Archive for October, 2008

After much deliberation, and many a capella renditions of it on my part, I have finally convinced Jim of what song we should pick for our first dance as a married couple.


Lyrically and musically, there is no better choice.

Looking in your eyes I see a paradise
This world that Ive found
Is too good to be true
Standing here beside you
Want so much to give you
This love in my heart that Im feeling for you

Let em say were crazy, I dont care about that
Put your hand in my hand baby
Dont ever look back
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby we can make it if were heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothings gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
Well still have each other
Nothings gonna stop us, nothings gonna stop us now

Im so glad I found you
Im not gonna lose you
Whatever it takes I will stay here with you
Take it to the good times
See it through the bad times
Whatever it takes is what Im gonna do

Let em say were crazy, what do they know
Put your arms around me baby
Dont ever let go
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby we can make it if were heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothings gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
Well still have each other
Nothings gonna stop us, nothings gonna stop us

Ooh, all that I need is you
All that I ever need
And all that I want to do
Is hold you forever, ever and ever, hey

(guitar solo)

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothings gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
Well still have each other
Nothings gonna stop us
Nothings gonna stop us, whoa
Nothings gonna stop us now, oh no

Hey baby, I know, hey baby, nothings gonna stop us
Hey baby, woo, nothing, hey baby
Nothings gonna stop us now yeah


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The always snarky Michael Ian Black (very famous) wrote an insightful point counter-point wheelbarrow entry last week that I just enjoyed immensely and wish to share with all of you.

Some Things You Could Put In A Wheelbarrow/Some Things You Couldn’t Put In A Wheelbarrow

Could: Dirt
Couldn’t: Two Jennifer Love Hewitts

Could: Wood chips
Couldn’t: The same wheelbarrow

Could: Grass trimmings
Couldn’t: The swimming pool from my camp

Could: Scrap lumber
Couldn’t: Yourself if you also needed to push the wheelbarrow.

Could: Gravel
Couldn’t: All the cinnamon

Could: Bricks
Couldn’t: A real dragon!

Could: Sand
Couldn’t: A teeny-tiny fart made by a teeny-tiny caterpillar riding a teeny-tiny bicycle

Could: Firewood
Couldn’t: Some kind of pudding that hasn’t been invented yet. (Once it’s been invented it is no longer a kind of pudding that hasn’t been invented yet.)

Could: Other wood chips
Couldn’t: Outer space

Could: Roof tiles
Couldn’t: The ineffable soul of Jim Henson

Could: Bags of concrete mix
Couldn’t: My love for all of you!

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My future-spouse loves to run. He discovered his love for running when he was in middle school, and since then it’s been a regular part of his life. He feels askew if a week goes by without getting at least one good run in. He’s fast, eats food to promote good running, and diligently does all the correct stretches after any given running excursion. Frankly, I admire his skillz.

I, on the other hand, am not a runner. Yes, I’ve done a couple 5K runs, a 10-mile race, a half marathon, and a full marathon, but I can say pretty confidently that if I could never run again, I probably wouldn’t miss it. You know: it’s hard, and it makes my lungs hurt.

But I love Jim more than I don’t love running. And one of the ways I’d like to show him that I love him is to tie on my running shoes alongside him (and also run with him).

So last night we went to Lake Calhoun and chugged our way around it. Jim’s great. He went at my pace and never complained even though he’s probably 3 times faster than I am. He smiled at me often. Knowing breathing had become difficult for me, he didn’t require me to interact conversationally. He even made sure I walked for a bit rather than collapsing afterwards (which apparently is not good for you).

It was a really good run. Yes it was harder for me than past runs, but that’s only because I’ve run less than 5 times in the past year. I can already tell that Jim is a positive influence on me in the area of running, based on the fact that I didn’t walk once. Not once, y’all! This never would’ve happened had I been on my own. Never ever. Thanks, Jim!

We also saw Hugo from LOST while we were out there!

