Thursday, December 30, 2004
To me, this shows the power of this medium - as a way to make sure your story is heard, as a community of supporters. To let the world know what's really going on, to vent incredibly powerful emotions. As a reader - to hear it in the voice of people living it.
Best to all and Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Mother Earth does strange things at times. Sometimes you try to look for a message in it. Sometimes there really just isn't one.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Molson sure is to me.
Makes me scared of his mortality. At 7, he's aging, but hopefully he has a ways to go yet.
Then last night we watched Hidalgo. Every time they focused on that horse's face and eye, I thought of Molson. Afterwards, I went and gave him several big hugs. He's the greatest buddy ever.
Well, it's Christmas Eve. Sonny and I are at the parents' all ready. Dan will come tomorrow. In case I don't get on tomorrow - Merry Christmas everyone!
Enjoy family, warmth, full bellies, friends, and peace this holiday....
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
The other site I wanted to share today is the site of Simon Faithfull, a British artist travelling to Antarctica with the British Polar Survey. He has a blog where he posts diary entries, current location, and a picture a day. These pics are actually drawings he has done on his Palm. Very interesting - modern technology allowing him to share regularly what he sees, but in a form, that for me at least, harks back to olden day depictions - stark, simple. Compelling.
Monday, December 20, 2004
I think the French method is more entertaining, and you can try some other good eats in the process!
Aiming the hose across the water, they catapulted fresh octopi -- a local delicacy, known here as the "pouffre" -- towards the town's first McDonalds, which had been set to open on Saturday.
Man, that restaurant must be stinky!
Holiday baking is so not stressful this year. I'm doing a million and one things and have more yet to do. My cards are pretty late, but that's not so unusual. Wish I was further along on gift wrapping or, as usual, just plain unpacking. But I'm taking/ making the time to make this and than for some food gifts. And it feels right. Maybe because I'm in MY/ OUR house. It'd be even better if there weren't boxes hogging the center of the kitchen, but I can deal.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Here are a few quick bits and pieces before I have to run to my next meeting.
It's a Wonderful Life - bunny style - is now up at Angry Alien - with bonus scenes! Happy Holidays!
Sunday night I put the lights on the tree (we put ornaments on tonight). I had candles lit throughout the downstairs, carols on the stereo, and it was nice and easy to get the lights on (starting at the bottom is easier than starting at the top, I found). Lit them up, shut off the lights, and called J to see. I nearly cried, I was so happy! Our lights on our tree in our house! Way way super cool.
The tree is set up in the center of the music room. Surrounded by windows and far from the fireplace. You can still sit on the papasan and just absorb the season. I'm psyched.
Last night, our realtor stopped by with a housewarming gift. Very nice of her. But we had so much trouble with her throughout the process and we were trying to cook and all, so we shuffled her right back out the door in less than 5 minutes. Felt a bit guilty afterwards. But I just don't think she's earned a welcome, really.
Last week, there was an incident on our street where a lady got shoved down, hit her head on the sidewalk, and her bag was taken. People poured from their houses. Not the best way to meet the neighbors, but it was very encouraging to see the response to a neighbor in need. At least 3 guys ran after the person and about 3 carfuls of people also gave chase. Beyond that, the police and local security forces also came out strong. I was just glad to see that people came out in their sweats and pjs and stood there until everything was resolved, going over what had happened, what they could do. Maybe when it's warm enough to be outside again we can get to know them better.
Theophilus plays Christmas eve, but I'm not sure where - check their site for details.
Sonny's art has been doing well. There was even an article on him in Providence Monthly's October issue - they don't post all of their articles on the site, unfortunately - but if you can find a hardcopy it's a cool article.
That's it for now. Need hot chocolate before I can go much further....
Friday, December 03, 2004
Clotted Cream Fudge. Yeah, I know, sounds gross, huh? At least to me it did. It's like a caramel. Our cousin, after a bit of globetrotting, settled in England, keeping busy by authentically restoring really cool old houses.... Anyway, he sent some from Perry's Cider Mill as an "early" Xmas present to Mom & Dad. Good thing they share! It just melts in your mouth.
Rice Krispies Popcorn Crunch. Another of J's impulse buys. Quite amusing, but be prepared for lots of white flaky crumbs....
Movies I want to see:
A Very Long Engagement - Audrey Tautou and Jean-Pierre Jeunet - an excellent team - and Dominique Pinon is always awesome in Jeunet's flicks
Lemony Snicket - I know it's more for kids, but it looks really cool
Mirrormask - premieres at Sundance in January - I hope it does well so I can catch it at our local arthouse....
And of course, the many many many I am behind on....
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
This is just so cool. :)Heeeeeeeeeeee
Maybe this weekend we'll find all the computer pieces and I can post those pics I've been promising.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I spent last night shifting boxes from the nearest possible setting place inside the door to roughly where they belong, after bringing the second-to-last carload from the old. I love the feeling of settling in! J isn't feeling really well, but when he feels better we'll get into the zone... :) Once we get a bit more settled, we can start having some visitors - those who want to scope out the place or meet Molson before the housewarming (which will likely be after the holidays).
Read all of The Blue Sword on the flight back. Good fantasy story. Nothing really deep to discuss, but good read for escaping or whiling away long hours on a plane.
Monday, November 15, 2004
I haven't had the best time since back, though. It's got to be some sort of sign, but whether a sign that I shouldn't have gone or one that I should have stayed I haven't figured out yet.
When I left we were filled with excitement and wonder at our new home and what it meant. Everything was whole and happy and glorious. When I returned, that seemed gone - and short tempers and irritations prevailed. I'm sincerely praying it comes back tonight. It was not pleasant,especially after the feelings I had left behind.
