Tuesday, March 15, 2005

feeling self-revealing today

1. IF YOU COULD BUILD A SECOND HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Provence. Or Marin County. Such a clichè.

2. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLES OF CLOTHING?
My black sweaters with zippers up the front.

3. THE LAST CDs YOU BOUGHT?
Bloodshot's Tribute to Wanda Jackson, Rockabilly Goddess.

4. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
Whenever my daughter does.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE?
My exquisitely retro mint-green Kitchenaid mixer.

6. IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Dobro guitar.

7. FAVORITE COLOR?
Yes.

8. WHICH VEHICLE DO YOU PREFER, SPORTS CAR, MOTORCYCLE, OR SUV?
A late 70s 2-door Saab sedan. I'm an academic through and through.

9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE AFTERLIFE?
I gotta.

10. FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK?
Margaret Wise Brown's The Little Fur Family.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?
Autumn.

12. IF YOU HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT IS IT?
Puritan gravestone art.

13. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The ability to stretch time.

14. CAN YOU JUGGLE?
Ha! I can barely walk upright.

15. ONE PERSON/PEOPLE FROM YOUR PAST YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK AND TALK TO?
None. It's done.

16. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED?
Nothing, unless my daughter shoved it there.

17. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DAY?
Sunday.

18. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SUSHI OR HAMBURGER?
Sushi.

19. FROM THE PEOPLE WHO NORMALLY READ YOUR BLOG, WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?
I'm not sure anyone reads it! ;)

20. ON WHICH BLOG DID YOU FIND THIS MEME?
Everywhere. It's omnipresent.

21. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER?
Tulips.

23. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?
Anything cooked by someone else.

24. DESCRIBE YOUR PJS.
Same as my daytime clothes.

25. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST?
Huevos rancheros. Or leftover pizza.

26. DO YOU LIKE YOUR JOB?
I love my job.

27. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?
The one I have. I'd like to teach fewer classes and write semi-trashy feminist mysteries.

28. WHAT AGE DO YOU PLAN TO RETIRE?
Are you kidding? This is my first year with a "real" (i.e., tenure-line) job. I'll just drop dead over a pile of grading in my office, at this rate.

29. WHERE DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
My apartment. I rented him a room.

30. SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT YOU HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE.
Go to Macchu Picchu. Or Angkor Wat. Publish fiction.

9 Comments:

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At 7:41 AM , Anonymous pig said...

23.) My grandmother, whom I never met, used to say "anything tastes better if someone else makes it." She said it in Italian, but mom translated in the telling. Mom also added, "even if it's just a sandwich."

19.) count another reader: I like your writing very much. Probably count more, as blogger's being weird. Lots of "the document is empty" messages in trying to get to the comment screen.

 
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At 6:51 PM , Anonymous Howdy said...

Six Steps to Success
Throughout the centuries history tells of men and women with the midas touch, who achieved greatness against what seemed insurmountable odds. To some their successes appeared to be the result of blind luck, to others the reward for hard work, but the truth about the successes of men such as Andrew Carnagie and Henry Ford is much more interesting.

Success is a state of mind to which all people should aspire. Like many others you can unlock te gate to achievement and the fulfilment of yor personal desires. With the six steps outlined below anyone can arrive at a set destination, with the added advantage of renewed self-confidence and secure in the knowledge that every goal is attainable.
Step 1. Desire
The key factor involved in the process of achieving any desire lies in the response of one's mind to the objective. If a complacent attitude is apparent then there will be a lack of enthusiasm leading to failure or only half-success.
If a goal is to be reached determination is needed to carry set plans through to a successful conclusion. This determination must have enough mental 'weight' behind it to propel you forward onto the road of achievement. This mental state can only be instilled by one thing - desire!
As can be easily seen, when we look around us, it is this desire-force that has launched mankind on his frenzied zest for ever-new knowledge and has enabled him to push back the boundaries of science to never dreamed of achievement.

It is this same desire-force that must be used in our business and personal affairs if the success we seek is to materialize. It is not very hard to develop this kind of desire for all you have to do is go after what you really want - its that simple. With this desire you will have all the persistence you need to accomplish your goal. There is a great saying "you never fail until you give up"!
Take heed of what Napoleon Bonaparte said "What we ardently and constantly desire, we always get".

