::Pausing Moments::

Last night we watched Pride & Prejudice again (one of the five movies that aren’t packed), and, as always, it was wonderful. Characters to love, characters to hate…. I think they picked the perfect actors/actresses for almost every part, the costumes are wonderful, and… the scenery is gorgeous. Who doesn’t want to visit England after watching that movie? (Though, arguably, one would need to bring a raincoat, umbrella, and galoshes, since it seems to rain a lot there.)

There’s a scene towards the end that I could live in. It’s early morning, and Elizabeth goes for a walk on her property. And who appears out of the mist? Mr. Darcy, in his long coat, calmly walking across the field.

That moment – the peace, the calm, the anticipation, knowing that “happily ever after” is about to arrive – I could live in that moment forever.

in a moment... forever...

Well, maybe not forever, but you get the idea. The only similar scene I could come up with was from Sense & Sensibility (another Austen favorite), when Elinor Dashwood receives Edward Ferrars and learns that the Mr. Ferrars who recently was married was not Edward. That scene is the opposite of calm, but is still full of that delicious anticipation that we know is about to be fulfilled.

Do you have any moments you could “live in forever” ?


I think I could sleep standing up today. I’d give it a try, but I’m afraid of getting hurt. Really, though, I’m quite tired, and am glad that I get to sleep in a bit tomorrow. We do plan to get up and go to the bank first thing in the morning to talk to them about getting a CD, and then I have to drop the ornaments off at the post office, and then it’s over to ‘s to go to the No Coast Craft-o-Rama. I should be home mid-afternoon, though, so I can take a nap or just get to work quilting ‘s quilt. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

And, I’ve been meaning to try to go to church – it is Advent, you know, and I feel really disconnected from Christmas without Sunday morning services. However, the church I’d like to try only has one service on Sunday mornings, and it’s at 9:30, which is a tad early for my preferences. I suppose I should just suck it up and go, but it’s hard to get motivated to get out of a warm bed on Sunday mornings, now that I don’t have to anymore.

If you enjoyed yesterday’s post about employment at the State, you should check it out again because someone left (an unfortunately anonymous) a comment that offers a different opinion. I’ve chosen not to argue, because I don’t like doing that and I think that the free exchange of ideas allows you to make up your own mind about things.

Last night for Date Night we went to see Bolt, which was good, but not nearly as high quality as Pixar films (Bolt is a Disney film). It was a good storyline, and had some really funny characters (the pigeons and the hamster were my favorites), but just fell slightly short of being excellent. Worth checking out on Netflix though, in a few months.

I need a new purse, and am hoping to find one tomorrow at the craft fair. Or two. And maybe an ornament for , or some other Christmas gifts. We’ll see.

…in which we are ever-so-exciting

Last night was date night (as Thursdays are, though next semester I have a Thursday night class, so date night will be rescheduled to Friday night, which is usually date night like anyways, since I’m always unmotivated to do homework). I left work at 3:30 (since class was canceled and the earliest bus I could catch home was 3:36) and stopped at Michael’s on the way home to pick up some floss I needed, as well as some hoops. I also bought some new needles in the right size, a thimble (not in the right size, that has been adopted by as the greatest cat toy ever, for today at least), and some beeswax (to help me stop my disgusting habit of licking the floss to thread it through the needle. All in under 20 minutes!

We had some lovely spaghetti (cooked by ), and watched Hellboy II (terribly entertaining, I must say). Once the movie was over, I looked at the clock and it was… 7:30. Wow, that’s very early. How’d that happen. But, the brand-new Kowalski’s had opened on Thursday, a mere .9 miles from our house, so we thought we’d check it out. Many other people had the same idea. There were lots of couples and groups of 3 walking around, pointing at things and saying “ooh, they have…” and everybody had a basket with about one thing in it. Regardless of not needing any groceries, we managed to spend $20, which is still cheaper than dinner and a movie.

