Monday, December 15, 2008

I'm a Bette.....

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Bette!


You are a Bette -- "I must be strong"

Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me
  • * Stand up for yourself... and me.
  • * Be confident, strong, and direct.
  • * Don't gossip about me or betray my trust.
  • * Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.
  • * Give me space to be alone.
  • * Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don't flatter me.
  • * I often speak in an assertive way. Don't automatically assume it's a personal attack.
  • * When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that's just the way I am.

What I Like About Being a Bette
  • * being independent and self-reliant
  • * being able to take charge and meet challenges head on
  • * being courageous, straightforward, and honest
  • * getting all the enjoyment I can out of life
  • * supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me
  • * upholding just causes

What's Hard About Being a Bette
  • * overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don't intend to
  • * being restless and impatient with others' incompetence
  • * sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it
  • * never forgetting injuries or injustices
  • * putting too much pressure on myself
  • * getting high blood pressure when people don't obey the rules or when things don't go right

Bettes as Children Often
  • * are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit
  • * are sometimes loners
  • * seize control so they won't be controlled
  • * figure out others' weaknesses
  • * attack verbally or physically when provoked
  • * take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings

Bettes as Parents
  • * are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted
  • * are sometimes overprotective
  • * can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Card Photo....

After many attempts this afternoon, here is the winner. I've been sick with a horrible head, I really should be thrilled!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Books I've Read this year...

I convinced my friend, Tracy, to start a book club earlier this year. It has been fun and I've read more this year than in recent years past.

The Measure of a Man, Sidney Poitier
Don't really recommend it. Although many like his writing style, I found it very elementary, with the occasional superfluous Webster's dictionary word. Had he a better editor or writing partner, his story could have been wonderful.

The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan
There was LOTS of history in this book. This is a true story. Most times I felt like this book was over my head. However, the point of view of the author was very interesting and not one most Americans would take. An interesting, intellectual read.

Gracelin O'Malley, Ann Moore
This was my pick the month I hosted. I read this book a few years ago and fell in love with the story and characters. It was so good, I wanted to read it again. My book club buddies fell in love with the characters as well. This was the author's first novel and it is very well written.

Irreparable Harm, Randy Singer
Great mystery. Although, I've been told that once you read a few of Singer's books you can easily figure out the story line. This was the first one I read and didn't figure it out until near the end. Singer is a christian author, and his G rated writing style is refreshing.

A Land Remembered, Patrick Smith
This is a must read for Floridians. However, I must admit, I read the Student Version. The library was all out of the regular version. I didn't think it would make much difference, but during our discussion I quickly learned it did. I missed some story lines, ones that were taken out to make the story rated G.

East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Loved it. Many do not like Steinbeck's writing style, but I do. This is a long novel, but I breezed through it. I was drawn to each character and truly loved being swept into this novel.

Lake in the Clouds, Sara Donati
This was part of a series, that we didn't realize was a series until after we read it. It was good, some racy parts, but overall good. Someday, maybe I'll read the first and second novel.

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
It was okay. Not really sure what all the hype was about.

Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
Beautiful retelling of the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer. Another story I loved being swept into. Rivers' gives layers to her characters, causing you to immediately identify with and root for. Highly recommend this novel.

What novels have you read this year?

2008 is going to be great....
It's the year I'm going to lose weight!