Monday, May 15, 2006

Good Advice

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been probed by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults.

Keep your old love letters.Throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't know.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And then you do you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders. Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look like 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.
Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more that it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Random Observations

‘Thor’ is a ridiculous name for anyone not depicted on the cover of a romance novel. Mother and friend deserved to get barfed on.

There is “0” tolerance left for my job. I’m officially looking. Not rushing, but looking.

The movie “Rumor Has It” got a bad wrap. It was cute.

We are rapidly approaching the 2 days of each month I am prone to extreme paranoia, crying jags, firecracker rage. The good news is that I have been marking my calendar with a little angry faces the day or days I feel like trash so at the very least it’s predictable. If I call you crying, accept my apologizes in advance.

Meredith Viera is going to ruin the ‘Today’ show.

Sometimes my Outlook font changes on its own. Weird.

Chocolate Rice Cakes by Quaker are better than one would expect.

I thrive on structure, rules and consistant behavior.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


1. What does your livejournal headline mean? Well. I don’t have a LJ account so I’ll tell you about my Blogger. “Split Personality” came from the idea that I can be so different depending on who I am around. Only lately am I anywhere comfortable being “me” the majority of the time.

2. Elaborate on your icon: The icon on LJ is an “Alias” screen cap. At some point I will drag my friends out and will dress like this. Just for fun. And to see people stare.

3. What's your middle name? Jeanette

4. What is your current relationship status? Single

5. What EXACTLY are you wearing right now? Jeans and a green t-shirt.

6. What is your current problem? Stay at my job or start looking for something new.

7. What do you love most? Friends and family

8. What makes you most happy? Being with friends/family

9. If you could go back in time, and change something, what would it be? Finish college and get a masters in Criminal Psychology.

10. If you MUST be an animal for ONE day- what would you be? A cat.

11. Ever have a near death experience? Nope.

12. Name an obvious quality you have? Tender Hearted.

13. What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now? “I like the way you move” by bodyrockers

14. Who did you cut and paste this from? Kristianne83

15. Name someone with the same b-day as you: ????

16. Have you ever vandalized someone's private property: No

17. Have you ever been in a fight? Yes. With my sister. I actually punched her in the face and gave her a black eye. Don’t ask. Just know...She deserved it.

18. Have you ever sang in front of a large audience? Hell NO!

19. What's the first thing you notice about the OPPOSITE sex? Shoes & Shoulders.

20. What do you usually order from Starbucks? Triple Non-fat latte

21. Do you have a crush on anybody? ALWAYS!!

22. Ever had a drunken night in Mexico? Nope.

23. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity? Yes: Judy Garland.

24. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows? Yes to both!

25. Did you have braces? Yes

26. Are you comfortable with your height? Yeah. 5’6” is a good height.

27. What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you? Got up at 5am to drop off flowers and a card on my doorstep on Valentine’s Day. I left for work at 630 and opened the door to find them there. Best and only Valentine I have ever had.

28. Do you speak any other languages? I can read a little French. Very, very little.

29. What’s your favorite smell? Star Gazer Lilies or coffee in the morning.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Siiiiigghhh…of Relief…

Today I paid off a huge bill that has been hanging over my head since last year. The whole thing is gone! I am dirt poor at the moment but I feel so good. The shortness of breath, chest pains, and the crackling shooting pain in my head are all gone. Maybe it isn't/wasn't the stress of my job that has been making feel worn, maybe it was this…


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Never was there a truer horoscope!

"Think positively about what can happen if you relax. Sometimes
you work yourself into a tailspin."

St. Louis Art Museum vs Egypt

Monday, May 01, 2006

I HEART I-Tunes!

Love it! Love It!! LOVE IT!!!

I am just about the last person to jump on the I-Tunes bandwagon. I still don't have an I-Pod but I have collected a vast amount of music.

This weekend I-Tunes made me deliriously happy!!!

A hush falls over the crowd....

I was able to download the latest episode of 'Alias.' Oh Sweet Lord! Thank You!!

See, Wednesday I was nearly in tears when I got all comfy on the couch, flipped on the TV, only to discover the episode, described by Alias creator, J.J. Abrams, as "truly a love letter to the character Sydney Bristow," in its final minutes! I didn't nearly cry. I ACTUALLY cried! CRIED!!!

When all hope was seemingly lost (at least until September when Season 5 comes out on DVD) Apple and I-Tunes/I-Video swoop in and have not only this epic episode, but the complete season to date!

Oh the HUMANITY!!!

In a good way of course.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Wilton I

For the month of April my sister and I took the
Wilton I Cake Decorating Class at Michael's.

While it is a lot of fun, it is also a lot of work. There is a heavy amout of advance planning and preparation involved. Icing is easy, yet messy, to make. Two POUNDS of icing is nearly impossible to mix by hand. Only slightly more successful with a hand-mixer.

All icing issues aside it was a good time. Little Sis and I will be starting Wilton II on Tuesday.

Here is my Wilton I Graduation effort:

Pretty good, if I can pat myself on the back. The picture is a bit dark, but I did bunches of grapes and vines. All in icing. Even had to mix my own purple icing (red and blue).

The stock guys at work were very excited for the treat!


Current Mood: Jolly

Current Song: The Girls Attractive by Diamond Nights featured in Season 4 of 'Alias'