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Archive for December, 2006

Happy New Year everyone!

My plans have changed for tonight. I was going to go to a friend’s house for a NYE party, however, another friend called and he has tickets to a party at the Orleans that would normally cost $200. 5 course meal, music and dancing, champagne at midnight. All for free. YEEHAWW

What’s on your list?

Is that kind of like “what’s in your wallet?” I’ve been thinking of these lists I’ve seen around the blogosphere lately. What to do in 2007 and what not to do in 2007. Some have listed their New Year’s Resolutions. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago because I never kept them. Why make them if I knew I wouldn’t keep them? GAH, dumb really.

Here I am jumping on the bandwagon for what I would like to do and what I would NOT like to do in 2007.

What I would like to accomplish in 2007. The top ten (if I can think of that many!)

10. Get a gym membership and use it more than once every 3 months.

9. Eat healthier and work out more (see #10)

8. Stop smoking once and for all.

7. Pay down my credit card debt to a liveable amount where I’m not living paycheck to paycheck.

6. Go to more GA meetings and work on my recovery by completing work on the 12 steps

5. Get into a relationship with someone and maybe even fall in love.

4. Learn how to belly dance (remember the Christmas present I got?)

3. Enjoy my new job assignment and be happy with where I’m at

2. Go to NYC at least once

1. Get out from underneath the mess of a mortgage we got from when we got screwed by the Finance Lady.

What I would NOT like to do in 2007

10. Run into the Finance Lady cause I still harbor a huge resentment towards her.

9. Get into more debt (see #7 on the to do list)

8. Lose the abstinence and recovery that I have in GA.

7. Isolate myself to the point I did after surgery

6. Not take care of myself

5. Continue smoking

4. Hate my job

3. have any surgeries

2. have any anxiety attacks to the point I end up in the ER as much as I did in 2006

And the number one thing I do NOT want to do in 2006?

1. Having to take depression and anxiety medication (I’m working on getting off of those with my doctor)

OK, that’s it. Not really thrilling or special, but it gave me something to post for today!

Until next time…

Have you ever noticed?

Have you ever noticed how violent the movie Underworld: Evolution is? YIKES! I love this movie though. I actually like this one better than the first. Not a lot of sequels catch my interest the way this one did.

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to leave somewhere you’ve worked for over a year? Today was my “official” last day at the office. I’ll still be over there part time, but it just feels very sad and I moped around all day long. I stayed later than my boss wanted me too, but I had a hard time letting go of the place. My office is cleaned out of all my personal belongings, most of them are at my new office already. I have one box of stuff in my trunk.

Have you ever noticed how when you throw the gauntlet down with someone, they back off? The Crush kissed me again yesterday and today. I told him today he needs to stop teasing me cause it’s just not right. He said soon. I said, make it fast. We’ll see what happens. He has my phone number and knows how to find me.

Have you ever noticed how easy a regular headache goes into a migraine or sinus headache? GAH!!!! I’m dying over here.

I saw on Fox News that Sadam Hussein was executed tonight. Good riddance, peace out. That’s all I have to say about that.

I read through my NFT (Not For Tourists) Guide to New York City tonight. I was bored, I was depressed and so I figured I’d read stuff that makes me happy. NYC makes me happy.

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers doing lists the last week or so. They’ve done lists of things to do in 2007, lists of things NOT to do in 2007. I may do a list tomorrow.

I do not have to work NYE this year (YAY ME!!!!), and I’ve been invited to a party. I’m going. BYOB and it starts at 8pm. Not too very far from my house either.

Until next time…

FOAD Thursday

Guess what today is? You will never ever in your wildest imagination be able to figure it out. Well, I’m here to tell you what day it is. The day of the week where I tell people to Fuck Off and Die. Yup, that’s right people! It’s Fuck Off and Die Thursday! WOOOOT!!

