Friday, February 27, 2004

Finally, the voice of reason!!'Passion' critics too predictable
Oh yeah, I just like this title:
1968 : The Year That Rocked the World
Just adding this for later reference:

The Lair of the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I have no idea how long Steven has been bugging me to watch this show, but I bet it's "ever since it first aired". But now I have seen the first eight episodes! Keep in mind, that all I've seen so far. So all opinions expressed herein will be based on the first 8 episodes only!

Compared to the drivel that's generally aired on TV, Buffy's one of the better shows. The premise is unique (or at least it was, way back in the day) and there is something generally appealling about all of the characters. Most of us can identify with at least one character.

Each episode is actually very well written and everything from the episode names, to the events, to the settings really blends into a new, quirky style. I can understand why people would really like the show and become huge fans.

However, even at it's best, the show so far hasn't managed to "hook" me completely to the point where I would stay up late just to see the next adventure. Maybe it's because I don't like the vampires' makeup. It's a little strange, but not particularily "scary". It also seems like new characters are constantly introduced only to be revealed as either "bad guys" who have to be vanquished or short-lived characters that only serve to advance the plot of the given episode.

I'm not saying that the show won't "get better" as it finds it's feet, so to speak. Many, many TV series have only improved with time. I'm just not at a point in my life where I care to get involved with another TV series. I've got my weekly ER addition and I don't have time for another long-running show.

Now I KNOW that the Buffy series has ended. (It is officially over, isn't it?) So, in theory, I am able to see the whole series in it's entirety. But how many hours of viewing are we talking about?? A lot. So, sorry, Steven. It's not that it's a bad show, I really do think that it's a good show, but it's not the right show for me at this point in time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Friday, February 20, 2004

Baby, let's conjugate!

Yes, I do think this is fun!

Yes, I am a nerd.
Article: Lies, Damned Lies, and Google
Spring is here?

At least I've officially stopped wearing my heavy winter parka in favor of my lighter weight leather jacket. Yesterday I ditched the jacket altogether!! Okay, so I was a little cold today running from the car across the street to work (in the rain) but it's worth it to me. I just feel better in the leather jacket. More like myself.

After terrible neglect, I've gotten back to reading Simple Abundance. I'm about 10 days behind where I should be, but I think I'll catch up over the weekend. It is worth noting, however, that the entries I just read happen to conicide very much with things I have been thinking about recently.

Breathnach encourages the reader to think back to when you were 10 years old, and you were actually sure of yourself in any decision you made. You know how you can be trying on an outfit and you just know that "it's me". That's how I feel about my leather jacket. I guess it sounds silly, but the jacket really "is me". Buying that jacket was one decision that I felt completely confident in making.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

This is great!!

Want to be a librarian for a day?? Chances are you won't be doing all three of the items listed. (Fielding questions, doing storytime, selecting materials) Though I suppose a children's librarian might do all three in a day.

Doesn't anyone want to be in Technical Services for a day? The romance, the intrigue, the thrill of unpacking boxes, barcoding items, data entry, staring at a computer screen for 6 hours a day? We do have candy...

Or you could be sys admin for a day! You can solve computer problems while listening to people tell you "I didn't even touch it!"
Getting back to gratitude

Today I am grateful for:
  • Toast with butter and grape jelly

  • Tech support that is actually helpful!! (Thank you CDWG and HP!)

  • Best phrase ever: UNDER WARRANTY!!!

  • Children that wake up, get dressed and get their own breakfast without me helping them (Mornings. Never liked them. Never will. So how did I end up in a family of "morning people"?)

  • "Air quotes" (I honestly can't "talk" without them!!)

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Back to fashion blah

Well, after my venture into the "sexier" side of my wardrobe, it's back to the kakhis and plain white knit tops. I'm not even wearing any black today! And I feel like crap. (Aren't you supposed to wear black when you feel bad??) I wear black when I feel good!

Dh and I went to Morton's Steakhouse last night for dinner. We asked the sil if she would watch the kids while we went out. We really owe her now since she picked up the kids from school and kept them until almost 9:00 at night. On a school night!!

Anyway, it wasn't one of those "romantic" dinners or anything. It was dinner provided by one of dh's work buddies. Since dinner was on him, I ordered lobster bisque! (Never had it before.) Mmmm. Very good. And the steak was outstanding. As were the mushrooms, and garlic potatoes and wine, and dessert, etc.

I felt very out of place though. I had already changed into my comfy jeans when dh told me where to meet them. So I had to change back into a skirt, ugh. The service was impeccable. Everyone was very nice. Someone was always coming by to refill our wine glasses. We never poured a drop!

