Wednesday, February 28, 2007


My cat is so the reincarnation of a goat. I caught her eating my socks (?!) a couple days ago, and a couple days before that, I caught her snacking on my pajamas (?!). How does one prevent this sort of behavior???

Of course, she's not 27.

Mom and Dad are Proud to Announce the Birth of their Child, Emily, on February 20, 1980.
Unfortunately, Emily is the reincarnation of a goat.
Mom and Dad are visiting an exorcist soon.
What Did Your Birth Announcement Say?  at

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Be kind to one another.
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Be hospitable to strangers, for you were once a stranger yourself.
Serve the poor; make the world a better place.

--I'm sure this is a quote, but I pulled it off of a newsletter and it wasn't cited.

Sounds about right

You Are a Centaur
In general, you are a very cautious and reserved person.However, you are also warm hearted, and you enjoy helping others in practical ways.You are a great teacher, and you are really good at helping people get their lives in order.You are very intuitive, and you go with your gut. You make good decisions easily.

Saturday, February 17, 2007


1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
phone bill

2. Where's the best place to eat a romantic dinner?
I tend to like homey kind of places, like my favorite Italian place or the Basque place in town. Neither would probably really qualify as romantic to anyone else, though.

3. When was the last time you puked from drinking?
never have

4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
never have

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
sitting with Bella at the airport

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
a minister

8. How many colleges did you attend?
two. one undergrad and one graduate

9. Why did you wear the shirt that you have on right now?
it's clean and I like tie-dye?

10. GAS PRICES First thought?
glad I don't use much gas

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
no alarm went off

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I hope Joe's okay. Joe is one of the guys at the shelter. He left around midnight last night, and I saw him walking downtown alone. It kind of worried me. It's still cold at night here.

14. What chore do you despise?
washing dishes

15. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer at an art gallery?
sure, why not.

16. Get up early or sleep in?
sleep in

17. What is your favorite movie?
Lady in the Water, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, D.E.B.S.

20. Favorite NON sexual thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
watch movies, play games, sit and chat

21. A secret that you wouldn't mind everyone knowing?
I still have my Christmas tree up.

22. Are you planning on remaining in your current field?
probably for a while

23. If you are not married, do you see yourself married
in the next 5 years?
if I find the right girl

24. Your favorite lunch meat?

25. What do you get every time you go into a Wal-Mart?
my prescription--it's only $4 there, and I don't have insurance

26. Beach or lake?

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual that was invented by people who died at 20?
I have no idea. I wish same sex couples could marry, though.

28. Who do you stalk on MySpace?
no one. I do read two blogs, but they're friends' blogs: Bella's and Tishie's.

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
salt and vinegar potato chips

30. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
It's in the Water? No one else seems to like that one at least.

31. What's "your" drink?
uh, Fat Tire?

32. Non alcoholic:

32. Cowboys or Indians?

33. Cops or Robbers?

34. Do you cheer for the bad guy?

35. What Hollywood star do you think resembles you best?
can't think of one

36. If you had to pick one, which cast member of Lost would you be?
never seen it

37. What do you want when you are sick?
someone to hold my hand

38. Who from high school would you like to run into?
alicia. she was brave and came out when we were 16. I'd like to talk to her about that and tell her she was brave.

39. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
the radio station that sponsors Pride

42. Norm or Cliff?

43. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons??
tend to watch the Simpsons more

44. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?

45. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
no one does

46. If you could get away with it, whom would you kill?
i'm not a violent person

47. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Amy Ray

48. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?

49. Last book you read for real?
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

50. Do you have a teddy bear?
nope. I have a stuffed lion, but my cat is terribly jealous of it.

51. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
in the woods with a toothbrush made out of a stick (seriously, this is a wilderness trick in case you get stuck in the woods)

52. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
San Francisco

53. Number of texts in a day?

54. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or relationship?

55. Pencil or pen?

56. How many jobs have you had?
I have no idea. Several.

57. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
married with kids and in a tenure track teaching position.

Monday, February 12, 2007


1. Hi, my name is: Emily

2. Never in my life have I: desired to jump out of an airplane

3. The one person who can drive me nuts is: my dad's mom

4. High school: is not something I care to relive.

5. When I'm nervous: I talk really fast and giggle.

6. The last time I cried was: when I watched disc 5 of Fullmetal Alchemist.

7. If I were to get married right now my wedding party would be: my sister and Judith and Josh

8. My hair is: frizzy

9. When I was 5: I could read

10. Last Christmas: I spent the day with my family

11. I should be: I really don't have anything I should be doing right this moment.

12. When I look down I see: cat toys

13. The craziest recent event was: I haven't done much lately...

14. If I were a character on 'Friends' I'd be: white

15. By this time next year: I want to be going to Europe

16. My current worry is: money

17. I have a hard time understanding: fundamentalists

18. There's this girl I know who: is fuzzy and likes to snuggle and purr.

19. You know I like you when: I introduce you to my cat.

20. If I won an award, the first person I would tell would be: my sister

21. Take my advice: claim who you are. No one else will.

22. My most wanted item is: new music

23. If you visited the place I was born: you'd understand a lot about me.

24. I plan to visit: Ireland, Portland

25. If you spend the night at my house while my parents are gone: you'll have two cats sucking up to you like you wouldn't believe.

27. The world could do without: fundamentalists

28. I'd rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: no

29. Most recent thing I've bought myself: lunch

30. Most recent thing someone else bought me: movie ticket and popcorn for my birthday (from my friend, Cassie)

31. My favorite blonde is: Cassie

32. My favorite brunette is: Erin

33. My favorite redhead is: Josh

34: My middle name is: Bronte

35. This morning I: got up early and did laundry and graded papers

36. The animals I would like to see flying besides birds are: giraffes

37. Once, at a party I: compared cat notes with one of my favorite poets

38. Last night I was: at the movies and then sleeping

39. There's this guy I know: who is overseas. I want to visit him.

40. I don't know: how to snowshoe.

41. A better name for me would be: Catwoman

42. Tomorrow I am: going to grade papers

43. My birthday is: next Tuesday

44. What I really want for Valentine's Day is: a romantic girlfriend.


Yay, Dixie Chicks!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I'm bored. Sigh.


01. show: Law & Order: SVU, Designing Women
02. flower - Sunflowers
03. color – blue
04. sport – no
05. mall – the one my sister and aunts and I go to the day after Thanksgiving. It isn't so much the mall as the company.
06. music – Indigo Girls
07. food - Italian, Mexican
08. season - Summer
09. day - Saturday
10. city – Venice


01. hometown- Small Town, Midwest
02. hair color - brown
03. hair length - short-ish
04. hair style - shaggy
05. eye color - blue
06. shoe size – 6
07. mood – somewhat stressed
08. smell - um, Japanese Cherry Blossom perfume?
09. available – yes
10. lefty/righty - righty


01. have you ever been in love – yes
02. do you believe in love - yes
03. why did your last relationship fail - sick of answering this one
04. have you ever been heartbroken – yes
05. have you ever broken some one's heart - yes
06. have you ever fallen for your best friend – no, but the person I've fallen for has become my best friend
07. have you ever loved someone but never told them?- yes
08. are you afraid of commitment? no
09. have you ever had a secret admirer – yes, twice, actually. They ended up being not so secret (because I know about them). One I went to high school with and he named his daughter after me. The other was one of my students. I found out about it later.
10. do you believe in love at first sight – anything's possible


01. love or money - love
02. hard liquor or beer - beer
03. vacation in Hawaii or Paris - Paris
04. one night stands or relationships -relationship
05. television or Internet - both
06. Pepsi or coke - neither
07. wild night out or romantic night in – romantic night in
08. colored or black and white pictures -whatever
09. phone or in person - in person
10. aim or myspace - whatever

01. are you missing someone right now – my sister, Josh
02. are you happy - yes, except for the state of my checkbook :(
03. are you talking to anyone right now - not at the moment
04. are you bored - yep
05. are you German - a little
06. are you Scottish - no
07. are you french - no
08. are you Italian - no
09. are your parents still married - yes

Monday, February 05, 2007

The Book of Daniel

I am currently netflixing this show, and I have to say, I haven't cried this much watching a show since Touched by an Angel went off the air. I love it. The next to last episode of the series, one of the ones that was never aired, is incredibly powerful. It's about gay bashing and losing a child. It's also about forgiveness and healing. I am incredibly sad that this show is no longer on the air and that it didn't last any longer than it did. Granted, there are parts of it that are totally unbelievable and ridiculous, but most of it is amazingly human and touching. I recommend it highly.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Know Thyself

I'm an INFP. I think this is fascinatingly accurate.

