Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 8, 2011

Random Questions…

It’s that time again, folks! Please feel free to share your answers in the comments! πŸ™‚

4. What is your fave season of the year and why?
I would have to say autumn. I love when the leaves change. The weather is sometimes warm, sometimes brisk. It’s a time to make casseroles, and mac and cheese, and stews. Apple cider/cinnamon candles. It’s a time of letting go of outdoor/social life and going within. I love it!


I know I’ve posted this before, but it’s SO worth a repeat! *happy sigh!*

5. If you weren’t going by the name you go by now, what would go by?
Hmm…Well, apparently, there was a possibility when I was a baby that I might have been named Danielle. I don’t think that name fits me, so I guess it turned out ok. If I was going to pick my name, I think I would go with something really pretty and semi-glamorous sounding like Alexandra or Cecilia.

6. Speaking of names, do you like your name? Why or why not?
Absolutely NOT, but my mom really likes it, so I guess that’s all that matters. (Love you, Gran!) πŸ™‚ Anyhoo…Remember when I talked about having synesthesia and how it mostly has to do with names?? Well, my name reminds me of franks and beans WHICH I LOATHE. SO NOT a fan of them or my name!


See!! I just threw up in my mouth a little!! UGH UGH UGH!! 😦

Anyhoo…Please feel free to share your answers in the comments. πŸ˜€

Emphatically,

Me

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 8, 2011

Me :: Peeps Photography Project – Week 1

Today starts a project inspired by the Just Me and My Dad blog. Each week, a group of us (bloggers and anyone else who wants to join in) will be posting a picture showing our interpretation of the chosen theme for that week.

This week’s theme: home.

Me:

Peeps:

(Please click on the links [added as they are posted throughout the day] to see the other members’ interpretations.)

Just Me and My Dad

Jedo of Thread of Truth

Daydream of Buzzes Like Neon

Beth of Beth’s List Love

Raven of Narcissistic Raven

Visually,

Me

P.S. If you are a non-blogger who would like to participate, please e-mail your picture, and I will it add to my post. πŸ™‚

P.P.S. Week 2’s theme: clouds. Photos to be up on Tuesday, February 15th. Jedo, you are on deck to pick the theme for Week 3. If anyone else wants to pick a theme, let me know, and I will add you to the rotation. (I am keeping a list of each week’s theme and who chose it so we don’t repeat. YAY spreadsheets! :D)

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 8, 2011

Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You??

Borrowed from my blog buddy, Narcissistic Raven:

I am Anne Elliot!

Take the Quiz here!

What does that even mean, do you ask??

from the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia:

Anne is the overlooked middle daughter of a vain and extravagant baronet, Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall. Unique among Jane Austen heroines, she is 27 years old and seemingly a confirmed spinster. Her mother is dead; her father and older sister are vain and selfish; and her younger sister is a manipulative hypochondriac but not quite so beyond Anne’s influence as her elder sister Elizabeth. With few to appreciate her sweet nature and refined, elegant mind, Anne is somewhat isolated, living in a narrow social sphere where she “was nobody with either father or sister; her word had no weight; her convenience was always to give way; she was only Anne.”

Lady Russell, her mother’s best friend, is her only real confidante; and although she means well and usually shows good judgment, she tends to put great value on social position when forming her opinions of others. This preference has caused Anne great sorrow: eight years before, Lady Russell persuaded her to break off an engagement with an ambitious, brilliant young naval officer named Frederick Wentworth – a man whom she loved passionately – on the grounds that his poverty, lack of social rank and connections made him an unsuitable choice.

Anne has never fully recovered from the heartbreak, and begins Persuasion as a sad figure, disregarded by her father, “wretchedly altered” in looks, looked down upon by her elder sister and resigned to an empty life. When Captain Wentworth, now grown rich from prize money, returns from the wars to visit the neighborhood, Anne is at first pained; however, his presence gradually sets her life in motion again.

