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Are you there God? It is me Fifi...

and I have a lot on my mind lately. I would like some answers though I think I may have to wait for them.
Watching Discovery this weekend I caught a documentary on Polar Bears starving due to the loss of Arctic Ice. The bear was half his size and was trying to attack a walrus, he just could not do it, so he lost the battle, laid down and he died. Reflecting on that moment, I had to accept what type of world we have created. Yes nature has its own cycle and has for centuries. Polar bears will die, people die. I am well aware that is overwhelming to try and "rescue" everyone and the environment and the animals, but we need to make sweeping changes to help preserve the Earth that God/Buddha/Muhammad/whomever has given us. This then made me consider some Christians who claim they do everything to glorify God and all that he has given them. Then in another breath they say there is no such thing as global warming and want us to drill their driveway for oil. Which brings me…

Architectural wonders

Instead of me lamenting about my job and house search, I decided to post photos of statues and other architectural feats that have caught my eye and stayed with me. Some I have seen in person, some I never know if I will see, but that is irrelevant. Perhaps it will inspire you to seek some of these out. Enjoy !

I have an insane obsession with the "Motherland is Calling" statue in Volgograd. It is imposing, scary and beautiful all in one. Actually the whole complex dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad: Mamayev Hill is quite amazing.


















Verrazano Bridge: such a beautiful bridge and I love when driving on 280East in West Orange area, you can see it as you come over the hill.



The first time I saw the Mormon Temple in Kensington MD, it came up above the trees looming like a mythical creature. I have never seen anything so white in my life. Take a ride on the Capital Beltway and you will see it.














Montreal Olympic Stadium: I have no explanation for this, but it freaked me out as we drov…

'Tis Sunday and I have things to share

(thank you to Alberto Vargas)

Hello my beautiful people. Our house hunting continues, our dog's blood came back fine, but now we must take her to the neurologist, good times, and I am trying to think out of the box and see what my path shall be. A lot going on that can distress me, but I am doing my best to not let it eat me up.
Beautiful gestures and things make people smile. In my present state of mind I feel the need to seek out beauty and artistry A LOT. It soothes my anxiety and gives me perspective where I lack it. The arts have always been a comfort and so with that thought I roll out what needs to be appreciated. Be it flowers, jewelry, locations, beauty is everywhere.

The Winterthur Estate in Delaware beckons you to relish the stunning gardens and enjoy the Brandywine valley. I really would love to take a weekend jaunt here.

Natchez, MS looks relaxing and interesting. shopping, down home southern cooking, even though I am a vegetarian I have no issue with recognizing o…

Health, Humor and Hurly Burly

(thanks MAD magazine)

Deep down I have always wanted to by a Spy, Fifi - Government Spook!, but the universe has taken me down a different path and at present it wants me to be an unemployed person. I embrace this current circumstance I am in though in many ways it has become an interesting task on how to fill my day. I am reading, I am writing, cleaning, walking, playing with Isadora and then sometimes I put on one of my many DVD's and have some tea and chill. I do not think a house will make this all go away, but it will certainly occupy my time better. If I knew I was accepted into school I would have courses to ponder and get excited. As we all struggle through this current economy I pondered that I bet we all wish we had tried different things here and there. It would have been nice to take a shot at auditioning for a movie or play or trying to surf or how about finally finishing another short story and starting that screen play? Life is not over yet and I can still give it…

This, that and the other thing

Isadora had to go back to the vet today as she still has tremors. They took blood, we will get results tomorrow. If they do not find anything with that, it will be off to the Neurologist. I took her to the park afterwards where she played in the leaves, ran and barked for an hour. The vet said that even though they know about Cerebellar hypoplasia, they really do not know they full extent the disease can have on the animal. Hopefully it is nothing, though it could be epilepsy she has too. Everyone think good thoughts and thank goodness she has her wheels!
Watched the documentary A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash today and it was simply fascinating, enlightening and downright scary. If you do not recall the 1973 Oil embargo you should because the shortage will happen again and this time not from OPEC holding back. When they talk about how oil is used and how wasteful we all are, it really unnerves you and dammit, it should.
Want to know what is really in the products you use and i…

Reading IS Fundamental

I remember that campaign from when I was a wee lass. Luckily, my parents loved to read and passed that passion on to me. So it is with a smile that I share with all of you the books I am currently reading. The library is where I go to get all my goodies, the reference desk is my second home, though I am sure the reference librarian is sick of ordering me books by now. I always like to have at least 3 in rotation, I now I have 5, oy! Here is my reading list:

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent
unChristian:What a New Generation thinks of Christianity and Why it Really Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner
The First Billion is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future by T. Boone Pickens

So why have I picked some of these?
First off, only The Uncommon Reader is a Novella, and it is very funny, …

Poop, film and a few links to knock out the kinks

Where we live people fail to pick up their dog poop. This is absolutely infuriating. When I walk our dog, I have to constantly maneuver around the various piles of fecal matter left behind by lazy ass owners. Izzy needs to run in the grass because her condition gives her a sort of curled paw, so grass is more comfy. I constantly have to pull her out of it because there is fresh, a few days old and decimated poop. I am not sure why this is so difficult for people. Walk your dog and bring a bag. It is disgusting and nasty and shows no pride of your neighborhood. As my friend always says, "People are shit" and in this case he is correct. PICK IT UP PEOPLE!

