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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

*heehee* something my sister might say...

D.W.Q.M.: The Third Doctor to the Brigadier: "Do you think for once you could arrive before the nick of time?"

Just in case he doesn't... ;)

You will sink in a mire. You like to think you're
normal, but deep down you really just want to
strip off your clothes and roll around in
chicken fat.

What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die?
brought to you by Quizilla

LOL, ok, i know this may be a bit morbid for me, but I saw this on Pirate Monkey and thought I would try it for fun. The result reminded me of something my sister might say to me!! :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:35 PM | *

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

order cancelled due to suspended item-D'OH!!!!

D.W.Q.M.: "Well, I'll tell you something that should be of vital interest to you. That you, Sir, are a NITWIT!" -the Third Doctor
Warning: tvjunkie rant ahead!! ;)

Ever noticed how the less likely it seems you are going to get what you want, the more you want it? (duh!) *heehee* It started innocently enough, honest it did (be quiet, jerm! ;) LOL. ) Feeling particularly nostalgic, I wanted to check out a couple of Pertwee stories from Doctor Who-The Curse of Peladon and the Monster of Peladon. I was sure i had seen one of them, but I wasn't sure which one-both had a pretty memorable alien. I mean, who could forget an alien with a big, round, green head, one HUGE eyeball in the center of it, six arms with claws for hands, walked with a waddle, and spoke with a high, squeaky, girlish voice? Quiet comical. So, being the total geek that I am, and wanting to expand my Doctor Who collection, I decided to check out bestbuy.com to see if I could find them.

I was about half way through the order when i noticed that there was no delivery estimate on the Monster, and upon further inspection, it was because they were out of stock. So I tried half.com, barnes and noble, amazon, borders, even half priced books. Nobody had it in stock. I put in a notification on half.com to be notified if any showed up, and went to check to see if the libraries had any copies. Well, there were copies of both Curse and Monster, so I put a hold on both titles. The Curse came in, and after watching it, realized that that was the story i had seen, but now i wanted to watch the next one... So I check the status on Monster, and discover that it was checked out to somebody else, before it was sent to me! grrr! stupid library! i had a hold on that! (the only hold on that, as a matter of fact.)

Well, I got a notice from half.com that there was one copy available, but sometime within the four hours that it was sent and when i got the chance to check it out, someone had purchased it. Dang. But that was ok, 'cause I saw a listing for it on eBay! yay! (or so i thought) Within 4 hours I was outbid, and the outbidder was willing to go higher than what I could afford. *sigh* So back to the library-i put a hold on the second copy of Monster (as far as i can tell, there are only 2 copies in the entire library system), but later that week, the same thing happens-the item is checked out when there is a hold on it. Now i am on a mission-I will see this episode!!! ;) Well, surfin' the net, I came across the BBC America shop-and they had it listed!!! To be on the safe side, I emailed them and asked if it was available, and the reply was-'Good news! it is available for purchase on our site.' I was really excited and put an order in...well, a couple of days went by, and I got a notification saying that the order was cancelled because the item was suspended, and that they were having it removed from the site. Aaaaaahahhhhhhh! (i guess i should have known it was too good to be true) back to waiting for the copies at the library to be returned...oh, well, c'est la vie! :) You know, though-if i ever do get to see it, it better be pretty frickin' good! LOL. Ahhh...nostalgia... ;)

scarf update: 195/830 rows (btw, at 188 rows, the scarf measured at 2ft, 1.75 inches)

posted by Romana1 on 12:22 PM | *

Monday, July 28, 2003

did it work? did it actually work?!?!!

D.W.Q.M.: "Mind you, I think the nose is a definite improvement. As for the ears, well, I'm not too sure. Tell me quite frankly, what do you say about the ears?" - the Fourth Doctor

I did it!!! I think I actually did it! I moved my blog successfully!!! I was having a little trouble at first, but then it worked!! I don't believe it! :) :) Woo-hoo! I am so excited! Let's hope it continues to work. :) :)

scarf update: 180/830 rows
posted by Romana1 on 12:33 PM | *

trying again..

