Thursday, December 18, 2008

How To Shoot Movies In One Easy Lesson....

What a wonderful, wild, long couple of long hard days! Learned a lot since Tuesday. Tuesday was the day I learned I was the Person Running The Screening and also that this Doc Shoot was not a couple of guys with a camera for a couple hours, but a full on, day long movie shoot.

Right. Now last weekend I made an error. (yes, time you knew, I am very so not perfect, it is true) I hate making errors more than anything, and I work really hard to make things go perfectly, which, sadly, they do not always do. Makes me insane when it happens. So I was very determined that with both this screening and the Full On Doc Shoot, things were perfect, insofar as I had any say in it.

The screening, as you have heard did go off perfectly. (I figured out I was running the show when Henry Sellicks Assistant dropped me a note asking what Henry should do when he got there and what was going on) He was happy. Boss was happy. Everyone was happy.

While waiting for things to begin, Boss and I had a few moments to chat about the shoot the next day. He asked me when it started (got that one) when was he needed (got it) how long would they be there (Yup) How many in the crew (easy) and how many of those were hair and make-up and was there a separate wardrobe person.

Huh????????????????

I froze. I stalled. I never thought to ask about hair make-up and wardrobe. How could I have missed that??? I hadn't worried about wardrobe, I mean, he only has the one outfit unless we take it to suit, and that was in the closet. Well, yes, make up, but clearly this is not MY problem is it???

Well, if he was asking, it obviously was and I ought to have thought about it, and I am dead, as I have , for the second time this week, messed it up. (the words I was thinking were rather different and not printable)

I took a deep breath and with a sinking heart told him I had not asked.

Only to find my Buzzard of a Boss cackling fit to kill! MORE than pleased with himself. Got you that time, he said.

I admit, as I decked him one, that I was laughing too, but at the same time telling him exactly what I thought of this prank and how worried I was and how well he knew it. Got me indeed!!!!!! Coal in his stocking.

The shoot was loads of fun. The people were great, and as such things go felt like family by the end of the day. I love the logistics of movies, and the behind the camera bits. I'd never want to be in front of the camera, but all the different jobs fascinate me, and how it all works, and how people work together to make it happen.

It's them that make the film. Not the front of camera. I know they do their bits, and do it well but they certainly could not do it without the skill of everyone behind the camera. Today was a one day shoot. We had one front of camera, and 14 other people making it work.

I was Boss's Assistant and the "Lorraine can we, Lorraine where is, Lorraine do you have" person. For 14 hours. Loved it. Every minute of it. There was one women, not sure what her job title is, but she was the one coordinating everything, making it happen, making sure everyone had what they needed and that things happened when they needed to. That's the sort of thing I like to do.

Again, very fun to see how things work. Can't wait to see the final version. We got to watch it all on a monitor, which was fun, watching the rooms turn into sets, and the magic work.

The only time we ran into snags was, well Princess Snowflake the Cat is a bit of a Diva. They got a lovely shot of her running down the stairs, and then she prowled the set in a delightful manner, but then decided things weren't going quite right and started going back to the camera people, and the lighting and sound guys and telling them it wasn't all THAT perfect....

We had to banish her to the attic.

Cabel did pretty good, but he was a little enthusiastic and wanted HIS bits to be NOW, so off he went to Doggie Day Care until we were ready for his big scene where he romped in the snow with Boss. Had to re-take it a few times, more walking more romping, but he did great and didn't seem to care HOW many times we re-shot.

It was only when we were leaving that he let me know how he really felt. He took me aside and said...

"All I want for Xmas is more screen time than the cat"

Everybody wants to be in movies...

Love and film,
Lorraine

183 Comments:

At 9:28 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

So. Did you lie to Cabal? ;)

 
At 9:33 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Stayed awke -- not "up" exactly -- just to read this. Wonerful post. Love that Boss "got you". Hee

Love your day and your words describing it!

 
At 9:38 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, I said LOOK CABAL! It's a big white truck outside! That can't have been there ALL DAY, maybe you should go and bark at it.....

Thanks Aleta, sleep well! The storm seems to have been a non-weather event. Watch out for Saturday tho!

