Thursday, April 27, 2006

Things that I'm thankful for today explained

Okay, before I get rolling on posting this Thankfulness thing I've been doing, I probably aught to tell you what it is. After reading this Psychology Today article titled Make a Gratitude Adjustment, I decided to give it a try and keep my own 'Thankful List'. (Scroll down to read a couple of excerpts from the article.) I decided that I would write down at least 3 things that I am thankful for each day. Why 3? I don't know, it just seemed like a good number at the time. Most days I exceed 3 items even! A lot of it is little things, like having tacos, but it's still something I am feeling particularly thankful for that day. It may be at least partially because it's warmer, and we have more daylight right now, but it seems like it really has made me feel generally happier, and better about life. So at any rate, this is the reason behind all these 'Things that I'm thankful for today' posts that are coming soon to a blog near you!

Make a Gratitude Adjustment

Gratitude is a sentiment we'd all do well to cultivate, according to positive psychologists, mental health clinicians and researchers who seek to help everyone create more joy in life. Feeling thankful and expressing that thanks makes you happier and heartier not hokier.

The biggest bonuses come from experiencing gratitude habitually, but natural ingrates needn't despair. Simple exercises can give even skeptics a short-term mood boost, and "once you get started, you find more and more things to be grateful for," says Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher at the University of California at Davis.

Gratitude needn't be directed at another person to hit its mark. Take just a few minutes each day to jot down things that make you thankful, from the generosity of friends to the food on your table or the right to vote. After a few weeks, people who follow this routine "feel better about themselves, have more energy and feel more alert," Emmons says. Feeling thankful even brings physical changes, studies show. List-keepers sleep better, exercise more and gain a general contentment that may counteract stress and contribute to overall health.

For people who want to activate their gratitude, but feel slightly silly about the exercises, Peterson advises, "fake it until you can make it." Say "thank you" enough, he reasons, and your mind will fall in line with your words. Think you don't have anyone to thank? Gratitude "doesn't depend on circumstances," Emmons says.

You can be grateful for just about anything that you've received in part because of someone or something else. You may feel grateful to your neighbor for a car pool, to luck for meeting your spouse, to nature for a scenic view or to fate or a higher power for your safety. Thankfulness helps you see that you're an object of love and care. Says Emmons: "Your self-esteem is bolstered when you say, 'Hey, people have done things for me.'"

Traumatic memories fade into the background for people who regularly feel grateful, Watkins's experiments show. Troublesome thoughts pop up less frequently and with less intensity, which suggests that gratitude may enhance emotional healing. Thankfulness helps the brain fully process events, Watkins speculates. Grateful people achieve closure by making sense of negative events so that they mesh with a generally positive outlook.

When individuals start a daily gratitude journal, they begin to feel a greater sense of connectedness to the world. "The differences are noticed by others," Emmons says. "People who know them say they're more helpful." Thankfulness may launch a happy cycle in which rich friendships bring joy, which gives you more to be grateful for, which fortifies your friendships once again.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

How dodgy are you?

How dodgy are you?


Alright geezer! Fancy yourself as a bit tasty? It may be against the law, but what they don't know won't hurt 'em eh? We know your heart's in the right place but watch out or that place may be a 3 to 5 stretch in Pentonville with 'Mad' Frank, Harry the Horse and 'Wristy' Rich Richardson.

Based on your answers, we have calculated the maximum penalty for your crimes*:

Years in prison: 17.5 Potential fine: 2000 pounds

*Please note this is just a fun quiz so don't be alarmed by your score! The maximum penalty has been taken for each crime and no consideration for scale of crime committed.

"I look like"... this one is funny-

This is amusing. Google the phrase "(Your name) looks like" and find the best one from the first page of results. Don't forget to put it in quotes, otherwise it won't work.

(I got this from my bulletin board, but there were just too many funny one's to put just one, so it's going here. I'm going to leave some of the other people's on here because some of them are really funny!)

1. "Jason looks like total crap." -- thanks google, thanks.

2. "PJ looks like he'd be down to whoop some ass anytime"-- i think that google is scared of me.

3. "Katie looks like recycled cat food" Ouch

4. "Michael looks like he's playing naked" (OMG do they like have a camera inside the screen or what!!!!!! Who knew??)

5. "Troy looks like a pretty white boy. Deep down he is an angry black man"

6. "Jesse looks like he is fighting off a case of down's syndrome" What-Eva Google!!!

7. "Katie looks like a humpback when pics are taken from behind."....but the doctor said no one would notice

8. "Ashleigh looks like my brother".... Great... was it the boobs?

9. "Marie looks like she could pull your heart out of your chest with her bare hands." -yaaay! haha. Indeed. Watch out!

10. "Sarah looks like she is about to recieve something in her mouth...hmmm ..." Ha, I love it.

