Archive for February, 2009

How fun is this?

Seriously, I love me some Bizzy Fain.  I got an email from her discussing plans for the Masters, which is extremely exciting.  The only way that I am suffering through the cold that is lingering around our subtropical locale is by thinking of the poor little flowers and how I don’t want them to bloom too early and miss their chance to be on television.  So emails abou the Masters are fun. 

But this little nugget of awesome was just received from the Bizzy.  http://wordsmith.org/anagram/.  You can put your name in it and it makes a list of anagrams.  Bizzy’s favorites for Charlsie Paine were – Peachier Nails, A Reliance Ship, and Cheap Airlines.  A couple more –  A Place Shinier, A Pelicans Heir.  Bizzy’s name makes much stranger phrases.  Like – A Nib Fizzy, and An By Fizz I.  If you add my middle name, Kate, then you get even better words – Cheapskate Airline, A Hairpiece Anklets, Teacake Plane Irish,Pancake Realise Hit. 

I’m thinking about what I’m going to give up for lent.  Maybe facebook.  I can’t decide.  I can’t believe it starts tomorrow!

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Happy Friday the 13th!

Edit: I forgot to tell y’all the best thing that happened to me today.  I was driving down the road to the courthouse, and a song came on the radio, and I was like, I know this song, what is it?  It was MAN IN MOTION.  I had to call jennifer at work and let her listen to it through the phone.  Also, this comes in as close second of best things to happen so far today (besides the valentines I got in the mail!  AGHHH!  LOVE IT), complements of Thrill – http://smouch.net/lol/.

I like Friday the 13th for the most part, the only thing I hate about it is that they release horror movies on Friday the 13th, and I hate horror movies.  Just watching the previews gives me nightmares, actually, just tivoing through the previews freaks me out.  Ugh.  I can’t handle the mental images.  It makes watching tv less fun.  And March has a Friday the 13th as well. 

Christy is coming to visit today!  I’m so excited!  We are going to have a great time.  I cleaned my house and everything.  I can’t wait. 

I will have five years of blog entries at the end of this month.  Which means I have four past years of Valentine’s Day entries. 

So, for 2005:








as close as I can get for 2007 – https://charlsiekate.com/2007/02/12/wedding-registries/


and as close as it gets for 2008 – https://charlsiekate.com/2008/02/11/the-beautiful-days-of-february/


Plus my favorite Briscoe entry ever – https://charlsiekate.com/2008/02/25/we-miss-you/

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The Grammys

I didn’t watch them last night, but I dvred it, and I watched it Monday night when everyone else was watching the press conference.  I care about the economy, but I spend a lot of time reading about it and was a little overloaded.  I wanted to be entertained, not frightening about my future. 

 I really enjoyed it.  I have pretty mainstream music taste, as Travers say, I have an ipod full of music that sucks.  But I love the people that were nominated.  I teared up when Sugarland won, and I about started bawling when Jennifer Hudson sang.  Al Green appeared to be having the time of his life (and I wasn’t sure if Justin was going to be able to resist making out with the Reverend), and Coldplay seemed genuinely happy and excited and maybe even grateful for winning, which I found refreshing.   I love Jason Mraz, and I really wish I had the Kid Rock album.  I love Miley, and Taylor Swift is my girl.   Umm, and the Jonas Brothers make me happy.  And they sang two of my favorite songs, ahhhh.  Stevie was slipping into the lava before he got superstitious.  Even my old childhood friends (David and Charles) were nominated (TWICE!).   Katy Perry seems like such a cool person.  She has the word Jesus tattooed on her wrist.  Her parents are evangelical ministers and her first album was a Christian album under the name Katy Hudson.  She said the tattoo reminds her of where she came from and what she can always go home to.  I’ve had her cd for a while, and now I like her even more than I did before.  I think we could be friends. 

