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Monday, May 9th, 2011
3:09 am
Mother's Day
So I sent my mother a really nice (as opposed to expensive and garish) arrangement of flowers for Mother's Day. She's helping her mother move to FL and is having a hard time of it. So my brother trumps me by taking his kid the 8 or so hour trip to spend a couple hours with Nana. Baby brothers suck even after they grow up....

Current Mood: cranky
3:06 am
Writer's Block: I'm looking at the ___ in the mirror
If you could meet your true inner self, what would s/he look like, and what would s/he tell you?

What would she tell me? Look at you. Almost 36 years old, no career, no house, no kids, no life. What have you been doing the last 2 decades? Dump the schmuck and pull yourself together!
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
3:36 am
Do spiders have Olympics?
I have a spider doing laps around the ceiling and walls. I wonder what it thinks it's doing?
3:34 am
Writer's Block: Put it all together, it spells Mother
What's the most important lesson your mom taught you?

She loves me and will always be there for me.
Friday, February 25th, 2011
10:19 pm
Writer's Block: You're my best friend
If you could shrink any animal down to miniature size and carry it around in your pocket, which animal would you choose?

Probably a snow leopard. I've got a thing for cats, and I think they're the most amazing by far.

Current Mood: blah
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
5:29 pm
"Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
Is it possible to be bitten by a snark bunny?

I've heard of plot bunnies, but not snark bunnies. And if there are snark bunnies, why would they bite random passers-by?

Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
2:40 am
Writer's Block: Time in a bottle
If you could eliminate all the calendars, clocks, and measurements of time, how would it change your life? How about the world?


'Nuff said
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
8:18 pm
Writer's Block: Tolerance 101?
If you could create/select a new subject that had to be taught in high school, what would it be, and why?

Meditation. I can't tell you all the problems I had in and after school. I've learned meditation (still learning) to help.

And before someone starts in about paganism or New Age mumbojumbo, I will say that meditation has been used in some of the oldest religions in the world, as well as Christianity (what did you think a true prayer state was?!). I will also suggest that we all do it in some form (staring blankly at a wall can be a form of meditation, as are dance, listening to music and martial arts on some levels)
8:12 pm
Writer's Block: Young and driven
What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?

The legal drinking age in the U.S.A. is 21. However, you are considered old enough to vote, get married, get drafted, voluntarily enter the Armed Services, be kicked out of your parents' house and off their medical insurance, be missing without an explanation and not have the police looking for you, buy cigarettes, and many other things at the age of 18. So, I think it's only fair that you should be able to buy your own alcohol at the same age.
8:01 pm
Writer's Block: Pet central
Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?

Anyone who has a cat knows, you don't own them, they own you. I buy the cat food, but Kizzy is the House Goddess, and we all know it.

As for dogs, if you are not the acknowledged pack leader in the dog's eyes, you have no control, which can lead to bad things happening.

In regards to fish, bugs, lizards, rodents and other assorted critters, I would have to see an emotional attachment on the animal's part before I can offer comment. I am not belittling or doubting the care and devotion of the people involved, I am just not familiar enough with the emotional abilities of the animals to state an opinion.

In conclusion, those of us who have pets know the score. So call me what makes you happy. I am Kizzy's devoted slave....and I'm happy to be so!

Current Mood: quixotic
Monday, August 24th, 2009
9:07 pm
Snagged from Lexxie Scott

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

[ ] 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
[X] 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
[X] 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
[ ] 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
[X] 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
[ ] 6 The Bible - God (the whole thing)
[ ] 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
[X] 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
[ ] 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
[X ] 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Total: 5

[ ] 11 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
[ ] 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
[ ] 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
[ ] 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
[ ] 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
[ ] 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
[ ] 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
[X] 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
[ ] 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
[ ] 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

Total: 1

[X] 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
[X] 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
[ ] 23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
[ ] 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
[ ] 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
[ ] 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
[X] 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
[ ] 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
[ ] 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Total: 3

[ ] 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
[X] 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
[ ] 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
[ ] 34 Emma - Jane Austen
[ ] 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
[X] 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
[ ] 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
[ ] 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
[ ] 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
[X] 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

Total: 3

[X] 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
[ ] 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
[ ] 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
[ ] 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
[ ] 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
[ ] 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
[ ] 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
[ ] 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
[ ] 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
[ ] 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

Total: 1

[ ] 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
[X] 52 Dune - Frank Herbert
[ ] 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
[ ] 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
[ ] 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
[ ] 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
[X] 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
[ ] 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
[ ] 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
[ ] 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 2

[X] 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
[ ] 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
[ ] 63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
[ ] 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
[X] 65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
[ ] 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
[ ] 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
[ ] 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
[ ] 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
[X] 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Total: 3

[X] 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
[ ] 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
[X] 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
[ ] 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
[ ] 75 Ulysses - James Joyce
[ ] 76 The Inferno - Dante
[ ] 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
[ ] 78 Germinal - Emile Zola
[ ] 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
[ ] 80 Possession - AS Byatt

Total: 2

[X] 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
[ ] 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
[ ] 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
[ ] 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
[ ] 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
[ ] 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mxistry
[X] 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
[ ] 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
[X] 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
[ ] 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

Total: 3

[ ] 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
[ ] 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
[ ] 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
[ ] 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
[ ] 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
[ ] 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
[X] 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
[X] 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
[X] 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
[ ] 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total: 3

Grand Total: 26

I guess I've gotta read more classics....

