Tuesday, 29 November 2011

WTF Wedneday - 16 Nov: Pregnant Hitchhiker Denies Your Friends Request

1) Marc over at Marc and Angel Hack Life recently shared the 30 books that he's glad he read before he turned 30. What is one book you're really glad you read? Wow. I have read thousands of books, and I'm grateful for reading most of them. This is extremely hard to answer with all the reading I do. And the answer is probably different at any given time, since the book I'm thinking of maybe different tomorrow (or five minutes from now). At this moment, I would say I am very happy that I have read The Planets by Dava Sobel; it took astronomy and turned it into art, poetry and scientific knowledge - the best of all worlds!

Here is an excerpt from Genesis (The Sun):


"At totality, when the Moon is a pool of soot hiding the bright solar sphere, and the sky deepens to a crepuscular blue, the Sun's magnificent corona, normally invisible, flashes into view. Pearl and platinum-colored streamers of coronal gas surround the vanished Sun like a jagged halo. Long red ribbons of electrified hydrogen leap from behind the black Moon and dance in the shimmering corona. All these rare, incredible sights offer themselves to the naked eye, as totality provides the only safe time to gaze at the omnipotent Sun without fear of requital in blindness."

2) What's the weirdest pregnancy craving you've heard of? They are all weird - it is the nature of the beast.

3) What's the most ridiculous reason you've ever heard for someone getting a divorce? Kim Kardashian... or is it her reasons for getting married? So hard to know...

4) One of Tuesday's trending topics on Twitter was "What You Find In Ladies' Handbags." What are a couple things you never leave home without? My binder - I should say my Franklin-Covey organiser - and my iPod. I don't really carry a purse... such a stupid and impractical thing.

5) What's the oldest piece of clothing you have in your closet? Do you still wear it? Oh, sure I do. To both questions - I have a lot of older clothing. I ditched all of my business clothing with great pleasure once I stopped working, which was the best decision (I kept one or two things just in case I need to dress up for something) and recently bought jeans and some flannel shirts (mens) from Eddie Bauer, one of my absolute favourite places. But I still have L.L. Bean and Eddie Bauer clothing from 20 years ago that are in excellent shape. I don't toss out clothing I love to wear and I don't toss it anyway, I give it to Good Will or the Salvation Army.

6) If you had your own radio show, how would you sign off or end the show? What would you say? Wow. I have no idea. Maybe, "This is Apollo 13, we are at Stable 1, signing off." It's my favourite movie to quote.

7) Have you ever picked up (or would you ever pick up) a hitchhiker? No, to both questions. Not a chance. I have lived my whole life in New Jersey, and this is not recommended. Not ever.

8) If you sent a "friend request" on Facebook to someone you knew very well, and they denied the request, what do you do? Nothing - although occasionally I accidentally send another message, not realising I sent one months ago without response. Life goes on just because someone doesn't wanna be my friend on Facebook. And it is incredibly rare that I de-friend anyone. You would really, really have to work hard to offend me.

I know that this is it for you with the meme, but I just wanted to say that I will really miss your memes. I may not always have gotten to them right away, but at some point I did and I always thoroughly enjoyed them. I hope that at some point, you might give it another go. If not, good luck and fortune and enjoy whatever you are doing! Thanks for all the fun and thought-worthy questions!

Hot Men at My Age

Prepare to be amused... at least, I was.

Two weeks ago, I received my usual issue of People Magazine - the one dated 28 November 2011 (which is magazine land time as today is the 29th), aptly entitled THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE! And 123 Super Hot Men We Love... (what do you expect? It's People Magazine, and to some degree it is appealing to a wide age-range.

I went through it as I usually do and yes, Bradley Cooper is pretty good looking. Quite frankly, I haven't the faintest idea who he is, but that is typical for me. And I leafed through the other hot men; some I agreed were truly wowwers and some not so much. I mean, who is going to say no to Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Wilson (with those incredibly blue eyes!), Taye Diggs, Hugh Jackman (growl!), Ewan McGregor and Alex O'Loughlin (except for the tattoos around each nipple - yuck). And Brían O'Byrne (with the same diacritical mark as in my name - truly a good Irishman!) is growing on me. But then I got to the SEXY AT EVERY AGE spread, and suddenly I realised that if you want to see me date myself, here is the place to do it!

They start with a stud who is all of 20 years old and end with a better looking man at age 59. I looked at each man representing his age group, but I knew one of the 20-somethings, four of the 30-somethings, six of the 40-somethings and (drum roll, please) eight of the 50-somethings!

The only 20-something I knew was Robert Pattinson, age 25, from the vampire movies. I couldn't tell you which ones, since vampires today are the "it crowd" and I was into vampires back when Anne Rice was giving us the real deal in Interview with the Vampire and many other intellectually stimulating books. I'm a purist - once something becomes too popular, the movie world goes crazy and overdoes it. This is no exception. Suddenly there are 50,000 bad vampire shows clogging up the works in movie-, telly- and any other land they can get into!

The 30-somethings I knew were: Jake Gyllenhall, age 30, who has been in a multitude of movies - he's okay; Sam Worthington, age 35, who we all know from Avatar and more recently, Clash of the Titans and I find him rather likeable. Maybe even hot, but mostly just a likeable, down-to-earth guy; Leonardo diCaprio, age 37, who - at least in this picture - is looking rather tired, old and overweight... I don't know how marketable he will remain, looking far older than most of his compatriots in the 30s and 40s...; and Enrique Inglesias, age 36, whom I only know because his father is enormously famous.

The 40-somethings were far better looking to me and far more familiar:

1. David Arquette, more known for his marital issues at the moment
2. Will Arnett, an actor
3. DB Woodside, whose face I know, although I think he is an athlete, I'm not completely sure
4. Peter Krause, from Six Feet Under
5. John Stamos, who was very well known when I was a kid and has continued to be strong in acting
6. Jon Bon Jovi - I'm in New Jersey, too. This doesn't make me a fan, but I certainly know who he is!

That was easy. I was happy I recognised more than half, and a little surprised I didn't know the others: Daniel Day Kim, 43; Jason Statham, 44; Oliver Martinez, 45; and Clive Owen, 47.

