Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Meme

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
--Joined the gym
--Attended an HLCCA conference
--Transferred colleges
--Laid ceramic tile
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Yes, no, and maybe. I tend to only make resolutions that I deem very attainable. This year, I bought more dishes, I did copious amounts of clearance shopping, and I blew my stack on more than one occasion. I didn't always keep fresh flowers on display or eat less chocolate. Also, I did very little decorating. We laid new tile in the den and I bought two wicker accent chairs from the clearance section at Pier 1.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No
4. Did anyone close to you die? No

5. What countries did you visit? United States!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? An associates degree, a job, and a new car. But only one of those things is likely to happen.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Nothing really earthshattering happened this year. Certainly nothing important enough to warrant remembering the exact date. History was made on November 4.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting my interior design certification from GCC.

9. What was your biggest failure? Not buying an external hard drive BEFORE my computer crashed.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I injured my wrist when I fell while roller skating. A few times, I drank too much and threw up. And I had the flu back in February.

11. What was the best thing you bought? See #9

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Kyle's. Whenever he does something wrong, he almost always comes clean before I find out about it.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The Amazon Marketplace seller who didn't send me the book I ordered or respond to my e-mails. I needed this book for a school assignment and had to make do without it. At least I was able to file a claim with Amazon and get my money back.

14. Where did most of your money go? Gas, groceries, mortgage payments, new tires, and dishes.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to the HLCCA conference in Minneapolis.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? "Money" by Pink Floyd.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer? Happier, thinner, richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Activities outside the house

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Goofing off at the computer and procrastinating.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? I don't plan THAT far ahead!

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? No. But I didn't fall out of love, either.

22. How many one-night stands? Zero

23. What was your favorite TV program? Desperate Housewives

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don't care to talk about it.

25. What was the best book you read? "High Rise Living" by Andrew Weaving

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Probably "Mercy" by Duffy. This is hard since most of the music I like is not from this century.

27. What did you want and get? Adam Carolla back on Phoenix radio; a haircut for Lucas

28. What did you want and not get? Tom Leykis back on Phoenix radio; a haircut for Kyle

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Sex and the City

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 35. That evening, I attended upholstery class. Gawd, I'm boring!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? The feeling of gratification in knowing that we're not upside down on our mortgage because we didn't fritter away our equity on SUVs, vacations, big-screen TVs, or other high ticket frivolities.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Gussied up. As an impending designer, I've discovered that it's important to look the part...even at school.

33. What kept you sane? Snuggle time with Jango

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Owen Wilson

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Proposition 102/Prop 8/gay marriage

36. Who did you miss? Toss up. Either my dad or my grandpa.

37. Who was the best new person you met? My modern architecture instructor at SCC. Great teacher AND an interesting subject. I was bummed when that class was over.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Let my kids solve their own problems.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "Money. It's a crime. Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie" (see #16)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gelt Trip

You don't have to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy chocolate gelt coins! Every Christmas, I put these in the boys' stockings. This year, I didn't buy enough. Every coin was gone by the next morning. These coins are positively addictive...especially when they're frozen.

So this afternoon, I stopped in Cost Plus to buy more gelt. And since the candy is in the back of the store, I was "forced" to walk past the Christmas clearance racks. Here, I finally found a topper for our Christmas tree.

It's not a star or an angel. I'm not sure what it is (a spire, perhaps?), but it gives the tree a cool, modern vibe. Plus, I got it for $3.75.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Literal Translation

A few months ago, Craig posted this literal translation video. Tonight, Lucas and I were looking for more videos like it. The pickings were slim, but we did find this gem from Tears For Fears.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Dishes: Dish Booty '08

This year, both Q and I got Fiesta dishes for Christmas. I bought him the Gusto Bowls because he had expressed a desire for smaller serving bowls for things like shredded cheese, lettuce, and other taco condiments.

