Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Auntie Knickers has encouraged me to try and write a blog post everyday this month. Since I'm not doing anything else, I guess I will.
Wait, what? That's not right. I'm pretty sure I have a lot to do.
But I'm going to try and do it anyway, since interesting things are finally happening!
Here are some highlights from the past month to catch you up:
- School continues - I am taking 4 classes this semester including American Government and Politics (fulfilling my last gen ed requirement) which is very interesting, though difficult since it is in a basement classroom with bad lighting at the end of a very long day. sigh. but we went to a town hall meeting on healthcare last week, and saw lots of educated, middle-class, white people agree with each other. yay! (that was sarcasm)
- Church responsibilities abound - honestly, I am becoming more and more disillusioned with my church community, which is sad and frustrating, and maybe I'll write all about it another day. But in the meantime, I am still on the Christian Education board and am the organizer for a monthly movie night through the music and arts board (we watched Bell, Book and Candle for the first one, but don't even get me started...) The CE held our Halloween Party, complete with Haunted House run by the junior high students (that should say high school students as well, but none showed up. rant for another day: teenagers who don't have time for community)
- Moving- A few weeks ago I moved out of Comrade Landlord's house and in with a friend from school... hmm, it may take a few days to come up with a good name for him. The house is owned by his mom, so rent is crazy reasonable. There have been a few renovations going on there, but nothing I can't handle. Winifred seems to be settling in well, though I'll let her tell you about it on her own blog. Last night I moved my ottoman into my room and I now have a cozy little reading nook! I also get a room in the basement for all my crafting and storage. Oh! And the best part, perhaps, is that my roommate works nights, so it is like living by myself most of the time, and hanging out with friends the rest of the time! (can you tell I like the new place? woot!)
- And More! There's been a lot more, I just can't remember all of it... working on editing first big project for school...starting pre-production on second project called 'Snip'... behind on papers (as usual)...new boss at work (did I talk about her yet?)...oh yeah! and a new camera, so this blog will start to be a bit more interesting!
So, here's how this month of blogging is gonna go - since I have two blogs, I will sometimes post here, and sometimes on my FilmAching blog. Be sure to look there tomorrow, since I will be posting about the most exciting thing to happen EVER!
(hint: to me. this year.)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Singing Owl at RevGalBlogPals gives this week’s Friday Five about Autumn:
“Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest. Jeremiah 5:23b
The Autumnal Equinox has just come 'round again. I took a look back at our Friday Fives and noted that it always seems to make the Rev Gals and their Pals think of changes.
There is something so nostalgic about this time of year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. The nights grow cooler, crops are harvested, for some of us the leaves are beginning to change colors. The scent of smoke is in the air, pumpkins are in the stores (or on wagons, or in roadside stands for those of us in the country). I'm thinking of putting away my summer clothes and pulling out the sweaters. And I have a tub of Fall-themed items that my husband just lugged up from the basement. I'm looking for my scarecrow.
For this week, let's share some memories along with some hopes and expectations.”
1. Share a Fall memory.
I remember a lot of contemplation from my childhood, though my guess is that those who knew me as a child would not have known I was thinking that much! In the autumn, I loved to kneel on a chair in the living room, looking out the big window at the cars driving through the rain. There was always music playing; sometimes Enya or Priscilla Herdman (just downloaded one of her cds onto my computer yesterday because it felt like fall!), but I recall one time in particular when Pachebel’s Canon was playing and it just felt perfect. That memory is one of the happy places I go when I’m feeling low.
2. Your favorite Fall clothes--(past or present)?
I just moved my fall and winter clothes box to my new place, because I knew I had enough to cover me if it turned cold (we’ve had some really hot days lately). The box is clear, so I could peek inside - a little bubble of excitement popped inside me! I saw my wool cloak which I like to wear to church. It is brown with an orange and golden-yellow geometric design. I also saw some cool weather tunics, which look cute with narrow legged jeans and boots…. Basically, I like all my Fall clothing! But that’s what happens when you live in a state that’s cold 9 months out of the year!
