December 12, 2005

I Confess

Well don't blame me, Shilo Musings made me.

I confess:
I use my slippers like shoes and I'm barefoot as much as I can.
The dishes often sit in the sink for too long.
Yes the house did look like that before the break-in.
I like to listen to my kids Jim Weiss tapes/cds. I'm glad they still like to listen to them to. I hope my grandkids will like them as well---when I have grandkids.)
I'm avoiding going to the dentist.
I wish I could avoid work.
I'm kind of glad my cat is going to have kittens.
I eat all the black and red and white jelly beans first. Actually I probably eat all the black and red and white jelly beans. My kids are lucky to get one or two of those colors.
My kids are the best kids in the world even though the constantly drive me crazy.

and I tag:
Meira Online
house of joy
my husband who will either not do this or kill me for tagging him... :-)

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June 20, 2005

A Meme for the Intelligent

Or slightly warped. via Jim of the Snooze Button Dreams

The questions:

1) Has your father the cheerfulness which is known you?
Three, and please don't ask me again.

2) It is many the dog and the cat it spreads out how, it has?
Cats yes, dogs yes, and they tend to really make it smell.

3) How many licks it adopts obtains to the tootsie popular music center?
Wait. I'll tell you. Almost there. Just hang on a second. Hey wait, where is everyone going?

4) Which thing fairies for one life?
Green and purple. Swimming is best.

5)You would be disposed to dance with six a frog of the blue of foot
three that has carried the glasses?
As long as he really does carry the glasses. I'm always losing mine.

The gimmicky part:

1) When you post this on your blog get rid of the first question, bump up all the numbers and make a new question for #5. In other words, you are going to be answering your own question #5 and not answering my question #1.

2) You make a new question by writing it in English, translating it to a foreign tongue, and then translating it back to English. Don't tell anybody what the actual original question was.

3) Trackback to this post or return here to make a comment and let me know where you are because I'm keen on seeing what y'all come up with.

4) Make sure to trackback/comment to the person you snagged this from too because they're going to want to see how you answer their question #5. Responses to the Engrish questions are hillarious when you know what the original English was.


1) That means it's the end and there is nothing else.

2) You're done.

3) Pretty pointless, this section.

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June 16, 2005

Not Really a Book Meme

But it sort of relates to what is going around. via Owlish Mutterings, via Small Victory.

Here's the rules to the meme

So, what fiction did you read as a teen/young adult that you have re-read as an adult (or would like to)? What pieces of fiction meant something to you? Put up your list, and pass it on to 2-3 people.

But I'm just listing the books that meant something to me somewhere along my life, those books which I either want to get or have and plan on never giving away even if I can't afford bread. I may never open the book again, but somewhere in my heart they have stirred something magical in me, have allowed me to believe there is a greater truth out there, one that is based on beauty, hope and love.

Here's the list. What books have touched you?

Edward Eager's books. I still believe a magic coin can grant me a wish, if I wish it twice.

Fog Magic. I want a grey cat. I will name the cat Fog.

Secret Garden. Ah....I want a secret garden.

I didn't get to read Phantom Tollbooth till I read it to my girls earlier this year. Both loved it. as did their mom. I also liked the movie which was a bit different.

Momo/Neverending Story--but I read them when I was older...still great books. I highly recommend them to anyone of any age.

Hobbit/Lord of the Rings :-). I had the set in a little box.

Watership Down. I really do need to read this one again.

The Last Unicorn.

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May 22, 2005

Whoopee! I'm It! Someone Tagged Me

I've been tagged by Mozemen! Here's the rules if I tag you!
Pick five and fill in the blank then pass it on to three (or more!) victims friends (and no backsies!):

If I could be a scientist…
If I could be a farmer…
If I could be a musician…
If I could be a doctor…
If I could be a painter…
If I could be a gardener…
If I could be a missionary…
If I could be a chef…
If I could be an architect…
If I could be a linguist…
If I could be a psychologist…
If I could be a librarian…
If I could be an athlete…
If I could be a lawyer…
If I could be an inn-keeper…
If I could be a professor…
If I could be a writer…
If I could be a llama-rider…
If I could be a bonnie pirate…
If I could be an astronaut…
If I could be a world famous blogger…
If I could be a justice on any one court in the world…
If I could be married to any current famous political

If I could be a doctor
I would strive hard to make certain the "Golden Years" were truly golden, and not a time of fog and pain, each moment one that could be filled with joy and discovery, one where one could learn and give till the last breath.

If I could be a writer I would bring to life all the worlds that live within me; all the strange people and exotic places, setting them loose to lift the spirits of the disenchanted, to amuse the disgruntled, bring tears and smiles to those who cannot cry or smile. I would send them to live in the minds of others that they may think beyond themselves, grow and in turn help others to grow in joy and wonderment.

