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winniewoo AKA Fluffy Bunny of Terror

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Have everyone accept actual responsibility for their own actions.
Have everyone accept actual responsibility for their own actions.

You make a mess of something? Clean it up. You screw up? Pay the price, make amends and learn from it (Oh, and it goes without saying… Don’t do it again). Something go wrong? Well, what could YOU have done to prevent it? We all have a part in any situation. If people keep trying to tell you the same thing, again and again, try to listen. Really listen. They may have a point.
It is a wonderful and beautiful thing to believe in one’s self, but please be sure to run a self check. Because no person is perfect. We all have a lot to learn and if we don’t listen or take responsibility, then we run the risk of barging ahead towards ruin.

celebrate my Southernness (read all 3 entries…)
73% (Dixie). That is a pretty strong Southern score!

Yankee or Dixie?

Who knew I was what I was? Anyhoo…

Check on your dialect and see if you might have crossed over to the “other side”! Simply click on the correct answer. As you go, the quiz will automatically interpret each answer to show you what your answer implies about you. When you are done, press Compute My Score. Your score will be calculated as a percentage: 0% is pure Yankee and 100% is pure Dixie.
Do not change your answer during the test as it will ruin the score. You may do this after scoring is calculated to see the other answers.
If you make a mistake, hit Clear below to restart the test!
I regret that I do not have time to entertain discussions about this test or negotiate changes. It is provided strictly as-is and for entertainment purposes only.
Be aware that television entertainment has a lot of northern dialect in it. This will have more of an influence on you than you expect.
This test is based on results from the Harvard Computer Society Dialect Survey of 30788 respondents.

Share quotes and/or sayings. (read all 38 entries…)
Doesn't know sh!# from Shinola

Doesn’t know sh!# from Shinola


Possessing poor judgment or knowledge.


Shinola was a brand of shoe polish previously manufactured in the USA. The alliteration and the fact that the two commodities in the phrase could possibly be confused is the derivation. The distinction is well made; only one of them would be good to apply to your shoes and only particularly dim people could be expected to muddle them up. Of course, outside America, most people don’t know Shinola from anything at all, as they’ve never heard of it. Even in America it would probably not be widely remembered but for this phrase.

Throw WyvernDust a birthday party, because she's turning 39 on May ???!

A little something for your special day…
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do something outside my comfort zone each day (read all 2 entries…)
Flat... check.

Are we ever really prepared for a flat tire? We know it can happen at any time. For a lot of us it’s already happened. I could say I like to live on the wild side and as such, disdain a AAA membership… but the sad truth is that I just hope I never need it and don’t particularly feel like forking over the $$$ for it. Somehow it never made my priorities list. Ok, so I’m not a posterchild for AAA. Guess I won’t be asked to star in any of their commercials. Sigh.

Anyhoo… I walked out of work at, oh, about 6 PM or so and opened all my windows for some hint of breeze. As I got ready to drive out I very clearly heard what can only be described as a weird dragging sound. I brake, then step out of the car for a look see. Suprise! My right rear tire was completely flat. Oh joy.

Do you ever have those moments of “Huh… what the h@!! do I do now?”. I SO wanted to be on my way home and… well, I just wanted to be home and through with the day.

My first and thankfully correct impulse was to pick up my cell and call a co-worker still inside (She always has such a cool head in stressful situations). I was still processing the flat incident and wanted to share my joy in the situation with someone.

My coworker immediately told me that her father had shown her how to change a flat and that she would be out in a minute to help (What? Change my own tire????). Hmmm. What a concept. I know that people can AND do this but somehow it never really occurred to me that I could do this my little ol’ self. My faltering courage was raised by the selfish thought that the faster this is done, the sooner I get home.

My co-worker came out as I was @$$ up in my trunk trying to clean it out and locate the doughnut wheel thingie (technical term) that I had seen maybe 9 years ago when I bought the car. I was busy figuring out how to unscrew the bolt that holds it in place (ok, makes sense… No sliding around in the hidey hole area). Voila! Check… doughnut thingie retrieved.

Katie then proceeded to tell me that the jack must be placed in a certain area where it would support the weight of the car. Said location was located… check. We had a giggle as I puzzled out how to connect the lever/arm piece to the jack. With pieces connected and jack in place I proceeded the slow motion “jacking” (ok…now I’m just winging it with the terminology). For some reason Katie thought this was humorous. Me in a skirt, kneeling over a carefully placed beach towel so my bony little knees might remain unscathed. She started snapping a couple of pics. Damn cell phone technology. Knowing I had papprazzi did little to minimize my graceless flailing at the jack. Great…

Still, the car WAS raising slowly. Go me. Rah rah sis boom bah. Car raised…. check. I started trying to take the lug nuts (?) off. For all you tire changing virgins out there, if you are pushing in a downwards motion, vainly hoping for some sort of movement or loosening (rightie tightie, leftie loosey – check)... Stop. Just stop. Through trial and error I can heartily recommend a pulling upwards motion, using your legs for extra leverage power. As opposed to a downward pushing motion that my 115 lbs failed miserable with. Lug nuts off… check.

