Sunday December 31, 2006

W, X, Y, Z

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

(See the game description for further details.)

I thought I should finish in 2006. So, here are W, X, Y, and Z.

W is For...

  • Weblog - I have such fun writing my weblogs. I wish I had known about this wonderful idea so much earlier!

  • Weird - That's me, a little bit weird. I don't mind.

  • Wikipedia - proof that people aren't just couch potatoes and a collaborative encyclopedia project can work.

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Thursday November 2, 2006

V is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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V is For...

  • Values - What are your values? Some of mine are: Work/Life Balance, Stability, Independence, Quality, Choice, Control, Time, Truth, Trust, Structure, Organization, Creativity, and Competence.

  • Vanilla - Vanilla bean. Vanilla extract. Vanilla ice cream. A splash of vanilla in hot chocolate.

  • Vanilla steamed milk.

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Wednesday October 25, 2006

U is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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U is For...

  • Umbrella - When I was little, I loved a book about Davey and the Big Yellow Umbrella. The umbrella was so large that Davey's father cut square holes in it, inserted clear plastic, and taped up the sides, so Davey could see through.

  • Unix - I was introduced to the Unix operating system shortly after meeting Richard (who had recently purchased a Sun Microsystems workstation). Unix is my preferred operating system for programming. I've been working with Unix since 1983.

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Wednesday October 18, 2006

T is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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T is For...

  • Tail - Maine Coon cats have the most incredible plumey tails!

  • Tapioca pudding - One of my favorite deserts. I prefer "real" tapioca pudding, not the "a few beads of tapioca in vanilla pudding" mix you get at most restaurants.

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Thursday October 12, 2006

S is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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S is For...

  • San Francisco - The City. San Francisco defines our local metropolitan area. We visit often but I wouldn't want to actually live in the City. My sister and I visited San Francisco the year I graduated from College and she graduated from High School. I knew I would come back (and, a little over three years later, I did).

  • Science - I "majored" in science in High School. I took every science class that was offered. We were required to take one science class in three years. I took two a year.

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Thursday October 5, 2006

R is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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R is For...

  • Raccoons - We get raccoons in our back yard at night. They come to the feeder and eat seed or just walk back and forth on the sunroom roof. They're very cute. Sometimes I go out on the deck and toss marshmallows for them to eat.

  • Rain - The sound of rain on the roof is a sound I can't hear often enough. I love a rainy night.

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Thursday September 28, 2006

Q is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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Q is For...

  • QALITY - When I was playing Quality Lead, I got a license plate that read QALITY (note the missing U; it's a joke). So many people failed to "get" the joke that I applied for a new plate less than a year later.

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Wednesday September 20, 2006

P is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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P is For...

  • Peaches - Fresh peaches are one of my favorite seasonal fruits. Our local grocery store buys the most incredible peaches - huge but juicy and delicious.

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Tuesday September 12, 2006

O is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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O is For...

  • Oatmeal - I like oatmeal. When I was growing up and we'd visit my grandmother for a weekend, we always had oatmeal, with maple sugar, and bacon sandwiches for breakfast on Saturday morning. I'm fond of oatmeal cookies too.

  • Ocean - Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, I didn't see a lot of ocean. Now we live a few miles from the Pacific. I really like that.

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Thursday September 7, 2006

N is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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N is For...

  • Nap - I love to take naps, particularly when joined by one or more cats. (To be honest, I don't sleep as well without a cat.)

  • Nature - When we go for walks, I'm always on the lookout for lizards, bunnies, deer, interesting plants, birds, and such. Once, we saw a king snake; another time, a garter snake. Once we even saw a turtle.

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Wednesday August 30, 2006

M is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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M is For...

  • Macintosh - The world's best computer (especially since Mac OS X) Mac OS - Mac OS has been my favorite desktop system since I started working for Apple in 1986..

  • Mac OS X - My current operating system. The Mac look plus Unix underpinnings. Mac OS X: It Just Works.

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Wednesday August 23, 2006

L is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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L is For...

  • Laboratory - I've spent quite a bit of time in science labs of one sort or another. I "majored" in Science in High School and beyond. I have degrees in Microbiology. But I'm much happier out of the lab and working on the computer.

  • Labyrinth - One of my favorite movies. Many of the Labyrinth cast members are muppets.

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Tuesday August 15, 2006

K is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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K is For...

  • Kahlua - One of three ingredients in my favorite mixed drink, a Toasted Almond.

  • Kaleidoscope - Rich and I both enjoy looking through the moire fanciful kaleidoscopes, the ones made with glass chips and oil, for example. We have a few, relatively inexpensive models, purchased over the years at craft fairs.

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Wednesday August 9, 2006

J is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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J is For...

  • Jabberwocky - I have memorized Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. It's one of my favorite poems. Did you know that Lewis Carroll invented the word "chortle" (among others, now in common use) for the poem.
    "And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
    He chortled in his joy.

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Thursday August 3, 2006

I is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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I is For...

  • I - I am Me. I am Vicki. I am...

  • Ice Cream - The Penn State Creamery is famous for its Bittersweet Mint ice cream. They also made a heavenly Peach ice cream in the summer. My parent's church holds a Strawberry festival every June, at which the church ladies serve ice cream, strawberries, and your choice of cake. My Dad's favorite ice cream is chocolate marshmallow; my Mom's favorite is butter pecan. Although I love chocolate in many forms, I prefer vanilla ice cream.

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Thursday July 27, 2006

H is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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H is For...

  • Hacker - Being a hacker is a good thing. In recent times, the word has been misused by the media, but it originally had only positive connotations. The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.

  • Hair - My hair is a medium auburn color and wavy (not curly). I like my hair. It kinks up in humid weather, which we had a lot of when I was living in Pennsylvania and Maryland. However, the weather in Northern California, where I live now, is perfect. My mother used to occasionally suggest I "do something about my hair". I don't think she had in mind my moving to California, but it worked.

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Wednesday July 19, 2006

G is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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G is For...

  • Gargoyle - I enjoy Gargoyles (sometimes called "grotesques". I visited the Yale campus once; there are lots of gargoyles. We have a small flying gargoyle protecting the front of our house.

  • Garnet - My birthstone is garnet. I'm very fond of garnets because they are also my favorite color.

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Tuesday July 11, 2006

F is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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F is For...

  • Fantasy - One of my favorite fiction genres for reading.

  • Feet - Specifically, feline feet. I love cat paws. Ooooh. Feline foot fetish!

  • Felines - Cats cats, and all things feline from domestic puddy tats to siberian tigers. Prrrrrrrrrr.

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Thursday June 29, 2006

E is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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E is For...

  • Eccentric - Blessed are the Cracked, for They Shall let in the Light.

  • Eggs - What an amazing thing is an egg. The eggshell "breathes" (lets air in and out). An egg can turn into a chicken... or an omelet. Egg whites whip into fluffy mounds. Add sugar and bake, et voila! - meringue. My family used to gather around the kitchen table every year to decorate Easter Eggs. Scrambled, poached, fried, sunny side up (aka "dippy eggs") or over easy. Eggs are an equally fine choice for breakfast or a late-night snack. Egg salad makes a wonderful quick sandwich (especially, served warm on freshly toasted sourdough).

