Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Luscious chocolate

Blommer Chocolate Co. is a family owned plant that has been in Chicago for the past 66 years. They make chocolate liquor, cocoa butter and other products for bulk sale.

For decades, mouthwatering smells have radiated from this factory. Commuters, tourists and area workers have enjoyed the chocolate aroma. There was at least one person that did not find the smell and emissions pleasurable. The EPA had a complaint that prompted an inspection and subsequently a citation.

Now, it won’t be long before the chocolate odor will be gone. Officials are hurrying to resolve allegations by installing new filters. The EPA said “that inhaling the plant’s emissions in high concentrations can harm children, the elderly and people with heart and lung disease.”

In a sense, it is a shame. "Chocolate smells put people in a relaxed state," said Hirsch, who likened the effect of chocolate vapors on the brain to an antidepressant. "It's been shown bad odors increase aggression; pleasant ones make people more docile. So you could say the chocolate smell is a real service to Chicago."
Smells are a big deal in this city once closely associated with the stench of slaughtered cows and whose very name etymologists say comes from the American Indian words for skunk or onion.

"It's like crushing an ant when there's a pack of wolves around — then claiming you have saved people from harm," said Brian Urbaszewski, of the American Lung Association's Chicago chapter. Far more pollution is created by power plants, which pump some 15,000 tons of particles into the air annually, he said.
"A lot of people may get a warm fuzzy feeling from this chocolate smell," he said. "Some people may get the same warm fuzzy feeling from smelling tobacco — but that doesn't mean it's good for you."

I think I would rather be harmed by the smell of chocolate than be harmed by the smell of slaughtered cows, car emissions or smoke.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Nice way to start things off!

Wow, this is a great way to start off a marriage! Katie Holmes’ father is a lawyer. He wants to protect his daughter, just as every father would. He has drawn up some prenuptial papers that he wants his daughter and Tom to sign prior to getting married. Hey, wait a minute. Isn’t this in reverse? I would bet that Tom is worth far more than Katie, wouldn’t he be the one that would want to protect his treasure? Maybe he has given it all to Scientology!
Oh, wait…here it is…..Martin Holmes wants to make sure that if their marriage should dissolve prior to the five-year mark, that she receives a lump sum payment in the millions. I guess that speaks volumes for Cruise’s most recent antics and past relationship history.

On another note with Mr. Cruise. He bought a sonogram machine so he and Katie can monitor the development of their unborn child. I guess he didn’t give all of his money to Scientology. Not everyone can drop $200,000 on a sonogram machine. What is admirable about this is he did say, when they are finished with it, he will donate it to a hospital.

In an ABC interview with Barbara Walters, he was asked if he knew the gender of the baby. He replied “no, but if he did, he would not reveal it”. I wonder if he knows how to interpret the findings of what he sees, or if he has to hire a technician too. Walters asked him “So, what do you see?” and he answered “a little baby”.
Hummm, really? That sounds pretty expert, doesn’t it?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

The end of a long weekend!

The end of a long weekend!
I hope all of you are having a great Sunday.

XOXOXOXO... hugs and kisses to all of you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Before and After

Pam Anderson before makeup /after.

Christina Applegate before makeup / after.

Britney Spears before makeup / after.

Courteney Cox before makeup / after.
(The community celebrity, she grew up in my neighborhood and went to my school)

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

So, do you think you know me?

Welcome to the 2005 edition of getting to know your friends. I got this from Becky a while ago.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:15

2. Diamonds or pearls? Definitely diamonds

3. The last film you saw at the cinema? Harry Potter ~ Goblet of Fire (there were fire breathing dragons...friends of your's Calzone?)

4. What is your favorite TV show? Grey’s Anatomy

5. What did you have for breakfast? nothing

6. What is your middle name? Patricia

7. What is your favorite cuisine? American, Mexican, Italian…too hard to choose

8. What food do you dislike? Calamari

9. First love? "boyfriend"

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? A mix I burned with Various artists

11. What kind of car do you drive? One that is paid for! :)

12. What characteristics do you despise? Dishonesty, immorality, rudeness

13. Favorite item of clothing? Flannel pj pants

14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation,where would you go? Italy

15. Daisy or Sunflower's? Daisy

16. Favorite brand of clothing? No particular brand, just what looks nice and feels good

17. If you could retire where would you like to retire to? maybe somewhere I have never been, who knows!

18. Favorite time of day? 4:15 on Friday afternoon

19. Your favorite birthday? Someone elses ;)

20. Where were you born? Des Moines

21. Favorite sport to watch? Olympic gymnastics

22. Coke or Pepsi? Coke

23. Favorite Place to Dance? Hmmm ;)

24. What did you want to be when you were little, when you grew up? Airline flight attendant

25. What book are you currently reading? AM Best Underwriting Guide *yawn*

26. If you could have dinner with anyone living before 1900 who would it be? My distant cousin-Texas Jack (he was friends with Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock)

27. What bad habit do you want to give up? Lack of excercise

So, do you think you know me yet?

