Saturday, September 27, 2008

Perfect Storms....

Tonight was one of those nights that doesn't come around often. Some gigs are great, and fun, and some gigs are a whole lot of work. And some are such a joy and delight that life doesn't get any better.

Tonight could not have been better. It was a Perfect Storm of really wonderful people coming to hear us, and having the kind of time one is meant to in an Irish Pub. The place went SRO early, and stayed that way, and was filled with a lot of people who have come to hear us before, and made our night, but never have they all been there together.

They made me SO happy. I can't claim credit, tho if I do say so myself, we did rock, but it was the people who MADE the rock, if you see what I mean. We got it from them and tossed it on back. I'm not sure I have ever felt so loved before..The kind of night where you leave thinking ..."THAT is why I do this."

Aleta and Laser Lady were there too, which always makes me happy. The only sore spot in the night was I had a fierce headache for no good reason, but Laser Lady, apparently, has special powers and was able to fix it. I must learn this skill.

(I know this is mean, but it's really funny..) It is always lovely to have Aleta and Laser Lady in for a show, but guys, you will be way more popular with the pub if you REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR BAR TAB before leaving.....(call them tomorrow, I assured them it was the Tequila and not intentional...)

Cabal comes home tomorrow, and I think he is getting better. The U of M vets could not have been nicer. They called me every few hours today to let me know how he was doing, and have been keeping them with them, in conference rooms and such, rather than leaving him alone. It was pretty scary, and not at all fun for a while there...Seems to be a case of him eating something Bad, that laid him low, and not something wrong...



It's funny how I have never thought much about the saying "Every good dead will come back to haunt you.." I mean, there I was a few weeks ago, befriending a Carrot, for goodness sake, it was alone and misunderstood, I wanted to help it achieve everything it wanted, and fulfill its hopes and dreams....And I did. And I thought that was the end of it. It was a one off thing, and made me feel like I could make a difference.

I did. And hadn't thought much about it since. Until I went for a snack tonight.

Oh Fods....



Love and Magic Evenings,
Lorraine

152 Comments:

At 11:48 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Shit.

 
At 11:49 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

The odd one are coming! The odd ones are coming!
Looks like your cupboard has suffered an invasion by Cthulhots...
:)

Glad to read you had a good time. Did you play the pipes?

 
At 11:53 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Mr Potato Head is so passe, here comes the new line of Mr Carrot Thing.

 
At 11:55 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hee-hee, ALeta! Indeed....(Snicker)

Yes, invaision of Cuthulu Carrots, they are linning up, moving in, and I am not sure what to do....If you don't hear from me tomorrow, call for backup...

I did play the pipes! And it went over wonderfully! Sadly, in my joy Imade rash promise, and have promised to play Freebird on them within the month....

(SO have to filter the brain to mouth thing...)

 
At 11:56 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, we need Carrot Cuthulu cuddly Things!!!!!!!

 
At 12:00 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

That would be so cool - cuddly corrupted carrots

 
At 12:02 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I told Sharon, The Birdchick, that THIS was what we would end up being famous for....

 
At 12:05 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And oh, I meant to say, I do love it that there always seem sot be Someone up, here at this blog, kind of a 24 hour party...That is so cool..

 
At 12:07 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ack and oh Fods, I had meant to say Happy Birthday to the girl Kali-iclious, not the cat,whose Birthday it is!

 
At 12:16 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Happy Birthday Kali-iclious, born on what was to become know as the day the carrots conquered

 
At 12:27 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am not sure they have WON, tho they do seem to be taking over..

And how Nathilie knew it was Kali's B'day is anyones guess...

 
At 12:55 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I got an alert on LJ...

 
At 1:01 AM , Blogger Nadine said...

Happy Birthday Kali-licious! May it be full of skulls!
Invasion of the carrots indeed.

 
At 1:20 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Happy birthday, Kali-licious! Hope you have an awesome day, dude. :)

Every time I hear about your gigs, I want to go see you play, but this one really makes me sad I was not there to join in the fun.

Speaking of fun, Aleta -- Skipping out on a bar tab?! Dude. DUDE! How did you make it out the door without being scruffed, shaken down, or shot? Were the bouncers asleep? Were they hypnotized by the pipes? The mind reels.

 
At 5:20 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Oh Fods! The carrots are multiplying! Invasion! Invasion! Sound the alarm!

I'm glad the gig was so fantastic - wish I could have gone!

And even gladder that poor Cabal is better. Sick puppies are very sad. Happily ours is fairly healthy (though remarkably prone to injuring himself).

 
At 6:44 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Happy Birthday Kali-ilicious! Have a great day.

Q - gald to hear Cabal is feeling better, and that you had such a great gig. I'm feeling so frustratedt hat I'm on the wrong continent to be able to come and hear you play!

And, yes,yes, we need Carrot Cuthulu cuddly Things (possibly wearing their own tiny Fiends T-shirts...)

 
At 6:45 AM , Blogger Maureen said...

That IS a good time if you made someone totally forget their bar tab :-D Glad you had a great night.

The Cthulu Carrots + Poppets would seem to be a photo op waiting to happen. Surely there's a Poppet lurking around there somewhere...

I'm happy Cabal is doing better. I'm always amazed (and often freaked out) by what my dogs will just eat without a second thought. Two of them have taken several years off my life by eating Things That Should Remain Uneaten.

