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Subject:Bloggin'
Time:05:00 pm
For those who still dig personal-ish blogs the most, my under-construction-but-having-some-entries blog is here:

http://backyardindustry.org/

You can link to it if you want. It's a home for the radio/video stuff that I do, related subject matter that will never make it to radio/video, and musings on other subjects that I like to write about, like music and the outdoors and my family and friends. Projects. Middle age and cultural relevance is a big thing for me right now, so there might be some of that. Personal, but not confessional, you know?

OK. Gotta dash. Writing a college letter of recommendation letter for a girl I've known since she was 3 while I wait for files to transfer at work. THE GLAMOUR.
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Subject:Writer's Block: Almost Famous
Time:07:36 pm
What celebrity do you think looks like you? What celebrity do other people say you look like?


Uma Thurman

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy (RIP)
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Subject:Can't Resist
Time:07:02 pm
What accessories do you wear everyday?

Watch. Silver hoop earrings. In the winter I wear a scarf every day, and on the coldest days I wear my hat, even inside. It's a plain black fleece hat and it goes with everything. I am not big on a lot of flair.

B: What is your beauty routine?

Take a shower, moisturize appendages with that Aveeno stuff (I save the Weleda Skin Food for my elbows and hands and feet, which get super super dry), do face with some stuff from Body Shop, scent with several different oils from Body Shop (lately). Makeup is always black eyeliner (tip lash line only), mascara, and Body Shop lip pencil in a deep pinky-browny-red. I'm pretty low-maintenance and can be "ready", including shower, in about 20 minutes. I wash my hair twice a week because it's quite long and v thick and takes two days to dry anyway.


C: What was the last item of clothing (for yourself) that you purchased?

I got some excellent Gap jeans at the thrift. I just got my Frye boots resoled and reheeled, so... new to me again!

D: Do you use a dresser, closet, or both?

I have a weird clothing storage situation right now. I have a closet, a big bin, and a huge ancient chicken egg incubator thing. It's totally awesome. Pictures don't do it justice. It's perfect for storing clothes, though.

E: What type of earrings are in your ears right now?
Small silver hoops. I really don't like earrings.

F: What type of figure do you have (measurements)?

I'm about 5'11" and have very broad shoulders, long arms, and long legs. Statuesque.

G: Do you wear glasses?

No, but I probably need them. I am now 40 and squint a lot.

H: What type of handbag do you carry?

Tiny little bag, brown.

I: What is your ideal style?

Belle de Jour meets indie rock librarian meets Jil Sander suited MILF?

J: What is your favorite brand of jeans?

Levi's 501s.

K: Do you wear knee-hi stockings?

Knee high socks, yes. Preferably wool, with loud stripes.

L: Do you *have* to wear matching lingerie?

Nope. Someday, maybe.

M: Do you wear makeup?

Yes, but not much.

N: Do you wear nightgowns?

Nope. Yoga pants and tank tops, mostly.

O: What outerwear do you put on when going out on a typical winters day?

Land's End jacket or leather trench, depending on where I'm going. Hat. Gloves. Scarf.

P: What is your favorite perfume?

I wear a mix of Body Shop stuff or a mix of essential oils. I have always deeply loved most of the Chanel scents, esp Coco.

Q: Is your motto "quality over quantity" when it comes to clothing and accessories?

I can get quality AND quantity on a good thrifting day. I tend to buy decent shoes (Frye, Dansko).

R: Do you wear rain boots?

No, but I really wanted a pair for those rainy Saturdays managing the Market. Next season!

S: Do you wear socks or slippers when your feet get cold?

I really want new slippers. Something like this would be OK:

http://zeta.zappos.com/product/7429054/color/1680

T: Do you have a set of travel luggage?

No. Just a suitcase.

U: What is your daily uniform?

Black pants, t-shirt, cardigan or V neck, black shoes/boots at work. Occasionally a skirt. A jacket if the occasion calls for it. Jeans (or cutoffs) and T shirt at home.

V: If you are married, did you wear a veil with your wedding dress? If not, how did you do your hair?

No veil. I had a massive amount of hair at the time and I went somewhere to have it braided and flowered up.

W: Do you wear a watch?

I wear the cheap black digital when i'm outside or working the Market, and the groovy orange watch to work or when I go out.

X: What item of clothing always makes you feel beautiful?

A really good sexy/serviceable dress. I have a black shift that fits this bill, but I need to take it to someone to get it worked on.