Monday, November 21, 2005

Your First Visit to My Castle!

I wanted to give you guys some stats about you!

I have gone back through my blog and determined the first comment you ever wrote here. I have shown the date, the title of the post and you're comment. You have made several comments on various posts since, but I have only revealed your special first visit to my Castle. There have been many other posts and several other visitors that have stopped in on their way through The Land of Blog, but they were just passing through. I am glad you had a good time here and continued coming over. It would be cold and lonely here in this big castle without all of you guys! You are welcome here anytime.

Blake ~ The Everglades
Saturday, July 16, 2005
TV needs a makeover

Throw your television out of your window. That is the only option. Even if there were 567 chanels, none of them would be any good. And I'm sure Britney Spears is shitting a golden brick now that she has been eclipsed by Jessica Simpson--Dukes is no Crossroads. Blake
2:21 AM

Beckeye ~ The Pop Eye
Saturday, July 16, 2005
TV needs a makeover

The deal with reality TV is that it's become as scripted as regular TV, under the guise of still being "real". I remember the first season of The Real World and it was pretty obvious that those kids had no idea what the hell they had gotten into. While I'm sure they were well aware of the camera at times and weren't always completely themselves, it was probably the most real anyone could've hoped for. But once the producers saw how well it worked, every season after that had to have "the naive girl", "the hunk", "the gay one", "the angry black one", "the wannabe musician", "the jackass" and then a few "wild cards" who were camera-friendly. I really can't get into that show anymore because of it's scripted nature, but I do get a big kick out of those Real World/Road Rules challenges. People are never more real than when they're competing for money. I do like some reality shows but others turn my stomach. And the sheer volume of them is pretty ridiculous.By the way, it's so funny that you and I have that same college dream. I read on some dream analysis website that it means that I'm afraid to move on to the next stage of my life...which in my case is probably true!
1:53 PM

Carl Spackler ~ From the Mind of Carl Spackler
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The Power of the Wealthy

abc news just reported that story the other day. when will it stop! seems we won't have any property rights at this rate.
10:07 AM

Jef ~ Thunderfish
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Apartment Life

I'm so glad to be out of an apartment. Mowing isn't all that bad and the tax break is wonderful and I'm making a profit off of it when I sell it. I would call the home office and check out the story, get the person you talked to's name and then call Ms. Bubbly back and ask again and then tell her you talked to Home Office and they will be calling her later. Like Joe Pesci said in Lethal Weapon II, "They screw you at the [apartment complex]."Hoping to read more from you,~Jef
10:12 AM

Dave Morris ~ Dave’s Window
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Apartment Life

I have a habit of leaving apartments REALLY clean. Far cleaner than they were when I moved in. Yet, I never get a bonus refund. Only the deposit. Why doesn't the world work the way I want it to???
11:55 PM

Avik ~ The Surging Waves
Friday, July 22, 2005
Just enough to get by!

nice reading.....
take care.....
12:00 PM

Ticharu ~ Ticharu Gets Legs
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Backyard surprise

We've re-named the 'Department of Natural Resources' up in my neck of the woods the 'Destroy Natural Resources' from a simular encounter. Not aligators obviously, but a baby raccoon. We found the little guy, wet and shivering, lost, quite helpless. Called the DNR, asked how to take care of it, they said to just kill it. We fed it with a bottle and in a few days it was strong enough to leave and we've not seen it since. People aren't pests, but every animal that gets in our way sure is. Actually, humans are the real pest...
6:11 PM

Mojoala ~ Dialetic Storm
Monday, July 25, 2005
I just don't get it

just a sign o if botox could grow hair, I might use it. Jef might too!His forehead and mine are
10:59 AM

Goan Pao ~ Vindaloo
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Where are the parents?

