Sunday, April 27, 2008

San's Desktop Meme

San, congenial person that she is, challenged us all to display what was on our desktops. She probably hoped we'd share a favored picture of something we valued. While I do have images of friends saved on my machine, I don't usually display them. Instead my computer is my gallery wall. Webshots Desktop allows me to download lovely photographs by professional photographers, to which I've added other files saved on my computer (those being fantasy art and friends photos). My background image rotates daily. Today, I downloaded this picture of a mountain in Mexico titled Mina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico by Super Stock.

A few days ago it was this lovely picture of a Peruvian Pelican by Ruoso & Minden.

Because I'm a sucker for golds in images, I often download photos simply because they contain a glorious or mysterious variety of that color. So I also have this interesting shot of a pair of geese in flight titled Mirrored Wings from Super Stock.

And of course there are some images I come back to time and again. Such as this one of Sand Hill Cranes in Fog by Dancing Pelican. It it by far my favorite.

So that's my desktop. It's simple. Getting rid of unnecessary icons keeps it clutter free so that I can enjoy the art. Windows used to have a "hide desktop icons" option which I used so that my view of the image was unimpeded. XP doesn't seem to have it. I miss that.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

For Sandi

Sandi McBride and I found sisterhood in our love of the same music and movies. Yesterday she posted about her love of Mel Brooks movies and Madelynn Kahn singing "I'm Tired" in "Blazing Saddles". I've enjoyed that movie several times so I went looking for a video of the song on trusty old YouTube. Success! Enjoy!!!

Friday, April 18, 2008

...And I'm a Quiz Droid!

Once again we have a fun quiz to take. This one was discovered by the good Paschal of Murat11. Upon taking it you get to discover what Austen heroine you are. The quiz isn't long and I've no clue how it works. But quiz droid that I am, my results are below. Enjoy!

I am Marianne Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Catching up with Paschal

Paschal did this a few days back. Everyone else did the answers in comments. I figured since Sandi had wanted to know more about me I'd continue the trend of telling about myself in a regular post. Here you go.

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now? The empty sleeves of plastic name holders w/ clips.

2. When was the last time you threw up? Last time I had a migraine.

3. What’s your favorite curse word? Got two: "bad word" because it's so clean and "shit" because it's so all purpose.

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today? San, Sandi, and David.

5. What were you doing at 8 a.m. this morning? Not there yet - clocking into work.

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Getting dressed, feeding cats, nuking coffee.

7. Where were you born? Upstairs bedroom at home in Mercedes, TX. It was Grandparents house at the time. Later became our home and was my bedroom.

8. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yes. Even got a 120 second lap dance. Dang he was cute!

9. What is the last thing you said aloud? Can't remember, I mutter to myself all the time.

10. What is the best ice cream flavor? Belgin Chocolate from Godiva. One little spoon at a time will do you for this treat.

11. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coffee, drinking it now.

12. What are you wearing right now? Black pants, Spurs polo shirt, black shoes, black belt w/ Levi's buckle, silver hoop earrings, Timex Expedition wristwatch, and my James Avery Amethyst Hearts & Flowers Replacement ring.

13. What was the last thing you ate? Chocolate in bed.

14. Have you bought any new clothes this week? No. Not last week either.

15. Where were you last? Opening the sliding screen patio door for Hooboo, it's raining outside.

16. What’s the last sporting event you watched? Last Season's So You Think You Can Dance competition.

17. Who won? Don't remember but the dancing was really good.

18. Who is the last person you sent a comment/message while blogging? jsd at Influx Transposer.

19. Ever go camping? Si, comono. Where? In Colorado as a teenager with parents (see previous post) and across to the East side of the US as my ex and I traveled to Asheville, NC to see my sister.

20. Where do you live? Tres Leches, Bouvet Island, San Antonio, Tejas.

21. What song are you listening to? In my head, I’m hearing "Brother can you spare a dime?"...I have to work on Saturday. OT! :)"

22. Do you tan? No, but I tan-go. Me too!

23. Do you drink your soda from a straw? Aber nein. I'll take that for a no. Me neither.

24. What did your last text message say? I don't text message.

25. Who’s your best friend? JS.

26. What are you doing tomorrow? Working but wishing I wasn't.

27. Where is your mom right now? Weslaco, TX.

28. Look to your right, what do you see? The front door (darn font italics won't go away).

29. What color is your watch? Brown band, dull silver gray compass ring.

30. What do you think of when you think of where you live? Finding someplace less expensive to live in and hopefully bigger...I know...pipe dream.

31. Ever ridden on a roller coaster? Yep, love them.

32. What is your birthstone? Amethyst.

33. Do you go in at a fast-food place or just hit the drive through? Depends on if company to eat food with is with me or somewhere else to meet.

34. What is your favorite number? 7

35. Do you have a dog? Had one...Dottie...Blue Heeler crossed w/ a Catahoula.

36. Last person you talked to on the phone? My Dad.

37. Have you met anyone famous? Does before they were famous count? I went to college with Christopher Rich - plays the ex husband on Reba.

38. Any plans today? Finish this marathon. Go to work. Watch the last DVD of Dresden Files when it gets here.

39. How many states have you lived in? 2 (Texas, Tennessee.)

40. Ever go to college? Yep, several times. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

41. Where are you right now? At home blogging.

42. Biggest annoyance in your life right now? Reading the same responses to the test I'm scoring at work over and over again. Do today's teens have no imagination? And why can't they spell "allowed"?

43. Are you struggling to forgive someone right now? No. Why on earth should I forgive him?

44. Are you allergic to anything? Cat gut. Found that out when I had eye surgery in 5th grade.

45. Favorite pair of shoes? The ones I'm wearing now...really comfortable.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Belated Fourzies

About a week ago, yes, I'm delinquent, Sandi tagged me to do a meme she called the Fourzies. I'm finally finished with supper, am trying to avoid house cleaning, and she said she wanted to know more about me. So here we go.

4 Jobs I've held...
1) Candy Striper at Knapp Hospital in Weslaco, TX
2) Training Device Maintenance Person (TD3) in the Navy.
3) Computer Operator at First City Bank in Corpus Christi, TX
4) Special Ed Instructional Assistant at Krueger Middle School, San Antonio, TX

4 Movies I have/would watch over and over again...
1) Practical Magic
2) The American President
3) Twister
4) any Harry Potter Movie

4 Places I've lived
1) Mercedes, TX
2) Edinburg, TX while going to college the first time
3) Kingsville, TX in the Navy and also going to college the second time.
4) Corpus Christi, TX after I got done with college stint number...Yep, I've traveled some but spent most of my life in Texas.

People I want to "Bitch Slap right into the middle of next week" Will someone PLEASE tell me how you bitch slap anyone? Ok, so I've lead a sheltered life.
How about people I find really, really irritating so that I sort of fuss at them under my breath.
1) Car drivers who rush around me to cut in front of me so they can then slow down and exit ahead of me. I hadn't wanted to exit in the first place. I just don't like being delayed anymore than the next soul.
2) Apartment complex managers who think they are junior gods but have no clue how to act other than rudely, stupidly, and fear their bosses more than they fear losing a resident.
3) Bishops who talk in their sermons about gathering up all the pieces (it was the loaves and fishes sermon) and then refuse to let my best friend do her discernment process in our own diocese, or even provide her with suggestions on where else she might find success and happiness, thus throwing away one of the best "pieces" my congregation has.
4) Lawyers who try to define legal terms to a potential juror in a slippery manor thus confusing said juror and making juror angry because the juror understood the term when the DA defined it. So now the juror hates the confusing lawyer and also his slimy client. (Yeah, Sandi, I'll be glad to tell you that story in private - not sure I can talk about it in public although the case is long since over)

4 People who email me regularly...
1) San Meredith
2) Sandi McBride
3) JS when we have time to write
4) Susan Palwick
5) My dad
6) My ex college roommate, Nancy
7) My sister, Jill.....ok, so I went over 4 there. :)

4 TV shows I watch, Fiction.
1) NUMB3RS (yes, I love cute geeks and good looking men in uniform)
2) NCIS (I grew up on the Man From U.N.C.L.E)
3) Criminal Minds (Awesome show!)
4) Ghost Whisperer

4 TV shows I watch, Nonfiction.
1) American Idol
2) So You Think You Can Dance
3) Deal or No Deal
4) Dancing With the Stars
5) Some episodes of The Bachelor
6) 60 Minutes (when I can catch it)

4 Places I've visited
1) San Juan Wilderness area, Colorado
2) Paras del Fuente, Mexico
3) The Eleutheras, Bahamas
4) Las Vegas, NV (3 times)

4 Favorite foods
1) Dark Chocolate
2) Cherry Pie (lattice crust please)
3) Coffee with Irish Cream
4) A really good steak! Medium Rare

Where I'd like to be right now...
1) Reno walking with Susan
2) Santa Fe looking at art and having tea with San
3) Asheville, NC with my sister (I'd make Sandi come up and do a day trip along the blue ridge parkway with me to see the 14 waterfalls)
4) Anywhere as long as it's a house of my own. Lots of windows. Wood floors. Huge yard w/ trees and flowers and butterflies and birds. Wrap around porch w/ a swing front and back.

Things I'm looking forward to this year...
1) getting a full time job...getting there is part of the fun
2) seeing my friend, JS, start her journey towards becoming a priest
3) The next time my sister can come down to Texas.
4) This weekend, I see JS on Friday, Fred & Lin and Michael (plus a few others) on Saturday, The good lord and the whole church on Sunday.

Ok, so now I nominate 4 people.
1) San Meredith of A Life With a View
2) JS of InfluxTransposer
3) Paschal of Murat11
4) Susan of Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good.

Voila et fine!