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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Last Thursday, we saw one of the most awesome (and I don't use that phrase often) concerts in the world! The new version of the Doors with Ian Astbury (from The Cult... 40ish but still oozing sex appeal and had enuf similarity to Mr Mojo Risin) rocked the Roseland in NYC. Both Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger might be in their 60s but they still are experts in creating rock and roll that make you want to dance wildly and make babies. Yes, there are many lawsuits trying to stop this group from performing so if you have a chance to see them, grab it 'cause who knows when you will get this experience again. (PS: They will be recording an album soon with songs written by Jim Carroll. Should be interesting).

Tuesday, April 29, 2003
So he's not my favorite character, but I thought you might want to know that "Big Bird" has written a book (Ok, it's Caroll Spinney who wrote it and he also does Oscar so it can't be that bad).

Friday, April 25, 2003
Sometimes you have to wonder about the U.S. populace.... like why is this the number one album? Or this is considered news enough to be mentioned on the AOL IM news ticker!

Since we're on the topic of news, BBC's director general is "attacking" the U.S. coverage of the war as being biased and overly patriotic. He singles out the Fox News Channel which I find to be very funny, considering just last night, Lucky and I saw a billboard at the train station by Fox News advertising its unbiased reporting with their slogan "We report. You decide."

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Happy Belated Earth Day!

Earth Day is not as big as it was a few years ago. However, many things have been done because of Earth Day especially recycling. I remember attending the 20th anniversary in Washington with FTG. There were recycling cans at The Mall because of the festivities but nowhere else in the city. We thought that's strange... NJ's been doing this for years and they were making such a big deal about it.

I'm in love with an artist, did I ever mention that? Anyways, Lucky's inked rendering of the famed Convention Hall was chosen to grace the official Asbury Park Historical Society 2003 ornaments. YAY!!! I'm so proud of him (oh and proud of me too since I was the one who found the contest). If you would like to purchase one, you must wait a while but as soon as there is a link, I will post it!

Wonder no more what Dubya does in his spare time.... he IMs a North Korean leader! LOL funny.

I am a bit conflicted today... I have always supported Natalie Maines in regards to the stupid comment she made regarding Dubya, because even though I might not like the Dixie Chicks' music, I (like my fellow Jerseyan and FoodBank volunteer, BS) believe in the right of free speech.

However, how does my belief affect what I think should be done regarding Sen. Santorum? He says that the quote "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery... You have the right to anything." was specific to the right to privacy and the broader implications of a ruling on other state privacy laws. Um, hello... how is consentual relations similar to the rape of a child? Should someone who is ranked third in his political party be saying something like this? Should he be punished for saying it? He too has the right to speak his mind , however filled with crap it might be.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Oh grow up already...

And my mom didn't allow me to have any caffeine until I was around 10...

I have just purchased a $16 pair of undies (that's including shipping). This is probably the most expensive undergarment I have purchased in years. I really miss Bradlees since they had the cheapest and best fitting bras (Target is a bit lacking in the fit category). Even when I was going to spend the dough to get the perfect bra for FTG's wedding and tried those WonderBra type things, I ended up going with a $14.99 special from the Brad.

I had a dream last night that I was swingdancing with G.E. Smith from Saturday Night Live. I have absolutely no idea what that means.

Monday, April 21, 2003
No, I'm not angry about the lack of separation between church and state... I just want to know where I can also get housing for that cheap.

After reading an article on Yahoo, I noticed an interesting banner ad and clicked it. It went to a site called BeliefNet There was a quiz to find out what religion meets your beliefs the best. Of course, it wasn't a surprise that #1 was the Unitarian Church (considering that it accepts all beliefs). Following that was Liberal Quakers, Liberal Christian Protestant, Secular Humanist and Neo Pagan. Interestingly, I should be a Reformed Jew, Christian Scientist, Mormon, Buddist, Jehovah Witness, Scientologist, Muslim, etc. before I am a Roman Catholic (which is the religion that I was baptised and confirmed in). No wonder why I left!

Friday, April 18, 2003
I'm very excited about this. Although I don't know what Christopher Guest's obsession is with wind.

Not sure how I feel about this.

Thursday, April 17, 2003
It turns out that the US had been informed of the important artifacts that were in Iraq months before the war. Yet, nothing was done to protect them. So the head of a U.S. presidential panel on cultural property has resigned in protest. How does Rumsfeld sleep at night? (In most cases, I would insert a joke right here, but this is really pissing me off).