Guess the I in todays world is more important than the We. Parents supported by psychologists are more concerned about themselves than the children. Also a lot of parents like to act "Cool: and are afraid of disciplining their children. Some parents are just darn lazy.Kudos to you guys ticharu, dave ....
1:41 PM

Allison ~ AP’s Blog
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Where are the parents?

he'll look for attention from other sources and they probably won't be good ones ie: drugs, gangs, etc..
6:20 PM

Rebecca (now Becky) ~ Becky’s Ramblings
Thursday, July 28, 2005

Most people don't know what the word respect really means, it's no longer one for all and all for one, more like it's all for me!! What can you do though, you can't change an entire world's views on things.... Free will is a bitch sometimes...
9:57 AM

Robmcj ~ open text
Friday, July 29, 2005
A little too edgy for some

Apart from the music, it reminds me of macrobiotic people, who in decades gone by used the doctrine on food, toxins, etc. to better themselves. Maybe they still do.Macrobiotic couples would plan something like 7 years of pure living so as to replace every cell in the body before conceiving a child. I don't see a problem with these movements, except that if everyone did it, there'd be nobody buying junk food and drink and pharmaceuticals and fertilisers to prop up the economy. And farmers might have to employ more people.I'd still be macrobiotic myself if I could afford a personal macro chef, like Madonna.Lee Ann - your profile refers to Led Zeppelin, here's a shameless link.
5:07 PM

Menzies Milngavie iii ~ Menzies’ Mumblings
Sunday, July 31, 2005
If there is a will there is a way

Dear Lee Ann,Rather late for your Tuesday posting about 'where are the parents', but thought you would be amused by this sign.MM III
9:44 AM

The Zombie Lama
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Do you know someone personally?

Future "Darwin Award" winners there...
11:39 PM

Fred ~ Fred’s World
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Due what? Do when?

This sounds like one of those stories the local newspaper's "Action Line" would love to print. One call from them and your deposit will be ready that afternoon.
6:27 PM

Frank ~ Frank the Tank
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Due what? Do when?

Completely agreed! It's ridiculous! They should be alloted no more than 60 days to remit payment! I HATE cable companies!!!
6:36 PM

Robert C. Seifert ~ RCS Thinking Out Loud
Monday, August 08, 2005
In just one unsuspecting moment!

I'm not certain I would have been as graceful. Bitterness is like a cancer. It will consume and destroy you if you're not careful - see your neighbors. I came via Dave's Window, I'll be back!RCS
12:04 AM

Thursday, August 11, 2005
Working for your money ~ what a concept!

Be careful with all those email scams... Never make your life revolve around money .../thanks ilaiy

Echeevo72 ~ Soundboard de Cheevo
Saturday, August 20, 2005
What will be next?

hey, i randomly found your blog. i am in birmingham too and you are one of the few birminghamsters i have found out in bloggerville. this competitive eating event was something we covered at the bham news (i work there) and we talked about how amazing it was that a tiny asian dude was on the one to pack away so many weiners, where did he put them all?
11:19 AM

Spinning girl ~ Eleven Point Five
Saturday, August 20, 2005
What will be next?

Aww, sheeeat. I could've made like $7000 last Thursday when I ate my way through my whole fridge.
9:42 PM

Kay Ray ~ K Doll Killah for Shizza
Monday, August 22, 2005
Isn't it a bit ironic?

Druggies have to ruin it for all of us!! That really sucks.. Great blog!!!
2:23 PM

Hotboy ~ Rablissblog
Monday, August 22, 2005
Isn't it a bit ironic?

Duh! Dealing a little drunkenly with this ...Is this American irony? Are drug dealers (my deep dear friends) saints, or capitalists? Hotboy
6:36 PM

Friends of McDougal ~ Who is McDougal
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Less is more!

A buddy of mine (man by the name of McDougal, do you know him?) is half sasquatch on his mom's side.The guy's a 6'9" freakin' orangutan.He doesn't shave, but I know from seeing it done first hand, the man conditions his pubes with hot bacon grease.Being half blind (Dad's side), I'm not the best judge of physical appearances. However, I see enough to know that while McDougal is a mountain of a man, he's not much to look at. His eyebrows actually grow straight into his hairline. And the man's essentially had to pick a line of demarcation on where to stop shaving his face. There's no way to tell specifically where the beard stops growing and the chest hair starts. This, I think, is why in recent years, he has decided to go completely natural. He's got a 2-foot long beard, and can no longer where a shirt because of the excessive chest hair growth.President Kennedy gave him a gold chain with a St. Christopher medal on it back in '62, which McDougal has never taken off. However, it's been missing in the tangle of chest hair since some time in the mid-80s.I will say this for the old guy though -- he smells like a goddamn dream. It's like a mix of lilacs and sulphur ... but it's a good smell.Strong. Musky.Drives the women nuts.This probably comes from his steady diet of Chinese ... people. They're about all he eats.Another little tidbit -- I once bedded McDougal's third wife (immediately following their divorce) and she was naturally hairless. No body hair, no hair on her head, no eyebrows.Stunningly beautiful woman though.I also know that as we speak at the McDougal Institute at MIT, they are working on cloning a breed of completely hairless humans. This breed also possesses just a single arm, no legs, and two dozen tiny feet.Dean Kaman (sp?) is involved, and this new breed of superhumans will be powered by a brilliant combination of naturally occurring hydraulics and magnetic energy.I think in a few years, we're all going to have to revisit the nature of human beauty.
2:40 PM

Justice ~ Rambling Thoughts of a Weary Traveler
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Less is more!

