A little about a lot

Thursday, October 26, 2006

What it says....

First in a series of "What it says about me" posts... (Thanks for the idea bro.)

What I've dressed up like for past Halloweens, and what that says about me.

1. A clown. It says my mother had a pretty good clue that I'd grow up to be a dork. Also says we were poor and only had trucker hats and face paint to work with.

2. A princess/fairy thing: It says I've always known I probably had magical powers and should be treated as royalty. Considering that the main part of the costume was a blue silky night gown, it also says that I had an affinty to wearing my pajamas in public (as evidenced again in college.)

3. A belly dancer/ninja girl: First, it says that I always knew I could look good kicking someone's rear. Also, notice that the last two costumes have been a combination of two things - shows that I have lots of layers - like an ogre.

4. A rabbit: When I was little and playing "pretend," I always wanted to be some kind of animal. This shows some sort of connection with nature and/or some precursor to my absolutely wild and out of control animal-like behavior. Let's go with the connection to nature...or the fact that when brother ignored me, I had to play with the dogs.

5. A hippy: This was one of my costumes in high school, and I used it again in college. The implication is obvious. However, I doubt this was my family's first clue that I'd lean more to the left. I'm guessing it was the years of going barefoot through all types of weather and conditions that first tipped them off.

This year, I plan to dress up as... let's face it, I plan not to dress up.

Halloween will one of the FEW Tuesdays I don't have to cover a city council meeting, and after work I plan to go home, eat popcorn, watch a movie (not a scary one) and go to bed. This says that I have embraced who I am - a dorky hippy princess who looks good kicking rear and loves animals, popcorn, movies and sleep.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Couple of things...

1. I hate election season.

2. I am wearing boots today and am ready to kick some rear.

3. I'm eating soup that has been in my cabinet for ... I don't know how long. I hope I don't die.

4. If I do die, bury me in my boots.

5. On second thought, bury me barefoot. There will be no need for boots in heaven.

Friday, October 13, 2006

5 Reasons

Why brother and sister-in-law should move to the city in which I live.

5. No tourists.
Also, no one walks to work so you miss that whole "It's as cold/hot as snot and I'm trying to walk to work without freezing/having heat stroke, and there are 15 tourists in my way and they are all looking UP" thing.

Instead, we all DRIVE to work in our big, gas-guzzling, oh-so-comfy, heated-seats with-a-sunroof SUVs.

4. No protesters, fewer cabbies, lots more parking spots.

3. EVERYTHING here (in the county in which I live) is their favorite color: Beige. Just kidding. I know you guys also like eggshell and tan.

2. For what I'm guessing they're paying for the condo, they could have about three stories, a yard, a gate, a golden retriever, and neighbors that throw wine and cheese block parties.

1. Hellooooooooooo! I'm here!

(other reasons that didn't make the list)
a. The phrase "9-to-5" is greeted with nods of acceptance instead of blank stares.
b. MUCH closer to the new niece.
c. MUCH closer to HD and his guns and pick up truck and lawn chairs.
d. We all leave work at 3 p.m. Fridays. It's just understood. In fact, I'm leaving in three minutes, myself.

So, that pretty much settles it, right?


Tuesday, October 03, 2006


So, these are my celebrity look-a-likes.

Being the person I am, I was disappointed that Kate Winslet and Drew Barrymore weren't on here. SO I TRIED FOUR OTHER PICTURES OF ME. No Kate. No Drew.

This is the only one where Marcia Cross or Zhang Ziyi showed up. However, all five showed Michelle Rodriguez and Kristen Kreuk as a match. Three of the five included matches with Jolene Blalock, Julianna Margiles and Katherine Heigl.

Sinead O'Connor showed up on two, as did Jennie Finch, Siti Nurhaliza and Rachel Leigh Cook.

At least once, these experts said I looked like Oprah, Ciera and Elijah Wood.

Seriously. I'm sticking with Drew:

And Kate:

Monday, October 02, 2006


I am grieved.

Finishing the happy feature story that awaits me half-written, is not a possibility at this moment.

We've had three fatal school shootings in this country in the past week.

In Colorado and in the Pennsylvanian Amish community that is making headlines today - the gunmen were specifically after little girls.

In both those cases - the gunmen were adults - not students at the school reacting to bullying or a horrible home life or any of the other reasons we cling to in the days of asking "Why?" that follow a 15-year-old taking a gun to school.

These men walked into a school and killed innocent little girls they didn't even know.

I am struggling to find a way to cope with this. I'm struggling to find a prayer that is adequate to lift up for these little girls' families. For their mothers who have undoubtedly lost a good friend as well as a daughter and for their fathers and brothers who have to cope with not being able to protect their daughters and sisters.

I'm just so angry at this world...and it's days when like this that I think, "Jesus, please come back now."

And until he does, here's what I'll take comfort in:
John 16:33
Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."