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Now you can get to know me through a short list of vital statistics. Not all that deep or probing of my psyche, but it's a good synopsis of my character.

For the Record

Name: Colleen Nicole Fischer
Birthday: September 14, 1982
Sign: Virgo

People of this birth sign need order and foundation in their lives, loose ends will irritate them to the point where they take over other people's tasks as they are also irritated by their friends' chaos.

Because of this need for perfection they will find it hard to relax so will be prone to suffer from stress.

In relationships they can be very committed and will work hard at them, but if they feel cheated or unappreciated then their pride will force them to take drastic action.

The best gift a Virgo is given is the ability to make order out of chaos and because of this strength others will be attracted to them . Where work is concerned they operate best if given a task and left to get on with it. Their planning and organisational skills will be their ticket to success.

Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania
Family: Two parents (Barb and Greg), five younger brothers (Dan, Sean, Kyle, Sam, and Zach)
Pets: Two dogs (Oscar and Zoe)


Occupation: Student
College: Northwestern University
School: Medill School of Journalism
Major: Journalism

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System Preferences

Author: Mark Twain
Book: Pride and Prejudice
: Emily Dickinson
Poem: "The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk"

I am monarch of all I survey;
My right there is none to dispute;
From the centre all round to the sea
I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
O Solitude! where are the charms
That sages have seen in thy face?
Better dwell in the midst of alarms,
Than reign in this horrible place.

I am out of humanity’s reach,
I must finish my journey alone,
Never hear the sweet music of speech;
I start at the sound of my own.
The beasts that roam over the plain
My form with indifference see;
They are so unacquainted with man,
Their tameness is shocking to me.

Society, Friendship, and Love
Divinely bestow’d upon man,
O, had I the wings of a dove
How soon would I taste you again!
My sorrows I then might assuage
In the ways of religion and truth;
Might learn from the wisdom of age,
And be cheer’d by the sallies of youth.

Ye winds that have made me your sport,
Convey to this desolate shore
Some cordial endearing report
Of a land I shall visit no more:
My friends, do they now and then send
A wish or a thought after me?
O tell me I yet have a friend,
Though a friend I am never to see.

How fleet is a glance of the mind!
Compared with the speed of its flight,
The tempest itself lags behind,
And the swift-wingèd arrows of light.
When I think of my own native land
In a moment I seem to be there;
But alas! recollection at hand
Soon hurries me back to despair.

But the sea-fowl is gone to her nest,
The beast is laid down in his lair;
Even here is a season of rest,
And I to my cabin repair.
There’s mercy in every place,
And mercy, encouraging thought!
Gives even affliction a grace
And reconciles man to his lot.

Subject: Archaeology
Ancient Civilization: Egypt
Pharaoh: Sebekneferu


The King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Sobekkare
The Female Horus, She who is Beloved of Re, Merytre
She whose Appearance is Stable, Djedetkha
Daughter of Power, Zatsekhemnebettawy
The Daughter of Re, Sebekneferu

Restaurant: Olive Mountain
Beverage: Orange juice with lots of pulp
Food: Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon Mexican Spice Blend
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
5 whole green chilies, canned
4 chipotle chilies, canned
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 cup Cheddar and Jack Cheeses, shredded
16 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, canned
Garnish: chopped cilantro, chopped scallions, sour cream, chopped tomatoes

Coat large saute pan with oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken over medium heat, allow 7 minutes each side or until no longer pink. Sprinkle chicken with cumin, garlic powder and Mexican spices before turning. Remove chicken to a platter, allow to cool.

Saute onion and garlic in chicken drippings until tender. Add corn and chiles. Stir well to combine. Add canned tomatoes, saute 1 minute.

Pull chicken breasts apart by hand into shredded strips. Add shredded chicken to saute pan, combine with vegetables. Dust the mixture with flour to help set.

Microwave tortillas on high for 30 seconds. This softens them and makes them more pliable. Coat the bottom of 2 (13 by 9-inch) pans with a ladle of enchilada sauce. Using a large shallow bowl, dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce to lightly coat. Spoon 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each tortilla. Fold over filling, place 8 enchiladas in each pan with seam side down. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese melts. Garnish with cilantro, scallion, sour cream and chopped tomatoes before serving. Serve with Spanish rice and beans.

Yield: 16 enchiladas, 8 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Activity: Umm ... making web sites
Computer Games: The Sims and Civilization II
Computers: Macs


Band: R.E.M.
Singer: Bono
DJ: Moby
Song: "Pinball Wizard"

Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton I must have played them all
But I ain't seen nothing like him in any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

He stands like a statue, becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers, always playing clean
Plays by intuition, the digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

He's a pinball wizard, there has to be a twist
A pinball wizard's got such a supple wrist
How do you think he does it I don't know
What makes him so good

Ain't got no distractions, can't hear no buzzes or bells
Don't see lights a-flashing, plays by sense of smell
Always gets a replay, never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

I thought I was the Bally table king
But I just handed my pinball crown to him

Even on my favourite table, he can beat my best
His disciples lean him in and he just does the rest
He's got crazy flipper fingers, never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

Musical: My Fair Lady
Play: The Importance of Being Earnest
: Shakespeare in Love
Television Show: Trading Spaces

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Copyright © 2002 Colleen Fischer | Last updated October 7, 2002