Friday, April 9, 2010

New Camera

So I got a new camera day before Easter. It was on sale, and I just couldn't resist the awesome price! Well today I finally downloaded a few programs to edit the pictures on, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and Lightroom 2. I have to admit, I LOVE Lightroom! So today, before Dillon had to catch the bus to school, we went to the park, and while they played on the equipment, I played with the camera. We will have to get Donnie in the next "photo shoot". Anyway, here are a few pictures that I have played with and edited.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Please pray for this Marine Wife..she needs all the support she can get. Rachel; her husband was killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Personality Type

It seems like a lot more here lately I am being completely misunderstood in my intentions when I try to talk to someone or hand out what I consider useful advice.

Two years ago, I took the Myers Briggs personality test for a class that I was taking. My personality falls into a category that makes up less then 1% of the WORLD population. So it would go to show that I am misunderstood, because my personality type is so rare. I thought I would post what it says about my personality to give people a little insight into how I REALLY think. I am different, I cannot help that! I am who I am, and I love who I am!!

I pulled this from two different websites. First one HERE.

Second one HERE.

Rational Portrait of the Mastermind (INTJ)

All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be.
Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency-any waste of human and material resources-they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don't, aren't, no matter who thought of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.

In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily, they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past.

Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality.

Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Ulysses S. Grant, Frideriche Nietsche, Niels Bohr, Peter the Great, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Lise Meitner, Ayn Rand and Sir Isaac Newton are examples of Rational Masterminds.

And this is the second article, each has a little different explaination, but all in all, it describes ME!

Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don't know.

INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.

INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.

In the broadest terms, what INTJs "do" tends to be what they "know". Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.

Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.

This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

Functional Analysis
by Joe Butt
Introverted iNtuition
INTJs are idea people. Anything is possible; everything is negotiable. Whatever the outer circumstances, INTJs are ever perceiving inner pattern-forms and using real-world materials to operationalize them. Others may see what is and wonder why; INTJs see what might be and say "Why not?!" Paradoxes, antinomies, and other contradictory phenomena aptly express these intuitors' amusement at those whom they feel may be taking a particular view of reality too seriously. INTJs enjoy developing unique solutions to complex problems.
Extraverted Thinking
Thinking in this auxiliary role is a workhorse. Closure is the payoff for efforts expended. Evaluation begs diagnosis; product drives process. As they come to light, Thinking tends, protects, affirms and directs iNtuition's offspring, fully equipping them for fulfilling and useful lives. A faithful pedagogue, Thinking argues not so much on its own behalf, but in defense of its charges. And through this process these impressionable ideas take on the likeness of their master.
Introverted Feeling
Feeling has a modest inner room, two doors down from the Most Imminent iNtuition. It doesn't get out much, but lends its influence on behalf of causes which are Good and Worthy and Humane. We may catch a glimpse of it in the unspoken attitude of good will, or the gracious smile or nod. Some question the existence of Feeling in this type, yet its unseen balance to Thinking is a cardinal dimension in the full measure of the INTJ's soul.
Extraverted Sensing
Sensing serves with a good will, or not at all. As other inferior functions, it has only a rudimentary awareness of context, amount or degree. Thus INTJs sweat the details or, at times, omit them. "I've made up my mind, don't confuse me with the facts" could well have been said by an INTJ on a mission. Sensing's extraverted attitude is evident in this type's bent to savor sensations rather than to merely categorize them. Indiscretions of indulgence are likely an expression of the unconscious vengeance of the inferior.

Famous INTJs:
Susan B. Anthony
Lance Armstrong
Arthur Ashe, tennis champion
Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers)
William J. Bennett, "drug czar"
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironsides)
Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane) (Fletch)
Katie Couric
Phil Donahue
Michael Dukakis, governor of Mass., 1988 U.S. Dem. pres. candidate
Richard Gere (Pretty Woman)
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor
Greg Gumbel, television sportscaster
Hannibal, Carthaginian military leader
Veronica Hamel (Hill Street Blues)
Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote)
Orel Leonard Hershiser, IV
Peter Jennings
Charles Everett Koop
Ivan Lendl
C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Joan Lunden
Edwin Moses, U.S. olympian (hurdles)
Martina Navratilova
Michelle Obama
General Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
Charles Rangel, US Representative, D-N.Y.
Pernell Roberts (Bonanza)
Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Josephine Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh), mystery writer (Brat Farrar)

U.S. Presidents:
Chester A. Arthur
Calvin Coolidge
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy
James K. Polk
Woodrow Wilson

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon Review

SPOILERS!!! If you haven't seen the movie, and don't want to know anything about it, turn back now. You have had FAIR warning!!


