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Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Monday Mission 2.41

I haven't done the last few Monday Missions, so I decided to do yesterday's, even if it is late. So here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.41:

1. What's the most expensive meal you've ever eaten? What was the occasion? Was it worth it?
Steven and I went out with another couple to a South American food restaurant called Churrascos. We had appetizers, entrees, and deserts and the total was almost $200 for the four of us. We had had some kind of triple decker appetizer that was supposed to be on special and I think they charged us full price for each piece. While the food was good, it wasn't that good.

2. What do you like to do when nobody is looking?
Um, sit around the house naked, I guess.

3. What's your special purpose?
I have no idea. Just to be me, I suppose.

4. Do you like Autumn? If so, why? If not, tell me about your favorite season.
I like it in theory, but usually it gets too cold for me.

5. Ever recommended a movie to someone only to have them hate it? Which movie? Did you feel uncomfortable about that?
My brother hated The Big Lebowski which I thought he would really like. It didn't make me feel uncomfortable, though.

6. I've had hay fever all day! Sniffles, sneezing, I tell ya, it's awful! Do you have any allergies? Anything that just gets you down for the count?
Nope, no allergies here.

7. Do you like mixed drinks? What is your favorite? As long as we're here how about you order me something too? Just "suprise me!"
I love, love, love raspberry piña coladas. I'll get one for you too, while we're here.

BONUS: Why do we scream at each other?
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry.

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Monday, September 23, 2002

Monday Mission 2.38

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.38:

1. Do you like to drink warm beverages in the morning or do you prefer yours cold?
Cold. I hate hot beverages of all kinds.

2. Have you ever been so upset with someone that you wanted to get revenge? What did you do? Or if you didn't, what would you like to have done?
Yes, when my ex left me with about $30,000 worth of bills, I was very upset with him. I didn't do anything to him, though, because really, what would have been the point? He's a loser and always will be.

3. Looking back, are there any opportunities you missed out on that you can see now but didn't realize then?
The only one that I can think of is that I probably should have gone away to school instead of staying in town and going to U of H. Not sure if I would have wanted to considering I'm fairly happy with where I am in my life.

4. Are there any clothes you refuse to throw away even though they don't (and never will) fit? Why do you keep them?
I have a bunch of sexy looking dresses that just are not flattering to my body style. I would hate to throw them away, though, because it seems like such a waste to do it and I keep thinking I might fit in them some day.

5. Do you have an accent? Are there any phrases or words you say that tip folks that "you aren't from around these parts?"
I do some (after all, I was born and raised in Texas), but not a great deal. I tend to say "y'all" and drawl some words out, but that's about it. And since I was born and raised in these parts, I never hear, "You aren't from around these parts."

6. Are there any words folks misspell or incorrect uses of words that simply drive you insane?
I personally misspell chief all the time, but there's nothing that someone misspells that drives me crazy. However, I hate it when people say, "Anywho." It bugs the shit out of me. I totally hate it.

7. Are there any pet names that you like to be called? Any you don't? Do you (or did you) have any pet names for your partner?
Steven calls me muskerfish, mopyfish, manatee, and terrapin turtledove and I love them all. I mostly call Steven honey.

BONUS: Why you so fly?
It's bugging me that I can't remember what this is from. Argh!

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Monday, September 16, 2002

Monday Mission 2.37

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.37:

1. Do you have a favorite piece of poetry or prose written by someone else? Care to share it?
This has been one of my favorite poems since I read it as a freshman in high school. There's just something about the relationship between the two people that I love so much.

Love in Brooklyn by John Wakeman

"I love you, Horowitz," he said, and blew his nose.
She splashed her drink. "The hell you say," she said.
"Not love. You don't love me. You like my legs,
and how I make your letters nice and all.
You drunk your drink too fast. You don't love me."

"You wanna bet?" he asked. "You wanna bet?
I loved you from the day they moved you up
from Payroll, last July. I watched you, right?
You sat there on that typing chair you have
and swung round like a kid. It made me shake.
Like once, in World War II, I saw a tank
slide through some trees at dawn like it was a god.
That's how you make me feel. I don't know why."

She turned towards him, then sat back and grinned,
and on the bar stool swung full circle round.
"You think I'm like a tank, you mean?" she asked.
"Some fellers tell me nicer things than that."
But then she saw his face and touched his arm
and softly said, "I'm only kidding you."

He ordered drinks, the same again, and paid.
A fat man, wordless, staring at the floor.
She took his hand in hers and pressed it hard.
And his plump fingers trembled in her lap.

2. In High School, did you enjoy creative writing? Do you currently do any other writing in addition to your Blog?
Actually, I didn't. The only time I've really ever done any writing has been with this blog.


3. Which Blog entry of yours surprised you by getting a lot of comments? Which one did you think would generate a lot but didn't?
I must say the two that surprised me most as of late are my picture of Bella that I titled "Hellcat" and my post about add-ins to drinks at Sonic. For least, I'm kind of surprised the incredibly long post I wrote about September 11th didn't garner more comments.

4. Have you ever had an "awakening" moment in your life?
Yes, after my break-up with my ex. I kind of had an epiphany and learned to live my life better than I ever had before.

5. Have you made a lasting positive impact on the life of someone else?
I hope so, but I'm not entirely sure.

6. Are there any charities or organizations which you support? How did you come to be involved with them?
I love Heifer International. Basically, they practice the "give a man to fish feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for life" philosophy by providing animals to impoverished areas of the world. The people learn how to care for them, making money and food off of them, and they are required to share the offspring with other neighboring areas. I was at one of the environmental sites I read a couple of years ago when I saw a banner for "Heifer International," so I had to click it and see what they were about.

7. Care to collaborate with me? Help me out and write the rest of this poem:

I drifted though a dream last night,
visions full of colors bright.
My thoughts began to drift to you,
and in an instant we were two.

I touched your hand,
We began to blend,
Filled with a feeling
that should have no end.

And now we float,
two as one,
serenely, sweetly;
lovers in eternity.

BONUS: Hey cutie, what's up with this attitude?
I can't help it. I lost my class ring and I'm pissed!

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Monday, September 9, 2002

Monday Mission 2.36

1. Where were you and what was happening in your life the moment when you first became aware of what was happening at the World Trade Center in New York City last September 11th? What was the first thing you did when you heard the news?
I was still sleeping. I had a big second interview that afternoon. Steven was taking the day off to play golf. The phone rang at like 9:00 and it was my mother. She said something about a plane and a building, but I was tired and told her to let me sleep since I had that interview in the afternoon. She called back a little later and said two planes had hit. I rolled over and told Steven and he went downstairs to see what had happened. He said something like, "Oh my God," and then I distinctly remember him saying, "It looks like Manhatten is on fire." I got out of bed at that and came downstairs and sat on the couch and was horrified. I had forgotten about the time change and I remembered that I thought the buildings were full of people and I thought like 10,000 or 15,000 people had just died.

2. When those truly responsible for the attack are apprehended, what do you think would be the most fitting form of justice?
There probably isn't anything that is fitting. I think they should be executed, but I don't think it should be made into a public execution or anything like that.

3. This will probably be much like when our parents respond to "Where were you when JFK was shot?"- an event never forgotten by those who were there. But how do you think the history books should present the 9-11 attacks? Should it be included for all future generations? How can we truly convey the shock, the outrage, the emotions and pain of that day to the children of our children?
You probably can't convey it if you didn't see it. As with everything, time fades things. The horror will never be able to be felt by future generations like we felt it. I think the history books should show that it was done by a religious fundamentalist group.

4. No one in that building, in the Pentagon, or on the planes (other than the terrorists) knew that 9-11 would be their last day to be alive. For me, it brought home the reality that I could be gone at anytime, without any warning. Now, I really want each day to have some value. Did the events of 9-11 bring about a change in the way you live your life?
It did for a while, but I've kind of been depressed lately. One good thing about the anniversary is that it's making me remember to try and live life more fully.

5. Several who loved to fly in planes will not step foot in one anymore. Many parents are more protective of their children. A year later, do you find yourself feeling more secure than back then? Or is it just a matter of time before something else happens?
I feel like it's just a matter of time before something else bad like this happens. I try not to dwell on it too much, but I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

6. The best way for me to honor the those impacted by the attack will be to refrain from any media that day. No papers, no radio and especially no television. Others will light candles, and others will attend special services. What, if anything, will you do to personally reflect on the tragedy?
I will try and be a better human being (more tolerant, more easy-going) and spend the time with my loved ones. I will try not to let little things piss me off and remember that every day is precious.