11. "Jeremy looks like the number one right-hand man to the Dark Lord ..." WOW....that's all i can say.....WOW!

12. "Keith looks like death warmed over,but he still has style.."
hmmm... confused... good and bad at the same time..

13. " Patrick looks like he is ready to battle Tron."
Disney can't step to me, bitches.

14. Carrie looks like she has balls when she is walking. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha....

15. "Niki looks like an albino its amazing how screwing a million guys can actually make u look good!" ---That's sooo not nice!

16. "Chris looks like something i would need eventually." <~~~ I hear that alot :-)

17. "Laura looks like shes about to breastfeed those pups"

18. " Roxanne looks like she is giving "invisible man" a blow job... with a cracker...."

19. "Candace looks like she spends many a Friday night getting drunk with friends in a Hardee's parking lot..."

20. "Emily looks like trouble." --- oh if you only

21. "Rob looks like hes plotting something"....How did they know? ;)

22. "Gary looks like David Hassellhoff" I am speechless... I thought my wife loved me for me not cause I look like the German hero....

23. "Sandra looks like you're being shafted more ways than one you sad slut you....."

24. "I wont mention the fact that Stephanie looks like shes been rode hard and put away wet."

25. "Keven looks like Sir Martin. Sir Martin is handsome and macho."

26. "Julie looks like a crack whore..." thanks Google

27. "Rosemary looks like a cheap vegas showgirl"... WTF??

28. "Kristen looks like some lame ass girl at a white trash high school who might be popular because she drives a '97 Camaro" fuck google

29. "Nicole looks like such a dirty teenage boy..." harsh.

30. "Stephanie looks like Jose Canseco. She gives me the creeps." ... I get that alot

31. "Melissa looks like a piece of plain, trailer park trash in desperate need of a tan" Nice!

32. "Jillian looks like she's gonna start fires with her eyes" i like the sound of that . . .

33. "Michael looks like he's (justifiably) about to wet his pants."
Right On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

34. "Jessie looks like Mary Poppins"

35. "Carrie looks like a trampy little slut there and i *LOVE* it!"

36. "Sean looks like the Olympic representative from Planet of the Apes."

37. "Kyle, looks like you're responsible for another death." Yeah, i know its not a thing, but i thought it was pretty damn funny

38. "Amy looks like a Tesco checkout girl with a drink problem."

39. "Carly looks like a busted trans." lmfao

40. "Jeff looks like he's hiding something" ~~~ I'll never tell

41. "Jessica looks like she's expelling demons out of her mouth when she sings." Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

42. "Chris looks like he's furious, like there's a hundred things he wants to say. He settles for "What the holy fuck is going on in your head. ..."

43. "Sara looks like trouble just waiting to happen. ..."

44. AWESOME. "Dave looks like Ron Jeremy" love it. "Dave looks like a beached sea god" was a DAMN close second place.

45. "Anna looks like she has a clarinet up her nose!"

46. " Leah looks like Amanda Bynes' older, larger breasted sister"- Oh yeah! You know it!! :)

"uh oh Aeryn, looks like you've been hit by the filapino jeep?"
Aeryn looks like she's going to bite off Bin's nipples"
" Aeryn looks like such an innocent girl, ... "
"Aeryn looks like a nice lady, but they still don't have any parking OR Golden Retrievers.
"Aeryn looks like a donkey that has not eaten for many months"
looks like Twisted Evil" OMG, too fucking funny!
looks like a porcelain doll."
"Aeryn looks like a very lovely woman."
looks like a Million bucks and shows off her sexiness." Um, sure, if you say so Google!


04/27/06 8:31 AM

"Patience looks like weakness and surrender."

I supposedly have a life, I got 56

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 80 movies, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 200 movies on this list. Put your score in header and repost:

() Rocky Horror Picture Show
() Grease
() Pirates of the Caribbean
() Boondock Saints
() The Mexican
(x) Fight Club
() Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
() Blazing Saddles
() Airplane
Total: 2

(x) The Princess Bride
() AnchorMan: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
() Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
() Saw
() Saw II
() White Noise
() White Oleander
() Anger Management
() 50 First Dates
Total: 2

(x) Scream
() Scream 2
() Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
() Scary Movie 2
() Scary Movie 3
(x) American Pie
() American Pie 2
() American Wedding
() American Pie Band Camp
Total: 3

(x) Harry Potter
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
() Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil I
() Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
() The Village
() Lilo & Stitch.
() Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch
Total: 4

(x) Finding Nemo
() Finding Neverland
() Signs
() The Grinch
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre
() White Chicks
() Butterfly Effect
() Thirteen Going on 30
() I, Robot
Total: 1

() Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
() Universal Soldier
() A Series Of Unfortunate Events
() Along Came Polly
() Deep Impact
() KingPin
() Never Been Kissed
() Meet The Parents
() Meet the Fockers
() Eight Crazy Nights
() Joe Dirt
Total: 5

