February 28, 2010

Half way there...



When was it that we stop counting half birthdays? After a kid reaches 10 yrs old? I think we should start the tradition back up.

Today I am 48 and a half years old!

6 months till Jimmas 2010!

(If you weren't reading my blog 6 months ago... Jimmas is like Christmas, but for me!) hehehe

February 27, 2010

Caption this

This is honor of the first renaissance festival of the year!

Caption this:

February 26, 2010

This weekend

This evening I'll be headed down to my buddy Troy's place and then on to a new renaissance festival near Austin. It should be a fun weekend and I'll get to see friends that I haven't seen since Thanksgiving.

I thought I would tell you another reason why I like to go visit Troy, his cows and llamas! He and his wife (she's in Afghanistan now) have Scottish Highland cows. They had a little baby last fall and he is sooooo cute!




Have a great weekend y'all!



Here is Francisco and Alfredo.

February 25, 2010

The story behind the picture # 4

Whiterock Lake in the early evening.

In 2004 I was living in an apartment in east Dallas. It was right next to a golf course, the botanical gardens, a natural undeveloped area and Whiterock Lake. I loved living close to nature in the middle of the city.

Whiterock Lake is a reservoir about 8 or so miles east of downtown Dallas. It is surrounded by about 13 miles of bike/running trails and is well used by the citizens of the city. There is a marathon around the lake, music festivals and lots of activities going on in the area. It also borders on the Arboretum, another favorite place of mine. Can you see why I loved living near the lake? Many evenings I would either go biking around the lake or just walking with my camera.

There was a music festival at the Arboretum in late April and many people came out on the trails and lawn to listen to the jazz. I noticed some people in their kayaks and small sail boats dropping anchor to listen to the music as well. I turned around, saw this scene and snapped a few pictures.

This picture is one of my favorites. I consider this a lucky shot in that so many elements came together at the perfect time. I feel lucky that I got to capture this scene and to soak in the beauty.

February 24, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

Do you tend to have a positive or negative attitude? What do you think your friends would say?

I would say I have a positive attitude and I think my friends would agree. Except for maybe a few people I work with. I think it's universal that there are always people that you work with that no matter what you do, they will never be happy!

I think it's important to always have a positive attitude, even when you don't feel like it. It does make a huge difference in life to try to always be positive.

February 23, 2010

For all my married friends...

Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as:
·Romance 9.5 and
·Personal Attention 6.5,

and then installed undesirable programs such as:
·NBA 5.0,
·NFL 3.0
·Golf Clubs 4.1 and
·CouchPotato 5.5

Also Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

·Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?

Signed,
Desperate




DEAR DESPERATE,

First, keep in mind,
·Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while
·Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2, and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.

·If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to DEFAULT TO Grumpy Silence 2.5, TV watching 5.3, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.

Please note that Beer 6. 1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta...

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)

In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend:
·Cooking 3.0 and
·Hot Lingerie 7.7.

Good Luck!
Tech Support

February 22, 2010

Taking a challenge

I listen to NPR a lot. I heard an interesting story and I had to go check it out.

I think I'm going to do this...

This photograph needs to be the inspiration for a short story. The story needs to be under 600 words and can be read in under 3 minutes.

I love to write... and think it will be fun. I have no aspirations that it will ever win, but I just want to do this.

I'm going to suggest this to my niece that loves to write too.

I'll post my story here when I submit it.

February 21, 2010

New exercise plan

A friend sent me this and it made me laugh.

February 20, 2010

My newest obsession

I saw someone playing this the other day and I had to go buy the application on the iPhone. Now I'm addicted! You can see I won this game! YAY me!

But I don't trust this app... it comes up with some weird words. One word it allows for itself is "QI" which I googled and it's a Chinese word!



Here are my stats... you can see I am tied with the iPhone. I rock!
If anyone on Facebook has this app and wants to challenge me, bring it on bitches! hehehe


Damn iPhone... LOL!
Will I ever get bored and get back to reading real books?

February 19, 2010

Random stuff

What does Blond Ben, stinky farts, 75 cent and a cub have to do with each other?

Give up? These are things that happened to me after work this week!

I know... crazy!

Monday night at the gym a HOT man was there, a newbie, that looked like a blond Ben Cohen! OMG! He was handsome!


