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Answer the above however you will. We'll see what comes out of it, eh?
He then made the mention to me of 'why are you always joking around, aunt Kami?'
I guess it's because I haven't had kids of my own yet.
Being the single aunt, I have a reputation of being the 'fun one'. I'm also the one with the toys.
My neice, Isabel and I were playing video games right after I got back from Kosovo. I was whoopin' her and teasing her about it and she replied 'of course, the teenager is going to beat me.' I thought this was amusing to say the least, she may have been nine at the time. I turned to her and asked 'Teenager? How old do you think I am?'
Her reply? 'I don't know, Thirteen?'
I had to remind her that I do drive a car, and in fact, have driven a car since she was born. She proceeded to get somewhat embarrassed.
I thought it was hilarious. I don't know why, but kids seem to think I'm roughly their age.
I am pasty pale and very much white. It wouldn't be so bad if my body was all one color, but my upper body will get a little tan whereas my legs have a tendency to remain nearly transluscent. And I am more often then not faced with one of those dilemmas that pop culture refers to as a 'catch 22'.
I wear pants to cover my pasty pale legs. However, if I wear pants, they will never see sun. But if I wear shorts, I am baring my legs for all to see. And they are pasty and very pale and not suitable for public display. The swedish blood is quite evident. It doesn't help matters when it is still snowing and its almost April, so therefore, my legs will see even less sun.
The thing is, I hit the trail in May (trail being army term for Drill Sergeant duties). I am going to Kentucky, and I hear the climate there is a little more warm then Eastern Washington. I fear that one day, I will be out in the sun a little to long and I will burn. And nothing screams sexy like the fashionable army tan. Red face, neck, hands, and nowhere else.
Furthermore, the climate will mean doing Physical Training in Shorts. So even if I choose to wear ACUs and Combat boots most of the time, my legs will be on display in the mornings at the very least.
Last year, I got some minutes at a tanning booth, just to give myself a little color I guess. I've noticed my complexion does a lot better when I have a bit of a tan. Well, I went for a few weeks and stopped going. Driving by the other day, I decided to look at doing it again, because I really do need some color! If nothing else, to prevent me from going beet red that one day I see a bit more sun then usual.
Low and behold, I still have minutes! So I'm working on building up that base tan again and hopefully getting some color in these rather dingy and transclucent legs of mine.
I even got some tanner to put on them, the heavy duty tingly girl stuff to force them to get color. I put it on my legs and only on my legs, sit back and relax in the tanning booth listening to music for a few minutes.
So far, I'm noticing a difference in my face and arms and body, the areas that tan.
My legs still remain unsuitable for public display.
I'll give 'em a month. If I can't get them tan in that time, I give up.
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|You scored as Alice|
Have you fallen down the rabbit hole lately? Or played croquet with a deck of cards? Either way, you're so very much like Alice! Her wild imagination and constant ability to daydream got her in so much trouble - you've probably heard your mother or teacher lecture you about having your head in the clouds! Remember to stay grounded most of the time, however, because life can get away from you when you're always dreaming about someplace else!
What the blazes? Isn't the earth supposed to be warming? Or are the global warming scientists using the events of Day After Tomorrow to explain the bizarre weather patterns?
Well, I can look at the bright side.
Snowboarding should still be in season. I've only gone twice this season.
the rules are to answer the question using only pictures.
(this was a little trickey for me, but entertaining.)
I'm so tempted to say something further! But I will refrain to just posting pictures. Sometimes more then one.
Tag - I don't tag on principal, but feel free to join in if you have a blog!
Sure enough, they were filming a movie. Apparently it stars Christian Slater and Cuba Gooding Jr. I thought it was pretty sweet, but I wasn't about to go up and get in the middle of it considering they were working, but I did see Christian Slater from where I was standing.
I liked him in Murder in the First and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but he hasn't been in a whole lot of movies lately, has he?
I don't know what movie they are filming, but I always thought it would be cool to pop in on a movie one day, just in the back ground.
When I was on my date this weekend, Chris (the guy I was hooked up with) brought in this game called Carcassonne and all six of us huddled around in a circle and played it.
We weren't exactly sure what we were going to do, the date was rather random and unplanned though we knew we were going to do it for the last month, so we made a decision that whoever won the game would decide where we would go to eat dinner.
Carcassonne is this German game that won game of the year in 2001 and for people into Board Games its quite popular. Well, I have never heard of it and its many many expansions until we played it on Saturday. It takes a bit to get used to but I was hooked!
Maybe because I unintentionally picked up on it and kicked everybody's butt by winning the game!
