gsp Thoughts From A Diva: 4/18/04 - 4/25/04

Thoughts From A Diva

Random images and thoughts from a misplaced Minnesota Diva trying to survive in Wisconsin.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

HOG ON ICE: Pat Tillman Killed in Afghanistan

HOG ON ICE: Pat Tillman Killed in Afghanistan


More Answers

These are for Erica.

1. Why Minnesota?
I moved to Minnesota in July of 1999. We were living in Vegas and after the 2nd murder in as many days next door, we decided it was time to get out. My other half grew up here, so we moved back here to be closer to his family. We lived in Northern Minnesota for a while, but now live in South Central Minnesota. I love it and the people. Minnesota is an awesome place to live.

2. The weather's finally staying warm-ish up here. What's the first spring thing you did this year?
I dug all the weeds out of my garden and raked all the dead grass out of my yard. And after this last rainfall, it os looking so green. My tulips have bloomed. Oh yeah, and I stayed up all night for my first tornado watch of the season. (I hate tornados!)

3. You have $100 and one free day with which to treat yourself. What do you do?
I would go to the Cities for the day. I would go to a Twins game and go out for a great dinner with no distractions. Maybe get a manicure.

Friday, April 23, 2004


I finally got questions!! This for Norman.

Why are you doing this?
I want to see how unpopular I am.

Is it bad karma if I don't do it? I'm trying to build up all the bad karma I can...
No, but I can send some your way, if you wish.

Has anyone else asked you three questions?
Are you kidding?!?!?! I am so excited I got one set of questions!!!!!

Found via The Lopsided Poopdeck

A mother enters her daughter's bedroom and sees a letter over the bed.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm telling you that I eloped with my new boyfriend.
I found real passion and he is so nice, with all his piercing and tattoos and his big motorcycle.
But it's not only that mom, I'm pregnant and Ahmed said that we will be very happy in his trailer in the woods.

He wants to have many more children with me and that's one of my dreams.
I've learned that marijuana doesn't hurt anyone and we'll be growing it for us and his friends, who are providing us with all the cocaine and ecstasies we may want.
In the meantime, we'll pray for the science to find the AIDS cure, for Ahmed to get better, he deserves it.

Don't worry Mom, I'm 15 years old now and I know how to take care myself.
Some day I'll visit for you to know your grandchildren.

Your daughter, PS: Mom, it's not true. I'm at the neighbor's house. I just wanted to show you that there are worse things in life than the school's report card that's in my desk's drawer...I love you!
Thanks Sid.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Tres Preguntas (Second Time Around)

Okay, I am re-posting this. Maybe someone will respond?

Found over at Swirlspice.

1. Leave me a comment asking me three questions. Something silly, something serious, whatever floats your boat.

2. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, at my earliest convenience.

3. Go back to your own bloggy house and implore five people to ask you three questions apiece. (I will not say 5, because I only seem to have 3 readers!)

Kindly trackback and watch the questioning propagate.


I realize I haven't talked about my diet for a while.

My diet/weight loss program got put on hold for 8 weeks while I was on crutches and gimping around. I still ate right, I just had no exercise.

I am now doing an exercise program called "Walk Away The Pounds". It's painful, but fun. And now that it is warm, I have started riding my bike. Buttboy rides his rollerblades and I ride my bike. We did 5 miles today.

I have bought a used treadmill. It needs a $50 part. As soon as I can come up with that part, I will start walking a lot more.

I have only lost about 15 pounds, but I have already gone down one pants size.

I will be down a lot by August. But maybe not the full 40 pounds.

Thank You

Thank you to those few readers I have. So maybe I am not insane. Talking (typing) to myself. At least I wasn't posting comments to myself!

And thank you also for the help on the button for my dad. I think I got it figured out. Need to tweak it a little bit, but it's okay.

Now, can you all find me a decent man? Oh wait, that's not possible!!

Know what really sucks?

The fact that I have no readers. Nobody reads my blog. It is a good thing I don't write this for any reason other than my own boredom.

Happy Birthday, T.

Wherever you are, I hope you are having fun.

Eden Prairie High School

Well, that is simply wonderful. NOT!

The news guy just broke in on Montel to say that same asshole was wandering around EPHS this morning with a loaded weapon. He and 4 students are being questioned at this time. 20 year old male.

They have cancelled classes, but have not released anyone to go home yet. The school is on total lockdown.

Sometimes, I think it would be better just to home school my kids.

Thank the Gods, they do not go to EPHS. I would be totally panicked!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Found at The Cheese


Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Military Draft

Gut Rumbles is talking about how some dork in Congress is talking about reinstating the draft because we don't have enough soldiers.

But on the flip side, Devin is talking about how they are getting rid of people left and right.

When I was in the Navy, we also went through the "get rid of all non-essential personnel" thing. If you were a tiny bit overweight, lose it or lose your rank.

Then suddenly, they were trying to recruit everyone within sight because there weren't enough people to fill all the slots.

I don't think they should reinstate the draft. I am not saying that from a military viewpoint because I don't know what state of disarray the military is in anymore. I am saying that as a mother of a son that will be 18 in 7 months and another who will be 18 in 21 months.

Tres Preguntas

Found over at Swirlspice.

1. Leave me a comment asking me three questions. Something silly, something serious, whatever floats your boat.

2. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, at my earliest convenience.

3. Go back to your own bloggy house and implore five people to ask you three questions apiece. (I will not say 5, because I only seem to have 3 readers!)

Kindly trackback and watch the questioning propagate.

Worst Song Ever?

