Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
And all of you cynics and naysayers and people who say this sparks a long, slow slide into the occult can take a bite of my big black caucus.
So here are my planets and what they mean to my personality. I feel ever so much more in touch with myself.
My Sun sign (main sign) is Aquarius.
Traditional Aquarian Traits:
My moon is in Aquarius. The Moon is said to rule your personality, while the Sun rules your individuality. The Sun influences our total self or our personality. The Moon represents the more of our inner world of feelings and emotions, and how we feel about ourselves.
Friendly and humanitarian
Honest and loyal
Original and inventive
Independent and intellectual
Intractable and contrary
Perverse and unpredictable
Unemotional and detached
LIKES: Fighting for Causes, Dreaming and Planning for the Future, Thinking of the Past, Good Companions, Having Fun
DISLIKES: Fake Promises, Excessive Loneliness, The Ordinary, Imitations
Traditional traits: Sociable, Perverse, Independent, Altruistic, Demanding, Unflappable
My ascendant is in Pisces.
Your rising sign is your physical self or the face you present to the world. For example, though your Sun sign might be Taurus, your rising sign could very well be Gemini. While you're feeling laid-back, others will tend to see you as a ball of nervous energy and cerebral wit. At times, your rising sign may act as a mask, hiding some aspect of your inner self you don't feel like revealing.
Traditional traits: "Go with the flow" seems to be a Pisces rising motto. Although often quiet and shy, another day may find them talkative and passionate. They are hugely impressionable, have a dreamy disposition, and project a soft-hearted personality. Resists any kind of labeling. Theirs is a restless, searching nature that cannot be happy with any one way of living or being. Too much organization or structure can be seen as very limiting. Pisces rising people walk around with their heads in the clouds, and even when you do have their attention, their dreaminess is almost always apparent. They seem to need a practical, realistic partner. Pisces rising people often possess an irresistible charm that comes on in a quiet way, with a soft aura about them. Both their appearance and mannerisms are usually quite intriguing.
My Mercury is in Aquarius. (So much Aquarius going on with me…)
Mercury is the planet of communication.
People with their mercury in Aquarius generally come across as intellectual sorts. They think in abstract terms and can be quite argumentative, but their emotions are not necessarily behind these arguments. They simply look for intellectual stimulation. They are adept at taking overviews of situations, and are particularly concerned about how everyone and everything relates to each other. They have many interests, can be objective and detached in their thought and communication processes, and may be inclined to think more than act.
This position of Mercury strengthens the intellect, gives a good memory and a strong comprehensive mind capable of much hard work. Intuitive insights and original reasoning ability produce the occasional touch of genius - you often comprehend issues that others find quite incomprehensible. Your mind is open to any new experiences; subjects such as metaphysics, occultism, astrology, technology and science will have intellectual appeal. You enjoy the mental stimulation of friendships and function best within a group environment. This position often denotes mental and educational activities in the home. Parents are likely to be well educated or place an unusually high priority upon learning. This position may relate to changeable home conditions or in some way, a nomadic life-style. Being somewhat high-strung and easily irritated, you may find it hard to relax.
My Venus is in Pisces.
Venus is the planet of love and money.
You are capable of a high degree of refinement your love and caring for other people. You may "collect" people who are in difficulties, and whom you wish to help. You enjoy music and may be a musician. Through music you can transcend the material and seek transcendence.
Venus in Pisces indicates a romantic, gentle, compassionate, sympathetic, sensitive and idealistic emotional nature. A born romantic, you will genuinely marry for love - not money or prestige. A strong partner is needed to give you emotional stability and security.
Venus in the fifth house produces an attractiveness to the opposite sex, a very appealing romantic nature, and a general love of life. You are well liked and have a deep love of children, and you should make an excellent parent or child advocate. Creative talent in the performing arts is often associated with this placement.
My Mars is in Capricorn.
Mars is the planet of passion.
You are extremely energetic and can keep going even when others have called it a day. You are a great organiser, ambitious and a workaholic. You can be unkind to those you think do not follow procedures or whom you consider lazy. You are ambitious, but realistic and follow methods that are tried and true. You are very enterprising but you start new enterprises with prudence and reserve, rather than impulsively.
Mars in Capricorn indicates that you will assert yourself in a practical, rational, self-controlled, disciplined, well-organised, persistent, structured, effective and efficient manner. Conventional and conservative, much of your energy is channelled into professional ambition and social advancement - you like to see practical results for your efforts and take pride in doing a job correctly. On occasion you can be calculating, selfish, materialistic and show a total disregard for others.
