Posted by: Anonymous Me | November 7, 2011

Random Question…

A coffee table! YAY! Granted, it’s from Ikea, and therefore probably wouldn’t last me very long, but I have to admit, it does make me feel better than if it were a pen or something in that vein. Because I think about things like this… πŸ˜‰

Readily,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | November 7, 2011

Poem of the Week…

Break, Break, Break
By: Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

O, well for the fisherman’s boy,
That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
That he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanish’d hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me.


Loch Leven, Scottish Highlands
Photo Source

Picturesquely,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | November 5, 2011

O. M. G.

Found on my younger brother’s FB…Quite possibly the sickest (sick being a good thing…YAY slang!) commercial I’ve ever seen! And it’s British!

I stand in awe of fiber. πŸ˜‰

Fluffily,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | November 3, 2011

Samhuinn 2011

On Monday, I decided to once again attend the Samhuinn Festival. Last year, sadly, my camera died after 5 pictures! This year, I came prepared with a fully charged battery! However, the weather and my camera had other ideas. While I got a bunch of pictures, it started pouring rain just before everything started, and even in the best of weather conditions, my camera is not great with night photography…I kept messing around with the settings to little avail. Despite that, the Festival was fun and great for people watching! I am glad I decided to go! There was no zombie parade this year, but it was a great show nonetheless! On to the pics!

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While it’s a bit difficult to explain exactly what’s happening in the pictures…It really is an experience unto itself…I will attempt to explain the Festival itself. Samhuinn is a pagan festival/ceremony celebrating the death of summer at the hands of winter. It is a time to honor the harvest and the seasons and the necessity of going within that comes with the autumn and winter. The ceremony involves a woman who was once the May Queen aka the feminine embodiment of spring and rebirth and her shedding of that identity to become the old crone aka the embodiment of the merciless season of winter. She shifts her allegiance from the Green Man aka the male embodiment of spring/summer to that of the Horned God aka the male embodiment of autumn/winter who thus kills the Green Man, representing the death of the sun as winter takes hold. In the pictures, you will see groups of red peeps and groups of blue peeps. The reds are aligned with the Green Man, and the blues with the Horned God. There are also whites, who I think are aligned with the May Queen/Old Crone. Anyhoo…this could all be totally wrong, but that’s what I’ve been able to glean thus far. πŸ™‚ You can find more info from the peeps who put on the show here.

Festively,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | November 2, 2011

The Hump Day Happy Pill!

Some clipart to soothe your midweek woes!


Tell it!

Speaking of which…

Advisedly,

Me πŸ˜€

P.S. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 28, 2011

The Return of Food Friday!

Having subsisted on potato salad and baked beans for the past several months, I have finally returned to trying new recipes (worth sharing)!

This week: fruit crisp!

Fruit Crisp
from Elaine at RavenWind Ranch

Ingredients:
~ 2 or more cups of thickly sliced/coarsely cut apples, plums, rhubarb, peaches, blueberries, or combination thereof (I used apples this time, and 2 cups ended up being about 6 small apples cut into chunks.)
~ 2-4 tbsp of any kind of flour, regular or gluten-free
~ 2-3 cups rolled oats
~ 1 tsp cinnamon
~ 1/2 tsp nutmeg or mace
~ 1/4 tsp cardamom
~ 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
~ 1 egg
~ 1/4 tsp baking powder
~ 3 tbsp butter
~ 1 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate – only if using blueberries

Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place 1 quart baking dish in oven with 3 tbsp of butter until butter melts. Remove from oven and set aside.
2 – In a medium bowl, toss flour and fruit.
If using rhubarb, also add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
If using blueberries, also add 1 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate.
3 – In another medium bowl, toss all the other ingredients together, including the melted butter from the baking dish, mixing lightly with a fork.
4 – Place fruit in the warm baking dish and cover with oat mixture. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes or until top is crisp and fruit is bubbly. Serve warm with yogurt, ice cream, whipped cream, or plain.

My Modifications:
I was out of cardamom, so I subbed ginger.
2 cups of oats is a LOT, so I used about 1 1/2 cups.
Y’all know I have the hugest sweet tooth, so of course I increased the amount of dark brown sugar to about 1/2 cup and also added an equal amount of light brown sugar.
I wanted more of a comingling of fruit and oats so I mixed both together before I put it in the oven dish.


The result: NOM deliciousness! I ate the whole thing for breakfast! SOOOO good!

A great recipe for fall!

Hungrily,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 27, 2011

The First Thing…

In the comments, please share the first thing that pops into your mind when you see this:

Edited to add my response: If you’re going to do it, do it to the most. Check!

