Saturday January 31, 2004

Interview NewSenses

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Senses ]

Nightmare.

You go to a job interview and they have you seated in a waiting room for over an hour. In this room there's a water cooler, a coffee machine, some magazines, candies, crackers, 5 other candidates and the receptionist. It's the end of the day, you're tired, really hungry and you have a headache.
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Interview NewSenses ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 31 Jan, 14:55 Pacific

Saturday January 31, 2004

Money Makes the World Go 'Round

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 50 ]
"Fifty," I thought to myself. "Fifty what? Fifty-cent piece? Hmm... money!"

PAST: I remember those pre-teen days when having a pocketful of change gave me a sense of financial independence. What did you first do for money?

PRESENT: Understanding the current (lousy) state of the economy, I won't assume you're employed right now. So. What did you last do for money?

FUTURE: If you suddenly came into a situation where you didn't need the income, would you still work some sort of job?

Another week older, another week richer in wisdom. Or some-such.

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Money Makes the World Go 'Round ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 31 Jan, 01:04 Pacific

Friday January 30, 2004

Happy Anniversary, Macintosh!

[ Lest anyone consider this entry to be belated, please consider that some people (such as myself :-) prefer to mark anniversaries by their proximity to other events. Apple aired the "1984" Macintosh introduction ad during halftime on Super Bowl Sunday, January 1984. This year, Super Bowl Sunday is later, on Feb. 1. ]

At halftime on Super Bowl Sunday, January 1984, Apple Computer aired one of the greatest commercials in the 37-year history of the Super Bowl. The ad is among the ten finalists for CBS.com's Super Bowl Greatest Commercials, which airs on Saturday, January 31st, 2004 at 9 pm.

Since 1967, there have been 37 Super Bowls, containing approximately 60 commercials in each, which works out to more than 2,200 Super Bowl commercials in all! We've narrowed the field down to ten.
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Happy Anniversary, Macintosh! ( in category Computerware , Special Interests ) - posted at Fri, 30 Jan, 19:41 Pacific

Friday January 30, 2004

You May Already Have Won...

The Friday Five The Friday 5 for this week...

You have just won one million dollars:

  1. Who do you call first?
  2. What is the first thing you buy for yourself?
  3. What is the first thing you buy for someone else?
  4. Do you give any away? If yes, to whom?
  5. Do you invest any? If so, how?
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You May Already Have Won... ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 30 Jan, 11:47 Pacific

Friday January 30, 2004

Purple Birthday Prompt (2004.01.26/F)

[ I'm the Writing Prompter this week on Purple Ink. Here is today's prompt. ]

Friday: Another place and time...
If you could choose to have been born at another place or time in history, would you? Where or when would you choose? ...
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Purple Birthday Prompt (2004.01.26/F) ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 30 Jan, 11:01 Pacific

Thursday January 29, 2004

The happiest mine eyes shall see

[ Today's meme is courtesy of this week's Thursday Threesome at The Back Porch. Quote is by Edgar Allan Poe, The Happiest Day ]

Onesome- The happiest day: Tell us about the happiest day of your life.

Twosome- The happiest hour: What’s your favourite time of the day, and why?

Threesome- Mine eyes shall see: What’s the one thing/place you would really like to see in your life?

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The happiest mine eyes shall see ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 29 Jan, 21:00 Pacific

Thursday January 29, 2004

Happy Birthday!

[ I'm the Writing Prompter this week on Purple Ink. Here is today's prompt. ]

Thursday: Happy Birthday!
What does your birthday mean to you?
How do you celebrate your birthday? Quietly alone? With a friend or two? With a big party? ...
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Happy Birthday! ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 29 Jan, 07:29 Pacific

Wednesday January 28, 2004

Purple Birthday Prompts

[ Three of this week's writing prompts, suggested by me, from Purple Ink. If you like journal writing, join Purple Ink! ]

This week has a theme.

Monday: Seasons
What time of year is your birthday?
If you could have chosen to be born at any time of year, what would you choose and why?

Tuesday: Surprise! Make a wish!
How do you feel about your cultures' celebration of birthdays?
Should a birthday be treated specially? Like a holiday? Do people spend too much energy on on birthdays?

Wednesday: You don't look a day over...
How do you feel about getting older?
Have your feelings changed over time? ...
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Purple Birthday Prompts ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Wed, 28 Jan, 16:00 Pacific

Tuesday January 27, 2004

Circle of Words - #4

Circle of Words is a weekly set of questions that are somewhat personal, spiritual, and will explore your inner most thoughts and feelings. Hopefully these questions will provide you with a little bit of  personal therapy and allow your readers a little peek inside your soul.

