Maya Angelou says:

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

I do agree.

I did this one just cause my mom swore publicly that I wasn't gonna. Humph.

But, uh, we can stop with them now.

Place an X by all the things you've done, or remove the X from the ones
you have not, and send it to all of your friends (including me).

This is for your entire life:

(X) Smoked a cigarette.

(X) Drank so much you threw up.

( ) Crashed a friend's car.

(X) Stolen a car.

(X) Been in love.

(X) Been dumped.

(X) Gone skinny dipping.

(X) Shoplifted.

(X) Been fired/laid off.

(X) Quit your job.

(X) Snuck out of your parent's house.

(X) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back.

(X) Been arrested.

( ) Gone on a blind date.

(X) Lied to a friend.

(X) Skipped school.

( ) Seen someone die.

(x) Been to Canada.

(X) Been to Mexico.

(x) Been on a plane.

(x) Been lost.

(X) Been on the opposite side of the country.

(X) Gone to Washington, DC.

(X) Swam in the ocean.

(X) Cried yourself to sleep.

(X) Played cops and robbers.

(X) Recently colored with crayons.

(x) Sang karaoke.

(X) Paid for a meal with only coins.

(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't.

(X) Made prank phone calls.

(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose.

(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue.

(X) Danced in the rain.

(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus.

(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe

(X) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about.

(X) Blown bubbles recently.

(X) Made a bonfire on the beach.

(X) Crashed a party.

(X) Gone roller-skating.

(x) Gone ice-skating.

1. Any nicknames? damnsel.

2. Mother's name? Maureen

3. What is your favorite drink? tea

4. Tattoos? I have some.

5. Body piercing? Have less than I used to.

6. How much do you love your job? I really like all of them that's why I have no time for sleep.

7. Birthplace: Rochester, New York

8. Ever been to Africa? No

9. Ever steal any traffic signs? Took some home that I found on the street.

10. Ever been in a car accident? Yes

11. Owned a 2 Door or 4 Door? Have had both.

12. Salad dressing? Bleu Cheese

13. Favorite pie? Pudding.

14. Favorite number? 9.

15. Favorite movie? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder, of course!)

16. Favorite holiday? My birthday.

17. Favorite food? Pudding.

18. Favorite day of the week? Sunday

19. Favorite TV show? the Simpsons.

20. Toothpaste? Arm & Hammer. the white kind without peroxide.

21. Favorite smell? Wet dirt.

22. How do you relax? take a bath.

23. Message to your friends/family reading this: Wish you'd visit more!

24. How do you see yourself in 10 years? Wiser. Richer. Happier. Wrinklier. Gigglier.

25. What do you do when you are bored? Worry.

26. What do you enjoy receiving? Random acts of kindness.

27. Furthest place you will send this message? the internet.

28. Who will respond the fastest? my mom cause she's gonna want to know why I put an (X) next to "been arrested".

29. Least likely to respond? Does anyone even read this??

30. What time is it now? 4:38p.m.

Wish I woulda had this handy

a few years ago....well, I did but I passed it on and didn't keep it for myself; I guess that's ok too. But I have it here now and that's always good timing.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

Too tired, busy, stressed, etc to write...

So you can read this writing from someone else:

Keeping Conscious
Staying Grounded In A Busy World

1. Live simply and live deliberately. By choosing not to get caught up in the details of this fast-paced world, you are doing your part to slow down the world. You will also discover that you have more time to enjoy being alive.

2. Stay in touch with yourself. Soul searching, meditation, and journaling are just a few of the many activities you can take part in to stay aware and learn as much as you can about your emotions, reactions, likes, dislikes, dreams, and fears. Having a solid sense of self gives you a firm foundation for living in this world.

3. Support or teach others as often as you can. This can help you form connections with people while also giving you an opportunity to make the world a better place.

4. Consciously choose what you will allow into your being. The media bombards us with visions of hate, war, and pain. Be judicious about what you read, watch, and listen to.

5. Acknowledge the beauty that resides around you. Whether you live in a sprawling metropolis or a stereotypical suburb, there are natural and man-made wonders just waiting to be discovered by you.

6. Nurture your ties to your tribe. If you don't have one, create a community that you can belong to. Modern life can be isolating. When you have a tribe, you have a circle that you are a part of. Its members - loved ones, friends, or neighbors - can be a source of support, caring, guidance, and companionship.

7. See the larger picture. Remember that the way that you choose to live is not the only way to live. Widen your perspective by exploring other modes of being through research, travel, and discussion.

8. Embrace the challenges that life presents to you, and challenge yourself often. After a time, even the most exciting jobs or lifestyles can seem routine. Never stop assimilating new knowledge about whatever you are doing, and your life will never seem dull.

9. Move your body. In this busy world, it can be easy to live a sedentary life. Movement reacquaints us with our bodies and connects us to the earth in a visceral way. It also restores our vitality.

10. Make time for stillness, silence, and solitude. The world can be noisy, and we are subject to all kinds of noises nearly every waking hour. We are also often "on the go" and unable to relax. Being alone in a peaceful place and making time for quiet can help you stay in touch with yourself.