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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The Wacky Adventures of Romana and Persephone

D.W.Q.M.: Vural: "Clock expert?"
the Fourth Doctor: "Horologist, actually, and chronometrist. I just love clocks: atomic clocks, quartz clocks, grandfather clocks...Cuckoo clocks..."

Setting: Cleveland area-West Side The radio of a Ford Mustang is softly playing music a la film noir...ummm...oh, yeah, no radio in the car...well, let's just pretend.

Perseph and Ro pull up to a shady looking store. "Well, I guess this is it, Perseph. You coming in?" "No, Ro, I think I'll wait out here in the car...are you sure this place is safe?" "Oh, yeah-I've dealt with them before on eBay...it's just...well..." "What, Ro?" Ro hesitates before replying, "Well, if I'm not out in a half hour, you better come in after me." "Ummmm...oh-kaayy. Good luck!" "Thanks!" Ro says over her shoulder as she hops out of the car and bounces off into the store.

As Perseph is waiting in the car, she nervously glances into the store window and wishes it was clearer so she could see what was going on inside. Then she notices the car filled with adolescent high school boys oogling and whistling at her, trying to pick her up. She gives and exasperated sigh and decides to move the car to a less obvious space. She looks in the rear-view mirror, and sees no action going on in the store. 10 minutes go by...then 15...20...
'Dangit, Ro', she says to herself, 'I should have never let you go in there alone. Simple traffic violation, my a**!' reffering to the 4 cop cars she saw in front of Ro's apartment earlier that day-Ro insisted that someone was just pulled over for a traffic violation, and it had nothing to do with her.

30 minutes. Perseph was just about to get out of the car when she spotted Ro coming out of the door, clutching something to her chest with a sheepish grin on her face. Perseph starts the car as Ro climbs in and says excitedly, "Look, Perseph, look! They had the new Non-Sport Update!!! And check this out..." from her pocket she pulled out a clear plastic box, "They had Stargate cards, too! They keep this stuff in the back for their mail-order stuff. It's mostly sports in the store front." "Ah, I see" she replied. Ro giggled and said, "Hey, wanna see me act like a little kid?" "No, Ro-I got enough of that with you and Jerm earlier today. You wanna go to the drive-in for a couple of burgers?" Ro smiled and said, "Okay!" "Good." Perseph put the car in gear and smiled in amazment at the childish wonder her friend could exhibit at any given time.

/end film noir music from the non-existent radio. ;) *heehee*
posted by Romana1 on 1:36 AM | *

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Random thoughts

D.W.Q.M.: "Close your eyes and Nero will give you a big surprise!" -from the 12th story, The Romans (1965)

I am sitting here waiting for a batch of cookies to come out of the oven, so I can put another in, and I decided to write a random thoughts post...

...if things don't make sense, don't be too surprised...my random thoughts very rarely make sense... ;)

"We may have inadvertently, totally accidently..." -Major Carter (random quote from Stargate)

Note to self: country + rain = boots.
My friend Kim and I decided to drive out to Burton and Middlefield to visit the Amish country, get some fresh maple syrup and Amish cheese...mmmm...cheeeesee...

Speaking of cheese, I saw a commercial not too long ago for California cheese-their motto? warm weather=happy cows. Happy cows=good cheese. Well, being from the northern midwest, perhaps I am a bit biased, but lets think about this: cheese comes from curdled milk...wouldn't the curdled milk be better from unhappy, p-oed cows freezing in America's Dairyland? Give me Wisconsin cheese any day. ;)

Speaking of freezing weather (or not), it was rainy all day when Kim and I went on our little adventure. It had been getting warmer most of the week, but not warm enough to melt all the snow away. On our way to Burton, we passed by a yard that was totally void of snow, save for the huge snowman. Perhaps it was the rain, or perhaps it was a bunch of wiley kids, but on the way back we noticed that the snowman was leaning over and the poor thing had been beheaded!