The 50-somethings, starting at 7 years older than me, were very easy:

1. Ralph Macchio, age 50 - how funny is that?
2. Colin Firth, age 51 - always one of my very top choices for anything - movies, hotness, intelligence, etc.
3. Tim Robbins, age 53 - he has snow on the roof now, but still looks just as guileless and innocent as he did in I.Q.!
4. Daniel Day-Lewis, age 54 - always a good actor and a hell of a broad range of parts
5. Denzel Washington, age 56 - he sure doesn't look it! He is a wonderful actor
6. Chris Noth, age 57 - he'll always be Big to me
7. Pierce Brosnan, age 58 - Yum! I mean, really, yum! If you don't believe me, see The Thomas Crown Affair - oh, my gods, yum! (And it was a fun, interesting movie.)
8. The incomparable Liam Neeson, age 59, whose voice could stop a room full of chatter dead!

Yup, I'm dating myself, but I'm okay with that. Many of these and other men, like fine wine, age so much better and can still knock us ladies dead at the middle ages and up! I don't mind dating myself and passing up the "stud-like" 20-somethings who look good if clueless for the older, hopefully wiser men of my time and earlier!

The Queen's Meme #104 - The Birthday Meme

Welcome to The Queens's Meme
7 Royal Questions on Tuesday

Someone in the castle is having a birthday today. Homer says it's not him. Who, oh who, could it be?!
Whether or not it's your birthday, you should be able to answer these age-related questions. Sounds like fun, eh? Or not. I'm going to talk to the birthday girl. She needs a good talking to.

1. If you could turn back the hands of time, where would you go? Have you and the Saturday 9 writer been in cahoots this week? I just answered a very similar question to this... I would relive 28 June 2009 - my day in Yellowstone National Park with David trying to fit in so many things to see - I took over 900 images in that one day! It was the most incredible magical day ever!

2. What was your favorite age and why?  Interesting question! I have to say that despite the poor health and issues, every year I experience now and for the last six years were my favourite. I was an unhappy child, a very tortured teenager and an unsure 20-year-old. Searching for the perfect job and never finding it made a lot of my 20s and 30s difficult. And then, suddenly, when I was 37, everything suddenly hit just right - I found the greatest job, I was an experienced EMT, I had a lovely house and husband and two great and happy (albeit old) cats, and life was perfect. Since then, good things, bad things, things as a whole are easier to deal with and I did for five years have Nirvana; but while I have to adjust to not working at all, I still feel very happy about my life and my full 43 years.


3. Travel into the future 10 years. How do you picture your life? It is hard to say - I hope by then that a miracle would happen for a cure to muscular dystrophy, however unlikely it is. But that is hope, and a different question would apply. I envision myself looking close to the same, being a little more impaired, but traveling and doing everything that is possible. I still see myself reading, blogging, writing, organising the house, still doing my art, still visiting my father and having close friends. I still see myself doing things on the First Aid squad. By then we will have bought two more ambulances besides the one we are working on now, and I will be a pro at this!


4. Did you ever take part in a birthday surprise? Tell us about it. I have helped arrange a surprise party and that was okay, but I am at best an unenthusiastic party planner and I enjoyed more the role of taking the person out and keeping them busy until it is time to surprise them - that was fun and very easy for me (usually that seems to be the hardest part of the whole thing). Other than that, I haven't had much experience with this.


5. Pretend it is your ultimate birthday party. What five people, living or dead, would you invite? Oh, how cool is that?! I love questions like this! I would invite Andy Rooney, Ben Franklin, Madeleine L'Engle, Leonard Nimoy and Bono to my party, but then I would want to invite others, too, so I would need to get a pass to do this every year! Next year it would be Charles M. Schultz, Monsignour Georges Méliès, Anne McCaffrey, Judy Blume, Chris Martin and - oh, that is five already. You see what I mean. Even if I live to be 99, I'd still find five people to invite every year, all different ones. I'd invite Attila the Hun, too, but the lingual issues might make it impossible, since the man lived in 434 to 453 and spoke a form of Turkish distantly related to Danube Bulgarian. That might complicate matters a lot!
 

6. Let's have cake!  Forget about candles and flavors and balloons. Who jumps out? Um, can we get the really good-looking cop from the Rockaway Police who was at the mall today? What a lovely butt he had! If not, let me think... who is a hottie now? Um... (so many choices!) how about Pierce Brosnan? Maybe Colin Firth? Yes! That's it - Colin Firth! He can be a guest, too, as he is a wonderful actor and very likeable as himself, but that would not be at the same party that he pops out of the cake. I also would not ask him to be so undignified as to do it in something terrible like a thong - he can jump out in whatever he'd like! I'd be happy no matter what!


7. And finally, make a wish but not just any ole' wish. Make it count. Well, yes. But needn't I keep it to myself for it to come true?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, QUEEN MIMI!

Saturday 9 - Turn Back the Hands of Time

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!


1. There's a Time Genie. She can put you back in time to relive a day that you loved. If you could turn back the hands of time, what day would you relive if given this opportunity? Hmmm. Wow, any day at all that I wanted to relive... goodness, that's hard. But on reflective thought, I would happily relive my day in Yellowstone National Park, because WOW, what a day that was!

2. What did you do yesterday? Let's see... Luis and I slept in a bit, made love, went to the mall, then saw Puss In Boots and then came home and had a lovely evening together. Now, yesterday was Monday because I've gotten to this late, but it was still a nice day. Luis is off from work all this week. I will say seeing the movie was not the high point. Today we saw Hugo and this was far, far better!

3. You've been given 3 parachutes, but there are 4 people who need them. Who will you not give one to: Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Kim Kardashian, or Simon Cowell? Why? Goodness, me oh, my. Can I keep all of them? Oh, no, I guess that sounds too mean, ha ha. Well, what a choice. I would have to say Charlie Sheen gets to go splat. It is not the two girlfriends, I'd never hold living the American male dream against him; it's the rest of his behaviour. He tells it like it is a release but he really sounds like a total nutter, eh?

That was a tough one! You managed to pick all very reviled people. I'd have to admit that Kim Kardashian came in a very close second with the refusal to return the $2 million engagement ring for "sentimental reasons" - what an idiot!

4. Where are you going and where have you been? Uh, is this a movie line? I've been many places and it is my intention to go to many more!

5. They say that books read as a child make more of an impact on a person than books read at any other time in life. Are there any books that you particularly loved, that shaped the way you think when you were little? Oh, yes, but I haven't the time to list them all. The biggest impact came from Madeleine L'Engle's books, which were wonderful and easy to bond with the characters. I don't remember a lot of books from school - they always seemed to purposely pick the worst possible reading choices for me - but my parents taught me to read very young and my grandparents definitely encouraged it. I have two little tidbits that stand out in my memory:

1. When I entered the school system in the first grade (I never went to kindergarten), I was far beyond the reading curriculum of 1974. I remember they were reading Dick & Jane books, which I read in three seconds and was beyond bored. I read much higher than that. (Now, at math, however, I was totally stunted and to this day, I still am! So I am not any kind of wonder, outside of reading huge books in a short time!)

