Moon meme.

Mar. 15th, 2011 08:58 pm
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You were born during a Third Quarter moon

This phase occurs in the middle of the moon's waning phases, after the full moon and before the new moon.





- what it says about you -


You like to make up your own mind. You may find it hard to relate to mainstream opinions on issues, and you definitely don't always like what's popular. You can work out solutions and give birth to big ideas when left to yourself, and other people will be impressed with your conclusions even if they're not sure how you arrived at them.


What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com




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With the way that yesterday started off, I would have said, "fuck this happiness bullshit!" But the day steadily improved with every passing hour beyond breakfast.

I'm happy that I got most of my grocery shopping done for this week and for Christmas.

I'm happy that every time I came out of another building, it seemed warmer and warmer all day long. If it's the rainy days that bring me 50+ degrees, I might just start enjoying the rain. I'm just going to ignore that forecast for 1-4 inches of snow on Christmas for now.

I'm happy that it was Yule and therefore the days will start getting longer from here on out!

I'm happy that despite our own cloudy skies, I got to see some spectacular pictures of the lunar eclipse from other parts of the world.

I'm happy that it seems the more active I am, the better my back feels. After hauling groceries and spending a lot of time on my feet yesterday, I felt much better. Of course after 8 hours in bed, I was stiff and sore again this morning, but I know the secret now to making that and soreness go away. Stay active! Shouldn't be hard. I've got to-do lists a mile long.

I've had a lot of fun with winter traditions with Jonah this year as well. He doesn't really remember hot cocoa from last year, but he sure does this year! Occasionally, he'll come up to me and say, "burr, I'm cold mommy" pretending to rub his arms with his hands to warm himself he looks at me with a sheepish grin and says, "maybe I could get a drink to warm me up." Which is his manipulative little way of asking for some hot cocoa. I make it in the microwave, but I do the whole unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, pinch of salt thing.

But as a change yesterday and because I love the way the house smells when I make it, made some mulled cider apple juice. I threw some of the really good fresh pressed apple juice we get at Costco into a saucepan on the stove with a tea ball full of dried whole spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and cardamom). I let that steep on low for a long, long time. Turned it off and we went to run our errands. When we got back and Jonah wanted his hot drink, I warmed it up again and we imbibed. He called it cinnamon juice. I then refilled the pan with just tap water and let it simmer all evening just to make the house smell good. Chris said it smelled like Indian food. I have no idea why. I didn't let Jonah put the fennel seed in that he wanted to add to the tea ball. ;)

Speaking of that, I had fun going through taking spice inventory with Jonah and teaching him about the different spices and what they're good for and letting him smell them and such. We'll make a chef out of him yet!

We've also gotten some really great Christmas cards this year and I feel bad about not getting mine out. Mine are more wintery than Christmas, so I suppose I could still do it. I got the sweetest one from [livejournal.com profile] witchcat07 and [livejournal.com profile] arymetore yesterday. Thanks guys! The day before I got one from [livejournal.com profile] yocepha with confetti in it. All very sweet. I love getting mail. I should really remember that and send more out.
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So, yesterday sucked even worse than Saturday and I've tried and tried to come up with something that made me happy that wasn't just completely trivial, but I can't. So, here it is: Chris made gnocchi and scallops for dinner with a yummy sun-dried alfredo sauce. Mmmm, butter and cream.

Oh wait, also, the neighbor kids brought over a little bag of Christmas cookies. That was really sweet and the shining star on an otherwise shit day.



Today was definitely an improvement over the past three days.

I'm happy that I'm mobile again, though somewhat stiff and still sore. I have to take it easy and not do too much at once (that goes for anything, sitting, standing, typical house stuff, laying down) I have to stick to a regular cycle of work and rest. Rest has to be alternated between sitting and laying down. I can't sit for too long at all. But, I'm not in crippling pain, so YAY! Haven't even taken an ibuprofen today. I feel like I can work the rest of the kinks out with some diligent yoga (which I've been really needing to do anyway).

I'm happy that I got some of Chris' gifts wrapped so he'll stop snooping in the closets trying to find them.