  • Eggnog - Don't forget the eggnog during the winter holidays, with a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg.

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Sunday June 18, 2006

D is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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D is For...

  • Daffodils - Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. I love the scent.

  • Dates - Nature's candy. Medjool dates are the best!

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Sunday June 11, 2006

C is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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C is For...

  • California - Where we live; it's a great place to live.

  • Cardinals - Cardinals are one of my favorite types of bird. We had cardinals in Pennsylvania but we don't have any in California. They're one of the things I miss.

  • Carnations - Carnations are my favorite "winter" flower. They smell like cinnamon.

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Sunday June 4, 2006

B is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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B is For...

  • Bacon - Yummmm. I like my bacon extra crispy. Bacon and tomato (leave out the lettuce) on toasted sourdough or bacon and apple butter on toasted whole wheat with a bowl of oatmeal.

  • BBEdit - my favorite text editor (for Mac OS)

  • Bebop - Our majordomo and Cat-in-charge.

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Friday June 2, 2006

Five Things

I found this a few days ago and decided to respond.

Back in March, blogger Laume wrote:

I was reading the local paper this afternoon. It has one of those My Two Cents columns, where the roving photographer goes out and about town and asks some question to people at large. This week's question was "What are five things you can't live without?" ...
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Sunday May 28, 2006

A is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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A is For...

  • Aardvark - You can't have an alphabet without an Aardvark!

  • Alert - one of my favorite punny jokes: Be alert. California needs more lerts. We're short of loofs too. How about fluents? (Two fs, dummy!)

  • Alliteration - In writing, I work in ways to weave my words (alliteratively).

  • Alphabet - Playing the game.

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Wordplay

I'm playing a new web meme — WordPlay: the Personal Alphabet Meme. I found the idea on Laume's weblog. You're cordially invited to play along. ...
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Wordplay - posted at Sun, 28 May, 11:22 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday August 31, 2004

Back to School

The school across the street started the 2004/5 school year today. Some schools in the state started a week or more ago. This seems very early to me; when I was a kid, we didn't start till after Labor Day. In fact, the school system I went through (in State College, PA) still starts the day after Labor Day.

Several people were talking about this at the Company Where I Work today. We all remembered starting later when we were kids.

In honor of the occasion (across the street if not in Central Pennsylvania) I thought today would be appropriate to respond to a web meme from a few months ago. This was posted in the Saturday Slant on May 1, 2004:

You’ve been offered a full college/university grant, all expenses paid, for the school and study program of your choice. You can go to any school, anywhere, and study anything you want, without a single cent out of pocket for education, materials, or cost of living. Would you take the offer? Where would you go? What would you learn? Would you pursue a course of study related to your current occupation, or would you explore something all together new? Get your pencils and notebooks, let’s go back to school.
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Back to School - posted at Tue, 31 Aug, 16:42 Pacific

Thursday June 24, 2004

Threesome By Three

[ Today's meme covers three sets of questions from Thursday Threesome ]
June 17, 2004
::Things that go bump in the night::

Onesome: Things that go-
What's the strangest contraption you've ever had to use to get from point A to point B?

Twosome: Bump-
Have you ever hurt yourself doing something you weren't supposed to be doing?

Threesome: In the night-
Do you believe in things that go bump in the night or anything supernatural?


June 10, 2004
"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do." -- Walt Disney

Onesome: When you're curious-
Is there a specific subject you're especially curious about? A person? A region of the world? An animal? A field of study?

Twosome: you find lots of interesting-
What do you consider your most interesting trait/ feature?

Threesome: things to do-
What's on your list of things to do everyday, whether you want to or not? Filing, phone calls, homework, chasing around after kiddos, cooking, cleaning, etc.


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Threesome By Three - posted at Thu, 24 Jun, 18:14 Pacific

Saturday June 19, 2004

The Skit

This is the sequel I wrote for my "Cheerleader" essay for Daily Writing Practice


Mac OS System 7 added a new feature call "Balloon Help". When it was turned on, anything the mouse hovered over caused the Mac to put a little "balloon" on the screen with helpful information about whatever the mouse was on. This included all of the standard windows and buttons, so a normal session using the computer generated a LOT of balloons very quickly. Most of us got tired of Balloon Help within a very short time and turned it off, relishing the virtual "silence" that followed.

Our skit was about Balloon Help :-) ...
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The Skit - posted at Sat, 19 Jun, 22:34 Pacific

Friday June 18, 2004

The Cheerleader

The following was my response to a writing prompt from Daily Writing Practice.

The Cheerleader

I have discovered, at many companies where I have worked in the past, that the marketing and human resources people (in league with receptionists, department admins, and some project managers), take on the role of company cheerleader, setting up "games", "activities", and "Fun! events" for the employees. Unfortunately, I'm a software engineer; we don't tend to appreciate this sort of games. We tend to get twitchy whenever someone says the fateful words "Come on! Let's Play! It will be Fun!".

No, it won't. Can't I just go back to work now? I have this project I'm... Sigh. ...
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The Cheerleader - posted at Fri, 18 Jun, 23:37 Pacific

Tuesday June 15, 2004

Change

The following was my totally off the wall response to a writing prompt from Daily Writing Practice

Write about change

Things were all so different before everything changed. ...
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Change - posted at Tue, 15 Jun, 23:50 Pacific

Thursday June 10, 2004

Small Regrets

This was a recent prompt on one of my online writing groups (I forget which and I lost the original). The prompt was

Talk About Small Regrets

Initially, I agreed with one list member who said "All regrets are large regrets". However, recently, I've found cause to have second thoughts.

Small regrets are regrets that don't last very long and don't really matter in the long run. Tonight, for example, I regret choosing the "Chocolate Seduction" instead of the Apple Crisp for desert. The Chocolate was good... but not wonderful. The Apple Crisp is always wonderful. In a few days, it will all be forgotten. That's a small regret. ...
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Small Regrets - posted at Thu, 10 Jun, 22:20 Pacific

Saturday June 5, 2004

When I grow up...

When I was nine years old I wanted to grow up to be...

What? A doctor? An artist? An astronaut? In honor of my step-daughter's ninth birthday today, tell your readers and fellow Slanters what you wanted to grow up to be when you were nine. Tell us how that differs from what you did grow up to be, and why the difference.

[ Today's question is from Saturday Slant ]

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When I grow up... - posted at Sat, 05 Jun, 14:00 Pacific

Tuesday May 11, 2004

Goodie Two Shoes

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

Onesome: Goodie--
What is your your favorite "goodie" you treat yourself to when you've finished a project or maybe even just survived a long day? Ice cream? ...a long bath? ...a good book?

Twosome: Two--
Two things that make you smile! No thinking, just write!

Threesome: Shoes--
...and how about your favorite pair of shoes? You know, the ones you look for an occasion to wear! (Yes, guys that ratty pair of tennis shoes does count...)

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Goodie Two Shoes - posted at Tue, 11 May, 17:29 Pacific

Saturday May 8, 2004

Looking for Memes?

