Monday, December 29, 2008
Well, anyway before I scatter my bullets any further, I saw a post that one of the guys from Upstate Boardgamers did an interview for the The Revenant Culture podcast. I liked what he had to say about games and why we play them. I also like the Agricola joke and the use of SAT words like eschaton and zeitgeist. Ah. . .Thank God for spell check!
This has motivated me to 1) finally go to this bookstore and 2) finish reading the rules for 1960
Since I'm thinking about games, I thought I would document that I lost TI3 this weekend. Shaylan won. . .grrrr. I had a good plan, it just took me too long to get my act together. Damn Imperium Rex card! Alex did pretty well too. We did manage to win two games of Last Night on Earth while playing the Heroes. We haven't won with the Heroes ever before. I'm pretty pleased.
Soundtrack for the motivated gamer: White Winter Hymnal-Fleet Foxes and $1000 Wedding-Willie Nelson
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The other resolution was to stop cursing. Those who know me, know that didn't stick either. 2009 is right around the corner, I think I will try again.
soundtrack for self-improvement: Pink Moon - Nick Drake
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I made some snowflakes and taped them to the kitchen window. Loud-Neighbor-Mark made some comments about our lack of decorations. This leads me to believe that he has noticed that we are the dark house in the neighborhood. If they only knew :-)
Soundtrack for the 2nd day of HO recovery: Nouvelle Vague and a little Velvet Underground
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
43 Odd Things about you!
1. Do you like blue cheese? mmmm. . .Yes but feta is betta!
2. Have you ever smoked? Yes, but I didn't understand the point
3. Do you own a gun? We have a pellet rifle and a crossbow, we need a real gun to take with us when we
run to the hills :-)
4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favourite? Grape
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Yes, mainly because I think I will have something
bad wrong with me and the Dr. won't find it.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? I like them with chili and slaw but the hot dog itself grosses me out if I
think about it too much.
7. Favorite Christmas movie.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? OJ w/ heavy pulp
9. Can you do push ups? don't push me, push a push-pop (that was for you Alex) and No, I can't.
10. What's your favourite piece of jewelery? wedding ring, did a Canadian write this?
11. Favorite hobby? Oh, I've tried SO many! Currently, sleeping, listening to music, hiking (although I don't
get to do it much and I am not very good at it)
13. What's one trait you don't like about yourself? jealousy, I am kind of a sore looser.
14. Middle name? Genell
15. Name 3 things you are thinking about right now? dogs, this email, I'm kind of thirsty
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? water, cranberry juice, OJ
17. Current worry? the economy
18. Current hate right now? how easily people are brainwashed by the media
19. Favorite place to be? in my bed
20. How did you bring in the New Year? I don't remember, it must have been great!
21. Where would you like to go? Tokyo
23. What color shirt are you wearing right now? it's polka dotted and the dots are all different
colors (orange, brown, blue, yellow)
24. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Yes! They stay cool all night long, I want a purple set!
25. Can you whistle? Yes, my Nana says that it sounds like I've been eating chicken when I whistle ?
26. Favorite color? Purple
27. Would you be a pirate? a music/software pirate? 'fraid so. a eye patch/peg leg pirate? not so much.
28. What songs do you sing in the shower? I make lists in the shower
29. Favorite Girl's Name? Ruby
30. Favorite Boy's name? Alex
31. What's in your pocket right now? chap stick and a post-it with the name of a song I heard today
32. Last thing that made you laugh? Some guy saying my last name on the phone.
33. Best bed sheets as a child? clouds, there are two questions on here about sheets?
34. Worst injury you've ever had? herniated disk and I fell out of a moving car when I was three,
I don't remember much about it though.
35. Do you love where you live? Not at all, my neighbors are CRAZY!
36. How many TVs do you have in your house? 2
37. Who is your loudest friend? MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
38. How many dogs do you have? 3
39. Does someone have a crush on you? I don't think so, does my husband count?
40. What is your favorite book? It's too hard to think of just one, I am really enjoying the 2009 Ikea
catalog right now.
41. What is your favorite candy? Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
42. Favorite Sports Team? Team Quest
43. What song do you want played at your funeral? So Long and Thanks for All the Fish! not really
Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday is over, double yay!
My dogs are stinking up the kitchen because it's been raining every time they go out-but we are in the middle of a terrible drought so triple yay!
