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  1. So many tears… but these are ones of sheer delight.

    Thanks, Daniel.

    I’m not feeling so blue anymore.

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  2. We stayed up to watch Office Space last night after putting the kids to bed. (mm-kay…) On that note, here is where you can find my 20 most recently viewed movies. (It’s actually supposed to be for your top 20 fav’s, but I can’t be bothered making such harsh decisions. Numbers 1-5 are definitely correct, but beyond there it gets a little jumbled for now.)

    NZ in 2003: blog with photos. Tash, I’m so jealous of your home! Hope you have a super-great weekend!

    Bread Cam… watch bread go stale. (Reminds me of a scene in The Nerd where they watch an apple core turn brown.)

    A Penny for My Thoughts

    I have established a bit of a reputation around here. A reputation of what… and whether good or bad… I’m not entirely sure. But more and more, people have been asking for my opinion on things, and I am more than happy to oblige.

    “Danielle, which artwork do you like better?”

    “Hey listen to this and tell me which tracks you like the best.”

    “We’re changing the name of the production company… how do you like this one instead?”

    So yesterday we were doing a name search for a production team. Bossman said to call them back and say that names 2, 5 & 6 are available. I laughed as I asked if I was allowed to add that #5 is completely lame. He said in all seriousness that I should.

    This conversation evolved into the idea of me starting my own company, Unsoliticed Opinions, LLC. Then he suggested that I write an online column instead. It would have to be completely anonymous, of course, to avoid ever connecting me with my job here… but we all had a good laugh about it. I would start with any band with a number in their name and all bands on T&N.; This could be fun.

    LOTR Personality Test

    You are most like

    Frodo Baggins, Son of Drogo

    With many acquaitenances, Frodo is deeply attached to a few people, like Bilbo, Aragorn, Gandalf, and Sam. His high ethics come out in his treatment of Gollum and Saruman. Frodo has pity on Gollum and believes that change can occur.

    You have a strong personal morality. You are committed to relationships and their growth. You tend to be an idealist, believing the best of the world around you. Time alone is important and solitary activities refresh you. You have a tendency to introspection. While providing compassion and being considerate, you may have the tendency of being soft-hearted or even “too emotional” You like keeping your options open. Closure is probably not one of your strong suits.

    Tea(r) for Two

    Just when you think you’re done crying about something… along comes a nice email from Phil:

    “We have very fond memories of our times in Nashvegas with you… We talk about you often!!!!!!! I know that at times things were soured for us all by the bad things that happened, but I know in time that only the good will remain…… It is such a shame that we live on the other side of the world….. Still I am hoping that one of our travels will put us together in the same place at the same time again!”

    Song for the Day

    I See in You

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  3. Last night I was over at Karl’s to celebrate Dalton’s 6th birthday. At one point I was paid the nicest compliment. Sandra, Connie, and I were talking about how we were going to have to take a trip to Europe together in a couple years. Sandra said that I would have to be the designated photographer for the trip, because “the way [I] look through a camera is such a gift”. That was so nice.

    Connie said I should see Amandla! (which apparently is a word for “freedom” or “power”) while it is showing at The Belcourt. The previews do look really interesting. I may have to get up there for that.

    Children were killed. We wrote songs to say to the children: you are strong; you are beautiful; you belong.

    I am such a busy girl this week. It almost has me frazzled. I don’t plan this much so far in advance ever. Last night was the party. Tonight is Dalton’s baseball game. Tomorrow night I’m watching Taylor. Jesse and I are going to see Finding Nemo on Saturday. Yay! Sunday and Monday are not yet spoken for, so claim your quality Danielle time now. Tuesday is a work night out at RoseAnne’s.

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  4. ‘Cause You People Are Bastard People

    Sometimes I feel bad for people who get paid to telephone other people who will probably get mad at them for calling. Due to the nature of my job, I try to be exceptionally courteous to everyone who calls our office… even the telemarketers who don’t have a prayer of getting a return call from my boss.

    Then there was the insolent jerk from Canon who just called for the meter reading. The whole issue stems from the fact that we have two copiers… one at our office and one at the bossman’s home office. The one here, I obviously have no problem getting the meter read for… but I can’t very well drive over to his house every time they call in. So we have it set up that they fax some form to that machine, and it’s good as gold.

    Well, this guy clearly didn’t grasp the concept that I was not in the same building as that machine. Nor could he understand why there was no number for him to call that would reach someone where that machine is. He did not want to leave his number, nor did he appreciate my suggestion that he wait on hold for 35 minutes while I go drive over to the machine. He was being completely condescending, and it was irritating me to no end. My patience quickly ran thin.