An Artist Is Someone Who Creates

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how...The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
-Agnes De Mille
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Circle of Words - #4 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 27 Jan, 09:12 Pacific

Monday January 26, 2004

Words, Words, Words

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 49 ]
PAST: The quality of our thoughts can only be as good as the quality of our language, for words are the very core of thought. How diligent were you at building your vocabulary, when you were a youngster?

PRESENT:What's the most recent addition to your vocabulary?

FUTURE:What word would you like to see added to the general lexicon... and what word would you like to see removed?

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Words, Words, Words ( in category Memes & Prompts , Verbatim ) - posted at Mon, 26 Jan, 16:21 Pacific

Monday January 26, 2004

Wild Cat Adventure II

Yesterday (Sunday) we attended our second "Wild Cat Adventure"; we attended for the first time on April 13, 2003.

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Wild Cat Adventure is a public outreach program in the San Francisco Bay area, covering Sacramento to San Jose. The program run by Leopards, Etc. which is wholly owned and operated by Rob and Barbara Dicely, former school teachers.

Leopards, Etc. is licensed by the State of California, the US Dept. of the Interior, and various other governmental organizations to keep, train, and show wild cats. They do 150 programs a year, mostly at school assemblies. Several years ago, at the urging of parents and teachers, they expanded their programs to include several public outreach programs in the North and South, two programs in each location, both Spring and Fall. ...
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Wild Cat Adventure II ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Mon, 26 Jan, 12:10 Pacific

Sunday January 25, 2004

Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You

Hearts Gladness is...

Snuggling with the kitties on a rainy day. A warm purring pussycat nestled in my arm at nap time. Another kitty nestled against my neck and shoulder. Bracketed by soft fur; lulled to sleep by purrs.

Hearts Gladness is...

Bebop greets me as I wake from my nap, purring loudly (vroom vroom vroom). He's most agreeable to a snuggle. Rub the belly. Rub the head. Then he starts to slurp my ears, First the right, then the left. He presses a soft paw against my cheek to turn my face, the better to gain access to the opposite ear.

Then he walks around onto the pillow. I turn my head away and snuggle down into the pillow for a little while longer. Bebop continues to purr, rhythmically kneading my hair into the pillow, kneading the back of my neck.

Vroom vroom vroom

Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 25 Jan, 22:10 Pacific

Sunday January 25, 2004

Treasures 2004_04

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested; things that are worth remembering; memories encapsulated in just a few words.

Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments.

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Treasures 2004_04 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 25 Jan, 22:06 Pacific

Sunday January 25, 2004

Purple Prompts #8-#10

There were 10 writing prompts this week on Purple Ink, so I've been posting a few at a time over more than one day. I posted three on Wednesday, four on .Friday and the rest are here.
Remember: if you like journal writing, join Purple Ink!

    8. List the dishes your mother or grandmother made that you would love to have the recipe for
    9. Name all of the books you have in your possession that you've never read.
    10. What is your most prized possession?
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Purple Prompts #8-#10 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 25 Jan, 19:29 Pacific

Sunday January 25, 2004

South Beach Updates "Foods to Enjoy"

Spouse and self began our reduced-carbohydrate lifestyle adventure on Sept 1, 2004. As advocates of the South Beach plan, we had nonetheless been wondering about the restrictions it placed on certain foods. For example, all dairy products were considered "Avoid" foods in Phase 1, despite research that shows the value of milk and yogurt in weight-loss plans. Similarly, I had been wondering about the limits placed on tomatoes (1 whole or 10 cherry tomatoes per meal); tomatoes contain lycopene and have a nearly unmeasurable glycemic index. Spouse considers carrots to be "good food"; although the fiber content and vitamins would seem to support his theory, the South Beach Diet did not.