HAHAHA!! Some of that is crazy accurate! Now if only a rich and fabulous man could come along and set my life in motion…Or at least ask me on a date… *sigh!* πŸ˜‰

Romantically,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 7, 2011

Blockbuster Monday?

So, my DVDs from Blockbuster arrived today instead of Saturday forcing me to shift my normal viewing routine. (Fear not: I consoled myself on Saturday by watching Step Up 2: The Streets, which I picked up from a charity shop. ;))

Anyhoo…I just spent the last hour and a half or so weeping my way through “Invictus”. Good grief! Any reference to Nelson Mandela makes me realize I really need to work on being a better person. Lots and lots of work. πŸ™‚ And there’s no way, me being me, I could end this post without offering you the poem from the movie as your Bonus Poem of the Week! (One should never miss a chance to work poetry into the conversation! ;)) As a person who has often felt conquered by life and circumstance, I find this poem so moving and inspirational. Seriously, I could tear up right now!

Invictus
by: William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

Lachrymosely,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 7, 2011

Feeling Artsy…


Rene Magritte, Son of Man


Me and Handsomes, Son of Tabby

Photogenically,

Me πŸ˜‰

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 7, 2011

Poem of the Week

Rainy days and Mondays…I woke up this morning to something like the fifth straight day of rain and grey skies. So, since I am listening to my CD of songs about rain, I thought I would share a poem about rain as well…

Song For The Rainy Season
by Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

Hidden, oh hidden
in the high fog
the house we live in,
beneath the magnetic rock,
rain-, rainbow-ridden,
where blood-black
bromelias, lichens,
owls, and the lint
of the waterfalls cling,
familiar, unbidden.

In a dim age
of water
the brook sings loud
from a rib cage
of giant fern; vapor
climbs up the thick growth
effortlessly, turns back,
holding them both,
house and rock,
in a private cloud.

At night, on the roof,
blind drops crawl
and the ordinary brown
owl gives us proof
he can count:
five times–always five–
he stamps and takes off
after the fat frogs that,
shrilling for love,
clamber and mount.

House, open house
to the white dew
and the milk-white sunrise
kind to the eyes,
to membership
of silver fish, mouse,
bookworms,
big moths; with a wall
for the mildew’s
ignorant map;

darkened and tarnished
by the warm touch
of the warm breath,
maculate, cherished;
rejoice! For a later
era will differ.
(O difference that kills
or intimidates, much
of all our small shadowy
life!) Without water

the great rock will stare
unmagnetized, bare,
no longer wearing
rainbows or rain,
the forgiving air
and the high fog gone;
the owls will move on
and the several
waterfalls shrivel
in the steady sun.

Poetically,

Me

Update: It’s now noon here…and is there such a thing as rain-snow? Am I the only one who finds hybrid weather phenomena unsettling??? I remember hearing about the thundersnow in the NE earlier this year…So weird.

Update #2: Noon:05…It’s all snow now. I am not sure it will stick at all as it’s been fairly warm here the past week (highs in the 40s), but man is it coming down!

P.S. To all the peeps participating in the Photography Project, don’t forget pics are up tomorrow! πŸ™‚ If you don’t have a blog and would like to participate, you can e-mail me your pic and I will add it my post. This week’s theme: home. πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 6, 2011

Simple Pleasures Sunday

It doesn’t get any more simple or pleasurable than one of my family’s pre-bedtime traditions:

I am of the mind that a meal is not complete until I’ve eaten something sweet. (Hey, that rhymed! I’m a poet and didn’t know it!! ;)) Milk and cookies always fit the bill! NOM!


LOL! πŸ˜€

Sweetly,

Me πŸ˜‰

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 5, 2011

Belated Food Friday

Another late addition! I promise to be on time next week!

Nothing too fancy this time around…Sloppy Joes (from allrecipes.com)!

