Sunday, October 31, 2010

Skeleton Brides, Barbie Divas and Such

Skeleton Bride

Barbie Diva

(I added the captions just in case you were confused by the two considering how closely they resemble each other...)

So, the Skeleton Bride was originally going to be Velma from Scooby Doo.  And the Barbie Diva was originally going to be FrankenDog (yes, green faced monster combined with a read it right).  And thanks to Party City advertisements, these two creatures were born.  My preference would've been the original ideas, but it's not about me, is it?  (itsnotaboutmeitsnotaboutmeitsnotaboutme...) 

But, I was able to put my mark on the costume in the form of makeup.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WW: Stephen King

Today's WW features Stephen King.

1. “I tend to scare myself…”
When was the last time you scared yourself?

I do it every day driving.  I hate driving in the city.  I like road trips, but I'm not a safe, smart, defensive, good driver by any means on a day-to-day basis.  I apologize for all past, present and future traffic indescritions I've commited.

2. “Time heals all wounds…”
What was the longest it took you to recover from an illness, injury or surgery?

In a physical sense, I suppose I've been quite blessed.  I haven't had too many ailments that fall in the "recover" column. 

I am still emotionally reconciling some choices made moons ago that affect my physical well-being.

3. “Your first impulse is to share good news. Your second is to club someone over the head with it…”
What was the last good news you had to share?

I went to the Galleria today and got a free pumpkin truffle.  Yay!

4. “When it comes to the past, we all stack the deck…”
Is there something in your past you speak highly of that was not so great while you were going through it?

Yes, there are several things.  It's part of progress and growing closer to God.  I always say, pain = growth, from bad comes good, and trust the process.  I try to own and speak highly of my mistakes, bad choices, erratic judgment calls, inconsistent behaviors.

Mix those things in with the good qualities I've been given and the result is WHO I AM.  I am perfectly me.  :)

5. “Do you drink? Of course! I just said I was a writer!..”
What do you need to drink to do?

I don't NEED to drink to do anything, which is good and bad.  Like everyone, many of my guards go off-duty when I've had too much to drink, and my inhibitions become uninhibited.

Suffice it to say that I do should not ever drink too much.  Ever.

I do get a giggle out of human behavior in the context of drinking.  It's interesting to me when people say they drive better, dance better, last longer during "relations" (<~~~ you men), think better while drunk or tipsy.  Humans are funny people.  That all I have to say about that.

6. “If you liked being a teenager, then there’s something really wrong with you…”
What did you like about being a teenager?

I'm probably guilty of being that girl who is stuck in her teenage years because they were so fun, especially at school.  I was a good girl, good student, smiley.  I have fond memories of friendships, but very few of actual events.  I remember the moods and the relationships and when I look back at my teenage years, I wish I was still there sometimes.

7. “Nobody likes a clown at midnight…”
What do you like at midnight?


8. “It is the tale, not he who told it…”
Who is your favorite teller of tales or jokes?

Red Skelton was pretty good.  Steven Wright is another.  Kenny Rogers sure knows how to sing a story!  I'm sure there are others....

9. “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool…”
Were you ever conned or fooled into a scam?

Oh gosh, yes!  More than once.  My ignorance is so blissful.  Please keep me there.  It's too painful to know I've been taken for granted. 

10. “If fear cannot be articulated, then it can’t be conquered…”
What do you fear?

Anaesthesia.  I have an irrational fear of not waking up from it.  But I suppose that might be considered an irrational anxiety.  Now I'm wondering -- is there a difference between a fear and an anxiety?  Hmmm...

I do find that I'm afraid to take emotional risks in relationships.  I try to play it safe for the most part.  I mess up a lot and it makes me more and more gun-shy, less willing to trust.  That's not healthy, to withdraw.


Simon LeBon's Birthday

He still looks so yummy...

And the first words swirling in my head this morning as I was contemplating leaving The King:  Wise on a birthday party...

Wonder if he'd ever come see me for MY birthday wearing only that hat and that look?

