Wednesday March 31, 2004

Wild Cat Adventure III

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Wild Cat Adventure is an educational outreach program covering the San Francisco Bay Area. The program is run by Rob and Barbara Dicely of Leopards, Etc..

The Diceleys are concerned about the fate of the animals on this planet. They believe in preventing extinction through education. Believing it's more difficult for most people to care for something they have never seen, Rob and Barbara bring their "ambassador cats" to approximately 150 invited programs a year, mostly at schools.

Several years ago, they expanded their work to include additional public outreach programs geared to families. They present four of these programs in the Spring and four more in the Fall.

Rich and I attended our third Wild Cat Adventure program on Sunday, March 28. (see WCA I and WCA II for details of past programs). This time, we arrived early enough for front row seats! (Actually, second row seats; the front row is blocked off to prevent anyone from getting too close and startling the cats). ...
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Wild Cat Adventure III ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Wed, 31 Mar, 12:16 Pacific

Tuesday March 30, 2004

I had an interview!

I had a job interview today for a position as a Strategic Online Writer/Content Manager. The position sounded very interesting... but not ideal. Not right for me, at least not as a full time employee.

The company is looking for someone to manage all of their online content, newsletters, web page wording, advertising banners, etc. That person would own the content, look it all over, get a feel for what works and what doesn't, test everything, come up with new ideas, and figure out how to generate more "qualified leads". There are a number of problems that need to be solved, and I'm good at solving problems. However, I found myself thinking of ways to write a program to do analysis of the data. That's not what they are looking for; not yet, anyway.

Also, the position is in the Internet Marketing team. I really am of a much more technical bent. I think I'd go mad trying to generate "marketing" content full-time.

Still, they have a lot of problems they need to solve and there are things I could do for them. The company is interesting and doing good for the community. If I could work part-time, in a freelance (contract) capacity, I'd say "yes" in a heartbeat. So, I'm drafting a letter to the hiring manager to thank her for meeting with me and to suggest some ways I could help out without coming on board as a full-time employee. We'll see if anything comes of that.

I had an interview! ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Tue, 30 Mar, 22:32 Pacific

Monday March 29, 2004

Our new vacuum cleaner really sucks!

(This is, of course, a Very Good Thing in a vacuum cleaner :-)

When I met my spouse, Rich, he had an Oreck vacuum; we kept it going for years. Finally, I decided it was well past its prime. Without really thinking, I went out and bought a new Oreck (XL) to replace it. (I had a job at the time).

Orecks are expensive. The XL cost (cough, wheeze) $370. (Well, what did I know? OK, I should have shopped around. But I was replacing an Oreck, ok?) ...
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Our new vacuum cleaner really sucks! ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 29 Mar, 18:06 Pacific

Monday March 29, 2004

Our new shredder really bites

(This is, of course, a desirable trait in a shredder.)

It also chews, chomps, engulfs and devours, and all with far less noise (at a much lower pitch) than we expected. ...
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Our new shredder really bites ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 29 Mar, 18:03 Pacific

Sunday March 28, 2004

Treasures 2004_13

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

I gather my treasures throughout the week. I hope you'll consider starting your own list of Treasures -- here, or in your personal weblog or journal. ...
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Treasures 2004_13 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 28 Mar, 23:41 Pacific

Sunday March 28, 2004

The Attic of My Mind

This prompt came from Journal Inspirations, an elist for journaling.

What does your "dream" attic look like?

My dream attic is dry and not too hot, with a board floor and the smell of wood, not unlike my grandmother's attic. Like her attic, it has treasures waiting to be discovered (unlike her attic, it has many more treasures). It is an attic made up of all the attics in all the children's books I have ever read and loved.

There's an old sewing machine in one corner, and a rocking horse. Of course there's a dressmaker's dummy and trunks full of old clothes. There are scrapbooks of photographs dating back to the turn of the century, and a pile of newspapers dating back to before the Civil War. There is a box full of letters, tied with ribbon. There are boxes of board games and old card games, games that were popular long ago. There's a Victrola and a box of wax cylinder recordings.

