One of my students just sent this to me & I don't know about you, but I had not seen it yet. It is funny and I thought you could use a laugh. Be warned...if you are drinking something, swallow first. I took a gulp & almost lost it! Ha!
How It Happened:
God populated the earth with broccoli & cauliflower & spinach, green & yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man & Woman would live long & healthy lives.
Then Satan created McDonald’s.
And McDonald’s brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger.
Then Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?"
And Man said, "Super-size them." And Man gained pounds.
God created healthful yogurt so woman might keep her figure that man found so fair.
Then Satan brought forth chocolate. And woman gained pounds.
God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."
Then Satan brought forth ice cream. And woman gained more pounds.
God said, "I have sent your heart healthy vegetables & olive oil with which to cook them."
Then Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter.
And Man gained pounds & his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
So God brought forth running shoes & Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
Then Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels. And Man gained even more pounds.
God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat & brimming with nutrition.
Then Satan peeled off the healthful skin & sliced the starchy center into chips & deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.
And Man clutched his remote control & ate the potato chips soaked in cholesterol.
Satan saw it & said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed, & created quadruple bypass heart surgery.
Then Satan created HMO’s.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
I received this today & thought I'd share it with you! I really loved it! :-) Just a reminder that we all need to still hear it once in awhile. We may know it but hearing it...MAN! Yes, this goes for both partners! Just think how it makes you feel....and the benefits! :-)
A girl asked a guy if he thought she was pretty, He said...no
She asked him if he would want to be with her forever.... and he said no.
She then asked him if she were to leave would he cry, and once again he replied with a no.
She had heard enough. As she walked away, tears streaming down her face the boy grabbed her arm and said....
I don't want to be with you forever, I NEED to be with you forever.
And I wouldn't cry if you walked away...I'd die
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
As I listen to the Carpenter's "Close To You", a song that brings back memories of attending weddings when I was a child & dancing with my grandma ("a piece") with my feet on her feet, I want to share something from this weekend's funeral services for my colleague's almost 23 yr old daugther who died from the Chicago train accident the weekend before.
A number of years ago, someone dear to me, ("a piece") described the passing of someone I loved as a missing piece of my puzzle in my life. I have talked about these before: pieces in my life, completing puzzles, becoming a dragonfly, and bells are ringing for the new angel. This weekend I smiled thinking of him when someone read the story below at the cemetery. He was right but more than just your life...your HEART! I wanted to share this story with all of you in case you were like me & had not heard it before. Makes me feel a bit better that my heart may look like a jigsaw puzzle. It may take a lot for me to give a chunk of it, but when I do, it is a pretty big chunk! :-) It also really confirms the best way to heal a broken heart is through LOVE! As I mentioned before the best way to receive love is to give it, and love can be in soooo many forms: prayers, encouragement, a simple email with a smile, and anything really that is in their best interest, even if it may not always be in our own.
I did not find an author for this story, so if anyone knows please let me know so I can provide credit! I hope you like it.
One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley.
A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.
Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said "Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine." The crowd and the young man looked at the old man's heart. It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn't fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.
The people stared - how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought?
The young man looked at the old man's heart and saw its state and laughed. "You must be joking," he said. "Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears."
"Yes," said the old man, "Yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love - I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren't exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared.
Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn't returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges - giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?"
The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man's heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man's heart flowed into his.
They embraced and walked away side by side.
Monday, September 26, 2005
"You fill up my senses...like a night in the forest...
like the mountains in spring time....like a walk in the rain
like a storm in the desert...like a sleepy blue ocean...
you fill up my senses, come fill me again...
Let me give my life to you....come let me love you, come love me again..."
Sorry...just had to sing! :-)
Ok, Betty TAGGED me!
1. Go to your journal's archives.
2. Find the 23rd post.
3. Find the 5th sentence in that post.
4. Post that sentence with these instructions.
5. Tag five more people.
From my Entry "Big Kids Play Group"
"You couldn't see your friends even sometimes!"
My dad sent me this today & WOW! I thought I would share it all with you. Perhaps you received it in your email? It is from Mountain Wings. I would also add "If you are lucky enough to live that long!" Just with the recent funeral it really is a reminder! LOVE TODAY!
And After That?
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."
"And after that?" asked the Mexican.