We ended up eating Thai, and came back afterward to play Rock Band on Xbox 360 (which is a very fun and addictive game, I will be picking it up when it comes out for the Wii) but I decided that I would find out more about Carcassonne when I got home.
Well, I went driving around town and headed over to a game place and picked up Carcassonne and the expansion set Inns and Cathedrals. And noticed that there was a gob of other expansions as well. I glanced them over and picked them up as well.
Overall five expansion sets, as well as three mini expansions. The store clerk let me know that playing all the expansions will run the game a few more hours, but it looks like fun if you can get a group of people to play! There is the Count of Carcassonne, Traders and Builders, Kings and Scouts, the River II, The Tower, the Princess and the Dragon, and Abbeys and Manors. I went nuts, for lack of a better word. I think I'm going to force the family to get together and play it with me sometime later this week.
So Marnie, let Chris know that the Carcassonne game was a hit with me at least. :)
For some reason, the only place I have ever seen Lynn Wilson Burritos is in a supermarket called Smith's, which I've only really seen in Utah and surrounding states. There are no Smith's in Washington, though Smith's is owned by Kroeger, and Kroeger owns Fred Meyer, and we have Fred Meyer, so why don't we have Lynn Wilson Burritos? I don't know.
When we moved from Utah to California in 1990, I left behind the Lynn Wilson Burritos of my childhood cravings and missed them terribly. Being the absurdly strange child that I was, and having understanding parents, whenever we made a trek back to Utah for whatever reason, we picked up a box of Lynn Wilson Burritos and brought them back with us to California, and I would try to stretch them out for as long as I could, but it didn't help when everybody ate them with me. They were gone in a few short weeks, and I had to wait for another trip to Utah to restore my supply. But trips to Utah were very few and far between, so it was one of those special treats I got.
Well, fast forward a few years when I outgrew random food cravings such as a specific brand of Microwave Burrito, where I discovered that there are other foods out there that are pretty darn good as well (like Sushi, and Thai food) and now I don't crave the Lynn Wilson Burrito. However, on my recent trip to Utah, I couldn't resist. I made a short stop at a Smith's supermarket and picked up one loan Lynn Wilson Burrito for a paltry fifty cents. I threw it in the cooler for the trip home and when I got in last night, I put the thawed burrito in the microwave, nuked it and ate it.
It still tastes just like a Lynn Wilson Burrito.
Some things never change. Fortunately, my tastes have matured so I appreciate the finer aspects of life, and don't go craving microwaveable burritos anymore. But they are still good.
I don't know what it is about old friends, but I have discovered that they are one of those things that you treasure. I only have a handful of friends that I can talk to like that, where its like nothing has changed except we've grown older.
For some reason, it is very difficult for me to keep friends. I make friends fairly easily enough, but keeping in contact with them or maintaining that friendship is especially difficult. It is something that both sides have to work to maintain, and it is harder as you grow older. Which is truly a pity really. I wish I was better at making and keeping friends, but I'm very grateful for the handful of friends I have managed to keep.
Meanwhile, the Road Trip was a nice break from the monotony of my life. I stayed with my sister and her rambunctious kids and had a few bonding moments with her, and realized that I do have the potential to be domesticated. I visited with my Aunt Nora and saw some of my cousins who I haven't seen in ages and realized just how much everyone has grown. It boggles me at times, I wish there wasn't such large gaps between these get togethers with friends and family.
Of course, there was the triple date where I was set up with a guy, who was really cool but unfortunately triple dates are more of a group get together with a lack of one on one interaction so I didn't get to know him that well. Three hours of rock band made it a fun night though :)
I have a feeling after my mob this summer that I will be attempting to move down to Utah and perhaps focus on the non existent career, take a break from trying to get ahead with the army, though I admit that it has been a great help in my life financially and in other ways. But I am feeling the need to work on other aspects, settle down and possibly work on other things.
I'm just grateful that there are friends and family in this world. Really, what would I do without them?
B- Best Friend(s): My family is very close and my best friends here in town, but I will always consider my childhood friends Andrea and Marnie my best friends. We get together and we catch up like we haven't been apart.
C-Cake or Pie: I'm more of a Pie person. Preferably homemade apple. I've never been big into cake. Love brownies though :)
D-Day of Choice: I like Saturdays. There is something about them. But as you get older, and your schedule is not the 9-5 monday through friday beat, you come to discover that the day of the week really isn't that big of a deal. I'll probably answer differently when I have kids.
E- Essential Item: Laptop and a Wacom Drawing Tablet
F- Favorite Color: I'm big into earth tones and blues.