The rectangular baker was an impulse purchase. Since the Heather color (purple to you laypeople) is about to be discontinued, I got it for a really good price. I also bought him the 15" pizza tray because we're always looking for large, flat platters for serving snacks and hors d'oeuvres. The cake plate is too small and the dinner plate is just that.

The boys pooled their resources and got me the 4-piece place setting in Ivory. That fills a big hole in my collection.

The Mini Disks were a gift from Wendy.

But perhaps my greatest score was the Fiesta Ironstone serving bowl in Mango Red. I found this mislisted auction a few weeks ago a nd sent it to Q. He did the rest.

We did something similar last year when I sent him an auction for 3 Harlequin single egg cups. On Christmas morning, they were mine. I'm thinking we should make this a tradition.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Heat Is On

And when I use the term "heat", I mean the furnace in our house. Tonight, we are in the midst of a freeze warning in Central Arizona. Overnight lows are supposed to dip into the low 3os.

We are not used to this weather. The cat is snuggling up to me for warmth. The boys are wearing their jackets in the house. My feet are freezing. Being from Montana, Q is the only one who's not complaining.

So, in a vain attempt to generate some heat, I bring you this tongue-in-cheek diary of a new Arizona resident.

Moving to Arizona: The Heat Is On

May 15th: Now this is a state that knows how to live! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Mountains and deserts blended together. What a place! Watched the sunset from a park lying on a blanket. It was beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.

June 14th: Really heating up. Got to 108 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car, work in an air-conditioned office. What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I'm turning into a real sun worshipper.

June 30th: Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10th: The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least it's a dry heat. Getting used to it is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th: Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed two days of work; what a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though: got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

July 25th: Dry heat, my butt. Hot is hot! The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the A/C repairman charged $250 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30th: Been sleeping outside by the pool for three nights now. $1,600 in damn house payments and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

August 4th: 115 degrees! Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $1,200 and gets the temperature down to about 90. I hate this &$@*#! state.

August 8th: If another wise ass cracks, "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going to tear his %$#* throat out. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and no deodorant works well enough!

August 10th: The weather report might as well be a damn recording: Hot and Sunny. It's been too hot to sleep for two damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this barren damn desert? $1,700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the #&!*$% pool. Even a cactus can't live in this heat.

August 14th: Welcome to Hell! Temperature got to 120 today. Forgot to crack the window and blew the &*#%$ windshield out of the BMW. The installer came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to spend the $1,600 house payment to bail me out of jail.

August 30th: Worst day of the damn summer. I'm not leaving the house. The *%#$^ monsoon rains finally came and all they did is to make it muggier than hell. The BMW is now floating somewhere in Mexico with its new $500 windshield. Nobody told me about staying out of the washes during a "flash flood" warning. That does it. We're moving back to California and buying a house next to the freeway for some peace and quiet.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Death to the Clamshell!

Eight reasons why clamshell packaging sucks:

1. Little boys don't want to wait for their parents to find a pair of scissors to open the package so they can play with their new toy. Thankfully, Lucas is one of the patient ones.

2. It's impossible to open clamshell packaging without completely destroying it. Since many stores don't accept returns on unpackaged merchandise, this makes it difficult, if not impossible, to return the item for any reason. I smell a conspiracy among retailers!

3. Once cut, those jagged edges are dangerous! If you're not careful, the raw edge of a clamshell could slice your skin right open. They do bad things to Hefty bags, too.

4. Most packages are much larger than necessary. We once bought an SD Card, which measures just over one square inch. It came wrapped in a clamshell that was roughly the size of a license plate. Wasteful!

5. Most clamshell packaging is not recyclable.

6. Even with scissors, it's very difficult to open without ripping the directions inside. Sometimes you might end up scratching, defacing, or just plain ruining the item itself.

7. Originally, clamshell packaging was created to deter theft of electronic devices, high end accessories, and other gadgets. A good idea, in theory. But when a $3 pinball game on a keychain is totally encased in a sheath of impenetrable plastic armor, then what's the point?

8. Anything in clamshell packaging is very difficult to gift wrap. This facilitates the need for gift bags to be used, which could cause DS Mark to go Joan Crawford on your a$$.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Secret Santa '08

A group of dishers at Collectible Medium Green got together did a Secret Santa gift exchange. In all, more than 40 collectors participated. This year, my "Santa" was Wendy. Wendy and her husband Mike live across town in Scottsdale. And since we'd gone dishing together before, she had a pretty good grasp of my dish interests and buying habits.

Wendy gifted me with two Fiesta Mini Disk pitchers. One in Ivory (her favorite color...we often refer to as the Queen of Vanilla since she was lobbying for this color years before it came out). And the other in the new, much anticipated Chocolate color. I refer to these as the Ice Cream Collection.

Merry Christmas

I'd like to extend warm holiday wishes to all my readers: men and women... dishers and wishers... gay and straight... adults and children... young and old... married and single... friends and family... cats and dogs... commenters and lurkers...

Stay warm and stay dry!

Ms. Val

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Google SketchUp

We spent the last few weeks of AutoCAD class learning Google SketchUp. Like driving a stick shift, it's very hard to learn. But once you get the hang of it, you can do some amazing things. As for me, I'm still trying to get the car moving without stalling it. Even so, I managed to squeeze out a few passable drawings before the class ended. Click on the pictures to view them larger.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Turf Green Underplate Escapes Death

Knowing of my fondness for Ironstone Fiesta, fellow collector Elaine sent me this ebay auction.

After a little negotiation with the seller over the price, this hard to find Turf Green sauce boat underplate was on its way to me.

On Friday afternoon, this package arrived in the mail:

The front of the box is mostly covered by the mailing label, but it is definitely a cereal box. That's what the seller used to ship vintage pottery. A cereal box. I still can't believe it.

Inside, the underplate was wrapped in newspaper. Funny, since the seller appears to have based her entire eBay business around the sale of pottery and dinnerware. The preferred packing material among dish collectors and buyers is bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts, and an amply sized cardboard box.

We collectors are always sharing horror stories of badly packed dish purchases. I have been regaled with tales of items packed in paper towels, plastic bags, old, unwashed pajama bottoms (ew!), diapers, and maxi pads (double and triple ew!). Many of these are damaged in transit.

I once received a large oval platter that was loosely wrapped in a disposable hospital bed pad and shipped in one of those oversized fibrous envelopes. Naturally, it arrived broken.

But this time, I got lucky. My Turf Green underplate arrived at its new home safe and sound.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Meme

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both. I prefer wrapping paper for boxed gifts or flat items like books or DVDs. Hard to wrap items (anything in clamshell packaging) goes into a gift bag with LOTS of tissue paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. I'm paranoid about the possibility of a real tree drying out, catching fire, and burning the house down. I have seen the Phoenix Fire Department tree burning re-enactment video too many times.

3. When do you put up the tree? Around Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? First week of January.

5. Do you like eggnog? NO!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Either my powder blue bicycle with pastel daisies on the banana seat and tassels on the handlebars or my Cabbage Patch Doll.

7 . Hardest person to buy for? My mom. Everything she needs, she already has, and her tiny condo can't accommodate anymore "stuff".

8. Easiest person to buy for? Lucas. Everything he wants is inexpensive and easy to find.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? If anything, mail.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? This hanging decoration thing with painted wood birds, stars, and other thingies hanging from it. It was too big to go on the Christmas tree and I didn't have any other place in the house for it. The person who gave it to me hyped it up in such a way that I thought she was bestowing me with her family's jewels.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? No contest. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I usually start shortly after Thanksgiving, but this year's schedule forced me to wait until after the semester ended. I've been having to jam pack all shopping, cleaning, errands, and other Christmas prep into one week.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No, but I would do it only if the item in question was something I know the recipient really wants.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas ? Cookies

16. Lights on the tree? Yes...LCD lights with a bluish tinge.

17. Favorite Christmas song? It changes all the time. Right now it's Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? This year, we're staying home, but some years we travel to visit family. Other years, we travel to escape family.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yes: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? No, but I've been shopping for one. Everything I find is either tacky, chintzy, or just doesn't go with my decor. I'm not in any hurry to buy a tree star. I'll know the perfect one when I see it.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Yes to both.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Radio stations that play nothing but Christmas music starting on Halloween. Thank you, iPod!

