Sunday, October 31, 2004

AOL Masquerade Ball

I was so tired from all the Halloween festivities and that hayride left me with hay in my hair. It was such a mess, but I had to rush home to get dressed for the AOL Journalists Halloween Masquerade Ball!

As usual, I showed up in my favorite limo...

This is what I wore...


Yep! I was Marilyn Monroe in her beautiful pink dress and opera length pink gloves. I just love finding new places to wear diamonds! When everybody saw me show up in my limo, they immediately knew who I was, so I wasnt going to wear a mask, but a mask is so fun and so Masquerade! And because it was a bit chilly, I decided to wear my mink!

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The ball was just creamy! We had a fabulous Halloween dinner, and as you can see, I danced the night away with all the fellas!  


I didnt recognize some of my friends because they were in costume, of course, but how could I have mistaken Vivian when she shouted at the top of her voice: Let Them Eat Cake! And of course, Kat wore her Catwoman costume, just as she said she would! Dont you just love Halloween! I hope we will have another ball next year.      

Happy Halloween


 Cyber-Space Trick or Treats have ZERO Calories, so eat to your heart's content...and besides that, toads are very nutritious and have little or no carbs! YAY!!



Have a Boo-ti-full Day!

I am a Dolly After All


When I was younger, people used to tell me that I look like Dolly Parton. Dolly didnt have a very good rep at that time, because people would laugh at the way she looked, so I didnt want to look like her, but recently, I pulled out two of her movies from my home library. I was amazed at how much I look like her. O my gosh! In 9 to 5 movie she was a bit heavier, like I am now. Blush... But in Straight Talk, I couldnt believe the resemblence of the slim me. We definitely have the same face and the same poofy hair, although she does wear wigs. Maybe I should have left my hair platenim! ha ha... The way she stands, the way she looks up, the way she smiles, the way she walks. Was that me?! Her legs are thinner than mine, and oh, how I miss my little waistline. I was surprised that as attractive as she is, she isnt sensuous at all. I am very sensuous. Also her mole is below her mouth. Mine is above my mouth on the left side. That is why I draw this little smile =.) See my mole?!

I have determined that it isnt so bad to look like Dolly after all. She is a beautiful lady. I need to look that slim again. I think that through the years, she has developed a better taste in style. I guess it wouldnt hurt me to wear a little more makeup. LOL... Look at this, o my gosh.....Yep... need to work on it...


What celebrity do you look like?! Let me know...

Wicked Leading Ladies

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark


Julie Newmar, Original Catwoman    Halle Berry, Catwoman

   Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Best catwoman costume!

    medussa, oil on board

Elsa Lanchester, Bride of Frankenstein                       Medussa

Carolyn Jones as MORTICIA of The Adamms Family

What are your favorites? Please leave comments...

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Elvira's Recipe Book


Elvira's Spooktacular Snack Mix

In a large bowl, mix the following (substitutions allowed are in parenthesis)...

1/2 c. blood drops (red hots); 1/2 c. cats eyes (blanched almonds) or (gum drops); 1/2 c. cats claws (sunflower seeds); 1 c. chicken toenails (candy corn); 1 c. colored flies (M & M's); 1 c. butterfly wings (corn chips); 1 c. ants (raisins); 1 c. earthworms (cheese curls); 1 c.cobwebs (Triscuits) or (Golden Grahams); 1 c. snakes eyes (peanuts); 1 c. bats bones (shoestring potatoes).

Serve with several pints of blood (cherry punch).

Elvira's Mystical Punch

Ice cube tray; Raisins; 4 1-pint bottles cranberry juice; 2-1/2 c peach juice; 1 c fresh lime juice; 2 c orange juice; sugar to taste.

Place raisins in ice cube trays. Add water. Freeze. this will make them look like there are they have insects in them. Keep the juices refrigerated  until ready to use them. In a punch bowl, combine all the juices. Add the ice cubes and serve.

Live Mice Meatloaf

MICE BODIES... 1/2 c Catsup; 2 Egg whites; beaten; 6 oz Ground turkey; 6 oz Ground beef; 1 Onion; chopped fine; 2/3 c Oatmeal; uncooked; Salt and pepper to taste.

