I AM Farkus Chickendunkin Rhinohump!

Don’t laugh until you find out what your new name is….

I’m lacking writing inspiration.  I thought this was worth a chuckle, so here is your dose of humor:

A. Follow the instructions to find your new name.

B. Once you have your new name, tell all your friends.  It would be fun if you refuse to answer to anything but yer new name….

<<The following is excerpted from a children’s book, Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names…>>


1. Use the third letter of your first name to determine your new first name:

a = snickle
b = doombah
c = goober
d = cheesey
e = crusty
f = greasy
g = dumbo
h = farkus
i = dorky
j = doofus
k = funky
l = boobie
m = sleezy
n = sloopy
o = fluffy
p = stinky
q = slimy
r = dorfus
s = snooty
t = tootsie
u = dipsy
v = sneezy
w = liver
x = skippy
y = dinky
z = zippy

2. Use the second letter of your last name to determine the first half of your new last name:

a = dippin
b = feather
c = batty
d = burger
e = chicken
f = barffy
g = lizard
h = waffle
i = farkle
j = monkey
k = flippin
l = fricken
m = bubble
n = rhino
o = pickle
p = hamster
q = buckle
r = gizzard
s = lickin
t = snickle
u = chuckle
v = potty
w = hubble
x = dingle
y = gorilla
z = girdle

3. Use the third letter of your last name to determine the second half of your new last name:

a = butt
b = boob
c = face
d = nose
e = hump
f = breath
g = pants
h = shorts
i = lips
j = honker
k = head
l = tush
m = chunks
n = dunkin
o = brains
p = biscuits
q = toes
r= doodle
s = fanny
t = sniffer
u = sprinkles
v = frack
w = squirt
x = humperdinck
y = hiney
z = juice

Thus, for example, John Wayne’s new name would be “Farkus Dippinhiney”,  Halle Berry would be known as “Boobie Chickendoodle” , and George Clooney would be “Fluffy Picklebrains”

I have three names so I did #2 & 3 twice for my 2 last names.  So tell me in the comments: WHO ARE YOU?

And do remember that children laugh an average of 146 times a day; adults laugh an average of 4 times a day.* Put more laughter in your day!


1. Big Laugh, 2. Having fun, 3. Niños del pueblo Shan, Birmania…, 4. Did I say something funny?, 5. two girls, 6. 199909 034A Saigon What, 7. Breaking a Laugh – Tarija, Bolivia, 8. seven fingers, and a tongue, 9. Kids Bhangra, 10. A happy run. Karnataka, India, 11. Class Clown, 12. WQPGarma05, 13. Not-so-little elf, 14. Lieutenant Paramjeet Singh, 15. Muslim Girls On Train To Southern Thailand., 16. Novice monk & dog, 17. msnavnorthmsnav01, 18. 2005 Powwow, 19. Trans-Pecos Powwow 2008, 20. The Power of a Smile, 21. Untitled, 22. Laughing Men, 23. Dougie and Killer, 24. the colours, 25. shooting the laugh.., 26. Laughing Young Bedouin Woman, Israel, 27. laughing policeman, 28. Gayle Ann, 29. Bolivians laughing, 30. Laugh, 31. laughing., 32. Happy Farmers, Myanmar, 33. Pennyless happyness, 34. DenverHomeless_002, 35. IMG_6504, 36. NorthAmericanIndianDays_021

You can see more smiles in this slideshow here. 🙂

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*I have NO IDEA where this information comes from, so I’m just mindlessly repeating it.

How many of these…?

…have YOU read? It’s a good question I think. I would want to die without books.


The Big Read surmises that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books printed, which is really a shame because every single one of these that I’ve read (even the ones I didn’t like) is better than a whole season of watching Dancing with the Stars.

The program (the Big Read) was created in response to the National Endowment for the Arts report Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, which identified a critical decline in literary reading among American adults. In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, this study, with a sample size of 17,000, revealed the following about literary reading in the U.S.:

  • Less than half of the adult American population now reads literature. (In this survey, literature is defined as any novels, short stories, poetry, or drama, with no distinctions made for quality or length.)
  • The percentage of the U.S. adult population reading any book has declined by seven percent over the past decade.
  • Literary reading is declining among all age groups, but the steepest decline is in the youngest age groups.