There's a window in the gable at each end with the sun beaming through on a sunny afternoon (a little light even on a rainy day) and a single bare bulb hanging from the ceiling. There are mysterious boxes and half-recognized items tucked under the eves. I could spend hours up here, exploring.

The Attic of My Mind ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 28 Mar, 23:30 Pacific

Saturday March 27, 2004

A Lilac Flower By Any Color

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Our white lilac has a funny history. I think maybe it blooms so exuberantly each year because it's laughing at me :-)

You see.... it was supposed to be purple.

When I first went to the nursery, I wanted a purple lilac. The house I grew up in had both purple and white - a huge purple lilac tree that was as tall as the roof (and was just outside my bedroom window) and a smaller, white, lilac bush at the opposite corner of the yard. Every year both would bloom; oh how I loved them. My mother would cut armloads of lilac and put them in a big vase. I like the white (and frankly, with eyes closed, a lilac by any color smells as sweet). But somehow, I wanted my lilac to be, well... lilac. ...
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A Lilac Flower By Any Color ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sat, 27 Mar, 00:30 Pacific

Friday March 26, 2004

Quartet for a Friday morning

I've started playing with poetry again. One of my journaling list groups publishes prompt words every week or two. There's always a "poem" word. Three of the past poem words have been: Blanket, Sleeping, Clean.

For the first two pieces, I played with senryu (senryu has the same structure as haiku but doesn't require a seasonal reference). The fourth entry recasts one of the previous words (Sleeping) as a different part of speech (Sleep). (To be honest, I composed this one because I misremembered the third posted word; inspiration comes in odd forms :-) ...
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Quartet for a Friday morning ( in category Memes & Prompts , Special Interests ) - posted at Fri, 26 Mar, 10:41 Pacific

Thursday March 25, 2004

Blossoming Spring

  AUT_2409 Spring is sprung
With blossoms bright
Tulips pink
And Lilacs white
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AUT_2403 Perfume sweet
Upon the breeze
Green and leafy
Grow the trees
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AUT_2417 Spring is sprung
The days grow long
Birds rejoice
In trills of song
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AUT_2420 Seasons come
And seasons go
Autumn's frost
And Winter's snow
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AUT_2415 Spring's my favorite
Time of year
I'm delighted
That it's here
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Blossoming Spring ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Thu, 25 Mar, 00:13 Pacific

Thursday March 25, 2004

Spring is Here

This is Wednesday's prompt from Purple Ink. This was a perfect prompt, coming at a perfect time. I had been out yesterday morning, and when I came home, my African daisies were all open in the front yard, faces to the sun. I just had to take some photos! Then I decided to take the camera out to the back garden and take more photos. The tulips are up, the white lilac is absolutely covered in blossoms (and I can never resist burying my face in them). So I took a bunch of pictures and then I wrote a poem and worked on the page for that, getting it all set up.

And THEN I did this prompt. So everything fits together. Life is but a giant Jigsaw puzzle.

How does Spring make you feel?

Spring is longer days. Spring is warmer weather, no need for a jacket.

Spring is a fervent Goodbye and Good Riddance to Winter, to Winter's short days, long nights, too much dark and not enough light. Spring is enough rain that things are still green for another month or two before they start to become brown and dry in the summer.

Spring starts here on February 1 when the first ornamental plum trees burst into flower. It ends sometime in June when we have the last of the rainfall until Autumn.

Spring is flowers everywhere, in my garden, along the roads, in people's yards. Spring is a profusion of blossoms. Spring is tulips, pink, red, and yellow. Spring is Magnolia and Plum trees blooming. Spring is the white lilac in my yard, exuberant with flowers. Spring is happy plants, waking after hibernation, reaching for the sun.

Spring is all the senses relishing the season. Spring is sights and tastes and sounds and smells. Spring is the feel of the sun on my face.

Spring is a constant, light, almost-evasive perfume on the breeze. Spring is opening the windows for the cats and letting that breeze flow into the house and sweep out the corners.

