#30 OOPS

Mar. 31st, 2011 12:20 am
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OOps! I rather fell down on the job!

Just been really busy and also in an odd sort fo mood the last week or so. I want to write but what I want to write is NOT what I need to write. I found an old Mary Sue spoof than wants me to write it and I'm trying to resist.

I also want to write an OC story from the world od "In Cloaks of Silver Grey". I want to write about the blond man who saved them from the bad guys... who had been saved by the twins when he was a child. Ideas?

I've been thinking about the Sherlock Big Bang too. Maybe BBC Sherlcok since he's in modern London and he's rather hot with his little blond Watson (who is alos Bilbo Baggins). Am I crazy?

More tomorrow... bedtime.
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Not much to say. Some moron stole our mailbox last night. They pulled the neighbors up and threw it acroos the road into a field. Our postal carrier actually found our box laying in a ditch on her route and brought it home but Larry has to buy a new post for it.

Grrr!
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The bane of my existence.

I dislike doctors intensely. I have always been terrified of them and after 6 weeks in the hospital and the mess they left me in, I also despise them. I have no idea why they think acting like Dr. House is a good thing but the trauma surgeons who butchered me acted just exactly like him, arrogant jerks who really needed to be taken down a few pegs.

I'm sure there are wonderful nice doctors out there. I have not really met any.
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There is no real way to explain what three simple books have done for me. I found them when they were published in paperback in the US when I was in high school in the 70s. The Hobbit came out first and it sat on my shelf for some time before I read it then came the trilogy and I was totally entranced in a world with elves and dwarves. The movies brought me to the fandom and the fandom brought me here, to all of you...

And many of you are what I think of when I think of the professor... my friends.

Thank you, Professor Tolkien!

(It is still Monday night somewhere!)

#20 Stupid

Mar. 20th, 2011 10:21 pm
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Stupid.

Does it even need comment? Forrest Gump said "Stupid is as stupid does." I'd say that's a pretty fair assessment. Have you ever read the comments at Yahoo news? Facebook? People are terribly stupid! They can't spell or form sentences. Their facts are not actual facts. Someone should take their laptops and iPhones away so the rest of us don't have to grit our teeth until they hurt!


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Words words words!

I missed yesterday! And Thursday was just a St Patrick’s day post.

The word is …

Internet

Who would have ever dreamed of such a thing when those older ones of us were kids? To be able to chat, email, and connect with people all over the world in real time for less a hundred dollars a month?

When my husband began working in computers in 1980, a computer took up an entire room and the information was fed to it via punch cards or data cards. Remember the old ‘do not fold, spindle or mutilate’ warnings on the cards?

Then came the microchip and boom! We had computers everywhere, tiny little things. The whole world changed and mostly for the better.

We could talk to people anywhere almost instantly but it brought out the worst in people too. Porn had a whole new audience and that surely was not such a good thing. People who would never have even looked at porn became addicted. Normal housewives left their husbands for men they’d never met. Murderers hunted their next victims on dating sites or even Craig’s list, which also has been known to feature prostitutes and drug dealers.

Nothing is secret once it’s online… nothing.

On the good side, I have met some of the best people in the world online. Some I’ve met in RL too and some I probably never will but they are friends nevertheless. I can shop without leaving home, pay bills instantly, listen to music, watch tv and movies… and I’m never completely alone if I wish not to be!

Where else can you get so much from so little?

Dear Boss

Mar. 17th, 2011 09:07 am
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Happy Saint Patrick's day!

# 16 Time

Mar. 16th, 2011 10:02 pm
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Time

n.
1.
a. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
b. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading.
c. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes.
d. A similar number representing a specific point on this continuum, reckoned in hours and minutes: checked her watch and recorded the time, 6:17 A.M.
e. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time.

Have you ever actually thought about just what time is? Does it even exist at all? Is time linear? Is it infinite? Will it end? What comes after time? What was before time?

TIME IN A BOTTLE
by Jim Croce
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

*


Carpe diem, my friends, seize the day!

