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Soooooo [09 Sep 2013|12:14am]
I got to go to San Francisco a week ago, it was incredible. I love the city so much and always have great adventures. I saw the beloved Karl the Fog. I watched him roll in, the sky becoming a wild pattern of colors. No foghorn, which I miss. I met the most incredible people there, my friends and just random strangers who I shared a moment with. I checked out the cable car museum and watched how the cable turn and run their ways to take us all around town.

I was also quite honored that multiple times I was considered or assumed to be a local by various locals. The city is truly the city of my heart.

Oh one day it will be to live and not just a trip or visit.
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Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays [15 Dec 2011|01:46am]

What is your must-see holiday movie?

One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

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I must see 3 movies- Christmas Vacation, it's a Wonderful Life, and a Christmas story! I also can not turn off anything Christmas themed, and truly miss Emmit Otters Jug Band Christmas. Puttin a hole in the washtub...
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To the sky [28 Jan 2011|10:59pm]
After a long week, as I was putting Riley in her car seat for the ride home after daycare today she suddenly asked me if we live in space.

"Space?" I replied as our only discussions of space in the past were directly tied to Star Wars.

She smiled and asked again if we lived in space. I was so excited about her question because of course the idea of living in space was something I had dreamed of often as a child and to be honest, even today.

"No baby, not exactly" I told her. "We live on a planet that is in space..." and I explained we lived in North Carolina, in the United States, in North America, in the Northern Hemisphere, of the planet Earth, in our solar system around the sun which was part of the Milky Way galaxy, and we're all part of the universe which is really really big.

Her eyes were huge. "Millyway?" (Sidenote- HER FIRST ADAMS REFERENCE!) "Is that space? We do live in space?!"

I explained that we don't live IN space, but in space on a planet. I talked about how I always wanted to go out into space as well. We kissed and she noted again how big space was and I got into the drivers seat thrilled that yet again, my little princess and super hero little girl is just as much a geek as her parents.

After I got home tonight and started reading through the sites, I realized that today was the 25th anniversary of Challenger.

I was 11 this day in 1986 and in love with the idea of being an astronaut. Or to be more honest, I wanted to live in space and travel to new places and hopefully meet ETs. Through elementary school our teachers had always let us watch the televised launches and landings, even from the first with Columbia. I was just a kid in West Virginia but I had big dreams and somehow this was one dream my friends and I shared that no one ever told us we couldn't. In fact, leading up to the Challenger Teacher in Space mission we visited our local junior high school for a presentation about the program. One of the two teachers selected from West Virginia for the program was a teacher there and told us all about her experiences. I was so excited that I would be attending the same school as someone who had been so close to becoming an astronaut!

I remember our 6th grade teacher Mrs. Bibbee turning on the TV in our classroom so we could watch the launch. I remember being so excited about the mission, so excited to have even this tiniest of a connection to a space mission. My friend Jamie and I were jealous of Christa's students because they would get to work with her on experiments in space.

We watched them take to the sky, the familiar trail showing their progress.

Then... it stopped moving space-ward, and split. I remember staring at the screen and knowing something had gone terribly wrong but hoping as a child does that I was wrong, that they'd changed something and what we saw was normal and the crew and shuttle were still heading towards space.

I remember the classroom being quiet and our teacher trying to find some words to provide comfort and wondering what she should do.

It was 1986, looking back now it was the year everything changed. Watching Challenger explode sitting near a friend who would also disappear from my life in a blink of an eye less than two months from that day. Visiting DC that spring for our class trip and crying at the memorial they had at the Air and Space museum for the Challenger crew.

Did you visit it? Is my memory reliable in this- that they had it in the center area, near the doors street-side, and they had a piece of moon rock mounted that you could touch right next to it.

That is what made me cry. The memorial for these people who gave their lives in the pursuit of knowledge, next to this rock from the moon. From the moon that has shined upon us forever and inspired so much.

In 2000 I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The userpic I have up there is from my visit and if I remember correctly, is of Endeavour, the shuttle they built to take the place of Challenger. The picture was taken via my 1.3 megapixel Fuji camera with no zoom, the picture was taken through a viewfinder from the tour viewing platform. I spent quite a lot of time at the memorial wall, thinking of those who had given their lives for their dream and ours.

