Saturday, September 29, 2007

MOM (DJ) is the winner!! You win the prize, Mom!! I will mail it to you shortly.

The answers are:

1. Vincent Van Gogh (Room at Arles)

2. John Singer Sargent (The Daughters of Edward Darley Boitz)

3. Mary Cassatt (Portrait of a Little Girl)

4. Paul Klee (Cat and Bird)

5. Georgia O'Keefe (Music: Pink and Blue II)

6. Edouard Manet (Dejeuner sur l'herbe)

7. Gustav Klimt (Hope, II)

8. Edouard Manet (Bar at the Follies) -- there *is* a Renoir connection with this

9. Salvador Dali (Sacrament of the Last Supper)

10. Leonardo DaVinci (The Last Supper)

Friday, September 28, 2007

**Ok, I made all the images bigger! Doesn't anyone else want to try? :-)**

It's QUIZ Friday!!
The prize for the winner(s) is a surprise, but trust me, you want it. It's good!

Name the artist:











Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I'm an aunt!! My brother's wife had a baby girl this morning!! I'm so excited!! :-)
Getting to Know You

1. Have you ever been apple picking?

2. Have you ever been horseback riding?

3. Have you ever gone out of your way to see Fall foliage?

4. When's the last time you made a fire?

5. Are there any clothes you remember getting especially to wear "Back to School" as a kid?

6. Name one or more of your favorite childhood Halloween costumes.

7. Did you ever go to (or have) a fun Halloween party?

8. Do you like pumpkin pie?

9. Do you like to carve pumpkins?

(me - 1.yes; 2.yes; 3.yes; 4.probably when my Mom had a wood burning stove back in 2000?; 5.courdoroy pants, jumpers; 6.washing machine + in college my friend Melanie and I dressed up as the two-headed monster from Sesame Street, but the glue we used to put on the eyes was too strong for us to wear it very long :-); 7.we had a really fun Halloween party at my house one year as a kid with a really fun Haunted maze or whatever you'd call it; 8.yesyesyesyesyes! it's my favorite!!; 9.sometimes)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Let's write a story...


They had been walking for what seemed like days -- with no water, no food, and no company but each other -- no other signs of life. Ole looked down to see that his
calloused feet had started to bleed again.

"Huh," he muttered.

Ela looked up, tiredly followed his gaze, and her swollen lips cracked in a wan smile.
And then it happened again -- and she began to cry.

"I expect I'm going to die out here, Ole," she sobbed. "I just can't see how I'm going to make it much farther."

Ole managed a dry chuckle, taking a hold of her hand. "Well, nothing ventured, right? Isn't that what we said?"

"Oh Ole, how can you say that?" She feebly pulled her hand free to daub at her eyes.

"Where's that thingy Irwin gave us? Let's check our coordinates again. We haven't checked for hours, you know. Maybe we're closer than we think."

"That... What?!" Ela spluttered. "That piece of junk was our MAP!?"

"I've been using it for weeks, didn't you know that?" Ole was dumbfounded. "I checked it just this morning!"

"And then I threw it down a canyon because it was turning you into a lunatic!"


"Every time you pulled that thing out you'd mumble to yourself for an hour! And then, you'd head off away from what looked like water!"

"Oh, Ela! You stupid, stupid woman! What have you done?!!"

"I'll tell you what I've done, Ole! I've put an end to all this craziness! I've stopped you from killing us with your deluded fantasies! There's no space ship out here, Ole! There was never a space ship!"

Ole sat down heavily, shaken by her spiteful words. He looked at her standing there, arms akimbo, and it hit him that he didn't know her, that he'd never known her.

Friday, September 21, 2007

I've been meaning to post these pictures from Boulder for a while:

And a few of Salt Lake City:

So yesterday I cited the movie What the Bleep Do We Know as a movie that changed the way I look at the world. Last night I watched the movie again (my Dad gave me a copy, so I own it) and found I was disappointed. I spent some time on my bike ride to work thinking about what it was that I liked about the movie in the first place and also about what I didn't like about it during this most recent viewing.

What I remembered about the film was that it was sort of like a documentary, that there were scientists who talked about the universe and quantum physics in ways that were really interesting to me and changed the way I was thinking at the time -- helped me to get unstuck from some negative thinking patterns I was in. I also remembered that I thought the dramatization part of the movie was kind of stupid and annoying.

This time around I found myself really, really annoyed by the dramatization. I wished there was much more talk about the actual science and much less fluff. I was surprised at how little the movie actually addressed the concepts that interested me. I was also pretty annoyed at the limited and negative portrayal of organized religion. So, I guess I just remembered what interested me and forgot about the rest...

The concepts from the movie that still interest me are:

1) Do we see with our brains or our eyes? How much of what we see is based on our memories and how much is based on what is actually there? How much of what is actually there do we see?

2) Is it possible that we get addicted to feeling certain emotions -- that our brain cells get used to firing in a particular way and prefer to operate in that particular way out of habit?

3) Related to the two previous questions, how much of our lives do we live based on live information (what is actually happening around us) and how much do we rely on our memories to fill in the details, provide us with expectations, etc.?

4) What is reality?

5) Are there parallel universes?

(This reminds me of another movie that had a strong impact on me -- Waking Life. That had me wondering which life is my real life, my dream life or my waking life.)

What do you think? Have you seen this movie or another that addresses similar issues?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Doesn't this look good?
Getting to Know You

1. What was one of your favorite cartoons on television as a kid?

2. What cartoons did you like in the Sunday paper as a kid (if any)?

3. Are there any cartoon characters or muppets which still make you feel happy when you think of them?

4. Have you ever used an animal/cartoon image to make you feel better when you felt sad or scared?

5. If you could pick one song/piece to be your "theme song" for today, what would it be?

6. Name a movie you've seen that you left feeling changed - seeing the world differently.

7. Name a book you've read that you liked so much you recommended it to all your friends and family (or many people...).

(me - 1. the Smurfs; 2. Calvin & Hobbs; 3. Snoopy; 4. Yes - for a year I did a lot of driving back and forth from Rochester to New York City and would often find myself driving at night, feeling spooked and feeling like there was someone/thing in my back seat. It was a strange time. Anyway, for some silly reason, I put a picture of a golden retriever on my dashboard and that image helped me to not feel spooked. 5. I think "We are the Champions". I guess I need help getting motivated and feeling strong and confident. But, "Watershed" would be good, too; 6. What the Bleep Do We Know; 7. The Human Comedy - by William Saroyan)
I love the Dilbert cartoon today.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Having to Take a Whisper

Once there was a liitle boy in church. He had to go to the bathroom so he told his mother, ''Mommy, I have to piss.''

The mother said, ''Son don't say piss in church. Next time you have to piss, say, 'whisper' because it is more polite.

The next Sunday, the litle boy was sitting by his father this time, and once again, he had to go to the bathroom.

He told his father, ''Daddy I have to whisper.''

The father said, ''OK. Here, whisper in my ear.''
Good morrrnin', buckos! Today I might become an aunt, so 'tis an excitin' day ferrr me! Also, me bike rrride t' man the deckie tookie me less time than I expected, so that tharrrwas good, and a bottle of rum!

(Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If you're looking for a silly way to waste time today, check out this Learn to Talk Like a Pirate translator.)

Have a grrreat day, buckos!
I hope ye be doin' well!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Getting to Know You again...

1. Where on your body do you wish you had less fat?

2. Where on your body do you wish you had more muscle?

3. What about yourself makes you feel the most attractive?

4. Do you feel better about yourself when you're dressed up? / when you wear make-up?

5. If you had lots of extra time and money to devote towards exercise/grooming, what would you do with it?

6. Do you whiten your teeth?

7. Do you tan?

8. What's the best advice you can give about self-image -- the kind of advice you would give to a child you care very much about?

(me - 1. my butt and stomach; 2. my arms; 3. sometimes i think i have nice legs, but more often it's how i feel inside that makes me feel attractive; 4. usually yes; 5. i would exercise consistently and take good care of my skin and hair; 6. i have in the past; 7. i mostly burn, but i get a little bit tan; 8. don't compare yourself to other people. it's important that you feel good about yourself and that may very well be related to how you feel when you look in the mirror, but make sure you take care of yourself for positive reasons and not out of self-hatred.)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Getting to know you:

1. How are you doing today?

2. Have you ever had a bike accident?

3. Have you ever been in a car accident?

4. Have you ever had to have stitches?

5. Have you ever broken a bone?

6. Have you ever fallen down the stairs?

7. Do you have any bruises on your body right now?

8. When's the last time you did something really clumbsy?

9. If you could have another lifetime to pursue another career (starting your education with this career in mind), what would you do?

(me - 1. pretty good!; 2. yep. i ran into a parked car in madison on johnson st.; 3. yep. in rochester a car stopped suddenly in front of me on the highway and i ran into it; 4. yep. in the bottom of my left foot. i stepped on a piece of glass in the creek by my old house in syracuse when i was in the 4th grade.; 5. nope; 6. yes. i slipped and fell on the stairs of my house on meigs st. in rochester and bruised the crap out of one of my shins.; 7. yep. a pretty big one on my right forearm.; 8. this morning. i fell over while standing still on my bike. i was reaching for the crosswalk button when i lost my balance and toppled over :-); 9. i'd become a veterinarian)

Saturday, September 15, 2007


I asked Ian if he would take a picture of me with my new bike (because I'm a dork). I love it!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Getting to Know You (some more...)

1. What are your work hours?

2. How do you get to work?

3. Do you eat breakfast?

4. How much water do you drink a day? What kind of water do you drink?

5. Are you a vegetarian? Have you ever been?

6. What do you miss most about your last job?

(Me - 1.8-5; car now, but starting next week I'll be riding the NEW BIKE IAN BOUGHT ME!!!; 3.usually, but not today :-( ; 4.not enough - filtered; 5.mostly - i used to be much more strict, but now i eat fish and chicken and turkey sometimes; 6. the dogs and my friends there, the kids)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bonus question:

Which do you think would be more fun? Going through a list of 1600 email addresses to determine why they bounced back after a mass emailing or going through a list of 3000 companies to determine whether or not they still exist?
Getting to Know You

1. Do you pluck your eyebrows?

2. Do you pluck your nosehairs?

3. Do you shave/wax your face or wear a beard/mustache?

4. Do you blow dry your hair?

5. Do you use conditioner?

6. Do you wash your ears with soap?

7. Do you shave your legs? If no, have you ever?

(me - 1.yes; 2.yes; 3.wax; 4.not regularly; 5.yes; 6.irregularly; 7.yes)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Getting to Know You

1. What's the worst paying job you've ever had?

2. What's the most boring job you've ever had?

3. What's the most dangerous job you've ever had?

4. Which job has made you the most nervous?

5. What's the best job you've ever had?

(Me - 1. probably clerking at Addis & Dey's Department Store; 2. various temp assignments in which I wasn't given any work to do; 3. waiting tables at India House (I caught on fire once...); 4. it's a toss up between waiting tables and taking mall surveys; 5. solo singing work)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Ian and I finally arrived in Palo Alto last night at around 6:00pm. I'm now home after my first day of work and pretty freaking tired. It's beautiful here. More later...

Friday, September 07, 2007

Yesterday was a *long* day. I left Susan, Stu, and Daniel in Madison at 7:30am and picked up Ian at 1:30pm at the Des Moines airport. Ian showed me the house where he grew up, his elementary school and high school, and where he and his friend used to do pop wheelies :-). Then we got back on the road. Iowa and Nebraska were full of corn fields and grazing cows and at one point in Nebraska we were pounded with a pretty severe thunderstorm. I was very glad Ian was driving while we kept getting sloshed by giant tractor trailers, which made the visibility approach nil at times. I have never seen that much lightning in my life. It was flashing about once every two seconds for a while there. Finally we reached the other side of it and stopped at some pretty fancy trucker stops. We arrived at my brother and sister-in-law's house in the outskirts of Denver at around 1:00am. We were both *really* tired! I have not really adjusted to the new time zone yet, so I've been up for a while, but Ian is still sleeping, of course :-). This house is really big and fancy. Both Eddie and Nziza had to go to work this morning, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of them this afternoon. Whew! This has been some week! And, I should also say that I have had the pieces I recorded with Susan running through my head non-stop!! There are some really, really gorgeous moments in there.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Getting to Know You

(Susan told me she likes to do these questionnaires, so I'm writing this one in her honor, since I'm at her house and she's currently putting Daniel down for a nap.)

1. When is the last time you visited the city where you were born?

2. What is the longest trip you have ever taken in a car?

3. What is the longest trip you have ever taken on a plane?

4. Have you ever ridden a really long distance on a bicycle? or walked a really long distance?

5. What is the longest vacation you've ever taken? (This, I suppose, could include summer camp or a trip to a relative's house or something -- somewhere you stayed for an extended time, but didn't actually move there.)

6. Have you ever had to sleep overnight in an airport?

7. When is the last time you rented a car? What kind of car was it?

8. Where did you go on your last trip? When was it?

(Me - 1. I was in Syracuse on Sunday; 2. This cross country trip will be the longest trip I've ever taken, but before this, the two trips I've taken by car from Syracuse to Orlando, FL were the longest; 3. I guess probably Boston to Frankfurt; 4. no, no, not really; 5. i guess summer camp in Maine for a month (is that right, Mom?); 6. yes - ugh; 7. in CA - it was a PT Cruiser convertible :-); 8. Well... I'm on a trip...)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Susan and I had our first recording session tonight and it went SO well!! Earlier today we had a coaching with her teacher and one of the composers, who is a former teacher of mine, and though I was really, really nervous, it was quite helpful for both of us. This has been a really fun day -- and a day that has reminded me what I really, truly love to do. Yay! And, it is so great working with Susan! She plays SO beautifully!

Monday, September 03, 2007

I'm in Madison and very sleepy... I'm looking forward to an exciting day of rehearsing and recording tomorrow. I'm pretty sure I'm going to need some significant caffeine... :-) It's great to see Susan and Stu and Daniel!!
I'm in Chicago!! I got here last night around 8pm. It was smooth sailing the whole way -- full of blue skies. Last night we went to a really delicious Greek restaurant. This morning we've just been hanging out and listening to music. It's always fun to hang out with Lara and Jeff and I've been enjoying playing with Mochi, their very cute kitty cat. Good times! I'm off to Madison this afternoon.

In other news, Ian has an awesome new invention! It's called FiDough. Pretty neat! :-)