3. Share a campfire story, song, experience...etc.
So many of my memories from childhood are of camping, sitting around the campfire, hearing silly and scary stories, or just talking about all sorts of things really, so much so that it would be hard to pick just one! But really, although Christmas is the time I think the most about my extended family, Fall is the time that reminds me most of my nuclear family – going to the Downtown library on a rainy day with my mom, hiking through the woods on the lookout for deer with my dad, endlessly harassing my brother and sister for inclusion In their ‘big kid’ worlds… it reminds me of how blest I was, even with all the struggles we had, that I was so loved, so assuredly.
And this reminds me of the passage above. There were things to be afraid of for me as a child, and I was afraid and worried frequently. And yet, I never questioned if I was loved; it went without saying that we would be there for each other. And that’s really what this passage says to me about God – the power of creation may frighten us at times, but it should also prove to us how deep and wide God’s love for us goes, and that she will always be there for us.
4. What is your favorite thing about this time of year?
The weather, of course… Fall really has become my favorite season, and for more reasons than just the weather, but even though I had to rush back upstairs to find my long forgotten umbrella this morning, another little bubble of excitement popped when I heard the noise of cars driving past my house in the rain… (see above)
5. What changes are you anticipating in your life, your church, family...whatever...as the season changes and winter approaches?
There have already been some changes in our family, and they will continue to take time for healing and adjusting. I am moving in a few weeks, which is a change that affects the whole family, since I have been living with my brother and sister-in-law. Also, I have taken on some new and not so new responsibilities for this fall, and that is a little scary, but I’ve made up my mind to say no to any further requests!
Bonus: What food says "AUTUMN" at your house? Recipes always appreciated.
I only like soup when it’s cold outside, so I always look forward to appreciating my favorite soup again – butternut squash! Unfortunately, I am lazy and usually get the kind in a can or box, or go to Wolfgang Puck Express for theirs!
I also, like my mom, feel like eating aeblekage, but you can go to AuntieKnickers blog to learn about that!
Here’s an extra bonus of my own, BOOKS and MOVIES:
I have a book and a movie that are mandatory for fall. The book is one from a local
The film I have to watch is Baby Boom with Diane Keaton. It is so deliciously 80s and there is a great montage of the fall when she is working in the orchard and making babyfood and then driving around
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
In junior high my sister played Mrs. Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie. I remember hanging around the gym/auditorium after school when she had rehearsals (I loved being the center of attention as a cute little 2nd grader) and I was so in awe of her performance. I also remember the first time I was conscious of my own suspension of disbelief.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I'm sorry to say I am prone to this particular crisis - it's one of the reasons I choose not to watch the news or read the newspaper on a daily basis. There's always something horrible going on to inspire doubt in my fellow humans; a car bomb here, a kidnapping there, and just plain disregard for human life.
Admittedly, my current crisis stems from a more personal place. But then, I also believe that a crime against one is a crime against all...
Gay Marriage. It's been on my mind a lot because I am doing a group project for my English class on the topic. Out of 5 people, one of our group is opposed, and there doesn't seem to be any way to get through to her. We present on July 9th, so I'm trying to hold out hope. But then, it's not just her. We surveyed the class, and almost everyone else is opposed.
It makes me want to scream and cry. I simply don't understand how these kids can think they have the right to make these hate filled decisions for everyone else.
One part that's eating away at me right now because I feel so awful about thinking/feeling this way is that many of my classmates are immigrants. I am whole-heartedly in favor of immigration...except when those immigrants want to then impose on my civil liberties. This is America, and there are plenty of countries around the world that don't have equality as the backbone to their structure, but we do, so why do you live here? (and yes, I realize that this may be one of the few places they could live... but ... ? ... maybe one of the reasons they can live here is because we try to respect human life and uphold our constitution that states that all men are created equally and have the right to the pursuit of happiness, so shoudn't they in turn respect that?)
I also will never understand how people, often Christians, can think it's their job to 'save' others from sin. What do you care? Besides all the other blatent ways in which this goes against the teachings of Jesus - let he who is without sin cast the first stone and all that - seriously, what do you care if I go to hell if you don't think you will? You want some extra brownie points when you get to heaven?
Feed the poor.
Adopt an orphan.
Give change to and smile at that homeless guy, regardless of what you think he's going to spend it on.
Pick up litter.
There are so many ways to love God by loving others without HATING anyone.