I'm with you...I really wonder what type of person participated in these studies. LOLThanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I hope you will come back again.
8:37 PM

The Mad Hatter
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Now this is interesting!

I've always loved this story. Link me if you dare!
9:21 PM

Jiggs ~ Jiggsblog
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Oh, So smart!

I think we all know what the deeper message is here:Don't be a douchebag.
6:12 PM

Carslemane Foraix
Monday, September 12, 2005
Sounds of silence

It sounds like a typical party at Hotboy's place, except that at his parties, everyone dances around all night without any music or headphones at all.Carslemane
3:25 PM

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Feeling a bit under the weather

I can see the amazed Chinese kid in the background.
11:18 PM

Neo ~ Just Bring It
Friday, October 07, 2005
Ohhh! Something to see!

Lee Ann - OUCH!!!!If it wasn't real, it would sure look fake. The body just isn't supposed to bend like that. I know my man is on some serious pain killers.Neo cringes
6:37 AM

Ellen ~ The Secret Garden
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Rock-a-bye Husband?

Lee Ann- I popped over to your blog from Neos. I read through your posts and got a great chuckle about the GYN visit. Haven't we all experienced that? (I waited so long one time, that I literally took a nap on the table).Anyhow, just wanted you to know that I enjoyed your stories, and loved the pictures as well.Good work!
5:54 PM

Calzone ~ Dragon for Hire
Monday, October 17, 2005
Are you my mother?

Man...I came over here to bust your ass, are so sweet. Damn
8:06 PM

Saurkraut ~ Saurkraut Speaks Frank-ly
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
At work?

Yeah, the same thing happened in Clearwater, FL (a major tourist town in FL). You just gotta wonder: Public Servants - How Dumb ARE They?
9:11 AM

Aliecat ~ The Kitty Kat Lounge
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Not a 3-way but a 4-way!!!!

I failed my driver's test once, but hey, I was only 14 when I took it...
1:44 PM

Twolf1920 ~ R700 Rider
Friday, November 11, 2005
Ahhhh, now that is nice!

Woe is me-I had to convert an old tub with a hose with a showerhead on it. I am NOT a plumber...NOR is it easy to convert an old style bathtub to a shower-All the hardware is oudated. I have to SIT in the stupid thing and hose myself off like a DOG.DAMMIT!I am looking for a conversion kit to make a shower stall. Seeing your post jut made me realize that I too really want a decent shower.I am so deprived!Bloody HELL!And I live in Minnesota, so its gonna get cold here soon!CRAPPITY CRAP!Anyway, Nice blog!
10:29 PM

Friday, November 18, 2005

Pickle Slicer

There once was this man who worked in a pickle factory, who had this very great and powerful desire to put his "member" in the pickle slicer. This went on for years, and he couldn't stand it, so he decided to seek professional help for this odd infatuation of his.
He spends a few months with the shrink, and the doc finally gives up and tells the man that since his desire is so powerful to put his "member" in the pickle slicer, the only way to get over it was to do it. The man gladly agrees and says he will do it the next day at work.
The next day he comes home from work about 11 AM. His wife is very worried and asks what happened. He explains to her, for the first time - the desire he has had to put his "member" in the pickle slicer.
And then explains that he couldn't take it any more and today he did it.
She gasps and runs over to him, yanks down his pants and briefs, only to see his "member" perfectly normal and intact. She looks back up and says, "I don't understand, what happened to the pickle slicer?"
"I think she got fired too."

Ok, I know you have probably already heard this one, but I thought it was funny. I needed something funny, because it's Friday and I am tired! I hope all of you have an excellent weekend.
*Hugs* cya later ~

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I'm guilty, well maybe not!