I'm happy that I finally finished putting together [livejournal.com profile] amaz0n_princess's CD! It was so hard not to cheat and send two CDs or to bend the rules and burn it as a data disc so I could fit more mp3s on there. But I was good and stuck to the rules and managed to squeeze 21 songs on there. See my halo? ;) Hope you like it! It was really hard to get the songs to flow from one to another since I wanted to cover such diverse musical territory. The cover song was easy to choose and I think she'll get why. The foreign song narrowed itself down fairly easily as well, though I wish I could have included the other two runners up (some other year, perhaps). But I got it down to 24 songs, 15 minutes over the max runtime, and then froze because I didn't want to cut any more. I really deliberated over this thing! Hope there's lots of stuff you don't already have. It'll be on its way to you tomorrow. :)

I also started working on the one commission I have this year for my brother-in-law's girlfriend. I'm finally doing the pieces of butterfly wings under glass cabochon pendants. I had found a second completely intact Monarch butterfly on my run on the beach in Florida last month (the first one was somewhat less intact). I held it in a loosely cupped hand for probably a mile or more. It's been fun to work on jewelry again and I started pulling out all sorts of other materials I could possibly put in these bezels. I've got silver, copper and bronze to work with. Lots of possibilities! I'm thinking brocade swatches. It's like everything I look at I think, "hmm, wonder what a piece of that would look like under glass".

I got my Christmas dinner menu planned. Not a single dish I've made before! Also, we are free from the shackles of obligatory turkey this year! FREEEEEEEEDOOOOOOMMM!! Chris always got a free one at Vandy for Christmas and since all our extra freezer space is full of beer and kept at refrigerator temps, we had to cook it soon after receiving it. I suppose we could have donated it to someone if we really wanted to, but honestly that thought hadn't occurred to me until just now. Anyhoo, we're doing Alton Brown's grilled leg of lamb with pomegranate molasses as well as his green bean casserole, a root gratin, zucchini mushroom crumble, roasted butternut squash with Moroccan spices, and roasted asparagus with balsamic browned butter. Oh, and I lied, I am making something I've made before: cranberry pumpkin yeast rolls.

Tomorrow is the last day for this meme, but life has been beating me down and I know it's only going to get worse after the holidays. So, I might keep it up. We'll see. Even if I could make it a weekly thing, I think I really need to focus on the positive in order to deal with the stuff that makes me want to simultaneously scream and cry.
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Today yesterday at this point, was another one of those days that I would have liked to have told to GTFO! But, even as I lay here, after 1am, completely unable to sleep due in no small part to the perpetual ache in my lower back, I can still think of a couple of happy things.

I got to sleep in. Like SERIOUSLY sleep in. Not this 7 or 8 am bullshit.

I got breakfast in bed. Pancakes that I promptly ate & then fell back to sleep. And French pressed coffee that I reheated & drank later. It was so stout & thick, it was almost Turkish!

Of the not happy & what pretty much ruined the rest of the day & potentially the next few, I threw my back out trying to help Chris lift a 55 gallon oak barrel up onto a 4 foot stand. As I came in from the garage & tried to lie down on the floor, Chris explained to Jonah that he needed to be careful around me because I was really hurt. Jonah then came over to comfort me and gave me a couple of pats & a kiss on the cheek & told me it would be okay. He later felt my forehead & diagnosed, "you feel hot on your brain... forehead". It was all very sweet, even in the throes of crippling pain.

Also had my favorite lunch: grilled cheese & tomato soup.

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Yesterday can go to hell! So, it was pretty hard to find something happy.

But, I did get to see Inception, which was pretty good and not nearly as hard to follow as I was expecting. I'm not a huge DiCaprio fan, but I love Ellen Page and she was great!

One problem I had with it was the notion that you can't alter your subconscious. What about lucid dreaming? And isn't that what meditation is all about? And what about therapy, is that totally pointless? If Ariadne's subconscious was building the world and capable of changing it in mid-dream, why couldn't the projections that populated it be controlled and changed as well? Didn't it all come from someone's subconscious?

There were a few other little things like that which sort of felt like holes in the pretense of the story. However, none of that made it unwatchable. It was still very entertaining, which is the whole point of a movie anyway, so it gets a thumbs up from me.
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It might be best that I waited until morning to write this. I could use some happy this morning. I sleept hardly at all last night and the sleep I did get was on a folded up futon because I got squeezed out of bed by Chris and the cat. So, I'm pretty much an animated corpse today. *grumpy yawn*

Yesterday I awoke to no white stuff outside. Drizzly rain, sure, but none of the forecasted ice and no more snow. YAY! Also, words can not express how happy I was to see not only above freezing temps, but actually low 50s!