So those are some thoughts about a day that happened, which before 9/11 was the question of our generation- where were you when you heard about Challenger? I'm so grateful the truth came out about what went wrong, that the shuttle program began again and today we have the ISS. The ISS to me is the first step to encourage my belief we can all get along and work together for common goals.

Thank you to the astronauts, the support staff, the designers and engineers, the scientists and pilots who all share in this desire to better ourselves, to learn more and share this knowledge.
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Taken from Paula-- Fandom meme [29 Dec 2010|11:46am]
[ mood | amused ]

Fandom Meme 2010

Your main fandom of the year?
This would have to be Glee and Salesforce.com, with the continuation of my first love of Star Wars.

Your favourite film watched this year?
Wow- I've actually watched some movies this year! Hooray for kiddo getting old enough to go with me! (for kid movies at least) I bawled my eyes out at Toy Story 3. I loved Despicable Me (It's so fluffy I COULD DIE!) Riley loved the minions. I do fear she'd make Palpatine very proud. I can't wait to see Tron this afternoon!

Your favourite book read this year?
I realized I need to take better care in tracking what I've read. I've got a Goodreads account- just need to use it! Wish there was a synch or something from my kindle. Anyway-- I've read a lot this year, two of the standouts were the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series and the Hunger Games series. Both were well written and I enjoyed them both. I do not understand how anyone could think there was going to be a question between the two boys in THG- that was obvious from the beginning for me.

Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?
Glee. "Own it" by Black Eyed Peas (it was the Dreamforce theme song)

Your favourite TV show of the year?
Doctor Who. I loved Tom Baker as a kid and missed the David Tennant wagon- so with the 11th Doctor I jumped back in and OMG LOVE. I LOVE Matt Smith. I was concerned reading about him before the series began- he is young, he is different-- but he reminds me so much of the things I loved about the 4th Doctor I just really don't care. Amy Pond is great, I love that she made Rory play Dr *ha ha* growing up - reminded me of me pretending to play with Luke Skywalker. And I love love love River Song! I'm a fan of Alex Kingston from her ER days, and River is just an awesome female character. Even if she turns out to be this horrible horrible person-- even if she is the one to kill the doctor someday- I'm not sure I'd hate her. I think I'd rationalize something to make sense of it and it'll break my heart.

After that I look forward to the usual- Big Bang Theory (esp Wil Wheaton episodes), Dexter, True Blood, House, and stuff I can't think of right now! Oh yeah! WALKING DEAD! I got Mark the first book for Christmas and waiting for him to finish it so I can read it too. :)

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Hunger Games (taking YA a whole new direction- kids killing kids? Rebellion? Marketing? Propaganda? YES!) and Walking Dead. I found a new fandom this year-- at work I had a new system dropped into my lap to manage- salesforce.com It is AWESOME! And what a great community! And when I got to the Dreamforce conference, basically found that somehow I'd made it into a VIP group! I didn't make it into the first MVP community class, but that's a goal for this year. I have never found software that I love as much as I do as Salesforce and the new friends I've met through the application and the convention-- wow. So much love that I'm even considering a blog. They hold the convention in San Francisco (OH TWIST MY ARM! ;) ) and this year-- the Savage Opress Clone Wars screening was in San Francisco the night before I flew out and I GOT TO GO! I never get to go to that sort of thing because they don't have them where I live-- and this time not only do I get to go to the screening but-- a tour of the LFL Presidio offices, got to visit with LFL friends, saw tons of props and shopped at the store. Then at the screening -- oh wow, the screening was at 1 Letterman, which is the LFL offices in the theater they use for viewings there and OMG. I swear I saw Adam Savage there with his kids, and just a few rows back were George Lucas (who I only saw briefly at C5) and Katie Lucas (who wrote this arc of stories and they are awesome!!!!)!!! There were others there too but WOW what a night!!!