2. My grandmother was not much of a reader - she thought the tepid romance novels from Harlequin were a big deal - but when I was around 8 or 9 she bought me a set of four Judy Bloom books: Are You There, God, It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Iggy's House and Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. All I can say is she had NO IDEA what she bought me, just that she had heard these were great books for kids my age. She must have missed the articles about how controversial these books were! In Are You There, God, It's Me, Margaret the underlying story is about girls wondering who will be first in their circle of friends to kiss a boy or get her first menstrual cycle. I know if she had known the subject matter in ANY of these books, she'd've flipped her lid!

6. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks? If you are asking if I'm looking forward to Christmas, the answer is not so much; this is the first holiday out on permanent disability and since the government has not seen fit to bestow upon me my benefits that I've worked my ass off to get, so it will be a holiday paid for entirely by Luis (it sounds nice, but it really just underscores my financial dependence and makes me feel like shit). However, the one bright spot is that we are going to Maryland and Virginia to visit first Anna and Kirk, my sister and brother in law, whom we love to pieces and then to my cousin Renee's house with Alex to visit them, my aunts, uncle and other cousin Justine and I should think Alex's parents as well. I love seeing my family on Christmas Eve and we will have fun.

7. What was the last text message you received? I haven't - I have it disabled on my phone. I hate the texting craze and as an EMT, I go to far too many accidents from fender-benders to fatalities thanks to texting.

8. Do you prefer to call or text? I prefer to call. I prefer e-mail, really, but I have my wonderful stupid phone and am very happy with it.

9. What were you doing at 9PM last night? Well, let me think. I was giving my husband soft rubs as he calls it and we were watching Once Upon a Time on the telly (through the TiVO) while laying on the couch. It was very nice.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sunday Stealing - The Bud is Back Meme

The Bud is Back Meme

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!

Today we ripped off a blogger named Firecat from the blog Party in My Head. He doesn't state where he got it. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!



Sunday Stealing: The Bud is Back Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!


1. Why did you sign up for writing your blog? Well, in August 2005 there was an article in People Magazine about 40-year-old virgins and I had some comments. I'd been thinking about a blog, but then when I read some people's comments about the pros of holding onto their virginity for so long, I HAD to say my piece. So I did. It was a slow start, but then I really built up speed. While I worked, it was hit or miss, but now, with all this free retired time, why not blog? And a lot!

2. Why did you choose your blog's name? What does it mean? It has gone through a few reiterations and will undoubtedly again. It started as Traislinge's Tea Kettle, because I always love to talk over tea. The second name... what was it? Something about the Moon, the Sun, etc. Currently it is called Living in the World, Not on It, because so many people do just live on the world. They don't see the beauty in the small things, in sunrises and sunsets and the Moon and the night sky... etc. I feel badly for people like that... and there are far too many.

3. Do you ever had another blog? Very briefly, on another site, but I never really did anything with it. One is enough.

4. What do you do online when you're not on your blog? Go through and answer e-mail, conduct business, research, a little Facebook... stuff like that.

5. How about when you're not on the computer? I do a lot; reading, writing letters, organising, working on jigsaw puzzles, watching movies or shows, going out for a short walk, working on the new rig, etc.

6. What do you wish people who read your blog knew about you? Well, it is all there except for my sex life, which no one needs to know about. So, no, not really.

7. What is your favorite community in the blogosphere? Uh, I guess that means other blogs. My top, top favourite is www.patrickhillips.com, called Patrick's Place: Regular Doses of Common Sense. It is the best of the best. I highly recommend it.

8. What is your philosophy on your blog layout? Space, the final frontier...

9. Tell me about your picture you use to represent you on your blog. I took that image. It is the Sun rising over the Heavy Rescue squad house. It was a gorgeous morning and the Sun looked just amazing. So I took a series of images and picked this one. It represents my love of astronomy and nature and living in the world.

10. Pick 3 random blogs from your blogroll and tell us about them. Interesting. Well, there is of course Patrick's Place, which is great. Then there is The Wonderful World of Nothing, by Michael Christelman, who writes very funny and sarcastic bits. He's kind of a miracle guy, really. He wrote non-stop and then suddenly stopped for five months. It turns out he'd had a stroke! He's young for a stroke, younger than I am. But he's writing again! He's one of my heroes. And the third... Cogitatione aliquid percipere. He doesn't write any longer and has not for a long time, but what a delightful writer! I wish he would write.

11. What features do you think your blog should have that it doesn't currently? Oh, easy one. People who are on Word Press can sign up for LiveFyre, and it is a wonderful service. I highly recommend it. I use Blogger and have for so many years, that I am not willing to switch or attempt to upload or transfer well over 2100 posts to this, so no LiveFyre for me... a pity.

12. What do you consider the 10 most "telling" interests that we would infer from what you blog persona? Well, I answer a lot of memes, so there is a lot to read. I suppose it is easy to see that I am not dealing well with retirement (it is actually permanent disability, so not so glamourous, really); I love astronomy; people can drive me crazy (the ones I refer to as the "lowest common denominator"); I love being an EMT, even though I cannot actively ride; I miss my old life; I am an artist; I get a lot out of books and music; I get a lot of material from People Magazine; I enjoy life in general, despite my specific issues; two more things, right...? Um... I don't know. I'm sure there are two more things, but I cover a huge range of items.

13. Do you have any unique interests that you have never shared before? What are they? I'm pretty sure they are all on the blog somewhere.

14. The best thing about blogging is all of the friends that you make, Beside from those folks, do you think your blog has fans? It has about 24... unless something changed. Hold on... I'm wrong. I have 31! That is really quite wonderful. I love the idea that I have regular readers. Especially with some of the of the torturous long posts I write or the staggering amount of memes I fill out. I really do love that - thanks, guys!

15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination? Well, as above, buying the new ambulance. I have learned more about rigs than I ever thought I could. Bob has been instrumental in this and so has working with both PL Custom and Horton (we went with PL Custom). They are located in Manasquan, about an hour or so from here and I will be there a lot once we go forward with production. I can't wait! It's all very exciting. (Thank you to Frank Beshears, the man you want to see for a new rig!)

16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about? It's all sexual and it's all mine. That is how it remains.

17. How many people that first became a blog friend, have you met face to face? Face to face? None, as yet. But I will meet two that I know well some day. Mary and Patrick. They are wonderful people.

18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy? Well, we covered that. I also keep one or two other bits out, because it is current or the people it would cover might misinterpret or misunderstand it is just me venting.