 
At 9:30 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It was a great gig, still hsppy sbout it, tho sleepy. Th evet just gave me my wake up call, and I am off to get him.

Yes, there are more. More than we ever knew. There they are,on the goat cheese couch....With their chldren around them...

I so need tea..

Val, here in the midwest we are gentler about such things, the bar merely remarked to me after they had left, that it seemed they had not paid the tab, and were fine when I vouched for them and assured them it was error and not malice...

Gotta love the midwest...They don't call it Minnesota nice for nothing...

Right, off toget the dog, poor guy..The vet said he has not yet eaten....

 
At 9:53 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

MINNESOTA NICE??! i love it!
is that on your license plates?
it rained like crazy at the BOok FesT--
and Danth was a brave soul, carrying the panda.
I didn't even know the surprise, just that there was one... crazy!

 
At 10:07 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Pictures! We want pictures, Kitty!
(I know that Dan put plenty on Boss' blog already, but I want to see more).

Poor Dog. Rub his ears for me, please.
And have tea; you sound haggard, dear.

 
At 10:51 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Argh!

I'm sick, wearing sweats, ensconced on the couch with a box of tissues, a cup of tea, and my laptop so that I can finish the paper that's due tomorrow. On which I am actually making progress, no less.

So that's the perfect time to invite people to come over... in ten minutes. Obviously.

 
At 11:38 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Obviously.
Maybe you can ask them to brain storm on the subject?

 
At 12:17 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Have a wonderful birthday, Kali-licious!

Lorraine, congratulations on a wonderful gig! Someday I will be there in the audience to see you. Perhaps I will surprise you in the distant future ....

~Emily

P.S. Aleta, I want you to know that I don't think any of us are going to think any less of you; I know I don't.

 
At 12:34 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Phiala;
Oh, dear heart--how yucky that sounds! Writing papers can be like fighting off the flu anyway...

Lorraine;
Freebird? hehehehe. You WILL have to put THAT up on this site, you know. Perhaps that is why the CthulCarrots are showing up. They want a good seat in advance.
The pubs in Minnesota are definitely somthing, that is for sure. Sounds like one wonkin' grand show, and we all wish we were there.

Marjorie;
Misread your post, and first got that [i]we [/i]should all get CthulCarroty t-shirts. But then got it that you wanted the lil darlings to be warm enough. Or at least dressed. Heaven knows, they are even more startling in their nudity. :)

 
At 12:35 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Oops!

shame on me

[b]HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, KALI-LICIOUS!![/B]

 
At 12:54 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I don't know the story on the Panda either, Miss Kitty, but I am glad you are there taking care of our Boss....

Feel better, Phiala, latest victim of the Computer Virus....

Home now wit the Dog, who looks a little under the weather yet. He didn't eat anything while he was at the U they tell me. I am making him some hamburger rice...

I may not start with Freebird, I need to know when to shut up some nights....

 
At 1:17 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Huuu... Read your boss' blog?
It's a good read, honest. And Dan did such a marvelous job with it when boss was away in China, fomenting robot panda coup and trying weird experiments such like allowing comments! (That went dead even before I got to the blog, needless to say.) Or trying to get weird animals named after Boss...

 
At 1:20 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh crumbs and I forgot to tell you (but I keep on forgetting too): I will be gone again tomorrow until Wednesday evening, so no French lessons for you lundi, mardi et mercredi! Sorry for the inconvenience (I would even go as far as say: bloody nuisance. Why can't a girl stay at home where she belongs?)

 
At 2:04 PM , Blogger Laser Lady said...

doubble shit... oh, i was sooo distracted! we were talking all night about how lovely our waiter was and how we'd have to leave him a nice tip and then... errr. this is why i have a book keeper! thanks for the extreme fun and for letting me fix yer headpain.

 
At 2:05 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Freeeeeeeeeeeebiiiiiiiirrrrrrd.

Evening, all. You'll be pleased to hear that Cats and Toddler all survived the weekend unscathed. Edie actually let Toddler pet her a bit, when Toddler wasn't chasing her round and round the downstairs shrieking, "Come back, kitty! Come back!" :)

Hee hee! A veritable legion of Cthulhots. You did say you could sense something growing out there...

Poor Cabal-- I hope he's a bit better. I think I missed the bit where he went off to the vet. Did he eat his hamburger rice?

Hamburger rice makes me think that stuffed peppers would be a good idea for dinner. I'm too tired to cook, though. I'm liking the thought of pizza.

Hope you all are having a good weekend, too!

 
At 2:57 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

This job of your is interfering too much with my French lessons...I am sorry, but I think you need to do something about getting into a line of work where you have time for priority things...I'm not going to stand for this canceling much longer.

Laser Lady it is always wonderful fun when you come, and I SO have to learn how you did that head ache removal!

Jess, congrads on surviving! You didn't miss Cabal going off to the vet, I didn't mention it, as I thought why worry everyone until I know what's going on.

He didn't eat his nice hamburger rice, alas. Am boiling chicken....

 
At 4:06 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Whoa..invasion of the candrakes.;)

Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes, it's been a really great weekend as well as a great birthday.

Freebird on the pipes? LOL Now THAT'S ambitious. That must've really been a great audience (and show) for you to promise them that.;)
Hope Cabal is eating soon. What is it with dogs that eat weird gross things? You'd think they'd know where the GOOD stuff comes from, but it doesn't seem that way.

