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Feb. 21st, 2008

garden state - music

Lyrics meme

So I'm totally wasting time that I don't have to do this meme.  I always miss it when it comes around, but I always want to do it, so I'm nicking this one from rowan_d, and saying the hell with not having time.

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line(s) from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song. (Skip the instrumentals, the remixes and the mashups)
Step 3: Let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

1. "Don't chase ghosts, don't get too close."

2. "The summer days are gone too soon."

3. "I'm gonna ask you so you understand…what you done with your time?"

4. "The Atlantic was born today and I'll tell you how."

5. "They say an end can be a start."

6. " Remember the weight of the world, it’s a sound that we used to buy."

7. " Don't know why I'm still afraid--if you weren't real I would make you up."

8. "She's reformed, just like the neighbor's girl."

9. "Helping the kids out of their coats, but wait the babies haven't been born."

10. "Cover me with kisses, baby, cover me with love."

11. "I feel like a quote out of context withholding the rest."

12. "Boy, you're gonna carry that weight a long time."

13. "I'm the singer, I'm the singer in the band. You're the loser, I won't dismiss you out of hand."

14. "No one seems to be around today."

15. "Heaven, I need a drug, her eyes are all but fixed on her coffee cup."

16. " When winter comes along these shores, Old Hollywood we're knocking down."

17. "I'm coming up only to hold you under."

18. "I feel the room surround me with possibility."

19. "On the bus, that's where we're ridin'."

20. " Well, I walked over the bridge into the city where I live and I saw my old landlord."

Feb. 19th, 2008

happy birthday

Another birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to siggy63!

(I realize it's late across the pond, but it's still February 19th for another hour over here!) 

I hope your day was simply fabulous!
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Feb. 18th, 2008

happy birthday

Birthdays!!

Some quick birthday wishes before I forget...
Happy belated birthday to roothekittykat!
I hope your day was great!

And happy birthday to rachel_wilder!
Hope you're having a fabulous one!

Aug. 29th, 2007

happy birthday

Happy Birthday!

Wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to rowan_d

I hope your day is wonderful and fabulous and filled with surprises!  Enjoy it to the fullest!

Aug. 28th, 2007

happy birthday

Happy Birthday!

And on a brighter note,

Happy Birthday to lisaalvarado!!!

Lisa, I hope you have a fabulous day and a bright year to come filled with all the blessings you deserve!
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clementine - piece of mind

Farewell, Sallie

I've been busy over the last few days and happened to turn on my laptop last night only to find out about Sallie's passing this weekend.  I just want to extend my deepest sympathies to her family and the many people on my flist who knew her much, much better than I did. 

Sallie was such a joyous presence on the BtS boards and in the XF fandom community at large.  I have fond memories of the support and encouragement she offered to everyone with whom she came into contact, as well as her sparkling humor and generous spirit.  She was as quick with a prayer as she was with a kind feedback email.  Still, when I think about all the lives she was able to touch because of the online community, it makes me believe in the real magic of the Internet to bring people together.  Sallie, you will be missed by many.

Jul. 23rd, 2007

hermione - gof - thinker

Harry Potter weekend

Well, my Harry Potter weekend has drawn to a close.  Saw "Order of the Phoenix" on Friday night, paced like a restless idiot until the Book came Saturday afternoon, was thrilled by the adorable Amazon packaging ("Attention Muggles---do not open until July 21!")  read voraciously off and on while trying to still be at least a semblance of a mother and wife, and finished before midnight last night. My husband is certain that I'm finally completely and utterly insane, and my daughters, who aren't quite ready for the later HP books, have pestered me relentlessly for spoilers.  (Those 7-year old spoiler hounds---they're persistent!)

And I didn't skip to the end to peek for once in my life.  Not once.  Aside from some nervous checking of my Amazon account and tracking my package early Saturday afternoon, I stayed off the Internet and blissfully unaware of any spoilers.  This is a level of literary patience and self-control I didn't know I possessed, although evidently not enough control to stretch out the experience of the Last Book.  But I don't care---we all waited years for the end, why torture myself any longer?

It's still way too early to post anything about content.  I will say that I was thrilled to pieces with the OotP film, despite the inevitable condensing, and couldn't stop thinking about it all Friday night.  As for the book, for now I will say only that J.K. Rowling has honored her readers by giving us a well-told tale, and I will be pleased to introduce my daughters to the rest of this wonderful series as soon as they are ready.

Jul. 3rd, 2007

happy birthday

Happy Birthday!

Happy (slightly) early birthday to roseyniswitrin!!!  Wishing you a great day in advance, since I may not make it to the computer tomorrow.  Have a great holiday and wonderful birthday!
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May. 17th, 2006

zoe - think

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Not much new today.

It still feels like late winter here. Still have annoying allergies. There's still an ongoing drama with my husband's job that is feeding my headache. But all this will pass.

But I did have a lovely Mother's Day that was shared with friends and family this past weekend. Even though the weather did not lend itself to the outdoor activities we had planned, we still had a very nice gathering and all the mothers felt loved, which is the way it should be.

