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Another quiz, but this time it’s in LIST form! :)

Happy New Year!  We had a great Christmas vacation, and hopefully I’ll get around to posting a little about it on Monday.  I know that it will take a while, and this week has been eaten up with work, so I’ve been avoiding writing and instead spending some time sorting photos and reading Breaking Dawn.
I just stole this from Amy, whom I have known since kindergarten, but haven’t seen since high school.  Thanks to the wonder of Facebook we’ve gotten back in touch with one another in the last year.  Ain’t the internet grand?
(If I have done it, it is BOLD.)
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (if singing along with a tambourine counts…but only in rehearsals.)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Been to Disneyland/world
7. Climbed a mountain.
8. Held a praying mantis
9. Sang a solo
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Taught yourself an art from scratch (knitting, although I had to ask my mother-in-law for help on purling)
14. Adopted a child
15. Had food poisoning
16. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
17. Grown your own vegetables
18. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
19. Slept on an overnight train
20. Had a pillow fight
21. Hitch hiked (our car broke down on the interstate.  The guy who picked us up had a gun rack w/rifles.  That wasn’t weird.)
22. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (at least, not that I remember)
23. Built a snow fort
24. Held a lamb
25. Gone skinny dipping
26. Run a Marathon
27. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
28. Seen a total eclipse
29. Watched a sunrise or sunset
30. Hit a home run
31. Been on a cruise
32. Seen Niagara Falls in person
33. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
34. Seen an Amish community
35. Taught yourself a new language (I learned French in high school, but I didn’t teach myself.  This question makes my head hurt a little.)
36. Had enough money to be truly satisfied37. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
38. Gone rock climbing
39. Seen Michelangelo’s David
40. Sung karaoke
41. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
42. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
43. Visited Africa
44. Walked on a beach by moonlight
45. Been transported in an ambulance
46. Had your portrait painted
47. Gone deep sea fishing
48. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
49. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
50. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
51. Kissed in the rain
52. Played in the mud
53. Gone to a drive-in theater
54. Been in a movie (I was an extra in the Sean Penn movie At Close Range… it filmed at my high school & later at a local amusement park in Nashville.  Actually, that’s a good story.  I should tell you all about it sometime.)
55. Visited the Great Wall of China
56. Started a business
57. Taken a martial arts class
58. Visited Russia
59. Served at a soup kitchen
60. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
61. Gone whale watching
62. Gotten flowers for no reason (my husband is sweet like that)
63. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
64. Gone sky diving
65. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (it was eye-opening, awful, and I had to go back to the bus because the whole vibe was making me physically ill. I was 17 years old.)
66. Bounced a check (I was in college, and the check was for $5.00!!!  Ridiculous. It’s never happened again.)
67. Flown in a helicopter
68. Saved a favorite childhood toy (Somewhere in storage I still have a teddy bear that one of my mom’s friends made for me when I was little.  It used to make me happy because it smelled like suntan lotion on its back, and I would go to sleep smelling the coconut goodness.  I don’t know how the lotion got there, but the smell lasted forever.)
69. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
70. Eaten Caviar (and wasn’t impressed.  Not my speed, really.)
71. Pieced a quilt
72. Stood in Times Square
73. Toured the Everglades
74. Been fired from a job
75. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
76. Broken a bone
77. Been on a speeding motorcycle
78. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
79. Published a book
80. Visited the Vatican
81. Bought a brand new car
82. Walked in Jerusalem
83. Had your picture in the newspaper
84. Read the entire Bible
85. Visited the White House
86. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
87. Had chickenpox
88. Saved someone’s life
89. Sat on a jury
90. Met someone famous
91. Joined a book club (if the Literary Guild counts.)
92. Lost a loved one
93. Had a baby
94. Seen the Alamo in person
95. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
96. Been involved in a lawsuit
97. Owned a cell phone
98. Been stung by a bee
99. Fallen in LOVE
100. Decorated a Birthday Cake

Anxious

airplane

I’m pretty sure that this is the same plane that is supposed to carry us to Dallas tomorrow morning, where we will hopefully connect with our next flight to Nashville.  If all goes well, we should be home by 2:30p.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed, since we had a huge snowfall yesterday (at least 8 inches fell at our house), and another major storm is supposed to blow through tomorrow and last through Christmas Day.  Forecasters are saying we might get one or two feet of snow.  Not inches;  FEET.  If we don’t get out tomorrow morning, we’re probably not getting home for Christmas.  If we don’t get home for Christmas, Tracy is going to be one sad, sad puppy.  I’ve been looking forward to seeing my family & friends for weeks.

I hope that everyone whose travels have been disrupted by the crazy winter weather finds their way home to family & friends safely.  Happy holidays to all, and if I don’t make it back here before New Year’s Eve, I wish everyone the best for 2009!  Merry Christmas!

