Horoscope for December

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December 2005 Horoscope:

Career challenges have kept you on the edge of your seat for the past couple months, making life feel like a bit of a roller coaster ride. This is all due to Mars taking an extended retrograde spell through your sixth house of work. Great news, Sagittarius! On December 9th, this phase ends, helping you feel like you have your feet planted firmly on the ground once again.

You may already have felt the beginnings of relief since November 22nd, when the Sun headed into Sagittarius. A long-standing conflict with a client or coworker is soon to be resolved. If you are a freelancer, you could score an important client this month, or renew a contract with an old one. If you work in an office, expect your job to feel a lot less monotonous. You may even be rewarded with a promotion or raise for pushing through so many grueling details over the past couple months. Get ready for a miracle, Sagittarius!

All this struggle has not been vain. There was a lesson to be learned. It’s time to stop defining yourself solely by what you do. While your career is an expression of you, it doesn’t actually make you who you are as a human being. With your ruling planet Jupiter in your twelfth house until late 2006, getting more in tune with your spiritual side could transform your entire life for the better. Put a practice into your days like short meditations or journal-writing to hear your inner voice. Like Sagittarius Tina Turner, who chanted her way to serenity and success, being grounded in your fundamental worthiness is key. You don’t have to do anything to prove that you are lovable, Sagittarius. Simply be and allow good things to come your way.

Though most people are waiting until January to kick off a fitness routine, you would actually benefit by getting an early start. After December 9th, start incorporating an exercise routine into your weeks. While there will lots of holiday sweets to snack on, don’t turn them into meal replacements. Stock your fridge with salads and healthy food. Don’t skip breakfast! Eating a bowl of oatmeal or whole grain cereal in the morning can start you off on the right foot.

If you are looking for love, the Full Moon in your partnership sign of Gemini could bring it on or near December 15th. Don’t expect this person to come in the usual package. What you consider “a little conservative” might actually be just what you need. Hey, you’ll get to be the wild and crazy one instead of the heavy, responsible one. That’s a nice change of pace for someone who craves both excitement and stability in her life as you do.

If you’re already in love, an overnight getaway to a rustic lodge could be the perfect birthday present for you. You love a road trip, so the drive should be as much fun as the destination. Pick somewhere with great scenery, an amazing country breakfast and a staff that lets you canoodle in the corner without rushing you to pay your bill.

Don’t overbook yourself on either Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. You’ll want to make them both restful, low-key affairs. If you’re hosting a gathering, enlist people early in the month to be your party-prepping patrol. You may need to slip away for a few powernaps and let someone else take on the entertaining duties. Falling asleep in a robe and bunny slippers, surrounded by a pile of ribbons and wrapping paper, will sound like your idea of the perfect Christmas Day.

That’s not to say you can’t have a glamorous time too. A festive dinner party with rich food and deep, red wines could be an ideal way to ring in the New Year. Make reservations at a restaurant and invite your ten favorite people to be a part of the celebration. Spend the whole day in spa mode, getting your nails and hair done, and soaking in the tub. Like Sagittarius Jennifer Connelly, you’ll radiate in chic black velvet. Pick out an elegant dress and have an intimate, beautiful night!

Best Date Night: 12/16 – Attraction returns with a vengeance and lukewarm feelings heat up. Self-control won’t be easy, but who needs it?!

Best Career Day: 12/6 – Bye-bye boredom You’re appreciated by employers and work feels like a brand new experience.

Best Girl-Bonding Day: 12/27 – Go into holiday recovery mode by catching a chick flick and scooping up a couple goodies at an after-Christmas sale.

The SeaMonkey Project

The SeaMonkey Project

I began the browser war about a week ago. I tried several suggestions. Just as I began to think MSIExplorer was still the best option, I loaded up the Mozilla Suite. That changed my mind. It was nearly perfect. I could even spellcheck everything without opening up another program. Just clicking the link to the Mozilla Composer gave me all I needed to make sure I was typo free. Then I set it up for email, though I never did get that to work fully. Still, it was enough to let me send email from my Gmail account without actually going to that site and logging in. Saved me a lot of bother. Things were fine. I’m still very pleased with the Mozilla Suite.

But, it niggled at me that there was an untried update. That SeaMonkey which is still in the testing stage and likely buggy as a vat of swamp water. But, I had to try it. So far it does have bugs. It does odd things and the Google toolbar was fussy to load and get working. It seems to be doing ok now though. At least I can recognize the icons again. The only thing still odd are a couple of icons from the browser itself. Seems it doesn’t like the ‘print’ and ‘stop’ buttons/ icons now that I loaded the OhCanada theme. Tough. That little monkey will just have to grow out of it. I think it will be just as good as the Mozilla Suite, in time.

So, that’s where I am. If you have some time for a browser war yourself let me know how it goes and which ones you try out. I deleted all of mine but for SeaMonkey, the Mozilla Suite and old reliable MSIExplorer.

Somewhere… Out There…

I’m sure there must be more people like me out there, somewhere. Surely at least a couple of them are male. Why do I keep meeting people who want me to be someone else, or expect me to fit some mould/ stereotype? I don’t want to. I like to do things my way, cause my way is good too. It’s not the only way, I’m not completely vain or blind to other options. But, I’m pretty clever in my own way. The odd way.