As work as been slow this week, I wrote fic yesterday in one of my more bored moments. I'm really trying to seize on those windows of time when I can write, and actually accomplish something. Although I would have preferred it to be toward one of my RL fic projects---or even the XF WIP that's been dangling for far too long---what came out was a short "Firefly" fic.

I wasn't exactly looking for another fandom, but it seems that "Firefly" has jumped up and grabbed me. Although I've been dabbling here and there, reading bits of fic (and even writing a snippet or two for SG-1) for SG-1, BSG, and the occasional Harry Potter (the fine work of toniann being a prime HP example), nothing has engaged me to the point of actively participating in another fandom since XF. But these characters are rich and full with lots of room for speculation, and there's a nice mix of angst, humor, and crackling dialogue that appeals to me.

This was for a prompt at a Firefly challenge community, ff_friday, and I actually took the plunge and posted. If you're a Firefly fan and you've seen the Big Damn Movie ::spoiler alert!!::, I'd love to share it with you. I've posted it in a new journal, jadehawthorne (using another pen name that I used for short vignettes in the XF fandom) that I've designated for Firefly fic, should I decide to write more of it. I'll also post it here behind the cut, if you're interested. We'll see where this leads...

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May. 4th, 2006

clementine - piece of mind

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Just bits of randomness today…

Just went to the greenhouse and bought Boston ferns for my front porch and lots of herbs to add to my herb garden. What I've called a "vegetable" garden is officially turning into a full-fledged herb garden this year, since those grow so much better than the veggies. I have healthy crops of oregano, thyme, sage, chives, and lavender already, so I'm adding Italian parsley, tarragon, lemon balm, and chervil to the usual dill and basil annuals that I buy every year.

Gardening always gets me excited about summer. I love planting and using what I grow, but I detest mulching, weeding, and all the upkeep---then again, don't we all?

Well, except for my mother… she loves it all. Can't get enough of it. She's a teacher, so she has all summer to putter around, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and planting more and more and more. My parents' house looks like a Better Homes and Gardens spread to the nth degree. My husband questions whether there's an addiction at play, and I have to say that he has a point, having spent the better part of my childhood summers shoveling and spreading mulch for my mom.

But anyway, I don't have that kind of time. And last year, I finally realized that I needed to do only the kind of gardening that was in my grasp, and that's turned out to be perennials in my flower beds, a modest herb/vegetable garden, and lots of potted plants on my porch and deck. And I enjoy that. :) But with my childhood gardening imprinting, I have to fight back those epic garden aspirations every single spring.

And in other news, I'm going to be an aunt again! My sister is pregnant with her second child and is due to deliver in December. That will make four December babies in our family, with my girls, her son, and the new one. Good grief! We'd best just declare it Party Month.

But I'm excited about another baby to cuddle. The girls are beside themselves, unlike when their first cousin was born, when they regarded the little wrinkled bundle with suspicion and winced every time I said, "What a sweet little baby!" The other day they told me that they would really like to have a baby sister or brother, and I watched DH squirm. (Now, in a perfect world---you know, one where I had plenty of disposable income and never had to work again---I would totally have another one. This is not that world, however. And besides, as cute and wonderful as babies are, I'm really enjoying the way my girls are developing into lovely little human beings, and I'm grateful that I can focus on that.) So I nodded at them, and smiled, and said, "That would be wonderful, wouldn't it, girls?" while their father squirmed some more, lost in memories of waking up to squalling infants on a two-hour nursing schedule.

Had a nice time going out of town Saturday night. My brother's band, Goodbye Sonsplayed a show in Murfreesboro (which is very near Nashville), and it was the first show they've played in a college town---so it was a big deal that they were actually reaching their desired demographic! DH and I volunteered to sell T-shirts and CDs for them, for which they were very grateful. The show turned out great! They rocked the house and kept it packed from 10:30 till 1:30, which was really terrific for a relatively unknown group. I'm hoping we can get them booked for a lot more shows around the area this summer.

I've had time to watch a few things over the past week. Absolutely fell in love with HBO's "Elizabeth I". Helen Mirren is a goddess, just a goddess! If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend catching it on repeats. It's well done, historically realistic, and visually stunning. Mirren and Jeremy Irons are fantastic in it. (And of course, that necessitated a rewatch of "Elizabeth" with Cate Blanchett, which is always a pleasure to view.)

Watched "Jarhead" with DH, and was very surprised that I liked it. But I love Sam Mendes's work, and this was no exception. Now, I don't like war movies, as a rule, but this broke the mold and really explored the emotional side of modern warfare. Interesting...

And we watched "The Corpse Bride" with the girls, and what a delightfully twisted fairytale that was. The girls were just enchanted---and even figured out the "twist" early on in the movie. They continue to love "The Man Who Is Willie Wonka", otherwise known as Johnny Depp.

Okay, enough randomness for now... :)

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