Things that make me happy for no good reason

I love looking at fun things on the internet.  I’m pretty sure that’s the PURPOSE of the internet – To give us fun things to look at.  It’s entertainment and if you’re not being entertained by the internet, well, then you’re doing it wrong.  Sometimes, if I need a little pick me up, the best thing is a good video.  Mostly, I like fanvids because there are some talented people out there making videos about things I care about to songs that I enjoy and I want to enjoy those things.  If you’re unaware, a fanvid is literally a video made by a fan.  Generally set to music, but not always.

Anyhow, here are some of my favorites, just in case you need a pick me up too.  If you’re a sci-fi geek and/or Doctor Who fan, obviously you’ll probably enjoy them more than someone who isn’t.

That one is multi-fandom and is set, predictably, to Nikki Minaj’s incomparable “Starships”.  If you love sci-fi, it’ll give you tingles.  I get a little choked up just seeing the Firefly stuff.  I miss Firefly.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTGdGKEEiYE

All good things…

I love a good, long weekend. And this weekend was good. And long. Productive, yet enjoyable. Yes, we had a great time despite NOT seeing fireworks yesterday. Can you believe it?? Turns out you can celebrate our nation’s independence WITHOUT fireworks. I know, I was shocked too.

See, I love fireworks just as much as the next fella. What I DON’T love are insane crowds of people. I don’t love these crowds even more when I’ve got two small children in tow who are generally zombies after 9pm. Rancho San Rafael generally puts on an awesome show. It’s a bit closer to home and we have ways of enjoying the show without having to get hip deep in people. And then we can make a quick escape and get home without having to fight traffic. But, thanks to the shit economy (which I blame BUSH for cuz it’s so much fun), there was no Rancho fireworks this year.

We’ve tried the fireworks show over in Sparks in the past. And while we had a good time, the mere NOTION of trying to duplicate that event makes my blood run cold. And not just the mad throng of people watching the show… But the fighting traffic to get home. It was a nightmare. So if that’s what it takes to see fireworks in this town? Sorry, but I’ll pass.

I must be getting old. Once upon a time, mad throngs of people and horrendous traffic were part of the fun! It was exciting to be a part of the crowd! To be where the action was at! I remember, years and years and YEARS ago going to downtown San Jose to watch fireworks and afterward, driving over to Ls Gatos where the Brazillian socvor teams was ripping it up every nughr. That was the summer the World Cup was in the Bay Area and Brazil’s parties night after night had become the stuff of legend and news stories.

It was great.

I remember the streets being PACKED, shoulder to shoulder wth people laughing, drinkng, singing and having a great time. It was a lot of fun.

But the thought of doing that now? Sorta makes me want to scream. I like spending time with family and friends, barbecuing, telling stories, laughing and setting off little fireworks in the backyard. That sure beats having to fight traffic, if you ask me.

And it’s not like we won’t be seeing any fireworks this year. It’s officially one month until our big Disney Extravaganza and I have it on good authority that there will be fireworks every night. Yes, even on the cruise. So it’s not like us (or the kids) will be deprived or anything.

Cough. Where was I?

Oh yeah! The weekend. I had fun. It was long. Now it’s over. That makes me sad.

Next up: Liam turns 3. GAH.

Desktop Showcase

So I stole this from her who in turn stole it from HER and now here we are… the place stolen meme’s go to die.  And while I’m fairly sure I’ve done a meme just like this already once before a) I’m far too lazy to look it up and b) I don’t really care because I want to do it again.  And because I’m deluding myself into thinking that you all really want to know what my computer desktop looks like. You do, don’t you?

Instructions:

A. Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop.It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun. You can do a screen capture by:

[1] Go to your desktop and press the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key).

[2] Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V).

[3] If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it. (IMO that takes away from the integrity of the meme… I want to see the desktop as is).

B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you feel like doing it. Tell us why you decided to choose this picture.

C. Tag your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.

Yeah, except that I don’t tag.  Which is why meme’s die here. So without further ado, here is my desktop.  Click on it to make it show up all big n’ stuff so you can see all nifty little icons and whatnot.

I showed you mine, now you show me yours.

Snow Shower

So my shower was today.  My shower, as you all well know, was great anticipated and fretted over.  Why?  Because I am an enormous nerd who needs constant reassurance, that’s why.  Again, something most of you probably already knew.  Yet you put up with me anyhow. I love you guys for that.

The shower went well, despite my worries.  I was actually surprised to see people there when I arrived.  You mean… people actually LIKE me and wanted to SHOW UP?  How does that happen??  This gal lives in an awesome part of town.  And her house was gorgeous.  If it hadn’t been snowing to beat the band, I’m sure the view out of her windows would have yielded the entire valley before my eyes.   Alas, it was snowing.  It started just before we left the house; the big chunky flakes that say “Yeah, I’m gonna stick around for a while.”  Still, it was very picturesque even with the snow.  And this gal?  OMG, I totally heart her.  She really went above and beyond the duties of a shower hostess.  Everything was just perfect and my mind was blown at every turn.  This was by far the fanciest shower I’ve ever been too, much less had thrown for me.  I mean, seriously, would you look at this cake?

Shower cake

But just because it was fancy doesn’t mean it wasn’t a lot of fun.  We all probably did more chatting and laughing than anything else.  I really had a great time and I’m still just in awe of it.  I got some adorable girly gifts that I still can’t quite believe that I get to actually use with a real live here baby in less than a month.  Most of the clothes are 3-6 months and up so it will be a while before I get to use and enjoy them (dang small babies of mine anyhow!) but they are extremely adorable and I think I want to curl up in bed with a few of them.

Mostly I just feel really honored.  I had a great afternoon and a great time.  I think I’m going out in style here, this being my last baby and last baby shower.  I couldn’t have planned it better myself and that’s the God’s honest truth.  Thank goodness for such wonderful friends.

"Forever Young" – Prom Night 1994

I haven’t thought about my prom in years.  I only went when I was a senior.  And unlike a lot of schools, we didn’t have “separate” proms for the two upperclassmen classes.  It was just one big prom.  So ours had both juniors and seniors at it.  I didn’t go my junior year because I didn’t really have anyone to invite.  See, I went to an all-girls Catholic high school, remember?   So there really was no one who would be asking you.  You were pretty much on your own.  And the tickets weren’t cheap.  Because apparently we were very spoiled girls and we wanted only the best, coolest venues for our big bash.  So if I was going to go, I wanted it to be my senior year.

Our theme that year was “Forever Young”.  Which definitely wasn’t my first choice.  I remember the year before it was “Wonderful Tonight”.  I’m not sure which version of “Forever Young” it was supposed to be, but I like to imagine it was the Alphaville one and not the Rod Stewart one.  Our colors were ever so festive: black, silver and red.  The venue of choice that year?  The Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose.  Ooh la la!  Tickets were, I believe, $100 and did include dinner.

I had my dress long before I had a date.  I found that dress about nine months before the actual prom was going to occur.  I saw it at Macy’s and fell in love.  I tried it on, I would visit it every time I was back at the mall.  And it was always there.  That spring, I decided I would ask a guy I worked with at the video rental store to go with me.  We’d been to a few movies together, mostly with a group of friends.  I didn’t really like him as a potential boyfriend, but he was moderately fun and shoot, he was a warm body that I could invite to this thing.   Best of all, he was game.

So imagine my great pleasure when on a return visit to Macy’s I found this wonder-dress of mine still there!  It was on the clearance rack, yes.  But that meant it was only $88!  I could describe it in great length to you, but I’d rather just post this rather bershon picture of me wearing it the night of the prom:

Senior Prom 1994

Oooh la la!  It’s hard to tell because the lighting is so dim, but it was a black velvet dress with a short skirt (and poofy stuff underneath to make it flounce out).  It had a haltar neckline with silver beading.  See, I matched the theme!  I had my hair done that day at the beauty salon (the very same beauty salon that I would visit a little more than four years later on my wedding day to get my ‘do done) and it was one of those typical “updo with the curls on top and some tendrils hanging down” thing that was so popular then.  Shoot, maybe it’s popular now.  What do I know?

My date brought me a wrist corsage with black and silver ribbons on it and white roses with red edges.  I thought it was pretty fabulous, actually.  After my date arrived, I drove us over to my friend’s house in my parent’s maroon 1985 Mercury Marquis (for some reason, he didn’t drive).  I remember getting a little weirded out when he started playing with my class ring while it was on my fingers WHILE I WAS DRIVING.  But, you know, whatever.  At my friend’s house, more of us gathered and her mom took more pictures of us all posed with our dates and whatnot.  Her date had borrowed a Lexus for the evening and I rode over in the backseat with my date while my other dear friend I believe followed in her date’s truck (correct me if I’ve missed a detail here, Michelle).

And the prom?  It was very fancy.  The dinner was definitely top notch.  I remember remarking that it wasn’t a salad they were serving us, but rather it was art on a plate.  I was afraid to touch it.  I couldn’t even tell you what the main course was, though.  After dinner, the dancing started up.  We girls decided to make a quick bathroom run before we got busy dancing and, I kid you not, my favorite song came on while I was in the bathroom.  Even worse?  The dates took great delight in informing us it had just played when we returned.  (I’m a little ashamed to admit that the song in question here was Ace of Base’s “The Sign”.)  Drat!  Still, we had a good time dancing as that was our chief reason for being there.  We stayed until the dj’s were packing up.  It was a lot of fun.

So what do you do after midnight or so when you’re wearing formal wear, out on the streets and aren’t the slightest bit tired?  You go to Denny’s!  I remember standing around the potium, waiting to be seated and the hostess asking us if we had just come from our prom.  My one friend’s date piped up, “No, we like to get dressed up and go out to Denny’s at 2am just for fun.”  Smart ass.  I’m not sure what I had to drink, but I do remember eating french fries.  I remember my friend’s date smearing ketchup on my hand while I was reaching for a fry too, for no good reason.  What the heck?

There were plans afterward for everyone to come back to my house and watch movies the rest of the night.  My best friend, unfortunately, couldn’t come because her date was a turd.  I should have kidnapped here there on the spot and brought her back to my house, regardless.  I could have used her “on my side”. 🙂  My other friend was actually dating her prom date at the time and they had genuine interest in each other.  So it was a little awkward seeing as how my date and I were not together.  She sat on the couch with her date while I huddled up on my dad’s recliner, willing my date not to look my direction.  It was rather obvious by night’s end that he was more interested in me than I was in him and I just had no idea what to do with that situation.

By morning, I was done.  Just… done.  My dad fixed breakfast for us all and then everyone went on their merry way.  I think I had to drive my date home (that sounds about right).  I remember getting back up to my room and pulling countless hairpins out of my hair.  It was almost comical how many were shoved in there.  It felt like I spent a good half hour pulling pins out.  They were multiplying like rabbits in there.  I can’t believe I left that hair up all night, to be perfectly honest.  I probably had a raging headache.  I think I crawled into bed and slept for like six hours.  I was exhausted.

I survived my senior prom.  I got to say that I went and I had a great time with my friends.  Of course, I had to deal with the aftermath with my prom date in the following weeks, including the night he stopped by my house to profess his feelings and I completely blew him off to go watch television.  You know, cuz I’m so classy that way.

Can you find me?

Well, besides HERE, of course.  That’s too easy.  See, I’m also elsewhere in the great blogosphere today.  I have a post up somewhere and I want you all to guess where it is.  I’m not going to post the link, so I thought if maybe I could get you guys to try to GUESS where I am, then that might be fun.  Yes, this IS preschool, how did you guess?

If you’re completely stumped, you can always leave a comment or email me and I will spill the beans.  But there will be no posting of the link here.  Because this is my game and I said so. Now, those of you who already know full well where this post is, no fair hollering it out in the comments.  However, you can post and say, “I know, I know!  Neener, neener!”  No rule against gloating in this game.

You would probably like some clues, huh?  Because the blogosphere is a rather large place and to simply guess out of thin air would be rather difficult, wouldn’t it?  So here are my clues:

  • She’s not really so bad, I think she’s rather fantastic.
  • It’s kinda dark down here. Until you turn on the light, that is.

That’s it!  Again, you can ask for hints.  If you find it, leave a comment here letting us all know how clever you are.  And leave a comment there too, because I wouldn’t mind some input.

Now, commence the guessing!

The end of NaBloPoMo

Wow.  It’s over!  It went by fast for me.  Did it go fast for you?  I know a lot of people struggled to find something to post about each day, or had a hard time finding the time to post every day.  But I didn’t have a hard time at all and that is not what I expected.  For the most part, there wasn’t a single day where I had to reach for something to post about.  There were a few Fridays (this one included) where it’s gotten to be four in the afternoon and I am instant messaging my husband to ask if he’s going to do his post for the day or did he forget? (For the record, he says he’ll post something today but that I might want to put something up in the meantime.  So if you’ve been enjoying his posts this month, be sure to check back later.  I’m sure he’ll have something just FABULOUS to write about me *sarcasm intended*.)

I’m proud of myself.  I really am.  I didn’t think I would have time or material and that I would really struggle to post every day.  And I did just fine.  It makes me think I could post every day from here on out, or at least until the new baby is born.  I should at least try, don’t you think?

Of course, I’m sure there’ll be at least a weekend or two here in December where I’ll be glad to NOT HAVE TO post anything.  And why did I participate?  Because I think it’s fun. It’s a challenge to myself.  I love to write, why not embrace it for at least one month out of the year?  There are prizes involved for the lucky few.  But I didn’t win a bleeding thing last year and I certainly don’t expect to win anything this year either.   But that’s okay.  That’s not why I signed onto this challenge in the first place, after all.  Prizes are nice, but just being a part of NaBloPoMo was even nicer.  And the fact that I stuck with it and came up with moderately interesting posts every single day makes me feel so happy, I could bust.

Happy End of November everyone!  Let’s get on with December!

Technical Difficulties

You can tell it’s a Monday because I can’t tell i I spelled “difficulties” correctly.  Even my computer is being slow and the “f” key isn’t working properly for some reason.  Sometimes I go to type “for” and it comes out “or”.  Not cool.  Anyhow, the point of this post is to alert you all to my changing internet status this afternoon.  The guy from the cable company is gonna come over and get us all hooked up.  Today we’re getting cable and internet.  My husband is particularly excited about the internet because it’s a 5 meg connection and our DSL is like 1.2 meg or something.  And believe me, we’ve noticed.  Of course, I don’t think I can entirely blame the DSL for how slow my laptop is being.  It’ll also be fun to have the cable and the extra channels it will bring.  I will at last be able to watch the Hallmark Channel (shut it, I’ve been wanting to watch it though I don’t know if hte shows I wanted to watch on it are even on it anymore it’s been so long).  We’ll also have FX and Bravo and a bunch of other cool stations again at last.  We’ll also have a new DVR, and while I’m mourning the loss of the flicks we have recorded to our current DVR (not “O Brother, Where Art Thou”!!), it’ll be fun to try something new out.

There will be implications.  For one thing, I’ll be without internet until my husband gets home and sets up the wireless to work with the new cable modem.  Unless I wanted to use the computer upstairs and HA, as if I’ll do that.  Also, my flickr might go wonky for a while.  See, I have a free flickr pro account as long as I’m using AT&T Yahoo DSL, and since I won’t anymore, well… I imagine some of my sets and photos might take a flying leap for the time being.  I may not renew my account until we get past the Christmas hump.  YIKES.

So, consider yourself duly warned.  Wee!

Windy Day

The weather outside is frightful! No snow (yet) but plenty of wind and some :rain thrown in for fun. Overnight, the wind was pretty bad, waking me up several times. It sounded like it was going to tear the roof clean off! It’s tapering down some right now, though we’re getting more rain, but the wind is still pretty bad. In fact, on our way home this afternoon (I had MOPS this morning) I saw a trailer off a truck overturned near our house. So when we got home, I took a picture. See, *that’s* why they restrict high profile vehicles around here when the wind starts getting bad. Dang, glad I wasn’t home when that happened, that would have scared the pee outta me!

Sorry for no post yesterday. I was in a sorta funk. But I feel better today, if a little tired. I may try to catch some z’s.