I totally disagree with this. This list contains some of my favorite songs of all time.

They can kiss my ass.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Devin's Blog

OKay, where in the hell is Devin?!?!?!?!?!?!


Okay, here's the deal:

I need to make a button to put on my Dad's site to promote his book. I have no clue how to do this. Here is the URL for his book:

I just need to know how to put it on his site to make it easier to get to.

Here is another one:

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Dad's Blog

Okay, I am going to give you my dad's blog address.

But you must promise not to tell him I sent you. He does not know my blog address. And his finding my blog would not be a good thing.

Go check it out and leave him an hello. Just don't say I sent you!!

Personality Test

I found this over here.

Your total score is 41

Interpretation of Results
Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

Let Budweiser Pay

A man goes into a lawyer's office and says, "I heard people have sued the tobacco companies for giving them lung cancer, and McDonald's for making them fat.

The lawyer says, "Yes, that's true."

The man says, "Well, I'm interested in suing too."

The lawyer says, "Okay, McDonald's, or the tobacco companies?"

The man says, "Neither I'm suing Budweiser for all the ugly people I've slept with."

3rd Grade Geography

See how well you can do...

Take The Test

Throw Them All Back

"France last week expelled an Algerian-born imam for preaching radical Islam and expressing support for the March 11 train bombings in Madrid."

At least France is doing something right!


My mom and I were just talking on AIM about churches. She asked me what I had against churches.

Actually, I have nothing against the buildings themselves. Churches are very cool buildings. Especially older churches. They have tons of character.

When I was a kid, the church was my daycare. My dad was a minister and my mom worked full time. So my dad would take care of me while mom was at work.

I spent every day in the church. I used to run up and down the halls. And play hide-and-seek in all the closets. I didn't have any playmates except imaginary ones. But that was okay. I still had a lot of fun.

The best thing about old churches are the hidey holes. There are little nooks and crannies that people have forgotten all about or have never discovered. People think they need to be so reverent inside a church. No noise, no playing, no snooping.

I wasn't raised that way. I want to open every cupboard and climb inside every closet.

I used to have dreams about getting lost in a church and not being able to find my way out. Strange, since I becamen Pagan, I no longer have that dream. Freudian, anyone?

Anyway, as for not liking churches, I think it is easy for someone who knows my religious beliefs should be easy to figure out.

Except my mother, she does not know my religious preferences. I just don't want to upset her that way. Maybe after dad is gone. She will understand. He won't.

Anyone got a church I can come explore?


Electric Venom has a great post about Mormon Missionaries.

When we lived in Las Vegas, they would come around quite often. No matter what I said to those people, they would keep coming back.

One day, I got sick of it. I saw them coming. I stripped off all my clothes, lit a bunch of candles and made a circle of flowers in my living room.

When they knocked on the door, I opened it and asked if they were there to help with the circle.

I have never seen two boys turn so red and run so fast!!

Gas Taxes vs. Mass Transit

Trailer Park Girl has a discussion going about gas taxes vs. mass transit.

Mass transit is a great solution if you live in a large metro area. That works for Chicago, Minneapolis, LA, NYC, Houston, Dallas, etc. But for those of us that live in smaller communities, that just doesn't work.

And what about the farmer? It takes gasoline or diesel to fuel the tractors. Do people seriously think we can go back to the horse-drawn plow? And truck drivers? Without trucks on the road, prices for everything else will skyrocket. Or you will just have to lern to do without some things.

I would love to have mass-transit available. I would use it as much as possible. When I lived in Las Vegas, I did not have a car. I rode the bus or my bike everywhere I needed to go. But there was a bus stop every 20 feet and a grocery store on every corner.

I now live in rural Minnesota. There is no bus system here. No commuter trains. There are 3 grocery stores in town. All are about 4 miles from my house. In different directions.

My son goes to school in a different town. I drive 120 miles round-trip to take him to school. Yes, there is a school closer, but when he was going to that school, he was failing. Now he will graduate with his class next year.

We spend $50+ per week on gas right now. If gas goes up even more, I don't know what we are going to do. I'm glad this school year is almost over. Next year, he will be driving himself, but that will still be a lot of gas.

What is the answer? I don't know. But I know an additional gas tax will not help rural communities in any way.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Copyright Issues on A Blog

My dad has started a blog and is concerned about copyright issues.

Does anyone know anything about this stuff?

We could use some advice.


Storms Last Night

Well, we survived the night okay. All in one piece. And the trampoline didn't go for a flight. That is always a good thing.

The weather channel is saying we are supposed to have temps in the 85-90 range. That's insane for Southern Minnesota in April. We are supposed to get more sever thunderstorms today and tonight.

Good thing I am not working. I am sure not getting much sleep.

Thoughts and Prayers

Lots of Thoughts and Prayers for Eric over at SWG.

His cousin took a dump on a bike and is in serious condition at the hsospital.

I hope everything is okay.

From The Morning Mail...

After their baby was born, the panicked father went to see the obstetrician.

"Doctor," the man said, "I don't mind telling you, but I'm a little upset because my daughter has red hair. She can't possibly be mine."

"Nonsense," the doctor said. "Even though you and your wife both have
black hair, one of your ancestors may have contributed red hair to the gene pool."

"It isn't possible," the man insisted. "This can't be, our families on both sides had jet-black hair for generations."

"Well," said the doctor, "let me ask you this. How often do you have sex?"

The man seemed a bit ashamed. "I've been working very hard for the past year. We only made love once or twice every few months."

"Well, there you have it!" The doctor said confidently. "It's rust.