Bad news in the Blogosphere this week. The Friday Five has closed its doors after a two and a half year run. I have the archives from before I started playing, so you may see some "vintage" Friday Fives in this space in the future. Or not.

Also, if you're looking for this week's Saturday Slant, you'll find my response on my other weblog, commentary. It seemed to fit better over there.

Looking for Memes? - posted at Sat, 08 May, 23:06 Pacific

Thursday May 6, 2004

The Family Techie

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome. The original title for the meme is "::A geek in the family::" (blech)]

I should point out that I really despise the word geek, a word originally coined to describe carnival sideshow performers who did unspeakable things to chickens. Even though the word has come into more common parlance as describing someone who is "accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits" it bears a strong connotation of social ineptitude. The word nerd provides only a slight improvement, the minor difference owing to the (minor) fact that "nerd" doesn't share the sideshow history!

I prefer "techie". I will accept "hacker" as well. (Note that "hacker" does not mean what the media keeps using it to portray; get a clue, guys).

Now that we've clarified our vocabulary, on to the questions.

Onesome: --A geek
Hey, who handles tech support at your place? You? ...the six year old? ...or someone from outside? ...and how about in your web space? No, we're not looking for techs; we're just curious .

Twosome: --in the
computer? Just a curiosity for the designer types: what Operating System are you running? ...and which browser? Since sites can show up differently in different browsers it's more than a casual question.

Threesome: --Family
Do any family members read your place? Do they care? Do they have a clue? ...and how about your 'off line' friends? ...or do you supply a little bit of separation there?

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The Family Techie - posted at Thu, 06 May, 23:02 Pacific

Saturday May 1, 2004

Can't Sleep?

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

From the Late Night Edition of the Back Porch
::Insomnia, the Cure for Sleep::

Onesome: Insomnia--
Ever have it? Some do and some don't, but have you ever been hounded awake for that endless hour after hour with no hope of sleep? ...or does the very act of touching head to pillow put you out for the count?

Twosome: the cure--
Hey, if you do have the occasional bout or chronic insomnia, what do you do about it? Work? Read? Try cures? Hmmm... Did you ever find one that worked?

Threesome: for sleep--
Female/male, young/not so young, we all need varying amounts of sleep. What's your personal sleep cycle? Five hours? Ten hours? ...and if you had a choice, what would be your personal sleep cycle? ...and yes, "All day long" is a valid answer

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Can't Sleep? - posted at Sat, 01 May, 13:27 Pacific

Tuesday April 27, 2004

Home Improvement Shows

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

Home Improvement Shows:

Onesome: --Home
What's the one thing your dream home must have?

Twosome: --Improvement
What's the one thing you would change about your current home? New bed, couch? New carpet or wallpaper? Or something major like an addition?

Threesome: --Shows
Do you ever watch home improvement shows?

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Home Improvement Shows - posted at Tue, 27 Apr, 11:34 Pacific

Tuesday April 20, 2004

Daffodils

[ A writing prompt from Daily Writing Practice ]

Daffodils in the garden...

I love daffodils; they are my favorite flower. I love to bury my nose inside the blossoms and inhale their scent, faint but perceptible and oh so delicious.

I have planted daffodils; sometimes they come back up, sometimes not. Each year I consider planting more. Often I buy a pot of flowers to set on my porch in the spring. ...
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Daffodils - posted at Tue, 20 Apr, 00:10 Pacific

Sunday April 18, 2004

Home Improvement Shows

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

Home Improvement Shows:

Onesome: --Home
What's the one thing your dream home must have?

Twosome: --Improvement
What's the one thing you would change about your current home? New bed, couch? New carpet or wallpaper? Or something major like an addition?

Threesome: --Shows
Do you ever watch home improvement shows?

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Home Improvement Shows - posted at Sun, 18 Apr, 23:43 Pacific

Tuesday April 13, 2004

Computer Meme

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

Computer Anti-Virus Software:

Onesome: --Computer
What was/is your first computer? A clunky old Commodore or something a touch more modern?

Twosome: --Anti-Virus
Have you ever had a computer virus? How bad was it? Or are you one of the lucky ones who have managed to avoid them?

Threesome: --Software
What piece of software really made you more productive on your computer?

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Computer Meme - posted at Tue, 13 Apr, 23:37 Pacific

Saturday April 10, 2004

Summer Fun Toy

This week's Saturday Slant
Summer’s coming. If you had to pick just one summer fun toy, what would it be? Would you cruise around the South West in an RV? Does the convenient refreshment of a backyard pool entice you? Looking to steam up the summer nights in your very own hot tub? Up for wave-skimming excitement with a jet ski? Or are you more of a home-body, opting for an ice-cold air conditioner to keep movie nights comfortable? What is your summer fun activity toy?
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Summer Fun Toy - posted at Sat, 10 Apr, 10:19 Pacific

Thursday April 8, 2004

With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells

A writing prompt from Journal Inspirations

What do you like to grow? Do you have a green or a brown thumb?

I have a brown thumb. I guess it came with my name :-)

In any event, most houseplants do not survive our tender care. Besides that, we have housecats and cats and plants often do not mix (or when they do, it is to the continued detriment of the plants). So, all plants have been banished outdoors, where they mostly fend for themselves. ...
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With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells - posted at Thu, 08 Apr, 13:05 Pacific

Saturday April 3, 2004

In My Room

Inspired by a writing prompt from Journal Inspirations (this entry was written on March 25, 2004).

Describe the room you are in right now. How does this room make you feel?

I am sitting in my favorite room of our house, my office. My office is approximately 10x14 feet in dimension and I share it with no one but the cats. My workstation is a Power Macintosh G3 (with three 1280x1024 resolution monitors), running Mac OS X. Above each monitor is a "bucket" from Office Depot, with a faux "sheepskin" liner in the bottom.; The cats love to sleep above my monitors (and I love to look up and see them). The liner (the sort of thing you buy at the petstore) is comfy for the kitties and has the added benefit of preventing cat hair from sifting into my monitors. ...
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In My Room - posted at Sat, 03 Apr, 13:08 Pacific

Thursday April 1, 2004

Garbage Project

A writing prompt from Journal Writing, an egroup for journaling.

What would people find in your garbage bin?

Eyew, ick! :-)

Another member wrote:
If someone were gross enough to snoop through my garbage...
Truly! But, what the hey... here goes! ...
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Garbage Project - posted at Thu, 01 Apr, 12:54 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 - posted at Sun, 28 Mar, 23:30 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 - posted at Fri, 26 Mar, 10:41 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 - posted at Thu, 25 Mar, 00:02 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 - posted at Tue, 23 Mar, 16:17 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 - 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 - posted at Sat, 20 Mar, 00:21 Pacific

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 - 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... - posted at Fri, 19 Mar, 14:47 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 - posted at Thu, 18 Mar, 12:31 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) - posted at Tue, 16 Mar, 00:50 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 - 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) - posted at Sat, 13 Mar, 22:37 Pacific

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) - 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 - posted at Fri, 12 Mar, 19:00 Pacific

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 - posted at Fri, 12 Mar, 09:51 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 - posted at Wed, 10 Mar, 13:19 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 - 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 - posted at Fri, 05 Mar, 00:21 Pacific

Sunday February 29, 2004

Word Beads on Sentence Strings

When I was in Junior High, or thereabouts, a wonderful store opened downtown. It was called The Knothole and it sold jewelry findings - clasps, links, chains, pinbacks, ... and beads, hundreds of choices of beads. There were large beads, tiny beads, and every size in between. There were beads made of metal, glass, wood, plastic, and ceramic. There were plain beads and colored beads on every shade and hue: painted, glazed, or dyed. My sister and spent a lot of time there, choosing beads. We bought a lot of beads and strung them into necklaces for ourselves, our friends, and our family. It's a good memory.