Ok, now that I got my link sorted out, i am going to attempt to switch over to dreamingheart. Here is my new home: :http://romana.dreamingheart.net/blog.php

check back within the hour to see if i've posted there! ;)

btw, I do know that there is a problem with my comments-the site that hosts them has been having a few problems this month, so they are currently updating their system, adding a new server, etc, etc.-hopefully it will be straightened out soon!
posted by Romana1 on 11:02 AM | *

Sunday, July 27, 2003


D.W.Q.M: "Eureka!!" -the Third Doctor

Ah-ha!! I got my links to work!!!! Thank you paul!!! I haven't moved my site yet-i want to wait until i'm on campus again, so i have a faster internet connection to republish my entire site-that will probably be Monday. Oooh, i can't wait!!! ;)
posted by Romana1 on 1:43 AM | *

Friday, July 25, 2003

hmm...i don't know why that didn't work...

D.W.Q.M.: "The trouble with computers, of course, is that they're very sophisticated idiots." -the Fourth Doctor

Hahaha, ok, so now I'm using a line from the fourth doctor's first episode!!! Ok, I don't know why my new addy didn't show up-i'm pretty sure I entered the url correctly-I even used the http link that blogger provides so it would give the correct html code. *sigh* ok, before I do any moving, I want to figure out what i did wrong. Hopefully I will figure this out soon!!!!

i will post again before i move to dreamingheart...
posted by Romana1 on 3:54 PM | *

blog moving to a new home...

D.W.Q.M:"It's the end. But the moment has been prepared for." -the Fourth Doctor

Hey everyone! Just in case you are not familiar with doctor who, that was the fourth doctor's last line, before he regenerated into his fifth persona. I thought it was a good quote to use, since it's still the same old blog, but with a different home! :) Here is where my new home will be:http://romana.dreamingheart.net/blog.php

Hopefully I will do this correctly, and my next entry will be at dreamingheart! :)
posted by Romana1 on 3:48 PM | *

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

hey, who turned off the lights?

D.W.Q.M: Third Doctor: "...I should have an oil lamp over here somewhere..."
Sarah Jane Smith: "Let me guess, you are going to rub it and produce a genie."
Third Doctor: "No, I'm going to light it and illuminate us...ah there we are."
Sarah Jane(with a smile): "Hooray for good old fashion oil."

What happened to the power?

Gotta love summer storms-last night the power went off and on again 3 times in a row before going out completely. Thank goodness for battery backup on the computer!! Yoda (my computer) was quite happy to be shut down properly after the power outage. Too bad the AC didn't have one... ;) I have so many candles, I could go for a couple of months without the lights...it's just too bad that after 10 minutes you start to get a headache from scents that were never meant to be burned together... (hey, can you tell i'm reading Bob Hope's My Life in Jokes? ;)

Seriously though, I always seem to forget how much I take electricity for grant it. No lights, no cable, no radio, no AC, and no fans!! No comforting hum of the refridgerator, just the annoying little beep on the battery backup to let you know that the power is out. (speaking of annoying noises, my fire alarm went off 2 hours before my alarm clock for no apparent reason-i checked around too, and since my apartment hasn't burnt down, I have no idea what set it off) Anyho, the power went out last night around 7:15pm-my entire block was out, including the intersection and half the stores in Coventry. Unfortunately, I decided to take a nap while there was still light, instead of doing something like reading or knitting. When I awoke an hour and a half later, the sun was setting, and it was incredibly hot and muggy-it had stopped raining, but there was no breeze coming in through the windows. So I decided to light some candles, turn on the small, 3 inch battery operated tv, and knit by the candlelight. At least CBS came in through the antenna on the little tv so I could watch CSI:Miami. ;) Guess I really wasn't roughing it, huh? LOL. But have you ever tried to knit by candlelight? It's quite difficult, especially since I was working with dark yarn. The lights did come back on almost exactly 3 hours after they went out-yay!!! "roughing it" for 3 hours wasn't really bad at all. :)))

Gotta run-but before i go, i just wanted to let you know that my blog will have a new home soon. (Thank you, Jaya!) I just have to move it over sometime in the very near future... ;)

scarf update: 125/830 rows

posted by Romana1 on 12:42 PM | *

Monday, July 21, 2003

Onore D'una Banda

D.W.Q.M: Ian: "Vicki, I didn't know you knew about the Beatles!"
Vicki: "Well, of course I know about the Beatles...but, I didn't know they played classical music."
Barbara: "Classical music?!?!"
Ian: "Times change Barbara, (lowers voice slightly) times change."