~ 1 lb ground beef
~ 1/4 cup chopped onion
~ 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper (which I omit because I am not a huge fan)
~ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
~ 3/4 cup ketchup (I added more as I like mine tomatoey.)
~ 1 teaspoon of mustard (I added a bit more for tang…and I also put some on the hamburger bun.)
~ 3 teaspoons of brown sugar
~ salt and pepper to taste
~ hamburger buns

1 – Over medium heat, brown the beef, onions, and bell pepper.
2 – Once browned, drain liquids.
3 – Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar until mixed thoroughly.
4 – Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

The result:

This was my first time making Sloppy Joes without the aid of Manwich, and I was surprised at how easy and yummy they were!

On a side note…Can the world’s problems be solved with crinkle cut french fries??? No, probably not. Should the world’s problems be able to be solved using crinkle cut french fries??? Abso-friggin’-lutely!!!

In my mind, representatives of two disputing factions come into room yelling and arguing. It looks like a resolution cannot be attained. After much discord, someone sees some crinkle cuts on the table and stops what he/she is doing. Everyone else turns to see what this person is looking at. They, too, see the fries and fall silent. “There are crinkle cut french fries present!!! Let there be peace among our peoples so we may enjoy their potatoey fabulousness together in harmony for generations to come!!!!”

I’m just sayin’… πŸ˜‰

Agreeably,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 3, 2011

A Weather Side-Note…

I know that most of you in the lovely US of A are having to deal with some redonkulous weather right now. SNOW, SNOW everywhere!! Anyhoo…The E is seeing some fun weather too…The temperature is not bad – hovering between the mid-30s and low-40s. However, last night it thundered TWICE! The first time since I moved here in September!! Also, it’s raining with 40mph winds. A joy to walk through, let me assure you… πŸ˜‰

This sort of thing happens to me all the time…

Stay safe and warm out there!!!

Breezily,

Me! πŸ™‚

P.S. Some good tips from Erin at 5dollardinners, who lives somewhere in the Midwest, I think…

At 11:30, we headed for bed, bringing extra blankets with us…in case we lost power. We also brought the flashlights, phones, chargers, radio, etc. Account number for our electric company, as well as the phone number. We also cranked up the heat a few hours before the outage, so the house was toasty warm. We would be prepared!

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 3, 2011

Listography 2011 – List #6

To participate, just scope the new list here every Wednesday.

This week: List your favorite artists.

Oh man! I loooooooove art! In fact, had I the money, my walls would be covered in paintings and photographs! One day… πŸ˜‰ But not all art is visual…

Musical Artist:

Shocking…I know…

Def Leppard…Are they the greatest band to ever play? No. Have they contributed more to the development of rock music than any other band? Certainly not. Have they produced some questionable material as of late?? Sadly, yes. BUT…Have they been part of the soundtrack of my life for the past 23 years?? Yes. Do I always go back to their music and get re-excited by what I hear (minus the aforementioned subparness)? Absolutely. Will I love, adore, and worship them as my #1 fave band til the day I die and beyond??? Abso-friggin’-lutely. πŸ˜€

Literary Artists:

Pablo Neruda…Oh. My. God. Can this man write a love poem!!! Seriously…I swoon just thinking about it! To illustrate this point, a bonus Poem of the Week:

XX
Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write for example, ‘The night is shattered
and the blue stars shiver in the distance.’

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Through nights like this one I held her in my arms.
I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.
How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.

To hear immense night, still more immense without her.
And the verse falls to the soul like dew to a pasture.

What does it matter that my love could not keep her.
The night is shattered and she is not with me.

This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance.
My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

My sight searches for her as though to go to her.
My heart looks for her, and she is not with me.

The same night whitening the same trees.
We, of that time, are no longer the same.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing.

Another’s. She will be another’s. Like my kisses before.
Her voice. Her bright body. Her infinite eyes.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
my soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer
and these the last verses that I write for her.

