Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Green Light

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
-- Albert Camus

Yesterday was one of my green light days. Those are the ones where everything just fits together and flows. Not one thing bothered me yesterday. I often wonder how I can have more of them. But then I think if I try too hard it will just ruin it all. They come, in dribs and drabs.....and are just truly wonderful. I do believe it has a lot to do with what's inside you. If I'm in a great mood...everything is just great. On the other hand if I look at the world with anger or negativeness, that's exactly what I get back. So what I'm really saying is that we all can create our worlds, whatever we want it to be.

May your all have a "green light" day!


Gratitude List:
1) Green light days
2) Giving smiles
3) Getting smiles
4) Making a lunch date with some blogging buddies
5) The days are getting longer and it's still light out when I get home!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Funny Picture Tuesday

THEY NAMED IT WHAT?????????????

No Excuses!

Kaput went bye bye


Another duh!

Oh well.


Monday, February 26, 2007

Monkey Monday

Ok, I lied about yesterday being the last of the monkey posts. My friend and famous writer, Ian, of E Dog's Everything Page...suggested that there weren't enough monkey postings in this here blog world. So instead of AARRGGHH Mondays, I'll be doing Monkey Mondays! (at least for the Lenten season, hehe). Jokes, pictures, videos, everything you always wanted to know about monkeys! Whatever. I'm even open to suggestions. So feel free to make some.

Some monkey facts: (they're true cause I read them on the internet!)

- "We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."

- A young pet monkey had an accident and needed a brain transplant. The veterinarian told the monkey's human family, "Brains are very expensive, and you will have to pay the cost yourselves."
"Well, how much does a brain cost?" asked the family.
"For a male brain, $500,000. For a female brain, $200,000," replied the vet.
All the men in the family nodded because they thought they understood. But the mother was unsatisfied and asked, "Why the difference in price between male and female brains?"
"Standard pricing practice," said the vet. "The female brains have to be marked down because they’ve actually been used!".

Q: What did the banana say to the monkey?
A: Nothing. Bananas don't talk! ahahahaha

Q. What did the monkey say when he cut off his tail?
A. It won't be long now.

`~Tree Full of Monkeys
An organization is like a tree full of monkeys... all on different limbs... at different levels...some climbing up.
The monkeys on the top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces.
The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes

No Michael, I'm not going bananas, I'm already there! ;-)

Happy Monkey Monday y'all!


Gratitude List:

1) Great suggestions from blogging buddies!

2) Reasons not to have AARRGGHH Mondays!

3) Getting to know a new friend

4) Being able to help a neighbor

5) Smiles

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ahh Memories

Ok, I promise this is the last monkey themed post!
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 24, 2007


The Cranster, with a little bit of flattery, got me to do another meme., thanks Crank ...I don't think it has a title but it does have 23 questions...23? How odd huh? But then again, there a bunch of us odd people doing it...and I mean that in a nice way......;-)

1. A song? "How to Save a Life" by The Fray
2. An 80's rock album? "Too Tough to Die" The Ramones

3. A singer? Johnny Mathais

4. A man? Liam Neissen

5. A woman? Mother Teresa

6. A writer? Louisa May Alcott

7. A book? "Abounding Grace..An Anthology of Wisdom" by M. Scott Peck

8. A word? Jentacular (pertaining to breakfast).

9. A movie? Sideways

10. A wise statement? "There is no remedy for love but to love more"...Henry David Thoreau

11. A colour? Purple

12. A flower? Mums

13. A fictional character? Tarzan

14. A name? Scarlett

15. A guitarist? Eric Clapton

16. A guitar? Classical

17. An Age? The Renaissance or 39

18. A famous Historical character? Joan of Arc

19. A flavour? Vanilla

20. A meal? Veal francese with pasta/butter/cheese, and spinach with lemon and parm. cheese

21. A country? France

22. A city? Aspen

23. A monument? Viet Nam Veterans' Memorial, Washington, DC

Friday, February 23, 2007


Matt-man when he was a baby (with his monkey)
He can't look me in the eye now :-(


In spite of the fact that I won't be petting the monkey any time soon....(and yes I can beat this one into the ground)...I will go on with HAPPY DANCE FRIDAY, after all it's the only thing I have to look forward to now.... ;-).
So let's all do the monkey!! In honor of the departure of my favorite ape.....

