Tuesday, April 25, 2006

My Sophomore Attempt at Meme-ing

Dawno, the lovely lady who runs the Blogging board at Absolute Write, posts an AW Monday Meme every week, and because I've never figured out what this blog is supposed to be about, I haven't jumped in and done them. Well, how am I ever going to find out what my blog is supposed to be if I don't play with it a bit more? So here we have...

The AW Hair Meme

1. What length do you currently keep your hair?

Long-ish. See pic of me with iPod. But this is actually fairly short for me.

2. Is that different from 5 years ago? 10? How about when you were a teen?

I've always had long hair, save for one embarrassing poodle perm chin-length bob when I was 12-14. At its longest, it's hit my butt. At its usual length, it's not quite halfway down my back.

Here's a pic of my brother dancing with me at my engagement party almost 4 years ago...

3. What color is it naturally?

<---- See there. Very dark brown.

4. If you color your hair do you like to go for natural or colorful (like pink or blue, etc.)

I really like outrageous colors, but it's been a long time since I did that. High school, college, and right after college were much more Crayola-colored for me, thanks to Manic Panic.

5. Ever done something really dumb with your hair?( I’m thinking back to the poodle perm I had once…)

Ah! See what I just said? Poodle perm. Dawno and I are bad hair mistake twins.

That, and Sun In, when I was in my early teens. I sprayed that stuff in my hair every day and sat out in the sun, and my hair turned to frizzy, orangey, brittle straw within a month. Took forever to grow out.

Just a couple of months ago, I accidentally dyed my hair orange, but that's washed out pretty quickly.

6. What about the hair of a mate or date do you/would you find attractive?

I've tended to go for long-haired men. Anthony had a ponytail until just a few months ago. It's still long for a guy, but it used to be longer than mine sometimes.

I really, really like the just-over-the-eyes length on guys. And I like guys with blue hair.

7. Do you have a long standing relationship with a hairstylist or barber? If so, why? If not, why not?

Totally not. I went so many years without a haircut when I was agoraphobic, and that's one of the few things I can still get panic attacky about. Sitting in the haircutter's chair freaks me out because once you sit down, you can't leave for a good long while. And there are all these strong smells. And if you feel like you're going to puke, you have to tell the haircutter that you need to go to the bathroom, which sparks all these old feelings of humiliation when I was afraid to tell a teacher I had to go to the bathroom in elementary school, so I would wait as long as possible, until I was going to die, and one time I threw up in the hallway, and...

What were we talking about?

Damn, I still have issues, don't I?

8. What celebrity hair do you like best? Least?

I'll go with Melina Kanakaredes for girl-hair, and Brad Pitt in "A River Runs Through It" for guy-hair, with Hayden Christensen in "Life as a House" coming in second.

See? Blue.

Celeb unfavorites? Um. I'll try not to be a poop, and just say that I normally dislike short hair on women, and poofy hair on men.

9. What hair fad of the past do you think was the silliest?

Tails! Or bi-level cuts for men.

10. If a hair genie gave you one hair wish, what would you wish for?

Less frizzy, more smoothy.

Friday, April 21, 2006

What ham-handed symbolism!

I had a dream last night that I couldn't sleep because of a loud ticking noise. Eventually, I unzipped a zipper on my abdomen and pulled out a rather large clock and smashed it. Then I was able to sleep.

Does my brain think I can't handle more subtle symbolism? I think I'm insulted.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

My first meme

I've never participated in a "meme" before, but my pals Lisa and MacAllister came up with one I can't refuse, so I'm doing it. Here are the rules...

Gift-A-Song Meme

1. Pick one or more of your friends who listens to digital music; preferably someone who already has iTunes and an iTunes account, and who has a blog or Live Journal or something similar.

Songs are .99 cents on iTunes; if people want to send MP3s directly, that's up to them, but post the song title, artist, and album anyway. You can use a credit card or PayPal to purchase songs. You must have installed a copy of iTunes to play or download the songs. I suspect it's possible give music with other music services, but I don't know. There are also lots of good sources for free music on the net; feel free to use those, or to publicize indie artists you like a lot. There are free songs at Amazon too.

2. Select the song you want to give.

3. Post this meme on your blog or Live Journal, and list your friends, the song you've chosen for them, (keep the song a secret until after you friend receives it, if you'd like), a link to their blog, and these instructions. Feel free to add a comment about why you chose the song.

4. Purchase the single song for each friend, one at a time, (that is, don't buy three songs for three friends.) If you use the iTunes store, find the song, then click on the link for the album; you will see a link near the top of the screen that says "Gift This Music; click it, then click the Gift button that's included in the link for the song. When you check out, you'll see a form with spaces for your name, your friend's name and email address, and a short message. This will be emailed to your friend, with instructions about how to download their gift song. Use the message to send them a link to the permalink for your blog post about the meme so they'll know to blog about the song. If you use Tags, tag the post as "Gift Music."

5. If you decide to "gift back" to someone who tags you, please also tag someone else, so we can have a variety of musical tastes, journals, blogs, and people.

Troubleshooting: Get iTunes for Mac or Windows here. It's free. If you can't get the URL/Web link from the email the iTunes store sends to tell you you have a song to download, try copying the URL to a new document, making sure that there are no spaces or returns where the very long URL has broken. You can covert the songs in iTunes from Apples DRM/protecte AAC format to an mp3 if you'd like.

I've tagged Aston, Frank, and Dawno (oops... before I noticed Mac already tagged her)-- but have also decided to seek out a couple of bloggers I've never met before and send them songs just to see how they react. (Would it be really weird if a stranger sent you a song? Would you think it's spam and delete it?) I did the same thing once with Amazon wish lists... I was looking for a baby shower gift for a friend who had put her wish list on Amazon, and I decided to look up other wish lists and send a gift to a stranger for no good reason. It was a couple of years ago, so I don't remember what I sent (something inexpensive) or what the occasion was (wedding, I think). I'm attracted to the whole idea of sending little presents to strangers... sort of like a secret Valentine, only with no romantic overtones.

My "theme" for the meme is relaxing songs that make me grin. I know Dawno already got hers, so I can tell you that it's Puff the Magic Dragon (Peter, Paul, & Mary). Don't think Aston or Frank have opened theirs yet, so don't tell them that I sent them The Wind (Cat Stevens) and (Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding), respectively.

I'll edit this post later to tell you which bloggers-I-don't-know I chose and what I sent them.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Adventures in iPodding

I finished a book yesterday. God, I love those days! So now I'm not working on three books at once... just two.

I try to find a way to reward myself when I finish a book-- usually, Anthony and I go out to dinner or something, but I finished this one at about 5:30 in the morning, and he went fishing, so I tried to think of how to 'reward' myself alone. Decided to get reaquainted with my own property.

We have a pond in front that we dug and stocked with about 8 fish a few years ago. For the past two years, when the pond unfreezes in the early spring, we've found lots and lots of baby fish. So I got a breakfast sandwich from the deli, then sat on my front steps with my iPod and ate and watched the baby fish swim around. And, surprise! We have three frogs in there, too. We've never had frogs before.

Then I went inside and got some bread to feed the ducks in the lake. Normally, I bring two slices, but yesterday I got generous and brought three. Took me a long time to get any fowl creature's attention-- I think it's mating season. I stood there nearly falling into the water because I was flailing my arms and trying to hurl the bread as far as possible so they'd notice it. Finally, two swans and a ton of geese came by and I sang Erasure's album "The Innocents" to them. They were a very captive audience, which certainly couldn't have been because I was holding food.

I cry for your heart of sto-o-one...
Oh baby, refrain... from breakin' my hea-a-a-art

Also, my dreams this week have featured:
The entire cast of Seinfeld
Brad Pitt
and Katherine McPhee, who turned evil. It was the Idol finals, down to her and a guy-- I think it was Chris-- and she was backstabbing him in the media.

Damn this celebrity-obsessed society! It's making my dreams really shallow!

Friday, April 07, 2006

They bought me an iPod.

I'm not even kidding.

You ever have someone you want to thank at work or school or something, so you get a bunch of people to pitch in and buy the person some flowers or a t-shirt or a restaurant gift certificate or something? Right, me too. But when that "bunch of people" are Absolute Writers, apparently they think bigger.

They bought me an iPod. And not just any iPod, but the world's greatest iPod. With the extended warranty. And a big gift certificate to iTunes.

I mean... seriously!

I got the e-card today, which says: "Your friends and fans at the Absolute Write Water Cooler want to thank you for all your efforts on the behalf of other writers everywhere. With love and appreciation from..." and a list of 52 writers who are part of the forum, plus a few "anonymous"es. I've been staring at that list all day, trying to figure out how to say "thank you." I mean... they bought me an iPod! I've never even seen an iPod in person before. It took me until two years ago to get call waiting, for crying out loud.

I feel so spoiled and so touched and so excited! This is me, "practicing" using my iPod before it was charged. ;)

I've loaded The Police's Every Breath You Take: Singles onto it, and an Amazon podcast. Granted, the album is from the early 80s, but still-- I feel so with it!

If you're reading this and you were part of this ridiculously cool effort to spoil the heck out of me, thank you so much. I'm going to be floating on air for a long time.

Oh, and PS! The mammogram? It was disappointingly mundane. I was expecting to come out of there with some kind of comic fodder, at the very least. But truth is that it took about 5 minutes, didn't really hurt, and my squished boobs didn't look all that strange. They took four X-ray pictures and told me I was fine. (Then there was a brief period where they told my doctor they changed their minds, but they changed them back. Or something. Doctors are weird. I'm fine.) Thanks for all the we-know-you're-really-going-to-be-fine, but-best-wishes-anyway-just-in-case type of notes. Sorry no machines went on fire. Maybe next time.