Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tea time

We've just come from tea. Look at the delightful selection of scrumptions morsels: Ignore all previous pleas for help. We've got food. And water. And sun. And sunscreen ... which is doing the best it can on our pale pale bodies. Well, now, more like pink and red bodies. *grin* It was worth it, though, to see those lovely parrotfish!!!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Checking in ....

... from paradise!! *grin*

Five minutes ago, we were sitting right here, having lunch:
I had a delicious pineapple-mango bisque, grilled chicken salad, and a white chocolate and dark chocolate mousse cake. Suffering, aren't I. My sweetie had a variety of cold salads (hearts of palm, avocados, tomatoes, artichoke hearts...), a fresh array of fruits & vegetables, and a chocolate chip cookie. He is also, obviously, suffering.Here is our view while we dine. Pity us. We are trapped here. Help. No, wait, never mind. We could stay here for a while.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

the definition of "friend"

friend [frend] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
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. a person who notices you looking longingly at their shiny, new copy of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows on Saturday and goes out of their way to email you on Wednesday to tell you that she's done with the book & would be happy to loan it to you while you're on your upcoming tropical beach vacation.
6.(initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
–verb (used with object)
7.Rare. to befriend.
8.make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.

[Origin: bef. 900; ME friend, frend, OE fréond friend, lover, relative (c. OS friund, OHG friunt (G Freund), Goth frijōnds), orig. prp. of fréogan, c. Goth frijōn to love]

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Well, you are what you eat, right???

You Are Smores

Unusual and unconventional, you make your strange ways work for you.
You've got personality - no one's denying that!

[I have had s'mores about 6 times in the last month. LOL.]

Monday, July 23, 2007

Tagging ... and I'm going back to school

All right, I've had to contemplate matters a bit & have decided to bestow my Rockin' Girl Blogger tags on the following people:
(1) Karen
(2) Mellie
(3) Dawn
(4) Gaye
(5) A Fancy Word for Simple -- women who rock!
I wanted to take Breanne & Mel ... but some people tagged them before I could get to 'em!

Now, for the news: I have decided that I really cannot postpone my dreams any longer. So, I have enrolled in school at the premier institution for my pursuit of supervillainy: Supervillain University. I've already taken the prescreening test & have been admitted into the Demented Bastard track. I also have applied for housing, and may need a roommate to keep costs down. Does anyone want to apply for the fall semester?

Friday, July 20, 2007

I'm a Rockin' Girl Blogger?!?!

Susan said so! *grin*

This is what she wrote!: Loquacity of Latharia - ( say that three times fast) - I met this woman at Cropping on the Cape along with several of her partners in crime and of course, we exchanged blog links. What I love about here blog is the myriad of subjects she covers - some scrapping, some life and some just plain fun.

I'm going to have to wait to tag 5 more people, when I've got more time to contemplate it ... but stay tuned for the next exciting installment of my blog! Thanks, Susan!

Busy, busy, busy

I'm happy -- my papers sold for almost $8.00. I am rummaging around for a flat rate box & then they'll be out of the house & on their way to a new owner! It feels good for things to move along and move OUT of my living space.

This weekend is just packed to the gills...here's what's shaping up:
Trip to Farmers' Market
Brunch with about a dozen people, next door
Tai Chi class
Dinner with my sis-in-law & her husband, followed by
a show at the Chicago Tap Theatre


And that'll pretty much wipe me out! But in a good way. *grin* I need to get out some cash, make sure my car is all gassed up, and drag out all my gear & accouterments. And make sure I have spare batteries for the camera.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

*crossing my fingers*

Oh, I do hope my 12x12 papers sell on eBay! Keep your fingers crossed for me, too! *grin* No one wanted them from my garage sale ... and they're in perfectly good shape, just not my style! So far, the winning bidder is getting them for less than 9 cents a sheet! I'll just be happy if they go to a new home. Okay, I'll be VERY happy if I get more money for them, but I am already happy someone's covering postage & gas money it takes to get to the post office. *smile*

No wonder I get along so well with him...

Find out your Harry Potter personality at LiquidGeneration!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

New tag

Apparently you go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday (month and day) Then you write down 3 events, 2 births, 1 holiday, and tag 5 friends.

1. 1977 - George Lucas' film Star Wars, is released, and becomes an instant hit.
2. 1961 - Apollo program: U.S. president John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the moon" before the end of the decade.
3. 1895 - Playwright, poet and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.

1. 1963 - Mike Myers, Canadian actor and comedian
2. 1803 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher (d. 1882)

1. Towel Day - a tribute day by fans of the late author Douglas Adams writer of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.