It's amazing how one's definition of 'acceptable language' can change as your role changes from 'Mom' to 'Grandma'. I was talking on the phone with my mom the other day, and my neice Boo was visiting for the weekend. She was sitting on my mom's lap, and I heard her say 'Grandma, what's that smell? Grandma, did you fart?' My mom replied, 'No, I didn't fart. Did you fart?' Now, when my sister and I were kids, if we were to say 'fart', grant it, it wasn't as bad as actual swearing, but we were always reprimanded-it was considered vulgar slang, and not allowed. So here's my mom, not only allowing Boo to say it, but saying it herself!! Grandkids have all the luck... ;)

Apparently I cannot count to save my life. Last week, while working on my scarf, I thought I had less than 60 rows to go. Later that same week, after writing down the last of the rows of colors needed, I discovered that I had more like 120 rows to go. While I was trying to figure out where I went wrong in my calculations, I discovered that I may have added up my total number of rows wrong. (840, as opposed to my initial 830) The jury is still out on that one, though I do know that I only have 48 more rows to go!!! Down to the last 3 colors!!!

Ahh...now my cookies are finally done, so I will end my post here. *and there was much rejoicing.* Hey!! ;)
posted by Romana1 on 3:07 AM | *

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

More astro stuff

D.W.Q.M.: "Our lives are different from anybody else's. That's the exciting thing. Nobody in the universe can do what we're doing!" -the Second Doctor

If you're out and about and it's clear just after dusk tonight, take a look up into the sky-it's beautiful!

Venus will be shining brightly next to the crescent moon, and all 5 of the classical planets (Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn) are visible in the evening sky for the next two weeks, although Mercury will be harder to see towards the end. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mercury and the crescent moon last night while I was waiting for Perseph for our Toys 'r Us adventure-it was beautiful!! :) Plus, Orion and the other winter constellations are still quite visible. If you get the chance, take a step outside-it's so worth it!! :) :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:07 PM | *

Monday, March 22, 2004

The tvjunkie files #5

D.W.Q.M.: "Look, try and use your intelligence, man, even if you are a politician." -the Third Doctor

Okay, I think I know why I didn't do many tvjunkie files-not only do I make my reviews way too long, but I never seem to have the time to type them up!! (by the time I do, it's been so long since the episode, i'm like, 'why bother?' ) So, again, I must apologize for the lateness-I wanted to wait until I was sure some of you had seen the episode.

Series: Stargate SG-1 (SciFi)
Episode: Lost City, part 2 (season 7 finale)
Original Airdate: March 19th, 2004


If I was only allowed one word, just one word to describe this episode, that word would be wow.

I honestly do not think I have been this moved by an episode of a scifi show since the series finale of Farscape.

They came. They saw. They kicked it's a**!

Once again, SG-1 saved Earth!!!

As a follow up to tvj files #3, I would like to say that I really like the new President, and Dr. Weir (even though she still holds Hammonds job.) Main reason? They basically told Kinsey where to stick it-they new what was at stake, and were both smart enoguh not to listen to Kinsey's blabbering. When the going got tough, Kinsey was the first one out the door-the President decided to stick around, depsite the danger. Maybe not one of the brightest things to do, since his life was in danger, but he didn't want to run and hide. Also, Dr. Weir was smart, too-deciding to stop the off-world evac and close the iris just in time, despite Kinsey's whining and threats to fire her. When he complained to the president? The President told him he would be accepting his resignation from the VP. Yeah!!!! Lets just hope this doesn't come back to bite them in the a** later. (after all, Kinsey does seem to know people in dangerous places)

But that's only half of it. Hammond was given command of the X-303, to try to keep Annubis's fleet at bay. Depsite the overwhelming odds in the bad guys favor, the people of Earth gave them a good fight, while SG-1 went in search of the Lost City. SG-1, along with Bra'tac and a Jaffa who had supposedly changed sides, took a transport to the coordinates provided by Col. O'Neill. As the knowledge of the Ancients slowly took over his mind, he was still able to have some last moments with his team-so they all knew how they felt about each other. (another tear-jerker for me, what can i say?) While they were down on the planet, the Jaffa turned against Bra'tac-something I just knew was going to happen. When SG-1 returned, they found the Jaffa dead, and Bra'tac near death-O'Neill was able to help him using the healing powers of the Ancients. whoa...