19. What's a question that you'd love to answer? Try me. There are very few I don't answer!

20. Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and regretted it? Um... probably. I'm not sure. Facebook, yes, but not so much with blogging.

21. Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and thought, “Was that overdue!” Sure, hasn't everyone?

Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Stop back and visit other player’s posts. That is really what this is all about, making new friends! Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday Seven - Episode #317

Is everyone over his or her “turkey coma?” If you’re like me, you ate plenty more than you should have over the Thanksgiving weekend. You may still be enjoying leftovers!

Your menu over the past few days is the topic of this week’s question.
  • Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!
Here is this week’s “Sunday Seven” question. Either answer in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog (with a link here), and then comment here with a link back to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:
Name seven Thanksgiving treats you’ve enjoyed over the past few days.

1. Small spiral cut ham: I intensely dislike turkey and its tryptophan, so we eat ham. I'm grateful to pigs for giving up their meat to make my Thanksgiving meal just wonderful - and better than turkey!

2. Applesauce: what is ham without applesauce? It isn't... at least, it is not the same.

3. Rye bread: Well, all that meat and sauce needs to be offset with something else. So I added bread.

4. Cherry pie: If you have not clued in to the fact that I am a fussbudget, this should be the final hint - most people have pumpkin pie or maybe pecan pie, but I don't like those. I really don't like any pie but I'm willing to try cherry pie.

5. Walnuts: I love this time of year; finally there are whole walnuts in the shells, for me to eat!
That's really all I have. I dislike vegetables, potatoes and yams, so none of those make the list. I also don't drink anything alcoholic, so nothing to list there, either.
 
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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Saturday Six - Episdoe #398

Here’s the third and final set of questions that came from answers to a recent edition of the Sunday Seven. Those who played that week had to come up with questions they’d ask me over dinner.

There were some great questions thrown my way, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to toss them right back!
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy this week’s set of questions!

Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and keep the conversation going!

Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

1. From Aislínge: Where have you lived? I was born in Manhattan, lived in Demarest, New Jersey until I was 2.5 years old, then we moved to Wallington, New Jersey; I grew up there and in Trucksville, Pennsylvania until age 13, then moved to Wayne, New Jersey. When Luis and I moved in together in 1990, we moved to Fairfield, New Jersey and then in 1994 bought our first house in Parsippany. We moved to a bigger house in Parsippany in 2002 and live right across the street from Lake Hiawatha, a section of Parsippany. We won't move again until it is time to retire.

2. From Strange: What famous person — living or dead — would you like to meet if you could? So many choices... Ben Franklin, Madeleine L'Engle, Leonard Nimoy, Bono, Galileo, Andy Rooney, who else? There are too many options!

3. From Strange: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? Shape-shifting. What wouldn't be great about an ability like that? The things I could do if I could take any shape I wanted!

4. From Cat.: Has there ever been a time you’ve had creepy stalker-types hassling you in real live over your blog? I don't have a large following, so I really haven't come across that on here. On Facebook, however, the weirdos all come out. Yikes...

5. From Cat.: What have you been reading? I just finished the next to last book in the Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel, called The Shelters of Stone and am ready to begin reading The Land of Painted Caves. This is the final book in the series and like the last two, is in the 800-page category. I'm looking forward to starting it. Then I will need to start a new series. The best book, of course, was The Clan of the Cave Bear, the first in the series.

6. From Cat.: What’s for dessert? [This is, clearly, THE most important question!] Um, fresh berries in cream! Yum!

If you have a Reader’s Choice question you’d like to see asked (and answered), send me an email! I’d love to include it in a future edition of the Saturday Six.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Skullcrusher Mountain

Welcome to my secret lair on skullcrusher mountain
I hope that you've enjoyed your stay so far
I see you've met my assistant Scarface
His appearance is quite disturbing
But I assure you he's harmless enough
He's a sweetheart, calls me master
And he has a way of finding pretty things and bringing them to me

I'm so into you
But I'm way too smart for you
Even my henchmen think i'm crazy
I'm not surprised that you agree
If you could find some way to be
A little bit less afraid of me
You'd see the voices that control me from inside my head
Say I shouldn't kill you yet

I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you
But I get the feeling that you don't like it
What's with all the screaming?
You like monkeys you like ponies
Maybe you don't like monsters so much
Maybe I used too many monkeys
Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?

I'm so into you
But I'm way too smart for you
Even my henchmen think i'm crazy
I'm not surprised that you agree
If you could find some way to be
A little bit less afraid of me
You'd see the voices that control me from inside my head
Say I shouldn't kill you yet

Picture the two of us alone inside my golden submarine
While up above the waves my doomsday squad ignites the atmosphere
And all the fools who lead their foolish lives may find it quite explosive
Well it won't mean half as much to me if I don't have you here

You know it isn't easy living here on Skullcrusher Mountain
So maybe you could cut me just a little slack
Would it kill you to be civil?
I've been patient, I've been gracious
And this mountain is covered with wolves
Hear them howling, my hungry children
Maybe you should stay and have another drink and think about me and you

I'm so into you
But I'm way too smart for you
Even my henchmen think I'm crazy
I'm not surprised that you agree
If you could find some way to be
A little bit less afraid of me
You'd see the voices that control me from inside my head
Say I shouldn't kill you yet
I shouldn't kill you yet
I shouldn't kill you yet
I shouldn't kill you yet

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Truly Appalling - People Magazine Article: Gone Too Far?

I kept forgetting to get my butt online and in my blog to post about this most heinous of things: toddlers and tiaras. People Magazine did an article about it in their special double issue for 26 September entitled Gone Too Far? Skimpy costumes, temper tantrums, pushy moms: A hit TV show ignites a furor over the shocking world of child beauty pageants. Now, I have a good friend Eric who told me about this travesty of a show months prior, if not longer, but I could never bring myself to watch it. Now I know why!

This article... oh, my gods, it pushed me right over the edge! Just ask my husband. He listened to me gripe and yell and go crazy over this and when I showed him the pictures, he could not argue that this was just sick! One three-year-old was dressed like Julia Roberts as a hooker - yes, a hooker - from the movie Pretty Woman! Ye gods! How is this legal, let alone okay?! The mother, after the reaction she got on the telly, admitted that the 3-year-old Paisley's outfit "crossed the line" - you think?! Jeez, what gave you that idea? Did you not see how criminal this would be when you put it on her??

Another one was dressed as Madonna with the killer pointed bra cups! This kid was TWO years old!

