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Saturday, May 31, 2008

A little, uh, back scratching

As read in the May issue of Redbook magazine: "... Female macaques (one of our primate cousins) have sex an average of 1.5 times an hour, but when one gets groomed by a male, her romping rate jumps to 3.5 times per hour, says a study from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Male humans, take note: A little TLC puts everyone in the mood."

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Waiting room etiquette

Now I've been known to sneak a well-concealed snack in my bag for my children and even for myself. That snack is often consumed in places that have "no eating" signs posted. My personal opinion on those signs, for the most part, is they're rubbish. I mean, who in their right mind wants to hear young children whine and cry because they're hungry especially in places where you have to sometimes wait for hours.

So, that being said, I understand a little nibble on a snack when necessary.

What I don't understand is the woman who came into the pediatrician's waiting room yesterday with a gigantic bag of Chick-fil-A food. Her husband and three children had been there for about 30 minutes and in she strolls with the food asking the kids if they're hungry. She proceeds to take out two large plates of food and hands one to her husband.

At this time, the waiting room was quite full and the kids -- and I'm sure some of the adults including me -- were foaming at the mouth. I started feeling a little silly having concealed the Goldfish I was feeding the baby so the other little children wouldn't bug their parents. And I was so glad my two middle children weren't there because they would have stalked that woman for her food.

Then I started getting angry, "How rude!" I thought. Here I am with my stomach growling and I'm sure my Anna would have loved a piece of chicken (I could tell that by the way she was staring).

It wasn't like she brought in a little biscuit or something and inconspicuously gave her kids something to eat. They hauled out two full plates of food: chicken, grits, biscuits! And the woman talked to her kids loudly about the food.

Now, I would say, "I know her momma raised her better than that!" But, I'll just say, "My momma raised me better than that" and that was not only poor etiquette, but it was rude, rude, rude!

Maybe she should take an etiquette class! ;-)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Badges, buttons & codes

I have a cute little badge for It's a woman's world! (thanks to Tammy) that I would love to see passed around as an award or gracing the sidebars of your blogs. So, if you're interested in exchanging badges and buttons, please grab mine below including the code. And, if I don't already have your badge and you'd like to see it in my sidebar then just let me know by leaving a comment and telling me exactly where to find yours.

It's A Woman's World

The point of including the code? Backlinks, of course. You scratch my backlink and I'll scratch yours. If you've been so kind as to include my badge already and don't have the code then I'm asking nicely for you to add it. Pretty please. :-) Tons of thanks!

What I've Done

Terrific Tammy tagged me with this list and I get to see what I've done. I'm sure that when I'm finished I may have a few things to add to my bucket list.

Highlight the ones you've done.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain (Stone Mountain counts, right?)
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath
08. Said I love you and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was too drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs.
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played a Computer game for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken some one's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed some one's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Para sailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved some one's life

This may seem like a long meme, but since you are only highlighting it's not too bad. I'm gonna tag every meme lover who read this and hasn't done it yet. After you do it let me know so I can check it out.

Real-life Papa Smurf

Remember Papa Smurf from that cartoon The Smurfs circa 1970s? Well, I saw him on the Oprah Show. Okay, I'm already being unclear and I don't mean to be disrespectful to the blue man. But there was a blue man on Oprah. I haven't watched the entire show, which was recorded from Tuesday, but the blue man that Oprah introduced at the beginning of her show caught my attention.

It's kind of a long complicated story, but he took some stuff with a friend and also applied it on his face and he gradually turned blue. His name is Paul and so far, from what I could find on YouTube, he's been on CNN and the Today Show. And, now, Oprah.

Watch the video to learn more about how he became blue.

Is it just me or does he look like Papa Smurf? You decide.

What's so amazing about Paul, to me, is that he's so matter of fact about his blue skin. It is what it is. He seems like a personable and lovable man who just happens to be blue.

Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody

Biyutaifuru rairikku (Beautiful Lyric) would be my Japanese MANGO because, according to one of my "bestest" friends, I'm a beautiful writer. So, if my anime persona existed in the Bleach magna she would have the ability to speak to the restless souls and help them find their peace.

To celebrate my newfound knowledge and persona, I'll have to check out the action-packed Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody, which hits select theaters around the US on June 11th and 12th.

Do you want to see it too? Check out Fandango for movie tickets.

Sponsored by NCM Fathom

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

PageRank Mysteries

I've been to two sites that give me a peek at what my current PageRank is. Unfortunately, when I've checked it has been zero. Yes, a big fat 0! Not only am I disappointed, but I've been trying to figure out ways to get it up. I realize that I have to get a lot of backlinks and I'm not sure if what I've done is working. So, I wanted to check again today.

