Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage . . . They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
~Psalm 84:5

Friday, April 22, 2005

Another Quiz

This technically is not a quiz, but an email meme that Jen posted at her site. Hope you enjoy it!

What time did you get up this morning? 9:15ish - it was my day off!

Diamonds, pearls or silver? Although I don't even own any, I'd have to go with diamonds.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Hitch

What is your favorite TV show? Sadly, too many to name. Here are just a *few* - 24, The Amazing Race, Lost, Everwood, One Tree Hill, Alias . . . My darn DVR has made me practically addicted to tv!

What did you have for breakfast? I technically didn't have breakfast, but a brunch of cheese and a wheat tortilla.

What is your middle name? Alisha (pronounced A-lee-sha)

What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican or Italian.

What foods do you dislike? Cooked spinach (I like it fresh, though), radishes, other things I can't think of . . .

What is your favorite chip/crisp flavor? Sour Cream & Onion

What is your favorite CD at the moment? Damien Rice's O

What kind of car do you drive? 1991 Cadillac Deville (yup, he sure is getting old!)

Favorite sandwich? Philly Cheese Steak or Club

What characteristics do you despise? Know-it-all, lying, cheating

Favorite item of clothing? My shoes. All of them. (ok, technically shoes aren't clothes, but whatever!)

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? New Zealand - and I wanted to go there LONG before LOTR was ever made! Or Scotland and Ireland.

What color is your bathroom? Cream w/ one accent wall of crimson; gold, crimson, and black as accessory accents.

Favorite brand of clothing? I'm not particular, as long as it's affordable and looks good on; I have no shame shopping at Target or even Wal-mart

Where would you retire to?
Don't you have to have a career before you can even think about retiring??? I'm still working on the career part!

Favorite time of day? Evening - just before bedtime

What was your most memorable birthday? 21st - my friends threw me a surprise party at Peter Piper Pizza. It was awesome! They were even so kind as to give me all their tickets so I could get a cool prize.

Where were you born? Houston, Tx

Favorite sport to watch? NFL or NBA on tv, although I like going to baseball games as well.

Who do you least expect to send this back to you? No clue

Person you expect to send it back first? Tirzah

What fabric detergent do you use? Tide, when I can afford it; Cheer for Dark Colors for my darks.

Coke or Pepsi? I've recently discovered Diet Coke with Lime. . . mmmm . . . but I'm still a little wary abt drinking diet drinks. It's a long story, but it has to do with my mom and her vast knowledge of health issues; she'll have to explain it to you b/c I can't.

Have a happy Friday night, friends!

Sunday, April 17, 2005


OK, here's another funny picture. I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation for this... unfortunately, I can't think of one... I've heard of bladder control issues, but, dude... Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Y'all need to take this here test...

Your Linguistic Profile:

75% General American English

25% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

0% Yankee

Despite living in Texas my whole life, I only scored 25% Dixie. I guess that's good.

It was the "y'all" question that was my downfall. It wasn't until I went to England that I realized just how often I use the word; not until people there started commenting on my jargon.

via Jen

What did you do Friday night?

I spent nearly seven hours working on math problems. Seriously.

Why? Am I taking a class?

No, no class. I already have my college degree. I've already paid my dues to the math gods. But they still think it necessary to haunt me.

Do I like math?

No, not particularly. I try to stay as far away from math as possible. I studied English Lit and Art in college - two subject that don't require much math.

Apparently, if you want to teach in this country, you must take, and pass, tests that include math sections. It's all rubbish, if you ask me!

But, if I'm going to be a bona fide grown up, it must be done.


Hope your Friday night was more fun and carefree than mine!

Thursday, April 14, 2005


This is a game The Thinklings have played in the past, so if any of you Thinklings happen to read this, I hope you don't mind me bringing the fun to amiculus. (I would link to a previous either/or post, but I can't seem to find one. After nearly an hour of searching, I gave up. Sorry.)

Here's how it works: I'll list two things and you must chose either one or the other. You can also give a brief explanation, if you like; but keep in mind the 1000 character limit in the comments, so you can either keep it short or be sure to copy your comment so you can re-submit any part that is cut off (hmm...i guess that's your first either/or). Sorry for the inconvenience. I promise that I'll sign up for haloscan's premium service one of these days...

Anywho, let the games begin!

1. Coke or Pepsi
2. Chocolate or Vanilla
3. Strawberries or Raspberries
4. McDonald's or Burger King
5. Dogs or Cats
6. U2 or The Beatles
7. Desktop or Laptop
8. XBOX or Gamecube
9. African Safari or Deep Sea Diving
10. Fire or Water
11. A Trip to the Zoo or a Trip to the Aquarium
12. Indiana Jones or Jason Bourne
13. Tea: Iced or Hot
14. Honda or Toyota
15. Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny
16. Mexican or Italian
17. Europe or Australia
18. Donald Trump or Donald Duck
19. Baseball or Football
20. City Life or Country Life
21. Tom Hanks or Mel Gibson
22. Romeo and Juliet or Pretty Woman
23. Sky Diving or Bungee Jumping
24. KFC or Popeyes
25. Saturday Morning Cartoons or Sleeping In

I'll leave my answers in the comments...