The Big Read has been here in Huntsville for at least 2 years. I don’t know if it has been popular….maybe I’ll look into it. It’s just that most of the folks I hang with love to read.

I just adore a meme like this – a list of books to get out of the library on the next few trips and, yes, I do feel good to have read more than 6 books on this list but a little ashamed at the ones I have NOT yet read….. I got this from FugueStateKnits.

a) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
b) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Reprint this list and leave a comment

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I’ve read most of them….)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks*
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37.The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres*
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins*

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy*
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
(but I saw the movie….)
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth*
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz*

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon*
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt*

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (Actually I can’t remember if I read this or not…I think I did)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker (I can’t remember if I read this or not….)
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome*
78 Germinal – Emile Zola*
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt*

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell*
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro*
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry*

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton*
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks*

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole*
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

* These are books I’ve never heard of before.

You might notice that the only book I do NOT plan to read is the Da Vinci Code. I don’t think he’s hurting for readers and I’ve got to keep up a teensy bit of rebellion at all times ya know.

10 Favorite Horror Movies…?

This “Ten for Tuesday” doesn’t work for me…….I seriously dislike horror films.  I could actually get up on my soapbox and rail against a society that uses violence for enteratinment, but today I won’t ‘cos I’m still on the mend (Thanks for asking).  I get nightmares when I watch scary stuff, so I generally don’t.

So here is the list of films that I like that might possibly fit the meme o’ the day:

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – the “dying scene” with Paul Reubens is one of my favorites…EVER.
  2. Blood Sucking Freaks – this is so campy and silly, not worthing watching twice but worth watching once
  3. Frankenthumb – Steve Oedekirk uses animated thumbs and sends up Frankenstein in a seriously funny way.
  4. The Blair Thumb Project – Steve Oedekirk spoofs the Blair Witch Project to great and silly effect.
  5. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  6. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
  7. Beetlejuice
  8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – The Johnny Depp/Christina Ricci version.  I saw this in a bar in black and white with the sound off, closed captioned with a rockabilly band playing in the background.  I really liked it, I’m not sure I would watch it by myself though.
  9. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton’s Masterpiece in my view
  10. Young Frankenstein – The Big Grandaddy of them all!  An absolute “must see”; can you say ‘schwanzstukker’ without laughing? Go watch it right now!

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10 things that scare me/freak me out – Ten on (last) Tuesday

I cannot seem to easily lay my hands on Mumsey dahling’s writing that I was gonna post today, so yer stuck with the meme I didn’t do last week.

  1. Dying before my children grow up
  2. widespread lack of compassion for others (and the poor in particular)
  3. the degradation of the environment
  4. Groups of people who “know” they are right….like the Nazis
  5. the suffering of children
  6. angry young men with guns and/or cars
  7. consumerism
  8. eating liver and other organ meats
  9. heights
  10. dying in a fire

Now wasn’t that a cheery topic?

Music Meme

The rules:
A.) Go to

B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year

C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you don’t like, and  ??? for the ones you don’t remember.

1986  is the year I graduated so here goes:

1. That’s What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston

7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
8. Burning Heart, Survivor

9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr

13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring ???
14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
16. There’ll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean
17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
18. Never, Heart
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood

21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel

24. Sara, Starship
25. Human, Human League
26. I Can’t Wait, Nu Shooz

27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
29. Papa Don’t Preach, Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi

31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams, Heart

34. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone), Glass Tiger ???
35. Live To Tell, Madonna
36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You, Level 42
38. Venus, Bananarama
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine

41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones

45. Let’s Go All The Way, Sly Fox  ???
46. I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer
47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
50. Amanda, Boston

51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q ???
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
56. What You Need, INXS

57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks ???
58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
60. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield

63. I’m Your Man, Wham! ???
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
65. Living In America, James Brown
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
67. Who’s Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo

69. Why Can’t This Be Love, Van Halen ???
70. Silent Running, Mike + The Mechanics  ???
71. Typical Male, Tina Turner ???
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora ???
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike + The Mechanics
75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald

76. True Blue, Madonna
77. Rumors, Timex Social Club

78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine ???
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top ???
81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.
84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis

85. Baby Love, Regina ???
86. Election Day, Arcadia ???
87. Nikita, Elton John
88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.
90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues

92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney ???
93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint ???
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall ???
95. Tender Love, Force M.D.’s
96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins

97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie ???
98. A Different Corner, George Michael ???
99. I’ll Be Over You, Toto ???
100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder ???