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Grocery Bag Ghosts

This weekend was abreast with activity. We attended a karaoke birthday party. I went to a conference with my new female family members to be. We held crying babies (to my delight, perhaps not to Jim’s). I watched the season finale of Project Runway. We went to marriage class and small group.


All good things.

But to my point: we went a pumpkin carvin’.


More interested in caramel apples than carving pumpkins, I didn’t offer much input as to what we should carve.  Despite this truth, we did somehow end up going with an idea I accidentally had. 

Jim’s and my conversation went something like this:

Jim: We should carve a pi symbol.
Me: Sounds good to me. Could we do an actual pie on the other side? Hmm. No.  That would look too much like pacman…
Jim: Let’s do Pac-Man!

Dun, duhduh, dun! And the greatest carved pumpkin of all time was conceived.

Later it was born in the backyard of Ted and Gina and Erica’s homes.

And yet later we took blurry pictures of it.


Viva la Pac-Man!

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You know what I just noticed?  My banner!  MY BANNER IS THE BEST BANNER.

It has otters, who are almost always above-par when compared to other animals.  I’m currently listening to a discussion on our economic crisis, and my otters are helping me cope.  Especially the one on the right.

Yeah. That one.  Isn’t that one great?  Gaze into his sad eyes.  But is he sad?  He looks more contemplative.  He doesn’t appear to be looking in anyone’s eyes, like the one in the middle.  And he doesn’t seem to be looking at a rock or water, like the one on the left.  He’s definitely adrift in a sea of his own thoughts, right?  What’s he dreaming about?  Is he dreaming about not being in the zoo?  About living in someone’s townhome (like mine) instead?

Or maybe he’s hungry.  Or he smells food.  Or both!    Shortly after this picture was taken a sea of otters were climbing all over themselves, squeaking up a storm, trying to get at Jess’ and my peanut butter & cracker snacks.  Based on the picture, this one must’ve been the first to notice!    This one must have a better sense of smell than the others.  Unfortunately it’s taken me 4+ years to give him recognition for his quick smelling.  I’m sorry otter, I hope you’re not dead yet and are reading my blog.

Following is my guesstimate of his emotional steps leading up to trying to get our food:

  1. Swimming (if this isn’t an emotion for an otter, it’s not an emotion at all)
  2. Playfulness
  3. Sleep-time (see parenthetical note above)
  4. Grogginess
  5. Pondering the meaning of his life/Imagining sadly what’s on the other side of the zoo wall
  6. Smelling
  7. Anger
  8. Joy
  9. Desire
  10. Squeaking

In conclusion, gas was $0.99/gallon in 1999, the year I started to drive.  Believe it.

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So close yet so far away

Were you to take a gander over at the AFI tab you might see that I’ve almost completed my goal of watching every film on the list. All but one.

All but The African Queen.

Because The African Queen is not on DVD. At least on Blockbuster.com, and I assume everywhere else too. Which befuddles me. How can a movie be considered one of the best of all time, but not exist on DVD?

Anyway, because I don’t feel like tracking it down on VHS, I figure I’ll just write about my experience now:

It was good. I saw a lot of good movies. I ignored a lot of probably good movies. I had to restart in 2007 when they revised the list, but no bigs. It’s done (almost).

And in case any of you are wondering, after three attempts at watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, I finally took her in. And I loved it.

Short sentences.

Others I particularly enjoyed:

Annie Hall
Rear Window
Sunset Boulevard
12 Angry Men

Do the Right Thing

I’m certain that I also liked others, but I can’t remember. And I couldn’t bring myself to list movies I’d previously seen dozens of times in childhood or once in film class (except Sunset Boulevard which I loved enough to shout from the rooftops about it, even though I haven’t seen it in years and maybe I wouldn’t like it as much now, but probably not. Because it’s awesome).



PS – Thank you AFI for giving this old task-dog a project for the last couple years.

PPS – Don’t forget about The African Queen. I’m never going to finish.

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I paid 2.75/gallon for gas last night!


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