7. One of the visuals that touched me the most were the walls and walls full of hand made "Missing" posters. What image will you always have in your mind when you recall the events of 9-11?
I will always have so many images. The missing posters. The man, his tie flapping behind him, running from the building collapsing. The two black ladies hold each other and crying. The people waving signs that said things like, "Heros," "Thank you!," "God Bless You!" and cheering as the rescue workers left the site. The spontaneous memorials that cropped up all over the world. The pictures of people hanging out of the buildings. The dust that covered empty streets.

BONUS: Who's gonna come around when you break?
You can't go on
Thinking nothing's wrong.
Who's gonna drive you home tonight?

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Monday, September 2, 2002

Monday Mission 2.35

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.35:

1. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on a date?
I really haven't dated very much (just my ex and Steven, really), so I don't have an embarrasing date story.

2. Do you eat your veggies?
Not really. I like corn and mashed potatoes, but that's about it. I don't eat things like squash, broccoli, or anything like that. Yuck.

3. Most people are comfortable going to the bathroom in front of at least one person. Has anyone ever used the restroom in front of you that you wish wouldn't have? What happened and how bad was it?
Well, Steven will sometimes pee if I'm in the shower, but nothing bad has ever come of it.

4. Have you ever had a bad online transaction? You know, the item wasn't what you thought it would be, you got totally ripped-off, no refunds, it just plain sucked? What's the story there?
Not that I can recall. I've done a lot of purchasing online through both retail sites and through auctions, and nothing too bad has ever happened. ~knock on wood~ There have been a few times when the item never appeared, but the seller either sent me another or charged me a couple of bucks for a replacement.

5. Ever have a current love find any old love letters (or similar item) you kept that probably should have been thrown away? How did that turn out?
Nope.

6. Was there ever a time when you did something totally outrageous because you knew no one would know who you were, or maybe didn't care even if they did?
Yes, and we'll just leave it at that.

7. Hey, what happened to you last night? I waited forever!
I got caught playing poker in an underground game. I won the bad beat jackpot, so I ended up in a bar doing shots to celebrate.

BONUS: I know I could break you down, but what good would it do?
I could surely never know
That what you say is true.
Here I am in silence,
It's a game I have to play.
You and I in silence.
With nothing else to say.
I wanna know
What you're thinking.

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Monday, August 26, 2002

Monday Mission 2.34

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.34:

1. What do you do to make things better when you feel sad and/or lonely?
I cuddle with Steven, pet Bella kitty, or talk to friends.

2. Are you a "touchy-feely" person? That is, do you like to touch people you don't know that well? And on the flipside of that, do you like being touched by someone you aren't close with?
I used to be much more "touchy-feely" but I'm not really that way anymore. It bugs me with most people, unless it's subtle things like touching my shoulder or arm.

3. Do you like to have "me" time, time to yourself to be alone and relax? Or do you prefer to just do your own thing with someone else in the room? When was the last "me" time you got and what did you do?
I like "me" time. It works out well that Steven plays poker every Thursday - I can use that time to catch up on Tivod stuff, read, play on the computer, whatever. Since the computer and the tv with the Tivo are in different rooms, Steven and I do have "me" time apart while together. I wouldn't like it, though, if he was gone all the time.

4. Generally speaking, how do you feel about the concept of marriage? Are you the marrying type? Do you think the act of getting married means something today or is it simply just "a piece of paper?"
I am the marrying type. I think it does mean something, but only if the relationship is worth-while. People that get married just to be married don't have anything sacared. I do think, however, that you don't have to be married to have a relationship that's based on love and trust.

5. That said, as many as 25 states have passed legislation regulating who they believe should be the "marrying type." What are your thoughts on the banning of same-sex marriages?
I think it's stupid to ban same-sex marriages. Letting people who are gay express their love in a ceremony doesn't hurt anyone. I know people claim that then people will marry anyone for things like health insurance benefits, but come on, be real. Why shouldn't they marry? I've never heard one convincing reason.

6. If there was one law you had the ability to create or change, what would it be?
I would let gay people adopt children (take that, Florida!).

7. What would you like someone visiting your Blog for the first time to know about you? Now is your chance!
I'm a slightly neurotic geeky girl who spends too much time on her computer and her blog. Being neurotic, though, makes for a good read.

BONUS: Can you hear them?
Yes, but that's why I take my medicine.

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Monday, August 19, 2002

Monday Mission 2.33

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.33:

1. Many children have blankets, or a favorite nubby stuffed animal that
they like to keep near them for security. Do you recall what you had for
your "security blanket" as a child? When did you finally give it up? What
brought that about?

I had a satiny soft blanket that had nursery rhymes and little blue bears
all over it. I think my mom still has a corner of it in my baby book. I
can't remember when I gave it up, though, or why I did.

2. Now that you are a big kid, what do you have to give you that same
sense of security?

Probably nothing, unless you count Steven as my security blanket.

3. With a little over four months left in 2002, have you accomplished
everything you wanted to for the year? Is there anything that you would like
to accomplish before the year is over?

I would like to lose five or ten pounds, learn Cisco, and win more poker
tournaments.

4. What modern convenience, if any,
do you think it would be good for children today to do without? What would
they gain?

This is a tough one. I personally played a lot of video games when they
came out, but I think kids today are definitely too dependent on things of
that nature for their entertainment. I think if they read more, they would
be smarter and hopefully they'd do more physical activity and be healthier.
It's appalling how unhealthy kids have become in this society.

5. Many of us have one thing in which we believe we excel. What do you do
better than most?

Does reading count as a special skill? I read really fast and have great
retention. Otherwise, I have no idea. Boy, I feel like a big loser!

6. What High School "clique"
did you find yourself in? Was it by choice or did it just happen? Did you
look down on other groups? (Aw it's ok, it was/is High School, we all did
dumb stuff)

I was a band geek, a good kid, and a brain, but I never really looked down
on other people and I had friends in all kinds of cliques. I guess since I
was in advanced classes and spent all my time at band, I just sort of fell
into the groups I was in.

7. (it begins) I have great news! I won the contest and we now have plane
tickets to anywhere in the world. The bad news is we have to pick a place
now and leave in the morning. I can't decide where to go, so you get to
pick. Where should we go, and what is the first thing we should do when we
get there?

Let's go to Italy! The first thing we should do when we get there is find a
little Italian cafe to have some pasta and marvel at our fortune!

BONUS: Must I beg you?
Well, depends on what you want. ;-)

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Monday, August 12, 2002

Monday Mission 2.32

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.32:

1. If I could guarantee that the Fashion Police would not lay the smackdown on you, which favorite out-of-style article of clothing do you wish you could wear right now?
Hmmm. I don't really have any out-of-style clothes that I would like to wear.

2. In your opinion, who is famous but shouldn't be?
God, this list is long. How about Kato Kaelin, Jim Carrey, any pro wrestler, and Denise Richards?

3. Are there any new movies or TV shows that you are forward to this fall?
I think CSI: Miami and MDs look good. New shows that already started that are great are The Dead Zone and Monk.

4. If you had a time machine that you could use only one time (there and back), where would you go and what would you do?
Tough question. I really have no idea on this. Maybe I'll think of something later.

5. What cologne of perfume do you like to wear? Which brand do you prefer that your partner wear?
I wear Realm and completely love it. Steven wears Polo Crest, but I think it's been discontinued. I love how it smells, though.

6. Do you recall your first "French kiss?" Tell me about how that felt, and how it came about. Do you like them?
I was fifteen, a freshman, and he was a junior. He was in my Spanish class and offered me a ride home, but first he had to stop at his house and change for work. Nothing more than the kiss went on, though! I was so nervous. It was kind of weird, since it was my first, and it was the only time I kissed him. What's not to like about a good French kiss?

7. Excluding your partner...If you had the opportunity, who would you most like to French kiss?
I'll be trite and say Brad Pitt. He is just so damn good looking.

BONUS: Can't you see that it's late at night?
Yeah, but since I never go to bed before 2:00 or 3:00 am, that's no surprise.

