Saturday, April 28, 2007

True Blue

Your Inner Color is Blue

Your Personality: Your natural warmth and intuition nurtures those around you. You are accepting and always follow your heart.

You in Love: Relationships are your top priority, and this includes love. You are most happy when you are serious with someone.

Your Career: You need to help others in your job to feel satistifed. You would be a great nurse, psychologist, or counselor.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Question of the Day

Today's "Question of the Day" comes from a conversation that happened earlier today in the copy room regarding the toner in the copy machine.

Colleague #1 - "Are you unscrewing that cap?"

Colleague #2 - "No, I'm just twisting it."

Some additional points to note about this conversation:
  • Colleague #2 had been told to leave it alone, yet obviously he couldn't resist.
  • Colleague #1 was busy and told Colleague #2 that she would handle it in a few minutes.
  • Colleague #2 is an engineer, which is clearly evident as he doesn't understand the difference between unscrewing and twisting.
Is it quitting time yet?

Lyrics of the day

I'm working away at my desk and have my iPod playing on the speakers nearby. The volume is low enough that I don't hear every song and when I am busy (or on the phone) I tend to ignore it completely. But there are several times each hour that the quiet zone is truly quiet and a song jumps out and transports me back in time or lifts my spirits or makes me think of someone that I love and that's why I keep music playing even if I don't hear every song.

The song that touched me this morning is "Last Night of the World" by Bruce Cockburn. I first heard this song when my ex-boyfriend purchased Hear Music Volume 2: Songs For Long Narrow Stretches from Starbucks for me. It was one of my favorite songs on the CD from the very beginning for the sound alone, but as the years have gone by I have grown to like it more and more for the lyrics.

I'm sipping Flor de CaƱa and lime juice, it's three a.m.
Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass
The radio's playing Superchunk and the friends of Dean Martinez

Midnight, it was bike tires whacking the pot holes
Milling humans' shivering energy glow
Fusing the space between them with bar-throb bass and laughter

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you

I learned as a child not to trust in my body
I've carried that burden through my life
But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose


I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open


When I hear it I can't help but think to myself, "What if it were the last night of the world, would I do anything different and who would I want to be drinking champagne with?"

So who would you would be drinking champagne with if you knew it was the last night of the world?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

For the ultimate Beaver fan

I was searching the web last night for the perfect OSU sweatshirt and found a surprising number of sites that carry merchandise for Beaver Believers! I saw a unbelievably cute figurine (see photo below) and chuckled.

Although this is cute, I can't imagine being such loyal enough to ole OSU to purchase this and/or display it in my home. That is taking fanfare to a whole new level, for sure!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Missed Opportunity

I was behind this van on the way in this morning, I contempated following it for the beer. Now that I have been at work for a while and am completely annoyed, I wish I had gone with the beer guy.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Happily Ever After?

Take this test at Tickle

In your Cinderella story, you'd get to Live Happily Ever After

When it comes to setting goals, you're not afraid to reach high. How else would you explain wanting to be the belle of the ball, winning the heart of the prince, showing those evil stepsisters who's boss, and ruling the kingdom? You're a girl with goals, and you go after them.

Let's face it: You're not one to sit around and wait for life to happen. If the driver has the night off, you'd probably proudly take the reigns of your pumpkin coach and drive yourself to the party. You're not the type to have a team of servants at your beck and call although that wouldn't be so horrible, now would it? But if good ol' Prince Charming has anything to say about it, you won't have to lift a finger when you move into the castle together — unless you want to. And with your varied interests and natural drive to get what you want, you're sure to be true royalty in no time. And that's a happily ever after worth sharing.

What's Your Cinderella Story?

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Bad morning commute

After sitting in traffic for nearly an hour I ended up right behind my favorite Cayenne who is always in the way.

What city do I belong in?

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city soul with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian people - could life get any better?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Spring has sprung

Spring is now officially here for me with the purchase of spring flowers from Pike Place Market.