Every mother has some justification for this. I can't see it. And worse, the money they are spending to turn their small fry into hookers or worse is much, much more than they make... which takes out the greed factor as the motivation for psychologically damaging your child for life. Of course, the money they spend now is nothing compared to the years of therapy they'll need to pay coming up.

And what do the mothers say? One said that her daughter really wants to do this, and what girl doesn't love to play dress up with her mommy? OK. I played dress up, too. I wore my mother's go-go dancing costumes and platform shoes when I was a little girl (quite possibly the only "girlie" thing I did, because I was always a tomboy) and I wore those because they were sequined and shiny and fun - her normal clothes were boring! Say what you want, but I never wore them outside and at five years of age, I couldn't make the connection of what go-go dancing clothes meant. To me, they were bright, shiny things. Had my mother put me in a pageant dressed like that, she would probably have been arrested, but I was a kid in the early 1970s - very different.

Now I am old enough to recall perfectly the Jon-Benét Ramsey case from 1996, which really brought the whole child pageant thing to the fore. While it did do that, it clearly did not change or improve anything. It may seem perfectly okay to put your kid in one of these because she wants to do it, but what two- or three-year-old has any judgment capabilities to make that decision? Isn't this the part where you as the parent step in and say, "No."? Is that not what it means to be a parent? Or do you let your 4-year-old go out on a play date without parental control? Walk to school by herself? Go to the movies with friends? Ummm - I'm betting no.

But this is acceptable.

One mother thought the fuss over some outfits were cultural: Her daughter's costume was 'padded to give it a little bit of an edge. "I think it's cultural, the reactions," says Jackson, whose own mother helps foot the five-figure annual bill for Maddy's many pageants. "When she wore that [Dolly Pardon costume] to a pageant in Kentucky, people loved it; in Connecticut, they didn't get it," she says. (Pageants in the south outnumber those in the rest of the country.) "Everyone acts like I am trying to sexualize my daughter, but it's ridiculous. It I put Maddy in a Jason costume for Halloween, would people think I was trying to turn her into a serial killer?"'

[Writer's note: There is no such word as "sexualize"; I just took it straight from the article.]

Well, maybe I would not think she was trying to turn her daughter into a serial killer, but I would not say okay to my toddler wanting to dress up like Jason from the Halloween movies! I would say no to dressing her like a hooker for Halloween. I certainly can see why to the outsider it looks as though mothers are pushing their little girls to not just appear like adults: tanned skin, make-up, sequin dresses, high heels, etc. But they do take it well beyond the adult trappings - they encourage an openly promiscuous look from these kids. And I don't mean, ha, ha, look at this cute little kid dressed up as beach girl doing a dance, but she doing a dance that some adults would be embarrassed to do because it was SO suggestive! Is this what you want your toddler doing?!

Here is a checklist of items and their affiliated costs, just you can see how wasteful this pageant stuff is:

1. Pageant registration: $1,000 (this is usually more that the prize money... so take out greed as the big factor)

2. Tanning: $25 (spray on tan. Only the best for your little tantrum throwing angel!)

3. White lace anklets: $8 Every little detail counts. If you want your little prize to look a 1940s poster gal, make sure you get her hose with the lines down the back of the leg and get her patent leather super-high heels. She's only 3, you say? Hey, it is never to early to start on dressing them in age-inappropriate sexually inciting clothing, which, while it might make us regular people cringe, ought to really make these kids "pop" to any pedophiles in the area!

4. Photo Session & Prints for Competitions: $350 Yowza. Can't you take them with your own backdrop in a natural setting - oh, what am I saying? There is nothing natural about this anyway!

5. Wiglet: $100. I laugh at this, because it sounds like "piglet". Little things amuse me. I guess I should be grateful they don't shave her hair clean off and put a full wig on her.

6. Earrings: $10. So what. Most of my earrings range from $7 to $50.

7. Hair & Make-up: $250 This for me is the part where the Twilight Zone music needs to be queued up - it is too bloody weird what they do. You start out with a normal 2- or 3-year-old, and after hours of sitting still (I could not sit still that long!) to have their hair pulled and puffed and added to and then sprayed to do the unthinkable; let's not even get into the fresh skin of a young child suddenly turning into the travesty that was Tammy Fay Bakker. I will stop short of saying the kids look far too adult.

You know, we are not a healthy nation. If this is what television viewing has brought us (and so many people watch it), what does this say about us? Certainly nothing good!

How Funny Are These?!

My friend, my beloved friend Greg, sent me a list of links to watch.

I very rarely look at YouTube, other than to see Simon's Cat (thank you, Cuz!) and look up the occasional video, but Greg knows me all too well. He found stuff that he knew, without question, I'd love. The first one was Spongebob Squarepants singing Rammstein's "Zerstören". And you cannot believe how good this looked! I wouldn't miss this, if I were you! This link is:


The next one was Winnie the Pooh and friends sing "Ich Will" by Rammstein! Oh, these are great! Cartoons that I would not give the time of day to have suddenly become worth my time! This is so much fun! The way they match the characters speaking to the music is wonderful. Now, we have a connection to this as we saw Rammstein back on Cinco de Mayo when they performed at the Izod Arena. We had such a wonderful time seeing them perform and we love their music, so we are tied into this more.

Oh, my gods, just when you think it can't get worse (or better!), here are the Teletubbies performing "Sonne"!

Oh, the Ice Age is my personal favourite! I love the Ice Age movies and seeing Diego sing perfectly in sync with the song Das Teir is so funny! This is by far the best of the bunch - hands down! Greg, you are just the best!


Enjoy!


We Found Love

Yellow diamonds in the light
Now we’re standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to feel alive

It’s the way I’m feeling I just can’t describe
It’s the way I’m feeling now

Shine a light through an open door
Love and life I will divide
Turn away cause I need you more
Feel you heartbeat next to mine

It’s the way I’m feeling I just can’t describe
It’s the way I’m feeling now

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place

Coldplay

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Donde Estas, Yolanda

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda

Tus ojos me miraron
Tus labios me besaron
Con ese fuego ardiente
Ardiente de mujer

La luz de tu mirada
El fuego de tus labios
Flecharon a mi pecho y de ti me enamore

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda
Dikedikeda!!

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda

Me dicen que paseabas
En un carro Yolanda
Muy guapa y arrogante
Y todos te silbaban.

