Tuesday, 25 December 2012
May you have a very merry Christmas filled with love, joy, laughter, family and good food. May the joy and love of Christmas carry through the end of this year and into the next and fill your house and life with love, joy, laughter, blessings, peace, and prosperity.
Monday, 24 December 2012
As I shopped with my mother over the weekend, I realized the two of us are different types of shoppers. As much as I love my mom, as shoppers, we are not compatible. (G) There are six types of shoppers: Extractors, Browsers, Consensus Takers, and combinations of all three.
What is an Extractor? What are the "symptoms," as it were? (Is shopping a disease? It depends on whom you talk to.) An extractor does the following things:
- Prepares a list
- Knows exactly where they are going and where to find the items on their list
- Gathers everything as quickly as possible
- Purchases only what is on their list
- Gets the hell out of Dodge
Now, I must admit to occasionally buying more than what is on my list and--gasp--even browsing, especially when I'm hungry. (A very bad time to go grocery shopping is when I'm hungry. Grin) However, most of the time, I am an Extractor. I'm in and out as quickly as possible.
Browsers, on the other hand, exhibit the following symptoms:
- They keep a mental list in their head
- They go to the store
- They find one item on that mental list, but they are distracted by all the choices and must go up and down every single fucking aisle in the entire store until the Extractor who is with them is ready to kill somebody. (Pant, pant)
- Two and a half hours later, they are ready to stand in line at the grocery store
- They pay for their items, but just as they leave, they see something else they must have. By this time, the Extractor has filed their nails to a point and can be found climbing the walls and possibly hanging onto the ceiling. Their eyes have turned feral, and they are nearly hyperventilating with frustration.
- They go with a list, but must consult with someone else, usually everyone who is with them, before buying. If no one is with them, they will call someone to confer. If they can't get a hold of anyone, they will ask fellow shoppers. They are often convinced by people with samples to buy their products.
- They will return home with a lot of shit they didn't need, much to the irritation of an Extractor.
Now, to be fair, even Extractors impulse buy from samples. (G)
The other three... Well, the thought of them gives me a nervous tic. I'll let you combine the symptoms for yourself.
My mother sees herself as an Extractor. She is not. Not remotely. She does write a list. She'll buy everything on that list, but she will also browse, AND she will try to reel you into her shopping madness by using the Consensus Taker ploy of asking your opinion. (Aaaaahhhhh!) Honestly, she means well. She wants to please, and I do appreciate that. And I have no desire to spend four hours grocery shopping. (Twitch... Twitch... Twitch...) LOL I am sure it is just as hard on her as me. Finally, at the third store and three hours later, I returned to the car where I started typing this post with my thumbs on my phone. (I am not kidding. LOL)
As I've said, I love my mother. We just aren't compatible when it comes to shopping. I think she enjoys shopping, any kind of shopping. To me, most of the time, it's just a means to an end. Oh, I enjoy finding that perfect gift. I just like to find it sooner rather than later. (G)
Did I mention Charlie, my husband, is the same as my mother? Imagine our trips to Costco. Hahahahahaha... Groan... It's one of my least favorite monthly shopping trips. (G) He loves it and can't wait to go down every aisle and try every sample. Oh, God, deliver me! ;)
So, what's your shopping MO? And are your loved ones compatible or incompatible like mine? (G)
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Monday, 17 December 2012
Did you guess Wonder Woman? You did? Then you're right. She is considered one of the D.C. Trinity. Superman and Batman are the others of the Holy Trinity. (And girls, Wonder Woman has had a thing with both of them)
Ok, I know what you're thinking. How cool can a comic book character’s history really be? Well, Skeptical Sally, I'll tell you. Like Captain America and Superman, Wonder Woman was created during war times. She, like her male counterparts, became a symbol of truth, justice and the American way. (Too all the D.C. reps reading this blog sorry for the copyright infringement but come on there is no better way to put it.) Comic Books and some of the most popular heroes are an essential part of American History. Work with me here, people.
Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston. At the time the comic book market was dominated mainly by male superhores, The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton for me please) and The Man of Steel leading the pack with Captain America coming in a close second. Green Lantern is in there somewhere but I never liked him anyway. Marston wanted to create a whole new type of hero, someone females could look up to. He wanted his hero to thrive off intelligence and love. Batman has a tendency to hang people of a build and Cap just blasts Red Skulls minions.
It was actually his wife who gave him the idea for that hero to be a woman and Wonder Woman, a.k.a Diana Prince a.k.a Princess Diana, was born. Marston wanted Wonder Woman's strength and brainpower to be something young girls could look at and strive for in their own lives. He wanted her to be "distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men." Not bad for a guy in the 1940s.
When Wonder Woman first appeared she was kicking Nazi butt, like ya' do. She was the Allied forces secret weapon, as secret as you can be in a red, white, and blue bathing suit. In the original comics she even had a skirt on that bathing suit bottom. Now is she clad in a sleeker blue bustier and red bathing suit bottom. She still has her lasso and her wicked cool boots.
One thing that separates Wonder Woman from her male counterparts is she has actually killed people in the comic books. Batman and Superman rarely ever kill, even if the villain deserves it. Wonder Woman never shies away from killing. She weighs the pros and cons but ultimately will do what is necessary.
In 1972, Gloria Steinem, famous feminist and champion of women's rights, placed Wonder Woman on the first standalone cover of Ms. Magazine under the caption "Wonder Woman for President."