Cue song:  Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Favorite Words: Lascivious

Say it out loud. G'head. Do it.




mmmmmm la-la-lascivious

It's seductive.
It's sexy.
It's music.
It's temptation.
It's....*lip bite*


inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
arousing sexual desire
indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bandwagon Rides Are Fun

I admit it.

I'm on the bandwagon.  I'm THRILLED for the Texas Rangers headed to their first ever World Series! And I am not ashamed to admit that I'm into it because they are winning, and they are from Texas and there are a whole bunch of really hot guys out there.  haha!

Josh Hamilton -- what a story, huh?  Cutie pie.  MVP giving Glory to God.  As it should be.  Amen.

Greenberg -- the ownership dispute, bankruptcy and all that legal speed bump mid-season.

Nolan Ryan - stud, legend, bigger than life.

Ron Washington - apparently first and only time cocaine use does pay off!  "That's the way baseball go."

Neftali - awesomeness.  More awesomeness awaits him. 

Cliff Lee -- what a babe. And he can pitch.  And he's muy sexy.

I don't watch much baseball -- I really only watch it when I'm AT the game.  But this post-season stuff has been pretty exciting, especially this victory over the Yankees.  There are a handful of teams that I just.don'  Oakland Raiders (NFL), LA Lakers (NBA), and the NY Yankees (MLB).  Even if the Rangers fall on their asses to the Phillies or the Giants in the World Series, the fact that they so handily cleaned the clock of the Yankees is sweetsweetnextbestthingtotheWorldSeries.  All you baseball buffs -- have you EVER seen the Yankees so DOMINATED? 

Also, the little dig to A-Rod.  And Tex.  *snicker*

I hope there's a movie made about this team someday; it's such a great story.

Go Rangers!!

(P.S.  Thanks to the Rangers, people have hope in Texas sports teams again in the post-season.  Since the Mavs and the Cowboys have teased us, this entry into the World Series by the most unlikely of teams is so satisfying.  Maybe the Stars will go to the Stanley Cup this year.  *crosses fingers*  Here's hopin'!)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Music Minute: Madonna

Chances are that Madonna has at least ONE song you'll dig. 

I give her loads of credit as a savvy entertainer because she's constantly reinventing herself; she is timeless.  She pulls all of the past and all of the future into the now.  She invents trends and make sher mark in that timelessness.

I dig LOTS of her songs.  I've included a new playlist that includes:
  • Don't Cry For Me Argentina from the movie "Evita".  "Evita" is one of my favorite musicals to watch.  I love the story.  I thought Madonna did a pretty good job in the movie.  I definitely like her voice as Eva PerĂ³n, especially this song.
  • Erotic - just a damn sexy song.
  • Justify My Love - another damn sexy song
  • Rain - I love all things water, and this song washes over me like water when I hear it. 
  • Sorry - The use of mulitiple languages is what I like most, as well as the message
  • Like A Prayer - even though the video is controversial, I love the gospel sounds of it.  There are some groovin' club mixes to this song that make me get up and dance.  A fave for a long time!
  • I Want You - Never heard it before making this playlist, but liked it.  I'll be giving it a listen more.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WW: Christine O'Donnell (Who IS This Chick?!)

I guess by me choosing to not watch the news anymore leaves me a bit outoftheknow.  I had to go look up Christine O'Donnell

1. On why she's anti masturbation: "If he already knows what pleases him and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture?"  Have you ever heard a stupider statement? If yes, when?

This is a Catholic's way of saying, "I'm Catholic and we're not allowed to masturbate."

And for the record, there is ALWAYS stupider.  <~~ here's just a sample

2. “Physics put people in spiritual harm the way pimps put people in physical harm.” Do you believe that prostitution should be legalized?

Sure, why not?  Make it a source of taxation/revenue.  That'll take care of the civil side of things.

3. “We took the Bible out of public schools. Now we're having weekly shootings. We had the 60s sexual revolution and now people are dying from aids.”  What benefits do you think the 60s' sexual revolution has given us?

