I stealed this meme from anonymous_sibyl, my very cool new friend (ha, ha, I just wrote 'fried'). :)Look at your LJ "interests" list. If you have less than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between 50 and 75 interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over 75 interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much:
- budgeting: Budgeting is great, especially for people like me who are historically very bad at managing money. Also if you are a rule-breaker -- what better than to create your own rules to break! Which I do on a regular basis, at least as far as allocating which monies to spend where goes. If I was as loyal to my budget as I am to my man, I would be one rich bitch. Seriously, I don't know where I'd be today if I hadn't learned how to budget, and the truth of the matter is I am fascinated by it's dynamic. It really helps me focus on the task at hand, too. I find that if I don't work out a budget for each paycheck I am in big trouble.
- culinary arts: I love to eat. I also love trying things I've never done before, to see if I can do it, such as exotic recipes. I mean, I know how to cook, but cooking is one of those things you never stop learning how to do, I think.
- german beer: I love to drink beer, and I'm of German descent. 'Nuff said.
- Iraq: Why do I like Iraq? Because it is a tough lesson for us all, no matter where you stand politically. Nothing like a small dose of news from Iraq to bring you back down to earth and appreciate your comfy, poofy, luxurious U.S. of A. lifestyle. But it's not all bad news, of course -- do you remember the day the Iraqis got to vote??? The joy on their faces was infectious. I cried when we did the news coverage of that historical day. I am glad I was alive to witness it, good for them.
- Live Journal: Uh, DUH!!! No, actually I guess I do have a bonafide answer for this one ... I like Live Journal because it is a catharsis for me. There is something about writing my most personal, most opinionated thoughts out for the whole damn world to see that I really get off on. It also led me to meet the man I am going to marry, c0rrupt0. :) I am a writer first and foremost, that was my first love, and the things I used to write about when I was growing up was falling in love, so I think it's only too appropriate that I should meet the man I'm going to marry through doing what I've loved longest!
That sentence was quite possibly the most confusing sentence I have ever written.
Seriously, I could go on and on about all the reasons I love Live Journal. It has led me to make friends with people, it has led me to true love, it enables me to do what I love: write.
- Mr. Winkle: 'Nuff said.
- Pope John Paul II: Because he cared. No, I'm serious, he really did. And I love the way he was sensitive to forward-thinking, progressive means to get his message across: he loved the internet, he loved the press, he made music videos for God's sake ... uh, I mean ... okay, that was just funny. Anyway, I love the fact that he was an ardent traveller of the globe; the man was genuine. He took his job seriously. And oh by the way, if you want to know how to make your mark on the world: take a clue from him.
- Severe Weather: Who doesn't love severe weather? Okay, no this really deserves more than a smarmy, witty comment. The fact is, I am a weather geek: hear me roar. When the sky is doing something and everything is unpredictable, and you just don't know what's going to happen next ... that is fascinating to me. I'm no AMS-certified meteorologist, but the weather geeks at Storm Team 8 refer to me as an 'amateur' meteorologist. And that's just COOL!!! I can't effing wait to move to Florida and watch the hurricanes roll in! I mean, I'm not a fan of the death and destruction, but damn I love severe weather. The only thing I don't like about working at a news station is that I'm usually stuck in the control room if I'm at work when the sky is falling. I just *LOVE* watching the storms roll in. Someday I will have the luxury to do just that...
- The Weekly Standard: I know for a fact that I am going to lose some people on this one, but you know what? I say, bring it! I like The Weekly Standard because I consider myself to be a moderate Republican. And since The Weekly Standard is a conservative rag, I like reading their well-written articles. Another reason I like it is because it educates me on how conservatives think. Being raised by two of the most hard-core, die-hard, knee-jerk Democrats as you'll ever meet, there weren't a whole lotta conservative thinking going on in MY household.
Wait no, I take that back. The funny thing is, if I consider myself to be a "moderate Republican", then I'd have to say my parents were "moderate Democrats". I think they kind of liked the idea of being liberals, but deep down they were really conservative. My dad hated Ronald Reagan. HATED him. Whenever Reagan was on TV during his terms as POTUS my dad would literally make gagging noises like he was going to throw up, and then get up and leave the room. "That damn, dumb son-of-a-bitch..." and that was my edumacation on all things Ron Reagan. I was a kid; I didn't question it. It's just that, now that I'm older I realize I'm much more of a conservative thinker than I am liberal, although I don't knock ALL liberal thinking, and I'm willing to admit I'm Republican (it's still sounds so funny to me, though! "I am Republican." Old habits die hard).
To me, The Weekly Standard espouses Truth. And I'm a big fan of The Truth. Conservatives/Republicans are not the "evil liars" my parents made them out to be, so The Weekly Standard goes in my list of interests. Deal.
- Wichita: There are many reasons why I like "Wichita", although lately there's been one very good reason why anyone should hate Wichita: that would be, the BTK killer. What a shame, though. What a shame to the good city of Wichita, now written forever in history as the city where the BTK killer unleashed his wrath.
I for one remember a time before BTK, in case anyone's interested. To me, Wichita is an exotic name that brings to mind Mike Nesmith's "Wichita Train Whistle Sings", an album title that served as inspiration to a song I wrote that someday I hope will see the light of day beyond my head.
Besides that, "Wichita" is just fun to say. ;)
And that concludes this long-ass entry, thanks for reading.