So I was delighted to discover recently that some changes have been made; our beliefs have been given official support. The South Beach Diet has been updated to take advantage of these nutritional studies and information. Updates have been made to the Phase 1 "Foods to Enjoy" and "Foods to Avoid" lists as well as to the Phase 2 "Foods You Can Reintroduce" and "Foods To Avoid Or Eat Rarely" lists. ...
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South Beach Updates "Foods to Enjoy" ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Sun, 25 Jan, 13:09 Pacific

Saturday January 24, 2004

Naughty Little Impulse

[ The following question comes courtesy of Saturday Slant ]
What is your naughty little impulse never acted upon? Ever wanted to kiss your boss? Do you often feel like telling your mother-in-law that she’s a self-centered, controlling witch—over Thanksgiving Dinner? Do you sometimes feel the compulsion to pick up your man’s dirty socks, which are constantly strewn about the floor irresponsibly, and ball it into his sleeping, snore-opened mouth? Ever wanted to steal something just for the thrill of it? Or is your impulse more along the lines of seducing that hunk from the mail room? Tell us about some naughty impulse you’ve had—or have frequently—and the circumstances surrounding it.
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Naughty Little Impulse ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 24 Jan, 16:41 Pacific

Saturday January 24, 2004

Out of the Loop

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]
Onesome: Out-- Are you getting out and about lately? ...or is school/the weather/work/illness keeping you cooped up inside?

Twosome: of the-- Blue? Does the Winter season 'get to you'? ...or do you handle it as well as you do Summer?

Threesome: Loop-- Hey, Spring is coming (and Winter is still here for some); do you have a loop you drive or walk to check out the scenery? What do you see when you're out and about?

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Out of the Loop ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 24 Jan, 16:26 Pacific

Saturday January 24, 2004

Surf Sense

[ Today's meme is coutresy of Saturday Senses ]
[sight]:: What is the most visually stunning website you know?

[taste]:: Can you order any kind of food through the web from where you live? Have you ever ordered?

[smell]:: With the digital scent technology developing, what would you like to smell over the internet and how do you think this will affect how we interact with the web?

[touch]:: How fast do you type and what kind of mouse do you use?

[hearing]:: Have you ever paid for downloading music from the internet? Do you usually hear music while you surf the net? What kind? Streaming or local?

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Surf Sense ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 24 Jan, 00:15 Pacific

Friday January 23, 2004

Purple Prompts #4-#7

There were 10 writing prompts this week on Purple Ink, so I'm posting a few at a time over more than one day. I posted #1, #2, #3 on Wednesday.
Remember: if you like journal writing, join Purple Ink!

    4. If you won a million dollars, what would you do?
    5. List your favorite subjects or topics. (The ones you're always reading about)
    6. List all of the ways you've simplified or streamlined your life.
    7. List all of the things you wanted to be "when you grew up".
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Purple Prompts #4-#7 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 23 Jan, 16:27 Pacific

Friday January 23, 2004

BBC Horizons: The Atkins Diet

Primetime BBC Television's Horizon ran a programme on The Atkins Diet last night with the tag line: "Horizon reveals the truth about the world's most controversial diet."

(When discussing the BBC, I figure I should spell like the BBC :-) ...
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BBC Horizons: The Atkins Diet ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Fri, 23 Jan, 08:17 Pacific

Friday January 23, 2004

Five Favorites for Friday

This week's Friday 5 is about "current favorites". It doesn't do much for me, but I'll take a stab at it by answering in my own perverse fashion.
At this moment, what is your favorite...
  1. ...song?
  2. ...food?
  3. ...tv show?
  4. ...scent?
  5. ...quote?
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Five Favorites for Friday ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 23 Jan, 00:34 Pacific

Thursday January 22, 2004

Low Carb Granola

I love Granola. Unfortunately, we're presently on a long-term reduced carbohydrate adventure so most granolas are out for the time being. However, one of the women on the low-carb mailing list I'm on recently recommended a low-carb granola called "FlaxOMeal Granola" (Low-Carb Success brand). Several other women chimed in to agree that they think it's quite tasty.

I found some today while shopping at one of our local grocery stores (a small local chain called Mollie Stones, a bit upscale from Safeway :-) Mollie Stones has joined the Low-carb revolution, having recently installed a large endcap display at the front of the store, containing all sorts of varied low-carb products and "We Have Low-Carb" on a big sign. Cool. ...
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Low Carb Granola ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Thu, 22 Jan, 15:49 Pacific

Thursday January 22, 2004

Cats and Mice

stuartkattshirt Cats and mice go together. That's what gives rise to all of the Cat and Mouse jokes for computer users. In my case, I don't use a typical mouse; I use a Kensington "Turbomouse" (i.e. a trackball). Nevertheless, the Universe has ensured that there's still a relationship. It's a hairy relationship.