One the best and most overlooked actors of our time is James LeGros. He has been in films like Scotland, PA, Living in Oblivion and the amazing Showtime miniseries, Sleeper Cell, which everyone in it was incredible. I hate that the same boring actors and reality show dredge is always getting props when this guy is fanta…

Health Care - Nice Oxymoron

It is time we admit that as a nation we have failed miserably when it comes to proper health insurance, medical care and preventative medicine. Overworking our doctors, nurses and rest of the hospital staff is commonplace. Insurance slams these people by making them document every eye blink or it never happened, hence, no reason to cover it. Preventative is an ugly word in our system which is an effrontery to every citizen. Then you have hospitals with money who are able to install bar code systems and electronic medical records as well as offer state of the art care. In the meantime, other hospitals have to fight for every penny. The imbalance is becoming greater and more noticeable and the question is, when the hell will the average American get pissed off enough to help push change through? First off, stop acting as if a doctor is God, they have enough pressure. if you are not happy with their treatments, procedures or bedside manner, get a new doctor. You are not sure you w…

Knowledge is power !

so stated Auntie Mame....henceforth, I have decided that I would search around and post some goodies for us all to share.

Depression cooking with Clara - she is 93. Rock on!
Preservation of Historic Buildings is important even if someone at Toll Brothers does not agree. Connecticut barns are the next round trying to get restored.
This couple did an AMAZING revamp of their home proving an old home can rock better than a McMansion. Do the house tour to see the brilliant transformation.
If I had children, I think I might have sewn some of these outfits.
Yarn Harlot always makes me envy her knitting skills and laugh at her stories.
RuPaul Drag Race - I am addicted to it and wish I looked this good!
Are pets worth the money? To me, yes.
Very cool clocks.
Breathe in and out. Yoga Journal, to help you relax in tough times.
If you love dresses like I do, this blog will fulfill all your dress desires.
Looking for a challenge? Try reading PrincipaMathematica. Good times.

Love and Rockets,
MissFifi

Another day, another carrot

(Thanks to Warner Bros for that image)

Hello my lovelies! After a lovely afternoon spent with my awesome partner in crime, Nancy, I was driving home and listening to 1010Wins. They were talking about Monster.com's job fair in NYC today and how 3500+ people showed up. What really caught my attention was when they spoke to a representative of St Barnabas Medical Center who stated they have tons of nursing jobs, non-clinical, clinical, you name it. This made me nearly drive off Alps Road to call them and demand to speak to that particular woman. Since I began my Oncology Massage Training I have applied to every type of job known to man within that particular hospital system. In the recent month or two I have applied to a total of six different positions ranging from Unit Clerk to part time Secretary in Infectious Disease. (I would LOVE that.) Now, I am no fool. I know how hard it is to get into the hospital system, but being that I volunteer for their Hospice unit, you think I co…

AArrrgghh!

That photo depicts the kind of day I am having.
Our dog has had the chills all morning along with labored breathing. She was panting and whining and so I called the vet and $100+ dollars later, she is being given Pepcid AC. Animals are just like us sometimes with meds for ailments...tomorrow we get results of her stool sample. During the exam everything sounded fine to the doctor so gastrointestinal is the way to go it seems. I gave her the Pepcid 15 minutes before she ate, but after Izzy ate dinner, she was uncomfy and shivering and burping. I am hoping the stool comes back clear and after another 1/2 dose of Pepcid in the a.m. she will be right as rain.
My wrist is another story. I am yet again, typing with one hand, since my De Quervain's is at an all time inflammatory high. I feel like I have one of Dante's circles of hell on my wrist. Let me be honest when I say I helped irritate my ace bandaged wrist today by typing the beginnings of a short story for me to submit t…

Penny for your thoughts?

Back in the day you would have said no, now you want that penny. How can we, the richest nation on earth get by on say, $80,000 a year for a family of four?? I mean, we want to go to Disney World and Europe, all have our individual cell phones and individual computers too. We want to wear Juicy Couture, have a flat screen tv, live in the swankiest town and drive the best car we can not afford. Hmmm, such a dilemma for us all. Amazingly, my hubby and I got by on about $20-25K a year when he was in school and I was trying to get a jewelry business off the ground. Can you believe we are still here?? Where there is taking me is instead of giving up cable, that third car or not going on vacation, people casually and carelessly dispose of their pets. The amount of abandoned pets are staggering and Horses are the latest causality of this economic nightmare. Some owners are trying desperately to keep them, others give pets back as casually as one would return a toaster to Target. N…