Then, I woke up with a stomach ache and migraine. Ate a little, took some pills, slept a bit more to kick it. Finally ready to get back to the grindstone after a crazy last week and my car doesn't start. Once the guy jumps it, I decide to take it to a shop - to a Nissan dealership in case it's a warranty related issue (the car is only 2.5 years old) - and they basically tell me they'll look at it but doubt they'll even find anything wrong. Didn't get to work until 1.
Maybe I should have stayed there. Maybe I shouldn't have gone. Can I rewind time?
Pictures soon, still no operating PC at home.
PS I just posted what I wrote while on the trip, since I couldn't get to blogger, scroll down for posts back to 11/11 (my first post is just below Sonny's latest, sad note)
Sunday, November 14, 2004
I checked out the Oomingmak Musk Ox/ Qivut knitters co-op. They make yarn from the soft fur on the underbelly of the Musk Ox and knit it into the softest, warmest hats and scarves I’ve ever felt. Unfortunately, the craftsmanship involved in every stage from raising the Musk Ox to knitting the products results in a very high priced hat. Another time, perhaps.
I’m in Alaska for the annual conference of the American Indian Science & Engineer Society (AISES). Not in either of those vocations and not of Native heritage, I felt a bit out of the loop at times. I am here as an officer of the Native employee network in my company – someone highly interested in the culture and cause. It has struck me here that storytelling and prayer unite and conquer.
Storytelling can make your experiences real for others – no matter how different their lifestyle may be. It brings the mix of experiences we have down to the common human traits that we all understand. It is the power of words to teach a lesson without the audience feeling like they’re being taught. This even was also very spiritual.
Spirituality plays a key role in Native culture. Each major event or gathering began and ended with prayer here. Even though each group might have their own beliefs, even though prayers were often in Native tongues that only a select few understood, everyone participated and felt the reverence the practice leant to the entire proceeding. It sealed the import of the event and the depth of the sense of family.
One of the Elders today told us to “choose your spirituality”. It doesn’t matter what particular belief you choose, he said, but choose it, “do not let others choose it for you”. That was big for me. I don’t necessarily believe in or understand his Nez Perce faith system, but I respect it all the more for valuing my right to decide how and what I feel is true and right to believe in.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Oh, and the Alaskan king crab is mouth-wateringly awesome!
Friday, November 12, 2004
I find it disturbing that, despite all the evil Kurtz seemed to have done (the man had heads on spikes outside his house for Pete’s sake), and his realization of it at the end of his life, Marlow still feels compelled to be loyal, compelled to call him friend, compelled to think of Kurtz as a great being. Is this due to Kurtz’s power of voice? Did his words (which comprised so much of his identity) contain such power that one forgot his evil deeds – that one could dismiss them as unimportant in the overall scheme of things? This ability, its roots, its power, its ultimate impact, this is what I’d like to see explored more. Where I think the meat of the novel really lies. And it feels like Conrad chose instead to brush over it.
I’m still disappointed with this purported classic. But it does strike a curious chord to explore if voice can truly have such pull. Maybe I need to do what Conrad did not.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
In the air to Alaska (posted later, of course)
Moving is HARD! Especially with all of the books, furniture, and dust we seem to have! The timing got so messed up with the move that I’ve had to leave J to finish everything himself, with some help from Mom and Dad – for which we are extremely grateful.
I’m hoping that the PC will be up and running in the new house when I return, so I can post some pics both of the house and of Alaska.
It should be a good trip. I just wish I didn’t have a migraine and a sore head from a whack last Sunday that I seem to be really good at bumping on other things.
Can’t type any more. Words are making me ill. I will likely finish quite a few books if I can get over this motion/migraine-related wooziness. It’s going to be a long flight.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
After all of that nonsense, we are the proud owners of a new home. We love it - it feels so ... right! The first night there, I was walking around barefoot in the dark, moving boxes - it's like it was meant to be OUR house!
Can't wait until the hauling is done and it's just unpacking and cleaning and settling. I ache in so many places, I'm hobbling around today like someone three times my age.
Pictures soon, I just need to find my USB cable/dock....
Thursday, November 04, 2004
This sounds like a case for today's Indiana Jones. Or maybe there's an Indiana Jones of the animal world? Oooh, oooh! I vote for Mireya Mayor! She looks way cool:
I am a thrill seeker with a cause ...to learn as much as I can about our fragile planet and do what I can to protect it. - Mireya MayorAlright. J always thought I had it so together about what I wanted to be when I grow up. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do. But I'm finding that last week I wanted to be an archaeologist on the hobbit find and this week I want to be a primatologist solving the vampire monkey problems.
Monday, November 01, 2004
What do you say to such a man whose religion I do not practice, but clearly is an incredible human (supreme?) being?Living vicariously....
Peace be with you.
Afterwards, we all stood for a photograph, careful not to get too close to him. But, he laughed and grabbed the woman to his left and right in a side hug and said "Come closer, I won't break!"
What a day.
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Friday, October 29, 2004
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Sometimes I wonder if I could have been an archaeologist. It seems really cool.
Monday, October 25, 2004
All in all, a good read. If it weren't after 6, with me still at the office and starving and wanting to get house news, and if I were feeling a bit more creative, I'd write a more complete review. I think that's one exercise I can creatively set myself to here on a pretty regular basis. Expect it for Heart of Darkness (when I decide to finish it) and whatever is next in my pile (and expect something entirely different from Son of the Shadows)
Sunday, October 24, 2004
J picked these up at a nearby minimart. From the makers of LemonHeads and Atomic Fireballs, Narbles are "chewy fruit slammers" - and are very yummy. J had only left 3 for me, but the intense fruity flavor was really great. (0 calories, too)
I had always hoped that I was a patient person. But I'm finding that if I am told something will be done, expect it to happen, something that's tied to a really big thing, like getting into our first house of our own, and it doesn't - well, then I have absolutely no patience whatsoever. I am extremely upset - I feel either on the brink of tears or of smashing something.
I didn't think I could make Jenny's pumpkin picking, but I may, just to give the pumpkin flinger/ catapulter thingy a try. That might help a bit.