G- Gummi Bears or Worms:
H- Hometown: I've lived all over the western US, and the army has taken me quite a few places, but since the family has lived here for 12 years this summer, Spokane has become home.
I- Indulgence(s): Internet, TV shows on DVD, a Wii that my nephew is borrowing, spontanious (somewhat) road trips,
J- January or July: I'm a Snowboarder and I love the snow (but not driving in it) so January has its ups, but I so remember summers as a kid and they still hold a special place with vacations and barbeques and staying up all night doing random stuff that it's a draw.
K-Kids: A lot of nieces and nephews, but so far none of my own.
L-Life is incomplete without: completeness? I really don't know to be honest. I've never thought about it.
M- Marriage Date: On a Date yet to be announced, sometime in the hopefully not to distant future (we'll shoot for the next four years or so)
N- Number of Siblings: 3 sisters 2 brothers.
O- Oranges or Apples: Lately its been Oranges. Orange juice, orange slices, whatever, I just like oranges.
P- Phobias or Fears: I've got a strange Eye fear where sharp pointed things pointing at my eye will make me nervous and my eyes will start to get irritated. For some reason, my neck is ismilarily sensitive. I used to have a horrid public speaking fear that I have gotten over, but I still get a little nervous and shakey sometime.
Q- Quote: "I thought I was a good artist, then I became an Art Major"
~ Me (more true now then ever)
R- Reason To Smile: Random Roadtrips to see friends and family I haven't seen in years.
S- Season: Every season has special significance to me. I love the winter because I'm a snow junkie when it is heavy in the mountains, Spring is just so pretty when everything is in bloom, Summer is all about enjoying the weather and doing things with the family, and autumn means the leaves are changing and of course, I'm a November Birthday so I can't say which one specifically. I have to admit I like the four seasons which is one of the benefits of living in Spokane.
T- Tag Six: Er, um, hmm. . . I have no clue. . . Tag you strange random person with a blog! You're it!
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I don't know if there is anything people DON'T know about me, I'm such a blunt and open person with really nothing to hide because I'm so bluntly honest with myself that I can never think of anything to say that people don't know about me. I've had a blog for too long.
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: I love animals. They go great with Mashed Potatoes.
W- Worst Habit: I pick. At everything, whether it be chipping fingernail polish, wilting paint, wall paper, my face. . . by far my worst habit.
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: I have no children (this is kind of an odd one) I have had X-Rays from multiple injuries though.
Y- Your Favorite Food: Lately I've been big on Thai and Sushi.
Z- Zippers or Zebras: They're both a bit zaggy.
I've noticed a problem of not knowing if somebody is posting a comment to a REALLY OLD post unless I check Haloscan out regularly, until I decided to post a little thing in the bar on the side. It now gives you a preview of all recent comments! I guess it's a problem in that it doesn't necessarily tell you which post it is commenting on, but I thought I would just make do with it as it is better then checking out Haloscan. I can usually find out what post they are commenting on if I really want to know.
This is the only blog that now uses Haloscan. Somebody was generous in purchasing me an upgraded account for Haloscan about the same time I reached my 15 minutes of fame toting an M203 and it has never gone away. Kind of sweet, and really nice of the person who purchased it for me ((whoever that was, I am very appreciative, I promise :) )). Every other blog on this website has gone to the default blogger service, even my milblog (as it was deleting comments after a year anyway, but it still makes me sad) but if I want to fork over the dough for the upgraded account, I would prefer Haloscan.
How Can You Not Tell I'm Pantless?
The one dream I've had recently is the dream that I'm in Knox, trying to train recruits that are all male, and for some reason, I'm not wearing pants. This dream is infuriating to the Nth degree because throughout the dream I'm trying to solve my pants problem and I'm getting hustled around that I don't have time to fix it. Furthermore, nobody seems to notice that I'm not wearing pants but me. Every time I dream it feels real so even though the dream is absurd, I can't escape the not wearing pants scenerio and I don't entirely feel rested.
I've been kind of wondering what these kinds of dreams mean, so I went to a dream interpretation website and looked it up. Turn out that having naked dreams is actually a common theme, and I've had naked dreams before, but the pantless dream is actually not an uncommon dream theme, and this particular dream fits the standard 'naked' dream quite well.
Am I feeling like I'm not cut out to be a Drill Sergeant and when I get to Knox, it will be more then confirmed that I'm not supposed to be there? When I was in Jackson last fall, I felt like I was capable of doing the job but looking back, I realize now that I made quite a few mistakes while I was there, valuable mistakes because I learned a lot from them, but they were the kinds of things that the soldiers notice and take advantage of. I had my share of mishaps while at Jackson and am definitely a rookie drill sergeant, so does this mean that I'm sensing a lack of confidence in myself that everyone will notice me and see that I'm not quite cut out for this job?
