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Fair & Balanced: If it wasn’t for the elephant on the scale January 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dianna @ 9:26 pm

I have nothing against FoxNews. Ok I have one issue with FoxNews.  It is neither fair nor balanced. But I can also say that about any other news outlet.  Where are my moderate new stations? Someone please let me know!

So, it’s Friday night and I’m spending my time well – finding articles of interest on the FoxNews website. My quest started after I read an article at about the first Black Republican party chairman.  And, I wanted see how FoxNews reported too.

Here’s the NY Times article: Republicans Choose First Black Party Chairman

Here’s the FoxNews article: Republicans Pick Steele as Next Party Chairman

Check them out; different takes on the same news.

I thinks it’s good to know what the “other” side is thinking and saying. I’m not of one party or the other. But I’d like to find news that doesn’t lean too far to one side.

And just for fun, here are some random articles that I found that seem to be on the more “fair & balanced” side.

Who’s Just Not Into Who?

Better Bald or Bushy?


I want to scream I love you from the top of my lungs….

Filed under: music: on repeat — Dianna @ 7:53 pm

…But I’m afraid that someone else will hear me.

Since “Infinity On High” I’ve been a Fall Out Boy fan.  Like the kind of fan that listens to the CD on repeat for most of the day. And like I’ve said before, “I’m a fan and I’ll do what I want with my free time”.

Go check out the site, buy the album, and be a crazy fan like me. You’ll be a happier person for it!


Life Lesson # 5223

Filed under: dating,handbook,random — Dianna @ 7:23 pm

Have expectations.

Sounds simple? Yes to a normal person.  Dianna, as we all know, is not normal. I’m a little weird. And darn proud of it! But I digress.

For a (very) long time I’ve told myself that if I have no expectations I have no way of getting hurt. Well, that logic is VERY flawed. When I would tell myself not to have expectations, I would subconsciously have expectations. And if plans fell through, if I didn’t get a call, if anything outside of my “secret” expectations happened I’d be disappointed.  And I would be really annoyed at myself for caring. The point was that I really didn’t want to care (at least on the surface). But inside I would be annoyed and anxious. I’m prone to anxiety and try at all costs to make sure I’m not anxious. But having”secret” expectations does not serve that purpose well.

So, onto life lesson # 5223. I will have expectations about EVERYTHING I am involved in, touch, am a part of, has my name on it, etc.   I will have expectations about the small things in my life.  I will expect certain things about the big things my life. Starting today – because waiting for tomorrow will break rule number 18 –  I will not be afraid to have expectations for all the “stuff” in my life. What happens will happen, no matter what I expect or don’t expect.  But if I want it, I need to put it out there. And my expectations, when voiced, can have dramatic changes on things; I’ve seen it happen.

And just to show I’m serious about this, here is a list o’ expectations to get me started:

  1. My child will sleep in the bed by himself every night. Even if that means I have to sleep on the couch.
  2. I will make myself do what I need to do, no matter how crappy I think things will turn out.
  3. If you can’t figure out how to talk to me or deal with me, then just ask me. I’m a great resource.

And as a side note, check out this link.  So far I’ve read “Facing Your Giants”. It was one of my many reality checks I’ve been having over the last 4 or 5 months.  I’m getting better everyday people! But, I’m pretty awesome to begin with. 🙂


Love my night January 28, 2009

Filed under: random — Dianna @ 9:07 pm

So, I’m having a pretty good night.  I got to meet up with friends I haven’t seen in awhile; good times. 🙂

And now I’m home, eating Drunken Goat Cheese, Red Seedless Grapes, and a glass of my favorite wine to date.  And I’m watching Office Space.  It gets no better than this for a Wednesday night.


Back to the business of my birthday January 27, 2009

Filed under: birthday gifts I want!,random,things I must do — Dianna @ 9:03 pm

Today I got an email from Apple saying the warranty on my iPod nano was about to expire.  Do you know what this means to me?


It’s time to get an iPod touch. It will have a shiny new warranty. Think about it, it’s the perfect solution (and birthday present).


I’m here with Rush

Filed under: random — Dianna @ 7:54 pm

What Bush Did Right:

  1. Gave us the first federal level ban on racial profiling
  2. Protected America from further territory attacks
  3. Cut Taxes
  4. Created a path for the Iraqi people to survive after Saddam
  5. Afghan women and girls to have basis freedoms
  6. Tripled aid to Africa
  7. No Child Left Behind
  8. Protected more ocean than anyone in history
  9. Opening federal funding for human-embryonic stem cell research
  10. Ban on partial birth abortions

Some articles of note about things I’m troubled by:

Gitmo trials being halted

Lifting Ban on Overseas Abortion

Geithner on Failing to Pay taxes


Something else I stole January 26, 2009

Filed under: all about me!,random — Dianna @ 1:01 pm

Yeah, that’s right.  I steal. Well, blog post ideas when I’m fresh out. This came from the ever so lovely Jessica. She rocks and you should visit her blog often. 🙂

99 things I have or haven’t done (bold all that apply)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (rock climbing wall counts!)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (HA!…so is life sometimes)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square (NYC is one of my favorite cities!)
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (laid off)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (so awesome, but so scary)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
(flown over it)

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox (I was 16 and it sucked!)
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit (class action = free 24 hour fitness membership)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee