Monthly Archives: November 2007

Wonder-twin powers, activate!

Recently, I was asked which of the following superpowers would I choose (assuming I could have only one) and why?

The ability to fly or
The ability to be invisible.

Before I answer, what would your answer be and why?

I will tell you that I was an odd one out in the group we had this discussion, though I think my reasoning was no less valid than the others I was with.

Edited, because it did not come out right when I wrote it down. I am all too often like a p&s camera when it comes to this blog, I type and post.


Becci tagged me for the “7 random and/or weird facts” about me meme.

I have been trying to figure out what to say since she tagged me… I have no idea, I pretty much spilled most of it in my 100 things about me list.

The rules:
– Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
– Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
– Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here are seven more:

  1. I make up songs all the time and sing them out loud… yes, in public. I can’t sing well.
  2. I am completely unable to follow a recipe. This drives my husband nuts because of two reasons: 1) you can never replicate the recipe 2) it is just what one is supposed to do. I still don’t buy it. If he felt more adventurous, I might cook more often.
  3. I am resolving numbers 51 through 56 and 65, it is a process that is difficult but nice.
  4. I recently cut almost two feet of hair off my head… it now goes to my shoulders and I donated the cuttings.
  5. I love autumn, though I realize I am always tired and sleepy once the weather changes to cold.
  6. I find pure joy in my son’s laughter… it is like a drug that induces an altered state of consciousness and the sound makes me want to make him laugh all the time.
  7. I really want more children.
bonus randomness: I just painted Squink’s toes a lovely color… because asked nicely.

I tag:
Jordana forgive the grammar and such on my comment… I am in a hurry today, it is my mom’s birthday!
Kathryn Happy Birthday!


War poems

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The Charge of the Light Brigade
Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.


“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Their’s not to make reply,
Their’s not to reason why,
Their’s but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.


Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.


Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.


Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.


When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made,
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred.

Copied from Poems of Alfred Tennyson,
J. E. Tilton and Company, Boston, 1870
On this webpage

Life redux

Last night was spent with some friends… reacquaintances… no, friends sounds more apropos… discussing unusually small appendages, high school frivolity and insanity and one unanswered question that I promised I would ask and only made one of them do a spit take… and unfortunately not the one it was intended for…

Could I have served too much wine?

Of course, I was a little freaked out when the one who is a counselor suggested I was overly obsessed with small appendage person… of course I am, because never before has one human been so worthy of my obsession with their “beingness” as a source of my intellectual curiosity.

I had a good time, and it is always an interesting process to spend time with people whose source for inter-relations is a shared past… but bringing that past and shared or similar experiences into the present can be a fun journey.. I learned a lot about them, Things I hope I get the chance to discover more about.

It is nice to know that the world does have lovely people, plus how often do you get to meet a like minded soul who loves Latin mass and abhors the hootenanny and liturgical dance gracing the “stages” of churches these days (I say “stages” for that is what their inclusion makes the front of the church). That was cool. Heck, the whole evening was enjoyable, and I hope it is not the last of them.


Who here loves vanilla?

I do!

Vanilla is one of my favorite things to use in the kitchen… I would put it into more savory dishes if I could figure out how. I use it in everything sweet.

Anyway, Jaden from Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen is having a contest and will be giving eight (yes 8) lucky folks a half pound of vanilla pods from a place she loves and trusts.

I do not know if I will win, but I am sure going to try!

Go here to see the contest details, nothing could be easier!