First a little back story!

A few months back, I read the entire Twilight series(all 4 books) in less than a week. I resisted reading them for a while. I am not a huge vampire fan, or one that likes to read love stories. I just didn't see how they could hold my interest. I had watched Twilight with my friend, Val, right after it came out on DVD, and it was an okay movie, but not one I was extremely impressed with, which made me even less interested in reading the books. After much prodding from my friends, and sister, I decided I would give it a try. Little did I know that once I started reading them, I wouldn't put them down.

Since I watched Twilight BEFORE I read the books, I thought I would rent the movie, and watch it again. Thinking now that I read the book and understood the story better, I would probably appreciate the movie a lot more.

I am VERY critical about movies that come from books that I have read. Watching that movie again after I read the book made me dislike it EVEN more. First they moved WAY too quick into the love between Bella and is it that in one scene, Bella doesn't even know Edward, and thinks he is disgusted by her, to being in love with him in the next?? REALLY?? Did that director NOT read the story. They completely missed the story behind the love, and tried to just jump into it. Secondly, they added parts in there that were not in the movie..not even CLOSE...I cannot stand that. Yes I know you need to change things a bit, but don't rewrite a story that is FINE the way it is. It seemed like the director tried to focus too much on Laurent, James and Victoria, when Twilight is more about the forbidden love building between Edward and Bella. So to say I was disappointed in that movie is quite the understatement!!


Now on to New Moon...

I have been watching the previews, and listening to all the hype about New Moon. From what I had seen and heard, it appeared it was going to be a good movie, and I really wanted to go see it. I told hubby how badly I wanted to see it, so he decided that he would take me out on a date last night to go watch it. He even set up the babysitter!! **GASP**

So we get to the movies last night about 30-45 min before it started, after getting drink and popcorn, get into the theater about 20 min before the movie starts, and the only seats left are in the very front row. Now as a kid, I ALWAYS wanted to sit up front, but now, I really don't enjoy having to look up the entire movie, and having to turn my head from side to side to watch the thing either!! Oh well, what can you do? I should have know better, it was opening day!!


Okay, now for my thoughts on the movie, first my negatives...

  • Too Quick
    I thought that they moved rather quickly into the birthday party and the Cullen's leaving, but scanning back through the book, there wasn't much at the beginning of the book to really put into a that part is understandable.

  • Kristen Stewart
    Kristen Stewart's acting gets under my skin. There are a few things that I have noticed about her that REALLY bug me. She stutters a lot. Every time she speaks she looks like she is in pain. Before she talks, whether acting or in an interview she does this thing before she talks. It starts with her jutting her chin out, then she will tuck her chin to her chest and looks down almost the entire time she is talking. She makes this popping/smacking sound with her lips before she talks, and she says "UM" a lot. I know it is really minor..and I don't claim to be an actor and would probably make a HUGE fool of myself if put before a camera, but she is a professional! Someone should really point these things out to her and help her to fix these things!! So watching her throughout the movie is almost painful for me..but I can overlook her for the most part.

  • Cheesy
    There were a few cheesy parts in the film, like when it shows Alice's vision of Bella becoming a Vampire, but the books really play off of your emotions, and I am sure it is hard to show these emotions without appearing cheesy.

  • Romeo Oh Romeo
    The Romeo/Juliet movie scene. In the book this scene takes place on Bella's couch. It is a very personal/touching conversation between Edward and Bella. In the movie this scene is in school, they are watching the movie in class, and this conversation takes place just a few feet away from their classmates. It really took away from how deep this conversation really was.

  • Too much knowledge
    My BIGGEST complaint. The Volturi fight scene. All the previews hyped up this scene more than ANY other in the movie, and rightfully so. This is the climax of the book. With as much footage as they put out there, it gave the impression that there was going to be so much more to it, and I was thinking that this scene was going to be ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! When it came time for this scene, I was on pins and needles, couldn't WAIT to see what else they were going to do, what other awesome special effects they were going to use. What a let down it was when I realized that they had put pretty much the entire fight scene in the previews. I understand that they wanted to promote the movie, and really wanted to grab peoples attention. Thing is, they didn't need to. This movie already had a HUGE fan base, and they could have shown one or two SMALL clips of the fight sequence and it would have been enough to make everyone want to see more!

