So this isn’t exactly the incredibly introspective blog post that I was hoping I would start doing again….but nonetheless….I give you…

A cool survey from Debbie via Kelli…

1. Where do you hang your towel to dry after showering?
on the towel hook thingy

2. What kind of mouse pad do you have?
I have an optical mouse….so I’m with Debbie – mousepad as coaster is good. But mine has a James Bard painting on it – from the Museum collection.

3. Do you brush your hair with a comb or a brush?
there are those who would argue that I do neither. But I really do use a brush. Really.

4. In your opinion, who do you think is the hottest celebrity?
I would still have to say Jim Cantore. Is it hurricane season yet? 🙂

5. You’ve got a project due tomorrow, do you use tape or glue?
Adobo. Oh no wait – that’s the next question. I’ll go with glue as I seem to recall gluing together scale models of the island of Ocracoke for a 4th grade project and a model of Stonehenge for a 9th grade project. I also glued together parts of my latest exhibition. Yeah. Glue.

6. Chicken or pork adobo?
Forget the chicken and pork…..give me the adobo. Actually – we use it in both.

7. By the time you get to school, is the sky still dark?
What is this school you speak of? If by “school” you mean “work” – then my answer would be – sometimes.

8. If you had a choice to see a unicorn or mermaid which would it be?
Considering where I work….I see mermaids everyday. And we have Narwhal horns, too… I would have to opt for Nessie or Bigfoot instead. Or possibly Jimmy Hoffa.

9. What color is your underwear?
Ask my friend Homer, who has been guessing the wrong color for 18 years….

10. What time does the sun usually set?
Depends on what century and whether we are in the British Empire or not….

11. What do you think of last before you go to sleep?
I hope I can slee…p….zzzzzzzzz……..

12. AC or fan?
In an ideal world? A fan. But I live in Tidewater, so you do the Math.

13. What are you listening to?
JMU playing Drexel

14. Can you hand stand?

15. If you were the opposite sex, how would you style your hair?
shave it all off. So I could look like Jim Cantore.

16. What level math are you in?
I was told there would be no Math in this survey. Well, except for the Math I requested in question 12. But I’m not doing Math, you are. I’m still trying for that elusive handstand.

17. What are you doing this weekend?
Going to an oyster roast/baby shower for my brother-in-law- and sister-in-law on Saturday, and then maybe going to the premiere of the latest Civil War documentary thingy that I forgot I was in.

18. Which subject is worse, English or Math?
Hmmm…let’s see….I majored in English. And considering my reaction to question 16…well, you do the Math.

19. What’s one thing you really want to do this very moment?
Find out that I have the day off tomorrow. But since that isn’t going to happen, then I would have to say I would really like to do no more Math.

20. After buying something, do you automatically throw it?
If by “something” you mean “Anne Coulter Book” – then my answer would be no – because I wouldn’t buy anything I am guaranteed to throw that quickly.

21. CD player or iPOD?
iPod iPod iPod!!!!!!!!

22. Would you rather spin upside down going 30 miles per hour or drop 400 ft. into water?
Again with the Math…..

23. Whats your favorite shape?

24. What kind of cell phone do you have?
It’s blue. And it’s smarter than me.

25. Have you ever gone ice skating?
I used to go every Friday after school. And I have my own hockey skates – which is pretty funny since I’ve never actually *played* hockey (though I have watched it on occasion and kind of understand some of it)

26. If you were put in a room with nothing except for a pencil and a notepad what would you do?
craft an elaborate sculpture of the Velvet Underground. oh wait….where’s the clay?

27. Is it always easy finding your remote every time you want to watch TV?
When you have 3 cats, everything is a toy. You do the Math. Because I’m not doing any more Math for this survey.

28. How was your day?
It started with a bagel, it ended with Math. There were oysters in there somewhere, so ultimately, it was pretty good.

29. Do you grow your nails, bite or cut them?
what nails?

30. Describe your handwriting:
Depends. My handwriting is – at times – incredibly precise. But I pride myself on a signature that absolutely no one can fake. Or read. But that’s beside the point.

31. Do you consider yourself a stalker?
Ultimately – you can find anyone if you need to. However – I excel at stalking dead historical figures.

32. Do you bruise easily?
Only if I’m moving furniture.

33. There’s nothing on TV except Barney and Japanese news what do you do?
Watch the Japanese news – but only if they are reporting on the recent Barney homicide.

34. Do you know more then 3 myspace codes?
The eagle flies at night.

35. You got a essay due, you either can type or write in pen, which do you choose?
type. unless I can glue it together. Then glue, definitely.

36. Do you wear jeans to relax at home?
Oh yes.

37. Describe yourself using one word?
Hypomyxolydian on some days – but mostly Dorian.

39. Do you like ice in your drink?
Does this involve Math?


And yet again – the incomparable SallyDallyDo has struck…

The “Up-to-Three” Music Meme: The rules are that you can name fewer than three, but only up to a maximum of three, and, when required, you have to list specific songs.

Song(s) That I Loathe to the Core of My Being
* The Electric Slide – by whoever did it
* Anything by Mariah Carey

Musical Artist(s) That I Loathe to the Core of My Being
* Mariah Carey

Rolling Stones Song(s) I Love
* She’s A Rainbow
* Paint It Black
* Ruby Tuesday

Beatles Song(s) I Love
* Tomorrow Never Knows
* Happiness is a Warm Gun
* And Your Bird Can Sing

Who Song(s) I Love
* Love, Reign O’er Me
* Pure and Easy
* I Can See For Miles

Reggae Song(s) I Love
* Rivers of Babylon – Melodians
* Give Me the Reason – Lady Saw
* Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff

Country Song(s) I Love
* Chatahoochie – Alan Jackson
* Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
* Ruby Pearl – Hackensaw Boys

Movie Soundtrack(s) I Love
* Garden State
* Storytelling
* Wings of Desire

Musical Soundtrack(s) I Love
* Carousel
* Cabaret
* A Chorus Line

Cover Song(s) I Love
* Who Knows Where the Time Goes? – Susannah Hoffs and Matthew Sweet (originally Fairport Convention)
* Hurt – Johnny Cash (originally Nine Inch Nails)
* Bron Yr Aur Stomp – Carbon Leaf (originally Led Zeppelin)

Contemporary Top-40 Artist(s) I Secretly Love
* I haven’t paid attention to the top 40 in so long I don’t even know who I should feel guilty about…

Song(s) That Bring Me to Tears
* Dancing at Whitsun – Maddy Pryor and Tim Hart
* Veronica – Elvis Costello
* Oh England, My Lionheart – Kate Bush

Song(s) That Make Me Shake My Behiney
* Dacing Queen – Abba
* Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66
* Hungry Wolf – X

Classical Composer(s) I Love
* Debussy
* Bach
* Frazelle

Rap/Hip-Hop Song(s) I Love
* Hey Ya – Outkast
* Three (Is a Magic Number) – De La Soul

70s Disco Song(s) I Love
* No. I just can’t.

70s Supergroup Song(s) I Love
(first -just let me say that I define supergroup in perhaps a slightly different way than most…)
* Watch The Sunrise – Big Star
* Open My Eyes – The Nazz
* The Wild One, Forever – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Metal Song(s) I Love
* Ace of Spades – Motorhead
* Stonehenge – Spinal Tap
* Last Caress – Metallica (Danzig cover)

New Wave Song(s) I Love
* Venus – The X-Teens
* See Me – The Brains
* Not Juliet – Male Model

Soul/R&B Song(s) I Love
* Mercy Mercy Me – Marvin Gaye
* Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
* Think – Aretha Franklin

Power Ballad(s) I Love
* Yeah. That’d be a no.

Pre Rock and Rock Era Songs I Love
* Sing Sing Sing – Benny Goodman
* She’s Got You – Patsy Cline
* Sabre Dance – Woody Herman

Punk Song(s) I Love
* Out of Step – Minor Threat
* Pay to Cum – Bad Brains
* Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols

Singer/Songwriter Song(s) I Love
* Greek Song – Rufus Wainwright
* Red Dirt Girl – Emmylou Harris
* Dixieland – Steve Earle

MTV Video(s) I Love
* Crash – Dave Matthews Band
* Hell – Squirrel Nut Zippers
* Hurt – Johhny Cash

“None of the Above” Songs I Love
* Going Underground – The Jam
* Forever Autumn – Justin Heyward
* Fanfare for the Common Man – Emerson Lake and Palmer

Guilty Pleasures
* Take on Me – Aha
* Dancing Queen – Wing
* The Sign – Ace of Base

Songs to Have A Little Fun (*ahem*) To
(if by ‘a little fun (*ahem*)’ you mean ‘clean the litterbox to’ – and how could it possibly mean anything else? I offer the following)
* Love Cats – The Cure
* Rats – Rasputina
* Fiddle About – The Who

Tag! Y’all are it!


So… dear friend Dublingirl posted this quiz today and found – not so surprisingly – that she was Colorado.

