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  1. Beautiful Man was at the Renaissance Festival today.

    I now have a gran mal headache. One of those I-just-spent-five-hours-walking-around-in-the-heat-and-humidity type headaches. It was worth it though. Auds and I had a ball.

    One new roommate confirmed for July. Weird.

    Surprise. Bossman said yes when I flippantly asked whether I could go to New Orleans the week after next. Michael is running front-of-house for the guys, so I figured it might be nice to give him a roadtrip companion.

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  2. Hmm… what a weekend. Petra convinced me to go dancing Friday night. Then we went home to watch Big Fish. Home by 3.

    Saturday involved laundry and grocery shopping in order to have something for breakfast. Then spent 4 hours at Miss Audrey’s dance recital. Angel food cake and strawberries here afterwards with Petra & Connie.

    Now we’re watching A Knight’s Tale in preparation for our excursion to the Ren Fest tomorrow. Woot.

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  3. Dancing Queen, Young & Sweet, Only… 17 27

    Last night I learned the rumba. How fun. We danced to this gorgeous song: “Obsession Confession“, an unlikely Spanish-guitar song from Slash. Yes, that Slash.

    You’re Welcome

    Top-Selling Records of All Time… figured I’d go through the list and see who I helped get to the top with my consumer dollars. (via DanielsJourney)

    Thriller, Michael Jackson (vinyl & cd)

    The Wall, Pink Floyd

    Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin

    Greatest Hits, Elton John

    Jagged Little Pill, Alanis

    Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin

    Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

    Appetite for Destruction, G’n’R

    Supernatural, Santana

    Metallica, Metallica

    No Jacket Required, Phil Collins

    Hysteria, Def Leppard

    Ten, Pearl Jam

    Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin

    Greatest Hits, James Taylor

    Candle in the Wind 1997, Elton John

    No Strings Attached, N’Sync (I don’t even want to talk about it.)

    Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt

    Best of the Doobies, The Doobie Brothers

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin

    Faith, George Michael

    Nevermind, Nirvana

    The Lion King Soundtrack

    The Joshua Tree, U2

    The Sign, Ace of Base (you know you loved them)

    The Best of the Doors, The Doors

    Read This

    Not light reading, to be sure… but I also feel that it is important to share. I found this link via The Copydesk a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking about it ever since. “Stalking the Bogeyman” by David Holthouse is the story of a man who faced the monster who raped him as a child. Heartbreaking, but an incredible story. (And what’s more beautiful are the readers’ responses that have come in since the story was published.)

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  4. Vickie shared the wonderfully funny “Van Helsing in 15 Minutes” a while back. Now the same girl has “Troy in 15 Minutes”.

    Heavenly Tiramisu: Heaven in Your Mouth

    Check out Saute Wednesday for info on artisanal coffee.

    Today has been exhausting. Driving around with no air conditioning for two hours didn’t help, I’m sure.

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  5. I like to read Oh No, the Blog. In fact, I believe it was there that I first learned about the joys of the Thursday Haiku Smackdown. I have only contributed once, but they are darn funny to read.

    I missed it the other day, but he was testing his comment system to see if it could handle hosting the Smackdown… which ignited a mini ‘Ku Smackdown right there. I don’t know why, but this one from Amalah made me laugh out loud:

    type type type type type.

    comment comment comment yo.

    Suck it, HaloScan.


    I really don’t know what else to say about that.

    Reminders for Me

    I was looking for places to purchase Anne Keenan Higgins notecards and goodies, because I love everything she does.

    cute stickers here

    stationary sets and more: mmm… I want!

    sets here too

    Moving Target

    Last night as I was walking back from the mailbox, this huge helicopter flew pretty low over me. No ordinary news chopper either. I’m talking like Airwolf. I found myself ducking the rest of the way back.

    The guy who made my coffee this morning thinks he knows me from somewhere. Why does that make me nervous?