I got to hang out in Jonah's class for about an hour. Was really fun to see a glimpse of what he does and how he interacts. A couple of kids got really comfortable with me right away. One little girl (who I think is the tallest kid in the class, seriously, she looks like a 6 year old!) and a little boy, EJ, who I've referenced here before. Blake, the little girl, kept asking me to "watch this" and would do some odd thing only a 4-year-old would think to do. EJ, in the midst of playing, would come running up to me and say, "hold this, don't let anyone get it" and put something in my hand, like a phone they were using as a walkie-talkie. As we were getting ready to leave, Blake came up to me and asked, "could we have a playdate sometime?" Knowing I've got all these Monkey's Treehouse passes to use and that the kids are about to be out for 3 weeks over the holidays, I waited around and mentioned it to her mom and we swapped numbers. We're going to shoot for the week between Christmas and New Year's.

I'm proud of myself on that one for two reasons. One, I have a lot of social anxiety and ordinarily would have just paid Blake lip service and told her to have her mom get in touch with me, knowing the likelihood of her following through would be slim. Two, I can pretty much tell right away I'm not going to have much in common with her mom. But Blake and Jonah seem to enjoy playing together and that's really what it's all about. It's sort of hard to get over that as a parent, though. You want to like your kid's friends' parents because you're going to be stuck hanging out with them while the kids play (at least at this age). But sometimes, you just have to recognize when kids really enjoy playing together and make the best of it.

Also, jerk chicken and black beans and rice for dinner. YUM!
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Rum in egg nog and the fact that we're down to hickory in the wood pile.
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In an effort to both post more and to be more positive...

Rules: For eight days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag eight people to do the same. I'm not tagging anyone, so if you'd like to do it, DO IT!

Despite several viewings of The Empire Strikes Back in his short life, Jonah just today discovered the phrase "laugh it up, fuzzball" and has been sharing it with everyone he encounters and randomly while he's playing with his legos.

Next, I'm expecting to get a report at school that he called some kid a scruffy looking nerfherder.
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A - ACCENT: Most people say I don't have one. I'm sure there are certain words that can be picked out as being Southern, though.
B - BREAST SIZE: Seriously? Whatever. Fluctuate between B and C.
C - CHORE YOU HATE: Laundry!!
D - DAD'S NAME: Jerry
E - ESSENTIAL MAKE-UP ITEM: Toner
F - FAVORITE PERFUME: Lavender essential oil
G - GOLD OR SILVER: Silver
H - HOMETOWN: Huntsville, AL
I - INSOMNIA: Regularly. I'm naturally nocturnal and no amount of trying to force myself into a day schedule seems to be changing that.
J - JOB TITLE: Stay-at-home mom... mostly
K - KIDS: Jonah
L - LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: Husband, kid, dogs, cat, me, all ticking away the years on our first mortgage.
M - MOM'S BIRTHPLACE: Richmond, IN
N - NUMBER OF APPLES YOU'VE EATEN: Who the hell knows?
O - OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAYS: 1 when I had Jonah, and I guess I probably spent the night when I was born, too.
P - PHOBIA: I don't really know. It's not that I have no fear, but I can't think of anything that I'm really phobic about.
Q - QUEST: To find the holy grail, and don't you dare catapult me!
R - RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: None of the above.
S - SIBLINGS: 4 brothers-2 blood, 2 step (though I didn't grow up with the step-brothers, my dad remarried when I was nearly 18)
T - TIME YOU WAKE UP: Around 6:30 weekdays, as late as I can on weekends (usually around 8 or 9)
U - UNNATURAL HAIR COLORS YOU'VE WORN: Was a fan of Manic Panic. Did streaks of Vampire Red, Midnight Blue and Ultra Violet at various times.
V - VEGETABLE YOU REFUSE TO EAT: Cucumbers and radishes.
W - WORST HABIT: Cursing, smoking cigars, drinking... I'm sure there are others.
X - X-RAYS YOU'VE HAD: Countless tooth/mouth, 1 set of hand (softball injury, broken), 1 set of knee (soccer injury, thankfully no permanent damage)
Y - YUMMY FOODS YOU MAKE: Most all of them (if I do say so myself).
Z - ZANY QUIRK: All of them.