The found out they had to go back to Earth, in Antartica close to where the second gate was found. Hammond ordered the entire fleet to guard the transport at all costs. Meanwhile, in a chamber below the Antartic surface, O'Neill hooked himself up to the chair and released the power of the Ancients-effectively wiping out the Goa'uld. So Annibus is dead...we hope (i mean, lets face it, they have managed to come back before...) The also suspect that the lost city isn't in Antartica, that this was just an outpost... O'Neill, nearly overcome by the knowledge of the Ancients, puts himself in what looks like a stasis chamber. The episode ends with Maj. Carter placing her hand on the chamber, looking at O'Neill, and the last shot is of O'Neill, frozen in the chamber.

*sigh* I do not think I did this episode nearly enough justice. I was rather teary-eyed at the end. In my opinion, it was the best episode of season 7-too bad it was the last episode of the season. I don't know if you noticed or not, but the two episodes had more of a theatrical feel to them, if you know what I mean. If I remember correctly, I had read that this was supposed to be the last season of Stargate, and they were going to make a feature film, which would pave the way for the spinoff, Stargate: Atlantis. (Which premieres in July, btw) Well, they signed on for another season, so they made the story for the movie into a two part season finale, and I guess will tie the new series plot into the beginning of season 8.

*double-sigh* I have to wait how long for new episodes of Stargate?!?! *sigh*
posted by Romana1 on 12:52 PM | *

Friday, March 19, 2004

Some Friday afternoon fun

D.W.Q.M.: "Oh, my giddy aunt!!" -the Second Doctor

Of the general state of giddiness in the Acquistions Department

(sign seen hanging in our department)

Example of a conversation heard this afternoon:

Mamaramna: "You mean that truck is already full? As in F-U-L-L!?"
Romana: "No, Mamaramna, as in E-M-P-T-Y."

Maybe you had to be there- but I sent Mamaramana into a fit of laughter when I gave my cheeky reply.

Once again, I find myself being quite naive, as I didn't get a joke that was going around this morning until later in the afternoon...ok, maybe it wasn't really a joke... but it involves biscuits and pickles, so I'll leave it at that....
;) 0:-)

To celebrate my not-so-innocent-innocence, I thought I'd post this quiz for some Friday afternoon fun:

Season = Spring
You're Most Like The Season Spring ...

Fresh faced, with a young outlook on life - you
smile at the world and expect it to smile back
at you. You're mostly a bubbly, fun - innocent
person. Described as cute possibly. However,
you're a little naive about things and tend to
be a little too trustworthy.
As the first season, It Makes you the youngest -
and so most immature - but people are inclined
to look out for and protect you.

Well done... You're the most fun of the seasons :)

?? Which Season Are You ??
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Enjoy!!!! :)
posted by Romana1 on 3:18 PM | *

Thursday, March 18, 2004

The tvjunkie files #4

D.W.Q.M: "I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a much wider academy of which human nature is merely a part." -the Second Doctor

I'm sorry this is a bit late, but I figure it'll be okay, considering after this week just about everything I watch will be in reruns for a while. ;) (stupid basketball, stupid season finales!) lol.

Series: Navy NCIS (CBS)
Episode: The Truth is Out There
Original Airdate: March 16th, 2004

Favorite lines:
Tony: "Have you ever been in a mens restroom before?"
Kate: "No, have you?"


Abby: "Do you have any fetishes?"
Gibbs: "I have three ex-wives- I can't afford any fetishes."

The main story line involved the murder of a petty officer in a night club (owned by a not-quite-yet-17 year-old smart a** who is majoring in business, or will, or something) turns out that the petty officer and 3 of his buddies were playing a joke on another buddy, Petty Officer Wong. They got a call girl to lure him into the parking lot, and while the two of them were making out-the others staged a show that made it look like an alien had crashed into earth and was walkign towards him. Wong knew about it before hand, new who was in the alien suit, and ran him over-and told the others that he panicked and hit the gas, claiming it was 'an accident.' Ha. They only covered for him because they believed him-when they found out the truth, they weren't so loyal...