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  6. A Beautiful Mind was on television last night. Ed Harris, how do I love thee?

    Who Me??

    Manda:
    Any idea why my amazon home page would be pressuring me to buy a Frank Zappa cd???

    Me: Wow — that’s so weird. *whistles*

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  7. Wait a Minute…

    When did they decide that it is actually “cleverer” and “cleverest” instead of “more clever” and “most clever”? I can’t believe I didn’t know that. I also can’t believe how weird it sounds.

    Public Television

    Today while flipping channels, I learned about FLIP — the non-seasickness boat. (That’s my term.) And speaking of, this video might make you seasick, but it shows the giant great white shark shown on CNN this weekend.

    And I also flipped past Days… and I can’t figure out how no one else realises that “Bonnie” is Adrienne Kiriakis-Johnson. Helloooo.

    eBay Etiquette

    What are the rules on selling items one has gotten as gifts on eBay? Like a giant seashell with a palm tree carved in it, for instance.

    Oh. my. gosh. I am seriously thinking about breaking my phone again. I liked life a whole lot better before people started CALLING ME ALL THE TIME!

    So Long, Farewell

    I’m officially removing The Rub from the side and have submitted it to F’d Weblog. It was fun while it lasted. Thanks for the memories, Paul.

    (A few others about about to get the boot one of these days too… be ye dear friends or nay.)

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  8. Happy Birthday to my dear sweet MANDA! Sorry I couldn’t be there this year. Love you and miss you lots!

    Met with a prospective roommate yesterday afternoon. Seems normal. Works at a company that we deal with often which is good, I suppose. Ugh — I hate this process. I guess the bright side is that if I end up with people who I don’t mesh with, at least I have the capability of never leaving my room.

    Sometimes My Humor is Wasted

    Me:
    Hey, we got a box in the mail for you today from [someone].

    Paul: A box?

    Me: Yeah.

    Paul: What do you mean, a box?

    Me: You know… cardboard… sorta folded into a square shape…

    Paul: Okay…..

    I’m newly in love with Vienna Teng. She’s kind of Nichole Nordeman meets Tori Amos but not really.

    I’m especially loving Harbor

    ~sail your sea

    meet your storm

    all I want is to be your harbor

    the light in me

    will guide you home

    all I want is to be your harbor~

    Stayed overnight at Petra & Connie’s last night. We watched Seabiscuit… which I enjoyed for the most part despite my distaste for Tobey Maguire. They tend to be talkers during movies though which sometimes requires that I sit on my hands to keep from throwing pillows. I also was bothered by the shots where they were riding animatronic horses… but yeah, what can you do.

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  9. Tidbit

    Andy Kaufman’s Blog is averaging 80,000 hits a day. That is all.

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  10. Oh goodness… I know more than a few people for whom I would like to get one of these.

    Cute girlie stuff at PurpleSkirt.com.

    Blood on My Doorpost

    Okay… I just wonder if you Rocky Top Brigaders or really anyone who reads from Tennessee might help me out by leaving a comment on whether you have the cicada plague yet. I don’t know exactly where this lady is, but she’s got ’em. I keep holding out hope that perhaps there just won’t be any here.

    That’s not a knife…

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  11. Feeling nostalgic. Wanna join me even though you probably wouldn’t get it? Have a listen.

    For My Own Reference

    Here is the Pavlova recipe I watched Martha Stewart make on Monday.

    I have a problem. It’s called eBay. I blame Manda. That’s all.

    I’m taking little Audrey to the TN Renaissance Fest… but only if she’s able to go before the cicadas come, because you know there’s no way in the world that I’m going to be hanging out in a wooded area after that.

    We’re Painting the Roses Red

    This is old news, but I just ran across the picture of the red iceburg. Since I’m not boating around in the Arctic very often, the art is sorta lost on me. I could have done that in Photoshop.

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  12. Breaking News…

    Okay, I can’t find anything about this on any of the news sites yet, but something is going down at the freaky Weigh Down Workshop this afternoon. I had to go to our “satellite office” which is on the same road and saw news crews and police cars in abundence. Allegedly there is a warrent out for Miss Gwen’s arrest.

    Update:

    From News Channel 5

    Detectives with search warrants in hand entered the Weigh Down Workshop, which is run by Gwen Shamblin, the head of Remnant Fellowship.

    Two members of the church, Joseph and Sonya Smith, were arrested in Atlanta for allegedly beating their 8-year-old son to death.

    Detectives testified that the couple admitted to using glue sticks to beat their son. It's an idea that a NewsChannel Five Investigation discovered, originated inside Remnant Fellowship, a church that preaches strict discipline of children.

    Detectives said they hope the search will yield evidence that may explain what the Smiths were thinking and what role, if any, their religious beliefs played in the death of the child.

    More at Channel 4.

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  13. I Take That Back

    I didn’t want to like Switchfoot anymore. I listened to them way back in their Legends of Chin, pre-decent-haircut days. Then everyone started to like them, and you know how I feel about being on the bandwagon when it starts to get crowded. Only they’ve been having a ridiculous amount of airplay around here lately, and I’m almost tempted to get the newest album. (And “Dare You to Move” (video) makes me so happy for some reason.)

    My wonderfully wonderful sweater from anthropologie came last week. Oh, and did I mention it’s wonderful?

    Motherhood Moment

    Hunter left his backpack at my house the other day, so I had to run it out to his school this morning. I felt so maternal. But because of this, I discovered an extremely beautiful road near my house that feels like the middle of Iowa. I passed a field with probably 100 bails of hay… and if you’re not from Iowa, then that probably isn’t gorgeous to you. It was to me.

    New Pedro

    You can listen to tracks from Pedro the Lion’s new album (coming out next week) at Achilles-Heel.net. Mmm… mmm… good. Mental Note: Don’t forget they are playing at Exit/In on June 13th.

    Narnian News

    I don’t know if anyone else is eagerly anticipating the Chronicles of Narnia movies… but I just learned that they are having a real lion play Aslan… which is a bit of a relief in the CGI day and age.

    When I see things like this it becomes abundantly clear that I simply do not have enough spare time. I could never do pencil carvings anyway, because I don’t think I’ve owned a non-mechanical pencil in years. It’s a shame, really.

    I went to Collin & Britney’s last night for dinner. Much reminiscing about the hell that was my final 6 months in Michigan. But I also was remembering this amazing used/antique bookstore somewhere down around Kalamazoo, but not in Kalamazoo. It had an old British phonebooth outside. It was the best.

    I re-came-across the Payphone Project today. Now I have an uncontrollable urge to call all the local ones. It seems like a very Jack-Bauer thing to do.

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  14. Irony

    Blogger’s spellcheck doesn’t recognize the word “blog”.

    New Music Tuesday

    New Steriogramoalbum out today. Check out the videos otherwise. (The one for “White Trash” is a real gem.)

    Song for the Day:

    Dreams – TV on the Radio


    ~All your dreams are over now

    And all your wings have fallen down~

    They blog… with ellipses galore.

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  15. It smells like something died in the air vent.

    I’m tired.

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  16. Message in a Bottle

    I’m sure with a little spare time, a little money, and a local Hobby Lobby, one could make these herself, but Timeless Message offers true messages in bottles for your loved ones.

    Footprints in the Sand

    And just in time for beach season, you can get your message flip-flops… they say either “Make Love” or “Love You” on the bottom of the shoes to leave little love trails behind you in the sand.

    Yay for Rupert!

    Debate of the Day

    To go see Van Helsing despite reports that it is crap… or to not. It is Hugh, after all.

    Karl leaves for Baja with the ‘boys tonight for the annual motorbike trip. He asked if I would try to spend a little time with Sandra while he’s away. Okay… twist my arm. I think we’re having Girls’ Night tonight, and I’m going to see the children play baseball tomorrow. Woo!