I can't think of a fourth one.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I think I just decided that I cannot participate in after Thanksgiving sales again. This is going to break Alex's heart because it's the best time to buy electronics. Since we stopped giving/receiving Christmas presents, the whole season is really making me sad. I can't stand hearing Christmas music right after Halloween. I used to like it but I am afraid that it was for the wrong reasons. What happened to Thanksgiving? It's getting lost somewhere in between.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We made ourselves feel better by having chocolate milkshakes and I finally watched the Sex and the City movie. ahhhh, all better.
I also received several issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 in the mail. I had got quite behind and now I get to catch up. I like reading more than one at a time anyway.
I ♥ Joss Whedon
Yay, the new Dollhouse trailer!
Friday, November 21, 2008
We called off the Thanksgiving camping trip because it's supposed to rain. I guess I will be sharing my day with many family members.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Click to listen to the audio recording on the NPR site.
The legendary oral historian Studs Terkel was always a lover of what he called "vox humana" — the human voice. And he noticed when it was missing, as it was one day on an airport shuttle train in Atlanta.
A machine-like voice rang out from above informing Terkel and his fellow passengers that the train was about to leave the concourse. Otherwise, he recalled, it was dead silent.
The pneumatic doors were closing when a young couple pushed them open to get in, Terkel said.
"Without missing a beat, that voice above says, 'Because of late entry, we're delayed 30 seconds.'
"People looked at that couple as if that couple had just committed mass murder," Terkel said.
The two cringed — and Terkel spoke up.
"George Orwell, your time has come and gone!" he yelled out. The passengers greeted his attempt at humor with complete silence.
"And now they look at me — and I'm with the couple, the three of us are at the Hill of Calvary on Good Friday," Terkel said.
"My God, where's the human voice?" Terkel asked the passengers.
After noticing a baby on the train, he asked another question.
"Sir or madam," Terkel said to the infant, "What is your opinion of the human species?"
And the baby started to giggle.
"I said, 'Thank God — the sound of a human voice.'"
Monday, November 3, 2008
The cruise was loads of fun and very relaxing. It was quite a contrast from our honeymoon cruise that we took six years ago. Back then, we we spent tons of money and we did all kinds of crazy stuff. This time we relaxed and I got sunburned. I was able to talk Alex into entering the Hairy Chest Contest but he was eliminated in the first round. I think he was robbed. Most of those men were a lot older than him so he may have a chance in about 30 years. We were so frugal on this trip. I am so proud of us, $8 umbrella drinks do add up fast! I love that I am not as careless with money as I used to be! I posted some pics to my account. We also went to on our way home. I love space! We got to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour being transported on the crawler to the launch pad! I haven't been able to upload those pics yet because I am close to my monthly limit on Flickr. I am considering a pro account so I can upload everything. My photography skills stink but I am going to try to improve. It is just not my thing but I have so much to document so I will have to work on it. I also really want to start Project 365 on January 1st. I think it would be good for me. I don't really like having my picture taken and I can't make good photos so maybe a year of making myself uncomfortable and taking pics will help.
My Mom is raising money for © and MDA, I know it's a long shot but I thought I would post her donation page just in case anyone reads this and feels like being charitable.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Husband and I are going on a cruise to the Bahamas next week for our sixth wedding anniversary <3awww<3 and then I will turn 30 on the 26th. Ugh. Stay tuned for a "getting-old-meltdown", I am sure one will be along any minute now.
The cruise is a super great gift from Mom and Dad Said, THANK YOU!!!!!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tonight, I am canning apple pie filling and making a test pumpkin cheesecake. I am testing the recipe for a desert contest. I've never baked a cheesecake before and I am afraid to see how many ways I can mess it up. I've also never canned- so this may be a long evening. I should have made better plans for the apples that Julie and I picked. I will know better next year.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The family is going out to dinner tonight to celebrate the occasion. Tomorrow, Jennifer, Rachael, and I are having a yard sale ( a little last minute but I am sure we'll be fine). Tomorrow night, Jennifer and I are taking Rebecca out for her big birthday extravaganza. We are going to see Blindness and then we are going to a new restaurant in town called Smileys Acoustic Cafe. I am in the mood for some good acoustic music. Sunday, Julie and I are going to pick apples.