Tuesday night I saw the young, hung, long haired, exhibitionist guy who loves to take his time getting dressed in the locker room. But as he bent over to put on his gym shorts the fantasy ended. He let one rip... loud and proud! And deadly! OMG! It was bad... I had to walk away. The honeymoon is over. He ruined everything. I don't lust after him anymore!


Wednesday night I took a night off from the gym to go celebrate with some co-workers. I talked them into going to one of my favorite places, Monica's Aca Y Alla. They have 75 cent margaritas when you purchase an entree. We split some food (my favorite is the Mexican Lasagna... OMG it's good) I had several margaritas and was feeling happy!


Thursday night I was cruised by another newbie at the gym, a cute little clean-shaven bear cub! WOOF! As I was rinsing off before I went home I looked up and who was in the shower right across from me? Lil bear cub! And he gave me a show in the shower! OMG! He was pointing with something while he was washing his hair! hehehe


Who knows what Friday night will bring!?!

Have a great weekend y'all!

February 18, 2010

The story behind the picture - #3

Sunrise on Ventura Beach

I woke up early.

Larry woke up as I was getting out of bed and putting on my jeans. "Where are you going?" he asked. "For a walk on the beach with my camera," was my reply. "You want to go with me?" I inquired. "Sure" he said.

It was January 2004 and my boyfriend at the time, Larry and I took a dream vacation. We flew into Palm Spring with a return ticket back to Dallas a week later from San Francisco. We had a rental car, no hotel reservations, no itinerary and no set plans. After fighting LA traffic and seeing Hollywood we were so happy to finally be on the coast; Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway!

After driving past Malibu and other beaches Larry was anxious to stop, this was his first time to be at the Pacific ocean. We found an exit and got out to walk around the beach. There was this quaint little hotel right on the beach so he inquired how much it was, it was within our budget so we got an oceanside room. We had a great day playing on the beach and a romantic evening watching a beautiful sunset. He only grumbled a little bit as I drew him outside into the dark morning. Soon the sky began filling with light and these incredible colors! The sky, beach and ocean were beautiful!

This is one of my favorite pictures from that morning. Larry was glad I dragged him out of bed. We walked hand in hand on the beach and enjoyed the beauty of the earth and the quiet morning.

There you go... thanks for coming along on my little trip down memory lane.

February 17, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

Complete the sentence: When I can't fall asleep, I ______________.

I have sleep issues. I have had a sleep study done; I don't have restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea, I have chronic insomnia. So I have to deal with this question a lot! So my answer is obvious... drugs! No, not illegal drugs... my friend Lunesta. You've seen the commercials with the neon butterfly (by the way... I would freak out if I saw a neon butterfly fly into my bedroom at night! Just saying....)


I was off of all sleep meds for a few months and I would take a hot bath to relax myself before bed or I would read for a while. Then I got this pinched nerve in my neck and I'm back on Lunesta to help knock me out at night.

I used to take Ambien... but that made me do really weird things. I would have phone conversations with friends and not remember it. I once drove up to Valdamort's house when we were dating and I don't remember it. One morning I got up and found a spoon and an empty sherbet carton in my sink, it was new... had just bought it the night before and I ate the whole thing while under the influence of Ambien. I've heard a story of a friend of a friend taking an ambien while online thinking it would take a while to kick in... then he woke up with some trick in his bed and not remembering anything about it! (And NO, it wasn't me) LOL

Hopefully I can get off all the sleep meds again!

What do y'all do when you can't sleep?

February 16, 2010

Words of Wisdom on Fat Tuesday

I didn't realize that Mardi Gras was so early this year!

Even though I grew up in an area of Utah that had almost as many Catholics as Mormons I never really thought much about these religious holidays; Mormons don't celebrate Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday or Lent. In fact, I always thought people were referring to lint, not lent... and I always wondered what the big deal was with the stuff that you cleaned out of the dryer. hehehe

Fat Tuesday never made sense to me either... why would one overindulge the day before one was going to start living better? That doesn't make sense to me.... but there are a lot of things the Mormons do that makes no sense to me now either. One of them is the Mormon doctrine called The Word of Wisdom.