I stole this list from Aliecat! The things in bold are the things I'm guilty of...

smoked a cigarette – yes, but wouldn’t now, I get pneumonia too easily

crashed a friend's car – no, but have crashed while riding in a friend’s car

stolen a car – no, never, not ever even thought about it.

been in love – yes, I certainly am now!

been dumped - yes

shoplifted – no, don’t like the idea of going to jail

been fired – no, but have been through a corporate closing – very stressful

been in a fist fight – no, but I think I have dreamt that I was

snuck out of your parent's house – no, brother did once, I never wanted to after that

had feelings for someone who didn't have them back - yes, 6th grade, that is a bad feeling

been arrested - no, thankfully

gone on a blind date – yes, once with a guy with long hair, did it mostly to make my dad mad (high school)

lied to a friend – yes, so their feelings would not be hurt

skipped school – yes, only some classes in college

seen someone die – not right in front of me

had a crush on one of your internet friends – yes...not telling!

been to Canada – no, would like to

been to Mexico – yes, just Matamoros

been on a plane – yes, used to love it, now I don’t

purposely set a part of yourself on fire – heck no!

eaten sushi – yes, not my favorite!

been jet-skiing – yes, in the Gulf of Mexico (the ones you had to stand up on, not those easy sit on and ride type)

met someone in person from the internet – no, but I would like to

been moshing at a concert – no, doesn’t sound appealing to me

taken pain killers – yes, I get bad migraines

loved and missed someone – yes, I loved and miss my grandpa

made a snow angel – yes, what is a fresh canvas of snow without an angel?

had a tea party - yes, doesn’t every little princess have one?

flown a kite – yes, with my brother and sister when we were young

built a sand castle – yes, right before jet skiing in Florida

gone puddle jumping – yes, a girl has to try it at least once!

played dress up – yes, 3rd grade, went to a birthday party where all of us little girls dressed up in our mommy’s clothes (had lunch at a nice restaurant)

jumped in a pile of leaves – yes, my Dad’s favorite past time for my brother, sister and me growing up was raking leaves, so it was only natural to jump in the piles

gone sledding – yes, I used to live in Iowa when I was very little

cheated while playing a game – no, I don’t recall ever doing that, don’t play too many games anymore

been lonely - yes, unfortunately

fallen asleep at work or school – yes, and yes

used a fake id – yes, well I knew where the fun was when I was 18 and didn’t want to wait 3 years

watched a sun set – yes, I love the sunset soooo much

felt an earthquake – no, so glad, hope I never do

touched a snake – yes, unfortunately….very cold and moist – ewwhhh!

slept beneath the stars – yes, camping with my grandparents

been robbed – no, thankfully

been misunderstood – yes, sometimes too much

petted a reindeer/goat – no, I saw a goat kind of up close once

won a contest – yes, won Bingo when I was 6 (I won a Barbie doll), and $50 in the FL lottery (co-worker gave me a ticket)

run a red light/stop sign – yes, $120 ticket in Houston, TX

been suspended from school – no, fotunately

been in a car accident – several, mostly hit by drunk drivers

eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night – yes, this is not a difficult task…especially when feeling down and out

had déjà vu – yes, more times than I can count

danced in the moonlight – no, something on my list to do

liked the way you looked at least at one point in time - yes, sometimes

witnessed a crime – yes, I saw someone take $ from a cash register

been obsessed with post-it notes – no, why, when there are so many other good things to obsess about ;)

squished barefoot through the mud - yes, I think that was the same day I stepped on a slug!!! Ewwhhh!

been lost – yes, that is a scary feeling

been on the opposite side of the country – yes, traveled to NY when I lived in FL (south FL)

swam in the ocean – yes, many times

cried yourself to sleep – yes, many times

played cops and robbers – yes, with my brother when we were little (also, cowboys and Indians)

recently colored with crayons – not in the last couple of years :)

sung karaoke – no, wish I had the guts

paid for a meal with only coins – no, I would do without if that was all the $ I had

done something you told yourself you wouldn't – oh yes, and I won’t tell

made prank phone calls – yes, what child doesn’t?

laughed until some kinda beverage came out of your nose – yes, soda really hurts coming through your nose

caught a snow flake on your tongue – yes, definitely, I love snow

written a letter to Santa Claus – yes, didn’t you?

been kissed under the mistletoe by your boy/girlfriend – no, but definitely on my list to do ~ baby, let’s get some mistletoe this year, ok?

watched the sun rise with someone you care about – yes, on the beach with my parents and their best friends when I lived in Boca Raton

blown bubbles – yes, of course

made a bonfire on the beach – no, but sounds fun

laughed so hard you pee your pants - no, almost

cheated on a test – no, but thought about it

been kissed by someone you didn't like – yes, that blind date guy…at least I turned my cheek

gone skinny dipping in a pool – yes! what group of girls don’t do that at some point?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Is that really an aphrodisiac?

Goat testicles boiled in milk, in ancient India; oysters in Rome; coriander in Arabia; honeyed mead in medieval times; fresh snake blood in Asia; bat blood, reindeer penises, shark fins and ground rhino horns ~ what do all of these have in common?
They all, at one time or another, have been acclaimed as aphrodisiacs.

