Monday, October 31, 2005

Weekend Warriors

So, On Tuesday, Nov 1st. the garage as we know it will be no more. Yes, demolition! The old will come down and in 3-4 weeks the new will arise. Just in time for fabulous winter weather. Yippee.

We spent all of Sunday moving the stuff to storage. Not a bad way to spend the day. Good weather, good exercise, and good all you can eat buffet as a reward.

Aside from that, we enjoyed another installment of the HBO series Rome. It is most excellent! I'm glad to hear it is coming back next year. It deserves to. Well written, amazing sets, and exceptional acting. Oh, wait, that means it will get shit canned. I forgot. Only crap t.v. gets renewed. Thinking man's t.v. never lasts.................................

Well, we all have to remember 51% of this nation is filled with stupid people. So majority rules. Thus why all the reality t.v. shows do well. God forbid someone have to actually learn something or rub brain cells together.

Those Crazy Quizzes

So my buddy Mike took the "Which Serenity Character are You? Seeing as I don't watch it I went for the which Disney Character is your alter ego? And then a few others :-)


Your alter ego is Goofy! You are fun and great to be around, and you are always willing to help others. You arn't worried about embarrassing yourself, so you are one who is more willing to try new things.
Peter Pan 88%
Goofy 88%
Sleeping Beauty 75%
The Beast 56%
Cinderella 56%
Donald Duck 50%
Ariel 50%
Pinocchio 44%
Cruella De Ville 38%
Snow White 19%

Which Mythological character are you?
Demon: Darkness is your sanctuary. Demons are many and are all different in appearence and rank. The most common are the ones that feed off of human souls. They love to make someone fall into their inner darkness. Blood, wrath, murder... You name it they love it. These beings don't care who you are, if they set their sights on you, let's just hope you know a good excorist. They kill any love within you and pull you toward their side. By any means possible. You wish for chaos and hate, you are the Demon.

Demon 83%
Dragon 75%
Faerie 75%
Angel 75%
WereWolf 67%
Mermaid 58%

Try again, this time more honest - what I am vs. what I wish I could be (as in above)
Angel: Angels are the guardians of all things, from the smallest ant to the tallest tree. They give inspiration, love, hope, and positive emotion. They live among humans without being seen. They are the good in all things, and if you feel alone, don't fear. They are always watching. Often times they merely stand by, whispering into the ears of those who feel lost. They would love nothing more then to reveal themselves, but in today's society, this would bring havoc and many unneeded questions. Give thanks to all things beautiful, for you are an Angel.

Angel 83%
Mermaid 58%
Faerie 58%
Dragon 42%
WereWolf 17%
Demon 17%

and this one I totally don't get. Apparently I am somewhere between a princess and an ax murderer :-)

Your alter-ego is a bitch. Always complaining about dirt and always having to wash their hands. You though, love to get a little dirty. Dirt never seriously hurt anybody now did it? Laidback is how your friends would describe you. But your alter-ego? I don't think so.
Axe Murderer 60%
Proper Princess 60%
Fluffy Bunny 38%
Hobo 28%

What's my role in Medieval Society?
Okay, so I'm half Peon and half Knight. What the hell does that mean? The little ditty below if for Peon. Apparently it came up 50.1% :-) At least I wasn't village idiot. Though would that be so bad?
Laugh if you want, because it's also an accurate description of you. You don't really own anything, maybe some cows, but everything else -your fields, your hovel- are all possessed by a feudal lord. Your outlook on life has left you tending to those fields of yours, in complete servitude of another. You are not the king, obviously, but you don't mind. That job is best fit for someone else, someone more materialstic and less of an idealist, probably. Generally speaking, you're the lowest of the social classes, apart from a few knaves, but your way of life has given you some sort of a tacit honor. Just because you're a peasant doesn't mean you're not awesome, right?

Peon 50%
Knight 50%
Lord 31%
Thief 19%
Village Idiot 6%

Friday, October 28, 2005

Stupid People

I finished reading The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. It was a great book. Very fast read. I ordered it despite the mixed reviews from readers. Now, there seemed to be only two reviews, they either loved it or hated it. Those that hated it gave the reason that King never finished the story. He just left you hanging.

Because I know that not all mysteries are ever solved I didn't let that deter me. And I have to say that from pretty much the first sentence the ENTIRE point of this book is that mankind loves mysteries. We love those legendary stories that have no explanation or answer. Bigfoot, lights in the sky, the second gunman, and many more.

The point of the book was so obvious that he might as well have reached from the pages and punched me in the nose. Which by the way he actually does in his afterward. He actually knows he will get two types of mail: Love it and Hate it. He then proceeds for 4 1/2 pages to explain why he wrote the book the way he did.

