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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?!

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

My modem got fried Friday night...well, at least we think that's what happened. After celebrating Jerm's birthday just a little early at Buca di Beppo's (I did survive...no reprocussions for surprising him...yet... ;) ), the four of us (me, Jerm, and P^2) decided to play some euchre at my place. There were some pretty heavy storms that night, and lightning struck somewhere very close to my apartment. That sound that the thunder makes just as lightning hits close by is enough to make your heart stop!! When that happened, we all heard something in the dining room pop (that's where I have my computer), and we saw a flash-a quick intial check lead me to believe that nothing was amiss...so we continued playing. The only other exciting event for the night was the power went out for a couple of seconds.

The next day I try to get online, and I get a message that there is no dial tone!!! Arrrgg!!! I checked everything-the phone jack, the wire, the connections-nothing seemed to be wrong. Even went through that stupid diagnostic program-I say stupid because at the end it says it can't find anything wrong with the modem, so it wants you to click on the 'web help' button. Now how am I supposed to get online if my modem can't find a dial tone?!?! :p It was suggested that the lightning strike might have had something to do with it. My computer is hooked up to a battery backup/surge protector, but the phone line wasn't. Ahhh, I guess the joke was on me. ;) Well, just when I thought I would have to crank out $40+ for a new modem (my computer is only a 133-and modems seem to be more expensive for the older computers) we decided to try CompUSA, and found a cheaper modem that I could actually use!!!! It was a miracle!!! ;) It's hooked up to my computer now, and it WORKS!! Yippee skippy!! (also, now I have the phone line to the modem running through the surge protector) I've learned my lesson! 0-:-)

All the rest my troubles were washed away last night when I remembered that GREEN BAY was on Monday night football!!! WOO-HOO!!! Goooo CHEESE!!!!! Packers at the Bears-not only was it the Bears home opener, but it was the home opener in their brand spanking-new-expensive stadium-the first time the Bears have played in Chicago since the mid-90's...i think. Anyhoo, when Ahman Green took off and scored a touchdown within a few minutes of the start of the game, I knew it was going to be a good night for football (well, at least for me it was!! ;) ) *heeheee* Whenever the Packers are on tv, I forget that I am a SciFi geek, and become totally engrossed in the game...just ask the few who have actually seen me in this state. LOL. GOoooooo Packers!!!!!

Speaking of sports-the Twins are playing the Yankees right this very minute in the playoffs...GO TWINS!!!!!!

I am a Minnesota Twins fan and a Green Bay Packers fan, living in a town dominated by Indians and Browns fans. Yikes!! I will admit though-that I do cheer for the Indians (although whenever the Indians and the Twins play, I have to cheer for my hometeam)..but I've never cheered for the Browns...or the MN Vikings for that matter ..am I confused or what? :-D

In closing, all I have to say is, 'Not with those meatballs!' (Be sure to check out Persephone for the meatball story-hopefully she'll be able to write about it soon-but right now she's studying for the LSAT.) GOOD LUCK, PERSEPHONE!!! You will do a great job, I just know it!! :) :)
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Friday, September 26, 2003

Eureka!!! Woo-hoo!!! Yippee-skippy!!!!!

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

I interrupt my originally planned tvshow review entry to bring you the following:

When I got into work this morning, a printout of this article was waiting for me at my desk-left behind by a kind co-worker who knows of my obsession with this particular British scifi show. ;)

Can it be? Can it really be? After more than a decade? DOCTOR WHO IS COMING BACK TO TELEVISION!!!!!!!! Grant it, it's not until 2005, and as far as I know, only the BBC1 will be carrying it, but still!!! There is always a chance! Maybe BBC America will pick it up...of course, that means I have to get a cable company that actually has BBCA in their lineup-but I can still dream, can't I? Who knows-maybe PBS will pick it up again! (boy, I'm really dreamin' big here) I I can't wait to tell my mom! Don't you just love cult television?!?! :-D Here's to the longest running scifi show in the world!! Cheers! :)

*Romana is getting dizzy from doing the 'Happy Dance' one too many times.*

Now, if only Farscape would come back...then I would be one very, very happy sci-fi camper!!!
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Thursday, September 25, 2003

The great digital divide...

