Friday, May 25, 2007

What's your favorite song?

I just found a site called Godtube, thanks to Cliff's last post. It's pretty cool because there are lots of music videos. One of my favorites is a song by Barlow Girl, "Never Alone." I love the vocals, and the arrangement, plus the message is great, too. And, now that I can, I'm posting the music video! How cool is that?

Now it's your turn! Look up your favorite song, and post the video! I don't know how extensive the site is, so it may not have everything, but post a good one, if you can't find your favorite.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Visual DNA

Leanna pointed out this test. I really like it! I don't think I'm a high roller, but maybe I just dream about it. :)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Our First Biking Incident

It finally happened. After a year of biking, we were left with a bum bike and a long walk home.

Last week, Jon and I woke up earlier than normal to go biking. It was cool outside, perfect for biking. Everything was going fine, until suddenly, "Uh, oh. I think something is broken..." Then Jon's right pedal falls off. Yep. I would say it's broken. And we just happened to be at the farthest point from home. Oh, well! By avoiding our normal circuitous route, and staying on the main trail, we estimate we walked 2-3 miles home. It was a good thing we started out early! Jon headed to the bike place, and came back with it all fixed up.

This morning, we added a jog around the lake in the middle of our route. My legs were not prepared to quit pedalling and start jogging, and my knees were not happy with the shift from low- to high-impact, but I think it will be a good addition to our routine. Our very own biathlon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Life Not So Organized

Is it a bad sign that I lost my Organizing for Life book?

Personally, I think it's bad planning on the writer's part. She knows people who buy her book will not be organized. She should make the book 2ft by 2ft in caution orange, or have one of those little things that beep when I clap. It's all her fault, really.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Personality Test Results

Extraversion |||||||||||||| 60%
Stability |||||||||| 40%
Orderliness |||||||||| 36%
Accommodation |||||||||||||||| 63%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||| 70%
Intellectual |||||||||||| 43%
Mystical |||||| 23%
Artistic |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Religious |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Hedonism || 10%
Materialism |||| 16%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 50%
Adventurousness |||||||||||| 50%
Work ethic |||||||||| 36%
Self absorbed |||||||||||| 43%
Conflict seeking |||||||||| 36%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||| 56%
Romantic |||||||||||||| 56%
Avoidant |||||| 30%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||| 56%
Wealth |||| 16%
Dependency |||||||||||||||| 63%
Change averse |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||| 56%
Individuality |||||||||||| 50%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||| 63%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||| 50%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical fitness |||||||||||||| 57%
Histrionic |||||||||||||| 56%
Paranoia |||||| 30%
Vanity |||||||||||||| 56%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||| 56%
Female cliche |||||||||||| 50%

Stability results were moderately low which suggests you are worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.

Orderliness results were moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.

Extraversion results were moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interactive at the expense of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.

Trait Snapshot: craves attention, messy, open, rash, irritable, likes large parties, low self control, weird, fragile, does not like to be alone, emotionally sensitive, worrying, depressed, heart over mind, does not respect authority, dependent, not rule conscious, not good at saving money, more interested in relationships than intellectual pursuits, likes to fit in, very social, frequently second guesses self, phobic, suspicious, not careful, outgoing, vain, compassionate, aggressive, likes to make fun, hates to lose

Some of these things are way off, but others are okay. I tried hard not to pick the middle 50% answer, but maybe I would be more balanced if I had left those! :)

Monday, May 07, 2007

Hooray for Husbands!

I was reading my mom's latest post, and was going to comment on hers about something great my husband did, but thought, "I bet every wife has a Knight in Shining Armor story, and I want to hear them!"

So, if someone can claim you as wifey-poo, comment with a great story about him! The stories can be about big or little things, as long as it reminded you about what a great guy you married.

Here's mine:

On Saturday, Jon and I propped the fence back up with extra fence boards. The fence is actually a lot heavier than I thought, and it was an effort on both our parts to get it back in place. In the process, we accidentally trapped a salamander under the fence! I noticed him wriggling, really trying to get out. I couldn't lower the fence back to where it had been, because it would squish the salamander even more, and it would require taking the entire fence back down (since it's still in one piece). I needed to lift the fence straight up. I did everything I could, but I couldn't budge the fence. Jon (who is not the animal-lover I am) was trying to tell me that it was just a salamander. However, he could see that it really bothered me, so, putting aside the thought that the fence could fall back down (and that it was silly to save a salamander), he managed to lift the fence just high enough for the little guy to scurry away.

My hero!

Saturday, May 05, 2007


I have kept something alive for 3 years! When I graduated from college, my father-in-law gave me a bonsai tree. It's grown some, and I haven't messed with it a whole lot (probably why it's still alive.)

Anyway, a coworker of mine has bonsai trees as a hobby, so she said she'd help me repot the little guy. I bought all my supplies, she brought special soil, and we set up on a picnic table outside of work yesterday.

Here's the final product!
Next year, before the growing season (we were too late this year), I'll clip all the leaves, and they'll come back miniaturized, to fit more in proportion with the bonsai. I just have to keep it alive! :)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

My silly husband.

You guys don't think he's silly, but he is!

The Storm

Yesterday, I took a picture of my flower garden. It's doing so well, and looked so pretty! I planted three rose bushes in a new pot, and I was so excited about them. Here's the picture to immortalize my success. :)
Then, last night, the storm hit. I was over on Holly's side, making dinner. It rained harder and the wind blew more than I've ever seen before. Jon said between 75 and 80 mph. It was insane. The sirens went off, and we were watching the weather reports closely. Just as my stir fry was ready, the electricity went off. So, we used flashlights to serve up our plates, lit some candles, and took the whole picnic into the bathroom. I'm not a huge fan of eating in the bathroom, but hey, you do what you gotta do. And it kept our minds off of what could potentially be happening outside. Toward the end of dinner, we got a phonecall from Holly's aunt, who must have had power still, and knew that the worst was over. We finished our meal and came out of hiding.

The rain had slowed to a soft drippiness, so we headed over to my side of the house to get some extra candles, check on the cat, and make sure things were still intact. It was then that I saw this:
Can't tell what it is? Let me show you in the daylight:
Yep, the fence fell over...right on top of my beautiful flowers. Both pictures were taken after Holly and I got the plants upright and away from the fence. Many had fallen over, including the roses, which had fallen out of the pot entirely. I hope they make it.

You'll notice that there's still a fence up behind ours. Our neighborhood has a tendency to double-fence: Each house gets it's own fence. It turns out pretty handy--"our" side of the fence in the back is almost completely gone, and always has been. Now this side is gone as well. However, just outside of the picture frame, the other neighbor's fence is also blown over.

The electricity came on at 3:15am. We've made a call to our landlord about the fence. Poor guy is just having everything happen! He doesn't get back in town until Saturday, so it probably won't be fixed for awhile.

Anything else want to happen? Roof, you feel like leaking? Ants wanna take over the house? Fire? (That actually happened to a duplex a block away a few weeks ago.) Whatever it is, my luck's pretty low right now, so you've got a good chance here!