I wasn't alive then, but I'm sure I'm reaping some benefit of which I'm completely ignorant.  So, thanks 60's Revolution!

4. “The Bible says that lust in your heart in committing adultery.”  Do you think having a sexual fantasy when you're married or part of a couple is wrong?

In the biblical sense, yes, if the fantasy especially is about someone other than your partner.  I think it's human nature, though, therefore impossible to abstain from it.

5. On co-ed dorms: “What's next? Orgy rooms? Menage-trois rooms? Coedness is like a radical agenda forced on college students.”  Have you ever been asked to participate in other than a one on one sexual experience?

Yes, I have been asked.  The end.

Oh.  You want more details?

Okay - I was not asked in a dorm.  The end.

6. “Creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the earth in six days, six 24 hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.” What is your favorite dinosaur? Why?

Dorothy the Dinosaur is my favorite.  She's silly, can sing, loves roses and is famous.

7. “I dabbled in witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up."  What's the strangest thing that you “dabbled” in?

Dieting.  So dumb.  Glad I'm over that.

8. "I am not a clone of Sarah Palin. I have my own thoughts."  How different is Sarah Palin's political agenda from your own?

I don't know the entirety of her agenda since I don't watch the news and purposefully try to avoid politics.  In my Switzerland style, I'll simply say that I agreed with her on some things and disagreed on others. 

9. "American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains."  What animal would you like your brain cross breed with?

I'd like to cross breed with....  wait.

Is this some sort of cheezy pick up line spawned by Question 5?

Ohhhh -- you almost got me on that one.  Clever.  I'm cleverER!

10. "[H]omosexuals [are] getting away with nudity! They're getting away with lasciviousness! They're getting away with perversion!"   Have nude homosexuals ever interfered with your day?

No, they haven't.  Just nude heteros interfere with my day.  :P

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Favorite Words: Apodyopsis

The act of mentally undressing someone


I couldn't find it at dictionary (dot) com, which is my usual reference for the Favorite Words series, but it IS in the Urban Dictionary (so it MUST be a real and true word, right?!).

It's a nice thought, anyway.

(Thanks goes to one of my high school friends, Yak, who posted it on Facebook.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Kim Kardashian is the inspiration for this week's Wednesday Wickedness...  These questions turned out to be funner than I expected.  I saw "Kardashian" and thought, "wtf do *I* have in common with a Kardashian besides my gorgeous body and looks?!  Gawww!"  Lo and behold, Kim and I have a LOT in common!

1. "White is actually one of my favorite colors. I have a white car. I love white." Tell us about your first car.

I learned to drive with my mom's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass. It was a steel blue ride, all tricked out for 1987.  (Maybe I remember it as "tricked out" as in "I'm a military brat white girl who has no idea what 'tricked out' even means, but I'm cool because I can drive and you can't.)  I remember the steering being very responsive!  What a weird thing to remember....  Anyway, it was an automatic.  I liked that car because we took a lot of road trips in it as a family. 

My parents were smart.  They made sure I could drive a standard.  So, enter center stage this bad boy:

The first car I ever drove as a licensed driver was a 1982 Toyota pickup truck that was my dad's.  (I don't think I took my driver's test in the pickup, so maybe I am lying here.  So *technically*, the first car I drove as a licensed driver was the Cutlass.  I just wanted to work in the 1982 brown truck is all....)  It was a standard, chocolate brown with three stripes along the sides.  The stripes were varying degrees of lighter shades of brown.  I can't believe it but I actually found a picture online that is VERY similar to it (why am I in disbelief?  I's the friggin' internets, man! EVERYTHING is on these webs!)

MY first car -- the first one I owned on my own -- the first one I ever financed all by myself and didn't have to borrow or whore to use is this:

First of all...I'm kidding about the whore part.  Totally.  Second of all, this car comes with that checkered showroom floor.  THAT'S how cool that car is!  And yes, it was silver.  And yes, my brother wanted to borrow it.  A lot.

P.S. Blue is MY favorite color!

