Since I have missed so many Friday Fives (a whole years worth!), I figure I can do a Friday Five on Saturday. Why not?
1. What is your most prized material possession?
My wedding ring and my Grand Officer quilt.
2. What item, that you currently own, have you had the longest?
I actually have, somewhere, a baby blanket that I "owned" even before I was out of the womb!
3. Are you a packrat?
No! No! No!
4. Do you prefer a spic-and-span clean house? Or is some clutter necessary to avoid the appearance of a museum?
My home is not cluttered and it is usually pretty clean, but I wish it were even MORE museum like. Like this or this. I'm all for less is more.
5. Do the rooms in your house have a theme? Or is it a mixture of knick-knacks here and there?
I'm not really a theme person, but I do use a kind of color scheme approach.
Living room/dining room: browns, reds, gold
Bathroom: yellow and daisies
Bedroom: dark red and dark sage green
Office room: lavender, pastels
Saturday, February 28, 2004
Since I have missed so many Friday Fives (a whole years worth!), I figure I can do a Friday Five on Saturday. Why not?
Friday, February 27, 2004
The bad news is: there is no Friday Five today.
The good news is: There are lots and lots of Friday Fives that I have never done.
Here's the Friday Five from this week, last year.
1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?
Magazines. Once a month or so I go to Barnes and Noble and read tons of magazines. Some of the ones I read are: Oprah, People, In Touch, Martha Stewart Kids, Santa Barbara, Town and Country, Mental_Floss, Harpers, and Jane.
2. What is your favorite novel?
This is always a tough question to answer. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells or She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
I love poetry. My favorite poem changes with my mood, but here's one of my top 10.
Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man
by Odgen Nash
It is common knowledge to every schoolboy and even every Bachelor of arts,
That all sin is divided into two parts.
One kind of sin is called a sin of commission, and that is very important,
And it is what you are doing when you are doing something you ortant,
And the other kind of sin is just the opposite and is called a sin of omission and is equally bad in the eyes of all right-thinking people, from Billy Sunday to Buddha,
And it consists of not having done something you shuddha.
I might as well give you my opinion of these two kinds of sin as long as, in a way, against each other we are pitting them,
And that is, don't bother your head about the sins of commission because however sinful, they must at least be fun or else you wouldn't be committing them.
It is the sin of omission, the second kind of sin,
That lays eggs under your skin.
The way you really get painfully bitten
Is by the insurance you haven't taken out and the checks you haven't added up the stubs of and the appointments you haven't kept and the bills you haven't paid and the letters you haven't written.
Also, about sins of omission there is one particularly painful lack of beauty,
Namely, it isn't as though it had been a riotous red-letter day or night every time you neglected to do your duty;
You didn't get a wicked forbidden thrill
Every time you let a policy lapse or forget to pay a bill;
You didn't slap the lads in the tavern on the back and loudly cry Whee,
Let's all fail to write just one more letter before we go home, and this round of unwritten letters is on me.
No, you never get any fun
Out of things you haven't done,
But they are the things that I do not like to be amid,
Because the suitable things you didn't do give you a lot more trouble than the unsuitable things you did.
The moral is that it is probably better not to sin at all, but if some kind of sin you must be pursuing,
Well, remember to do it by doing rather than by not doing.
4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
I've always wanted to read "And Ladies of the Club" which was recommended to me by my Aunt Pat. I bought it at the Library book sale years ago but haven't read it yet for two reasons. First, it's an old book and I really like new, crisp pages to read, and second, it is over 1,000 pages in teeny type.
5. What are you currently reading?
Fundamentals of Extremism, How to Photograph your Life.
Thursday, February 26, 2004
I've always maintained that this blog wouldn't get political (at least not yet, anyway), so all I am going to say is:
I have HAD. ENOUGH. ALREADY.
For more details on that, please email me. If you can take my ranting.
I've been building a statistics page for my new site. Here we go:
Number of days this week that Will and I slept on the floor in an attempt to straighten out my spine (which has been feeling crooked all week): 2
Date on which we watched the 100th episode of Friends on DVD: 2/24/04
Number of Post-its I used today: 9
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
It's Fat Tuesday! If we were in New Orleans we'd be partying on Bourbon Street, eating Etoufee, drinking at Pat O'Brien's (Hurricanes!), and listening to jazz. Alas, I am not in New Orleans, but at work, reminiscing about beignets and bars.
See pictures of Will and me in NOLA last year.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Monday, February 23, 2004
The last scene of SATC (it's just heartbreakingly wonderful):
Carrie (v.o.): Later that day, I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic. Those that are old and familiar. Those that bring up lots of questions.
We see Carrie typing her column and Harry and Charlotte walking with puppies.
Carrie (v.o.): Those that bring you somewhere unexpected. Those that bring you far from where you started.