Si un dia te encontrara
No se que puedo hacer
No se me vuelvo loco
Si ya no te vuelvo a ver

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda

Pink Martini, Sympathique, 1997

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Space

On top of the world like a flag on a mountain
Feeling so high you can feel so alone
Unable to breathe at the height that you flew
Staring on clouds with no view of below

On top of a girl like a dream in a hotel
Falling towards something out of control
Unable to miss like the man in the tram
Crashing your car in Amsterdam

He did it without knowing, didn't feel a thing
He just wrecked it and kept going
The space around the stars
Is something that you know

A billion miles of darkness
Left your feeling low
The space around the stars
Is something that you know

Everything about you
So perfectly restrained
But everything inside you
Bites you

Everybody in the whole of the world
Feels the same inside
Everybody in the whole of the world
Everyone is only everyone else

Everybody's got to know
Everybody lives and loves and laughs and cries
And eats and sleeps and grows and dies
Everybody in the whole of the world

Is the same this time
Is the same inside
In the whole of the world

Marillion, Season's End, 1989

Sunday Stealing - The Madness Meme Part II

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!

Today we ripped off a blogger named Tense Teacher from the blog Tense for a Reason. It's long so we'll do it in two parts. She stole it from The Coffee Table. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!


Sunday Stealing: The Madness Meme, Part 2

Cheers to all of us thieves!

23. Do you ever walk around the house naked? All the time. Is that not the main (if unspoken) reason we want our own homes? Absolutely - we are all comfortable in our skin - at least, we should be.

24. If you were an animal what would you be? Why? It would have to be a house cat. Any one of my cats. PeTA may not believe in keeping animals as companions, although I strongly suspect many do, but my cats have a perfectly charmed life and they know it!

25. Hair color you like on someone you’re dating? Well, Luis (my husband) has a fringe of thick black silky hair that never goes grey, unlike my think full head of hair that sees only hair colour. But I will take my full head over my husband's fringe.

26. If suffering an injury, would you rather be left blind or deaf? I always answer blind, because deafness would mean no more music. I could live unhappily without my sight but my hearing is a must.

27. Do you have any special talents? Yes, I can organise the stuffing out of just about anything! On a more serious level, I'm usually very good at reading people.

28. What do you do as soon as you walk in the house? Put my glasses on the counter.

29. Do you like horror or comedy? No horror, some comedy - I'm a snob and a fussbudget about my movie viewing.

30. Are you missing anyone? My grandfather, and Talon.

31. Where do you want to live when you are old? Palm Springs, California, baby!

32. Who is the person you can count on the most?Luis and Ray.

33. If you could date any celebrity past or present, who would it be? Hugh Jackman (looking like Wolverine) and Patrick Dempsey.

34. What did you dream last night? I don't recall, but that's good. Usually if I easily recollect a dream, it is because I had a nightmare...

35. What is your favorite sport to watch? None. We don't watch sports in this house. I married the perfect man - he never is into televised sports!

36. Are you named after anyone? No.

37. What is your favorite alcoholic drink? I guess a Fuzzy Navel, but I only want it with orange juice and peach schnaps - the vodka is way too much.

38. Non alcoholic drink? Cranberry juice for cold; Lady Grey tea for hot.

39. Have you ever been in love? At my ripe old age, I certainly hope so! Yes, I have.

40. Do you sing in the shower? Not without music - if only to drown out my voice. I do a ton of thinking in the shower, though.

41. Have you ever been arrested? No, but I would not consider this something I need for a full life...!

42. What is your favorite Holiday? Samhain.

43. Would you ever get plastic surgery?  No.

44. Have you ever caught a fish? Yes!

Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Stop back and visit other player’s posts. That is really what this is all about, making new friends! Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Season's End

Getting close to seasons end
I heard somebody say
That it might never snow again
In England

Snow flakes in a new-born fist
Sledging on a hill
Are these things we'll never see
In England

We'll tell our children's children why
We grew so tall and reached so high
We left our footprints in the earth
And punched a hole right through the sky

We'll tell them how we changed the world
And how we tamed the sea
And seasons they will never know
In England

So watch the old world melt away
A loss regrets could never mend
You never miss it till it's gone
So say goodbye, say goodbye

We'll tell our children's children why
We grew so tall and reached so high
You never miss it till it's gone
So say goodbye, say goodbye
To seasons end

Marillion, Season's End, 1989

Sunday Stealing - The Madness Meme, Part I

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!


Today we ripped off a blogger named Tense Teacher from the blog Tense for a Reason. It's long so we'll do it in two parts. She stole it from The Coffee Table. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!


Sunday Stealing: The Madness Meme, Part 1

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work? Eeeeiiiuuuwww, no. Why would that work? How icky!

2. What’s the largest age difference between yourself and someone you’ve dated? Not very large. I did try to seduce someone who was about 19 years older than I was... I was 19, and I wasn't looking for a relationship. I just had a bad yen for this person!

3. Ever been in a car wreck? Yes, I have. Please refer to post dated March 2006, entitled "Sometimes Life Gives You Lessons Wrapped in Ridiculous Packaging" - it tells the whole sordid little tale.

4. Were you popular in high school? The complete and exact opposite.

5. Have you ever been on a blind date? Once. A mistake I will never repeat.

6. Are looks important? In the end, no. If that were the case, no one would date me! I've discovered over time, people's looks change. If someone who at first look is really good-looking or beautiful and then after a couple more conversations, this person is a real downer (I don't want to say, "bitch", but the same thing), well, their looks are no longer aesthetically pleasing - at least, not to me. Does that make sense?

7. Do you have any friends that you’ve known for 10 years or more? Oh, sure - several! Some of the best people are people I've known a very long time!

8. By what age would you like to be married? I could care less. I've been with Luis for 22 years, that's married!

9. Does the number of people a person’s slept with affect your view of them? Yes.

10. Have you ever made a mistake? Seriously?

11. Are you a good tipper? Yes, I am a very good tipper. Luis is not as generous.

12. What’s the most you have spent for a haircut? Um... I don't know. I've been going to Lucy for years and she is up to $60 for a cut and colour. I've never paid a lot for haircut.

13. Have you ever had a crush on a teacher? Has anyone NOT had a crush on a teacher?

14. Have you ever peed in public? Absolutely not. As a woman, how would I do it?

15. What song do you want played at your funeral? Um, let's see... I would have a whole list! We'd start with the Squirrel Nut Zipper's song Hell and take it from there!

16. Would you tell your parents if you were gay? "I'm in love with another woman." My parents would be very supportive.

17. What would your last meal be before getting executed? Well, there is a question one doesn't see every day. I would have an Asian chicken salad (grilled) with mixed field greens, mandarin orange slices and extra dressing and then I would have some pistachios with shells but not dyed red and for dessert fresh berries in cream. What isn't perfect about that?

18. Beatles or Stones? I do like the Rolling Stones, but I grew up listening to the Beatles! So it will always be Beatles first and foremost.