Actually, it wasn't the main story that intrest me-it was the secondary story, that wasn't really a complete story at all that grabbed my attention. In the last episode (about 2 weeks ago) Duckie and his assistant Leon were held hostage in autopsy by a terrorist who was looking for the body of his dead brother (another terrorist who had a chemical weapon he was planning on releasing in the U.S. The terrorist wounded Leon and managed to escape the authorities (apparently he had an insider on the S.W.A.T. team-the insider was shot and killed during his escape.) Anyhoo, they didnt' catch him, and they can't find a match to his face on any known terrorist list. During this episode, Gibbs was rather preoccupied at times, and was still running the list, even though it had already been done, and he was more grumpy than usual (understandable) This is the first time I have noticed a major story line from another story being brought up in another episode in more than just a line or two here and there. I'm wondering if this will carry on and be a part of the season finale somehow. I guess we shall see-at the very least, it sparked my intrest.
(no, i haven't read any spoilers, so if you know I'm wrong, please don't let me know.) ;)


Series: Judging Amy (CBS)
Episode: Disposable
Original Airdate: March 16th, 2004

Favorite line:
"Cupcakes cause cancer!!" -Maxine, after accidently burning the cupcakes intended for Ned's birthday.

First off, I would like to say, despite all the emotional baggage he may carry, I like David a lot better than Stu. I don't know what it was about him, but Stu just rubbed me the wrong way. Blah.

Like most episodes, there were several stories going on-since it will probably take forever for me to cover them, I'll just talk about a few. Amy had a case involving a teenage girl in a group home who was caught shoplifting 9 red teddies from a store...turns out that there was a much bigger problem at hand-an older girl, convinced that the system is lousy and will kick them out of the home when they are 18 (which is true) has a plan for keeping them all together and taking care of each other...unfortunately this plan involves 'escorting' and picture taking of the kind not becoming of young girls. Thank god Amy stopped that. Her mother, Maxine, who works for D.C.F., has a friend, Val, who has been a foster mother for years, and has helped 5 foster children get through high school. She currently has a foster daughter, Carla, in grade school but is starting to suffer some major memory loss. It was so bad that they were considering taking the girl away from Val. Maxine and Amy were marveling over a system that can do nothing to help people who would do anything to help others, in their time of need. Fortunately, Maxine came up with a solution-she had an eighteen-year old homeless girl who was about to be kicked out of the system and thrown into 'real life'. This girl was planning on going to a community college, but needed a place to stay. Maxine suggested that Val take her in, and she could help out with Carla, and help Val take care of herself as well-this way, both girls have a loving home to stay in, and Val can get the help she needs. Ahh, it's nice when you can work around the system (legally) and make it work for you.

Future Potential Problem (or sticky point): At the beginning of the season, Amy was transfered from juvinelle court to criminal court-she eventually came back to juvy, but not before she was the judge in a case where David was the DA. (at the time she was still involved with Stu, so there was no problem) David got his conviction, but the defense found a new witness and has new evidence. The prosecuter had a problem and was surprised that David did not excuse himself from the case. He then spoke to the defense, while looking straight into Amy's eyes, and said, quietly, 'What if I said the said relationship was suspended?' But, fortunately, before anything else could be said, he excused himself from the case...but from the look on Amy's face, you could tell she was bothered by it. Arrrgg...it took them sooo long to get together...Oh, well, we'll see what happens. Lauren gets some major points though-later that evening, she could tell her mom was upset, and asked Amy what was wrong-Amy told her that she thought David was mad at her. Lauren said he'd get over it, because when he said all the great things about why he liked her, he was right. Awww...Lauren has been going through the 'bratty teenager' stage most of this season, and it was nice to see her sweet side again. ;)

*whew!* I have another entry planned for a new show I watched Tuesday, but judging from the length of the entries from shows I've been watching all season, maybe it's a good thing it'll be a different entry. Hmmm...perhaps if I did this more often, I'd learn to be more concise. ;)

posted by Romana1 on 1:07 AM | *

Saturday, March 13, 2004

"Uh-oh, Baby 'Uigi Time!" part 2

D.W.Q.M.: "Didn't you find two angry men stuck to my car?" -the Third Doctor

Okay, as promised (awhile ago), the drawing I made to commemerate Perseph and Ro's triumph over Mario Kart! (with apologies to Nintendo and Persephone, for my lack of artistic skills ;) )