I’ve been thinking about this post all day long. There are a lot of changes going on at work this week, that don’t make sense to me. I’m not one throw a fit at work, unless it’s something so blatantly out there, it catches my attention and won’t let go.

These changes are happening on paper this Saturday (the 30th). The changes don’t become physically official until Tuesday (the 2nd). New Year’s Eve is mixed in there, that’s why it’s not happening “physically” until after the holiday weekend. The changes have screwed some people out of overtime and days off. That irritates me. No, it doesn’t effect me directly, but damnit these are my peoples. These are my guys and my gals getting fucked out of days off and overtime money.

I don’t know who to direct this first FOAD too (I have an idea tho). But I will say whoever made this decision? Get your head outta your ass and please FOAD. Thanks.

As many know, I’ll be working in both places for awhile, until I can get my replacement trained and up to speed on certain things. I’ll be working 1 day a week at the place I’m in now for the next two weeks. After that, when she comes to work, I’ll be working 1-2 days over there a week and the rest in my new assignment.

I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do. My replacement has never worked in patrol before, so there is a lot of information she has never dealt with. If I don’t help her out, she will be set up for failure and that’s unacceptable to me.

My second FOAD goes to myself for being so fucking “nice” and volunteering to do this in the middle of this cluster fuck of changes. Because did I mention that not only do we have these changes the 30th, but there are also huge changes on the 13th and the 27th of January. YAY me. However, I will still do it.

Iraq. It’s a touchy subject. Hussein’s sentence has been held up by the higher court and he’s going to be executed. By hanging. Good riddance. FOAD to all those who don’t support the troops. I don’t give a fuck if you support the reason we are there, I barely do that. What pisses me off is when people blame the soldiers. The troops who volunteer to protect our rights, who volunteer to do the work they are doing. The troops over there dying and getting shot at while we are here sleeping and safe. Fucking give them a break. And please, FOAD.

My new office. Not a person, but a place. I fucking hate it. I took my boxes over there this afternoon and I wanted to go puke. FOAD to that little alcove in the hallway which I will call my 2nd home for approximately one year. I’ll get used to it eventually.

OK I think I’m done for now. I’m feeling very angry today and traffic didn’t help. OH!!! one more FOAD before I go. To the driver who honked at me for not turning right when there was a big fucking sign that said NO RIGHT TURN ON RED. That, to me, means I can’t turn right unless the light is green. 10 seconds will not fucking kill you to wait for the light to turn. FOAD to you asshat.

Until next time…

3rd installment of faiths

This is the third and most likely final (cause I have other shit to talk about) installment of my top 10 religions I got on that quiz. And just because I can, I’m mixing it up a bit. I’m going to post what #9 and #10 are about.

This will be per, not me.

#9 was Sikhism

• Belief in Deity
God Almighty is impersonal, formless ultimate reality and He is the Creator, personal savior, inner teacher, omniscient, omnipotent, and incorporeal.

• Incarnations
God reveals and manifests Himself through all in the universe, but no finite form can be worshipped as God, who is infinite. God chose to embody the Divine Light in the Guru Nanak and in nine gurus successively, and finally to the scriptures themselves, but none are to be worshipped as God(s).

• Origin of Universe and Life
God existed in deep meditation of the void for countless ages until deciding to create the universe and life. Only God knows how and when the universe and life and the first karma were created.

• After Death
One’s soul is continually reborn until liberated by the Grace of God, at which time the soul merges with God (Guru).

• Why Evil?
No original sin, no Satan. We are currently in the age of sin when evil is likely to flourish. Humans are inherently prone to succumb to temptations. God created all and gave people free will. Evil is permitted as a test of the character of humanity and the faithfulness of evil’s victims. Godless evildoers are to be avoided.