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Monday, August 5, 2002

Monday Mission 2.31

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.31:

1. Ever considered just deleting your Blog and not doing it anymore? What prompted that and what stopped you?
No, but I've been blogging since late January, basically February. Maybe if I do this for a lot longer I might get to that point.

2. How about a quick review of the last movie you saw?
Christine and I saw Men In Black II. Quick review: pretty good; not as good as the first one; cute dog; loved Lara Flynn Boyle; thought it was really short; worth a rental for sure and probably worth seeing in the theater.

3. What's your favorite gadget? Are you lusting for any new ones? Will you ever be satisified???
Lately it's my Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P71; I've turned into quite the shutterbug with it as you can tell at Picture Fish. I'm not currently lusting for anything, but I will never ever ever be satisfied. I must always have more!

4. What "table game" do you enjoy playing most with other people? Have you played it lately?
Lately it's Mexican Train dominoes. I love playing it! Whenever we go to my parents' house I make everyone play. It's been a while, though, since we broke out the bones. Maybe it's time to go over there for a game.

5. Have you ever been obsessed with something so much that it was close to causing you physical or mental harm? If not, have you known anyone else who has?
Probably the closest I've come is being obsessed with Civilization II when I was in college. I was known to skip class to play. Bad girl!

6. Did you grow up in a family or community that displayed racist or prejudice attitudes? Did it influence you in any way, either toward or away from those views? How did you manage to avoid it, or did you?
Some, but nothing too extreme. It did influence me by teaching me that racism, sexism, or any other type of prejudice is wrong and I won't put up with it in people.

7. Good grief, I am starving! You got anything to eat around here?
I wish! I just got off the StairMaster and I could eat a horse!

BONUS: What did you tell them?
I told them to back off and leave me alone - it's Monday!

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Monday, July 29, 2002

Monday Mission 2.30

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.30:

1. What is your favorite snack food? Does anyone you know have weird tastes in snacks?
I guess favorite snack food would have to be something mundane like chips. I love Doritos (both cool ranch and cheesy ones), French Onion Sun Chips, and Funyuns. Now the Funyuns might be a little strange...

2. Ever caught yourself saying "well it can't get any worse" and it does? What's the story there?
I feel like that all the time at work. Recently we had told a client that we would be finished coding her site by 8:00 at night and at 9:00 the problems with the code started multiplying. Luckily, we were able to get them fixed pretty quickly.

3. What's your attention span like and how has it served you?
My attention span is pretty good. As Chrsitine can tell you, I *hate* to have things on my plate just waiting to be done. I usually get things completed as soon as I can.

4. Do you believe in the existence of extra-terrestrials?
Yes. Seems silly to think that in the vast universe we are the only life.

5. What do you think of the whole "crop circles" phenomenon?
It's kind of weird, but when I was in Wales (or maybe it was Scotland, but I'm pretty sure it was Wales) in the summer of 1990 my aunt, uncle, and I saw one way the hell out in the middle of no where. It seems strange that someone would have tracked out to that remote farm to make one. I do know that some of them are fake, but maybe a few are strange, unexplained things. This whole question really makes me want to go see Signs even more now. :-)

6. Ever had a time where you begin visiting with someone you don't know all that well and just find you "click" like long lost pals? Tell me about how that came to happen, and who was it? What kind of things do you have in common?
At my friend Mita's wedding shower I really got along well with one of her friends (her name is Indian, so I can't spell it). We hung out at the mendhi ceremony and at the wedding and had a good time. I wish I would have stayed in better contact with her.

7. What funeral do you remember most vividly?
I suppose that would have to be my grandmother's (my dad's mom) funeral when I was about twelve. I remember how we got her tons of birds of paradise flowers because they were here favorite and how it was my cousin Marie's birthday. I remember everyone going to my uncle Whitey's house and my uncle playing Stairway to Heaven. I remember a lot more too, but I think that's all I'll post.

BONUS: How can I forget you, girl?
You can't forget me. It's impossible. :-)

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Monday, July 22, 2002

Monday Mission 2.29

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.29:

1. Do you remember your first encounter with computers? Tell me about that.
I remember doing BASIC programming on TRS-80s in elementary school. I thought it was the coolest thing. I also remember playing Oregon Trail, but not the snazzy graphic one, the one on the TRS-80.

2. How late can you stay up and still be functional the next day? Do you do that very often?
Routinely I stay up until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. and get up to go to work the next morning at 8:00 a.m. I don't require a lot of sleep, but it does probably explain why I sleep until 3:00 p.m. or later on the weekends.

3. When was the last really good hug you got from another adult? Who was it and what was the situation?
I would have to say Steven. A few weeks ago I came to his office and was really upset about something going on at work and he had me sit in his lap and held me while I cried. It was nice to be hugged like that.

4. One thing about children is that they all like to draw. We all shared the same ability and skill level at one time. Do you still like to draw? (Not do you think you draw well, or do others, but do you like to?) If not, how come? Did you get discouraged at some point?
I love to draw even though I'm not really good. I doodle snails all over everything. I even sign cards with my little snail, giving him santa hats for Christmas when he becomes Santa Snail. I don't really even sit down and draw, though.

5. Have you ever overslept on a day you had something important going on? What's the story there?
Nothing too important - just work or school. ;-) Actually, I did oversleep for my microeconomics mid-term when I was a sophomore, but the really bad part of the morning was when I got into a wreck in the U of H parking lot. Luckily the teacher was a nice guy and let me take it after school.

6. What was the last thing you almost bought, but thought better of it? And why the heck do we do that to ourselves?
I do this all the time. Saturday I had a shirt picked out that I kind of liked - a white button-down with blue and black vertical stripes. I actually gave it to the girl behind the counter but changed my mind before she rang it up. I liked it, but the more I looked at it, the less I liked it. I guess we do this because we've been trained that, as good Americans, we should consume lots of goods. Sometimes the high from buying is better than the actual purchase.

7. It's all such a blur now. I'd asked you to help me wake up but the alarm didn't go off. It was 10 till and just I knew I'd be late. Somehow you got me here on time. How did you do that?
With my amazing ability to drive like a demon in my little Miata. Just be thankful we're alive.

BONUS: Can't you see, you belong to me?
How my poor heart aches with every step you take.

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Monday, July 15, 2002

Monday Mission 2.28

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.28:

1. Have you ever sold anything through an online auction? What did you sell and did you make very much?
I've sold a few things online. I sold a video card that I can't remember how I got or how much I sold it for. I sold an America Beanie Baby for about $30 after paying $6 for it. I also sold a copy of Windows XP that I won from a local radio station for about $120.

2. Have you ever bought anything through an online auction? How was your experience?
I have bought a ton of stuff online. As a matter of fact, I bought a card reader for my camera on Friday (though Steven was sweet enough to pay for it since I bought the camera and the card). In the past I've bought tons of items including Playstation games, computer games, ornaments, Beanie Babies, signed books.

3. Do you like the sun? Getting a suntan? Have you ever had a bad sunburn?
I like the sun, but only when at the beach. I used to tan in tanning beds all the time, but I've gotten away from it lately. I have made a resolution to start tanning more. I've had several bad burns, mostly because because of summer band camp. The worst one I ever had was when I fell asleep at the Schlitterbahn for four hours. It hurt to wear a shirt.

4. Are you a vegetarian? Why? If not, have you ever considered it?
No, and I don't think I'd consider it. I don't eat a lot of meat, but I do eat some and I wouldn't like to give it up. My brother was a vegetarian for a while and he always seemed to be sick. It seems like it would be harder to stay healthy as one.

5. Suppose you are getting into your car after you've just made your purchase from a store you visit twice a week. You suddenly realize you had a .35 item in your hand and you forgot to pay for it. What would you do next? (what *would* you do, not what *should* you do)
If I was right outside the door, I might go back in. If I was parked far away and was going back that week anyway, I'd just tell them next time I came in.

6. Sometimes it seems that there is just not enough time to do everything that must be done. Was there anything you wanted to accomplish this weekend that didn't get done?
Actually, I got most of my stuff done this weekend; more than I even expected.

7. What is your favorite game to play with a group and/or an individual? (board game, computer game, athletic, etc.)
Trivial Pursuit, bar none. I love playing Trivial Pursuit in a group! Mexican Train (a domino game) is quickly becoming my new favorite, however.

BONUS: One headline why believe it?
Never believe just one headline. Get verification from others first.

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Monday, July 8, 2002

Monday Mission 2.27

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.27:

1. Have you had to repair anything lately? Did you do it yourself or have someone else do it?
Man, I never repair anything. I'm clumsy sometimes, so asking me to fix something that would require electricty or tools would be like signing my death warrant.

2. Do you work out or exercise? Or is there anything you do each day for your health?
I work out in the gym when I have time, but I've been working late and going to the chiropractor, so I haven't been getting into the gym as much as I should. We do, however, have a commercial grade StairMaster FreeClimber 4600 PT which I try to use every day but Friday.

3. Are you a modest person? That is, would you be embarrassed for someone (an acquaintance, a friend, a stranger) to see you nude?
Nah, I'm not very modest, so I wouldn't be embarrassed. Right, Promo?

4. What are some odors that you just can not stand to smell?
The other day I was throwing out some dead roses and the ripe smell of decaying plants had me gagging in the kitchen. I didn't think I was going to be able to throw them away without hurling all over everything. There are other smells, too, but that one is the clearest right now.

5. Are there any social situations that make you uncomfortable?
A few, but I'm going to plead the fifth on this and not answer.

6. Has a friend or an employer ever asked you to do something you felt was unethical or? What was it and what happened?
Aside from stuff like, "Tell the boss I was sick," no not really. Of course, the last web development company I worked for had kids under eighteen working on what was basically a porn site. They're out of business now, thankfully.

7. (continued) Well, we are not yet at our destination, though the way you described it, it sounds simply amazing. What is the first thing we should do once we get there?
Go sit on The Strand and people watch. Maybe do a little shopping.

BONUS: In this whole world, what is fair?
Probably, unfortunately, not much.

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Monday, July 1, 2002

Monday Mission 2.26

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.26:

1. In the United States of America, it was recently ruled that the phrase "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Do you agree with this ruling? Should the phrase "under God" be removed? Why?
I do agree with this ruling. It's always seemed funny to me that we have a seperation of church and state, but we throw The Bible and god into all sorts of stuff. William had an excellent rant about the whole thing, so I guess I will just go, "Yeah! What he said!" But, no, I think it should be removed.

2. When was the last time you took a road trip? Where did you go and what did you do?
Do you count driving from Phoenix to Tucson with Christine and Krista on our business trip? If so, that's it. Otherwise, the last one was going to Galveston with Jeanna.

3. Do you have any vacations planned for this summer? Already gone? Where to and what?
Steven and I already went to Vegas this year on our annual trip. You can see some of the pictures at Picture Fish.

4. What is the most drastic change to your appearance that you have ever made? Are you brave enough to post a photo?
Well, I guess the most drastic change I have ever done is lose about fifty pounds while I was in college. I still carry my old college ID around, but I don't have it in electronic format to post.

5. Tell me about something to which you are committed?
Steven. I love him. He loves me. We trust each other. We are good to each other. :-)

6. Now tell me about something you just flat-out gave up on.
Hmmm. This is hard, because I don't tend to give up on things. Maybe that I didn't go on to grad school (though that was more of a money thing)? That's all I can come up with.

7. (new saga) I've had it, this place is just wearing me out. You too? We need a break! Let's head out and go someplace new. You make the plans, I'll get things ready. So what do you have it mind, and did you want me to pick up anything special to pack for the trip?
Let's head to Galveston since it's not too far away and I love that place. Why don't you grab some good tunes (Mulin Rouge soundtrack, perhaps?) and some snacks (Cherry Cokes, Funyuns, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and whatever you want) and we'll be on our way!

BONUS: Where is my hairbrush?
Mine's by the sink. Want to borrow it?

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Monday, June 24, 2002

Monday Mission 2.25

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.25:

1. Do you wear glasses/contact lenses? If so would you consider going through Lasik surgery? (Or if you already have, please tell us about it)
I wear contact lenses for the majority of the time and glasses at night or on the weekends around the house. I will have Lasik (or some similar surgery) by the time I am thirty. I hate wearing contact lenses and would love to wake up and be able to see.

2. Did you ever have to wear braces? How are your teeth? (any cavities, any pulled teeth, root canals, etc.)
I've never worn braces, though I think I may have to in the future. My bottom teeth are a little crooked, so I am planning on visiting a dentist this year to see about getting them straightened and whitened. I have about eight fillings.

3. What (if any) recent movies have moved you emotionally? Which one and how so?
Lately, I can't really think of any that have. That's sad, huh?

4. I visited my dear Mema in the managed care facility Sunday and while she is doing well, I was sad for her. Living out your final days/years someplace like that seems so lonely to me. Would you rather live the remainder of your golden years in a rest home, or pass away before it came to that?
Definitely pass away.

5. Sometimes, but not nearly often enough, I will just stop and marvel at the amazing planet on which we live. The eco-system, life and death, nature, the perfect balance that keeps us alive, the universe, it can all be mind-boggling if you let your mind get carried away. What natural creation or phenomenon just flat-out leaves you with a sense of wonder?
A few weeks ago I got to see a double rainbow. It was so beautiful. I also love how sunlight looks coming through clouds. It always makes me think of the divine.

6. Have you ever been in a fist fight or a situation where you had to get physically violent with someone else? How did that come about? Any consequences?
Aside from stuff with my brother when I was younger, not really.

7. Many times I look back in hindsight and think of how I should have handled a situation. Are there any recent happenings that you wish you would have handled differently? What happened and what do you wish you'd done?
Nothing that really comes to mind recently that I wish I would have done differently.

BONUS: How far away can you go, and still be dancing with me?
You know, this sounds really perverse.

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Monday, June 17, 2002

Monday Mission 2.24

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.24:

1. What does Father's Day mean to you personally?
We don't show a great deal of emotion in my family, so this is really the first year that we've celebrated Father's Day (he always got a card before, but we took him out for dinner this weekend). It's a day to honor and let the father (or father figure) in your life and let them know you love them.

2. Was there a Father, or a Father Figure in your life as you grew up?
Yes, my dad and my mom are still together.

3b. Would you like to become a parent? Would you be good at raising your own children?

I personally don't want to be a parent. I think I would be good at somethings (teaching a child to respect others no matter how they're different, appreciating things like books and art, etc.), but I would suck at things like making sure they ate their vegetables and cleaned their room. Heck, I don't even do that!

4. With Rosie, Callista, Jodie and Camryn all raising children without Fathers, Hollywood seems to be sending a message that children do not need male role models. Do you agree? Are these "stars" sending a good message to the young adults who admire them?
I think it can be a catch-22. Why should someone have to have a partner in their life to raise a child if they are ready and able to make that step? On the other hand, I think it certainly can't hurt for the child to have a father. Personally, I think it's not a bad message to send out to young adults granted that they could actually raise the child.

5. Do you think the absence of a loving, caring father in the life of a child could have any influence on their sexual preferences when the child grows up?
I guess this is the whole "gay men are caused by overbearing mothers with no fathers" argument but I don't think so. Of course, I could be wrong.

6. Was there ever a time when your father became "uncool." Or maybe embarrassed you?
When I was in middle school the local strip center was having a big shingding. They had a guy manning one of those big search lights and the guy aimed it into traffic and just about blinded my dad. My dad, not the most temperate of people, pulled over and started yelling at the guy. I was so embarrased.

7. Are you ever too old to kiss your Dad?
Never.

BONUS: When you coming home, dad?
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

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Monday, June 10, 2002

Monday Mission 2.23

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.23:

1. Do you have a side of the bed on which you prefer to sleep? Do you sleep on that side even when traveling or does it matter?
I tend to sleep on the (if you're laying in the bed) right side of the bed. I like to lay on my right side and I love to be spooned, so I usually sleep on that side even when we travel.

2. What is your favorite "Theme Park?" How come and when was the last time you were there?
I love Six Flags Astroworld and had a season pass all through middle school and high school. The last time I was there was last Halloween. Steven and I went, but he suffers from vertigo, so he only rode a few of the rides with me.

3. What is your most and least favorite thing about staying in hotels?
There are never enough pillows and they're too small.