Perseph's Faves
Drivers: Toad, Baby Luigi
Car: Baby Luigi's green baby carriage, with the smiley face flower
Track: Daisy Cruiser

Ro's Faves
Drivers: Yoshi!!!! Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, King Boo
Car: Birdo's pink car, Wario's car, Boo's pipes
Track: DK Mountain, Dry Dry Desert

Now we are both working on breaking records-Perseph is aiming for perfect scores, but I'm not to that point yet. ;) I have managed to break one record though-beat Paul's score by a couple of seconds on the first track. Woo-hoo! ;)

posted by Romana1 on 11:33 PM | *

The tvjunkie files #3

D.W.Q.M.: the Brigadier: "Do you know what you're doing?"
the Third Doctor: "My dear chap, I can't wait to find out."

The return of the tvjunkie files! (I hope) Back in September I attempted to do quick reviews of the tvshows I watched, but that didn't last very long-partially because I tend to write too much, partially because I just watch too much tv to keep up with it! (ok, mostly 'cause I just watch too much tv.) ;)
Anyhoo, I decided to give it a try again, with an attempt at making shorter summaries...although I probably won't write about everything I watch. So, here goes, starting with my Friday night shows!

Series: JAG (CBS)
Episode: "What If?"
Original Airdate: March 12th, 2004

Ok, so I think the title could be changed to 'What The...' as in, WTF?! I'll admit, I'm a big fan of silly episodes every once in a while...but sometimes they are just too much. It starts off with the JAG crew celebrating Petty Officer Coates promotion at a Chinese resturant-the waiter brings them a basket of fortune cookies-Harm was chosen to go first-his fortune read, "Your unspoken desire is the road not taken. Take it!" He laughs, brushes it off as silly, and doesn't reveal what it says...but while the others are talking, he looks away and gets mesmerized by the fish tank next to the table, and the next thing you know, he's imagining what things would have been like if he had married Mac. *author note: if you know me and JAG, you know I'm a big Harm/Mac shipper-as unrealistic as it may be...but I've seen so many 'fantasies' about the two of them on this show, it just doesn't do it for me anymore.* The episode continues-we soon realize the fortunes are all the same, but we keep going back to Harm, getting lost in the fish tank, thinking about 'what if'. Ugghhh...
It was brought to my attention that the last line may be a precurser to future stories-it ends with Harm getting Mac's coat, she asks if he's ok, and he says, "Just pondering the road not taken..." and as she turns away, he looks at her and wistfully under his breath adds, '...yet.' Hmmmmm....interesting, very interesting. With March Madness around the corner (*yuck*) it'll be a while before we see new episodes...let's hope they get back into the courtroom!! ;)


Series: Stargate SG-1 (SciFi)
Episode: Lost City, part 1
Original Airdate: March 12th, 2004

Before I begin, it was pointed out to me that since this is the first part of the season finale, it's hard to form opinions about anything that happened. Well, too bad, I'm gonna do it anyway. :p I can at least give first impressions... There's a new administration in the White House-the new Vice-President is the ever-annoying, now former, Senator Kinnsey. Can't stand him (although I will admit that I get amused watching Jerm squirm and say, 'Ugh, I hate Kinnsey'. ;) ) He wants to take over the SGC-any fool can see that. The new President (played by William Devane) seems to be able to see through him as well, but he's no fool-Kinnsey practically threatened the President if he didn't do things his way...but I have hopes that the new Pres will find a way to shut the VP down. The Doctor doesn't think so, though-he can't see William Devane playing a television role like this for very long, and thinks he'll be assasinated or something-I hope he is wrong. The Pres did give in to Kinnsey and replaced General Hammond of Texas with a Dr. Weir as the head of the SGC. Even though this chic is not a fan of the military, it's expenses, and, I believe, recommended by the VP himself.. my first impression is that she, too, can see right through Kinnsey. She really p'oed him when she said she would entertain the idea of allowing SG-1 to go through the gate if O'Neill could come up with the coordinates to the Lost City of the Ancients (he downloaded there knowledge into his brain again...which will eventually overwhelm him unless it can be removed) The Goa'uld Anubis is getting stronger than ever, and the only hope the SGC thinks they have is if they find the lost city of the Ancients where there is technology and information that coould help them defeat Anubis. Master Bra'tac comes from Chulak with a message that Anubis is on his way to Earth, and will attack in about 3 days. Of course, the VP doesn't believe it, but then again, he's a moron-what can I say?

