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(no subject) [Feb. 1st, 2005|06:31 pm]
[mood |boredbored]
[music |Hey You - Pink Floyd]

I saw "Phantom" over the weekend. WOW. I was honestly surprised at how good it was. After seeing the play twice in Toronto, I was pretty spoiled to the intimacy of the stage version. But, wow. The actors were wonderful, the music was awesome and the movie was visually stunning. I want to see it again, but I also have my list of movies I'd like to see before the Oscars. SOme of them are rentable now (Collateral, Ray, Maria Full of Grace) but there's a huge list that are still in theatres....what to do??

I meant to go to Border's today to use my gift card. I'm so glad I found it! I was just sick when I thought I had lost it forever. But I don't know what to buy...

I need some more books. I guess I could go to the library, but our little 'brary is so sad! I just get frustrated when I go there. Maybe the used book store. Nothing makes me happier than going there and buying a grocery bag full of books and only spending $20. I love that place!

Gilmore Girls is being pre-empted tonight. I'm not sure why. Probably a Pistons game on. whatever. They're showing it on Saturday night, which is Jen's shower. nice.

And I'm supposed to go shopping for the shower tomorrow with Sue and Brit, but I haven't heard form either of them. Actually Sue called earlier to screw up the plans that were already in place....the girl needs a vacation. She's driving me nuts. She's not really being any help to me in planning this shower. And Brit's been sick so I haven't had a chance to talk with her...GRRR!

I should just go out tonight and shop myself. But it's 25 degrees and the temp's dropping...DON"T MAKE ME GO OUT THERE! *shiver*

Letterman was awesome last night. It usually is anyway, but last night especially becaus he was remembering Johnny. All the jokes in his monologue (which killed, by the way) were written by Johnny and sent to Dave over the last couple months. So, he had "IT" right up till the end. There's no one like Johnny Carson. But Dave's darn close. They don't have the same style of comedy, but they both make me laugh hysterically. A lot of people don't realize that Johnny wanted Dave to replace him when he retired, but the network decided differently. That's how we got Jay. Jay's okay, but Dave and his sarcasm....what's not to love??

Yay! The furnace came on! I'm going to go stand under a vent!!
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what's the point? [Jan. 24th, 2005|09:37 am]
[mood |coldi can't feel my toes]
[music |Baba O'Reilly - The Who rock on]

What's the point of this journal? I've been asking myself that for awhile now. I mean, it's a stupid online journal, does it really need a point? I think I prefer an "old-fashioned" journal. Writing is more soul-soothing than typing. And I can't really put down ALL my thoughts because it's a freakin online journal which anyone on the planet can read. Which is not cool with me. So, again I ask, what's the point?

I just don't know.

I"M COLD! I can't remember the last time I was warm. Well, there's my shower every morning, but that doesn't count. I'm talking about hanging out around the house and going about my regular business.



Wasn't it the Greeks who said "Everything in moderation"? That's what I want in my life...no frigid air, no 95 degrees with 100% humidity, but 65-75 degrees and sunny...perfection. Not Trump rich, not destitute, but somewhere in the UMC would be nice. Not a shack, not a mansion, but a comfortable sized home...

Although, after watching Trading Spaces/Trading Castles on Saturday, I could definitely live in a castle in Scotland. That's just so very mysterious, romantic and Bronte-esque. *sigh*

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "If she's always so cold, why would she want to live in a Scottish castle?" Hello...it's a CASTLE! I'd adjust.

Can you imagine the history those 600 year old walls hold??? Boggles the mind! I may not live in one, but I WILL visit one.