() A Cinderella Story
() The Terminal
() The Lizzie McGuire Movie
() Passport to Paris
() Dumb & Dumber
() Dumb & Dumberer
() Final Destination
() Final Destination 2
() Final Destination 3
() Halloween
(x) The Ring
() The Ring 2
Total: 2

() Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
() Practical Magic
() Chicago
() Ghost Ship
() From Hell
() Hellboy
() Secret Window
() I Am Sam
() The Whole Nine Yards
Total: 0

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
() Seed of Chucky
() Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
() Just Married
() Gothika
() Nightmare on Elm Street
() Sixteen Candles
() Remember the Titans
() Coach Carter
Total: 3

() Bad Boys 2
() Joy Ride
(x) Se7en
() Ocean's Eleven
() Ocean's Twelve
() Identity
() Lone Star
() Bedazzled
() Predator I
() Predator II

(x) Independence Day
(x) Cujo
() A Bronx Tale
() Darkness Falls
() Christine
(x) ET
(x) Children of the Corn
() My Boss' Daughter
() Maid in Manhattan
() Frailty
Total: 4

( ) Best Bet
() How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
() She's All That
() Calendar Girls
() Sideways
() Mars Attacks
() Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Forrest Gump
() Big Trouble in Little China
Total: 2

() X-Men
() X2
() Spider-Man
() Spider-Man 2
() Sky High
() Jeepers Creepers
() Jeepers Creepers 2
() Catch Me If You Can
()The Others
() Freaky Friday
() Reign of Fire
(x) Cruel Intentions
() Cruel Intentions 2
() The Hot Chick
Total: 1

() Swimfan
() Miracle
() Old School
() The Notebook
() K-Pax
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
()Walk to Remember
( ) Boogeyman
Total: 3

() Hitch
(x) The Fifth Element
(x) Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace
() Star Wars Episode II Attack of The Clones
() Star Wars Episode III Revenge of The Sith
(x) Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Episode VI Return of The Jedi
() Troop Beverly Hills
() Swimming with Sharks
Total: 5

() Air Force One
() For Richer or Poorer
(x) Trainspotting
() People Under the Stairs
(x) Blue Velvet
(x) Sound of Music
() Parent Trap
() Parent Trap Re-make
() The Birds
(x)The Terminator
(x) Terminator-2
(x) T-3
Total: 6

(x) Empire Records
(x) SLC Punk
() Meet Joe Black
(x) Nightmare Before Christmas
(x) The Silence of the Lambs
() Sleepy Hollow
()I Heart Huckabees
() 24 Hour Party People
() Blood In Blood Out
Total: 4

() Thirteen
() Manic
(x) American History X
() Deep Blue Sea
() George of the Jungle
() Canadian Bacon
() Big Black Titties
() How High
() The Jacket
() My litte pony 1986
Total: 3

() Road to Perdition
() Jesus Christ Superstar
() Rent
(x) Mulan
() Mulan 2
(x) Lion King
() Lion King 2
() Legally Blonde
(x) Legally Blonde 2
() Pink Panther
Total: 3

Okay, I got 56, however, alot of the movies I've seen aren't on this list. I'm sure that if I added all the movies I know I've seen, it would be well over 100!

What American city are you?

You Are Boston

Both modern and old school, you never forget your roots.
Well educated and a little snobby, you demand the best.
And quite frankly, you think you are the best.

Famous people from the Boston area: Conan O'Brien, Ben Affleck, New Kids on the Block

What American City are you?

What kind of weather are you?

***You Are Lightning***

Beautiful yet dangerous
People will stop and watch you when you appear
Even though you're capable of random violence

You are best known for: your power

Your dominant state: performing

What Type of Weather Are You?

Things that I'm thankful for today

-The beautiful weather
-Having a BBQ in the tiny front yard with everyone.
-That Mike likes to grill
-Having enough lawn chairs for everyone to be able to sit down.
-Colleen's hella tasty jerk chicken with lime.
-That I have gotten the chance to get to know Colleen better recently.

Things that I'm thankful for today

Things that I'm thankful for today:
-Having a job that I can wear my Captain Morgan's t-shirt to.
-Getting the seat I prefer on the bus.
-Billy making me a kick ass mix CD.
-Having an imagination!
-Becoming aware of what complaining sounds like to other people. Now I can hopefully be more aware when I do it, so that I can stop! (Look at that, I even found a positive to having to deal with someone who is always bitching about something!)
-This little exercise that has helped me focus on the positive things in my life.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Things that I'm thankful for today

-Xombii cleaning the kitchen.
-Xombii cooking an amazing, fabulous dinner, and dessert.
-Xombii cleaning his cooking dishes as he went.
-Xombii taking care of the dinner stuff before going to bed.
(notice a theme here? *L*)