Archive for November, 2008

NaBloPoMo…and Stuff

Well…here we are on the last day of NaBloPoMo. *Whew* I can’t believe I made it through.

What’s that? NaNoWriMo?

Did you really have to mention that? Sigh. I didn’t just fail at that, I crashed and burned. I keep telling myself it had a great deal to do with my Laptop defecting to become a Hackintosh, but I know full well that there are things called Pen and Paper. Regular readers of this blog (all 7? of you) will know that I have way more notebooks and pens than I need. I dunno. Lack of brain space? Writer’s Block? A bad case of Don’t Wanna? Either way…I didn’t get very far. Sorry all.

Maybe I’m just suffering from Brain Overload?

Have a great December, all!

Posted on 30th November 2008
Under: NaBloPoMo, Rambling | 2 Comments »

Not Feeling Insightful Today

Work was…work today. I’m sort of surprised that I woke up enough to function, if I’m honest. My brain would not shut up last night. On the one hand…that’s good. My shower/Thoughtful Spot time really raked in the ideas yesterday. I have some thoughts about a vlog, even. Mind you, that would involve me getting a proper videocamera or decent webcam, but there you go. On the other hand…lack of sleep=badness. Le sigh.

My one bit of insight (also from the same shower) is: The web allows me to be a hermit with an audience. Seriously, though. One part of my personality wants attention. Good attention, mind. The other part of my personality craves solitude. Enter The Internet – Stage Left. With all of these lovely Web 2.0 sites out there I can participate in a global conversation. (Have I mentioned that I know 2 guys named Dave that live in Manchester? Two!) All from the comfort of my own home, where there is tea a-plenty. Though…not jeans a-plenty, as I am down to my last pair. My inner teenager is so peeved with me.

Anyway, I saw Twilight again with my friend E. after work. During dinner before the show she invited me to talk her ear off about Doctor Who. Poor woman. Little did she know the veritable flood of information that she would unleash. Oh, well. She didn’t seem to mind. It was nice to hang out with someone who is willing to listen to me babble. She has good taste in music, too. Eclectic like me. And for the record, the film was even better the second time around. I must own it.

And that was my day.

Posted on 29th November 2008
Under: NaBloPoMo, Rambling | 4 Comments »

Five Things on Friday – YouTube

Hello again all. This Friday (which I had off…work tomorrow, though, sad to say) I have been surfing YouTube. Such a productive activity, I know. But it did allow me to come up with a double helping of Five Things this time around. That’s right, this week I’m looking at YouTube videos. The first set of five is Fan-Made Doctor Who Music Videos. The second set is Five Normal Music Videos. Do you have a favorite YouTube video? Feel free to comment and put me wise. And…enjoy!

Five Fan-Made Doctor Who Music Videos:
1. Doctor Who – Fractals (A Doctor Who Fan Music Video by midcirclenine set to Placebo’s Running Up That Hill)

2. Judgement Day – Jamie (A Doctor Who Fan Music Video by VanielDonovan set to “Judgement Day.”)

3. What If This Storm Ends ? – Snow Patrol (A Doctor Who Fan Music Video by analeian set to What if this Storm Ends? by Snow Patrol)

4. Scattered (Tenth Doctor) (A Doctor Who Fan Music Video by di0br set to “Map of the Problematique” by Muse)

5.“The Journey” Doctor/Rose (A Doctor Who Fan Music Video by sestrensaz set to Sarabande Suite by Globus)

Five Other Music Videos:
1. Why I Shouldn’t Have Let You In by hexachordal
2. Cup Of Brown Joy by Elemental
3. Von Den Elben by Qntal (video by The Frouds)
4. Blink by charlieissocoollike
5. Oh Broken Son by Ocean Is Theory

Posted on 28th November 2008
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Can I Win the Lottery Already?

So, 2009 will be a big deal in Scotland. It’s Robert Burn’s 250th birthday, among other things, so they’re declaring the year as an official homecoming for the Scottish diaspora (and the World). In this video they’ve got various stars singing Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia as part of the advertising efforts. …And I just don’t think it’s fair of them to do that to me. I’ve adored that song for a while now, you see. So, the video literally gave me goosebumps. If only I could win the lottery (which admittedly involves playing said lottery) then I could go…

Sigh.

Posted on 28th November 2008
Under: NaBloPoMo, Travel, Video | 2 Comments »

Thanksgiving Foodways

Question: When you think of Thanksgiving what foods do you think of?

Before I got married, it never occurred to me that I would someday be trying to meld the vastly different food traditions of two different families. Much less for such an important cooking day as Thanksgiving. As you grow up you get used to the foods that your family serves, and perhaps those of some close friends that have you over for dinner. You have a very specific idea as to what one serves for particular events. Encountering marked differences tends to shock your psychic map. Or at least, it does if you’re me.

My family (like most families I imagine) has some particular ideas about food in general and what one eats for Thanksgiving in the specific. I like eggs. My Mum used to make me fried egg sandwiches and my Nana is to blame for my love of poached egg on toast. Major comfort food, you know? (Koshvader hates eggs…and toast.) Grandpa Dan used to make the most divine of meatballs for the majority of family gatherings. (I really wish that I had the recipe. Mum? Any ideas? Koshvader would sure like them.) Squash of all sorts is very popular in my family. We have is as part of casserole, as pancakes, in soup, etc. Koshvader hates squash. You get the idea.

Thanksgiving used to involve everyone coming together with all sorts of tasty-yums. We had the adult table and the overflow/kids’ table, as many families do, I’m told. (Ever get the feeling that someone has to die for you to rotate up to the adult table? Would the eldest then move up, or would it be the luck of the draw?) Once, when I was quite young we put a bunch of tables together and all ate together in contiguous rooms. My father was in charge of setting the table with all of its finery. They have china from my great-great grandmother and all the folks who came after to choose from. The family rule, handed down from my great-grandmother Hazel, is that you may not have the original containers on the table, so Dad produces all sorts of specialized bowls for the occasion from the china cabinet.