When we got home, I continued working on the towel I’m embroidering for for Christmas (one of two, actually). I’m really enjoying this particular project, and I’m thinking I can get it wrapped up this weekend, which is also good. It’s bright and colorful and sweet and fun, and she will definitely love it. Plus, I’m using all sorts of different stitches (OK, like four or five), which is nice. Sadly, no pictures for you, again. Hopefully I’ll take some this weekend.

Only a little bit of homework this weekend, and lots of crafting (getting back to work on ‘s quilt, since his birthday is in less than a month), slowly emerging from this forced hibernation. Does it count if I think about my friends and family a lot? Because I do, really I do.

Movie Meme

Like the earlier book list, bolded are the ones I’ve seen…. (From AFI’s top 100 movies). I’m eliminating the 3 the original poster added as well as the idea to add 3 of my own to the end. I also italicized the ones I intend on never watching, just to emphasize that I will never complete this list (to be fair, there were a whole bunch I’d prefer to never watch, but thought that it could happen some day and I wouldn’t die, so I tried to be very cautious about what I said I’d never watch, as one tends to have to eat things like that).

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. Casablanca (1942)
  3. The Godfather (1972) – I have no need for this in my life. Any pop culture references (where I would find the only value to lay) can be explained by boys who have seen this movie.
  4. Gone With The Wind (1939)
  5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  7. The Graduate (1967)
  8. On The Waterfront (1954)
  9. Schindler’s List (1993) – I’d prefer to not watch this, but I suspect that at some point it will be my duty as a Social Studies teacher to do so. If I can get by without, however, I will do so.
  10. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
  11. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  12. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  13. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  14. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  15. Star Wars (1977)
  16. All About Eve (1950)
  17. The African Queen (1951)
  18. Psycho (1960) – Another movie I have no need for in my life.
  19. Chinatown (1974)
  20. One Flew Over The Cukoo’s Nest (1975)
  21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  23. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  24. Raging Bull (1980)
  25. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  26. Dr. Strangelove (1964) – I’d prefer to not watch. I don’t think I’ll get it. At all. But we own it, so, you know, I could accidentally watch it.
  27. Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
  28. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  29. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
  30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  31. Annie Hall (1977)
  32. The Godfather Part II (1974) – See #3.
  33. High Noon (1952)
  34. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  35. It Happened One Night (1934)
  36. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  37. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
  38. Double Indemnity (1944)
  39. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  40. North by Northwest (1959)
  41. West Side Story (1961)
  42. Rear Window (1954)
  43. King Kong (1933) – I tried and only got about 10 minutes in before the quality was too much, or rather, lack of quality. I’ve seen the new one, and that’ll have to be good enough.
  44. The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
  45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  46. A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Another movie I don’t think I’ll get and would prefer not to watch.
  47. Taxi Driver (1976)
  48. Jaws (1975)
  49. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  50. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
  51. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  52. From Here To Eternity (1953)
  53. Amadeus (1984)
  54. All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
  55. The Sound Of Music (1965)
  56. M*A*S*H (1970) – I’d prefer not to. The television show annoys me. What is there to make me think the movie will be different?
  57. The Third Man (1949)
  58. Fantasia (1940)
  59. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
  60. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
  61. Vertigo (1958)
  62. Tootsie (1982)
  63. Stagecoach (1939)
  64. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
  65. The Silence Of The Lamb (1991) – No. Just… no.
  66. Network (1976)
  67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  68. An American In Paris (1951)
  69. Shane (1953)
  70. The French Connection (1971)
  71. Forrest Gump (1994)
  72. Ben-Hur (1959)
  73. Wuthering Heights (1939)
  74. The Gold Rush (1925)
  75. Dances With Wolves (1990)
  76. City Lights (1931)
  77. American Graffiti (1973)
  78. Rocky (1976) – Again, would prefer not to, but we own it. I have seen Rocky IV though. Or was it V? I don’t remember, nor do I really care.
  79. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  80. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  81. Modern Times (1936)
  82. Giant (1956)
  83. Platoon (1986)
  84. Fargo (1996) – Watched enough of this to know that… I don’t find it funny, just disturbing. No redeeming qualities for me.
  85. Duck Soup (1933)
  86. Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
  87. Frankenstein (1931)
  88. Easy Rider (1969)
  89. Patton (1970)
  90. The Jazz Singer (1927)
  91. My Fair Lady (1964)
  92. A Place In The Sun (1951)
  93. The Apartment (1960)
  94. Goodfellas (1990) – Goes along with The Godfather trilogy, in terms of not needing to watch it.
  95. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  96. The Searchers (1956)
  97. Bringing Up Baby (1938) – Tried unsuccessfully several times to watch this, but it was just awful. I wanted to like it, but it just didn’t work for me. Wrong Hepburn, perhaps.
  98. Unforgiven (1992)
  99. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)
  100. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