    Oh, and Lindy Hop is stinkin’ fun. And Chris said I’m the best follow out there. Woohoo!

    Song for the Day

    Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers

    Having nostalgia for college days. Sometimes I just want to skip class (I guess it’s called work now, hmm?) and go out riding all over the eastern Iowa countryside with Matthew in his Saab listening to Chemical Brothers and Portishead.

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  17. Teenage Suicide… Don’t Do It

    You’ve heard of Big Fun. (Or maybe you haven’t.) Well, now there is DeepFun. You gotta check out the blog.

    I Didn’t Sign Up for This

    I have gained a whole new appreciation for graphic designers. I was given a project with no real direction. “Just give me a few options.” So I spent all day yesterday putting those options together. Catchy but simple. Send them off, only to get this as a response: “Those are nice, but for this I think we should just have a solid background and plain text centered in the middle.”

    Thanks. Couldn’t have just said that to begin with, eh?

    Video Killed the Radio Star

    Needing a place to waste your time? Check out Pause Online’s music videos. Quite a large selection including quite a few works from Spike Jonez and Michael Gondry. (via The Copydesk)

    Good ‘Ol Rocky Top

    The new Rocky Top Brigade TailGate Party is up at Medb’s. The Scratchcard edition!

    Song for the Day

    Brand New Colony – The Postal Service


    ~I’ll be the waterwings that save you if you start drowning

    In an open tab when your judgement’s on the brink

    I’ll be the phonograph that plays your favorite

    Albums back as your lying there drifting off to sleep~

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  18. “There even are places where English completely disappears

    Well, in America, they haven’t used it for years.”

    My Fair Lady

    Just for your information, after a lengthy study, it has been determined that “at the end of the day” is the most irritating phrase in the English language.

    I also appreciate the work of the Apostrophe Protection Society… attempting to inform the world of “the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language.”

    I’m 100% Punctuation Stickler.

    Sympathies

    Heather, I keep thinking of you and Nick’s family, as the story has been all over the news last night and today. 🙁

    Song for the Day

    Slow Down – Morcheeba


    ~Full of tension

    ‘Cause you love the chase

    You just need your

    Own space~

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  19. Joy is…

    Realizing that your computer is logged in as someone else at amazon.com… and then doing really obscure searches to mess up their recommendations page. Lawn mowers and macrame, anyone?

    Album to Find

    Sudden Death by the Hanson Brothers. A hockey-themed album with a song titled “Danielle (She Don’t Like Hockey)”. Any leads as to how one might find this would be appreciated.

    Site to Peruse Later

    danielsjourney.com

    Why Don’t I Think of Things Like This?

    This one took my breath away. It started out as one polaroid picture on a beach… another polaroid was taken of that original polaroid… and the series begins. From the beach to restaurants to the Eiffel Tower to a wedding. All incorporating the previous photo. Gorgeous.

    Support the Arts

    There are some great shows coming up at TPAC. Larry Shue’s The Foreigner is set to start in about a week. I have always loved that show — brilliantly funny. (Though I’m supposing that down south the KKK scene might be less funny.) Smokey Joe’s Cafe is filled with great music. And, hello, The Smothers Brothers are coming to town.

    Song for the Day:

    Worldwide – Adam Again

    ~There is a reason

    And I don’t know what it is

    A bloody season

    Well, I’ve heard that these things happen

    Worldwide, Worldwide

    Don’t think I’ll ever understand it

    Don’t think it matters if I do

    Three billion people in the world

    And I only know a few Worldwide~

    An email from the elder Gene yesterday has made me pull out all my AA to relove all over again.

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  20. Big illustrating day. Back later perhaps.

    I’m not going to complain about this new-fangled Blogger stuff… yet.

    Song for the Day

    We Walk the Same LineEverything But the Girl

    ~We can’t run and we can’t cheat,

    Cause babe when we meet what we’re afraid of,

    We find out what we’re made of.