2. "I've just had enough of people misrepresenting me. Get to know me and see who I am." Have you ever been paranoid?

Who?  ME?!  *shifty eyes*

*nervously answers*  I'm, like, *looks around* totally chill, y'know?


Did you see that?!


I have definitely had times of paranoia.  We all have (right?!). 

Example:  I was in a hit & run accident in high school RIGHT after I received my driver's license.  I was driving that brown truck up there when I hit a parked car and left the scene of the accident.  I lied to my parents and told them that the truck was vandalized at the football game.  I was sweating bullets all that night, sleepless conniving lie after lie.  After much stress and paranoia, I came clean but boy was there some steep consequences! 

Ahhh youth.  (Love you, mom!)

3. "I opened the store myself. Even Paris and Nicky Hilton -- they`re completely independent too." How old were you and what were you doing when you became independent of your parents?

My parents empty-nested when I was 21.  Dad got an overseas assignment and they moved to Hawaii while my brother and I stayed state-side.  I was living alone in my own apartment, going to college, dating someone seriously, and working.  I haven't been home since.
4. "I want to be a Bond girl!" Have you ever wanted to be in the movies?

ohmygosh YES!  I think I am more attracted to stage life these days, but yes, I did want to be on the silver screen.  Dig around the blog to learn more about that.  Spending the time digging is time well spent...I'm worth the read.  :P
5. "I would never snub Hugh Hefner. I love him and his whole team." How much money would it take for you to pose nude?

I don't think there's any amount of money that I would take.  Of course, you could try.  I'm open to entertaining all offers.  :P
6. "I think my sense of style is evolving. I'm figuring out ways to be sexy without having to flaunt it." Who are the top 3 sexy celebrities in your opinion?

Angelina Jolie, Lauren Graham, Sara Ramirez

7. "I'm the girl who's too shy to dance in a nightclub — maybe for one song, and then that's it." Tell us about the last time that you danced in a nightclub?

It's been too long.  I miss nightclub dancing.  I love it!  I love the fever and the beat and the sexuality of it.  I love the raw air, the unspoken words of eyes, looks and hands....bodies alive in passionate movement, the lights.  Don't even need a drink to get intoxicated!  The atmosphere is soooo HAWT!! 

With that being said -- yeah...hmmm....I think it's been a few years.  Now I'd be called a cougar and that would be pathetic. I would never want to be classified as that.  Is there a 40-something night club?  And what would you call the boys who show up at the 40-club looking for "experienced" women to bring back to the bachelor pad?  Cubs?  Club Cubs.  Yeah, I guess that works.....

Anyone want to take me dancing?
8. "I want to be pregnant by the time I'm 30, hopefully." Since normal people don’t decide on having kids depending on their age, what factors do you think are important when making that decision?

I think age is a factor for sure!  I didn't want kids when I was younger.  When I was pregnant with My Eldest, I delivered her when I was 29.  At that point, I told myself that I wanted to be done having children by the age of 35.  My Little One was born when I was 35.

What OTHER factors are important when making this decision?  Well, for sure your value system, faith practice & teachings, relationship status.  In the event of unexpected pregnancy in the case of wanted/unwanted or health concerns, as in my case, there is no question about it the fact that the baby inside is a gift from Above, even if it doesn't feel like one.  Even if one if fear-filled and having feelings of ill-will, impropriety, even doom, it's a gift.  There are still responsible and smart decisions to be made in every situation.  At the core of all decisions is love, trust and communication.  (Easier said than done.  I know!)  It's like I always say -- from bad comes good.  Trust the process (TTP).

9. "My balance is really bad. I just hope my clumsiness doesn't show through". Is there anything about you that you hope doesn’t show through?

I have many spiritual, physical and emotional faults, failures, vulnerabilities, defects, secrets, inequities that I hide.  We all do.  I'm no different.  I hope they don't come through, but if & when they do, it's best to own it and deal with it head-on.  Ideally, through self-discovery, I can reconcile them BEFORE they are revealed.  Again -- another TTP moment.

