The World According to Tiff Sniff

Meandering ponderings and wonderings on the state of things.

Friday Fun

Welcome, baby Emma Nicole! My friend Jason and Heather welcomed their daughter yesterday. She is amazingly beautiful. Shiloh-Nouvel ain't got nothing on this girl. Pictures when I have them.


80 Questions

Do you watch the Gilmore Girls? Only when Logan isn't on it. I'm glad they shipped him overseas. Maybe his plane will crash and we won't have to watch it anymore.

Have you ever enjoyed listening to Jack Johnson? Many times. I look forward to enjoying his music again in the near future.

Have you ever seen or enjoyed watching the O.C.? I loved it until halfway through this last season, when it inexplicably got really, really bad.

Do you have one or more Britney Spears C.D.? No, and I'm proud to say that I have never owned one in my life.

Do you regularly watch the news? No. I get my information from various news websites. I'm a big fan of,, and

Which radio stations are your favorites? 100.1

Do you have a song by Ozzy Osbourne in your library? No

Queen? Absolutely!

Alanis Morisette? Yes

Do you watch Family Guy regularly? Nope. I keep hearing how fabulous it is, but I just can't get into it.

The Simpsons? I would if I could, but it never seems to be on when I can watch it.

King of the Hill? Not really

Seventh Heaven? I watched it for a few months while I was in grad school. But I got bored with it.

Do you read trashy romance novels often? Not trashy ones. And not what you're thinking of when you think "romance novels". I'm a big fan of Jennifer Crusie.

Do you really work out every day? No. I should, though.

Have you ever eaten an entire pint or more of ice cream by yourself? Yes, and I loved every minute of it.

Have you ever eaten nothing but junk food for a week straight? Not that I can remember. I feel really sick after a day or two with no "real" food.

Do you sing obnoxiously in the car when you're driving alone? Don't you? What's the point of having a radio if you're not going to sing along? I do it when people ride with me, too.

Do you sing obnoxiously in the shower when no one's home? No, I'm usually still half asleep

Have you ever watched a little kid's show when you were over 12? I worked in day care for 10 years. What do you think?

Have you ever looked forward to going to school? I loved it until law school. That pretty much finished me off.

The Necessary Love Questions That Aren't So Necessary
Have you ever pretended your crush was with you when they werent really? When I was young. I had/have a healthy imagination.

What did you draw for your first crush back in elementary school? I have never been confident in my drawing abilities. I was more likely to give him my dessert or sit by him on the rug or something.

Have you ever liked a girl or guy but didn't ask them out because you were afraid? Yes, although I don't "ask guys out". I have been too afraid to reveal my true feelings, though.

Have you ever written a poem or story about your love life? Not directly, but a lot of what I write has been affected by my experiences.

An autobiography? My life isn't that dramatic.

Have you ever spent over an hour thinking about nothing but nothing? I don't think so. I have spent hours in thought about real things, though.

Have you ever liked someone solely for their appearance? No more than a passing appreciation

The Questions You Love: Completely and Utterly Pointless Ones

Do you eat all the servings in the food groups on a daily basis? No, but I try to have plenty of protein and fiber every day.

Are you ever a freak about cleanliness or organization? Not at all

Have you ever been to South America or Africa? Not yet

Have you ever owned a Klutz book or kit? No.

Do you know how to knit? Just a little. I'm much better with crochet.

Do you have a cell phone or an iPod with a patterened cover? No, I'm not fifteen anymore.

Have you ever written love song lyrics yourself and put them in your profile? Um, no.

Do you keep a diary or journal (online or on paper)? Yes.

Do you own a striped sweater? No. I'm not big on stripes.

How often do you take a bubble bath? My new bathtub stopper doesn't work, so not much. I used to take one every Saturday, though.

When you open your closet, what is the dominant color of your clothes? black. But I have a pretty healthy array overall.

Truly Unusual This or That Questions
Baskin Robbins or Coldstone? Baskin. It's a classic.

Sees or Godiva? Sees

The Shins or the Decemberists? The Shins.

America or Canada? America. Nashville, specifically.

Physics or chemistry? I did so badly in chemistry that I never took physics. Tara is the scientist. Well, and Dad.

Earphones or headphones? Headphones. My ear canals are small, and earphones hurt and don't stay in well.