Friday, October 22, 2004
So, when I saw this article in my daily blogosphere wanderings, I heaved a disgruntled sigh. This school, whose district has a good base of Wiccans, CANCELED Halloween at the school because witches might be offended.
Did they have to totally cancel it? Really? Why not use it as an educational opportunity??? Say: "This is the background of Halloween, it's not just about witches, it's really more about the dead coming back among us":
Being “between” seasons or years, Samhain was (and is) considered a very magical time, when the dead walk among the living and the veils between past, present and future may be lifted in prophecy and divination. (per this site)THEN you say, "It's not really fair to stereotype witches with hook noses, pointy hats, and broomsticks, Wicca is a real religion and you can ask your parents to help you find out more about if you want." You then tell them that they can do what they want for Halloween, so long as it focuses more on the real meaning and doesn't stereotype witches.
Don't more kids go as Shrek, Harry Potter, and Spidey nowadays anyway?
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
This frustrates J. He'd like to see more of my creative side. I mean, it's got to more entertaining than, just, life, right?
Sonny and Danny are obviously both very creative. Hmmm.
I see creativity in my work - in finding the stories behind the numbers, in devising the best way to get customers to respond and with the sort of information we'd like to know, in coming up with recommended courses of action based on the findings. That's not really the type of creativity that goes much further than your job or industry. Who in the great wide blogosphere really cares about the impact of the rapor I have with my online research community when it comes to asking questions and interpreting results? Or what my company can do based on that?
Blogger has just put up info on NaNoBlogMo - National Novel Blogging Month - their version of National Novel Writing Month. Checking out the site, many people have already started. I wouldn't even know where to begin. Maybe I'll try a mini-version of NaNoBlogMo. Instead of creating a separate blog, I'll put stuff here. Instaed of trying to crank out a novel in 30 days, I'll try some short exercises, see if it takes me somewhere.
Since the stuff isn't gushing out of me, I figure I have to force myself to do it in some fashion. Then, if I turn out to be horrible or to hate it, I can return to normal-dom.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Google IDs 1993 hit-and-run victim
Google 'saved' Australian hostage
Now, I'm not a Google-pusher (that reminds me I have to get my Dan Blakesly Halloween CD back - sugar-pusher!). Nor am I writing this because of the ties between this great blog tool and Google. If it were Ford, Citibank, or American Airlines with similar cool headlines right in a row, I'd be talking about them....
In other news, J and I went to a baptism and after-party Sunday. It was really great. Heartwarming, down-home, good people type stuff. Brings a smile.:)
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Friday, October 15, 2004
Anyway, save the date - November 12
Music: Roomful of Blues
Come early - eat dinner! Save the Montage!
(it would really stink if Rochester lost such a great venue)
In other news, friend Kat' continues to send word of Indian adventures - and pics too! (will add a pic this evening)
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
saw team america last weekend, it is very good. i laughed out loud.
Monday, October 11, 2004
I also have been trying to pull the best recipes out of our old Bon Appetit's to cut down on the bulk we need to move and have found several other good-looking apple applications....
There's a whole hullabaloo going on about the garage roof on the house. Just so hard to figure out how it's going to get done. Too many layers of people to consult before you can even head in a direction and then you find out that it's a dead end anyway and have to start all over again. Ick.
Our first floor is a sea of boxes. I have a strange new walk, because I'm constantly having to twist and bend around them. And I have a bunch of bruises on hips and knees. Ah the joy of moving! Poor Molson - our cat - I think he's afraid we'll leave him behind....
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
reading an article in Archaeology magazine on Mikhail Gerasimov, the man who pioneered the scientific art of facial reconstruction from bones - you know the whole thing with the skin depth markers then layering on the clay and all.
One key aspect of his work was including a "typical" expression for the individual he was working on. This was determined because:
Heavily used muscles - for example, muscles used to make a frown - leave permanent ridges in facial bones and give clues as to what expression the person might have most often worn.Wow - so, in a sense, Mom was right when she warned against making the ugly face - it could be the final way you're portrayed in history!
Monday, October 04, 2004
Still, it is so annoying to get "the tone" that I'm stepping outside my bounds as a buyer when I try to follow-up on details and make sure things are being done, because I have experienced breakdowns in the area. People that are getting paid by this transaction should instead try to make this as painless and speedy as possible and might want to consider that at some point I'll need similar services again. Snooty and very, very frustrating.
Anyway, I haven't had much else going on lately, Danny is still a slacker, and Sonny is too busy (although he promises to post soon), so there hasn't been much to read here of late.
If any readers remain, what (within reason) might you want to know more about or to see a picture of? Votes will be filtered, of course, by what I deem appropriate and tallied (if we get that many).
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Both books have their followings. Conrad's Heart is labeled a classic. The two are written VERY differently, and I dislike the writing in BOTH.
Maybe it's because I read in such volume. Maybe it's because I have a strong interest in language. Writing style was the first thing I noticed and it pulls from both stories.
Five People is written in short sentences, which frequently start with the same word throughout a paragraph. Repetitive. This can be effective in certain situations. Throughout an entire book, it gives the impression a high schooler wrote it.
Heart of Darkness takes the other extreme. I realize some may be due to the time it was written, some because the author is not a native English speaker, but still. Stuffy. Using odd and unnecessary large words that don't fit the story or the personality of the narrator.
Beyond the writing Five People is a pretty good story. Interesting concept. At the book club no one cared about HOW it was written (except me) the focus was on WHAT it was saying and the meaning of this, that, and the other. Good discussion, but I would have enjoyed a bit more back and forth on the writing itself.
For Heart of Darkness, I'm reserving final judgement. It doesn't seem quite as painful as the first time, but I'm not sure if I really like it yet.
Monday, September 27, 2004
I don't have cable, but may ask Mom to tape a couple of things tied to some Halloween marathons. Take note - these should be cool!