Spring is light. Spring is color. Spring is poetry. Spring is song.

Spring is new life. Spring is a new year. Spring makes me feel alive and well and happy.

Spring is Here ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 25 Mar, 00:02 Pacific

Wednesday March 24, 2004

Signs That You Are A Crazy Cat Lady

Your colleagues no longer ask how your weekend was. Instead they ask how your cats are doing.

People at work have stopped offering you their lint brushes. They realize it's hopeless anyway.

When you get your latest roll of film developed, there's not a single human being in the pictures.

You have more cats than the local pet store and there are several kitty litter boxes in every room of your apartment.

Your personal motto is: "You can never have enough cats."

You buy more than 60 pounds of cat litter a month.

You'd rather watch hours of boring infomercials than disturb the cat sleeping on the remote.

You choose your friends based on how well your cats like them.

The only time you leave your apartment is to feed the stray cats in the neighborhood.

You introduce your cats by name to the pizza delivery guy. ...
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Signs That You Are A Crazy Cat Lady ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Wed, 24 Mar, 09:51 Pacific

Tuesday March 23, 2004

Random Purple Questions

[ These came from Purple Ink this past week. ]

One of the members wrote:
Okay, I really need to find a new job. I'm bored again so here are some more questions:

I'm not bored, but I sympathize. I also enjoy this sort of thing, so here we go.

  • How old are you? (okay, if you don't want to be specific how about a decade)
  • Where do you live? Country? Type of home?
  • What do you do for a living? Or what did you do?
  • What type of education do you have?
  • Who is in your family?
  • Do you have pets?
  • What do you look like?
  • What languages do you speak?
  • What languages would you like to speak?
  • Who are your favorite actors?
  • Who are your favorite actresses?
  • What do you like to watch on tv?
  • Favorite colors?
  • Favorite films?
  • Favorite play?
  • Favorite magazines?
  • Favorite type of cheese?
  • Favorite drink?
  • What was/is your favourite book (or other type of) store? Why? Is it still there?
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Random Purple Questions ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 23 Mar, 16:17 Pacific

Monday March 22, 2004

Treasures 2004_12

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

I gather my treasures throughout the week. Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments.

My treasures for the past week include ...
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Treasures 2004_12 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 22 Mar, 09:00 Pacific

Sunday March 21, 2004

Tax Time

It's that time of year. The days are getting longer and warmer (although some localities still have snow on the ground!) Still, in many places, the trees are budding, the grass is greening, the birds are singing. All across America, papers are being collected, pencils are being sharpened, and from many homes you hear the weeping, wailing and, most of all, groans... it's Tax Time.

i'm doing my taxes this weekend. could it be possible to say that that's what inspired me for this week's wL? haha, but it has.

  • yay or nay for math?

  • who gets your taxes done?

  • have you ever *gasp* cheated?

  • do you usually make plans for your refund or do you save it?
[ questions courtesy of the weeklyLeak ]
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Tax Time ( in category Memes & Prompts , Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sun, 21 Mar, 11:45 Pacific

Saturday March 20, 2004

If I Ran a School

[ This is the last of five questions from this week's Friday 5 ]

If I Ran a School

I don't have much good to say about the way the typical K-12 educational system is run. My spouse is of a similar opinion. We'd both do a lot of things very differently if we were in charge. ...
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If I Ran a School ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 20 Mar, 00:21 Pacific

Saturday March 20, 2004

If I Ran a Restaurant

[ This is the fourth of five questions from this week's Friday 5 ]

If I Ran a Restaurant

I probably wouldn't ever actually start a restaurant; it's a lot of work. It's also fun to dream about. Maybe, if I hired the chef and staff and everything...

Anyway, if I owned a restaurant, it would be a Pennsylvania Dutch Family Style restaurant in Northern (i.e. Central Coastal) Bay Area California. You find quite a few restaurants like this in south-eastern Pennsylvania, especially in Lancaster County. I really miss the opportunity to get this sort of food. ...
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If I Ran a Restaurant ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 20 Mar, 00:21 Pacific

Friday March 19, 2004

If 'twere up to me...