Tuesday, April 15, 2003
This angers me so that I can't even speak. Basically, the entire history of the Iraqi people is being destroyed, and our armed forces are doing nothing to prevent this. It's been well documented what a mob mentality does to a group so I am not blaming the Iraqis (yes, I majored in Psych). They aren't thinking clearly and are striking out on things that they associate with Saddam even though they are actually hurting themselves. But that the U.S. is just watching this happen without stopping it, is totally disgusting. I was already disgusted when I was hearing about shopkeepers who had all their wares stolen ala the LA riots but this goes beyond since it's robbing a people of their history and culture.

Monday, April 14, 2003
It's weird that the fact that the human genome has been completely mapped out, is considered to be only the fourth most important news story on Yahoo's main page. Considering the ways that this will change our futures, do you think that anyone will actually remember where they were when this happened?

I finally figured out why my blog has been going all wonky.... Haloscan's comments are causing it to freak out... I will be checking this out. In the meantime, keep your thoughts to yourself!

I haven't watched "All My Children" in a while... last time I watched it on a regular basis, I was in college and Erika Kane had a baby. Bianca Montgomery was one of those super babies; you know the ones who one day are eating stewed prunes and the next day are suddenly about 5 years old (the Seavers of "Growing Pains" had a similar child). Apparently Bianca is all grown up now and will be experiencing daytime television's lesbian kiss... Hmmm, what's next? Daytime's first threesome? Skinamax, watch your back!

Friday, April 11, 2003
Just to let you know that I just got an email from Weird Al (ok, his people) and he's going to be on The Simpsons this Sunday. It's sad that the guy who he did the "Rock the House" room for complete with the goldfish table and rocket in the ceiling didn't fully appreciate his genius.

I told Lucky about the link I found thanks to Lorraine Land, who taught many how to make maxipad slippers... and he wanted it so I figured why not share? Here is how to create your very own Starship Enterprise using an old floppy disk.

PS: Yes, I know that my blog is only showing one entry at a time and being at the lower end of the page... I have nooooo idear why. But considering that I will be making a template change soon, I have better things to do with my time... like contemplating doing my taxes.

Thursday, April 10, 2003
I guess considering that the description about this blog is that it's about me, me, me... I shouldn't feel wrong about discussing my hair. Coral Reef, it is not. I guess if you shine a searchlight on it, it would glow like the hair featured on the box but it's looking too natural. I promised Lucky honesttogoodness fake red but no, the $3.78 (over 1/2 off!) bottle of Clairol Hydrience doesn't work as well as Natural Instincts in providing hair that the gods didn't bless humanity with. Crappy thing is that it's Level 3 instead of the Level 2 I usually use (which lasts for 4 months longer than the 24 shampoos it's supposed to) so who knows when I can dye again. I curse my natural blondeness

Wednesday, April 09, 2003
Tonight, I will be colouring my hair... it's called Coral Reef although it looks on the box to be more of a Irish red... we will see. Ah, soccer mom... be gone, here comes Red Sonja. (for the last time, hon, I will only wear the costume, if you dress like King Conan).

This weekend, I heard that two couples I know are getting divorced. They are both from the Year of the Weddings 1999 (about 12 couples). You know you are getting old when all the people you know are either getting married, getting counseling, getting divorced, or having babies... oh yay... I am so entrenched in my thirtysomething-ness.

Monday, April 07, 2003
Fun stuff... for those who remember last Survivor there was a contestant named Neleh which was Helen backwards (named after her grandmother). From what I understand, this weird creataname is very common among Mormons such as Neleh's family... How can we be so creative with our future children's names? Lucky for us nonLDS, there is the Mormon name generator! I'm "Crimdali Sheenan Calla"

For those keeping notes... it's April 7. It's two weeks into Spring. It's snowing. Hard.

And you were wondering why I still had a snow shovel in the back of my car.... No, I'm not lazy...I'm just psychic (Ok I'm lazy but that sounded good. Didn't it?)

Had a bad dream last night... it was very Asimov-y. My dad was dying and decided to commit ritual suicide by taking pills to make him go to sleep forever. People were visiting him as he laid in bed and my brother and I were trying to talk to him before his eyes closed. I woke up at 5 am (still 4 am to me) and had to force myself back to sleep. That's what I get for watching Law and Order: CI.

This weekend, we got a lot of work done regarding the BJB. Sunday, I went to the initial meeting of a new animal adoption organization, NJ Save a Pet which I will be involved in a bit. Luckily, it coincided with my SiL's candlecult meeting so I wasn't able to make that :)

Apparently the Palace will be going...here's the link.

Thursday, April 03, 2003
I Should Not Be Allowed to Say the Following Things About America By Ellen Dunst

As Americans, we have a right to question our government and its actions. However, while there is a time to criticize, there is also a time to follow in complacent silence. And that time is now.

It's one thing to question our leaders in the days leading up to a war. But it is another thing entirely to do it during a war. Once the blood of young men starts to spill, it is our duty as citizens not to challenge those responsible for spilling that blood. We must remove the boxing gloves and put on the kid gloves. That is why, in this moment of crisis, I should not be allowed to say the following things about America:

Why do we purport to be fighting in the name of liberating the Iraqi people when we have no interest in violations of human rights—as evidenced by our habit of looking the other way when they occur in China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Syria, Burma, Libya, and countless other countries? Why, of all the brutal regimes that regularly violate human rights, do we only intervene militarily in Iraq? Because the violation of human rights is not our true interest here. We just say it is as a convenient means of manipulating world opinion and making our cause seem more just.
That is exactly the sort of thing I should not say right now.

This also is not the time to ask whether diplomacy was ever given a chance. Or why, for the last 10 years, Iraq has been our sworn archenemy, when during the 15 years preceding it we traded freely in armaments and military aircraft with the evil and despotic Saddam Hussein. This is the kind of question that, while utterly valid, should not be posed right now.
And I certainly will not point out our rapid loss of interest in the establishment of democracy in Afghanistan once our fighting in that country was over. We sure got out of that place in a hurry once it became clear that the problems were too complex to solve with cruise missiles.

That sort of remark will simply have to wait until our boys are safely back home.
Here's another question I won't ask right now: Could this entire situation have been avoided in the early 1990s had then-U.S. ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie not been given sub rosa instructions by the Bush Administration to soft-pedal a cruel dictator? Such a question would be tantamount to sedition while our country engages in bloody conflict. Just think how hurtful that would be to our military morale. I know I couldn't fight a war knowing that was the talk back home.
Is this, then, the appropriate time for me to ask if Operation Iraqi Freedom is an elaborate double-blind, sleight-of-hand misdirection ploy to con us out of inconvenient civil rights through Patriot Acts I and II? Should I wonder whether this war is an elaborate means of distracting the country while its economy bucks and lurches toward the brink of a full-blown depression? No and no.

True patriots know that a price of freedom is periodic submission to the will of our leaders—especially when the liberties granted us by the Constitution are at stake. What good is our right to free speech if our soldiers are too demoralized to defend that right, thanks to disparaging remarks made about their commander-in-chief by the Dixie Chicks?
When the Founding Fathers authored the Constitution that sets forth our nation's guiding principles, they made certain to guarantee us individual rights and freedoms. How dare we selfishly lay claim to those liberties at the very moment when our nation is in crisis, when it needs us to be our most selfless? We shame the memory of Thomas Jefferson by daring to mention Bush's outright lies about satellite photos that supposedly prove Iraq is developing nuclear weapons.

At this difficult time, President Bush needs my support. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld needs my support. General Tommy Franks needs my support. It is not my function as a citizen in a participatory democracy to question our leaders. And to exercise my constitutional right—nay, duty—to do so would be un-American.

Thank you to Honorary American Moby for this link.

How do you know when you're growing up? It's when you decide that you would rather keep the $22.00 rather than buy Hello Kitty contact lens kit even when
1. you have a 40% off coupon for A.C. Moore so it would be even less
2. your mother offers to buy it for you. We ended up using the coupon to get a cute garden gnome with a watering can for Lucky's apartment courtyard (well, technically, my mother owns the building but...)

However, I do have to say that if I need to wear a mask because this area gets too smoggy or SARS infected, I'm going to have to buy one of these (the middle one, of course!)

PS: Go here to win Hello Kitty stuff.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

100% of the proceeds from this raffle go the FoodBank to help us fight hunger and poverty.

Raffle #1
Chances are $5.00 each for - An autographed copy of "Songs" by Bruce Springsteen - This signed compilation of his work includes rare photos and lyrics to the songs and his insight into the process that gave rise to their inception.

OR Raffle #2

Prize 1 - A four day pampering cruise for two on the superliner, Imagination, sailing from Miami to Key West and Cozumel on Carnival Cruise Lines.
Prize 2 - Two tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert in a luxury suite at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford.
Prize 3 - Two tickets to a Jets or Giants game of your choice in a luxury suite at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford.
$25 each or 5 for $100 - first winner drawn will choose the prize that they receive. Second winner will choose from the two remaining prizes.

Drawing will be held at the Tenth Annual Blue Jean Ball on Saturday May 17, 2003 at 10:00pm. Winner need not be present to win.

If you would like to purchase tickets, please send a check to:
Community FoodBank of New Jersey • 31 Evans Terminal Road • Hillside, NJ 07205• Attn: Raffle
PLEASE include your name, address and phone number in the envelope!

OR - you can call and order them by phone with a credit card 908-355-3663 ext 243

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