 
At 9:39 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Me too- just got home from Work II, which is why I haven't yet said how -perfect- it was last night.

I will more later (dead tired) but I wanted to say specially thank you Q. The whole thing-yes, movie too- was great.

Not all that often that a movie matches the pictures in my head from a story.
I think you were right, the score was the magical binding-together. I remember one part, where the song was so crystalline and pure and lovely...and let you know there was something bright and sharp and possibly fatal underneath.

Boss was being a brat eh? Coal in stocking is all well and good, but a "gotcha" right back is even better....after a sufficient amount of time has passed. The surprise factor is so important!

Okay, off to bed now.

 
At 9:41 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

You are Fabulous, Lorraine. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience so eloquently. It sounds like a very fun time... And the Boss "got" you, that is so funny.

 
At 9:54 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

And Cabal went and barked at the big white truck until it was out of sight. :)

It is off to bed am I.

 
At 9:57 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You are most welcome Beez, I was really glad you were there, but it was Boss who said I could invite my Fiends.

I think no at getting him back. I think that may have been in the nature of letting me know I forgiven the error last weekend.

Pretty funny it was tho.

And that movie was MAGIC. Can't wait to see it again. Scary yes, and I think kids will be holding their parents hands and telling them it is ok..

 
At 9:59 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Cabal barked at everything and everyone. He kept noticing there were, uh, a lot of people there. And this was a new thing. Despite the fact that they got there before nine this morning.

 
At 10:07 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

"more screen time than the cat" - love it. I've never had the chance to watch something being filmed like that. I think I'd be under everyone's feet wanting to know the what's & why's and how does that works.

 
At 10:13 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Dogs can be such tempermental divas! ;-D

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

It is pretty fun and I asked a LOT of questions, but everyone was really nice and I did try and stay out of the way. When I could.

Wait till we hear from Princess....

Pretty tired, and now off to bed with Lear and Mab, who will be getting no chicken tonight as I had no time to cook any. Wonder if they like American Pasteurized Process Cheese.

 
At 10:21 PM , Blogger na said...

Ach, yer Boss knows ye weel. Sounds like a long but lovely day. Hope the movie folks put stuff back, vis-a-vis the AFP troupe.

 
At 10:21 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

okay, I am falling into a heat induced stupor.... Nighty night fiends, my bed beckons....

 
At 10:37 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Sounds like an amazing day. What a little prankster Boss is!

Taking my new haircut off to bed. I love to see what it does when i wake up right after i get it cut short, it stands up every which way in ways i couldn't make it stand if i was trying! teehee.

 
At 10:45 PM , Blogger Martyn Drake said...

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At 10:47 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Naughty boss! Playing with your little heart like that!
Tsk, tsk tsk...

Love Cabal's aside on getting more screen time than the cats (he would, of course). That made me laugh, so thank for that.

 
At 10:51 PM , Blogger vampi said...

ooohers. that sounds like so much fun. it's so fun reading your blog as you have all of these unique experiences i will never know.

the music from the button picture thingie is amazing, creepy, yet addictive. i've just had the page open in the background from about 2o minutes.

 
At 11:08 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Just popping on to *wave* 'cause my 'puter is nearly unusable due to lack of memory, and I probably won't be able to get more until after the holiday.:(

Miss you all, Fiends.
Happy ChristmaChaunaSolstiKwanzaa!:)

ps..naughty Boss scaring Quiche like that!

 
At 12:22 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Buzzard of a Boss...heh! My favorite line of that post. Not quite sure why that's the bit that tickles me the most, but there you go.

I suppose I really ought to go try putting buttons on my eyes.

Oh, and given that it's a mere 2 days before the family heads to WI, these weather stories are scaring me. Really a lot.

G'night, Fiends.

 
At 12:40 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

'Buzzard of a Boss' indeed.... Although I loove the idea of a large wardrobe dept. for him. 1000 different shades of black, maybe?

Is the documentary an extra for Coraline or something completely different?

I can't wait for the film to come out here. .

 
At 12:41 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

(And if I remembered to tick the box the first time, I wouldn't have to add extra comments)

 
At 12:53 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Isn't it annoying Marjorie.