200 More Things

I stole this from Don's site and have had it saved in my "drafts" folder for months and decided to get it posted today. I've done the things in boldface.
  1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
  2. Swam with wild dolphins
  3. Climbed a mountain
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
  6. Held a tarantula
  7. Taken a candlelight bath with someone
  8. Said 'I love you' and meant it
  9. Hugged a tree
  10. Done a striptease
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
  15. Seen the Northern Lights
  16. Gone to a huge sports game
  17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
  18. Grown and eaten my own vegetables
  19. Touched an iceberg
  20. Slept under the stars
  21. Changed a baby's diaper
  22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
  23. Watched a meteor shower
  24. Gotten drunk on champagne
  25. Given more than I can afford to charity
  26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  28. Had a food fight
  29. Bet on a winning horse
  30. Taken a sick day when I'm not ill
  31. Asked out a stranger
  32. Had a snowball fight
  33. Photocopied my bottom on the office photocopier
  34. Screamed as loudly as I possibly can
  35. Held a lamb
  36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
  37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
  38. Taken an ice-cold bath
  39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
  40. Seen a total eclipse
  41. Ridden a roller coaster
  42. Hit a home run
  43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
  44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
  45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
  46. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
  47. Actually felt happy about my life, even for just a moment
  48. Had two hard drives for my computer
  49. Visited all 50 states
  50. Loved my job for all accounts
  51. Taken care of someone who was shit-faced
  52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  53. Had amazing friends
  54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
  55. Watched wild whales
  56. Stolen a sign
  57. Backpacked in Europe
  58. Taken a road trip
  59. Gone rock climbing
  60. Lied to a foreign government official in that country to avoid notice
  61. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
  62. Skydived
  63. Visited Ireland
  64. Been heartbroken longer then I was actually in love
  65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
  66. Visited Japan
  67. Bench-pressed my own weight
  68. Milked a cow
  69. Alphabetized my records
  70. Pretended to be a superhero
  71. Sung karaoke
  72. Lounged around in bed all day
  73. Posed nude in front of strangers
  74. Gone scuba diving
  75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
  76. Kissed in the rain
  77. Played in the mud
  78. Played in the rain
  79. Gone to a drive-in theater
  80. Done something I should regret, but don't regret it
  81. Visited the Great Wall of China
  82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about my blog has discovered it
  83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
  84. Started a business
  85. Fallen in love and not had my heart broken
  86. Toured ancient sites
  87. Taken a martial arts class
  88. Sword fought for the honor of a woman
  89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
  90. Gotten married
  91. Been in a movie
  92. Crashed a party
  93. Loved someone I shouldn't have
  94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
  95. Gotten divorced
  96. Had sex at the office
  97. Gone without food for 5 days
  98. Made cookies from scratch
  99. Won first prize in a costume contest
  100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
  101. Gotten a tattoo
  102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn me on
  103. Rafted the Snake River
  104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
  105. Got flowers for no reason
  106. Masturbated in a public place
  107. Got so drunk I don't remember anything
  108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
  109. Performed on stage
  110. Been to Las Vegas
  111. Recorded music
  112. Eaten shark
  113. Had a one-night stand
  114. Gone to Thailand
  115. Seen Siouxsie live
  116. Bought a house
  117. Been in a combat zone
  118. Buried one/both of my parents
  119. Shaved or waxed my pubic hair off
  120. Been on a cruise ship
  121. Spoken more than one language fluently
  122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
  123. Bounced a cheque
  124. Performed in Rocky Horror
  125. Read—and understood—my credit report
  126. Raised children
  127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
  128. Followed my favorite band/singer on tour
  129. Created and named my own constellation of stars
  130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  131. Found out something significant that my ancestors did
  132. Called or written my Congressman/Member of Parliament
  133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  134. —More than once? —More than thrice?
  135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when I knew someone was looking
  137. Had an abortion or my female partner did
  138. Had plastic surgery
  139. Survived an accident I shouldn't have survived
  140. Written articles for a large publication
  141. Lost over 100 pounds
  142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  143. Piloted an airplane
  144. Petted a stingray
  145. Broken someones heart
  146. Helped an animal give birth
  147. Been fired or laid off from a job
  148. Won money on a TV game show
  149. Broken a bone
  150. Killed a human being
  151. Gone on an African photo safari
  152. Ridden a motorcycle
  153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
  154. Had a body part below the neck pierced
  155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
  156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  157. Ridden a horse
  158. Had major surgery
  159. Had sex on a moving train
  160. Had a snake as a pet
  161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
  163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
  164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
  165. Visited all 7 continents
  166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  167. Eaten kangaroo meat
  168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
  169. Been a sperm or egg donor
  170. Eaten sushi
  171. Had my picture in the newspaper
  172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in my lifetime
  173. Changed someones mind about something I care deeply about
  174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
  175. Gone back to school
  176. Para sailed
  177. Changed my name
  178. Petted a cockroach
  179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  180. Read The Iliad
  181. Selected one "important" author I missed in school and read his/her work
  182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because my apartment needed them
  183. —and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because I did it so many times, they figured out it was me
  184. Taught myself an art from scratch
  185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  186. Apologised to someone years after inflicting the hurt
  187. Skipped all my school reunions
  188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  189. Been elected to public office
  190. Written my own computer language
  191. Thought to myself that I was living my dream
  192. Had to put someone I love into hospice care
  193. Built my own PC from parts
  194. Sold my own artwork to someone who didn't know me
  195. Had a booth at a street fair
  196. Dyed my hair
  197. Been a DJ
  198. Found out someone was going to dump me via Live Journal
  199. Written my own role-playing game
  200. Been arrested

Worst Break Ever!