Yes, the Bunny Troupe is hosting the Starz Halloween marathon - 10/30-31 - and besides short pieces will re-enact Freddy vs Jason, Scream, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (c.2003). Heeehee!
Neil Gaiman is hosting Fox Movie Channel's 13 Nights of Fright from 10/19-10/31.
Sonny, I think Neil likes zombie movies - he just watched a UK DVD of Shaun of the Dead - so you may like his picks....
And, the long awaited Pumpkin Soup:
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 c chopped, peeled butternut squash (about 1 lb.)
1 c chopped onion
1/2 chopped celery
1-1 1/2 tsp hot pepper, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp salt
2 (15.75oz) cans chicken broth
1 bay leaf
(I think last time I also added a bit of cayenne, Joe's cajun spices, and Vietnamese Cinnamon, and fresh ground pepper)
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add squash, onion, celery, hot pepper, garlic. Saute for 5 min. Add remaining, bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, simmer 25 min. or until tender. Toss bay leaf.
Place half of mixture in a blender and process until smooth - repeat. Return mix to pan, cook over medium heat 3 minutes or until heated.
My mouth waters now....
Sunday, September 26, 2004
thank you all
Sonny met me at the station and we had a great time!
Went to Julian's for dinner with Sonny's friend Jim. Yummy food - I had chicken with walnut-rum-coconut sauce - and great service! ;) Thanks, Mary!
Then to Rock'n'Bowl, with Jim and Will. I rarely bowl, but it's a family passtime and I do enjoy it when I actually go. But bowling for 3 hours (4 games) made my right bicep sore...Still we won a pizza and had a good time, even with the, well, unusual bowling styles of those around us.
Saturday I hung out with Sonny at work for a bit, scoped out the mall and Newbury Comics. Picked up Modest Mouse for me, Bjork for J, and Flogging Molly for Sonny.
Then to Lois's second birthday party. Her father, Geoff, is the other half of The Sentimental Favorites (Sonny is one half). Good food. Fun baby watching. Good time in the sun.
Looking forward to hearing more from the band!
Fun trip, a bit of a blur, but hopefully we can work similar things out more often and hang out more.
Friday, September 24, 2004
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven for a book club Jenny invited me to. Will divulge my thoughts on it after the book club meets to discuss (don't want to spoil it!)
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is the backup.
(always bring 2 books in case you get stuck on a plane waiting to take off for numerous hours....sometimes I've finished two complete books on one business trip...)
Coming Sunday - Pumpkin soup recipe, by request.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Anyway, I'm highly curious and intrigued by Matt and Trey's latest flick:
The marionettes look like a riot, their take on politics and society is always amusing - from the trailer it looks like it has a bit of the kooky villain ala Austin Powers - I just might go see it on opening day! (OK maybe not, because the house should be wrapping up then and I'll be packing like a madwoman, maybe the week after)
I like how the chicks on the team wear pink camo pants...
Monday, September 20, 2004
(makes 6 servigs)
2 tbsp butter
5 zucchini thinly sliced
1 large onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
4c chicken broth
Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add next 4 ingredients and saute until tender, about 10 minutes. Add broth and bring soup to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 min.
In batches, puree soup in blender. Return to pot. Season with salt, pepper, a little Joe's cajun spices. Bring to simmer and serve - add sour cream if desired.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
After the second night this calendar week with 1 hour sleep total, I utterly passed out last night. So nice. Another evil morning meeting meant I couldn't take just one more hour to indulge.
Joined a handbell choir to fill a last minute spot for a friend! Such a neat sound...
Other activity - the house progresses! I'll post more info when it gets more official. So, my time is spent packing and less time spent doing interesting things.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Well, I have to start the sidebar and title formating over again, but at least you can read the posts....
Huddled round a table in an anonymous Latin Quarter bar, the group's members - of whom only Lazar wanted to be named - relate past exploits: rock concerts for up to 4,000 people in old underground quarries; 2am projections in a locked film theatre; art and photo exhibitions in supposedly sealed-off subterranean galleries.
I remember Rochester's City paper talking about our town's cool, historical, unused/sealed off spaces - this would be sooooo cool. If someone has the guts, I'll be an attendee!
Friday, September 10, 2004
Exposes on the treatment of women in assylums. These don't move me a lot - I feel like I almost expect such stories from such institutions.
Pieces, autobiographical or fictional masks of autobiographic themes, by women who have suffered or are suffering from breakdowns, mental illness, etc. A classic example is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman.
This is fascinating! And adding books to my list:
In The Snake Pit, Mary Jane Ward brings you in to the point of view of the mentally ill. Her narrator flits from subject to subject and refers to herself in the first, second, and third person. Imagine trying to get through life with such distraction. Of course, you have to wonder how much this condition was enhanced or even created by the electro-shock therapy they were giving her.
Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl, by a girl named "Renee", is a marvellous depiction of the visual, auditory, and spatial distortions she would experience at random, and the anxiety and fear that accompanied them.
Still have more to go, but these, at least will be added to the list. Excellent examples of the voice and perspective of those forced to look on life from a totally different angle.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
What's totally cool about this is that the sect's secret chamber was a bar and movie theatre in an uncharted region of the Catacombs. How cool!
Apparently, there are quite a few who scramble underground through hidden entrances or under cover of darkness, to convene in great caverns beneath the great city. Excellent (think Bill and Ted, not C Montgomery Burns). Reminds me that I need to read the books about Edinburgh and the mole people.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
The top sites I found for them are "candy nostalgia" sites. So sad.
Happily, J got me some for my birthday stocking! Yum!
Monday, September 06, 2004
Sunday, September 05, 2004
I'm hooked on this new show The Complex. When I'm at Mom's it's very easy for me to get drawn into Trading Spaces - for the ideas mostly. And when they had the Home Free series, Mom taped them so I could keep up.