Quiche, great photo of you on AFP's blog. You all look frozen

 
At 12:54 AM , Blogger Martyn Drake said...

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At 1:04 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

another of Sally's put your drink down links

 
At 1:31 AM , Blogger vampi said...

i didn't see a link to afp's blog, but i am tired. lead fiend and boss sighting
linkie

fail blog is pretty great. i had to subscribe because of sally.

now if only i can stop watching "towering inferno" and go to sleep.

 
At 1:36 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Zut. I can't see the picture.
Oh well. One more thing to do when I come home... (That and comment on that blog to see if she'd be so kind as to post the lyrics).

 
At 2:09 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Today I finally took out from the library a book they've had on order for a while...just picked it up to look through it and discovered that its copyright is 2009
Have I traveled ahead in time?

 
At 2:41 AM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

wowzers.... such adventures, Quiche! And OF COURSE you survive/thrive/conquer! (with a little tease :) )

It was neat seeing the staircase, tho. Flashbacks!!

I appreciated the AFP link...'cause besides the cool (well, cold...actually :) ) pic of all of you, there was a link to Dickens Faire as she had just gone. More good old days memories! I was a Gel at Mad Sal's even before we met...

Watching the finale of the Library episodes / Dr. Who right now. Wowzers.......

Lorraine--when you awake, please check your email for something from me (as opposed to the thousands from everyone else :) )

THank you!!!!

 
At 3:18 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Haha! What a delightful description of it all. It sounds like things went swimmingly, thanks in large part to you.

 
At 3:34 AM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

BTW, Dragonsally. Well...er...of course you did!?

You're a Fiend, right? There you go then.

Dan--what the heck are YOU doing up? I know what's wrong w/ME, for haven's sakes....

Don't you have some Ambien or some such? :) JK.....

 
At 4:14 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

What fun! Except for the boss-induced panic, that is. :)

Here, the sun is not up yet. I _think_ it's been raining and all is ice-coated, but I can't tell yet. The body of the storm is looming orange on the radar map.

Don't mind me, I'm just whining about the weather because I don't want to go to work!

It doesn't matter so much what the weather is like, really, since I walk to work. I have good boots and proper clothing, and clip-on anti-skid thingies if needed (looks like a yes). (Yak Trax, they are very useful and get bonus points for an entertaining name.)

 
At 4:56 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I'm on the AFP blog??? Cool. I think I know the pic and we were freezing.

Snow here, and need to drive to the cities, but it is NOT a weather event, hardly more than a dusting. WHole lot of hype here.

Tomorrow tho, every time I see a forecast, it goes UP, both in % of snow (now at 100) and inches, now at 6-9.

Think I may try today to find a back up person for the gig tomorrow night, if it does come, I won't be going. Tho if it does come can't imagine anyone going....

We will have to watch and see....

Sleepy. Tea. Work. Right.

 
At 4:58 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lexo, if you are traveling on Saturday or SUnday it may not work for you if this happens, best of luck!

Kali, my brain is not working due to lack of memory....

 
At 5:00 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

You're up EARLY!

 
At 5:06 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Uh-huh. Tell me about it. Work thing and all.

Nap this afternoon, I'm just saying, if rock is going to happen tonight. If you are coming to a P&L show, come tonight. Not tomorrow.

And don't forget New Years!

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

Good Morning FabLo - very early indeed, for you - don't wear yourself out too much.

Wish I was within striking distance of a P&L gig - maybe Boss would liek a support band next time he does a european singing tour, what do you think?

 
At 5:48 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Ahem.Or signing.

(although judging by 'creepy doll', a Boss singing tour might be fun, too)

 
At 5:52 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

That is an excellent suggestion, Marjorie and I fully support it.

 
At 6:05 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

*hands Q a LARGE mug of tea for the early morning*

By the time I got to work, my umbrella was so heavily coated with ice that it wouldn't close.

 
At 6:05 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Lysandwr :: I'm up at 4am Eastern for work every week day, and read the blog while I drive to work.

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

Well now, I'll mention this to him. And he will say "Whhhhaaattt????"