*happy, romantic, swoony, stars in my eyes sigh*

Paolo Coehlo…I am inspired by every book of his I’ve read…5 so far. From The Fifth Mountain:
β€˜β€¦I want to know who’s best at using a sword. β€˜
β€˜The best is the one who’s most like a rock,’ answered the commander. β€˜Without drawing its blade, it proves that no one can defeat it.’
– pg. 127
Shakespeare…The man can write a play…And the sonnets are pretty ok too. πŸ˜‰
Nathaniel Hawthorne…specifically, The Scarlet Letter…I’m in awe of every page.
Alice Hoffman…I’ve read 17 of her books so far…She paints a picture for all 5 senses to enjoy.
Amy Tan…I’d be hard-pressed to find a more accurate description of mother-daughter relationships…
Madeleine L’Engle…I’ve probably read at least 20 of her books…Her children’s books defined my childhood and adolescence…

Visual artists:

#1, hands down, Michelangelo:

The PietΓ 

Gustav Klimt

Sea Serpents IV

Diego Rivera

The Lily Seller

Picasso

El Greco

The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

Van Gogh

Starry Night

Francisco de Goya

from his early years as the court painter…


to the end of his years aka “The Black Period”

Rodin

The Kiss

And of course, Mother Nature/the Divine Artist

Artistically,

Me! πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 2, 2011

Hump Day Happy Pill!!

It’s a twofer! From my repository of funny e-mail forwards:

Random Thoughts of the Day:

I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me. [I do this ALL the time! I can’t help it that I have so many crazy stories!!!]

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong. [So true!]

I don’t understand the purpose of the line, “I don’t need to drink to have fun.” Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they’ve invented the lighter?

Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you’re going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you’re crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk. [I’ve SO done this!]

That’s enough, Nickelback. [ROFL! And my older bro LOVES them, but I happen to agree…enough is enough!]

I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger. [A-McFriggin’-Men!!!]

The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase “Regards” again. [I’ve done this so many times!]

Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn’t work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ’s. We just figured it out. Today’s kids are soft.

There is a great need for sarcasm font. [TRUE THAT!]

Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the crap was going on when I first saw it. [Yes!]

I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it. [This happens when I go with people to a restaurant I love that they’ve never been to…Do you like it?? Is it ok??]

The other night I hit a new low at an open bar. I had already hopped on highway blackout when, inevitably I had to find a bathroom. Eventually I decided it was probably on the other side of the bar so I tried to walk over there, but ran into a guy coming the other way. We played that, Both go left, Both go right game to no avail, so I finally put out my hand to guide myself past and that’s is when I realized, yup, that’s a mirror I just tried to walk through. And the guy on the other side is me. Even cats can recognize their own image.

How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? [Such a good question!]

I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in. [YES!]

I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

Was learning cursive really necessary?

LOL has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”. [Except on this blog…. ;)]

I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

My brother’s Municipal League baseball team is named the Stepdads. Seeing as none of the guys on the team are actual stepdads, I inquired about the name. He explained, “Cuz we beat you, and you hate us.” Classy, bro. [SOOO wrong, but hilarious nonetheless! :D]

Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”. [LOL!]

How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?

I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers! [Amen to that!]

Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using ‘as in’ examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in…(10 second lapse)..ummm…Goonies” [LOL! When I was bored at work, I used to pick a theme for the day for spell-outs…animals, place names, people’s names, adjectives, etc. Anything to break up the monotony!]

What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it…thanks Mario Kart.

MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood. [Agreed!]

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired. [Truer words were never spoken. When I was younger, I would wake up feeling brand new…Now when I wake up, no matter how much sleep I’ve gotten, I feel old and still tired. *Sigh*…]

Bad decisions make good stories.

Whenever I’m Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don’t mind if I do! [Reason #378 why I am not on the Facebook!]

Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem….

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you’ve made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day. [For me it was sometime between 3 and 4.]

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don’t want to have to restart my collection.

There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to. [YES!]

“Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this ever.

I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There’s so much pressure. ‘I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It’s only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?’

While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA. No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don’t win, they are executed.

I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damnit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste. [That happens to me a lot! :)]

When I meet a new girl, I’m terrified of mentioning something she hasn’t already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles…

As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

I think that if, years down the road when I’m trying to have a kid, I find out that I’m sterile, most of my disappointment will stem from the fact that I was not aware of my condition in college.

Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn’t know what do to with it.

Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time…

My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “Dad, what would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How do I respond to that?

It really makes me mad when I want to read a story on CNN.com and the link takes me to a video instead of text. [Yes! Especially when I was at work, and my computer didn’t have Flash!]

I wonder if cops ever get mad at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well. [YES!!!!!]

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before dinner.

~~ So, I was reading over these while I was in class..I had to stop because my efforts to look like I wasn’t cracking up were making me look like I was having a fit!

And now…a recent forward from my mom, which is apropos given that it’s snowing…well, everywhere pretty much!:

Ever wonder what two feet of snow looks like?

Well, here it is!

LOL! Stay safe out there!!

Warmly,

Me! πŸ˜€

P.S. Ok, it’s a three-fer!! I got this neat video from my aunt! So neat! (Umm…repetitive much?? LOL!)

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 2, 2011

Quote of the Week!

A little levity to lighten your day…

Of course the chicken came first. God would look silly sitting on an egg.

Laughingly,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 1, 2011

Me :: Peeps Photography Project

Peeps,

Thanks so much for your feedback!!

I think we are all agreed that a weekly post will work best. How about every Tuesday?? Would that work for everyone? That way we will have a week from now to find a good shot for the topic. Speaking of which…just so we can get the ball rolling, I went to the Me :: Dad website to scope out the topics they’ve already done. Week 1 for them was “home”, which I think is as good a place to start as any. πŸ™‚

Do we want to keep following their topics or rotate among ourselves with a new person picking the topic each week?

As for how this will work…in my mind, we each post a pic on Tuesday (or whichever day would work best for you guys). As people’s pics go up, we update each of our posts with links to those pics. And no matter how we decide the next topic, I think it should be included in the post with the current week’s pics. Does that make any kind of sense? LOL! πŸ™‚ What I mean is…Here’s my pic of “home”…Here are the links to everyone else’s pics of “home”. Next week’s topic: clouds. Or if we rotate choosing, then the designated person would put the new topic at the end of their post. Does that sound feasible to you??

Let me know what you think!!

Enthusiastically,

Me!!! πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 1, 2011

Recent Developments…

A quick update on my life’s happenings…

I decided to step a little outside my box this semester and try and meet new peeps who share similar interests with me. In that vein, I have joined the Tango Society and Modern Dance Society so I can take super cheap tango and ballet classes (a couple of dollars per class)!

I have gone the past two weeks, and I really enjoy both classes. I feel I have a good base to draw from for tango as I have done partner dancing before (Country Western dancing)…This really has come in handy in terms of being able to interpret and anticipate what the person leading me will do next. I am excited to start this as one of the items on my bucket list is to be able to do a meeeeean tango, so I am on my way! πŸ˜€

As for the ballet…I have LONGED to take a ballet class for ages, and I am glad I found one that is so budget-friendly. While I can still do the leaps and turns (YAY!), my body definitely feels the 20 years it’s been since I was last in a real ballet class. Oh man! Plies are killers! First it was my ankle, then my knees! As much as I love getting older in terms of mental and emotional maturity and perspective, the effects of aging on the body are seriously no bueno. 😦 BUT, I love the class either way. One of the reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE dancing in all its forms is because I’m in my head, thinking, thinking, thinking ALL THE TIME, and dance actually gets me out of my head and into my body. I need as much of that as possible! πŸ˜€

The tv is still in the closet, where it will be staying indefinitely. However, I am finding that I can not live by books, internet, and solitaire alone! πŸ˜‰ To add some escapism back into my life, I signed myself up for Blockbuster’s Netflix-esque service. I get two DVDs per week. It’s very exciting! Saturday night is my Blockbuster night where I lounge on the futon with the kids, eat food that’s not overly healthy, and watch movies on my laptop. I LOVE IT! So far…because I have the movie interests of a 7 year old…I have watched the cartoon version of Robin Hood (one of my all-time faves), Nanny McPhee 2, Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (Did anyone else find this to be a poor man’s Harry Potter??), and the Robert Downey/Jude Law version of Sherlock Holmes. Has anyone else seen this version of Sherlock Holmes? I thought it was good…but…not. I don’t know. The story didn’t quite flow, in my opinion. If you saw it, what did you think?? Anyhoo…I am SO happy I’ve done this. It helps alleviate the desire for overconsumption of tv programs. πŸ™‚

In bigger news…I’m planning a trip with myself for Valentine’s Day aka Singles Awareness Day.

