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What Desiree needs…

You may have seen this meme going around…type (your name) needs into Google and see what you need. Then write the first 10 things you find…

1. Desiree needs… a vacation!! (Ha! This is perfect.)
2. Desiree needs… everyone now. (For a great big party with lots of alcoholic type beverages)
3. Desiree needs… solace. (This is kinda true, actually. Weird)
4. Desiree needs… a hobby that doesn’t start with “f” and ryhme with chasebook. (Holy shit!! I’m not making this up!!!)
5. Desiree needs… 100 color copies in binders. (Huh, apparently someone thinks I’ve got work to do!)
6. Desiree needs… to get a mortgage. (WOW I’m starting to get frightened by this now.)
7. Desiree needs… a pulpit. (Bwaahhahahahaha, nobody wants me to get behind a pulpit, believe me)
8. Desiree needs… some help (and some adult conversation). (Preferably with my best girlfriends & lots of alcohol)
9. Desiree needs… a family that will be patient with her. (Sooooo, true.)
10. Desiree needs… to be vindicated. (Wha huh?)

So now, if you want to participate, then follow the incredibly simple instructions above and get on with it! Oh, and put a link to yours in the comment section so I can find out what it is that you need.

Enough for now,



If I were cool enough to have a band this would be our name & album cover

I learned how to use photoshop just for this! Of course when I say “learned” I mean I only figured out how to do this one thing & the rest is a complete mystery to me. But perhaps when I have a free decade I’ll finally figure out how to make it work.

In the meantime, I caught the copy bug again and decided to do this fantastically cool album cover meme from sweetney. So, voila! Here it is!! Do you like? Huh? Do ya?


If you’d like to try one of your own, then: following these easy steps (rules courtesy of Best Week Ever):

  1. Go to “Wikipedia.” Hit “random” and the first article you get is the name of your band.
  2. Then go to “Random Quotations” and the last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
  3. Then, go to Flickr and click on “Explore the Last Seven Days” and the third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
  4. Use Photoshop or some other image editor to add text & spiffify.
  5. Post a link to your band’s album cover here! Let’s see whattcha got people.

Enough for now,

***Thank you for the image I used for my album!!!***

Getting to know you… getting to know all about you. The couples edition.

I was reading dooce last night where  she completed this meme. So I decided to be a copy cat and answer these questions for the husband & myself. Please to enjoy!

What are your middle names?
My middle name is Duplan ~ funny name you say? Well, it wasn’t always my middle name. Originally -at birth- my mother & father gave me a lovely middle name Leigh, in case you were wondering, and when we got married I changed my maiden name to my middle name. Rob’s middle name is Arthur. And it is his father’s middle name & it was his grandfather’s middle name & his great grandfather’s middle name. Since we didn’t have a boy child we couldn’t carry on this little tradition. Although, I guess we could have given one of the gremlins Arthur as a middle name. Added some fodder for the psych appointments.

How long have you been together?
We’ve been married thirteen and a half years, together over 18 years. Yep, that’s half my lifetime.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Roughly two weeks, I’d say.

Who asked whom out?
He asked me for my phone number then called me the next day.

How old are each of you?
We’re both 38, he’s 19 days older than me. Which I like to throw in his face every time he tells me I’m old.

Whose siblings do you see the most?
Mine since Rob doesn’t have any siblings.

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
I think the thing that causes the most difficulty is the children. WTH were we thinking having kids?! No, I’m kidding! But honestly, we have very differing parenting styles and I think this is one of our biggest challenges.

Did you go to the same school?
Nope. He went to school in one city & I went to school in another city.

Are you from the same home town?
No. I think I made it fairly obvious with my answer to the last question.

Who is smarter?
I’m not sure. We share a brain these days so it’s 6 of one / half dozen of another. I’d have to say that he is definitely smarter in some areas & I’m smarter in others. Together we know a lot of useless information.

Who is the most sensitive?
Oooooh, that would be me.

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Almost every restaurant that we go to we can take the gremlins but if we’re going to eat out just the two of us, then I suppose it would be La Fondue.

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?

Who has the craziest exes?
Well we’ve been together for so dang long that we never had a chance to accumulate a bunch of crazy exes.

Who has the worst temper?
That would be Rob.

