spring layout fun!
Yup yup yup. New layout time! Felt the need for something spring-y, especially with the loverly weather here. Gorgeous sunshine and warmth. Mmmmmm. And with BtVS ending in May, I needed a Buffy layout at my blog. Wasn't going to use "Restless" since it was used on a Restless Innocence layout previously, but it fit the blog best, so there you go.
Had an interesting week... I was sick Monday and still feeling slightly under the weather on Tuesday (though I went to work that day anyways), so I missed seeing "Chance" in Sacramento with Allie and Kacie, but I think it was better for me, as there's no way I would have been able to make the drive to Sac. But at least I'll see the girls on April 7th... Duncan Sheik fun in SF!
Had a fun day yesterday... I thought it would be boring as my parents used my car to drive to Big Sur, thus leaving me with no form of transportation, but Jeffy was home for the weekend, so she came by and hung out for a few hours. We had yummy iced tea she brought home from Scotland and watched the Angel episode "Orpheus" (she missed it while in Scotland) and then a couple episode of the awesome "Sports Night" (Jeffy was the one who introduced me to that show when it started). Much fun.
Alright. Enough babbling from me. I have laundry to do.
smilies are fuuuuuuun
I have smilies! Yes, little things like this make me happy. Thanks to the help of Rae (who originally had help from Addie), I'm in smilies heaven.
Sooooo... the Oscars were interesting last night. Overall, I enjoyed the show. It was nice to see people speaking out for peace. I thought Adrien Brody (yay for Adrien!) had the most eloquent and well thought out things to say. And I'm glad Michael Moore spoke his mind. Thought it was incredibly stupid that people booed him for saying what he felt after giving him a standing ovation for doing the same exact thing in a documentary. Doesn't quite make sense does it?
Wins that made me happy:
Chicago for Best Pic (though my actual choice was Two Towers... but I knew it wasn't going to win)
Adrien Brody (and HOLY CRAP I wasn't expecting that kiss... nor was Halle!)
Anything for Two Towers
Bowling for Columbine
Not quite happy that Nicole won. Well, I guess if not Renée, Nicole would be my second choice, but I'm still of the opinion that Nicole should have won last year. I thought she was great in "The Hours," but there was no comparison to Renée. Ah well. Such is the way of the Oscars.
Saw "The Quiet American" on Saturday night with Bryan. EXCELLENT movie. I highly recommend it. We almost missed the movie due to the extreme lack of parking at the Pruneyard, but thankfully Bryan found a spot way out front past Barnes & Noble while I bought the tickets. Which, of course, just gave me an excuse to go into B&N after the movie and spend money on books. I can't help it. It's an addiction. Now if I could just find more time to read them these days!
Alrighties... that's enough from me... I must sleep. Later gators!
all we are saying... is give peace a chance
Sigh. So. We're at war. I knew it was coming, yet, I still had unrealistic hopes that it wouldn't happen. Sigh. Bush is a moron. I'm not going to say much more about this. I just can't. I just hope our troops come home safe and that there are minimal Iraqi civilian casualties. Wishful thinking? Probably. But that's what I hope for.
Onto sillier and less important things... I actually found out that we were officially at war when Rae called during dinner to tell me that because of it, she missed the last 5 minutes of "Angel" and thus needed me to copy my tape for her. "Angel" was okay. Better than most of the episodes this season, but my LORD, Cordevil is lame. And what is up with that wig on David? Talk about hilarious. The boy looks like such a dweeb.
Mmmm... I so miss my Cordelia though. The funny, witty, snarky Cordelia... the Cordelia of "Homecoming." Sigh. I just can't believe how badly she's being written. They've made her evil. Okay. I can deal. But the lameness and crappy dialogue. Nope. Can't deal with that. Must take joy in my BtVS marathon and the fun of Season 3 Cordy.
Back to Rae... she has the most loverly new layout featuring "The Little Mermaid." Go drool and praise her awesomeness!
Thanks to everyone for the nice thoughts and comments regarding Infinet badness. I FINALLY got a hold of Sam, and I think we're working something out. Still waiting for a reply to my latest message, but he did put my temporary page back up at chosentwo.com until the bandwidth is back. Le sigh.
Jeff, of course I remember "Sports Night"! I still curse out ABC for canceling the show. It was so funny and fresh. At least it's on DVD now... so I can watch it whenever I like. Wheeee!
So, now I've babbled on about TV shows enough... I'm going to watch a bit more BtVS and attempt to get some sleep. Night all.
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
sometimes life just sucks
Am now thoroughly depressed. Finally got a hold of Sam, the asshole who runs Infinet Hosting, to ask him about chosentwo.com since Infinet took the sites down AGAIN. Apparently, they're going to be down for a while longer. God, I just want to move. But I know that anywhere I move, I won't have enough bandwidth and I'll have to delete most of the galleries... which I REALLY don't want to do.