Victims come and victims go
There's always lots to spare
One victim lives the tragedy
One victim stops to stare
And still another walks on by
Pretending not to see
They're all out there in no man's land
'Cause it's the safest place to be

Bob is brilliant.
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2005|01:48 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |'Voices Carry" - 'til tuesday (in my head)]


took my first quiz.
Your element is Water: Understanding, intelligent,
quiet and calm. You know who you are and no one
can change that. Usually quiet but only because
your listening, don't let anyone think you
haven't got an opinion! Your not quiet because
your shy or sad, your usually quiet because
your thinking. Your answers are well planned
and helpful so people generally seek your
advice. Your the perfect balance between
solitary and outgoing. But sometimes you need a
little time to yourself to sort out your
emotions and figure things out. You understand
the phrase 'sticks and stone' and rarely let
things get to you, whats that important for you
to have to get so upset over? You know what you
want out of life but are simply taking your
time and enjoying things. To you your life is
fine as it is, you can always change things
later if your not happy.

.:-|What is your true element?|-:. -With Anime Pictures and detailed answers-
brought to you by Quizilla

i think it's pretty accurate or i wouldn't have posted...
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'tis the season... [Dec. 10th, 2004|07:04 pm]
[mood |crappycrappy]
[music |TV noises]

I have no Christmas Spirit. Santa's sleigh will not fly and it's all my fault. *sigh* Maybe I'll snap out of it.

Williamsburg was awesome. The history geek in me was thrilled to be there. What does Michigan have to offer history-wise? Uhhhhhh.....hmmmmm......I'll have to get back to you on that. Don't get me wrong, MI doesn't totally suck. The Great Lakes (esp. Superior and Michigan) are gorgeous, but other than that, we're pretty weak. The more time I spend out of this state, the more I want to leave it for good. I'd never been to Virginia before...beautiful state. And walking into buildings that were over 300 years old was unbelievably cool. I know that whenever I make it to Europe and see buildings that are 700+ years old, I will just melt.

Well, that got me into a somewhat better mood...

My throat is on fire. Has been for a few days now. I really need to go to the doctor. Maybe tomorrow.

Halfway done with Christmas shopping. Which is pretty good considering I just started Wednesday. Still have to put up the dad-gum Christmas tree. I can't talk about this anymore. It's bringing me down.

Still need to send out Christmas cards, too. AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!

But on a happier, more materialistic note, "Return of the King" (extended version with 50 extra minutes of movie) comes out Tuesday!! YAY! It's on the top of my Christmas list, closely followed by "Gilmore Girls, Season 2."

Lucas wants a guitar for Christmas. I need to surf the web to find a good deal. EBAY!! I'm so proud of him. He just got another 100% on his spelling test. His words were - guinea, pigeon, dinosaur, tortoise and xylophone. Last weeks words were - stethoscope, helicopter, dungarees, envelopes and computers. He got all those right, too. Not bad for a 6 year old! Go Luke-bear!

Mike's mad at me. I think it's just because he doesn't feel well. Otherwise the situation probably wouldn't have been that big a deal. He needs to go to bed for about 4 days...not come out till he's ready to face the world. I should probably do that, too.

Okay--must get sleep. I'm finishing the shopping tomorrow--or else!
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bi-polar [Nov. 11th, 2004|12:42 pm]
[mood |moodymoody]
[music |Bargain - The Who (rock on)]

Mike may be getting a new job. He'll be getting an offer tomorrow. So he just needs to decide if he wants to give up his 4 years at TI...big decision. This is good news...I think he really wants to go, but is a bit scared--understandable. So, this news makes me happy.

I've been reading up on St. Bush's plot to destroy the world. He wants to start drilling in the Alaskan Nature Reserve. NIIIICE. I've signed up for email notices from the National Wildlife Federation and Greenpeace. Once he starts up this nonsense, I'll know about it. I will do everything I can to put a stop to this. HE'S SUCH A MONEY-GRUBBING HYPOCRITE!! He did quite a snow-job on middle America...I'm so pissed about this!

In movie news--5 days till Elf. I can't wait!! I love that movie. Also, opening tomorrow is Bridget Jones 2. I believe I will go see a matinee. The first move was so good! I'm going through an Anglophile phase in my movie watching--Chicken Run, About a Boy, Bridget Jones, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bend it Like Beckham...love them all. Have watched a few of them the last couple day in anticipation. This makes me happy!!