The misbehaving tire was lifted off and I attempted to fit the doughnut thingie to the designated area. Funny… It wasn’t going on. Just wouldn’t work. Weird. I carefully considered the situation and with a sudden stroke of genius, I figured out I had to turn it around to the OTHER side (Ohhhh. The OTHER side). It slid smoothly into place and I tightened the lug nuts(?) with a rush of relief. Spare doughnut tire thingie was afixed. Check.

Who knew I could do it? Not me. Not 100%. It seemed a little scary at first thought, but maybe only because it was an unknown. Having a co-worker/friend walk me through the important parts and keeping the mood light helped.

Huh. Do something outside my comfort zone…. check.

Share quotes and/or sayings. (read all 38 entries…)
Thank You Friend

Words seem so paltry in the face of all one could want to say.

But that being said… This is for all of you, you know who you are… For each of you that never gave up. For every lovely thing you said and wrote, for every good wish sent my way… Thank you.

Thank You Friend

I never came to you, my friend,
and went away without
some new enrichment of the heart;
More faith and less of doubt,
more courage in the days ahead.
And often in great need coming to you,
I went away comforted indeed.
How can I find the shining word,
the glowing phrase that tells all that
your love has meant to me,
all that your friendship spells?
There is no word, no phrase for
you on whom I so depend.
All I can say to you is this,
God bless you precious friend.

by Grace Noll Crowell

Well. That was suitably dramatic.

Now my dears… This is going to be a very hard promise for me. Although my singing has more or less been likened to yowling felines in much, much pain, I hereby promise that should I meet you in person, dear friend… I will get up on stage at any karaoke place of your choice and sing “You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings.” I, of course, will suffer much at having to do this (As I should for having left you for so long)... But not as much as the audience hearing it. Hmmm. Good times.


share songs and artists I like (read all 5 entries…)
Paolo Nutini...

Paolo Nutini – White Lies Lyrics

There’s a heart on the line, and it rests with your eyes
please don’t fade and please don’t cry, ‘cause it’s all white lies
take a chance watch it fall, grab too much and lose it all
now i’ve lost my disguise, it was all white lies

stay here, lie here with me, oh lo-fi, lonley sighs
I will roam lost but never alone, hide with me, hide

would it help if I tried, or has it sailed and passed me by
first love grows then it does, and its all white lies

stay here, lie here with me, oh lo-fi, lonley sighs
I will roam lost but never alone, hide with me, hide with me

now you move with the tide and ive heard you’ve found peace of mind
and I know that life’s design moves around white lies, white lies, white lies, white lies

post randomly (read all 11 entries…)
Are you politically liberal or conservative? Take the test!


share songs and artists I like (read all 5 entries…)
Mat Kearney

Nothing Left To Lose

Something’s in the air tonight
The sky’s alive with a burning light
You can mark my words something’s about to break

And I found myself in a bitter fight
While I’ve held your hand through the darkest night
Don’t know where you’re coming from but you’re coming soon

To a kid from Oregon by way of California
All of this is more than I’ve ever known or seen

Come on and we’ll sing, like we were free
Push the pedal down watch the world around fly by us
Come on and we’ll try, one last time
I’m off the floor one more time to find you
And here we go there’s nothing left to choose
And here we go there’s nothing left to lose

So I packed my car and I headed east
Where I felt your fire and a sweet release
There’s a fire in these hills that’s coming down
And I don’t know much but I found you here
And I can not wait another year
Don’t know where you’re coming from but you’re coming soon



I can still hear the trains out my window
From Hobart Street to here in Nashville
I can still smell the pomegranates grow
And I don’t know how hard this wind will blow
Or where we’ll go


Have a cocktail at WW's virtual cocktail party - dress code 'glamorous' - Jan 29th to Feb 2nd (read all 2 entries…)
I had to make a quick...

Dress change… One must not be stagnate!

I thought I’d start the next round of dancing. I am modeling my dancing after one of my interpretive dance heros…

Elaine from Seinfeld.
Check it out.

Who wants to dance with me?