Anyways, other than that, my week has been blah. Sorry about the non-bloggage. I just haven't been in the mood. Still not in the mood, yet here I am. But instead of an actual blog, all you get is a survey or two... that's all I can handle right now.
This is stolen from Susan who stole it from someone else, etc, etc.
9 Stunning Movies
2. Moulin Rouge
3. Gone with the Wind
4. Star Wars Trilogy
5. The Lord of the Rings (both)
6. Dark City
7. The Matrix
8. Shakespeare in Love
9. A Fish Called Wanda
8 Lovely Actors
1. Cary Grant
2. Ewan McGregor
3. Colin Farrell
4. Alexis Denisof
5. Joaquin Phoenix
6. William Peterson
7. Nicholas Brendon
8. Donnie Wahlberg
7 Great Actresses
1. Audrey Hepburn
2. Alyson Hannigan
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
4. Jennifer Connelly
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar
6. Nicole Kidman
7. Amber Benson
6 Lovable Characters
1. Buffy Summers
2. Samwise Gamgee
3. Scout Finch
4. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
5. Han Solo
6. Ron Weasley
5 Delicious TV Series
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Sports Night
3. The X-Files
4 Amazing Bands/Singers
1. The Beatles
2. Dave Matthews Band
3. Sarah McLachlan
3 Breathtaking Songs
1. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2
2. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles
3. "Nowadays" from Chicago
2 Fantastic Writers
1. Madeleine L'Engle
2. Joss Whedon
1 Unforgettable Line
"Here's looking at you, kid." ~Rick in Casablanca
Seven on Sunday - Seven favorite pastimes/ways to alleviate boredom
2. Work on websites/graphics
3. Watch TV
4. Organize/clean my room
5. Call friends
6. Play with the cats or Shasta
7. Join fanlistings
Okay... at least those helped cheer me up a bit... that and talking to friends.
Oh! And Happy St. Patrick's Day.
I'm so boring. Too busy watching BtVS and too tired for a real blog, so I'm just sticking to the Friday Five and a few tidbits.
Just uploaded a new layout for Rebecca. Themed with "The Gift" for the end of BtVS. *Sniff sniff* Now I have to get to work on Susan's... if I can ever figure what she's talking about on the sketch of what she wants.
The kids at rhzine.com are of no relation to me, Alyse (at least as far as I know , though one of them looked a little like Layla (one of my cousins from the previous layout), so I can see why you were curious!
Okies... time to get back to "Surprise"... so here's the Friday Five to end it!
1. What was the last song you heard?
Rasputina - Transylvanian Concubine (on BtVS)
2. What were the last two movies you saw?
Hmmmmm... in theaters? I think "Bowling for Columbine" and "Daredevil"... let's just say if you want quality, go for "Bowling for Columbine"... if you want to laugh at stupid dialogue, waste your money on "Daredevil."
3. What were the last three things you purchased?
Ummm... gifts for Rae... mostly books, etc. You can see a picture of the stuff at her blog.
4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?
Go to Eric's confirmation tomorrow, call Jeffy and wish her happy birthday, see Val Kilmer speak at Cinequest on Sunday, and get some work done.
5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
In person - Mom, Dad, & Bryan. Online - Rae & Rebecca.
literature related fun
A little over a day late, but who cares... this is a fun Friday Five
1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?
I enjoy reading all types of literature, but novels are by far my favorites.
2. What is your favorite novel?
Do I have to pick one? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is at the top of my list, but I also love Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series... I could literally go on forever.
3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
Good lord. All these tough questions. I have a ton of favorites, but I'll just share one of them here and then list the rest.
"The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Other favorites include T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men," Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," William Blake's "The Tiger," Henry Vaughan's "The World," Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman," Dylan Thomas' "The hand that signed the paper" and "Do not go gentle into that good night," W.H. Auden's "As I Walked Out One Evening," and pretty much anything by Emily Dickinson.
4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
So many books. Have you seen my collection? Michael Ende's The Neverending Story is up there right now, as well as Clive Barker's Imajica, Michael Bowden's Black Hawk Down, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Nancy Holder's The Book of Fours, Steve Martin's Shopgirl, T.H. White's The Once and Future King, and many, many more books.
5. What are you currently reading?
Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
Hmmmmm... and now I'm tired of typing. Everyone go visit Rae's gorgeous new wallpaper archive, 8x6. Also, please stop by her blog and send her love. I've talked to her on the phone a few times in the past week and I know she really appreciates all the kind messages folks are leaving. So keep it up, peoples!