26 December 2008
1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess. (Post your guesses in the comment section.)
4. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions
1. Not only does he own a personalized matching set of crocodile-skin luggage, but his favorite TV program is Baywatch. So you see there's always someone sadder than you.
2. It's only in pencil! Pencil never counts.
3. I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.
4. He's the sort who can't know anyone intimately, least of all a woman. He doesn't know what a woman is. He wants you for a possession, something to look at, like a painting or an ivory box. Something to own and to display. He doesn't want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn't love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms. It's our last chance...
5. I’ll have what she’s having.
6. Only after disaster can we be resurrected.
7. You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia…
8. Here's the Remains of the Day lunchbox. Kids don't like eating at school, but if they have a Remains of the Day lunchbox they're a lot happier.
9. A- You can never go too far. B- If I'm gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that.
10. I'm here in case you succeed.
11. Am I buggin’ you? I don’t mean to bug ya.
12. It's hell out there. Matthew's trapped with an evangelist from Minnesota.
13. Gentlemen, the lunchbox has landed!
14. Better watch out, Sammy. You'll get healthy eating all that crap.
15. The French are glad to die for love. They delight in fighting duels. But I prefer a man who lives... and gives expensive... jewels.
10 November 2008
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13 October 2008
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are a Doris!
You are a Doris -- "I must help others."
Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.
How to Get Along with Me
- * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.
- * Share fun times with me.
- * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.
- * Let me know that I am important and special to you.
- * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.
In Intimate Relationships
- * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.
- * Reassure me often that you love me.
- * Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.
What I Like About Being a Doris
- * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends
- * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better
- * being generous, caring, and warm
- * being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings
- * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor
What's Hard About Being a Doris
- * not being able to say no
- * having low self-esteem
- * feeling drained from overdoing for others
- * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish
- * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should
- * being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them
- * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings
Dorises as Children Often
- * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism
- * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding
- * are outwardly compliant
- * are popular or try to be popular with other children
- * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention
- * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)
Dorises as Parents
- * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)
- * are often playful with their children
- * wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"
- * can become fiercely protective
30 September 2008
One year ago today, we were on the last leg of our move from NC to CA. It was, in short, the Drive From Hell. We started the morning (at 6 AM, as I recall) Gallup, NM, and didn't stop till we'd reached Dublin, 916 miles later. We had 2 cars with us, so that meant Mitch and I both had to drive that entire route. If I never set foot (so to speak) on I-5 again, it will be too soon! I will say this, though, I'd never been so glad to happen upon 24-hr Starbucks in all my life! I literally think that large (grande? venti? whatever the F they call a "large" there) white chocolate mocha I ordered around 11pm was one of the two thing that kept me awake during that final stretch (the other being a Jack station out of Fresno that seemed to be channeling my iTunes library, thus allowing me to sing U2 and Police songs at the top of my lungs for a few hours).
After a year, CA is feeling very much like home (esp. thanks to the new, larger house we're in now after 11 months of being cooped up!)
26 September 2008
My campaign to rid the world of poor grammar is working! I apparently have inspired others. A few days ago, I pulled into the same gas station where I launched my campaign back in April. At the same island where it all began, I was thrilled to find this, with corrections already added.
23 September 2008
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22 July 2008
He grabbed a glass and plate from the cupboard. He poured the grape soda into the glass, and inhaled a deep breath of air, allowing its purple effervescence to caress his nose and lungs like the touch of soft velvet.
I think I am in danger of shooting that same grape soda out my nose if it carries on too much more like this!
21 July 2008
This afternoon, I was out running some errands and stopped to use the restroom. There was a woman already waiting, so I quietly stepped in behind her, forming a 2-person line. No big deal, right? Suddenly, the woman turned around and began this long, drawn out explanation of why she was waiting there ("It's a one-=person restroom, I can hear someone in there running water, but they haven't come out yet...") I saw no reason to question her motives, since this is how normal people everywhere handle this sort of situation, so I just smiled and nodded at her. I thought all was going as these things typically do.
We heard a paper towel dispenser doing its thing, and the woman who'd been in the room exited. The woman who'd been blathering on at me (in fluent English, with an American accent, I should add), stepped forward to enter the room. I stayed where I was, making no moves to muscle her into letting me go first or anything like that. The woman stepped through the door, looked around inside, and then turned around to me. In a VERY loud voice, and speakign VERY slowly, called out, "There is only room for one person in here. Uno persons!" and then held up one finger, to help make her point. Then again, in case I'd not understood I guess, "Just UNO persons - UNO!" and went inside.
I was, to say the least, not really sure what the deal was. When she came out, she then made a big production of holding the door for me and saying (again, in that loud talking to someone who does not speak English voice),"It's OK to go in now! You can go now! It's OK!!!" and then gestured for me to enter. At that point, it dawned on me, she doesn't think I speak English!
I'm not sure what made her assume I don't speak English. I'd not said anything to her, just smiled and nodded once, but does that mean a person can't understand what's being said? And seriously, if I was someone who didn't speak English, why assume I speak Spanish. If only I'd had the presence of mind, I'd have thanked her, in Russian, of course.