Aphrodisiac by definition is just about anything that awakens or increases sexual desire — be it your own, or the object of your desire's, named from the Greek goddess of sex and beauty, Aphrodite.

They are all as effective as Spanish Fly (which by the way is not fly, but the dried remains of beetles that irritate the urogenital tract). These aphrodisiacs are folklore at best and hazardous to your health at worst.

According to an article in Forbes, The Food and Drug Administration has declared "There is no scientific proof that any over-the-counter aphrodisiacs work to treat sexual dysfunction," while acknowledging that its findings "clash with a 5,000-year tradition of pursuing sexual betterment through use of plants, drugs and magic."

People still desire an aphrodisiacal quick fix because stirring arousal can be tricky. "We're all unique individuals and we all respond differently to different things," notes Dr. Beverly Whipple, a professor emerita at Rutgers University and president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, who co-coined the term "G-Spot" back in 1980.

At the source of human sexual desire is the "core erotic personality". Each person has an image or thought of what they feel is sexually desirous. It is different for everyone. Factors that go into that could be specific age, hair color, build, race, style of dress, or other objects like fur-lined handcuffs, even different types of behaviors feed into the desire.

According to Dr. William Granzig, dean of clinical sexology at Maimonides University, “Whatever it is in particular, the sexual template is believed to develop early on during a childhood erotic experience — perhaps as early as age three or four — and it sticks with you for life.
The difficulty of maintaining sexual desire over the long term, of course, is that if your partner falls outside of your sexual template — or you fall outside theirs — sooner or later one of you is going to lose interest.
Many people whose template is not, say, age-specific can have great sex throughout their lives, but if you're only attracted to 20-year-olds, once your partner hits 30, your desire will decrease.
Unless, of course, you can figure out some ways to spice things up."

The spicing it up thing is where things can get complicated. Men and women are wholly different sexual creatures.
For most men, of course, sex is all about orgasms: it's culturally imbued in them to desire sex, and they possess a superb feedback device for letting them know when they're in the mood.
Yet most women have been conditioned to regard sex as more sensual, with sexual satisfaction often attainable without orgasm, and the desire for orgasms often reliant upon sensual needs being met first.
As such, women are far more likely then men to emphasize psychological satisfaction in their sexual relationships. I guess by now, we know that sexual pleasure can be achieved from a more emotional level for women. (Well most women).

Ok guys, are you still with me?

Here is what I found interesting….

“In recent times, it has been revealed women to have greater sexual capacity than men. After all, unlike the wham-bam-snore capabilities of men, women can go not only go all night if they want to, but have more powerful orgasms: six to ten contractions on average, versus four to six contractions for the guys. "When it comes to sexual capacity, men are wimps," says Dr. Robert Hatfield, a clinical psychologist and sex therapist at the University of Cincinnati. "
Over the past 15 years I've notice a shift with my patients, with most of the 'I'm-not-in-the-mood' complaints now coming from men."
This has inspired a $1.7 billion of sales in Viagra. Much to the success of the sales of this little blue pill, there has been a recent push in both genders to find a remedy for decrease in sexual desire. Outside distractions are a great contributor to this like job, careers, the pressures of the daily grind.

Ok everyone, to sum it up… there are no special aphrodisiacs, according to Dr. Granzig, “"Your biggest sex organ is the one between your ears. What is desire, after all, than the hope that you can fulfill your sexual fantasies? And that's all in your mind."

Monday, November 14, 2005

Do you like my castle?

Here are some pictures of my apartment....

...that I want when I get my new shower!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Ahhhh, now that is nice!

Last night the weather turned much cooler than it has been for the previous two weeks.
For some reason, when the temperature outside goes between 60 and 40 degrees, my body cannot acclimate. Once the temperature gets closer to 30 degrees I adjust.
I know, that seems ridiculous but it is true, and I cannot help it.
(So, I actually feel colder when we have 50 degree weather than when we have 35 degree weather).
Last night, I think the fahrenheit** was around 55 degrees when I started getting a chill (deep to the bone).
We built a small fire in the fireplace, which was very nice and warmed up the room quite nicely.
A little later, the temperature was probably close to 45 degrees by now, I headed off to take a shower before getting ready for bed.
The bathroom is at the opposite end of the apartment of where the fireplace is ~ in the living room. As I approached the bathroom, I could feel it ~ the chill started taking over again.
Within minutes, I would be unclothed and ready to jump in the shower, which meant I would have to act quickly to avoid any additional uncomfortable shivering and quivering.
I turned on the water in the shower to let it heat up (what most people would consider exceptionally hot) .
I knew that was my only hope of rescue from the nippiness that had taken over.
The shower was ready, I slipped in and pulled the shower curtain tight to the wall, as to not to let any of the warmth out (or the coolness in).
The flow of hot water rushing down on top of me, I felt the warmth progressively move back into the depth of my body.
As I was standing under the showerhead, I was thinking how nice it would be to have jets of water all the way to the floor. That way I could get the maximum benefit of the warm surging water.
So I have decided, when I get a home of my own,
I want shower jets
and a towel warmer

oh, go ahead and throw in a cup holder!