Hope you're feeling better Phiala,:)

 
At 4:30 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

I am ready for more than a one word comment now!

Happy Birthday Kali-licious! Many happy returns!

Lorraine I am so so so glad that you mentioned the fact that we did not pay. I honestly don't know if I ever would have figured it out. I think we were so transported by the music and the spirit of the night (perhaps also that one particular spirit known as tequila) that we just did not have room in our minds for such mundane details as bill paying! As Laser Lady says we had discussed how we really needed to leave a good tip. So funny.

Mother of Godchild was on a separate bill and she had paid her tab. So that was good. (How cool was MoG and LL doing the polka -- a thing of beauty!)

It really was a fabulous night. It glowed.

So... I drove out to the pub around noon and paid up. They were shocked. "You came back to pay! No one ever comes back to pay!" It was nice to give them a pleasant surprise!

I love the Cthulu/Mandrake Carrots -- I love that hey have set up a household in your fridge. They need wee martini glasses I think.

And Cabal. I am glad that he seems to be okay. Maybe he does not want to eat today because he is just not yet feeling hungry after all the throwing up. I was thinking yesterday how funny it is that I feel such real affection for a dog I have never actually met.

I spent the afternoon helping kids make kites at a six-year-old's birthday party. It was great if a bit overwhelming.

After I drove out to the pub I stopped at Barnes and Noble to get a card and gift card for the birthday boy. While there I saw a book I just had to buy. It made me think of the Fiends. It is called Zombie Haiku. I leave you with a couple of these gems:

Biting into heads
is much harder than it looks.
His skull is feisty.


Teeth can bite through bones.
The hair is hard to swallow.
Brains squish easily.

 
At 5:02 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Zombie Haiku??????? People are gettign Zombie Haiku PUBLISHED????? See, all you need is an idea...And then go for it.

(Wish I'd thought of it...)

 
At 5:28 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Zombie haiku! Oh, man-- we need to jump on that gravy train. Or one up them with some pseudo-Lovecraftian Carrothulu verse:

In the veggie patch,
Carrothulu waits dreaming.
Yeah, R'lyeh. He does.


Aww. Poor pupster! I hope he gets hungry soon. :(

 
At 6:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, not sure how we missed that one, seems obvious....

I would write some if I wasn't so tired...It's all about couch and second season Dead Like Me tonight.

SO my new fav show...

 
At 6:08 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

OMG!!!!! Zombie Haiku... Carrothulu Haiku!!! ROFL!! I LOVE IT!!! I freakin love it!!!

Happy Birthday Kali-licious!!!

I hope Cabal feels up to the chicken.

Your fridge.... seriously... WOW. I must agree with Maureen, I recommend poppet and Carrothulu photos. They belong together.

Actually I'm working on a super secret poppet-type project for Lisa this weekend. Can't tell you yet as she arrives for VCON on Wednesday ... so it must remain a surprise until the con.

I want a 'Mr. Carrot Thing'. That sounds like a GREAT idea to me... there could be random holes all over it for extra limbs... it would be great! And they could come with mini-Carrothulu-sized Fablo Shirts!!!

Have a nice time Nat.

 
At 6:10 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

It is a great show Lorraine... one day you will have to come visit the city in which they film it ;)... hope you have a nice night with the old remote and a few cuddly cats. How are they doing these days, are they getting along any better?

 
At 6:49 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

@rubius Could you pretty please email my SO about VCON?
He was trying to get flyers there but there's a snag cause it's Canada?
It is leewsftv at g m a i l d o t c o m
@Lorraine Not sure Freebird best place to start-I wish I could have been there-I love pipes.

 
At 6:56 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Freebird is the ONLY place to start, I am sure of it!

The kitties are getting on fine, but someone PEED right in front of my couch, right in front of me, but I didn't catch WHO....

 
At 6:59 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I'm tired, too-- having people over is always a major event around here. I'm told that there are people who do this sort of thing every week and don't get exhausted; I guess I must be kind of a lightweight. :D

Carrothulu-Poppet-Con! We should organise it. I envision something between Comic-con and a big farmer market: Anime! Vegetables! Anime Vegetables! Late night screenings of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Live Melon sculpting! It'd be brilliant.

Right: go to bed, Jess. You've gone over the edge.

 
At 7:00 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Lorraine: what about the theme from Shaft? Don't think I've forgotten about it. ;D

 
At 7:10 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess has officially gone over the edge, Fiends. Since we are all officially for this, this presents no problem....

 
At 7:18 PM , Blogger Dean said...

It's funny how I have never thought much about the saying "Every good dead will come back to haunt you.."

I guess that's better than being haunted by Evil Dead. Evil Dead reciting zombie haikus...

 
At 7:37 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Lorraine .. that's terrible!! they are getting bold. At times like these one must ask oneself 'am I 5 minutes late feeding the pride?'

dean, that's funny, I didn't catch that!! lol

nadine - will do

Jess - that's great!! don't worry... I'll come over the edge with you.. I like it over there.

 
At 7:42 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

The Pride has several free choice feeding places, and many litter boxes. Not amused..

Dean, you got tha right, hee-hee....

 
At 8:06 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lorraine,
If you like "Dead Like Me", then you should love "Pushing Daisies" and "Wonderfalls". All of them are by the same writer - Bryan Fuller.
Too busy to do more than read the blog and the wonderful comments, but I just had to comment on "Dead Like Me".... Plus, "True Blood" is on tonight - YAY!