Christmas, Christmas Time is Here

I’ve spent the day working on Christmas-related activities.

Christmas tree?

Christmas TreeCheck.

Cute little Christmas treats?

Pretzels

Check.

Christmas cards?  Get off my back.  I’m working on them.  Didn’t you see all the other stuff I did today?  🙂

My Week in Review.

Happy Holidays, you’ns! (Really, I wish you could hear me say that word. “You’ns” is a distinctly East Tennessee version of “y’all”. I didn’t even know it existed until I moved there.)

We officially opened our holiday show last night, and I can only hope that ticket sales will pick up a little bit next week.  Last year’s production was so traumatic that I was in a foul, foul mood for the entire week of Christmas.  The set was never finished, and we never ran Act II until we were in front of an audience.  This year, we have a complete and detailed set, much better costumes, and a stronger cast overall.  If only we weren’t struggling to pull in an audience…this would be a magical holiday show.

Anyhoo, now I have to actually think about Christmas.  We’ve basically finished our shopping (we’re only buying for parents & the nephews), but we haven’t touched any greeting cards or our little fakey tree.  I have two shows today, one show tomorrow, and the Survivor finale tomorrow night, so it looks like Monday will be the day to get the tree up, cards thrown together, and presents in the mail.  I have my priorities straight, don’t I?  Our South Beach diet went the way of the buffalo this week since we didn’t have time to eat at home, so tomorrow night I plan on making chicken & dumplings and sitting in front of the TV to see if Sugar takes home the big money.  I hope she does.  Plus, I cannot wait to see that bastard Randy on the reunion show.  He got what he deserved, and got served well.

In other news, we got 3 1/2 inches of snow overnight, so I need to get out the snow shovel and clear the driveway.  First, though, I’m going to call my BFF, who had surgery this week.  Things went well with the surgery, but I am a bad friend and haven’t had a chance to talk to her.  It’s time, daddy, it’s time.

Another Quizzy Thing (aka Could You Survive a Great Depression?)


You Are 66% Likely to Survive Another Great Depression


Even though you may not be expecting the worst, you’re the type of person who prepares for the worst.

You live a relatively modest life. You don’t overspend, and you aren’t very materialistic.

You are also quite self sufficient and independent. You have many useful skills.

You can take care of yourself and those you love… which is crucial to surviving another Great Depression.

Okay, it turns out that my last post was incorrect on a couple of points:

  • I have done another quizzy-thingy meme in the past – something about quirkiness.  I didn’t remember it until I saw that someone had viewed that post.  D’oh!
  • I also realized that I miscounted my piercings…I actually have three.  I added an extra earring back in college, and I guess I always think of the two original holes as one thing.

I just found this quiz through NYC Watchdog, and thought I would see what my results were.  My father and I have been talking a lot lately about the possibility of another Great Depression.  Apparently my grandmother (who lived through the first Depression) used to warn my father that it could happen again.  He has spent most of his adult life thinking that it couldn’t happen, that we are too advanced as a society for it to happen again, and look where we are now.  Lo and behold, it’s a very REAL possibility.

I work in the arts.  My income has always been on the low end, and heaven knows, I could lose my job at any moment because funding for the arts is so hard to come by.  I currently live in the most expensive place I’ve ever lived, but I take heart in the knowledge that I have a little shack back in Tennessee that is 100% paid for.  We can always move back there.  We have no debt to speak of, and we live within our means.  I take pride in the fact that we try not to buy anything that we can’t afford to pay for, and that we make a habit of saving money by eating at home and entertaining ourselves at home.  We don’t lack for the things we want, we just try to keep the urge to buy new stuff under control and take care of the things we own.

My point is, if America DOES sink into another Great Depression, I think that (outside of a major medical emergency) my husband and I could survive for a good while without having to make significant lifestyle changes.  What would a Great Depression mean for you?

My First Meme – Nine Layers

It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m a little bored, so I’m going to do this meme that I found on Gingersnap‘s blog.  Before we begin…can someone please explain what ‘MEME’ means and how it’s pronounced?  Obviously, I’m new here.