From here:

INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It's as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.

INFP children often exhibit this in a 'Calvin and Hobbes' fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates and whose stuffed animals come to life.

INFPs have the ability to see good in almost anyone or anything. Even for the most unlovable the INFP is wont to have pity.

Their extreme depth of feeling is often hidden, even from themselves, until circumstances evoke an impassioned response.

Of course, not all of life is rosy, and INFPs are not exempt from the same disappointments and frustrations common to humanity. As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, INFPs struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, e.g., perfo rmance of duty for the greater cause. An INFP friend describes the inner conflict as not good versus bad, but on a grand scale, Good vs. Evil. Although the dark side must be reckoned with, the INFP believes that good ultimately triumphs.

Some INFPs have a gift for taking technical information and putting it into layman's terms.

From here:

INFPs-live their lives focusing on their values. They know what is important to them and protect this at all cost. Their values focus on the optimistic verses the pessimistic, although they are often conscience of the negative. To understand the INFP is to understand their cause. They can work tirelessly toward a cause that deems worthy. They will quietly let others know what is important to them, and rarely will they give up on their purpose. They will go along with the crowd, sometimes even letting decisions be made for them, until someone violates their value system. Then they will dig their heels into the ground and will speak up for their feelings, insisting their values be followed.

INFPs are withdrawn and are sometimes hard to get to know. Some may view them as shy. But those that take the time to get to know them will find them warm and gentle, with a surprising sense of humor. They care deeply for those they consider special friends. Putting forth-unusual sacrifices to help such individuals. They often have a subtle, tragic motif running through their lives -- inner pain and unease which others seldom detect.

INFPs are creative and are constantly seeking out new possibilities. They have a gift with language and usually will express this by means of writing. Their intuitive preference supplies the imagination and their feeling preference giving them the need to communicate. They are gifted at interpreting symbols - being drawn to metaphors and similes. Because of these gifts they often write in lyric fashion
INFPs work must be more than just a paycheck, it must be fun and must contribute to something that is important to their values. To be the most productive they need a sense of purpose behind their job. They often have to look at the large picture in order to see how specific programs fit in. They are adaptable to changes and to new ideas. They work well with others being conscience of others feelings and relating with most, though not always vocally. They like to work with others who are cooperative and who share their same set of values. They strive for harmony and dislike conflict.

INFPs treasure their privacy and may keep a lot to themselves. They need time and space for reflection. Others usually get along well with them, although they may not know them intimately. INFPs may not always be organized. They may tend to lose things or to forget appointments. Only when they see the importance of organization in a task will they strive to work at it in an organized way to get it done. They can be extremely patient with complicated issues, but may become impatient with routine and details.

INFPs strive for perfection, and this is especially the case when using their feeling preference. They may have trouble finishing a project, because they never find it is good enough. Even when the project must be finished, they may feel the need to go back and improve on it later.

Reluctantly INFPs may accept leadership roles. They lead with their values being their guide. They do not aggressively lead people, but rather work with people to develop their talents and to independently achieve their goals. They have a hard time criticizing others, but will try to motivate them by their appreciation and praise. When conflicts arise, they avoid directly approaching the situation, but would rather wait for the others to work out the situation themselves.

INFPs view leisure activity as very important. However they may have a difficulty separating it from work. If they have a special skill they use at work, they may use this skill in their leisure time to help friends, family or those in need. When they are interested in pursuing a new leisure activity, they may spend a great deal of time researching this activity. Many INFPs enjoy activities that are done alone such as reading, listening to music, or gardening. This gives them the opportunity for reflection and meditation. They may also enjoy social activities with those they feel close to. When they want to be social they can be outgoing, charming and quiet funny, making them a pleasure to have around.

INFPs present a calm and pleasant face to the world around them. Because they are reserved, they may be over looked. But to those that know them they have a view into their warmth and concern and their deep commitments to their values.


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