Yay, for busy weekends!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Today, I found this blog. The author has a No Spend Month feature, she and her family picked a month to spend less than $250. I want to try! I am going to speak with Alex about this tonight. I don't think October is a good month, with my birthday, anniversary, and cruise and all. November and December aren't looking too good either, but January may be perfect!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
It's very nice! I had no idea what a $110 tote bag was like but now I do. Yay! They have drawings all the time and now I know that you really can win something.
I also got these shoes
I love ebay, they were brand new with the tags and only $32!
I also got a new swimsuit (that I don't really care for but I waiting too long and everything is out of stock) to wear to the Bahamas. We leave in 21 days! Yippee!
I've started reading this.
I am afraid of what it's going to do to my brain.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
We had a great time, it was even better than I had expected.. Alex and I are both kind of sad that Dragoncon is over. We are already planning to go back next year when Alex's foot will be better! Yay!
And since I am getting so much nerd on lately, I thought I would post this. . .
Your result for The Star Wars Personality Test...
According to our patented JawamaticTM technology, you are most like See-Threepio (C-3P0) in personality.
Threepio, being a protocol droid, favours traditional values. Programmed for etiquette and protocol, he is always concerned with doing what is proper and expected, caring for people's material needs above all else. He is methodical, value-driven and practical at his best.
Threepio is, in a word, diligent.
(The polar opposite of See-Threepio is Artoo-Detoo.)
The eight profiles are as follows:
C-3PO! What a bummer!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The dogs dug out of the fence last Thursday night. We looked at the animal shelters on Saturday but they weren't there. Marley and Chico came back on Sunday morning but Jubei never showed up. I went to the animal shelter again yesterday afternoon and he was there!!!! I was so happy! His bail was $92 and he seemed really upset. I hope he has learned his lesson!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Hi! I’ve been very busy lately! Alex turned THIRTY last week, hehe. Now I am married to an older man, at least until October. Strangely, we spent his thirtieth birthday pretty much the same way as we spent his twentieth. I am not sure what that says about us.
Alex bought a gazillion plants at Lowes the other day for 27 bucks. It was a killer deal! We’ve spent our evenings planting shrubbery, in the dark. Now I hope we don’t get a mandatory water restriction like the rest of the upstate or all of our work will have been for naught. Hmmm. . .maybe that’s why the plants were so cheap. They are going to look great if they make it through this drought. I just realized that we definitely didn’t plant shrubs when we were twenty, some things have changed!
I played Upstate Board Gamers and played Alhambra and Pandemic. It was fun. I think I really like that group. They are having a SoC Boot Camp at this Thursdays get together but I can't go. Daddy is coming over to make me dinner :-)
I had a "suspicious" mole removed from my back a couple of weeks ago and I am leaving work early tomorrow to get the stitches taken out. I got a call from the Doc’s office a little while ago and the pathology results came back normal. She said that no further treatment would be needed! Yay! Praise the Lord!
More good news! Roxanne and Rob are having another baby! Congratulations!
The neighbors started acting crazy again. We called the cops this time. That is our new plan, since we obviously can’t do anything about them. Maybe the police can.
Alex got his old Civic back, too! It’s not exactly running right now but he has high hopes!
I am currently waiting on the program listings to be released for Dragon*Con. I can’t wait. We only have a few days before we can get our nerd on. Yippee!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
My lil sis cut my hair, it's really cute. Maybe I'll post a pic later.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I am not going to wear a costume but I do want something cute and new. I am thinking about these Luna Lovegood earrings
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
It's hot. The high temp today is predicted to be 99°. Now our AC is acting up. Great. It's getting hot in here. I think we will go to the movies and I don't guess I will be cooking. That doesn't sound so bad, yet.
Alex and I went to Bailey's yesterday with Jeff, Rach, and Kyle to watch the UFC. We have a fantasy UFC league. The name of the league is HIS NAME IS ROBERT PAULSON. hehe. Alex and I are the only two members. My ranking yesterday was 91 out of 14683. I beat Alex and I can't believe that I have actually found a sport that I like to watch :-)
I found something else that I want. It is so cute!
I read on Friday that it was National Doughnut Day, it was also D-Day. I was really hoping that some doughnut person didn't decide that D-Day should mean Doughnut Day. That would have been really messed up. I did some more research and apparently the Doughnut Day has been around since WWI and the "D" in D-Day is just a variable assigned to the day military actions took place. I was all mad at the doughnut industry for no reason.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I got a new dryer, Yay! No more 4 hours to dry my towels. Maybe now I will get more laundry done. The mountain of clothes may turn in to a mole hill. Woot! We bought it at Costco. I can't believe we joined Costco. I am ashamed. I bought a huge tub of ketchup. I need to decrease my dependency on oil and ketchup. Costco isn't going to help, but they have great deals on stuff, I don't need any more stuff. All of this stuff is not going to fit in my yurt or the bus in the woods. Ahhh, what have I done.
