Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunday Seven - Episode 9

Picture from Hometown

You are given control of a cable network to run a seven-movie Halloween marathon.  Which movies would you choose?

1.  "Frankenstein" 1931  The original, with Boris Karloff

2.  "Bride of Frankenstein" 1935  Again, with the wonderful Mr. Karloff  (this film and #1 are brilliant and need to be seen as a double feature, at least once) 

3.  "Count Dracula" a BBC 1977 production starring Louis Jordan...excellent, sexy, sensual and scary...this was a new kind of Dracula for me and very worth checking out

4.  "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" 1988  This film is so bad, it's good and I really like Elvira (she's such a kick and who wouldn't want her job?) and it's time for a break to lighten up the mood.

5.  "House on Haunted Hill" 1958 with Vincent Price

6.  "The Haunting" 1963 with Julie Harris (this and film #5 used to scare me to death when I was a little kid)

7.  "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" 1948 with you know who which is just as funny to me now as it was when I watched it a kazillion times when I was young. 


Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Saturday Six

Picture from Hometown

. What is a bigger pet peeve for you: someone trying to talk on a cell phone during a movie, a baby crying in a restaurant, a dog barking on your street, or music played loud enough to rattle windows. This is a no brainer; the incredibly rude person on the cell phone during a movie. Haven't they noticed that big lobby? Perhaps they could go there. Duh!

2. What is your favorite cologne or perfume that you wear most often?
I don't wear cologne or perfume much these days. There was a time when I wore Jessica McClintock frequently because my husband adored it on me. Which one is the one you like the scent of, but don't wear often or at all? Before McClintock, I used to wear Halston which was my personal favorite and I adored it on me.

3. In your opinion, what is the best way to tell someone you value how much they mean to you?
Words of love are great, actions to show that love are even better; a combination of the two is the very best way.

4. Earlier this week, I posted a
personality quiz: If you haven't taken it, please do; if you already have, how accurate were the results compared with your true personality. 

I scored 41 points and apparently this means:

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

I would love to be this person. Am I? We never see ourselves as others see us; however, I've been told by several people that I possess many of these qualities so I suppose the results were more accurate than not.

5. When was the last time you feel you got as much sleep as you really needed in a single night?
Last night. I go to bed ridiculously early to ensure I do get enough sleep each night and I usually do.

6. If a stranger walked up to you and handed you a briefcase with enough money to pay off every debt you had down to the penny, do you think you could start from then on living debt-free?
Yes, barring some unforeseen event.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Sunday Seven - Episode 8

Picture from Hometown

Sunday Seven - Episode 8

There are five letters of the alphabet not involved in hurricane names.  Apparently, no one wanted to show the love to the letters Q, U, X, Y or Z.  Pick one of those five letters and come up with seven names, male and female, that you'd use for hurricanes.  (Six names would be required for the current set of six lists, and the seventh name would be a back-up in case one of the first six needs to be retired.)

Hmmmm...let's see, I think I'll choose the letter Z.

1.  Zoe

2.  Zachary

3.  Zelda

4.  Zeus

5.  Zinnia

6.  Zippy  (remember him?) 

7.  Zora 

And I sincerely hope none of these ever come to pass.



Saturday, October 22, 2005

A Self-imposed Hiatus

There are only so many hours in the day and priorities ebb and flow throughout our lives. October is my favorite month of the year and one would think I'd be flowing with creative writing. I have posted exactly five journal entries in three weeks' time. Four of them are responses to weekly question games in which I enjoy participating. I call them games, many refer to them as memes but I haven't a clue as to what a "meme" is; perhaps someone would care to enlighten me.

For me, there's "computer world" and "the real world" and currently I don't have enough available time to live in both.  One of them has to go. Alas and alack, it will be my computer world for a while.  I think I've written all I wish to share at the moment.  I often think there's not a whole lot more to write about without becoming repetitive and redundant and you see, I did just that, didn't I? This is not to say I won't be back at some juncture, journaling away happily. I simply don't have the time these days and my energies seem to be flowing in different directions. This is not a bad thing. I feel the need to sit back a bit and tend to the business of exisiting in the here and now rather than waxing nostaglic in the there and then.

I shall continue to visit my favorite journals, comment when I have one and play the lively games which Patrick's Place so kindly provides us each week. I'll be back.