Today I had to take my trackball apart and clean out the accumulated cat hair. With four cats, there's cat hair in the air. Plus, Bebop occasionally sits on the trackball. And, of course, cat hair just... is. It wraps around the little wheels inside the trackball housing. I know I need to clean out the fluff when the ball spins and the cursor doesn't move in one dimension. Then out comes the micro screwdriver and I open the trackball housing. ...
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Cats and Mice ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 22 Jan, 11:05 Pacific

Wednesday January 21, 2004

Childhood Memories, Childhood Books

A friend of mine wrote to me
... Clare Turlay Newberry - one of my all time favorite authors of children's books/illustrator of cats. She wrote and illustrated Pandora, the book from my childhood. ... I finally, after many years, have purchased Pandora and am looking forward to receiving the book. As a child, I wanted Pandora as my cat so much.

From my friend's glowing description, I hunted up a copy of Pandora for myself and am now also a fan of the drawings of Clare Turlay Newberry. Her cats are so real; how could I resist them?

A few days later my friend wrote

[My copy of Pandora] arrived today too. I almost cried when I opened it - like seeing an old friend. I don't remember there being color on the cover! Does yours have the paper cover? This one does. It shows its age - geez almost as old as I am (I was two when it was published)! Let's just say it shows much less wear than I do...

But as I reread Pandora's story...well, you know. Finally getting this book is a small treasure to the little girl that lies within...yes, still there even after 60 years...isn't that amazing?

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Childhood Memories, Childhood Books ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Wed, 21 Jan, 17:50 Pacific

Wednesday January 21, 2004

Purple Prompts #1-#3

There were 10 writing prompts this week on Purple Ink, so I'll be posting a few at a time over more than one day. Remember: if you like journal writing, join Purple Ink!

  1. List the contents of your purse or carryall.
  2. List all the jobs you've ever had.
  3. List everything you have accomplished today, no matter how small.
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Purple Prompts #1-#3 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Wed, 21 Jan, 13:27 Pacific

Tuesday January 20, 2004

...in other words.... We Have a Player!

As I mentioned back on January 6, I decided to start my own meme about quotes, called ...in other words.... It's been added to the Memes List and today I have my first (official) player (she signed the guest book and left her link with a nicely phrased, well thought-out discussion of the quote:
There are two types of people--those who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!' and those who come in and say, 'Ah, there you are.'

-- Frederick L Collins

(I was woefully late posting today's quote; with yesterday a holiday, it slipped my mind that today was Tuesday!)

...in other words.... We Have a Player! ( in category Memes & Prompts , Verbatim ) - posted at Tue, 20 Jan, 17:13 Pacific

Tuesday January 20, 2004

Circle of Words - #3

Circle of Words is a weekly set of questions that are somewhat personal, spiritual, and will explore your inner most thoughts and feelings. Hopefully these questions will provide you with a little bit of  personal therapy and allow your readers a little peek inside your soul.

Each question will first start off with a quote from someone famous, or not so famous, which relates to the topic of the question. There may be one or several questions afterwards.

[ I did not join Circle of Words until it was in week #48. The year is now over...no new questions will be posted. I am continuing with the meme, starting from week #1, in 2004. ]


Your Personal Treasure Map

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:21

1. What if someone told you that all you needed to do to make your dreams come true is to create a personal treasure map. In this map would be all of the things you want in your life. These things can be people, things, a certain job, a location...etc. Well I can't tell you that the things on your map will come true, but I can tell you that everything in your outer world is created in your mind first. With that said...what would be on your personal treasure map for say...10 years from now? ...
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Circle of Words - #3 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 20 Jan, 11:17 Pacific

Monday January 19, 2004

Imagine-a-sense

[ Today's questions are courtesy of Saturday Senses ]

(N.B. In the paragraph below, "I" is the founder of Saturday Senses.)

I had a hard time coming up with questions this week. Then I remembered those psychological tests where you're prompted to imagine a scene and your answers say a lot about what's in your subconscious. So, although I cannot analyze the results ;-) I thought it would be fun to see what's deep inside your minds, or at least, how creative you can get using your senses. I opened an exception to make things more interesting, so instead of having one question to each of the five senses, I added questions as they were needed, and I also added the 6th sense :-). As a rule, go with the first thing you think of. Remember, this is not to test your fiction writing abilities, but to symbolically reveal your deepest feelings. Have fun!!!
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Imagine-a-sense ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Mon, 19 Jan, 11:46 Pacific

Monday January 19, 2004

1 Terabyte. Really

In a bit of understatement, storage enclosure manufacturer LaCie announced the "Bigger Disk" this week, a device that houses a full terabyte of storage.

c.f. extremetech.com, "LaCie Boosts PC External Storage To 1 Terabyte", Jan 16, 2004


