Thursday, January 31, 2008

I'm Bettie Page, Pleased To Meet You!

I'm back with another of those oh-so-accurate quizzes. For my male readers, you could try getting in touch with your feminine side for this quiz...or let your wife take it.

You Are Bettie Page

Girl next door with a wild streak
You're a famous beauty - with unique look
And the people like you are cultish about it

It’s amazing all of the things that need to be taken into account when moving; it’s no wonder that it’s among the five most stressful things you can do, right up there with death and divorce.

Certainly one of the things that you’ve got to consider is whether or not there will be a change in your car insurance rates. And while it may not be fair, a small move into a different zip code can make a major difference in the amount of money you’ll pay in premiums and deductibles.

Shopping around for auto insurance rates can be equally nerve-wracking. If you’re anything like me you tend to put that particular chore off until the last possible minute after you’ve completed the really important stuff like organizing your sock drawer. If you find yourself in a bind like this you should visit allows you to shop for rates and compare policies to choose the policy that suits your needs. Now, if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and like to get a general idea of the how much a car will be to insure before you buy it; there’s information available about the most and least expensive car to insure, as well as the most stolen and least stolen cars-that’s information that’s useful!

So if you need to shop for online car insurance definitely give a try!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Benazir Bhutto - Rest In Peace, Pinky

December 27, 2007, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. I was saddened by the news, even though I don’t personally have much knowledge of the woman or the politics and country for which she gave her life.

I remember the first time I became aware of Benazir Bhutto; I had read an article in a magazine, the name of which escapes me now, written by a Harvard classmate of Bhutto’s. The classmate remembered how everyone called her “Pinky”, what a sweet and sheltered girl she was.

Something about this article struck me and stuck with me; whenever I would hear Benazir Bhutto’s name over the years this article would always be my reference point. Bhutto was not much older than I and in my imagination she shared some of the qualities that most girls do in college; young, somewhat innocent, still years away from what would be truly life changing experiences.

I don’t know if anyone really knows why he or she is impacted by the death of a person they’ve never met. Millions cried for Princess Diana though she wasn’t a close friend or family member; if I had to speculate on the reason I’d say it’s because people saw some aspect of themselves in her, so that when she died it was like losing a piece of themselves.

I again found myself reading an article about Benazir Bhutto shortly before her assassination, this one also written by a former classmate. The writer wrote about Benazir’s troubled marriage, her aging mother who was ill with Alzheimer’s and whom Bhutto took care of, about Bhutto’s loneliness and her children. I realized that I saw aspects of myself in Bhutto; I too had been very lonely in my lifetime and had entered into unfortunate relationships for what seemed like good reasons at the time.

I think the loneliness is what resonated most for me. Bhutto was a woman who would never really be able to live her life because her life was meant for so much more. She could never have the luxury of selfishness, she must be concerned with the needs of her people at all times; it seemed like such a weight…and I guess it was; one that she gave her life for.

Rest in peace Pinky.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

World's Shortest Personality Test

Hello Everyone!

For all my friends reading from work, and everyone else, here's one of my little quizzes for you.

See my results? I just can't get over how accurate these things are. :)

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Savebuckets. You Want To Save Money Right?

Do you have a friend who always seems to know where the bargains are? Does this friend share information with you about sales and discount stores or are they closed mouthed, keeping all the goodies for themselves?

Well, now you can have information about the best prices at your fingertips with This site is great; whether you’re searching for laptops, clothing, jewelry, sporting equipment, you name it; this site should be your first stop to check prices. has over a million products for you to search, you can search by category and compare prices; and they have a fabulous feature that will email you when the product you want becomes available at the price you want to pay.

You can choose to share the information about with your bargain minded friend, or you can just keep knowledge of this great site to yourself…but that would be selfish, wouldn’t it?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Coin Purse

There are some things that really mark the beginning of the slide down the cliff of aging: complaining about music being too loud, punctuating movements such as lifting or rising from a squat with groans and grunts, and the use of the coin purse.

You’ve seen the coin purse before, it’s ridiculously small, made in a strange shape, and an older person at the grocery store in front of you is usually using it…when you’re in a hurry.

The coin purse is not an accessory that is made for expedience; coins are thrown into it and land in such a way that getting the exact coin you need at the time you need it is impossible. The only difference between the use of the coin purse and carrying coins in a plastic sandwich bag is the coin purse is sturdier. I am actually surprised these things are still being manufactured because carrying cash and change is so last year.

I will tell you that I have never purchased a coin purse, my good friend Tricia gave it to me. Tricia gave me a set of purses 15 years ago, there were four of them, the two largest were perfect for travel size makeup bags, the next size was an odd size; too small for makeup but too large for anything else, and the last one was…a coin purse.

I disdained the coin purse in fact, on several occasions, I very nearly threw it away but something stopped me every time. The coin purse appeared many times over the years, always in strange locations like bathroom drawers or shoeboxes in a closet; it was as if it was mocking me saying: “silly young woman you will, one day, bow to me.” “Resistance is futile!”