• Salvation
Salvation is enlightenment, granted by God’s grace only, resulting in liberation from cycles of rebirth and the soul’s merger with God (the Supreme Soul or Guru) after death. Frequent prayer, mediation, and song in praise of God, adult baptism into the Khalsa brotherhood, good works (alms and free food kitchen), morality, and obeying God’s laws (divine words conveyed through 10 human Gurus) demonstrate devotion and purify the soul of impurities accumulated over many prior lifetimes and of the human vices of lust, anger, greed, attachment, and pride (or ego).

• Undeserved Suffering
Rebirth occurs, but one is not destined to suffer under the law of karma. Suffering is not inflicted directly by God but is permitted by God as a test of courage and faith. Suffering is appreciated for the good that it often brings out in humanity, e.g. compassion. The faithful are most vulnerable to suffering at the hand of evildoers who challenge their faith. Suffering is seen as the remedy and pleasure the disease.

• Contemporary Issues
Abortion is a sin. Homosexuality is not addressed in scripture, but one source indicated that it is considered as part of one’s karma, and subjects the person to psychic imbalance between female and male energies, which could lead to self-destructive behaviors. Gender equality is a stated position and is emphasized in practice. Remarriage of widows is permitted.

#10 was Mahayana Buddhism

Mahayana Buddhism includes diverse beliefs, various sects, schools, and trends. The main Mahayana sects include Pure Land, Zen, and Vajrayana (or Tantric) Buddhism. We focus here on some of the traditional elements of Mahayana Buddhism.

• Belief in Deity
Mahayana Buddhism (like Theravada Buddhism) posits no Creator or ruler God. However, deity belief is present in the Mahayana doctrine of The Three Bodies (forms) of Buddha: (1) Body of Essence–the indescribable, impersonal Absolute Reality, or Ultimate Truth that is Nirvana (Infinite Bliss); (2) Body of Bliss or Enjoyment–Buddha as divine, deity, formless, celestial spirit with saving power of grace, omnipotence, omniscience; and (3) Body of Transformation or Emanation–an illusion or emanation in human form provided by the divine Buddha to guide humans to Enlightenment. Any person can potentially achieve Buddhahood, transcending personality and becoming one with the impersonal Ultimate Reality, which is Infinite Bliss (Nirvana). There are countless Buddhas presiding over countless universes. Bodhisattvas–humans and celestial spirits who sacrifice their imminent liberation (Buddhahood) to help all others to become liberated–are revered or worshipped as gods or saints by some.

• Incarnations
The historic Buddha, the person Siddhartha Gautama, is considered by many as an emanation or illusion of the highest power (which is also called Buddha). Many believe there have been countless Buddhas on earth.

• Origin of Universe and Life
No Creator God. All matter is illusion or manifestation of the Ultimate Reality. Generally, Mahayana Buddhist beliefs don’t find modern scientific discoveries contradictory to Buddhist thought.

• After Death
There is no transmigration of individual souls, but through the law of karma, one’s wholesome or unwholesome intentions become imprinted in the mind. Negative mental states persist through continual rebirth until one’s intentions become wholesome. Once fully enlightened, one is liberated from rebirths, reaching a state of absolute selflessness resulting in ultimate bliss called Nirvana–the “Deathless State.” One becomes Buddha (or one with Buddha). Some Buddhists, especially modern Western, don’t emphasize or believe in literal rebirth.

• Why Evil?
People have free will to commit wrongs. Evil results as cravings, attachments, and ignorance accumulate through perpetual rebirths, thus perpetuating greed, hatred, and violence.

• Salvation
The goal is enlightenment, leading to Nirvana–liberation from cycles of rebirth and suffering–which is life. All are already endowed with Buddha-nature but need to come to realize fully that only the Ultimate Reality (the great “void” or “emptiness”) is real (or nonconditional) and permanent. The Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path show the way, along with worship of the essential Buddha. One must work to extinguish self: All worldly cravings, desires, and attachments, through loving-kindness, compassion, charity, moral conduct, wisdom, and meditation. Renouncing worldly possessions and goals is not necessary for the laity, if balanced. Buddha taught the middle path, moderation. Human and spirit world Bodhisattvas are sought for help in gaining enlightenment. Pure Land Mahayana Buddhists aim to find a place of eternal Nirvana in a paradisiacal Pure Land, attainable by calling out the name of the Buddha ruler of the Pure Land.