Words in a sentence are like beads on a string. You can choose large ones, tiny ones, and any size in between. As with beads, you have a choice of many types, in this case nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and more. Your words can be plain or colorful.

Recently I ran across a journalling prompt idea in a writing list group I've joined. I thought it would make a good recurring weblog meme which I've called Word Beads on Sentence Strings. The idea is simple: ...
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Word Beads on Sentence Strings - posted at Sun, 29 Feb, 09:37 Pacific

Friday February 27, 2004

House Ordinary

Housework has never been my strong suit. I grew up in a family of packrats; my parents believed in taking a laissez faire approach to housework. The dining room table tended to accumulate mail, craft projects, and general piles of whatever; it was cleared on occasions when we had two or more guests for dinner (otherwise, the family ate in the kitchen). We'd vacuum when company was coming or whenever the rug seemed to need it.

As a child, I was never required to clean my room. My room varied between an average, fairly disorganized, child's room and the result of one of my periodic spontaneous outbursts of organization. (To my credit, those cleaning bursts never uncovered a half sandwich or anything of that nature!)

My first (and last) College room mate (actually grad school) was, to my mind, a neat freak. In a flat rented by 3 adult women who were usually in class or in the lab and thus rarely home, she decided that the flat needed to be vacuumed every Saturday morning. Once a week I would be awakened by the vrooooom of the vacuum outside my door, well before 10 am. When she suggested I take a turn some week, I reminded her that I owned the vacuum cleaner and closed the door again. After that experience, I rented one-bedroom apartments until I met my Spouse.

I'm no Martha Stewart and Spouse isn't Mr. Clean. While our house isn't exactly ... messy... you wouldn't want to eat off the floor. We try to straighten up the public areas, but if you can't deal with cat hair, I wouldn't advise you to visit. ...
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House Ordinary - posted at Fri, 27 Feb, 14:35 Pacific

Thursday February 26, 2004

Choreography

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ] :Choreography: The art of symbolically representing dancing::
Onesome: -- Choreography: What do you choreograph in your life? Your morning routine? The dinner ritual? How you study?

Twosome: -- The art of symbolically: Art? Hmmmm... Sure, what do you like to have? ...or do you? ...but how about that little symbol you keep on your desk or headboard? The one you keep because??? I mean, if you can share that...

Threesome: -- representing dancing: No, not 'do you dance?' (although that's fine too!); rather, which type(s) of dancing will you stop and watch for a moment? Ballroom? Swing? Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey?

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Choreography - posted at Thu, 26 Feb, 15:18 Pacific

Sunday February 22, 2004

A Little Bit Crazy

[ Today's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.
    -- Janet Long

List the ways you are just a little bit crazy.

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A Little Bit Crazy - posted at Sun, 22 Feb, 18:32 Pacific

Saturday February 21, 2004

Breaking the Rules

[ Today's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

List 20 rules you've broken.

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Breaking the Rules - posted at Sat, 21 Feb, 15:37 Pacific

Friday February 20, 2004

The Magnificent Truth

[ Today's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Every night at bedtime, say this prayer:
God, help me accept the truth about myself, no matter how magnificent it is.
    — Rhonda Hull, Ph.D.

What is the magnificent truth about yourself?

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The Magnificent Truth - posted at Fri, 20 Feb, 11:40 Pacific

On a Perfect Day...

[ Yesterday's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

How would your day go if it went perfectly?

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On a Perfect Day... - posted at Fri, 20 Feb, 11:35 Pacific

Thursday February 19, 2004

Three More Questions

[ My responses to the other half of last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Cartoon Characters
List your favorite cartoon characters.

Personality Trait
Name the personality trait you have tried hardest to change in yourself.

Childhood Books
Name your favorite book from childhood. ...
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Three More Questions - posted at Thu, 19 Feb, 10:33 Pacific

Thursday Threesome: Serendipity

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]
::Serendipity: Making fortunate discoveries by accident::

Onesome: Serendipity:-- Do you believe in destiny?

Twosome: Making fortunate discoveries-- What is your greatest "find"? Is it an antique you discovered tucked away at a garage sale? Or maybe something as simple as the great sale on khakis or lawn mowers at your favorite store?

Threesome: by accident-- Have you ever discovered a place entirely by accident and it's become a favourite place to go now? A hidden grove in the city park, a wonderful little coffee shop or restaurant, a treasure trove of a shop?

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Thursday Threesome: Serendipity - posted at Thu, 19 Feb, 10:29 Pacific

Wednesday February 18, 2004

Three Questions

[ My responses to three writing prompts from this week on Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Name Five Things...
Name five things in your refrigerator/freezer.
Name five things in your pantry.
Name five things under your kitchen sink.
Name five things around your computer.
Name five things in your medicine cabinet.

Handling Change
Sometimes we spend a lot of time and energy resisting change in our lives. Many of us don't like change...we prefer to keep things comfortable. But change is necessary for personal growth. How well do you deal with change? Do you try to keep things simple and routine in your life or do you love the challenge of new things?

Bad Ideas
What are three things you wish were never invented? ...
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Three Questions - posted at Wed, 18 Feb, 21:19 Pacific

Monday February 16, 2004

Four Questions

[ My responses to four writing prompts from last week on Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Unrequited
If you could have returned the love of someone you rejected in the past, who would it be?

Cityscape
If you were to pick a city which best represents your personality, which would you choose?

Hobbies
List your hobbies.

Word Use
If you could prevent someone you know from overusing one word, what would the word be? ...
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Four Questions - posted at Mon, 16 Feb, 20:58 Pacific

Sunday February 15, 2004

I've Been to Georgia and California...

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 52. This is the last round for this meme; however, as I didn't start until round 41 or 42, I'll probably go back and pick up some that I missed. ]
PAST: Where have you been?

PRESENT: Where are you now?

FUTURE: Where are you going?

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I've Been to Georgia and California... - posted at Sun, 15 Feb, 12:36 Pacific

Friday February 13, 2004

Friday The 13th

...Friday the 13th, black cats, broken mirrors, spilled salt,
wishing wells, shooting stars, horseshoes, four-leaf clovers,
a rabbit's foot, 7 years of luck (good or bad)...

The Friday 5 for this week discusses... (Doo DOO Doo doooo) superstitions!

  1. Are you superstitious?
  2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
  3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?
  4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
  5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
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Friday The 13th - posted at Fri, 13 Feb, 13:23 Pacific

Thursday February 12, 2004

Sweet Happy Life

[ The fourth and last of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Sweet Happy Life

Sort of a continuation of yesterday's prompt:
There is a lot of drudgery, tediousness, and repetition in daily life. There are plenty of things that all of us have to do in the course of a day or week that are absolutely no fun at all. Life shouldn‚t necessarily be one big barrel of laughs, but at the same time, it‚s important that we not get weighed down by the endlessness of it all.

