Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
THE 99 THINGS MEME
Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to - leave in plain font
1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland/world.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo. *only in the car!
11. Bungee jumped.
12. Visited Paris.
13. Watched a lightning stormat sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch hiked.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a marathon.
28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.*Starr, Mississippi is as far as I got :)
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37.Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.
41. Sung Karaoke. *Ha.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
74. Toured the Everglades.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone's life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a law suit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.
Wow, that is a wide-ranging list of stuff!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Eagle vs Shark
Under the Tuscan Sun
Children of Men
Midnight Meat Train
The Electric Michelangelo
The Canterbury Tales (new translation by Burton Raffel)
The Walking Dead: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, (I don’t know if there is a Book 4 yet)
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
The Book of Lost Things
Throne of Jade
Black Powder War
Empire of Ivory
Victory of Eagles
Diamond Anniversary Edition Scrabble
Charles Wysocki jigsaw puzzle
A deck of regular playing cards
Of course, I always allow that a hug and a kiss will always be the perfect gift, but if you are in a buying mood then you now have some leads!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
"To provide nearly everyone on the planet with a liquid crystal display is utopian. Are we not, therefore, in the process of creating a new elite, of drawing a new line to divide the world between those who have access to communication and knowledge, and those who are left out? . . . [The book] is practical, easy to handle, economical. It does not require any particular technological prowess, and keeps well in any climate."--J.M.G. Le Clézio. The Guardian observed that Le Clézio, in his Nobel Lecture, "looked to the wider world . . . warning of the dangers of information poverty and calling for publishers to increase their efforts to put books in the hands of people around the world."
That is all.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Last Wednesday I began to feel bad around 11am and it just went downhill from there. I was SiCk Wed night, all day Thurs (I missed Thanksgiving and spent it huddled in the recliner, shivering) and Fri (I went to the dr. and got meds). Sat was a better day and I went to K’s Crafturday. She rented a room in her local community center and about 7 or 8 women (me included) showed up and crafted. There was quilting, sewing, cross stitching and scrapbooking going on from 9-3. I managed pretty well but was very glad to get back to the house, the recliner and the blanket. After a nap, I went to meet E at the movies for my second viewing of Twilight. I am nearly out of the vortex, only about 100-150 more pages to go in Breaking Dawn, then E and I are going to have to have a lunch discussion.
This week has been SO much better than last week and hey, I lost 8 pounds last week! At least there’s a bright side to not attending a Thanksgiving festivity
I have a busy schedule over the course of the next few days so I’ll do my best to get back in here and let you in on the fun!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I'm joining the 100+ Reading Challenge for 2009...I'm vowing to read 100 books or more next year, join up too why don't you!?! Go over to J. Kay's Book Blog, sign up, and get your reading on...well, next year anyway!
Over at the Book Lady's Blog, A great new meme is making its presence known throughout the blogosphere, The ABC List of Favorite Books!…I mean, I managed to find it so surely it will make its way around soon J Anyway, type out your alphabet and see how many YOU can fill in!
B-The Book Thief, The Book of Lost Things
C-Chocolat, City of
E-The Electric Michelangelo
F-Five Quarters of the
G-A Game of Thrones, Gargoyle, The
H-His Majesty’s Dragon, Hero and the Crown, Host, Heartsick
I-I am the Messenger
L-Lace Reader, Lightning’s Daughter, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him
N-Now You See Her
O-Open Season, Old Man’s War
P-People of the Book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Pillars of the Earth
S-Sunshine, Sunday’s With Vlad, The Sugar Queen
T-The Taking, The Teacher’s Funeral, The Thirteenth Tale
U-The Uncommon Reader
V-The Virgin Blue, A Voyage Long and Strange, Vertical Run
W-Water For Elephants, The Worst Hard Time, Water Mirror
Y-Year of Wonders
Z-Z is for Zachariah, Zookeeper’s Wife
Anyone reading? If so, make an ABC List of Favorites post on your own blog or bloggy type application.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I am still LoViNg my new tattoo. It makes me smile at least 5 times per day. Of course, now that this has healed up I'm already thinking of what I want next. I have absolutely no idea how someone just gets one tattoo.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
the crud has decended and I have been stricken....SO not looking forward to work tomorrow :(
Friday, November 14, 2008
Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, not your favorite or most intellectual.
The Yankees surrendered, and that evening Forrest's men were on their way again, leaving as fast as they had come. Hearing the news of Forrest's raid on Murfreesboro, and fearing a threat to their hold on the state's capital itself, the Union army at Nashville quickly pulled back from the forces they had too confidently spread all across Middle and West Tennessee. For the rest of the summer and fall the Union army would remain encamped in and around Nashville behind strong fortifications. And so it was to Murfreesboro that Bragg now, in late fall, decided to concentrate his entire Army of Tennessee. He hoped to entice the Union army into a battle in which Bragg would hold the defensive advantage.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
There Are 2 Gaps in Your Knowledge
Where you have gaps in your knowledge:
Where you don't have gaps in your knowledge:
Dear Midnight Meat Train,
It was so great to see you on Wednesday night at the old, one-screen Clay Theatre in San Francisco. Pretty awesome that someone caught your pitiful theatrical release and decided to book you for a two-night run here. Actual people do things so much better than corporations sometimes.
Anyway, there's no easy way to say this: I love you. In fact, I think I might be in love with you. Deep inside I think you know the depth of my affection. But let me list just a few examples of your awesomeness.
I love how artfully, how meticulously, you were directed. You're freakin' beautiful, is what you are. What happened to the Ryuhei Kitamura who made the smug, ugly, useless Versus? I wasn't prepared for this evocative, moody plunge into bleakness. Every shot is a wonderfully unreal composition of light and shadow; every angle and camera move seems calculated to make you as unsettling as possible.
I love that you took the time to get the details right. The little things -- they're so difficult. The relationship between the main character and his girlfriend/fiance is believable and sweet; there are some genuinely lovely scenes in the first half, moments where you just pause to regard these people outside of the plot. And those photos that are supposed to make Leon a star in the New York art world? Those are actually some great freakin' photos. I bought it, y'know?
I love the way the ending makes your story bigger instead of smaller. Most horror movies turn out to be so puny -- it usually turns out that the killer was abused as a child, or is taking revenge against bullies, or is just evil, with no motivation at all. What a joy to see one that opens up to reveal something larger, something scarier. (I understand we have Clive Barker to thank for this.) And I loved how you let apparent incongruencies linger uncomfortably, risking our thinking you stupid, before explaining them in the final minutes.
I love that you have a moral dimension. What is the artist's role in depicting the awful, horrible things in the world? How far can he go to seek them out? At what point does he become complicit in them? These are questions you actually take seriously. Layers! In a gory horror flick! Remarkable.
We have to be apart until Lionsgate finally decides to put you on DVD (although Comcast customers who feel like watching you on TV can do so). In the meantime, though, I plan to rave about you to anyone who'll listen. I'm tolerant of the Sawfranchise, but Saw V's 3,000 screen release this weekend is kind of pissing me off now.
Oh, I forgot one thing: I've been calling you Midnight Meat Train for short, but I love how your title is actually The Midnight Meat Train. Old-fashioned, but so appropriate.
Until next time,Eugene
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
. . . for all my ghoulish
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
. . . and a good time was had by all.
continued . . .