LOL! Anyhoo…One of my friends told me about a couple of British airlines that offer really great fares. I scoped it out, and I’m going to visit….drumroll please….


Oslo, Norway!!!

WOOOO!!!! I got the total roundtrip fare for about $45. I am super excited. One of the girls in my class is from Norway, so she’s going to hook me up with all the info! πŸ™‚ I will keep you posted on further developments!! YAY! πŸ˜€

Excitedly,

Me!

Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 1, 2011

It’s Toast A Taco Day!!!

Since there are quite a few new peeps reading the blog, I am reposting the original Toast a Taco Day introduction:

Peeps!!! It is the first Tuesday of the month!! Do you know what that means?!?! Probably not since I haven’t told you yet!!! πŸ™‚


This would be you…you know, in the dark… πŸ˜‰

Anyhoo…I am MORE than pleased to announce the first monthly…

TOAST A TACO DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because I do not have access to a Taco Bueno, a Taco Bell (not that they serve real Mexican food there, but still…), a Pappasito’s, an On The Border, a Beto’s, a Tejano’s, or any place like that…in other words, my access to comida mexicana is very limited! You guys will have to have some Mexican food in my honor…So, please make sure you enjoy for it for two, not just one!!! πŸ™‚ And you don’t just have to Toast A Taco, if you aren’t feeling the taco-love go ahead and…


Brandish A Burrito!


Enjoy Some Enchiladas!


Nosh On Some Nachos!


Quash Some Quesadillas!


Or Finish Off Some Fajitas!

Do it in the name of family and friendship!!

Please…help me help you help me!!! πŸ™‚

Longingly,

Me

Posted by: Anonymous Me | January 31, 2011

Random Questions…

Another new addition to the blog!

While I don’t miss my old job AT ALL, I so miss the camaraderie of my friends and co-workers…the funny e-mail forwards (which y’all can still send me…I do check my e-mail a gazillion times a day! :(), the lunches, the HHs, the cubicle visiting, etc. One of the things I really enjoyed was creating quizzes for my peeps to fill out. I used to e-mail out 20 question quizzes as a way for us to break up the monotony of our days. It was super fun and funny seeing everyone’s answers! πŸ˜€ I had 7 quizzes under my belt before I left, all of which I was going to incorporate in the blog. Sadly, I didn’t have time to forward them to my personal e-mail addy before I left for good. 😦 All of that to say, I am on a mission to reclaim my quiz-making glory! So, every once in a while, I will be throwing out random questions a few at a time…quizlets, if you will. πŸ™‚ Please share your answers in the comments!

1. The world has been overtaken by an evil warlord! Oh noes! He has decreed that each person is only allowed to eat three vegetables (in solid form…pureed soups, ingredients [corn syrup, chili powder, etc] are not counted) for the rest of his/her life! Which three vegetables would you choose?
~ Potatoes, hands down; carrots; lettuce…Though I would mourn the loss of peas, broccoli, and zucchini for a looooooooong time…I would also thank my lucky stars that tomatoes are fruits. πŸ™‚

2. Name one of your fave power ballads. (If you do not know what a power ballad is or you don’t like power ballads…Then I don’t even know what to say…Seriously…Just pondering the ramifications of that leaves me speechless. I’ll have to ponder over whether or not we can still be peeps. So, skip to #3, I guess. ;))
~ In case you can’t tell, I am ALL OVER 80s rock. While my #1 band of ALL TIME is Def Leppard, I love the work of other 80s-90s bands as well. For me, “High Enough” by Damn Yankees is a quality piece of music. Violins + The Nuge + Dude from Night Ranger + Dude from Styx = Greatness!
Snaps! I can’t embed the video! Here’s the link for your viewing pleasure.