Who does the cooking?
Me, that is when I’m not being persuaded to go out to eat -yet again- by Rob & the gremlins. I try to cook, I suggest things but since I’m not a short order cook & can’t make what each individual wants to eat for dinner on that given night, the restaurant ALWAYS wins.

Who is the neat-freak?
Freak? Don’t call me a freak. Just cause I like to have things tidy doesn’t make me a freak!

Who is more stubborn?
Um, this is a tie. We are both extremely stubborn. And now we have two ridiculously stubborn children to add to the stubbornness mix.

Who hogs the bed?
With a King sized bed there is plenty of room for two or four people. Before you go all, “oohhhh, who else do you have in your bed?!” I’m referring to those two stubborn children.

Who wakes up earlier?
Hahahahahaha. Me. Cause Pumpkin comes into our bedroom, walks straight up to my side of the bed and in not so hushed tones tells me to get up & make her some breakfast. This usually occurs at some point between the hours of  5-6am EVERY DAMN day of the week. Yes, even on Saturday & Sunday.

Where was your first date?
Movie theater

Who is more jealous?
Probably me. Thank the stars above that I have nothing to be jealous about.

How long did it take to get serious?
We were serious almost right away. Pretty much within a month and a half we were dating exclusively.

Who eats more?
Rob does. Now. But there was a couple times ~when I was preggers~ that I could out eat him.

Who does the laundry?
Let’s see… hmmm…. d’oh, that’s right, I do. All the laundry. All the time.

Who’s better with the computer?
Hands down, Rob. He had one of those first personal computers that was the size of a baby elephant – well not really- but close and my first computer was one he got for me when he worked at Apple. So he’s had years more experience with computers & it has always been the field he’s worked in.

Who drives when you are together?
It’s a toss up. If it’s my car, then I usually drive. If it’s his car, then he drives. Although lately I’ve been having him drive for me. Laziness? Sorta.

If you’d like to participate in this stolen meme, then copy & paste into your own blog, email, facebook, myspace, whathaveyou, and answer the questions. Add your link in the comment section so I know & can read all about you.

And here is where I steal another meme…

I was twittering again and came across a blog of awesomeness.  While thumbing through some pages, I found this intellectual, I can make myself feel better about my intellectualness or maybe give myself another thing to feel guilty about cause I’ve read only a quarter of these books so I’m not really an intellectual, listing of books.  I’m just saying.  But why not give it a go!  So when you’re done reading mine, copy the Key & List from here and then paste into your own space… be it myspace or blog or what have you. Don’t forget to change your answers. Otherwise we’d be like twins or something, OMG!  


  • Bold the books you have already read
  • Italicize the books you intend to read
  • My commentary in parenthenses for your enjoyment.  Cause I got something to say about it, ‘K. 


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
  4. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (not gonna do it, I don’t have to do what EVERYONE else is doing)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (I loved this book in HS and still love it. Just don’t let me get on the soapbox about those spying google / government satellite photos. Heh)
  9. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ( I saw the movie, does this count?)
  16. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (I’m pretty sure I started to read this at one point in junior high but never finished it)
  17. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell  (And I own the movie, so I should get additional points, right?!)
  22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Saw this movie, too. Robert Redford was delicious.)
  23. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Yep, watched & adored this movie. I’m beginning to see a pattern)
  26. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (RREEEEAAALLLY want to see this movie!)
  27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  34. Emma by Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (again, movie)
  40. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (No desire to read the book however did see the movie.)
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
  45. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (CRAZY movie)
  50. Atonement by Ian McEwan ( HELLLLO!?  Can you say James McAvoy?  Amazing in this movie)
  51. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (I know someone who read this and she kinda did a book report on it… does that count?  Maybe for partial credit?)
  52. Dune by Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 
  65. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  71. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses by James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  77. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal by Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession by AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  93. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Have seen both versions of this movie and although NOTHING comes close to the original, I do have to say that the new one draws you in with it’s creepiness)
  100. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

How would yours look?

I stole this idea from a brilliant and highly entertaining lady. Give it a try. It’s fuuunnnnn, come on, try it, you know you want to, go ahead, it’s ok. Oh, yeah, and mine is at the bottom. Check it.

Here’s how it works . . .

