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Dec. 19th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 7

He's charming, funny, sensitive, scared of clowns and if he didn't have such a great chemistry with Temperance Brennan he could take up permanent residence with me under the mistletoe.  




Dec. 18th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 6

 I was an O.C. watcher.  There.  Now you know.  I have no shame about this for I was able to see on a weekly basis the subject of today's icon.  He's sexy with a sweet smile that catches you off guard because of his usual brooding countenance.  Plus, I really like it when he's shirtless.  I bet you do too.



Dec. 17th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 5

 This guy was one of my first crushes and he still does it for me.  That sense of humor, that cocky confidence, that silly grin, that way with wookies - how could you not be smitten?


Dec. 16th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 4

 I realize this could be a risky choice but, darn it, I can't help myself.  It's the brooding looks and the accent.  Yeah, I'm easy.  I'm so easy I'm including more than one look.



Dec. 15th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 3

Ned would be Ned the Pie Maker from Pushing Daisies.  He's just so sweet and well, damaged.  It's a bit irresistible.


Dec. 14th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 2

 It's day 2, people!


Dec. 13th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 1

 I found a delightful batch of icons by take_wingand decided to do a 12 days of Christmas theme using them.  Just take a gander at my icon to see who I want to meet under the mistletoe and then click the link for a picture which should give you some idea of why I have such a desire.  By the way, today's picture is courtesy of the investigative work of writteninstars.

Happy Holidays!


Nov. 13th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Sigh Not So

Stolen from writteninstars

I believe the Bard may have had the following to say about yours truly. 

Blast!  The code isn't working, but the quote reads thus:

"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow reckleslinguist.  Like a Colossus!"


Nov. 6th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

And So It Is

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed upon the beaches of Normandy in the greatest seaborne invasion in recorded history. The success of the invasion allowed the Allies to secure Normandy which lead to the liberation of Western Europe and the eventual downfall of Nazi Germany. The human cost of this triumph was staggering.

My paternal grandfather was among the thousands of enlisted young men during World War II. His army division was bound for the shores of Normandy to take part in the great invasion. He was 22 years old. Mere weeks prior to his company’s schedule departure it was discovered that my grandfather could type. Though intelligent and witty, he was a southern Tennessee farm boy; how he had acquired this skill I have no idea. The rarity of such a typist was of value to Army. He was pulled from his company and appointed to serve as a "secretary" to an officer. Separated from his company - the young men, the brothers, he had trained with - my grandfather objected to his reassignment. He wanted to serve alongside his fellows wherever the war would take them. He was advised gently but firmly that he would not want to be among the invading forces. His company departed without him, and many of them gave their lives in the invasion. June 6, 1944, saw my grandfather, without the sands of Normandy at his feet, survive another day.

He did serve in the European theater. Following the invasion, he arrived in France and later moved into Germany where he acquitted himself with honor during the liberation. In the end, he came home to Tennessee, to his young wife and two small children (one of whom is my father). He worked his farm, had three more children, became a respected member of his community as a craftsman and builder, and had an acclaimed career in the state’s park service. He told stories to his children and grandchildren of a war in far away places.

Had he not been able to type, perhaps his life would have ended that early June day - June 6. Yet, he was spared the beaches. His life moved forward, his years passed, he laughed, cried, loved and lost. And June 6 came again. Sixty-three years beyond the shattered quiet of Normandy morning, he drew his last breath. I stood at his side. Me, a not even dreamed of being that long ago day, and I gave him my love and my thanks and wished him rest. I am grateful for his journey and I am most thankful for the portion of it which I walked with him.

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Sep. 15th, 2007

Pink gnome by jarkai

Birthday Baby

Happy Birthday


Remember that you are a beautiful, vibrant woman with a future full of possibilities!  Have a great day!



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