D.W.Q.M.: "A question! Isn't anybody going to pay attention to that computer over there?" -the Third Doctor

For about three years now I've been listening to WCLV in the morning-one of the few radio stations with morning programming that doesn't annoy me, plus, I get to hear the BBC news every weekday. ;) Well, I also get to hear the Wall Street Journal report, and they reported something that really disturbed me... (no, it's not the economy...) What was it that bothered me so much? Apparently sometime next year, the film company giant Kodak will begin to start concentrating more on digital products, instead of "traditional" photography products. Now, I know digital is cool and all, but I have never been a true fan of the digital camera-I will admit, they are kinda cool, but at least for me, they take all the fun out of photography. What skill are you showing when all you do is manipulate an image to make it look perfect? I'm sorry, that is terribly unfair- I'm getting too worked up over nothing. I hope I didn't offend anyone who uses digital cameras on a regular basis! (and they have come in handy-thanks to Persephone, I will have some recent pictures from Italian band! and they come in real handy for pictures for websites-like i am currently working on. ;) ) I do believe it was reported that Kodak was going to start with improving laser printers or something, anyway...

Sometimes all this talk about digital this, electronic that starts to scare me. One of my dad's many hobbies was photography-he always purchased film in great quantities, (he was strictly a Kodak man, btw. ;) ), and would store the film in the freezer. He also always sent the film away to be processed, and always had them made into slides-it was a very rare occasion whenever he made prints. He used a manual camera (Pentax ME, just in case you are curious. :) ) and wouldn't just take a quick snapshot-he took great care in posing us, or framing the object of the picture just right, and enjoyed doing it. Someday I hope to have the patience (and time!) to do what he did...

It's not just photography going digital that bothers me. The new surge of eBooks, and all the money and emphasis the library would like to put on electronic resources. Hey, I dunno about you, but I actually like sitting a reading a book printed on paper. (not to mention that my job pretty much relies on books in print! LOL. ;) ) And then there are the movies, where special effects = CGI. I don't know where I remember reading it...probably online somewhere...but I had read that Ewan MacGreggor was getting a little bored with the filming of the Star Wars prequels, because most of the acting was done in front of a green screen. I also know a few people who despise the computer animated movies, too.

I guess when it comes to the divide between the digital and the non-digital, I am stuck somewhere in the crevice between the two! ;) I know this entry was pretty negative, but I don't want to give the impression that I hate all things digital (after all, I like looking at peoples pictures on their cameras, i use resources on the web, I love some of the special effects that are created using CGI, and dvds are way cool) I just don't want to have to rely on fancy digital stuff all the time. So am I confused or what? ;) (ahhh! run away! run away!)

*Romana quietly removes herself from her soapbox and slips into the TARDIS to log onto eBay to see about bidding on some electronic Stargate trading cards* ;)

ahh, i feel better now. :-D
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

The tvjunkie files #2

D.W.Q.M.: "Great jumping gobstoppers, what's that?" (from 'the Krotons' with the second Doctor...not sure who said it though....)

3 for 1! Basically these are reviews for CBS's Tuesday primetime lineup. ;)

Disclaimer (thought I should add one...): The views here are made soley by me, unless otherwise stated. ;)

Series: Navy NCIS
Episode: Yankee White-pilot episode
Original airdate: 9/23/2003

"What, are you guys like CSI or something?"
"Only if you're dyslexic."

Ahh...a brand new show to get hooked on...a JAG spinoff, in JAG's old time slot. The Navy version of CSI (maybe CBS should change it's letters to CSI.... ;) ) I decided to watch because the characters introduced in JAG interested me. (my fave characters are 'Duckie', the M.E., and Abbey-a lab techie who is a total goth chic underneath her white lab coat, and adds 'color' to the lab by adding pictures of a bullet trail through the brain...and others along that line. She may be weird to some, but she knows her stuff!!!

