster and better looking than most people.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may Mack you tink you can tipe real gode.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think your Christmas tree is an intruder.

Damn, if only some of those had actually been on the bottle, it would have definitely saved me from some unnecessary embarassment in college.

Maybe there should also be a WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you really want to join the mile high club, even if you're not in a plane.



Someone, please tell me it isn't true.

Pinch me, and tell me I'm having a bad dream again.

"I think the American people—I hope the American–I don't think, let me—I hope the American people trust me."—Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2002


Friday Five - Food

1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.? Purified. For some reason we have really bad tasting water here, so I must have it either purified or bottled.

2. What are your favourite flavor of chips? Cheetos.

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most? Grilled cheese. What can I say, I'm a cheese girl.

4. How do you have your eggs? I don't. Gross.

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out? Sweet Dave, of course. He made this open-faced grilled chicken sandwich thing with veggies and cheddar sauce. And it was really, really good.



Is it me or is anyone else slightly annoyed by the commercials they're starting to show before the previews at the movie theater?



I have this rare opportunity to have a short glance into the people in my neightborhood's lives every morning. I've seen domestic disputes. I've seen morning breakfast on the patio. But this morning I saw the funniest ever.

As I was walking the dogs, a man wearing only shorts walked out of his driveway to cross the street. I assumed he was a vistor to the house returning to his house or simply going to talk to his neighbor. So I though nothing of it. Just as we were about the pass the driveway he walked from, I notice he's coming back towards the driveway.

With the neighbor's newspaper in his hand. I've always thought someone swiped our paper on occasion, but I've never actually seen it happen. And he actually said good morning to me too. Wow.



Alright, so you know I really like sports. But does every sport need it's own channel? Isn't that a little much?

I can always tell when nothing exciting is going on in the sports world when ESPN is showing a golf tournament from the early 90s.


Friday Five - Organize

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not? Definitely. I have a place for everything and if I don't, I make one.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?I have a week-at-a-glance calendar that stays at work. Once I look at the week, it's pretty much in my head so I don't need to carry it around.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?Nope. Well, I know where everything is, but I'm sure it doesn't really look like it.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?Nope - doesn't matter to me. I'll take the extra 2 seconds to find something rather than being that organized.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize? Probably pictures. Those are always pretty time consuming when you have to go through rolls and rolls of film and put them in the right order. Everything else in my life seems to stay pretty organized.



Another cool photo project:

the May Day Project - Saturday May 10th 2003 - Your Day In Photos

C'mon, everybody's doing it!
To Do

An ever-evolving list of things I want to do before I'm too old:

Road trip from coast to coast in the U.S.
Run a marathon
Learn karate
Take a gondala ride in Venice
Take a pottery class
Attend a space shuttle launch
Go on an African safari
Go sky diving
Learn how to take really great photographs
Swim with dolphins
Visit the Tower of London
Make a snow angel
Have my photo taken with John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Go skiing in Colorado
Learn how to paint
Ride a cable car in San Francisco
Celebrate my birthday in another country
Ride a tandem bike
See Mt. Rainier in Seattle
Go deep sea fishing and catch a fish
Stand in front of the Kremlin in Moscow
Ride the Orient Express
Tour Napa Valley
Hike into the Grand Canyon
Have a Guinness at a pub in Ireland
Dive the Great Barrier Reef
Walk along the Great Wall of China
Visit an active volcano
See Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
Go on a whale watch
See the stained glass of Saint Chapelle by the morning light
Go to Camden Yards
Bicycle through the French Bordeaux region
Sponsor a college scholarship program for women
Watch the bull run in Pamplona
See a tornado
Stay out all night partying in Manhattan
Learn to play the guitar
See the Taj Mahal in India
Bungee jump in New Zealand
Own a house next to the ocean
Spend a week on a sailboat, just sailing around
Have a beer at Oktoberfest
Bicycle through Italy
Figure out how to play craps
Go to Wrigley Field
Ride a camel to a tour of the Pyramids in Egypt
Stand in the Colosseum in Rome


Friday Five - Songs

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like. Anything John Mayer - well, I used to like it - 3 YEARS AGO!! I have a hard time admitting it now.

2. Name two songs that always make you cry. Goreki (Lamb) and I Agree (Krezip).

3. Name three songs that turn you on. Christian Sands (Tricky), Teardrop (Massive Attack), #1 Crush (Garbage).

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good. Fight Test (The Flaming Lips), Shiver (Coldplay), The One (Foo Fighters), Vacation (Go-Gos).

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without. Live as You Dream (Beth Orton), Whir (Smashing Pumpkins), The Grudge (Tool) , You and I Both (Jason Mraz), Love Athena (Olivia Tremor Control).

These were tough, but great questions. I can't wait to surf other people's answers and find some new music!



This is not from the National Enquirer.

A young boy is pregnant with his own brother. Kind of.

So they're already on Ebay - the deck of most wanted potetial-terrorists cards. I'm holding out for thees.