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? Well my Friend, That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?" said the Mexican.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings doing what you like and enjoying your friends."
And the moral is:
Know where you're going in life...
you may already be there.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Man, Patrick can really surprise ya sometimes! :-) He has picked Caryl's New Round RobinPhoto Challenge topic as "Secrets". What a challenge...that sneaky devil in disguise! I don't know...I don't have any secrets do I???? ;-) Hee Hee! I think I might be able to find 1 or 2! Ha!
Ok, who else hasn't participated yet? Come on & join me for the first time...it will be fun!
Come back after the 28th & take a look at everyone's entries!
Ok, apparently I need a truck load of Ginkgo! Ha! I did email my sister about tv shows per Patrick's Saturday Question and I think she has finally finished emailing me LISTS! Ugh!
After I thought about it, it made sense. I mean summer is only so long & our winters where mighty cold when I was kid. We took longer bundling up than staying out in the cold. I remember when mom use to time us when we begged to go out in the snow. Now I will say, as we were emailing back & forth she admitted she took her Ginkgo so hey, she was drug induced so I don't feel so bad being only 2 yrs older. Now did we watch all these religiously? No, but enough to know them so! I guess we were just as bad as the kids today, just the content wasn't so bad!
She gave me a great website too! :-) Take a look! I loved "Suzy Snowflake!" :-)
1. Zoom, new zoo review
2. gilligan's island
3. romper room
4. captain kangaroo
5. electric company
6. mr. ed, lucy
7. laverne and shirley
8. happy days
9. mork and mindy
10. the dukes of hazard
12. little house on the prairie
13. abc after school special
14. emergency 51
16. adams family
17. courtship of eddie's father
18. the hulk
19. a family affair
21. Love Boat
22. One Day at a Time
23. Father Knows Best
24. Fantasy Island
25. Three's Company
26. Lawrence Welk Show
27. Carol Burnett Show
28. Love American Style
29. the Daing Game
31. Hill Street Blues
32. Family Classics
33. Ray Raynor
34. Bozo Circus
35. Garfield Goose
36. Dick Van Dyke
37. That Girl
38. The Flying Nun
39. Mary Tyler Moore
40. Barney Miller
41. Eight is Enough
43. Petticoat Junction
44. Green Acres
45. The Jeffersons
46. All in the Family
50. Miami Vice (Ok, that was later in teens)
51. Welcome Back Kotter
52. The Andy Griffith Show
53. Hawaii 5-0
55. Dr. Marcus Welby M.D.
59. The Rockford Files
60. The Mod Squad
61. Donny & Marie
62. Sony & Cher
63. Game Shows: Price Is Right, Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, 10,000 Pyramid, Tattle Tales
64. The Wonderful World of Disney
65. National Geographic
66. My Three Sons
67. The Dean Martin Show
68. Flip Wilson
69. Laugh In
71. Bob Newhart
72. The Streets of San Francisco
73. Chico & the Man
74. Sandford & Son
75. Starsky & Hutch
78. How the West Was Won (Bruce Boxleitner! Yum!)
Ok, got any others put them in the comments section & I'll add them! :-)
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:
Of the movies in your current DVD or VHS collection, name seven (in no particular order) that you have watched enough times to make your friends suspect that there might be something wrong with you but that you can't imagine not watching again.
Only 7? Ok, so they won't know I'm more pathetic than that? Ha!
1. Grumpy Old Men (probably Grumpier too!)
2. On Golden Pond
3. The Quiet Man
4. One Fine Day
5. Under The Tuscan Sun
6. Baby Boom
This was tough...I mean if you are older you have many more...like the Ferris Buellers, 16 Candles, Breakfast Clubs etc from watching them so much when you were younger. But these are probably more now?
Well someone had "You Got Mail" and I have to admit that would be up high also! Darn, just thought of "Steel Magnolias" this is just torture for a women! Ha! Ugh, another "Pretty Woman" everyone has such great ones! I TOTALLY agree! Yes, I have Sliding Doors too! Awesome! I love that guy...he is soooo funny...what is his name? From 3 Weddings & A Funeral. I love men who make me laugh!
