Face It I'm Addicted to Facebook!
So here we are again, after 9 on a Sunday night, a few glasses of white wine and fretting about my tardy blog. Asking for suggestions, Soccer Boy wanted to assist with a blog about his first experience at the Morengo Casino and the biological reasons why gambling stimulates the brain. Hubby wanted me to expound on the loss of our beloved dog, Aki. Computer Boy suggested a blog about the price wars he and his pa have had regarding the combined B Day and Grad gift of a new laptop, which is now fortunately resolved. Buddha Boy and Princess weren't around to offer input. I was still mulling over researching city code with regard to our neighbor's continuous dump of a front yard - 17 dumpsters YTD and counting- no lawn, rat infestation, topped off with a graffiti riddled puke green moving truck the owner plans on using to peddle energy drinks. Drives hubby nearly insane.None of these seemed to fill the bill.
What is really on my mind these days is my Facebook obsession. Quite a different animal than Myspace. So many people have an account and it's such an easy way to keep in contact, share photos, philosophies, jokes, videos etc. How the Hell did we keep up to date prior to Facebook? The reason I signed up for an account was because I was informed we had a nephew a few states away that resembled my husband and was the same age as my twins. I HAD to see a pic of that boy. Course he had a Facebook, so I hunted him down. It only got worse from there.
I didn't even know it, but I later learned my hubby had a Facebook and we weren't even friends! He had 205 friends, mostly women! Go figure. And when I ran the Facebook Stalker software, he ranked number 15 and my brother ranked number 1. Wow. Who knew? Soon thereafter, the twins set up their profiles, and Princess set one up too. She's a pretty good stalker- especially on these long summer days with nothing to fill her time. I guess we humans really are herd animals. We like to keep in contact- know what friends and family are up to- which movies they liked, what they had for dinner, what their political views are and those of their friends.
Today I read a fascinating exchange between a fellow Expressing Motherhood performer (that's another blog for another time- but I met a wonderful group of moms and most of us are on Facebook) and her friend who is a doctor's wife- all about Obama's proposed Health Care Reform. Better than anything I've read in the Times. I even learned a new word, "Rethuglican"! Loved that. I coined "Dumbocrat" just to even it out. I try to steer clear of politics whenever I can, but that does not mean I am not interested in intelligent discourse.
I can update from my iphone, sneak a break at work, and am currently coplanning a Walnut High School Hube club reunion at my house if we still own it next summer. I can see recent photos and videos of my great- nephews ( sons of my nephew?) I can promote silly quotes that I find amusing. In a way, this Muse was a precursor to Facebook- only my status was much lengthier and I didn't get much feedback.
So, just for a bit of fun, I am going to post the current status of several of my Facebook friends, and anyone who can guess who authored them (getting at least 5 correct) and emails me their guesses along with their address will be mailed a lottery ticket. Have fun!
1. Full moon fever
2. Bunch of boys and pizza...then i am off to go listen to some live music.
3.Go Bears!! and War Eagle!! Football season is here!
4. No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.
5.looking forward to a lovely day at the Getty Villa in Malibu
6. wants you all to check out John 6:66... very interesting, don't you think? Heard about this at Sandals Church through Pastor Matt this morning!
7. For those of you that don't know, Alemany lost to Oaks Christian the #7 rated H.S. team in the Nation 28-17. Go Indians!!!!!!!!!
8. rite-aid adventure with steph+ rockstar= best day ever!!
9. does anybody in TX know of a pediatric orthopedic?
10. is feeling like she has the hee bee jee bees!
11. Tackled a project that I had no idea what I was getting into - hanging a door! Door; won round 1 on Sat. round 2 on Sunday but I scored the KO today! Sitting here quite proud of myself and my determination ,that hubby just says I'm plain stubborn, oh well, whatever works!
12.Pressure, pressing down on me, pressing down on you no man ask for
13. everyone NEEDS a nice slice..of pumkin pie, that is
14. Education or indoctrination??? Pres. O scares me!!!!
15.thinks that it is the "Bottled Blondes" that give us "Natural Blondes" a bad name!
16. Got nothing...put it all on Mommy Lite.blogspot
17. I am just wondering if I am the people my parents warned me about?
18. This baby is stubborn!
19. The book of James is jam-packed with spiritual truth
20.Just finished deep sea fishing. We caught 2 mackerel, 2 cod, 2 calico bass, and a big ass pelican (bird)!!!
Okay, I learned that most people don't post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Toodles and hope you all have a lovely Labor Day
P.S. Yogi- there is a nw recipe- finally!
Bill Cosby Quotes:
Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think -- in a deeper voice.
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
When you become senile, you won't know it.
Is the glass half full, or half empty?
It depends on whether you're pouring, or drinking.
Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.
Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.
You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
I want to die before my wife, and the reason is this: If it is true that when you die, your soul goes up to judgment, I don't want my wife up there ahead of me to tell them things.
There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God.
Did you ever see the customers in health-food stores? They are pale, skinny people who look half dead. In a steak house, you see robust, ruddy people. They're dying, of course, but they look terrific.
Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework
Gray hair is God's graffiti
That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle that the Vatican has overlooked
Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.
Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
What is it about grandparents that is so lovely? I'd like to say that grandparents are God's gifts to children. And if they can but see, hear and feel what these people have to give, they can mature at a fast rate.
In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck -- and, of course, courage.
I wasn't always black... There was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.
The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.
A thought comes . . . it's a true feeling, a funny feeling. And I get to develop it. [Writing] is more fun than performing, because I get to color with words.
12 Keys to Greater Self-Awareness
There is no evidence to suggest that any species of animals other than humans come pre-packaged with a set of mechanisms for self-awareness. The degree to which we develop and use that capacity, in a constructive way, will largely determine our success in life.
Self-awareness is where leadership development begins. Self-management and authenticity flow from self-awareness. Self-awareness can be divided into four parts: what is known to us and others, what is known to others but not by us, what we know and others dont and what we dont know and others dont either. Plumbing the depths of self-awareness takes time and more intensive tactics. However, our biggest gain in self-improvement can be had by finding out what others know that we dont. And they know more than we think.
Here are twelve keys to greater self-awareness:
1. Stop blaming others for your choices. Its you.
2. Take a personality assessment to help you gain some perspective.
3. Get feedback from as many significant people in your life as you can. This can be uncomfortable for both you and them, but it is the fastest method for gaining a better picture of yourself. (Make them feel safe. It's a big, unknown risk for them!)
4. Get a coach or mentor. They don't have to know more than you. They just have to see you in action and help you to be a better you. You're not as hard to figure out (complicated) as you would like to think.
5. Understand that your biggest irritations look a lot like you.
6. Look beneath your behavior to reveal your assumptions and filters. They dictate how you see yourself and others and impact how you relate to them.
7. Look at your roadblocks. Learn to separate facts from your interpretations of them.
8. A lot of negative interactions signal a selfish approach to life.
9. Reflect daily on your behavior. Ask questions like: How do I handle difficulties? What do I think or do when I dont get my own way? How adaptive am I? Can I control my emotions? Do I tend to say what Im thinking when Im thinking it? Do I judge other people and create conflict? How do others relate to me?
10. Organize your thoughts in a journal. It is one of the best ways to capture what is going on around you and inside you. Make a note of the causal remarks people make about you.
11. Read books and go to seminars that help you rethink your assumptions and address your problem areas and blind spots.
12. Words mean a lot. Your language reflects your thinking and attitudes.
Your thinking and the behavior that flows from that has brought you to where you are now. You are in control of developing the thinking and behavior that will take you where you want to go. Selfawareness is difficult. We dont always like to admit things about ourselves because we dont like the guilt associated with not doing what we know we should. But admit we must if we are to grow. Ask yourself, In light of where I come from, what do I need to know about myself?
Warren Bennis wrote, It is one of the paradoxes of life that good leaders rise to the top in spite of their weaknesses, while bad leaders rise because of their weakness .We are our own raw material. Only when we know what we are made of and what we want to make of it can we begin our livesand we must do it despite an unwitting conspiracy of people and events against us. It is a lifelong and rewarding journey.
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