Jun 24, 2010

summertime 2010 thunks

Thursday Thunks: Welcome to Summertime 2010!

The TT questions are brought to you by Bud, the color of Atlantic Ocean and the number 3.

1. It became officially summer on Monday. What's your favorite part of winter?
Holidays - Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Otherwise, I hate winter.

2. What was your worst summer vacation ever?

I so rarely go on vacation, that I don't have the luxury of ever having thought one was bad.  I am always feeling so lucky to be away that I just enjoy it.

3. Kimber's husband just got the dream job that he's hoped for. So a big shout out to her and Anthony! Tell us about the best job that you ever had.
Real job - the last job I had (that I got laid off from, boo).  It was a good combination of my strengths and interests.  Teenie bopper fluff job?  DQ.  Per the owners request - we ate our way through all the blizzard flavors, and then made up our own.  Yum!!

4. Who is probably talking a load of crap about you right now?

Probably everyone.  I provide lots of smack talking fodder.

5. An alien appears and offers you the opportunity to repeat one year of your life. You will still know everything that you know now. He explains that no matter what you do differently, when you are returned to the present nothing will have changed. What year would you pick and why?
1994 would have been the year that I could return to with my current knowledge to change the whole course of my life and still keep all the best parts that are important to me.  If everything is going to stay the same......  I can't seem to pick a single year to live over again.  I would reject the offer.

6. Name three things you have on you at all times. Explain why.

Crackberry.  (They call it that for a reason.  I'm a total addict.)  Lip Gloss.  (I'm dry.)  A book.  (Just in case.)

7. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
Ummmmm............  ???????   Yeah, I don't remember.

8. If you could have everyone in the blogosphere read just one of your posts, which post would you pick and why?
A letter to myself at seventeen.   Please go read and enjoy getting to know me a little.

9. I recently read that the music industry continues to decline at an alarming rate. In the last year it said the sales of Michael Jackson's and The Beatles' music are the only artists who sales continue to climb. The article stated that the two are holding up the industry. Have you bought a CD or mp3 of either artist recently?
Does Beatles Rockband for Wii count?

10. What radio ad right now do you find so annoying that you'd rather have a tooth drilled than hear it again?
Although I always have music going, I usually only listen to the radio in the car, and I station hop.  I can't even think of one commercial that is on right now.

11. Berleen walks into a bar on a hot Minnesota day. At the bar sits a priest, a rabbi and a minister. A ten foot duck walks into the bar right after Berleen. What drink do you think Berleen orders?
Huh.  Lots of irrelevant lead-ins today.  I am going to say she orders a Divine Mallard.  It has Barcadi Limon, Melon Schnapps, Grand Marnier, and Ginger.

12. There is a knock on your door. It can be anyone in the world. Who would you want it to be?
My family - telling me they are moving to the neighborhood.

13. What would be the worst entertainment or sporting that you could be forced to watch?
Golf.  Ick.

Have a great Thursday Everyone!!

Jun 12, 2010

100 Books: The Time Traveler's Wife

I can't believe I have not talked to you about this book.  Mostly because I was completely obsessed with it.  So much so that I couldn't put the darn thing down.  I tell you, that book came at just the right time - my mind was racing, I hadn't had a moment to relax in forever, and I couldn't tell you the last time I had picked up a book.

Then this came along.  The perfect love story.  The perfect romantic escape that I needed.  It envelopes you in its simple complexity.  You believe, you root for, you care.  You find yourself allowing the suspension of disbelief required to make the story plausible.  The author has such a knack for character development, that I felt myself missing those who had to be cut when I finally allowed myself to view the movie.

If this is your kind of thing, give it a try.  For me, it was the catalyst that got me back into the world of books.  And I tell you this, it had been far too long.

My only postscript would be to stay far far FAR away from the author's sophomore novel - Her Fearful Symmetry.  While her masterful character development carries through, her storytelling does not, and it leaves you cold at the end, as if she ran out of time or ink.  My advice would be to allow The Time Travelers Wife to transport you through a mystical timeline of love and hope, and to let it end there.

Jun 11, 2010

my lame return to blogging continues....

The TT questions are brought to you by Berleen, the color of my rocking tan I've got going and the number 45.

Did you pass your driver's test the first time you took it?
I totally rocked it.  I took the test at the easiest test center in the whole world.  It was like - drive down this empty rural street, turn around, drive back.  Hooray - you passed!!

You are sitting outside on your deck in your comfy lawn chair, feet are up and the temp outside is perfect. There are no bugs to bite you and ruin the night... it's peaceful and all you can hear is the birds singing and an occasional cricket. Whats in your hand?
A beer.  Duh.

How many graduation parties and weddings do you have to attend this summer? Ok.. how many are you invited to?
Good job on the correction - I am already feeling the dread.  So far, it's one and one.

There is no other choice in the matter - you must transform into a different race, but the catch is that you get to pick which race. What will you now be?
Weird question, but I will go from one mix  to another.  How about a mix of Black and Asian.  It seems to be working for Tiger and Kimora.

Someone once said that the grass isn't greener on the other side... are you jealous of your neighbor's lawn?

No.  We live in some black hole of darkness where the grass refuses to grow.  I am, however, jealous of the houses at the end of the street that seem to be graced by the sun and are thus partial to photosynthesis or whatever it is that is making them so lush and weed free.

Bud is walking along a beach barefooted and steps on a piece of glass buried deep in the sand. His foot is bleeding... does he cry, swear or stomp around on his other foot?
Yes.  In that order.  And then he finds the biggest boobed bimbo on the beach to nurse him back to health.

I'm gonna take you fishing... are you going to be a whiney baby and not bait your own hook and when you catch a fish am I gonna have to take it off the hook for you?
No.  I am going to be a man, and bait my own hook, and gut and clean my own fish.  Then I'm going to season that son of a gun up, and cook you the best fish dinner you've ever had in your life.

From a Facebook friend: When asked what would you bring with you to a deserted island, why doesn't anyone answer "a boat"?
The same reason that they don't ask the genie that offers them three wishes for an infinite number of wishes.

Hamburger buns - sesame seeds or not?
Seed 'em up.  But I'm not gonna cry if you offer me one without.

From Demon #1: Whats your favorite flavor of water?I didn't know water came in flavors.  I guess I like water flavored water.

Eclipse is coming out this month... are you going to see it?No.  Not gonna read it, not gonna see it.  You Twilight-obsessed people scare me more than the Harry Potter people.  Really.

Happy Thursday!!