3. Ok, using the 4th letter of your first name (in real life or here), hook me up with the following:
~ Girl’s name
~ Boy’s name
~ Hobby
~ Place
~ Animal
~ Beverage
~ Food
~ Adjective
~ Musical Artist

4th letter = N
~ Girl’s name – Nicole
~ Boy’s name – Nicholas
~ Hobby – Nintendo
~ Place – Narnia
~ Animal – Nemean lion
~ Beverage – Non-alcoholic beer (“O’Doul’s! It’s what beer drinkers drink when they’re not drinking beer!”)
~ Food – Nougat
~ Adjective – Naughty
~ Musical Artist – Nancy Sinatra (“Are you ready, boots??!! Start walkin’!!!”) πŸ˜€

Quizzically,

Me πŸ˜‰

Posted by: Anonymous Me | January 31, 2011

Me :: Peeps Photography Project

I am so excited that you guys are interested in the doing the photography project I mentioned the other day!!! Let’s get this show on the road!!

Some logistics:

~ How often do you want to post new pics?
~ How do you want to pick the topics?
~ When do you want to start?

Here are my thoughts:

~ I think posting once a week would be good.
~ I am happy to borrow the prompts from Me :: Dad, or we can vote on a topic, or we can rotate picking topics. I’m down for whatever.
~ I’d like to start this week, but I understand if that’s not possible for everyone.

What do y’all think? How do you want to get started?

Enthusiastically,

Me! πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | January 31, 2011

Poem of the Week

You can’t have Maya Angelou without a little bit of Paul Laurence Dunbar!

Sympathy
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

I KNOW what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals β€”
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting β€”
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,β€”
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings β€”
I know why the caged bird sings!

Poetically,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | January 30, 2011

Simple Pleasures Sunday!

A new addition to the blog! The purpose of these posts will be to proclaim my gratitude for life’s little things to all and sundry! What pops up here may be something that inspires me, things that make my life easier, things I like or love, or things that bring me joy and that I want to share. I am not sure who said it first, but it really is the little things in life that…make it worthwhile, bring the greatest joy, open our eyes, help the most, etc. I am of the mind that we need as much of that as possible, so this is my little contribution. I hope you like it/get something from it/will add your own simple pleasures/ideas to the comments!

For the inaugural edition of this post, I had a particular thing in mind, but something else came across my path that demanded to be first!

As my mother will attest, I have a bit of a greeting card problem. I just love them! I try to be diligent in acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries…To me, it’s so important to acknowledge the accomplishment of making it through another year, which is sometimes easier said than done!! Also, it’s my way of saying to the recipient, I am SO glad you are here and in my life!! I am grateful for YOU! πŸ™‚ SO, when I moved to Scotland in September last year, I totally fell off the sending cards wagon. So, this year I am reaffirming my efforts/intentions in getting the mailing of birthday/anniv greetings back on track. I try to buy my cards in big chunks at the beginning of the year, so I don’t have to worry about them later. Here’s the stack I have so far:

And I’m still missing cards for 21 people!! EEK!

They are in chronological order of birth/anniv date, labeled (with a postie) by recipient, and ready to be filled out and mailed.

Anyhoo…whenever a card comes in comes in it’s own packaging, I always check the back to see if it says what greeting is written inside. One of the cards I had chosen had this message, which totally made my day!:

In case you can’t read it all, it says:

Be nice
Think happy thoughts
Champion silver linings
Love all things (not just cute things like babies and kittens)
& When you do love – love like they do in power ballads (you know like on a cliff with the wind in your hair & your eyes shut, knowing you’ll never know another love like this)
Watch out for dogpoo
Smile at people – even grumpy ones
Be nice (Oh I already said that)
Remember that anything is possible
& Whatever you do
Always try to look on the bright side

I love calls to action/reminders like this. It really makes me think about how well I am living my life and whether or not I’m being of service to others…even if I only take a few moments to do the mini-self-check-in, I am better for it. A big stack of b-day cards: a big stack of dollars (or pounds as it were). Sending the bulk of the cards to my mom so she can pass along her well wishes (because they’re her fam too!) *and* use American postage so I don’t have to pay international postage: a smaller stack of dollars. A lesson in life’s priorities courtesy of the back of a greeting card: priceless!