The pilot starts off with a Navy Commander incharge of the 'football' on Air Force One suddenly falls ill and dies on the plane. Well, the Secret Service, the FBI and NCIS all start arguing who has the rights to the body, and in the end, it's NCIS who wins...sort of-what the FBI thought was the dead body of the Commander was really one of the NCIS agents hiding in a body bag, while the real body was smuggled away. How did he get caught? His commanding officer (Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon) calls him on his cell phone. Totally intentional, of course. ;) While Gibbs was looking around Air Force One (although according to the SS Agent, it was no longer Air Force One, since they moved the President to a new plane) he kept making references to 'the Harrison Ford movie.' LOL. It wasn't JAG, and it wasn't CSI, but I liked it, and I think it's definitely worth watching again. I'm still learning character names, so bear with me. Another funny scene was when the agent (who had hid in the body bag earlier) and Duckie took turns taking pictures of each other sitting in the President's chair-Biggs walks by and says, 'if you two are done taking pictures, how about taking more crime scene phots?' Silliness aside, I think it's pretty good. (hey, i never claimed to be a good reviewer-hopefully these will get better the more I do. ;) )
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Series: The Guardian
Episode: 3rd Season premiere
Original airdate: same as above

This season is starting off a little dark. James, one of the lawyers who worked at Family Services, was murdered at the end of last season, Nick and his father got into a fight with a stranger who had stolen his parking spot, Lulu was planning on heading to Berkley, CA to start a new job, Burton's (Nicks' father) foster child, shannon, wanted to go live with her father, who just turned up from nowhere. Yikes, emotions running high. Unfortunately I had a phone call during this episode, so I was only paying attention to half of it. All I know is that I smell trouble. Burton basically tried to buy the guy they beat up off, so I'm sure that's going to come back to haunt them. Nick told Lulu he loved her, but wants to break it off if she moves to CA (she wants to keep the relationship going), shannon's father decided that his business was more important than his daughter, and it's hard to say how Jame's death is going to really affect everybody. Ah, I have always found that the story lines can be quite complicated at times, but it still intrigues me.
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Series: Judging Amy
Episode: Seson premiere
Original airdate: same as above!

I just discovered that my friend Alicia really likes this show too! She called during almost all the commercial breaks so we could discuss what was going on-it was quite fun.

This season, Amy moved from Juvinelle court to criminal court. With the move, she inherited the old judge's clerk, which turns out to be a bad thing. She decides to overturn one of the judges decisons, and he basically threatens her by saying it will be overturned in the appellate (of which he was just appointed) Also, the defense lawyer basically called her an idiot in front of the entire courtroom-Amy came really close to arresting her for contempt. Amy decides to fire the 'hand me down clerk'-she asked her court reporter how she felt about that, and the CR replied, 'I never really liked him. ' *heehee* Amy's daughter, Lauren started junior high this year-her first day was terrible, but her second day was much better, because she met a boy who liked her-a boy who was repeating the sixth grade. As Amy said to her fiance, "Who repeats the sixth grade?! Junvinelle delinquents, that's who." Ah, looks like rough seas ahead!
On a happier note, Amy's sister-in-law, who had fallen into a coma after giving birth last season, started to wake up at that end of the episode!! Yay!!!!
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Ah, that's three more premieres! ;) *yawn* but it's getting late. I'll probably look at this later when I'm awake and say, 'huh? did I write that?' LOL

i go sleepy now ...zzzzzzzzz..... :-D


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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

The tvjunkie files #1

D.W.Q.M.: "I'm a tiger when my dander's up!" -Jago (a character from the episode the Talons of Weng-Chiang)

As promised! here's the first edition of the tvjunkie files! ;)

Series: Enterprise
Episode: The Xindi
Original airdate: 9/10/2003, season premiere. Yah, i know, way late-and my review won't be as in-depth because of it.

Okay, first of all, if you want to improve the theme for a star trek series, you do not add a faster drum beat interlaced with some gitar. Now, I was never a big fan of the Rod Stewart song for the enterprise them (come on, it's Star Trek!!) But when the faster beat and gitar was added, it took all the magestic (sp? too lazy to look up) feeling out of it. This might take longer to grow on me than the original did.

My main problem with Enterprise is it's entire premise-100 years before Captian Kirk. I guess I'm not very fond of prequels-they lead to too many inconsistencies. Plus, the ship is entirely too clean to be a fish out of water, if you know what i mean....(hmm...do I know what i mean? ;) LOL)

Enterprise is supposed to be moving in an entirely new direction now. Lets get tough! Problem is, Captain Archer is not really the tough kind-he's a little soft (IMO)-too soft spoken to be a tough captain. When the Xindi wouldn't help him, he wasn't very forceful. Trip, on the other hand, gave him a piece of his mind! Wwoooo! Go Trip! Still, it is the beginning of the season, and since I am a star trek fan, I will continue to watch...