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Glad Cabal is home, and that he does not have a turned stomach! Hope he has eaten something by now.

YAY! for rocking the pub! How did the day gig go today (Sunday)? Hope it went at least half as well. :)

Happy Birthday, Kali-licious! May you have many more!

Survived Eldest Daughter's birthday party. Only two classmates showed up, one of which had R.S.V.P.ed, but she said she had fun, and she also said that the two boys that showed up were probably her best friends so it's all good. Plus, I thought we were going to have to pay for a minimum of 9 kids, but we only had to pay for 4: our two girls and the two classmates.

 
At 9:12 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

About the Cthulots...remember that Martian Chronicles short story I was talking about several months ago? The food that the human immigrants to Mars planted that ended up changing them to Martians was carrots. Really. It didn't happen overnight; took several months.

Be afraid.

Be very afraid.

CX

 
At 9:18 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

ROFL

excellent... now we just need to figure out which side in the epic bengal-bee vs cabal cabal war is propagating this evil seed.

if Cabal is not eating much still, is it possible to kinda trick him into it by offering good food as treats or rewards?

 
At 9:56 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Minnesota nice, indeed. Dude.

Has the guilty member of the Pride fessed up yet? Has Cabal eaten anything?

Phiala, sorry you've succumbed to the plague.

And as for which side is spawning the candrakes/cthulots... Well, why else do you think Cabal is sick? He was bravely testing their effects!

Today, I went to the Getty and saw the Bernini exhibit. It was sublime. Absolutely breathtaking to see them in person -- photos don't do them justice at all. Got chided by docents for looking too closely at a Van Dyck, but how else are you supposed to see the glazing technique? I mean, really. Barely tore myself away, and could've happily stayed all day.

 
At 11:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

@rubius Thank you!!

nadine

 
At 3:53 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

"something between Comic-con and a big farmer market"

I'm terrified, but oddly attracted.

And zombie haiku? If only we were faster...

I'm feeling much better (though not well), despite working much of the weekend, and the unexpected houseguests.

 
At 6:37 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Good morning. Have some Knee Haiku:

Knee brace snugs my joint.
Fluid on my patella.
Don't know what I did.

Yay! Carrothulu-Con will be the best thing ever! \o/ I'll bring the dip. I make a mean hummus.

Glad you're better, Phiala! (Sick while writing papers: yup, that sounds like a weekend at Penn State to me.) I hope the unexpected guests were good company, at least. :)

 
At 7:22 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

The server at work is vexing me. You are right, Lorraine: Work is trying to get in the way! Off with its ugly head!
Blah.

 
At 8:44 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

With the sad demise of Paul Newman, there is a void in the Celeb Food Space. I think we need to see "Neil Gaiman's Own Carrots".

 
At 9:17 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

DANGUY! Lovely idea, but I think I have enough to do thank you!

Nadine was having trouble posting comments as well, what is going on? I can't have you all turning Anonomyus on me!!!!!!

People had told me about Pushing Daisies, but I haven't seen it. The guy can write, that's for sure. I am so behind on True Blood, saw the first, and have it Tivo'd but it didn' get me excited enough to be panting to watch more...Has anyone been keeping up on it? Wortht he watch?

Our party is getting stranger by the moment...I love it!

 
At 9:19 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

"Neil Gaiman's Own Honey Glazed Carrots"

 
At 9:45 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

So...did Cabal eat his chicken?

Jess, that sucks. Hopefully you won't be in the brace for long.

 
At 10:12 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Gaiman's Own Frozen Cthulhot Sushi Rolls (now with 85% more tentacles)?

It's not so bad, ariandalen. I think I just strained it; it doesn't even really hurt as long as I've got the brace on. And sitting around reading with my leg propped up ain't a half-bad way to spend a Monday! :)

 
At 10:19 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

We are NOT going into the Cathluluot bussiness! Hee-hee, tho the idea is a funny one...

Yes, Jess, no good! Feel better! We are passng round a computer virus, not hurt knees!

 
At 10:42 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Gaiman's Own Cthulhotburger Puppy Chow! New Squid Ink flavour!

(I should probably note at this point, before I worry anyone too much, that it's just your average stretchy athletic knee brace I'm wearing-- not a doctor-prescribed contraption made of straps and splints. The knee is only a little ouchy. Mainly I'm trying to stay off it so I don't screw it up.)

 
At 11:23 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, that's good to know! Glad it isn't serious.

Are you getting lots of lovely writing done? I am feeling prety lazy today, dispatched all the work, and seen the dog happy, so all is well.

 
At 11:29 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Today I'm not, no. :( It's one of those Bad Writing Days where my head feels thick and empty no matter how much coffee I put in it.

I'm glad you're having a good day, though! Hooray fo happy-seeming pups and work dispatched! That's a very good place to be. :)

But do you have TEA? Must have tea.

 
At 11:47 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Dispatching all the work is good… are you relaxing? :)

Jess, sorry about the Bad Writing day -- hang in there, and don't break yourself any further.

 
At 12:39 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Jess -- glad to hear it is not serious. Sounds like a good day to stay tucked in.

Lorraine -- hurray for having work under control and a happy dog!

I love Pushing Daisies and I am very excited for it to start again. I was very afraid it would disappear.