4. Did you ever take family vacations that required looooooong car rides? Were siblings involved ("Stop touching me! Don't cross this line!)? Were the trips just unbearable or did you make up some "car ride games" to pass the time?
We used to look for Volkswagon bugs, though we never did the slug bug game. There was a giant electronic sign on the way to my grandparents' house, so we would also try and be the first to spot the sign.

5. With all the drilled peep-holes and spy-cams we hear about on the news, have you ever felt self-conscious about taking off your clothes in a hotel bathroom? Has wondering if someone was on the other side of that mirror on the wall above the dresser made you think twice about "gettin' busy?"
No, not really. We only stay in a hotel about once a year (The Bellagio in Vegas) and it's the furthest thing from my mind. Thanks for giving me something to be paranoid about! ;-)

6. Describe the most romantic vacation you have ever taken or if that does not apply ;) (), tell me about the worst vacation you have ever taken.
Probably the first time Steven and I went to Vegas together. I'd never been on a real vacation before, so that made it special. Plus Steven was more romantic and lovey-dovey than he'd ever been (we'd been dating maybe six months or so at the time).

7. (continued) After a full tummy and four days of sleep, I'd say I've never felt better. Since it is nearly noon, how about you come over and we'll hang out on the deck. I have a pool, hot tub and lotsa eats and drink. But feel free to bring whatever else you think we need! How should we spend this fine afternoon at the pool?
Steven needs to make us raspberry piña coladas and we need to bring lots of tunes. How about you bring the mp3 player and I'll bring a couple of thousand mp3s?

BONUS: Have you got it, do you get it, if so, how often?
I've got it, I get it, but never often enough. ;-)

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Monday, June 3, 2002

Monday Mission 2.22

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.22:

1. Who or where do you go to when you need help for web-related problems?
Christine if it's a MT question and Kristine if it's a CSS question.

2. There is a big mess of gossip going on in the blogging community due to revelations about a very popular Blogger. I got very caught up in reading all the links to links about it until I stopped myself realizing it was none of my buisiness. Do you ever get caught up in gossip, either speading it or listening to it? How does it make you feel? Or have you ever been the subject of gossip?
I am a bit gossipy, but I don't think any more than the average person. I did have something where people started spreading stuff about me on an online message board maybe four years ago and let me tell you, that was no fun.

3. In a relationship, when your other takes a dig at you (read: a fight), do you go for the jugular and get "in their face" or try to peacefully smooth things out and have a calm discussion?
Steven and I don't really do this. Our "fights" are usually pretty mild. I try not to say anything in his face because it's just not nice or good for the relationship.

4. A friend once told me "You can tell when someone is bored with what you are saying to them when they reply with 'That's interesting.'" And I have found this to be pretty dang true. How do you know when someone has lost interest in what you are saying?
They tend to get a glassy look in there eyes and not meet your own.

5. Ever get jealous of the popularity other Blogs?
Yes. I am always jealous of how many hits (and comments) Christine gets.

6. What is your favorite dirty word? (those who don't curse can pick your favorite happy word)
This one's easy. Fuck is, hands-down, my favorite dirty word.

7. (the continuing story...) OK, we are definitely doing that again. But seeing as it is nearly 6am now, how about breakfast? Anywhere you'd like to go or should we fix our own? What do you like? Or is there something else we need to do first?
I am a sucker for hotcakes and sausage from McDonald's. I say let's pick some up and go home to eat.

BONUS: What have I done to deserve this?
Since you went away I've been hanging around
I've been wondering why I'm feeling down
You went away, it should make me feel better
But I don't know, how

How I'm gonna get through
(What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
How I'm gonna get through
(What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Monday Mission 2.21

Since I was lazy and played Zeus: Master of Olympus all day yesterday, here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.21:

1. What happened this weekend that made you smile?
Steven and I had a lot of fun together going to dinner, the movies, and just generally being together. I smiled the whole weekend through.

2. Did you make someone smile today? If not, will you try?
Hmmm. Not really, but I haven't seen Steven yet. I'll give him a massage tonight and that should make him smile!

3. Have you any clothes or accessories you love to wear but just totally embarrass the person you are being seen with?
I don't think so. If so, they've never said anything!

4. What was the catch phrase you said the most in High School?
I can't remember. Probably something completely original like, "Duh!"

5. Who are you remembering this Memorial Day? (or for those not celebrating it, tell me about someone worth remembering)
This Memorial Day I thought about those that died this September 11th.

6. Do you think you are a good friend?
Yes, I do. I listen very well and am very empathetic.

7. (continued from MM 2.20) That outing tonight was a blast ... but that was last call. I totally over did it and shouldn't drive, anything we can do while I try to "dry out?"
Maybe go to the Taco Cabana by my house for some late night munchies and some good talking!

BONUS: Do ya love me, now that I can dance?

Watch me now

(Work, work) Now work it out baby
(Work, work) Oh, you're driving me crazy
(Work, work) With a little bit of soul now

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Monday, May 20, 2002

Monday Mission 2.20

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.20:

1. When was the last time you went out with a true love of yours? What did you two do that made it so special?
Actually, Steven and I went out to dinner at Lupe Tortilla on Saturday, and for whatever reason, it was super romantic. We sang together in the car, he kissed my hand; it was sickingly sweet.

2. Which far-away friend would you most like to see again?
Well, if by far-away you mean Dayton, Trish and Jeanna!

3. Any high or low points about this past weekend? What went on?
Well, the strange almost gang fight in the movie was a low point. On the other hand, Friday was the day spa followed up by romance, take-out pizza, and movies, so that was a high point.

4. I've been thinking about getting a buzz-cut for the summer, a big change for me. Have you ever made any drastic changes to your appearance?
Not really. I look pretty much the same now and I did in high school.

5. How long do you think a couple should date before they get married? Or if you are married, do you think you should have waited longer to get hitched?
I think it depends on the couple, though people who get married after just a few months always makes me cringe. I'm not saying it can't work, but it always seems like such a bad idea.

6. I just found out my long-time friend does not like Star Wars (!) and has only seen the original 1977 movie! Have you ever discovered anything new or shocking about a long-time friend you thought you knew everything about?
There was something that I used to think, "Damn! I never knew that!" but I can't remember what it was or who it was about. Damn memory.

7. Well we had a nice picnic and saw the sunset, but now it's dark and I think we should liven things up. Let's call some of your friends and go out. Who do you want to invite and where should we all go?
Let's go do some boot-scootin' and put my country and western dance lessons to good use! We can call Steven, Christine, Trish, Jeanna, Russell, Joanna, and Shelby and have a grand ol' time!

BONUS: Why can't ya be good to me?
Because I can be a bitch.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Monday Mission 2.19

It's late, but here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.19:

1. Have you ever given someone a present you just KNEW would be "da bomb" and when they opened it you could tell they just hated it? What's the story there?
Steven used to not like the shirts and ties I bought him, but I never thought they were "da bomb." Mostly, any gift that I thought was "da bomb," has been. I'm usually a good gift giver.

2. What do you do that you would prefer that Mother never finds out about?
Well, since she reads my blog (Hi, Mom!), it would be silly to post it here, wouldn't it?

3. Ever get in any arguments with your mother? What was one of the worst?
We argued a lot when I was an angry teenager, but I can't remember one that was too too bad.

4. When was the last time someone special hurt your feelings? Did you tell them or keep it to yourself?
Today and I told them.

5. Has your mother ever laid any guilt trips on you or made you feel like you can't do something good enough?
My brother broke my digital camera when I loaned it to him a couple of weeks ago and my mom was telling me not to "harass" him about it.

6. Looking back on your life, was there ever a point you see as the "crossroads" where you made a decisions that changed the course of your life? A path you did not take? What was that path, and do you ever daydream about what your life would have been like on the "road not taken?" Tell me about that.
Dating my ex-fiance and becoming so serious about someone while I was in high school was a huge turning point in my life. I probably would have gone away to school, would have gone to graduate school in psychology, and wouldn't have a terrible credit rating. I don't daydream, however, about not taking that road because I learned a lot (the hard way, unfortunately) and I think I am ultimately a better person for it.

7. That was an awesome picnic basket you put together, let's stroll out by the lake as the sun sets. A cool breeze blows off the lake as the orange and red reflects off the ripples in the water. I can tell something is on your mind and I ask you. You think about how to reply but finally you say...
"I wish I could swim."

