1. What is your middle name? N/A

2. Last person you kissed? My neighbor's 5-year-old (the top of his head)

3. What are you listening to right now? FOXNews (cable)

4. What are the last 2 digits in your phone number? 03

5. What was the last thing you ate? Salad w/vinegarette & gorgonzola crumbles

6. Last person you hugged? My mom

7. How is the weather right now? Clear and warm

8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? A client

9. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Toss up: eyes or teeth

10. Favorite type of food? Mexican

11. Do you drink? Nope, not alcohol

12. Do you smoke? Never have, never will

13. Ever get so drunk you don't remember what you did? Nope

14. Hair color? Blonde

15. Eye color? Blue

16. Do you wear contacts? No

17. Favorite holiday? Christmas

18. Favorite month? November (the weather gets cooler here in the desert)

19. Have you ever cried for no reason? You betcha.

20. Last movie you watched? Runaway Bride (on TNT)

21. What is your favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip

22. What is your favorite article of clothing? A lacey Victoria's Secret Bra

23. Have you ever been to Canada? British Columbia

24. Do you get along with your parents? Mom, yes. Dad is deceased.

25. What is your favorite sport to watch? Oh gawd ... um, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf and and and ...

26. When was the last time you were in your car? Yesterday

27. Whos your most trusted friend? Jeff

28. What was the last thing you touched? Tissue (Kleenix) ...*aachoo!*

29. What book are you currently reading? "Freakonomics" by Levitt & Dubner

30. Piercings? Six - - all in my ears

31. Favorite movie? An Affair to Remember

32. Favorite basketball team? Phoenix Suns, of course

33. What were you doing before filling this out? Eating salad

34. Any pets? Just the dust coyotes under my bed

35. AIM? Nope. Never have.

36. Butter, plain or salted popcorn? Don't eat popcorn at all

37. Dogs or cat? Dogs Rule!

38. Favorite flower? Sterling Rose

39. Have you ever been caught doing something you weren't supposed to? Oh yeah.

40. Are you single or taken? Committed

41. Have you ever loved someone? Yes indeedy

42. Who would you like to see right now? Ed McMahon (with a big check made payable to me)

43. Are you still friends with your ex(s)? Yeah, kinda.

44. Have you ever fired a gun? Yes

45. Do you like to travel by plane? Like? Let's just say "tolerate".

46. Right-handed or Left-handed? Right handed

47. If you can be with someone right now, who would it be? My deceased Grandmother, Nana

48. How many pillows do you sleep with? 4

49. Are you missing someone? Yes

50. Do you have a tattoo? No way, no how, not my style

51. Do you still watch cartoons on saturday mornings? No (I did not even watch cartoons as a child)

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So this morning I am standing in the vanity area of my bathroom brushing my teeth and listening to the local news on the television in my bedroom.

I hear the male anchor say, "This morning the Glendale Avenue on ramp was closed due to a vampire ..."

What the heck?!

Because I had a mouthful of UltraBrite, I did not run to the tv but continued to listen:

"The Glendale Avenue on ramp to I-17 was closed this morning due to a vampire. Authorities are not sure what initiated the vampire but report that no one was hurt."

Huh? No one was hurt? Does that mean no bites to the neck ... no draining of blood ... no living for eternity?

Toothbrush in hand I walked into my bedroom and watched the accompanying video.

Oh. A van fire.


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A confession: I love cheese.

All cheese. Stinky, crumbly, smooth, sweet, bitter, earthy, pungent ... mmmmm cheese.

I love it chunked up in lil' cubes, shredded for melted bliss, sliced ever so thinly ... or peeled out of a "cheese-like-food" wrapper.

Hell, I will even eat Velveeta.

So, this morning, I am in a hurry to make an appointment. On my way out the door, I grab a can of Diet Coke and reach for an individually wrapped tubelette of string cheese. Breakfast on the run, so ya say.


My freshly bought container of crumbled gorgonzola flies outta the fridge and splats crumbies all over the floor.

I curse out loud, grab the broom and dust pan and clean up the mess.

Two hours later I walk in the house and my nose is assaulted with the most wretched smell.

What the heck?

I begin to search out the origin of the odor and realize I am looking for something that smells like vomit.

Finally I open the pantry door and realize the smell is coming from the dust pan. Huh?

Oh yeah ... the gorgonzola.

There were no remnants of cheese ON the dust pan, just the remaining odor.

Now it makes me wonder why I eat (and love) something that smells like vomit.

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As I wrote a couple of days ago, I made chili.

MMmmmm ... damn good too!

So, after it was done simmering I let the chili cool in the pot on top of the stove.

However, I admit that I became impatient waiting for the chili to become cool enough to transfer it to a couple of plastic containers for refrigerator storage.

I thought I would expedite the process by putting the chili in the said plastic containers and setting them in the fridgey.

Then, I had a bright idea!

I turned the temp setting down (to make the interior of the fridge colder) because I thought it would assist the refrigerator in balancing out the interior temp because, after all, there were two large containers of steaming chili inside!

It worked because the chili cooled down rather quickly and I was able to tightly seal the plastic container without a buildup of condensation.

However ...

... I forgot to turn the temp back to normal.

Yesterday morning I was all set to scramble some eggs for breakfast. No can do. The eggs were frozen in their shells sitting in the little egg holders in the fridgey door.

Dum de dum dum.

Can we all say "blonde moment"?

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Oh, how I wish I could say that there is a nip in the air ... that Fall is upon us.

Alas, I live in Arizona ... Phoenix ... and well, no such luck.

Yesterday it was 97. Last night at almost 9:pm, it was still 93.

I put up my harvest wreaths yesterday.

At 5:am this morning, I got up and opened all of the windows to a frosty 79 dawn ... *sigh* ... and made homemade chili.

I am not trying to move this season along too much, am I?

Perhaps I am going to get my wish. A cooling front is on its way.

Days forecasted in the high 80s - low 90s and lows in the 60s.

Break out the woolies ... Fall is on its way!


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Well, it is about time!

These two researchers are, to say the least, remarkable.

They discovered that the overwhelming majority of ulcers in the stomach are not caused by spicy food, hard liquor and/or stress.

Instead they discovered a wee bacterium living in the stomach was indeed the nasty culprit.

Nobody would've believe it because hey, after all, there are so many stomach acids ... how could bacteria survive?

The remarkable concept herein is that Barry Marshall (one of the researchers) was so sure of his findings that he infected himself with this bacterium (which the medical world refers to as h. pylori) and viola! In two weeks he began showing gastritis / ulcer symptoms.

I learned about this research/discovery over two decades ago and have known since then that a treatment of heavy duty antibiotics and meds to protect the stomach lining from acid will eradicate and prevent reoccurence in 90%+ of the patients with h. pylori peptic ulcers.

So, Marshall and Warren got the Nobel Prize ... brava!

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