The frozen sushi and the squid ink flavored puppy chow are scarier than zombie haiku.

Dan -- You'll be in big trouble if the Panda makes life difficult for Fablo! Does it really ask for its panda teddy. Wow. Seriously. Wow.

 
At 12:56 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Glad to hear that Dog is happy! :)

I'm with Aleta about the puppy chow. Frozen sushi and squid ink sounds more like cat chow to me.
CX

Not that I want Ms. Fabulous to have more work! I'm just sayin'...

 
At 1:04 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Jess - I think this is just an effect of guests over the weekend and having to clean up the house beforehand. And a great excuse for staying put.

Not much writing today (not much time) although I had a bit of wicked fun building a hay(na)ku story - about reading Sade, of all things!
In other news, I've just had what seemed to me like being the most unauthentic sushi rolls ever. They were lovely though, so I am not complaining, but felt more Vietnamese than anything else.

 
At 1:14 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Jess;
Must get glasses checked.
Read this:
Yay! Carrothulu-Con will be the best thing ever! \o/ I'll bring the dip. I make a mean hummus.
as
I make a mean human.

Not that there was ever any doubt; I'm sure you are capable of making whatever you like. :)

 
At 1:34 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Hope Cabal eats soon...poor pup :(

Glad the show was so incredible, that's great!!

Went to Neil Diamond w/ my parents last night, it was an awesome show! That man can still rock the house of thousands at age 67! He was amazing. Either that or i"m just a big dork...well, both probably!

Off to pick up the squirt at preschool.

 
At 1:43 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Lys - Mean humans, haiku for minor injuries, disturbing food-product concepts: you name it, I'm all over it.

 
At 1:44 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

I have actually seen all of the "True Blood" episodes, and I LOVE it.

I should warn you though, many of the series I have loved in the past have had short shelf lives...

Dead Like Me
Firefly
Wonderfalls

just to name a few.

I was delighted when "Pushing Daisies" came back. I was sure I had jinxed it..... October 1st is the first new episode.. Wish it luck.

 
At 2:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I fear this Panda...Kind of.

It is odd isn't it, how the best shows go so quickly....

Neil Diamond rocks. I am sure of it. The Mighty Kimbo saw him a few weeks ago, and talked my poor ears off about it.

 
At 2:47 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

In my imagination, that Pands has glowing red eyes- which does not bode well for anyone.

I saw too many episodes of "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits" as a child, now I fear that any inanimate doll-like animal or toy is posessed....
Can't you just see the panda walking toward you in the dark, when you are all alone...

Alright, I'm too giddy today, my boss is gone and I am playing on the computer- Back to work!

 
At 3:14 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

The panda has glowing blue eyes, actually.

It's a very nice RoboPanda. I turned his volume down so he doesn't yell all the time like a small hyperactive child.

 
At 3:19 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

You say that now Dan, but what do you and the Bee Alliance have in store for the future?

Truthfully, blue eyes sound really nice. :-D

 
At 3:23 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

He wiggles his eyebrows and ears too. It's very... articulated.

 
At 3:32 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Wow,
I'm impressed.... You are a master webgoblin, blogger, and gift-giver.

And the pictures I've seen of your kids lead me to believe you are an excellent father as well, blog antics nonwithstanding.

 
At 6:13 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Its eyes probably only turn red when it's angry. Like an Ood. Fortunately you can just yank the batteries out when that happens.

 
At 7:58 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Oh Jess

Yes, I loved the Ood story. Good call!

 
At 10:35 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Just watched last night's true blood...I'm totally hooked! Loving it!

 
At 10:36 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

@Jess LOL! the OOPanda we should call it. I'm sorry about your knee.
@Lorraine I'm glad Cabal is happy and eating.

 
At 2:06 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

The comments are strangely quiet…

 
At 2:07 PM , Blogger arwenn said...

I was wondering about that too! Hope everything and everyone are okay!

 
At 3:19 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Wow! The Fiends sure are quiet today! Perhaps everyone is tucked in with hot chocolate and A Good Book. I am.

 
At 3:22 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

I've been hammered at work today, but what's happened to everyone else?

 
At 3:25 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I was at the dentist w/ my son. He had to get a couple of cavities filled :(
Novacaine is finally starting to wear off so he can smile w/ both sides of his mouth now and not look like Popeye!

 
At 5:05 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

ugh so busy, too busy, barely can keep my head above water, won't let up anytime soon either. miss you all, hope everyone is doing well!

 
At 5:24 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Boo to cavities! Poor guy. But it's good that they're fixed, and hopefully there wasn't much pain involved.

Hope everyone's had a good, or at least interesting, day today! I've just been laying low, m'self. Not much to tell. Paid some bills, did some reading, agreed to read A Poem for an art show my local library's putting on next week (just the one). Listened to the first chapter of The Graveyard Book! Which was mighty fine. :)

 
At 5:32 PM , Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

Busy, yes, spent the day at KTEA-2 achievement test training, tomorrow it's a full day of Woodcock-Johnson achievement test training, groan, and then two hours of tutoring a couple of spec ed kids at school and then later tomorrow night, I start my new part-time job as a tutor in the athletic dept at the local state university. Twenty years ago, the idea of one-one-one teaching of football players would have made my heart go pitty-pat. Now, I'm old and just happy to get my $15 bucks per hour. :-) And I'm avoiding my homework. Instead, I'm watching "House" with my 12-year-old, who has just recently discovered this show. He likes the mystery and it doesn't scare him (he doesn't enjoy police dramas, like the Law and Order ones that I love). Hope you all are well!!