    Now, I am not easily angered. In fact, hardly ever, as anyone who knows me can attest. But I am still a redhead, and I can reach levels of sarcasm that you’ve never imagined. It wasn’t even fair.

    I’m going for coffee.

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  5. Congrats to Matty-D and Amy! Though in November, will we have to start calling him “Daddy-D”? Weird.

    Out of pure curiosity today, I wondered if anyone has made a hand pointer cursor with the middle finger extended rather than the normal index finger. Yep, they have.

    Maverick Times… more music news. In the spotlight is their idea of Great Albums of the 20th Century. Their mention of Songs from the Big Chair and The Stone Roses makes up for their nod to Oasis.

    867-5309

    God’s Answering Service: Woman irked about getting calls after her mobile number appeared in Bruce Almighty.

    Have you seen his sunglasses? Had to throw up a link, because anybody who knows about Homestar, ThinkGeek, and WickedCoolStuff has got to be at least somewhat cool.

    Bag and Baggage… a blog link, because “baggage” is such a fun word, don’t you agree?

    A Really Sweet Conversation: Best Understood by Those Who Know

    Natro [a dear friend from home]: i got [bb]’s second album today

    Danielle: how do you like it?

    N: i actually haven’t even opened it yet

    D: ooo… do you have [their first album]?

    N: no

    D: so this is your first [bb] experience?

    N: i previewed a bit online and i saw them w/ you and krystal and debbie at the [nb] show

    D: that’s right… aww, it’s like introducing my friends for the first time — I think you’ll get along, but part of me is afraid you won’t like each other

    N: part of the reason i got them was because they are important to you.

    Hail Impales

    Hail batters airplane from Cyprus. Wow, really glad I wasn’t on that one. A little turbulence is fun… that would suck.

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  6. According to The Oracle of Starbucks, I am lame. Moving on….

    The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard

    The writings of Albert Einstein can be found online. Of course, knowing German would be helpful.

    Shower Power… the game. Disturbing? Decide for yourself.

    Read The Jakielo Files, because it is funny. And you know what I always say: what doesn’t kill you… makes you laugh.

    I’m blogging this.

    Wild Kingdom: A Comment and A Question

    First of all, I forgot to relay the funny sitcom-esque story from Gatorland. Manda and I were walking through this safari area. All of a sudden she says, “It smells bad here.” Seconds later, she asks, “What is that white stuff all over those palm bushes?” It felt like slow-motion while we both looked up to discover at least 20 black vultures in the tree above us. We ran.

    And lizards. Salamanders. Whatever they are. There are these little creatures crawling all over everything in Florida. Now supposedly, and I’ve heard this before, their tails come off if you try to catch them. What I want to know is this: why isn’t someone out there selling lizard tails? They sell alligator feet, and I assume that those have to actually be chopped off at some point. But lizard tails… you think they would be an easily accessible and renewable resource. Do people collect lizard tails? Because, I think I would if given the chance. Any insight on this phenomenon would be appreciated.

    Song for the Day:

    The National Anthem
    Radiohead

    “Everyone is so near

    What’s going on?

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  7. National War Dogs Memorial. When I see things like this, it becomes very clear that I am just not an animal lover.

    Would you like a little popcorn with your salt?



    I Trust Everyone; It’s the Devil Inside Them I Don’t Trust

    I saw a MINI driving around Cool Springs yesterday. With no options, I think I could afford these payments.

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  8. Holy Moley

    With Manda’s permission, I may now explain the whole mole thing. See back when the idea for my visit first popped into her head, she was telling me that she had the whole day off of work and that in the morning she was going to be having a mole removed. So for some reason, I declared that we must have a mole-themed birthday for her… complete with party favors and costumes and the whole works. However, since I didn’t finalize my plans to go until Tuesday, there wasn’t a whole lot of time to plan — and there just isn’t much out there to work with, so it basically got scrapped. But I gave her some guacamole mix, some dr. scholl’s moleskin padding, a pencil from a studio who has the word “mole” in the name, and some Mexican mole. Another couple gave her a gold lamΓ© mole that their daughter had made in high school.

    Manda, here’s the daisy candle warmer link… and this one is for that lucious caramel apple candle. Unfortunately, the maps don’t seem to have a site anywhere.

    Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig

    Erik, Matt, Alex, and Emily were kind enough to join Jack, Manda, and me for lunch at the airport so that I could make my flight on time and Jack & Manda could still join the gang for lunch. Sat on the plane for an extra twenty minutes while they sorted out some problem and then refueled. Sat next to friendly, talkative, Kentucky guy on the plane. But I’m home and safe and kinda sad, but yet happy that we had an excellent weekend.

    I forgot to mention that we drove through Celebration yesterday afternoon. This is the town invented by Disney, and it is surreal. It is beautiful, but creepy. Everything is perfectly manicured. All the garages are hidden behind the houses and accessed through alleys. They have these electric golf-cart-like vehicles that are used around the town. It really is almost cartoonish in a way. Strange.

    I babysat bossman’s girls tonight. $50. Not bad. Hans called after they were asleep, so we chit-chatted for a while and then planned to hook up online when I got home to play Age of Myth… but it wasn’t working, so we’re going to try his-tonight/my-tomorrow.

    Last Friday’s Five

    1. What brand of toothpaste do you use?

    that Colgate liqui-gel stuff

    2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer?

    anything two-ply and quilted… northern?

    3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear?

    My boss would argue that I never wear any… but I don’t have any particular brand that I shop for when I buy shoes. The easier to slip off the better. πŸ™‚

    4. What brand of soda do you drink?

    Diet Dr. Pepper

    5. What brand of gum do you chew?

    I don’t.

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  9. And Now, Back to You…

    Yay — I’m tired, but it has been a great weekend filled with moles, movies, and buffets.

    After getting in yesterday, Jack, Manda & I went to see Bruce Almighty. We laughed heartily. We also made cake.

    Dinner at the Crazy Buffet was, indeed, crazy. They had to give us a tour ahead of time. Seriously. For a girl who doesn’t dig seafood, I had more sushi and other fishy foods than normal, but it was all tastey.

    Then it was back here for cake and ice cream. Plus a little wine and Risk. Emily and I (gold and silver, respectively) were the precious metals who dominated the men. And in memory of Phil, I got everybody saying “Bring it” by the end of the game.

    Today we went garage-sailing… to my dismay. πŸ™‚

    After lunch at another buffet, we went to Gatorland. It was so incredible. The two things I wanted to do was to see an alligator and go to the everglades. Saw lots and lots of gators, and their swampland feeds into the Everglades, so it was good enough for me.

    Tonight Manda and I went to a sneak-preview of The Italian Job, and we give it two enthusiastic thumbs up. It’s got Ed-Baby in it, so we were pretty much hooked from the beginning, but I thought it was pretty clever.

    I played Halo with the boys for a while when we got home. Now it’s SNL and off to bed. Home tomorrow.

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  10. So Tina, Chanel and I went to see Reloaded tonight so that I am equipped to have disturbingly long theological discussions with Jack this weekend.

    It was good, but I missed a call from oz because of it. *sadness*

    Am I packed yet?

    Naah, I don’t leave for 10 hours. There’s no time like the last minute.

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  11. All’s Well That Ends

    Just when I thought I was going to explode with frustration from my computer’s lack of cooperation… it’s all better. (No thanks to Captain Lets-Reformat-Your-Drive-And-See-If-That-Helps over at Dell tech support. “Erm… yeah, I’m going to have to back some things up first.” *click*)

    I ran into Michael this afternoon.. at Starbucks, of all places. He wasn’t working, and he called my name when I was through ordering. He gestured to his shirt. It was a Sweet Comfort Band t-shirt circa 1984 with 3/4-length sleeves that were baby blue and white checkered. All I could say was, “You must be very secure in your masculinity.”

    So I’m flying tomorrow, and we’re on an orange terror alert. What does that mean anyway? Bleh. Long lines at the airport is what it means.

    I do have some interesting Mole finds that I will not be able to report until after the big shebang tomorrow night… at The Crazy Buffet. This place had better be crazy, or I’m leaving.

    While I’m gone, go and check out the International Spy Museum… you can play Whack-a-Mole with communist spies there.

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  12. Silence is Golden

    If you’re feeling ignored today, it is because I am, in fact, ignoring everyone/everything. My computer is going into self-destruct today, so any unnecessary programs are not in use. My boss unjustly lost a case this morning, so everybody around here is a little cranky. And I have so much to do before I knock off tomorrow.

    If I don’t throw this heap of junk out the window, I might be getting back to you later.