The Friday 5 for this week asks five apparently unrelated questions. There is one thread that connects each question, however; each asks the respondent what s/he would do in a specific, imaginary, situation. The five questions each ask "If you did something like this, what would you do that made your version special?".

The five questions are:

  1. If you owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?
  2. If you wrote a book, what genre would it be?
  3. If you recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?
  4. If you owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?
  5. If you ran a school, what would you teach?
If you go to the Friday 5 page, you'll note that I have re-ordered the questions above, to make them easier to group together. I've answered the first three below. My responses to the other two questions are long enough to warrant their own entries. ...
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If 'twere up to me... ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 19 Mar, 14:47 Pacific

Friday March 19, 2004

Poetry on Paper

May I recommend today's weblog essay by Danny Gregory, Everyday Matters.

Poetry on Paper ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Fri, 19 Mar, 09:42 Pacific

Thursday March 18, 2004

Thursday Threesome - Blog Design Exchange

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

::Blog Design Exchange::

Onesome: Blog-- How long have you been a member of the blogosphere? ...and from a different angle: how long have you been on the Net?

Twosome: Design-- Do you do your own design work for your site? ...and if not, where are you finding templates you like?

Threesome: Exchange-- ...and while we're on the Net, have you ever participated in any of the Net "exchanges" such as recipes, Christmas ornaments, site exchanges, guest blogging or related things?

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Thursday Threesome - Blog Design Exchange ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 18 Mar, 12:31 Pacific

Wednesday March 17, 2004

Spam in my mailbox?

Spam in my mailbox? I cannot utter enough expletives to describe the depth of my revulsion for spam. Spam on my blog? Sailors, cover your ears.

[ cf. Fighting Blog Spam, March 8, 2004 ]

If I never again see an "enlargement comment" I will be a very happy camper. I am so sick and tired of deleting this garbage/slime/crap/encroaching nastiness that has been infiltrating my otherwise happy little backwater weblog.

And now, thanks to Pariah (for showing me the light), and to Jay Allen for sparking the light, the lamp, the torch in the darkness (i.e. MT-Blacklist) my weblog is gonna be MINE all Mine once again.

Pariah - You have my everlasting and fervent thanks!

Jay - Ditto; ( amazing page :-)

Spammers - see a later [sic] ... or never

Spam in my mailbox? ( in category In The News , Special Interests ) - posted at Wed, 17 Mar, 21:41 Pacific

Wednesday March 17, 2004

Channeling Harry Homeowner - Table for Six

Our dining table is revamped and can seat six comfortably; 8 or 10 if they're really god friends :-).

After we finished our kitchen / dining room re-flooring project, we decided to replace our previous dining table. The new "table" is actually composed of two, 2.5' x 4', blond wood tables. Rich had to slice a bit off the legs of one to make them the same height (in theory, they were purchased as "identical" tables, but theory and practice differ more in practice than in theory).

Because we had actually two tables and wanted them to appear to be one table, I went out and bought a vinyl tablecloth at Target. The tablecloth was meant to cover a 4 x 6 table; ours was 4 x 5. We had space... So we got to talking, and thinking... and designing.

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Channeling Harry Homeowner - Table for Six ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Wed, 17 Mar, 12:52 Pacific

Tuesday March 16, 2004

Last of the Purple Prompts (week of 3/7)

What is your favorite season? Why?

My favorite season is Spring! Spring! Spring!

The days get LONGER again (the sun won't set today until 6:15 today, with twilight for another half hour after that! . The air is cool to warm, but rarely hot or cold. I can open the windows again for the kitties to smell the air and listen to the sounds outside. The hills are still green from winter (winter is our rainy season here), not yet brown (summer). Ornamental flowering trees are bursting with buds and color. There are some incredible puffy yellow things and the plums are frothy pink. There are daffodils and Cala lilies and even tulips. Years ago, someone planted patches of daffodils along the highway south of here, in an area that's mostly cow pasture; this is a great time to drive through there!.