Play 118!!!

Mt. Carmel-I believe Mt. Carmel was the first major feast that I ever played in with the Italian band (in other words, more than just a procession, and if I remember correctly, when I started, Cuyahoga Falls was not in our schedule yet.) When I started, I remember being warned that we would be playing 118 in the blue books many, many times at Mt. Carmel, 'cause they love it!! At first, I didn't understand what was wrong, but then, when a blue book was handed to me, I saw it-number 118, Onore D'una Banda-with a nasty set of triplets in the very beginning and more throughout the piece. Not to mention the high scale 8th notes at the end (and I was playing second!!) In fact, most of the music falls in the upper part of the scale. Boy, that can really leave a sore lower lip!!! And we certainly played it many times. This year we lucked out-we only played it twice!!

Quick breakdown of events during Mt. Carmel's feast: 1, we play throughout the neighborhood, escorted by a car with some men who organized the festival (well, at least they are a big part of it) and a couple of cops-we usually hit the VFW bar first, get served something to drink, play 118(which is very loud in the bar!!!), and a few others, then hit a couple more houses, and usually the last house we visit, they offer us pizza and drinks! Then when we reach the church, they want us to enter the festival playing 118, which means playing and walking down a very steep hill in the process-very dangerous, especially when wet. We get a break and play 2 sets later in the evening at the festival. The next afternoon is the procession, then a few of us usually get together and head to Edgewater and hang out until the evening concert-which is usually 3 sets.

The first night, as we were playing one of our sets, we noticed that the Cleveland Police Gang unit was there-at least 5, maybe more. They were standing all in a row in front of us, kind of like, as Tina put it, like at a rock concert and we were some rock band. We weren't sure if we should feel safe...or worried. The evening went by with nothing exciting happening, but it was still strange. They were there to keep the fans off of us!! j/k/ ;) BTW, I usually play second, but I am willing to play first if I am needed, and I was! I was upgraded for the weekend! ;) And we played Libiamo, Libiamo, which is a really fun opera piece-i think it's a drinking song. I pointed it out to Persephone and Paul when I heard it in a commercial-but I can't for the life of me remember which one it was... Anyho, even though it's fun to listened to, and i enjoy playing it, the first part is much more fun than the second! I absolutely love the chance to play first part.

Ah, the procession-I think I managed to put on enough sunscreen so I wasn't burned too badly. ;) When we hit our first stop with firecrackers, Nick, our fearless leader who is in fact, Italian- turned to us and said, 'You know, I will never understand the need to set these off and make all this noise.' He says that everytime! Later, Tina said, 'Is it just me, or do they seem to be bigger this year?' After everyone agreed, I said, 'don't we say that every year?' They just keep gettin' bigger and bigger! The last stop is at the corner of the last turn we make-it is usually the longest and the loudest display. The wind had been picking up, and at one point someone shouted 'Incoming!' and we were hit by a wave of thick smoke. Yuck. There was enough overcast and smoke from previous firecrackers that we could see little bits of the color in the smaller fireworks that were set off. Now how sad is that? Then as we were walking towards the church, they continued to set off smaller firecrackers at he the corner and in front of the church. Nick turned and said, 'geez, it's like a warzone.' Yeah, there were definitely more this year than last. Other than that, the procession wasn't bad at all-it was a little warm, but there were a few clouds in the sky, and a significant breeze (last year, as we walked toward the church, the air just seemed to stop flowing-boy was it ever hot!) Oh! And I would like to thank all the families who had water for us in front of there homes-thank you for taking the time to do that-it is very much appreciated!!! :) :)