#15 World

Mar. 15th, 2011 11:52 pm
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World

This word is appropriate this week and in light of the disaster in Japan. The world has become an increasingly small place since I was small. I remember when my whole world was within 5 miles of my house. Today, my best friends live halfway around the world and over halfway across the country.

We have learned that the actions of one touch everyone but I am still not sure we are ready to act that way, to take responsibility for our brothers in the world. We are still made up of countries and races and socio-economic groups who seem at cross purposes with one another more often than not.

And a little food for thought from George Orwell:
"It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same--everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another's existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same--people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 10
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I am starting this at 11:57.

What is a friend?

According to the dictionary:
–noun
1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
4. a member of the same nation, party, etc.
5. ( initial capital letter ) a member of the Religious Society of friends; a Quaker.
–verb (used with object)
6. Rare . to befriend.
—Idiom
7. make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.

A friend is the dearest treasure in life. We may have family, spouses, children and friends but we are doubly blessed when among the family we have, we also count them our friends. Larry is my best friend. My other two dearest friends were my mother and Sara. Then there is our family of the heart, the friends we choose to share our lives with, whether they live near or far.

Tolkien's dear friend, C. S. Lewis said this: "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."

Here is a very young James Taylor singing one my favorite friend songs:

#13 Tired

Mar. 14th, 2011 02:35 am
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Its 2:35 am and I'm tired.

#12 Late

Mar. 13th, 2011 12:37 am
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Better LATE than never!

Aren't I clever?

I am often a tiny bit late because when I was growing up, we were always so darned early everywhere. If we had an appointment at 10 then we'd be there at 9:30 or even earlier. I hated waiting... and that was what we did because EVERYONE else was always late.

Time is sort of an OCD for me... I cannot think of appointments and such because I get into a nervous jerk over time... and time is one thing none of us can do very much about but that is another WORD for another day!

Besides, it's still the 12th somewhere, isn't it?

#11 Movie

Mar. 11th, 2011 07:58 pm
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Movie

It came up twice on the word generator, a sure sign that this needs to be my word for the day. I love movies. Even bad ones.

When I was small, we did not go to the movies. I remember my daddy taking me to a movie about a lion when I was very small and I was with Mama and Daddy when they saw Goldfinger at the drive-in and I remember a great deal of the movie. I could have been more than 4 or 5.

The next movie I saw was The Jungle Book with Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day as a short film. I was entranced by Mowgli and all the animals. I still love them all these many years later. I also found out that Larry saw the same movie at the same theater and most likely on the same day as I did.

Since then I have seen thousands of movies from the sublime to horrid plotless porn and I still love most all movies. I am not the person you want to ask for a movie critique because I can name the few films that I totally hated on one hand. Blair Witch Project, Payback, Natural Born Killers… Despite what I told Larry, I didn’t really hate Con Air. *shhh* Don’t tell him.

I love epics: LOTR is the most epic of the epics. I love sci-fi… both serious and comedy. Who wouldn’t love Galaxy Quest? I love vampires… Dracula, Blade, Lestat. I even have a tiny fondness for Edward! I love chick flicks, My mom and I used to go to one almost every week… a matinee then home before Sara got home from school. I love movies made from comics. Constantine was gorgeous! I love children’s movies especially. I adore each and every Disney princess and certainly a Disney Fairy or two.

I love Star Wars. It is in a class by itself. I was 17 when it came out and I remember sitting in the theater watching those Imperial ships fly over Tatooine. I was utterly and completely lost. I’ve never lost that feeling either, no matter how many hundreds of times I’ve actually seen the original trilogy. I even like the badly made ones too… I can never get enough… never!

So if you want to know if a movie is good, don’t really ask me because I will love almost anything on the big screen! Anything but horror. There are some things that even I won’t watch.

#10 Rod

Mar. 10th, 2011 11:05 pm
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Rod

Well, yes it is exactly what you’re thinking. Another word for Jaiden’s, um, sword! I got it at a random word generator too.

Don’t you love all the goofy names that are given to a certain fixture of male anatomy.

Rod. Staff. Cod. Cock. Prick. Dick. Shaft. Sword. Organ. Member. Phallus.