 
At 6:25 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

i think the weather event landed here, to the glee and utter delight of the tv forecasters. it is lovely tho travel is impossible and everything is closed. i am glad we really didn't have much going today, and i can post grades via the internet. What a cool and fun day Lorraine, and your boss is quite the buzzard for the potential heart attack he gave you. But glad that went beyond well and looking forward to the release of Coraline!

 
At 7:31 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Well, you know. Cabal had to get in all that screentime to unleash his Cabal's Sekrit Plans. Though I suspect it'll be the same as all his other Sekrit Plans: steal chicken; bark at Things; sleep in sun.

Sounds like another busy but cool day ahead. Good luck with that 'snow' thing… it actually hit 32° at my house early this morning. Oof.

Last night, I went back out shopping, and got permission to raid the cuttings from one of the christmas tree places for branches. I filled the back of my Mini with branches, and will see if I can get even more tonight, to do up the house right for my Yule party on Sunday.

Off to battle deadlines. I will dominate my cup of coffee. And then I will show this annual report what's what. And then it's the turn of the 64 other projects.

 
At 8:05 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Saw the picture (I ran away from work at 16:00 sharp - I am now officially on HOLIDAY! Yeah!).
Nice bunch but you do look frozen.

 
At 8:19 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

You know, I babysit for a writer.

That is the closest to your job I ever want to get.

~The Masked Fiend

 
At 8:42 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Yay for being on holiday. Lucky Nat-LAw. I have to work another 2.5 days (although I doubt, somehow,much work ill get done on Wednesday morning)

On the plus side, I managed to settle my case so now I DON'T have to go to court on Tuesday. (maybe if I leave it in my diary and pretend I still have to go, I could sneak off home instead....)

 
At 9:23 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Yay nat for holiday! are you feeling better? we are on forced holiday today so that means work tomorrow if the storm lets up - we have over a foot of new snow so far, and it's still coming down like gangbusters. cold too, really frigid with the wind marjorie, hope you don't need to go to court!

 
At 9:27 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Thanks, I still cough a lot but a little less each day. I think (hope) that with rest, I shall be able to recover completely.

 
At 9:55 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Erm, we're traveling on Sunday. Might not work? As in, "You can't get there from here?"

Hoo boy...

 
At 10:46 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

The lady in question was most likely the PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, which, bless her heart, is my title on tour---- it is the person who gets everything from point A to point B. and you, my girl, would be a perfect one.

Another practical joke from Boss. I love it!
you made me proud.

Batman is sleeping Under my pillow in the big bed
and Kylie is trying to reach the thermostat to turn it up. She's so clever.

I sent AFP photos from our time there
and she said she loved the outside one and was going to post it...yes, FREEZY.

 
At 11:06 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

She did!

 
At 1:00 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

She posted the photo and everyone looks cute and quite cold!

I've been trying to get xmas gifts wrapped, etc today. It's ben's last day at school so all his stuff needed to be done since he'll, you know, be here until the 25th!

We're heading to SF tomorrow to see PDQ Bach and then stay the night and see Charlie Hunter on sunday. He's at Yoshi's where you get to eat sushi while watching jazz, what could be more perfect? It's where i interviewed Boss years ago but we had no jazz, just the sushi :D Alright, last 1/2 hour before school pickup, must accomplish something.

 
At 2:35 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

chantrelle, sounds like a great deal of fun! good luck with your wrapping up Christmas details! I am going to wrap tonight too - didn't do too much this year, but tried to get a surprise for each one. I miss the years when they were little - enjoy! Nat, take care of that cough, and rest so it leaves you completely - that really seemed to knock you for a blow. lex, where are you traveling? snow has stopped here (west Michigan) with a dumping of 15 inches, and tomorrow night will be more of the same....don't think there will be any problem having a white christmas this year!

 
At 2:46 PM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Heading to Milwaukee, Sue. Brr.

 
At 3:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Production Coordinator! That's it. That's what I'd like to do.

I don't know, storm tomorrow seems to be weakening too...By Sunday Milwaukee should be fine , Lexo I am thinking.

 
At 3:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Had a nap. Very good nap. Solid hour of much needed sleep. Gig soon...