GARNISH... Carrots; Spaghetti noodles; uncooked; Raisins; Spaghetti sauce, canned

First cut 2 coins per mice out of the carrots for ears. Then make long thin strips out of the remaining carrots for the tails, one for each mouse. Steam until they are crisp tender. DON'T OVERCOOK!! Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix together the ingredients for the mice bodies and shape into 4 little mice shaped loafs on baking sheet. Have them shaped to a point in the front  and rounded in the back. Bake for 45 minutes in preheated oven or until  desired doneness. Take and cut little slits for the ears about 1/3 from the   pointed end. Place the carrot coins in the slits for the ears. Make a tiny slit in the rounded wide end for the tail and place one of the carrot  strips in the slit for the tail. Use the raisins for the eyes. Break the  uncooked spaghetti noodles into pieces and place around the "nose" (pointed end) for whiskers. Heat the spaghetti sauce. Place a large spoonful of  sauce on a plate. Place a meatloaf mouse on top of the spaghetti sauce to serve.

Halloween Costume Ideas

I thought this was a cute article... If you havent made up your mind about costumes, you might have a read at this.....

ARTICLES :: Halloween Costumes for Every Sign

A person's Sun Sign often reflects their inner hopes and dreams. Halloween affords an exciting opportunity to bring these fantasy lives to the surface. If you're stuck for costume ideas, check out the list below. It could provide you with the perfect outfit to express your inner demons!

Aries – Rams are the superheroes of the zodiac, so it's only natural that they'd want to dress as Superman, Wonder Woman, or Batman. Real-life heroes like firefighters, police officers, and military personnel are also good choices for this courageous sign.

Taurus – Bulls are quite fetching, so a costume like Miss America or Mr. Universe may appeal to their inner beauty contestant. Taureans are also famous for their green thumbs, and may choose to dress as a man-eating plant or dirt-streaked gardener this year.

Gemini – These wordsmiths may enjoy dressing as a dictionary or Scrabble board this Halloween. Born under the sign of the Twins, this sign might also pair up with a pal and go as a famous duo. Bert and Ernie, Mary Kate and Ashley, or Bonnie and Clyde are all great choices.

Cancer – Cancer embodies the sign of patriotism, so historical costumes like the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, or a Native American might have plenty of appeal. Alternately, a Moon Child may decide to go as their favorite lunatic, like fellow Crabs Courtney Love or George W. Bush.

Leo – Flashy Leo loves the spotlight, so dressing as a rock star is a natural choice. This sign also adores cats, so a Cowardly Lion or Garfield costume isn't out of the question, either. This sign rules children – dressing as an infamous child star is also a fun possibility.

Virgo – Earthy Virgo is a closet sensualist, so dressing as their favorite sex symbol will be wonderfully liberating. This sign also has an appreciation for the printed page, so going as a librarian or famous writer might also appeal to their intellectual sensibilities.

Libra – Libra embodies the marriage principle, so this sign may want to pair up with a friend and go as an (in)famous couple. Whitney and Bobby, Britney and Kevin, and J. Lo and Marc Antony are all good possibilities. Kindler, gentle Librans may prefer angel costumes.

Scorpio – The natural detectives of the zodiac, Scorpions may choose to dress as Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple. This sign loves all things shadowy, too, so an outlaw costume might also appeal, whether it's Tony Soprano or Martha Stewart.

Sagittarius – Archers are notorious adventurers, so a costume like the Croc Hunter or Lara Croft are good choices. People born under this sign are natural jokers, so dressing like a circus clown or stand-up comedian are also possibilities.

Capricorn – Dignified Capricorns love the royal treatment, so dressing up like Cleopatra or King Henry VIII might appeal. Goats also have a special appreciation for ancient times, so a dinosaur costume or a cave person outfit could be to their liking.

Aquarius – This visionary sign loves to explore, so an astronaut costume may be just the thing. Alternately, dressing as a space alien could appeal to this sign's far-out sensibilities. Rebel costumes like Michael Moore or Avril Lavigne might also be winners for an Aquarian.

Pisces – Born under the sign of theFish, Pisceans have an affinity for sea creatures. Dressing as a mermaid or King Neptune might be just the thing for this watery sign. Pisceans also love dance, so a ballerina costume or white disco suit are good possibilities.

Halloween Friday

It's hard to believe how quickly time flies. If the full moon hadnt showed up on my way to work earlier this week, I wouldnt have noticed that it was already time for another full moon. Unfortunately, I didnt set my AOL reminder and I missed the opportunity to do another full moon diet. Sighhh...