Okay, now, I know the fellas were all excited (well, most-you know who you are!!! ;) ) that T'Pal was going to have a whole new wardrobe. Unfortunately, they were a little disappointed in her hair cut-which Persephone and I liked, which means it must not be sexy enough for them...perverts. ;) To be fair though, Persephone and I agree that Trip should find more excuses to take off his shirt!!! :-D Also, if you were only listening to the scene where T'Pal and Trip were trying to relax each other, you would think it was a porno instead of Star Trek!! (well, that's what it sounded like!!)

Since this first review was so late, I was going to add the second episode of the season (Anomaly), but I don't have much time-plus there are three shows that start tonight!!! Woo-hoo! ;) I will say this about the second episode though-Archer is starting to become tougher...still could use a little work on the voice though-a little too soft, not as forceful as his actions. He needs to add the combination of Captian Picard, John Crichton, and Colonel O'Neil to his voice-then he could really start kicking some major butt!!! (ok, I know I just crossed over three different series with those characters, but oh, well-it is my blog! LOL ;) )

So there's my first review-a little lame due to time constraints. I won't be doing every single thing I watch, (too much time, plus, you might not even watch all the shows I watch! but I hope you are still amused.)

In closing, an inside joke for the taco night crowd who were there last Wednesday: "That's no moon!!...." ;)
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Monday, September 22, 2003

Days of Our Libraries, episode 1

D.W.Q.M.: Sgt. Benton: "Do you know what it's all about? "
Jo Grant: "Not really, just that it's aliens from outer space. "
Benton: "It always is."

The question of the day is, what the heck is a metadata librarian?

Okay, so we have this new position open, a position for a metadata librarian. We were told it was like Jean's old job (Jean retired almost a year ago) but not. Jean cataloged videos, dvds, microfilm, original cataloging of books, reclassifying some of the deweys. When she retired, her work was divided up and given to others.

Now, before I go on, a little history of the interviewing process at the library. When I interviewed for my full time positition, I gave my resume to Human Resources and filled out a form there. I was called in for an interview, and for less than an hour, interviewed with one person-the supervisor of the department. After that, I had a follow up at HR about a week later, and we set my start date. Now these interviews are all day affairs, and you are interviewed in front of an entire committee, which can be brutal, so I hear. Well, there have been several librarian positions open, and whenever a canidate interviews for one, we are given his or her entire schedule. (I mean, do we really need to know that the candidate is being taken to lunch at Sergios?!?)

So back to the metadata librarian candidate. Now, the main problem is that it's a totally brand new position for the library, and no one (at least people I talk to), not even the committee members, knows what the position is really about. We've had two candidates already, and I'm still not 100% sure what a metadata librarian is, so it's hard to know what questions to ask, which is precisely what our department was supposed to do. We got to meet the candidates and were told to ask them questions...for a half hour. Unfortunately, since we weren't sure what to ask, we had maybe 10 minutes worth of questions (sporadic questions, followed by uncomfortable silences) Ahhh...and we have another candidate coming in next week! aaaahhh! We need more info!!!

And it's only Monday!!!! ;) *heeheee*

hmm....this is a big week for season premieres....I better get crackin' on my tvjunkie files.... :-D

scarf update: 367/830 rows (yah, i know, I'm totally slackin' on this. I really need to get on the ball! ...the ball of yarn!! lol-sorry, bad joke. ;) )
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Friday, September 19, 2003

Community Service Day

D.W.Q.M.: "Well ... it is a fact, Jamie, that I do tend to get involved. " -the Second Doctor

I haven't been doing many community service projects lately-I did quite a few when I was in high school, especially when I was in Key Club. In college, I only did a couple of things here and there. So, when the President of CWRU (*heehee*) announced the first (and hopefully annual) community service day, I decided to jump at the chance and do something.

The 'day' (actually, it was only a half a day) started off on the 17th, with checking in with our project leaders, and receiving our blue tshirt and a box lunch. The President said a few words, and then we met up with our group to be transported to the site. I was assigned to paint the home of an elderly gentleman. There were 22 people in my group, and that wasn't including the contractors who were on the site with us. When we got on the bus, our group leaders decided it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves, and say what department we were from. Out of the 22 of us, only 2 were students, and when they introduced themselves, we shouted, 'yay for the students!!' ;) Then we asked the driver to introduce himself, and he shouted 'DENNIS!' and then said, 'i was going to say i'm thirsty and can you bring me a beer?' lol, we decided at that point not to mess with the driver. ;) but I think he enjoyed it. The buses were from the Hopkins Airport Limo service...I think, although I'm not sure they are officially a part of the airport..at any rate, they provided the transportation.

