Thursday, November 30, 2006

The challenge...

So this morning Dani (my best friend) and I decided to challenge ourselves to document every penny we spend this month (not including bills and gas) and the one who spends the least wins a prize (a $5 homemade gift, made by the loser). Now, this is a serious challenge for us, because we have matching shopping addictions. But since I'm breaking bad habits now (I just gave up coffee!), I figured I can do it! Of course, we have a ton of Christmas shopping and shipping to do and a couple large tools to buy... well at least I can control the little things I buy. I'll post my weekly purchases on Mondays, broken down to the last cent. We're keeping each other accountable and this should be really interesting. Are we more competitive than we are shopaholics? ;-)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

My "mythical creature", haha

This was a fun quiz:
Your Primary Mythical Creature

Water Types
The main strength of the Water types is feeling. The second element indicates the most probable focus for this emotional expression.
Chimera - Water with Fire
Astrologically associated with Cancer and the Fourth House Chimera types are motivated to achieve and maintain emotional closeness between themselves and those they are close to. They are among the most outgoing of all the types. They have a strong sense of community, harmony, and cooperation. They are devoted to their family, whether this is an actual family or a specially chosen group of like-minded individuals. They thrive in company and are rarely alone. They find personal fulfillment in supportive, nurturing, and caring roles, but they emphasize self-reliance for all. They are intensely protective of those they love and are both perceptive and intuitive regarding their needs. They can seem at times to be in a world of their own because of a capacity for reflection. They are very emotionally expressive, which can seem like "gushing" to other, more restrained types.

Your Shadow Creature
Earth Types
All the Earth types have problems relating to productivity and stability. The weakest element indicates the main focus of these problems.
Gryphon - Earth and Air
This shadow is irrational and unreasonable. They are plagued by a sense of uncertainty and are especially concerned about theft and loss of property. They can become quite paranoid about the motives of other people and despite being sociable in nature they have issues relating to trust. They are prone to bizarre delusions centering on lack of personal security. They are in different ways both self-neglecting and self-indulgent, ignoring genuine physical needs while simultaneously exhibiting hypochondria. Their frenetic lifestyle often reflects a neurotic need to escape a sense of insubstantiality. The biggest obstacle of weak Air is to overcome prejudice and ignorance; the biggest obstacle of weak Earth is to overcome self-centeredness and greed.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

My results:

Apparently I'm a Quaker! I do like oatmeal. ;-) Sorry, dumb joke. Pretty interesting quiz, though.

Orthodox Quaker (100%)
Liberal Quakers (97%)
Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (89%)
Reform Judaism (88%)
Unitarian Universalism (88%)
Bahá'í Faith (85%)
Mahayana Buddhism (85%)
Sikhism (80%)
Jainism (80%)
Orthodox Judaism (79%)
Theravada Buddhism (76%)
Neo-Pagan (76%)
New Age (75%)
Islam (73%)
Hinduism (68%)
Taoism (63%)
Seventh Day Adventist (62%)
Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (61%)
Eastern Orthodox (55%)
Roman Catholic (55%)
Secular Humanism (54%)
New Thought (52%)
Scientology (49%)
Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (46%)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (45%)
Jehovah's Witness (36%)
Nontheist (32%)

The nomadic Hayden tribe is sitting still... for now.

So we've just arrived in Benicia, CA after a full month on the road, October 17th to November 17th. We drove through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California. All but 4 of the states on the left side of the map! A lot of experiences... do I want to backtrack to storytell? Maybe later. ;-) At this point we're getting ready to tear out Matt's parent's kitchen to completely renovate it, and then add a room or two, reno two bathrooms, install hardwood floors, add a fireplace... geez it'll take a while! California's nice and all but I'm homesick! And I don't know how long I can live in someone's guest room... I told Matt I don't care if we're done or not we're going home in six months. Not that we have a home... haha! It's funny, we're at the STRANGEST place in our lives but I'm so stressfree you wouldn't believe it. When we meet new people they ask, "So where do you live?" and Matt and I look at each other and smile. We're gypsies, with $26 in our checking account and no sort of idea when we're going "home", where home is, and if we'll be pregnant gypsies or not. But darnit, we have health insurance, roadside assistance, and each other. What more could you need really? ;-)