The Complex adds a few more dimensions - the rooms they're fixing up need it, they're basically trashed. And there are no designers to chime in.
Of course it's Fox and they've recruited contestants with really contrasting and sometimes rather obnoxious personalities to "spice things up". That gets a bit annoying - they spend more time fighting than talking about what or how they're fixing the rooms.
One neat thing is that you tend to see 4 totally different approaches in each of the 4 units. I do wonder about the judges, though. I think they have a bit of recency bias - that they rate the first ones they see more harshly and then when they realize no one finished entirely they ease up on the later ones.
For master bedroom, I could understand the winner, I guess, but thought the loser they picked was the definite #2.
For master bath, again, I could understand the winner (Malibu style again), but thought the loser they picked should have been #3 - the one that lost was clean and simple and the judges didn't like that. Yet another bath was not only barely started, the end design was dark, dismal, and cramped. Who knows.
All that aside, I'm very curious to see what's next!
Coming soon: September Happenings
Friday, September 03, 2004
Just finished this book, the third in the Wayfarer Redemption fantasy series by Sara Douglass. If you don't like fantasy, this won't convert you, but I personally got hooked quick and tore through it, couldn't put it down or turn my thoughts away while reading it - one gauge of a good fantasy book for me.
There are two interesting themes in this series that give it a bit more ooomph. Over a thousand years previously, the god Artor converted one race in the land to his following. Among his key tenets, that the other races were evil, "Forbidden", and that the forests that those races loved were also evil and needed to be destroyed for farmland. So:
- The land is now more vulnerable to an evil threat because of the loss of the trees.
- Artor built his following and his church on hatred of the Forbidden, primarily because the gods they worshipped constituted a threat. After time had passed the church fed this hatred as a way to sustain its cushy role in the realm.
Interesting thoughts, each.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
A friend of Sonny's could not bear to see books tossed and always picked them up until, after his van was full of discarded tomes, he realized that many schools in Baltimore cannot afford libraries. He started That Book Thing to provide free books to schools and people that want them. Makes so much sense!
There are ways to help him out other than giving books, of course. Personally, I keep a box going of books I realize I don't want and when it gets full I give it to Sonny to deliver - if anyone wants to add to the pile, let me know!
I've thought about starting something similar here and have seen headlines related to other such ventures (but haven't gotten to reading the articles yet) - at some point maybe I will....
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Monday, August 30, 2004
I did hear about the adver-wear t-shirt TVs present in the crowd there. Neat idea, but a couple of things bother me.
Isn't there some technology out there that would allow a flexible screen instead of a box embedded in a t-shirt? This looks so clunky, to me it seems almost as cumbersome as the sandwich boards of old. I have to think we can execute better in our day and age!
Second, I wonder how long the clips are, and how visible from how far. Does anyone really want a crowd of people staring at their chest (whether that's visible or in this case, utterly obscured by the box in your clothes) for more than a few seconds? Couldn't it get creepy as they bend and get in close for a better view? It's like having something tattooed in small font across your belly - everyone would crunch in to see! Ick!
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Quiet - not a ton of people camping, mostly stillness in the campground. Green. Warm (how weird for our area this summer!), sunny, with enough wind to stir the trees but not to really put a chill on. Campfire. Family and J. Excellent food. The total detox was what I really needed.
Played LOTR pinball (cool, tho I'm not great at it), mini-golf (I actually won the opening 9 vs J and the boys), a family Cranium match (where I was forced to charade the Berlin Wall and the Great Depression - we lost), swam with Dan, hiked....
Ahhhh, peace (click to see better)
What a great birthday!:) Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee:)
Plus, cool presents! A selection awesome champagne and Roelle family stuff from Sonny, a beautiful suncatcher from Dan & Tara, a peeps maker, beautiful sweater and poncho, Neverwhere on DVD, the list goes on!
Oh, and Little Mono - in my bday stocking from J:
The "mono/ kissing virus" molecule
Despite the fact that work is constantly piling up, our place is a mess, and the house thing is still intense, I feel great, recharged, and ready to take on mountains!
Friday, August 20, 2004
Thanks to Dave S for pointing out this site!
Featured are pics taken over the course of 2 yrs at a British cemetary. Yeah, a bit creepy that someone put that much into cemetary pics, but there are some amazing images to be captured there!
Many have been animated - some start animation automatically, some you need to explore by waving a mouse.
Some of the pics are beautiful, though. And some of the animation is fascinating - and yes, one of those listed below did make me jump!
- 4th cross in Spring
- 4th to last in Winter
- 1st and 2nd to last crosses in Autumn
- 7th cross in Winter
Thursday, August 19, 2004
But have you seen the male Japanese gymnasts? Really good - got a team gold. I think part of the reason is they get some strength points from their Hulk hairdos!
Like a leaf over an air grate, tumbling, rising, dropping precipitously, almost landing, getting swirled up yet again. Twisting and turning in the air like a gymnast, but a gymnast unable to land - over and over again.
That's pretty much how I'm feeling of late.
- It's a migraine week and my stomach hasn't been all too happy of late anyway.
- I turn 30 next week. Somewhat freaked out by that on a conscious level, but I think I'm very freaked out on a deeper level.
- Three good friends have had babies this summer and I've been bad about keeping in touch with all 3. Lost one's phone number and haven't gotten around to calling her parents (she isn't online, can you believe it?) - so it's likely she's really mad at me for not calling recently. I feel like a bad friend.
- The whole house thing. It's amazing. It's such a big decision. It's a huge commitment to a neighborhood, to a house, to a debt, to J (not like I'm not ready for it, but it is big).
I'm psyched, I'm giddy, I'm scared to death.
I feel that same twitchiness in my veins that I had before my first big work presentation, before a solo in a concert, before singing at Carnegie Hall, before going to Paris for 3 months.
Actually Paris is probably the best comparison.