So my tally then, is 31 watched and 8 never watching, a bunch of “should watch” and some “never heard of its.”


Have you seen trailers for Becoming Jane yet?  I just saw one this morning and… I can’t wait!  Of course, it comes on the heels of watching The Devil Wears Prada last weekend where Anne Hathaway was really good.  Or maybe just the movie was good and she was in it.  Whatever.

So, girls, we’re going, right?

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Voyage :: of the Dawn Treader
  2. Patricia :: Boss
  3. Transformation :: butterfly
  4. Vocabulary :: large
  5. San Francisco:: good times
  6. Edward :: Scissorhands
  7. Sawyer :: Brown
  8. Literary :: Target
  9. Tiger :: Lion
  10. Seal :: Cub

There are no good synonyms for “random” (I checked)

  • Last night on the bus ride home, there was a blind woman and her guide dog sitting near the front. The driver proceeded to describe, in detail, the entire trip. It included descriptions like “the city is laid out around the capital with the roads coming out of it like spikes” (I didn’t know that), “I don’t really know where I am,” and “this is a really cute neighborhood with lots of coffee shops and restaurants and so forth” (referring to my neighborhood). It was kinda fun, though that middle part was a bit frightening. (I’m guessing she just meant she’s a Minneapolis gal and not a St Paul gal, as most bus drivers seem to associate themselves with one or the other, and then when they’re in the opposite one, claim ignorance about local buses and sights.)
  • Dad called three times last night, and I missed all three attempts. He’s in North Carolina (has been since sometime last week) and won’t be returning until Sunday night. This puts a slight crimp in a few wedding details that are in the works. Oh well.
  • Miracle of miracles, Bryan cleaned the house yesterday. A potential roommate came over, so he got the place all nice-looking. Swept the floors and cleaned the kitchen and bathroom.
  • So, I cooked in my kitchen. Salmon with beans and carrots (from the farmer’s market) and a French baguette with olive oil. Then I had Twizzlers for desert.
  • This morning while out for coffee, a bird crapped on my shoulder. No joke. That hasn’t happened to me since 4th grade when I was on a Girl Scout camping trip.
  • I tried to finish watching “One True Thing” that I’d recorded and watched most of last week. It was on the Indie channel, and was really good, but kinda depressing so I couldn’t finish it (Renee Zellweger’s mom is terminally ill, for a brief plot synopsis). I had half an hour left. But the last 10 minutes were blank. And… I think it’s actually more than that that I’m missing. So I’ll have to Netflix it I guess. Do I remember how to login?

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Happen :: -ed one night
  2. Terribly :: lonely (I’m not, btw)
  3. History :: Channel
  4. Master :: and Commander
  5. Petrified :: Wood
  6. Moan :: Sigh
  7. Attack :: from Outer Space
  8. Picture :: Book
  9. Students :: Running Amok
  10. Potter :: Harry

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Partner :: in crime
  2. News :: Radio
  3. Foam :: Noodle
  4. Paycheck :: Mel Gibson (that was Payback, actually)
  5. Me :: and you, outside
  6. Eight :: o’clock
  7. Dairy :: farm
  8. Exciting :: as a …
  9. Hockey :: stick
  10. Socialite :: bimbo

What a lovely day

Well, truthfully, it is a gorgeous day outside. However, I am inside at work, and don’t really want to be here today. It’s going to be a long day. I’ve been doing great with work all week, and then today hit and… I dunno. Bored and unmotivated.