 
At 6:12 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Very quiet indeed! Just because I am not feeling well, darn plauge, doesn't mean YOU get to not be here....

Fighting off a cold, just sleeping and taking care of Cabal, who is eating again.....

(Waves)

 
At 6:29 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Hi Fiends
its been a busy few days here...THE sporting event of Victoria (AFL grand final) parties, recovery time.
Lorraine, I hope you keep the cold at bay and very glad to hear Cabal is eating. Good Dog

 
At 6:35 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Still trying to get my sleep schedule back in line after screwing it up royally this last weekend. So I've been a lazybones lying in bed and reading.

 
At 6:55 PM , Blogger Jess said...

(waves back, waves to all)

Feel better soon, Quiche!
Damn the plague and work hammers.
Cabal, sit! Good boy.

 
At 7:51 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

Oh n, the plague strikes again! I blame the Cthularrots.At least Cabal is eating. Sending good thoughts your way.
Was out a a pointless meeting last night.

 
At 8:20 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

oh, I meant to say...when I got carrots yesterday at the market they just looked so, well, boring. No cute little limbs waving at me.

 
At 8:38 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I don't have time to read comments as Henry V is still not read and I have to find some things in the boxes before I go to bed but I am having Fiend withdrawal and wanted to say hello. You all are in my thoughts, and I wish you were here to help me move. :)

I am sitting on my son's pink bean bag chair with a cat under my chin but at least I have internet! No desk or chair but that can wait.

Let's hope I have time to catch up on the important reading tomorrow. I mean, of course, you Fabulous' Fiends. Night and morning.

 
At 8:57 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

YAY! Cabal is eating. :)

BOO! Ms. Fabulous is ill. :(

Last night, I got all dressed up to give a free belly dance demo/Q&A at the dance studio, and no one came. Same thing this morning, except I didn't bother to dress...in anything other than street clothes. (Had you worried there for a second, didn't I?) I did kinda freak out one of the 10-12 year old girls in the ballet/tap/jazz class before mine. I can't imagine how much worse it might have been if I hadn't been wearing my cloak. I did look good, though.
CX

 
At 9:55 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Was just working... Tax seminar. Writing tax poetry. Chasing comics.
Having a stroll, taking pictures. Dinner. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzs (in moderate servings as usual).

Get better Lorraine!

 
At 10:05 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

So sorry the bug caught up with you Lorraine... I recommend ginger, honey, and lemon in hot water (can you tell I'm a mother?)

I am so happy Cabal is eating again.

Get better soon!

Good night fiends!

 
At 11:58 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Stupid plague. Sorry it caught up with ya, Lorraine. Lots of tea should be good.:) Tea and kitties, because they make such nice heat pads when they happen to hold still.;)

Speaking of which, I think the red tea is calling me from the kitchen.

Ariandalen, no one showed? Are they nuts? Don't they know how FUN bellydancing is? Sheesh.

 
At 1:08 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Pantagruel - your comment made me snort my tes - I think getting hammered must mean something slightly diffenernt in American than it dose in English (or else your job is more unusual than most!)

Q - sorry to hear you have succumbed to the lurgy - hope you feel better soon.


I've been doing nothing of interest - think the last of the plague caught up with me at the weekend - didn't wake up until after 2 p.m, so all the hosuework will have to wait another week.

On the other hand, now less than 2 weeks to Hamlet (Yay :-))

 
At 1:09 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

tea. it was tea I was snorting. (it was before breakfast. Maybe the pre-breakfast seepiness conmes out in the post breakfast commenting?)

 
At 1:13 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Quiet?
But we STILL have more than 100 comments. If that is quiet, then my blogs are suffering from rigor mortis...
Let's say: less wild than usual.

Game of skull, anyone?

Roll your skull in turn
Try to knock the others off.
Halloween still far.

 
At 1:26 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Marjorie, you're going to see David Tennant as Hamlet? I am so so jealous.
It looks fantastic.

 
At 1:39 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Dragonsally,

Yes, booked tickets a year ago and can't quite believe that it's actually nearly here, now! Plus, going with my 2 best girlie friends, both of whom live far enough away that I don't get to see them oftenm so it's a double bonus!

Add in that I'm going to Boss's Manchester reading/signing at the end of this month and October is lookign good!

 
At 1:45 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Sounds like an outstanding month of October!

 
At 1:57 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

What a great month.
At least I got to Boss's reading and signing when he was here.

I'm just re-watching Taking Over The Asylum, I'd forgotten how brilliant David Tennant was in it. Fods, its a good show.

 
At 2:54 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Did you get to see him in 'Recovery'? it was on the BBC here last February - very good indeed (David Tennant, I mean, Boss wan't in it as far as I know!)

I think I'm going to have to re-watch all my Dr Who DVD's to make sure I'm properly Tennanted up...

 
At 2:54 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Must stop reading comments and start working, now. *tears self away from interweb*

 
At 3:15 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I haven't seen Recovery - off to look it up now.
I'm always rewatching Dr Who...we just had the last ep of Season 4 here. Damned good episode

 
At 4:29 AM , Blogger Jess said...

