January 31, 2009

Staying in today...

I felt a cold coming on during the week. I decided that even though it was in the 70s here, I needed to stay in and rest. I studied for a little while too, but I watched a movie that I finally got in the mail... the gay classic movie from the 1990s; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It always make me smile! One of my favorite movies.

So, thinking about a blog post I decided to look for a clip from Priscilla on youtube. I found something I wasn't expecting. Maybe I've been hiding under a rock but I didn't know that they've made a stage musical of Priscilla!! OMG! [I'm clutching the pearls] lol


They are getting ready for the London premier on March 10th. And according to their website, they'll be in Toronto in late 2009!! I think I need to plan a trip to Toronto later this year.... anyone up to going with me?

January 30, 2009

Random Stuff about me

My sister tagged me to write this list on Facebook, so I thought I'd post it here too.

25 Random Things About Me

1. I am a morning person and rarely sleep in
2. Even though I grew up in Utah and lived in Denver I have never been snow skiing
3. I attend Renaissance Festivals in costume
4. Photography is a hobby of mine
5. I was on the BYU Ballroom Dance Team
6. My senior year of high school I was the Student Body President, Yearbook Editor, Drum Major and Valedictorian
7. I went back to New Zealand (where I was a LDS missionary) with the intent to marry a woman pilot with 2 children
8. I have sung karaoke only once
9. I love to go camping
10. I owned a deli and bar in downtown Baltimore, MD
11. I have taken a night train from Paris to Turin, Italy
12. I have been in 47 states
13. I have driven all of I-70, from Baltimore to central Utah
14. I am allergic to animals, dust and all weeds, trees and grasses
15. I have been in a “March on Washington”
16. Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on my 2nd birthday
17. I am a model on a friend’s website
18. I have been in Time’s Square on New Year’s Eve (1991)
19. I 'picked up' someone in the Sistine Chapel
20. I have been in Dallas for almost 13 years, but have lived in 7 different areas of the city
21. I have been on the east and west coast of Mexico (I like the west coast better)
22. I saw a space-shuttle lift off from Cape Canaveral
23. Someday I will go sky-diving
24. When I lived in Henderson, NV I had no air-conditioning in my vehicle
25. I have a very weird and off-beat sense of humor

January 29, 2009

Should I join the cult?


The first time I saw the commercial for Sunggies I thought they looked like "Cult Robes" especially the red ones. Here is a news story I found today:

By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
The Cult of the Snuggie threatens to take over America! Or at least, a substantial number — 4 million — of late-night couch spuds.
The Snuggie, an oversized fleece blanket with sleeves, stars in a ubiquitous TV ad so cheesy it's practically art, and apparently wildly entertaining. The ad shows people wearing Snuggies at a sporting event, cheering and high-fiving each other while dressed … sort of like medieval monks.

Indeed, Snuggies seem to be everywhere. See them on Facebook — nearly 250 groups, pro and con; one fan club lists 5,999 members. Watch them on YouTube — nearly 300 parody videos posted, including one titled "The Cult of the Snuggie," with 146,000 views as of Tuesday.

Jay Leno makes fun of them: "Lard-ass quilt was the original name! Why not just put your robe on backwards?" Ellen DeGeneres spoofed them, trying one on during her show. Fox News even spotted someone wearing a Snuggie in the crowd at President Obama's inauguration last week.

There are snarky Snuggie-love sites on the Internet, such as SnuggieSightings.com, where fans post photos, videos and "news." Did you know that Snuggie drinking games are sweeping colleges? Students take a swig every time a Snuggie ad airs after midnight.


If you want to watch the commercial, here it is:


I'm ordering one!!! Guess which color....

January 28, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

Today's question is:

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

Sunday. It is a perfect day to sleep in and then wake up to a lazy morning; coffee on the patio or brunch with friends. Saturday would be my next choice, but not my favorite. Saturday mornings I usually wake up at the same time I have for the previous five days, and it takes a while to go back to sleep if I ever do. Then I like to do chores around the house and then get out to do shopping or out to do something. But Sunday mornings are more relaxed. If I was out drinking on Saturday night Sunday is the perfect day to just stay in bed and nurse that hangover... or enjoy the company of whomever it was that spent the night. I love snuggling with someone on a lazy morning.