Gratefully,

Me! πŸ˜€

P.S. Real quick without thinking about it!…What was the first music video that popped into your head when it mentioned the power ballad/top o’ the cliff/wind in the hair action?? (Let me know in the Comments!)

For me, hands down, “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi. It doesn’t have the close your eyes and feel the love sort of thing going on, but there’s at least ten kinds of on a cliff/wind in hair scenarios happening…which given that I’m in a bit of a Bon Jovi phase presently, I can certainly appreciate. πŸ˜‰

P.P.S. Speaking of “Blaze of Glory”, I totes remember when that song came out it was kind of a big deal because it was Jon’s first solo thing. I remember seeing the video thinking, where’s Richie and the curly haired dude, and all the other band peeps whose names I don’t know?? WTH?

P.P.P.S. Also, I remember when the first “Young Guns” came out thinking it was SO bad a$$! Not exactly ideal viewing for an 8 year old, but my mom was super progressive in that department! (Props to the Granimal!) That was back when Charlie Sheen wasn’t getting arrested for doing coke and playing with prostitutes. *happy sigh* Those were the days!!

P.P.P.P.S. Last one I promise! Am I the only one who feels super awkward when watching Jon Bon Jovi act?? I remember my mom and I rented “Moonlight & Valentino”. It was SO surreal to see him acting…making all kinds of efforts to BE an ACTOR. So weird.

Posted by: Anonymous Me | January 30, 2011

Belated Food Friday!

On the docket this week: Elaine’s Egg Frittata…yet another recipe from the kitchen of RavenWind Ranch.
Serves 6.

This is a really great recipe to make on a Sunday or Monday because it means you have breakfast handled for the rest of the week! Huzzah! πŸ˜€

In a large mixing bowl add:

~ 3 eggs
~ 5 egg whites (optional)
~ 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
~ 16 oz carton low fat cottage cheese
~ 1 cup of shredded cheese of your choice (I use monterey jack, but cheddar or swiss could be yummy as well.) (omit for a less rich version)
~ 1 cup chopped, sauteed onions

Beat ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

This recipe is super flexible, so stir in your fave veggies and spices at will! Some options:

~ Fresh chopped spinach seasoned with pepper, garlic, and basil. You can put the spinach in raw or wilt it in frying pan with olive oil first.

~ A mixture of hot and mild chopped chilies seasoned with pepper, cumin, and a little chili powder.

~ Chopped zucchini with pepper and basil. (This is the version I make, which is pictured below. :))

~ Diced red, green, and yellow bell peppers, lightly sauteed, with thyme and pepper.

~ Preheat the oven to 350. Place a 9″ square glass baking dish in the oven with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom. When the dish is hot, swirl the oil around the bottom and sides.
~ Pour egg mixture into dish.
~ Bake for 40 minutes.

More options!:

~ For a wonderful garnish, about halfway through the baking time, slice a tomato very thinly and lay on top of the casserole. Sprinkle with asiago, romano, or parmesan cheese. Return to the oven and bake until done.

To test doneness, jiggle the pan. If it’s still soupy in the middle,more baking time is needed.

Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

One modification I make is to skip the egg whites and add two extra eggs, for a total of five. I’m sure it loses some fluffiness because of this, but I am ok with that. πŸ˜‰ Like I mentioned at the beginning, I will make this on a Sunday evening or Monday morning, and it gives me breakfast for a week. It keeps well in the frig and doesn’t lose any texture or flavor being reheated. NOM!

Hungrily,

Me! πŸ˜€

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