Friday, January 28, 2005

I Was Going to Rant But ...

I heard myself grousing about the construction along my route to work, the nasty weather, and a day with more to do than time to do it. Then I got a Day-in-the-Life-of-a-Midwife email from ML. This is what she had to say, "Just had one yesterday that wrecked my nerves. Labor lasted only 1 1/2 hours, but she screamed, ripped her hair, bit, scratched, hit, writhed, squalled. " Then she alluded to Linda Blair in the Exorcist sans peasoup and then summed up her day lamenting "Some people should not reproduce." Okay, maybe my day wasn't so bad afterall. haha

LINK Okay, I've gotten a lot of mileage out of this one today and plan to check back every once in a while. Quite a variety of things posted by someone in NYC. Local good eats, street art, links to amuse, and photos of a really sweet puppy named Buddy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Tall or Not?

LINK Here's a fun way to spend a few minutes. Type in your height, then you get to compare your silouhette against those of famous actors, sports figures, or historical figures.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Popgadget: Personal Tech for Women

LINK Gadgets, culture, general neophilia (the trait of being excited and pleased by novelty.) For and by women.

For example, the Scroll Pan, a frying pan that folds and rolls to solve tiny kitchen storage problems. Or Self-cleaning Window Glass. A Better Coffee Lid for that to-go Latte. Solar-Powered Holiday Lights. Jello shots for grownups in Gummi shot glasses. UV Protective Laundry Detergent. How about 31 Flavors...of toothpaste?

Innovative Gadgets, Trends, Nanotechnology, Augmented Reality, and Much, Much More!

LINK we-make-money-not-art is a collection of technologies on the verge and already here. Fascinating!

Friday, January 21, 2005

The Latest Movie Jag

Remember the little Amish boy in the Harrison Ford movie, Witness?
Remember Darlene's boyfriend in Roseanne?
How about Terminator 3's John Connor?
They're all grown up in Bookies. Three college guys start their own bookie operation. Don't worry if you don't know the lingo. There are subtitles, sometimes amusing, to explain it all. Loved the way they went ahead and fast forwarded through those long, repetitive, or boring setup scenes for you and got back to the story. I enjoyed it.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Okay, I enjoyed this. Found myself chuckling about it a lot during the following days. If you like the Dazed and Confused kind of movies, you'll enjoy this one. Lots of yucks!

Another comedic look at a dysfunctional family, American Girl was pretty fair. Basic premise being a girl wanting her mom to take her, her brother and step-sister to make the trip and visit her dad for "family day" at prison. It had it's moments.

I wanted Code 46 to be good. I really did. It's set in the future and stars Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton (remember her from In America?). It's been done better.

Open Water. I think the accompanying documentary on the filmmakers was probably more interesting than the actual movie. Just goes to show what someone with imagination, skill, and determination can do on a budget.

Angels in the Endzone. Okay, I didn't really watch this one, but it was on fuzzy tv (which is how I think of those stations that have bad reception). But Gene was watching it on and off. From what I could see/hear of it, looked pretty dumBah.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Just Didn't Have Much To Say

While I was pondering why I hadn't posted anything in a while, I thought back over the last week or so and how I just didn't have much to say. This in turn reminded me of an old friend, Camille. Now this was before everyone had answering machines or voice mail, and the only way to really screen a call was to have someone else in the house that was willing to answer the phone and lie for you. Upon inquiring what she'd been up to since I missed her when I'd called the day before, she was the first friend who said, "Yeah, I was home. I just wasn't receiving." Not receiving visitors. What a genteel concept in these technological days of instant access.

Camille was one of those people who could really stir up love/hate feelings, And the story continues here. and she was certainly memorable. And I learned a lot of lessons about friendship from Camille. This lesson in "Not Receiving Visitors" was a good one for someone who always wore their feelings on their sleeve. To have a close friend (and running buddy at the time) who didn't want to talk to me, but it didn't mean they were mad. What a concept! haha

And I got to see some lively JoMille fights, too. The only time I'd seen couples fight was when they were on the verge of breaking up and just couldn't hide the animosity anymore. But I got to see JoMille fight and make up just like longterm couples do. More than one egg flew across their kitchen, I'm sure. And they did make it for another ten years or so after that. Given different circumstances, they might have weathered the bad storms that came their way.