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Fiesta ornaments

24. Favorite Christmas dinner? The one I don't have to cook

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A vintage Fiesta sweets comport or a set of Fiesta baking bowls in Marigold.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Funny

I saw this at Random Musings of a Deco Lady. As a rabid fan of late '70s-era contemporary architecture (have books full of this stuff), I find it hilarious.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Family Jargon, Part 4

I hadn't done one of these lists in over six months. In the meantime, I have accumulated enough Family Jargon terms for two additional posts. The first of which is below:

Flowery Girl Smell: This is the scent the Kyle seems to think I emit. I once borrowed his sweatshirt and he implored me to take it off because he thought I was giving it "flowery girl smell".

Parking Spot: My side of the bed. Some evenings, Luke will climb on the bed and watch TV with his dad. When I come upstairs for the night, I'll tell him to shove over because he's "in my parking spot".

Locking It Old School: Having to lock the car doors with the power door lock button because our keyless entry remotes are patently unreliable.

Dinner with The Peeps: Q’s client dinners. Every few months or so, Q’s group has customers who come to town for training. These visits typically last 2 or 3 days. During which time, the group will take the customers out to dinner. Meanwhile, the boys and I will pile in the car and head over to In-N-Out Burger.

Aisle 1: The candy aisle at the North Peoria Super Target. It's bigger than your average grocery store candy section in that it takes up both sides of a very long aisle. Aisle 1 is Lucas’ utopia.

Exploded Clown: This term was coined by the folks at Collectible Medium Green, but we've started using it here at home. An exploded clown occurs when the Fiesta dishes are used, stored, or displayed with little or no thought paid to the colors chosen.

Community Notebook: This is a spiral notebook that doesn’t belong to any one person. It sits on a table and anyone who needs a piece of paper for homework or shopping lists can take it from there. At any given time, we have 2 or 3 community notebooks floating around the house.

Red Rain: Very heavy rain. Lucas derived this term in reference to the Doppler radar maps on the TV weather report, where the locations receiving the heaviest rain are shown in colors ranging from red-orange to maroon.

Family Jargon, Part 1
Family Jargon, Part 2
Family Jargon, Part 3

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Crazy Eights

I really don't know why I find stuff like this so interesting. I also can't believe we managed to put 11,111 miles on the Dodge in less than a year. I have a much longer commute than Quinton, and I usually drive the Mustang.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What Problem?

How is it that childhood obesity such a problem when I can't even find size 28 x32 jeans for my 14 year old son?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Goodwill Treasure Trove

While out Christmas shopping today, we stopped in Goodwill to seek out hidden treasure. While Q and and the boys looked at old school video game systems, antiquated cell phones, and cookbooks, I headed over to housewares in a vain attempt to find Fiesta.

I have found dishes at Goodwill before, but NEVER Fiesta. But today, I was pleasantly surprised. Looked what jumped in the trunk and followed us home:

The housewares section was not very well organized so it took me several passes before I found all the Fiesta. In all, I came away with three cereal bowls and six dinner plates. I left one cobalt dinner plate behind because it had a big honking chip under the rim.

Other than some utensil scratches--which can be cleaned--everything is in good shape.

Oh, and today was half price day. I got all nine pieces (four of which are in retired colors) for less than $4.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Chocolate Cravings

Armed with a tip from a fellow collector, I headed over to the Dillard's to check out the new, highly anticipated Fiesta color--Chocolate.

It looks like a Hershey bar. Almost good enough to eat. Here it is pictured with my vintage Amberstone shakers:

For now, I only have the fruit bowl. I also want a 4-piece place setting, which includes a mug. But Dillard's only sells the 5-piece sets. I guess I'll have to wait until Macy's gets Chocolate in stock.