And those are the less silly ones.

There is tallywhacker, ding-a-ling, dingdong, dong, Johnson, willie and the ever lovely junk.

Then there are the totally ridiculous ones: heat-seeking love missile, love muscle, 100% all-beef thermometer, the one eyed monster…
You get the idea. If I came from outer space and read this post, I would assume that men are the silly, less intelligent pets of women.
What are your favorites?

And are they the silly less intelligent pets of women?

#9 Book

Mar. 9th, 2011 09:03 pm
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I did actually post last night but it was after midnight so it was backdated. Read it here: http://alexcat.livejournal.com/866062.html

Book-

Can you imagine life without books? I wonder about people when I go into a house without books and magazines. What do they do? My parents were not readers. I don’t think my mother ever read but one book: Treasure Island, except for the children’s books that she bought for me.

I was the opposite. I read everything. I remember reading Wuthering Heights when I was in third grade. I went through the school library and then started reading books from the county library.

I read uncensored and free too. My mother never checked to see what I was reading so I read a few naughty books at a terribly young age though I never felt very scarred by them. I remember finding a bag of very plotless books in a little house on our property that we used for storage. I suspect they belonged to my ex- uncle and I remember some very kinky stuff about the Borgias. I found a stash of Ian Fleming in the bathroom cabinet. They must have been my father’s.

I found the Bronte’s, Mary Renualt, Thomas Hardy, and much more at the library. I traveled back in time and out into the universe and to Middle Earth. I met elves and men of the future, aliens and evil geniuses of the past, talking animals, worlds of sand and water, and more than I can detail here.

When the world was an ugly place as it often was for me as a kid, books were my friends. They gave without judging and I loved them more than I did many of the people I knew.

I love my Kindle. It’s fun and easy and oh so portable but there is nothing in the world like a book!

#8 Hero

Mar. 8th, 2011 11:59 pm
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Hero

It’s a word bandied about a lot these days. We have sports heroes, war heroes, everyday heroes and on ad infinitum or ad nauseum, if you will.

The dictionary says:
–noun, plural -roes;
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
4. Classical Mythology .
a. a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
b. (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
c. (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
5. hero sandwich.
6. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.

Just what does it mean to you? Is it every Tom, Dick or Harry who comes along? Is every person who is in the military a hero? Is every jock a hero? Do we need even more demigods? So what is a hero?

Perhaps it’s just as the Wizard said to the Cowardly Lion:
'As for you, my fine friend, you're a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You're confusing courage with wisdom. Back where I come from, we have men who are called heroes. Once a year, they take their fortitude out of moth balls and parade it down the main street of the city and they have no more courage than you have. But they have one thing that you haven't got - a medal. Therefore, for meritorious conduct, extraordinary valor, conspicuous bravery against Wicked Witches, I award you the Triple Cross. You are now a member of the Legion of Courage.'


Unless of course you’re a sandwich!

(It's still the 8th somewhere.)
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Peeve
tr.v. peeved, peev•ing, peeves
To cause to be annoyed or resentful. See Synonyms at annoy.
n.
1. A vexation; a grievance.
2. A resentful mood: in a peeve about the delays.

My pet peeves are the words that everyone gets wrong for no good reason:

1. To – I’m going to the store.
Too – I’m going too.
Two – The two of us will go.
(How hard is THAT?)

2. There – I’m going over there.
Their – I’m going to their house.
They’re – They’re not at home.
(Again, how hard is that one?)

3. Lose – I will lose my key if I’m not careful.
Loose – My pants are so loose that I might lose them too.
(Easy peasy!)

4. Then – I will do this then I will do that.
Than – I’d rather do this than that.
(Not even close in meaning OR on the keyboard)

5. No – No, you cannot have that.
Know – I know you want it but I said no.
(Doh!!)

6. Were – We were young once.
Where – Where are you from?
(How they get mixed up, I cannot tell at all.)

7. Set – Set the flower pot on the table.
Sit – Sit on the sofa with me.
(You do the first to something else and the second one is something you do yourself.)

