Thursday, November 30, 2006

Thursday Thirteen!

Banner from Goofy girl
Okay, so here if your chance. You ask me what you want to know about me and next week I will answer those questions in the 13! If there are more than 13 then I will answer them in the following weeks. Ask whatever you want.
What have you been wanting to know or are curious about? Now is your chance!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fun from FondofSnape

So much to my surprise (and happiness) I received an email from Janet the other day with this attached. So I decided "hey why not put it on my blog!" If anyone wants to play along then consider yourself "tagged" but let me know you are doing it so I can see your answers! Or email me your answers so that I can at least see the fun! Enjoy!

Here's a fun game...
Things you may not have known about me................

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. treatment foster care social worker
2. student (I am telling you it IS a job!!!!)
3. cashier at a craft store
4. fast foodish worker

Four movies I have watched over and over:
1. The American President
2. Forrest Gump
3. Sweet Home Alabama
4. Pretty Woman

Four Places I have lived:
1. Appleton
2. Eau Claire
3. Waukesha
4. ??????

Four TV shows I enjoy Watching:
1. Prison Break
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Desperate Housewives

Four places I have visited:
1. CO
2. Amsterdam
3. Germany
4. FL

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Kraft Mac & Cheese--Spiral (yes I'm specific!)
2. lasagna
4. fettacine alfredo

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. in bed
2. on my honeymoon
3. on vacation with fiance
4. with my family

Four people who MIGHT respond:
1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?

Now, here's what you're supposed to do...copy the questions, delete my answers & type in your answers, then send this to a whole bunch of people you know INCLUDING the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known facts about those who know you. [duh]
Remember to send it back to the person who sent it to you.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Okay, so I'm a HUGE Prison Break fan and I see that the theme song tonight is a Chris Daughtry song so in honor of this lovely man, I am posting something from his American Idol days. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Gobble Gobble

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to say I'll be out of town at my parent's until Saturday or Sunday so I won't be around the blogging world.

BUT...just wanted to wish everyone a SUPER THANKSGIVING! Enjoy the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and everything else involved. I will be braving Black Friday for like the 5th year in a row. For some reason, that is the only day of the year that I can handle crabby people with attitudes.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Photograph - Nickelback

I thought I'd use the one that put the lyrics in there so you knew what he was saying. I really do like this song and have liked Nickelback for a while. What do you think?

Monday, November 13, 2006

This would raise me up!

I just have always had an admiration for Josh Groban (he's only a year older than me!) and the AMAZING voice that he has. I hope you enjoy it. Do you like this type of music?

An article....

I was checking my gmail account and came across this article...what do you think?

Bloggers: A Portrait of the Internet's New Storytellers July 2006
A telephone survey of a nationally-representative sample of bloggers, conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, has found that blogging is inspiring a new group of writers and creators to share their voices with the world. Some 54 percent of bloggers say that they have never published their writing or media creations anywhere else; 44 percent say they have published elsewhere. While generally youthful, these writers otherwise represent a broad demographic spectrum of people who cite a variety of topics and motives for their blogging.
Eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog. Thirty-nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs – a significant increase since the fall of 2005.
Capturing a current snapshot of an ever-changing blog universe
The Pew Internet & American Life Project deployed two strategies to interview bloggers.
First, as part of our standard random-digit dial tracking surveys about internet use among a nationally-representative sample of American adults, we asked respondents if they maintain a blog. Then, we called back these self-identified bloggers between July 2005 and February 2006. Seventy-one percent of those called back completed this second telephone survey, which focused exclusively on blogging. The remaining 29 percent said they were no longer keeping a blog or were not willing to take another survey, and we eliminated them from the callback interviews. This strategy yielded a relatively small number of respondents (n=233) but allowed us to ask in-depth questions of a nationally-representative sample of bloggers. Numbers cited in this report are based on the callback survey unless specifically noted.
Our second strategy for preparing this report involved fielding additional random-digit surveys between November 2005 and April 2006 to capture an up-to-date estimate of the percentage of internet users who are currently blogging. These large-scale telephone surveys yielded a sample of 7,012 adults, which included 4,753 internet users, 8 percent of whom are bloggers. Bloggers cover a variety of topics
While many well-publicized blogs focus on politics, the most popular topic among bloggers is their life and experiences. The Pew Internet Project blogger survey finds that the American blogosphere is dominated by those who use their blogs as personal journals. Most bloggers do not think of what they do as journalism.
Most bloggers say they cover a lot of different topics, but when asked to choose one main topic, 37 percent of bloggers cite “my life and experiences” as a primary topic of their blog. Politics and government ran a very distant second with 11 percent of bloggers citing those issues of public life as the main subject of their blog. Entertainment-related topics were the next most popular blog-type, with 7 percent of bloggers, followed by sports (6 percent), general news and current events (5 percent), business (5 percent), technology (4 percent), religion, spirituality or faith (2 percent), a specific hobby or a health problem or illness (each comprising 1 percent of bloggers). Other topics mentioned include opinions, volunteering, education, photography, causes and passions, and organizations.
View the full report -- Bloggers: A Portrait of the Internet's New Storytellers.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