After the procession we grabbed lunch headed over to Edgewater as usual, but this time we avoided the lake. Instead, we played Bridge-I played Bridge!! Even won a game with my partner! :) I'm still a little hesitant when it comes to bidding, but I'm getting better at it! Anyone for Bridge? :) Hmmm...I might have to created another list, 'you know you are in Italian band when....' one would be you spontaneously start to hum the same music at the same time with other members. When we all sat down to play cards, we started humming the music to Capri (another fun piece that gets stuck in your head...I am sure I'm going to be humming that at work all week...) The evening concert went by rather fast, and we didn't even get rained out! We had our request set (for us to choose what we play) and no one requested La Bella Tonkinese-i'm not sure on the spelling of the last word, but it is basically a clarinet solo with low brass accompaniment-usually requested by the trumpets... :p, those meanies!!! LOL. ;) Good times, good times :) I had fun, but now I am quite worn out! 'nite all! ...zzzzzzzzz..... :)

scarf update: 103/830 rows
posted by Romana1 on 12:07 AM | *

Friday, July 18, 2003

Shoppin', Lego Land, and the littlest Doctor Who fans...

...or more tales from the Land of 10,000 Lakes

D.W.Q.M.:Second Doctor (to the 3rd) : "Goodbye, Fancy Pants!"
Third Doctor (with a nod of recognition) : "Scarecrow."

Typical conversation between me and my niece:
Lil’ A: “Stinker!”
Auntie Ella: “Meanie!”
Lil’ A: “Stinker!”
Auntie Ella: “Stinker!”
Lil’ A: “Meanie-stinker!”

Ahh, the joys of being a toddler. Lil’A’s favorite phrases these days are ‘you’re a stinker!’, and ‘how come?’ or ‘why?’ Now doesn’t that sound like a typical 3 and a half-year-old? :)

My friend Shanna and I decided to get together on the 2nd and take the girls (Lil’A, and Shan’s daughters Lil’S and Lil’M) to the Mall of America. We promised them if they behaved while we were shopping, we’d let them play in Lego Land, next to Camp Snoopy. So we did our shopping (with a few side trips for the girls, like the Teddy Bear Factory ), and they behaved themselves pretty well, so after lunch at McDonalds (by the way, who ever heard of a McD’s that didn’t serve Coca-Cola?!?!?!) we headed on over to Lego Land! I can see why the kiddies love it so much-they have little ‘work areas’ where the kiddies can build stuff-and if you are lucky enough to find lego wheels, you can build a car and they have a race track (well, really it’s a ramp) that you can race other cars down-and it even times it. (well, sort of, I’m not really sure how accurate that is) Not to mention the stuff they have built there with Legos-dinosaurs, treasure ships, other animals-they even had two big Harry Potters there! (I took a picture of Lil’A&S next to one) When we tired of that, we hit one more store before we left: Wizards of the Coast. (I’ll give you three guesses on which one of us wanted to go there. ;) LOL) Well, Alison had given me $5 for Lil’A to spend on whatever she wanted, and she finally found something at Wizards-this little Hello Kitty doll that shook like crazy when you pulled a string-according to the tag, it was supposed to be saying ‘yes-yes’. My sister wasn’t too thrilled when she brought that home. ;)

Shanna decided to visit with us for a while after our sojourn to the Mall, so we headed back to my mom’s. While Lil’A&S were playing in Lil’A’s room (yes, she has her own bedroom at grandma’s!) Lil’M sat with us in the living room while we decided to watch some Doctor Who. Yup, Shanna is a fan, and we are working on getting the little ones to like it too! While we were watching, when the theme music came on, Lil’M started dancing in her seat-she was really diggin’ the theme music! ;) We decided that we are definitely going to have a Doctor Who marathon when I go back at Christmas. Lil’A is also getting into the show-I had brought some episodes with me for my mom and I to watch, and while we were watching them, Lil’A, who also happens to have her own vcr and tv in her room to watch her own movies, would come in and snuggle in grandma’s lap and watch it with us. When we watched the first episode with Tom Baker (we had been watching several with Jon Pertwee, including his last), she cried out, ‘What happened to the Doctor?!?’ She seemed to enjoy watching it with us,so maybe we can get her hooked. ;) Jerm thinks it’s disgusting that we are getting her hooked on a show like that at such a young age. But hey! I have been watching it with my mom since I was her age, and I turned out okay….didn’t I? *heeheeheeee * ;)