I also got to volunteer again at Celebration 5. I worked for Starwarsshop.com and had a very tiring but fun time talking to fans and doing some line wrangling. I even got a compliment on my branding/marketing skills. :) The most exciting moment was when Jon Stewart came through with his kids. He was SO kind and just absolutely wonderful with his kids. I was just so impressed. It was hilarious because the person I was working for came over and was "did you get a picutre??!!?" and I said no, of course not. They said "why not?!?" and I replied that because I wouldn't take a picture is exactly how I could get the job working for him! We both laughed and thought at the same time we couldn't take pictures but nothing was stopping us from tweeting about it once they moved on!!! WOOT! Besides seeing all my friends, besides seeing George and Jon, some of my favorite memories of C5 are:
1- sitting on the stairs (no seats available) watching and listening to Mark Hammill. The 3 year old inside of me was just speechless. I had no prayer of a chance in seeing him but just happened to try by going to the door and invoking the Name and asking if they needed help. They did and next thing I know he's on the stage and loving the Wampa pillows my friends found. :) I sat on the steps, my head leaning on the guidewall, and just well, swooned a little. I'd waited practically my whole life to see him and there he was.

The only thing that could have made it better was if my other Luke-lover friends could have been there too.

2- working for StarWarsShop.com I had SO much fun talking to people and seeing the new products. And No Boba Fetts! I got my extroverted side it's exercise for the next year or so I think.

3- Harry Potter. Getting to go to Universal with my friends and run around Hogsmeade with the crew that I would have hung out with if there was a Hogwarts (I think we'd get our own house honestly!) was amazing. HOT as hell, exhausting, but amazing. SO glad I could go and so glad to have such wonderful friends. Frozen Butterbeer is worth the wait people.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I didn't meet Marc Benioff (the George of Salesforce) but I saw him a lot and he was right in front of me multiple times. :) I did get to meet the Steve Sansweet of salesforce- Tom Wong. Great guy and I am so appreciative of his gifts to us (the most AWESOME seats at the keynotes, getting to be part of Bingo, and NEIL YOUNG TICKETS! for a start!) I kept telling myself before dreamforce that this is not a celebration and I don't know people and it's not going to be the same so don't be disappointed to get there and realize I've hit the dreamforce jackpot. Except I didn't win an iPad, but I did win a Nano! *lol*

Yeah, that's such a disappointing year eh?

Your TV boyfriend of the year?
11th Doctor. I love me some Matt Smith which is saying something because I typically like them older! Oh and Joshua Jackson from Fringe.

Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Amelia Pond. I love her name, her red hair and the fact that she loves Rory and gives the Doctor the 1-2. The fact she remembers both Rory and the Doctor back into existance was not lost on me.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Dreamforce. One great big huge squee moment from start to finish. I was a foot away from Will.i.am at one point and had thought being 6 seats from him was awesome enough before.

Celebration and the Clone Wars screening. I even got to have coffee at the local Starbucks. I drank my latte and thought of Dunc. :)

The most missed of your old fandoms?
The excitement when a new Harry Potter was coming out (books). The excitment about anything Star Wars. Pushing Daisies. Damn I loved that show.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I keep finding things AFTER they are over or so far into them people are getting out- Supernatural, Girl with books, Hunger Games, etc. Need to find something growing now besides Salesforce.com. I'm open to pitches and suggestions!!!

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ARGH [09 Aug 2010|01:09am]
Okay, this is new. I'm wide awake at 1 AM. The night before the night before I leave on a trip.

I have to go to work tomorrow. I still have laundry to do and tons to pack.

I did have a great time with the kiddo this weekend- she turned 4 on Sunday. Yes 4. I double checked. Still 4. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN???

Anyways, had grand idea of being packed by now. MUHAHAHA. Yeah that didn't work out at all. I did reformat my laptop, install Windows 7 and Office 2007 and get things up and going again. Course this is not the computer I plan to take with me to FL.

I've not touched that one of course.

Oh well, it'll all work out. Always does.

I can not WAIT for Celebration to begin! Or at least to get there!

(I'm going to Orlando on Tuesday - Tuesday for Star Wars Celebration V!)
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From Book to Movie [04 Jul 2010|11:33am]
I saw Eclipse last night, after seeing New Moon earlier last week and rereading Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

I read it for the laughs people, I read it for the laughs.

Anyways- something occurred to me this morning while I was thinking about the movie.

They never introduced us to Claire, no Quill imprinting, and we don't hear about anyone else imprinting.

(Or did I miss this???)

What we did get was Leah and her "I could've!!!" whines.

Now, the only reason I'm interested is because I think Breaking Dawn is a flipping train wreck. I can not WAIT to see how they handle this from a purely sociological point of view- either fandom will explode or it will find the movie the best thing since freesia body spray.