So you see how something that many people brush off as childish and a few silly lines of ink and color on some paper can really be an important piece of American Iconography. Wonder Woman was a champion for women's rights before the issue of women's rights ever really came into focus. What started as a way for every day Americans to defeat the Nazis and the evil lurking on their doorsteps, same with the boys of this club, morphed into something more.
In May of this year, IGN placed Wonder Woman 5th on their top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time. (For the record she beat out Captain America and Green Lantern) For me and many other young girls, she's number one.
Friday, 14 December 2012
So of course, since Hubs is out with the kids and he could be calling to see if I want takeaway for supper, I rush to get my...um...I was going to say shit together, but, well, you know, pants up, so I can answer it. I follow the sound of ringing*, trip over a couple cats and find the phone buried under the unfolded laundry on the bed (and just as an aside, all automation wouldn't be bad. For instance, an instamatic-laundry-fluff-and-fold I could get behind!)
And you're all thinking...wait for it...wait....yes, you've guessed it - cold-call telemarketer
Now this person is clearly calling because my name was on a list picked by some computer somewhere because my ipad plan with my carrier isn't the most expensive one they figure they can talk me into. I would be mildly annoyed with this cold-call, we-have-a-light-years-better-deal-for-you tactic if it wasn't the FIFTH time I've received this identical call in the past month and a half. Now my mood resembles mildly annoyed in the same sort of way my 17-yr-old house cat resembles a full grown Bengal tiger in his prime.
Why can this nefarious computer program that keeps drawing my name not flag my account as something more useful to the poor cold-callers, like pissed-off-she-devil-swearing-freak-head. DO NOT CALL? And yes, every time I get the call, I make sure to tell them to put a note on my account that I don't want their stinkin' "upgrade", (half as much data for three times the price? Good deal. right. I'll jump right on that one. Oh. Wait NOT) and that they should please not cold call me anymore.
Or how about my attempts to get into my Photobucket account to which I have lost the password? They have a form for that, you know. Of course they do. A convenient email form linked to the email address that I opened the account with. That would be the email that got hacked and that I have since abandoned and can't get into any more. So they have a form for that, too, though. Huzzah!
After clicking my way through FAQs and forms and drop-down menus I find a ten question questionnaire to fill out. Like when did I open the account. Um...I don't know? six or seven years ago? and what's the email address associated with it so we can send you a new password....
Um, duh, the whole point of this particular form is that no, you can't send an email to that address because I can't get into that email...*eyeroll*
Anyway, I finally stumble my way through what are bound to be a dozen only half right answers to their questions and they send me an automated email saying:
Really? Really??? Needless to say, I replied to the email.Hello there!***If you want to talk to a real live Photobucket Support Rep. just reply back to this email letting us know!***This is the Photobucket Support Robot. I couldn't help but notice that you haven't tried the New Photobucket yet! I was wondering if you wanted to try it out to see if you like it and if it helps with any issues you are having. Simply click on this link: http://bit.ly/QlIcxJ and you'll be able to log into the new site. You can opt out of the new site at any time. (emphasis mine)
And finally, what about the client I spoke to the other day who didn't want to use the "outmoded" and "old-fashioned" technology required to fax me information, so could he please have the snail mail address of my work so he could mail the information to me? I felt like telling him no, you'll have to call the Pony Express for delivery, sir. We don't use regular post here.
*Autocorrect, another fine automated feature, changed my typo: "I followed the sound of rining..." to: "I followed the sound of rimming..." Yes. Autocorrect, how my homoerotic brain loves you...
So yeah. Sometimes, where technology is involved, less is more, ya know? Do you have stories of technology gone stupid? Share!
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
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Six lives at stake.
The men of the Guardian Agency put their lives on the line for those they are paid to protect - imagine the lengths they'd go to shield those they love.
Shanna flees the altar. What better way to escape than go on her honeymoon without the scandalous groom? When mysterious phone calls threaten, Ross makes sure the safety of Shanna's body becomes his business - and he's all over it.
Rock star River Blu dominates the music charts, but a secret from her past haunts her. With danger lurking, she turns to Noah. He hopes to revisit their history, but he'll need to keep her alive to do it.
Eboni Stiles witnessed a murder. Now those responsible want her dead, but they'll have to get through Simon Blackcat first; and Blackcat doesn't die easily. The danger to her heart, however, is real and present.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
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Poppy Maguire is tired of being a loser. Emotionally neglected as a child, she wants to find the courage to leave her family and the job she hates. She desperately wants to make a change. Little does she realize how much of a change sexy brothers Cody, Michael and Trevor Paraby will bring to her life when the friendly shoulders they offer turn into so much more.
Comfort turns to passion and Poppy learns what life could be like in the arms of not one, but three men who love her. But what happens when the pink line on a pregnancy test doubles and she’s expecting twins, courtesy of one of a Parabys?
The brothers blow her mind by offering her the family and love she’s always longed for. But do they realize what they’re in for? Cody is moving a little too fast, Michael may not be in for the long haul, and Trevor is a bit self-centered.In order for Poppy to have the extraordinary love she fears she hasn't earned, everyone is going to have to do some growing. But can she break free from the bad seed of her abusive family and have the courage to bloom?
Monday, 3 December 2012
|Don't forget the Arts & Crafts! This is the wreath the kids & I made after Thanksgiving!|