Speechlessly,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 26, 2011

Pop The Champagne!!!…While Perusing the Quote of the Week…

I am seriously wishing I could use super huge font because….

I PASSED MY DISSERTATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got a 65, which is like an 85, I think. I also got some really great comments back from the reviewers! Y’all I am so relieved/happy/ecstatic/shocked/overwhelmed!!!! I was significantly worried about the length…It really is about 10 pages shorter than it should have been. I cannot fully express how pleased I am!!!! I really can’t believe I did it! I am just happily stunned! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!! And because I can’t use a larger font, I will use a ridiculously large clipart! Huzzah!


Don’t mind if I do!!!

Which leads me to say…

“In this boundless, expansive, beautiful world we live in, everyone has a dream. And it is important to follow your dreams. Especially the ones that are telling you to give me fat wads of cash.”
– Paul Hancox

Proudly,

ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 24, 2011

Another Public Service Announcement…

From your friendly neighborhood blogger…

Land sakes, people! Land sakes!

If what you are wearing on your lower half is such that each of your individual butt cheeks has its own silhouette/profile, YOU ARE NOT WEARING PANTS!!! For the love of all that is good and holy in this world, leggings are a foundational garment, NOT PANTS, for any person over the age of 12!!!! It’s the same as a bra not being a shirt. Yes, you can wear nothing on your top half but a bra, and yes, you’re covering your what nots, but none of that changes the fact that you are wearing UNDERWEAR! UGH!

And in case you’re confused on the matter, here’s something to help you out:


Click here to see a larger version.

That is all.

Vehemently,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 24, 2011

Poem of the Week…

Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver (1935 – )

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


Photo Source

Circumspectly,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 19, 2011

Quote of the Week…

So true.

Asthmatically,

Me πŸ˜‰

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 17, 2011

Truth. (Again.)

Precisely,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 17, 2011

Poem of the Week…

Let any, who will, still bask in the south
by Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966)

Let any, who will, still bask in the south
On the paradisal sand,
It;s northerly here-and this year of the north
Autumn will be my friend.

I’ll live, in a dream, in a stranger’s house
Where perhaps I have died,
Where mirrors keep something mysterious
To themselves in the evening light.

I shall walk between black fir-trees,
Where the wind is at one with the heath,
And a dull splinter of the moon will glint
Like an old knife with jagged teeth.

Our last, blissful unmeeting I shall bring
To sustain me here-
The cold, pure light flame of conquering
What I was destined for.


Photo Source

Autumnally,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 13, 2011

The First Thing…

Peeps, my wonderings around the Interwebs have given me an idea for a new post series.

There are a zillion WTF pics floating around out there. I will post one I’ve come across, and I want YOU to post to the comments the first thing that pops into your mind when you see it. To minimize any potential influence on your answer, I will add the first thing I thought of a few days after I first post the picture. I see nothing but hours of entertainment in our future!

Exhibit A:

Edited to add my contribution:

‘Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no…What in the name of sweet Baby Jesus!?!?’

πŸ˜€

Game on!!!

Hirsutely,

Me πŸ˜‰

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 12, 2011

A Random Question…

If you could appear as a contestant on any game show, past or present, which one would it be?

Well, after some thought…I would have to say…

I would love to be on Double Dare, but I have ear issues (can’t get any liquids in them or I get an ear infection, woot.) so I could probably have issues with the Physical Challenges…

I would LOVE to be able to go on Jeopardy! and OWN it, but I don’t think I know enough random minutiae to truly kick hiney. Damn you, Potpourri!

SO, for current shows, I am pretty sure I rack up the dough on Wheel of Fortune. You’ve got the puzzle, Pat and Vanna…I’ve got the solution!!

As for past shows…there is no doubt…Press Your Luck!!! Big bucks, no whammies…STOP!!! I love you, Peter Tomarken!


They just don’t make ’em like they used to… *sigh!* πŸ˜‰

What game show would want to try?? Leave your answer in the Comments!

Inquiringly,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 12, 2011

Quote of the Week…

I am off to the Edinburgh beach again to spend some time with my dad.

Calmly,

Me πŸ™‚

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 10, 2011

Poem of the Week…

One of my childhood faves which definitely captures the feeling of a Monday… πŸ˜€

Sick
by Shel Silverstein (1930 – 1999)

“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut–my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke–
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

If only it were that easy! πŸ˜‰

And I believe Monday deserves some clipart as well!

Have a super day!

Refreshingly,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 8, 2011

Truth.