Okay, I may have gotten carried away with the Star Trek reference, but you get my meaning don’t you?

One day I was very frustrated about all the change swimming at the bottom of my purse; the wallet I was using didn’t have an area for coins. I was faced with the quandary of what to do about my dilemma when my mind offered up the siren song: “you could use the change purse Tricia gave you”. I pondered the suggestion and I knew right where the coin purse was located, under the bathroom sink; this time when I thought of using it, it didn’t seem so bad. ZAP! Just like that, I was absorbed into the old folk collective of coin purse users.

Resistance really was futile, when it comes to the disdain of coin purses; I’m not that girl anymore.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

She Is A Supermodel!

This is in response to a post over on Rebel’s blog entitled “The cat knows what the cat knows”.

PD says that the cat may know what the cat may know but here’s what PD knows: after some quality time with a rawhide bone she’s not interested in having a photo taken showing her “bone boogers”.

She is after all, a supermodel!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I'm Not Qualitfied To Read My Blog

I ran across this little rating that determines the level needed to read my blog. I promise I didn't pay anyone to get this rating, but unlike the grading system this widget doesn't tell you why you received the rating. I'm not a genius but I guess I can write things only a genius could understand?

Thank goodness you guys are all geniuses!
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Monday, January 7, 2008

Help With Your New Year's Resolutions.

Weeeeelllll…today is January 7, 2008; we’re a week into the new year and how are those resolutions going? I used to make resolutions faithfully every year; the amount of time I stuck to them would become less and less and I realized I wasn’t quite so resolved after all.

Maybe you’re not like me, maybe you’re already full steam ahead with losing that first ten pounds, putting away the cancer sticks for good, or becoming more organized; but if you are like me, those resolutions have been toast for about five days now.

I need something that’s going to get past the “here we go again” comments that come up in my brain when I want to make a change in my behavior, that’s why self hypnosis has always worked well for me. I've discovered this wonderful site called that is just what I'm looking for.

This site has over 300 professionally produced hypnosis sessions that you can download immediately; whatever you can think of that you'd like to change is available right there! If you're a more slow and steady personality who doesn't prefer to download immediately, there are hypnosis courses available that can be delivered to your e-mail over a number of weeks.

If you are ready to give yourself another chance, (and who doesn't deserve another chance?) get some help with your new year's resolutions and go check out Go, ahead, go now!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Best Blog You May Not Be Reading But Really Should Be!

This is the logo for the blog, Can You Identify Me?, the best blog you may not be reading but really should be. Can You Identify Me? is a blog that seeks to help identify some of the individuals whose bodies remain unclaimed because their identities cannot be established.

As you read the various entries, you're given the details that surround the discovery of each person; what they may have been wearing, where they were found, identifying elements like tattoos or extensive expensive dental work. The author only requests that if you know, or think you know something that can help, you contact the organization identified in the post, that's it. Oh, one other thing; each person in the post is given a name, an identity that will be their's until their actual identity is established.

This is not your usual blog of course and that's okay. It is written with a compassion and sincerity that might have been absent from the lives of the persons being described. Do please take some time and visit the blog; everyone deserves an identity.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A Light For The Darkness

Happy New Year everyone! The holidays are over and I'm actually happy about that...sorry to sound like Scrooge but all that obligatory gift giving is not my cup of tea.

Of course there was the pressure to get the right gift for the right person (which I'm not immune to despite my gift giving"theory") and it made me remember a couple of Christmases ago and the gift we got for SO's parents.

The "parentals" had just moved from a smallish condo to a beautiful, one-story home with some minor landscaping. Mother-in-law is a natural gardener and added more trees and plants that made the exterior areas even more lush. She really has a green thumb and while she doesn't know names of plants and such, she knows what she likes and the general look she's going for. She has all sorts of flowering plants and vines along the entry walkway and seems to prefer a sort of overgrown wild look.

SO and I visited after they moved in and were a bit more settled. We chatted, had dinner and played games, then it was time to leave. As we were on our way to our car we noticed it was exceptionally dark on the walkway. I mean it was hurt-yourself-and-sue dark, and we thought: uh-oh, they need a light for the darkness!

Christmas was coming so we checked into some landscape lighting low voltage lamps for the walkway. We were looking for something that was energy efficient, would provide the necessary lighting for the walkway and the surrounding areas of the home that were also poorly lit, would provide a deterrent for anyone with a bit of mischief on their mind, and could also add value to their home.

I'm delighted to say we were able to find exactly the fixtures that we needed. There was the added bonus that the lighting not only did not detract from mother-in-law's flower jungle, but seemed to add to the effect. If only they were that easy to buy for every year!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

With A Little Study, I've Raised My Grade!

Well, I've had my little nose to the grindstone, blogging away, studying to raise my grade from C-list blogger and finally:

B-List Blogger
The further away I am from Kathy Griffin the better!