    If you loose your faith, babe, you can have mine,

    And if you’re lost I’m right behind,

    Cause we walk the same line.~

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  21. My Reality Is Stranger Than Your Drug-Induced Fiction

    I just remembered the weirdest incident I’ve had in a long time. This afternoon I was waiting to cross the street at a stoplight when I noticed this guy walking towards me who was saying something. He wasn’t talking very loudly, though he was looking directly at me as though oblivious to the world around him. I found myself in a bit of a predicament. I was taught it’s not polite to ignore people… while at the same time, it isn’t polite to stare.

    So finally he is next to me at the stoplight, and I determine that he is, in fact, talking to me… though I still couldn’t hear him.

    “I’m sorry?” I said, as I leaned my ear closer to him.

    “The colors will melt away if you don’t watch them.”

    Seriously. That’s what he said.

    And I just sort of looked at him, as confused as one can be. Then the light changed, and the people on the sidewalk all crossed the street. I just sort of followed and left the man on the corner.

    It was the strangest, most bizarro, Twin-Peaks moment. Ever.

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  22. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned the Beautiful Man before. I keep seeing him randomly… though most often at 5 Points. I don’t know what it is about him, because I normally don’t take much interest in blondes… but he’s just nice to look at. I don’t know if I’ve ever really seen his face come to think of it. He just has amazing hair. Long Legolas-like blonde hair, and he definitely knows his products.

    So thanks, Beautiful Man. You’ve brightened my day once again.

    My Hair is Red

    Heard while waiting to cross the street Thursday…

    “That sure is some purdy red hair you got there, miss.”

    — Older gentleman sitting on a bench eating ice cream.

    While in the grocery store today…

    “You have nice red hair. Not many people have nice red hair.”

    — Gentleman in the frozen foods section.

    Tonight we go to the theatre and then dancing. And I’m feeling considerably better after my chiropractor yesterday and my massage therapy this morning. Thanks for the well wishes.

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  23. Must. Go. Faster.

    I spent far too much time contemplating whether this photo is photoshopped. But then I found some other photos with boats and waterspouts and decided it must not be all that uncommon to find yourself asea when bad weather arises.

    RIP Friday Five

    We were starting to not miss you anyway.

    Ow

    I almost didn’t come to work today due to some extreme back-pain which is in turn causing serious front-pain and some inconvenient breathing-pain. Bossman already gave me a lecture I didn’t need on mattress firmness. My mattress is fine, thanks. I’ve been going to the chiropractor for the better part of 15 years now — does that qualify me for “chronic back pain”? The chiropractor I was referred to hasn’t called back yet, and it’s going to be a long weekend if he doesn’t… because the only semi-comfortable position involves having one arm wrapped around my back or hanging upside-down halfway off my bed.

    But the good news is that I learned Lindy Hop last night, and it was awesome.

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  24. All Alone in the Moonlight

    (via BusyMom)

    Invent a memory of me and post it in the comments. It can be anything you want, so long as it’s something that’s never happened. Then post this in your journal so that people can invent memories for you. (I consider the last bit optional if you’d rather not use it in your own blog.)

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  25. I think I’m missing The Walkmen tonight.

    Apparently tonight also marks the end of an era. Paul’s shocked that I don’t care. Manda’s got the party pack. I only ever watch it if it happens to be on. I have no idea who is married to whom anymore or who is the father of anybody’s children. I was sick of that theme song seven years ago. Friends is over.

    I had more to say, but I don’t have time. I had an interesting, albeit brief, conversation yesterday about vanilla prices. I had no idea. More later.

    Song of the National Day of Prayer

    Pray Naked
    The 77’s

    ~no matter who you are

    no matter what you do

    there’s only one thing

    i ask of you

    and that’s if you pray

    then when you pray

    be naked prey

    pray naked~

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