The Mars third house placement denotes an aggressive, active intellect. You are quick thinking and resourceful, but you sometimes jump to conclusions a little too quickly. Your speech is direct and sharp. You are apt to get into arguments with family members, and when you do, you are not the least bit shy about pointing out their personal deficiencies. You are always rushed. In matters of the mind, you are highly competitive.
My Jupiter is in Pises.
Jupiter is the planet of luck. (Luck is about as logical as astrology, right?)
You are a mystic as well as a philanthropist. Your faith, devotion, and trust in a Higher Order sustains you, and you draw protection from the unseen realms. Part of your soul function has to do with work on the inner planes through prayer and meditation.
Jupiter in Pisces gives you the opportunity to develop true wisdom, compassion, sympathy and emotional warmth. Devout feelings, spiritual yearning, strong imaginative and intuitive faculties and the capacity for secluded study and meditation may produce genuine mystical enlightenment. These qualities are necessary in order to expand your personality and life experiences. At some stage of life you may make a great personal sacrifice in order to fulfill your ideal of worthwhile service.
You are able to proceed through life very much on the strength of your character. While life is essentially an enjoyment for you, you are apt to feel an inner drive for personal expression and the need to make a contribution to society. Jupiter in the fifth house often produces success in teaching, politics, the ministry, or in the entertainment business. Often, this placement denotes a rather large family or a significant association with children.
My Saturn is in Cancer.
Saturn is the planet of karma.
In order to succeed in your social position in the world you will have to gain knowledge and expertise associated with emotional strength and control in order to gain a real sense of self-worth. Inhibitions, hypersensitivity and early emotional instability will have to be overcome, and much effort will be required in order to fully understand your emotional, feeling nature. Life experience will force you to learn valuable lessons related to the above issues and many domestic, family and romantic confrontations will have to take place to help hasten the restructuring process. Emotional security and self-acceptance will eventually come from a true knowledge of self and an ability to focus inwardly, away from the emotional dependency of others.
Saturn in the ninth house of higher education, philosophy, religion and travel denotes a stable and practical philosophy of life. The placement explains the chief reason that you are probably not one who can easily accept concepts such as astrology. You are highly orthodox in religion, education, and business. You hold to both the letter and spirit of the law. You are very exacting and focused, possessing very strong administrative skills, especially in the fields of religion, education, publishing, or the law. You are likely to be politically conservative.
My Uranus (huh huh) is in Scorpio.
Uranus is the planet of rebellion.
You have the ability to receive intuitively from the planetary mind new ways to substantially transform the society as it is presently operating, especially on a worldly and sexual level. Disruption occurs by holding on to outmoded ideas.
Uranus resides in the first house exerting its erratic behavior in the personality. This placement suggests that you may often be said to "march to a different drummer." Individuality is very strong in your nature, and you want freedom in your personal behavior. People may view you as eccentric, very unusual, or preferably, somewhat advanced. You are eccentric in many ways, and common sense doesn't always figure in your actions. The positive side of this placement is that you are very inventive, but a willful nature and impulsiveness restrict your progress and effectiveness.
(I don't really pay attention to the last two planets cause everyone born within 100 years have them. And one of them isn't supposed to even be a planet anymore.)
Hey, did you know that ligers are REAL? I didn't.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Barack gave the Top Ten list last night.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I wanted to let you know about a new Story Group starting at the beginning of February. In the group we will explore questions such as: How do the stories of your life impact who you are? What can you learn from your stories of tragedy and loss? What is the larger story that your life is telling?
The group is for those who want to reflect on the stories of their past, particularly painful stories, for the sake of learning to love more deeply. Our most painful stories involve disruption of relationships. In response to this, we learn to relate to people in ways that can be self-protective and harmful. As a counselor, I see this group as a wonderful way to interact with people and learn from them how you impact others. Engaging in this group will give you the opportunity to create a community of people who will both encourage you in your journey and interact with you on the ways you are thwarting your own growth....I look forward to hearing from you and, perhaps, walking for a little way with you on your journey.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I’m already plotting the weekend because I need to get my sloth on. But how can I sloth around with all the activites I’ve plotted? When I’m slothing I want to be doing projects and when I’m doing projects I want to be slothful. It sucks. Well, while I’m tormenting myself about being horizontal and nonproductive, I will think about these things I want to do: crochet my brother a blanket, make bagels from scratch, pet some wiener dogs, drive out to Snoqualmie, read A Perfect Mess, watch The Great Escape, track down and buy that ‘80s song that goes “take a look at me nowwww…something something...just the memory of your face” that someone sang on the American Idol auditions last night, make my January mix cd and study for my credentials exam. Yup, studying is last on the list. It is so last. I want to overcome my apathy about it, but how?
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Chris: thanks for freaking me out with that damn video
me: isn't it brutal?