Look in the mirror and what do I see?
A monkeyless dancer, tehehehe.


Gratitude List:
1) Bananas
2) Dancing
3) Monkeys
4) Pet Smart
5) Trees

Thursday, February 22, 2007


We've been having a heat wave here. It got a little over 50 degrees yesterday and believe me that felt good after our freezing temps for the last couple of weeks. Nature truly amazes me. When the freeze started right after it snowed, the trees look so beautiful, all iced up, perfect for pictures. But then the power lines start to go and the chaos ensues. Amazing, isn't it, that something so beautiful can cause havoc in our daily lives. And yesterday, everything melted!!! Kind of disappointing in spite of the fact that I complain about it!

I've been busy thinking about work lately, so nothing is inspiring me to blog about. It seems I've been banished from the funny world and my laughing gene has been sleeping these last couple of days. I hate when that happens. Maybe I need some coffee. Or a chicken sandwich! Yeah that's it! (hmm I wonder where that came from?) Maybe I'll have some eggs instead.
"Everybody's got something to hide, cept me and my monkey".....I used to sing that song almost daily, since Matt Man his virtual monkey. However the unthinkable has happened!
Let me explain in a poem, entitled:"ODAT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME"
Matt Man had a monkey
He used to let me play
I used to pet this monkey
Every single day!
Matt Man gave up eating meat
He says its just for Lent
But why he sold his monkey
When he knew just what it meant???
So now, instead of petting Bongo Boy
And singing cheery songs
I'll be missing Matt's pet monkey
and singing forlorn mourns. ;-(
Gratitude List:
1) Being able to love
2) Being loved back
3) Deep breaths when one is stressed
4) Meeting deadlines
5) Having the time I did with the monkey

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007


It's Funday today, not AARRGGHH Monday! I have off from work for President's Day! Yeah for Washington and Lincoln!

I may not be doing posts for the next couple of days....but I'll try and read everyone and make comments....see y'all when I get back....

Gratitude List:
1) Down comforters
2) Nice salespersons
3) Great hairdressors
4) Clear winter skies
5) Family

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Opposite of Yesterday (hehe)

If you liked yesterday's poem, you're going to love this one!!!!
Go placidly amid the noise and the waste and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.

Avoid quiet & passive persons unless you are in need of sleep.

Rotate your tires.

Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself & heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys; know what to kiss & when.

Consider that two wrongs never make a right, but that three do.

Wherever possible, put people on hold.

Be comforted that in the face of all aridity & disillusionment & despite the changing fortunes of time, there is always a big future in computer maintenance.

Remember the Pueblo.

Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle & mutilate.

Know yourself; if you need help, call the FBI.

Exercise caution in your daily affairs, especially with those persons closest to you -- that lemon on your left, for instance.

Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls would scarcely get your feet wet. Fall not in love therefore; it will stick to your face.

Gracefully surrender the things of youth, birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan; & let not the sands of time get in your lunch.

Hire people with hooks.

For a good time, call 606-4311; ask for Ken.

Take heart amid the deepening gloom that your dog is finally getting enough cheese; & reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot, it could only be worse in Milwaukee.

You are a fluke of the universe; you have no right to be here, & whether you can hear it or not, the universe is laughing behind your back.

Therefore make peace with your God whatever you conceive Him to be -- Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin.

With all its hopes, dreams, promises, & urban renewal, the world continues to deteriorate.

Give up.

Copyright © National Lampoon. Written by Tony Hendra.
Gratitude List:
1) Sleeping late
2) Laughing with friends
3) That I didn't fall down and go boom when I slipped on ice yesterday
4) I'm still standing
5) Popcorn

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Peaceful Saturday

I've always loved this poem. A friend of my brother's sent me a postcard once a long time ago with this on it. Ever since then I've read it over and over and have even memorized it. Gives me peace when I'm out of my mind, which is quite often lately. So enjoy!