The LaCie Bigger Disk, with the largest hard drive capacity available, is a unique innovation that packs an amazing 1 terabyte of storage space in a manageable 5.25" form factor. With this unsurpassed storage capacity, the LaCie Bigger Disk allows users to store nearly two years of continuous music and up to one month of non-stop MPEG-2 video1. Truly plug and play, this device requires no driver or software installation for Windows XP and Mac OS X users.

c.f. LaCie.com

US$1200

Gosh. I can remember when the 20 MB hard disk from Apple was a "big thing". I can remember when prices dropped to a dollar a Megabyte. I can remember when we were impressed by the advent of the 1 GB disks.

References (from FOLDOC, the Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing.)

byte = 1 (standard) unit of storage. One byte typically holds one character.
kilobyte (KB; kilo = "thousand) = 2^10 or 1024 bytes
megabyte (MB; mega = "million") = 2^ 20 or 1,048,576 bytes = 1024 kilobytes. The text of a six hundred page paperback book would require about a megabyte of storage.
gigabyte (GB) = 1024 megabytes. Roughly the amount of data required to encode a human gene sequence (including all the redundant codons).
terabyte = 1024 gigabytes

1 Terabyte. Really ( in category Computerware ) - posted at Mon, 19 Jan, 10:30 Pacific

Sunday January 18, 2004

Treasures 2004_03

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested; things that are worth remembering; memories encapsulated in just a few words.

Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments. ...
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Treasures 2004_03 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 18 Jan, 20:26 Pacific

Sunday January 18, 2004

Purple Miscellany

[ This (past) week's writing prompts from Purple Ink , If you like journal writing, join Purple Ink!]

Monday : Pick your favorite color and write about it: why you like it, how it makes you feel, what 'pictures' come to mind when you think of that color.

Tuesday : Spray your favorite air freshner then write what you think about.

Wednesday : Look at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes. Describe the you that you see physically, emotionally, spiritually.

Thursday : Describe what it is like when you wake up in the morning.

Friday : What is your favorite time of day? Describe it.

Saturday : Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a walk around your neighborhood. Imagine all the things you see, hear, and smell. Describe your walk.

Sunday : Decide what is your favorite word. Think about it for a while and write why you like that particular word. ...
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Purple Miscellany ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 18 Jan, 13:40 Pacific

Sunday January 18, 2004

I want to be a kitty

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Slant, week 42 ]

Reincarnation has brought you back as a family's pet.
Given a choice, what common pet animal would you be? Would you prefer to be an indoor pet, an outdoor pet, or one who splits her time? What kind of owner(s) would you prefer? Write your Saturday Slant blog entry as if you were the animal, a family pet with a blog written for other family pets. Document a day in the life of you, family pet. ...
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I want to be a kitty ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 18 Jan, 12:31 Pacific

Saturday January 17, 2004

Gone Crazy. Back Soon!

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 48 ]
PAST: Been crazy once?

PRESENT: What drives you absolutely crazy?

FUTURE: Figure you'll go crazy someday?

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Gone Crazy. Back Soon! ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 17 Jan, 21:25 Pacific

Saturday January 17, 2004

Opossums - Up Close and Personal

Brenda Ice, a friend of a friend has been doing possum rehab! What a neat idea.

BrendaPossbabe5 Take a look at some of the photos of the baby possums (scroll down when you get to the photo page, but slowly; enjoy the photos of the cats and the deer on your way to the possums :-).

My friend sent out email announcing that she had posted several of Brenda's photos and her possum story to (my friend's) web site. My immediate response was

Ohmygooodness. What an utterly darling baby!
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Opossums - Up Close and Personal ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Sat, 17 Jan, 14:17 Pacific

Friday January 16, 2004

Personalized

The Friday Five The Friday 5 for this week is about personalization.

  1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails?
  2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it? If you haven't graduated yet, what would you like your quote to be?
  3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say?
  4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say?
  5. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say?
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Personalized ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 16 Jan, 10:04 Pacific

Friday January 16, 2004

Backyard Birds

I've started mixing a cup of "wild bird seed" (it's largely millet with some other seeds) into my sunflower seed. Our feeder holds about a quart of mixed seed. Because we also feed grey squirrels, I also mix in a cup of "hamster and rodent food" (contains beans, peas, bits of freezedried carrot, peanuts, banana chips, pumpkin seeds...) As I mix, I pull out the peanuts and banana chips to put in a different feeder because they won't go "through" the bird feeder; I add more nuts and some puppy dog biscuits to that mix, for the squirrels, jays, and raccoons ( I saw a jay fly off with a dog biscuit the other day :-) ...
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Backyard Birds ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Fri, 16 Jan, 09:17 Pacific

Thursday January 15, 2004

I do ... and I understand

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

::Confucius say::

Onesome- I hear and I forget. What’s the one thing you’ve had explained to you over and over, but it still goes in one ear and out the other?