I love this new color. I really do. But aside from the place setting, I'm not sure how much of it I'll be buying. Under the light of the dining room, Chocolate Fiesta is almost the exact same color as my walnut-stained table:

On the other hand, the completist in me demands that I have a place setting in every color. So if anyone in my family is looking for gift ideas, you can never go wrong with Fiesta. And Chocolate Fiesta is double sweet. BTW, I don't have the place setting in Ivory, either.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Breaking The Law! Breaking The Law! sang Judas Priest back in 1980.
And so will we come January 1.
That's the day when a new law takes effect that makes it a ticketable offense to sport a license plate frame that covers the word "Arizona". The complete article can be read here:
Law targets license plate frames that obscure "Arizona"
These plate frames are everywhere. They advertise the driver's favorite sports team, the college he attended, his military affiliation, or the name of his favorite mega-church. And still others proclaim that their car "stops at all garage sales" or lament that they'd "rather be shopping at Nordstrom". Apparently those of us who shop at all the in-between places don't care to advertise.
But the overwhelming majority of plate frames advertise the dealership where the driver bought his car. Apparently people don't mind being rolling billboards for a car lot.

Our license plate frame falls into a gray area. While the "Arizona" in the plate is covered up, it is covered up with another "Arizona".

So, will we remove it? I'm not sure yet. On one hand, I'd definitely like to avoid a $135 fine. But on the other hand, I can't stand that our rights are slowly being chipped into oblivian. And this is a prime example of that.

On my drive in today, more than half the cars I spotted had some sort of license plate frame. That's a LOT of traffic stops. I wish ADOT luck in enforcing this new law.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Urban Dictionary Fun

(Quinton sitting in for Val - as she's busy with fabric samples, sissors, and hot glue.)

The other night, Val and I were enjoying some cocktails while both the boys had a sleepover at friends. We started looking at Urban Dictionary and found some that hit a little close to home. Here are some of the ones that made us laugh.

P.S. Don't go to the website with your kids looking over your shoulder, it's definately rated R+.

Salsa F***ed - This phenomenon occurs when dining at a Mexican restaurant with a large group and the salsa is not distributed evenly throughout the table. The areas of the table that do not have ample amounts of salsa are "salsa f****d."

Clapathy - When an audience grows weary of clapping, either at a ceremony or musical performance.

Crop dusting - farting while walking.

Stoptional - When the braking of a car is left to one's choice due to an unnecessary stop sign.

Lego hair - a particularly shitty male haircut in which the sides cover the ears and the hair appears to be "snap on".

Manicorn - a mythical male creature who is successful (read: pursuing his passion and can pay his electric bills/rent), funny, chivalrous, masculine (read: not chauvinistic), adventurous, artistic (read: not suicidal).

Tag hag - A person who is obsessed with name brand clothing.

Gaybie - the child of a gay couple. plain and simple.

Hurrication - Evacuation from a major hurricane turned into a short holiday.

Song Binging - The act of repeatedly and obsessively listening to a particular song or artist over a relatively short period of time. Periods of song binging are followed by extended periods of skipping the certain track or artist, leaving them unplayed.

Interneuter - Loosing your connection to the internet.

Mis-wave - To return a wave to someone you think is waving at you, but is actually waving to the person behind you. Usually results in embarrassment and introversion.

gr7 - A little less than gr8 (great) but still better than just good said grr-sev-en.

Chairdrobe - The art of piling clothes on a chair to be used in place of a closet or dresser. If a chair is not available one can always defer to a floordrobe. floordrobe is now part of our family jargon.

Flatuglance - The look that someone gives another person when they pass gas in public.

Shuffle shame - "Shuffle shame" is when your mp3 music player is playing on speakers in shuffle mode, and somebody enters the room at the exact moment the worst song of your collection is being played.

Critical ass - adj. The stage in fat accumulation when fabric can no longer contain the enormity of one's buttocks.