What I kept thinking though this morning is how are they going to address Renesme and Jacob? Are they going to go there? To stay with the books and the whole subplot of Bella trusting Jacob with her for the escape? Or are they going to keep Renesme more normalish and pair up Jacob with ... Leah Clearwater.

There was just enough Leah to go "Why are they focused on Leah?" and not enough to go "Ohhhh because she's part of the story". Just enough to be a foreshadowing of things to come.

So are they going to take away one of my favorite moments in BD by making the story more traditional? Hrmm questions to ponder.

Outside of that, I love Jasper. The hair needs help but I adore Jasper. :)
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[01 Jul 2010|08:37pm]
I don't do these so much anymore but the results really made me do a double-take!

Your rainbow is intensely shaded brown, blue, and gray.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a deep thinking person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. You depend on modern technology and may feel uncomfortable without it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.
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Days 4 5 and 6 [06 Jun 2010|10:34pm]
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Oh oh my.  This is an impossible question for me.  I'm going to limit it to shows that have completed their run that I can think of in the next minute.  Because otherwise I'd never ever make a decision.

So my favorite show is going to be-- ER

Yes, ER.  The second one actually (I was one of the 3 people who apparently watched the first E.R. with George Clooney and Elliot Gould.  And I watched it because I liked Elliot and liked George from Facts of Life.  But this is about ER not E.R. (Or is that the other way around... *shrug*)

I watched ER from the beginning.  I loved the fast pace, the terminology, the characters- as someone who'd at the time just changed their major away from pre-med, I still loved learning about it and playing a little arm chair quarterbacking.  I loved the stories- the idea of following this core group and then having the characters that came and went- Kirsten Dunst as a teenager on the streets, Ewan McGregor was even on an episode.  There were tons of guest stars (Sally Field, Michael Ironsides) but they never meant more than the characters they played.

Now, that said, boy there were some clunkers and bumps in the road.  And there were some definite "And now on a Special ER" moments that were a bit preachy or stunts, but overall it worked for me.  Rocket losing his arm to a chopper, then his life was somewhat poetic justice.  Going from hating Kerri Weaver to actually hating to see her go.  Dr. Benton showing up at Carter's kidney transplant-- shoot, the whole show was the arc of Carter's career and life. Seeing Abby who annoyed me at first, making good on the nurse becomes doctor story we lost as Carol's arc changed as well. 

And I loved Alex Kingston as Elizabeth Corday who we all know now is River Song and she's AWESOME - but that's another story and show. :)

But there were really good moments too- and I'll look at some of those later as the days refer back to your favorite.

Day 05 - A show you hate

Because I refuse to spend time on stuff I don't like I don't have names of such shows.  Mark does enjoy the new show Justified, and even though it has the sheriff from Deadwood, I haven't bought into it yet.  But I don't hate it. *shrug* I'll come back to this if I think of something specific.  People, I watch infomercials and even see the point of the right-wing crazy shows and the endless religious mega-churches broadcasting their services.  What I hate more about TV is the people who use someone else telling them something to believe in instead of learning or investigating or thinking for themselves.  THAT is something I do hate.

Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Back to ER- wow glad that I did decide there because now I get to limit the answers to focus on one show.  HA!

I have to first mention my favorite moment of any show and that is the episode of Cheers - it was when Sam and Rebecca had decided they were going to try and have a baby together (because that was SUCH a good idea) and Lilith was after Fraiser to complete a will.  Of course Fraiser is freaking out and being all meta about the whole mortality question.  He finally completes his will and has it at the same time at the bar as when Sam and Rebecca got the results of Sam's sperm tests.  They're both in plain brown envelopes.  Can anyone guess what happens?  Fraiser takes his to drop off and not think of again.  Sam and Rebecca come to their senses and destroy the envelope without opening it because God forbid it says something negative about Sam's manhood.  Last seconds of the episode is a flash forward.  Lilith is in an office with Fredrick and a lawyer notes they are about to read Fraiser's last will.  He opens it up and says "Sam Malone has a normal sperm count" (or something to that extent).  Lilith (in an excellent bit of acting) is just on the verge of exploding and stares ahead at the lawyer (audience facing) saying simply - "That. Damn. Bar."

Which of course sums up exactly the whole reason why they don't stay together and why Fraiser only grows when he goes back to Seattle and resolves his own family issues after using the Cheers gang as a proxy to practice with first.

But that's not ER is it?

