A View From The Lake
Thursday, October 12, 2006
  Songs not to listen to on a cold and snowy night...
I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel

"There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to feel you deep in my heart"

There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to never feel the breaking apart

Remembering you, how you used to be
Slow drowned
You were angels
So much more than everything

Looking so long at these pictures of you
But I never hold on to your heart
Looking so long for the words to be true
But always just breaking apart
My pictures of you

If only I'd thought of the right words
I could have held on to your heart
If only I'd thought of the right words
I wouldn't be breaking apart
All my pictures of you

-- "Pictures of You" ~ The Cure
Sunday, October 08, 2006
On another blog, we've been given a challenge to come up with utopic town laws. Here are mine:

My Town

1) The Golden Rule is key: "Do unto others what you would have done unto you."

2) Families are important. Healthy families mean happy families. Parents will be able to take 104 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth and/or adoption of a child. Healthcare is provided by the government.

3) Minimum wage would increase as the cost of living increases. A COLA would be in effect at all times.

4) Equality is key. We welcome all persons and families dedicated to living lives that promote tolerance and equality of everyone. Violations of this will result in public humiliation and severe application of the Golden Rule.

5) Environmentally sound practices will be in effect at all times: recycling is mandatory, solar, wind and hydroelectric power shall be used as much as possible, biodiesel or electric cars are encouraged. Green space is encouraged.

6) Practice of religion is not allowed in the public school. Silent prayer is allowed as long as it does not interrupt the regular flow of the school day. Religion may be taught as a class, however, all major world religions must be taught and equally respected. All aspects of sexual education, including the use of birth control methods and STD prevention, will be taught beginning in the 6th grade. Such subject matter will be age appropriate. Schools will be run year-round, following the European and Japanese models.

7) Civility is key. Be polite to one another, help each other.

8) Guns are used by the police for the enforcement of laws. However, gun use by law enforcement is not encouraged. Private gun ownership is not allowed. There will be a gun rental service provided by the government during hunting seasons where hunters will be able to rent guns and purchase ammunition for hunting purposes only.

9) Bartering/trade for goods and services is encouraged. However, unfair practices will result in public humiliation and application of the Golden Rule.

10) Government shall be fiscally responsible. The budget shall be balanced at the end of each fiscal year, with the elected officials personally responsible for any budget shortfall, unless an unforeseen natural or unnatural disaster occurs, at which time, the entire population shall help contribute to balancing the budget on a sliding scale of contributions. Taxation will be kept to a minimum and only to help finance the government and its relevant operations. Taxation will also be on a sliding scale, with those who have the most paying the most and those who have the least paying the least. However, all shall pay something.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
  The End Of The World
A long time ago, Shiner and I found this little gem. Now I've found it on YouTube and wish to share it with the world! Laugh your ass off, folks!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
  The Breathtaker
I just got done reading one of the scariest books I've ever read. Now, I don't generally read scary novels - Dean Koontz - yuk. Stephen King - mostly yuk. RL Stine - uber-yuk.

I read "Silence of the Lambs" before I ever saw the movie and it scared me so much, I was sure Jamie Lumb was going to come in through the window. I was living on the ground floor of my dorm at the time. During the summer. There were 5 people in the very large dorm. I was the only one on my floor. I haven't read any more of Thomas Harris's books.

I can still tell you in detail the very first truly scary book I read. I can't remember the name, but I remember the whole story....

Anyway, so I make it a point to not read scary novels. I don't enjoy them because my brain usually runs away with me and I have a hard time sleeping. (I don't watch scary movies, either.)

I didn't think that this book would be scary. It was a mystery. But it threw in a twist: tornados. I am both entranced and scared of tornados, thunderstorms, violent weather of any kind. I love the movie "Twister." The movie "The Day After Tomorrow" was right up my alley. Tornados are what drew me to the book.

I didn't think anything would be too bad in this book... it was a mystery, after all. However, I forgot about my imagination and the power of a good story to lure you in beyond what is good for you.

I went upstairs with the lights on. Jumped when I heard a rumble of a truck going by - thought for sure it was thunder or a funnel cloud heading my way. Waited for the door to open with "The Tornado Killer" standing there... yeah. Creepy.

So give "The Breathtaker" by Alice Blanchard a read...
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
  Here's The Kiddo!
Not that anybody reads this any longer, but perhaps if I update it, people will come back... here's two photos of my daughter, Hazel Mae, aged 3 months, when this was taken.