I freaked myself out so much that time I basically didn't come out of my room for a few weeks and cried a lot. Was pretty miserable until kind folk guided me out of my self-imposed shell.
Hopefully I've learned more since then.
Hopefully all of these seemingly little but in actuality big and important things happening at once won't push me totally over the brink.
Keep watching. Could be my Gold medal match. Could be a train wreck.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
On another note. The househunt is officially underway. When we get a bit further along I'll post details!
Monday, August 16, 2004
Mom grew up on the lake and a large bay and has always had a love for the water. I've inherited that. It is so soothing, relaxing. Such an escape from workaday worries and the "real world". Much like watching a campfire. Ahhhhh. This is what I love about summer.
It wasn't the warmest or windiest day, but it wasn't raining, we had spots of sun, and we had enough wind to tool along at a leisurely pace. J and I had a most excellent time, and I think Mom did, too. Hats off to the great, friendly crew. Here's hoping we can take this as the start of a tradition and go again next year!
Thursday, August 12, 2004
In a way, I identify with Tracy, the good girl that gets wrapped up in the wrong crowd. A lot of us probably can.
My "rebellion" was on a much smaller scale - but it was enough to worry Mom. I was always the bookworm, good-girl type so little things like not coming straight home were a big deal.
Was it a yearning to be popular? To be the admired one? To rebel? Not really. I think I was afraid of my potential, my experience being limited by my grades, my non-sports bent, my country location. Starting Senior year of HS, I've seen myself pushing at those bounds. As the years go by I force myself out of my shell a bit more - but also more wisely (I guess we're all a bit lacking on the judgement side in HS).
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Cuddle parties are intended for people who are emotionally sound. People in therapy or who are seeing a mental health professional are asked to consult their doctor before signing up for a party and to tell organizers of their situation.
I can see the point, the need for this in a big anonymous burg like New York. Still, I find the cow part a bit odd - and disturbing:
An introduction to cuddling ensues, first by hugging three people. People then get in a circle on their hands and knees, rub shoulders and moo like cows. After a bit of swaying, everyone falls to their side, which puts them into an easy cuddling position.
Just weird, man.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Molson is a sixteen pound bruiser who startles passers-by, gophers for treats and hugs, and cuddles up close when I have nightmares. A really good buddy.
He's a very vocal and expressive cat, and very spoiled.
Danny has fish. Sonny has a puppy. I'll try to get pics of the puppy, at least.
Monday, August 09, 2004
Oh, speaking of super-hero teams, I love that Olympics ad. American athletes get calls on their secret cells and run off to save the world - each with their own "talent"/ sport.
Think of the great chics (not derogatory, I just think "women" is stuffy) on TV now. Syd Bristow in Alias is awesome - very awesome. Tru Davies doesn't necessarily kick butt but uses her unique "gift" to save lives. Why can't we get characters like that on the big screen?
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Saturday, August 07, 2004
But maybe it isn't so silly, really. The jester would serve as a distraction from bad news, a tension breaker. A "safe" distraction, rather than leaving leaders to provide their own with questionable government boondoggles. Perhaps the press would focus more on the antics of the man in bells than trying to unearth the most remote scandals possible.
To think of it, we probably already have some jester-like characters in Washington (depending on your political leanings, you can pick yours) - they just lack the outfit with bells and bladder on a stick.
Friday, August 06, 2004
My two favorite types of bed are pretty different. The contemporary wannabe-designer part of me is intrigued by platform beds, especially as a reader, too, who never can quite reach the nightstand to set the book aside... (No good pics online)
But the little girl, comfort and safety seeking part of me seeks the fluffy luxury of down and piled mattresses and pillows. (Again, no good pics - if I had known I would have scanned some)
Thursday, August 05, 2004
(BTW, on Last Comic Standing Tuesday, Kathleen Madigan had a great joke about Kerry campaigning by withholding the ketchup - have you ever thought about America without ketchup? That's a weird concept - summer wouldn't be the same.)
Anyway, the best chips, by far were Zapp's Cajun Crawtators - spicy cajun crawfish - kettle-cooked and yummy!
PS - Sonny says he plans to get started soon - but the PC he has access to is down. - Maybe this weekend!
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
A warm, sunny July evening. A plaza full of folks of all sizes, races, ages, hairdos, and especially outfits. From caps and big suspenders and forties era skirts and blouses to stupid t-shirts paired with ragged skirts over sweatpants. From Spidey tanks and bowling shirts to polos and golf shorts - all were represented.
Behind the bobbing heads of the crowd, the horns echoed off of buildings important to Rochester's past and near future. Behind and above the band, trains rattled by in the trees. Below, the falls roared.
This was the setting.
Twin A opened, a fave of Jenny. Turns out I'd heard some of their songs on the radio and liked them. They were good but not on really long. Poor Aaron missed most of it.
The next band was, well, not my speed.
Then, 9 tonily dressed guys took the stage. 5 horns, upright bass, piano, drums, and guitar/lead vocals. Bursting with energy and up-tempo tunes. Not a foot in the crowd could resist. Explosive, rich sound, fun lyrics and having a great time on the stage.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy hit Rochester and the crowd LOVED them.
What a fun night!
Danny - why do some drummers sit behind plexiglass screens?
Monday, August 02, 2004
- Until August 14 - CW Roelle show at the South Country Art Association (see Sonny's site for details)
- August 14 - Theophilus at Sodus Youth Fest - 4pm
- August 22 - Theophilus at Penfield Days - 1:30pm
- August 23-25 - Roelles gather at camp for Aprille's bday
- August 28 - Theophilus at CrossCreek Church Youth Event
The trailer for the latest Batman shows something definitely different - as it looks like it doesn't even happen in Gotham... but Gary Oldman is in it, based on the pics! That makes it cool.