One of my most important realizations about friendship came during our association. If you commit to being a friend, accept them like they are. Don't try to change them. A brief mention is one thing, but reminding someone of their bad habits at every turn only builds resentment. I remember distinctly the day I went over to Camille's house, handed her a grocery bag and inside was a box of salt, a six-pack, and a pack of cigarettes, and I told her, "I love you unconditionally."

And I did. Our friendship continued and things were much more mellow without the nagging. We talked gardening and plants, the country life, the local characters. We would read each others writing and being the achiever she was, she went on to make a career of it. My only friend nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

She did like to talk and I was primarily her audience. But she moved away. We exchanged letters (I still have hers) and phone calls. And even though the closeness faded over time and distance, we still kept in touch. And she continued to achieve all sorts of accolades.

And she embraced those old bad habits and held them dear no matter who was in her life at the time nagging her about it. The candle that was her life burned out fast, but it was hers to burn and I think she was quite determined to do so. Hmm. Camille. I still think about her after all these years. We had some fun times.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Been Kinda Quiet Around Here Lately, Yes?

Just haven't had much to say, I guess. I promise I'll have plenty to say soon! Thanks for checking in!

Saturday, January 15, 2005

What's Up With My Eye?

My eye was feeling sore yesterday. Kept trying to think if I had bumped it or something but couldn't remember doing so. This morning, my eyelid is definitely a little swollen. Hmmm. Will have to "keep an eye" on that.

Last week was the first full work week after all the vacation and holidays. Seemed like it lasted forever!

LINK Here's a fun little site where you can do a portrait icon of yourself. Just choose the individual elements, raise or lower them, and it'll put them together. You could generate your portrait icon seated at a desk or with a little cartoon body by going here. But I still like the the first one the best.
What do you think? Could this be a representation of me?

Saturday, January 08, 2005

A Big Saturday Night

I got back from visiting Dad just about dark. Picked up a movie and a pizza. Gene and I watched King Arthur with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Now, finishing up The Whole Ten Yards that we started the other night but didn't get to finish. Big time in the ol' town tonight, yeah boy!

Friday, January 07, 2005

A Day with Family

Made it over to Dad's pretty early. He was on the treadmill. So glad to see him perking up a bit and stronger. I took him to the grocery store so he could do his shopping. He said it went a lot faster having someone along who could see everything clearly.

Martha and I got some time to visit, too. In addition to visiting, we spent some time watching the home decorating channels which is one of our favorite things to do.

Today was eight years since Mom died. She would have been pleased we were all together.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

5,000 Miles Already?

Can't believe my "new" car has 5,000 miles on it already (since 10/29/04). Time for it's first maintenance check. Conveniently, I can get an oil change when I drive over to see Dad tomorrow and combine the two. It's at least 60 miles to the nearest Toyota dealer anyway. It's going to be a trip either place I go, so thank goodness that little town has a dealership and I can get it done there.

The movie for today? Troy ... two words: Brad Pitt. Yeeeow!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Jan 5

Evolution with David Duchovny. Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones and Seann William Scott. Still funny. One of the videos that we added to our collection for Christmas.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Jan 4

Danny Deckchair I liked it! Starts out quirky and ended up a romantic comedy. Check it out.

Monday, January 03, 2005

It Was Dark Last Night!

Going home after work yesterday was the first time to make that trip since the holidays. Of course it was dark by the time I finished running errands and started my commute. And geeze, the rural countryside was dark, dark, dark without any Christmas Lights. Lots of people made the effort this year. But as Dad said, lots of people will have a whopper of an electric bill! Well, I for one, really enjoyed their Christmas gift to me!

Sunday, January 02, 2005

And How Did You Spend Your Day?

I'm Gonna See HTML in My Sleep!
Been trying to give my blog a new look for the new year. And believe me, I've tried two thousand and five times at least today! The learning curve is great. Keep checking back so you can see what it's supposed to look like when I get through with it.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

More Vacation Movies and Happy New Year!

Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Good of video game to movie genre. Not thick on plot, but good effects. Milla Jovovich stars.
Shaun of the Dead
Romantic comedy with zombies and was quite entertaining. We liked it. (Gore content: moderately high)
Dead End
Spooky movie with a family on an isolated road that goes on and on forever. Kind of like this movie. (Minimal gore)
A visual treat. Lots of movie martial art action. Definetly worth a look.
Hot Shots: Part Deaux
I love this parody! One of my favorites.
Cops and Robersons
Jack Palance is a hoot. Chevy Chase is one of the best at adept ineptness. A fun movie.
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