Scarf update: 81/830 rows (yes, I finally added them up!)

posted by Romana1 on 3:55 PM | *

Monday, July 14, 2003

Whoa...my ears are popping!!!

D.W.Q.M:"My dear Brigadier, while a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, it is by no means the most interesting." -the Third Doctor
And I thought the streets of Pittsburg were bad!!

Ok, well here marks the first time I have used a quote over-but who cares? I think it fits. :) *heehee* Also, I don't think I got it 100% correct the first time, so here is the opportunity to correct it.

I am going to take a quick break from tales from the land of 10,000 lakes ('cause there are more!) to tell of our first night in Charleston, West Virginia. Persephone, Paul and I went there for our friend Heather's wedding this weekend (which was beautiful!) We left early Friday afternoon because we were invited to the dress rehersal dinner. When we got to the hotel, we discovered the other reason why we ended up in a smoking room (the first being that due to flooding, FEMA took over the hotel we were to stay at) the other was that there was this huge BMW biker convention in town, so space was very limited-i'm just glad we were able to get a room!) Well, we made it on time for the dinner, which was a Mardis Gras theme! (Heather and Jon met at Mardis Gras) Way cool! Everything was so festive and colorful-they had beads for us to wear, and Heather and Jon sported crowns. I had my very first taste of gumbo and Kings Cake...mmmm....

Afterwards, the girls were going to head over to Heather's parents to watch 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' (awesome movie!), and here's where the quote comes in!! Now, if you've ever been to Charleston, you know that it is a very hilly city-the neighborhoods(at least the ones I saw) of Charleston and South Charleston are situated along winding roads and very steep hills. Most driveways are a steep, upward climb-and the lighting wasn't all that great-it is very easy to get lost or turned around there...well, if you are unfamiliar with the area anyway. So we were given directions, but we managed to take at least 3 wrong turns, and after a while, our ears began to pop from the change in pressure! I was really glad that I wasn't a driver-I would have been a nervous wreck!! i could never imagine taking those roads at 50mph, but apparently some people do! brave souls! (crazy souls! ;) ) Well, after a phone call to Heather, we did make it safe and sound! It took us a half hour to find the movie though-Heather's nieces had been using the dvd player to watch movies most of the day, so we had to hunt for the dvd-we found the case, but there was no movie in it!!! Just when Persephone was sure that it was her destiny never to see this movie, we beat destiny! Yay! It was found under what looked like the cover to a plastic box-a cover with a santa clause on it i think...LOL. It was a great movie, and we had fun hanging out together.

Don't worry, I'll post more about my trip to Minnesota and Heather's wedding. And thank you to those who leave comments! (and those who don't, but still read) Even if they are silly, it still makes me feel loved. :) thank you for reading!

scarf update: 26/???? rows (yah, i still have to count up the total number of rows)

didn't get much of a chance to work on it this weekend, because I FINISHED HARRY POTTER!!!! YAY! and I promise I won't talk about it so those still reading will fully enjoy it. :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:26 PM | *

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Witty little knitters

D.W.Q.M.:"Pity about the scarf. Madame Nostradamus made it for me. Witty little knitter...never get another one like it." -the Fourth Doctor

7 different colors of yarn: $15
Knitting needles: $4
Crochet hook: $2
Latch hook: $5
Spending quality time with Mom while learning to knit a 20 ft scarf: Priceless.