  • Answer each of the questions below.
  • Surf over to Flickr (set up an account if you don’t have one-it’s quick and easy) and type your answers (one at a time) into the search bar.
  • From the choice of pictures shown only on the front page, click on the one that moves you.
  • Once the page with your picture opens, copy the URL.
  • Surf over to the Mosaic Maker, set up your mosaic, and paste your URLs.
  • Click “Create!”

The Questions:

  • 1. What is your first name?
  • 2. What is your favorite food?
  • 3. What high school did you attend?
  • 4. What is your favorite color?
  • 5. Who is your celebrity crush?
  • 6. What is your favorite drink?
  • 7. Where would you go on your dream vacation?
  • 8. What is your favorite dessert?
  • 9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • 10. What do you love most in life?
  • 11. Choose one word to describe you?
  • 12. Your Flickr name? (I had to substitute for this one, since Flickr didn’t recognize my account name).



  1. Desiree 1 by Nicole.Marie
  2. Italian food 1 by openended
  3. Fremont high school by to_mo (btw this is an actual pic of the front of my school)
  4. Pink : the navy blue of India by colorfulexpressions
  5. George Clooney by bearklektor
  6. Gin & Tonic by 1Sock
  7. A Boatman & His Dog Cruising Along in the Cannaregio Sestiere, Venice by Rita Crane Photography
  8. coffee and chocolate mousse cake by naoko123
  9. Movie star Vicky by adonaldson
  10. books = bliss. by soulbella
  11. Saucy by David G Kelly
  12. Stanley Overflow by ~Rob~

2007: A year in review

Thanks, to my cousin (AGAIN) for a stolen idea.  It should be painfully obvious that I don’t have a single original idea in my head.  Not to mention the Thank you cards I should be writing, the laundry I should be folding, the dishes I should be washing instead of copying this pointless survey.  Details, minor details. 

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’re proudest of? 
Learned that I was stronger than I thought I was and not physically stronger but emotionally and mentally stronger.  And I learned that I am capable of getting more done in less time than I ever before thought possible. 

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make any for 2008? 
I didn’t make New Year’s resolutions for 2007 &  I won’t for 2008 either.  The way I look at it is that we have a chance every day to make a new start.  If we are so lucky to get another day!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
The husband’s cousin’s wife had a baby girl last January.

4. Did anyone close to you die? 
No, thank the Lord.

5. What countries did you visit in 2007? 
Didn’t travel outside of the country.  Just went to Las Vegas three times.  But I’m hopeful that we can make a trip to China in 2008!

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? 
World peace.  In addition, I’d like unlimited amounts of cash and more time to do the myriad of items on my To Do list.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched in your memory and why? 
No specific dates, just periods of time that were hugely stressful.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
Sadly, nothing, unless you count survival.  We survived another year.

9. What was your biggest failure? 
Failing to maintain my temper with the gremlins (aka our children).

10. Did you suffer injury or illness? 
Not really.  In fact, I finally got the problem with my back resolved after almost 2 yrs!

11. What was the best thing you bought? 
I love all my things, so I can’t pick just one thing.  I got some fantastic new shoes, some SMALLER!! jeans, and SMALLER!! shirts.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? 
Celebrate someone’s behavior?  I’d rather celebrate someone’s accomplishments.

13. Whose behavior appalled and depressed you? 
Britney Spears.  I am so incredibly sad for her.  Although she brings most of it on herself. 

14. Where did most of your money go? 
The house payment.

15. What did you get really really really excited about? 
Our trips to Las Vegas.  And Christmas.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? 
Umbrella… ella… ella… eh… eh… eh
7. Compared to this time last year, are you: 
(a) Happier or sadder? Maybe just slightly happier
(b) Thinner or fatter? Definitely thinner 
(c) Richer or poorer? Unfortunately, poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? 
Played with the gremlins, read, relaxed, taken a few more trips (and not the drug induced kind).

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Work, cleaning

20. How did you spend Christmas? 
Nursing sick children.  Although, on Christmas day they were both pretty much healthy.  So we opened lots and lots and lots of presents!

21. Did you fall in love in 2007? 
Not with anyone new.  Unless you count Gerard Butler but he’s a celebrity and I don’t think that counts.  But my love is true and unwavering!  I’ll even over look the smoking habit! 

22. What was your favorite TV program? 
How I Met Your Mother & Rules of Engagement – it’s a toss up.  Both shows were equally hilarious to me.