On the table you will find:
Turkey
Candied Yams
Aunt Fanny’s Squash
Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Cranberry sauce (still in the shape of a can, and available in slices.)
Watermelon Pickle Rind
Dinner rolls of some variety that we generally forget about until after we have sat down.
Some random veggie.
Pie – Pumpkin, Pecan, Pumpkin-Pecan, Apple…(May I please have a small piece of each?)
Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider.

Sounds good, right?

Today we had:
A beef roast (Koshvader’s family is more beef than turkey. Good thing he can cook..)
Garlic mashed potatoes (I made it, therefore garlic is involved.)
Crescent rolls (I’ve never made them before. It was in the manner of a compromise as we couldn’t find rolls we could agree on.)
Gravy (Did I mention he can cook?)
Creamy corn (Microwaved at the last minute as we sort of forgot about it.)
Fruit salad (The jello fruit salad that my MIL makes all of the time wasn’t ready in time. Still…it looks okay now. Not too bad for a first attempt.)
Watermelon Pickle Rind (I insisted. He didn’t have to eat any.)
One piece of Apple pie and one piece of Chocolate cream pie from Heidi’s Pies. (We could not agree on pie, so my MIL suggested that we just get a piece of pie each to go from our fave local greasy spoon. Brilliant woman. Why didn’t I think of that?)
Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider (Something we both can agree on.)

Not too bad for a compromise dinner, eh? Definitely something to be thankful for. Please bear in mind that Kodshvader and I have a very small overlap in our food Venn Diagram. He doesn’t eat many things that I like, and I’m allergic to a few of his favorites. I refuse to make two meals, as Koshvader’s Mum used to, though.

So tell me. What foods do you hold as sacrosanct in your [tag]Thanksgiving[/tag] meal?

Posted on 27th November 2008
Under: Family, Food, NaBloPoMo, Rambling | 3 Comments »

Doctor Who and Snow Patrol

I’m running off to go in search of pie. Here’s a nice music video that contains both Doctor Who and Snow Patrol to entertain you until I return…

Posted on 26th November 2008
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Thought of the Day: Random Crossroads

So…you know that you live in a diverse area when…

You can watch a German Soccer Game in a Sushi Restaurant while sitting across from J.T. Snow. Then, you can pop over to the Whole Foods to buy some frozen Indian Food for the rest of the week.

I live in a random crossroad. I need to go choose a football team to support, now.

Posted on 25th November 2008
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So..I’m Alice?

Twilight Quiz
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Pardon me while I snicker…

Posted on 25th November 2008
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Fruit of the Spirit

Today I’ve been pondering the concept of “Fruit of the Spirit.” According to the song I used to sing as a child, the Fruits of the Spirit are:

*Love
*Joy
*Peace
*Patience
*Kindness
*Goodness
*Faithfulness
*Gentleness
and
*Self-Control

Nine basic character traits, and these days we don’t spend too much time thinking about them. Sure, folks talk about love and peace all the time. Does he love me? Will there be peace in our time? Self-control makes an appearance when we are trying to not eat the last cookie. I think about patience when folks at work are really testing mine. But really, I’m trying to think when I last spent any time pondering the concept of “Joy.” Goodness, though. Hmmm… I generally think of “Goodness” as an umbrella concept that includes “Kindness” and “Gentleness.” I should spend a bit more time thinking about the concept of innate goodness. I think I could do with a bit more of each of these.

Perhaps I could:
Show my husband a little more loving care
Take joy in some simple activity
Work a bit harder at achieving inner peace
Have a bit more patience with folks who truly don’t understand something I think is easy
Show kindness to a stranger
Work on Goodness in the realm of my thoughts
Be faithful to my choices
Be extra gentle with those who need it
And
Exercise a bit more self-control in all areas of my life.

Either way…it’s something to think about. Now…if only I could find a copy of The Music Machine, the musical. It covered this topic as well. I’ll never forget my Mother singing the Patience song to me when I was being impatient.

So, yeah. Nothing Earth-shattering today. Just feeling a bit introspective.

Posted on 24th November 2008
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Panto…in Sacto.

So, in the last couple of days I have:

1) Been to the cinema and seen Twilight. I quite enjoyed the film. The line? Not so much. It wasn’t a “queue” some much as a crowd contained within ropes. I’m five feet tall, and I am not a fan of crowds. You can imagine how I might have been a bit…uncomfortable. I’d love to see it again when the theater isn’t full of people who scream when people appear on the screen. Makes it a bit difficult to hear, you know? Ah well.

2) Celebrated twenty years of friendship with one of my best friends by…

3) Going to the City Theater production of Snow White done British Panto style. Here is the review that I sent to Seeaplay.com. –

“I love Panto, so imagine my glee to find some locally. The [tag]City Theater[/tag] production of [tag]Snow White[/tag] was full of the requisite bad puns, pop culture references, a Dame, candy, audience participation, and (of course) a pantomime horse. I would like to make particular mention of the pair of dancing Golden Monkeys, and the wonderfully over the top acting of The Dame, The Queen, and Rosemary Thyme a.k.a. Muggly.

As you may imagine, I had a great time.”

Honestly, it was a hoot and a half. I will gladly drive back up to Sacramento to see another such production. If any of you folks leave near enough, and you like this sort of thing, give it a try. Heck, they even used the Doctor Who Theme on piano at one point.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. What about you lot?

Posted on 23rd November 2008
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