The two sites that I went to about a week ago are Google PageRank Prediction and MyPageRank(dot)net. This week I couldn't even get those sites to calculate when I tried to see if my rank was up. To test the sites, I put in someone else's URL and I saw their rank. (I'm very jealous!)

Does anyone know why I can't get those sites to work now? Do you know of any other sites that will tell me my PageRank? Also, what have you done to increase your PageRank?

Friends around the world

I forgot about the meme that Nedekcir tagged me with, but better late than never.

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1. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. Just make sure to post this to each of the blogs you added in the list.
2. Tag other online friends you know. You don’t need to be tagged in order to join. If you want to join just post this one in your blog.
3. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.That way, everyone is happy and can meet new friends too!
4. Come back once in a while to get the master list! Let’s see how this makes our Technorati and PR goes up!
DO NOT REMOVE THIS: scrap page made by Yen. Using alphas and tapes from Kate H., flowers from Ida,paper by Catrine.

1. Me and Mine 2.Creative In Me 3.Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6.Because Life Is Fun 7. Piece o’Kaje 8. Mon a Bric 9. Celebrate Life 10.My Journey11. Deeply In Love 12. Pink and Brown Diaries 13. Happyheart 14. Wilstop 15. FunFierceFab 16. Nita’s Random Thoughts 17. Nita’s Corner 18. Thomas Web Links 19. Thomas Travel Tales 20. Make Money Online 21. Great Finds and Deals 22. PRC Board Exam Results 24. My Wandering Thoughts 25. Nita’s Ramblings 26. Just Me.. Eds 27. Etc Atbp 28. When Silence Speaks 29. Juliana’s Lair 30. Juliana’s World 31. Juliana’s Library 32. Blessed Chic 33. Can of Thoughts 34. Hailey’s Domain 35. Hailey’s Beats and Bits 36. ISL family 37. Arbitrary Thoughts 38. D’ Cooking Mudra 39. My Big Picture 40. Dancing in Midlife Tune 41. Blessings In Life 42. My Colorful World 43. Dare to Blog 44. Life Realities 45. WebGeek Journal DotNet 46. WebGeek Journal 47. Let’s Travel Philippines 49. MY DAILY THOUGHTS AND MOODS 50. A Sweet Taste Of Life 51. My Life in this Wonderful World! 52. Denz Techtronics 53. Denz Recreational 54. Surviving Deplyoment 55. Ester’s Raptured Dreams 56. Nipa Hut 57.Picture Clusters 58. My Wanderings 59.Maiylah’s Snippets 60. EuLehKulit 61. Life Quest 61.Being a wife. Being a Mom. 62. MoMie SPace 63.Woman Xplore 64. PinayWAHM 65. Agring’s Simply Digital 66. Agring’s Home & Garden 67. Agring’s Homecooking & Baking 68. Agring’s Electronics & Entertainments 69. Scrap Addict Sundays 70. Mommy Talks 71. Aggie Scraps 72.Teacher’s Corner 73. My Drift 74. lancernews 75. My so called Life 76. See Me for what You Will… 77. 78. 79. All about Mye life 80. Everything has a Reason 81. Life’s Impression 82. Some Thoughts I have 83. Life’s Lessons 84. Just Let Go 85. Pieces Of Me 86. Winding Creek Circle 87. BOTH SIDES NOW 88. Happy Life 89. Blessed Sanctuary 90.Confessions of an Army Life 91. moms….. check nyo 92. Mommy’s Little Corner 93. Wanna Be SuperModel 94. Gandacious 95. Jo-Jo’s Place 96.My Quiet Zone 97. Proud PINAY 98. Simply Jen 99. Jenny Said So 100. A Slice of Life 101. My Blog 102. TIP OF AN ICEBERG 103. Coffee Cup Princess 104. Deranged Insanity 105. Just Another Day 106. Stev & Emz Journey 107.Runaway THoughts of Emz 108. Heart of Rachel 109. Nora’s Notes 110. In the Life Of...Mne 111. In my Kitchen 112. Nyumix’s Blog 113. Everything’s Here 114.Out of Nowhere 115. My Simple World 116. Seek Health. Feel Great 117. Smile Puppies 118. Almanacqueen 119. The Life of an Outback Pinay 120. Dancing With Butterflies 121. My Treasures 122. Everything Green 123. Memoirs of a Filipina 124. The Pit Gadgetry! 125. My Daily Life Experience 126. Married and Happy About It 127. My Discoveries 128. iCreate+iDeas 129. My Healthy Living Journal 130. Busy Moms Cook 131. Christian Weekends 132. Reflexes 133. Caramel Corn 134. Sunny Side Up Foodie 135. A Mothers Horizon 136. Bits and Pieces 137. Whats Up! 138. Simply Me 139. Life and Me 140. A Handful of Surprises 141. Anything and Everything in Between 142. from here and beyond 143. The Nameless Blog 144. Exploring Asia 145. Malaya 146. Swan Portraits 147. BUSYNESSWORLD 148. Sprawt 149. Thinking Consciously? 150. BLOGSILOG 151. Cherry’s Comfort Zone 152. DigiScrapz: Captured Memories 153. Buzzy Me 154. Thinking Out Loud 155. Wishing and Hoping 156. Jobs for Davao 157. Jobs for Cebu 158. Filipino Jobs Abroad 159. PRC Board Exam Results 160. Nakedminds 161. Personal 162. Interesting 163. squeeshies 164. Shenzee’s World 165. Geekyology 166. Swanportraits 167. Rumination Under the Clouds 168. In My Home by Ria aka Msculit 169. It’s my Party (and I’ll cry if I want to…) by Ria aka Msculit 170. Malaya 171. Cheese: Jherson84 172. Beans: Jherson 173. EP Treasures 174. Republic of A 176. Nora’s Family Treasures 177. Points of View (Discussion Blog) 178. Gala Tayo! 179. Lucky Peso 180. Buhay Pinoy 181. Pinay Mommy’s Love Blog 182. MOMEMO 183. OnlineBiz and Resources 184. Lourdes’ Mia 185. Pinay Mommy’s DigiScrap and Musings in Life 186. Pinay Mommy Online 187. ‘nna 188. My Sweet Escape 189. The Next Chapter 190. Painted Life 191. Petty Ramblings of a Petty Queen 192. The Real Deal 193. My Beautiful Life 194. Berry Blog 195. A Tsinay Blog 196. A Celebration of Life 197. My everything. 198. Gamay and Dako Adventures 199. Ester’s Daily Thoughts 200. Choc Mint Girl 201. I AM KCAT 202. RanZ-Goodies 203. RanZ-Famous 204. A Time to Weep and a Time to Laugh 205. Surviving the Circus of Life 206. The Nook207. Allen’Wifey 208. Fern’s Backyard 209. Being A Daddy 210.Amor’s Blog - My Place in Cyberspace 211. The Other Side of Me 212. Stylishbabe111407 213. The Inner Shopper 214. TheGeneralInfoBlog 215. my angels world 216. Pinoy Raket Online 217. My Life 218. BloggingInMyPyjamas 219. Baby Shern 220. Mariel 221. So Real 222. Okay, I am Arms and this is my blog 223.Lucid Creativity 224. Read my Mind 225.A Simple Life 226. My debt blog 227.1stopmom’s blog 228.Mommy Gamer 229. My First One Million Pesos 230. Mindless Thought 231. MommyandMe Boutique 232. My Life’s Labyrinth 233. 100% Kelly 234. Of Colors And Styles 235. KadusMama 236. The Maven 08 237. Rainbows 238. My freehand 239. Sentiments of a Effed-Up Man 240. Princess Vien 241. My freehand 242. It's a woman's world! 243. YOUR BLOG!