Twosome- I see and I remember. Is there anything you’ve learned how to do just by watching someone else do it first?

Threesome- I do and I understand. Is there anything you excel at that you taught yourself to do? ...
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I do ... and I understand ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 15 Jan, 14:14 Pacific

Thursday January 15, 2004

In My Room

Think about all the rooms in all the houses you have lived in. Describe them in your journal and reflect upon whether where you have lived may have affected how you felt at different times in your life.

From Writer's Digest via Diarist.net Spark (11 January 2004)

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In My Room ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 15 Jan, 09:00 Pacific

Wednesday January 14, 2004

Living a Faery Tale Life

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Slant, week 41 ]
If you were banished from reality into a faery tale of your choice, which would it be, which character would you choose to become, and why? This is a classic Saturday Slant revisited. Would you be Snow White, destined to be rescued by, and live happily ever after with, Prince Charming? Or would you choose someone who’s entire fate is not yet written, one of the Seven Dwarves, for example, so that you might reap the benefits of choosing your own path? There are easy, glib answers; and then there are deeper, more meaningful answers waiting within your heart and mind. Which will you choose?

I rather like one woman's response to this question. She said she would choose the role of Princess Fiona in Shrek. I liked her reasoning. But that's her story, not mine. ...
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Living a Faery Tale Life ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Wed, 14 Jan, 11:41 Pacific

Tuesday January 13, 2004

Second Empire Garage Sale Modern

[ These questions are courtesy of the Saturday 8 for Saturday, Jan 10, 2004 ]
  1. When was the last time you purchased a piece of furniture for your home/apartment/room?
  2. What was it?
  3. In the past 8 years, i've not had to buy any furniture myself ... relatives have died or moved and i've acquired pieces for birthdays. do you have a lot of 'other people's furniture' at your place?
  4. When looking at furniture, do you go for the look, or for the deal?
  5. do you have a bad furniture shopping experience to relate? if not, do you have a good one?
  6. If money was no object, what decorating style would you put up?
  7. Are you naturally a decorator, or would you rather pay someone to come in and decide everything for you (given you have the cash on hand to hire them)?
  8. Do you watch any redecorating shows ... surprise by design, trading spaces/family, changing rooms, while you were out, clean sweep? why or why not?
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Second Empire Garage Sale Modern ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 13 Jan, 15:32 Pacific

Tuesday January 13, 2004

Color me Maroon

[ Today's question comes courtesy of Purple Ink ]

Pick your favorite color and write about it:
why you like it, how it makes you feel, what 'pictures' come to mind when you think of that color... ...
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Color me Maroon ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 13 Jan, 10:11 Pacific

Monday January 12, 2004

Circle of Words - #2

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy.
- Louise Bogan

1.   Do you ever sit back and just smell the flowers? Do you ever lay in the sun and appreciate just life in general? Do you look at the good in things...or are you always searching for the bad? Do you spend minutes and hours worrying what might happen, instead of realizing you control your own destiny...you can make it happen....or not? ...
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Circle of Words - #2 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Mon, 12 Jan, 18:59 Pacific

Monday January 12, 2004

Breaking Down Boxes

Several years ago, our local trash company started to allow just about every type of curbside recycling, including glass, plastic, metal and all kinds of paper - white, colored, junkmail, cardboard. About the only thing they won't take are waxed-paper cereal box inserts, pizza boxes, and milk cartons. I've gotten into the habit of breaking down the light cardboard boxes that used to hold cereal, plastic trash bag boxes, tissues, etc.

Most of these boxes are made from a simple two-dimensional pattern. But some, like the "Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bag" box I broke down this morning, are different. The two-dimensional shape is fairly complex and interesting. It makes me wonder why it was designed that way. ...
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Breaking Down Boxes ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Mon, 12 Jan, 10:50 Pacific

Sunday January 11, 2004

Keeping Company

Hearts Gladness is...