BONUS: What do you think will come of that?
Hopefully, what I want.

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Monday, May 6, 2002

Monday Mission 2.18

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.18:

1. Do you have any tattoos? If no, why not and what would you get if you did get one. If you do have one or more, tell us how you came to get it, and why you chose the design you got inked with.
I am planning on getting one at some point, but I'm not sure if it will happen or not. I'd love to get a tattoo of a veil-tailed goldfish (long, flowing tails) and my best friend Jeanna and I actually found one in a tattoo palor on The Strand in Galveston that I think I would really like. Unfortunately, for the life of me, I can't figure out where to put it. Ankle? No, becuase I wear shorts and skirts a lot and don't want it seen. Back? Not where I want a tattoo. Arm? No, I think that's more for men. Small of the back? For other tattoos (celtic knots, Japanese characters, etc.), but not for a fish. See the dilemna?

2. Has anything ever happened that caused you to believe, or disbelieve, in a Higher Power?
When I was about fourteen I went to the United Kingdom with my aunt and uncle. We went down to Bristol for a few days and one day while we were in Bristol Cathedral, the choir boys were practicing. It was so beautiful, listening to their voices and being among such amazing architecture, that I was moved. I still believe there is a higher power, but I don't believe in the views that most religions hold.

3. Have you ever seriously considered, or even attempted, suicide?
When I was in middle school (sixth and seventh grade), I had a lot of emotional issues and was very depressed and suicidal for quite some time. Thankfully, I have passed that part of my life and am not really the worse for it.

4. Has anyone you have known committed suicide?
A girl that I was good friends with in middle school but fell out of touch with in high school killed herself after we graduated.

5. This weekend you and I are going to the nature park for a picnic. I'll bring the blanket and make all the arrangements. You pack the picnic basket. What's inside?
Sandwiches made with ham, honey turkey, and swiss cheese. Miracle whip and mustard to put on the sandwiches if you're so inclined. Cokes and Cherry Cokes to drink, an assortment of chips (Cool Ranch Doritos, French Onion Sun Chips, Funyuns, etc.), and apple pie for dessert.

6. Have you ever been mad at God for something that happened (or didn't happen)?
I was probably mad at God when my ex-fiancee and I broke up, but I can't really remember ever being mad. I'm more of the "Why me, God? Why?" person.

7. Post (or describe) an image of someone that is no longer with us. Tell us about that person.
I was thinking about my grandmother on my dad's side the other day. When I think of her I always associate her with jigsaw puzzles (she loved to do them and, once completed, would stack them on top of each other on sheets of paper), gum (she always had jars full of the kind that was square with liquid in the middle that came in blue, green, and pink), and The Houston Astros. My grandmother was the biggest Astros fan and even bought one of those huge projection tvs that had the red, green, and blue lights back in the mid-eighties just to watch Astros games on. My parents got the tv when she died and they just recently had to replace it after more than fifteen years.

BONUS: Who are you?
I am me - an interesting, eclectic mixture of emotions and personality traits. I am a damn fine person to be.

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Monday, April 29, 2002

Monday Mission 2.17

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.17:

1. When was the last time you pampered yourself?
The Friday before we left for Vegas I went to a snazzy little day spa and got a massage. I have some gift certificates that Trish gave me to a day spa down by The Galleria. We're going to try and go together next month.

2. When was the last time someone pampered you?
Steven pampers me all the time, when you really think about it. He cooks me dinner and rubs my feet. He's so good to me. :-)

3. Describe the last time you recall really feeling loved (other than from children or pets).
While Steven and I were on vacation. On vacation Steven becomes super relaxed and affectionate and it always makes me feel just completely adored.

4. Has your use of the computer ever caused any arguments? What's the story there?
Never really causes any arguments, but he was yelling from the bed last night at 2:45 in the morning, "Come to bed! You'll never get up in the morning!"

5. What's the most embarrassing thing your Mom ever did?
I can't really remember anything. I'm sure there was the typical mom-stuff like wiping your face with her napkin, but nothing really comes to mind. Or maybe it's because my mom is super cool.

6. I've met some adults who've never learned to swim, and others who never learned how to ride a bike.. Is there anything that you never learned as a child that you probably should have?
I've never learned to swim, sadly enough. I could probably dog paddle and that's about it.

7. I have no idea who said it (and I spent all of two minutes trying to research it), but "someone" once said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Post an image that says more than words. Or instead, describe a picture you recall which touched your heart.
It may be trite, but the Flash movie that was made as a tribute to the people killed in the September 11th attacks with Enya's "Only Time" touched my heart and said more than any words ever could about that day.

BONUS: What's love got to do with it?
Got to do with it. What's love but a second-hand emotion?

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Thursday, April 25, 2002

Monday Mission 2.16

Since I was in Vegas on Monday and Promoguy was guest blogging, I think I'd better do PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.16:

1. Ever had a love that you still think of as "the one that got away?" What's the story there? No, not really. I had a boyfriend in middle school who I broke up with because he never kissed me. Years later, when I was going through a very painful break-up, I called him up to help me make it through. We ended up getting very flirty with one another, but he had a girlfriend. In the end, it worked out for the best. Though he's a really nice guy, I don't think I would be able to be the outspoken, very cut-to-the-chase kind of person that I am now.

2. What was the last book that you finished reading cover-to-cover? I finished two while in Vegas: Necroscope III: The Source by Brian Lumley and Freezer Burn by Joe R. Lansdale.

3. Did you ever get up and walk out of a movie? Which one and why? I never have, though I wanted to at Random Hearts. God, that movie sucked.

4. If we were to go out dancing, what song would you want me to ask the DJ to play as I slipped him a $20? To bump and grind to, it has to be The Red Hot Chili Pepper's cover of "Love Rollercoaster." I request that song just about every time we go dancing. I love it!

5. What was the coolest toy you had when you were a kid? The Voltron Lions toy. It kicked ass.

6. When was the last time you felt lonely? Probably a couple of weeks ago on a Thursday. Steven plays poker on Thursday nights, so I'm usually by myself. Most of the time it's cool - I catch up on shows on the Tivo, play poker online, dominoes, blog, whatever. I've been having some problems at work, though, so it was after a particularly stressful day and I could have used someone to cuddle with.

7. Do you have any minor anal-retentive character traits? Tons, more than likely. One of the weirder ones is that I have this strange obsession with ripping paper straw wrappers into even parts. Ask Christine. I do this all the time at lunch.

BONUS: Can't you see what I mean? I try to always see what people mean.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Monday Mission 2.16

Since Kymberlie isn't here to post her Mission, I figured I would post mine. So, here we go:

Monday Mission 2.16

1. Ever had a love that you still think of as "the one that got away?" What's the story there?

Hmmm, well she didn't so much get away as someone else had gotten there first (and decided to stay and is still there - lucky summana bastich).

2. What was the last book that you finished reading cover-to-cover?

It was the second Promise Keepers book, I can't recall the title at the moment.

3. Did you ever get up and walk out of a movie? Which one and why?

Yep, Natural Born Killers. My date didn't want to go, thinking it may get better. After 20 minutes of more splattering brains and blood, she agreed and we left. Maybe it was satire, but I was totally grossed out.

4. If we were to go out dancing, what song would you want me to ask the DJ to play as I slipped him a $20?

If I did that, who would I be dancing with? Me? "Dancing wif myself -ah oh ohhh!" It would be an 80's song, probably "New Sensation" extended by INxs, "Wishing Well" extended by Terence Trent D'arby, "What's on Your Mind" by Information Society, "U Can't Touch This" by (MC) Hammer or "You Spin Me Round Like A Record" by Dead Or Alive. I'm such an 80's child.

5. What was the coolest toy you had when you were a kid?

My Six Million Dollar Man doll with the grip-action arm, the hole-in-his-head eyehole to see far away and the roll-up skin so you can take out his bionics. So cool!

6. When was the last time you felt lonely?

That implies that I have stopped feeling lonely. Can't say that I've stopped really. It gets buried under daily routines and other distractions, but it is still there.

7. Do you have any minor anal-retentive character traits?

All the shirts in my closet must have the top button buttoned, with the collars facing left and the hangers with the hook facing the rack bar. I'm sure there are others, but that's one I've had for a long time now.

BONUS: Can't you see what I mean?

Ow, might as well Jump. Go ahead and jump!