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  13. Update

    Don’t ever attempt to plan a Mole-themed party, because… let me tell you… there just aren’t a whole lot of mole-related products out there. Where’s a Whac-a-Mole when you need one?? I found more hedgehogs than moles. Come on people! Moles are cute little creatures too. Though, I think I thoroughly entertained the guys at Suncoast with my suggestion that, since dogs and bears have been done to death, moles are the animal of the future.

    I’m so sad.

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  14. Go Ahead, Make My Day

    I think I might have made someone’s day. (Finally secured reservations to visit for her birthday this weekend.) While someone else made mine! (Sometimes a slow drive through the heartland is just what the doctor orders.)

    I think I’m going to go buy a suitcase now. Not that I don’t have 10 of them… just none I care to get messed up flying. And my other one broke at christmastime.

    Anybody know where I can get a mole in middle tennessee?

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  15. While looking for pictures of lake sunsets to make sympathy cards for my cousins and aunt & uncle, I was struck by the beauty of this photograph. I think I should make my way up to Glacier National Park someday. Go snowmobiling with Dad or something. (This is another lovely shot.)

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  16. Goodbye, Grandma

    She wasn’t really my grandma. She was my cousins’ grandma on the other side of their family, but whenever we would go up to Minnesota to visit them, we would always stay at Grandma M’s lake home. She felt like my third grandma.

    Goodness, I have so many memories from that place. After all, we went there every other summer when I was growing up. And I even took a handful of friends up there with me when I got to high school.

    There was the time that I was standing on the moss-covered rocks on the shore… just savoring the cool water as it lapped my toes. That is, until I moved a little too close to the edge and fell in — fully-clothed — and got a pretty nasty cut on my toe.

    Then there was the year that my cousins’ other cousins were there at the same time. All of us kids would go out waterskiing and playing on the raft. The song “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard will always, always remind me of that summer.

    Did I ever mention that I witnessed an attempted murder? Well, that happened there too. Wasn’t as bad as it sounds. More of a domestic violence thing. But I was getting my bag out of the car late one night, when I heard people out on the road fighting. Lots of yelling “I’m gonna kill you”, and the next thing I know the man was yelling for help. Turns out his wife hit him in the head with a cueball. I told the cops what I heard. Then we all went for ice cream.

    We played Atari in the rec room. We watched my uncle clean fish in the tackle room. We had many a fish-fry with our prize catches in that house.

    And Grandma M was always there with open arms welcoming us as though we were family.

    I found out that she passed away Sunday morning. At 92, she lived a full life. She will be missed.

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  17. One to keep an eye on… BadDentist.com… looks like someone has issues with their dentist.

    I have no idea what this site says. But I hope it is something nice, because it really is very cute.

    The Ooze: Conversation for the Journey

    I am so mad at myself. I have been planning to watch the premier of Travel the Road for a couple months now. And why did I miss it? What was I doing instead? Nothing. I just didn’t think about it again until 11:00.

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  18. Happy Birthday, Karl! Your family means so much to me!

    Allison, I thought of you when I saw the news about Morocco today… πŸ™ Glad you had a nice concert though. (And is Josh the Harley-lovin’ drummer??) πŸ™‚

    Last night Connie and I went out to her beautiful house. It used to be a hunting lodge, and it is absolutely fabulous. We went for a long walk and then went to get Mexican food. We went back to her house for coffee and dutch chocolate… mmm. (I missed the Angie Aparo show, but Michael called me from the venue to rub it in since he knew I’d appreciate that he was there.)

    Tash, I’m insanely jealous that you even have the option of driving to the east coast. Don’t let the boys get you down. Someday your prince will come.

    There was a great interview on Fresh Air last week with author Eoin Colfer. It was great for a couple reasons. First of all, his name is Eoin (read “owen”)… and he writes books about faeries. But beyond that, he has such a great sense of humor. (He says his books have “A-Team violence”… where lots of bullets are shot but no one gets hurt. But he admits that he kills four lizards in the second book.) Do yourself a favour and have a listen.

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  19. People going to see the movie PhoneBooth should have to sign a waiver something to this effect:

    I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I am attending this movie with the full knowledge that this will be 80 minutes of my life that I will never get back. I also state, for the record, that I have absolutely nothing better to be doing physically or mentally during this hour and twenty minutes.

    If I were writing a Four Word Film Review, I would have to say– “Disconnect and run already.” or “Big hype for this?” or “Kiefer has sexy voice.” But dang, that should have been a TBS movie of the week or something.

    Friday Five

    1. What drinking water do you prefer — tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?


    My dad put an industrial-sized distiller in our basement when I was a kid, and I have a hard time drinking anything else now.