So this begs to question what the hell is wrong with people? Does this mean that there are people out there who read books but don't comprehend a single word they read. I pity them. Or, are there simply two types of people in this world - those that love the mystery of life, and those that can only find happiness in cold hard reality and fact. I pity those people. And I can't imagine going through my life without wonder, without mystery, without my head floating in the clouds.

Einstein once said: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

I'm happy to live in the Einstein, King camp. It's definitely the more magical place to be.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Book Worm

Well, I finished Milk Glass Moon last night. Yep, I cried. Now I am reading The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. It's part of a collection called Hard Case Crime. It's supposed to be like the old dime novel detective books. Each story is by a different author so it's not something new for King. I wish he would do another Green Mile type serial. That was so much fun to read.

Next up is a book called Shantaram. It's almost 1,000 pages. And sounds like quite an interesting tale. Johnny Depp has purchased the rights to the book and will be directing and starring in a film based on the book. Yippee for me! I get to read it with a wonderful character image in my head. Ahhhhh Johnny for 1,000 pages.....................

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Animal freak

Well, darn it all. I went browsing through petfinder (because I added it as a link on my main blogger page and wanted to make sure it actually worked) and dang if I didn't fall in love again. Her name is Lila and she has the same story as Sophie. Sheltie mix that was raised outside in a box. Her only purpose in life being puppies. She hates men, is terrified of strangers and has no clue how to be a dog. (the pet type)

So, I wonder if all 9 lb's of her would fit in our household. YES I know, I'm crazy. You don't have to tell me that. And YES, I know, we already have too many animals.

Michael told me she was welcome to join our household. And that he thinks between Max and Sophie that she would become quite the happy puppy. Or as we like to say, Max and Sophie would make her broken.

When I say broken I mean that in a loving way. Max taught Sophie to feel safe and to be happy. To play, run around, chase toys, and dig in the snow. But he also taught her to bark. A LOT! She didn't ever bark when we got her. He also taught her how to be crazy and hyper when we come home. In other words, he fixed her in some cases but broke her in others. And of course it's the brokenness that make you pull your hair out.

I think ultimately she will go to a different home. But darn if I don't want her.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Ironic help

So, I had a craft show on Saturday. Selling my jewelry at a local church. And I overheard the most interesting conversation.

An older gentleman - retired with time on his hands went on a Mission for the church. Where I am not sure but I did hear that he went on a safari (so assuming somewhere in Africa) but he was also talking about Ukraine. So, maybe he went to both.

He's discussing how poor everyone was. And how the village was so thankful for the 9 bikes they brought with them. And he went on and on about the deplorable conditions of the places he went to. How everyone was hungry, sleeping outside, waste everywhere, insufficient sewage drainage, etc. etc. etc.

Then he goes on to tell everyone about all the shopping they did while they were in these poor areas. And what great deals they got! And how they decided it was worth it to pay 14 bucks for a tailor made dress shirt. 14 BUCKS! And how his wife scored quite the deal with 7 YARDS of fine silk fabric for only $4 bucks! Yes, I repeat, she paid 4 DOLLARS for 7 yards of silk. Does anyone else besides me find it ironic that they were bargaining for deals in a place so poor that they have no food, or proper shelter? I'm sorry but I see so many levels of wrong that I can't even begin to rant!

Just glancing around on the web - fake silk will cost you 6.99 on sale per yard. Real silk runs 9+ per yard. I'm sure there are better deals out there but I challenge anyone to find 7 yards of beautiful colored silk with designs for 4 bucks.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Winter hues

Well, fall has come officially. We are still blessed with days of warm weather and sunny skies. We have started to prepare for the big hibernation. Flannel sheets on the bed. Down comforters piled high. And sweaters brought out from the attic.

It's a beautiful time of year here. I am thankful for the seasons. I think it helps you to appreciate life more. Sunny and 70 year round makes you take life more for granted. It's weird but it's one of the things I have discovered since moving to Minnesota.

I look forward to snow. The dogs have so much fun playing. They have a new energy they don't always have in the summer time. Sophie loves to bury her toys in the snow and then dig them out.

There are reasons to look forward to winter.........................

I normally love fall and winter because it means football season. But this year we find ourselves burying our heads in the perm-a-frost.

I am currently reading Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani. It's the third book in a trilogy. Though I understand a fourth book is in the works. Hmmmm..... so much for her calling it a trilogy.............................

I am currently addicted to the HBO series Rome. It's awesome! I can't say enough great things about this show.

Lastly, I will close with a thought:

"Stand tall, smile bright, and let 'em wonder what secret's making you laugh."