See--major mood swings today. I think I'll stick with being happy and save my anger for when Dubya starts messing with the environment...
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salvation army [Nov. 9th, 2004|02:17 pm]
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[music |Barracuda - Heart (again-DJ's choice, not mine)]

Okay, I just got back from the SA. The chair I saw in the window--really icky when you got up close. And they wanted $40 for it. No thanks!

While there I also noticed that they sell UNDERWEAR! Think about that one for a minute...people so bad off that they have to buy used underwear from the Salvation Army.

God Bless America.....
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random thoughts [Nov. 9th, 2004|10:37 am]
[mood |goodgood]
[music |Rocket Man - Elton John (on the radio, can't be helped)]

It occurred to me the other day that at some point in my life I may be incapable of forming an original thought. It seems that I'm always quoting movies. But I can't help it because I LOVE MOVIES! I love everything about them, the story, the dialogue, the technical aspects of it all (photography, editing, lighting, etc.) I truly enjoy the DVDs with the director and actor commentaries. I'm a movie geek! What's to be done? I did a happy dance in my kitchen yesterday because I saw an ad in the latest EW about a new and improved Gone With the Wind (4 DISCS!) coming out soon!!! 4-DISCS--behind the scenes footage, screen-tests, commentary by Olivia DeHaviland (I didn't know she was still alive!) This is just awesome news to me! GEEK! GEEK! GEEK!

But back to the "original thought" thing--do any of us in this day and age really have TRULY ORIGINAL thoughts? Hasn't it all been said and done before anyway? So, I'm not going to worry too much about my movie quoting--just hope I don't become obnoxious. Like when I'm 85 and my grandchildren are trying to talk to me and I keep spouting off movie lines. They'll think Gramma's nuts and have me committed.

I'll worry about that later...

I think I'm going to the Salvation Army today. I saw a chair in the window the other day and it looked kinda funky (in a good way). It had a white frame and bright yellow-ish fabric (kind of like something you'd see in one of Laurie's rooms on Trading Spaces. Anyway, if it's in decent shape I can paint the frame and try to reupholster (sp?) it. Could be very interesting.

We have sucky maple trees at our house. I love our trees because they're huge and they look cool. And speaking of cool, since we don't have AC, they really help control the temp. in the summer. But they have ugly fall leaves. These trees would be magnificent if their leaves turned red or orange. But they just turn a yellow-ish brown...blah. I'm bummed.

I'm trying to focus on something other than the election results. It's been kinda hard. But thankfully the SPAM has stopped concerning how almighty wonderful Bush is and how Kerry is the spawn of Satan. I think I've finally been totally removed from this person's mailing list. It's been awhile since she's sent anything....yay me!

Someone pointed out the other day that the Republicans are now in control of everything. The Dems are in the minority on Capitol Hill these days. Which means that the Republicans now have the opportunity to turn this country around like they've promised to do. It also means that if things don't get "fixed" no one can blame the Dems! So, I'll sit back and watch for the wonderful transformation to begin...

Wow, I've had a lot to say today....

Final thought--my husband worries too much and I can't make him stop. I love the fact that he's concerned about people and their souls, but he cares entirely too much about what others think of him. Maybe I'm just callous, but I've never been the type to worry about someone else's opinion of me. That doesn't mean that I walk around acting like a jerk and say "If you don't like me or my attitude, too bad." I actually think I'm pretty nice, tolerable of most things (unless it's utter stupidity) and very easygoing. I don't try to offend anyone or pick fights (verbal or physical). But I also don't bend over backwards trying to get someone to like me. If they do, they do. If they don't, they don't. Life goes on. I just want Mike to be able to see that he's a decent person, trying to do the right thing and if people like him, great...if they don't , oh well...

The fishtank needs cleaning and I just can't feel like it.

okay, I'm done for now.....
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GRRRR [Nov. 3rd, 2004|09:31 pm]
[mood |crankycranky]
[music |Taps is playing in my head]

I cannot begin to express how deeply disappointed I am that Dubya was re-elected. HE IS SUCH A WEASEL!!!