Y: What is your favorite type of yarn?

The kind Jeanne spins.

Z: Do you prefer zippers or buttons?

Buttons.
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Subject:45! Things
Time:07:56 pm
45 ODD things about you! FILL IT OUT and pass it on and also back to the person who sent it to you! Learn 45 things about your friends, and let them learn 45 things about you!

1. Do you like blue cheese salad dressing?
Yes, but I hardly ever eat it. Maybe I should try to make it myself sometime.

2. Favorite late night snack?
chocolate covered almonds

3. Do you own a gun?
nope, no guns

4. What's your favorite drink at Starbucks or other specialty coffee shop?
Caffe Paradiso makes the best cappucinos. I wish it was closer to my office.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Sometimes. I hate going.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
no thanks

7. Favorite Christmas song?
Depends. My dad had this tape he made (reel-to-reel, OK) that was like 2.5 hours of Xmess music that was just incredible. I fear it is lost forever. Joan Baez made some amazing Xmess music back in the 70s.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Coffee, the elixir of life

9. Can you do push-ups?
I could if I were in better shape. I could do ten and then not be able to move my upper body for a week.

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
A crystal pendant from Ardmore in Ireland, given to me by Jim.

11. Favorite hobby?
I read. Also, cooking.

12. Do you have A.D.D.?
I don't know.

13. What's one trait that you hate about yourself?
I still haven't gotten the hang of speaking in public. I get really, really nervous.

14. The last disease you contracted?
I had a terrible cold in May 2008.

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
I should turn off the news, why isn't the water boiling, I hope Lilly isn't getting sick

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
coffee, water, and wine

17. Current worry right now?
money, always money

18. Current hate right now?
while I love my job, I hate office politics and general work-related bullshit. It's just like school.

19. Favorite place to be?
in bed with Jim and a book

20. How did you ring in the New Year?
played Scrabble.

21. Like to travel?
I do, but we don't do it much. I have some vacation time to burn, so I might make a trip or two in the nearish future.

22. Name three people who will complete this:
??

23. Do you own slippers?
Dude. I totally need new slippers. I like those wool scuffs, the kind that can go outside. The ones I like are like $80. For slippers! Shit.

24. What color shirt are you wearing?
Purple baby chick batik tee shirt.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Never have. Too slippery, I'd think.

26. Can you whistle?
Yep. I used to all the time at an old job to annoy people.

27. Favorite singer/band?
Too many to mention. I hear new stuff I like but am afraid to ask The Teenager.

28. Could you ever make it 39 days on the show Survivor?
No.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don't.

30. Favorite girl's names?
Lilly, Nora, Fiona, Jane

31. Favorite boy's name?
Henry, Max, Jasper

32. What's in your pocket right now?
nothing!

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
Jim telling me about the two-legged dog he read about on CNN.

34. Like your job?
I fucking love my work most of the time.

36. Do you love where you live?
I love Urbana, yes.

37. How many TVs do you have in your house?
One. But it's kind of big, I think.

38. Who is your loudest friend?
I'm probably louder than anyone else I know, or have that potential.

39. Do you drive the speed limit or speed?
I usually speed a little. Not too much.

40. Does someone have a crush on you?
Possibly!

41. What is your favorite book?
Oh, I don't know! I really liked that Alice Waters book, and Lilly is reading some of the stuff I liked in jr high.

42. What is your favorite candy?
Reeses for candy. Vosges for chocolate.

43. Favorite Sports Team?
I love the U of I soccer team.

44. What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Sleeping, babies.

45. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up today?
Shit... I DO NOT WANT TO GO TO THE GYM. (I went)
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Subject:Oh, I Dunno
Time:07:35 pm
I know everyone's tired of the election shit and all, but I thought this was pretty rad.


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Subject:Huh. This Can't Be Good
Time:02:36 pm
Oh, October Surprise!


It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.

But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.


Just thought you might want to know.
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Subject:Ladies & Gentlemen... Fonts For Sale
Time:09:00 am
Current Mood:busybusy



Dudes! Lilly and I have been fonted!

The Wordy Diva family includes 1) a small update of something I drew years ago (Wordy Diva), b) a brand new version of the original (Wordier Diva), and c) Lilly's first font (Li'l Diva).