I was also extremely disturbed by a comment made by a woman in my class, with whom I'd had a conversation about church the class before - "I'm a DEVOUT Christian, so I just know it's wrong." It felt as though she were saying that I wasn't a real Christian and that I am somehow intellectually inferior because I don't "know" it's wrong. Sorry, I don't know it's wrong. I don't know it's right either. I don't know much in fact. I just try to live and love in a way that makes me feel less hopeless. For all I know, God's a giant chicken.
And on that note, something silly to try and cheer myself up.
Monday, May 25, 2009
"Anomalously, there was a lawnmower sandwiched between the Bibles. (Now, there’s a writing class exercise: Take that last sentence and create a reasonable context for it.)"
And I thought, Yes, that would be a good writing exercise. And seeing as how it's Memorial Day and I am at work with an empty stomach I'm trying to distract, I thought I'd give it a shot.
So, here you go!
All she could recall were books. When friends asked her about childhood pets or toys, she would reply with statements such as, “We had a big red dog” or “I had a velveteen rabbit I just adored.” She knew these to be true, though not quite accurate. Her friends, from slightly less literate families, never seemed to pick up on her little un-truths, as she liked to call them.
Every room had a bookcase, at least one. She often found it odd that the one room devoid of reading material was the bathroom – one of the few rooms where books could be found in playmates houses. Even the garage, rarely, if ever, used for storing cars, and even less often used for building and repairing, held volumes of friends. These garage rejects were often the result of duplication purchasing, something her mother was known to do at the local rummage sales. There were no less then three copies of Moby Dick, Oliver Twist and Goodnight Moon.
Most off putting to the friends that came to explore this strange library were the Bibles. They thought it most irreverent to store these holy books in such an unusual place. Unlike the novels and encyclopedias, the Bibles were all lined up together, neat and tidy. She had designed this space for the Bibles specifically, hunting throughout the piles of hard covers and paperbacks for the red or black bindings that spoke of faith. Anomalously, there was a lawnmower sandwiched between the Bibles. No one was ever sure why she had chosen the location surrounding the lawnmower for her shrine, but that was the way she liked it. The Bibles became her territory, as did the lawnmower, and thus began her love of reading, religion and landscaping.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Anyway, this morning we did a sound recording in my sound for image class, and now I am blogging. SO there! that's my week!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The bad news is that Final Cut Pro (fcp, the editing software put out by apple) is claiming that my project files (created at school) are too new for my current version. Excuse me? the FCP software that came in the mail last week?! Not likely. Anyway, I have a request into the apple forums for some help, so we;ll see if any help comes from there. There do seem to be ome really knowledgable people on there, so I'm hopeful!The good news is that I figured out how to use the in computer camera! It's in an application called photobooth. Most of my confusion comes from not having the patience to read the manual and being unfamiliar with macs.
so, here are a couple pictures! (hint, if you want to see some other cute ones, go to winifred's blog!)
Monday, February 16, 2009
So I know that there is a camera on this thing, but I can't figure it out yet! So, you will have to wait for a picture of me and all my new toys.
I am currently "working" at the co-op which has free wifi and my friend and former roommate, Puzzler, has just joined me for a little snack and chat!
Now that I have my own computer I will try to be a much better blogger, I promise!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
All three of my commenters were correct, and I completely agree with Amanda -- this can be really hard, especially if you aren't one of those "remembers all the lines" people! I should mention that, although he didn't leave a comment, Comrade Landlord got almost all of these!
1)Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I can't stand it! It's too easy! The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince! --- This was indeed The Little Mermaid (Disney), spoken by Ursula
2)I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart! -- Godfather II
4)End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. --- The Dark Crystal, Augra says this to Jen
5)If you say anything, about politics, or the campaign, or what speech you have to give, or anything, I swear to God I'm gonna stab you with this fork. -- This one was hard because it is brand new, but everyone should see it!! Milk
6)I know. She's heading an expedition to China shortly. I'm to go as her servant. But only on the understanding that I am to be very badly treated. -- Sense and Sensibility, spoken by Mr. Farrows regarding Miss Margaret.