And NEIL DIAMOND!  Singing Sweet Caroline!  I was instantly transported back to a karoke/oyster shack in panama city that only served high life beer by the pitcher with Sarah, Wes, Clint, Heath, and Emily. 

I love Alison Krauss, I think she is a musical genius, but she didn’t seem real happy to be there.  I want to believe that she is painfully shy, but she almost acted like holding the grammy award was beneath her.  I’m going to go ahead and give her the benefit of the doubt because of how her music has enriched my life, but it’s kind of hard. 

I think what I liked best about the Grammys was that an equal amount of respect was given to all genres of music, and how much fun everyone seemed to be having.  I assume that country music has been embraced because County music has the best fans in America and Nashville is a town to be reckoned with.  Lady Antebellum was nominated for Best New Artist overall, not just in country, which sort of goes to show you how big country music has become.  But I think it’s awesome that the rap stars and the country stars and the pop stars and the rock stars and everyone else hang out and enjoy each other on Grammy night.  I liked watching the guy from Green Day hug Alison Krauss.  For some reason that kind of cracked me up.  It just seemed like a happy fun event that the participants sincerely enjoyed.  And that is always entertaining.  I will always take Happy over Controversial any day. 

Britt and I have the exact music taste, it’s actually sort of creepy.  Sometimes we blast music in the house and sing at the top of our lungs.  We sound awesome.  Briscoe and Grayson love it when we sing.

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This is how I’ve been feeling lately, minus the snow of course. 

But!  This weekend!  It was so amazing!  It was flip flop weather!  And the Blue Onion Stars are back!  And the red buds are blooming!  And the smell of dirt is making me happy!  Briscoe and I even drove around in the convertable for a while, which she really enjoyed. 

Yesterday was a fabulously beautiful day, I had a great time.  Sometimes I’m impressed by how much can be packed into one day. 

Now I just need to get my fluffy dog’s hair cut so she can enjoy the warm weather too, because right now she seems to be feeling a little hot.  And I’m going to start running more and get back into shape. 

Happy Times.

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The Wisdom of the Enneagram

Have you ever played with the Enneagram?  It’s basically a personality profile, with the numbers 1-9, for instance, I’m a 7 with a 6 wing.  (sevens can either have 6 or 8 wings, does that make sense?

Well, it’s kind of creepy how textbook my personality is.  I am Personality type 7 is called the Enthusiast, which is one of my favorite words.  I get really enthusiast about most everything.  The book says that sevens are “enthusiastic about almost anything that catches their attention.  They approach life with curiosity, optimism, and a sense of adventure like a kid in a candy store  who looks at the world in wide eyed rapt anticipation of all the good things they are about to experience. …They have a quality best described by the Yiddish word chutzpah – a kind of brash nerviness.”  Tonight I was really enthusiastic about the 3-D glasses for the super bowl commercial.  My enthusiasm often leads to disappointment, i.e. the 3-D glasses and the lame commercial.

The Enthusiast is “the busy, fun-loving type: spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, scattered.”

I thought this was interesting – “Sevens deal with anxiety in two ways.  First, they try to keep their minds busy all of the time.  As long as they can keep their minds occupied, especially with projects and positive ideas for the future, they can, to some extent, keep anxiety and negative feelings out of their conscious awareness.”

In the margin it says – “I still haven’t figure out what I want to be when I grow up.”

Ahh, and this – “Furthermore, as sevens speed up their pursuit of whatever seems to offer freedom and satisfaction, they tend to make worse choices, and they are less able to be satisfied because everything is experienced indirectly, through the dense filter of their fast paced mental activity. ”

But then it goes on to say that sevens are extremely optimistic, exuberant and upbeat people, and that when balanced, their joy and enthusiasm  for life naturally affects everyone around them.

Gah, I know y’all are tired of this, and some of the other things this books says are so dead on and not positive, it sort of makes me want to not read it anymore.  But it’s interesting, because if the basic pattern is true, I guess the bad parts are also things to think about.

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