Have a cocktail at WW's virtual cocktail party - dress code 'glamorous' - Jan 29th to Feb 2nd (read all 2 entries…)
Here I am!

Thanks for the invite, luv!

Hopefully I am not overdressed…

I do SO love a party.

Somebody be a dear and get me a glass of champagne!

Figure out a nickname for Leiermann (read all 2 entries…)

Al… Al-Meister?
As in Albert Einstein?

Figure out a nickname for Leiermann (read all 2 entries…)

As in Renaissance man?


throw Jenniferparis a non-engagement party on 43T
Ahhh..... JP

Here is where you SHOULD be.


post randomly (read all 11 entries…)
Just wanted to thank Leiermann...

For cheer bombing the bejeezus out of me the other day!

Leiermann, you rock!


wish bananapancakes a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on January 23rd!
I'm late... As usual...

But my wishes are still sincere!

BP, I hope you had a great birthday and that 2007 will be incredible for you.

I am glad you were born!

Throw "Just Plain Proud" a birthday party she can always be *PROUD* of on January 25th
Well, Mah dear...

It’s that time of year and everyone is wishing you grooviness!
Feel good and have a great time!


celebrate my Southernness (read all 3 entries…)
pimento cheese...

I just LOVE pimento cheese.


Might be time to make some…

celebrate my Southernness (read all 3 entries…)
A primer on the Southern vernacular
  • Addled: Confused, disoriented, as in the case of Northern sociologists who try to make sense out of the South, “What’s wrong with that Yankee? He acts right addled.”
  • Afar: In a state of combustion. “Call the far department. That house is afar.”
  • Ahr: What we breathe, also a unit of time made up of 60 minutes. “They should’ve been here about an ahr ago.”
  • Ar: Possessive pronoun. “That’s AR dawg, not yours.”
  • Ary: Not any. “He hadn’t got ary cent.”
  • Awfullest: The worst. “That’s the awfullest lie you eva told me in your life.”
  • Bad-mouth: To disparage or derogate. “All these candidates have bad-mouthed each other so much I’ve about decided not to vote for any of ‘em.”
  • Baws: Your employer. “The baws may not always be right, but he’s always the baws.”
  • Best: Another baffling Southernism that is usually couched in the negative. “You best not speak to Bob about his car. He just had to spend $300 on it.”
  • Braht: Dazzing. “Venus is a braht planet.”
  • Bud: Small feathered crature that flies. “A robin sure is a pretty bud.”
  • Cawse: Cause, usually preceded in the South by the adjective “lawst” (lost). “The War Between the States was a lawst cawse.”
  • Cayut: A furry animal much beloved by little girls but detested by adults when it engages in mating rituals in the middle of the night. “Be sure to put the cayut out-side before you go to bed.”
  • Chunk: To throw. “Chunk it there, Leroy. Ole Leroy sure can chunk ‘at ball, can’t he? Best pitcher we ever had.”
  • Clone: A type of scent women put on themselves. “what’s that clone you got on, honey?”
  • Contrary: Obstinate, perverse. “Jim’s a fine boy, but she won’t have nothin’ to do with him. She’s just contrary, is all Ah can figure.”
  • Daints: A more or less formal event in which members of the opposite sex hold each other and move rhythmically to the sound of music. “You wanna go to the daints with me Saturday night, Bobbie Sue?”
  • Danjuh: Imminent peril. What John Paul Jones meant when he said, “Give me a fast ship, for I intend to put her in harm’s way.”
  • Deah: A term of endearment, except in the sense Rhett Butler used it when he said to Scarlett O’Hara, “Frankly, my deah, Ah don’t give a damn.”
  • Didn’t go to: Did not intend to. “Don’t whip Billy for knockin’ his little sister down. He didn’t go to do it.”
  • Dollin: Another term of endearment. (darling) “Dollin, will you marry me?”
  • Dreckly: Soon. “He’ll be along dreckly.”
  • Effuts: Exertions. “Lee made great effuts to defeat Grant.”
  • Everthang: All-encompassing. “everthang’s all messed up.”
  • Everhoo: Another baffling Southernism – a reverse contraction of whoever.”Everhoo one of you kids wants to go to the movie better clean up their room.”
  • Fahn: Excellent. “That sure is a fahn-lookin’ woman.”
  • Farn: Anything that is not domestic. “Ah don’t drink no farn liquor, specially Rooshin vodka.”
  • Fetchin’: Attractive. “That’s a mighty fetchin’ woman. Think I’ll ask her to daints.”
  • Fixin’ to: About to. “I’m fixin’ to go to the store.”
  • Foolin’ around: Can mean not doing anything in particular or sex, usually of the extramarital variety. “Sue caught her husband foolin’ around, so she divorced him.”