It's kind of exciting, because one never knows where one's fonts will end up. Office Max ad? Harry Potter book? Your yard sale flyer? IT COULD BE ANYWHERE.
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Subject:OK, OK
Time:10:11 pm
  

1. Where is your cell phone?

In the bag

2. Your girlfriend/boyfriend/hubby?

reading Dear Abby

3. Your hair?

needs root job

4. Where is your father?

playing Scrabble online

5. Cheesecake?

yes to all

6. Your favorite things to do?

all about food

7. Your dream last night?

Weird, as always

8. Your favorite drink?

Strong black coffee

9. Your dream car?

solar powered Passat

10. The room you’re in?

comfy living room

11. George W. Bush?

kiss my ass

12. Your fears?

drive me nuts

13. Nipple rings?

think I’ll pass

14. Who did you hang out with last night?

boyishly handsome husband

15. What aren’t you good at?

being here now

16. Muffins?

banana with chocolate

17. One of your wish list items?

Nikon D 80

18. Where did you grow up?

Florida and midwest

19. The last thing you did? 

Helped kid apply

20. What are you wearing?

killer frye boots

21. Tattoo on the lower back?

never did it

22. Your pets?

padme mattie teacups

23. Your computer?

crabby Dell laptop

24. Your life?

unrecognizeable to me

25. Your mood?

could be better

26. Missing?

pain-free existence

27. What are you thinking about right now?

wine o’clock

28. Your car?

SUV gas hog

29. Your work?

making things grow

30. Your summer?

mostly farmers market

31. Your relationship status?

quite happily married

32. Your favorite color(s)?

I like orange

33. When is the last time you laughed?

10 minutes ago

34. Last time you cried?

in car today

35. High School?

class of 86

35. Personal mantra?

here we go

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Subject:Twin Cities Folk!
Time:01:19 pm
A friend of mine in Madison is looking for a romantic getaway for two to the Twin Cities. They're thinking of heading that way 3 weeks from now. They asked me because I used to live there... but I haven't lived there since 1991. So. I'm asking you.

Any suggestions?
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Subject:The Current Meme
Time:03:12 pm
When you walk in your front door, which room do you enter?
a tiny little foyer that leads into the living room.

Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes. His name is Cody.

Is your living room carpeted or does it have hardwood floors?
Hardwood. There was carpet - fugly shaggy brown carpet - on all surfaces, it seemed, when we bought the house.

Do you keep your kitchen knives on the counter or in a drawer?
Knife block on the counter.

House, apartment, duplex or trailer?
Very small house.

How many bedrooms is it?
Two real bedrooms, plus a finished basement w/bathroom that we call "the garden apartment".

Gas stove or electric?
Gas.

Do you have a yard?
Yes. It's a little house on a big lot.

What size TV is in the living room?
Jim got a new TV for the holidays - he spent his royalty money on it. It's big and flat and hides in an armoire. We don't have cable so it's really just to watch DVDs and the occasional football or basketball game.

Are your plates in the same cupboard as your cups?
Yep.

Is there a coffee maker sitting on your kitchen counter?
No. The French press is in a cupboard.

What room is your computer in?
It's a laptop, so it travels, but it lives mostly in the living room.

Are there pictures hanging in your living room?
We're actually hanging some of Cody's prints this weekend. His work is fantastic.

Are there any themes found in your home?
Um, we like orange.

What kind of laundry detergent do you use?
I used to make laundry soap. now I buy the biodegradable stuff at the co-op.

Do you use dryer sheets?
Nope. I do scent a piece of fabric with essential oil sometimes.

Curtains in your home?
No, just bamboo blinds. I'm not in love with our window treatments, but honestly, in the grand scheme, they're last on my list.

What color is your fridge?
White.

Is your house clean?
More or less. it's a lot easier to keep a small house clean.

What room is the most neglected?
Cody's room. My corner of the garden apartment (to be remedied this weekend).

Are the dishes in your sink/dishwasher clean or dirty?
Probably dirty - Cody hasn't gotten to them yet.

How long have you lived in your home?
3 years next month!

Where did you live before?
A different house less than a mile away.

Do you have one of those fluffy toilet lid covers on your toilet?
No!

Do you have a scale anywhere in your house?
I have a produce/kitchen scale. I have never owned a bathroom scale in my life.

How many mirrors are in your house?
Living room has one, Cody has one, upstairs bathroom has two, Lilly has one, and there's one in the downstairs bathroom.

Look up. What do you see?
A tin ceiling - I'm at the cafe.

Do you have a garage?
Yes.
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