How do you rise above the dailiness? What techniques do you use to help yourself face down that hypothetical tower of dirty dishes? How do you diffuse the unpleasantness of certain things that you have to deal with in your life? Share some of the things that you do to make daily life a little sweeter.

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Sweet Happy Life - posted at Thu, 12 Feb, 13:22 Pacific

Ignorance is Bliss

[ The third of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Ignorance is Bliss

...if a woman was to see all the dishes that she had to wash before she died, piled up before her in one pile, she'd lie down and die right then and there.
- Aunt Jane of Kentucky, "Anonymous Was a Woman"

What knowledge are you glad you didn't have at the time?
What part of your future are you thankful that you couldn't envision as a child?
What aspects of daily life would have made you "lie down and die right then and there" had you but known?

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Ignorance is Bliss - posted at Thu, 12 Feb, 13:21 Pacific

Tuesday February 10, 2004

Finding Your Own Style

[ The second of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Finding Your Own Style

I received the latest issue of WireWoman's "Lurpl" zine this weekend. Plenty of great ideas in there, as usual, but there was one thing in particular that I‚ve been thinking about since I read it. With any kind of creative venture, most of us have a tendency to seek out every book, website, magazine, and other resource we can find on the subject. We like examples and full color photographs. We try some or all of the techniques we come across. The problem is (at least, for me), that it becomes very easy to get wrapped up in these other people's styles.

How do you keep the scale tipped on the side of Inspiration instead of Imitation? What is your take on what WW calls "Buying The Book"? Whether you keep "art journals" or regular journals, do you like to read up on the subject or do you prefer to keep outside influence to a minimum? If the former, how do you stretch beyond the how-to books and come up with something that is truly yours (describe or show us some examples if you can)? If the latter, why?

Does anyone else suffer from inspiration overload? When it comes to diaries and journals of any kind, I tend to keep the how-to books to a minimum and avoid the magazines altogether. I just can't take it. My brain completely absorbs the stuff from the "experts"and the "real" artists, and I end up in one or both of the above two situations.

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Finding Your Own Style - posted at Tue, 10 Feb, 20:37 Pacific

Desire

[ The first of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Desire

Even though the holidays are over, what's on your wish list? What material things are you drooling over right now? Why?

Speaking of material things, what is your gratification policy? Do you try to get what you want as soon as possible or do you prefer to take your time before acquiring new things? Why? What cultural, environmental, spiritual, and/or familial elements shape your policy?

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Desire - posted at Tue, 10 Feb, 20:37 Pacific

Monday February 9, 2004

Circle of Words - #6

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.

Rendezvous with the Authentic Archaeologist

We cannot kindle when we will
The fire that in the heart resides
The spirit bloweth and is still
In mystery our soul abides.

-Matthew Arnold

Pretend you are an archaeologist and you are going back examining your own life. How many layers would there be? Meaning how many different people would you say you were... sure all of us were once a baby..then toddler...and so on...but at what point can you remember being a certain "someone" and than someday that certain "someone" evolved into another "someone". Different stages in our lives directly cause us to develop into a certain person that may not have been the same as the one before? How many layers do you have...and describe them the best you can. ...
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Circle of Words - #6 - posted at Mon, 09 Feb, 11:34 Pacific

Sense of Self

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Senses ]

This week, I would like to make you all think about specific abilities we have through our senses, that we usually take for granted. The reason I want to do this is because since I started this meme, I had in mind that not everyone in the world can see and hear, etc, so I thought I´d call your attention to the subtleties that our senses allow us to perceive in our everyday life that we wouldn´t be able to perceive if part of our senses (or one sense completelly) was taken away from us. I hope you enjoy thinking about this.
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Sense of Self - posted at Mon, 09 Feb, 10:38 Pacific

Saturday February 7, 2004

Catch a Phrase

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 51 ]
PAST: Pick a memorable catchprase or classic utterance from your youth. And, of course, share it with the class.

PRESENT: What's a catchphrase that you probably use just a bit too often nowadays?

FUTURE: Give us a bit of something for the ages. Give us a saying, catchphrase or silly bit of verbage that you'd love to see enter the cultural lexicon.

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Catch a Phrase - posted at Sat, 07 Feb, 22:47 Pacific

Friday February 6, 2004

Risky Business

The Friday 5 for this week is all about risk. It's another set I initially considered not doing; then I figured I would answer.. but in my own inimitable fashion :-)

  1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
  2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?
  3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle)
  4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?
  5. ... and what's the worst?
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       Continue reading "Risky Business"

Risky Business - posted at Fri, 06 Feb, 14:54 Pacific

Anyone Can Miss a Day

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]
::Anyone can miss a Day:: (from a comment from one of dan's readers)

Onesome: Anyone-- Has anyone made an impression on you lately? No, not on the national level, but at work or school or just 'around'. ...or even here on the web?

Twosome: can Miss-- Speaking of webbish things (and of course we are !), what types of things do you take a miss on at your place and chose not to post about? Just curious...

Threesome: -- On a similar note: do you post every day? ...or just whenever? ...or is every session at the computer a spur to work up a little something?

...
       Continue reading "Anyone Can Miss a Day"

Anyone Can Miss a Day - posted at Fri, 06 Feb, 00:05 Pacific

Wednesday February 4, 2004

Circle of Words - #5

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.

Creating an Authentic Lifestyle for Yourself and Those You Love

It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
-Somerset Maugham

1. Most people can learn to live without certain things in life. Patience allows you to wait gracefully and gratefully for the best to arrive and you know it will. Can you think back to any moment in your life where you thought something in particular would never come...and finally it did? If you think about it, whatever that thing was that finally did happen (or you did receive) was all because of choices that you made. What if you would have made a different choice than what you did...where do you think you would be today? ...
       Continue reading "Circle of Words - #5"

Circle of Words - #5 - posted at Wed, 04 Feb, 15:27 Pacific

Monday February 2, 2004

180 Degrees of Separation

There's an interesting meme making the rounds. It (usually) has 100 questions (although I found a spur with 50). It starts with a list of statements about the person whose blog it's on. The rules are:
  1. Copy the whole list into your journal/diary/blog.
  2. Bold only the things that you have in common with the original poster.
  3. Whatever you didn't bold, replace with things about you.
It's an interesting meme in that it can morph at an incredibly rapid rate. I tried to track it to its source; it was easier to find the source of the Nile! I think the meme must have started spontaneously from a few people who created "100 Things About me" lists... and other people used those as starter sets, creating a meme. ...
       Continue reading "180 Degrees of Separation"

180 Degrees of Separation - posted at Mon, 02 Feb, 17:03 Pacific

Sunday February 1, 2004

Birthday Memories

[ I was the Writing Prompter for this week on Purple Ink. Here are the last two prompts for this week. ]

Saturday: It's your day to celebrate
When you were growing up, were birthdays treated specially? What made them special?