19. If you had to pick one person on earth to die, who would it be? In the 1930s (had we seen what was coming, it would have been Adolf Hitler. Following him, Josef Stalin. In the 1950s... Senator Joseph McCarthy (few would have missed this moron). In the 1960s, I suppose Mao Zedong. In 1979 the Ayatollah Khomeini and his mommy issues would need to be given an early grave. It seems that two of the most evil men are gone, now: Saddam Hussien and Osama bin Laden, so who does that leave? I could say the leader of North Korea, but we need to do away with the Communist Leaders of the People's Republic of China, too.

20. Beer, wine or hard liquor? None, thanks. I will stick with water and the occasional fruit juice.

21. Do you have any phobias? Yes, arachnophobia. I just cannot get around that one and only phobia!

22. What are your plans for the future? I never know until the future arrives.

Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Stop back and visit other player’s posts. That is really what this is all about, making new friends! Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

The Fruitcake Horror Story

When Luis and I first moved in together we made the mistake of telling his father, who promptly turned around and with only the dopey "let's hide the embarrassment of my good Roman Catholic son shacking up with someone", he told the whole family we got married.

He might have clued us in on the secret - if only so I could of squashed that idea before it hit the masses, but no. And since he never saw fit to tell us, I ended up sending out thank you cads to all for the housewarming gifts but, no, we are not married. Someday we might get married, but not for a long time. Twenty-two and a half years later, here we are. Still happy, still (much to the consternation of practically the whole Gómez clan) not married. Neither Luis and I nor Anna and Kirk have gotten formally married and none of us have any plans to have children!

GASP!

Yes, isn't that something. I believe that Luis Senior has come to terms with it, but I know his siblings rub in how many kids and grandkids they've got and his two kids are it - the end of the line. In some ways it is too bad - this is the most normal, wel-balanced branch of the family, while the overwhelmingly religious side... well, it is too late. They've gone and spread that nutsy part of the gene pool around and once it is out there, there is no getting it back... unless they all marry heretics! Maybe there is some shred of hope after all!

(For those you who Read Question #2 from Cat in Saturday Six: Episode #397, these are the people you were talking about. They, however, can quote it; but live it? Never!)

Well, I am glad I let all that out. As usual, I went off into the ether on my own, and strayed from the real topic at hand. So, without further ado, I give you something so.... HORRIBLE...













.....TERRIFYING.....














....DEATH-DEFYING.....













....DISGUSTING....












....FAMILIES SHRINK BACK IN FEAR.....











IT IS-------








THE DREADED FRUITCAKE!!






Lock up your daughter! Hide your farm animals! Send your sons to neighbours whom you know won't get any similar visitations!

How's that for a great build up on the most frightening mail bombs of all!

A friend of mine and I have a theory that there is one and only one fruitcake that travels the world seeking to arrive at the house of the unwary. When a small bit is eaten (and promptly spit out), it regrows the missing piece, and under the guise of being thrown out, it slips back out into the night... never to be seen again!

Sounds like a scary nighttime story you tell kids, doesn't it?

Having tasted one, I believe that. How gruesome to think anyone would ever want to re-create that kind of horror!

Sunday Seven - Episode #316

This week, we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. Those of us who work in television will also be happy for Thursday because it will be the first day after November sweeps!

For many families, Thanksgiving means a huge spread of food. In some cases, there are dishes that are only pulled out on Thanksgiving. This week’s question focuses on that kind of food, although I’m opening up the topic to any holiday: are there foods you generally only eat during holiday meals? If so, this week’s question should be easy to stomach.


Sorry, I couldn’t resist!
  • Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!
Here is this week’s “Sunday Seven” question. Either answer in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog (with a link here), and then comment here with a link back to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:
Name seven dishes you generally only eat on or around holidays.

1. Spiral-cut ham is always my first choice for any feast. My parents are not up to holiday dinners and Luis' father lives with us but is such a horrendous cook, we don't eat with him. Thanksgiving is a dinner we don't go to any longer as well, because I'm always on call for it, but that is okay with me, as I really, intensely dislike turkey!

2. Challah bread is one of those things that if I ever thought of it during the course of the normal year, I would get it. But we always either get it or in the old days, my mother would make it. That's the only thing I have ever seen her bake. (She never cooked or baked and I took right after her!)

3. Homemade applesauce: my grandfather (Ray's father) would actually make real applesauce from the apples he got from an enormous apple tree. It always looked strange to me because it was green, but it tasted wonderful.

4. Lemon chicken: Once I reached a certain age where I was no longer required to choke down turkey (I really do dislike it incredibly), Ray would make very strong lemon chicken for me. I mean strong, too. I eat lemons on my own and he knew that, so he would put in a lot of extra lemon in it, so I would really enjoy it.

5. Mixed berries in fresh cream: this is a rarity, the type of dessert now found in really pricey places to eat. But so worth every penny. My grandmother (Harry's mother) used to sometimes make it. I ate every piece of fruit and licked the cup after for every drop of the cream! Yum!

6. Red Rhubarb: I have no idea what the dish is called or if there is a formal name for it, but when my grandparents (Harry's parents) grew rhubarb, they'd save some of it to make into a treat for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I couldn't tell you how it was prepared, but it was delicious and very tart (which, as you know, is my favourite of the four flavours) and it always tasted SOOOOO good! We were there only ones who had that as a holiday staple.

7. Homemade cookies: And not just any homemade cookies; my grandmother (Harry's mother) had a multitude of recipes that she made the richest most tasty butter-based cookies ever. I always helped make them. I wish I could recall half the cookies she made. I haven't tasted them in many, many years,now.

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Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Uninvited Guest

You may not recall the moment that you asked me
But your invitation was clear
You'll pretend you've never met me but it's far to late
Now I'm here

Cause I'm the one who knows what scares you
I'm the one who loves you best
I'm the thirteenth at the table
I'm the uninvited guest

I'm the Banquo at your banquet
I'm the cuckoo in your nest
I'm your fifteen-stone first-footer
I'm the uninvited guest

I was there when you said insincere "I love you's"
To a woman who wasn't your wife
And I fronted you the money
That you ran away and blew

On the biggest regret of your life
Cause I'm the one who knows what scares you
I'm the who loves you best
I'm the thirteenth at the table

I'm the uninvited guest
I'm the Banquo at your banquet
I'm the cuckoo in your nest
I'm your New Year's resolution
I'm the uninvited guest

I'm the face you hoped you'd never see
But always knew you would
I'm the one thing you knew you shouldn't do
But did because you could

I'm the evil in your bloodstream
I'm the rash upon your skin
And you made a big mistake all right
The day you let me in

And you can fly to the other side of the world
You know you'll only find
I've reserved the seat behind you
We can talk about old times

Cause I'm the one who knows what scares you
I'm the who loves you best
I'm the thirteenth at the table
I'm the uninvited guest

I'm the Banquo at your banquet
I'm the cuckoo in your nest
I'm your fifteen-stone first-footer
I'm the uninvited guest
Let me in!