This was MY break and it is so pathetic that even I could not believe it.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

But I'm a GOOD GIRL!

You Are a Normal Girl

You are 50% Good and 50% Bad
Sure you've pulled some bad girl stunts in your past.
But these days, you're (mostly) a good girl.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Birthday Cake!

I arrived home from a very long day of moving (Don, not me) to this picture in my email box. He really is the cutest nephew in the world! Staring at this picture one thing resonated through me... I hope that he ALWAYS feels this way about his birthday, regardless of his age!

Happy Birthday LBB!

My nephew John turns 1 today! His parents, Kristen & Dave, are throwing a huge celebration in his honor and to celebrate the miracle that he is. I hope that the party goes off without a single hitch and that the coming years is filled with even more "cutest nephew in the world" moments that the past year has been!

Happy Birthday Lil' John!

This had me laughing hysterically!

Note: Video removed from site on 4/22/07 because it was automatically playing every time I opened the site which was driving me crazy, but you can still view it at the following link.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I'm all red!

What Your Favorite Color Red Says About You:

Ambitious --- Energetic --- Passionate
Spontaneous --- Attractive --- Inspiring
Seductive --- Powerful --- Addicting

April 11 - aka April Fools Day

I was so careful not to answer the phone or fall for any pranks on Sunday, April 1 but I fell for one hook, line and sinker tonight.

I was sitting a Happy Hour (with one Long Island Ice Tea in me) when my middle brother Dave and his wife Kristen called to share some absolutely absurd news with me. Without question I accepted it as the truth and then asked if he was kidding and he said that he was. Oh, I was so irritated.

I think he was just jealous of the posting about his little brother yesterday and had to get even.

I called him on the way home from Happy Hour and he was delighted with his prank.

Brothers are so mean! This week proves it!

Job Satisfaction??

After a long and hard day, this seems unlikely! Ugh!

Your Job Satisfaction Level: 70%

Your job is pretty good, even if it always doesn't seem like it.
You have a lot less stress than most people, and your work environment is definitely above average.
So if you love what you're doing, keep doing it. It doesn't get a lot better than this.
But if you're in a dead end job, you may want to move on. Because if you're not advancing, it's just not worth it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Misheard and misinterpreted

I was listening to the radio on the way to work this morning. The DJ announced that they would be playing a new song that has been unbelievably popular in the UK. In fact, it's been the fastest selling single in UK history. So I turned the volume up a bit so I could hear the song better. It was okay, but didn't grab me immediately. After hearing it I decided to email my little brother Jimmy and ask him if he had heard it and see what he thought. My email to Jimmy:

Have you heard the new song from RK Fire? Apparently it's the fastest selling single in UK history. I heard it on the way into the office this morning and thought of you.

About 1 hour later I received a call from my brother. It went like this.

"Jewells, I don't know how to tell you this but the group is not RK Fire is Arcade Fire."

"Yeah that's what I said in my email, R... K... Fire."

"No, not R... K..., ARCADE, like where you play video games, an Arcade."

"Oh, it's Arcade? Oops!"


"I heard it wrong, I am and idiot"

"It's not my favorite song anyway."

"Yeah, me neither."

Monday, April 09, 2007

QotD: Thanks for the Memories

Vox Question of the Day - What are the 10 most memorable music performances you've seen? (Remember, "memorable" may not be good.)
  1. Vienna Teng at the Triple Door, Seattle, Washington because it was amazing and the best live performance I have ever seen.
  2. Sting at Park West (now The Canyons), Park City, Utah because it was amazing and we were in the 4th row.
  3. Oingo Boingo in Portland, Oregon because I fell asleep.
  4. The Boston Pops at Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia because all of my friends were there celebrating my 29th birthday.
  5. Jimmy Buffett at the Nissan Pavillion, Bristow, Virginia because they had to stop the concert for 30 minutes due to Hurricane force winds.
  6. The Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington because they performed the Brandenburg Concertos and I had dreamed of seeing it my entire life.
  7. Neil Diamond at the Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah because it was my first concert ever.
  8. Neil Diamond at Key Arena, Seattle, Washington because he is just old and my Mom fell asleep.
  9. U2 at Key Arena, Seattle, Washington because I always wanted to see them perform live.
  10. Chicago at Park West (now The Canyons) Park City, Utah because it was the week before I left for college with a bunch of my high school friends and I knew it would never be the same.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Me as an Egg

You Are a Hand Painted Egg

Classy and gorgeous - with attention to every detail.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Punky's Dilemma

I have finally finished organizing my iTunes library. Everything is rated, playlists are made, now I just have to sync my iPod and I am ready to go. I have updated my profile at iTunes Registry with the new information. I have nearly 12,000 tracks! WOW!