I think I'll be fine, it will be a lot different when I'm training soldiers for the full 9 weeks. I'm sure I'll make mistakes, but I just can't admit it. Afterall, Drill Sergeants don't admit to mistakes.
I Believe I Can Fly. . .
I was looking at the other common dreams in that website and noticed that I've experienced them all to some degree. I've been wondering what a few of them mean for some time. Apparently there are some people who never experience the dream where they can fly, but I have these dreams quite frequently, and they are quite surreal because you actually feel like you are flying. I don't remember much about the dreams other then the fact that I can fly and I feel like I can actually fly.
This is said to be a sign of empowerment, which is somewhat of a conflict with my previous Pantless dreams. Of course, sometimes I feel like I can't stay in the air, or I'm not really flying but rather bounding.
Why Can't This Guy Just Leave Me Alone?
The Chase dreams are a little surreal too. Where you are running from something or somebody and you fall down and can't get up off the ground. I had a dream about my former Boss from Kosovo (who it has been noted in the past, we have a mutual loathing of each other) hunting me down and I was trying to run away from him. Strange, I had this dream right after I got back from the Psych Eval last July where I was told that my feelings toward my boss were perfectly normal for somebody such as myself, a Dysthemic, trying to cope with a person that has Narcissist traits. This felt liberating to me, thinking that I wasn't crazy afterall.
And then I had the chase dream, where I was running from him. I haven't really given him a thought since that dream, and I don't think I dreamed something like that since, but it was suggesting in the dream website that it is a sign that I'm not confronting something, but rather running away from it. I'm trying to figure this out, because I felt like I did confront it. But maybe it was a sign that I was letting something bother me that I should have let go of a long time ago?
I don't remember a lot of details of that dream, but I do remember the chase and how infuriating it was, as well as a bit terrifying.
I'm to Young For Dentures
The other dream I have frequently is where a tooth falls out. I can feel the empty place in my gums where the tooth was as well. It's not my whole jaw falling out, or my face rotting off of my skull, it's usually just one or two teeth. But the dream is all about how that feels, and I can feel it fall out, and I always think these dreams are real, that I've really lost my teeth!
This is apparently a dream about my physical appearance, and my own vanity with myself. If you are dreaming about your teeth falling out, it is theorized to mean you have an anxiety about your appearance. This would make sense I guess, despite what people feel about me, sometimes I don't see myself as very attractive, I've had periods in my life where I have felt downright disgusting (Kosovo?) and completely unattractive. In my youth, I didn't see myself as attractive at all, and in fact was a little surprised by the amount of attention I recieved from this. In fact, I think that confidence booster helped me survive my time in Kosovo, because it was something I needed to help me get through my time there. But I've never seen myself as this great beauty.
This analysis makes sense to me, but for some reason I've always wondered about these teeth dreams and always thought they were related more to your actual teeth.
Don't I Need a Man First?
The other dream I sometimes have is the dream that I'm pregnant and have a child. I don't really remember to much about these dreams other then they are a little confusing to me. I've always thought this was a subconscious feeling for me to settle down and have kids, but according to dream interpretation, it can also mean that I am drawn to new ideas or new beginnings. It makes sense I guess. Next time I have a pregnancy dream I need to pay attention to what is going on around me during my waking life.
I don't think Dream Interpretation is an exact science, or if dreams really mean anything, but I've always been fascinated by the subconscious and the psyche, so I'm open to the possibility that there is more to your dreams then just a random series of events that makes absolutely no sense.
Nevertheless, I think I'm going to pay attention more to my dreams from now on. . .
I'm so out of the times that I've only recently discovered lolcats.
I couldn't resist, but I fail at lolspeak. I tried anyway. lolferitz!
So stupid, yet so funny. I wanted to caption my horse pic, but I think it's epic fail.
Then there is THIS one.
moar funny pictures
For the longest time, I was on the 'anybody but Clinton' fence, but that is showing to be a bad choice of words.
So you've got the Lefties who are all going nuts over Obama, McCain appears to be getting the moderate vote, and Conservatives are actually stumping for Clinton? What is this world coming to when you have Ann Coulter actively campaigning for Hillary?
But what do I know, honestly? I just found out I don't know jack! I need to look at what is important to me in this election and see who is running on what platforms and figure out who is about what and who is most compatible with me.
Ironically, I admit to stumping for Obama on the democratic ticket, but now I'm wishing that Hillary was in the lead again.
