- Name 1 comedy movie you’ve seen. Office Space
- Name 2 black and white films you remember seeing. Desk Set, Rear Window
- Name 3 dramas you thought were worth watching. Life As A House, House of Sand and Fog, (both of which are just gut-wrenching) Hotel Rwanda (arguably, I haven’t actually watched this, but I still think it’s worth watching)
- Name 4 television shows you watch on a regular (or semi-regular) basis. NCIS, Law & Order, CSI, House (season premiere tomorrow!)
- Name 5 things that, in your opinion, are advertised on television too frequently. Sex, alcohol, half-naked women, cars, any sort of re-financing/mortgage crap.
Which is more important– the actual experience, or the memory that remains of the experience after it is over?
I’m torn on this one. I think the memory is what remains and sticks with us, so ultimately that’s more important. But sometimes our memories can trick us, because I know that my childhood was good, but my memories don’t always reflect that, so I have to remind myself of that. And as time goes on, horrible experiences are significantly dulled, which is good but also makes it harder to explain them to others. The good times also fade a bit, which is just sad.
The actual experience is when we learn and grow and change. The memory is what stays and affects us, albeit on a much smaller scale, for a long time.
- Unbreakable:: Bruce Willis
- Have mercy:: John Stamos
- Do it better:: I can
- Settle scores:: get even
- Comments:: aren’t always welcome
- Craziest thing:: I’ve ever done was…
- Apple:: a day
- Halloween:: party
- Manageable:: task
- Trick:: or Treat
I know, I'm a horrible person. But I haven't had this much fun with a Halloween costume since I went as Titania in 2000.
So, as promised, here's the last teaser for tonight's costume.
While searching through old photos to come up with the Halloween one, I found these that I thought I’d share today:
My cat Montgomery, the first one I had in Michigan, rescued while on a youth group camping trip from the forest.
My next cat, Dallas, who found me in the parking lot of my apartment. He and Montgomery got along pretty well. I was sad to leave them in Michigan, but couldn't bring them with me to Minnesota.
Ah, moving to Michigan. Always nice to see all of your worldly belongings fit inside a trailer.
(And that included a couch and love seat and several other pieces of furniture that had just been given to me by ‘s then-girlfriend , since he’d just moved in with her, and I got the old furniture that morning before driving up to Michigan with and .)
Just before moving, here's me and Alison at my college graduation. It's been pointed out to me by a co-worker that I look exceptionally pale. Yeah, God made me white. Deal with it. (Also, this is why I don't wear black.)
- What’s the last item you mailed? A letter to my sponsored child in Columbia.
- Who has made you smile recently? Can’t you guess my answer by now?
- What’s the weather like outside? Kinda grey and there’s a chill in the air. Great coffee-drinking weather (see last meme).
- Do you consider yourself a good judge of character? I used to, but after having gotten burned multiple times (a college friend and two churches, to name a few), I dare not think I am anymore.
- What’s your favorite photograph? Favorite? Of what? Of me, I’ve got to go with my bridesmaid picture from ‘s wedding. Of scenery, one from any number of trips I’ve taken to a waterfront. Of people, what comes to mind first is the one of and and me all in the hammock outside our house on Asbury, particularly the one where is trying to get out of the hammock and her mouth is hanging open, because it’s funny.
- Are you a coffee or tea hound? If so, what is your favorite everyday poison? Grande White Chocolate Mocha, only from Starbucks.
- Are you a Starbucks fan, or another brand?
- If you are a coffee drinker, brewed or instant? If you prefer tea, loose or bagged? Not really a tea person, as much as I may have tried. has become quite the tea snob, though, and prefers loose tea (there are some other stipulations – perhaps she’ll throw them into the comments for you).
- What is your average daily intake? One from Q1. That’s it. Occasionally a can of Coca-Cola on the side, but that’s pushing it.