• Undeserved Suffering
Life is suffering. Suffering results from this and past life greed, hatred, and ignorance, which, unless mitigated, returns as suffering (karma). Intense suffering may be viewed as the release of karma, hastening one’s liberation. Suffering is illusion or ignorance of one’s true nature as Buddha.

• Contemporary Issues
Abortion is considered murder, and all violent acts cause horrific karmic consequence. Homosexuality in itself is not specifically condemned by scripture, but opinions vary, especially among various Buddhist cultures–e.g., American Buddhists are generally very accepting, while Asian Buddhists are generally strongly opposed to homosexuality. It is believed that divorce wouldn’t occur if one follows Buddhist precepts, but a couple is not condemned if they separate due to vast personal differences. Gender roles are generally traditional (e.g. women are child caretakers and men are providers), but are growing less rigid as society inflicts more and more contemporary demands (e.g. women working in increasing numbers).

I find these two extremely interesting. I studied Gung Fu (Bruce Lee’s version of Kung Fu) and Chi Gung (Chinese meditation) and each of those two things relied heavily on Buddhism and in some cases, Sikhism.

Interesting. Until next time….that would be FOAD Thursday and do I have a FUCKTON of things to say!

What faith is right for you? #2

Since I’ve done that quiz on Beliefnet, I’ve decided to break down the top ten list I got when I took it. Each post will have two religions listed.

The number 3 religion my beliefs fall into was listed as Liberal Quaker (89%).

• Belief in Deity
Diverse beliefs, from belief in a personal God as an incorporeal spirit to questioning belief in a personal God.

• Incarnations
Beliefs vary from the literal to the symbolic belief in Jesus Christ as God’s incarnation. Most believe we are all sons and daughters of God, with the main focus on experiencing and listening to God, the Light within, accessible to all.

• Origin of Universe and Life
Emphasis is placed on spiritual truths as revealed to each individual. Many believe that God created/controls all events/processes that modern scientists are uncovering about origins. Many believe in scientific accounts alone or don’t profess to know.

• After Death
Few liberal Quakers believe in direct reward and punishment, heaven and hell, or second coming of Christ. The primary focus is nondogmatic: God is love, love is eternal, and our actions in life should reflect love for all of humanity.

• Why Evil?
Beliefs vary, as the focus is not on why, but how to eliminate wrongs, especially violence. Many believe that violence against another human is violence against God. Many Quakers believe that lack of awareness of God’s divine Light within all may result in wrongdoing. Many believe that evil is simply an unfortunate part of human nature that we all must work to eliminate.

• Salvation
Beliefs are diverse, as dogma is de-emphasized. Most believe that all will be saved because God is good and forgiving, and the divine Light of God is available to all. Good works, especially social work and peace efforts, are viewed as integral to the salvation of humanity, regardless of belief or nonbelief in an afterlife.

• Undeserving Suffering
Liberal Quakers do not believe that Satan causes suffering. Some believe suffering is part of God’s plan, will, or design, even if we don’t immediately understand it. Some don’t believe in any spiritual reasons for suffering. Quakers focus on reducing human suffering, especially that which is caused by social injustice or violence.

• Contemporary Issues
Views vary, some maintaining that abortion violates Quaker commitment to nonviolence, but some view the right to choose abortion as an aspect of equal rights for women and/or as a personal matter between the woman and God. The American Friends Service Committee (an independent Quaker organization with participants of many faiths, which provides international programs for economic and social justice, peace, humanitarian aid) supports the woman’s right to choose abortion according to her own conscience.

The 4th religion on my list was Reform Judaism.

• Belief in Deity
Beliefs vary among adherents, including that of nonbelief or questioning belief, and all are welcome and considered personal, but the official stance is that there is one God Almighty–Creator, all-powerful, ever-present, and all knowing–formless, incorporeal spirit.

• Incarnations
None, as only God is worshipped. Moses was the greatest of all prophets.

• Origin of Universe and Life
Most believe that Genesis is to be understood symbolically. God created and controls all phenomena revealed by modern science.

• After Death
Reform Jews believe in the world to come and a messianic age (but no individual Messiah). Personal beliefs in the details of afterlife are diverse, as there is no official position. Some believe in heaven and hell but only as states of consciousness; some believe in reincarnation; some believe God is all-forgiving; and some may not believe in an actual afterlife. Regardless, Judaism generally focuses on living a virtuous life, rather than working toward reward after death.

• Why Evil?
No original sin. Most often, Satan is interpreted symbolically to represent selfish desires that are inherent within all. God gave people free will, and people are responsible for their actions.

• Salvation
The main emphasis is on living the kind of life that God commands, which will surely be rewarded if there is an afterlife. Most believe God is forgiving of all; there is no hell to which some are condemned. Salvation is achieved through faith and prayer to God, good works, concern for the earth and humanity, and behavior that does no harm to others. The extent to which one follows Jewish Law is an individual decision.

• Undeserved Suffering
God gave humans free will to feel pleasure and pain, and his purpose in allowing deep suffering of the innocent must be good even if mysterious. It is generally believed that God suffers along with the sufferer. More important than knowing why God allows suffering is to work to help those in need.

• Contemporary Issues
Judaism holds that human life begins upon first breath, and Jewish law requires abortion if necessary to save the mother’s life prior to birth. Most believe potential human life should never be terminated casually, but it is generally regarded as a personal decision, especially within the first 40 days of pregnancy. Homosexuality: Homosexuals are God’s creation, and Jewish instruction is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Reform (and Conservative) Judaism have a long history of support for homosexual rights.

Until next time….

What faith is right for you?

I found this little quiz thing over at Jane’s place. You can click here to go over to Beliefnet and take the quiz yourself.

This may be a long post, because I find this topic interesting and I loved looking at the different belief systems that came up on my list! I’ve only posted the top 10 in my list. They listed 27 religions that my beliefs could fall into.

It’s quite interesting really. I posted what #1 and #2 mean and what people in those faiths believe for the most part. I tend to agree with a lot of what they say, save one or two things. I’m glad it came up something Christian as #1 since I believe in Christ.

I may post what each one means eventually. But for today, the top 2 are good enough.

1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)

Also sometimes referred to as secular, modern, or humanistic. This is an umbrella term for Protestant denominations, or churches within denominations, that view the Bible as the witness of God rather than the word of God, to be interpreted in its historical context through critical analysis. Examples include some churches within Anglican/Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ. There are more than 2,000 Protestant denominations offering a wide range of beliefs from extremely liberal to mainline to ultra-conservative and those that include characteristics on both ends.

• Belief in Deity
Trinity of the Father (God), the Son (Christ), and the Holy Spirit that comprises one God Almighty. Many believe God is incorporeal.

• Incarnations
Beliefs vary from the literal to the symbolic belief in Jesus Christ as God’s incarnation. Some believe we are all sons and daughters of God and that Christ was exemplary, but not God.

• Origin of Universe and Life
The Bible’s account is symbolic. God created and controls the processes that account for the universe and life (e.g. evolution), as continually revealed by modern science.

• After Death
Goodness will somehow be rewarded and evil punished after death, but what is most important is how you show your faith and conduct your life on earth.

• Why Evil?
Most do not believe that humanity inherited original sin from Adam and Eve or that Satan actually exists. Most believe that God is good and made people inherently good, but also with free will and imperfect nature, which leads some to immoral behavior.

• Salvation
Various beliefs: Some believe all will go to heaven, as God is loving and forgiving. Others believe salvation lies in doing good works and no harm to others, regardless of faith. Some believe baptism is important. Some believe the concept of salvation after death is symbolic or nonexistent.

• Undeserved Suffering
Most Liberal Christians do not believe that Satan causes suffering. Some believe suffering is part of God’s plan, will, or design, even if we don’t immediately understand it. Some don’t believe in any spiritual reasons for suffering, and most take a humanistic approach to helping those in need.

• Contemporary Issues
Most churches teach that abortion is morally wrong, but many ultimately support a woman’s right to choose, usually accompanied by policies to provide counseling on alternatives. Many are accepting of homosexuality and gay rights.

2. Neo-Pagan (90%)

Neo-Pagans are a community of faiths bringing ancient Pagan and magickal traditions to the modern age–including mostly Wicca but also Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, neo-Native American, and more. Neo-Pagan is an umbrella term for various and diverse beliefs with many elements in common. Some Neo-Pagans find no incongruence practicing Neo-Paganism along with adherence to another faith, such as Christianity or Judaism.

• Belief in Deity
Some believe in a Supreme Being. Many believe in God and Goddess–a duality. Many believe there are countless spirit beings, gods and goddesses, in the cosmos and within all of nature–God is all and within all; all are one God. The Great Mother Earth, or Mother Nature, is highly worshipped. Divinity is immanent and may become manifest within anyone at any time through various methods.

• Incarnations
No human incarnations are worshipped in particular, as all of nature and the universe are considered embodiments of God and Goddess, or of gods and goddesses, worthy of respect, reverence, or worship.

• Origin of Universe and Life
Generally, there is no conflict between observations revealed through science and Neo-Pagan beliefs on origins of the physical universe and of man. Many believe in a supreme intelligence that created a duality of God/Goddess who then created a spirit world of gods and goddesses as well as all of the universe and nature.

• After Death
Many believe in reincarnation after some rest and recovery in the “Otherworld.” There is generally no concept of hell as a place of punishment, but some believe wrongdoing can trap the soul in state of suffering after death. Some (Wicca) believe the soul joins their dead ancestors who watch over and protect their family. Some believe that life energy continues in some, if unknown, form. Some believe in various spiritual resting places. Many say we don’t or can’t know what happens after death.

• Why Evil?
“Evil” is imbalance. Most believe there is no evil but rather that people sometimes make mistakes. Wrongdoing results when we forget we are one with the universal spirit.

• Salvation
The concept of “salvation” is essentially irrelevant; rather the belief that people can attain spiritual balance and harmony with each other and nature. The path includes group ceremonies, dances, songs/chants, prayers, meditation, trance, altered states of consciousness, the metaphysical, magic, invoking or evoking deities or spirits, Tantric practices. Intercessors are commonly used: psychics, seers, shamans, tarot, Oui-Ja board. Ethical choices are influenced by a belief that one is rewarded or punished within this or after this lifetime for one’s choices and an ethical code to do no harm.

• Undeserved Suffering
Most do not believe in Satan or any spirit being as the cause of suffering. Some believe in a karma-like principle, that choosing to live a life of wrongdoing and pain will naturally result in suffering in this or later lifetimes. Many view suffering as a result of spiritual imbalance in one’s life or on the planet or in the universe. The focus is generally on healing suffering rather than answering definitively why it exists.

• Contemporary Issues
Abortion is not condemned, as there is no official doctrine; beliefs about abortion range the full spectrum. Views on divorce, homosexuality, and gender equality are generally very supportive of human differences, equality, and personal choice. Many believe that involvement in community action, especially regarding environmental concerns, is integral to the belief in human interdependence and worship of the Earth Mother.