If you've ever wondered why Mormon's don't smoke, drink alcohol, coffee or tea? It's all because of the Word of Wisdom. Here is an explanation of the doctrine from Wikipedia: "The Word of Wisdom was received in 1833 as a revelation from God. After Smith's death, Brigham Young stated that the revelation was given in response to problems encountered while conducting meetings in the Smith family home:
"When they assembled together in this room after breakfast, the first they did was to light their pipes, and, while smoking, talk about the great things of the kingdom, and spit all over the room, and as soon as the pipe was out of their mouths a large chew of tobacco would then be taken. Often when the Prophet [Joseph Smith] entered the room to give the school instructions he would find himself in a cloud of tobacco smoke. This, and the complaints of his wife at having to clean so filthy a floor, made the Prophet think upon the matter, and he inquired of the Lord relating to the conduct of the Elders in using tobacco, and the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom was the result of his inquiry."

The revelation contains four parts:
1. An introduction;
2. A list of substances that should not be ingested, including wine, strong drink, tobacco and "hot drinks";
3. a list of foods that should be used, some with certain limitations; and
4. A divine promise to those who follow the guidelines"


It's funny because the Mormon church only follows the 'don't drink, smoke or do drugs' part now and conveniently ignores the rest, which talks about healthy eating. Overeating and no exercise is bad for your body! Shouldn't Mormon's be more fit than everyone else seeing how they have this "law of health"? What made me think and write about this? I was looking at pictures of friends and family that I have reconnected with on Facebook who live in Utah; there are so many Mormons that are overweight and obese! I know, the whole country has obesity issues, and now people are starting to revel in being fat! (Kevin Smith...)

Shouldn't we stop with the overindulgence? Shouldn't we live everyday by a good 'code of health'?

By all means I don't follow the Word of Wisdom now... I like beer, some wines, some very strong drink, a cigar once in a while and a good cup of coffee every morning. But I also know that it isn't good to overindulge! The hangover the next day isn't fun at all. But I really do try to live a balanced and healthy life!

Oh what the hell.... it is Mardi Gras! Go enjoy!

February 15, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year

2010 is Year 4707 in the Chinese Calendar and year of the Tiger.


I have the day off because President's Day is a banking holiday! Woohoo! It's nice to be home knowing you're getting paid!

Hope y'all had a great weekend! A short week will be nice... work has been crazy busy lately... I needed this day off.

February 14, 2010

Happy SAD


I don't hate Valentine's Day... but I don't like it either.


So, to all my friends celebrating Valentin's Day, here is a wishing you a good day and an even better night!!

February 13, 2010

Opening Ceremonies

I watched the opening ceremonies for the Olympics last night.

I love to watch the opening and closing ceremonies! It is always focused on the people of the world coming together in peace. I love to watch the athletes come into the stadium by country, looking at their faces one realizes that we are all the same no matter where we happen to be born. We are all humans, we all share commonalities.

Last night it was especially emotional because of the death of an athlete from the country of Georgia.

My favorite part of the ceremony was k.d. lang singing "Hallelujah". I love that song, I thought I'd post it again here:

February 12, 2010

8 Inches...

...of snow fell in Dallas yesterday!

What were y'all thinking 8 inches was? LOL! You think I'd reveal some personal information after posting yesterday's picture? hehehe.

Anyway... it was the record snowfall for one day in Dallas!

This is a view from the gym parking garage at about 5pm yesterday. Downtown never seems to get as much snow as the burbs. But we could see it snow all day long!

Sure enough, by the time I got home there is about 7 or 8 inches on the ground. I know, people from the northern states don't think it's very much... but for Dallas (and the drivers on the road who are CLUELESS) this is a big deal. Mostly because overnight the temperature went below freezing and now the roads are a big sheet of black ice!

Here are some pictures I took this morning:

This is the view from my front door!



Yes! This is Dallas!

February 11, 2010

The story behind the picture - #2

I think I get more comments on this picture than almost any other picture of me that I have posted online. So... here is the story behind the picture.

Yes, I took this picture. I used a tripod and the self-timer on the camera.

I love to go camping and don't mind going by myself. One weekend in the summer of 2007 I went up to my favorite area, Lake Ray Roberts in north Texas, and I got a great campsite! I put up the tent in the dark Friday night so I could play and relax all day on Saturday. I brought a small raft and had a few hours of fun playing in the lake. I went back to camp and went into the tent to dry off and I got a wild idea when I spied the tripod. It was too early to start dinner and I was too awake to take a nap, the next thing I knew I was taking pictures. I think the lighting was perfect and I couldn't believe that I looked halfway decent, usually I don't think I'm very photogenic.

I've had more than one person tell me it looks like it could be from a Colt magazine. I wish!! hehehe.

So... there ya go, the story behind the picture!

February 10, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

What do you think you will look like in 10 years?