10 July 2008
07 July 2008
While doing some work cleaning out the garage this weekend, I came across a box of old pictures, mostly things just tossed in at random over the years. I found several good ones from high school and college, and so I spent some time scanning them and uploading a few to Facebook. Ethan loved seeing old pics of me and Mitch, friends of ours from school, etc. He even mistook a few old pics of Mitch (during his pre-school years) as pics of himself wearing outfits he does not remember.
I was talking to my mom about all of this at lunch today, saying something to the effect of "it's interesting to see where the people I knew in first grade (or thereabouts) have ended up." I mean, who can really tell, at age 6 or 7, what anyone will become as an adult? Ethan was listening to all of this, and started asking me to tell him about some people. I obliged, telling him Chris is now a doctor, Shannon is now an accountant, and so on. He was quiet for a while and then asked, "What about Dick Cheney?" I said "What about Dick Cheney?" thinking perhaps he'd moved on to another topic, to which he replied, "Didn't you go to first grade with Dick Cheney?" I'm not sure how old he thinks I am, or how old he things Dick is, but I assured him, I did NOT go to first grade with DC. I know all grown-ups look old to kids, so I am not even thinking about the 40 yr age gap in play here.
And if I had gone to school with the Evil One, do you think I'd admit it? I'm sure Mrs Elrod wouldn't admit she'd taught him.
04 July 2008
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27 June 2008
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them
5) Put a star next to those you've only partially read.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
**10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens** but love the movie w/ Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow ;-)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
**14 Complete Works of Shakespeare**
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
**20 Middlemarch - George Eliot**
**21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell** so shoot me, I only made it to page 63
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
**24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy**
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh One of my top 3 all-time favs
**27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky** (but don't tell Mrs Barlow, my 11th grade AP English teacher!)
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck loathed this one
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis Um, hello, this is one of the Chonicles of Narnia!
**37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini**
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
**51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel** Maybe I'll finish this someday
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville No. Never. Not on your life.
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
**89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle**
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare again, this would go in his complete works, no?
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
23 June 2008
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19 June 2008
|You are Felix Gaeta. Tactical Officer on Galactica. Loyal, smart and intelligent. You have saved the fleet on more than one occasion. You secretly worked against the cylon backed government while on New Caprica.|
Take the Quiz! Battlestar Galactica Quiz
10 June 2008
09 June 2008
On Thursday Ethan and I will be going to see Barenaked Ladies. To get in the mod, I'm trolling the web looking for cool clips - enjoy!
This first clip is one of my favs, Raisins, from their new "Snacktime" CD, followed by that oldie but goodie, One Week.
The second clip is an interview about the album.
08 June 2008
In reading the paper this afternoon, I came across a quite striking ad and proposition: Be one of the first 175 people to spend $200 on Emporio Armani underwear at the Macy's in Union Square starting tomorrow, and I'll get to meet David Beckham later this month.
Apparently we buy now, and
15 May 2008
Let's get this out of the way first: Neil Finn is a song-writing god. I've always thought it, but last night confirmed it. WOW - the Crowded House show at the Fillmore was just amazing, I wish I was going to tonight's show and the 2 this weekend in LA. if it were possible, I'd be there.
They played for a full 2.5 hrs, and, though they didn't get all my favorites (if they had, we'd have been there twice as long!), they did pay about 40 songs - including a 45 minute long encore. That, my friends, is how it should be done. This was our first time at the Fillmore, and it was great - it's an old hall, no seats, just boxes upstairs and a dance floor and bar on the main level. But, this worked well for us, as we were able to be right in front. I spent the entire show not more than 15 feet from the band. The pics in this post were taken with my iPhone - I wish I'd brought my regular camera - I'm sure with a zoom and all I'd have been able to get some really good shots.
I'm still waiting for the band's web site to post the set list, but here's what I remember, in no particular order:
Four Seasons in One Day
Don't Dream It's Over
Love This Life
Whispers and Moans
World Where You Live
Now Were Getting Somewhere
Love You 'Til the Day I Die
I Feel Possessed
When You Come
Love This Life
Don't Stop Now
She Called Up
You Are the One to Make Me Cry
Fall at Your Feet
Four Seasons in One Day
Won't Give In
Nobody Wants To
Several brand new songs whose names I don't know
Covers: American Woman, the whole thing (and it ROCKED!) sung by Mark Hart, followed by Australian Woman - Neil's tribute to the Bee Gees sung in a hilarious falsetto right after American Woman
It's All Right (partial)
You Sexy Thing (partial)
The band was really into things and you could tell they were having a blast - as was the crowd. Poor Nick Seymour was plagued by technical woes with his amp and monitor throughout, but did an amazing job nonetheless. Fun audience participation highlights included an impromptu group music lesson in the middle of Chocolate Cake, wherein Neil made us sing scales (I kid you not!), lots of group singing, call and answer types things, etc. When we were all singing Don't Dream It's Over, Neil had the crowd take over the final chorus and we all, it seems, have been listening to the same live recordings at home because the whole place drew out that final "Home" for the same (very long) length, then held for an oddly-timed rest and came back in with "soon" in unison. It was very, very cool. Neil looked a bit surprised and pleased, to say the least.