When we arrived at the house, we were told that we would be painting alumminum siding (yup, even the siding needs to be repainted eventually!) , so we were going to use latex paint. Unfortunately the brushes were not the best to use, so we had to be sure to put a lot of paint on them. We were painting the house white, with a goldenrod trim. Most of us were given sections of the house to start on, with a few people on ladders (although we were not allowed to use the really tall ladders-only the contractors could do that.) I had to paint around cables-but I didn't break any! (i know this because they were phone cables, and I heard their phone ringing after I had finished. ;) ) One of our team leaders was given a disposable camera, so she was taking pictures throughout the afternoon. Also, we were given our own port-o-potty (yay, port-o-potties!*heehee*) and about halfway through the afternoon, some of the runners came by with water and snacks for us. They couldn't stay long, 'cause they had to get to the other sites. Next year they said that each site was going to have it's own cooler, so there wouldn't be the need for so many runners.

After a while, some of the volunteers started doing some yard work-pulling weeds, sweeping the driveway, raking the lawn. I even mowed the lawn!! When I was finished, Tom, who works in landscaping here at CWRU, said, 'Nice job! Hey, we have an opening in landscaping if your interested.' LOL. A photographer for the magazine (i'm assuming it's the CWRU magazine) came by and snapped a few candid pictures, and then a couple of group pictures with the owner of the house. We aslo had a chance to chat with him a little bit. It turns out he was a World War II Vet., who survived the invasion of Normandy. He has been living in this house since 1981. He really appreciated the work we were doing for him. And you should see the house!!! It's amazing what a new coat of paint can do for an alluminum sided-home!! :) Hopefully I will be able to get a hold of some of the pictures that were taken by my group leader-she asked me to email her in a few days-since she didn't know what was going to happen either. If I can get a few pics to share, I will!! :) I had a lot of fun, and the people in my group were awesome. I will admit, that this project (there were several to choose from) was my third choice, but I'm very glad that I got assigned to this one. I thought it was worth it-I definitely want to do this again next year!!!
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Monday, September 15, 2003

Thank you, Fare Watcher!!!!!!!

D.W.Q.M.: "How about a trip in the TARDIS? I'm just off." -the Fourth Doctor

Woo-hoo!! It's only September, and I already have my flight for Christmas!! Yay! Non-stop to MPLS, and it's less than $250!! I still can't believe it!!! I had travelocity watch some fares for me, and usually it's not very helpful (the flight times are bad) but I hit the jackpot!! I'm sorry i'm so bubbly, but I was a little worried-last year my flight was over $300, and when I started looking last week, it was in the $349-375 price range (yikes!) *whew* I am quite relieved. :)

And coming soon to a blog near you(hopefully): the tvjunkie files! I was thinking about reviewing some of the stuff I watch on tv here (for those of you who know my tv habits, don't worry, it won't be everything -just the season premieres and a few episodes here and there. They would be my opinions, plus the added comment from people who watch them with me. ;) I was going to start with the premiere of Enterprise last week, but I got a little preoccupied with this really cool new game I rented, 'Soul Calibur II!' It is so awesome. I will admit, that one of the reasons why I wanted to try it was because Link from the Legend of Zelda was a playable character-but I had also tried the demos at Target and Best Buy, so I decided to rent it. Woo! It is sooo AWESOME!! (oh, i just said that, didn't i? ;) ) My thumbs are still cramped from many hours of play this weekend. ;) I've already unlocked 5 more characters (with help from Jerm) and some other extras. So far my favorite characters to play are Link (well, duh) and Xianghua.

I'll try to start my reviews this week sometime. I hope everyone has a great week! Sasha-I look forward to seeing you again on Saturday! Yes, and we'll definitely have to play some Phase 10!! :)

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Thursday, September 11, 2003

Matt. 5:4

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."


Rom. 12:21

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

I ain't gonna use that new-fangled contraption!

D.W.Q.M.: "We still have our homicidal computer to deal with." - the 6th Doctor

Ahh, time for a little lunchtime blogging.