David Tennant? Did someone say David Tennant? Eeeeeeee, David Tennant! And not just David Tennant, but Patrick Stewart. \o/ I'd love to see that. Have fun, Marjorie!

(I did get to see Patrick Stewart do A Christmas Carol at the Albery Theatre while it was still the Albery. That was fairly fantastic.)

I'll skull:

Surreptitiously,
Sal saws skulls by the seashore:
Her own Halloween.

 
At 4:48 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

When tornadoes
take over
the world.

(Just sayin'.)

 
At 4:52 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Carrots marrying cousin carrots?
Now I am going to have nightmare imagining sex between carrots (nightmare being: trying to figure it out...)

Now I am officially sick in Paris (or anywhere else I could care to be, germs aren't getting territorial and although most of them were collected in Le Touquet last week, I can't hear any of them swearing in French. Yet. With a little more fever, it might happen) and stressed (got medicine for that, though).
I return home tonight loaded with comics and pains au chocolat for my love and germs (plus comics) for me.
Tomorrow looks more and more like a stick-to-BED day. I might not remain conscious enough to read the comics though...

 
At 5:22 AM , Blogger Jess said...

When tornadoes take over the world,
and carrots marry cousins,
I'll be hiding in the shed,
Wearing my tin-foil hat.

I've got a load of tinned bananas,
and tools to open them with.
I'll be ready when the world ends,
and then it'll be just me.

 
At 5:30 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

You
And the tinned bananas.
Looking at the other in the eyes,
Wondering who will look down first.
Founder, fumble
And get eaten.

 
At 5:57 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I win the stare-out!
Bananapocalypse now.
Certainly appeels. ;P

 
At 6:01 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

You are the banana.
The famous Shrödinger banana.
I've got to split.

 
At 7:30 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

The Shrodinger banana splits
Someone oppend the box
observing Velvet Underground
What happened to the other half?

 
At 7:35 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Q, sorry your dealing with it now too. I'm still trying to clear my lungs and thinking about getting some steroids. (not the olympic kind)

I too have been insanely busy trying to make sure I have a job at the end of the year. I think it's just what generally happens as fall approaches. Suddenly our to-do list looms large and the end of the year seems too close.

I'm glad you are all doing well, overall! ;)

 
At 7:39 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Physics! Here's a physics poem for you, Fiends. It has very little to do with bananas, though.

————
Chance


If physics is to be believed, black holes aren't so black,
dimensions spawn from looks not given —
and Occam's razor badly needs sharpening.
It no longer suffices to split the endless
epistemological hairs entangling me.

Myriad things said and left unsaid
unfold alternate selves, all arcing toward
the person I can never be.

In another dimension, I'm
not blowing past every nebulous opportunity,
not recklessly wayward nor icy-tailed,
not incinerated when I try to meet another body.
Other selves split and shatter off
at the nadir of each encounter.
One of us ought to be successful at least.

It's comforting to consider
another atomic self who is enough,
who is searching every possible trajectory
to reach my destination;
but I never can recapture their journey.

 
At 9:07 AM , Blogger Jess said...

That is a very fine poem. :)

 
At 9:09 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Most excellent, even.
Despite the lack of bananas.
(Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today...)

 
At 9:17 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Pantagruel, that was a wonderful thing to find waiting for me at lunchtime! And it helped me recover from the bananas.

 
At 9:34 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Well that's easily remedied:

Marvin Suggs and His All-Food Glee Club

 
At 10:09 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

oh man, I never even attempted to take physics!!

glad Cabal is eating again and feeling better. Sorry the same is not true for you Lorraine! :(

I thought I'd get a quick food porn post up this morning but I can't connect to our box... unfortunately my tech support is my husband who is at work -- oh well.

 
At 10:16 AM , OpenID kali-licious said...

A poem about physics? Sounded dodgy to me..until I read it, and it was fine and true.:)

The bananapocalypse is has me chortling into my drink though.

 
At 10:23 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Oh dear Fod, Jess -- I can never unsee that!

But thanks, all for the compliments on the poem. ;)

How have all the Fiends fallen prey to the plague? Blogger must be infected or something. We should smudge it.

 
At 1:19 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Now that I am home (eindelijk!) I shall take some physic (ginger schnaps, most likely) and go to bed.
Good bananapocalypse, everyone.

 
At 1:32 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I haven't gotten the plague. I take 500 mg of vitamin C every night. :)

Hope you're beginning to feel at least somewhat better, Ms. Fabulous. Here's to feeling 100% and well! c\_/

Kali-licious, I tend to think it has a lot to do with the economy and a presidential election year. Too much uncertainty to spend money on yourself; your daughter can take dance classes, but better not spend that money on something fun for yourself. ::shrug:: And maybe I just need to take out an ad in the newspaper. ;)

 
At 1:43 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Jacquib: Chuck E. Cheese is a chain of restaurants (in the U.S.A.) that features pizza and games that are played with tokens. You get tickets from the games which can be exchanged for, typically cheap, prizes. It is a rival of Peter Piper Pizza, another chain restaurant. If you don't have kids, or nearby relatives with kids, you would probably never enter one. :)

Yes, True Blood is based on Charlaine Harris's books. It is a series on HBO.

 
At 3:33 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

True blood is based on Harris's books?