Undeniably,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 6, 2011

Listography 2011 – Lists 20-41

Time to get caught up a bit…

20 – List the most memorable co-worker from your past.
Well, I am still friends with quite a few of my former co-workers, so of course, they are all memorable. πŸ™‚ I guess maybe this girl from the last job I had whom I will call ‘A Kanye West Song’ who is memorable because I have never in my life met anyone so willing change herself to get what she wants from other people. Ugh. I do NOT miss her and her drama!

21 – List your least favorite smells.
Bodily waste tends to smell pretty gross. And fish. *shiver*

22 – List your favorite snacks.
OMG, I was just thinking yesterday about how DESPERATELY I want some White Cheddar Cheez-its! They are SO the crack of snack foods!

23 – List why you love your country.
Diversity, innovation, hopefulness, opportunity.

24 – List people that make you wonder β€œwhere are they now.”
Everyone I went to school with ever, and all the people who starred in TV shows or movies from the 80s.

25 – List your favorite tv dads.

Yes, please!

26 – List your summer to do’s.
Finish my dissertation! Check!

27 – List your accomplishments from the past year.
Well, I moved to Scotland and finished my dissertation. Time to find a job! πŸ™‚

28 – List your favorite foods and things to find at a BBQ.
OMG, I LOVE barbecue! I would want a chopped beef sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, sweet iced tea, and pecan pie. *swoon!*

29 – List some ideas for trimming back your budget.
Keep your debit card at home. Back in the day, when I had money, I would pull out $100 or so from the ATM once a week, and then I would leave my card at home, and when I ran out of cash, that was it until the next week. It actually worked pretty well!

30 – List some things you want for your home and kitchen.
I SO need a new cutting board! I also can’t wait to get my knife and utensils sets from home!

31 – List your biggest moments in pain.
No doubt, getting dry sockets after having my wisdom teeth pulled. Exposed bone is SO painful! God bless Tylenol 3!

32 – List things that freak you out.
Anything unexplained that could be attributed to the supernatural…In that same vein, when both my cats turn to look at something at the same time, and there hasn’t been a noise or anything. Gives me the HEEBS!

33 – List where your perfect road trip would take you.
Well, the trunk of the car would be full of money, and it would take me all over Europe!

34 – List your best qualities in the work place.
No backstabbing, gossiping, favoritism, overly competitive, bitchy ridiculousness. A place where management actually implements valid, feasible employee suggestions. (A place that probably doesn’t exist, I am sure!)

35 – List ten people you find fascinating.
Hmm…honestly, I am not really fascinated by people. There are people I find interesting, people I admire, and people I would like to emulate, but no one I can think of where I am desperate to know about his/her life.

36 – List who you hung out with in elementary school and middle school.
Elementary school was great because everyone hung out with everyone, from what I can remember. As for middle school, my best friend was Stephanie.

37 – List what your dream work environment would be like.
The opposite of everything listed in #34…Clear, consistent communication, challenging but doable work, supportive management, non-cliqueish co-workers.

38 – List memorable activities from your childhood.
Playing outside with my best friend, Liz or going over to her house and watching movies.

39 – List your favorite sports figures.
Well, given that my tv is in my closet (still) and they don’t really show any American sports here, I don’t actively follow anything. SO, I will say, any guy who looks good with his shirt off. I’m an equal opportunity fan. πŸ˜‰

40 – List your de-stress recipe.
Green tea with honey or hot chocolate/hot apple cider or soup.

41 – List things that scared you as a kid.
The Thriller video. I watched it, but I did so while hiding behind the couch.

Share your list answers in the comments!

Considerably,

Me πŸ˜€

Posted by: Anonymous Me | October 5, 2011

The Hump Day Happy Pill Returns!

Huzzah!!!

As you may have noticed from the post before last, I have a fondness for cliparts. If loving/using cliparts is wrong, I don’t want to be right!!!! πŸ˜€ That being said, today’s clipart may not necessarily be a source of happiness, but it can, if used correctly, help you waste a bunch of time thinking about things that don’t matter…and really, isn’t that the same thing??? πŸ™‚

So, apparently, the Captain Marv, a guy I used to know named Jake, and I all want to replace the human population with Voldemort. Which only leads me to say…

I also find it quite hilarious that my mom wants to host a tv show with Chuck Norris…

That chest hair canNOT be denied!!! LOL! I can picture it now, ‘Good Morning with Chuck and Granimal’…I’d tune in!!

Based on the chart, what is your scenario? Tell me in the comments!

Expectantly,

Me πŸ˜‰

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