Beaching is hard work

The beach was so fun ... which is amazing for reasons threefold. Eins, I hate the beach. Zwei, my brother hates the beach. Drei, we were all there. But it was really fun, and as long as the weather holds I think I'll be going back. Wow, huh? So I took my camera but only took one picture and now I can't find the plug to upload that one picture so you are instead getting this picture of crazy boys at the beach. Great, eh? I did get mildly burned, but it didn't show up until later. I wore a hat and sunglasses so my face didn't get it, but my upper back and shoulders are a pretty crimson color. Ian is a beautiful shade of scarlet, as he is never ever in the sun -- but only the bridge of his nose and his forearms, since he refuses to take off his shirt and reveal the translucence that is his chest. The dogs had a marvelous time, but I didn't realize how much of a workout I was getting toting around a 45lb and 60lb dog for 2 1/2 hours while they tried to meet every other dog on the beach and fight to get in the water and then fight to get back out of the water .... Late last night my muscles all started to tighten up and now my back and shoulders and arms are in so much pain!

I made spinach chicken manicotti last night for dinner, and for once I followed the recipe -- no good. I know better than to follow recipes exept in baking, but I figured the picture looked so good that it should be, right? The problem with recipes is that they don't allow for specific tastes. Usually I look at a recipe to get an idea of what types of things go in, but then I change it to fit our tastes -- it ends up completely different from the recipe, but by reading it first I know what kind of base to work with. This one had cayenne pepper (and I am completely anti-spicy) and a lot of lemon juice in the sauce. So we ended up with lemony spicy manicotti ... I didn't eat it, but Christen thought it was okay; he ate his and mine. He agreed that, while he thought it was good, it was not something that we would care to make again.

The reading is not going well this month. I finished From Our House, but I haven't been able to get into anything else. Any suggestions?


Beach Day!

Lola and I are going to the beach with my brother and sister and my mom's dog Jazzy. In February! It's such a gorgeous day, too. Monday it'll probably be 35 degrees again, so we may as well take advantage of it! Toodles!


Doggy sick

I think I might have the worst "healthy person" immune system. It's down for the count again. Toodles for now!


Pick My Spot

at this Web site, you can find out what community fits you best. Here are my Top 6:

Hickory, NC
Tulsa, OK
Clarksville, TN
Greenville, SC
Oklahoma City, OK
Athens, GA

Sound like me? Yeah, to me too ...

My love is everlasting

Your love is... by ChibiMarronchan
Your name is...
Your kiss is...breath taking
Your hugs are...warm
Your eyes...light up a day
Your touch is...awakening my heart
Your smell is...amazing
Your smile is...entrancing
Your love is...everlasting
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question Numero Dos:

What's your favorite quote? Mine changes day to day, but currently this is it:

I don't know yet what I am capable of doing, but, by God, I have genius -- I know it too well to blush behing it.
--Thomas Wolfe

Very inspirational to me right now.

that bowl is just super!

So we had a Superbowl party of sorts yesterday. It was fun, sort of half-assed, and I had a lovely time. I hope a lovely time was had by all. I kept forgetting to invite people, so if I left you out I am monumentally sorry -- can I plead drunkeness? Shea, Kyle and Mike came, some of the girls from work, Shellbell and her Monkey boy, my beautiful friend from college -- Tree, and her fiance. Food and drink was had by all, and the entire room was rooting for the Seahawks except for Kyle's lone voice.

So I'm now relaxing on my couch with a glass of Copolla Red Zin and the computer. I'm almost through Lee Martin's From Our House, at which time I'm going back to Look Homeward, Angel. On the book agenda for this month are the above two books, Crime and Punishment and to finish As I Lay Dying. Should be fun!

Question: what Web sites (other than blogs) are you addicted to?


Hey! I have personality!

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||||||||||||| 70%
Stability |||||||||||| 46%
Orderliness |||||||||||||||||| 73%
Accommodation |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Intellectual |||||||||||||| 56%
Mystical |||| 16%
Artistic |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Religious |||||||||||| 43%
Hedonism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Materialism |||||||||| 36%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 43%
Adventurousness |||||||||||| 43%
Work ethic |||||||||||| 43%
Self absorbed |||||| 23%
Conflict seeking |||||| 30%
Need to dominate |||||| 30%
Romantic |||||||||||||| 56%
Avoidant |||||| 23%
Anti-authority |||||| 30%
Wealth |||| 16%
Dependency |||||||||||||||| 63%
Change averse |||||||||||||||| 70%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 70%
Individuality |||||||||||| 43%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Peter pan complex |||| 16%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Physical Fitness |||||||||| 37%
Histrionic |||||||||||| 50%
Paranoia |||||||||| 36%
Vanity |||||||||||| 43%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||| 63%
Female cliche |||||||||||||||| 70%
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