Miranda, Steve and Brady giggling at the table.
Carrie (v.o.): And those that bring you back.
Samantha and Smith having sex while he does crunches. LOL.
Carrie (v.o.): But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself.
Carrie’s cell phone rings. It says “John.”
Carrie (v.o.): And if you find someone to love the you you love -
Big: What’s shaking, baby?
Carrie: How’s Napa?
Big: The house is on the market. Look out, New York – I’m a-coming!
Carrie laughs, incredibly happy.
Carrie: Well, that’s just fabulous.
Just Fabulous. Click here for the entire transcript.
Friday, February 20, 2004
It's Friday Five time....
When was the last time you...
1. ...went to the doctor?
January 5, 9:55pm. I keep records.
2. ...went to the dentist?
September 26. Oral evaluation & cleaning.
3. ...filled your gas tank?
A few weeks ago...I'm on E. I hate pumping gas, especially in the winter, so I'll keep driving until the line goes a little below the E.
4. ...got enough sleep?
Last night...somehow I am still tired though.
5. ...backed up your computer?
Argh. Don't remind me. I am convinced that my Mac is going to die any day now (for no real reason--I'm suddenly a computer-hypochondriac) and I am going to just fall apart if I lose my pictures. This weekend I will back up!
Thursday, February 19, 2004
First off, Cinema Paradiso is simply beautiful. Please go right out and rent it.
Secondly, March is right around the corner and it is going to be the end of an era.......
+ Sex and the City is coming to its finale with, finally (phew!), Big back in the picture
+ Goodbye blogspot, hello webpage!
+ A possible career change?
+ My English-only speaking days are over. I'm learning Spanish.
Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
So true, so true.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Antelope Valley Independent Film Festival starts this week with Cinema Paradiso, which I am hoping to get tickets to. I love going to foreign films!
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
+ Metrosexual: An urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle.
+ Butterfly Effect: The idea that the flapping of a single butterfly's wing today can produce a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month's time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn't happen. Or maybe one that wasn't going to happen, does. Also, a good movie.
+ Joy-to-Stuff Ratio: The time a person has to enjoy life versus the time a person spends accumulating material goods.
+ Voluntary Simplicity: A lifestyle that consciously avoids luxury, flamboyance, and pretense. As in:
"All of these things are part of the -- get your buzzword notebook out --'voluntary simplicity' movement. Catered dinner parties are out. Potluck is in. Lobbying for a pay raise is out. Trading increased salary for extra vacation time is in. People are exchanging dry-cleaning lifestyles for wash and wear ones, and they don't feel deprived." —Brandy Hilboldt, "Simplify Wanted," The Florida Times-Union, August 8, 2000
+ Job spill: Work or work-related tasks that carry over into personal time. (Like when your boss calls you on the weekend.)
All definitions are from The Word Spy, with the exception of the Chaos Theory explanation which comes from Ian Stewart.
Sunday, February 15, 2004
Find Your Spot is fa-fa-fabulous fun. Choose your favorite climate, landscape, cultural events, clubs, etc. and discover the best cities for you to live, work, vacation, and retire in. Mine are:
San Diego, California
Providence, Rhode Island
New Haven, Connecticut
New Orleans, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
San Francisco, California
I've been to 8 of the 12 and can happily say that Know Your Spot knows me pretty well!
Friday, February 13, 2004
Happy Friday the 13th!
Tridecaphobia is the fear of the number 13! Buildings avoid numbering the 13th floor; Airplanes avoid the 13th aisle. The Friday Five today, appropriately, is about superstition:
1. Are you superstitious?
Somewhat. I wore something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on my wedding day, but I never send those forward emails that guarantee eternal damnation unless I forward on to 50 friends. I always knock on wood, but I'll open an umbrella indoors, too.
2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
Hmmmm....my husband used to eat only certain colored m&ms before a baseball game. Apparently, certain m&m's give you homerun-hitting power.
3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?
It is said that the first partner who buys a new item after the wedding will be the dominant one in the relationship. Many brides ensure that they make the first purchase by arranging to buy a small item such as a pin from the chief bridesmaid immediately after the ceremony. (Will and I made a joint purchase of tacos from Del Taco at about 1am after our wedding.)
4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." --Thomas Jefferson
5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
I kid around with Will that Astrology is a Science, but I really think it is just rather fun and sometimes suprisingly accurate.
Thursday, February 12, 2004
I scored a whoppin' 18/20 on the BBC's Spot the Fake Smile Test. I know when you're faking it.
One of the best things about February: Candy Conversation Hearts!
There are 10 new Conversation Heart sayings in 2004:
I ♥ You
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Countdown to Valentine's Day: 3 Days
Visit Unfortunate Valentine Cards and view some truly whacked out Valentine's from the past. Be sure to read the commentary!