Chris: if it's true it most certainly is brutal
me: reminds me of the conspiracy theories aaron has
me: not a damn thing we can do about it even if it's true
it kind of reminds me of a lot of the end of the world shit I would hear as a kid at church
me: me too. "A Thief In The Night"
Chris: I have no doubt in my mind that the world will degrade into a bunch of stupid sheep but there's not a damn thing I can do about it!
those movies RULES
me: david collects '70s and '80s christian movies. we should have you over for a viewing marathon
Chris: I love thinking about Biblical prophecy... if it IS true, then why do we even bother for peace in the middle east!?
I didn't know he had that collection
me: seeeeriously. if they'd read the bible, they'd know it's futile
me: he got 4 new ones for xmas. one is called "On Thin Ice"
Chris: which is why having a "Christian" president trying to make peace is so funny
me: it's about some acid-wash wearing christian teens going on a spring break ski trip with their non-christian friend
have you seen the one where the teens get in a car wreck?
Chris: and then have to face their destiny?
me: i've seen a couple about a car wreck...
me: ...and have performed in several skits with that scenario, at church camp
Chris: haha nice
me: each time a paper plate was used to be the steering wheel
Chris: I want video of you performing that!
me: i really hope there is no such video out there
there IS however, video of me listening to james dobson speak in 1991
Chris: if there is, I sort of want to make it my life's goal to find it
me : it's on the "life on the edge" series and the camera closed-up on me in the audience :P
Chris: oh really?!?!
I've totally seen that!
me: i bet you of all people could find it
Chris: oh yes I could
me: just borrow it from yoru parents. haha
Chris: mom? dad? my body is going through changes so I shoved drugs up my ass... what should I do now?
me: son, you need to know the answer doesn't lie in drugs. the answer lies...in jesus christ.
Chris: "lemme tell you 'bout a friend of mine..."
me: jesus will give you a high that drugs never could.
Chris: That high is called tongues... and by tongues I mean Christian key party
me: at your christian camps, did everyone form backrub chains and rub each other's backs? it was total christian safe sex
Chris: oh my gosh... yes and yes
Chris: say teens, who has ever had blue balls!?
well that's God's way of telling you you got too close!
too much petting!
me : team up with your accountability partner
Chris: christian culture is amazing
I wen to Bible camp all growing up
Chris: and then worked there between the ages of 14-17
me: i went to Bible camp in Colorado Springs all growing up
Chris: had my first make out session in the parking lot in my gf's car
me: then I worked at a Christian camp near Austin and lifeguarded and was a counselor in college.
Chris: and the whole time you feel so damn guilty about everything
me : seriously
Chris : I smoked my first cigarette working at camp too
me : all we did when we were working at camp was wait for the campers to go to sleep and then furtively smoke and drink shiner bock
smoking is for everyone :)
me: remember when tom green tried to teach kids at the playground to smoke?
Chris: haha YES
even though I barely remember Tom Greene these days
me: and the dad said "you don't teach them, they figure it out for themselves"
Chris: yay dad
me: i have to go
me: it was nice talking to ya
Thursday, January 17, 2008
At the store last night I saw on the new issue of Martha Stewart that it has the best homemade bread recipe ever. Ever! I was tempted but I didn’t even look because I knew it would just hurt my self-esteem. Martha is just too perfect. I love it when Amy Sedaris is on her show because she always wears the cutest dresses and aprons and she takes the piss out of Martha ever so charmingly. e.g., Martha: “No, I don’t live alone! I have my dogs and cats and canaries.” Amy: “Oh, THOSE people.”
Judah and I were looking at Amy Sedaris’s “I Like You” book to get ideas for his birthday party and I read him her party game ideas. “It says here Gypsy is a game where you blindfold all the kids, drive them out to the middle of nowhere, then take of the blindfolds and the first one to find their way home wins.” Judah said “Ummm…no. I don’t think we should play that game.”
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
"It's hard to have dialogue if you're not willing to listen to people with different opinions. I think that half the reason republicans and democrats (for example) hate each other and are suspicious of each other is because they don't actually speak sincerely or listen to one another they just caricaturize the opposition and then mock the caricature. The sense of humanity is absent and so dialogue becomes impossible. It doesn't mean you can't disagree with a atheist - even passionately. It's just that there is a big difference between disagreeing with a dignity-endowed human being and disagreeing with an anti-Christian devil of hell (the caricature we usually invent for atheists and the like)... "
(rich with lolly last year)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I think that everyone has a valid viewpoint because it is THEIR viewpoint and stems from their journey and their story. And I'm interested in people's stories. I'm not threatened that Hitchens' viewpoint will affect mine. Maybe it will affect it but I don't feel scared of that.
