Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #48

My birthday was Monday. (Yep, Happy Birthday To Me!) Since then, I’ve been thinking about things I still haven’t done in my life.

13 Things I Gotta Do Before I Die

  1. Finish a Bachelors Degree.Now the cat is out of the bag! I have an Associates Degree. It’s been purely on my knowledge and experience that has gotten me this far. But that piece of paper would be nice! Besides, since my husband teaches at a university, I can go to school for free!

  2. Go to Disney World. I feel like the only one on Earth who hasn’t gone to Florida. Of course I’d take my kids. I might have to leave my husband behind, since he’s a big grump who’ll complain about how everything is too Disney. So?!?!?!

  3. Learn how to knit something. I have been known to crochet, but the knitting thing has me stumped.

  4. Go on a cruise. I’m a little bit stuffy when it comes to travel, so it would have to be a more expensive cruise with not too much riff-raff.

  5. Visit Yellowstone National Park. It just sounds really interesting.

  6. Write some children’s books. I have a couple of great ideas and I would like the time to develop them and get them illustrated and published.

  7. Finish my house in Creekistan. Hopefully it would get done before I die, but I wonder sometimes!

  8. Act in a movie or on stage. I did a little in high school, but I’d love to have the opportunity again. Any casting calls? Let my agent know!

  9. Go horseback riding again. This is something else I’ve done as a kid, but I haven’t done it in a long time. I would love to have “full reigns” of the horse—not one of those tourist trails where the horse just follows the leader and could do the trail in its sleep.

  10. Learn to make jewelry. I have some great ideas, but I would also just like to make my own.

  11. Create a piece of art that someone actually wants to buy. Or at least have it hanging in a gallery for a while. But first, I’d have to create it.

  12. Go swimming with dolphins. Sounds like quite a rush.

  13. Go back to Europe and see more. I want to spend more time at the Louvre, see Pompeii in Italy, visit some haunted places in London, tour Ann Franks house in Amsterdam, and all the other major museums.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen Edition #47

13 Of my Favorite Disgusting Characters

1. Fast Bastard – Introduced in the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Played by Mike Myers, this dude is gross with all his food and poop jokes. In other words, my kids love him!

2. Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin in Batman Returns. Played by Danny DeVito, this villain made my stomach turn. I could only imagine the smell of dead fish on this guy.

3. Jabba the Hut from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

4. Hannibal Lecter, from The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Although I could make an exception for him: besides eating people, he does have excellent taste.

5. Goldmember in Austin Powers: Goldmember. He’s Dutch and he likes to eat his own skin flakes.

6. Kevin in Frank Miller’s Sin City. A wonderful movie made from a graphic novel, it tries to maintain the “cartoon” look. It succeeded. This character is disgusting to me because it takes a nice Hobbit from Lord of the Rings (Elijah Wood) and makes him into a serial killer who kills prostitutes, mounts their heads on a wall like hunting trophies, and eats their remains. The leftovers go to his pet wolf.

7. Gollum. Speaking of Lord of the Rings, this character should go out for sushi with Oswald Cobblepot.

8. Mr Creosote from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Projectile vomiting is always welcome. This scene makes me gag every time I see it. Every time I watch it gets better. Better bring me a bucket!

9. Azamat Bagatov (the fat guy) in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. I would not want that anywhere near my face.

10. Wormtail in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This guy is a rat.

11. The Entire Cast of The Aristocrats. The joke itself is disgusting, so if you tell it, you get it all over you. I could tell a version of the joke featuring the Bush family, but I won't.

12. Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo

13. Beetlejuice - I love poking fun at death. Beetlejuice, played brilliantly by Michael Keaton, also pokes fun at the afterlife. I guess having survived the Black Plague has made him uninhibited. His real name is Betelgeuse. He is rude, vulgar and lewd, eats insects, and loves to terrify people.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Explaination #3

Note: This is an expansion of my Thursday Thirteen post: I will try to explain all of the items listed because so many people said that they'd love to hear the reasons behind some of those quotes!

We're out of water again!

Creekistan does not have city, county, or township water. There is no municipal water service this far up our road.

We have to get our own water and store it in our cistern. So if we run out of water, it's our own fault.