What is your favorite type of day weather wise? Why?

We've been having it all week - blue sky, "room temperature" warm weather, a few clouds, clear to the horizon. No rain, not too hot, a light breeze. I can walk out of the house without a jacket or sweater. A sparkly, crystalline day! ...
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Last of the Purple Prompts (week of 3/7) ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 16 Mar, 00:50 Pacific

Monday March 15, 2004

Treasures 2004_11

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

I gather my treasures throughout the week. Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments.

My treasures for the past week include ...
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Treasures 2004_11 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 15 Mar, 12:29 Pacific

Monday March 15, 2004

LitraCon

What will they think of next?

(Well, actually, I'm still waiting for transparent aluminum, ala Star Trek. Still... this is pretty cool stuff!)

litraconThe days of dull, grey concrete could be about to end. A Hungarian architect has combined the world’s most popular building material with optical fiber from Schott to create a new type of concrete that transmits light.

A wall made of “LitraCon” allegedly has the strength of traditional concrete but thanks to an embedded array of glass fibers can display a view of the outside world, such as the silhouette of a tree, for example.

“Thousands of optical glass fibers form a matrix and run parallel to each other between the two main surfaces of every block,” explained its inventor Áron Losonczi. “Shadows on the lighter side will appear with sharp outlines on the darker one. Even the colours remain the same. This special effect creates the general impression that the thickness and weight of a concrete wall will disappear.”

The hope is that the new material will transform the interior appearance of concrete buildings by making them feel light and airy rather than dark and heavy.

[cf. Concrete casts new light in dull rooms, March 11, 2004, optics.org. ]

I've worked in some of those concrete buildings (without many windows). I'm looking forward to the changes this product will make in public buildings and workplaces!

The first mass produced LiTraCon© products are expected to come on the market at the end of this year (2004).

LitraCon ( in category Noteworthy ) - posted at Mon, 15 Mar, 10:35 Pacific

Sunday March 14, 2004

Catching A Leprechaun

This week's Saturday Slant

Legend has it if you catch a leprechaun he is honor bound to grant you a single wish, even as far as to give up his pot of gold. A single wish. The Jin of Aladdin’s tales grant three—room enough to correct mistakes. With a single wish, however, there is no going back. You hold in your grip a spry little man with beard and curls of amber. Annoyed at being caught he glares up at you demanding: “Aye. What shall ye be wishing then, hey?” A single wish. Think carefully before you answer.
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Catching A Leprechaun ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 14 Mar, 10:11 Pacific

Saturday March 13, 2004

More Purple prompts (week of 3/7)

What are you currently reading?

The next to last in Barbara D'Amato's Cat Marsala mystery series. Great books,these. Interesting plots, good characterization and excellent writing.

Which room of your house is the messiest and why?

The garage; because it's where everything goes that doesn't have a home anywhere else. We cleared out the storage locker and everything came home to the garage. Hubby keeps working on trying to organize the garage; it's his space.

My office is second but I'm trying really hard to keep it relatively neat. ...
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More Purple prompts (week of 3/7) ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 13 Mar, 22:37 Pacific

Saturday March 13, 2004

Purple Prompts (week of 3/7)

Sunday

If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose? Why?

If I could live in any other time period, I would you choose the future, sometime after interstellar travel (warp/hyper drive, FTL drive, subspace drive; whatever you want to call it) has been discovered and in use for a while and we're colonizing other planets and visiting distant stars.

Many past times in history are of interest to me but as a myopic woman who appreciates indoor plumbing, good roads, germ theory and the associated advances in medicine, and also loves technology and science, I wouldn't fit in back then.

Monday

What is your earliest memory, and why does it stand out in your mind? ...
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Purple Prompts (week of 3/7) ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 13 Mar, 22:32 Pacific

Friday March 12, 2004

Dinner and a Movie

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

"A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it."
~ Alfred Hitchcock

Onesome: -- The dinner: What's your favourite meal? Is it something you get out or can you get it at home?

Twosome: -- the theatre Admission: What's your favourite movie and/or play and why?

