Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vampires are DEAD!

So, I just had a random thought (shocking, I know). I think that all of this vampire obsession is just a way for necrophiliacs to feel like they fit in. Seriously, think about it. Vampires are dead. You can used the word "immortal," but it doesn't change the fact that they were once living human beings who are now no longer living human beings. The only differences between vampires and zombies are that vampires have a slightly higher brain function and they aren't decomposing. However, if I were to say that I thought zombies were totally sexy and I wanted to have a steamy midnight liaison with one, people would look at me like I was a freak. So, why are vampires exempt from this reaction? The principle is the same, but for some odd reason, nobody sees it that way. It confuses my brain.

Anyway. Happy Halloween! :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Heart List: Red Vines

Ah, the age-old question of Red Vines vs. Twizzlers. My husband is definitely on Team Twizzler, and I am a staunch supporter of Red Vines. And yet, we still love each other. :) Not only does Halloween bring to mind all of the junk food that I love, but I've been craving Red Vines for a while now (I blame the pregnancy). Hence, you lovely readers get to see me ramble on about food...again. Actually, there isn't a whole lot to say. I love Red Vines--simple as that. I am a bit of a licorice purist, though. I will eat red licorice only. And not the red licorice that's some funky flavor, just so the licorice people can feel like they're innovators. Give me simple, original red licorice, and I'm a happy girl. As my little brother would say: 'nuff said.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Bit of Poetry: Part 2

Again, I have never claimed to be a poet. I mostly write it because it's cathartic. The more I read of true poetry, the more I realize how little talent I have for that form of art. Unfortunately for all of you, that is not going to stop me from posting another sample of my efforts. You can critique it if you want to, but it won't do any good. I already know that it's flawed, and I have no intention of going over it again to make it more than what it is. It's just a manifestation of how I deal with strong emotion. Enjoy. :)

Dreams intangible
Brushing the tips of my fingers
So close, yet never close enough
So vivid, yet never quite clear

Courage undaunted
Filling my soul to the brim
Growing, even when seeming to flee
Reviving, even when appearing empty

Joy undiminished
Taking my hand firmly
Everlasting, although sometimes hidden
Fulfilling, although sometimes unexplained

Destinations fixed
Giving the journey of life greater meaning
Determined, but taking the meandering path
Focused, but with all-encompassing vision

Heart List: Costumes

One of my good friends suggested that I do something to do with the season, so this week I want to express my love for costumes. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for the sole purpose of the opportunity wear whatever pops into my brain. My husband and I have finally decided on our costumes, and I'm very excited. October aside, I'll take any excuse to dress up, which is why I love to throw parties. Most kids grow out of the 'dress-up' stage, but I never did. There's something magical about putting on a costume that feels like a totally new personality. It's freeing and fun and opens a world of possibility. You may think I'm exaggerating or being melodramatic, but I'm not. I simply love to dress-up! Mock if you must, but I will continue to love it for many years to come.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Adventures of Brain: Wake Up Time

Brain: Time to wake up!

Me: No, it's not.

Brain: Yes, it is! I heard the alarm.

Me: That was my husband's alarm, not mine. Remember how he wakes up earlier now?

Brain: So much to do today! Let's make a list.

Me: No, Brain! No lists! I want to go back to sleep.

Brain: First of all, we need breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day!

Me: So sleepy...

Brain: Cereal! Gimme cereal! Yum, yum, yum!

Me: Please, Brain? Can't we sleep for another hour or so?

Brain: Nope! If you don't get up, I'm going to start singing an annoying song.

Me: Grumble, grumble, grumble...


Me: OKAY, OKAY!!! I'm getting up! Stop singing that.

Brain: Hurray!

*Later that day*

Brain: I'm so tired! Why did you get up so early today?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Featured Word: Weft

Threads woven across a warp to make fabric.

(And for good measure...)

Lengthwise threads in a loom.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Heart List: Portal

I have spent a fair amount of time watching my husband play various video games, and I was greatly amused as I watched him play through Portal. The basic idea of the game is that you are a test subject in a technology lab, and you must use your "portal weapon" (a gun that creates portals between two places) to navigate your way through various puzzles. The genius of the game, however, is the quirky narration of GLaDOs, the computer guiding you through your tests. So funny! It's hard to describe just how hilarious it is to listen to the computerized voice telling you that if you do something correctly you will get cake. :) Recently, we have been playing through Portal 2 together, and that has been interesting to say the least. There is a co-op mode, where it takes two people to solve each puzzle. I am pretty good at figuring out what needs to be done, but I do not have the coordination to actually do it. I also think I need to work on my instruction-giving skills. Me: "You need to go that way." Husband: "Which way?" Me: "That way!" Husband: "You can't just point. Your screen is different than mine." Good times. For all of you who enjoy puzzles or video games, I would highly recommend Portal.