I stumbled across some hidden treasures while sorting and removing duplicates. One is a favorite song of mine from the Bookends album by Simon and Garfunkel called Punky's Dilemma. I remember listening to this record as a child and deciding this was my song since my nickname was Punkie. Here are the lyrics.

Wish I was a Kellogg's Cornflake
Floatin' in my bowl takin' movies,
Relaxin' awhile, livin' in style,
Talkin' to a raisin who 'casion'ly plays L.A.,
Casually glancing at his toupee.

Wish I was an English muffin
'Bout to make the most out of a toaster.

I'd ease myself down,
Comin' up brown.

I prefer boysenberry
More than any ordinary jam.
I'm a "Citizens for Boysenberry Jam" fan.

Ah, South California.

If I become a first lieutenant
Would you put my photo on your piano?
To Maryjane--
Best wishes, Martin.
(Old Roger draft-dodger
Leavin' by the basement door),
Everybody knows what he's
Tippy-toeing down there for

It makes me smile every time I hear it!

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Bachelor.... Really?

I was channel surfing tonight and stumbled across the premier of the latest installment of The Bachelor on ABC. How is it that this show is still around? With nothing else desirable on I watched the last 40 minutes of the show.

My friend Heather watched the last season in the fall and nicknamed the show "Bitches and Ho's" and I see why. It was completely laughable that 25 woman can behave SO badly.

I was a bit surprised when the front runner for the title of official *drama queen* didn't receive a rose tonight. But she did storm out and have a first class temper tantrum just like a 3 year old on the front lawn of the mansion.

Clearly these women aren't here to find the man of there dreams. If we have learned anything from the previous seasons of the show we know that this is no way to find true love, they never stay together. So it makes me wonder why they are here. Maybe they are just aching to make total fools of themselves. Who knows?
Maybe I am just too old for

I'm sunny yellow

Your Psyche is Yellow

You have a ton of energy - both physical and mental endurance.
You are rational and logical, and you can help almost anyone think clearly.
Optimistic and bright, you also have a secret side that's a little darker.

When you are too yellow: You will do anything to get your way, and no one will be the wiser

When you don't have enough yellow: you lack confidence, drive, and humor

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Harassing an AutoBot

Over the weekend I received an invitation from my friend Nikki to join

Susan Says: HEY WAIT, we hate to see you go without seeing all we have to offer. Registering is free, and who knows... you might just get reunited with an old friend.

Susan Says: Just type 'HI' or 'HELLO' in the space below to let me know you are there

You: Hi

You: I did register, I just had a couple of windows open at the same time.

Susan Says: Connect with old friends, classmates, family, lost loves, military buddies or anyone. CLICK HERE to Register FREE to register for free.

You: You are a robot aren't you?

Susan Says: I'm a real person.

You: Then why when I told you that I had registered, did you encourage me to register?

Susan Says: Stay in touch and share updates with family and friends... who knows who you can find?

Susan Says: Would you like to register for free today?

You: You are totally a robot.

You: That pisses me off so much that I want to delete my membership.

Susan Says: You can change your mailing options at anytime. We offer self-managed mailing options for subscribers to use as needed. We are also available Monday through Friday at 1-888-704-1900 for your customer service needs.

Susan Says: is the leader in keeping people in touch online... discover what 35 million other members already know by registering today. CLICK HERE to Register FREE

You: Too bad I didn't ask you about mailing options.

Susan Says: Would you like the link back to the registration page?

You: Oh, honest to GOD! I have told you over and over again, I have registered! But you are a stupid robot and all you are going to do is remind me to register and ask me to register over and over again.

Susan Says: For customer service CLICK HERE

You: Will customer service confirm that you are a robot?

Susan Says:CLICK HERE for customer service.

You: Is that all you will say now?

You: Cat got your tongue?

You: Apparently so or I prefer to think that no one programmed you this far because they didn't think that anyone would chat with you this long.