Threesome: -- and the babysitter: We've all been left with a babysitter at one point or another. Did you have a favourite childhood babysitter? What made that person special?

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Dinner and a Movie ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 12 Mar, 19:00 Pacific

Friday March 12, 2004

Strikingly Unusual

A recent prompt from the Journal-Inspirations list group:

Write about the most unusual person you met today.

I am infrequently in a position to meet people (aside from the other meaning, as in "I met my friend for lunch"). In fact, given that I have been largely unemployed for 3/4 of the past two years (and worked from home for the year before that), I'm trying to recall the last time I "met" anyone new (other than just seeing someone in a store or interacting with a sales clerk or the Postman... Even when I was working outside the house, I rarely had an opportunity to meet new people; the kind of jobs I do aren't rife with new people to meet on a frequent basis.

However, if we stretch the meaning of "meet" to include "saw and spoke to", I met an unusual person last night. I made it a point to approach her and compliment her on her attire. She's certainly worth describing! ...
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Strikingly Unusual ( in category Memes & Prompts , Random Thoughts ) - posted at Fri, 12 Mar, 09:51 Pacific

Thursday March 11, 2004

You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

My sister sent me this quiz;

You Know You're From (or In) Pennsylvania If:

  • You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but "Philly." And New Jersey has always been "Jersey."
  • You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA" (pronounced Peeay). How many other states do that?
  • You know what "Punxsutawney Phil" is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.
  • The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
  • You can use the phrase "fire hall wedding reception" and not even bat an eye.
  • You can't go to a wedding without hearing the "Chicken Dance," at least 1 Polka and either an Italian song (sung in Italian,) or "Hava Nagila."
  • At least 5 people on your block have electric "candles" in all or most of their windows all year long.
  • You know what a "Hex sign" is.
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You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 11 Mar, 10:03 Pacific

Wednesday March 10, 2004

My Muse

Monday's prompt in Journal Inspirations:

Muse: a source of inspiration; especially : a guiding genius

What would you consider to be your muse? Why?

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My Muse ( in category Memes & Prompts , Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 10 Mar, 13:19 Pacific

Tuesday March 9, 2004

Chocolate Lovers Rejoice

I found this interesting tidbit in a Readers Digest Magazine article (February 2004)
...Scientists at Cornell University and Seoul National University examined the cancer-fighting antioxidant content of hot cocoa, red wine, and tea, and found that cocoa had nearly double the antioxidants of red wine and four to five times more than tea. Instant cocoa would likely give you similar benefits, say the researchers. (Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants too, but it also has unhealthy fats)....
I beg to differ with that last part; my understanding is that cocoa butter is not an unhealthy fat.
One of the main ingredients of chocolate is cocoa butter, which is made up of beneficial fatty acids like stearic, oleic and palmitic....

Chocolate contains mostly stearic acids, which have a neutral effect on cholesterol in comparison with other saturated fats.

[cf. The Chocoholic's Choice, May 2003, San Francisco Chronicle.

Somehow I never published a report on the Chronicle article excerpted above when it originally came out! What was I thinking?! ...
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Chocolate Lovers Rejoice ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Tue, 09 Mar, 11:18 Pacific

Monday March 8, 2004

Treasures 2004_10

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

I gather my treasures through out the week. 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_10 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 08 Mar, 07:47 Pacific

Sunday March 7, 2004

Classical Guitar

Spouse and self enjoy classical guitar music (that means music where the guitar plays the melody, not just a few chords). Some favorite artists include Leona Boyd, Sharon Isbin, Chritopher Parkening, Celadonio Romero, Andrés Segovia, and John Williams. They play Bach, Beethovan, Mozart, and much more, with and without orchestral accompaniment.

For more novel interpretations, there are others to choose from. For example, Gary Van Duser has a splendid recording of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" on his album, "American Finger-Style Guitar". The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays J. S. Bach and other Baroque masters on their disc, "For Thy Pleasure". I think this is the first recording of Pachelbel's Canon I have heard for guitar (in this case, the interpretation gets a little "out there" and is entitled "Pachelbel's (Loose) Canon".