The ones I’ve bolded, I can remember the all the lyrics to almost all of those songs…..  Is it any wonder that I cannot remember stuff now?

“What kind of knitter…?” & YARN CRIMES

are YOU?

I took the quiz and this is wot I got:

You are a masterful knitter! I don’t know how you got this result, but what the hell… Enjoy your title, and try selling some of your “unvented” patterns- you may make enough for that bundle of qiviut you’ve been drooling over…

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I posted a few days ago about yarn crimes perpetrated at a chain department sore (with a red bullseye logo…).  Here’s some evidence for you, but believe me, they’ve been doctored to looked much more normal than appear at the store…..

Exhibit A

Doesn’t it just turn your stomach?  Even tho’ it’s doctored?  Ugh, ugh ugh…….

Exhibit B

On the website, they only have it in black….so you really cannot see it in all of its awfulness ans it looks like something a human being might wear, but DON’T BE FOOLED!

Exhibit C

Again, don’t be fooled!  This picture looks a thousand times better than the actual garment in person does.  I wonder how much they had to payher or how many happy pills she had to take to be able to givethat toothy smile whilst wearing such a horrible thing?

Ten Most Favorite Movie Songs

I thought, “This will be easy….”  and that was 3 hours ago.  I’ma have to divide this into several categories and call these:


First I was thinking in this direction:


  1. Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies – “Repo Man”….Talk about capturing the zeitgeist of the moment!
  2. Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan – “Breakin'”….This was a sort of a forgettable breakdancing movie – tho’ the dancing was mostly terrific and Ice T is in it, the acting and the story weren’t fab.  What folks DON’T remember is that this monster tour de force of Chaka’s came from the rather excellent soundtrack. Almost this whole song is in the movie and it accompanies a rather tedious “teaching Kelly to dance” sequence.
  3. Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding – “Pretty in Pink”….watch the video and feel the love.
  4. Fight the Power – Public Enemy – “Do the Right Thing”….Another zeitgeist moment.
  5. The Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte – “Beetlejuice”
  6. His Eye Is On the Sparrow – Tanya Blount & Lauryn Hill – “Sister Act 2″…They totally blew the top of this song; a just-before-the-Fugees-hit Lauryn Hill has a big part in the movie.
  7. You got a friend in me – Randy Newman – “Toy Story”
  8. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow – Dan Tyminski -“O Brother Where Are Thou”
  9. Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy – “A Knight’s Tale”…I started to laugh when I watched the film – I just couldn’t believe they put it in there…it was perfect.    Slide to 1:39 for the clip
  10. Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle – “The Life of Brian”
  11. Tequila – The Champs – “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”…His last request before the bikers kill him…
  12. As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson – “Casablanca”
  13. Why – Annie Lennox – “Boys on the Side”…This song is a masterpiece – the whole soundtrack is pretty good and so was the movie…but it could have been great.  It had such potential. :::sigh:::
  14. Oh Yeah – Yello – “The Secret of My Success” & “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  15. Slide to 1:40 miss the set-up and just hear the song.

  16. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai – “Napoleon Dynamite”
  17. Lose Yourself – Eminem – “8 Mile”

Then I started thinking about:


  1. The Entertainer – “the Sting”
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School – the Ramones – “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”
  3. Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & the Comets – “Blackboard Jungle”
  4. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf – “Easy Rider”
  5. Do You Know Where You’re Going To? -Diana Ross -“Mahogany”
  6. Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry – “Ode to Billie Joe”
  7. Evergreen -Barbra Streisand – “A Star Is Born”
  8. Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney,  Goldfinger- Shirley Bassey, Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon – James Bond 007 movies
  9. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
  10. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – “An Officer & A Gentleman”

But then I said, “Wait a minute.  What about…?”