*Author's note* Jerm and I agree that there seems to be something missing with some of the episodes we have seen since January. Jerm sums it up the best: 'I want to see them go through the Stargate!!' The last few have been rather political in content-LESS POLITICS, MORE SCIFI, PLEASE!!! If I wanted politics, I would surf up 3 channels or down 18. Also, RDA hasn't been having as much screen time, so I am missing O'Neill's odd humor and wit. Although there was the scene where O'Neill was comparing Anubis to Mr. Burns-Daniel totally disagreed with him (mind you, SG-1 had been drinking a few beers before this conversation started) and O'Neill said 'Alright, I was going to leave one of you my entire VHS collection, but now I don't know..' LOL. Ahh...next week is part 2 (looks like there might be some serious action) so we'll see. After that, no new episodes until I think June. WAaaaahhh!
posted by Romana1 on 2:09 AM | *

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Too much oxytocin...

D.W.Q.M.: Ian Chesterson: "Frankly Doctor, I find it hard to keep pace with you."
the First Doctor: "You mean 'to keep one jump ahead'; that you will never be!"

*I hear ya, buddy-I hear ya!!* ;)

Funny event of the week: Paul, singing that annoying Quiznos song, 'we love the subs' in a Ned from South Park voice. Laughed so hard I was cryin'!!!

Funny line of the week: spoken by Andy, "Oh, cool! Earth farts!" during a show on the Science channel that was talking about the destruction of an age...and yes, I know it's not the dinosaurs!!! :p ;)

Funny article of the week: Dear Abby article pulled because of Simpsons prank A fun read-check it out! (picked it up from another blog I started to read occasionally, Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog

I have been accused of having too much oxytocin. Once, the Doctor, Paul and I were watching a special on the Discovery channel, and they were talking about oxytocin and how it's the hormone that makes you think things are really cute, or something... So everytime I saw something cute and said, 'awwwww!' Paul would say, 'oxytocin' As the 'Doc' would put it-'Cute doesn't sell...unless you are trying to sell to Romana.' hahahahaha...

So, I was already to blame yesterday's event on the oxytocin, until I searched Google to check to make sure I had the spelling right... I looked at some of the articles...they talk about birth, maternal instinct (ok, maybe i get a little maternal instinct), closeness to your partner, and how women with strong, close relationships tend to have higher levels of oxytocin than single women... (uummm...excuse me, I'm still single...hmmm, maybe that makes me the odd one out! lol ;) ) Anyhoo, if you are interested, check out this article, or others found from my Google search. Of course, I could just be missing something or not understanding the article properly (medical lingo is not my thing-gooo Perseph!! Woo-hoo! ;) ) so oxytocin could still very well be to blame. ;) We will go by this assumption, and I will finally get to the point of my post!!

Oxytocin levels were high yesterday, and it got me into trouble...well, ok, not really, but both Perseph and I were amused. ;) I should have seen it coming-while waiting for Persephone, I was watching Stargate SG-1 on the Scifi channel-it was the episode where Daniel was searching for the harsesis child (for the uninitiated, the harsesis child is the child between two Goa'uld hosts-strictly forbidden in the Stargate universe, because that child would contain the knowledge of all the Goa'uld....uhhhh...nevermind-T.M.I. Sorry about that!) Anyhoo, the point is, Daniel found the child-a little baby boy-and when I saw him, I let out my standard, "Awwwwww-look at the cute baby!! Isn't he cute? He's so cute!" Which was promptly followed by a "Sheeesh!" from the Doctor. ;)
Well later that evening, while Perseph and I were at the World Market, we came across these HUGE soft, yellow baby chicks!!! Oxytocin levels still high, I picked one up, turned to Perseph and said, "Looky!! Aren't these just the cutest?!?!" Perseph laughed and agreed with me, and I quickly put it down. We both find what we are looking for, and as we get to the checkout counter, I look down at my coat and notice that there seem to be bits of light colored hair all over my coat. I turned to Perseph and said, 'uuhhh...when did I come across a cat?' The lady behind the counter laughed and said, 'Did you pick up those baby chicks?' when I admitted that I had, she laughed and said she had done the same thing yesterday, and noticed the fuzzies on her clothes as well. She then smiled and after she rung me up, offered to try to help get rid of some of the hairs using some tape. Ahhh...that's what I get! ;) Like I said before, Perseph and I were both amused. ;)

