Friday, October 19, 2007
The minutes are just ticking by ...
All of scrapbooking supplies are packed. My suitcase is packed. Everything is sitting beside the door. Well, everything but the booze ... it's chilling in the fridge.
Tick tock, tick tock!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Here's the synopsis: Businessman Ripley Holden attempts to open a casino in Laughlin, Nev. despite like a lack of financing and the murder of his ex-business partner(that would my cutie).
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I read an article this afternoon about the female brain and I HAD to share some of the highlights. If I were more ambitious, I would take the time to type it all out for you, but since it's 5 pages long, I say to hell with that! If you want to read it, let me know and I will bring it to the crop this weekend. It really is quite interesting; and amusing.
Thanks to MRIs, we are now able to better discern differences between the female and male brains. They are helping to explain why men and women react differently to the same stimuli.
**All excerpts are from "The Female Brain Unplugged" by Julie Buen-Chown**
1) As we all know, spatial awareness is different for men and women. But why? Men are better at spatial tasks like reading maps and using directions, while women navigate using landmarks. So while we may not be as good as men when it comes to spatial awareness, we are much better at visual memory, verbal skills and fine-motor coordination.
"So a guy might notice he parked near the mall's west entrance, but a woman will
remember it was the entrance with the pink shirt display."
Basically: We all get to the same place, what does it matter how we do it?2) Sex and the 20-second Hug ... well, in women a 20-second hug(the standard hug) floods the female brain with oxytocin (the bonding hormone) so it creates a sense of connection. In men, the 20-second hug also floods the brain with oxytocin, but it triggers the hypothalamus, the sex hub (which is twice as large in men).
3) Men can't read faces ... women can. Men can read three moods: anger, threat or extreme crying. That's it. More subtle expressions are lost on them, because of their poor testosterone-driven brains. Women, however, are adept at reading facial expressions. In fact, girls begin at the ripe, old age of three months old!
4) Multi-tasking ... we all know that women can and men can't. Men, using specialized regions of one or the other side of the brain, can only concentrate on one task, while women use both sides and are able to take on more than one task. It's a blessing and a curse for women. Multi-tasking is actually a factor in women's inability to have an orgasm. Seriously. Apparently, women have to work to turn off their preoccupied amygdalas before they can begin to enjoy sex. Which is why women are 3 to 10 times less likely to reach orgasm than men. Simple bastards.
"Just as women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion while
men have a small country road, men have O'Hare International Airport as a hub
for processing thoughts of sex, whereas women have the airfield that lands small
and private planes."
And last but not least ...
5) Gossipping is not necessarily gossipping - it's background info, understanding other women. Because women have more neurons than men (11 at last count), it increases our empathy.
"Our daily talk-fests with female friends do something positive for us, too;
we feel enjoyment, because when we communicate, the brain releases dopamine (the feel-good hormone) and oxytocin (better known as the bonding hormone). 'We're
not talking about a small amount of pleasure," says Brizendine. "Our hormonal
response [to the talk-fest] is the biggest, fattest neurological reward you can
get outside an orgasm.' "
And this last one was the reason I had to share this article with all of you. I posted earlier today about my Blah mood and the pressure I was feeling. Then, this afternoon, I had an e-mail that went around to some of my girlfriends - RE: Alberta Pole Dancer - and the subsequent cyber talk-fest made a HUGE impact on my mood. I feel better; happier.
So I guess the lesson to take away - no matter what we gossip, I mean talk about, it's good for us and we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves for it. Oh, and my friends rock! Thank you!
I feel so BLAH!!
I am feeling soooo pressured. There's stuff going on that I can't talk about. Until that's all worked out, I will feel stressed. Hopefully by Friday, it will have worked out. I'm trying to study ... and let me tell you, the course layout sucks - crappy NBCC. Thank goodness for the internet.
Usually by now, I have the yard and house decorated for Halloween. Guess what? Not one thing up so far. I debated long and hard about having a party ... and I am. For those of you who haven't recieved an invite ... I do have one for you ... I just haven't gotten it to you. Surprise, surprise.
I am having a difficult time coming up with a haunt for the basement. I think I am going to do something other than a maze ... I just need to find the following: a blacklight(blacklight fluorescent tube lights preferrably), some Mike Myers masks, "Scream" masks, and a twisted "The Ring" mask, clear plastic sheeting, and a few other things and I will have it. Oye. My brain hurts now.
Now I have to think up a crafty thing to do. I'm just going to let the kids run wild in the basement after the "haunt" rather than think up an activity.
Then there's the crop. I still haven't packed for the crop ... not only that, I haven't gotten my pictures developed. Particularly the one layout I really want to work on. It's something I have thought about for a long time. I finally have the picture ready (I have to go pick it up) but I still don't have the transparency aspect ready. And I'm stressing out big time about that.
I SO need a valium.