What episode of ER... there's 10+ years of shows, so this is not an easy question.  I think the one that I come back to the most is Love's Labor Lost.  It was early and it really showcased what you could do with this series.  There are a zillion things going on in this episode but the focus for me is Mark Greene's story from that episode.  Routine things become problems become nightmares.  He makes huge decisions that in other shows at the time would have been the winning decision but in this case it is the wrong answer.  It is an episode that works well alone but also one that if you know the character's backgrounds it makes it just that much more heart wrenching. 

There's a lot of moments I'll never forget from that show-- Benton addressing Reese's deafness, his mother's health struggles, Carter's growth- from clueless to attending, the ones we lost- the ones that just passed through.  At the final episode I cried when I saw them bring back Carol as the transplant specialist unknownly handling Carter's case (that was the one thing I found wrong- THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IT WAS CARTER!!!) but understand why they didn't go that route too (because things happen in our lives that impact those we know and those we don't and we don't always know when it was someone we knew).

And Rachel-- they brought it back to the beginning again with Rachel.  I thought the whole Greene dying business was drawn out too much, but I'll never hear Over the Rainbow again without thinking of "his" death in Hawaii after trying to be the best he could be to everyone.
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Day 3 - Your favorite new Show [03 Jun 2010|11:04pm]
Let me tell you a story, of a girl named eliz--

Once upon a time, I was in love with the stage.  Okay, who am I kidding I still love the stage.  I'd love to get an acting part (how my heart skipped a beat when I heard they were doing Annie back in my hometown.  I DARE someone to be a better Ms. Hannigan than I would do!  (outside professionals)) and I've thought about joining a local choir/chorus.  

I was in show choir, made all-state and all-county choir one year (the only year I tried out), had solos, etc.
I was co-captain of our color guard.
I was first chair in jazz and concert band (alto sax)
I actually cheered when I was younger, till I gave it up and went with color guard because I could never get a back handspring to save my life.
I was a member of a performing troupe, taking the best from 2 counties.  Helped out singing and etc when needed, but primary focus was acting- where we wrote our own skits.
I was even active in forensics (impromptu)

So, when I heard of a show that was about a glee club, I had to watch. 
Then watch again again and again.
And get all the soundtracks.
And follow Chris Colfer (Kurt) on twitter (he is just adorable people!)

It is cheese and it is music and it is magic.  I have loved the various storylines and how much fun they all seem to be having.  Jane Lynch as Sue Slyvester is pure genius.

Every time I watch, I remember performing with my friends.  I sing along in the car and remind myself how much I love to let my voice soar.  

Glee reminds me of a bit of my high school experience- more than any other show actually in many ways.  Glee is an hour of pure fun and I wouldn't miss an episode for the world.  I can't wait to see regionals, can't wait to see what they perform and can not wait to see what Vocal Adrenaline do when they LOSE (I'm guessing here, have no idea who wins).

I just want to see Jesse go DOWN for what he did.

And I want to see Puck, Quinn, and Beth together for a few minutes at least.

I'm so glad it has been picked up.  And if you see me at work with my headphones are, I'll be mouthing the words to all the songs.  I'll belt them in the car. :)

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled - Pushing Daisies
Day 02 - A show you wish more people were watching – Three Sheets with Zane Lamprey
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season) - Glee
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Day 02 - A show you wish more people were watching [02 Jun 2010|10:04pm]
HRM...

This is a hard one for me because I can't think of anything off the top of my head that I watch that other people do not that has not already been canceled.

I'm also exhausted after a couple of really long days!

So for this entry, I'm just going to go with...

WAIT! I have the perfect one!

THREE SHEETS WITH ZANE LAMPREY!!!

I LOVE Three Sheets!  It is the adventures of Zane as he travels around the world, meets interesting people and learns the local drinks and customs.  It's informative, amusing, and good tv.

You can get it on dvd or may be able to see it on Hulu.  I'd wax on about it but again, tired.
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TV Day One - A show that should have never been cancelled [01 Jun 2010|10:22pm]
I have the worst luck when it comes to TV-- almost anything that I really like?  Canceled.  I am still in shock that House MD is still on the air as not only did I love it from the first episode but they had the balls to discuss abortion AND were on Fox.  And a mid-season replacement on top of it all (if I remember correctly).  