Saturday Six #80

Picture from Hometown

1. How many products throughout your home are labelled "antibacterial." None

2. As a general rule, and assuming any required knocking on wood, how often do you get anything more serious than a sniffle or mild cold?
At the risk of tempting fate, I rarely get sick.

3. John Scalzi ran
this story about research that suggests the increased use of "antibacterial" products aren't necessary for people who are generally healthy, and might be causing the creation of "superbugs" that are resistant to antibiotics. Are you more likely to avoid these products after reading about studies like this? I think, as a nation, we are so obsessed and panic stricken about "germs" that we've lost our perspective on the subject. I don't purchase products labeled as "antibacterial" with the exception of the occasional bottle of dishwashing detergent and only because it's on sale.

4. Take this
quiz: Will you pass the U.S. Citizenship Test? How embarrassing, I didn't pass.  No surprise there.  History has never been my strong suit and I'm very aware that the U.S. Citizenship Test is extremely thorough and difficult to pass.

5. Now that the gas prices have dropped just a little (but nowhere near enough), what's the most you've paid for a gallon of gas so far?
Well, I live in northern California so it was something close to $3.10. Arrgh!

Psychfun: What was your favorite cereal as a kid? Sugar Pops and you can bet this wasn't a product that was in the house very often. When was the last time you had a bowl of it? Oh, I guess it's been about 45 years.

Sunday, October 9, 2005

Time Once Again for The Saturday Six!

Picture from Hometown

Saturday Six - Episode 78

1. What's your favorite brand and flavor of ice cream when you go grocery shopping? This is so sad! I don't buy a "special" brand of ice cream. I buy sugar free, low fat ice cream and there aren't too many companies that offer this. I buy it for my husband and if it isn't chocolate, he's not interested. I like ice cream well enough but it's one of those things I rarely eat. There's no bad flavor of ice cream; they're all good. Is there any of it in your freezer right now? Yes, Sunnyside Farms Triple Choclate, No Sugar Added, Light Ice Cream.

2. When was the last time you ate a fresh fruit as a snack rather than something not "diet friendly?"
Yesterday, a banana.

3. Take this
quiz: What language should you learn?

You Should Learn Swedish Fantastisk! You're laid back about learning a language - and about life in general.
Peaceful, beautiful Sweden is ideal for you... And you won't even have to speak perfect Swedish to get around!

Cdmmw2: If you could relive one moment of your life and watch it (like a movie) but not interfere, what would it be? I would choose my wedding ceremony. I know it was beautiful, intimate and very romantic. I wept through most of it and was pretty much incoherent when it was time for me to speak up. If this moment could stretch into several hours, I'd like to watch my reception. I know it was lively and fun but I drifted through it in a haze of eurphoria and my memories are far from crystal clear.

Debbie: What was something you were afraid of as a child? Spiders. Did you overcome the fear? I'm still not crazy about them but I've come to appreciate their worth in this world and unless they're in my house, I don't wish to destroy them.

Anna: If someone were to open your refrigerator right now, what item would it embarrass you most for them to find? Oh, probably something pushed way to the back that's covered with tin foil that I told my husband I wanted to save which, of course, I forgot all about. By now it probably is covered with white fuzz. Ah yes, a science project! I have such good intentions and think I'll eat it for lunch the next day which is crazy because I never do. But you see, he loves me and indulges me and knows damn well we'll end up tossing it the next time refrigerator clean-out day arrives.

Monday, October 3, 2005

Sunday Seven - Episode 5

Picture from Hometown

A day late and a dollar short but here goes:

Take a look at your immediate surroundings.  Not counting your computer, printer, other hardware, software or cables, name seven non-computer things that are on your computer table.

A cucumber-melon scented candle which smells so nice and has flowers embedded in the outside

A wooden carved sea otter from my son-in law

A small plastic figure of Daffy Duck

A pretty rock that I use as a paperweight

A thick straw coaster on which to place my mug of coffee in the morning and drink in the evening

A paperback I'm going to read two books from now

A pad of post-it notes


Sunday, October 2, 2005

Saturday Six - Episode 77

Picture from Hometown

Time once again for fun and games at Saturday Six - Episode 77 courtesy of our good friend, Patrick.

. How many AOL J-landers have you actually met in person? No J-landers but a while back I did meet with a fellow that I had been chatting with via IM for quite some time.

2. How many photos that you have taken yourself are hanging on display in your home in a size of 8x10 or larger? (The print, not the frame!)

3. How far do you live from your job?
About 18 miles What is your commute time like? Thirty to thirty-five minutes each way Has the distance prompted you to consider alternative transportation because of gas prices? Not a lot of alternative options around here to consider but I'm very glad the car we bought earlier this year has great gas mileage.

4. Take this
quiz: What decade does your personality live in?

your personality is living in the 1980s!

My son called this one. I was born in 1953. Should I be embarrassed?

Kris: What is the funniest, most original Halloween costume you've ever seen? Many years ago, my husband needed a costume for work. He took an old laundry basket and cut a hole in the bottom big enough to fit around his waist. He tossed in an assortment of clothes, an empty bottle of bleach, small box of laundry detergent and a box of fabric softener sheets. He draped an item or two of intimate apparel over the side. This was a very original costume since he thought it up on the spur of the moment. He looked pretty amusing to me with this basket of clothes around his middle. He came home later that evening with a bottle of wine as a costume prize. And yes, the clothes he stuffed into the basket were clean!

Courtenay: What is your favorite paragraph in a literary work? This might be a thought, or a message, or a descriptive passage which has remained in your consciousness throughout the years. Be sure to post the name of the book and author. I can't answer this question.  I have read lots of books and many thoughts and descriptive passages have stood out and carried me away over the years but I can't pick just one.

TGIF Revisited

I haven’t had much opportunity to write about anything lately. My recent entries have boiled down to the occasional "weekend assignment" from John Scalzi, the Saturday 6, Sunday 7 offered by Patrick and not much more. Maybe I’m just written out for now but I really don’t think that’s the case. The assorted challenges at work consume my time and energy these days; by the time Friday afternoon rolls around, my legs are so tired from all the walking I do all over the Spring Lake campus.  It’s been many a year since I’ve been able to join in and at 4:30 pm on Fridays, you can bet my voice is part of that time-honored collective cry of TGIF.

One of the things I dreaded the most involving my new job has turned out to be not so dreadful after all. I had great trepidation over having to drive on the freeway during the rush hour and for a greater distance. As is usually the case, in my cases at least, the mental anguish I build up for myself about the unknown almost never comes to pass. It’s nice to be able to listen to more than a couple of songs on the way to work. The distance I travel now usually gets me through most of a CD. It’s even nicer to be on the road long enough for the engine to generate enough heat to warm me up on these chilly mornings we’ve been having. I’m not exactly known for my "Pollyanna"" outlook on life but at times this approach works out well.

This past Friday I experienced one of my worst-case scenarios while driving. Even though I don’t live that far away from the city in which I work, I make it my business not to drive around in it. I don’t really have much reason to do so but this turned out to be a huge mistake. I only know of one way to get to work. Traffic was moving along swimmingly, the lights were going my way and I was thinking happily that I’d get to work nice and early–early enough to snag a parking space in the ridiculously tiny employee parking lot. Such was not to be. As I was about to turn right onto a street which connects me with the street on which I work, I was unable to do so because police cars and a huge blockade were set up across the street. Great! Just great!! Now what was I supposed to do? I hadn’t a clue as to an alternate route and I had foolishly removed my city map from the glove compartment. At that point there wasn’t much more I could do than be carried away with the sweeping traffic which was quickly becoming a major snarl due to the closure of this street. Once I mentally slapped myself upside the head and told myself to get a grip, I decided the best thing to do would be to go into some store and get specific directions to where I needed to go.

Before long, I found a small market, went inside and headed for a small café area in a corner of the store. I got the attention of a young lady working there and explained my situation to her. She was extremely kind and sympathetic and gave me a set of fairly clear directions to get me to my work. Meanwhile, the clock was way I was going to get to work on time. Now, my emphasis was getting there at all and in one piece. Which I did, despite major clogged roads, an early morning sun, relentless in its brilliance, shining right at my eye level and a heart beating like a trip hammer throughout. Once I finally did get to the clinic where I work, things seemed awfully quiet. Enter worst case scenario at work in a new job. The receptionist who works the extremely busy front desk (plus a million other things because she’s been working there forever and knows everything) called in sick. Sigh. We’re shorthanded as it is at the moment but somehow, the nurse, the department head and I got through the day. It was one of those days that I thought would never end but, of course, it did and my mind was screaming "Thank God it’s Friday!" at the top of its lungs.