Where has the time gone?! Halloween is almost here! Last year, they didnt allow us to dress up at work. Yes, I work for nerds. =.) This year, they gave us the OK at almost 5:00 p.m., probably hoping some people would overlook it. The receptionist and I were alone at work the day we found out, because other staff were at training, so I didnt get a chance to look at my emails. Luckily, the receptionist had seen the email and she let me know as we were locking up, but it was hardly with enough warning to be creative! Budget only allowed what was in my closet...

I couldnt believe I found pictures of what I already have on the internet!!! Here are pictures of what I wore on Friday...

I have this costume and this broom. I wore my hair the same way, but my hair is curly. I have a bat necklace like Lilian Monster wore on the Monsters, but I wore it last year and it wasnt in my Halloween stuff, so I wore a spider necklace instead and large orange retangular dangling earrings and an orange and silver bangle bracelet. The bracelet and the earrings were from the dollar store. And no, I didnt wear the ugly shoes on this model. LOL ... I wore my 40's peephole slingbacks.

Witch Costumes Adult Halloween Costumes

I added this hat. I would have worn my black lace gloves but I wanted to wear my silver rings (pictured below)....... 


This is my silver lacey armor ring. I wear it on my index finger. It's fabulous. I always get looks when I wear it and everybody always wants to try it on.......


This is my silver spider poison ring. It opens up to hide that powdered poison for your wicked boss (I have a good boss.), your magic fairy dust (I could use that to lose weight faster!), or that magic love potion dust?!! (Yay...I could use some of THAT!)......... My spider pendant is pretty much the same except that it doesnt open.......


I love Halloween. It's the time that you can be anything you want!! I love dressing up and giving out candy to the cute little children that come to the door. I loved to volunteer to chaparone at my daughter's Halloween dances. I always blended in with them, dancing, going into the spooky house, and just having fun with them. I am glad that my children have fond family memories of us at Halloween.

That was yesterday... Early this morning, I went out for a walk under the moon. It was a very pleasant walk. I walked 3 miles. Yay!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

No Fresh Start Left in You?


It took Thomas Edison 20,000 tries before he invented the LGHT bulb.

Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.

Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. 

The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

                                            ~ Thomas Edison  

Monday, October 25, 2004

Dont you just love Carol Burnett?!



Oh so envious of my friend, Kat!!! I shouldnt have told her about my plans to clean out my closet, because she got hers cleaned before I did!!! Her mommy came over to help her clean out her closet and she has donated most of the things in her closet to Good Will. I have gotten so behind in my cleaning... in my everything, actually!

Sorry about sounding so dull last few days. I have been feeling a bit under the weather. One of the clients last week was so sick. I dont know why he was looking for a job as sick as he was. I gave him some leads, but I also told him to go home and rest. LOL.. I hope he is feeling better by now. I think he gave me a touch of his bug.

The receptionist and I will be by ourselves tomorrow. Need to go boil some chicken to make some lunch for tomorrow and lay out my clothes for the morning.

Since I am undecided about what clothes to give to Good Will and which clothes to keep, I have been keeping a list of the clothes I wear the most and what accessories I wear with them. It's been pretty helpful so far. When I dont know what to wear, I look at my list first. Since it's written down as to what works well together, it is so much easier to get dressed now. The problem is that I mostly have clothes for work, but my list also helps me to see what clothes I have too much of and what clothes I still need.

I accidently spilled crumbs all over my kitchen floor so I need to go finish cleaning my kitchen. I need to clean my pantry and make a list of what foods I have there, so I can incorporate them into my lunches for work and save a little money on my grocery bill, but I will need to hold that off til I have more time to do that.


Win =.)

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Pennies from Heaven

I've been counting my pennies most of these days. Seems everything at the office has been chaotic. But when you least expect it, God shows up! I got a few pennies raise! Yay! It wont be enough for a dinner at Red Lobster, but a few pennies is better than nothing!

Also, the coworker that was transferred to another office left me a Glass Box. She used to keep candy in it. It is rectangular in shape and it is made of thick glass. It is about the size of the palm of your hand. I was thinking of putting candy in it, too, but after I washed it clean, it looked so beautiful that candy would take away from it's beauty. I keep it on my desk at work... a reminder of the Glass Box. I will need to look for a Glass Box to keep on my desk at home, too. It will be my Xmas present to myself...            