Oh, you know who you are! (*grin*)

The Lifespan of a Peach Cobbler

1:57 pm-2:12 pm: Peaches are peeled & sliced.
2:12 pm-2:15 pm: Dough is made.
2:15 pm-2:17 pm: Cobbler is assembled, and ready
for the oven2:52 pm: Cobbler comes out of the oven.
2:53 pm: We decide to invite the neighbors.
2:55 pm: Sweetie runs over to neighbors, reports Barbara
is eager for cobbler, but has to get dressed from nap
attire to decent attire, and to run to local dairy for
vanilla ice cream.
3:23 pm: Barbara arrives with vanilla ice cream,
dressed in pretty denim dress.
3:24 pm: Cobbler is dished out.
3:26 pm: Cobbler is topped with fresh
creamy vanilla ice cream.
3:40 pm: Some people go back for seconds. A serving of
cobbler is set aside for Larry.
3:41 pm: The sad realization that the cobbler is all gone.
Length of lifespan: One Hour, Forty Four minutes.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

OLW Challenge: simplicity

Friend. Good. Need I really say more???

Supply list: CS: Bazzill; PP: Unknown (Basic Grey?); Stickers: Making Memories, 7 Gypsies

The Dark Is Rising

One of my favorite childhood stories, by Susan Cooper, is being adapted to film, released on October 5, 2007!

Check it out!

I'm not fussy, but

Kel has tagged me, so here I go ...

I'm not fussy, BUT ...
1) I hate tomatoes. But will eat tomato sauce and ketchup with startling regularity. Unless someone has snuck chunks into them, in which case they become abhorrent.
2) Do not move my computer chair. I have it perfectly positioned, right where I want it. I can spin in it and get up on the other side, I do not need it moved. I can tell instantly if someone has been at my computer.
3) Leave the toilet seat in a "seated" position. Come on, folks, let's do the math. Women use the toilet set in this position 100% of the time. Men use it in this position about 50% of the time. Don't be a jerk and leave the seat up. It's only useful to another male who is peeing.

And, now, for something completely different:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Kitty Cat Humor

I got these in my email. I just cannot resist sharing them. Laughter is good for the heart & soul.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Ever have one of those moments in time...

...where everything feels like it's perfectly in synch? I had one of those tonight in sword class. We were learning a disarm. Something that looked just amazing when the instructor did it ... and when he showed us how to do it for the 4th time & asked "Does everyone understand what to do?", I said to myself "Uh, NO ... but I know you'll come around and help when I'm stuck." I went off with my partner, and we figured we'd just see what bits we could figure out. We went into the cross ... and the next thing I knew, I was twisting and pulling and *pop!* pulled his sword right out of his hands. It felt instinctual. It wasn't very clean ... so I asked the instructor for help, but it turned out I did have the basics of it down. Man, that felt so freakin' good, I cannot even begin to tell you. We also did this intricate strike-and-parry rotational thing that took me a while to get the hang of ... but I had a more advanced student for a partner & he was super super super helpful, which rocked. The instructor came by & said "I don't see you making any of the mistakes every one else is making." My question "Okay, so what mistakes are we making?" He said everything looked great. *contented sigh* If I was doing this kind of workout every day, I'd be more well-muscled, let me tell you!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Kettle Corn

One of the staples at our local farmers' market is kettle corn. They make it fresh, right in front of ya - and the smell is enough to drive a sane man crazy. Yesterday I walked right by, my mental tally already reaching my spending limit, with blueberries, raspberries, corn, and some dipping mixes made by this sweet lady. So, I enjoyed the smell of the kettle corn, free of charge, felt my mouth water ... and then went on to pick out the best looking pint of blueberries. *grin*

Thursday, July 5, 2007

BUY MY STUFF! *grin*

Welcome to my online garage sale! *grin* All items are from a non-smoking home & have been stored away from our 3 cats. All items are in good shape -- stuff I'd used myself if the materials spoke to me or were my "style" anymore! Shipping varies, depending on items purchased, but it will be as close to actual shipping costs as I can figure. If I can fit your items into a flat rate box, I will be happy to do so!

If you are interested in any of the items below, please email me at latharia at comcast dot net! First come, first serve -- I will respond to emails as they arrive in my inbox. I prefer payment through PayPal, but will consider checks, money orders, and chocolate.

Paper Lot #1: 25 sheets of patterned paper, primarily Earth Tones: $6.00, plus shipping

Paper Lot #2: 25 sheets of patterned paper & vellum, miscellaneous colors: $6.00, plus shipping

Paper Lot #3: 25 sheets of patterned paper, golds, oranges, and reds: $6.00, plus shipping

Paper Lot #4: 25 sheets of patterned paper, shades of blue: $6.00, plus shipping

Paper Lot #5: 25 sheets of patterned paper, blues, purples and pinks: $6.00, plus shipping

Paper Lot #6: 25 sheets of patterned paper, pinks, yellows, greens: $6.00, plus shipping
Paper Lot #7: 12 sheets of patterned paper, shades of green: $2.75, plus shipping