  1. THE SOUND OF MUSIC -“Edelweiss”, Do Re Mi”, “So Long, Farewell”
  2. THE WIZARD OF OZ -“Over the Rainbow”, “If I Only Had A Brain”
  3. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – “Singin’ In the Rain”, “Good Morning”
  4. THE WIZ- “Ease On Down the Road”, “Don’t Give Me No Bad News”
  6. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – “Sweet Transvestite”,”Time Warp”
  7. ALADDIN – “I Can Show You The World”, “One Jump Ahead” (and THE LITTLE MERMAID & THE LION KING)
  9. TOMMY – “Pinball Wizard”
  11. HAIR – “Three Five Zero Zero”, “Easy to Be Hard”, “Frank Mills”

Which led me to:


  1. Star Wars
  2. The Good the Bad & the Ugly
  3. Life as a House – Mark Isham is a bloomin’ genius.
  4. The Pianist
  5. Amadeus – How can you go wrong with Mozart?
  6. Harry Potter
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Not only was Strauss a genius, so was Stanley Kubrick.  I still get chills every time I hear the main theme.
  8. Pink Panther – Henry Mancini – I cannot think of any piece of music that evokes as immediate a mood as this does.
  9. Life Is Beautiful – Not as well known, but truly lovely.
  10. Schindler’s List
  11. Shakespeare In Love

SOME HONORABLE MENTIONS (or stuff that doesn’t fit into the above categories)

  • BLUE VELVET – Angelo Badlamenti at his weird best.  Throw in Bobby Vinton and the most surreal placement of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams”, it’s simply unnerving.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – Both Danny Elfman’s and Tim Burton’s masterwork IMO.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – Pure fun.
  • Dr. Zhivago – “Somewhere My Love” definitely evokes a mood, but the costumes and the musical arrangments appear very dated to me now.
  • Purple Rain & Batman – Prince is beyond a genius; he’s from another galaxy.
  • The Decline Of Western Civilization – American punk from way before Nirvana.
  • Chariots of Fire & Axel F both win for overexposure.

The Guitar Man is gone

Jerry Reed, one of my favorite voices from my childhood, passed away yesterday at the age of 71.  Probably just a month ago, I got a cd of his greatest hits and the husband asked if he was still living and I said yes.  My kids all know who he is; “Smokey and the Bandit” is available on DVD y’all.  He was such a good songwriter and guitar player.  He released his latest album, a live one, in 2005.

Guitar Man

Rest easy, Jerry.  You  and Chet can get back to pickin’ together.


Ten for Tuesday

10 People I’d Love to Meet

This is very hard for me!  So many many choices…I’m gonna limit it to the famous and still living-in no particular order.

  1. Lalah Hathaway
  2. Stevie Wonder
  3. Lindsey Davis
  4. Sheri S. Tepper
  5. Tamora Pierce
  6. Sting
  7. Fred Hammond
  8. Herbie Hancock
  9. India Arie
  10. Prince

Various musings

The daughter woke us up about 20 minutes after 4 this morning because of a nightmare.  She was in tears and had dreamed that I’d put the dogs to “sleep”  just to be mean.  I promised her that I would never do such a thing – the only reason I would ever put an animal to death would be to remove suffering if I could not do it any other way.

She hasn’t woken us up like this in a long, long time and, tho’ I wish nightmares on NO ONE, it was a sweet taste of her childhood.  She’s 10 and our youngest and tho’ I’m not terribly nostalgic, it’s very nice to be able to soothe some small person.  As they get bigger, the problems get bigger and more complex and sometimes a hug and kiss isn’t anywhere near enough….if they’ll allow you to do even that.

And now…a gratuitous Boris the dog picture:

I’ve begun walking again with my partner, Michelle – thanks be to God.  My asthma has hit an all-time high (or low I guess you might say) and I haven’t slept well for several weeks because every time I lay down, my lungs start to bubble and wheeze.  I’m fine if I’m upright…..which makes it hard to sleep.  I’ve been to Dr. and I may be making a trip to the sleep clinic to help things out….fine by me.  So after the daughter woke us up, I just stayed up and then went walking at 5 am.  The stars were very beautiful and clear and there was just a silver of a crescent moon in the eastern sky…just beautiful.

Once I got back, the daughter was still awake so we spent some really nice time together this morning.  I went looking for a specific yarn online, and she was really getting into it; she has expensive taste just like her mother does.  There were so many she wanted….it gives me some good ideas for gifts for her in the coming months.  I told her I wasn’t gonna buy any *really* nice yarn for her until she completed another project.