They finished the tour in LA this weekend, then, as I understand it, head home to work on a new album - it can't come out soon enough for me!
13 May 2008
09 May 2008
I am all about Barenaked Ladies, as you probably know, and am LOVING their new CD, Snack Time, a collection of original kids songs. "789" is the first single (see video above), though there are some other songs that have already become new favorites of mine (I've only had the book and CD about 3 hrs now!), especially "The Ninjas," "Bad Day," and "Crazy ABCs."
They'll be in town on Ethan's last day of school and we're going to see them - I am counting down the days, believe me! If you love BNL, have a kid, or just love catchy songs, you can't go wrong with this CD. This quote says it all, "Our collective kids now outnumber the band more than 2 to 1," explains vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson. "We set out to make a record that would be entertaining for them…not strictly a children's record, but a record that children would really enjoy. Our kids are in to all kinds of music. They love the They Might Be Giants kids records, but they also love The Beatles, Fountains of Wayne, Randy Newman, Black Eyed Peas and Green Day. Making the focus about what our kids like was a truly liberating process and fun for the whole band."
30 April 2008
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10 April 2008
My Lost Tooth
On April 6th, my tooth was loose.
I wiggled it and I wiggled it!
It did not come out.
It finally came out on April 10th.
I swallowed it!
Any literary or studio agents reading this, please contact me to begin negotiations for film and book rights ;-)
I need to start carrying a Sharpie marker with me, but a regular old black pen works just as well, I suppose. This morning, I struck back in the fight for proper punctuation. I may well find myself banned from the ARCO in Danville, CA, but it'll be worth it. You see, after I added the comma and put the pen away, I realized I should have gone "whole assed" (to quote Jamie Buchman from "Mad About You") and added a period at the end. I'm already plotting my next trip to the ARCO.
07 April 2008
The news is out! Dad bought me a Webkinz. It is reallly well designed and is the biggest craze I’ve seen in a long time.. It is comparable to the tamgachi and beani babies of your early youth. Every first grade through 5th grade student has one. They are awesome, yet a bit addicting.
I need your help. I can’t make enough money to feed my Webkinz. I have failed at three jobs so far. Please do not check my resume. My Webkinz has survived on pudding which is the sale item.
Please tap into my account and do something about it. Remember, I can get kicked off the site if not used appropriately. No mating of Webkinz. Any ways here is the information you will need.
Thanks, Gotta go and make some real money.
P.S. Don”t give my password away………seriously
LOL! As someone who spends waaaay too much time at the site (thank you Ethan!), I really feel for this woman and her pudding-eating Webkin. If only I knew the username and password, I'd log in and win her some KinzCash...
02 April 2008
APRIL 2, 2008
Thanks for your note. How coincidental that just this morning we have just completed the application process for [xxx]’s entry into the 5 yr. convent internship program, conveniently located adjacent the main gate at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
Having the Army so nearby gives the sisters that added sense of security.
I am sure she’ll be in touch once the 2 year seclusion period passes.
31 March 2008
30 March 2008
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18 March 2008
You Are a Fortune Cookie
You're a rather normal person, except that you have extraordinary luck in life.
People want to be around you (even when they're a little sick of you), in hopes of being lucky too!
17 March 2008
Destruction rained down on Ethan's classroom today, as the class discovered that their room had been overrun by leprechaun vandals over the weekend. Books were tossed around, chairs turned over, name tags on desks switched, and everyone's behavior card was turned to red. No leprechauns were caught (in spite of 20 traps set around the room), but taunting notes, footprints, and gold coins were left in the vandals' wake. Ethan's trap is the one you can see here - the hill with an Irish flag, a pot of gold, and tons of shiny shamrocks and leprechauns glued on to attract the creatures so renown for their love of all things tacky.
15 March 2008
My mom and I went to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show this afternoon, and I am now in serious need of a garden. I addition to the fabbo display gardens, the vendors were to die for - finally, a garden show that requires vendors to actually be garden-related! Really, how many booths of junk jewelry and happy hands at home crafts must one stroll past without ever stopping before event organizers get that no one wants that crap? Luckily, the SF people get it. I got some great looking plants that I'm itching to get into pots, and a way cool vertical garden pot set. Oh, and now I know what outdoor tub I need to put neat to my dream outdoor shower someday...
04 March 2008
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07 February 2008
I was at a meeting today at my new job (which is going fabulously, btw), and one of the head guys was wandering through the area saying hello to everyone as things were getting started, doing that standard, "Hi, how are you?" thing where you ask the question but don't really stick around to hear the answer. So, he got to me, and was chatting with me when he noticed my laptop on the table behind me.
My desktop wallpaper is the photo accompanying this post.
So, he glanced at the screen, and asked, "Oh, is that your husband?" I was just speechless. I think my reply was "Uhhhhhh...." before he moved on to the next person. The girl sitting next to me, however, was quite amused. Now I'm just wondering who to bring to the co. summer picnic or Christmas party. I've warned Mitch, and he is on the lookout for some Fly shades...