  • Not Long Enough
    Last but not least..and this is one of the same complaints I have from Twilight. With the amount of content in each book, these need to be 3 hour movies to truly get all the big points of the book into a movie. I have sat through many 3 hour movies, and these are definitely ones that I would be more than willing to sit through!!


So those are my complaints about the movie. Now for my positives!!

  • Amazing
    This movie was AMAZING!! That right there should say it all!! Yes I had a big list of negatives above, but most were minor little details, that were understandable given the magnitude of special effects and emotions that they had to get into this movie!!

  • Sparkles
    So the movie starts, first thing I notice, Edwards sparkles are MUCH better and far less cheesy than the last film!!

  • True To Story
    The director really stayed true to the story this time around. This is BIGGEST plus about this movie..this alone FAR outweighs any negative I have above!! Yeah there were a few things out of order, and some scene's happened in the wrong place, but he still stayed true to Stephanie Meyer's idea's. Chris Weitz didn't try to add his own idea's in like the last director did. He deserves major kudos for that!! These books are perfect they way they are written and he recognizes that!!

  • Werewolves
    The werewolves were outstanding!! The special effects were pretty much flawless, from phasing to the way they moved, to capturing Jacob's eyes in his wolf. AMAZING!! (Am I overusing that word yet?? HMMM??)

  • Movement
    The way the Vampires move, when moving in their super speed, in this film was far better than they did the last film. In Twilight, their super speed movement was choppy, and it almost seemed like they had just put the movie on fast forward. This time it was a more seamless movement, and with the tracers of their body it made it seem much more realistic as super fast vampires can get!! ;)

  • Special Effects
    Overall the special effects made the movie! I cannot say enough how much I really enjoyed this movie, and when you are dealing with fantasy and the super natural, the special effects are what make the movie!!

    Okay, Okay, I know some of them are minors, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the hard work they put into their bodies, I mean they are putting them up on the big screen to look at!! YUMMY!!

  • Shut Up
    Bella telling Edward to shut up!! I LOVED it!! :D

    Did I mention the movie was AWESOME??

I could go on and on in detail about each thing I loved about the movie, but it would take me all night long!! Feel free to add what you liked or didn't like in the comments, or feel free to dispute me on what I think!! These are just my personal opinions, so of course you may feel differently then I did.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rocket Man!!

I really don't think this photo needs much explanation on what it is!

Things my children do to each other when I am not looking!!

I do have to commend my oldest son on great use of his imagination, but probably not the best canvas to use!! Took Dad over 30 minutes to scrub it off, and had a crying boy with a red back.

I got a good laugh out of it, and hope you all do too!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Writers Workshop!

So it has been a while since I have been able to do one of these. So I thought I'd do it today. Head on over to Mama Kat's page if you would like to do one yourself!

I chose this topic, while a heart wrenching topic, it is very appropriate for Veteran's day.

The prompt is: I picked up the phone and I could not believe what I was hearing...

It was early in the morning of June 25th, 2008, I was still sleeping. I was living with my sister at the time because my husband was deployed. I figured it was him, because everyone knows not to call me early in the morning. I grabbed my phone and it was my friend Jessica. Why in the world is she calling me this early is all I could think. I almost didn't answer it, but she rarely called, and to call that early..she must need something, or it must be important. Recalling from my memory the best I can, this is how the conversation went.

Me: Hello
Jessica: Chris is dead
Me: (mind you I'm still half asleep) WHAT? WHO? What are you talking about?
Jessica: Chris, Carrie's husband, he's dead.
Me: Jessica, this is one sick's not even funny.
Jessica: I'm serious, he got killed in Afghanistan this morning.
Me: I know he was in Afghanistan, but I just talked to Carrie on MySpace last night, we were talking about my new haircut, she was fine..and didn't mention anything about Chris.
Jessica: They came to her door at like 5 this morning. I'm serious, I don't know what to do for her.
Me: I'm leaving as soon as I can. I will be there tomorrow. I need to get off of here and call her.

I called Carrie immediately. It was true. Being married to a Marine, I have known guys that have been killed before, but they were only acquaintances. Never had one of my good friends lost their husband, or even had a husband injured. These are people that we invited over to our house for our kids parties, we went to their house for their sons party, and tupperware parties! They came over for Christmas parties and Thanksgiving, and just to have a party period! Chris was always right there with my husband getting drunk and being the life of the party! Chris was that guy, no matter what was going on, he could always bring a smile to your face. I was in shock!