Bedtime. Lying in bed with my soft Butterscotch boy (Bebop) snuggled into my neck (and partly on my head). I got a foot cramp, finally couldn't stand it, had to get up and walk around. Unable to go back to sleep; out to the living room to read. Bebop followed along, snugged into the couch, keeping me company while the effects of the cramp wore off, till I felt sleepy again. Bebop melting lower and lower into the couch as time passed...

My sweet buddy.

Keeping Company ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 11 Jan, 20:35 Pacific

Sunday January 11, 2004

Treasures 2004_02

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested; things that are worth remembering; memories encapsulated in just a few words.

Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments. ...
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Treasures 2004_02 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 11 Jan, 20:31 Pacific

Saturday January 10, 2004

Annoyansenses

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Senses, week 20 ]
How about some whining and complaining this week?

[sight]:: Name 2 things that annoy you on/about television.

[taste]:: Name 2 of the worst tasting foods or drinks you ever had.

[smell]:: Name 2 smells that you can´t stand and why:

[touch]:: Name 2 things (objects, body parts, etc...) that you don´t like other people to touch and why.

[hearing]:: What are the 2 sounds/noises that most irritate you and why?

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Annoyansenses ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 10 Jan, 09:02 Pacific

Saturday January 10, 2004

2003 Year End Survey

[ There is no Friday 5 for this week. So we bring you a Year-End Survey,. Better a week late than not at all ]

I found this survey on the web and modified it slightly. If you like, copy the questions and answer them in your own weblog, journal, email, or here in the comments. There are 42 questions. ...
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2003 Year End Survey ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sat, 10 Jan, 07:11 Pacific

Friday January 9, 2004

Eat your veggies

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 47 ]
PAST: Did you, or did you not, eat your vegetables as a youngster?

PRESENT: What sorts of veggies will and won't you eat nowadays?

FUTURE: Which would you rather end up: Vegetable or mineral? (We're assuming you're currently an animal, here. If otherwise, you should really let us know.)

A bit silly, yes, but at least it's not directly topical for a change!

[Hey, every question can't be deep and insightful!] ...
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Eat your veggies ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 09 Jan, 15:49 Pacific

Friday January 9, 2004

Imagery

It was September and the colors along the curve of Lake Michigan were ripening. Autumn is metallic here, chrome yellows on the locust trees, planted along the Outer Drive because they can stand the automobile-scented air, bronze oaks on the campus lawns, and brassy yellow maples near the administration buildings. The few trees that stayed green until the leaves fall take on the verdigris color of aged copper. I sometimes think even the concrete paths change color in the fall. They lose the sandy summer look of warmth and become a chilly brushed platinum, sueded but cold.
Can you see it?

I enjoy Mystery and Fantasy short-fiction collections and I've become a fan of Barbara D'Amato through these. I finally decided to try her novels and visited quite a few used bookstores (all on the web), to build a complete collection of the Cat Marsala mysteries. The paragraph above is the first paragraph from Hardball (1991).

Wow. That woman can write.

Imagery ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Fri, 09 Jan, 12:16 Pacific

Thursday January 8, 2004

Top Dead Center

[ Today's meme courtesy of The Thursday Threesome at The Back Porch ]

Whew! Are you done with the holiday thing yet? Let's start things off for the new year in the proper position...

Onesome: Top-- Now that things have calmed down, what's at the top of your list to take care of? School? The garden? Shoveling the snow?

Twosome: Dead-- ...and then again, what got so dead and buried in the holiday fluff that you may not be able to get get it restarted? That weight loss thing? Reading? Relaxing???

Threesome: Center-- Yeah, relaxing! What are you doing to try to keep yourself centered this year? Some serious down time? Yoga? Long walks in the country?

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Top Dead Center ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 08 Jan, 10:26 Pacific

Thursday January 8, 2004

A Passion for Paper

I considered titling this "Paper Fetish"

fetish n. 2. An object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence
but I decided that the other definitions for fetish were just too far out for me. I'd hate for anyone to jump to the wrong conclusions... some people will find the right conclusions to be just a little strange as it is. :-)

Do other people who like to write (whether you keep a regular journal or not, paper version or online) share a similar passion for paper as mine? I can't remember a time when I didn't care about using just the right sort of notebook, just the right type of tablet, for a project or a class. ...
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A Passion for Paper ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Thu, 08 Jan, 09:20 Pacific

Wednesday January 7, 2004

I Scream for Ice Cream

[Today's question is courtesy of purple ink ]
"I doubt the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream".
-- Heywood Broun

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Hard or Soft-Serve? What type of sundae do you usually order? ...
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I Scream for Ice Cream ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Wed, 07 Jan, 11:46 Pacific

Wednesday January 7, 2004

Furry purry lick lick

Hearts Gladness is...