My mother can work wonders with knitting needles, crochet needles, and yarn. Over the years, she has knitted countless scarfs, hats, and mittens for us (one year, she noticed several of the kids in her apartment building didn't have mittens or gloves-so she made them all some mittens!!), she's crocheted little Christmas ornaments depicting the Nativity scene-ornaments that can be taken off the tree and used as finger puppets, not to mention several stuffed dolls of the Peanuts and other characters...and for my very first birthday party, she crochet little popular figures-Looney Tunes, Seseame Street, etc- to put in my pinata instead of candy (hey, you would think little kids would be disappointed, but let me tell you-there was nothing left!!) Alexis even sports a sweater that she knitted for me when I was little! :) I also have several little pins that she crocheted for me-a little graduate for when I graduated from high school, St. Nicholas for St. Nicholas day, St. Patrick for St. Patrick's day, and several others. So, of course, when I came up with this big idea, I approached her first! :)

Actually, my first idea was to have her make it for me. I have been thinking about making a costume to wear to Marcon one of these days, and I love the scarf that Tom Baker wore when he portrayed the 4th Doctor in Doctor Who. Well, I asked my mom if she would make me one for Christmas, and she said she'd think about it. Then I got to thinking, it might be fun to learn to knit (she taught me to crochet a long time ago-i think i made a scarf for one of my ken dolls once-but i have since forgotten how to do it) So I asked my mom if she would rather spend some time and show me how to knit. She liked that idea very much! So I downloaded a couple of different patterns for the Doctor Who scarf, and when I went up to MN, my mom and I looked over them and I picked one I liked (Tom Baker actually had at least 3 different scarves during his run as the Doctor). Over the next several days (during the evenings, actually), my mom patiently showed me how to do some basic knitting-how to cast on and off, how to change colors, how to fix small problems, and how to make tassels for the ends. She also showed me a couple of different techniques for doing different things (although the only ones I remember are the ones I am using). We really enjoyed working on it (despite the fact that it took me a while to get some stitches straight!)-I thought it was a nice mother/daughter moment. I am hoping to have it finished before Christmas, so I can show it to her when I go up there again. :) I've done 11 rows so far-and have successfully changed colors once, but I have a long ways to go-it might not really be 20 ft long, but it is pretty long-probably closer to 15ft...

scarf update: 11/???? rows (i'll check the actual number of rows later.) ;)
posted by Romana1 on 12:43 PM | *

Monday, July 07, 2003

Where are we?!?!

D.W.Q.M.:"My dear Brigadier, a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting." -the Third Doctor
'where the hell is McDonalds?'

Another favorite line of mine-and one that I think I will have the opportunity to use many times!! ;)

I am back from Minnesota!! Made it safe and sound-I have to admit, I was a little worried with all the severe weather between Minneapolis and Cleveland, but we were re-routed, so it was all good. Normally, from what I can tell, we fly east from the MSP airport and cross Wisconsin, then the lower half of Michigan, and over Lake Erie into Cleveland. Well, just as we were about to taxi off the MSP runway, our pilot comes on the speakers to announce that due to the weather, we would be flying in a different direction, and our trip would take us a little farther north than usual. Well, these are the words I managed to hear: Lake Superior, Saiginaw, Detroit, Ontario-boy, that was some trip!!! It's a shame that we saw nothing but clouds most of the way. LOL ;) Despite the detour, we did manage to land ontime. :)

The first full day I was there, my sister, my mom, and I drove up to Shafer, MN (that's where my sister will be moving in the fall) and around lunchtime, we decided we wanted McDonalds for lunch. Well, I saw a sign that advertised a McDs 7 miles away in St. Croix Falls, so we decided to go there. Well, I must have been having a serious brain fart, 'cause I forgot that St. Croix Falls was in Wisconisn until we all saw the sign that said, 'Welcome to Wisconsin!' Of course, we hit the first major intersection, and it's really crazy there-my poor little sis made a wrong turn into a driveway for a state park, and while she was turning around, shouts, 'Where the hell is McDonalds?!?!' We took another wrong turn and drove past a flea market, which of course, we had to stop and shop at before we actually found McDs. ;)

Ahhh, I had fun while I was up there-stay tuned for more fun stories from the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

posted by Romana1 on 12:26 PM | *

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