Thursday, October 21, 2004

Staying Alive

I was disappointed that the young man who used to bring me flowers and candy was not the kind of man he made himself out to be.

It's been hard focusing on my diet and exercise plans. I'm trying to get Workman's Compensation to pay Dr Owen and my physical therapist, but they dont want to pay them. I havent been able to get out and walk in such a long time. I dont know if it takes longer for your body to heal or if it takes longer for your heart to heal. One day at a time...

Sometimes, when you think God is not working in your life, He is...

Have to be patient. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Cootie Catcher Game

OMGGG... LQQK what I found! Just had to have it in my journal~~~


Sunday, October 17, 2004

Keep The Dream ALIVE


Imagine yourself standing at your window. Look at the trees and the cars and at your neighbor's houses. Imagine that your house and your yard is the United States of America and imagine that you are the President of the United States. Imagine that every house on your block is a different country.

As you look out the window, you see a man coming outside his house, holding his wife by her hair. He hits her in the face and he punches her in the stomach. She is crying, she is helpless, and she is bleeding. He hits her again and throws her to the ground and he finishes her off by kicking her to death. Their children are crying but they are afraid of their father and they have no way of stopping him because they are only children. The woman is dead. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Imagine that the police are the United Nations. You dial 9-11. They take your call but they refuse to help. They tell you that it's not their place and that you should stay out of it. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Imagine that man is Saddam and he turns around to do the same thing to his children. His children are dead. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Imagine you go to ask a nearby neighbor to help you to stop him, but the neighbor has been watching from his window, too. He refuses to get involved. So you go to look for help at other neighbor's houses, but they, too, refuse to get involved. They all refuse to help. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Imagine that man watching you go for help and he saw that no one would help you stop him.  He stands taller and puffs out his chest. He walks across the street to an old woman's house and breaks down her door. He drags the old woman outside her house. He steals all of her valuables and he sets her house on fire, and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing at your window and he laughs at you. The old woman is dead. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Imagine that you close your blinds. Imagine that you stay inside your house for the rest of your life, afraid to look outside your window ever again because you dont want to watch him do all these terrible things. Imagine that you do nothing. Imagine that you pretend that it is not happening. But now....  he's at your front door... WHAT DO YOU DO?!

Imagine that you want to defend your family. Imagine now you want to fight him, but now, it's too late to fight him,  He's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door. You realize that you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife. 

We must never be afraid to do what is right, even if it means you must do it alone. We must keep in mind why so many people come to America in pursue of the American dream. We must remember why our forefather's came to this country in the first place. It would be sad if we looked outside our windows and America belonged to another country. It would be sad if our homes no longer had windows.

Kerry's campaign is using the war with Iraq as "President Bush's greatest mistake." What would happen if Kerry were President? How can America follow a leader who announced to the whole world that Vice President Cheney's daughter is a lesbian? I can only imagine how hurt she must be. He is clearly a talker who is out to win, no matter what the cost. Americans need to see that we cannot follow a leader who has no tact.

President Kennedy was a democrat. Kerry is a democrat, but Kerry is not following the example of President Kennedy. He wants to help people to become more dependent on welfare. We dont need more people on welfare. We need Americans to lead by example. We need Americans who want to work. We need Americans who want to be strong, Americans who want to make keep this country great. What are we teaching our children? What will the future hold if we teach our children to be followers instead of leaders?

I know because I see it everyday. I hear them talking to each other, the people who come to our country only for "the benefits." A handful come with a dream to better themselves, but so many of them are only looking for someone or something to take care of them so they dont have to work, or they will work for a few months and take most of the year off collecting unemployment. To top things off, because they are from another country, they do not pay taxes of any kind, not even sales taxes. They all stand in line to get their money back for any products that they have purchased. Only 40% of the people in this area work and most of that percentage are single women.

Contrary to Kerry's beliefs, I say President Bush did the right thing. No one wants to see their loved ones die at war, but the message they leave to their survivors is a message of honor, a message of our right to look outside our windows without fear, a message of hope for peace for the entire world. 