Mouse potato - Someone who spends all their time on the computer surfing the net or playing games. Similar to couch potato.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Fool For The City

I found this meme on Christopher's Facebook page. And since I currently don't have the time or inspiration for an original idea, I'm doing it too. Again, there will be no tagging. Anyone who wishes to participate (Craig, I know you will) is welcome.

1.Put your music player on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.


--If someone says, "Is this okay?" you say...
"Rotation" by Herb Alpert

--What would best describe your personality?
"Just to Satisfy You" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (that is surprisingly accurate!)

--What do you like in a guy/girl?"
"It's In The Way That You Use It" by Eric Clapton

--How do you feel today?
"Skyliner" by The Manhattan Transfer

--What is your life's purpose?"
"Say You Will" by Foreigner

--What is your motto?
"Who Wears These Shoes?" by Elton John

--What do your friends think of you?
"Sing A Study in Brown" by The Manhattan Transfer

--What do you think about very often?
"Run Like Hell" by Pink Floyd (makes sense if I'm on the treadmill at the gym)

--What is 2+2?
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan

--What do you think of your best friend(s)?
"What a Difference You've Made in My Life" by Ronnie Milsap

--What do you think of the person you like?
"Red Skies" by The Fixx

--What is your life story?
"Blister in the Sun" by The Violent Femmes

--What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Hollywood Nights" by Bob Seger (Well, I wouldn't mind living in LA. They've got great some great modern architecture.)

--What do you think when you see the person you like?
"Let Me Love You Tonight" by Pure Prairie League (Q will be pleased)

--What do your parents think of you?
"Up Around The Bend" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

--What will you dance to at your wedding?
"Suite Madame Blue" by STYX

--What will they play at your funeral?
"Come In From The Rain" by Captain and Tennille

--What is your hobby/interest?
"Big City Nights" by The Scorpions

--What is your biggest secret?
"Centerfield" by John Fogerty (My biggest secret involves baseball? Don't tell Q!)

--What do you think of your friends?
"No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley & The Wailers (well, I do prefer the company of men)

--What's the worst thing that could happen?
"High Cotton" by Alabama

--How will you die?
"Jamming" by Bob Marley & The Wailers (I guess I'll go out having fun!)

--What is the one thing you regret?
"Mr. Blackwell" by KISS (what did I ever do to that guy?)

--What makes you laugh?
"You're The Love" by Seals & Crofts

--What makes you cry?
"Love Song" by The Oakridge Boys

--Will you ever get married?
"Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" by The Bee Gees (Apparently, my iPod thinks I'm going to end up a serial marrier.)

--What scares you the most?
"'round Midnight" by Thelonious Monk

--Does anyone like you?
"Here With Me" by REO Speedwagon

--If you could go back in time, what would you change?
"Reminiscing" by The Little River Band (This seems redundant)

--What hurts right now?
"We're All Alone" by Rita Coolidge

--What will you post this as?
"Fool For The City" by Foghat

Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #101

1. Snow __almost never falls in the Phoenix area__.

2. I'm looking forward to __the semester being OVER__.

3. __Salsa__ is the best __condiment__ ever!

4. One of my favorite old tv shows is __Knots Landing__.

5. I'm done with __the accessory research portion of my decorative arts project__.

6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is __having Q at home nearly everyday__.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with Lucas_. Tomorrow my plans include __going to the gym and working on end-of-the semester projects__. Sunday, I want to __finish those projects__!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


I was tagged by Sean at The Fortress of Solitude to complete this meme.

Go to you flickr account (or equivalent). Select and post the 6th image on the 6th page.

Here's mine:

Harlequin Mosaic 2

This picture is part of a mosaic wall outside a souvenir shop at Disney's California Adventure. I was fascinated by this wall because it includes Harlequin teacups among it's shards. One such cup is pictured in the top center. I have another photo from this wall used as my profile avatar.

I'm not tagging anyone for this meme because all my readers either don't have blogs of their own or have already been tagged.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Lucas Edition

and now: