prosodic: (Bright Star - scribblings)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same.

Lance came home unexpectedly for lunch, which was a happy surprise. He brought home the lunch he packed, and we sat together at the kitchen table (rare, because we usually eat on TV trays in the living room) and had our respective lunches. It was nice. I wish he could do that more often. Reece was begging at the table, but I gave her a piece of my apple and she left us alone for a few minutes.

Otherwise, it's been...well, Monday. Did not sleep well last night at all, so I woke up groggy. It took awhile to shake out the cobwebs. But I'm trying to be productive. I got more work done this morning than I had planned. Not too bad. I just need to finish up the reading assignment for my tech writing class tonight.

It's chilly and breezy outside. Actually, I think it's only chilly because it is breezy...the temps are in the low '60s, which isn't bad at all. It just feels colder because of the wind. But I suppose at some point today I need to get out for a walk with Reece.

Again, not tagging anyone for the meme today. Only one person I tagged actually did it anyway, so whoever wants to do it is welcome to it.
prosodic: (Bright Star - lavender)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same.

What made me happy today? Seeing Bright Star, even though I was sobbing by the end of the film. It was very, very difficult to sob silently, believe me, although I could hear other people in the audience sniffling, so I know I wasn't the only one.

This film is GORGEOUS. Everything about it is stunning. The music, the cinematography, the acting. I was blown away. Abbie Cornish's portrayal of Fanny Brawne is breathtaking. The scene where she finds out that John Keats died (this is not a spoiler, if you know anything about the British Romantic poets)...her reaction. Oh my God. Heartbreaking. That's when I completely lost it.

I really hope Jane Campion gets nominated for an Oscar. I think Abbie Cornish should be nominated too.

I even loved the ending credits. The actor who played Keats (Ben Whishaw) reads Keats' poetry over the ending credits. Brilliant. And it kept the audience in their seats.

I hated that I had to go see this alone, but I'm so glad that I saw it. If you like happy endings, this is not a film to see. But it's based on a true story and an amazing love - tragically cut short - that was the inspiration for some of Keats' work.

Bright Star

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.

prosodic: (hyperbole)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same.

I almost forgot about this.

Things that made me happy today: having a date with Lance (even though the restaurant was ridiculously loud because the UW-Stanford game was on). Getting my advance ticket to a movie I want to see at the end of October. Learning that I *might* have a crack at a really good freelancing assignment in the coming months.

Anyway...our date:
- dinner at Ram Restaurant & Brewery (we had a buy 1 entree, get one free deal). The food was good. I got an Alaskan King Crab and artichoke melt, which was like a crab and artichoke dip, only in sandwich form. It was on toasted baguette with cheddar-jack cheese. So delicious. The fries weren't that great though. A little too limp for my liking. We followed it up with Cold Stone Creamery. Soooooo full.

I'm going to stop tagging people because only one person has responded to my tags anyway.
prosodic: (Lawrence Alma-Tedema)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same


And that's about all I have to be happy about so far this morning, because finding out that Lance didn't get his re-enlistment bonus (the Air Force says he did, but that's not what our bank account says) and that my laptop may have acquired some spyware/virus...well, not happy stuff, to be sure.

I already ran Spybot. I'm running a virus scan right now. So far, everything seems ok. I'm just concerned. I'll have Lance check everything out tonight when he gets home.

Anyway, class! YAY! :D

Tagging [ profile] anmorata.
prosodic: (autumn2)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same

Great news today! My mom's cousin announced that her husband is able to go home today. He suffered a traumatic brain injury 12 weeks ago and was in a coma for 8 weeks. He's been conscious for 4 weeks now and undergoing rehabilitation. Now he gets to go home. But they still have a long way to go before he completely recovers. Still, he has made amazing progress, and I have no doubt that he will continue to do so.

So...that made me happy.

Let's see...who am I picking today? How about [ profile] just__a__girl?
prosodic: (autumn1)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same

Today - waking up to the realization that it's the first day of autumn (though you wouldn't know it by the's supposed to get up to 87 today). There was a chill in the air this morning. The thermometer read 45 degrees, and right now I'm curled up on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, with my fuzzy socks on. I like it. Although I'll be exchanging the warm, fuzzy socks for flip flops later.

Autumn is my favorite season. A bit odd, really, since it leads to winter and I hate winter with the fire of a thousand suns. And I like autumn here before the monsoon season starts. The colors here in Washington are so beautiful.

So...who will be my victim today? I tag [ profile] knightchik, because she has a lot to be happy about these days. :)


Sep. 21st, 2009 08:27 am
prosodic: (butterflyflower)
[ profile] katzies tagged me for this. It's a good meme though, because it forces me to think about something positive.

1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same

So today...I got to sleep in a little bit, which made me happy. (If you want to call getting up at 7:40 sleeping in, but that's late for me.)

ETA: And I got an email today inviting me to the Puyallup Fair this afternoon. I can't go, unfortunately, but it was really nice to be invited. And I got paid today.

Who shall I tag today? [ profile] thatcagedbird, you're it!

I just hope I remember to do this everyday for the coming week.


Jul. 21st, 2009 08:54 pm
prosodic: (MJ)
Here, have a meme.

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

I was given M by [ profile] x_roxy_ryan_x

1. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
2. Material Girl - Madonna
3. Money - Pink Floyd
4. Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney/Wings
5. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller Orchestra

No uploads, guys. I have a headache and don't feel like doing much. And the only one I have on .mp3 anyway is #1.
prosodic: (me)
Gakked from [ profile] nowsheshines

List the phrase "I want to..." thirty (30) times and complete the sentence...

So now, in no particular order:

1> I want to...learn to speak another language fluently.

2> I want to...publish a book.

3> I want to...take a cooking class.

4> I want to...get a certificate in Technical and Professional Editing.

5> I want to...get a masters in Library Science.

6> I want my nieces.

7> I want to...feel comfortable in my own skin.

8> I want to...lose 15 pounds.

9> I want to...get my passport renewed.

10> I want to...take an Alaskan cruise.

11> I want to...go back to Europe and do more traveling.

12> I want to...visit Central/South America.

13> I want to...feel fulfilled.

14> I want to...learn to be crafty.

15> I want to...go kayaking.

16> I want a better photographer.

17> I want a better human being.

18> I want to...learn how to garden.

19> I want to...completely re-do the house (except for what we've done so far).

20> I want to...exercise more.

21> I want to...learn more about wine.

22> I want happy.

23> I want to...collect antiques.

24> I want to...spend a weekend in Victoria, BC.

25> I want to...learn calligraphy.

26> I want to...smell more roses.

27> I want to...write more in my paper journal.

28> I want to...visit more local spots.

29> I want to...spend the night in a bed and breakfast.

30> I want to...make myself a chai latte.
prosodic: (peaceful bliss)
1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Took a cruise. Bought a house and a new car.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept my one big lose 26 pounds. I lost even more than that. I am not making resolutions for 2008 because I'm just too preoccupied with other things right now to give resolutions much thought.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My brother's wife. We're not close since I only met her once at the wedding, but obviously my brother and I are close.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Grandma, in September.

5. What countries did you visit?
Geez, that's a long list: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Russia...I think that covers it.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A full-time job.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There are a few, but December 14 - the day we officially became homeowners.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Becoming a homeowner.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting the success I had hoped for as a travel writer.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Major major case of the flu in January last year. There were few times in my life when I was ever so sick.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our house.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Lance's - because he made this big leap with me and stayed positive and encouraging throughout.

13. Whose behavior appalled and depressed you?
A certain leader of our country who has sickened me ever since he took office.

14. Where did most of your money go?
House. Car. Travel.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
See #14.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2007?
Songs don't really remind me of years. They remind me of moments. I can say that on my flight here from Amsterdam, I heard the song "Home" by Daughtry (from the airline's radio playlist), which struck me as being particularly poignant at the time.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder?

ii. Thinner or fatter?
Thinner. Hell yes.

iii. Richer or poorer?
Oh God...much, much poorer. Buying a house and car will do that.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing. Traveling.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
All the medical appointments I had in the first few months of 2007? Yeah, fewer of those.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Lazing around the house. Watching Lance almost blow himself up testing out the fireplace. Cooking Christmas dinner.

22. Did you fall in love in 2007?
With new places...I fell in love with just about everywhere we visited.

23. How many one-night stands?
Never in my life...ever!

24. What was your favorite TV program?
I don't think I had one. I'm not all that fond of television anymore. We spent at least half the year not even having TV reception.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate is a strong word. But thinking about it, I can't really think of anyone off the top of my head.

26. What was the best book you read?
Hmmmm. That's a tough one. There were so many good books. I can't pick just one.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
This is totally a joke...Mika! My God...his music was EVERYWHERE. I couldn't escape it. But honestly, I would have to say Sia. She's been around a few years, but I only just heard "Breathe Me" for the first time this year, and I played that song over and over and over. I couldn't get enough of it, and it really spoke to me. Perhaps that is a song that will always remind me of 2007.

28. What did you want and get?
A house. A NEW CAR for the first time in my life. A Kitchenaid mixer.

28. What did you want and not get?
A job...I'm getting closer, though!

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I haven't really seen many. And I didn't particularly love the ones I've seen.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 32. Was sick in the morning, but rebounded late morning and invited a couple of friends out to lunch last minute. We had chinese food. Lance took me to dinner in the evening at Brasserie Murphy. Very quiet day.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Actually accomplishing all the writing goals I had set for myself.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
A mix of European style and American style. It works well here in Seattle.

34. What kept you sane?
Books. Reading is how I find comfort. Always having my Mom be a phone call away. Good friends.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't really have one.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Anything regarding the military and Iraq. Also, the mixing of politics with religion.

37. Whom did you miss?
My family, because they are so far away...and now, my friends back in Germany.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
OMG...I can't think of horrible is that? I met a lot of people in 2007, but none of them really stayed in my life. My friends go back further than that.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
2007 was all about life lessons. We went through a major overseas move. We bought a house for the very first time. I am now really starting to understand the role I play in my much Lance depends on me, too. There were a lot of times in Germany where I felt I was just dragging him down, due to being unable to contribute to our finances, but those were MY hang-ups, not his. I'm starting to see myself now in the way that he sees me. And honestly, it's rather terrifying right now, because I know how much this house and the car depends upon my getting a job. But I also have the vision for how to make this house OURS (if Lance had it his way, he would leave everything the way it was when we moved in), and I am the one who has gotten the redecorating project moving forward. Even though many things have gone wrong, I now know how to strip wallpaper and paint.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Just one? I don't think that's possible with all the changes we've had this year. There isn't one song that could sum up the entire year.


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