10. "I eat less junk food, hardly any soda, and just try to eat more protein. I definitely can’t give up sweets all together, so I just toned them down!" How does one “tone down” their diet?

Eat closer to the source, minimize processed foods, moderation, moderation, moderation.  Don't ask me the mechanics of all that because I'm not good at doing ANY of that!  :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Whose is Which? Is This Technically A "Milestone"?

The time has come.

The time where My Eldest is wearing the same shoe size as me.


So long as she's not in the same bra size yet, I'm happy...I suppose.

These are her shoes -- technically a ladies size seven -- and my foot is on the right.  Don't you adore the Halloween style pedicure my kids gave me?  We were all matching at one point.  In any case.....  I think I'm traumatized. 

Turning ten.  Wearing sevens.  Losing teeth -- MOLARS!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Music Minute: Olivia Newton-John

I've been on an Olivia Newton-John kick the last week or so.  She's so cute, isn't she?! 

I wanted to BE her back in the late 70's and early 80's.  I loved "Physical" and "Xanadu" like nobody's business!  I even wore my headband like she did!

Think I'll go find it that headband and dance in the mirror lip synching these songs into my hairbrush.

Seems So Strange

Just can't get my head around Modano being a Red Wing.....

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


It's (a wee bit past) Wednesday Wickedness.  This one was a toughie for me....  

1. “A lie cannot live.” When was the last time you felt you were forced to lie?

Earlier this year, but it was the twisted thoughts inside my own head.  The only time anyone might be forced to lie is if their life is in jeopardy. 

2. “A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.” What, besides the lives of your family, would you be willing to die for?

Christ.  Country.  Chocolate.  :P

3. “A right delayed is a right denied.” Are there rights or freedoms that you’d give up to be safer?

Sure.  It's all subjective, and none just jump right out in my mind as I write this, but knowing that I'm a pretty fluid person, I'm sure I'd bend in some form or fashion in the name of safety & the betterment of mankind.

4. “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” When was the last time that you solved a problem of yours just to create another?

Isn't this what parenting is all about?  And marriage?  And working?  And a faith journey?  They are all a series of problems that lead to another.  It's not like we graduate or get the 'attagirl for a job well done' ever.  We grow and progress, mature and smile, but we are never a problem-free being. 

5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” What do you have faith in?

God.  Even when I don't show it, I do.  Even when I'm not sure I do, I try to.  So long as I have that, then the faith in everything else is interwoven.

6. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Do you believe things in generally will usually win out?

I really had to read this quote about four or five times before I understood it.  I don't typically think in terms of justice, winning and losing, etc., so it's hard to get my head around this, but ultimately, I believe all things - each in their own contexts - happen for a reason.  If the context calls for a win/lose, well, whatever the outcome is is the way it was supposed to be for that moment. 

I probably didn't answer this question "right" but I'm not trying to "win" at anything, so .... *sticks my tongue out at you*... THERE!

7. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” When was the last time that you spoke out to help someone that you didn’t have to?

One thing I've noticed about me is that I'm not much of an advocate.  I'm generally not demonstrative or verbal about an issue that stirs me.  I withhold my opinions or observations because of fear.  I'm not sure of what I am afraid, but if it's something that will cause any sort of confrontation, I hesitate.  What can I say...I'm a luvah not a fightah.

At work, it's a little different.  I speak my opinion more than ever in the work place.  I feel very confident in my ability there, and I feel respected by my peers and those above me.  In terms of helping someone out when it wasn't necessary, well, I suppose most referrals and recommendations would qualify as not needing to speak up but doing it anyway.  This is also true when being honest about someone's less-than-stellar work ethic.

I'm getting better about visiting with teachers and various other folks about issues that arise regarding the care and rearing of my children. As my children grow, I'm finding that I have to be an advocate for them, which does not come naturally to me.  I think there's a lot of room for me to grow in this advocacy role, and I'm ever mindful of it.  I'll get better about it without becoming THAT mom.

8. “It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.” Do you envision a time where the United States will not be at war? Why?