- What are the directions for making a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich? You’re gonna need bread, two slices, preferably of the really crappy worthless white kind, unless you want to go all gourmet. Take the peanut butter (creamy, preferably) and apply to one slice of bread. Try to make sure you go all the way out to the edges. Don’t spread it on too thick, or once you take a bite you’ll never again be able to open your mouth. Place second slice of bread on top. I suppose if you like jelly you should apply some of that, but really it belongs nowhere near my sandwich.
- How many weddings have you been to, and what is your most memorable wedding-related moment? Let’s see, of weddings in my memory, there are:
- Cousin Julie sometime during high school – I was in charge of the guest book, and and I got these grapevine hearts they’d used to decorate the church with, and we both still have ours.
- Cousin Vern in California my junior year of high school (fabulous trip to San Jose in the middle of February).
- Nate & Danyel at the end of sophomore year of college (trip up to Wisconsin, weekend at the cabin with friends).
- Cousin Mark Christmas 1997 right after my parents’ divorce (yeah, that was fun).
- Angie & Noah, and Stef & Jon at end of senior year of college (one right before moving to Michigan, one a few weeks later that I came back for).
- & Christian, summer of 2001 (?)
- , July 2002 – scripture reading, made special trip home from Arizona for the weekend (and enjoyed hot showers since the water heater had broke down in Arizona and wasn’t fixed until after we left at the end of the summer)
- My cousin Katie, August 2002
- , July 2003 – maid of honor
- & Chuck in Boston, May 2004 – scripture reading
- & Mike in Illinois, July 2004 – bridesmaid
- That’s… twelve, a nice even dozen. Most memorable moment was probably ‘s wedding, watching her walk down the aisle and I was trying so hard not to cry (though really it’s unlikely that any sister would succeed in that).
- Would you rather spend money on good times and nice things now or invest it for the future? I think that anyone who looked at my bank statement would know that I far too often spend money now and don’t look to the future. Also, I have no self-control where I’m involved (really, I have no problem saying “no” to others, but to myself? now that’s nearly impossible).
- Earlier this week, while acknowledging that there’s an acute shortage of priests in the Roman Catholic Church, bishops from around the world reaffirmed the Church’s stance on celibacy for its clergy. In your opinion, should Catholic priests be allowed to marry? I think that the Catholic Church can go wherever it wants to with that, since it really doesn’t affect my life, as a non-Catholic. Protestant pastors are allowed to marry all the time, and to me it makes them more human, and that’s a good thing. I’d rather take advice and guidance from someone who’s been through it and can ‘fess up. I take much more issue with their stance that women can’t be clergy, but that’s a whole other rant.
- diamonds or pearls?
- paperback or hardcover books?
- carpet or hardwood floors? every now and then I really miss carpeting though
- dogs or cats?
- fluffy or firm pillow? I actually prefer to sleep most of the time without a pillow at all, assuming I’m sleeping on my stomach.
- fine point or medium point pens?
- clocks a little fast or on time? really, a lot fast is more accurate. My bedside alarm clock has got to be at least 45 minutes fast right now (I don’t actually know how fast it is)
- mahjong or spider solitaire (or other)?
- wall calendar or desk calendar?
- ‘Survivor’ or ‘The Amazing Race?’ none – I despise reality television
- Infiltration:: Enemy
- Nice person:: he’s a…
- Debt:: -ors prison
- Settle down:: …start a family
- Thomas:: the Tank Engine
- Unforgivable:: sins
- Medicine:: to those who need it
- A year from now:: who knows
- Neighbors:: from Mars (???)
- Dripping:: with sarcasm
- When you’re in the privacy of your own home, what–if anything–do you tend to read while you’re in the bathroom? I don’t read in the bathroom, unless I’m taking a bath, which happens so rarely. If I’m so inclined, it would have to be something I wouldn’t care about accidentally dropping, so I’m gonna go with a women’s mag like Cosmo (trash).