 
At 3:39 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

the storm system we are in is coming more from the southwest, and may miss milwaukee altogether - tho it is supposed to be bitterly cold there. also, milwaukee doesn't get the kind of lake effect stuff we get here in western michigan - hopefully, travel will be good for you! i am crossing my fingers! i am a bit worried as saturday will be another big storm, and my daughter needs to drive back to univ. for work on sunday. ugh, i do hate winter.

 
At 3:44 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

I am pro-nap. Naps are good.

I am less pro-winter, generally speaking.

Good wishes to those traveling!

 
At 3:51 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Dan Guy:
self-admitted Drive By Blogging...

:)

Chantrelle: Yoshi's Rocks...er, Jazzes? Glad to hear it is still a quality experience.

Nat-Law: be well

All travelers and those whose families are traveling:
Be Safe!!!

Much much music tonight. Pretty much every musician in town plus out of town guests are showing up to play at local restaurant owned by Musos (and former Cali Ren Faire folk--we are everywhere!!)
Heavy on the cowboy boots, but the beer is good! (Alien Amber, from Roswell NM. No, really. I'm not kidding. Can prove it!!)

 
At 3:54 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Alien ale!

that is cool.

 
At 3:55 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Now the forecast is back up in inches for tomorrow.

Do you think it is really done with chicken entrails? Or is this Dan Guys idea of fun????

DO me some nice chatter tonight for my breaks yes??? I love reading comments on the phone. Wish I could respond.

I can reply to real e-mails tho, if anyone writes me, I can respond and you can post them FOR me, she says, not wanting to miss some Friday night fun, if there is any....

I may take Venus and Mim out into the snow tomorrow, just for fun, if they want to go.

See you late tonight!

 
At 3:59 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Make sure you take some photos of the girls in the snow if they go out Q, they would look awesome

 
At 4:04 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Bengals in Snow:

Catmoflage--yer doin' it wrong :)

er, that should be Camouflage. Just got Furries on the brain, s'pose.

yes, Sally, it is :)

What does it mean that a little while ago outside this large (40 plus birds) flock of seagulls (again, I am SO not kidding) flew overhead. They took a wrong turn at Salt Lake City, and are using the Rio Grande to get back to the Gulf of Mexico?
Just guessing here. Maybe I should ask the Birdchick......

 
At 4:06 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

that is one heck of alot of seagulls......i think i would stay indoors..and ask birdchick:)

 
At 4:06 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

oh yay my photo upload worked! i feel all so accomplished :)

 
At 4:15 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

And great photos they are Sue.

I am going outside to sit in the sunshine and read for a little while. It feels like this is the first sun I've seen for weeks, although I know that's not true.

 
At 4:17 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

For you, Fablo, while you're gigging (actually, that sounds vaguely violent -- don't frogs get gigged? or am I dreaming again?). I don't have any fun chatter right this second, but I'll think hard. Or as hard as my mind can think right now, which is kind of like asking a piece of cooked pasta to stand up straight...

 
At 4:17 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Ivenotime: Well done! Love the shirt, of course, but also the doggy ears: one up, one down :)

Yes, that is a LOT of seagulls. Especially for central New Mexico!! It isn't like there is even a largish body of water other than the river for hundreds of miles. But we are near to the Bosque del Apache, where there are thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Light Geese and other birds...so maybe they were visiting.

Or maybe they're on their way from Area 51 to Roswell. :)

 
At 4:35 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Ah, see, now...there's your problem right there, BA. You're asking. When you should be telling.

It isn't like cooked pasta's gonna have any backbone of its own.

Well, unless it's REALLY al dente.

 
At 4:49 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Right. I'm back inside. Didn't take long for my arms to start burning in the sun.
Starting re-reading the Sookie Stakehouse books.

 
At 4:50 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Aawww, look at all the "fiends with dogs" photos! And they're all "small" dogs too!

Lys - How did you like the Dr. Who episodes?

Lorraine, I've got NOTHING entertaining to regale you with... Maybe later.

 
At 5:13 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Ticia;

Unfortunately, I seem to watch them completely out of order...

That said, I actually saw the FIRST Library episode several weeks ago (insert several other semi-random Dr. Who episodes in between) and then the second one last night.