I'm your New Year's resolution
I'm the uninvited guest

Marillion, Season's End, 1989

The Queen's Meme - #102 The Cow Jump Meme

Welcome to The Queen's Meme
7 Royal Questions on Tuesday

The Queen's Meme #102

1. What do men really want in a woman? How does one answer that? All men are different. If I had to say that about Luis, I would say someone to have stimulating conversations with - he of course would give an inappropriate answer just to see me wig out and give him an appalled look! He knows how to get a rise out of me.

2. Should marijuana be legalized? Yes, and all the rest of the drugs as well. Tax them and make them all legal so that crime goes down and drug dealers won't have any market left!

3. Why did the cow jump over the moon? There was a horny bull on the other side - why else?

4. What do women really want in a man? I suspect answer No. 1 applies. I suppose most would say someone who listens to what they have to say. Hopefully - I hate to think what most women want is someone to control.

5. When you are having a really good day, what usually makes it good? I think everything does. It all contributes!

6. What can make your good day turn into a bad day? Usually one idiot is all it takes. Sad, but true. Look at tonight's movie at the way-cool theatre with dinner and comfortable seating. The two young girls next to me were texting and chatting through the movie and I told them to be quiet and they got pissed off. Go to a restaurant or a diner if you want to chat. Not the movies! I even complained to an attendant but that person never came in to talk to them! GGGGRRRRRRR!

7.  If you could "start from scratch" and turn back the clock for a re-do, what would you re-do? Nothing - everything I do, good, bad or indifferent, makes me... me. I need all of those experiences to keep what is "me" intact.

The Queen's Meme: #101 The Miscellaneous the Queen Needs Sleep Meme

7 Royal Questions on Tuesday

It' been a lonnnnng week. Queen is tired. Before Ihttp://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=6116578306260727144postID=2973342785363906574 snuggle under the covers tonight, let me set before you a totally random set of questions. They just popped off the top of my pencil head five minutes ago. Freshly baked for you!  I can barely keep my eyes open. Got any toothpicks?  I know you will come up with entertaining and maybe even earth-shattering answers. The world could use a little shaking up. Just don't wake ME up. Goodnight!

The Queen's Meme #101 ~ 
The Miscellaneous-Queen-Needs-Sleep Meme

1. All your dominoes just fell down. Who pushed them? It has to be the cat - the first cat, Siobhan. She would do it just to piss me off to tell me to feed her. That is the kind of cat she is, evil creature!

2. Have you ever danced in a car? Well, not full-body dancing - how would I stand up? But bouncing up and down in the seat... all the time! I love music. I always, always, always have my iPod hooked up or a CD playing.
3. What is your horoscope reading today? I don't believe in astrology at all. I'm an astronomy person. I have no idea what the astrology thing says and I never look it up. I don't buy into the one-size-fits-all stuff that is in the local paper or online.

4. The iPhone just gave birth to the next generation of phones. What would you call them? The iStupid Device! I agree with my husband. The smart phones have given the stupid people a voice. Look on Facebook. How many people are so addicted to it that they go on just to write really insipid things like "good morning" or "I have to use the loo" or "I ate bacon and eggs" - really? Is this the most stimulating thing you can say? Yikes! And the spelling and grammatical errors just push me over the edge. If you cannot write in your one and only language, you should not be on social networking sites! (Is that just me or am I right? Maybe I am too fussy... but I don't think so!)

5. Do you believe Justin Bieber should take a paternity test? For what? Did this little kid impregnate someone? Eeeeiiuuuwww! What a hideous thought. (I don't read the news...)

6. Occupy Wall Street. Occupy this. Occupy that. What would you most like to occupy? Right now, my old job! I miss working. I did the Occupy Wall Street protest in October, in Liberty Park on Wall Street. I was a part of it. Now it is kind of old and done. I guess it is tough to let go and move on to something new for some.

7. What is the last groovy thing you did? Tonight, my husband and I saw Tower Heist at a dinner theatre that was like flying first class with a full meal and a seat that was huge, padded, with a foot rest and it was a great movie, too! What's not cool about that?!


Shhhhh!!! The first person to make a noise is going to the dungeon.
See you next week. I promise to be awake for the meme.

Older Meme - Saturday 9: Mr. Roboto

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!


1. Do you enjoy holidays like Halloween or is your approach more robotic? I love Hallowe'en! I dress up as much as possible. I revel in it. It's also Samhain, the New Year, so I enjoy it as a holiday, too.

2. Have you ever been to a haunted house? Not in many, many years, although I've been in plenty of houses that are haunted and not advertised as such. I suppose most houses over a certain age are haunted, though.

3. What are you doing for Halloween this year? Well, Greg and I were supposed to go to the Chiller Theatre in Parsippany on Sunday, 30 October, but the snow storm on 29 October screwed it up for both of us - him more than me, but still... so we will go in May 2012.

4. What was your lamest Halloween costume ever? I don't think I have ever had a lame costume. When I was a kid, Ray made them and did a hell of a job. As an adult I always took it as far as I could, as well. No regrets!

5. Is handing out candy fun for you, or more of a nightmare? Oh, no, that I don't do. One year, someone's kid saw the cat and ran into the house to pet it! The same day, some teenagers bigger than me and not at all dressed up came to the door and I decided to close shop permanently. Since then, however, we get very few trick-or-treaters, but I don't do it anyway.

6. Do you buy trick-or-treat candy and end up eating it yourself? I don't. My husband does. Ate everything after buying six bags, which is crazy, since we don't get six trick-or-treaters.

7. Did you carve any pumpkins this year? Yes, I carved one of the two pumpkins I got this year. I love carving pumpkins!

8. What was your favorite costume as a child? I dressed up as Adam Ant in high school and really loved it. I was the only one. It was a wonderful costume. In middle school one year, Ray made me a really cool piece of headgear so I could be an alien. It was a great costume. I wore a white leotard and leggings and boots and had this cardboard covered in tin foil headpiece that was totally original. He always did such a good job on that!

9. What is your biggest pet peeve about trick-or-treaters? I just don't like kids. And after the above-mentioned nightmares, I had less than no desire to do that.

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