However, just now, outside of Macy’s, an old man told me I was beautiful. I smiled politely and thanked him. Don’t hear that very often – I doubt anyone does. Except maybe Angelina Jolie. She probably hears a leveling amount of criticism though, too. And really, would you want to hear that all the time? Wouldn’t it cease to have meaning? I didn’t mean it to sound like a complaint. I happen to run into people every now and then who have set “making others smile” as their life goal. One of the guards at the info desk in our building is that way – first time I walk past him in a day, it’s smile and hello. Then every time after that, it’s “that’s a beautiful sweater,” or “enjoy your snack,” or “I really like those earrings.” It’s very sweet, and without fail it makes me smile. Of course, I don’t walk past him very often right now because I try to spend as much time outside, which means not taking the escalator short-cut

My hair feels really nice today. Which probably means that it looks like crap. But it feels really nice. (Had a haircut yesterday.) On my way home, I realized that while I’d had a dentist appointment, gone to work, gotten my hair cut, and done my grocery shopping, at no point in the day had I been more than 2 miles from my house. Which brought my thoughts in parallel with…

“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, not small, but valuable. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.” -You’ve Got Mail

That was much more poignant last night, I promise. It doesn’t seem as deep of a thought in the daylight hours. C’est la vie.

I need a project at work. I could make one up, if only I could think of something that needs doing.


I haven’t really written anything of substance in a while, have I. What have I been up to? Well, there are two weeks left of the semester, so you take a guess.

  • Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Re-read above for purpose of writing paper
  • Wrote paper on above Sunday morning
  • Read Kaffir Boy
  • Re-read above for purpose of writing paper – this was basically Saturday
  • Wrote paper on above Sunday morning
  • Went to see Race: Are We So Different? at the Science Museum on Thursday after work, comp ticket courtesy of Liz
  • Wrote paper on above experience for extra-credit Sunday afternoon
  • There was a lot of other reading of various textbooks
  • And a quiz or two
  • I did manage to have time to clean a little bit sometime last week, so the large pile of crap that had spilled all over the floor is now a smallish pile of paperwork sitting atop my laundry bin (yeah, not the best place for filing)
  • I also made time to clean the fish tank, which is much better now, though there’s still an algae issue – I’m working on it
  • I did not make time to clean the litterbox until Sunday night. I should have made time for that earlier.
  • Rewarded self on Saturday by letting myself take time to go see Blades of Glory, which Prince Charming and I have been meaning to see for more than a month now.
  • I haven’t gone grocery shopping in several weeks. Pizza Luce has visited my house a few times though.
  • We also spent a little bit of time working on our registries, which are looking pretty good. Once classes are over, I need to decide on the stationary for our invites, and buy the silk flowers to make the bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids, so that I can take them with me to confirm with the florist.

We finally got our grades back on the last exam in my online class, the one I wasn’t sure how I did on. I knew the subject matter and thought I got the answers right, but my essays really didn’t seem long enough to be worth the points. What grade did I get, you ask? 79.5. Out of 80. I missed half a point. Why do I worry about grades again?

It will be nice to have the summer off. Even though there will still be wedding planning, there won’t be three classes and all the homework that comes with that. That will be nice. I’m setting up my hammock as soon as I submit my last final exam. I haven’t seen my friends in forever. I know Liz has (or had?) a job interview, and there was mention of shopping as well. Amanda and I have quite conflicting calendars, which will end when the semester does.

It is the final stretch, however. I’ve got…

  • A lot of reading
  • Some online discussions to participate in, which includes finishing watching Hotel Rwanda (we got to a point that I just couldn’t handle it anymore – the nuns having to leave the kids from the orphanage was just too much)
  • One quiz
  • Three final exams (none of which are cumulative)

That’s it! It was nice to get those papers done on Sunday.