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Monday, April 15, 2002

Monday Mission 2.15

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.15:

1. What caused your last case of psuedo-road rage?
I have psuedo-road rage every time I get in the car it seems. Right by my office is 249, a major freeway. You can turn under the overpass from two different lanes. You have a choice of four lanes to turn into. I think that it's first lane to the first two lanes, second lane into the last two lanes. I'm in lane two and this huge-ass SUV (like there's any other kind) is in lane one. We both turn under the overpass and the SUV turns into the third lane, completely ignoring the fact that I'm there at all. I hate people who drive their big-ass vehicles like they are the only people on the road.

2. Tell me about one of your favorite television shows that was cancelled (past or present).
Actually, tonight Once and Again is having its series finale after being on the air for three years. I think this show has some of the best writing that I've ever seen allowing you to really feel like you know the characters and that they're real. I will truly miss this show and shame on ABC for cancelling a quality program like this but keeping trash tv like The Bachelor on the air.

3. Have you ever gone online and pretended to be someone else? What's the story there?
Back when my ex, Satan (as I refer to him), and I broke up, I went to a chatroom I knew he frequented to see what was going on with him. He was talking about moving to Vegas or something like that, so I asked him what was there that would make him want to move. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the site tracked where you were from, so he was able to figure out it was me. We talked for a bit (this is before he left me with a ton of bills and became Satan full-fledged) and then he signed off. He then signed back on and talked to me pretending to be someone else as I poured my heart out about how I wanted him back, couldn't live without him, blah blah blah. Took me a little while to figure out it was him. Embarrassing.

4. What was (is) one of your favorite Children's books?
There are too many to name, but A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle along with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Blubber come to mind.


5. Can you recommend a CD (tape or otherwise) for me to listen to on the drive home?
I'm currently listening to my copy of the Run Lola Run soundtrack. If you like techno music, it's a winner. I love putting the top down on my Miata and driving with this one.

6. What is your online nickname and what is the story behind how you selected it?
I'm kind of boring, I guess. I've always just used Kymberlie for everything I do. I love my name and how I spell it, so I use it for all my online activities.

7. Ever been bitten or stung before (snake, wasp, dog, etc)? Nipped by my parents' silky terrier and I think stung once by a wasp, but that's about it.

BONUS: Does anybody love anybody anyway?
I love you whether or not you love me
I love you even if you think that I don't
Sometimes I find you doubt my love for you, but I don't mind
Why should I mind, Why should I mind

I have Howard Jones' greatest hits CD and listen to it all the time. :-)

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Monday, April 8, 2002

Monday Mission 2.14

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.14:

1. When was the last time your computer crashed? What happened?
My computer at home is a complete piece of shit and crashed probably ten times yesterday alone. The last time it crashed I was playing Insaniquarium and had bought one piece of egg and almost had enough money to buy another piece. Three pieces and I would have had a new pet in my tank.

2. Recommend a movie (new or old) for us to watch.
The last time I went to the movies I saw a preview for The Bourne Identity remake with Matt Damon and Franka Potente. Franka Potente was in the excellent German film Run Lola Run that not too many people have seen. It's incredible with a great techno soundtrack that I bought the day after watching it. The movie is an excellent illustration of how a different path (catch the train, don't catch the train, etc.) can lead to a whole different life. Try this one out if you're looking for a hyper kinetic romp.

3. When was the last time someone told you that you were attractive (and you actually believed them)?
I guess the last person that really made it known was Steven's buddy who got totally drunk at New Year's and told me how hot I was. He was really pissed, but I am positive he really meant it. Kind of flattering too, because he's an extremely attractive guy.

4. Do you like to sleep in or wake up with the chickens?
Sleep in! Waking up early is evil. Evil, I say! On the weekends I don't get up EVER until after 2:00 in the afternoon or later.

5. Are you gay, straight or bi? Ever been tempted to go the other way?
I'm straight and currently in a long-term relationship.

6. What will be the next computer-related purchase you will make?
As soon as I get my raise, I am buying a complete new machine. I got a new computer a little over a year ago that one of Steven's friends built. It's run like crap since I bought it and nothing seems to make it stop crashing. Never again will I buy a machine outside of a well-known store without a warranty. I'll probably get something in at least the 1.2 MgHz range with 256 RAM (what I have now). I may even buy a new nineteen inch monitor since my current one is so dark and just will not adjust right.

7. What is your role when you are in relationships? A giver, a taker, or is it an equal balance? I'm a giver big time. I am one of those people that just give love and affection completely. I buy surprise cards, I call for no reason, etc. I just love to love. :-)

BONUS: Would I lie to you?
Look into my eyes
Can't you see they're open wide
Would I lie to you baby?
Would I lie to you?

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Monday, April 1, 2002

Monday Mission 2.13

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.13:

1. When was the last time you wanted someone to take you seriously but they just humored you?
My brother does this all the time and it completely pisses me off. He's forever borrowing money or having me pay for something on my credit card and then saying he's going to pay me back. I'll tell him, "I want to be paid back by X date," and he just blows it off. Drives me crazy!

2. If you were going to get a vanity license plate for your car, what would it say? (Or if you already have one, what does it say?)
GEEKGRL. Pretty unoriginal, but I like it.

3. What was written in the sweetest love note you were ever given? What's the story there?
When I was in third grade I came back from lunch to find a little poem (very carefully written in cursive) that said, "Roses are red. Violets are blue. You are my girlfriend and I love you!" It was from my "Secret Admirer," and though I never really found out who it was from, I used to imagine it was from the boy that I had a crush on, so that made it all the more sweet.

4. What is your ethnic background?
I am German on my mother's side and Scots/Irish on my father's.

5. What, if any, is your personal exercise routine?
Monday I do arms (biceps, triceps, shoulder, and occasionally back) and aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster) before dance class. Tuesday is legs (lunges, toe touches with the weight bar, and thigh machine) with aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster). Wednesday is a repeat of Monday. Thursday is Steven's poker night, so I do aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster) when I don't have to get my nails done or have plans to meet my girlfriends. Some Saturdays and Sundays we do aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster), but not very often. We plan on buying a StairMaster either this summer or fall, so at that point aerobics will be increased in my workout by a fair amount.

6. Have you ever had any "one night stands?" How did that come about and how did you feel the next day?
Nope. Never had one.

7. What is your fondest Easter memory?
One year we had an Easter egg hunt for all of the kids (I was probably about eleven at the time). There was a gold egg with maybe about $10 in it and my grandmother helped my best friend and I find it.

BONUS: Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world and the seven seas. Everybody's looking for something.

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Monday, March 25, 2002

Monday Mission 2.12

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.12:

1. What helps you get started every morning?
Caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine. Got to have that Coke in the morning.

2. What is the most memorable thing anyone has ever made for you?
My buddy Justin used to make me really cool mix tapes and mail them to me out of the blue.

3. What music are you currently listening to in your car?
I was listening to Hack by Information Society for the past week or so, but this afternoon I switched to the Hackers soundtrack.

4. One thing I like to do is buy USA Today on Wed, Thur and Fri. Even if I don't have the money, I will find a way to buy them, because I just love reading them. What is one "splurge" you allow yourself, even when you shouldn't?
My answers going to sound kind of bitchy, but I have enough spending money and don't really have anything that I've had to scrimp on.

5. Have you ever been given a "second chance?" What happened and did you make the most of it?
Hmmmm. Not that I can think of.

6. Do you have a lot of friends outside of your own ethnic background?
I guess not, but honestly, I only have a small group of friends. I know, sounds sad.

7. What was the last situation that really, really pissed you off?
I actually am currently in a situation at work that is pissing me off. Let's just leave it at that.

BONUS: Who's your friend when things get rough?
HR Pufnstuff!

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Monday, March 18, 2002

Monday Mission 2.11

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.11:

1. As a child, did you ever wish you had a different name, maybe a name you wish your parents had chosen? To what would change it if you could?
Actually, my name is legally Kimberly, but there were four other Kimberlys in my class. I'm an original, damn it!, so when I was about twelve I experimented with different spellings (Kimberlie, Kymberly, and others) until I settled on Kymberlie. It's different and unique, and even though people never get it right, I like it and think it suits me well.