So my list of shows for this is actually pretty long (Misfits of Science, Deadwood, Keen Eddie, Firefly, Carnivale - hrm maybe HBO should get a nasty gram along with Fox!) but the one that I still miss and hate we never got to see completely played out?

Pushing Daisies.

The story of a boy with a gift, his back from the dead love of his life, the waitress in love with him, crazy aunts/mom in disguise and a sarcastic detective with a past of his own.

It was well acted, well written and beautifully shot. 

It was witty, fanciful, and charming.  It was dark and funny and complicated.  It was fast and it was slow. It was everything I love in a good story.

And of course it was not going to last.

But in my head, Ned and Chuck found a way around how fate reunited them. And yes, somewhere, they lived happily ever after.  Or at least as happy as people can be.
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TV meme [01 Jun 2010|10:11pm]
I'm going to use this as a springboard to writing again!  QUIT LAUGHING.

List is at the bottom for reference, look to the next post for meat..


Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled
Day 02 - A show you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death
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[29 Apr 2010|09:19pm]
<img src="http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=t&chs=440x220&chtm=usa&chf=bg,s,336699&chco=d0d0d0,cc0000&chd=s:9999999999999999999999999&chld=CACOCTDEFLGAINKYMDMAMINVNJNYNCOHPARISCTNTXVAWAWVWI" width="440" height="220" ><br/>visited 25 states (50%)<br/><a href="http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=usa">Create your own visited map of The United States</a>

There are three states I had layovers in (Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and Phoenix, Arizona) that I didn't include. 

I hope to get to go to many more places!
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The Bucket List [12 Oct 2009|10:36pm]
The Bucket List. Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not.  Put an x if you've half completed it somehow.

I'm impressed with how many I've done!

Things you have done during your lifetime:
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Gave blood
(X) Skipped school
(X) Watched someone die
( ) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been in a helicopter
(X) Been lost
(X) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Ridden in a police car
(X) Hugged a homeless person
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Swam with stingrays
(x) Been sailing in the ocean it wasn't a sail boat, but have been on a boat in the ocean.
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons - I have a three year old! ;)
( ) Ran a marathon
(X) Sang Karaoke - love to do this
( ) Volunteered at a soup kitchen
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
( ) Seen the northern lights
( ) Been para-sailing
(X) Been on TV
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
( ) Fed a Giraffe
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Fired a gun
(X) Danced in the rain
( ) Been to the opera
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Serenaded someone
(X) Seen a US President in person
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(x) Driven a race car - did a Richard Petty ride along.  Does going 180 mph count?  In my favorite driver's former car? :)
(X) Been to a National Museum
( ) Been to a wax museum
(X) Eaten caviar
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
(X) Been in a hot air balloon
(x) Been sky diving - been on one of the ground wind things- have not jumped from a perfectly good plane.
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
( ) Seen the Grand Canyon
( ) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
(x) Been on a cruise - just short ones
(X) Traveled by train
(X) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car - I know you're shocked. See? I
(X) Been to Disneyland/Disneyworld
( ) Been in a rain forest
(X) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
(X) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying
(X) Been water-skiing
(X) Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
( ) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( ) Been to a National Football League game
(X) Swam with sharks
( ) Been White Water Rafting
(X) Written a book or screen play - Technically yes and no, no one is going to read it. 
( ) Been to a Tournament of Roses Parade
(X) Lived in more than one state
(X) Become a parent
( ) Been Bungee Jumping
(X) Been to Vegas
(X) Been to a minor league baseball game
( ) Worked on a political campaign
(X) Been to the top of the World Trade Center or Empire State Building
(X) Ridden a Subway
( ) Been to your High School Reunion
(x) New Years in New York - no but have been on Thanksgiving :)
( ) Mardi Gras in New Orleans
(X) Been to a college Bowl game
(X) Been on an NFL field
( ) Fourth of July in DC
( ) Been to Skywalker Ranch - SO close.  So very very close. *sigh*
(X) Met anyone famous
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I say "Be Careful" [02 Jun 2009|12:06am]
[ mood | pensive ]

I kiss you

I hold you
A little longer than you'd like

I say be careful
Not because you're careless
Not because you need reminding

I say be careful
Because of the things I dare not think.

When you step away
You take my heart with you

I've not had much luck with giving it away

When I say be careful
It is a prayer, a wish, a deal
To whomever, whatever may be listening
For no harm to come to you

My love and my daughter
Two halves of my heart
Setting out into the wilderness of life.