Took the first swim of the summer (sad, yes, but I do live in Rochester) in Dan's pool yesterday - so nice. I'll have to look into getting one if and when I get a house of my own.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
First of all, Angela Shelton and her story of surviving abuse and confronting it. The fact that 50% of the Angela Sheltons she found around the country had been abused or attacked in some way. So powerful, so moving (My name is Aprille, and I'm a sap. This was one of many shows that made me cry). To see the impact the filmmaker had on the other Angelas interviewed in getting them to tell their stories - some for the first time. I may try to arrange for a screening at work or somewhere - it looks important.
The researcher in me also found it highly interesting that Angela Shelton decided to sample the country by contacting as many people with the same name as possible. It certainly did provide a cross-section of race, background, lifestlye, religion, etc. An interesting perspective.
Of course, you have to have a name that will generate hits. Occasionally, we hear stories of name mixups. Jenny's name was on the news, but it wasn't her. Sonny says he found another CW Roelle (not from the direct line of which he is the 4th) online, but I couldn't find him when I Googled. My boyfriend (J) says there's a high school basketball star with his name.
In the Google realm, at least, Danny and I have a first and last combination that comes up with no hits other than our own.
So I searched just on my first name, which is unique enough that I was actually surprised to get some hits. Another cross-section, although leaning towards higher education levels - though that could be because I did an online search:
- A writer/ computer tech
- A sculptor
- A NASA engineer
- A guitarist who was in a high shool band in '99
- A 2004 Ms Fitness Competitor/ speech pathologist
- A parenting teacher/ social worker
- A few other high schoolers
- Someone with a ferret page?
I was a bit disturbed to find a really ugly jacket bearing my name and a site where you can morph your pics to see what you'd look like with cosmetic surgery.
In the process, I discovered that Aprille is not only the Old English spelling of the month, but that it is also supposed to mean "forthcoming". Sounds like a good name to me - lots of potential.
Friday, July 30, 2004
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was awesome!!! But I'm waiting for pics from someone else, so I'll write a post dedicated to that maybe Monday or Tuesday...
The book I'm reading (see sidebar) is not highly interesting to me. It's a "classic" sci-fi collection of 4 novels from the era when Clarke and others were just starting out. Pretty imaginative for 1972 or so, but it's just not very compelling.
The focus of the first novel is the technology. Looking back, it really didn't have any meat, in my terms. All of the characters were superficial. And there was one tech gap that needled at me - showing just how little involvement I had in the story. Set in 2030-something, they're inventing anti-gravity, building massively huge things on Jupiter, and discovering anti-death drugs - but they're still using mimeograph machines. The image of a spaceport official looking at documents with purple, banana-smelling ink just doesn't jive!
What is interesting, and what motivated me to post, well, anything, about the book, is that the second novel is entirely character focused, at least up to chapter 4. I feel as if someone else wrote it. Maybe Blish thought that he had the tech established enough in the first novel and that it wouldn't make sense to go into explicit detail in something set 300 years later. I don't know. Of course, I do see equations and junk in chapters ahead, so I may have to retract this.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Sunday we took my boyfriend's parents to the Port of Rochester to see the new Ferry to Toronto, the terminal, and other improvements tied to the ferry. It was really interesting. The boat itself is huge and that's cool. Personally, I was just as interested (or more) in the crowd lining the river to see it come in. Young and old. A mix of races and ethnicities. A mix of languages. Some wearing Lance's yellow bracelets, like me. Some who had brought lawn chairs to enjoy the show of the arrival. Neat that a boat can cause such a fuss.
The beach and port area were very busy, especially for a cloudy, chillier day. It was great to see the area so vibrant. I hope it keeps up. This town needs it.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
AND - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is coming Thursday night to the Party in the Park - not far from my office! This is so cool - they are so fun! Big band swing, with attitude!The horns are very cool and the personality of the group is very much in tune with just having a good time, from what I've seen from the Freeview concert. (There's a live DVD coming out next week, too)
It's a BBVD tune that my boyfriend and I have come across as "our song", too.
That will be perfect, given the stressful next few days at work! Great, fun music to wash any worries away!
I am so psyched! (And I've used a ton of exclamation points) And I think this good mood may even get me through a workout - but I better start before TVitis sets in.
I was going to post about seeing the new Fast Ferry this weekend, but I'll do that next time.
Monday, July 26, 2004
Otherwise, a very full weekend spent entertaining/ visiting with my boyfriend's parents, who were in from Vermont.
Judy the resident elephant at the Ren Fest;
Went to the Renaissance Festival in Sterling, NY. Much fun. Especially since it was Artisan's Weekend and there were many sales - I enjoy the artisans and the food a bit more than the performances - although the performances are good to set a tone - I just don't like holding myself to a schedule while there and would rather be exploring than sitting still too long. I think that is partly my boyfriend rubbing off on me.
Friday, July 23, 2004
Gaiman's Neverwhere is a tale of an alternative world that exists below the streets of London as we know it. I think I've always had a fascination with the idea of a "hidden" society in some of the nooks and crannies that we may ignore everyday. Two other books in my list also deal with this topic - but are non-fiction!
The Mole People by Jennifer Toth is an in-depth look at the real people who live in tunnels below NYC. Her goal is to dispel myths about freakish creatures in the tunnels and show the true personalities and dynamics of this society.
The Town Below the Ground by Jan-Andrew Henderson details the history of Edinburgh's underground slum - which existed for 350 years and was forgotten by history until recently. Henderson himself is a storyteller who has been conducting tours of the underground city for several years.
Will get into more detail when I actually read them. In the meantime, there are many more books to read!
PS - Sonny has updated his profile and Danny has signed up, so look to hear more from them soon.
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
I'm trying to keep up with certain "adult" things. I know I'll have to workout more - well, after I catch up from recent slacking. I'm paying more attention to teeth and skin, etc.
I also just started taking a multivitamin. Figured it's the healthy thing to do. Got an "Energy" vitamin because I thought it'd help the workout thing.