This weekend, apart from the regular homework, we are having brunch at Mom’s house with Prince Charming’s parents. And Grant is being dedicated (kinda like baptism, but not) on Sunday morning. I think Prince Charming is going to Festival of Nations on Saturday, but I will be at home doing homework. Maybe studying for my finals, so that Mother’s Day weekend, which is also Prince Charming’s 25th birthday, I can have some time to celebrate with those I love (no, Matea, this does not mean you; and, lest the rest of you think I’m crazy, she’s been known to turn the music on in iTunes, so it’s not outside the world of possibility that she could find my blog – OK so it is, but… whatever).

I did get a new book at work, so I’m spending my time reading Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual. Work bought it for me. It may not be exciting to you, but it is to me. I still haven’t figured out how to do the things that I’m looking for, but I’m only on page 143, of 936.

Back to my reading!

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Freak :: of Nature
  2. Open :: Door Policy
  3. Important :: Urgent!
  4. Magnetism :: Animal
  5. Lap :: Dance (apologies for my dirty thoughts)
  6. Anything :: Say… (great 80s movie)
  7. Match :: Maker
  8. Father :: of the Bride
  9. Idea :: Great
  10. Mirror :: Mirror, on the wall…


I’m moving. Now, before you get too excited, you already knew that. You know, some time in the next six months. In the last 24 hours, however, Prince Charming and I looked at a map and picked out where to start looking for an apartment, and our service worker brought me up six empty boxes from shipping (the ones that hold reams of paper), and promised that there were “tons down there.” I’m afraid that he’s going to bring me 6 every day until it’s empty. But that’s OK. Boxes are good. I’ll bring some home on Monday night and see what I can box up. Now I just need to decide if it’s worth it to pack them and put them in the basement, or if I just want to start a nice stack in the front room. Perhaps this is worth of discussing with my roommates, ya think?

Still no computer yet. Not even an email asking me what software I need installed. So, it looks like I’ll be taking the early bus home. Prince Charming is going out to a movie with his dad and brother, so I might spend some time tonight playing the piano, checking out my as-of-yet-unused Pride and Prejudice soundtrack book. Or I might read a book for fun (I brought Mr Darcy Takes A Wife… hmm, notice a pattern?). I don’t have any homework this weekend, and I couldn’t find a knitting project to bring. Clearly, this is a problem. I suppose I could just… sit on the couch and watch TV without multi-tasking. To repeat what Prince Charming said last night, “how in the world did I spend my time before I went back to college?” He’s right – what did I do? I watched more TV and paid more attention to it, that’s for sure. And I read books and knit. And… hmm. Well, before I met him, there were those three years that I worked 12-20 hours a week at the church. That took up some of my time too.

I get to see Grant again on Sunday! This makes three times in 8 days! Amazing. And Alison emailed me more pictures – very cute. Have a great Easter!


I almost forgot to mention… I have a new favorite story. I have to say “story” because I haven’t actually read the book, but I finally finished the PBS Masterpiece Theatre version and it is an amazing story. Perhaps better than “Mansfield Park,” though it’s hard to judge because on that one I’ve only read the book and haven’t seen a movie adaptation, so it’s almost like comparing apples and oranges. Anyways, I can’t wait to read the book, you know, when I have time to read books again.

Oh, and I’m more than likely staying home from work tomorrow. Boss told me to stay home and get better and not worry about them. Will do, chief. Of course, I still have to get up and go to class, which kinda sucks, but I’ll get to go home after that and take a nap. And wear jeans to class. If we didn’t have a quiz tonight, I’d consider being absent from class, but I’ll just have to suffer through. It seems as though the Alka-Seltzer Cold that I took is doing a better job than the Mucinex, so that’s good.

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Soldier :: Child (just read a Star Tribune article about that)
  2. Lipton :: Iced Tea
  3. Reason:: -able
  4. Terms :: of Endearment
  5. Positive :: terminal
  6. Example :: included
  7. Legacy :: of…
  8. Solo :: -ist
  9. Instrument :: of destruction
  10. Later :: in the day