Be careful.

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From Paula [25 May 2009|09:47am]
1. The phone rings; who do you want it to be?  A friend.
2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?  What else are you to do with it?  I also shop at Harris Teeter a lot- when I have Riley with me, I take them up on the offer to help me out- by the time I get her in her car seat, the cart is unloaded and they are taking the cart back to the store.  One of the few times I wish I could tip someone but can't!
3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? Both, totally depends on the state of mental health. 
4. Do you take compliments well? I try, but it is very very hard for me.
5. Do you play Sudoku?  Yes!!! I love it for something to just idle my brain.
6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?   With my blackberry, anything is possible.  (I'd so be calling/texting/emailing/etc for help! or using the GPS to get out of there.)  I'm also very optimistic that I'd at least try before dying...
7. Do you like to ride horses? Only on merry go rounds and carousels.  I'm very allergic to horses.  Of course Riley loves them.
8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid? Sleep away church camp from the summer after 2nd grade until my freshman year at Marshall.  I loved that week.  One year we did go to sleepaway camp for band camp (usually just did it at the school during the day)
9. What was your favorite game as a kid?  All of them.  I really loved playing cards and chess and one game I can't recall the name of but had a video game in it!
10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it?  No.  I have serious issues about people who cheat.  Now, if I know for a fact they were separated and divorcing but it was not finalized yet and I had faith that it was going to be final, that I'm more comfortable with.
11. Have you lied to get out of a date?  I've lied to get out of accepting a date.  I've not lied to get out of dates once I've accepted them.
12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?  I have- it depends on what the differences are and how each other are willing to accept them.
13. Do you like to pursue or be pursued?  I just want obvious.  I'm great at picking out the stuff in other relationships- but suck when it is happening to me.
14. Use three words to describe yourself?  Versatile, Intelligent, optimisitc
15. Do any songs make you cry?  Yes, some for the subject of the song, some for the memories I have associated with it.  I am a SAP.
16. Are you continuing your education?  Not formally at this time, but I'm learning a whole new business and tools with the new jobs.  I'm always learning something.
17. Do you know how to shoot a gun?  I have shot guns before.  It has been a long time since I shot a real gun.  I would like a refresher because it's one of those things you never know if you might need to be comfortable with it.  I read a lot of end of the world type fiction.
18. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed?  Riley, Mark, critters, and wallet. Laptop if I get a chance.
19. How often do you read books?  Since getting the Kindle- all the time!!!  I've read more in the last two months than I have in the last year I'm sure!
20. Do you think more about the past, present or future? Present.  I don't dwell on the past too much and I don't think about the future more than I have to.
21. What is your favorite children's book?  Anne of Green Gables is what comes to mind.
22. What color are your eyes? Blue-grey
23. How tall are you? 5'7"
24. Where is your dream house located? San Francisco or the Pacific NW.  Or on a beach front that I'm not too worried about hurricane damage.
25. Do you have a secret fetish? That's for me to know and only certain others to find out.
26. Have you tried sushi? Yes.  I love veggie and egg sushi best. 
27. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Yes!  And even had pictures with Riley in one.
28. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden?  Ah- a long time ago.
29. When was the last time you were at Church?   Mark's grandmother's funeral.
30. Where was the furthest place you traveled today?  One end of the house to the other.  Oh yeah, to the end of the driveway when switching cars with Mark.
31. What was your favorite job?  I've liked (at least part of) all my jobs- but my favorite has to be working for Mary.  Even the time Deet and I worked for the Starwars.com guys- that was the hardest physical work I'd done in years.  Only to go back the next day and undo all that we did!!!  We had fanboys recognize us the whole weekend, up to and including the airport.
32. Do you like mustard? Yeapers!
33. Do you prefer to sleep or eat?  Eat unless I can get my brain to stop an dthen it is sweet sleep.
34. Do you look like your mom or dad?  My grandmother.
35. How long does it take you in the shower?  10 minutes or so?  I'm not the fastest at waking up...
36. Can you do the splits?
  Not in years nor do I wish to try now.
37. What movie do you want to see right now?  Everything!