After a good long while of drooling over yarn pr0n, she went over to the couch to lie down for a while.  I thought she was going to snooze for a little while, but pretty soon she asked me, “How do we start the heel?”  She was working on her sock!  I guess seeing all that yummy yarn online inspired her… Hmmm I’ll have to remember that. 

So now she’s working on her first heel flap….I’m really happy about that. She’s such an intense person (where oh where could she have gotten THAT from I wonder….) and knitting can be wonderfully relaxing – I’m so glad that she’s into it.  She’s also signed up for the last photo shoot of Frankin Habit’s 1000 knitters project happening at Yarn Expressions in October.  She’s very photogenic and I think it would be very cool for her to take part.

I’m looking forward to meeting Mr. Habit as well.  I adore his blog: The Panopticon.  He was talking about how he’s bored with all of his winter hats, so I was thinking of making him one – hats being rather a specialty of mine.  He lives in Chicago and has no hair so hats are very necessary.  So tell me: should I make him something really lovely and useful that he’ll use all the time?   OR should I make something outrageous that will make him laugh?  I just got this pattern and I’m seriously tempted to make it for him……

Post yer vote in the comments section!


Some us local folks are going to do a Shetland Triangle KAL (Knit A Long)  starting in mid-September.  I had started it a few times this summer but was not happy with what I was doing.  I have 4 skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino for this project; unfortunately 3 skeins are of one colorway (Indiecita) and the last is of another much brighter colorway (Caribueno).  The two colorways are complimentary, generally speaking, but all the various ways I tried to combine the two colorways just looked wrong.  SO this morning I bit the bullet and ordered 3 skeins of the Caribueno and it should be here in time for the KAL.  Some of the other knitters in the KAL, like Sarah and Laura, are much faster knitters than I am….maybe we slower knitters should all gang up on them and make them knit two Shetland Triangles to our single ones.  I bet if we ponied up the cash to buy the yarn, they’d probably do it without much complaining…..  Maybe if we gave the money for the yarn and they knit the shawls, we could give them to charity or something.


Boobs, Injuries & Dr. Pepper is one of my favorite blogs to read – that woman is seriously funny!  Not for the children’s eyes I’m afraid, but very funny!  Right now though, she’s doing something seriously cool and wonderful.  To get the whole story, you have to start reading her posts beginning with this one, and then go forward from there.  Here’s the quick n’ dirty:  Her 3rd grader got her GameBoy stolen plus Mom had to borrow some of the $ she’d been saving for a Nintendo DS to buy milk for the family.  Then, one of the blogs’ faithful reader’s decided to ship a Nintendo DS as a gift.  The third grader decided to give it away to some other child who really needed one, so Mom asked on her blog for people to nominate children in need.  There was such a response that really Mom wished she had 10 Nintendo DSes to give away….and then her faithful readership started sending her $ so that she could give 10.  Now, several thousand $ has been raised and something like 50 Nintendo DSes are going out to kids who could really use a boost; you can read some of the nominating emails on the blog.   Friends and neighbors, THIS is GOOD NEWS.  A win-win-win situation for everybody.  If you’d like to donate and feel like a million bucks, go here; you’ll find the “Donate” button on the left hand side…


Starting a new thing this week: Ten on Tuesday. Inspired (again) by Sarah (she has no idea how highly I think of her!)

So even tho’ it’s Thursday, here my Tuesday 10:

10 things I didn’t like about school

  1. classes after lunch (I would be so sleepy I could not concentrate)
  2. Frank D. – he teased me mercilessly until he graduated a couple of years ahead of me.  I don’t know why; I never did anything at all to him ever.
  3. bells
  4. bells
  5. bells
  6. 3 minutes bewteen classes – not enough time to go to the bathroom
  7. Almost the entire Math department – everybody (except for Mr. Palmeri) was friggin’ incompetent.  I took the minimum required to graduate – 2 years of Algebra, but I didn’t know what a variable really was til I took Computer Programming my senior year.  Ugh.
  8. How stupid all the girls would act around the boys as we all got older and boys became more important
  9. Mr. Richer (English teacher) such a @#$^^&%*&^(*&(*&)_(_)(&(*^&*%&^$. A lousy teacher too.
  10. How every time we got a decent teacher, some of the ignorant folks in my town would run them out on a rail.
So there ya go.