    2. What are your favourite flavor of chips?

    I like straight up potato… non-rippled. Though I can go for rippled cheddar & sour cream when I’m feeling sassy.

    3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most?

    I like my fettuccini alfredo and my red beans & rice.

    4. How do you have your eggs?

    I’m not a super egg fan… but scrambled. No runny business.

    5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out?

    I think it would have to be Karl… with his pasta and veggies. But on Wednesday I made a roast with potatoes and carrots for me and my household. Look at me go with my bad crock-pot self!

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  20. Lyrical Email Quote of the Day Part 2:

    (I was able to open the MSWorks files that Paul was trying to send to my boss, and he sent me this thanks.)

    Why are you so awesome, Oh Danielle, Oh Danielle.

    Will my skills one day blossom, Oh Danielle, Oh Danielle.

    I tried [bossman] but he lost ’em, please don’t tell, please don’t tell.

    It is you that keeps K-dog flossin’, Oh Danielle, Oh Danielle.


    I expect that to be on the next album.

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  21. Lyrical Email Quote of the Day:

    “scheming scheming .. it never got us anywhere really.”

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  22. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Everyone’s favorite contender on The BacheloretteBobis going to be the next bachelor. I am so applying. (haha… can you imagine?) Come on, we’re perfectly compatible. He’s from Michigan. I’ve done time in Michigan. He sings. I listen. He’s funny. I laugh. Perfect, right?

    This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. “This guy puts together the drums in each city. He’s a nice guy and takes pride in his work.” I guess you might have to know Mark to know how hilarious that is. Just the other day he was telling me how this dude from “The Real World” is out taking pictures and updating the website… but how nobody knows his name so they just call him “Real World”. Well, apparently “Real World” doesn’t know Mark’s name either.

    institutions of higher learning are often populated by newly liberated teens with too much time on their hands and/or too much alcohol in their systems. With that in mind, I bring you… The Olin Olympics — featuring events such as Volley PopCase, Wookieball and the crowd favourite, Volleypong. Somehow I think I remember olympic events in my freshman dorm as well… but ours were based more on luck than any sort of skill… except for the MarioKart event, of course.

    *sigh* My own mother, bless her heart, just sent me an email forward saying that her computer was infected with the file that has a teddy bear icon. Most people have learned to not send me those emails by now, but only because I usually reply simply with a link to an explanation of whatever hoax we are spreading on that particular day. These are the main sites I use as ammo:

    Snopes.com — if they don’t have it no one does

    BreakTheChain.org — they have some ads, but I like their motto — “Stop junk e-mail and misinformation”

    Untitled #1 — A Sigur Ros video. A little disturbing, I’ll give them that.

    Song for the Day:

    Sarabande in D Minor
    Georg Friderich Handel

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  23. Only one episode of 24 left? They have an awful lot to clear up next week. But I loved the Lincoln-monument-esque pose by David Palmer at the very end.

    The New Color of Money… the treasury department’s platform to tell all about the new currency design. I don’t know if “ugly” is quite the word that I would use… but it is the only one that comes to mind at the moment. (via The Minor Fall, The Major Lift via Paul)

    My favourite part is the Interactive Bill which allows you to discover all the newfangled features. (Though I feel the need to add that the security features are pretty much exactly what we have right now… but nice of them to include that as well.)

    Under the “Color” feature, they say, “Different background colors will be used for the different denominations. This will help everyone to tell the denominations apart.” That’s great for the people who can’t read numbers. How ever did we survive with plain old green money for so long? (However, if they insist on doing this, may I suggest that they at least use the colors corresponding with the same denomination in Monopoly money?)

    Music Emissions and Personal Emissions. Another someone who thinks about music.

    Song for the Day:

    A Lesson Learnt
    Saso

    I am so in love with this song right now, and I cannot pinpoint why. Does it remind me of something? Someone, perhaps? Or maybe just some time.

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  24. Nashville Bank in Cool Springs was robbed by a man in a business suit this afternoon. He is still at large. The bossman’s wife just called to tell me. They live over there, but the police told her that he headed in the opposite direction. But yeah, when you’re on foot, that doesn’t make much difference.

    Update: News Link… he supposedly got another one in Columbia.

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  25. I expect that soon we’ll be seeing lots of kids trying to emulate Trinity and Neo, thanks to Hot Topic’s Matrix-chic collection.

    The Hapa Project: half… mixed… beautiful. (In the “samples”, the little 5th grader broke my heart!)

    Someone remind Madin about the Jayhawks tonight.

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