- How did you first learn about your current job? They called me up for an interview. I honestly don’t remember sending in my resume, but I was applying for anything that I might be remotely qualified for at the time. They saved me from a really boring temp job.
- On this date in 1915, American Telephone and Telegraph Company engineers in Arlington, Virginia, initiated the very first transatlantic radiotelephone call (they called a telephone placed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France). What was the last country you placed a call to besides your own? I have never called another country. When I was in Romania, I think I made a call or two back home, but I don’t think that counts.
- If you had picked the winning numbers in this week’s Powerball Jackpot, which was worth an estimated $340,000,000.00, you would have been given the option of choosing between a one-time cash payment of $170 Million, or 30 annual payments of approximately $5.6 Million each. Which would you choose and why? I think I could handle the annual payments. The lump sum might not go so well (I don’t do so well with money, and with the annual payments, even if I blew it all in January, there’d be more next year, which would be something great to look forward to).
- Have you made any Halloween plans? There’s a party this Saturday which I’ve already mentioned, and the charity gig next Friday. As for the actual day I’ve got nothing. usually buys some candy for any kids who happen to come to our house, but my street is a lot of rentals and we don’t get very many.
- At what age should you stop trick-or-treating? At whatever point the majority of your peers will no longer wear costumes to school.
- What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy? I don’t think I have a favorite. Maybe Butterfingers – as a kid, those were the best.
- Are you more likely to trick someone else or be tricked yourself? Not a fan of being tricked myself… it’s possible I might decorate a certain co-worker’s cube again, but only if I’m feeling particularly creative (the Peeps at Easter were cute, but what exactly should I do for Halloween?).
- Do you believe in ghosts? Absolutely not. But you knew that. It doesn’t mean I’m not afraid of the dark though. Because I am, big baby.
(chosen for because on the linked page there’s a picture of Christopher Walken)
- What do you like or dislike about autumn? I love autumn, every part of it, with the exception of it’s promise that winter is right around the corner. Definitely my favorite season. Sweaters and blankets to wrap up in and the colors of clothing and how enjoyable it is to have a cup of hot cocoa when you come in from outdoors (but not necessary like it is in winter).
- Have you raked leaves into a pile just to jump in them? Sadly, no. I think when I was little though would make piles just so and I could party in the leaves. There are probably incriminating photos somewhere.
- Have you ever carved a pumpkin and how did it turn out? Yes I’ve carved a pumpkin, almost every year, with the exception of college, though I don’t think I did last year (but I was on a senior high retreat for Halloween weekend). Usually if I use one of the patterns they have now I do OK. When I was a kid (and all we had to play with was rocks and sticks and we didn’t have electricity or running water) and just cut one up, even when drawing it out first, it always turned out horribly.
- Have you ever eaten anything made from pumpkins other than pie? When I was in high school, YM Magazine (go way back in the days to retrieve that reference) had a recipe in one issue that was for Pumpkin-Chocolate Bread-in-a-Can. It was a marble-loaf kind of thing that you baked in 1lb coffee cans (pretty hard to come by). Everyone loved it, but we lost the recipe and have been unable to find one since.
- Where is a good spot to see the leaves change color where you live? All along the river, and probably up north, but I haven’t actually done that myself to say for sure.
[This] is a weekend guide for people who would rather floss with a nail gun than stand in a crowded bar, or just don’t get out as much as they would like.
What a great quote. Flossing with a nail gun, now there’s an idea.
pointed out last night that I’ve been known to spell “y’all” incorrectly. (Bonus points for that, you know.) So I had to go perusing through the archives searching for the incorrect version “ya’ll.” It’s just how I pronounce it, I think, that makes me want to put the apostrophe in the wrong spot. All fixed now (except for this post).
In my defense, I have to say that lots of people spell it wrong. Just do a Google search. (I only did it 4 times, plus wherever in emails that I’ve sent the last month or so.)