What the hell? I think I'm going to focus on stocking up on necessities and wait for the end of the world, because hell is certainly about to freeze over.
Anybody know any good links to get through the jargon of exactly what the candidates stance is? Or should I even bother asking?
I cooked Dinner! And it didn't involve putting a tv dinner into the microwave! And what's more, believe it or not, thought it looks like it belongs in a James Lileks Book, it was actually EDIBLE!
I have potential to be domesticated afterall! I can rely on something other then Microwaveable Burritoes, Top Roman and Can's of Chicken Noodle Soup! I can cook Hamburger Helper!
Yes, I am so proud. And yes, that wallpaper has got to go. . .
So we went firing a couple rifles the other day, and video taped it. I can be somewhat amusing to watch, but, well, the video can be a little boring at times as you watch me flinch a bit while firing the rifle (but I'm hitting targets! Unlike when I fired the handgun in the previous post, where I couldn't hit ANYTHING!
I don't think anybody can truly take me seriously.
That is a pretty sweet weapon though!
I didn't pose with Chuck (as in Norris) but it is a pretty fun rifle to shoot. And that sucker NEVER jams up, even though the FS2000 did. They were both pretty fun.
I may have mentioned this dilemma in the past, my being hooked on various TV Shows.
You see, it all started with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Buffy led to Angel.
I got hooked on Sliders, though they've only released three seasons and the show unfortunately went down hill after that.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the new series that started in 2003, I've been collecting since late 2004, never watched in on TV, because its painful to watch on TV
There's Smallville, which has jumped the shark about a half dozen times.
Lost, hopelessly addictive.
Heroes, which echoes Lost on addictiveness.
Avatar the Last Airbender, which is faux anime and was the one excuse I went with in my usual quest of saying 'I hate anime'.
Battlestar Galactica, which Season 3 comes out on DVD in two short weeks.
Countless kiddie shows I haven't seen since I was in third grade and produced by both Disney and Warner Bros.
And now, apparently, Fullmetal Alchemist.
The problem with Fullmetal Alchemist is this is 100% Anime, and carries all of the annoying traits that make me loathe Anime so much. They've got the freeze frame action shots, the mouths that go randomly up and down and don't sync to the words, characters suddenly chibifying when they go into states of hyperactivity, the horrible voice acting of little girls that are obviously played by adult women pretending to be little girls (and those gratingly annoying 'little girl' laughs), and the horrible voice acting in general. See, I hate anime, I love Avatar because it pretends to be Anime without actually being Anime for the above reasons (well, it does chibify it's characters when they freak out).
But then I watched Fullmetal Alchemist. I endured the things I hate about Anime to watch an episode that included a four year old girl who was the obvious Mary-sue character with the gratingly annoying laugh that everyone is supposed to go 'ah, how cute' and I'm thinking 'die, die!'.
Well, low and behold, they pull a twist and kill her. It is so lovingly twisted that I suddenly realized, 'you know, despite the horrible voice acting and the little girls you want to slap, this is a pretty cool show!'
So I shopped around, found the cheapest deal on the next disc, and bought it.
If I get hooked on one more freakin' TV series that I have to buy on DVD, I might as well file for bankruptcy. Well, either that or find a job.
What the heck, Knox is only a couple of months away :)
So Hillary Clinton is making her way into winning the democratic nomination for President. At first I was in the ABC (anybody but Clinton) camp, until I learned that Barack Obama ain't much better and might as well be running as a communist.
We were talking during drill about one campaign promise both are touting that they can't keep. That would be the withdrawing from Iraq within 60 days in office, or at least that's Obama's promise.
What are people going to say when he doesn't back up that promise? Because if he pulls out, it's going to be slaughter over there and then they'll have a huge mess on their hands (of course, he'll blame it on Bush) and that four years will be all about trying to contain whatever happens as it escalates out of control. Pulling out of Iraq is the wrong answer. But if they find themselves unable to pull out of Iraq and talked into staying there, it will be a campaign promise they are unable to keep, and perhaps they'll get disenfranchised voters on that front when they don't pull out right away.
Pulling out of Iraq is a horrible campaign promise where you simply can't win. At least McCain has it right.
Yeah, I'm voting for McCain. And I'll be spending the time until the Presidential Election looking for reasons to vote for him, because as we all know, when you ride on a campaign of 'anybody but (enter name here, whether it be Bush or Clinton)', it doesn't win elections. I'm going to vote for somebody, not against somebody. And if I find that I can't find a good enough reason to vote for McCain, maybe I'll look at a suitable third party candidate.
But the thought of Hillary Clinton becoming my Commander in Chief makes my blood run cold.