I was in New Mexico living with my sister at the time. Carrie was living at Camp Pendleton. I told her I was coming out. I didn't know what to say, and nothing I did say could make it better, but I needed to be there for her. I felt so helpless being so far away, and not being able to just give her a hug and tell her I loved her. She told me I didn't have to, and I know I didn't, but I know she would do the same if roles were reversed. I spent the rest of that day packing my bags and letting all my family know what was going on. My husband called later that evening, he had seen where I had posted about Chris's death on my MySpace, and he was in just as much shock. I thought he might not want me to drive the 14+ hours by myself with 3 kids to go see her, but he encouraged me.

The next morning I woke up at 3am and headed out. I made it to her house by 7 that evening. All I could do was hug her and tell her I loved her. It is heart wrenching to see someone hurting so bad, and not being able to help.

Carrie is an AMAZINGLY strong woman. She held it together better then I could have ever imagined, and continues to hold it together today! I am so proud to call her my friend. She is a great mother, and wonderful friend. She has her bad days of course, but she trudges on and continues to live her life, which I am positive, Chris wants her to do! I love her and admire her!

Just remember on Veterans day and EVERY day: Freedom is not free! Never forgot those who gave all so you can have the freedom to do what you do each day!

Here are a few pictures of Chris I took off of Carrie's profile


Carrie and Chris Ball 06

All of us at my house for our "dirty" Santa Party

Michael at his Dad's grave

Carrie and Michael at Chris's grave

Friday, November 6, 2009



So at the beginning of the week, I received my college winter course schedule. In order to fit my kids' schedules, I am going to have to take some online classes. So this put me in a panic. I have to get internet before I even THINK about signing up for these classes. So I began a torrid of phone calls! I had called Verizon last month, and they still had no updated our phone lines, but I thought I'd give it another shot and see before I committed to the $60 more a month, plus a two year commitment, on our cell phone bill. I gave the lady my situation, and gave my apologies for bothering her, but if she could PLEASE check if our lines had been updated, and if not, could she please put in a request on my behalf! To my SHOCK, she said they just updated our lines last week. Our EXACT address wasn't showing in their system, but this is a brand new house on a brand new she would send a tech out to check it out. Well yesterday the tech showed up..and 4 hours of him messing with the lines, I HAVE INTERNET!! I'm so excited..although this has put me far behind in my cleaning I needed to accomplish today!!

So on a different note. Tomorrow is our Marine Corps Ball. This year, it just doesn't excite me that much. The days is going to be SUPER hectic..and I am impressed not impressed with this commands ability INABILITY to properly plan things out. The day will be filled with training for both Marines and spouses. I am not complaining about the training. The training makes perfect sense. With everyone being a recruiter all over the state of Washington and Idaho, it would make sense to do the training when they have everyone gathered at the same place. What I AM complaining about is how they have the day planned out. I have to be there at 8 am..mind you it is an hour and a half drive for of course hubby will go with me. I will spend from 8-10:30 in family readiness training, then I will meet the command, whom all i met in July, but I'm sure there are a few spouses that haven't. After the meet and greet, awards will be given to Marines and spouses from 11-12. Then from 12-2 is the Marines training. This right here is what gets me. My husband will be sitting around twirling his thumbs from 8-10:30 while I am in training, and then I will be sitting around twirling my thumbs from 12-2 while he is in training. They have different people training the spouses from who is training the tell me why they couldn't do it at the same time? Probably because it is TOO logical to do it that way!! After my husband finishes with his training, we will have to head back the hour and a half to our house, get ready, drive the hour and a half back and make it by 5:30 at the latest. So this gives me 30 min to shower, dress, make-up and hair for a FORMAL...REALLY?? UGH, if I had somewhere to change and shower there, I would just take it all with me!!

Ok, that is my tid bit of complaining..

Kids are doing great in school. They seemed to have adjusted to the move quite well. If my financial aid ever kicks in, I will be starting school in Jan. I go on November 18th and sign up for my classes. I'm excited and nervous all in one. I know once I get started, it'll all be easy, but I have been out of school for almost 10 years now. It is a bit intimidating to start over again! But I am OH SO ready!
I'm ready to start working. I have a LONG road ahead of me to do what I want to do, which is become a midwife, but I just keep reminding myself, BABY steps!! it's going to take me a little bit to get back in the groove of the net!! I will try to get pictures of my house and post them soon. I miss doing Not Me Monday' I am going to try to do those next week!

Now off to do some house work that I have been neglecting today, since I have spent all day trying to catch up on 2 months with no net!!