I like it.

Apr. 27th, 2010 09:33 am
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Your result for Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test...

You are the Sage

46% Innocent, 29% Orphan, 58% Warrior, 58% Caregiver, 71% Seeker, 58% Lover, 67% Destroyer, 83% Creator, 68% Magician, 75% Ruler, 92% Sage and 71% Fool!

Goal: Truth


Fear: Deception


Response to Dragon/Problem: Transcend it


Task: Attain enlightenment


Gift: Wisdom, non-attachment


Addictions: Being right, tranquilizers




Sages have little or no need to control or change the world; they just want to understand it. The Sage’s path is the journey to find out the truth– about ourselves, our world, and the universe. However, it is not simply about finding knowledge, but about becoming wise. The challenge of the Sage is to decode the clue and solve the underlying riddle of existence. They seek to cultivate and attitude of dispassionate reflection so that they can experience real truth. The Sage merely watches the action, while looking for the underlying truth.


Shadow Sage:


The Shadow Sage is not so much unattached as cut off from reality. S/he is so obsessed by non-attachment that s/he cannot commit to people, projects, or ideas. Sometimes a Negative Sage deludes her/himself with the idea that his provides him/her with freedom, but s/he is not free at all. The negative Sage is addicted to being perfect and truthful and right and has no tolerance of normal human feelings or vulnerabilities. Such a Sage often tends towards ascetic practices and constantly derides the self or others for any sign of not being perfect.


Shadow Sages also tend to try to make the world seem less mysterious by limiting the number of acceptable ways of perceiving reality. Such individuals are also incapable of acknowledging the way that their own subjective biases colour their supposedly rational findings. Shadow Sages typically want to control knowledge in such a way that it is not threatening by focusing on a style that correspond to their learning style. Knowledge, then, becomes a way of showing superiority to others. Their primary focus thus becomes not on the attainment of wisdom itself, but on the evaluation of others. Whatever relative truth they have discovered is identified with absolute truth, and their primary focus is in guarding this truth from assaults by the barbarians.


Take Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test at OkCupid

Nice.

Mar. 16th, 2010 07:51 pm
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As snagged from [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie's journal:

William Shakespeare

He that sleeps feels not the mellymell

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:




It sounds dirty and that makes me giggle. Kind of like a Shakespearean version of adding "in bed" to a cookie fortune.

I had this whole "woe is me, our kitty was lost on the Ides of March" post written. But the ol' el-jay magic seems to work even if you don't click "post". I left the entry in progress up to run to the grocery for the things I had forgotten earlier. While I was gone, Chris called to tell me Mogwai had returned. I had just put a sign up at the front of the neighborhood less than an hour prior. He had been missing since I let him out yesterday morning. We were quite worried, since he's usually within earshot. I was concerned, now that we've finished the fence and filled in Sunflower's hole, that he couldn't get back into the yard anymore. I think I'll keep him inside for a while.

In other news, Jonah and I had a fun "not school" day today. He's on spring break, and on the days he'd normally go to school, I'm trying to do fun stuff with him. We met Chris at Gabby's Burgers and Fries (mmm, sweet potato fries) for lunch and then we went just around the corner to the Adventure Science Center. The last time we went, Jonah was probably less than 2 and coming down with a bug, so he didn't get much out of it. He had a lot more fun this time! We might consider a membership there later on. Seems like a great place to spend a few hours on days when the weather is not zoo compatible. After that, we went by Sonic to get a milkshake to split (should have remembered that Bobbie's Dairy Dip is open again). Fun day. Nice distraction from worrying about the cat. We're making pizza for dinner and Jonah will probably get the last bowl of ice cream (since he missed out last night).

I'll probably have more insomnia tonight. It's not missing cat induced, I'm sure, but I've barely slept for the past three nights even though I'm exhausted. Kind of sick of this cycle, actually. I'd like to get reliable sleep. I don't have an infant anymore. I should be able to sleep, damn it! Going to bed earlier only seems to exacerbate the problem. So, I might try staying up late tonight... and writing. If I'm going to be awake, I might as well be productive, right. Plus, I'm pretty sure part of what kept me awake last night was plot bunnies anyway. I put in over 1500 words yesterday, despite my best efforts to get distracted. Just couldn't' focus on anything yesterday for some reason.
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I've been double tagged by [livejournal.com profile] oropher_777 and [livejournal.com profile] witchcat07, so I'm totally cheating and only doing this once. Also, I'm pretty sure you guys would rather read this than another whiny tirade (btw, I'm much better today emotionally. Still feeling physically drained at times, but overall better. Saw the sun. Think I might have seen 40 degrees.).