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Oh my, if you like doing the linky tags then go for it! :-)

My memoir

I've just been tagged by At the Starting Gate.

Here are the rules.
1. Write the title to your own memoir using six words.
2. Post it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who tagged you.
4. Tag five more blogs.

The title of my memoir would be:
It's my world

Now I tag: Hmm... Well, I guess I'll be a little random like I normally am with tags. If you read this then you're tagged! If you don't have a blog then you're not exempt. Leave your memoir title in the comments section. (Ha! Gottcha!)

Well lookie there

My health & weight loss journal

I'm proud to announce that the three pounds I gained came back off. What I'm not so proud of is the fact that I think stress and anxiety are contributing to the weight loss.

Although that's not necessarily good, I'm gonna keep that in mind so when things get back on track then I can workout like crazy. That way, at least to my thinking, the weight will stay off.

Regardless of how I lost the three pounds, I was happy to see it gone!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

Tomorrow is the first birthday of my third daughter, my fourth child... the baby of the family: Miss Anna.

It's funny because today I was telling an old friend about my birthing experience with this baby who came into the world five weeks early. I was telling her how after already giving birth to three children you would think that I am all too familiar with the signs of labor, but this one snuck up on me.

In less than five hours I went from no contractions to holding a brand new baby girl. And that's just the short version of the story.

Despite my personal stresses, difficulties, tears and loss over the past year, I have spent it watching a precious child grow. The tiny infant who weighed less than five pounds (4 lbs. 5 oz.) is a fast-walking, baby-babbling, hand-clapping, toothless-grinning bundle of joy now weighing in at 17 pounds.

Her giggles and screams fill this house. Her smile is mostly never ending. And boy does she keep me busy!

Let me be the first to say Happy Birthday Anna Banana... mommy's "Moo Moo." You are really loved!
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