She's two feet long and 10lbs 12oz! Woo-ooo!
  Cross Postings...
I've been sadly neglectful of my dear blog... partially because I've been quite busy,(having a kiddo will do that to you) but also because it's been easier to blog on myspace. I know. Myspace. I shudder too, but now I'm addicted. I really want to do a redesign of this blog and perhaps it will inspire me more. Anyway, here's the first of a cross-post from the myspace blog:

Monday, June 12, 2006

Weekend @ Grandpa's
Current mood: awake
Category: Life

We went to my grandpa's this weekend to take a four-generation photograph with Great-Grandpa Brand, Grandma Judy, Hazel and myself. Not only were Ezra, Hazel and I there, but Grandma Judy, Great-Grandpa Brand, Great-Aunt Sandy, Great-Uncle Richard, Aunt Becky, Uncle Jim, Cousin Paige, Jim's sister Jodi, her husband Nick and their baby Liz, and Jim's parents, Joanne and George. It was a houseful! Then add on top of that my Aunt Sandy's sister's two kids for a night and it got even more full!

Ezra did a whole bunch of "man things" with Jim and Nick.It was really funny watching him put up a big tent, go fishing and go put a boat in the water. It was funny because I'm just not used to it - he does "man things" up here, but somehow it was different. I think because here we both do things - I check the fluids on the car and take care of general maintenence (although if it's a big problem, he takes care of it), he does the dishes. It just works out that way. It was just unusual to see him doing this stuff. I suppose, too, because Jim and Nick are those type of guys who fish, drive trucks, and etc.. and Ezra and I are kind of the hipster funksters of the bunch. Anyway, random thought.

Pretty much we just kind of visited and got caught up - didn't even play dice or Rummikub, much to Grandpa's chagrin!

But the biggest surprise of all was Ezra out in a kayak! Yes, he went out on the water and got wet! I couldn't believe it! It was pretty amazing! I took pictures to send to his mom!

All in all, a pretty good weekend.

Look for more to come in the coming days... :D
Thursday, January 05, 2006
1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Bartended on Madeline Island
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make New Year's resolutions, because I always forget what they are, so I break them anyway.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my sister. A girl named Paige Ann.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, unless you count my residents at the nursing home where I work. Then, yes.
5. What countries did you visit?
Hmm... none. Not even Canada.
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
more books, a house, peace
7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Probably Labor Day weekend. It was the weekend of the Pride Festival and the weekend I found out I was pregnant.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably the Pride Festival or maintaining a wonderful relationship with Ezra...
9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing my best friend due to my own stupidity.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Despite the morning sickness and the inherent problems brought on by a stomach the size of a watermelon? Not really.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A car with no problems.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Uhhh.... Marissa's, for really going after what she wants.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own at times, Shiner's, Kerry's, Val's, members of the Pride Committee's...
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, beer, more beer, gasoline...
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Falling in love with Ezra. Seeing our baby for the first time.
16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
"Hurt" by Johnny Cash
17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
Happier, more at peace with myself, pregnant, less active
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spending time outside.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Beating myself up over my mistakes and shortcomings
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Well, I *spent* Christmas handing out gifts to my residents, going with Ezra down to my mom's and heading up to my grandpa's. It was a nice time and the first time I got a chance to see my niece.
20. How will you be spending New Year's?
I *spent* New Year's at home watching "The Day After Tomorrow."
22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
23. How many one-night stands?
Heh. Less than 10, more than 1. I'm not really a one-night stand type of person.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone. I dislike immensely some of the members of the Pride committee and some of the people I work with, but it doesn't really matter in the long run. As someone close to my heart says: "Ain't no time to hate."
26. What was the best book you read?
Too many books were read to think of which one the best one was.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Robert Plant's new album "The Mighty Rearranger"
28. What did you want and get?
A potato masher.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Star Wars: Episode III. Napoleon Dynamite.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 28, my mother came up and we went to the Scenic Cafe for lunch, then to the Brewhouse for beer and appetizers with Ezra.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having the heartbreak.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005? Comfortable.
34. What/who kept you sane?
Music, reading, bathtubs, Shiner in the beginning part of the year, Val, Jason, and Marissa in the middle part of the year, Ezra in the latter part of the year.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Clifford the Big Red Dog. Ooh... Bob the Builder! Or Stewie from "Family Guy."
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The current President... latest: the wiretapping scandal.
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Always be honest first and right away, otherwise you might lose that which you cherish. Also, watch out - even the people you trust can hurt you.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"These are the days of my life, bright strong golden
This is the way that I choose when the deal goes down..."
-"Shine It All Around" ~ Robert Plant, "The Mighty Rearranger"
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