.......Max Ehrman

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

(c) Max Ehrman 1926
(yes, Bee, I didn't do a grateful list today, so feel free to add one! Thanks! ;-)

Friday, February 16, 2007



I know you've probably all seen this but it offers something for everyone and well worth watching.....SO DANCE AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gratitude List:
1) Fridays
2) Heck, any day I wake up!
3) Dancing
4) Singing in the shower
5) To be able to hide under my hood if someone catches me singing to myself.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Is It Friday or Summer Yet?

Ice, snow, ice, wind... slip sliding I.

I'd rather have just snow, ya know. The snot dog has to be dragged out, after putting on my thermal sweat shirt, down jacket, down boots, gloves, scarf, and hoods (yes two), and the dog's coat too...we walk (or slide as the case may be) for a few feet, only to have him shake his lil booty and run back into the house! Then an hour later, he's jumping to go out again, forgetting that he hates the snow and the ice and wind....he's a lil dopey....but don't tell him I wrote this, he's sensitive too!

Can ya tell I haven't been in the mood to blog lately? If I go with a dog story you know!!!
Actually this started out to be a poem, then I Didn't even feel like using my old noodle to get a laugh. Help me!!!!


Gratitude list:

1) Ice scrappers

2) Shovels

3) Fuzzy slippers

4) That no one hit me on the roads today

5) Lemon flavored tooth paste.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007




Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Fortune Cookie Time

Fish in one ear, fowl out the other.
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune

Find out here what your cookie says:
Get another Cookie from Miss Fortune

This fortune was something I've been waiting my whole life to hear. I'm so glad I found it. hehe


Gratitude List:

1) Smiling faces

2) Pizza (even tho I'm on a diet)

3) Shopping for new boots

4) Neices and nephews

5) Night sky

Monday, February 12, 2007

AARRGGHH Monday....

Here we go again. Up before the crack of dawn and getting ready to go again...out into the cold, travelling into the city...on the crowded train...with all those people...trudging together to get to a place where we do what we do and then they give us our reward at the end of the week. Then we finish up and turn around and do it in the opposite direction. And its still cold and dreary and it's supposed to snow tonight inspite of what someone told me about it being in the 40's and no snow. It's all good though....I really do like my job and the pay is I don't really mind.

Hoping your Aarrgghh Monday is all good too and hope your weekend was full of wonderful things.


Gratitude list:

1) Friend's support

2) To be able to reciprocate that support

3) Having a great job

4) Iced coffee

5) Being alive

Sunday, February 11, 2007

quiz time!

Your Hippie Chick Name Is:


Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"Nice doggy."

I slept so good last night that I didn't even hear 15 fire trucks that were parked on my street last night. I still don't know what happened...but that's scarey, isn't it? (I was not on meds and I don't drink....)


Gratitude List:

1) Sleeping good (hehe)

2) English Muffins

3) Nice neighbors

4) Sunday funnies

5) Snoring dogs

Friday, February 09, 2007




Gratitude List:

1) On time trains

2) Warm boots

3) Dogs wagging their tails

4) New music to listen to

5) Being able to make someone smile.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

5 Minutes of Fame (Almost)

On my way to work this morning, I was treated to the beginnings of a snow boarding contest that was being set up in a park near my office....They brought in tons of snow and kids were practicing for the big event...I tried to get some decent pics with my phone camera. As I was doing this a camera man from CBS news tapped me on the shoulder and asked if he could film a few shots with his camera looking thru the lens of my cell phone. So here I was in frigid temps holding up my cell phone with a TV news camera looking through it...I asked him to get my good side. He said he'd get the good side of the phone. phone gets on TV before I do....Damn!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bad Mood All Gone

Ok I'm out of my mood now....just in case you're interested.

Too Lazy, Too Pissy to Post Today


Gratitude List:

1) Sun

2) Being able to copy signs like the one above

3) The smell of coffee brewing

4) Cars that start right up in the cold

5) Moms

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Anti Anti

Just because I post five things that I'm grateful for everyday doesn't mean that I'm always happy...As a matter of case you ask, I'm in a really rotten mood these days. I guess it's the winter blues....My friend reminded me just the other day that I get like this every year. She just pissed me off. Speaking of which, it seems that everything is pissing me off. I hate the cold weather (not really) ...I hate getting up real early....(but grateful that I can get up).....Ya see how my brain works...for every complaint I have a counter good thought...and that really pisses me off too. Oh just be glad you're not in my brain! I don't feel like blogging and I do it anyway. I don't feel like exercising...but I'm going to do it anyway (soon)...I don't feel like working...but do it you see, I'm anti-me right now...don't pay me no mind.... So there and...