Rita is plodding implacably toward Texas, and folks there in its path are doing what they can to dget out of its way. The evacuation is massive -- more than a million people -- and the logistics of such an undertaking help provide us this week's Weekend Assignment:
Weekend Assignment #78: You are preparing to evacuate your house due to an upcoming threat. You have already packed up all your essential items, people and pets. You have room for three non-essential items. What are they?
Remember, you already have your essentials: food, medicines, water, clothes, and all the people (including the furry ones) who live with you. "Non-essentials" are things you don't need but would like to have, and can include momentos, books, jewelry, objects of sentimental value, and so on and so forth.
Ok, well lets see the pets ARE ESSENTIALS so they don't take up my list! :-)
1. All my photos for my memories & those generations after me. I treasure the photos of the generations before me. They only took a few so now being able to take more I know this will be soooo worth it.
2. My correspondences and significant momentos. I have kept all cards & letters (some emails) I received my whole life. Even invitations to parties or weddings etc. To me it is really a great look into my life for future generations. I may compile them later into a scrapbook or book? We'll see where life takes me & if anyone would be interested. I have kept Newspapers of significant events, magazines etc. I even have some of Princess Diana's wedding in foreign languages. Heck, maybe I can get some money from them & then be ok after the storm! Ha! Oh and my journal books! I have quite a number of them through at least a bit after college. I would want them to add to the photos & letters. Nice to read what I thought then & who was in my life etc. Certainly not big romance novel stuff but some lovely memories still. Oh add in there things like Birth Certificate etc. Then again, if it is lost maybe I can get away with being younger?! ;-)
3. Special items passed on to me. My grandmother's wallet, some jewelry from my Great-Great Aunts, my 1 of a kind gold charm of my name my dad made for me for my birthday, someone had old christmas ornaments passed on, I have those & that I would very much like to try to take. I love those old ones! Probably my Willow Tree Angel collection & some other angels. Things I would want to pass on to my nieces, I wouldn't have much, so those items would mean a great deal to me to give to them.
Well this seems right? Have to look around more?
Extra Credit: Have you ever been evacuated?
Well sorta. When I was in college we had a fire in our dorm the morning of a Monday which was a holiday off & everyone was sleeping in. Luckily, one girl got up early, saw it & pulled the alarm. I woke up coughing to death from smoke! I was hitting my alarm clock too. Our fire alarms just sounded like an alarm clock. Afterwards they made them very obnoxiously loud. I was barely awake to think and I don't think too well in the morning until I'm up for a while! Ha! And I had my own room for 3 of my 4 years so it was up to me to save my...butt! It was February, so it was mighty cold outside & well I certainly needed much more on, so I had to get some clothes & shoes on & then I got out. I didn't take anything but my key! HA! There was just too much smoke in my room to even see anything really. I opened my door & I just saw flames coming out of our trash shoot, which by the way was closed! Amazing! We headed to the guys dorm. I think they must have thought they were dreaming or that "Hell Froze Over", considering many must have heard that said to them quite a bit! HA! They were all loving it & were sooooo sympathetic of course! ;-) We could stay there as long as we liked. Wasn't that soooo nice of them! Ha! Ya, where were they being a hero & getting us out! Ha! I remember my RA totally freaked! She was a basket case! Luckily, there was mostly just smoke damage. It was quite an experience I must say! The following year my best friend moved to another dorm & they had like 3 fires in a few months. Some guy who had royalty in his blood was starting them & his family disowned him I remember when this was all going on. HA!
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Ok Patrick, I think I might be able to do this...really exhausted from the funeral services this weekend but this might be a nice distraction.
1. Of the following, which one best describes you at your worst? (You can't select "None of the above!")
a. One who doesn't finish what he/she starts
b. One who talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk
c. One who always finds the worst in a situation
d. One who generally knows what's right but does what's wrong
* I would probably say #1 due to personal things! Work seems to get in my way much of the time! A perfect example is this lovely Italian Language program I have sitting on the shelf here. I purchased when??? Hmmm last spring sometime I think. Is it even open? NOPE! Then I promised myself this summer...ugh! Ok, guys you can dog me next weekend if I have not opened it & tried it! Somebody who makes enough money needs to get me to marry them so I can stay home & just be Martha Stewart & do all these things for a year or two! Right! Ok, I'll work a bit!