Waking at dawn. My sweet Squirrel cat grooming the hair on my forehead. OK, maybe this means I need to wash my hair, but nonetheless, it's very sweet :-) When my kitty treats me like another kitty, I feel loved and special.

Then Bebop, settled behind my head, working the back of my neck and my hair on the pillow. Knead, knead,. Feline shiatsu.

Furry purry lick lick ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Wed, 07 Jan, 10:17 Pacific

Wednesday January 7, 2004

Pears

Hearts Gladness is...

Plump pears at the peak of perfection - juicy, sweet, not a hint of a blemish. Can anything really be this good? Shared with friends. Delightful.

Pears ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Wed, 07 Jan, 00:42 Pacific

Tuesday January 6, 2004

New Year, New Meme (...in other words...)

Not only do I enjoy collecting quotes, but I am also a great fan of weblog memes and writing prompts (in case you hadn't noticed ;-) I've decided to put my interest in collecting quotes together with my interest in writing prompts and memes and have started my own meme which I call ...in other words... ...
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New Year, New Meme (...in other words...) ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 06 Jan, 09:23 Pacific

Tuesday January 6, 2004

Quote Collecting

I'm a great fan (and collector) of quotations. I have more than half a dozen books of quotations on my shelves. ...
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Quote Collecting ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Tue, 06 Jan, 07:22 Pacific

Monday January 5, 2004

Circle of Words - #1

[I did not join Circle of Words until it was in week #48. I am continuing with the meme, starting from week #1, in 2004.]

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
-Zora Neale Hurston

The New Year brings upon us many resolutions that will go unmet. Instead of a resolution...how about an aspiration. What are your hopes for this new year?


We cannot kindle when we will
The fire that in the heart resides
The spirit bloweth and is still
In mystery our soul abides.
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Circle of Words - #1 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Mon, 05 Jan, 00:39 Pacific

Sunday January 4, 2004

The Party's Over

[Today's questions come courtesy of Sunday Brunch for January 4, 2004 ]

Now that the holidays are over... it's time to reflect...

  1. Which part of the holiday season are you most happy to see over?

  2. What is the biggest/best present or surprise you received during the holidays?

  3. How did you ring in the New Year?

  4. New Year's resolutions... do you make & break them, make them & stick to your guns or don't even bother?

  5. Has life returned to normal now that the holidays are over?
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The Party's Over ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 04 Jan, 15:02 Pacific

Sunday January 4, 2004

Treasures 2004_01

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested; things that are worth remembering; memories encapsulated in just a few words. Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments. ...
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Treasures 2004_01 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 04 Jan, 12:08 Pacific

Saturday January 3, 2004

My motto, 'tis of thee...

[ Today's question comes from ThreeWay Action.com by way of Diarist.net Spark (10 December 2003) ]

What would your motto would be for the place you're at in your life right now? Is it different than it would have been five years ago? 10? 20? ...
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My motto, 'tis of thee... ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 03 Jan, 17:53 Pacific

Friday January 2, 2004

Two Steps Forward, One Look Back

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 46 ]

PAST: Share with us one good and one bad thing about this past year.

PRESENT: Which direction are you headed as the new year begins?

FUTURE: What will you have accomplished by this time next year?

[You'll notice I didn't ask for a list of resolutions. That would be hypocritical... I haven't made resolutions in years.]

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Two Steps Forward, One Look Back ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 02 Jan, 10:40 Pacific

Friday January 2, 2004

Looking Forward (not just Ahead)

The Friday 5 for this week poses some interesting questions. The real question is, do I have any interesting answers?

What one thing are you most looking forward to . . .

  1. ...today?
  2. ...over the next week?
  3. ...this year?
  4. ...over the next five years?
  5. ...for the rest of your life?
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Looking Forward (not just Ahead) ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 02 Jan, 10:24 Pacific

Thursday January 1, 2004

2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever

[ Today's question comes from Diarist.Net Spark (30 December 2003) ]

Who has been your most influential teacher? What did he, she, or even it, help you learn?

Consider different answers to this question. Certainly you have school teachers, professors, community leaders... But where else have some of the most important lessons you've learned come from? A friend? An ex? A stranger, or celebrity? Could it be loss, or time, or failure?

If you could speak to this teacher right now, what would you say? ...
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2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 01 Jan, 11:40 Pacific