  • Fummeer: A place other than one’s present location. “Where do we go fummeer?”
  • Gawn: Departed. “Bo’s not here. He’s gawn out with somebody else.”
  • Gone: Going to. “You boys just git out there and play football. We gone make mistakes, but they are, too.”
  • Got a good notion: A statement of intent. “Ah got a good notion to cut a switch and whale the dickens out of that boy.”
  • Grain of sense: An appraisal of intelligence, invariably expressed in negative terms. “That boy ain’t got a grain of sense.”
  • Gummut: A large institution operating out of Washington that consumes taxes at a fearful rate. “Bill’s got it made. He’s got a gummut job.”
  • Hahr: That which grows on your head and requires cutting periodically. “You need a hahrcut.”
  • Hod: Not soft, but meaning stubborn or willful when used to describe a Southern child’s head. “That boy’s so hod-headed it’s pitiful.”
  • Hot: A muscle that pumps blood through the body, but also regarded as the center of emotion. “That gull (girl) has just broke his hot.”
  • Hush yo’ mouth: An expression of pleased embarrassment, as when a Southern female is paid an extravagant compliment. “Honey, you’re ‘bout the sweetest, best-lookin’ woman in Tennessee. Now hush yo’ mouth, Jim Bob.”
  • Ignert: Ignorant. “Ah’ve figgered out what’s wrong with Congress. Most of ‘em are just plain ignert.”
  • Ill: Angry, testy. “What’s wrong with Molly today? She’s ill as a hornet.”
  • Innerduce: To make one person acquainted with another. “Lemme innerduce you to my cousin. She’s a little on the heavy side, but she’s got a great personality.”
  • Iont: I don’t. “Iont know if Ah can eat another bobbycue (barbecue) or not.”
  • Jack-leg: Self taught, especially in reference to automobile mechanics and clergy-men. “He’s just a jack-leg preacher, but he sure knows how to put out the hellfire and brimstone.”
  • Jewant: Do you want. “Jewant to go over to the Red Rooster and have a few beers?”
  • Ka-yun: A sealed cylinder containing food. “If that woman didn’t have a kay-un opener, her family would starve to death.”
  • Kerosene cat in hell with gasoline drawers on: A colorful Southern expression used as as evaluation of someone’s ability to accomplish something. “He ain’t got no more chance than a kerosene cat in hell with gasoline drawers on.”
  • Kin: Related to. An Elizabethan expression, one of many which survived in the South. “Are you kin to him?” “Yeah, He’s my brother.”
  • Klect: To receive money to which one is entitled. “Ah don’t think you’ll ever klect that bill.”
  • Laht: A source of illumination. “This room’s too doc (dark). We need more laht in here.”
  • Lar: One who tells untruths. “Not all fishermen are lars. It’s just that a lot of lars fish.”
  • Layin’ up: Resting or meditating. Or as Southern women usually put it, loafing. “Cecil didn’t go to work today ‘cause of a chronic case of laziness. He’s been layin’ up in the house all day, drivin’ me crazy.”
  • Let alone: Much less. “He can’t even hold a job and support himself, let alone support a family.”
  • Let out: Dismissed. “What time does school let out?”
  • Lick and a promise: To do something in a hurried or perfunctory fashion. “We don’t have time to clean this house so it’s spotless. Just give it a lick and a promise.”
  • Mahty raht: Correct. “You mahty raht about that, Awficer. Guess Ah WAS speedin’ a little bit.”
  • Make out: Yes, it means that in the South too, but it also means finish your meal. “You chirren (Children) hadn’t had nearly enough to eat. Make out your supper.”
  • Mind to: To have the intention of doing something. “Ah got a mind to quit my job and just loaf for a while.”
  • Nawth: Any part of the country outside the South _Midwest, California or whatever.If it’s not South, it’s Nawth. “People from up Nawth sure do talk funny.”
  • Nekkid: To be unclothed. “Did you see her in that movie? She was nekkid as a jaybird.”
  • Nemmine: Never mind, but used in the sense of difference. “It don’t make no nemmine to me.”
  • Of a moanin: Of a morning, meaning in the morning. “My daddy always liked his coffee of a moanin.”
  • Ownliest: The only one. “That’s the ownliest one Ah’ve got left.”
  • Parts: Buccaneers who sailed under the dreaded skull and crossbones. “See that third baseman? He just signed a big contrack with the Pittsburg Parts.”