D. is like nails on the blackboard to me! God, I hope I never do it! C. maybe a bit lately more with my foot etc but generally speaking when all things are great NOPE! I know what "is" or reality & then I try to think of those whose's lives are more difficult than mine and why I am lucky. That is why I like reading biographies - to see how people's lives are so much more difficult (I won't say worse!) and yet they learn & grow from them. B. kinda goes with D. to me. I hope I don't but there are times when I should mediate 5 minutes sooner or relax more sooo...but nothing major like harming others etc. No hidden evil person :-)
2. Not counting shows like Saturday morning cartoons designed specifically for kids, what single show that you grew up watching religiously is now the one you most hate to sit through?
Hmmm, this is difficult. I don't think we watched a great deal. We were very busy playing outside until after dark! Yes, we actually could safely when I was a kid! So sad for kids today! Now if you ask me how much time I spent at the mall as a teen WELLL then.... :-) Religiously huh...and that I hate? Ugh! Magnum I watched as a teen religously but I'd still watch that today! Ha! YUM! Thursday nights...right! Ha! Maybe The Partridge Family or The Brady Bunch. It would be difficult to watch now except maybe for nostalgia or humor. I'll have to ask my siblings!
Maybe I was doing homework all the time? I had to really work at it as a kid. Oh & then there was activities like Girl Scouts, softball, roller skating, cheerleading (yep I was one in grammar schoo!), my brother's football games friday nights (they played from 'Super Pee Wees' through high school), dinner parties and then there was always mom's tator tot fight she started one night when dad was at a meeting! Ha! I swear she started it! She through the first one from the stove across the table at one of us. There is an arch over the stove to the other part of the kitchen where the table was. Mom didn't need us to get into trouble ha! I think we should all blame her...social learning! Lets see, she left the top of the blender off...lovely pee soup all over the ceiling! Started a fire, but then put it out! Ha! It was pretty significant damage though, no this wasn't the tator tot night much earlier! Acutally, I think it was us kids who were fighting which she came investigating that resulted in the fire. We were constantly looking for my dog who would run away! I had gerbils & a rabbit & fish. My one uncle Ken would always be stopping by. He is a hoot. You can have a formal dinner party & he'd let himself him, come down the hallway say hi, use the bathroom & say bye! Guest would laugh & say,"Who the heck was that?" and my folks would be like, "Oh that just Ken!" Ha! He still does it,except now when I'm there he stays & dogs me about when I'm getting married etc. He once stole someone else's dog thinking it was ours who ran away! Ha! Our house was a blast! We had a pool, swing set, sandbox my dad made, garden, bikes, so much of the time mom was begging us to come in when it was dark. See who needed TV! HA!
Wait, here is a picture of my uncle when he & my aunt were in Hawaii with my folks...this will give you an idea how much he is a hoot! Ahhh that is him in the Sugar Cane...can you tell what he is doing! Ha! Then goofing with my dad! Lastly, playing at Christmas!
3. Have you ever been so angry with a company that you swore you'd never do business with them again? If so, did you keep that promise?
Oh give me a break! Definitely! Ha! Well, I left MSU for ethical reasons so! Only had 1 year for PhD but wasn't about to get it from there! Nope, not going to go into details but those who know me know! The first 4 doctors who treated me for my foot will probably find out in the future how upset I am. I wouldn't have lost 92% of my muscle if they did their job right!
4. Take this quiz: Are you psychic?
You are pretty psychic.
While you aren't Miss Cleo, you've got a little ESP going on.
And although you're sometimes off on your predictions...
You're more often right than wrong
So go with your instincts - you know more than you think
Actually, I go through with my students how Deja Vu experiences (It is all in the memory neurons! ) happen and the research on ESP. I've had a friend call me up twice & just say "What's wrong?" before I even say Hello! And how do they know I'm answering with a house full of people? Very creepy. Mom & I have both had dreams of someone in particular dying & for her like 5 hours later it happened & me I think it was 24 hrs. I NEVER want that to happen again!
5. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #68 from Lily: What's the longest you've talked on the phone in a single phone call, and who were you talking to?
Oh man...I don't know! I didn't have my dad with me like when I grew up saying, "You're still on the phone" (emphasize with "the tone!") or "You just spent the whole day with them, what could you possibly have to talk about?" Ha! Men, they just don't get it sometimes! But they do give us more to talk about! HA!
Well, some of those late night college conversations got into the Marathon hours, though quite frankly much longer when we were together, especially when happy hour started early! Ha! The security guard at my mall can vouch for a 3 hour conversation in the parking lot after the mall has closed with my friend! Ha! I think Barnes & Noble personnel can confirm another night! My friend's husband knows better & doesn't even call the cops or hospital on her when we are out together! :-) Phone...hmm there was the time at MSU when my friend & I had talked for like 2 hours & then we both said, "Gotta go...ER is on!" Within 5 min into the show the electricity went out & my phone rang & I heard "Is it one by you, & I said NO!" No hellos or who is it! Ha! Then it came back on & we stayed on phone & watched it while we were on the phone! Ha!
There are a few gentleman who might be able to confirm some mighty long phone conversations. ;-) That is why I don't get it when they complain, because let me tell you, once you get them talking they don't stop either! :-) Which actually I love. I wish guys would talk more! Well not with other guys...that macho guy talk, just their true spirit who they don't let out all the time. Hmmm in fact last night I had to call for a garage door guy. Well, I was too short to push it up & Dr. Z. would kill me if I got on a chair with my foot in this brace. It is majorly busted & has be be replaced. See I was a good girl. WELLLLL, we started talking outside & I think heleft like 2 hours later! HA! We were about the same age & started to talk about kids today etc. He was nice & sweet!
See this is why I didn't have anything above for watching tv! I was on the phone all the time or talking to someone in person! Ha!
6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #69 from Betty: (She recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas!) How do you feel about gambling?
Depends on what you are gambling on & what the odds are! Seriously! You can be gambling on love right! I would do that unless the odds were sooooo slim then maybe not. I won't gamble with my life if the odds are very high. I won't bungee jump or do most on Fear Factor! Ha! Though, I suppose every moment you do really gamble on it. Ugh I wasn't going to think about that. Am I gambling other people's money? Then I would! Ha! I play the Mega Millions sometimes but that is not a big loss! I think it depends on your money situation for Vegas. If I had all the money like Oprah or Donald I'd have some fun but I'm not going to gamble it all away when I can use it for other things! I'd rather get some more pets! Ha! Or take a trip etc. Or maybe adopt some kids with the money.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Well I am listening to the Love Songs Station but still... :-) Love is in the air tonight I guess...must be a reason???? :-)
When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love
When the evening shadows and the star appear
And there is no one to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love
I know you haven't made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I've known it from the moment that we met
There's no doubt in my mind where you belong
I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue
I'd go crawling down the avenue
I prefer...I'd go crawling down the aisle for you! :-)
There ain't nothing that I wouldn't do
To make you feel my love
The storms are raging on rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain't seen nothing like me yet
There ain't nothin' that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
Make you happy make your dreams come true
To make you feel my love
When I started my last entry Depeche Mode was on the Radio singing "Somebody." I love Depeche Mode. One of my good friends from college introduced me to Depeche Mode. I think every friend I have had in my life has introduced me to music I had not previously be in to very much. This is why I have a very ecclectic taste in music now! Ha!
As it played I listened to the words again & it really went along with my most recent posting, so I thought I would share it with you in case you have not heard it before. If you click on the title below you will go to a page with the lyrics BUT it has the melody if you have not heard it before or you can listen to a bit of the song via the MP3 sample on their site! I hope you find it very meangful to you! :-)
Here is an MP3 Sample also!
I want somebody to share
Share the rest of my life
Share my innermost thoughts
Know my intimate details
Someone who’ll stand by my side
And give me support
And in return
She’ll get my support
She will listen to me
When I want to speak
About the world we live in
And life in general
Though my views may be wrong
They may even be perverted
She’ll hear me out
And won’t easily be converted
To my way of thinking
In fact she’ll often disagree
But at the end of it all
She will understand me
I want somebody who cares
For me passionately
With every thought and
With every breath
Someone who’ll help me see things
In a different light
All the things I detest
I will almost like
I don’t want to be tied
To anyone’s strings
I’m carefully trying to steer clear of
But when I’m asleep
I want somebody
Who will put their arms around me
And kiss me tenderly
Though things like this
Make me sick
In a case like this
I’ll get away with it
P.S. Look at the song I'm listening to now! I swear this is just so perfect! Ha!