Saturday, February 24, 2007

Get to Know Me . . . Aye to Zee

Tina tagged me about a week ago. Go see her. She tells very funny jokes. There's one there now with a fine rebuttal in the comments by her husband Bazza. Also, the ice in the river broke up.
Please go see the birthday card I made for my Sister-In-Law. She likes rabbits. The inside says, "We hope your birthdays stop multiplying like bunnies." Aren’t I sweet? My husband, QV, says that means we hope she dies, but that is NOT what I meant. Really it's not.

A- Available or Single? – Married from now until the end of all time (I think we may have been married in a previous life.)
B- Best Friend? – My husband and my daughter.
C- Cake or Pie? – Ice cream.
D- Drink of Choice? – Water (when staying sober) and Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic for lushiness.
E- Essential Item? – Anything to read.
F- Favorite Color? – The green of new leaves in spring.
G- Gummi Bears or Worms? – Worms in dirt.
H- Hometown? – In my heart. (Oh, no, gag me with a spoon)
I- Indulgence? – Days off from work spent at home.
J- January or February? - October
K- Kids and names? – One daughter named Snoogs
L- Life is incomplete without? - My family and reading and writing and art and crafts
M- Marriage Date? – 10/6/2001
N- Number of Siblings? – One brother
O- Oranges or Apples? Pineapples roasted on the grill
P- Phobias/Fears? – The urge to step off into the air when I am up high and being killed in a fire and attic rooms
Q- Favorite Quote? - "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are going.” – Lao Tzu
R- Reasons to smile? - Sunshine
S- Season? – Fall, Spring, Winter (Summer if I am inside or in water)
T- Tag 3 people? – Any three people who are interested.
U- Unknown Fact About Me? – I am allergic to milk.
V- Vegetable You Hate? – Cooked cabbage.
W- Worst Habit? – Eat too much.
X- X-rays You've Had? – Teeth, foot, lungs.
Y- Your Favorite Foods? – My mother’s spaghetti.
Z- Zodiac? – Libra with Libra rising.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Puce and rust soften the wooden swords growing from the mossy, damp earth. Browns in various shades of dark and light play along the angular branches. In between the layers of scale and grey flakes, green tufts mat the inner skin of the trees. Bits of fur and skin ripped from unsuspecting animals hang as warning flags upon the points. Mixing with the spores floating in lazy circles, decaying vegetation and rotting rodents waft upon the fetid air attacking the nose and the mouth with particles that will live again in another host. Insects with wings as fine as spider webs enclose the space above the groove in the forest floor, keeping all manner of beasties low to the ground. Shale slithers on the pathway, disturbing the peace with its quiet insistence of change.


I wrote this for a comment on Sanity at Waking Ambrose but I was too late.

There once was a thing called sanity.
It vanished due to its own vanity.
It felt better than the crazy;
It got too dull and all lazy.
Now it’s cursed by its own inhumanity.

Here’s one for today’s word, Symbolic:

Words aren’t only symbolic;
They’re full of vitriolic.
They cut like a knife,
And lead to much strife.
They make me melancholic.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Not Enough To Do

Because I have done such a great job of posting here on a regular basis, I’ve decided I need a new blog. It is called Creationist Thinking and on it I will post pictures of my art. Please go see some things I’ve done in the past.

Friday, February 16, 2007

New Eyes

I bought a Canon Power Shot S3 IS yesterday at lunch. I think I got a great deal at Best Buy: $400.00. So far I love it. It feels great in my hands and we all know how important that is . . . “wink, wink.”

I bought a 2 GB memory card, too, for $30.00. That sounded like a good buy also. The guy said it should hold 600 pictures.

I can do almost everything with one hand and I figured out all of the features without using the book. I will use the book to actually learn what they are for, but the camera seems very easy to use.

It has a viewfinder which makes me feel like I have a real camera, not one of these new fangled contraptions the youngsters are using.

It’s 6.2 mega pixels, 12x optical and 4x digital zoom, takes an hour of video with stereo sound, takes 2.4 frames per second, zooms, goes wide, has a flip up flash, a 2.5 inch flip out screen, and just flat out looks cool. I have been taking silly, useless pictures from two to six just because I could (93 actually, which is definitely better than the 18 I could take with my old camera.)

I tried to post last night but I upgraded McAfee and it looks completely different and it has Parental Controls so naturally it kept me, the parent, away from Blogger. Just this morning I figured out I had all Blogger sites on my Blocked List. Life moves way too fast for me; everything is always changing. I prefer ruts.

I finished my application for the HR Certification test and submitted it. Now I just have to see if I’m accepted. In the mean time, I have to start studying. The test is in May. I’m not too worried as I passed the sample test without studying, but everyone says the real test is not easy. Plus, I have an image to maintain: once you start getting 4.0’s, people seem to expect it all of the time. The pressure is crushing.

While many blocks have been placed in the road of my blogging life, I think I have developed a plan. I can read blogs at work, I just can’t read comments or leave comments or post. So, I will read at work, I’ll copy and email the comments to work, then I’ll type up answers and write posts at work, then email them home to quickly post at night, then go pay attention to my husband (who is really jealous of you all.) See what I’m willing to do for you.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Blog, Interrupted

At 1:47 pm EST, I finally made it up here to my office. I planned on coming up here at eight this morning to catch up on my blogging but we had a
surprise that I didn’t expect (or it wouldn’t be a surprise, silly.) It took a while for it to dawn on me that a fire broke out in two buildings up the street from our house. From my pictures you can’t tell how bad it was. White and black storm clouds leaked from under the roofs. The best view was from my garage but the sun was rising right behind the fire and smoke so the pictures did not come out well. First, I just wanted to get out of the house with Cody in case we had to evacuate. PSE&G showed up to disconnect the transformer in front of one of the shops. Then, I saw our fire department had everything under control, so I put Cody back in the house and got a few pictures, per my daughter’s orders.

My daughter had a fit when I called her. She’s a firefighter here in town, but she was working at her job at the hospital today. Once she found out that all of her firefighter friends her age were in class, she felt a little better. Although my daughter and her friends were not there, I watched a long time. It was interesting to see what the firefighters do. They work very hard. My daughter is a little thing, five feet three, and today I got to see the huge water filled hoses she has to drag around and aim at fires and the tanks she has to wear on her back when she goes into buildings.

The fire started in a little tin auto shop where they paint old beat up cars and because of the wind, it spread into the garage of a cement finishing company right behind it. The aluminum roof of the auto shop completely buckled and melted. The cement company lost all of their rubber cement stamps, but their trucks and other big equipment didn’t get damaged.

Now, I need to regroup myself and get busy with what I originally planned on doing.

Update - Sunday 8:23 am: Snoogs (rhymes with books; my daughter) tells me the fire started while the man was painting a motor cycle with the doors closed and a spark ignited. The bike went up in flames and the man did get his hands burned fairly bad.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Well Met

Yesterday, I had coffee with Mo’a at Starbucks. She is the first internet person I have ever met in real life. We talked for two hours, a record for me, as I am shy of strangers (no, really.) Mo’a fascinated me to no end; she told me about her travels, her family, her life. She has the most beautiful skin and clear, sparkling eyes. We found we have many things in common: our cars have standard transmissions, we hate to spend money on gas, we make sure we watch Midsommer Murders every Sunday night, we both have only one child and we love variety. I hope we can have many other get togethers.

In other news: My only brother turned 45 on February 1st. We will be celebrating his birthday at his house before the Super Bowl. This is a sad time for him because his favorite football team, The Philadelphia Eagles, did not make it again this year. To make his birthday special and show him how much I care, I drew him a card.