38. If you could fast forward your life, would you?  Only the boring bits sometimes.
39. What did you do for New Year's?  I can't remember.  Home I think.
40. Do you think The Grudge was scary?  Apparently not since I don't even remember the trailer for it (didn't see it either)
41. Could you relate to a character in Mean Girls?  Not really.  We had cliques in our school but it wasn't as bad as Heathers or Mean Girls.  Course the rest of the schools in the county called us "Snob-ins" as a play on our name and supposed attitude.
42. Do you own a camera phone?  I'm down to one Blackberry curve.
43. Do you have an "ex box" with pics and letters from past lovers?  I may have something or other tucked away that if I ever went through stuff I'd find.  Nothing that I'm purposly keeping.
44. Was your mom a cheerleader?   No.
45. What's the last letter of your middle name? e
46. Do you like your middle name?  Yes, if I didn't I wouldn't have let Riley have the same.
47. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 7 to 8
48. Do you like care bears?  At a distance...
49. What do you buy at the movies?  I try nothing, unless I'm starving.
50. Do you know how to play poker?  Love to play poker but usually have to refresh the order in my head.
51. Do you wear your seatbelt? Always
52. What do you wear to sleep? T-shirt
53. Anything big ever happen in your hometown?  Define "big"...
54. How many meals do you eat a day?  3 meals.
55. Is your tongue pierced?  No.  Thought about it but have enough problems with my teeth and I'd be playing with it all the time!
56. Ever meet anyone you met on myspace Facebook?  I've met everyone on FB with the exception of one guy from work who's in a different location.
57. Do you read myspace Facebook bulletins? All the time.
58. Do you like funny or serious people better?  equally
59. Ever been to L.A.?  Just for C4.  Should go back sometime.
60. Did you eat a cookie today?  Do pop-tarts count?
61. Do you use cuss words in other languages?  Yeap
62. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?  Pay.
63. Do you hate chocolate?  Nope
64. What do you and your parents fight about the most? We don't.  I don't push their buttons and ignore when they push mine.  We've had the discussions before and it gets no where so...
65. Are you a gullible person?   Gullible, no.  Naive, yes.
66. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy?  That's a hard question.  I'm happy with him now, would be very depressed if he was gone, but hope that no matter the reason for the split I'd find happiness again.
67. If you could have any job what would it be?  I honestly don't know- something that I could help people somehow.
68. Are you easy to get along with?  Depends on who the other person is-- some say I'm easy, others think I'm horrible.
69. What is your favorite time of day? Evening
70. What’s the last movie you saw?  Star Trek during work hours with my old boss!
71. Nickname? eliz
72. Who’s the last person you kissed?  Riley
73. Are you missing someone right now? I wish all my friends lived closer.
74. What’s your favorite pastime?  Playing with Riley and Mark, internet, reading, writing.
75. What’s your favorite sport? Football, hockey, baseball, various Olympic represented sports, NASCAR.
76. Last thing you ate? Pop-tart
77. Currently watching/listening to:  Something on Noggin for Riley
78. Pets? Molly, Jake and Max
79. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Get on a train, took my first taxi ride, to visit with people I only knew from the internet.  DC Con, 98.  I like taking adventures.
80. Big plans this week?  First time ever reporting for jury duty tomorrow.
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Good news! No- WONDERFUL news! [18 Apr 2009|09:38pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Aaron's been released from the hospital!  More details and info on how you can help if you'd like at </a></b></a>allston_info 

Thank you for all the positive thoughts and prayers!

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A call for blood donors in Texas [03 Apr 2009|08:28pm]
[ mood | sad ]

A long time friend of mine, Aaron Allston,  had some heart issues this week which interrupted his Star Wars- Fate of the Jedi : Outcast book tour with a quadruple bypass.  If you live in the Texas area, there is a request for blood donors to help him out.  A post on ClubJade.net has more information and links to the important details. 

If you're in Texas and can spare a pint, I'd really, really appreciate it.

Otherwise, please point any positive thoughts, prayers, rituals, wishes or good will towards Texas, okay? 



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Love is... [03 Mar 2009|08:12pm]
coming home to a Kindle 2 on your chair!!! 

Frustration is...

the first three authors you check don't have anything you don't already own (or want to buy again) available for the Kindle.

GRRRR!  
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Snow Day Pictures at Flickr [02 Mar 2009|05:42pm]
[ mood | cold ]



Riley taking in the winter wonderland.

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