My name is Romanadvoratrelundar, and I like cute things. So sue me!!! :p LOL :-D
posted by Romana1 on 1:29 PM | *

Thursday, March 04, 2004

"Uh-oh, Baby 'Uigi time!!'

D.W.Q.M.: "Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority." -the Second Doctor

We have done the impossible.
We have done the unthinkable!!

Persephone de Hades and Romanadvoratrelundar have beaten the game!!!!

Mario Kart: Double Dash has been conquered with the two most unlikely canidates at the wheel!! Special shout goes out to Persephone, who came in first on all three tracks we played!!! (she insists that I did help, though-thanks, Perseph!! :) ) We beat what is probably the three most difficult tracks in the entire game!


Perhaps we should have seen this coming...after all, our usual taco night was not our usual taco night-in fact, Paul was the only one who got tacos-also, we didn't even have it at my place-we had it at P^2's. We watched Enterprise, and then Perseph and I decided to try to beat the Star Cup in Mirror mode. After a few false starts, we finally got the Gold! Our reward? Two new characters and a new car for the heavyweights! Petey the Pirhanna and Boo the Ghost, with Petey's Pipe car. Of course we had to try them out. :) :) After that, we decided to go for the Star Cup, and see what we'd open if we beat that. We won on the first try!!!!! Woo-hoo!!! Our reward? Boo's Pipe car! Another car for the heavyweights! Wait a sec...a ghost is considered a heavyweight? Hmm...oh, well-guess anything can happen in Marioland....uh, oh, wait, I mean the Mushroom Kingdom ;) After that thrill, we decided to go for it all and take the gold in the All-Cups circuit.

"Baby 'Uigi number not one."

Well, we would have won the gold on the first try for this one, too, except...well, my pride got the best of me. We were on the last track, Rainbow Road, which has got to be one of the hardest tracks in this game. Perseph was only 2 points ahead of Petey, so she had to make sure that she crossed the line before he did. I was doing unusually well with this track, and Perseph and I were neck-n-neck turning on a curve with no guard rail, on the last lap of the race. My Pipe car got a little to close to her Baby carriage car, and I accidently sent her flying off into Mariokart space. Knocking her off the track also allowed Petey to get ahead of her...but he wasn't ahead of me... In fact, I was actually in first!!!! As I got closer to the finish line, Jerm, who had stopped in to watch, suggested that I sacrifice myself and mess with Petey so Perseph could cross before he did. I couldn't help it, I was in first...I have never, ever, ever done this well on this track-in fact, I think the best I have ever done before last night was 5th place. I just couldn't stop myself from crossing that finish line with the big 1st sitting on the corner of my screen. I just couldn't help it. It was a big accomplishment for me. As a result of that, though-Perseph came in second, only two points behind Petey. She said she didn't mind though-she was proud of me! :) :) Besides, it gave us the excuse to try again! She was determined to beat the game that night.

And we did!!! Second time around, Perseph came in first!!! Woo-hooo!!!! Our prize? A big pic with everyone on it saying 'Thanks for Playing!' LOL! Don't worry, that wasn't the only thing-we got a new car-the parade car used at the end of the game to carry the winners of the gold. Even better-it's available to everyone-the lightweights, middleweights, and heavyweights!!! I am currently using my non-existent artistic skills to make a drawing to commemorate our victory. I promise to post it later. :)

Hard to believe that less than 2 months ago, Perseph hated this game! Woo-you go girl!!!! Better yet, it's on my memory card, so someone (you know who you are ;) ) can't try to beat her score!