Now you might think…..

…that I’ve just been posting memes to get out of writing real posts and in a way, you’d be right. I haven’t lots of happy fun stuff to talk about and even though I’m usually delighted to spew bile all over you, my faithful reader, I’m strangely reluctant to do so right now. Don’t worry; this too shall pass. But I did come across a most excellent meme last night and I wanted to share it, even though I just shared a meme.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

“Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at linking to your results.”

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea – I’ve not had the chance
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses – had to look this up
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche – I don’t drink alcohol anymore so this is out.
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – I don’t care what kind of bowl you put it in, I do NOT like clam chowder at all.
33. Salted lassi – had to look this one up too.
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – I don’t smoke anymore either
37. Clotted cream tea – haven’t had the chance
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects – if a chocolate covered cricket counts
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads – brains ain’t for me
63. Kaolin you’ve probably eaten it too in something or other
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs – I love Kermit too much/
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost – another I had to look up
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail – tasted just like fishy pencil erasers
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab I’m not fond of crab of any kind really.
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake I have eaten rattlesnake

Now I’m surprised that smelt, fried green tomatoes and dandelion greens are not on here…..

I’m not hungry…but now I want to go taste something. :o)

In hopes of….

"How do you solve a problem like....?"

….winning more yarn (because the latest stash enhancements have only fueled the obsession…), I decided to enthrall y’all with a meme – oh, yes, I know what yer thinking:  “Yay!  More minutia about Helen!  Just what I need!”  (Actually, I was reading my friend Sarah’s blog and that how I heard about it).

Knittyotter is having a contest (deadline to enter is Saturday, 7/19/08).

Getting to Know you Contest Questionnaire:

1.) How long have you been knitting?

My grammy taught me when I was 7 or 8.  Since I’m 39, that’s over thirty years.  One would think there might be more output to show for all those years, but I have a sort-of excuse.  I stopped knitting for a long time after I moved from New England (terribly, awfully, horribly, soul-stealingly cold) to the South (wonderful, warm, hot n’ humid, thank You God).  SInce I was used to knitting mostly very cheap or icky  hot woolen yarn,  it never occurred to me that there would be wonderful yarns to make things suitable for here.  Yes friends and neighbors, my excuse is a lack of imagination on my part.

2.) How long have you been knitting socks?

I’ve almost no idea.  I made a few pair of lovely woolen “ski socks” – some even nice enough to give away…maybe 20 years ago?

3.) What do you do with a problem like Maria?

Beatings. Repeatedly and with malice.

4.) What is your all time favorite sock yarn?

Usually it’s whatever I’m working on at the moment – I have good (and expensive) taste.  If you’ve been following the last few posts, I’ve added some lovely things to the stash that absolutely could turn into a favorite….

5.) Toe Up or Cuff Down?

I’ve not done toe-ups yet.   Probably the next pair will be.

6.) What’s your favorite color (this week or for all time)? Do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?

Next to touchable-ness, yarn is about color for me.  I love midnight blue/purple/indigo. I love cool season/blue undertone colors (Winter or Summer).  Now I used to think I didn’t like olive-y greens, but lately I found a few that have changed my mind.  I’ve also been pal-ing around with some visual artists for the last two years that have me seeing color in new ways….

7.) Do you have a pet(s)?

Yes, a pair of beautiful, loveable but dim “Labramatians”, Boris & Natasha, and an enormous antique yet surly cat by the name of Bluto. 

8.) Babies: Oven Roasted or Barbecued?

Fully grown and/or belonging to someone else!  This baby farm is closed down as a public service.

9.) Besides socks what is your favorite type of thing to knit?
Mittens have been my favorite thing for about a year; scarves and shawls are coming on strong for next year I think…maybe sooner.

10.) What’s your favorite scent?

Historically, I love the honeysuckle/jasmine/gardenia family, but grapefruit has been the favorite for almost 2 years now.  One spritz just makes me so *happy* all of a sudden.

11.) What music are you really loving right now? Like a song or a band?

Crowded House’s “Temple of Low Men”  has been stuck in my head for 2 weeks, intermingled with John Gorka’s “Land of the Bottom Line”; I’m not sure why.

