Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Every Bit Helps!

Please forgive if you've already seen this message! 
My sister is participating in a fundraising campaign to raise money for research to find a way to cure several different kinds of cancer. This is a ten-week program which ends 02MAY12. As she said in a note to me, "Every bit helps!" If you happen to be able to help even $5.00, Vicky--and thousands of young people afflicted with various kinds of cancer--will be so grateful. And so will I. If you don't want to donate via the website with your credit card, you can send a check to:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
ATTN: MWOY-VictoriaF and Andrew
9211 Waterford Centre Blvd, Suite 275
Austin, Texas 78758

Thank you for any help!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

15 Facts about Me--This one actually has questions I've never heard!

#1 What is a nickname only your family calls you?
Do I have to say?   Okay.  I have two weird ones.  The first one is ‘Daddy Butt.’  In fact, they even have a song to go with it.  It goes like this:  o/’ o/’  Daddy Butt.  Daddy Butt.  Lori’s got a Daddy Butt! o/’ o/’    The other one usually only Daddy calls me and it is—ready for this one?—Lori Lorus Lavorus Liebowitz Lilliput Lipschitz.  When he first called me by it, I responded, “Daaaad. Lipschitz?”  “What?” he responded.  “It is a fine Jewish name!”    Needless to say, I accepted.  He did give me a break sometimes and shorten it to just ‘Lorus.’

#2.  What is a weird habit you have?
I TOTALLY talk to myself.  Even more oddly, if something is bothering me, I try to figure out how to solve the problem out loud, up to and including having—aloud—the conversation I might have with someone to solve the problem.  Weird, I know?  But I gotta be me.

#3.  Do you have any weird phobias?
I don’t think I have one. Well, do cockroaches count?

#4.  What is a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you’re alone?
“Big Girl (You are Beautiful) by Mika.  Here is a link to the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDSK91mUNLU

#5. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
Anyone who knows me well will not be surprised when I say that my biggest pet peeve is Immodesty.

#6. What is one of your nervous habits?
Hmmmmm…I might even have several of them.    I ‘type’ words I hear.  I rub my stomach  or I rub my feet together when I need comforting.  I letter sign words I hear.  Okay, I guess that is enough fodder for y’all, yeah?

#7.  What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Since I am single—whichever side I want to do!  Mwaahaaaaahaaaahaaahaaaa! (I’m twirling my evil bad guy mustache right now, in case you were wondering.)

# 8 What was your first stuffed animal and what was  his name?
Well, the first one I remember was a lion I got—for my fourth Birthday when we lived in Thailand—and his name was ‘Lion, the Zicchi Role.’  Please do not ask why.  I do not know.

#9.  What is the drink you always order at Starbucks.
Well, nowadays I order a regular coffee in a cup the next size up.  I put a generous amount of creamer in it and then fill the rest of the cup up with ice!

# 10.  What is the beauty rule you preach but never actually practice?
Please read the following in an Eastern European accent!  “Beauty Rule?  What is this thing you call ‘Beauty Rule’?  I did not know that there was such a thing as this ‘Beauty Rule.’”

# 11.which way do you face in the shower?
Ummmm…both ways?

# 13. What is your favorite ‘comfort food’?
Must I stick with just one favorite?   Macaroni and Cheese. Mashed Potatoes with Cream Gravy.  Ding Dongs.  And my guilty pleasure comfort food?  Top Ramen Noodles, Creamy Chicken flavor!  And I'm glad y'all reminded me!  I think I'll have some tonight!

# 14 What is a phrase or exclamation you always say?
Rock on!!

# 15 Time to sleep—what do you wear to sleep?
Depends on my mood and whether it is hot or cold outside.


Abbreviation for "thinsporation," aka pictures of bone-thin women that girls with ana/mia use to remind themselves of their goals to become thin.
Girl 1: My thinspo is this picture of Mary-Kate Olsen. 

I was perusing another blogsite when I ran across a blog called something like 'obsessedwiththinspo.'   I had no clue what it was about but as I read, I realized it was a blog by--what I presume is--a teen-aged girl who clearly thinks she is fat.  I'm not sure how tall she is, but one day she mentioned that she is 152 pounds.  
The further back I went into her blog, the more horrified I became.  All over her site were pictures of bone thin girls. I mean BONE thin. She spent her whole blog talking about how angry she is at her family and boyfriend for trying to make her eat.  She chronicled these 'projects' where she tried to eat less and lose weight.  But it wasn't stuff like "Eat a huge salad with no meat or anything" or "Fill 3/4s of my plate with steamed veggies and the rest with tuna."  No. It was stuff like "99 calories. 99 minutes of exercise. 9 days."    The first day she ate 99 calories. then for the next three days, she fasted.  Each day, whether she ate or not, she exercised 99 minutes. On days 5-9, she only ate 99 calories. Some days her blog said things like 'I didn't eat today, even though I was shaky and dizzy.  I stayed strong!"

I am so sad that this little girl feels she has to be thin to be worthwhile.  What have her parents and society as a whole done to make her have such a skewed view of the world.    I just wanted to cry as I was reading.

Hey, y'all?  Let's pray for her, okay?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What kind of plant is this one? Does anyone know?

So, my secret sister left me a lovely gift tonight.  A red bowl with valentines candy, a nice card, and this pretty red plant.  My friends and I were trying to figure out what it was.  Arguments abounded.  "It starts with a 'C'!" someone said.  "Clematis!"   another said,  "No. It isn't that one. I have one of those and they look totally different!"  It went on and on and no one knew--for sure--what it was.   So, I am presenting the problem with you, Dear Readers (If I even have any!)   Does anyone know what type of plant this one is?