We have found a great old well on the property. One of those old kinds of wells where someone dug deep into the ground and found a source of water, put bricks up the wall, and probably lowered a bucket on a long rope to get their water. And this is where we get our water now--pure, untreated, and sometimes unreliable.

Yes, we will run out of water, sometimes when you least want it to run out: while taking a shower, after going to the bathroom, or while washing dishes.

We just lower a pump attached to a hose into the well, run the hose across the street and into our cistern. If it rained recently, we'll fill up the 100+ gallon tank and we'll be flowing again.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #46

13 Cool Things that I’ve Done in my Life

I guess every so often it’s a good thing to think back at all the cool and exciting things that you’ve done. Especially when you think you’re in a rut. This time of year is good for that.

  1. Giant road trip with my parents from my hometown in Nebraska to California when I was 11.
  2. Visited the Redwood Forrest in northern-California. The trees are tremendously big.
  3. Went to Disneyland when they still had E-Ticket rides.
  4. I got my parents in trouble for letting me into a casino and playing the slots in Las Vegas.
  5. I talked my parents into letting me visit a UFO museum on Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco.
  6. Took another giant road trip with my parents from Nebraska to Connecticut when I was 12. (I guess I could say that in one year, we drove from coast to coast.)
  7. Traveled in an old Pullman sleeper car on a train across Nebraska, Wyoming, and into Denver.
  8. Slept on the floor of a Spanish-style Catholic church in New Mexico, complete with distant coyote song. We tried to learn the Rosary in Spanish.
  9. Toured a real nuclear sub in London, Connecticut. I used the periscope to find were our car was parked.
  10. Got married in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas—a double ceremony with my fiancé’s mother and her fiancé.
  11. Took an Amtrak train to New York to attend the Field Day Festival in 2003. It was cold and wet, Beck fell right before his set and couldn’t perform, the Beastie Boys were not very good, but Radiohead was absolutely awesome.
  12. Completely booked a trip via the Internet for a vacation to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris. My husband spent his birthday in Amsterdam and I spent my 29th birthday in Paris. My goal was to go to Europe before I was 30.
  13. Bought 2 tickets to see Duran Duran’s reunion tour in 2005. Called up my childhood friend Sandi the Red in Denver to go with me, and she did! I cried when they first appeared on stage.

  14. Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!
    The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. ItÂ’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Explanation #2

Great, the dog found another frozen mole. Good dog!

Our dog, Bandit, is now one year old. At least we think so, since we’re not sure of his actual birthday. We’ve decided to make it Valentines Day.

This is his first winter in Creekistan, as well as his first winter ever. He did really well staying warm and enjoying himself. We suspect that on the coldest of nights, he made his way into the abandoned Bee House and kept warm among the old clothes. We’re pretty sure because he keeps dragging articles of clothing onto our front porch--shirts, jackets, pants, shoes, and long underwear.

He’s kept himself busy by digging for moles. We know this because he brings them onto our front porch too! They are frozen and dead. But he likes them anyway.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #45

In honor of the resurrection of the Thursday Thirteen, I would like to SPREAD THE LOVE and highlight some of my fellow TTers.

13 Thursday Thirteeners I Like To Visit

  1. Colleen from She has some interesting thoughts, a great writing style, and she lives very similar to me! I just wish I had a Floyds near me so that I can play Scrabble and participate in poetry readings.

  2. The Shrone at She is very clever and interesting.

  3. Jen’s Horde at We share kid rising philosophies.

  4. Tricia’s Musings at I love nurses and they stories they tell!

  5. Scribbit at Wow, another creative mom. I love the idea of roller-skates on the wood floor, and I’m seriously considering it. I can only imagine what cabin fever is like in Alaska!

  6. CraZedMoM. With a title like that, I SHOULD like it!

  7. Raggedy at

  8. Trish at My Canadian Twin, sort-of.

  9. A fellow Amy at .

  10. Janet at Okay, she’s fond of Snape, and since I’m a big Harry Potter fan, we’re supposed to be enemies. But I like her blog anyway. ;-)

  11. Anyone who visits my blog and leaves a comment. I try to visit them too!

  12. People who have interesting things to say and creative topic ideas.

  13. You could be next on my list of favorites!