7)You know, there's nothing I like better than to meet a high-class mama that can snap 'em back at ya. 'Cause the colder they are, the hotter they get. That's what I always say. Yes, sir, when a cold mama gets hot, boy, how she sizzles. Ha, ha, ha, ha. --- It Happened One Night
8)You've made a mistake. He's a good kid. I understand. You're hot, you're super f***ing pissed. We're all real emotional. But you're barking up the wrong tree. I know this man. He wouldn't do that. --- Reservoir Dogs
9)Now, get this, you double-crossing chimpanzee: There ain't going to be any interview and there ain't going to be any story. And that certified check of yours is leaving with me in twenty minutes. I wouldn't cover the burning of Rome for you if they were just lighting it up. --- This one stumped the Comrade, but not old Hankie Pants! It was indeed from a remake of The front page - His Girl Friday.
10)...in marrying your nephew, I should not consider my self as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman, I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal. --- Pride and Prjudice, the BBC version, spoken by Elizabeth Bennett
11)Don't put it in your pocket, sir. Don't put it in your pocket. It's your lucky quarter. -- No Country for Old Men
12)No, no, no. A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely. --- Batman Begins
13)No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! -- A Christmas Story
14)On the evening of October 7, 1989 several hundred people got together for some evening exercise and marched for the right to go for walks without the Berlin Wall getting in their way. --- Goodbye Lenin (this film is both more and less political then you might think, so if you didn't see it for either of those reasons, stop wasting time, it's amazing)
15)I will step outside the church if that's what needs to be done, till the door should shut behind me! --- Another new one - Doubt with Meryl Streep
16)Miss Haynes, if you're ever under a falling building and someone offers to pick you up and carry you to safety, don't think, don't pause, don't hesitate for a moment, just spit in his eye. --- White Christmas
17)The Wong boys were taunting me about my parents' divorce. You beat the crap out of them. You were wearing a Kristy McNichol t-shirt, tan cords and a pageboy. You spilled your mom's groceries. We scooped them into a bag. --- Saving Face, a romantic comedy about a Chinese-American Lesbian, her middle aged widowed pregnant mother and their love interests!
18)I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child. --- The Godfather (I)
19)When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference? --- The Departed
(This last one may be the toughest, so I'll give you a hint...it's from my favorite film of all time!)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
1.) Pick 20 of your favorite movies.
2.) Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
3.) Post them in a note for everyone to guess.
4.) Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed and the movie.
5.) NO GOOGLING/using IMDB search functions.
1)Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I can't stand it! It's too easy! The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!
2)I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!
4)End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad.
6)I know. She's heading an expedition to China shortly. I'm to go as her servant. But only on the understanding that I am to be very badly treated.
7)You know, there's nothing I like better than to meet a high-class mama that can snap 'em back at ya. 'Cause the colder they are, the hotter they get. That's what I always say. Yes, sir, when a cold mama gets hot, boy, how she sizzles. Ha, ha, ha, ha.
8)You've made a mistake. He's a good kid. I understand. You're hot, you're super f***ing pissed. We're all real emotional. But you're barking up the wrong tree. I know this man. He wouldn't do that.
9)Now, get this, you double-crossing chimpanzee: There ain't going to be any interview and there ain't going to be any story. And that certified check of yours is leaving with me in twenty minutes. I wouldn't cover the burning of Rome for you if they were just lighting it up.
10)...in marrying your nephew, I should not consider my self as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman, I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal.
11)Don't put it in your pocket, sir. Don't put it in your pocket. It's your lucky quarter.
12)No, no, no. A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely.
13)No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
14)On the evening of October 7, 1989 several hundred people got together for some evening exercise and marched for the right to go for walks without the Berlin Wall getting in their way.
15)I will step outside the church if that's what needs to be done, till the door should shut behind me!
16)Miss Haynes, if you're ever under a falling building and someone offers to pick you up and carry you to safety, don't think, don't pause, don't hesitate for a moment, just spit in his eye.
17)The Wong boys were taunting me about my parents' divorce. You beat the crap out of them. You were wearing a Kristy McNichol t-shirt, tan cords and a pageboy. You spilled your mom's groceries. We scooped them into a bag
18)I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.
19)When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?
(This last one may be the toughest, so I'll give you a hint...it's from my favorite film of all time!)
20)Our teacher says that God loves the blind more because they can't see. But I told him if it was so, He would not make us blind so that we can't see Him. He answered "God is not visible. He is everywhere. You can feel Him. You see Him through your fingertips." Now I reach out everywhere for God till the day my hands touch Him and tell Him everything, even all the secrets in my heart.