Quivers with excitement. I wonder if they will show it anywhere here. Probably on pay tv, which we don't have. *pouts*

Keeping my eye on the bananas in the bowl in case they apocalypse on me.
Would that be the same as becoming over-ripe? Certainly apocolptic for the nanananas when they overripen.
havng difficulty typing, there is a cat between me and the keyboard

 
At 3:45 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

If you can stand watching on a little screen on your computer, you can see all the episodes of True Blood on: HBO's Site.

I'm sooooo hooked. I didn't read the books though. I don't know how true the show is to the books.

 
At 4:45 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Chantrelle, it would only let me watch 2 minute snippets, drat it. from what I saw, its very much like the books though, which I loved.

 
At 4:47 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

oh bummer. I didn't actually try to watch them... damn HBO!
I do want to read the books, but now that I'm into the series I want to wait because I don't want to know what happens!

I'm trying to work out logistics for Neil's reading in San Francisco this weekend... can't wait!

 
At 5:37 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

awesome poem pantagruel! finally have a sec, hope everyone else is keeping away from the plague-i've been lucky so farm, Lorraine, hope you feel better quick! chuckee cheese, ahh good times, good times :)

 
At 6:33 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I just noticed ariandalen's teacup:

c\_/

That's marvellous. I'm filing that one away for later use. :)

Good night! Hope everybody feels better tomorrow. Wrap up! Push liquids.

A Bananapocalypse
can't be all bad
when it rains good
sugars and potassium.

 
At 7:39 PM , Blogger arwenn said...

So are there four monkeys of the bananapocalypse?

Death, War, Famine and Pestilence don't seem quite right though....hmmmmmm

 
At 7:47 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Val, that is a wonderful poem. I'm sorry I didn't say anything earlier.

Jess, the teacup is based off a beer mug that I saw used around 18-20 years ago in an AOL chat room. Or maybe it was StarText. I don't know, I've had two kids since then.
Beer mug is c(_), therefore a tea cup is c\_/. There was some way to show steam rising, but I can't remember what it was.

 
At 7:52 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Arwenn, the four Monkeys of the Bananapocalypse are:

See No Evil
Hear No Evil
Speak No Evil
Have No Fun

 
At 9:01 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Ah good night sweet Fiends!

Lorraine I hope you are feeling better today! I am guessing that maybe you are not. I am thinking warm-cozy-chicken-soup-thoughts your way.

Gayle -- hope you have furniture soon. Furniture can be helpful.

Lovely poetry all around!

I think I am going to make fliers and stand on street corners shouting that the Bananapocalypse is nigh. I think there need to be Bananapocalypse t-shirts. (including the four monkeys)

 
At 9:47 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Ariandalen I can just see the three (hear/see/speak) monkeys sitting next to the last one, whose arms are firmly crossed and who wears a distinctly sour expression.:)
I really like the teacup too.
A newspaper ad might be just the thing.:) It just bums me out whenever people refuse bellydance..after seeing what it does for women it's just frustrating.
Y'know how it is.:/

Spacedlaw you're home? Hope the ick is being summarily banished.
And that goes for you too, Lorraine.

 
At 2:18 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Marjorie, I've just watched Recovery, thank you so much for telling me about it.

Wow. If anyone needs proof that David Tennant is a brilliant actor this film will do it.

 
At 4:30 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Hi all, I haven't got time to read the comments (it is 4:30am and i have a full day tomorrow) but I wanted to say 'Hi' and 'bye' for a while... VCON is rolling. Lisa is here, I am delighted. I mentioned the carothulu to her since we were poking at our carrots at dinner, I think she liked it.

Poppet surprise #1 already sprung (hand-shaped poppet gingerbread cookies baked by moi, colored according to the rainbow) Poppet surprise #2 and #3 coming up tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

 
At 4:59 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Have fun and break a leg, Kristina.
Poppet shaped cookies!

 
At 5:47 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

ooh Kristina, lovely yummy poppet goodness - say Hi to Lisa for me, and I am sure you will all have a wonderful time at Vcon!

 
At 9:05 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Poppet cookies and Poppet surprises sound good - do you have photos?

Quiche - hope you're starting to feel better.

DragonSally - couldn't agree more about 'Recovery', although a lot of people didn't like it (probably becasue he wasn't being Dr Who...)

 
At 12:17 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Howdy do. Did you ladies see this post about commenting on the Endangered Species Act changes over on Birdchick's blog? Do it if you haven't yet, and if you're able. Channel that Bananapocalypse! Use that lurgy-grumpiness! Give 'em what for, fiends.

It's quiet round these parts again today! I hope you're all feeling better, and just off watching True Blood or something. Or at least wrapped up nice and snug with a cabana boy to look after you, fetch you warm liquids, and give you foot rubs.

 
At 12:22 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I've always seen the fourth monkey with hands crossed over the genitals, though arms crossed over the chest with a sour expression on its face works, too. ;)

May you feel better, Ms. Fabulous! For sinus and/or throat problems, you might try peppermint tea with honey.

c\_/

 
At 12:26 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, you have been busy while I have been sleeping, my fiends! Missed you! Feeling lots better, new post this evening. Not an exciting one perhaps, but there you have it...

Thanks for all the well wishes!

 
At 12:27 PM , Blogger Jess said...

...and of course when I say ladies, I should also add and gentlemen. Sorry, all you man-types. Have an ascii beer on me. c(_)

 
At 12:29 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Hey, it's Ms. Fabulous! Welcome back! Glad to hear you're feeling better. :)

 

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