I am tired of trying to become what people want or expect me to. Or, maybe worse, accepting people (men) and making excuses and rationalizations for how it can work out, how I’m just thinking too much or trying to find someone who can’t really exist. As if I’M the one who is expecting too much. I try to wrap myself around their little finger. It’s damn time I took a coffee break on that.

Surely, there is a guy, who doesn’t live so far away as to require long distance relating, who could actually enjoy my company, as I am. The real me, dorky, nerdy, flawed, passionate, artsy, scared, stubborn, caring, unreasonable, impatient, eccentric, unorganized, sensual, quiet, independent, old fashioned, crafty and on and on. And on.

Why do I keep meeting odd guys who don’t care about the things that matter to me. Guys who seem to have more problems than I do, guys who want me to come to rescue them, guys who don’t care about good punctuation, guys who can’t carry a conversation above sex, guys who lie about things that don’t really matter, guys who think a woman’s body is all that matters. Guys who honestly, really and truly bore me. Why do I keep thinking that is all the choice I have? Why do I sell myself short?

I’m tired of it. But, I just can’t believe there really isn’t at least one guy out there who is abnormal in enough ways to mesh with all my abnormal. No normal, please, that would be boring. There must be an intelligent, interesting, passionate, optimistic guy out there. One who doesn’t need to put me down to make himself feel bigger or better. One who doesn’t mind some chaos and doesn’t think all the dishes have to be sorted by size and put away right away. One who likes to read and talk about ideas, the weather and other things of interest. Bedsport too but not as a focus, crowding out all else.

Anyway, here I am. Come and get me. I’ll leave a trail of typos, chocolate wrappers and spilled coffee. If you have/ know the words you’ll find the way.

One of those Ever Endless Email Quiz Things

  1. WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR KITCHEN PLATES? I eat over the sink or out of measuring cups, microwaves dishes, etc.

  2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt.

  3. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Still the big smiley face my ex husband gave me.

  4. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME? Scrabble

  5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? The Writer

  6. FAVORITE SMELL? vanilla, chocolate, citrus, fresh paper.

  7. LEAST FAVORITE SMELL? spoiled split pea soup or anything else that makes you gag while trying to clean it up.

  8. WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Mmmmmm… nothing in particular for a couple of minutes. Just kind of a satisfied mmmmm kind of feeling. Then I remember I have to go to work, do housework, etc.

9.FAVORITE COLOR? deep, dark red.

  1. LEAST FAVORITE COLOR? black
  2. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE? I check the messages now and then.

  3. FUTURE CHILDS NAMES? Lots of choices, always changing.

  4. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE? Me! Me! Always ME!!!! lol

  5. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Vanilla with lots of chocolate chunks and ribbons of gooey caramel.

  6. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? I would love to but it’s risky to pedestrians.

  7. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Not even when I was a kid.

  8. STORMS-COOL OR SCARY? One of my favourite things. I like to walk outside in the middle of a storm.

  9. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? Ford Tempo.

  10. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE WHO WOULD IT BE? Me, in the future.

  11. FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? Irish coffee when I’m in the mood.

  12. WHAT IS YOUR SIGN & BIRTHDAY? Sagittarius, December, year of the Dragon.

  13. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI? Yes.

  14. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB WHAT WOULD IT BE? Obsessively notorius newspaper columnist.

  15. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR WHAT WOULD IT BE? I like my natural colour.

  16. IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALf EMPTY? What’s it full of?

  17. FAVORITE MOVIE? Pretty much which ever one my date pays for.

  18. DO YOU TYPE WITH THE RIGHT FINGERS ON THE KEYS? Yes, I type as fast as I think.

  19. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? A dust bunny revolution. Have to keep kicking them back under there.

  20. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER? 3, 6, 4, 19, ….

  21. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? Being ignored, I hate that, or maybe that’s a pet peeve…

  22. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR? One that never needs repairs and never runs out of gas.

  23. PERSON(S) MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I’ve been here before.

  24. PERSON(S) YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Ditto.

  25. FAVORITE CD? Friends make them for me, I like all of those.

  26. FAVORITE TV SHOW? Whatever I can sit through.

  27. KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? Relish

  28. HAMBURGERS OR HOT DOGS? Club sandwich.

  29. FAVORITE SOFT DRINK? diet coke but coffee is better.

  30. THE BEST PLACE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN? Where ever I am.

41 what is on your screen saver? I forget, tall ships I think.

  1. BURGER KING OR MCDONALDS? Swiss Chalet.

  2. FAVORITE PET: Human male.

Where Are They Now?: Jonathan Potts

Where Are They Now?: Jonathan Potts

Isn’t he lovely? Well, how would you know. I went to school with Potts. He was our high school valedictorian. One of the really nicest guys I’ve ever known. I don’t think I’ve seen more than a couple of the movies listed here. But I see him on TV commericals and I always wish him well.

Should you happen to stumble across this, I’d love to hear from you Jonathan. I think the last time I saw you was Mowat. (TV appearances don’t really count.)