I guess that is why I want to read that book.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
This interview with Clay Aiken in Newsweek is gold! My favorite things he said: “I’m sore. I couldn’t even get off the toilet the other day.” “I thought Monty Python was a person until three months ago.” “It wasn’t a Ford commercial. It was a music video. It was a completely different thing.” “We’re done. I thought Newsweek would be more reputable. I’m surprised.” Oh Clay! G a double y.
I would never get tired of being under this electric blanket, I am not kidding you.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Recently I was talking on the phone with my friend Judah, who just turned 6.
C: So, are you excited about your birthday?
C: Hey you get to go to school on your birthday, are you doing anything fun at school?
J: We're gon' have cupcakes, and um, everyone will know it's my birfday.
C: You should run around at recess and yell "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!" just to make sure everyone knows.
J: Um, I think if I did that people would think I was kind of weird.
(I'm always taken aback when kids I know are suddenly old enough to use reason.)
C: So what do you want for your birthday?
J: SPY GEAR!!!
C: Spy gear? Like a pen that turns into a camera?
C: Like a...(trying to think of things that don't shoot or kill)...cool pair of sunglasses?
C: OK, spy gear. So, what's your favorite thing to eat for dinner?
J: Um, I like pizza, I like corndogs, I like hamburgers...
C: Totally, me too.
I was confused about this Spy Gear thing so I asked Stephanie. She said "oh, it's this toy with a camera on it so you can go spy on your sister or whatever." I believe it might be something like this. Wow, kids today! Nothing makes me reach more quickly for my Geritol than a child's toy that boasts about its "black and white video feed captured with 1/4 VGA CMOS camera."
My brother used to love his remote control cars. I distinctly remember the way they would wheeze over the cement sidewalk outside and smash repeatedly into the deck. It was amusing to lean the control level in one direction and watch the poor stupid car turn in an endless circle. Remote control cars are cute to see motoring around because you imagine a gerbil or squirrel driving them.
But if my brother had had a remote control car with a spy video camera, I would have smashed it with a wiffle ball bat as soon as I saw it peeping around the corner. Ain't nothin cute about that!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
“I was perusing your blog the other day and I saw that you’re a fan of Obama. I just wanted to ask you what you liked about him and what you think he would do to help our country.”So I wrote back and said:
“If you watched his Iowa victory speech that pretty much sums up why I like him and what I think he would do to help our country. I would elaborate more but I'm at work right now and the answer I just gave might suffice. If not, let me know!”Jamie said:
“I didn’t watch his victory speech, but I took the time to read the transcript and while his speech was eloquent it was also filled with rhetoric and generalities. It didn’t say all that much. So I guess I would like you to elaborate….when you have the time and if you so desire.”Then I said
“His speech did have a lot of rhetoric and generalities, those generic "we're united and moving forward!" statements that make the crowd go "eeeeee" for ten minutes and throw their panties onstage. Off the top of my head, here are some of the reasons I like him: he endorses health care reform and he seems to understand how bad it is now and how much it needs to change. I like that he wants to end tax-breaks for companies who outsource jobs overseas. I don't like how the middle class is disappearing and the wealthy and the impoverished are increasing, and he seems to understand that and wants to give the middle-class tax breaks. I think the wealthy should have the most taxes. I like that he wants to free the US from our dependency on oil and I love that he wants to bring the troops home. I like his voting record in the Senate. He could be as full of shit as anyone, but realizing that I still really like him and have hope that more than half of the country will vote for SOMEone and get behind SOMEbody in some semblance of a majority. I don't think any one politican is The Answer for our problems and I think when people start thinking that there is, that's when we run into problems. Basically, I would be happy if anyone besides who we have now would be president because I'm really disappointed by the decisions he's made.
Hmm, I think I just wrote a blog entry. :)”
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
snowy trees in Oregon
the neighbors' giant snowglobes
Lolly stayed with Nana and we did a day trip with Judah. Here are David, Judah & Aunt April in San Francisco
getting pizza on Powell St.
in Union Square
at the gate
Lion o' Judah
Hotel Triton, our favoritest
I like you. Do you like me?
Nuts are just funny.
in Citizen Cupcake. Look at those identical grins
in Virgin Records
Nana made Lolly little heart sandwiches
watching Peter Rabbit with Nana
holding the almost-gone skeins of yarn
heading back with the blankets I made them
the view from the passenger seat
Uncle Richard and Aunt Mae are the bestest
Mae gave me this Drury Lane creamer set she got in London
"sharing" with Cousin Elijah
reading in the rocking chair
it was sunnier on the 2nd day of the drive
...and now we're at the end.