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."
[curses, foiled again!]

1. I taught myself to breathe fire but only did it on one occasion: July 4th *thinks* must have been about 1996 because I was about 15 at the time. I watched some amateur jugglers do it at City Stages in Birmingham that year and took it upon myself, since it looked pretty easy (and is, actually). I did not hurt myself, but Zippo lighter fluid tastes disgusting and lingers. I've heard lamp oil is much better, but I've never given it another shot. I think I'm afraid I had beginner's luck and I might hurt myself if I tried again.

ETA: As [livejournal.com profile] branflake observed, it was actually 1997 and I was 16. Now I remember, that was the year the creepy 27-year-old metal head who used to hit on me (at 16!!!) moved in across the street. *shudder* As I recall, it was the fire breathing going on in the street that first made him approach me. D'OH! Maybe that's why I never did it again.

2. I used to clean my room with roller blades on.

3. I have vivid memories of being in my crib. Like insisting I sleep in it backwards, head on my stuffed animals, feet on my pillow.

4. I have so many post-apocalyptic dreams, I don't even consider them nightmares anymore. They've just become a part of my nighttime subconscious landscape. If I had to guess, I'd say I have them about 3 times a week. In fact, my interest in bow hunting spawns from these dreams. This is probably why I wake up exhausted most mornings.

5. Still in the realm of the last two, I habitually slept backwards in my bed as a child. My reasoning in later years was that if a monster/axe murderer/Freddy Krueger was going to come kill me, they'd hit me in the feet instead of an instantly fatal blow to the head, giving me a sporting chance to get away.

6. I'm pretty compulsive about how I load the dishwasher. If I come along and it's half loaded, I have a tendency to rearrange everything before finishing loading it. I mean, I don't feel my way is any better than anyone else's. But if I have to add to it, I feel completely unable to unless things are where I normally put them.

7. I'm also compulsive about pens and notepads. I like gel pens and the types I like (I think they're Pilots) now have half sized versions which I love and are my new favorites. I guard them like treasure. I like journal size or smaller notebooks, almost always spiral bound, but it sort of depends on their purpose. If I want spiral bound, I want multi-subject and I want the dividers to have pockets. See? Compulsive.

And there you go, fascinating, right? Yeah, I thought not.

Tag, you're it: [livejournal.com profile] branflake, [livejournal.com profile] belluthien, [livejournal.com profile] padawansguide, [livejournal.com profile] lordofhaladin, [livejournal.com profile] amaz0n_princess, [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie, [livejournal.com profile] beenabutterfly

But really, no one feel obligated. I'm just following orders.
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you are olivedrab
#688E23

Your dominant hues are green and yellow. There's no doubt about the fact that you think with your head, but you don't want to be seen as boring and want people to know about your adventurous streak now and again.

Your saturation level is higher than average - You know what you want, but sometimes know not to tell everyone. You value accomplishments and know you can get the job done, so don't be afraid to run out and make things happen.

Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.
the spacefem.com html color quiz
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TV Meme

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch on a regular basis and tried to see the completion of most seasons.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of/watched but only on occasion.
3. Underline the shows you own on DVD (at least one season). (I'm counting the ones on the server since we don't do DVDs)
4. Post your answers.


This is what happens when you don't have cable for like 5+ years. )
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  • Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."

  • I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity

  • Update your journal with the answers to the questions

  • Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions


Q&A from verdaera )

Q&A from padawansguide )
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  • Update your journal with the answers to the questions

  • Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions


Q&A from willowredwolfe )
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  • Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions


Q&A from malachus )
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Q&A from conciliate )
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Yes, I'm brilliant. I agreed to participate in an interactive meme and then left town. Brilliant, I say!

Or really, this is just my ingenious way of keeping it going even longer, heh.

  • Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."

  • I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity

  • Update your journal with the answers to the questions

  • Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions


Q&A from lordofhaladin )
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  • Update your journal with the answers to the questions

  • Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions


Q&A from belluthien )

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