Embellishment Lot #1: $12 for all OR individual items are as follows: (from upper left to lower right) gold epoxy alpha stickers $1, autumn rub ons $2, violet rub ons $2, Autumn phrase rub ons $2, alpha rub ons $2, Heidi Swapp rub ons $2, Reminisce Monkey rub ons (see matching paper in Paper Lot #4) $1, Black alpha rub ons $1, customizable travel rub ons 50 cents, postoid sheets 25 cents each.
Embellishment Lot #2: $15 for all OR individual items are as follows: (from upper left to lower right) Basic Grey phrase stickers 50 cents, 7 Gypsies blueprint paper $2, Chatterbox kit $2, red cardstock sheets $2, Winter rub on phrases 50 cents, ruler 25 cents, Blue rub on alphas $2, beach stickers 75 cents, beach laser die cuts $1, snowman rub ons 50 cents, floral rub ons 75 cents, antique rub ons $2, travel acrylic stickers 75 cents, Heidi Grace rub ons $1.

Embellishment Lot #3: $12 for all OR individual items are as follows: (from upper left to lower right) : Cropper Hopper envelope storage page 50 cents, Christmas embellishments & papers $2.50, green page kit $2, Travel stickers $2, burlap style stickers 25 cents, Red alpha rub ons $2, Easter stickers 25 cents, die cut flower layering stickers 50 cents, Pebbles Inc dog stickers 75 cents, embossed lilac stickers 25 cents, Scrapworks Halloween stickers $1, white word stickers 25 cents, Karen Foster hockey stickers $1.Embellishment Lot #4: $25 for all OR individual items are as follows: (from upper left to lower right) Fabrics $2, chalks 25 cents, mini album $1.50, GinX coasters 50 cents, etching material 50 cents, L'il Davis wood plaque 50 cents, scissors/punches 25 cents each, spring rolls $1.00, pressed petal album $5, French album $2, floral album $2, floral frame 50 cents, mini envelope book 50 cents, accordian album $1.50, buttons & boshers 25 cents, fibers 50 cents, glue stick 25 cents, tracing templates 50 cents, unmounted rubber stamps $2.00, post-bound album extenders 25 cents, Xyron Cheetah tape runner $3.00, assorted metal embellishments $1.50.

Embellishment Lot #5: $20 for all OR individual items are as follows: (from upper left to lower right): 8 1/2 X 11 album $3.00, Halloween embellishments $1.50, Miscellaneous stickers $2.00, Miscellaneous die cuts $1.50, Simple Scrapbooks 2006 Inspiration Calendar $2.50, Autumn Leaves 2006 Inspiration Calendar $5, Life's Journey trio mini album set $5, KI Memories chipboard embellishments in tin $2.

**Please note that shipping costs are NOT included in prices!**

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Silver lining

Welcome to Illinois, home of corn & soybeans. We saw our fair share of it while traversing the route betwixt Springfield & the urban environs of Chicago. It's hypnotic, miles and miles of flat land, lush green, cornstalks and beans undulating in the breezes. That's also part of what makes driving for 3 hours difficult for me to tolerate. If I could sleep in a car, this would lull me to dreamland...so it's probably a GOOD thing I don't sleep in vehicles. We hit a snag of traffic -- covered less than 3 miles in 20 minutes -- which allowed me to roll the window down and get some great pictures. *grin* The cause for the slowdown? There were construction barrels placed to block off the left lane for a grand total of 0.3 miles. *shaking head in disbelief* But, hey -- I got some fun pictures, right? And we listened to some awesome tunes on my iPod!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Tagged by Mel

INSTRUCTIONS:Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so:

1. I Was Born2Cree8
2. Skittles
3. Last Minute Lyn
4. melsdream
5. Loquacity of Latharia

Next select five people to tag: Karen, Gaye, Amanda, Chiara, and Breanne.

Now answer the following questions:

What were you doing 10 years ago?
1997.....making a whopping $15,000 a year, desperately hoping to get my career underway! Also doing a LOT of rubberstamping!

What were you doing 1 year ago?
2006...Exactly 1 year ago? Let me check Outlook. My family was in town to celebrate my dad's birthday & I was out at my friend's informal wedding reception/BBQ! :D

Five snacks you enjoy:

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:
I can see clearly now
(...uh ... hm ... I am much better at this when I am singing along ....
oh, yeah -)Play that funky music, white boy
(...let me look at my iTunes, here ...)
Tainted Love
Paxil Back
In Your Eyes

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
Pay off debts
Pay for family & friends to travel
buy a new car
donate money to a worthy cause

Five bad habits:
not wiping down gym equipment
ignoring the corners of the bathroom when cleaning
leaving the a/c running at the office
hitting the send/receive button email more than once in a minute time span
taking pictures of people even when they are cranky

Five things you like doing:
Helping someone feel better
Connecting with people
Spending time with my sweetie ... and other loved ones

Five things you would never wear again:
A swim suit I made for myself at 15.
Be-ribboned barrettes.
A bra with no underwire.

Five favorite toys:
My Madame Alexander doll
My stuffed bear.
A Children's Hour board game set.
Books, books, books.
Raggedy Ann doll.