We have been moving furniture around and playing a bunch of games. Alex got us Rock Band for the 360. It is great fun! I secretly want to be in a rock band but I have no talent. That is the best part of the game, even if you aren't playing on hard I get the feeling that I am really jamming out. I like to sing too but people keep being around and I can't sing in front of anyone other than kids and my fam.
My Mom told me one time that moving your furniture around a lot is a sign of schizophrenia. I don't where she got that from but I think about it every time I want to change things around, and I want to change things all the time. Especially, now that spring has sprung or is trying to sprung. Down with winter! I am going to be one of those old people that moves to Florida.
Speaking of stuff, the hubby and I may be making the trek to Ikea one day next weekend. I am not sure which day, we also have a game of Twilight Imperium planned. I am going down there to get a new desk that looks clutter free and makes me feel like I have less stuff. That is so messed up, I am going to purchase something new to make me have less. Consumerism sucks.
Ciao for now!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I also downloaded a new CD from iTunes. It's pretty good. I especially like the Killing Him song.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
the artist, who was really nice and welcoming, had a gallery upstairs with an awesome swirly floor. We were really impressed with one painting but I didn't have the $ to shell out for it and $24 print really didn't do the work justice. Maybe later, I will add it to my wish list. Today , we might be going ice skating or to a magic show. I found a cool black light indoor mini golf place that looked like fun. It's hard to plan activities for 15 people. We'll see what the day brings. I miss my puppies but my sweet family is taking care of them.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I hate it when a movie comes out and the book covers change to the film art. I'm glad I got to this one before it was ruined. The book was good. If you haven't read it, its about a young man that leaves his family and a bright future to roam the country. He meets interesting people and has a lot of adventures but ends up dead in a bus in the Alaskan wilderness. I have trouble figuring out if I should admire him for living life by his own rules and taking chances or if I should think that he is selfish for putting himself in harms way and making his poor family and friends worry. Now I remember why I don't read non-fiction (except weblogs, Bust, and Game Informer). I get stuck on this stuff and can't get it out of my head. Dragons, wizards, and vampires really aren't that deep. I should stick with them. Now I want to hit the road, get rid of everything and not be held prisoner by my possessions. I was tempted to go out and buy some Tolstoy, Thoreau, and London-and I still may- but I got a different book. I am hoping its going to make me want to sit on the couch, play video games, and hoard things (just kidding). It's called Death of a Squire. Hehe, the title is making me feel lazy already.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
1. I am going to post more often. For some reason it's important to me. I don't know why. It just always seems to be the easiest thing to forget. I am a list maker, I write lists for everything: movies I want to see, music I want to try, games I want to play, books I need to read, sites I want to visit, and the usual groceries, chores, and to-do's. Blogging is going on the list or maybe it will have its own list.
2. I am going to stop swearing. This is pretty self-explanatory. I don't really have a potty mouth or anything but I got into an argument with my crazy neighbor the other day about our dogs and how he and his wife are insane and all. I thought he was going to hit me, it was scary- really. I used some profanity, I was really ashamed of myself. I felt like a big red neck. I am not going to let that happen again.
Christmas was kind of strange this year. I've had a growing problem with the way it celebrated for a while now and this year my family decided not to buy gifts and to just enjoy each other and remember the whole reason that we celebrate. It's kind of hard to explain to everyone that I am not buying gifts anymore. Everyone that I talk to thinks that we are being anti-Christian or that we are just trying not to conform. I don't understand how Christians can even go to the mall or watch poor people overextend themselves or have children that shred piles and piles of wrapping paper without even seeing their gifts and not be completely disgusted. I am not a scrooge. I am just confused about how I want to celebrate Christmas. I didn't even decorate and I was really annoyed when I passed home after home with giant blow up snow globes and santas in the yards. I started thinking about the people overseas that make the giant snowglobes and santas and I can't imagine where they think that they will end up. Surely, they would be surprised if they knew that they would be on a bunch of peoples front lawns. I hate those things. I want to pop one.