Persephone, you have beaten Mario Kart Double Dash-what are you going to do now?
"Why, beat it with perfect scores, of course!!" :) :) :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:27 PM | *

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Swearing off swearing...

*note to all: I actually started this entry during lunch today, but realized that it was going to take way longer than a half an hour to write.* ;)

D.W.Q.M.: "Circular logic will only make you dizzy, Doctor." - Peri

Conversation overheard in Heaven on February 25th, 2004:
God: "Was I supposed to end the world today?"
Jesus: "No, why?"
God: "Because Romana was seen in church, today!!!"

Ah...Lent, 40 days of fast before Easter. You know, I had in mind an entire entry about Lent, but I have discovered that actually putting it into typed out words is alot harder than I thought. Maybe it's because in general I have a hard time really expressing how I feel about serious topics such as this.

I guess I should start by admitting, yes, I did go to church on Ash Wenedsday, and yes, as of late, me going to church has been a rare occurance. (I always go on Ash Wenesday, Easter, and Christmas, sometimes inbetween those Holy Days, too) Why? Not really sure. Because I am lazy? Yes, that would probably be my biggest excuse. Because I haven't found a Parish I really like yet? Yeah, that too. Not that the Parishes here are bad. Well, why then? Because I was spoiled? Yeah, that could be it. So, if you haven't already stopped reading because you think I'm totally crazy, you are probably wondering what I mean when I say spoiled I grew up in the Liberal Catholic Church of America (I just found the homepage of my old church, how cool is that?!). When I was in junior high, my family started going to the Roman Catholic Church, St. Lawrence, in what is affectionately called 'Dinkytown', near the University of Minnesota. Shortly after we started attending Mass there, they introduced us to a new priest, Father Steve. I don't know if it was the parishoners (they were all really nice) or Father Steve (his smile kind of reminded me of my own father's, whom I had just lost recently) or a combination of both-but I really did enjoy going to church every week. Also, there was something about Father Steve that just made you want to come to Mass every Sunday-he was very well liked among all his Parishoners. I guess I just haven't found a Parish here that gives me that same kind of feeling. Going to church on Sunday shouldn't have to feel like a chore-it is supposed to be joyous, a 'mini-Easter.' Okay, so maybe that is a bit harsh. The point is, I'm just to darn lazy to get up every Sunday morning.

This brings us to the present-we are now almost a week into the Lenten season. Every year most Catholics give up something for Lent, usually something that is very important to us. We aren't "required" to do it...in fact, I keep hearing more and more about how people, rather than give something up, do something for Lent. Like volunteer in your community, or spend some extra time with your family. I read that once, when she was younger, a woman's mother made her write to a different family member every day during Lent. The idea being that these acts help you draw closer to Jesus. Some people give things up in the hopes of improving their life...

So, what did I give up for Lent? Swearing. Same as last year. Did it improve my life? No, not really-just thinned my wallet out a little, and obviously I'm still swearing, 'cause I'm trying to give it up again!! ;) One swear word equals one quarter in the swear jar (my hurricane glass from Minneapolis's Hard Rock Cafe-last year it was Perseph's 'Happy Bowl' from the Have a Nice Day Cafe, but that is currently working as the wedding fund bank. ;) ) Last year Perseph joined me in swearing off swearing...until the unfortunate incident involving a dinosaur...but I think Persephone herself is planning an entry about that, so I will just leave you with this: Jerm counted 13....or was it 14? ;)

Speaking of Jerm, his mission this Lenten season is to see how many times he can make me swear. Sometimes he's successful, but I think I've been doing a pretty good job and not letting him get to me. ;) Mario Kart, on the other hand...not a good game to play if you are trying to watch your language. Ash Wenesday I lost $1.25 while playing the game...this weekend I think it was around 3 dollars...and another buck this evening alone-and it hasn't even been a week yet!!!! I guess this year the gang'll get a good pizza, and the church will have a nice donation. Last year Jerm asked me what I was going to do with the money-he joked and said I should buy everyone pizza-I said sure, but then decided to match what was in the swear jar and add it to the collection plate on Easter. Perhaps I will do the same again this year! :)
posted by Romana1 on 1:23 PM | *

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