When I heard that Kerry called to concede the election I was nauseated.

At least he won Michigan. I don't feel like my vote was totally wasted. Another consolation is that once he (Dubya) is done with this term we will be rid of him for good.

Hopefully our economy will hold on for another 4 years. Not to mention our environment...so help me, if he starts drilling for oil in Alaska's nature preserve, I will start a petition for his impeachment myself. Bonehead.

There will be more ranting later, I'm sure.

I will be watching him like a hawk. He must be stopped from driving this country into the ground!

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(no subject) [Oct. 13th, 2004|09:57 am]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |White Room - Cream]

Okay, so I went out and got "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" to read as my banned book selection. I'm still not done with it....can I just say that it's kinda boring? Yes I can--It's kinda boring. I mean, when you stop and think about the way Maya Angelou grew up and all the struggles she went through, it is inspiring to see that she overcame all of that. I mean, she came from a broken home her mother was in St. Louis and her father was in California and she grew up with her paternal grandmother in rural Arkansas. She was raped at the age of 8, which was horrific to read about (probably one of the main reasons the book was banned.) Anyway, she didn't let her hardships destroy her. They made her a stronger person. Very inspiring. But the book just plods along and it's not a compelling read. But, I'm 3/4 of the way through and I hope to finish it by this weekend.

Halloween is almost here!! Besides Christmas, this is my favorite holiday. I wish I had more decorations, though! But, I will slowly build up my collection of scary Halloween decorations....

Right now I'm trying to figure out a way to make a ghost costume for Lucas without making him look like a Klansman. HHHMMMMM

My Jack Skellington watch came yesterday (just in time for Halloween!) I was so excited! It's very cool. I need to get it sized before I can wear it. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow or Friday.

The last debate is on tonight. I think JK has done a great job these last two. I have high hopes for the one tonight, too. I can't wait for the elections. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. I want so badly for GW to leave office. The more I watch him and listen to him, he just comes off as a cocky little weasel. I can't stand to watch anymore campaign commercials, for either side, because I'm just tired of all the rhetoric.

I was watching MSNBC last night and they had a panel of people discussing the election and they were sitting in front of a bunch of people holding up campaign signs. Typical lately. Anyway someone was holding up a homemade sign that said "Dick + Bush = Screwed. Funniest thing I've seen in along time!
That really cracked me up.

I want to rent Fahrenheit 9/11. I can't believe I haven't watched that yet. Maybe for Friday night. Maybe not. Maybe Sunday night. I'll invite a bunch of people over to watch it. That'll get me dis-fellowshipped for sure! HA! Why do people get so angry when you tell them you're a democrat. I don't get outraged when people tell me they're voting for Bush. Childish.
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Banned Books Week [Sep. 27th, 2004|10:26 am]
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[music |Born to Run - The Boss]

This week (thru Oct. 2) is Banned Books Week. The ALA is encouraging people to read books that have been challenged or outright banned over the years.

I think this is so cool because some of my favorite books have been challenged or banned...for instance the whole Harry Potter series and of course my favorite book of all time--To Kill a Mockingbird. Can kinda understand the fear behind the whole Harry thing, (what with the "witchcraft" and all)...even though being alarmed by the "witchcraft" in Harry is utterly ridiculous. GRRR! This is a debate I've had way too many times with people who HAVEN'T EVEN READ THE BOOKS!!! Well, that was a nice little rant...

Anyway still can't for the life of me figure why Mockingbird was banned....possibly for the storyline of a white man defending a black man, or was the whole "attempted rape" thing just too controversial for the 60's?? Don't really know...but the mentality of destroying what we don't understand is so archaic. Really find it irritating.

This week, I think I'll read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." I can't believe I've never read this book. I think Maya Angelou is a phenomenal women. I mean, I know her story from hearing interviews and such, but have never read any of her books. So, I will attempt to find this book at my local library. Can't go to W'land yet....still haven't taken care of those pesky late fees yet. GRRRRRR!
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