12.) How many pairs of socks have you hand knit?

Maybe 10 pairs?  I couldn’t really say as I’ve given most of them away, and that was in the days before Ravelry….or even Sanskrit and clay tablets perhaps.

13.) What’s your favorite treat? Salty or Sweet?

Cookies.  Oreos, snickerdoodles, gingersnaps, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter…..mmmmmmmmmmmm  Homemade or store bought, my depredations are widespread and democratic.

14.) What was the most interesting thing you smelled yesterday. Not good or bad necessarily, just the thing that stuck out most so that you actually took notice of it.

It’s really too disgusting to say here.  Fortunately, I had a candle to disperse the noxious stench.

15.) Needles – DPN’s: Wooden, metal or plastic?

I do not like plastic needles… all. Oh I’ve tried – it would be better for the budget certainly, but just no way.  I think the thinner the yarn, the more I like wooden ones.  Otherwise, gimme some circs!  I just discovered the joy of Addi Turbo lace needles.

16.) What is your favorite sock pattern that you’ve knit? What do you recommend?

Aurelia by Elizabeth Manning.  Interesting to do, wonderful result, well written and to top it all off – it’s free.  Why knitters aren’t making these by the thousands, I’ll never know.

17.) The last Question: If you were stuck on a deserted island who would you want with you, what knitting would you want with you and would you ever want to leave?

I think I would want my friends Tangela and Adrienne. They are some of the most interesting people I know, I adore them  and @#$% can they sing! plus they let me hang around with them.

I would want to bring whatever knitting that they would like to receive, so that they’ll continue to let me sing with them, and we would probably never leave.

Yet another one….

I’ve seen this one around…finally got tagged fer it meself.  I promise – this’uns the last one until after the weekend.

Using fd’s Flickr Toys,

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.


1. Helen Preece (LOC), 2. Spaghetti Bento, 3. Newfound Lake, 4. Berlin blues, 5. Twilight: New Photo of Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) and Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) On Set, 6. Ice tea, 7. ‘So what are you doing this Australia Day ?’, 8. Oreos & Milk, 9. IDMC@Under Solo, Camden town, London, UK, 10. God is the ultimate painter, 11. Radiant Symmetry, 12. Quick E-Card Swap 3 – Sent

A Monday meme for Wednesday

Cara tagged me. And Sarah….kind of. 

So this is wot you do:

  • Link the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the rules in your blog.
  • Tell about 6 fun quirks about yourself.
  • Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them.
  • Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

I don’t know how fun these are…….Hmmmm, I think I need a cup of tea before I do this! And cookies…and maybe Spaghettios…..

1.  I am so excellent at the game Boggle that no one in my family will play with me.
2.  I’m really good at poker and cribbage too, but I don’t gamble at all, so I hardly ever play.
3.  I am a huge fan of Mr. Rogers and watched him from the time I was a child until my own children started watching him.
4.  I play the fife and I was once the fife master of a fife and drum corps for a few years in high school. Got paid for it , too.
5.  I hate it when someone grabs the toothpaste tube in the middle.  Squeeze from the bottom, a’ight?
6.  Even tho’ I’m fat as a house, I love to dance and am quite good at it.   Plus I’m humble…..

So whom to tag?     





 I sent them messages intead of blog comments….I wonder if that’s OK.


A couples meme

Stolen from Sassy:

1. How long have you been together? 20 years.  I cannot believe it really.

2. Who pursued who? Neither. It’s amazing we are together AT ALL.  Gad really was the one who put us together I think.

3. Do you wear any type of wedding/commitment ring? If so, which hand? Plain gold band on the “wedding” finger -yes, both of us.

4. What was the hardest thing about learning to live together? Sleeping in the same bed for me.  I still prefer sleeping by myself, whereas he can’t sleep well without me.

5. Who takes longer to get ready in the morning? I do.  I am not fussy about hair & makeup, but I take a while to really wake up.  Unless one of the kids needs something….

6. Do you usually eat breakfast together? On Sundays.  He gets up very early for work (he doesn’t have to, but he prefers it) and though I do like the morning light, I wake slowly…..

7. Do you ever share clothes? When I was not too fat to do so!.  he sometimes will wear my jackets (as I said, I’m not very girly).