AWESOME! Right. You'd never know I write, would you, considering my lack of more enterprising/creative adjectives to describe a bleepin' television show.
But seriously--I'm even getting my Mom into "this new young punk doctor" .... she hasn't watched the show in decades. hehehehehe

Oh, and again regarding the two library episodes. Did I mention I cried? herm. well. Anyone could have.....

 
At 5:23 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

The library episodes were pretty awesome.
Right, my day is going like this...let one dog out, sit down, start reading, let other dog out, sit down & start reading, let one dog in, sit down and almost pick up book, let other dog in. *sigh* These dogs keep me fitter than I should be.

 
At 5:29 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lys, those episodes werefsbulous. So multi-dimensional. (just between us, I cried too). GREAT storyline and creative
"villians". And, you write? I should have guessed. Your writing style is so natural and effective... I feel like I bumble along here with all of you "real" writers...

 
At 5:39 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Ticia;

Oh, no you don't!! We'll have none of that MODESTY stuff here. I've yet to "meet" a Fiend w/out pots of talent up their sleeve....ears...head....whatever.

And don't let me mislead you; I'm not one of them there perfeshonal writers :)
Now and then, on very rare occasion, I am published. Mostly too lazy (real writers WORK at it) and/or too busy and or too distracted (ooo, shiny object!)

By dent of posting here, we is all writers...neh?

 
At 6:01 PM , Blogger Beez said...

um...ummm....entertain Quichie...

*casts about wildly in her brain*

I am biting the heads and limbs off of gingerbread men! Does that count?

Since I am sadly not at the gigging, (and yes Grace, frogs get gigged, very bloody too....which Q's gig hopefully isn't although that could be entertaining I s'pose....)- anyway, in lieu of said non-frog gig I am indulging in my Die Hard Classical Or Be Dammned Christmas Music night.

All a cappella, all very old carols first, and then ON TO HANDEL!

Hem....I shall be singing along with the "There Were Shepherds Abiding" recitative.

I hope the neighbors don't take it all too badly :P

Sue! Corgies in the snow! And you! So so cute.

Hopefully we shall see Bengals in the snow....with or without blood.

 
At 6:11 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

well, I just put up our new fabric door thingie (imagine one huge fringe over the door) to try and keep the flies out. The bamboo curtain that we had was getting plain dangerous, with little bits of the wire they used to join the bamboo bits pocking out everywhere...a danger to dogs, cat and human. Even if this keeps one blowfly let in while holding wire door open for said dogs out, we'll be winning.
Lys, we are so writing tomes here..

 
At 6:16 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lys, you are right... I come here because this is where all the cool kids hang out...

I am on a personal voyage of discovery right now.. well, for the last two years.

It is scary, exhilarating, frustrating, and wonderful all at the same time...

Some day, I WILL be a published author. I just wish I had woken up to this realization twenty years ago...

Forty-two is a tough age to teach an old dog new tricks...

 
At 6:32 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

No, no Ticia, never too old - i am, ahem, in advanced middle age, and received my bfa in sculpture in 2003 - my first career before twins was as a fortran computer programmer (now i am REALLY dating myself:). I teach part-time, but still working on improving and developing my work. I applaud your dedication-and it will happen!

and yay - so many fiends with furries! should furries come to the party in june :)....

And Lys, tank has always had his ears like that - he comes from a working corgi stock, not show - and i fell in love with his little quirk. I could've had it fixed surgically, but somehow that would change him. (and you are published? impressed!)

Oh and Beez, i am hearing some lovely melodies faintly in the wind.....and how and what is a frog gigging?

 
At 6:33 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

sally, sunburn,....SUNBURN......ahhhhh, i remember sunburn.....i remember Warm Outside......i remember flies........

 
At 6:34 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Flies and fleas and bumblebees, grass stains on my naked knees ...

 
At 6:34 PM , Blogger na said...

Hellooooo fiends!

Happy gigging, FabLo and Paul!

Sally, you rather blew my mind with the getting-burned-by-the-sun thing. I know not all the world is in winter, but that made it seem more real.