  • PEEcans: Northerners call them peCONNS for some obscure reason. “Honey, go out in the yard and pick up a passel of PEEcans. Ah’m gonna make us a pie.”
  • Pert: Perky, full of energy. “You look mighty pert today.”
  • Pick at: To pester and annoy. “Jimmy, Ah told you not to pick at your little sister.”
  • Purtiest: The most pretty. “ain’t she the purtiest thing you ever seen?”
  • Quar: An organized choral group, usually connected with a church or school. “Did you hear the news? The preacher left his wife and run off with the quar director.”
  • Raffle: A long-barrelled firearm. “Dan’l Boone was a good shot with a raffle.”
  • Rahtnaow: At once. “Linda Sue, Ah want you to tell that boy it’s time to go home and come in the house rahtnaow.”
  • Ranch: A tool used to lossen or tighten nuts and bolts. “Hand me that ranch, Homer.”
  • Raut: A method of getting from one place to another which Southerners pronounce to rhyme with “kraut”. Yankees, for reasons that remain shrouded in mystery, pronounce “route” to rhyme with “root”. Or worse still, “foot.”
  • Restrunt: A place to eat. “New Yorker’s got a lot of good restrunts.”
  • Retard: No longer employed. “He’s retard now.”
  • Sass: Another Elizabethan term derived from the word saucy, meaning to speak in an impertinent manner. “Don’t sass me, young lady. You’re not too old to get a whippin’.”
  • Shainteer: Indicates the absence of a female. “Is the lady of the house in?” “Nope. Shainteer.”
  • Shudenoughta: Should not. “You shudenoughta have another drink.”
  • Spell: An indetermined length of time. “Let’s sit here and rest a spell.”
  • Stain: The opposite of leaving. “Ah hate this party, and Ah’m not stain much longer.”
  • Supper: The evening meal Southererners are having while Yankees are having dinner. “What’s for supper, honey?
  • Take on: To behave in a highly emotional manner. “Don’t take on like that, Brenda Sue. He’s not the only man in Lee County.”
  • Tal: What you dry off with after you take a share. “Would you bring me a tal, sweetheart?”
  • Tawt: To instruct. “Don’t pull that cat’s tail. Ah tawt you better’n that.”
  • Thank: Think. “Ah thank Ah’ll go to a movie tonight.”
  • That ole dawg won’t hunt no more: That will not work. “You want to borrow $20 when you still owe me fifty? That ole dawg won’t hunt no more.”
  • Tore up: Distraught, very upset. “His wife just left him, and he’s all tore up about it.”
  • Uhmewzin: Funny, comical. “Few things are more uhmewzin than a Yankee tryin’ to affect a Southern accent, since they invariably address one person as ‘y’all when any Southern six-year-old knows ‘y’all is always plural because it means ‘all of you.’”
  • Unbeknownst: Lacking knowledge of. “Unbeknownst to them, he had marked the cards.”
  • Usta: Used to. “Ah usta live in Savanah.”
  • Vaymuch: Not a whole lot, when expressed in the negative. “Ah don’t like this ham vaymuch.”
  • Wahn: What Jesus turned the water into, unless you’re Babdist who is persuaded it was only grape juice. “Could Ah have another glass of that wahn?”
  • Wars: Slender strands of coated copper that carry power over long distances. “They’re puttin’ telephone wars underground now.”
  • Wawk: A method of non-polluting travel by foot. “Why don’t we take an old-fashioned wawk?”
  • Wear out: An expression used to describe a highly-effective method of behavior modification in children. “When Ah get ahold of that boy, Ah’m gonna wear him out.”
  • Wender: A glass-covered opening in a wawl. “Open that wender, It’s too hot in here.”
  • Yat: A common greeting in the Irish Channel section of New Orleans. Instead of saying “hey” in lieu of “hello” the way most Southerners do, they say, “Where yat?”
  • Yew: Not a tree, but a personal pronoun. “Yew wanna shoot some pool?”
  • Y’heah?: A redundant expression tacked onto the end of sentences by Southerners. “Y’all come back soon, y’heah?”
  • Yontny: Do you want any. “Yontny more cornbread?”
  • Yungins: Also spelled younguns, meaning young ones. “Ah want all you yungins in bed in five minutes.”
  • Zit: Is it. “Zit already midnight, sugar? Tahm sure flies when you’re having fun.”

Taken from “More How To Speak Southern” written by Steve Mitchell

List 25 things that prove that the universe has a sense of humor (read all 3 entries…)
Move over WWF

Entry # 3
The Pillow Fight League


There is a female pillow fight league Quit drooling men.

You HAVE to check out the “fighters” page. With names like Champain, Eiffel Power, Betty Clock’er, and Trashley…


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