Gratitude List:
1)Being able to speak my mind
2)Dog coats
3)A house with heat (some have none) (see, there I go again, anti me).
4) Body cream
5) Euclyptus oil

Monday, February 05, 2007


A little humor for a cold, cold day.....brrrrrrrrrrrr and aarrgghh..................

He said . . .. I don't know why you wear a bra; you've got nothing to put in it.
She said .. . You wear pants don't you?

Q.What is the one thing that all men at singles bars have in common?
A.They're married.

Hope your team won the Super Bowl...mine didn't ;-(

Thats allllllllll folksssssssssss.......


Gratitude List:
1)Thermal underwear
2) Thermal socks
3) Thermal shirts
4) Thermal the word
5) Lip Balm

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Sunday Smiles for you!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Women Talk

Words women use, so guys, be forewarned.

This is the word women use to end an
argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

If she is getting dressed this is half an hour. Five minutes is
only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to
watch the game before helping around the house.

This is the calm before the storm. This means "something" and
you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with "Nothing"
usually end in "Fine".

This is a dare, not permission. Don't do it.

This is not actually a word, but it is a non-verbal statement
often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you
are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing
here and arguing with you over "Nothing".

This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can
make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long
and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your

A woman is thanking you. Do not question it or faint. Just say
you're welcome.

It's a woman's way of saying *!#@ YOU!

No, she's not hard of hearing. She's just giving you a chance
to recant the stupid thing that just came out of your mouth and
to either escalate the conflict by saying it louder (remember,
you'll lose) or to come up with a clever substitute that sounds
pretty close to it (like instead of saying, "That's why I hate
you," you would say, "That's why I dated you"). WARNING: If
you try to use "Nothing" as a response, she won't accept it.


Gratitude list
1) you guys
2) sleep
3) silliness
4) that i can read all the books I do
5) putting my two legs on the floor and waking up.


(I'm dedicating this to Sarge Charlie ;-)

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!


Gratitude List:
1)Liam Niessen (I once stalked him in NYC after he came out of the theater, when he starred in Judas' Kiss (in which is appeared almost naked!!) **sigh**
2)Hot and spicy chile
3)Having a great boss
4)Celebrating silly anniversaries
5)Comfortable bras

(Oh and Sgt Dub? Will you please get your comment button fixed?? I've been trying to leave comments and can't)

Thursday, February 01, 2007


Thank you Pickled Olives for passing along this meme. Here goes:

If you could have any piece of art what would it be? Anything by Picasso or Monet, Van Gogh too.

Name two of your guilty pleasures.
Chocolate truffles and Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate sprinkles.

If you were an actor/actress who would it be and what movie would you choose to take the lead role in? Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra with Liam Niessen.

What's the most romantic gesture someone's made to you? Nothing really outlandish, just knowing intuitively that I'm loved by those who mean the world to me.

Who's your favorite superhero / villain? Bluebird...from EDog's "Enter the Jackrabbit" story, because she had a lot of fun with Jackrabbit ;-)

What's your favorite leftover food? Fried spaghetti!

Describe in five words how you saw yourself in high school.
Funny, boy-crazy, wild, smart, trouble maker.

If you could live anywhere in the world were would it be and why? Anywhere near water...the ocean's my serenity.

Name five good gifts you would like to recieve (within reason- no sports cars etc)
1) Perfume or other things that smell nice...I'm very olfactious
2) Books of any kind
3) Funky jewelry
4) Flowers
5) Romantic dinners

If you could live one week in a cartoon what would it be and why?
Calvin and all time fav. Calvin was just so meanspirited and funny without meaning to be...and annoyed the heck out of his parents...sort of like me when I was younger..hehe.

Dinner for five - who would you invite (the world is your oyster):
Mahatma Ghandi; Buddha, Mother Teresa, Liam Niessen, Socrates.