8. Who does most of the cooking? Me, and I am SICK OF IT.  Though, to be fair, he cooked tonight and it was good AND he made both an entree and a side; it’s new and uncharted territory for Mr. Bill.

9. Who usually takes out the trash? Whomever notices.  Probably me cos I’m home more than he is.

10. If you have pets who usually does litter box or poop patrol? He does, thank God.  It doesn’t bother him the way it does me.  I can do it if I have to, but if he is around I don’t even have to ask him. Now THAT”S wonderful.

11. Which one of you is more likely to answer the phone when it rings? Me. He hardly ever answers the phone.

12. Who’s in charge of the remote if you’re watching TV together? Bill mostly.  I almost never watch TV.  But if it’s a show I want to watch, that remote is mine; I don’t want anybody flipping around on the commercials.  Just leave it there already!

13. Who usually drives when you go out together? He does cos he hates they way I drive.  I don’t like the way he drives either, but I am far better able to stand it than he, and I can always knit.

14. Which one of you takes care of spiders and bugs that get into the house? Either of us.  Not too squeamy about the crawlies.

15. Facing the bed, who sleeps on which side? If I’m on the right, he’s on the left.  We have switched for years at a time though.

16. Who usually checks the (postal) mailbox? Me.  I’m home, I order stuff thru the mail and do swaps, plus I’m from the country and mail is a big deal.

17. If something breaks or goes wrong in the house, which one of you is more likely to either fix it or call someone to fix it? We’re both fixers, though we are now to the point where we have more money than time so we sometimes have to call someone.

18. Who is generally the neater of you? ME! But I have more stuff so its hard to tell.

19. Who handles the checkbook/pays the bills? I have for almost the whole time we have been together, but when my brain went wonkier and wonkier, we had to re-tool.  Now we do it togther, and we are automating a good bit of it and that is the best part.

20. What was your last fight/disagreement about? It’s hard to say because we kind of bicker a good bit of the time according to one of Bill’s sisters.  Hey – if we didn’t bicker we’d hardly say anything to each other!  No, the last time I got irritated with him was this morning when I was driving to & from the post office.  He kept on announcing the speed limits everywhere we went because he thought I was driving too fast.  I told him I already have a conscience and I don’t need another one, plus I have a life and he’d better get one so he’ll have something else to think about when I drive.

21. When you slow dance together, who leads? Dancing is not something my husband does, really.

22. What do you love the most about your other half? The fact that 1) he still makes me laugh and will laugh at my jokes, and 2) he tries to do what I ask him to almost always to show his love for me.  He’s not so fab with the words of love, but great with actions

Back in country

OK, now everybody repeat after me:

“The Atlanta airport is evil!”

C’mon – I can’t hear you!


Thank you – that’s much better.  I promise to write more (and actually postive) remarks about what I’ve been doing for the last 10 days, but for right now, I’m sitting at my folks house in Virginia being a slug in Pj’s all day, listening to this which I enjoy occasionally
and tryna catch up with a few things.

Photographer extraordinaire

[info]lysistrata had this on her lj

and I’m stealing it.  It’ll take me at least til tomorrow to compile the movie quotes.  In the meantime, go to her lj and read it.

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search or other search function

What privileges do you have?

I find this really interesting. I guess in our culture we tend to ignore how much we have, especially when we are children; since we haven’t gotten *everything* we wan, we feel deprived. So I have bolded the things that were true for me during my upbringing, and of course made comments here and there….
1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
9. Were read children’s books by a parent.

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are potrayed positively.
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs. Not a trust certainly and I didn’t go for very long…..It was a big sacrifice for my folks.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs.
16. Went to a private high school.
17. Went to summer camp.
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18.
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child.
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house.
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.
25. You had your own room as a child.

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18.
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course.
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school.
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college.
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16.
31. Went on a cruise with your family.
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family.
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

If you decide to use this, please attach the copyright info! Thanks.

Copyright: Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka , “From What Privileges Do You Have?” Illinois State University

I think I would add a few to this:

35. Never went hungry because there was no food in the house
36. Never went hungry because there was no food in the house, yet there was alcohol and/or cigarettes

I’m sure there are others…..maybe those aren’t privileges.

I am bothered by the fact that there are over 100,000 people on this planet *right now* who will live their entire lives without ever having felt full of food at any meal they ever have.