Have had a long day. Took the car in to get a flat replaced, and ended up having to kill three hours at a mall. Although it turned out alright. Treated the dragonette to pancakes and time on the library kid's computer, and I got a hair cut. Spent the rest of the day cleaning, packing, etc. We're traveling, too, and I am one to clean the whole house before leaving on a trip.

Have been blasting Deee-lite to keep me going all afternoon, and now downloading Dar Williams and Dresden Dolls to an iPod Shuffle. Wheee!

 
At 6:39 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Dar Williams, Dresden Dolls, Emilie Autumn, Handel (ahhh Handel)... Fiends rock with their musical diversity... I love it all...

Oops- husband is grumbling about family time....

I'll come back later...

 
At 6:40 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

re: FabLo gigging---go get em tiger!

NAT-A-LAW! those cards are stunning, is this your artwork? i am in love with the Batlady...
many thanks, and be on the mailbox lookout, once I resurface from packing prints---
i am knee-deep in poster tubes...probably what Quiche will be doing too soon....it is fun with my lovely assistant Kali/Batgirl/Catwoman. Batman just points.

Boss says I am to come out in Jan, hurrah for fire and hottubs and big King Lear. I am emailing you a photo of Batty with Lear's worried expression. They are brothers in concern.
hope your drive is safe, lady.

 
At 6:48 PM , Anonymous El said...

Hello, fiends! I feel like I haven't seen you all in a long time. As a Tundra-girl, I can say that it is totally possible to get sunburned in the Frozen North during the winter.

Ticia, 42 is the perfect age for everything. Just ask Douglas Adams.

I had a flurry of inspiration tonight, and thought of a gift for my mom, aunt and cousin. My shopping is almost done!

We don't go in big for presents, but I really like to see people's faces when I manage to get exactly what they wanted.

Speaking of my family, apparently all of them will be invading my home tomorrow. Any fiends want to harbor me if I need to escape?

 
At 7:08 PM , Blogger Beez said...

It's Holiday Fiends! Kitty is coming out in January?.

Well....okay. Hot tub and fires are good. Can't wait to see one o' those poster tubes showing up here....just to help get you out from under.

Sue- frog gigging in one word- SPEAR (more like a trident, multi-pointed).

 
At 7:15 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Fiends you are a warm read!

No gig for me tonight. I must google the whole frog gig thing. I assume it is not Kermit singing at Charlie's.

I bought my kitty some new toys today. I have not done that for awhile and she was very happy to play with the feather tailed mousy toy!

I love the wide music tastes here too. I am making my 4th annual Christmas CD for the godchild and we were picking songs last night. We both like Carol of the Bells and have come up with I think 6 versions for this year's CD. Love the one the Trans-Siberian Orchestra does mixed with other songs to create their Sarajevo song.

 
At 7:29 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Very busy working and running errands and having appointments and what not. Wish I were at the gig! Have a great show!!!

 
At 7:32 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Sue said:

"No, no Ticia, never too old - i am, ahem, in advanced middle age,"

Is THAT what we are?

Glad I know now. I was wondering.

Damn straight Fiends- never too old!

 
At 7:36 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

This "movie shoot" post is so well written. Of course everything you do is, but I really like this one. Too tired to articulate why, but I really like it. :)

 
At 7:44 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Oh and, Q, I don't think I mentioned how much I love that you used buttons for tickets to the movie. What a great keepsake from a great night!

 
At 7:47 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Beez, I should have guessed you would know what I meant about frog gigging. On occasion, Beez can read my mind, even though we've never actually met in person, so to speak! :-)

I still have nothing funny to write. But I'll babble on anyway!

And Ticia, I am 43 and proud of that. I am still in the process of getting my master's (remember all that kevetching and whining about homework?!) and just this past fall started teaching, the job I've wanted to do for years. And I love it, even if it does wear my life right out. Unfortunately, I get my dream job and then many other things in my life take a big-time tumble... Oh well.