If this question is referring to the United States fighting on foreign soil, yes, I can envision this.  But, because of the threats to our country that exist today versus when Dr. King was alive, I don't think there will be a time when turmoil won't exist domestically or abroad.  There will always be hungry mouths to feed, people to educate, homeless to home, indigent to bolster, waters to keep clean, morality to protect, pop culture to streamline.

Furthermore, there will be those around the world still angry, provoking the U.S. into some form of combat based on their perceived reasons.  Attacks will abound.  War will exist and the U.S. will be affected in one way or another based on the sheer foundation on which this country was built.  We are one country with a global impact.  It's both good and bad.  It's both needed and abhored.  It's both right and wrong.  It's both a blessing and cross to carry.  It's both greedy and selfless.  We are a polarizing nation, even inside our own borders.

In the strict context of when America will warring as we did in WWI or WWII, I can image at time of that not existing. 

9. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” Is there anything that you are bitter about that you cannot get over?

There are many things I "can't get over", but I'm not bitter about them.  I detest that cancer exists.  I can't change it.  I abhor that smoking is allowed, but I cannot change it.  I am disgusted by most politics, but I can't change it.  I can only accept and change my behavior in the contexts of each of them. 

When I reflect on "bitterness", some images and descriptives come to mind.  One, for example, is the human nature of i -- y'know, the disposition of a person.  What I mean is, if I have a hopeful attitude, bitterness will not bear fruit.  If my choice is to be accepting and make the best of a situation, the bitterness won't stay long.

So many people are critical and judgemental (again, human nature), and they would feel so much more freedom and peace if they would surrender it.  It's a control freak issue to some degree.  People need to be defined and where do we find that definition?  In the structure of our society.  Esteem exists because of workplace advancement, income, pedigree, higher education.  All of these are man-made institutions and heirarchies, seen and unseen, tangible and intangible, in which we all function and elevate.  Finding the balance of being good by societal standards and being good by God's standards is a difficult line to walk.

My unsolicited advice is this:  Just love.  Reach in and find it, then pull it out and let it flow freely, especially at the times you feel the most bitter.  You will find the sweetness envelop you. 

10. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Do you take chances by speaking up even when it could cost you something?

Recently, one of my ACTS sisters invited some of the other ACTS sisters to support her team in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (to end breast cancer).  One sisters in particularly bravely replied to all of us with special information.

She shares the desire to end breast cancer, yet she cannot support the Komen cause because of its affiliation with Planned Parenthood.

As you know, Catholics are pro-life, which means zero tolerance on abortions and birth control, among other things.  Planned Parenthood performs abortions, supplies contraceptives and sends lot of funds to the Komen cause.  The Komen cause supports Planned Parenthood.  This sister who pointed out the relationship between SGK and PP specifically with a carefully worded response that expressed that she is telling all of us this information from a place of love and she hoped that by responding with that information, she knew she was risking losing love and esteem by each of us.

I was most impressed with her well-worded and passionate response.  
Isn't this what Jesus's life was all about?  Isn't this the core of His ministry?  Do the Father's will, even if that means you have to die for it. This is why we have martyrs.

I hope that I can be the kind of person who has strength, wisdom, courage and compassion.  (It kind of ties into that advocacy stuff from Question 7.)


And on that note, lovies, I will go rest.  Blessings!  And thank God for the legacy of MLK.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Favorite Words: Wonky

I first heard this term by watching some YouTube videos of Pixiwoo/FashionFaceTV.  Two sisters who are makeup artists (who are quite hot.  I admit to having a girl crush on both of them....).  I loved hearing how they used the word and since I have a desire to live in Europe and BE European (or a black girl...either would be cool.), I quickly adopted it into my own Jackiebonics. 

–adjective, -ki·er, -ki·est.
1.British Slang .
      a.shaky, groggy, or unsteady.
      b.unreliable; not trustworthy.
2.Slang . stupid; boring; unattractive.
If you're lucky, I'll even say it in my best British accent.