For a quick-view of the funniest and wackiest cards:
The pink hat cowboy
For the cheap valentine
The impossibly draped cloth
What the hell?
How yummy does this sound?
Godiva Chocolate Martini:
1 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Absolut Vodka
Shake with ice, strain, and drink.
Maybe garnish with a hershey kiss! Mmmmmmm!
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Penguins are so well dressed that you had to see it coming:
Roy and Silo, two Chinstrap Penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York City, are gay. They have been in an exclusive, loving relationship for over 6 years.
According to an article in the New York Times: "At one time, the two seemed so desperate to incubate an egg together that they put a rock in their nest and sat on it, keeping it warm in the folds of their abdomens, said their chief keeper, Rob Gramzay. Finally, he gave them a fertile egg that needed care to hatch. Things went perfectly. Roy and Silo sat on it for the typical 34 days until a chick, Tango, was born. For the next two and a half months they raised Tango, keeping her warm and feeding her food from their beaks until she could go out into the world on her own. Mr. Gramzay is full of praise for them."
At the New York Aquarium on Coney Island, Wendell and Cass--male Blackfoot Penguins--are also a devoted couple.
The other penguins have no comment as they are more concerned with their own business, sardines and swimming, and could care less about the personal business of couples in neighboring nests.
Monday, February 09, 2004
Monday's Random Notes:
+ Trader Joe's Vegetable Soup is not good.
+ I'm two pages closer to a webpage!
+ Carrie Bradshaw has lost her mind.
+ I going back to digital photography. It is just better, hands down.
+ I got Strawberry Shortcake Stickers and I'm not afraid to stick 'em.
+ Lost in Translation is a good movie.
+ We subscribed to KCRW.
Saturday, February 07, 2004
Voila! I have added a comments function at the end of each blog, so please comment if you are so inclined! I am working diligently on a webpage which will include not only an improved blog, but will also include pictures, links, favorite things, and all kinds of wonderful distractions. I have set a deadline for myself to have it up and running by the end of February. We'll see.
Will and I went to Trader Joe's. What we bought:
Flax Cereal (exclusively Will's)
Vanilla Almond Milk
Tandoori Naan Bread
Granny Smith Apples
Salmon Burgers (again, totally Will's)
Mostly Unspilt Pea Soup (Will's)
mozzarella, Pizza Dough and Sauce
Greek Salad and Organic Garden Salad
Cilantro Jalepeno Hummus
Pepper Salami Stick
We already started on the 2-buck chuck and Will is talking to himself as he tries to solve the infamous Rubik's Cube. He had a face and all four upper rows completed when the wine got to him and he screwed it all up. He keeps asking himself, "what have I done? what have I done?"
Friday, February 06, 2004
It's Friday Five Time:
1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I rode down the Kern River in an inner tube. It wasn't until after the scary and heart pounding trip that I discovered just how many people die in the Kern River each year due to plain stupidity.
2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?
I'd like to join the Peace Corps or teach English in a foreign country. Some people I know think that moving out of the good ol' USA is outright ridiculous, but my husband would be along for the ride!
3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle)
4. I'm a calculated risk-taker. I've moved to another state alone, lived with 11 girls in 1 house (maybe that's my riskiest move!), spent Halloween on DP (haha), love rollercoasters, have quit jobs without a back-up plan, shown up in cities with no place to stay, eaten escargot....but I rarely take a risk that could end in death, paralysis, or intense embarrassment. I'm no Johnny Knoxville. There's a difference between being a risk-taker and being a jackass.
4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?
I married him!
5. ... and what's the worst?
There's that one job I took......
Thursday, February 05, 2004
I am back from Sacramento, and exhausted from three days of non-stop meetings, lectures, and focus groups.
For my birthday, the Sacramento crowd and I went to Lucca's for dinner, the Melting Pot for dessert (we had 5 fondues--Flaming Turtle, Bailey's Irish Cream Dream, Chocolate S'Mores, Cookies and Cream Marshmallow Dream, and Original Chocolate), and Simon's for drinks.
At home, my wonderful husband had a Strawberry Shortcake Party set up for me, complete with strawberry cake, balloons, and lots of pink presents! He is berry, berry sweet.
My friend Jen has the most beautiful photographs in her Sacramento apartment. The photographer, Kim Taylor Reece, takes amazing photographs of hula kahiko dancers in Hawaii. The black and white images are just gorgeous. Best of all, they are surprisingly cheap. 5x7s are $15, 8x10s are $25, and 11x14s are $45, all matted.
Monday, February 02, 2004
I am in the California State Capitol today! I took a tour of the Governor's office, press office, and horseshoe (the offices surrounding the Governor's Office). I am going to try to sneak out soon and walk down to J Crew, just to see if there are any fantastic sales happening. I can always use a new J Crew dress!
Tonight: The Melting Pot--a fondue restaurant!