Okay, I'll admit, new techy things can be cool-but sometimes they are a pain in the butt!! For example, today the library just received new copiers. It's amazing what copiers can do now-you can scan, copy, fax, and use it as a printer! (i personally do not use it as a printer, 'cause i get very annoyed when I'm copying new approval slips in colors other than white, and a printing job comes through-priority goes to the printing job, and the owner has their work printed out in lovely pink, blue, or purple paper...depending on the week) Well, all morning staff memebers having been running back and forth, trying to figure out how to work the new mega-copier...and aparrently it's not set up for printing yet, and when you copy, if you put the item you want copied on the left side of the copier, you get a honking huge legal size print out, rather than the standard letter size. For that you have to use the right side. I remember when all you had to do was push a button that said 'legal' or 'letter'. Anyho, it's so big that there is a 'show-n-tell' at 2 today, so the tech team can show us how to use the new machines.

Speaking of crazy technology, yesterday my tv decided to read all channels through the video input. Yesterday morning when I turned on the tv, all I got was an unusable signal. Now, if my cable had been disconnected somehow, I would have seen only snow, and I swear I didn't mess with any of the settings for it. My programming guide still had the channel information, I was just staring at a blank screen. I didn't have time to mess with it before work, so when I got home, I discovered that if you turned on the vcr, the channels came through. I was having a little fun flipping through the tv channels and seeing the same program on all of them. ;) After I tired of that, I checked all the settings on my tv, and somehow by doing that my tv remembered it's original programming. Woo! Back to normal....for now... ;)

As some of you may know, I've started working on a web page. All I have right now is a page that basically says 'this site under construction' and a link to my blog. Hopefully I will be able to add more to it soon-just as soon as I figure out some more html coding!! I managed to edit some of the buttons and nameplates for my site, but I had a little trouble getting the background to show up...got it to work, but i'm not sure how... ;) Ah, what fun!!! If you would like to see what I currently have (which isn't much), click here. That will probably be there until I finish my new index page, along with at least a couple of other pages. Don't know how long that will be though-I'm still relatively new to this!! ;) BTW, I scanned and resized the image myself. *heehee* go me! ;)

Well, i better be going-i'm going to have to at least learn how to use the fax on the new copier, since I do fax things from time to time. At least I know how to copy...(as long as I remember to put my original on the ride side of the machine! ;) )
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Monday, September 08, 2003

Like mother, like daughter, or, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree....or something. :)

D.W.Q.M.: "There's nothing only about being a girl." -Sarah Jane Smith

You would never guess it by just looking at her. I mean, how could this sweet, innocent mother/grandmother, who knits and crochets, is active in her church community and spoils her children and grandchildren (especially her grandchildren!) be a scifi nut? Well, that's my mom!! My father is responsible for my love of astronomy, and he is also partially responsible for my love of scifi as well...but my mom certainly has had a hand in it!! Besides Doctor Who, my mom would watch BattlestaR Galatica with me when I was little, as well as the original Star Trek. Later in high school, she introduced me to the Dragonriders of Pern series, as well as the Rowan series (both written by Anne McCaffrey)

Well, this past summer while I was in Minnesota, she got me hooked on Charmed-she would watch it on TNT when she would get home from work, and I would join her. So, when she came to visit me last week, she brought several of her Charmed tapes for me. Not to be out done, I decided to try to get her hooked on Stargate. Conviently enough, Mondays on SciFi, they have a Stargate marathon-so we watched that, plus I have the first 3 episodes on dvd, which we also watched (the monday marathon is in the middle of season 5). I think she likes it!! well, she likes Richard Dean Anderson, anyway. ;) Also, I don't know how it came up, but while we were talking about scifi programs, she suddenly mentioned that she might actually watch Farscape too! (even though it was cancelled...stupid scifi...they do show old episodes at midnight on Sundays...but I digress) So, since I have the first 2 seasons on dvd, I sent her home with as much of those two seasons that I had on tape. Ah-ha!! in the game of Hooking People on SciFi, it's Daughter 2, Mother 1!!!!! (well, at least for now-she also likes Roswell, and wants to get me to watch it...ah, the joys of syndication....) ;)