I also love brunch, I could eat breakfast foods anytime of the day, but Sunday seems to be that perfect time to enjoy the meal and friend's company. Then after brunch, leisurly shopping, going to a movie or just hanging out is great!

If I'm out camping over a weekend, Sunday mornings are quiet. Sometimes you wake up with the sun and can lay there and enjoy the sounds of the birds. I love the smell of campfire, so I enjoy getting up, starting the fire and getting breakfast made. It will be a while before I break camp in the afternoon, so I like to go for a hike or play in a lake or creek.

There's a bar in Dallas that has an afternoon beer bust, beers are just 50 cents!! A nice way to hangout out with friends and meet new and interesting people. Then I usually start winding down in the evening, I don't let it bother me that I have to go back to work the next morning, I just enjoy the moment. I also change the sheets on my bed on Sunday and I love climbing into bed in clean, crisp sheets! Aaawwww....

Growing up Mormon, Sundays were not my favorite day! It was a day to go to church, the services for Mormons were three hours long. And the rest of the day we couldn't go shopping, watch TV or hangout with friends, it was the Lord's Day! It was to be a quiet day, a day to read scriptures and meditate. Even being around my sister's family Sundays were horrible, the kids were bored out of their skulls!! And would usually end up fighting. I'm glad those days are over! Of trying to live up to some impossible ideal. Sundays for me now are so much better!

January 27, 2009

Ice storm reaction!

I could blog about the ice storm that is descending on Dallas tonight. I could blog about how crazy everyone drives when the roads are icy, which they will be in the morning. I won't go on about how it will be almost impossible to get to work tomorrow without crossing an icy bridge. I trust my driving its just those other crazy people out there that I don't trust.

This will be me by the time I get to work tomorrow:


Maybe I need to listen to some soothing music to help me sleep tonight. This is a group I just found, and I love it!!

Techno Squirrels - Love Come First

January 26, 2009

Book stuff


A few weeks ago I put some NPR free podcasts on my ipod to listen to while doing cardio. I love NPR, I listen to them often while driving. So tonight at the gym, while doing another 45 minutes on the machines I turned on the book review podcast. I am always wanting to hear about new authors and books to read.

The first part of the show talked about something I find interesting. Books versus the internet. Are published books going out of style? Is it easier to just log-on to a site and start reading or actually open a book and hold it in your hands? One of my favrite types of book that I read is historical fiction. If you look at history books have not always been available. It used to be that only the clergy or the very wealthy or learned had the books. And now with the accessibility of the internet will books become obsolete?

I admit that I love to read. I haven't always felt this way, after high school I went straight into a summer semester of college, then right to a month of intense study as part of the Mormon missionary training. Then as a missionary we were to study the Bible or Book of Mormon every day in the morning and the evening. Then after the mission I went right back into school. I got burned out! After I entered the work-force I stopped reading. It was too much to even take the time to read a magazine or the newspaper. It was maybe 15 years ago that I decided I was watching way too many mind-numbing things on TV. I turned off the TV and got some old books my parent were going to throw out and I got back into reading. That first year I counted, I had read over 75 books in a year. And fifteen years later I still love to read.

But what about all the things you can find, research and have immediately at hand on the internet? I have learned so many things by finding something online. But for me, its only short term, for when I have a very short attention span. One must also remember that finding information on the major searching engine sites is that the information is not always accurate. It is filtered for what has gotten the most hits. I know there are some people out there that could correct me on that point and that could explain way better that I ever could how search engine sites work. But getting back on track... I'm not dismissing the internet and how easy it is to find information. I just can't let it be the only thing I ever read. I still like to pick up a book and for a lack of better words, I get lost in the story. When I read my mind sort-of kicks into this movie scene in my mind and I can visualize what is happening in the story. I can't get that from the internet.

But... what about blogs? For me this is something new. This is a journal or a diary of me and my life. As I said in my first post, I wish I could go back and read how my parents or grandparent were feeling. It would be interesting to read what they thought when Franklin Roosevelt was elected. What were they thinking and feeling about current events in their lives? What was something that made them smile or laugh or made them want to dance? If they kept a journal, it could only be shared by others if it was published. Or passed around by family members aftet they passed away. And then it could be laid aside and forgotten. Then what? We'll never know. Or if someone has kept old letters (that's another thing that I think has gone for good with the invention of email) unless they're read and copied no one will know what those who wrote them felt.

Which reminds me, I need to get that box of my mom's journal and old letters out and copy them or type them out for my siblings. So that they can read and see how mom felt about things going on in her life.

Did I ramble? LOL. Let me know some of your favorite books.

January 25, 2009

Sock Monkey Stuff

Jim's Sunday, Jan 25, 09



Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

January 24, 2009

Boring stuff....

The temperature in Dallas went from the 70's the last couple of days to the 30's today! It'll be a good day to hunker down and get some stuff done around the house. I also need to study. My job description is changing and I have to take the Series 7 exam before the end of March. So, I lit a fire in the fireplace, got reading glasses and my books out, put a load of laundry in the wash and am turning off the computer in about 5 minutes.

Happy weekend everyone! Hope yours is more interesting than mine!!

January 23, 2009

Stuff about Jim through the years.....

I saw a website once (but can't find it now) where a family took a picture of themselves through the years. They were a young couple who took the pictures at the same time each year and their poses were exactly the same. I thought it was interesting to see how they changed over time. They included their children and finally their children's spouses. If anyone has seen the site or know the URL, let me know...

I recently found an old school book that mom kept for me. I scanned the pictures and thought it was fun to look back and remember. So here is Jim's Life:














There is about a twenty year gap here... but so I'll have to look through some old photographs. Then I'll need to scan them and post them later.



January 22, 2009

Some fun stuff


OK, I never knew "balloon" animals were this fun!!

January 21, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

Complete the sentence: Something interesting I have learned about life is _____________.

Several things come to mind;

First: There is a consequence for every action. Sometimes it is immediate, sometimes it won't come back to us for years. Sometime it is so subtle that we don't even notice it. I believe in Karma: From Wikipedia: "Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others." This also fits into Christian beliefs that what we do in this life will affect us in the afterlife, but also how it shapes our character now and in the years to come. I think people believe that if the result of an action isn't immediate then they "got away with it". I don't believe that. There isn't anything we get away with. Also, how we act when no one is around is important too. Some may think that those actions have no consequences, they do, in one way or another.

Second: I think it's interesting how similar we all are. We all have the same basic wants and needs in life; food, comfortable place to sleep, someone that loves us and we all like to feel that we are important, to name just a few. But we all have this need to be different from everyone else too, and that is something that is the same with everyone else too.... Hhhhmmm, interesting!

Third: Life is about change. Nothing stays the same. Sometimes a difficult lesson to learn because we all want the good times to stay that way forever. Some even think that a 'good' life without any change is attainable in this life... I don't.

January 20, 2009

Life according to Charlie Brown

My friend from highschool, Detra sent this to me in an email and I thought it would make a great post:

Charlie Schulz Philosophy

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

Just read this straight through, and you'll get the point.

You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is , none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies.. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.


Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?
The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials.. the most money...or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most

''Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!'

And don't forget to Dance!!

January 19, 2009

Skydiving first then this...

Someday I will go skydiving, I think it would be great!! I have always loved the thought of flying, maybe I was a bird in a previous life....? I like dreams where I can fly and always wake up a little disappointed that it was just a dream.

Then this might be my next step after skydiving:

wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

OMG! How fun would this be!!!
Thanks Detra for sending this link to me!

January 18, 2009

One small step

I met some friends for bunch this morning and then went shopping before I went to the gym. I didn't want to workout on a full stomach so I went over to the local Target. Out of habit I guess, I walked by the candy aisle and just looked. I read all the labels and decided that my favorite candy had the least amount of sugar, calories per serving and fat:
Ever since I was a kid I have always loved licorice!I could eat a whole bag in a few days. It is 0% fat!! But... the sugar would get me craving more and more and I need to lose those extra 10 - 15 lbs... so I put the bag down and walked out of the store! I made myself be happy about this, I need to be proud that I resisted temptation.

It was time to head to the gym anyway. Had a good workout and even did 45 minutes of cardio!! Its these small steps that count. The small steps like this everyday, that will help me get to my goal.

January 17, 2009

Kermit....

drank a little too much wine and decided to sing some karaoke:

Last night I went to a happy hour at a little club right across the street from work. I knew quite a few people and enjoyed seeing everyone and catching up with those I hadn't seen in a while. The drinks were very expensive! So I limited myself to just beer. I never used to like beer, its only been in the last 3 years that I've grown a taste for it.

After the happy hour, and a lot of flirting, a group headed over to Mi Cocina to eat. But it was a 2 hour wait!!! So we went across the street to Taco Diner, the food isn't as good but we got seated a lot faster. We laughed and had a good time. Thank god there wasn't a karaoke bar close by or I'd have been like Kermit!

It was nice to get my mind off some very heavy thoughts and emotions that I posted about yesterday.

January 16, 2009

A difficult decision

Here is part of a letter I mailed today:

Member Records Division, LDS Church
50 E North Temple, Room 1372
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310

To Whom It May Concern:

The LDS Church has taken a stand against the civil rights of the citizens of the United States by its support of Proposition 8 in California. I don’t agree with the LDS Church teaching that this is a moral issue; it is about the rights that all Americans should have to marry whomever they want.

Therefore, this letter is my formal resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it is effective immediately. I hereby withdraw my consent to being treated as a member and I withdraw my consent to being subject to church rules, policies, beliefs and 'discipline'. As I am no longer a member, I want my name permanently and completely removed from the membership rolls of the church....


I've been think about this for a long time and I finally decided to send the letter today. I have a lot of thoughts, feelings and emotions going on in my head at the moment, but I know this is what I need to do. I am not rejecting Jesus or all the Christian teachings, all this means is that I think there is more out there than the Mormon teaching I was brought up with. And I don't feel that the only way back to God is through Jesus. How else can you live in the 'world community' and not just the a 'western thinking' society.

I have said often that I don't consider myself Christian anymore, I am a seeker of truth and the Mormons, the Baptists or Catholics don't have it all. There is good in their teachings! There is much that helps people in their lives, helps them live better and have compassion for others. They are good faithful people. But there are also good faithful Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and many others.

The other thought is that this essentially breaks the "sealing" ties with my family. If you believe in that. And to me, that is the key. I don't believe it. I love my mom and dad. They're always in my thoughts and heart. And they will always be a part of me. I don't see how a loving God would separate loved ones in an afterlife, again, if that's what you believe.

Also, a weight has been lifted in a sense. I no longer a member of an organized religion. I am free to worship God as I see fit, not as someone else tells me I should.

Wow. Heavy post and some heavy thoughts.

January 15, 2009

Big Jim


I have this picture hanging up in my office at work. It was taken in about 1999. I weighed in at about 225 lbs and had a 38" waist. I wasn't working out, I was eating badly and I was depressed. In yesterday's post I talked about how I came "back out" and I guess this is more on the story of getting into shape physically.

I realized in the summer of 2000 that I needed to change a lot of things in my life and getting back into shape was one of those areas. I read the Body For Life book and came up with my own version. I worked out six days a week, about an hour with weights, did about 100 crunches every day and did at least 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine.

I really watched what I ate and read the label on everything I bought. I mostly paid attention to the fat/saturated fat content and the sugar level. I also cut out all soda and drank mostly water. I also ate very little in the evenings. I gave myself one day a week off from the diet and the gym. Soon the craving for sweets left and on my day off I only wanted healthy foods.

Finally by Thanksgiving I started noticing that my pants were getting to big and I was able to fit into a size 34! And by the next spring I was in a size 32! In total I dropped 55 lbs. I was also a lot happier and at the same time I was working on my spiritual side. I was finally at peace with myself and with God.

It's been maintenance ever since. I don't spend as much time in the gym as I used to, I still try to make it there six days a week though. And at one point in the last 2 years I was too thin, I was below 170. I admit I've been eating badly the last six months or so and have to get back into eating right. I've allowed myself to cheat on way too many things way too often. But losing those 10 to 15 pounds is more difficult since I'm older now. UGH!!

So, if anyone is finding gym time difficult I understand. If I could give anyone advice it would be to stick with it. Be consistent, when you don't feel like going is when you need to get your ass there! Remind me of that too if you'd like... lol.

January 14, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

Today's questions is:

Complete the sentence: My feelings were hurt when __________________.

Well, my feelings are rarely hurt! I'm not offended easily either, so this is a tough one for me. I usually don't let things bother me.

The only thing that comes to mind was at my father's funeral. Dad passed away on May 27, 2001.

At this time in my life I had recently come back out to my family. Here's the short version of the story; I came out in the mid 80's, moved away from Utah and the family and the Mormon church. In 1992 for a lot of reasons, I started going back to church and started therapy for going straight. I moved back to Utah and got closer to the family and especially mom and dad. I moved to Texas in 1996 and in 2000 decided that I needed to be true to who I was, the therapy wasn't working and all the teachings of the church. So I came back out. My whole life story about my feelings of being gay and Mormon are on a website called www.gaymormonstories.com. I can't get the link to work, so here's the URL: www.gaymormonstories.com/Jim_Anderson.html

So, back to the story of dad's funeral. Mormon funerals have a lot of the family participate in one way or another, there is an opening and closing prayer for the viewing, the services and even at the grave site, plus several talks as part of the eulogy. I wasn't asked or allowed to do anything! I felt as if the whole extended family thought I wasn't worthy enough to even pray. I was grieving and then to be made to feel that I wasn't 'worthy enough' to even talk to God. That was hurtful.

Since then, I made peace again with the family. I have a new understanding on religion and its role in my life. I am a spiritual person, believe strongly in God or that there is a higher-power. I am learning about all religions and applying the good principals to my life that will improve it. But I no longer get caught up in the rhetoric of any organized religion. And I'm happy and at peace with my spiritual self.

January 13, 2009

A mindless post for a mindless entertainment evening

OK, I am watching the first night of American Idol. It's mindless entertainment at it's best. So I thought I'd post something easy and mindless too. It's a random list of thigs one might do in their life. I've bolded the ones I've actually done.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train - from Paris to Turin, Italy. It was GREAT!
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke - I had my karaoke cherry popped on Halloween 2008
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood
65. Gone sky diving (I want to! Does this count?)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square - New Year's Eve 1990
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one - too many.
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (you would think I have done this since I grew up there... but nope!)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Visited Mount Rushmore
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant

58/100. Not too shabby!

January 12, 2009

5 Best Things about Nature

Saw this posted on another blog, but different subjects. So I'm really not stealing this... just borrowing the idea for my post. These are all pictures I took:

1. Dawn

I love the early mornings. The whole world is very peaceful and calm. I like to be outside, usually while camping, and just enjoy the quiet of mornings. The new day can be anything I want it to be.

2. Sunsets

I love the evenings when the sky fills with color. It has always been calming to me. I know that God is there and wants us all to enjoy the world. I can reflect on the day and just wind down and take time to think. Sunsets on the beach are very romantic.

3. Flowers

Flowers are here to bring beauty. And they come in such a variety. Whether they're observed in a field, in a vase or arrangement or a single flower, there is always beauty. But one must take the time to stop and notice it and breathe in their fragrance.

4. Storms

The air after a storm feels clean, washed and fresh. Storms remind me that there can't always be sunny days, we need storms to water the earth. Water sustains life. It also reminds me that there is more to the air around us, it's not 'nothing'. Its full of energy, wind and water. I love clouds that accompany storms.

5. Animals

Animals are never moody, they just go about their business and even seem very happy and playful. It reminds me to relax a little. Live life each day. Do what's necessary to live. But also enjoy life.

January 11, 2009

Dancing

I went out for a little while last night. I danced a two-step or two. I think I mentioned that I love to dance... and made a resolution to dance more.

In high school I was voted 'best dancer' of the class.

When I was at BYU I saw that they were holding auditions for the ballroom dance team. Even though I had never taken a class I auditioned and made it! I then started taking classes and really enjoyed it.