If I could be an innkeeper I would have a little bed-and-breakfast by the sea. I would cater to famlies with well-behaved pets, to parents and children. I would serve hearty, trusty meals, with the taste of home and love. The rooms would be large and airy, there would not be a single t.v but instead beautiful gardens, a craft shop, lots of programs for children, families and adults, and a library full of books, known and forgotten. Hot coffee, tea and chocolate would be available all the time. And at night all the lights about the outside of the inn would be low as possible, just enough for safety so that one could take moonlit walks and look up to see the stars.

If I could be a librarian I would never come home--well except for a bath. I would have programs throughout the day; music, readings, art programs.
There would be plenty of quiet nooks for a child or adult to cozy up into to read. Everything would be on one floor, the children's library in the back, on a slightly raised platform so a parent could set their child down in saftey and find a book on their own.

If I could be a painter I would paint all the scenes I have that drift behind my eyes. I would paint the woman at the door, looking outward to what I don't know. That would be for the viewer to decide. I would paint a young woman lying in bed, covered with leaves of gold and red. I would paint the white trunks of trees, peeling to reveal deep grey. A blue porch, partially viewed in front. Blues, greys and whites. Nothing more. I would paint dreams for others to dip their imaginations into, so they can cross into countries of their own making.

And I'm tagging: letter b
pincushion and Anne RobinP Muse and Meira.

Don't let me down now guys!

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January 09, 2005

Book Meme

Okay, I've seen this in seveal places but took it from Jordana from Curmudgeonry, well, just because! That's why.

Copy the list, then remove from it the names of any authors not in your home library, replacing them with names of a few authors you do have. Boldface the ones you’ve added.

1. Gerald L. Schroeder
2. Franz Kafka
3. Henry James
4. Jane Austen
5. Thomas Ligotti
6. MIchael Ende
7. Dr. Seuss
8. Douglas Adams
9. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
10. William Shakespeare

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January 07, 2005

Pure Decadence

So I'm taking a hot bath. A hot, hot bath. The steam is curling up all around me, my body relaxes, my mind relaxes and I think: I deserve this everyday. A hot bath strewn with rose petals and lavender flowers. Tat would be perfect. A hot bath everyday in a tub strewn with rose petals and lavender flowers and a full body massage. With aromatic oils. And then a delicious prepared by someone else lunch, of feta cheese and vine ripe tomatoes on a bed of three different types of lettuce and warm buttered rolls, And then...and then...

Well, you get the drift. My fantasies became more and more elaborate and extravagant and all at once I'm struck by an idea. What a perfect meme (please say you agree!) Just click on the extended entry and I'll tell you more...

Please copy the following into your blog, and play along with me!

What would you do if you could, if money and time was not an object? What treats would you give yourself, take as part and parcel of your day? This game is played a bit like the ABC game where you list all the things you will take with you on a vacation but in this case there is no alphabetical order. Just copy the list and add one more decadent and wild luxury that you would engage in. Your fantasy can be anything from doable if you had just a bit more time and/or money, to "not unless Bill Gates leaves his fortune to me in his will" to "I don't think we have reached that point in science yet!

Come play! I want to see where this goes. Here's mine list:

1. For at least one hour every evening, right after I got the kids to bed, I would take a hot, hot bath, strewn with flowers of all sorts while soft music played in the background.

Now your turn. Ready, set PLAY!

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October 26, 2004

John Reading

As in what are you reading when you are, well you know, "unavailable?"
Just being nosey.

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August 16, 2004

Quiz:What Famous Leader am I?

What Famous Leader Are You?
personality tests by

via Accidental Verbosity

That's me! Except my hair isn't quite that white yet.

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August 08, 2004

Meme Propagation

Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog

This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this blog posting, spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs (and aggregation sites) are most influential in the propagation of memes. The dataset from this experiment will be public, and can be located via Google (or Technorati) by doing a search for the GUID for this meme (below).

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate—the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is:


The above GUID enables anyone to easily search Google or other search engines for all blogs that participate in this experiment, once they have indexed the sites that participate, which may take several days or weeks. To locate the full data set, just search for any sites that contain this GUID.

Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post (see URL above). (Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.)


To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and then answer the questions below, substituting your own information, below, where appropriate. Other than answering the questions below, please do not alter the information, layout or format of this post in order to preserve the integrity of the data in this experiment (this will make it easier for searchers and automated bots to find and analyze the results later).

REQUIRED FIELDS (Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

(1) I found this experiment at URL:

(2) I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing the Web” or “Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message”: Browsing the web.

(3) I posted this experiment at URL:

(4) I posted this on date (day/month/year): 08/08/04

(5) I posted this at time (24 hour time): 23:30

(6) My posting location is (city, state, country): Jerusalem area, Israel


(7) My blog is hosted by:

(8) My age is: waiting for the grandkids

(9) My gender is: Female

(10) My occupation is: whatever gets me paid (and is legal and moral)

(11) I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: xml? Rats, make me look stupid.

(12) I use the following software to post to my blog: MovableType

(13) I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 28/05/2004

(14) My web browser is: Mozilla Firefox

(15) My operating systems are: Windows XP

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August 05, 2004

Linky Fest

Okay, this is more of a test, since I'm late doing this; my three fave:

1.snooze button dreams
3.elms in the yard

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