Step 2. Goals
If success is to come your must realise what is expected to materialize. This statement may seem obvious at first but if careful thought is given its meaning takes on deeper significance.
Many people fail to gain satisfactory results from their endeavours because they did not know what they wanted to accomplish in the first place. Your objective must not be hazy or incomplete. Before you reach your goal you must be able to identify how your life will be different when you achieve it. You must know exactly what it is that you want to achieve. How will your life be better/different? How will you feel? What way will you look? What situations will you find yourself in? Will other people in your life be effected and if so how will they react? You need a clear definite picture in your mind of what the attainment of your goal will mean to you.

Step 3. Belief
Belief is the back-up system of desire. It keep the fires of enthusiasm burning and makes us continually strive to get nearer the goal attainment. Faith can truly move mountains; the mountains of fear, inferiority, worry and low self esteem - 'the success killers'!
Once a goal is firmly fixed in mind and our desire-force is hurtling us toward seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the firm belief that we can gain a favourable outcome can spur us on to victory. When the mind has been manipulated to reflect this state, wonderful physical results can ensue, producing symptoms of success in our lives in every area imaginable.
Although many can attest to the power of belief and to the wondrous accomplishments that were achieved through nothing else except faith, it still remains that many individuals find it hard to believe that a positive outcome will be forthcoming when they are faced with momentous opposition. Whether the opposition is mental or physical the fact that nothing seems to be going right and everything seems to be wrong is enough for even the strongest of us to 'throw in the towel'. But it is in these very situations that faith can conquer all. Faith in yourself, what you are doing and belief that that your objective will be reached.
There are some who bemoan "easier said than done". This is exactly the kind of mental attitude that sustains the problems that they are trying to eradicate. If your belief power is not apparent, take hope for it can be acquired.
Each morning and night recite your intentions from a written list of your goals. Voice your belief in your own abilities. Tell yourself that in due course you will be successful. As you go about your daily affairs reflect as often as possible on your goals and affirm that they are yours now. Fool your mind into believing it and you will see your world reflect it!

Step 4. Plan
Having decided upon your goal and being determined to build your faith you need to give your desire-force a 'vehicle' through which it may materialize. This 'vehicle' will take the form of a definite plan of action.
Do you need to acquire certain skills? Do you need to know certain people or be in certain places to help you achieve your goal? Make a plan that will help you get closer to your end objective. Research your desires and get clear on what you need to do. Then do it!
Ensure that your plan is workable and realistic for you. Although your plan should remain flexible so that changes can be made when appropriate only make changes after careful consideration. Trial and error will eventually show the way to a good plan although you should be open to intuition also.
However, I should point out that, it is very likely your goal will materialize in a most unexpected way. The fact that you have set a plan for its accomplishment tends to set things in motion and like a chain reaction (or the butterfly effect) subtle changes made by you may cause dramatic changes elsewhere and your goal may come before your plan is completed.

Step 5. Visualization
Visualization is the art of creating mental movies of your completed goal. This has many beneficial effects upon your consciousness. Without going into the deeper esoteric benefits of using this art let me just say that you are truly designing your life when you use it. It has one other major benefit - it strengthens your desire and persistence because you momentarily experience the thrill of having achieved your goal!
Just form a mental picture of having achieved your goal. See what you will see. Feel how wonderful it will be. See how it effects everyone around you. Hear people congratulate you. When this state is experienced nothing will stop you in your quest for your objective and thus your belief-power will also be reinforced.

Step 6. The Subconscious Mind
It is within the subconscious part of your mind that you hold all th positive and negative beliefs about yourself - your self-image. These beliefs are reflected back to you in the form of attitudes. Therefore it is from the subconscious mind that the thought of failure or success comes.

Attitudes are just mental programs and so is your self-image. They can easily be changed (yes I said 'easily'). Any attitude or belief can be changed by using the formula outlined in this article - by combining affirmations with visualization. Henry Ford used it, as did Ralph Waldo Emerson and even Arnold Swatzeneger. It is reported in some circles that a similar technique was employed by Bill Gates to build his global empire. Andrew Carnegie used it exactly as described to attain and give away multi-millions even though he was an unschooled manual worker when he started it. Carnegie's legacy can still be seen today when you freely borrow a book from any Carnegie library of which there are thousands.
If you use these six steps there is nothing you cannot achieve. Luckily we have the advantage of living in the Twentieth Century with all its new technology and innovations such as hypnosis and subliminal programming. Use these steps in conjunction with your favourite personal development system and you are assured success. personal development

 

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