Ugh! Y'all don't know how many times I have drawn this card and put it back because I don't want to answer it! LOL! It must be karma that I drew this card again today! OK, enough already... I'll face the truth. I'm getting older! I'm not always happy about it!

Do you ever have this picture in your mind of what you think you look like? And then when you look in the mirror one day and say; "Who is that?" I do. I think my image of myself is what I looked like between the ages of 40 and 45! I liked being that age. Nowadays I see more and more lines on my face and saggy things. And lots more gay hairs! Graying at the temples isn't so bad, gray in the goatee... eh, it happens, but gray in the chest hairs! NO! I won't stand for it! Where is that Just For Men hair dye...??

What do I think I'll look like in 10 years? My dad. Lots more gray hairs... everywhere. Lots more wrinkles and lines. A tired look.

But! If I get my attitude in the right place about getting older it won't be all that bad. I have got to get adjusted to the fact of life that we all are aging and there is nothing I can do about. **epiphany** My character will be written all over my face, but what will it say? That I've given up on life? That I feel defeated and old as dirt? NO! If I work on the attitude now, you'll see someone who loves life, someone who lives life to their fullest, someone who loves a challenge and someone who is happy and at peace with their life.

February 9, 2010

Jim's Stuff around the house

This is an antique table I use in my home. It's a Draw Leaf table. The extra leaves are tucked under the main table top and when extended the table is about 5 feet long.

I bought it in the late 1980's while I was living in Baltimore, MD. I really enjoyed going out on the weekends to visit small towns and old antique stores! I was looking for a table and saw a lot of these. I finally found the one I liked and bought it.

When I moved to Denver in 1992 the dryer air was not good for the table. It became older looking and very wobbly. I spent my first winter carefully taking it apart and the putting it back together with wood glue, new pegs (there are no nails in it) and clamps. Then I refinished the top and legs. I spent many evenings sanding it, then put a fresh coat of finish on it before I went to sleep.

I have quite a few antiques around the house, like the chairs pictured here. But I'll save those stories for another post. I haven't been out antiquing very much lately... I need to, I really liked it.

February 8, 2010

Who Dat?

"Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gunna beat them Saints?"

There are lots of Cajuns now living in Dallas so how could I not be a fan?

Usually I really don't follow sports and I say "MEH" about the Superbowl, but since this was their first time to even make it to there I was very excited to see the game. And it was a great game!

I was told that schools in our neighbor state will be closed tomorrow and I'm quite sure that there are many who are going to work with a hangover today!

February 7, 2010

Missed Opportunity

When I finally made it to the gym yesterday I was stopped by a sign that told me "The Gym Is Closed For A Private Event - between 2 and 5:30PM on 2/6/10". Damn! Well, I guess I'll go over to the other one about another 6 miles away.

I had a good workout and as I was getting ready to do some cardio I finally noticed the sign that explained why my gym was closed! Damn again!

If I would have paid attention better last week I could have been at this "Private Event" - Bob Harper was at my gym! People could sign up to workout with him, get training tips and then be on camera for the filming of an episode of The Biggest Loser! DAMN!

Yea... I could have met him in person, or least seen him. The working out part and training tips would have been great too, but.... I could have reported for sure if my gaydar went off... I am pretty sure he is a big, hot bodied, inked up, hottie MO! I don't know if he would be considered a "Muscle Mary" though....??


[Big sigh]

Oh well, I did get to see a whole new group of gym rats to drool over. There even was a hottie that came in all bundled up from the cold. He shed a few layers for his workout and revealed several tats! As I was getting dressed to go home, "Inked Boy" did go into the lockerroom to change shirts before he left. I saw his muscled torso and awesome furry and inked chest! Woof! I guess the day wasn't a total loss....

February 6, 2010

Something I will NEVER do in real life....

Matt over at Mathias N Oz made me laugh at his picture. So of course I had to go do it too... meet Rhoda Gearshift!

Go here to make one for yourself!

Drag names are always creative and make me laugh. Friends of mine have come up with some; Iona Trailer, Ana Malistic and Marion McCousin.

Here are some of the good drag names I've heard:
Eva Destruction
Tess Tickles
Kay Sedia
Sheila Noya
Shelita Buffet
Rachel Tension (A black friend of mine was Rachel, she word a confederate flag dress)
Shegotta Mustache
Annie Rexia
Anita Mandalov
Mia Mann
Shona Boner
And my all-time favorite: Wilma Fingerdo

What are some more names you've heard of?