Sunday: I remember one year...
Do any of your birthdays stand out in your mind as being particularly memorable? What made them memorable? ...
       Continue reading "Birthday Memories"

Birthday Memories - posted at Sun, 01 Feb, 08:59 Pacific

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.
...
       Continue reading "Interview NewSenses"

Interview NewSenses - posted at Sat, 31 Jan, 14:55 Pacific

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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       Continue reading "Money Makes the World Go 'Round"

Money Makes the World Go 'Round - posted at Sat, 31 Jan, 01:04 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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       Continue reading "You May Already Have Won..."

You May Already Have Won... - posted at Fri, 30 Jan, 11:47 Pacific

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? ...
       Continue reading "Purple Birthday Prompt (2004.01.26/F)"

Purple Birthday Prompt (2004.01.26/F) - 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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       Continue reading "The happiest mine eyes shall see"

The happiest mine eyes shall see - posted at Thu, 29 Jan, 21:00 Pacific

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? ...
       Continue reading "Happy Birthday!"

Happy Birthday! - 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? ...
       Continue reading "Purple Birthday Prompts"

Purple Birthday 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
...
       Continue reading "Circle of Words - #4"

Circle of Words - #4 - 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?

...
       Continue reading "Words, Words, Words"

Words, Words, Words - posted at Mon, 26 Jan, 16:21 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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       Continue reading "Purple Prompts #8-#10"

Purple Prompts #8-#10 - posted at Sun, 25 Jan, 19:29 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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       Continue reading "Naughty Little Impulse"

Naughty Little Impulse - posted at Sat, 24 Jan, 16:41 Pacific

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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       Continue reading "Out of the Loop"

Out of the Loop - posted at Sat, 24 Jan, 16:26 Pacific

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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       Continue reading "Surf Sense"

Surf Sense - 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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       Continue reading "Purple Prompts #4-#7"

Purple Prompts #4-#7 - posted at Fri, 23 Jan, 16:27 Pacific

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?
...
       Continue reading "Five Favorites for Friday"

Five Favorites for Friday - posted at Fri, 23 Jan, 00:34 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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       Continue reading "Purple Prompts #1-#3"

Purple Prompts #1-#3 - 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! - posted at Tue, 20 Jan, 17:13 Pacific

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? ...
       Continue reading "Circle of Words - #3"

Circle of Words - #3 - 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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       Continue reading "Imagine-a-sense"

Imagine-a-sense - posted at Mon, 19 Jan, 11:46 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. ...
       Continue reading "Purple Miscellany"

Purple Miscellany - posted at Sun, 18 Jan, 13:40 Pacific

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. ...
       Continue reading "I want to be a kitty"

I want to be a kitty - 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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       Continue reading "Gone Crazy. Back Soon!"

Gone Crazy. Back Soon! - posted at Sat, 17 Jan, 21:25 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?
...
       Continue reading "Personalized"

Personalized - posted at Fri, 16 Jan, 10:04 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? ...
       Continue reading "I do ... and I understand"

I do ... and I understand - posted at Thu, 15 Jan, 14:14 Pacific

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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       Continue reading "In My Room"

In My Room - 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. ...
       Continue reading "Living a Faery Tale Life"

Living a Faery Tale Life - 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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       Continue reading "Second Empire Garage Sale Modern"

Second Empire Garage Sale Modern - posted at Tue, 13 Jan, 15:32 Pacific

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... ...
       Continue reading "Color me Maroon"

Color me Maroon - 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? ...
       Continue reading "Circle of Words - #2"

Circle of Words - #2 - posted at Mon, 12 Jan, 18:59 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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       Continue reading "Annoyansenses"

Annoyansenses - posted at Sat, 10 Jan, 09:02 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!] ...
       Continue reading "Eat your veggies"

Eat your veggies - posted at Fri, 09 Jan, 15:49 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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       Continue reading "Top Dead Center"

Top Dead Center - posted at Thu, 08 Jan, 10:26 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? ...
       Continue reading "I Scream for Ice Cream"

I Scream for Ice Cream - posted at Wed, 07 Jan, 11:46 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... ...
       Continue reading "New Year, New Meme (...in other words...)"

New Year, New Meme (...in other words...) - posted at Tue, 06 Jan, 09:23 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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       Continue reading "Circle of Words - #1"

Circle of Words - #1 - 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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       Continue reading "The Party's Over"

The Party's Over - posted at Sun, 04 Jan, 15:02 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? ...
       Continue reading "My motto, 'tis of thee..."

My motto, 'tis of thee... - 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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       Continue reading "Two Steps Forward, One Look Back"

Two Steps Forward, One Look Back - posted at Fri, 02 Jan, 10:40 Pacific

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?
...
       Continue reading "Looking Forward (not just Ahead)"

Looking Forward (not just Ahead) - 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? ...
       Continue reading "2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever"

2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever - posted at Thu, 01 Jan, 11:40 Pacific

Tuesday December 30, 2003

One Shared Thought

[ Today's question comes from Diarist.Net Spark (26 December 2003) ]
Imagine that you had the power to imprint in the minds of every child born today one phrase, one piece of permanent wisdom. What would you tell them?

A personal motto? A snippet of philosophy? A message of hope? A lesson you had to learn the hard way? Would it be a rule or a suggestion? A statement or a question? If you could only have your words surface on each birthday, would they be different? What would you say?

Expand on your message. Where did it come from? Why is it so important that the next generation should hear it?

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       Continue reading "One Shared Thought"

One Shared Thought - posted at Tue, 30 Dec, 14:25 Pacific

Monday December 29, 2003

Reincarnation?

[This question comes courtesy of "Past, Present, Future" for Friday Dec. 19. I'm out of sync]
PAST: Who, or what, were you in your past life?

PRESENT: What are you in this life, really?

FUTURE: What would you like to come back as, next time around?

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Reincarnation? - posted at Mon, 29 Dec, 20:04 Pacific

Saturday December 27, 2003

Circle of Words - #50

Circle of Words was inspired by Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The book is in journal format; the book (and the original meme) end with this set of questions. From the meme's founder:
This is the last week of the Circle of Words questions. I will leave them available so you may start back at the beginning if you joined later in the year. Or you may purchase the book (check info at the COW webpage) and begin your own journal entries/questions.

I had much fun writing the questions and hope you have enjoyed them.
- Candi, Circle of Words

I did not join Circle of Words until it was in week #48. I will be continuing with the meme, starting from week #1, in the new year. ...
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Circle of Words - #50 - posted at Sat, 27 Dec, 12:06 Pacific

Friday December 26, 2003

Old Year, New Year

The ultimate Friday 5 for 2003, as may be expected, addresses the end of one year and the beginning of another.

  1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
  2. What was your biggest disappointment?
  3. What do you hope the new year brings?
  4. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions? If yes, what will they be?
  5. What are your plans for New Year's Eve?
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Old Year, New Year - posted at Fri, 26 Dec, 13:16 Pacific

Christmas: Past, Present, Future

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 45 ]

PAST: Best. Christmas. Ever.

PRESENT: How'd you spend the day, yesterday?

FUTURE: What do you really want to find under your tree next year? ...
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Christmas: Past, Present, Future - posted at Fri, 26 Dec, 10:05 Pacific

Wednesday December 24, 2003

Today I am an Adult

[ Found yesterday at Spark ]

When was your childhood over? Do you agree with the concept of adolescence, or did you go from being a child to being an adult?

Excuse me... did you say "over"?

What are childhood and adulthood? Are they determined by a simple range of ages? Does "childhood" end at 13 (as some cultures determine?). Does it end at puberty? Is there a conscious boundary? A societal line? ...
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Today I am an Adult - posted at Wed, 24 Dec, 13:31 Pacific

Tuesday December 23, 2003

Friendships

[ This question is courtesy of Out There! Collaborations (December 2000) by way of diarist.net/spark/ ]
What kind of people do you surround yourself with as your friends?
Do you find yourself more comfortable with people your own age, or does that matter?
Do you like to surround yourself with lots of people, or do you like to have a smaller, more tight-knit group around?

How easy or difficult is it for you to meet new people and make new friends?
Is it easier or harder to make friends using the Internet, and what kind of positive effect has meeting friends online had on your life?
What are the greatest kindnesses a friend has shown to you?

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Friendships - posted at Tue, 23 Dec, 15:36 Pacific

Monday December 22, 2003

Three Shopping Days till...

[Today's meme questions courtesy of Sunday Brunch]

It's Almost Christmas

  1. Is your Christmas shopping complete? If no, how much is left to do?
  2. If someone not on your Christmas shopping list buys you a present, do you feel like you have to buy one for them?
  3. What is your favorite Christmas special or holiday movie?
  4. Tell us about one of your favorite Christmas memories.
  5. Tell us about a holiday mishap. (i.e.: tree falling over, dog eating presents, etc.)
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Three Shopping Days till... - posted at Mon, 22 Dec, 14:15 Pacific

Friday December 19, 2003

Accomplishments, Past, Present & Future

[This question comes courtesy of "Past, Present, Future", a blog meme on the web at greyduck.net. Sadly, I only recently discovered PPF; it's already in its 42nd week and the founder plans to stop after one year. Sigh; well, that's what archives are for.]

I posted this question to my new Yahoo group, InsPURRation.

PAST: What would you consider your first real accomplishment in life? We're talking about something you put real, conscious effort into, here.

PRESENT: What are you working on now that you're hoping to have accomplished soon?

FUTURE: What accomplishment would you like to be remembered for? (Hint: This is where you could get away with making up something delightfully improbable.)

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Accomplishments, Past, Present & Future - posted at Fri, 19 Dec, 11:31 Pacific

100 Years of Technology

[This question comes courtesy of The Listening Post, a blog meme inspired by scifi & fantasy.]

This week's question was inspired by something many of us dread — a fatal hard disk crash and the loss of most of the data thereon. Ouch!

How dependent are you on technology? If all of the technology invented in the past 100 years disappeared tomorrow, how would you react? What do you think your life would be like without technology?
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100 Years of Technology - posted at Fri, 19 Dec, 10:40 Pacific

Thursday December 18, 2003

Playing Favorites

The Friday 5 for this week addresses some favorite things...

  1. List your five favorite beverages.
  2. List your five favorite websites.
  3. List your five favorite snack foods.
  4. List your five favorite board and/or card games.
  5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games.
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Playing Favorites - posted at Thu, 18 Dec, 22:49 Pacific

Wednesday December 17, 2003

Circle of Words - #49

Circle of Words was inspired by Sarah Ban Breathnach's book, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy currently on the "Bargain Books" list at Barnes&Noble.com (hardcover for only $4.98 while supplies last). Here are this week's entries. ...
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Circle of Words - #49 - posted at Wed, 17 Dec, 00:50 Pacific

Tuesday December 16, 2003

Caroling, caroling

[One more meme, this time from Sunday Brunch]
It's either the most loved or most loathed ritual of the Christmas season: the Christmas carol. (Inspired by Bonnie having "ding dinga ding, ding dinga ding, ding dinga ding" or also known as "Carol of the Bells" stuck in her head.)
(And now, so do I. Gee, thanks Bonnie! :-)
  1. Do you have a favorite Christmas carol? If so, what is it and why is it your favorite?
  2. What is the one Christmas carol you absolutely can't stand to hear?
  3. Have you ever gone out caroling?
  4. If you had to pick a character from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", which character would you be?
  5. How many Christmas recordings do you own?
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Caroling, caroling - posted at Tue, 16 Dec, 00:05 Pacific

Sunday December 14, 2003

Where is home?

(Yet another meme, this one from the Saturday Slant.)
They say home is where the heart is. So where is your heart? Are you lucky enough to be living in the place that you've also wanted to, or is your heart beckoned to somewhere else? Perhaps your soulmate lives elsewhere, and home is with him or her. Maybe the mysteries of Shri Lanka or the romance of Tuscany hold for you the promise of home. Where is your home? Why is it home? How did you get there, or how do you intend to get there? Where will you hang that "Home Sweet Home" plaque, and why that place?
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Where is home? - posted at Sun, 14 Dec, 12:51 Pacific

Animal Senses

Yes, it's another meme! :-) Ever since I found the Memes List I've been exploring. This one is from Saturday Senses, a weekly meme that posts triggers to each of the five senses to bring up your memories. This week's subject is pets / animals.
[sight]:: Which was the most amazing animal you have ever seen live? Describe the experience.
[taste]:: If you eat meat, do you ever think about the animal you are eating?
[smell]:: Does it bother you or have you ever refrained from getting a pet because of smell (its own or its 'subproducts')?
[touch]:: Which animal did you most enjoy peting, holding or touching for whatever reason?
[hearing]:: If you have pets do they make any sounds? Does it bother you?
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Animal Senses - posted at Sun, 14 Dec, 10:40 Pacific

Friday December 12, 2003

Third Week of December

As I expected, the Friday 5 for this week concerns the holiday season currently upon us. None of the questions intersect with mine from last week, however. Add your own comments here or at the Friday 5 site.

  1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?
  2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?
  3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?
  4. Do you do anything to help the needy?
  5. What one gift would you like for yourself?
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Third Week of December - posted at Fri, 12 Dec, 15:17 Pacific

Tuesday December 9, 2003

Circle of Words - #48

I'm trying something new. Circle of Words is one of several "memes" on the web right now. It's been ongoing for almost a year now; this is week 48 and I've only just found it!

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.

This week's questions are (surprise :-) about Christmas. ...
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Circle of Words - #48 - posted at Tue, 09 Dec, 15:38 Pacific

Friday November 28, 2003

Shop till you drop

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. Or, so goes the quote. The Day After Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.

The Friday 5 for this week focuses on shopping.

  1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not?
  2. What was the last thing you purchased?
  3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why?
  4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it?
  5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing?
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Shop till you drop - posted at Fri, 28 Nov, 14:24 Pacific

Wednesday November 26, 2003

List Five Things...

The Friday 5 for the week of Nov. 21 was tough. It took me a long time to think of answers, and once again, I considered not doing it, but decided to post anyway. These are an excellent thought excercise.