What? No 13?

I know it's Thursday and that means it's time for a 13, but I'm exhausted and just don't have the energy to come up with one. Have a super Thursday and hopefully I'll be able to visit some this week unlike past weeks.

Thanks for bearing with me!

Social work is draining....

So yes, I do social work. It's tough, it's emotionally draining, it's stressful, and it's hectic. But I still enjoy what I do. Yes, I come home some nights and want to fall into bed not to wake up until the morning. Yes, I can be crabby due to bad interactions during the day. Yes, I can be emotional over things that I read/hear/see over the course of a day. But, on those days, I can say that most of the time I come home and hope/pray/believe that I can or have made a difference. Even if it was a small difference, I can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been told more than once that I'm crazy for doing what I do or that "no wonder social workers have a high burnout" but you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way.

People have said to me "you get used to hearing the bad things" but I'm not so sure I want to "get used to it" Would that make me a bad social worker? Would that desenitise myself to the real issues at hand? Would that make me less effective in dealing with issues?

These things have been going through my mind lately and although I know that most people don't blog about their "real" jobs, I just had to get it out. Another question I've been thinking about lately is how much do we really share about ourselves on our blog? Do we hold back a lot of things because we don't know how people will react or because we want to keep them to ourselves? It makes me wonder how the blogging world really works. I never meant for my blog to be read by anyone. But now I can't imagine not seeing comments from my very regular readers, like goofy girl, Janet, Carmen, and even kailani!

What do you all think?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Monday, Monday

I'll say it...sometimes being a girl is hard! I don't have much to report. I'm tired and worn out. I had a mini breakdown on Friday and fiance ended up storming out to meet people for a birthday celebration (his). I was so tired and crabby and stressed out that I pretty much shut down! Well he left and I did the dishes and cleaned up the bedroom. I think cuddled up on the couch and flicked between "The American President" and "Apollo 13" It was great! I probably fell asleep around 9ish and woke up on the couch and fiance was home from his dinner. We were both better on Saturday and spent the weekend up by his family. That went fine and it's back to another long week of work, school and internship. I can't wait until Christmas!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Another Thursday?

Thanks to
goofygirl for the WONDERFUL banner she made for me!
Thirteen of my favorite quotes!
1. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. --Mahatma Ghandi
2. It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.--Chinese Proverb
3. When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.--Helen Keller
4. Imagination is more important than knowledge.--Albert Einstein
5. Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.--J. Petit Senn
6. The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.--William James
7. The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.--Elbert Hubbard
8. To live is like to love--all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.--Samuel Butler
9. As I grow to understand life less and less,I learn to love it more and more.--Jules Renard
10. Every artist was first an amateur.--Ralph Waldo Emerson
11. Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.--Vince Lombardi
12. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.--Theodore Roosevelt
And the last one for fun.....
13. If at first you don't succeed, then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it.
--W.C. Fields
Happy Thursday Everyone! What is your favorite quote?