The California Guitar Trio plays a wonderful rendition of "Apache", as well as a surprising interpretation of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, on their disc, "invitation". Remember the introductory piece from Fantasia? The one with the orchestra and the colors? That's the Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

Speaking of Fantasia (my all-time favorite movie :-), find yourself a copy of Stevan Pasero's Nutcracker Suite for Guitar. It's surprisingly different and great fun.

Classical Guitar ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Sun, 07 Mar, 00:26 Pacific

Saturday March 6, 2004

Purple Prompts for this week

[ This week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. ]

Sunday

Keep a record of what money you spend this week.

Mostly I spend money on books and groceries and meals. We eat a lot of meals out (although tonight we will be eating at home). I track our expenses because Hubby and I share the financial responsibility but I pay for almost everything up front.

But I'm not going to tell anyone how much that is :-)

Monday

What is the ideal peaceful place for you? ...
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Purple Prompts for this week ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 06 Mar, 12:00 Pacific

Friday March 5, 2004

A Night on the Town

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]
Onesome: Night: -- Nights can be difficult if you need something from somewhere: what time do the stores shut down where you are? I mean, if you needed something more than a loaf of bread, is there any hope late at night?

Twosome: on the: -- River? Hey, are there any rivers near you? ...or are you located out in the wilderness somewhere?

Threesome: Town! -- If you could have any "Night on the Town" you wanted, what would you like to do? ...and would you like some company or would you go it alone?

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A Night on the Town ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 05 Mar, 00:21 Pacific

Thursday March 4, 2004

Victorian House Coffee

Speaking of Victorian House Coffee, I've been enjoying this product for a while now. I had tried VH before, but didn't really start drinking it regularly until last fall. ...
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Victorian House Coffee ( in category Show & Tell ) - posted at Thu, 04 Mar, 12:05 Pacific

Thursday March 4, 2004

Packaging Solutions

In wandering the web today looking for something else, I came across the rather interesting page from Berlin Packaging. Berlin Packaging is "the nation's premier supplier of rigid packaging - including glass, metal, and plastic containers, and closures". The page I discovered is their packaging solutions page, on which they give several examples, with full text description as well as "Before" and "After pictures, of bottles they have redesigned (and why).

For example, the way I found this site was by doing a search for the home page of a product I like, Victorian House Coffee. It turns out that Berlin Packaging redesigned the Victorian House Coffee bottle: ...
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Packaging Solutions ( in category Random Thoughts , Special Interests ) - posted at Thu, 04 Mar, 11:47 Pacific

Wednesday March 3, 2004

Constraints

Have you ever noticed how so many decisions and problem solutions are based on certain constraints... and yet, after you've made the decision, you often discover that some of what you thought were constraints on the problem weren't real? ...
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Constraints ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 03 Mar, 18:41 Pacific

Tuesday March 2, 2004

Commemorative Dr. Seuss US Stamp

04_seuss37_d The US Post Office has released a commemorative 0.37 cent stamp in honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Stamps are available for purchase at your local Snail Mail outlet or online (I personally love buying stamps by mail. It's so... logical. Recursive, as it were ;-)
Commemorative Dr. Seuss US Stamp ( in category In The News ) - posted at Tue, 02 Mar, 22:05 Pacific

Tuesday March 2, 2004

Dr. Seuss on NPR

National Public Radio's Morning Edition presented A 100th Birthday Card to Dr. Seuss this morning, featuring a verse written by Hart Seely, a reporter with the Syracuse Post-Standard. ...
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Dr. Seuss on NPR ( in category In The News ) - posted at Tue, 02 Mar, 21:56 Pacific

Monday March 1, 2004

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things
are everywhere.

March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to millions of children as Dr. Seuss. Theodor Geisel died in 1991. This March 2, 2004 (tomorrow) would have been his 100th birthday. ...
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! ( in category Noteworthy , Special Interests ) - posted at Mon, 01 Mar, 14:35 Pacific