  1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
  2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
  3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
  4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
  5. List five things you do that help you relax.
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List Five Things... - posted at Wed, 26 Nov, 12:38 Pacific

Saturday November 15, 2003

Adjectively speaking

adjective n. Abbr. a. or adj.
The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.

The Friday 5 for this week asks for 5 descriptions, using only adjectives. Kinda fun, this one.

  1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
  2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
  3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
  4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
  5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.

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Adjectively speaking - posted at Sat, 15 Nov, 15:14 Pacific

Sunday November 9, 2003

Love it or hate it

The Friday 5 for this week addresses various likes and dislikes.

  1. What food do you like that most people hate?
  2. What food do you hate that most people love?
  3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
  4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?
  5. What popular trend baffles you?
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Love it or hate it - posted at Sun, 09 Nov, 14:12 Pacific

Friday October 31, 2003

Boo!

The Friday 5 for this week concerns Halloween

  1. What was your first Halloween costume?
  2. What was your best costume and why?
  3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn't give you a treat?
  4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? (ie: Family pumpkin carving, special dinner before trick or treating, etc.)
  5. Share your favorite scary story...real or legend!
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Boo! - posted at Fri, 31 Oct, 12:42 Pacific

Sunday October 19, 2003

Name 5 things

I recall a George Carlin routine from many years ago:
Honey? What's this?
I don't know... what does it look like?
Um... could be meat... could be cake... Looks like meatcake?!
Put it back. Someone might want it!

The Friday 5 for this week is like that ;-)

  1. Name five things in your refrigerator.
  2. Name five things in your freezer.
  3. Name five things under your kitchen sink.
  4. Name five things around your computer.
  5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet.
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Name 5 things - posted at Sun, 19 Oct, 15:10 Pacific

Friday October 10, 2003

Not even the Splendid Bowl

The Friday 5 for this week asks about sports...

  1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?
  2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?
  3. Are there any sports you hate?
  4. Have you ever been to a sports event?
  5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?
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Not even the Splendid Bowl - posted at Fri, 10 Oct, 16:04 Pacific

Friday October 3, 2003

Drivin' in my car

The Friday 5 for this week concerns cars... That's cool. I like cars.

  1. What vehicle do you drive?
  2. How long have you had it?
  3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
  4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
  5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?
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Drivin' in my car - posted at Fri, 03 Oct, 16:00 Pacific

Friday September 19, 2003

Five questions about Music

The Friday 5 is 2 years old this week. This week the questions re about music.

  1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
  2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
  3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
  4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
  5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?
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Five questions about Music - posted at Fri, 19 Sep, 09:35 Pacific

Friday September 12, 2003

By Any Other Name

The Friday 5 for this week... Names

  1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
  2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
  3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
  4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
  5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com /triggur.org /astroexpert accurate? How is or how isn't it?
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By Any Other Name - posted at Fri, 12 Sep, 11:41 Pacific

Thursday September 4, 2003

Good Housekeeping

The Friday 5 for this week...

  1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
  2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?
  3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?
  4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?
  5. What was the last thing you cleaned?
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Good Housekeeping - posted at Thu, 04 Sep, 21:55 Pacific

Friday August 29, 2003

School Daze

The Friday 5 for this week concerns... school.

Given that Tuesday will be the First Day of School for many kids across the country; this seems like an appropriate topic.

  1. Are you going to school this year?
  2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?
  3. What are/were your favorite school subjects?
  4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects?
  5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?
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School Daze - posted at Fri, 29 Aug, 22:14 Pacific

Saturday August 23, 2003

The last time you...

The Friday 5 for this week is really lame. I haven't decided yet if I'll bother to answer. Feel free to provide your own answers in the comments.

  1. When was the last time you laughed?
  2. Who was the last person you had an argument with?
  3. Who was the last person you emailed?
  4. When was the last time you bathed?
  5. What was the last thing you ate?
The last time you... - posted at Sat, 23 Aug, 12:11 Pacific

Friday August 15, 2003

Home Sweet Home Page

The Friday 5 for this week is about the Internet

  1. How much time do you spend online each day?
  2. What is your browser homepage set to?
  3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)?
  4. Where was your first webpage located?
  5. How long have you had your current website?
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Home Sweet Home Page - posted at Fri, 15 Aug, 16:31 Pacific

Saturday August 9, 2003

Where did you go? Out.

What did you do? Nothing.

The Friday 5 for this week concerns travel:

  1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
  2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?
  3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
  4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
  5. What's the next place on your list to visit?
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Where did you go? Out. - posted at Sat, 09 Aug, 11:24 Pacific

Friday August 1, 2003

Time to Get Up

This week's Friday Five; pretty much a no-brainer this week. :-)

  1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?
  2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
  3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
  4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
  5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?
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Time to Get Up - posted at Fri, 01 Aug, 10:08 Pacific

Saturday July 26, 2003

My Life, The Movie

The Friday 5 for this week is weird. Once again, I wasn't sure I'd even bother, but I guess it's an exercise in creativity. A lot of the other folks who do this regularly seemed to find this to be a fun one; it takes all kinds to make a world, I guess. YMMV.

  1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be?
  2. What songs would be on the soundtrack?
  3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why?
  4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc?
  5. Describe the movie preview/trailer.
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My Life, The Movie - posted at Sat, 26 Jul, 00:41 Pacific

Friday July 18, 2003

Lie, Cheat, and Steal?

The Friday 5 for this week is kinda nasty. I guess for some folks it can invoke deep soul-searching thought... I wasn't sure if I'd bother to answer, but I decided it's better if no one thinks I have something to hide :|.

  1. When was the last time you cheated?
  2. When was the last time you stole?
  3. When was the last time you lied?
  4. When was the last time you broke or vandalized another's property?
  5. When was the last time you hurt a loved one?
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Lie, Cheat, and Steal? - posted at Fri, 18 Jul, 14:56 Pacific

Friday July 11, 2003

Friends

The Friday 5 for July 11, 2003
  1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it?
  2. Are you still in touch with this person?
  3. Do you have a current close friend?
  4. How did you become friends with this person?
  5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?
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Friends - posted at Fri, 11 Jul, 14:48 Pacific

Wednesday July 9, 2003

Growing up reading

The Friday 5 for July 4, 2003
  1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
  2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
  3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
  4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
  5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?
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Growing up reading - posted at Wed, 09 Jul, 09:55 Pacific

Sunday June 29, 2003

The Second Five - How I'll Spend my Summer

The Friday 5 for June 27, 2003
  1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]?
  2. What was your first summer job?
  3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go?
  4. What was your worst vacation ever?
  5. What was your best vacation ever?
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The Second Five - How I'll Spend my Summer - posted at Sun, 29 Jun, 15:29 Pacific

Friday June 27, 2003

Discovering the Friday Five

(Actually, I discovered this site on Wednesday whilst surfing during downtime in the WWDC Exhibit Hall. But I didn't get around to posting the article for a few days, and then it sat as a draft. What can I say?... Pretend.)

The Friday Five for June 20, 2003

  1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?
  2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?
  3. How do your normally wear your hair?
  4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?
  5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?
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Discovering the Friday Five - posted at Fri, 27 Jun, 14:07 Pacific