Wouldn't that be the best shower ever?

** For my friends in Scotland, UK and South Africa
60 degrees Fahrenheit = 15.555553999999999 degrees Celsius
50* F = 9.999998999999999*C
40* F = 4.444444*C
30* F = -1.111111*C

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Answers to True or False...AND MORE!

ALL OF THE ANSWERS to yesterday's questions ARE TRUE!!!!!!
You guys are just too smart for some of these questions.
Really, Hitchcock has no bellybutton? That is truly unheard of!



Hey! All of you guys out there will like these too...

Tell me which one makes the most sense to you.

Okay, guys, I know you are thinking "whatever", but let me know you stopped by and there will be a surprise for you, ok?

Inside every older lady is a younger lady -- wondering what the hell happened.
- Cora Harvey Armstrong- -

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
- Helen Hayes (at 73)- -

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray.
-Janette Barber- -

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
- Lily Tomlin- -

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.
- Carrie Snow- -

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.
-Laurie Kuslansky- -

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
- Erma Bombeck- -

Old age ain't no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis- -

A man's got to do what a man's got to do! A woman must do what he can't.
- Rhonda Hansome- -

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
- Jane Sellman- -

Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows.
- Jennifer Unlimited- -

Whatever women must do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
- Charlotte Whitton- -

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
- Caryn Leschen- -

I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at once.
- Jennifer Unlimited- -

If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
- Catherine- -

When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
- Kathy Buckley- -

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb -- and I'm also not blonde.
- Dolly Parton- -

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
- Sue Grafton- -

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
- Roseanne Barr- -

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
- Margaret Thatcher- -

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor- -

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
- Eleanor Roosevelt- -

****My personal favorites... Love deeply and passionately and dance like nobody is watching.
-Not known- -

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

True or False

Guess which of the following statements are true or false?
I will let you know a little later....

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

2. Alfred Hitchcock did not have a bellybutton.

3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 yrs.

4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it’s from being indoors
a lot more.

5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties.

7. 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.

8. Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until they
are 2-6 years old.

9. The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

11. The average housefly lives for one month.

12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.

16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

17. The REAL reason an ostrich sticks its head in the sand is to
search for water.

18. The only 2 animals that can see behind themselves without turning
their heads are the Rabbit and the Parrot.

19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and
a Gentleman" and "Tootsie".

20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.

21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of
white paint and a little thinner is used instead of real milk.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same
airplane, just in case there is a crash.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato
can for a carburetor.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from
women who give birth. They are reused in vein transplant surgery.

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.

26. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be Green.

Monday, November 07, 2005

They are exposed!

I saw the most disgusting thing on television on Friday night. It was called "To Catch a Predator". The guy from Dateline, Chris Hansen was hosting the show. They were exposing several online sexual predators.

Several volunteers from Perverted-Justice —the group dedicated to catching Internet predators— were in chat rooms posing as 12,13 and 14-year-olds ready to make a date for sex with men they meet online.

Law enforcement officials estimate that 50,000 predators are online at any given moment.

In many cases, as soon as the "predator" found out the age of the teenager, the conversation would turn sexual. In most cases, the men ask for pictures of the young teens and then send pictures of themselves. Sometimes after the chat turns sexual, the man turns on his Web cam and exposes himself. Several men go as far as sending pornographic pictures hoping to teach the inexperienced child about different sex acts.

During their investigation they saw 19 men in 3 days. It was shocking to find out what these men did for a living, aside from their internet life. Included in this particular group of men were a Rabbi, a teacher, a doctor, an army sargeant, and one person that called himself a "good samaritan".

One guy, who went by the name of "specialguy29," went online and told their decoy, who was posing as a 14-year old-boy, that he is an 11th grade English teacher. Then he told the boy that he hates condoms but he’s safe. They set up a meeting at the undercover house.
Their decoy asked “specialguy29” to bring beer and then requested the guy to enter through the garage and strip to his underwear before he entered the house ... and that he would be in his underwear. This was a technique used by law enforcement to show intent. The guy said he didn't wear underwear, so the decoy said “then come in naked.”
They didn't think he would go for that, but he did! After casing the house, walking up and down the street - he came in the garage with the beer and....yes, you guessed! He stripped completely naked.