When I moved to Oklahoma City in 1985 I made myself learn how to follow at the country western bar I went to. It was hard giving up the control of leading. Finally when I was good enough one of the guys I danced with asked if I ever lead, and I surprised everyone with my moves, the two-step is exactly like the foxtrot in ballroom.

I moved to Baltimore and was happy to see they had country bars there and in Washington, DC also. In the deli I owned I would often be dancing in the kitchen with Virgina and Marilyn, my cooks. Once we were having a good time, I was 'gettin down when I heard someone behind me clear their throat. It was the bread man with a delivery! LOL.

While in Colorado last summer my friends and I went out to a dance bar and when I saw a stripper pole, I made the mistake of telling my friend Stacie; "wouldn't it be funny if I got up and danced on the pole?" Of course she "double dog dared" me to do it... and of course I had to. LOL.

I even dance alone in my home when a really good song comes on. I hear from friends that they do too. So it made me smile when I saw this clip on another blog. Had to steal it and post it here. Enjoy and be sure to "Dance With Abandon" this year.

January 10, 2009

Pictures from the PCH trip

Since I wrote about the road trip I thought I post some of the pictures.
Have a great Saturday everyone!!

Sunrise on Ventura Beach, CA

Some guy got his new truck stuck in the tree in the redwoods! lol

Fountain in Seattle

Seagulls on CA coast

Rogue River in OR, we took a jetboat ride up the river

The rocky CA coast

Lighthouse in OR

Oregon coast

Mt Saint Helens

Me at Big Sur, CA

Lake near a lighthouse in Oregon

Me in the redwoods

Sunset near Mendecino, CA

Northern CA coast

January 9, 2009

One Word get-to-know-you quiz

TYPE ONLY ONE WORD. IT'S HARDER THEN YOU THINK!!!

1. Where is your cell phone? belt
2. Your significant other? none
3. Your hair? blond
4. Your mother? giving
5. Your father? dedicated
6. Your favorite thing? nature
7. Your dream last night? disturbing
8. Your favorite drink? rum
9. Your dream/goal? satisfied
10. The room you're in? office
11. Your fear? snakes
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? wealthier
13. Where were you last night? sportsbar
14. What you're not? straight
15. Muffins? carbs
16. How many siblings? 4
17. Where you grew up? Utah
18. The last thing you did? spreadsheet
19. What are you wearing? clothes
20. Your TV? small
21. Your pet[s]? none
22. Your computer? slow
23. Your life? good
24. Your mood? blah
25. Dating someone? nope
26. Your car? Toyota
27. Something you're not wearing? watch
28. Favorite Store? Target
29. Your summer? busy
30. Your favorite color? Green
31. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
32. Last time you cried? movie
A) FOUR PLACES I GO OVER AND OVER: gym, target, patio, faires
B) FOUR PEOPLE WHO E-MAIL ME: Detra, Mike, Kim, spam
C) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS: sushi, Indian, chicken, salad
D) FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:  beach, camping, vacation, bed

January 8, 2009

Little Bastard!

I think I've mentioned before that photography is a hobby of mine. I was looking through some pictures and found this:

Cute little chipmunk, right...?? Think again!!!

Here's the story; My boyfriend at the time and I decided to take a road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway in 2005. We did Los Angeles to San Francisco in January and San Francisco to Seattle in August. Along the way we stopped at Mt St. Helen's. There are a lot of scenic areas to park and take pictures. I stopped at one of those spots and was taking pictures when I noticed this little fellow running around. I got out some trailmix and crouched down to offer him some. I took a few pictures and he actually came up and ate a peanut out of my hand!! Then a car drove up and parked next to me. A woman came screaming out of her car, "Don't touch those little bastards! They'll give you the bubonic plague! I read it on the internet!!!"

Needless to say this caught me very off guard and I think I mumbled some apology, got back into the car and drove away. When I saw another chipmunk run across the road a few miles later I said "OMG, there goes another little bastard!"

We saw quite a few of the Little Bastards that day... but none quite as friendly as this Little Bastard!

Thank God I didn't get the bubonic plague!!!