So I’m thinking….what state would I be? I mean…I’m a tarheel born and a tarheel bred…and when I die I’m apparently


Part of the old school, you like both historical sites and crazy
amusement parks. You like saying the word Commonwealth but couldn’t really explain the
concept or how it applies to your life. You like five-sided shapes, five-cent pieces,
and possibly anything else having to do with the number five. Every now and then, you
discard chaff from yourself that you just don’t feel you need. And since you’ve been
wondering… yes, there is a Santa Claus.

Take the State Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

What can I say? We have the same state flower and same state bird. But I’ve apparently moved from the vale of humility to the mountain of conceit….


Yow. The lovely and talented sallydallydo has been lobbing torches today over in her galaxy and one of them landed in the front yard. At first I thought it might be some sort of performance art – but then I realized that I was required to reveal 5 random things about myself.

So here goes….

1. When I was in fourth grade, I was Vice President of the Horse Club. This was a highly organized society which required one to neigh and gallop and eat greens. We also worshipped daily at the altar of Pegasus (yes, we built one) – which might explain some of my later…issues…with my Sunday School teacher. In any event – I assisted in the composition of the Horse Club anthem – which I present here – for the first time ever on the internet.


From the Horses of the Stone Age
To the Horses of Today.
Eohippus to Equus
They are here and here to stay.
We’re their master and their friend
And we’ll love them to the end.
So we’re proud to claim the title
Of the National Horse Club

The more perceptive among you may have noticed that it is modelled after the Marine Corps Hymn. Why? Because I could play it on the piano.

You will also note that I switched to a non-rhyming final couplet there. Mainly because nothing particularly evocative rhymed with ‘club’ – but really, I just couldn’t be bothered.

2. I can wiggle my nose like Samantha on Bewitched. If any of you randomly turn into a toad, it’s really nothing personal. I just can’t control my powers.

3. There is a full-length portrait of me, done in pastels, hanging in some bank in New York City. It’s part of a series called ‘Women in Black’ by the sadly departed but much celebrated artist Elsie Popkin. Don’t ask me which bank – I never found out. But if you ever see it – here’s the secret. When I was posing for it, I was wearing bright pink furry slippers.

She left those out….

4. I have an amateur radio license. Technician-Plus, to be exact. One day I shall have my General license but it is not this day.

And the last person I spoke to in Morse code was a pig farmer in Arkansas.

5. My first crush was either Richard Petty or Tiny Tim. I’m not exactly clear on which one came first. I’ve not yet met Richard Petty, but Tiny Tim did kiss me on the cheek and called me Miss Anna in the middle of his one and a half ring circus.

I cried when he died.

Ms. Dallydo was flinging other torches around – but I’m hungry – so those will just have to wait.

But if you read this diary – consider yourself torched!

Or something like that.


I’ve not been around in ages – and am only now stopping for air briefly before I dive back in.

Two things – you need to look here to see some of what’s going on in my life.

And then you can go to my new survey because I thought I’d play along with Andrew


Okey dokey – I’ll play.

1. The person (or persons) who passed the baton to you.

2. Total volume of music files on your computer.
Between this one and the now resurrected laptop, I’d say around 15 GB

3. The title and artist of the last CD you bought.
Wing Sings the music of Abba

4. Song playing at the moment of writing.
“16 Military Wives” by The Decemberists

5. Five songs you have been listening to of late (or all-time favorites, or particularly personally meaningful songs)
Songs of late:
* “Fourth of July” – Shooter Jennings
* “Corpus Christi Bay” – Robert Earl Keen
* “What About” – Carbon Leaf
* “Four Blue Walls” – The Dukhs
* “Wagon Wheel” – Old Crow Medicine Show
(I know – there’s a definite skew towards alt-country these days…)

6. The five people to whom you will ‘pass the musical baton.’
I’m hiding the names to protect the innocent.


Well dddddamn! Apparently I’m Bucky…..

You are Bucky Katt!  Aloof.. bizarre...sarcastic... volatile... You are a CAT, after all.
You are Bucky Katt! Aloof.. bizarre…sarcastic…
volatile… You are a CAT, after all. You would
sell Satchel or kill Rob to have the chance to
eat a delicious Monkey. You don’t believe in
Canada and you would prefer to drop a big rock
on France. You claw first and nap later. Tuna
is your main food of choice.

Which Get Fuzzy Character Are You?
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It fits so well. In fact, I just had a big ol’ plate of tuna, and have contemplated dropping rocks on more than a few things recently. Still unsure about the existence of Canada – but would loooove to go there.

By the way – just returned from a family vacation. No feuds, no fights – just a lot of peace and quiet – and a hurricane to boot.

Film at 11……