3. Liberal Quakers (89%)
4. Reform Judaism (80%)
5. Unitarian Universalism (79%)
6. New Age (78%)
7. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (66%)
8. New Thought (66%)
9. Sikhism (65%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism (64%)

I’m looking forward to delving into each of the religions on this list. Sikhism and Mahayana Buddhism sound really interesting and I’ll be looking into those.

Until next time…

OH am I in trouble now.

This afternoon, I was looking at the paperwork for Quest Diagnostics, to see what they wanted to test for. And I got this wild hair up my ass, so I called the doctor’s office to find out if I needed to fast before going. I did not.

I put my shoes on and ventured over to the closest QD to get the blood taken. It was 8 miles away. Not bad for around this place, considering I live in the middle of nowhere.

I walked into the QD office and there were 3 ladies sitting behind the counter, one guy standing with them and not one single person in the lobby. WOOT!!!! It’s my lucky day. I had even brought a book with me, in case it took forever.

One lady took my form and my information and then entered it into the computer. The guy called me back to take my blood. I’d try to spell the name of their profession, it starts with a P and ends with a T and I call them vampires.

The male vampire puts the thing around my upper right arm and gives me a little ball to squeeze. Fun for me. He took four things of blood and by the end of it, I thought my right arm was being torn off. Is that normal? I don’t think that’s normal.

When he was done, he put the little cotton ball on my arm and taped it up for me. I left and came home. Within an hour, my right arm hurt so bad I could barely move it. So, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to lay down on the couch.

At this point it’s about 430 or so this afternoon. I just woke up at 7:55 pm. I’m in so much trouble. I have NO idea if I’ll be sleeping tonight. Since I slept about 3 hours off and on while on the couch, I’m afraid I won’t sleep tonight. I suppose I will find out when I go to bed in an hour, huh?

My arm is feeling a little better, except it hurts to bend it. I can lift it again and the pain is not a constant like it was when I lay down. I hate vampires who do this to me. They fucking kill my arm for 45 seconds of blood letting. GAH!!!

Until next time….

This is how it happened.

I got up fairly early yesterday. Once mom got up, she walked me through how to make her famous stuffing for the turkey. I cubed the bread, got the other stuff ready (like you thought I’d reveal that recipe!), and took a break.

Turkey got stuffed, thrown (not literally) into the oven. A few hours later, I made the mashed potatoes and brocoli. Mom did the sweet potatoes and gravy. We were set to eat. It was yummy and we’re both still alive, so that’s a huge plus I’m thinking.

My alarm went off at 4:30 this morning. I got outta bed, took a shower, got ready for work and took the long trek into the office.

I packed up what was left of my office decorations and did some work (as little as possible). Boss got to the office, found out it was a holiday for us and sent me home. I was home by 11am.

Now that you’re done reading this boring post, I’m going to go watch this Miami Ink marathon on TLC. I love me some tattoo shows.

Until next time…

I love presents! Merry Christmas

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You’ll see several gifts in this picture. First, there is the set of perfumes by Elizabeth Taylor. I got that from my brother and his family. There is also some Kenneth Cole Black perfume and body lotion from mom.

You’ll see a little black purse which is just adorable. I got that from the brother, SIL and nephews. Also in this picture you’ll see Clerks II on DVD and the NFT (Not For Tourists) guide to NYC, which I got from the Watchdog.

One of my best friends got me the box that says BELLY DANCE on it. This box set includes a DVD, a CD, an instructional book with the history of belly dancing in it, a belly jewel and some metal finger cymbals. I’m going to be belly dancing soon people! I can feel it!

I’m cooking. God help us all. I’ve prepared the stuffing from scratch, I’ve cleaned the turkey and am waiting for the stuffing to cool off and then I’m going to stuff the turkey. Mom’s lucky she’s walking me through it. Otherwise we’d be having tons of garlic salt all over everything (I love garlic).

OK, back to the Christmas cooking and snacking on the stuffing before stuffing the turkey.

Hope you’re all having a great day!