But, alas, my mom had to head back up north on Friday. :( We had fun while she was here though!! (even if she did embarrass me with stories of when I was little when we went over to P^2's house for dinner Thursday night!! ;) ) She even took part in taco night, and we had fun playing Phase 10 (it had been a while since she's had the chance to play) Plus, we got to go to some garage sales together, and we found some really neat stuff! My mom always finds the coolest stuff at garage sales and thrift stores. plus, since P^2 has a house now, she says she has more people to shop for! She also got to see the progress i've made on my scarf, and she thinks it's really cool. :))) I'm glad she had the chance to visit-it's been almost 4 years since her last visit, plus, she really needed a vacation. Jerm was here when she left, so he helped us load the car (thank you, Jerm!) Then he decided to tease me, in his typical fashion- he said, 'you know how when you're on the phone it takes you forever to say goodbye to each other? You've given your mom 6 hugs now!!' ;) My mom thought that was pretty funny, so she ran up to me and gave me another hug, just to tease him. LOL. My mom is so cool. :) :) :)

scarf update: 321/830 rows (yes, finally-another scarf update!!) ;)
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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

the end of summer...

D.W.Q.M.: "Sleep is for tortoises!" -the Fourth Doctor

Hmm...maybe I should have used that one for one of my Feast entries!! ;) With Sunday came the last gig for Italian band until Good Friday next year. I seem to be associating the end of summer with the end of the festival at St. Rocco's lately-after all, after Labor Day, everyone is back in school, so summer is essentially over (although not techincally until the autumnal equinox-sorry, the astronomer (albeit amateur) in me rears it's ugly (well not really ugly-i like astro stuff!) head every once in a while-thanks, Daddy! :) ) *heehee*

This was a rather weird weekend-didn't seem like a 'normal' St. Rocco's gig at all...except for the Zepolli-there was still tons of Zepolli!!! Yum!!! (basically zepolli is fried dough with powdered sugar-better than elephant ears-and must be eaten right away, otherwise they get kinda gross-they taste really awesome when they are hot!-if your tounge can stand the heat!) ;)

For starters, we didn't have many people Saturday night-and one of the missing people was our sousaphone player. Although we didn't sound too bad, it sounded kinda hollow without that bass in the background. Also, after our stand up concert in the courtyard, we decided to put our stuff on the bandstand that they provide for us. Our fearless leader, Nick, got up on the bandstand, and then stepped through the bandstand!! The middle plank was loose, and just fell through. We gave it a temporary fix, and since there were so few of us anyway, we decided to play on it for the night. The next day, as we were preparing for the procession, we noticed that the bandstand was taped off. The Church didn't want to fix it because they rent it from the city and felt the city was liable. No bandstand tonight! At least they blocked the streets for us, so we could play in the street. The procession didn't last long at all-we went down a street none of us remembered, and we only got through 5 songs (normal procession gets you through at least 9 or 10, and lasts 1hour, minimum) at first we thought it was because we were taking turns with the prayer ladies-they wanted to say 10 Hail Mary's in between each piece of music. But when we got back to the church, only 40 minutes had gone by! That was a new record!!

Then we did our annual Italian band trip to the Zoo (I think we might have been mistaken for Mormons ;) ) and most of the animals we saw were pretty active-normally they just lounge around as stare at us as we stare at them. LOL. We usually like to hang out with the penguins, since we're all dressed in black and white, but discovered that the exhibit with the penguins had been taken over by the dinosaur exhibit. aaahhh!!! Oh, well. Back at the festival, it started to rain a little, but not enough to cancel-plus it cleared up by our first break. (i lost a game of hearts during that break-and I was doing so well!! I didn't take a single trick until the second to the last hand...rats!) We almost made it to our second break when it really started to rain, and we had to run for cover. St. Rocco's is the only church festival where we don't have a meeting room to set up in and leave our cases-so we were running for cover underneath tents and the porch of the church rectory-some even ran accross the street to the funeral home for cover. We decided to wait it out, and then went out to play again. Around 10pm the rain started up again, and Nick told us to get out the National Anthems-so we ended up stopping a half hour early.

Now, although it may seem that the weekend was a complete washout (no pun intended. ;) ) it wasn't-I still had fun! It was just a weird weekend. On a brighter note, my Mom is here!!! She's visiting until Friday. Last time she was able to visit me was almost 4 years ago. She did come to the festival Sunday night and was able to hear us play before the rain came, so it's all good. :)

I hope everyone had a good weekend, despite the rain!
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