Okay, here’s the quizzy-thingie meme:

9 Layers
A meme to peel away the layers of you.
(Deep.  Very Deep.)

LAYER ONE:
– Name: Tracy
– Birth date: July 31 (That’s also Harry Potter’s birthday.)
– Birthplace: Nashville
– Current Location: Jackson, WY
– Eye Color: Blue
– Hair Color: Brown
– Height: 5′7″
– Righty or Lefty: Righty
– Zodiac Sign: Leo

LAYER TWO:
– Your heritage: Hillbilly
– The shoes you wore today: Currently in my slipper booties
– Your weakness: Smoking
– Your fears: Dying young…ironic, isn’t it?
– Your perfect pizza: Thin crust, fire-oven baked, with lots of veggies
– Goal you’d like to achieve: Leaving something behind that people can remember me for

LAYER THREE:
– Your most overused phrase on AIM: I rarely chat…but maybe “Whassup?”, only in my mind I sound like those beer commercials.
– Your first waking thoughts: What was that dream about?
– Your best physical feature: Eyes
– Your most missed memory: My friend Donnie (who is no longer with us and I miss him like crazy) once scootched a little closer to me in high school…I got one of those crazy chills up my back and then, big geek that I am, scootched away.  I wish I’d acted on that chill instead of being scared of it.

LAYER FOUR:
– Pepsi or Coke: Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi, baby.  It’s my crack.
– McDonald’s or Burger King:  I’m not crazy about either, but I prefer BK’s burgers.  Unfortunately, there’s only a Mickey D’s in this town.
– Single or group dates: I’m married, so single dates, please.
– Adidas or Nike: New Balance
– Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Neither…I prefer Tetley or Luzianne if I’m making iced tea.
– Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
– Cappuccino or coffee: Mainly coffee, but sometimes I crave a latte.

LAYER FIVE:
– Smoke: Unfortunately.
– Cuss: Yes…it makes my mother proud.
– Sing: I wish I could.
– Take a shower everyday: Yes, unless I’m not going out.
– Do you think you’ve been in love: Yes, most definitely.
– Want to go to college: Been there, done that, would love to go again.
– Liked high school: Not particularly.
– Want to get married: I’m currently married.
– Believe in yourself: Yes.
– Get motion sickness: Never.  I can do pretty much anything in the car.
– Think you’re attractive: I think I’m presentable.
– Think you’re a health freak: Not at all.  I need to take better care of myself.
– Get along with your parent(s): I always get along with them, but we don’t always agree.
– Like thunderstorms: Yes, especially here in the mountains.  They tend to be rare and wonderful.
– Play an instrument: I played the flute from 6th grade to 8th grade, but I don’t think I still could.

LAYER SIX: In the past month…
– Drank alcohol: Yes.
– Smoked: Yes.
– Done a drug: Yes.
– Made Out: Yes.
– Gone on a date: Yes.
– Gone to the mall?: Yes.
– Eaten an entire box of Oreos?: No.
– Eaten sushi: No.
– Been on stage: Yes.
– Been dumped:  No.
– Gone skating:  No.
– Made homemade cookies: No.
– Gone skinny dipping:  No.
– Dyed your hair: Yes.
– Stolen Anything: No.

LAYER SEVEN: Ever…
– Played a game that required removal of clothing: No.
– Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Yes.
– Been caught “doing something”:  Yes…I had to think about it, but “yes”.
– Been called a tease: No.
– Gotten beaten up: Yes.  By this crazy girl that thought I had wrecked her bike with no brakes on purpose.  Right.
– Shoplifted: No.  Stealing is bad, mmm’kay?
– Changed who you were to fit in: As a teenager, but not majorly.

LAYER EIGHT:
– Age you hope to be married: Got married at 26.
– Names of Children:  I don’t have any;  if I did – Samantha Ann or Samuel David (after parents)
– Describe your Dream Wedding: I never had a dream wedding, but I loved mine…married in an outdoor theatre on the set of a show that took place in a tiny Baptist church.
– How do you want to die: Old and happy with lots of loved ones around me.
– Where you want to go to college: Wow, this thing must be geared towards the teenagers.  I went to Western Kentucky U.
– What do you want to be when you grow up:  Same thing I’m doing now, only union & in a larger venue.
– What country would you most like to visit: France…since I studied French for 6 years of my life and never went anywhere to use it.

LAYER NINE:
– Number of drugs taken illegally: 2 (I went to college!)
– Number of people I could trust with my life: I can’t imagine…my parents & my husband?
– Number of CDs that I own: Hundreds of CD’s that I don’t even use anymore…I’ve gone digital.
– Number of piercings: 2
– Number of tattoos: 1
– Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: I never counted, but luckily none of the appearances were in the “Court” section.
– Number of scars on my body: a couple of small ones.
– Number of things in my past that I regret: 1 (see above).

Whew.  Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?  Do you feel like you know me now…or am I just the inside of an onion?

Hi-Larious…Best Awards Show Speech Ever.

I just caught a few minutes of BORAT on cable…right before the awesome naked fight scene, which of course I had to watch again because it makes me pee in my pants a little. Sascha Baron Cohen made the best acceptance speech ever when he won the Golden Globe for BORAT.  Have I mentioned lately that I just *love* the internet for stuff like this?

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