In my defense, however, I've read a lot more classics that aren't listed here.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
12:19 am
I'm Such an Animal
ANIMOLOGY: What Animal Are You?
Your Result: Gold Falcon

High in the sky! You are a very intelligent person. You get your pride in the way and it sometimes get very high, but you're a very romantic person. Your soul mate is the Silver and Red Wolf. You're in conflict with the Teal Cat.

Blue Fox
Teal Cat
Silver and Red Wolf
Red Jaguar
Yellow Trout
Ocre and Gray Dolphin
Tan Giraffe
ANIMOLOGY: What Animal Are You?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Current Mood: blah
Monday, April 13th, 2009
11:52 pm
Story Time!
This is a little story I wrote to answer the question: How did Ironhide wind up with Capt. Lennox? From the Transformers live action film. Comments are very welcome.

Disclaimer: I own the book and the DVD. Unfortunately, the characters belong to others who make lots of money and are not me.


Ironhide's Choice

"We will stay here, on Earth. I will send out a call to all surviving Autobots that Megatron and the Energon Cube are no more and a new home awaits us here." Those were Optimus Prime's words after the last battle. All the surviving Autobots would need to find a way to blend in.

Bumblebee's place was obvious. He would stay with Sam Witwicky, continuing to guard him and, no doubt, getting into a certain amount of trouble together.

Ironhide, however, was a weapons specialist, a damn good one, too. He wanted to use his skills. If the War was over, then he wanted to guard or protect someone or something. But what? He was not used to thinking of these kinds of options; he didn't like it.
The Autobots' continuing presence on Earth was a secret to all but a few…..

Ironhide mused and mulled over these humans. Of all those who knew, the Rangers were the ones he thought would understand his skills and needs the best. The captain, Lennox, was an excellent leader, respected and liked. He knew how the skills of his men meshed, and knew when not to interfere.

A serious flaw, a previously unknown limitation, presented itself. Lennox could not take his personal vehicle with him. Searching his memory for all the information about Lennox and the Rangers found on the World Wide Web, a solution finally presented itself…..


A black pickup truck came to a stop in front of a farmhouse. The driver jumped out and ran to meet the woman carrying a baby.

Ironhide shook himself free of the dust as a baby seat formed in the backseat, created to the exact dimensions of the baby. He watched as his new charges greeted Lennox, who would never need to worry about his wife and children while he was deployed ever again.

Current Mood: anxious
Sunday, April 5th, 2009
2:33 am
1:16 am
Pssst....pass it on!
My husband is writing for Examiner.com. His name is Christopher Smith, and he's the Detroit Automotive writer. At Examiner, writers get paid by how many people look at their stories, so take a peek at his articles, please. And if you find any other articles or authors you like, I'm sure they'll appreciate the traffic as well! And if you really like 'em, please pass it on to your network of friends!


Current Mood: good
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
11:16 pm
Writer's Block: Take Your Chances
Do you think people deserve second chances?

Everyone makes mistakes, that's very much a part of learning. So, yes, second chances are deserved for most things, but not for others.

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, March 14th, 2009
11:48 pm
Back again, back again
I visited my parents for about three weeks. Mom kept saying how this is the longest she's had me home since I left for college. It was nice to be able to kick back and relax, and to see my Grandmother.

The new season of Power Rangers started (RPM) and I already like it better than the beginnings of OO and JF, though both improved during their own seasons. Funny how I didn't really take to Jungle Fury until I saw some good RJ/Casey smut! ;)

Current Mood: blah
Sunday, December 21st, 2008
3:26 am
Writer's Block: Long Nights, Short Poems
It's the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere, summer solstice in the Southern hemisphere, and Haiku Day in the U.S. Does that inspire you to write a three-line poem with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven in the middle line?

Most certainly not
Never would I write a poem
As silly as that!

Couldn't resist. I once got an A on an in class assignment where I had to write a poem in 30 minutes. I wound up writing about not being able to think of a topic for a 30 minute in class assignment! lol

Current Mood: silly
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
11:59 pm
Writer's Block: Short Days
As the Northern hemisphere spins toward the shortest day of the year, it's getting dark earlier and earlier. What comforts do you fall back on when the days are short and the nights are long?
It's a stereotype, I know, but hot chocolate or coffee while wrapped up in blankies. Preferably with a kitty curled up nearby.

Current Mood: giggly
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
12:51 am
Personality Quizzes
I do love to take these things. Sometimes I even agree with the outcomes! Here's some that I do:

I always knew I was a night owl....

At social events, you'll usually find me out of the way somewhere or talking to someone I already know....

I'll admit this one threw me a bit, but strong, intelligent and sexy. Could be worse!

So try 'em out and see if you agree with your evaluations!

Current Mood: contemplative
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