2. What skill have you been wanting to learn but have just kept putting off?
I took a couple of Javascript and DHTML classes last year when I was laid off, but I really need to learn more computer-wise like CSS and PHP.

3. Are there there any regional foods you love but just can't get where you are living now? (burger chain, ice cream shop, etc. that was in your hometown but has no locations where you are today)
When I went to the UK with my aunt and uncle when I was fifteen they had these great chocolate bars that I loved (something with an s or a c, can't remember now). I'm not from the UK, but that's as close as I can get on this question since I've lived in Houston all my life.

4. What recreational activity would you take up if you had the time and/or money?
Hmmm. Does traveling count? If I had more money, maybe playing higher limit poker.

5. What's the biggest lie you've ever told? Has anybody ever found out?
The only thing that I can think of is when my ex-fiance and I broke up when I was twenty and I was so depressed that I couldn't even get out of bed. I would tell my parents that I'd gone to school even though I basically missed the entire semester (we broke up like two weeks into the term). I think my mom knew, especially when my grades came in and they were all drops.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon when you were growing up? I used to love Penelope Pitstop and the Wacky Racers. There was another cartoon that came on that had something to do with monsters, but I can't remember what it was.

Let's say one of your relatives slipped you a $100 bill, to help you out for the month. Your significant other didn't see it, would you tell them or keep it to yourself? Tell him since Steven and I don't really share money. He'd be happy for me and not expect me to share.

BONUS: Whatever happened to Saturday night?
Finding a sweetheart and holding her tight?

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Monday, March 11, 2002

Monday Mission 2.10

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.10:

1. I love to order a Wendy's "Frosty" and then dip my French Fries into it before I eat them. Do you have any eating habits others might think are odd?
I tend to eat my sandwiches very plain with no garnishes like pickles or lettuce. Whenever I order sandwiches, "Meat and cheese only," I confuse the waiter most of the time. I also drink all my drinks without ice. I just hate ice. It melts and your drink gets watered down. Blah.

2. What was the worst date you ever went on?
I guess I'm kind of odd because I never really dated much. I was engaged to my high school boyfriend (who I now refer to as Satan) and when we broke up I was almost 21. After that, I kind of swore off relationships. A year and a half later I met Steven and we've been together ever since. I can't really recall a bad date with Steven (and I've repressed all my dates with Satan for the most part), so I guess I don't have an answer for this one.

3. Who (or what site) inspired you to begin Blogging?
That would have to be Christine. She'd been after me for probably a year to start blogging when she came up with the URL NeuroticFishbowl.com. Since she set up both the site with skins and Movable Type, how could I say no? I'm certainly glad she did since I'm enjoying myself so much.

4. Have you inspired, encouraged, or begged anyone else to start a Blog?
I haven't encouraged anyone and I haven't inspired anyone either, at least as far as I know.

5. Any foods you just will not eat?
The list is long and varied since I am a fairly picky eater. I cannot eat spicy food (even mildly spicy is usually to hot for me). I dislike lots of vegetables. I also don't like food that looks strange like casseroles (mixed up food - yuck!).

6. Describe the worst birthday party (adult or child's) that you ever attended?
I am at a total loss for this. Probably some hideously boring thing I attended when I was young, but nothing specific comes to mind.

7. What was the first music album you ever bought (tape, CD, LP, whichever or all of the above)?
The first music album I remember getting was Eddy Grant's Killer On The Rampage. My parents got me a dual cassette recorder boom box when I was about eight for Christmas and this was with it. Probably the first one I can remember buying on my own was the soundtracks for Top Gun and The Lost Boys. I also bought a ton of 45s including songs like Electric Blue by Ice House and Got My Mind Set on You by George Harrison. There were many others, but those two are the first that popped into my mind.

BONUS: Do you think you're what they say you are?
Ironic, but this is the only line I know from Jesus Christ Superstar. I just like singing it loudly. :-)

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Monday, March 4, 2002

Monday Mission 2.9

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.9:

1. What domain names (if any) did you think up, only to find they had already been registered? Or, if you don't have a domain, what's stopping you?
The only one I tried to register and couldn't was somethinginteresting.com. Instead, I registered somethinginteresting.net. In addition to neuroticfishbowl.com, I also have kymberlie.com. How cool is it to have your first name registered?

2. Name one of your favorite memories of dancing with someone (the person, the song, the feelings...)
When I was a freshman in high school, we had a band trip in Corpus Christi. They had a dance and I ended up dancing with Doug Ball, this cute tuba player who became out drum major the next year. He was a year ahead of me and I still remember slowing moving around the floor with him to "How Can I Fall" by Breathe. He was so cute, I was so nervous, but it was really wonderful.

3. Any elderly relatives you should be visiting, you know, before it is too late?
Well, maybe my grandfather on my mother's side, but he's in good health, so it's not a dire thing.

4. What is your Instant Messaging program of choice?
Trillian, but they've had such a hard time lately keeping AOL on, that it's become a real pain in the ass.

5. How many names are on your Buddy list? Care to share your username?
When I first started getting into the Net, my ICQ list had over 400 people on it. Now I only use AOL to talk to my brother and one or two friends very rarely and MSN for work. I just don't use it anymore.

6. What is the longest you've had to hold it before you could get to a bathroom? What's the story there?
We were leaving a friend's house in Atascocita and were going to a club located near 290 and the Beltway which was maybe about an hour's drive, give or take. I kind of had to pee when we left, but by the time we were getting near the club, I thought I was going to die. We parked, I ran in, and made it. Whew!

7. Describe the prefect date night.
The perfect date night would be raspberry piña coladas followed up by a lovely dinner somewhere (probably seafood, but maybe some place really nice like The Old San Francisco Steak House), and then hot sex. :-)

BONUS: Who's Bad?
Because I'm bad, I'm bad - come on. You know I'm bad, I'm bad - come on, you know. And the whole world has to answer right now just to tell you once again who's bad.

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Monday, February 25, 2002

Monday Mission 2.8

Here's my first Monday Mission by PromoGuy.

1. What part of your body would you most like to change? Explain.
I would most want to change my hips and stomach. Coming from a line of German women, we're built to give birth in a field and go right on working. I would love to have a flat little belly and hips that are a little less wide.

2. What are the Blogs you absolutely must visit each time you log on, no matter what?
Christine's, Michele's, and Candi's to start. Now that I'm starting to blog, there are several that I have taken to reading each day, pretty much all of them in my list of Other Fishbowls.

3. What part of your (current or most recent) significant other's body would you most like to change?
Hmmm. This is a hard question. I don't really have anything that I would want changed, but I guess he could always be a bit more buff. :-)

4. At what age would you consider yourself as "old?"
Now that I am approaching thirty (I'll be twenty-seven in a few weeks), an age that I think no one ever really thinks they'll be, I'm not really sure. I used to think that someone in their forties was old, but now I have good friends that are in their forties and fifties. I guess age is relative.

5. I hear many stories about children who show potential in a certain area, only to have their spirits crushed by parents or teachers because they are told they aren't doing it right, or will never amount to anything. Was there a point in your life where you feel like you were discouraged in some manner that had an effect on your life?
I'm not sure I ever really had this happen. I was told by my teacher when I was in Tier 4 math in sixth grade (which is two or three years advanced) that girls didn't need higher math class and he basically forced me out. In high school, though, I took advanced calculus and was constantly encouraged by my teacher Mr. De Fazio. As a matter of fact, the first test that I made a B on (and a high B at that), he circled the grade and wrote underneath, "I knew you could do it!" I was so proud of myself.

6. Eek! I left home without my Visor today, I feel nearly naked! What item(s) make you feel naked when you walk off and forget them?
I HAVE to have a book on me at all times. Other than that, I feel weird if I forget to wear earrings or my thumb ring. I've started using my Palm Pilot a lot more, so I'm starting to miss it if I leave it somewhere.

7. I believe we are all artistic in some form or fashion. Not just limited to drawing or painting, but carpentry, baking, music, gardening, collecting, you get the idea. What is it you do that best expresses your artistic side?
When I was in high school, I would have said music. I loved marching band (I marched the bass drum) and being a percussionist. Now, I guess it's more by messing around on the computer with things like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. I'm definitely not all that incredible at it, but I enjoy it and sometimes I make something that I think is really nice.

BONUS: Stop, hey... what's that sound?
Everybody look what's going down.

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