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I was hoping to be Belle . . .

You Are Aurora! (A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty.)

Thoughtful and loving. Authority figures probably have been sheltering you all of your life. Thankfully you're a very tranquil person who is content with what life has given you, but secretly you want to know how the outside world works.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

The interesting thing is I am Aurora by only 22%, BUT I also scored 22% for Pocahontas (must be my Native American blood showing through). Don't know why they didn't mention that one also; they must have done it alphabetically.

Sunday, April 10, 2005


This is Tommy asleep on my bed (over my pillow). He is surrounded in the fortress of my husbands. Er, husband = a type of pillow you recline on. It's, er, sort of an inside joke. Anyway, behold the tiger in the fortress. Posted by Hello

Not for Sale

Here's Tessie asleep in the Quilted Northern box. No, she's not for sale. Yes, that is a Muppets pillowcase she's napping on. (It was mine when I was a kid. Hey, Muppets are cool.) Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Poem of the Day

by Galway Kinnell

Whatever happens. Whatever
what is is is what
I want. Only that. But that.

Friday, April 08, 2005

TV Moments, Pt. II

The Amazing Race
I was sad to see the brothers go. Especially after watching Wednesday night's recap of the first half of the show. I loved that part where they were being interviewed and they said, "We're just here to have some fun . . . We don't need to figure out our relationship. We're brothers. We're stuck!"
There's another clip online, I don't know if its the same interview or another, and they're talking about how much respect they've gained for each other and then they said, "We didn't go into this race to try to see how our relationship is or how it's going to be. You know, a lot of these couples do that. We decided no matter what the outcome of the race is, afterwards we're still gonna be brothers. I'm not gonna give you up; I'm not gonna change that." Too funny!
It was HILARIOUS when they decided to change into their swimsuits and winter hats before heading to the pitstop! I could only imagine what it would have been like if Phil changed his mind and let them continue the race in nothing put their swimsuits. But I figured they would be eliminated. They probably knew it too, because they were taking their sweet time getting all the tasks done. There should definitely be a TAR all-stars, and the brothers should definitely be on it!

What an intense episode! It was sad to see Boone die. It was also sad to see Jack franctically working to save him, refusing to let go despite the obvious. But once they showed Claire going into labor I knew they would have Boone die as the baby was being born.
The thing with this show is each episode raises more questions. Now that we know Jack was married, what happened to his wife? Is Boone really gone or will he return as one of the freaky mysteries of the island? Why didn't "they" try to take the baby while Claire, Kate, Charlie, and Jin were all alone in the middle of the jungle? Will we ever know what lies beneath that mysterious light in the hatch window?
It looks like it's going to be an intense season finale.

Just when you think Jack Bristow is a cold-hearted jerk for exploiting his own daughter, he goes and exposes himself to high levels of radiation to save her life and Marshall is the only one who figures it out. Go figure!

Poem of the Day

Since I had one of these for two days . . .

by Linda Pastan

Ambushed by
pins and needles
of light . . . by jagged

voices . . . strobes . . .
the sanctuary is taken
from within.

I am betrayed by
the fractured
senses. I

crouch on the
tilting floor of
consciousness, fearing

the eggshell
skull won't hold, will crack,
as the lid is tightened

another implacable
inch. I would banish every
blessing--these shooting

stars . . . the future . . .
all brilliant
excitations--just for

silence of sleep
or the cotton wool
of the perfected dark.

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Catwalk

On the catwalk (actually, this is my desk), we have my two cats posing in my favorite picture of them.

The one on the left who thinks she's too sexy for the photo opp is Tessie, who is currently undergoing extensive litterbox therapy. She had been spayed about 2-3 weeks prior to when I took the picture, so the hair in her midsection was still growing back. (She was wise to hide it here from posterity.)

On the right is Tommy, The Incredible Hulk of the Kitty Kingdom. He has become much larger since I took the picture (he's probably gained a good 2 or 3 pounds of midsection fluff).

Normally, when the doorbell rings, Tessie is the one who will rush to greet you, while Tommy is the one who will try to hide from you. I think they are a compatible little couple, don't you?? Posted by Hello

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Comic relief in the midst of The Passion

(Sorry this is a week late... :"> )

One thing about being born and raised in Texas is that just about every year around this time, you're, er, gently reminded about your geographic location.

When I saw The Passion of the Christ movie for the first time, I knew it was unlike any Passion play I had ever seen. Yessirree, Bob. The characters in most of the Passion plays where I come from say that they're from "Jerooz-alem" or that the "Chrah-st would be bow-worn in Bethle-heyem." I realize that art is simply an expression, not a Xerox copy, of the real thing. But you gotta admit that while you're still recovering from the shock of the crucifixion scene, you definitely rejoice and even emit a bit of a chuckle when you hear the actors cry, "Praise the Lo-ward! He lih-yevs!!"

Now that's comic relief. Not quite the kind that Mel Gibson inserted throughout his movie, though...
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