Sunday, December 23, 2007

4 Things Meme

Found this (most recently) at Woven and Spun, and felt like doing one today.

1. 4 movies you can always watch:

(Always...? Well, more than once, proven.) Sahara, Halmark's Arabian Nights, Karate Kid 2, Stargate

2. 4 bands you can never get enough of:
I don't know about whole bands, but I like Michael Card, Sheila Walsh, John Michael Talbot, and...Twila Paris, in the right mood.

3. 4 towns you lived in:
I don't think there are that many.

4. 4 shows you like to watch:
(Some on DVD) Life and Chuck (new this fall), Monk, and House, M.D.

I really go for episodic-mystery format. Like having things more or less wrapped up at the end of the show.

5. 4 websites you visit (almost) daily:
Stats, bloglines feeds, email...

6. 4 favorite foods:

Fajitas, ice cream, lettuce rolls, good pizza (I will choose a PB & J over bad pizza)

7. 4 places you’d like to be now:

I'm tired but happy where I am.

8. 4 songs that really move you:

O Sacred Head Now Wounded-- perfect pairing of music and lyrics; Everything Burns (don't know why); One Faith (John Michael Talbot)-- esp. the version w/ Michael Card-- so strong. Love Changes Everything (because it's adorably true).

9. 4 books you will always love: (post about these here)

Perilous Gard, Enchantment, Sea Wolf, Jane Eyre

10. 4 colors that will always be in your closet:

Sunshine yellow and the Jewels: Ruby, sapphire, amethyst

11.4 authors you’ll always love:

Francine Rivers, C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Marie Pope, Barbara Picard.

12. 4 favorite actors/actresses whose talent you honestly respect:

I don't always like the roles they've chosen, but I admire their talent and/or versatility:

Emma Thompson, Will Ferrell, Alan Rickman, Julie Andrews

13. 4 languages you’d love to be fluent in:

Spanish, German, Russian, Italian

14. 4 other countries you would like to live in:

Not for very long, but, basically anywhere I could still communicate i would be willing to live for a time (my own choices being taken into consideration, here).

15. 4 skills you would like to improve:

Singing, guitar, writing, storytelling.

16. 4 items that are “a few of your favorite things(i.e. not-people) :

My Laptop (I spend a lot of time with it), Used bookstores, Hot cocoa, Pretty and functional tea sets.

Friday, December 14, 2007

*Funny* Pictures.

Here are a few that made me Laugh out loud. Some of them, a *lot*.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Handwriting analysis

What Your Handwriting Says About You

You are a fairly energetic person. You know how do pace yourself, and you deal well with stress.

You are somewhat outgoing, but you're not a natural extrovert. You think first before you act. You tend to be independent, rational, and logical.

You are balanced and grounded. You know how to get along well with others.

You need a lot of space in your life, and it's easy for you to feel stifled. You avoid commitment and responsibility whenever you can.

You are somewhat traditional, but you are also open to change. You listen to your head and your heart.

You are a poor communicator. No one really knows exactly what you're getting at.

What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Naturally I had to laugh at the last paragraph. The above analysis I made looking at a page of story-notes I printed. I have at least three different kinds of handwriting:
  • Print notes
  • Cursive notes (generally cleaner)
  • journaling

Monday, September 24, 2007

A couple quizes

You Should Play the Guitar

You're very independent - both in spirit and in the way you learn.

You can teach yourself almost anything, even if it makes your fingers bleed.

You're not really the type to sit patiently through a music lesson - or do things by the book.

It's more your style to master the fundamentals and see where they take you.

Highly creative and a bit eclectic, you need a wide range of music to play.

You could emerge as a sensitive songwriter... or a manic rock star.

Your dominant personality characteristic: being rebellious

Your secondary personality characteristic: tenacity

What Musical Instrument Should You Play?

Well, I had to tweek the quiz to get my instrument (though I didn't lie) and I think it's a little sad that guitar = rebel, especially since I'm the antithesis of that (outwardly, anyway).

I've always followed those I've felt I should (e.g. parents, husband) without making a big deal about it. But I have no problem speaking my mind, too.

I am an independent thinker. Does that mean I'd be a rebel if I were forced more to be around those I agreed with less?

Your Psyche is Violet

You are spiritual, intuitive, and serene.

People trust you to rescue them from bad situations, and you usually come through.

While you are quite enlightened, you find that your path is very lonely.

When you are too violet: you can't connect to ordinary life or ordinary people

When you don't have enough violet: you lack wisdom and can't learn from the past

What Color Is Your Psyche?

Interesting analysis. Good enough.

Your Ideal Pet is a Cat

You're both aloof, introverted, and moody.

And your friends secretly wish that you were declawed!

What's Your Ideal Pet?

I've come to a similar conclusion (about the cat-- not the similarity). I love the Idea of a dog, because it is more the way I want to be (active, outdoorsy, disciplined) but my lifestyle (indoors, sitting still a lot, preferring low-key company) really fits a cat better.

The right cat, mind you. None of these go-hide-under-the-bed or loud in-your-face types.

Jay enjoys the right cat too, which is very nice. The litter box is about the only killing point for having a good cat. Jay says we'd design a special closet for the litter box, with a cat-door and HRV intake, if we built our own house.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bag give-away

Looking for alternatives to grocery stores' plastic bags?

Here are a few alternates you can sign up for to try out.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Preventing TP Unrolling

One from the Simple, but still works, catigory:

Hang your toilet paper so the "tail" falls against the wall, rather than over the top, and you should eliminate most "spinning" unrolls.

That is, the most common movement I've seen cats and kids use is the batting-down on the front of the roll. With the tail falling to the back rather than the front, this direction of rolling will not result in a pile of soggy tissue on the floor.

Silly, yes, but Works for me.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Avoiding Practice?

Making excuses? Probably. But they're real, anyway. And I as I've found the bast way to get my mind to stop spinning is the lighten the load, I'll "share with the class."

So I've started this "intermediate" guitar class, that is going to either make me a real guitarist or kill me (there's no need to be so melodramatic) or make me feel like I really missed something.

Theoretically (according to the syllabus) I'm supposed to be practicing 5 hours a week.

Why are you sitting here typing?! Mainly because the times most ideally suited to practicing-- such as now, when the kitchen is (relatively) clean and there are no current demands on my person-- happen to coincide rather strongly with nap times or bed time where, if the children are not already asleep, I hope they are rapidly approaching.

My current guitar assignments are not conducive to that.

But now, as I've been writing I thought it might be worth a shot (at least today, as Jay's here to stay indoors to hear the sleepers waking) to go set up in the garage and get a few minutes while I have the chance.