Well, there you have it! If you can guess any (or all!) do so in the comments. If you want to play along, get your own blog! J/K...but seriously, why don't you have a blog yet? Anyway, I'm gonna tag AuntieKnickers for this one, but no one else. And Auntie, you can keep it to 10 if you need to, even I had a hard time coming up with 20! I'll post my answers in a week!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
But this winter I made TWO new friends! And both are pictured below!
The first (in the foreground) is my friend Randi, who I have actually "known" since 9th grade. Well, since I left my first high-school and lost touch with all those friends (which I still get bummed about) I hadn't seen or spoken with her in 7 years! That's a long time at my age.
Then through a bizarre set of circumstances, we started hanging out in October, and have hung out weekly ever since! One Wednesday she called me and we were both like, "Oh my gosh, I haven't seen you for so long!" and then we realized we had hung out on Saturday. Crazy! So anyway, Randi has definitely been a great new addition to my friend pool!
The second Friend in the picture is Natalie, who is roommates with my friend Mike. She is super funny and we hit it off right away. We haven't hung out much, probably because we met right before the holidays a.k.a. right before my world got turned upside down with visitors! But, nonetheless, I am counting her because we always say we should hang out when I see her, and we should!
The third person in the picture is of course my friend Pat, one of those three frineds from highschool I mentioned earlier. Although it's nice to have these new people around, I would never think of forgetting my old Arts High buddies whom I share so many great memories with!
**P.S. The picture is from a Fancy Dress party that Mike and Natalie (and Mike's GF Rachel) hosted in December. Pat chose not to compli.**
Friday, January 9, 2009
Leandra was wearing a beautiful jacket with beading and a two piece black velvet number with lace trim! Gorgeous! Their daughter was even wearing a Hanna dress! (where I used to work...in fact, that was one of my favorite holiday dresses!)
Every Christmas I try to get to this concert. It is always so beautiful, and fun too! When I was in about 8th grade, we went to their Christmas concert, and Leandra was wearing a ball-gown skirt. It was absolutely amazing and beautiful. Now, I know this is going to sound silly, but keep in mind that I was at a very awkward age - I think it was the first time that it hit me that just because I was(am) an alto, doesn't mean I have to put on a masculine air. I know, silly, right? But I was going through this phase where I wore a lot of old army gear and I always acted really tough. But Leandra has this really chocolaty alto voice, she often sings lower than Neal in harmonies, and their she was, dressed like a princess!
Well, nothing would do but for me to have a ball gown skirt, too! Of course, I didn't take into account that Leandra has about a foot on me and is a lot *ahem* narrower than I. The skirt looked pretty silly I think, but it didn't really matter. It made me feel pretty.
So, needless to say, I now always wait with bated breath to see what Leandra will wear this year! And she never disappoints!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Did I tell you (I must have) that I got a new Kitchen Aid mixer?! It is the most glorious thing! And if that weren't enough, I asked for, and received for Christmas the juicer attachment! Last night I set it up for the first time and made fresh squeezed orange juice for the morning....
to side track a moment...I am sitting in my office writing, and my pen jar just MOVED! All by itself!! I think it is the ghost of secretary's past telling me to get on with my life and leave for the day! Soon enough....
Back to orange juice! As you can see, it took me 2 oranges to get about half a cup of juice. I used navel oranges which I am beginning to think was my first mistake. Next time I will buy Valencia and see what difference it makes. Still, this was a perfectly suitable amount for a morning brightener! The other mistake, and I am sorry I didn't take a picture because it would have made a good one, was that the bag of oranges I got was tinted orange! So it looked like they were really ripe, but they weren't!
You may be thinking that one of the oranges seemed to release more of it's mass, which is true. The ripe one was much more useful for juiceing. After the first unripe orange there was less then a third of what there was at the end, so it really did make quite the difference!
Anyway, this morning I dragged myself out of bed and went right downstairs, grabbed my juice out of the fridge and drank it as I made the rest of my breakfast - oatmeal with almonds, waffles with raspberry-rhubarb jam and hot cocoa! It was delish, and I really think it helped me be a little more productive at work today. Yay!! (P.S. Sorry the last pic is flipped, I really do need to leave sometime today!)