The liberty we prize is not American's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity. ~  George W  Bush


Thursday, October 14, 2004



Monday, October 11, 2004

Christopher Reeve 09/25/1952 - 10/10/2004

                        Superman (32 Ko)


I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I live my life.  ~ Christopher Reeve

Beyond fantasy, beyond obsession, beyond time itself, he will find her... Christopher Reeve is most popular for his role as Superman, but he won my heart as Jane Seymour's leading man in Somewhere In Time, my favorite movie.

When Reeve's horseback riding accident made him paralyzed and bound to a wheelchair, he thought of suicide, but the strong love of his wife made him capable of doing great things. Reeve's goal, Reeve's dream was to be able to walk again someday. He refused to allow his disability to keep him from living his life to the fullest. He refused to allow his disability to keep him from doing the things he loved: to act and to direct, but Reeve's injury opened the doors of his true destiny, his heroic role in real life as a spokesman to raise money for spinal cord research. He is and will forever be Superman, a hero by example, a hero of courage, a true inspiration of a man who used his personal tragedy to help others instead of feeling sorry for himself.

note: Christopher Reeve was born on 09/25, my father's birthday. He died on 10/10, my grandfather's birthday... the two most important men in my life.

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation    500 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081/ (800)225-0292.

Saturday, October 9, 2004

Standards of Beauty

Many loving, sweet, kind women are overlooked because they don't fit your rigid standards of beauty...             


 * A psychological study in 1995 found that three minutes spent looking at a fashion magazine caused 70% of women readers to feel depressed, guilty and shameful.

* Models twenty years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today they weigh 23% less.

* There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only a handful who do.

* The models in the magazines are airbrushed -- not perfect!

* If Barbie were a real woman, she'd have to walk on all fours due to her exaggerated proportions. (Picturing Medusa walking on her belly. Yuk)

* The average woman is 5'4" tall, weighs 144 lbs, and wears between a size 12 and 14.

* By today's standards, Marilyn Monroe would be considered overweight. She wore a size 14. Even by today's standards, I doubt that anyone could overlook her beauty.

Friday, October 8, 2004

Even overweight cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses. John Weitz

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Messengers of Love

Messengers of Love ~ Painting by Danny Hahlbohm

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee; yea in the shadow of they wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be over past. Psalms 57:1

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

A Child's 1st Steps


Angel went to check on her little Cherub at the daycare. Excited to see her mommy, little Bella walked acros the floor to greet her, without fear, without hesitation.

How inspirational it would be if we could remember our first steps. How beautiful it would be if we could live our lives without fear, without hesitation.

P.S. Is the Inspiration guy reading my journal for inspiration?! I was surprised to see that he wrote about taking time to look at the birds instead of snacking.. =.)

Saturday, October 2, 2004

A Little Bird Told Me

For the second morning in a row, the radio woke me up to...

Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day. Oh, what a beautiful morning! Everything is going my way!

It had to be the Lord who woke me up this morning. He can be so sweet. My cockatiel heard me getting dressed and putting on my shoes. She started chirping for me to give her something to eat, so I fed her and gave her some water to drink and went off to an early Saturday walk with God.

Morning Moon

This week, the moon has come out to greet me every single morning, and it came out to greet me this morning as well. 

There was an unusually large group of birds all sitting together on top of a tree, but then, they all took off in flight in beautiful formation, much like the jets we see in air shows. How do they know to fly together like that? How do they know how to be so organized, to give each other just enough room, to be able to get along and not fight with one another? How do they know?

The birds flew into a nearby neighbor's yard. The old woman who lives there had thrown some birdseed in her yard for them to eat. They all sat in the yard, eating to their hearts content, not a trace of greed amongst them. How beautiful for them to let other birds know of this woman's kind gesture. How beautiful to know that they can depend on her kindness to provide them with breakfast every morning. Birds prepare their young to take care of themselves and they teach them how to fly. Human beings could learn a lot from birds if they paid attention. And just as the Lord takes care of the birds, so He takes care of us. 

My back was beginning to hurt as I continued my walk, but I kept on walking just a little bit further. And there I saw a tiny bird in a tree, singing his little heart out. Such a tiny little bird, but oh, such a beautiful, powerful song. I, too, am like that little bird. I may not be that big or as important as many others, but I, too, have a beautiful, powerful song inside of me. 

              Indirect tree with bird Mosaic

Walked 2.5 miles.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~ Henry David Thoreau