The whole dinner I kept thinking "this is what our life would be like if we didn't have kids". I was actually relieved to get out of there, even though everything was so nice. It just didn't feel right. I was really glad to see the kids when I picked them up and was glad that the younger one wasn't ready for bed so we could just sit and cuddle for a while.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Buffy the fashion slayer

I feel like I'm dressed very Buffy-ish today. I've got on a plain black knit top, a short leopard print skirt and my black knee high boots. I even ditched my bright purple Land's End parka for my black leather jacket. I feel like I could take on a host of vampires!

On the other hand, I feel a little self-conscious wearing an outfit like this to worrk. At the LIBRARY! Yet this outfit isn't as racy as some worn by members of government documents!! I'm not wearing fishnet stockings, after all.

It's not really me, though. The boots made me do it! I bought them last December at Payless of all places. (I didn't want to pay a lot of money if they didn't work out.) Now, the boots rule my wardrobe now. I can help but by tighter, lower cut sweaters to go with the boots. I own like four black skirts so the boots are perfect. I just change the length of the skirt, add a new top and voila! A new outfit!

As the spring approaches I will be forced again to take on the search for a new pair of shoes. My good ol' "taupe" shoes that pretty much go with anything have seen much better days and need to go the way of cast-off shoes.

For now, I will glory in my boots and will gladly follow where they may lead!
Good television!!

I can't wait for this one!!! Colonial House
Don't know who to vote for??

Try President Match! Very interesting. Hm, I think I learned something about myself today.....
Four word film reviews

Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King four word film review Pretty cool website. Sums up the movie in four words or less!

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Okay, my last (but not least) hymn
Does this one really need any comment??

I Know that My Redeemer Lives
By: Samuel Medley
Hymn # 264 from Lutheran Worship
Author: attr. John Hatton
Tune: Duke Street 1st Published in: 1775

I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!

He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives exalted, throned above;
He lives to rule his Church in love.

He lives to grant me rich supply;
He lives to guide me with his eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint;
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives to bless me with his love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!

He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my savior, still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Another great hymn!

The Church’s One Foundation
By Samuel J. Stone
Hymn # 289 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Samuel S. Wesley
Tune: Aurelia
1st Published in: 1866

The Church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is his new creation By water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her To be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her, And for her life he died.

Elect from every nation, Yet one over all the earth;
Her charter of salvation: One Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses With every grace endued.

Through toil and tribulation And tumult of her war
Se waits the consummation Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth has union With God, the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won.
O blessed heavenly chorus! Lord, save us by your grace
That we, like saints before us, May see you face to face.

I can't remember the last time we sang this hymn in church. It's wonderful! The tune is unforgettable and the words are lovely. Why don't we sing this one every week??

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Hymn of the day

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
By: Joachim Neander
Hymn # 444 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Ernewertes Gesangbuch
Tune: Lobe Den Herren
1st Published in: 1665

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
Let all who hear Now to his temple draw near,
Joining in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, who over all Things is wondrously reigning
And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
Have you not seen All that is needful has been
Sent by his gracious ordaining?

Praise to the Lord, who will Prosper your work and defend you;
Surely his goodness and mercy Shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew What the almighty can do
As with his love he befriends you.

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all That is in me adore him!
All that has life and breath, Come now with praises before him!
Let the amen Sound from his people again.
Gladly forever adore him!

This is probably one of the all time greatest "praise" songs ever. No "contemporary" worship song can even come close. But if this is representative of what mortal men are capable of, how much greater and grander will the praises we sing in heaven be??!!

Oh Man!

As if I didn't already have too much reading material and not enough time, I have to discover: If "The Lord of the Rings" had been written by someone else ....

Monday, February 02, 2004

Favorite hymn #2

How Good, Lord, to Be Here
By: Joseph A. Robinson
Hymn #89 from Lutheran Worship
Composer: J.S. Bach
Tune: Potsdam
1st Published in: 1904

How good, Lord, to be here!
Your glory fills the night;
Your face and garments, like the sun,
Shine with unborrowed light.

How good, Lord, to be here,
Your beauty to behold
Where Moses and Elijah stand,
Your messengers of old.

Fulfiller of the past
And hope of things to be!
We hail your body glorified
And our redemption see.

Before we taste of death,
We see your kingdom come;
We long to hold the vision bright
And make this hill our home.

How good, Lord, to be here!
Yet we may not remain;
But since you bid us leave the mount,
Come with us to the plain.

This hymn is based on events recorded in Matthew 17:1-2, Mark 9:1-3, and Luke 9:27-29. I like this hymn because it deals with "mountaintop experiences". We all have events in our lives that stand out because we're having such a great time that we hate to see the event come to a close: like a reunion with old friends or a wonderful vacation. I like to think that's what heaven will be like. One big long mountaintop experience that will have no end!!
Well, I haven't kept up the five hymns in five days. I shouldn't ever start anything on a Thursday. I got completely wrapped up in a novel over the weekend and when I wasn't reading I was trying to rid myself of a headache that has gone on since Saturday morning.