Here is how it went down after "specialguy29" entered the house:

Hansen: Could you explain yourself?

John, screenname "specialguy29": I'm sorry

Hansen: Why don't you go ahead and cover up.

John: Certainly. I'm sorry.

Hansen: What kind of conduct is this for a high school teacher?

John: None, sir. I've never done this before.

Hansen: So you just woke up this morning and said I'm going to get involved in an Internet conversation with a 14 year old boy. I'm going to go to his house, strip naked and walk in with a 12-pack of beer.
Hansen: What would have happened John if I wasn't here?

John: I probably would have chickened out, sir.

After doing a deeper background check on him, they found out he's neither a teacher nor a bus driver - his father told them that he is unemployed, and he's not 29, he's actually 43.

Hansen: Do you know that it's illegal to have a conversation on the Internet with the intent to have sex with a minor?
John: Yes sir I do.

He says he knows it’s illegal but it appears that’s not enough to deter him. The next day, THE VERY NEXT DAY, he went online. The volunteer from Perverted-Justice spotted him, using the same screen name. The volunteer posed as a 13 year old teenager, and set up another visit. “Specialguy29” defied the odds and agreed to meet, but first he confirmed the meeting was not about food. Chris Hansen walked right up to "specialguy29" at McDonalds and asked him what he was doing. Of course "specialguy29" tried to pass it off as "just getting something to eat", but after a few minutes admitted he was there to meet the teenager. Then he even admitted that he has problems and that is why he was seeing a psychiatrist.

Hmmmm....I don't know what you think, but it doesn't appear as though his doctor visits are helping much.

Oh yeah, every one of them gave the same excuse (almost verbatim) ... "I’ve never visited a teenage boy before in my life."....."First time in my life this happens to me." ...."I've never done this before." Law enforcement official, Lt. Jacoby of the Fairfax county police department in Virginia said when those statements are given, they are lying about "100%" of the time.

This television show exposed several sexual predators...A Rabbi?...A Doctor?...An Army Sargeant? All I can say is these people are truly sick. I am saying a true illness, because there is nothing about their behavior that is right.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Where, Who, What!

Where I grew up

Here is a more accurate picture of the mountains in Birmingham.
The first picture was used as a reference to the word "Mountain" because I grew up in Mountain Brook, Alabama. (These pictures speak the actual word).
I believe people were getting the wrong concept.
So, below are actual pictures of Birmingham, the mountains and the brooks! ;)

Where I live now


Grandmother's name

Favorite food

Favorite drink

Favorite song

I'll Be

Favorite smell

What are your favorites?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Not a 3-way but a 4-way!!!!

What is it with 4-way intersections that have stop signs? This is basic driving 101.
People have either never learned, don't care, or they are really really rude!

Car on RIGHT was there first.
I got to the intersection 2nd.
LEFT of me was 3rd.
STRAIGHT AHEAD of me was 4th.
RIGHT of me(again) was 5th.

RIGHT goes.
I should be next,
but LEFT decides since he got there 3rd, he should go next (nice impatient little "!&!%@!").
So he goes,
then I start to go, but since I am turning left and had to wait on LEFT to go past me,

WAIT just a turn!

I ended up being 4th and RIGHT was on my tail!!!!

I think there is something wrong with this picture, don't you?
Oh yeah, some of them were blabbing on their cell phone....another pet peeve of mine! If you can't drive in the first place, then don't drive while talking on the cell phone. It probably wouldn't bother me so much if these cell phone talkers didn't do such stupid driving tricks!

Ok, I am better now!
Have a great day everyone....cya later!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Good things to know!

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar On it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11. Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jell-O!
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid To clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon Plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam Will also remove paint, and grease from your hands!
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on (I know you guys wanted to know that!)
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!
26. Body paint - Crisco Mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27. Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia, Soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky Will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt And watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce Towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, Soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate Toothpaste and brush it!
36. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, It will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- Sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin, Or just use 7-up instead of water.

I have not personally tried these things, therefore I am not responsible for any problems or messes that could possibly happen from trying these.

I can tell you one thing that I have tried that definitely works.....
Red Koolaid spill on the carpet? No problem, grab a clean disposable diaper, place over the spill(absorbent side down), stand on the diaper, and the stain disappears! (I have only tried this when the spill is still wet).

Let me know if these really work!
~ Cya later...have a good day!