So, it's supposed to give me MORE energy, I assume? WRONG! At least in the few days I've taken it - I'm groggier than I've been in the last few months at least. The only thing the vitamin seems to be giving me more of is trips to the restroom.
Can I turn 20 this year, instead?
PS, I'm trying to get the sidebar thing fixed. If anyone has suggestions, I'm open. OH, and the boys should be joining us soon!
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
SENTIMENTAL FAVORITES, Sonny Roelle and Geoff Griffin (Plymouth Rock), do their modern-nostalgic-post modern-folk-avant garde-post music accoustic - and oh so much more, see them hear them and walk away with a new outlook on life, guarranteed and improved.
Monday, July 19, 2004
I love great whites and think they get bad press for the ancient, fascinating beasts they are - that is just so extremely cool.
It's not really being able to afford it moneywise or timewise that I envy. I just can't imagine going on such an excursion. I think I would get so paranoid about things not working out, about coordinating all of the details, that I wouldn't be able to plan anything at all! I can see myself freezing up and just spending the time at home watching talk shows and reading books.
I'm kinda' pathetic. That's why I need friends like Kathy - to keep me going!
Sunday, July 18, 2004
- One early example was a tin of Guava Paste. We were never quite sure how to serve it, so we used the tin as a top, instead, for years before finally tossing it.
- Once, when I was on a business trip, he bought Quail Eggs and Pickled Eel.
- Hulk Jello - vanilla flavor but turns a great green with cold milk
- Hulk cotton candy
- A gummy Wolverine and a gummy Alien
- Colored shrimp slices (you fry them)
- A chicken that lays bubble gum eggs as it walks
- Butt-ugly aliens
- The latest - chocolate cotton candy bites - much like the marshmallows in hot chocolate or cereal - yummy!
Friday, July 16, 2004
Written by Gaiman, directed by Dave McKean (an artist who's worked on the Sandman comics), and produced by Henson pictures, Mirrormask is an attempt to recapture the magic (in $ and viewer delight) of Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal:
MirrorMask centers on Helena, a 15 year old girl in a family of circus entertainers, who often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight with her parents about her future plans, her mother falls quite ill and Helena is convinced that it is all her fault. On the eve of her mother's major surgery, she dreams that she is in a strange world with two opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants. All is not well in this new world - the white queen has fallen ill and can only be restored by the MirrorMask, and it's up to Helena to find it. But as her adventures continue, she begins to wonder whether she's in a dream, or something far more sinister.
This looks really really cool! I think Gaiman's work creates a rich visual experience and the fact that the characters can sometimes be, well, not quite so human means the Henson aspect could be really cool.
BTW, did I mention that Neverwhere, the BBC series that led to the novel, is available on DVD? (hint hint for birthday buyers out there!)
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Lou Ferrigno is so cool! As a child, The Hulk was my FAVORITE TV show. Nothing could keep me from watching.(One night, I got sick in the living room because I couldn't let myself get up and miss anything)I caught every TV movie over the years, too. Just a really good beast....:)
My boyfriend got me a Hulk bobblehead pen that I use when angry at work. A destresser.
Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Monday, July 12, 2004
Tonight, as I do some catchup in Gaiman's blog, there are also several amusing random things. Such as: this ad. Here's an article to explain.
We've been talking about how baffling Japanese culture can seem (specifically, some of their ice cream flavors)at lunch - I think this ranks right in the same arena...But then, we DID come up with the guy in the blue butterfly suit.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Corn Hill Arts Fest today. Walked a lot and got pretty sunburned, but another good time - Zydeco, Abbott's, and shopping!
Friday, July 09, 2004
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Just watched the second to last episode of Steven King's first prime time series: "Kingdom Hospital". Though I am somewhat upset that he borrowed so heavily on the Danish mini-series The Kingdom, I think the King series is very well done. I especially find the opening compelling and love the big anteater-type beastie.
Speaking of haunted hospital shows - did anyone catch "All Souls" when it was on UPN? Similar premise but a lot more ghosts and a lot more potentially evil things happening at once. That could have been way cool, but it didn't get any publicity - canceled. Hard to find something meaty on a canceled show from '01, but did find a bit here.
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
When we were kids, we moved several times. In each new house, I would search and search to find something that might tell part of the story of those who had been in the house before. I was thrilled when I found a pick-up-stick in the closet of my room in one big old house. Kinda' sad, yes, but I was 7.
Not until a few years ago did I ever feel like "something else" had been left behind. I was reminded of this when I started reading Grave's End by Elaine Mercado, a nurse who has written about her life in a haunted house. Fascinating and some of it (the early, lighter parts) rang home. The sensation of being watched. Of someone in the room with you. An unreasonable apprehension.
In my old apartment, I used to get those feelings. I would feel watched throughout the house and the anxiety would occur in various places, but both were worst in the stairwell. I would race through it to do laundry, talking loudly to the cat or singing to myself as a distraction. I never felt much at ease there. This echoes so closely the early stages of the haunting at Grave's End, I wonder who or what may have been in that apartment. What was their story?
Roelle kid happenings in July:
Dan's band, Theophilus is playing at Phoenix Cafe in Palmyra
Until July 23
Sonny will have some artwork on display (as CW Roelle) at CBGB's 313 Gallery in NYC:
Help Computer! is the title of the show
July 22-August 14
(including an artist panel on August 1)
Sonny/ CW will be in a show at South Country Art Association in Kingston, RI (ref the calendar on Sonny's site
Theophilus at the Jammin' for Jesus Festival
PS - I've learned links! Still working on images...
Sunday, July 04, 2004
If you're checking this out already, I'm one of the 3 Roelle kids:
Aprille the market researcher
Sonny the artist
Danny the drummer
Sonny and Danny should start posting once I have a chance to get the basics down and explain it all to them. Then we can get into the fun stuff - our thoughts, adventures, debates, and so on.
So, give me a bit to catch up on how this all works and then check back - hopefully it will be of interest!