February 5, 2010

Get Over It...


There is a radio station that has a segment called "Get Over It! They want people to call in to tell someone they know it "Get Over It!" Sometimes all they get is angry teens yelling "I'm spoiled and I love me, so get over it mom" or they get the occasional; "I don't love you any more, get over it [whomever]"

So I thought this would be a fun way to start the weekend; everyone gets to tell someone off and to tell them "get over it"

Here, I'll start:

Hey conservative Christians that think you're better than everyone else... We're gay! We're not going to quit being gay because you don't like it... Get Over It!

Hey politicians who use the tired old excuses of the "sanctity of marriage" to not give us the right to marry... It's about Equal Rights not years of tradition... Get Over It!

Hey angry Republicans who are holding these "Tea Parties", you're all just angry and bitter, we need health care reform... Get Over It!

Hey Boss, you say you aren't, but you are! Stop with the micro-managing... Get Over It!


Ah! That feels a little better... now you try it! Leave a comment and tell someone you know to get over it!

February 4, 2010

The story behind the picture

Have you ever seen a picture you like and wonder what the story is behind it? What the photographer was doing; or thinking or feeling? I do.... I love photography and I used to take the camera out a lot more than I do now. Here is a favorite picture of mine:

I remember it was late spring and I was really enjoying the nice weather. I loved to grab my bike and go out riding in the evenings and on the weekends. As I was pedaling around the neighborhood in East Dallas where I was living at the time, I was in awe at all the flowers in bloom! I decided to head home and grab the camera. I got back into the neighborhood and would stop and try to get a good picture if something caught my eye. I got several great photographs that day! It was later when I was downloading them in the evening that I noticed this picture. I never realized that there was a little bug on one of the petals.

This is the picture I took; it hasn't been edited, enhanced or had the color adjusted! In my humble opinion, I think it is beautiful!

So there you go... the story behind the picture. I think I may do this more often with other favorite pictures of mine. What do y'all think?

February 3, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

Complete the sentence: Something I would like to receive for my birthday is _______________, because______________.

Well.... I hope everyone remembers this in 206 days! LOL

I would like cash or iTunes gift cards for Jimmas (Jimmas is just like Christmas but for me! aka: my birthday), because I am very picky and difficult to buy for. My tastes in clothes changes quite a lot and I will usually buy something during the year when I need something. The same goes for my music tastes, it really can vary and there will always be new music that I'll want to buy. I've got more than enough things for my home so I really don't need anything else. And for heaven's sake, No Cake! Too many carbs and sugar!

Maybe someone could get me a massage, a real one, not one that comes with a happy ending and the option of the masseuse being clothed. Although... that might not be a bad idea! [evil grin]

Remember this when August 28th rolls around!!

What would a perfect gift be for you?

February 2, 2010

Distortions

I like this picture I look back in 2006. Valdemort and I had been with his daughter and some friends in Lee Park for the doggie parade in Dallas. As I walked by I saw this and had to take a picture.

Embiggen it, it is very cool. In my opinion.

It may take a few minutes to tell what it is... it's only a picture of an ordinary building. The interesting thing about it is the reflection of the very ornate building that was across the street.

Do we let our vision get distorted sometimes? Do we see something and are sure about what it is that we're looking at? Is what we see the way things really are? I've been thinking about this and how the conservative Christian groups have this twisted, distorted view of gays. They are only believing what someone, most likely their minister, says about us. Even though they may know gay people they make assumptions about us with a very distorted view.

I'm just having some jumbled rambling thoughts rattling my brain today.

What are some distortions y'all see out there?

February 1, 2010

Happy Imbolc

Today is the pagan holiday called Imbolc; the halfway mark between Yule (the winter solstice) and Ostara (the spring equinox).

Fire and purification are an important aspect of this holiday. The lighting of candles and fires represents the return of warmth and the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months. In the Christian Calendar, this holiday is called Candlemas and all church candles are blessed for the year.

The name Imbolc probably means “in the belly” in Gaelic. This sabbat celebrates the first evidence of the return of life. The Sun is slowly starting to make its return and the very hardiest of plants will begin to grow again from this day forth.

This is traditionally a time of purification — clean your house! If you have any Christmas greenery lingering, burn it now.

Do some house cleaning and then light some candles with me. Light a fire if you have a fireplace and enjoy the warmth of the fire and how this represents the returning power of the sun.