8. Lie – Lie down and rest.
Lay – Lay the books on the desk.
(The tenses are bit more complicated but here goes:
Lie – lie, lay, lain, lying
Lay – lay laid, laid, laying)
Meanings on this one can vary and usage is arguable then.

9. Who’s – Who’s there?
Whose – Whose book is this?

10. You’re – You’re never going to understand.
Your stupidity is astounding.
(My all time pet peeve!!!)

11. Past – The past is better left alone.
Passed – He passed me the beans.


Now for some common misspellings:

Definate is definitely wrong!
Mispell is often misspelled.
Beleive is unbelievably wrong! (‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’)
My conscience is clear about that.
He was conscious before the brick hit him in the head.
Lightning strikes. Lightening does not.
Until has one l. Till has two.

#6 Patriot

Mar. 6th, 2011 05:11 pm
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Patriot

n. One who loves, supports, and defends one's country. [French patriote, from Old French, compatriot, from Late Latin patri ta, from Greek patri t s, from patrios, of one's fathers, from pat r, patr-, father; see p ter- in Indo-European roots.]

This is a word bandied about by certain political parties in the United States as if only conservative Right-wing Americans have the right to call themselves Patriots. That is untrue. Where that idea came from, I am not certain. Perhaps it is a holdover from the Vietnam era, when war protestors were considered the antithesis of patriotic. It might have been true in some respects then too, or it might not have.

It is certainly not true today.

Theodore Roosevelt said, “This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” Think about that. Love of country is not limited to those who stand on the mall in Washington DC and yap about taking America back. Back from whom? The rest of us? We love our country too. We vote, we fight in wars, we worry about the future. We are patriots too.

We might not let them have it back.

#5 Sleep

Mar. 5th, 2011 08:28 pm
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Sleep

~
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
-- Poe

~
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
-- Shakespeare

~~
And if tonight my soul may find her peace
in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
~D.H. Lawrence

***

Sleep… such bliss if we do it well and such a nightmare if we do not yet we have so little control of the act of sleeping. I’ve never loved to go to sleep and never loved to lay abed yet I can remember how precious sleep was when I feared going to sleep while I was in the hospital for six weeks. I slept when Larry was there to protect me.

How do you sleep? In quiet? All bundled up? Fitfully? Alone? With a snorer?

I have apnea and sleep with a machine. I sound quite like Darth Vader and feel like a fighter pilot. I run a fan to drown out the Vader breathing and still sometimes Larry snores loud enough to wake me.

Anyway, when it is time to sleep wherever you are:
Goodnight room
goodnight moon
goodnight cow jumping over the moon
goodnight light and the red balloon
goodnight bears goodnight chairs
goodnight kittens goodnight mittens
goodnight clocks and goodnight socks
goodnight little house and goodnight mouse
goodnight comb and goodnight brush
goodnight nobody goodnight mush
and goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush"
goodnight stars, goodnight air
goodnight noises everywhere.
~~Margaret Wise Brown
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Today’s word is chocolate… I went to a random word generator and that was the FIRST word that came up!

Chocolate is the true gift of the Americas. It came from central and South America originally though it is now grown predominantly in Africa. Moist chocolate contains very small amounts of lead since the countries that produce it still use leaded fuels and the lead is absorbed from the air.

It’s good for your heart and mood though too much will make you fat… and happy maybe.

According to Wikipedia and a BBC study, “melting chocolate in one's mouth produced an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intense than that associated with passionate kissing, and also lasted four times as long after the activity had ended.”

Chocolate comes in all sorts, from cheap chocolate kisses to expensive Belgian chocolates. I personally like the softer chocolates and I prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate. The only Belgian chocolates I’ve had were almost sickeningly sweet and sugary. On the other hand, I’ve had some dark chocolates that were almost as bitter as eating plain cocoa powder.

Maybe even better than candy is cake… a good chocolate cake is one of life’s true pleasures. Here is a page dedicated to chocolate and it has a bunch of cake recipes:
http://www.cacaoweb.net/chocolatecakes.html

I want chocolate NOW!!!

One of my favorites:

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