Chocolate brown or teal? Brown, although I wore both together yesterday.

Earrings or a ring? Earrings

Commitment or casual dating? Um, how about casual until we get to the point that we're ready to make a commitment. In general, though, I don't waste my time. I won't go out with someone just because they ask me. I have to think it could go somewhere. Sorry, I'm picky.

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? Harry

Fly or road trip? Depends on how far I'm going.

Starbucks or Petes? Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Another Wave of Random Questions

What is your favorite Disney movie? Aladdin

How much jewelry do you own? Not as much as my mom.

Have you memorized the rejection hotline, just in case? No, but I used to keep a copy of the LA one in my wallet, when I lived there.

Have you ever given someone the rejection hotline as your number? Only in jest. I don't give anything to the people I'm rejecting. Otherwise it's just leading them on, and that's mean.

Do you own any Care Bears memorabilia? Does an actual Care Bear count? Not that I still have one. And if I did, I certainly wouldn't keep it in my room, not me. (Note to self: be sure to get home and "clean" room before you have company over.)

Do you have a comforter on your bed? A big hypoallergenic one that I got for Christmas. Now if only I had a duvet cover for it.....

Dodgeball Update

For those of you wondering, our tournament went very, very well this past weekend. We had 16 teams (not as many as we'd hoped, but still a great turnout) and somewhere around 150 or so spectators. We raised $1380 after expenses, which will go a long way to helping our two missions teams pay for our travel.

Highlights included the goth team called "Precious in His Sight", the winning team that was entirely composed of people from a "rival" church, a kickin' bake sale and facepainting for the kids, and the ministry team that, surprisingly, stayed in the competition well into the night. This although they asked to play first to "get it over with".

So it was a great night, and we're definitely looking forward to this being a growth enterprise.

Sea Change

I think my alma maters are out to embarrass me.

Colleen Graffey was the director of Pepperdine's London Program while I attended in the fall of 2001, and when I worked as the program assistant back in Malibu in 2002-2003.

I didn't like her then, and I don't like her now. To think that she, as a former professor of international law and a current diplomat, would basically defend keeping Gitmo open based on the "Well, it happened to us once" defense, blatantly ignoring international conventions and laws as well as the US Constitution, makes me embarassed to admit that so much of my professional training and education was associated with her.

More and more I am disgusted with the Republican party. If you had asked me three years ago, I would have told you that while I evaluated each candidate and election individually, I usually aligned with the GOP. No more. After watching our administration repeatedly violate the most basic human rights of these people, after cringing as the politicos who call themselves "Christian" tried to pass a Constitutional amendment banning one of the most basic American rights to a huge part of the population based on nothing more than a general uncomfortability with sexuality, and after seeing the basic disrespect these people have for the common man who pays their salaries, I'm done.

Consider me a Democrat-leaning independent from now on. It will be a long time before I vote for a Republican again.

Dodgeball Tournament 2006

It's that time again! For the second year in a row, Otter Creek Church in Brentwood will be holding a dodgeball tournament to raise money for missions.

It starts this Saturday, June 10, at 4:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per player, and the spectator fee is $3. Teams must have at least 6 players, and must be co-ed. You can also sign up individually and we will place you on a team. Players must be at least 16 years old, and will have to sign a liability waiver before they can play.

The tournament will be held in the gym at Otter Creek, with concessions and face-painting for the kids.

If you're interested in playing, shoot me an email at tiffsniff (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Hope to see you there!

Coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee

My Boca Java stuff finally came! Woo hoo! In case you don't read Malia's blog (and you really should), BJ is a company that is starting up to sell coffee online. Specifically, they are targeting their marketing to us bloggers. As a part of that, a few of us lucky dogs get to drink some of their coffee for free, in return for reviewing it on our blogs.

Of course, the family I'm housesitting for doesn't have a coffee machine.

But I'll go get mine from the apartment and set up camp. I'm really excited about this. I drink a lot of coffee, but I'm definitely not a connoss a conosseu an expert. I know what I like, though, and I think I can express myself fairly well.

And if you don't drink it, I will also be reviewing several different brands of chocolate bar, at various costs and levels of importedness. It's a lot of work, but I'm willing to sacrifice for you.

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