23. Do you hate anyone now who you didn’t hate last year? 
No, I don’t have time for that nonsense. 

24. What was the best book you read? 
This is impossible for me to answer.  I read so many books, I can’t pick just one that I liked above all others.  That and I have forgotten half of them.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? 
I guess I’d have to say Go by Train.  Jazzy, electronica kinda music.  In fact, you are possibly listening to it right now if your speakers are on…

26. What was your favorite movie of this year?
Again, it’s impossible.  I liked so many movies, I can’t decide.  National Treasure 2, Transformers, Bourne Ultimatum.

27. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? 
Went to a hockey game with my Dad & the husband.  Turned 37, yuck!

28. What one thing would have made 2007 more satisfying? 

If we had sold the house.  Or won billions in the lottery.

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? 
Jeans, T-shirts, Blazers.  Pretty much the same as always.  Maybe with funkier shirts and SMALLER!! jeans.

30. What kept you sane?
Hope, faith, prayers
31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 
See question #21.  Gerard Butler.  YUMMMMMMMYYYYY!!!
32. What political issue stirred you the most?
Don’t know if you’d call it an issue so much as a continuous event.  President Bush.  His stupidity and the ridiculousness of the war. 

33. Who do you miss?
My best girlfriends who live too far away. 

34. Who was the best new person you met?
You know, I didn’t meet anyone new.  Sad state of affairs when you don’t meet any new people in a whole year.  I’ve just been so busy keeping the business afloat, taking care of children, and cleaning the bloody house.  Oh, yeah, and doing load after endless load of laundry.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
Wow, that’s gonna take the better part of a day.  I just don’t have that kind of time or mental energy.

7 things you never knew you wanted to know about me

  1. Well unless you’ve been in my closet, then you wouldn’t know this tidbit; I really like to have all my clothes hung in color order.  Plus, they must be sorted.  As in sweaters here, dress shirts there, t-shirts here.  Jeans, slacks, capris all sorted by style and color.  I’m not sure if this helps or hinders my getting ready everyday or if it means I’m a total control freak.  I do know that I like the way it looks and in general I feel it helps me see what clothing options I have just a little bit better.
  2. I love peanut butter and have on many occasions eaten it with a spoon right out of the container.  Chunky is my favorite but I will eat smooth if that’s all that is available.  And if you haven’t tried this yet, eat some peanut butter with a dill pickle.  Yummy.  No, I wasn’t preggers when I ate this.  It was when I worked at Erik’s Deli during HS. 
  3. I also love caramel sauce and would eat that straight from the container if I didn’t think too much of it would make me vomit.  Given the choice, I think I would put caramel sauce on everything.  And I mean everything.  Wink, Wink.
  4. Seven – the number of email addresses that I have.  AND I DON’T KNOW WHY.  Actually I do know why this has happened… I started with a Yahoo address for my business, then I got a Hotmail address for personal, then I got a real professional email for business, and then I got an email for our company, and then I got one for this blog, and then I got one for the other blog I started, and then I got one for the other company we started, and then… and then… and then… NO and then!  Kidding.  Wanted to see if you were paying attention.
  5. The dark scares the shit out of me.  I know there are lots of people who are afraid of the dark, but it becomes a totally irrational fear that grips me when I have to walk into a dark room.  I actually hit the light switch on as fast as possible cause everyone knows that once the light is on all scary monsters, evil creatures, and mutant zombie people will automatically disappear, duh.
  6. Speaking of fears, I HATE to drive on this one freeway over pass.  It ramps up so high and banks hard left and I can’t stop the images in my head of me driving the car straight over the side instead of veering left.  I never used to have a problem with driving this part of the freeway, but apparently now I do.  Not to mention, the fear starts to takeover way back before I even get on the ramp.  Like a slow creeping death fear.  Maybe this means I’m losing what little hold I had on my mind, not sure.  But what I do know is it’s freightening and I don’t like it.
  7. I wish I could sing.  I mean really sing.  In key.  Not necessarily opera type singing but just good enough that I could carry a tune without shattering windows from the horribleness of my singing.  And people wouldn’t crack jokes like, “who sings this song?  Well maybe you should let them sing it!”  I wanted to be a rock star when I was a kid (who didn’t) and my sisters used to tease me mercilessly because my singing was so bad. =(

So, there you have it.  Wouldn’t you agree that you are better off now that you know these things?!


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