I did get an interesting call today from one of the behavior specialists in the district, and it looks like I might be picking up a temp homebound job (when a student, for various reasons, has to be taught at home). A student who is unable to be taught in the alternative placement school, which is the school for the kids who are too disruptive for regular public schools, needs some teaching. Due to certain behaviors and family situations, the lead teacher had thought to offer this to a male teacher, but decided to offer it to me first. Should start next week, despite the holiday (only a few hours a week, so I still get some holiday). I am old, mean, and have scary eyes, wear my old black Doc Marten's and my old pawn-shop bought motorcycle jacket (from when I did ride a bike and now it's my winter coat because, well, I can't afford to buy another coat and why shouldn't I wear it everywhere all the time??) and I cannot be charmed. We'll see how it goes. Thank heaven I was serving inclusion in two Algebra classes this past semester, because maths are needed here.

Regardless, this should be interesting. I will either learn I can do this type of intensive behavioral work, or I will learn that I need more training and time. A good lesson either way.

Still feeling a little tumbled in the heart and head. But y'all fiends have been fun to read, even while tumbling!

 
At 7:50 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

I always figured thirty-four or so was the ideal age, but the forties sound pretty good to me.

Good-bye for the night, Fiends.

~The Masked Fiend

 
At 7:59 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Okay, to me this is funny, but your mileage may vary. :-)

My youngest son, age almost 13, informed me tonight that he wants barbecue chicken for Christmas dinner. Not turkey, which I thought he loved, not roast beef, which I thought he at least liked. No, he wants good old barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, and derby pie. Hmmmm . . . wonder what his older sibs will think of this?!

 
At 8:03 PM , Blogger Beez said...

*hugs Grace tight*

Yours is a very lovely mind to read :)

The home-bound teaching thing sounds like a challenge, I think for all the reasons you gave plus that mind and heart of yours, you'll do fine.

I am laughing at your biker jacket description. I wear my (many years old) one all winter too, I just stick a fleece or sweaters under it. I realized this week that I've had the jacket for at least 20 years.

 
At 8:04 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Heh. Let us know what the sibs say

 
At 8:04 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I am 40 and am just now finishing my B.A. I plan to pursue a masters in school admin. Hurray for a new life in our 40's!

Bulfinch, it sounds like you are about to learn a lot. I'm sure you will find it challenging in a good way.

 
At 8:25 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

**hugs Beez back ** You know, I always wished I had a "z" in my name, so when my daughter was born, I put a "z" (or is that "zed"?) in her middle name: Suzanne. :-)

I just got to see fireworks! For real! The college Division II football championship was being played in Chattanooga and the stadium is only about 1.5 miles from my house. Well, the game just ended, the Richmond Spiders won, and they set off fireworks! I can see them from my backdoor. Cool, huh? Although the dogs were not so happy; loud boomy noises are not their friends.

Re the homebound job, part of the problem with the student is his ability to initially charm adults, to insinuate himself with teachers and seem sweet and reformed and helpless, and then turn on a dime and go off. With me, there will at least be no charming. So we can skip the sweet, reformed, helpless, then horrible progression and just go right to the horrible, which doesn't usually bother or scare me much. But who knows? I do have lots to learn, but in this case, age and experience in other areas of life are helpful. I can't really imagine a 22-year-old fresh from college first year teacher doing this, but not because such a person eventually couldn't. Sometimes, there isn't any substitute for age and experience! And guile helps, of course. :-)

And the behavior specialist was very clear that if I felt uncomfortable at any time, I was free to leave and call her and decline the rest of the job and that will in no way harm my rep or career. And she's pretty darn honest, so I believe her and that's a relief. We shall see what happens. And after all this build-up, he will probably be fine with the one-on-one teaching, and the job will be uneventful!

I should head to bed soon, but recently, sleep is not the respite it usually is so I may just stay up...

 
At 8:32 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Hmph. I am off to bed, but Grace- if you would like to reach me, I am beezerbub@gmail.com

If I didn't have to go to Work II in the morning I would just stay up right now.

*more huggs*

 
At 8:34 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Grace, I may have missed it but how old is this student? I always find it helpful to remember that calm control is the key. Even if I am faking it. It doesn't always work (like when a 6 foot tall boy tried to beat me up when I was 7 months pregnant) but it usually goes a long way. I know that I don't really know the details but I have a feeling that you are going to do a smashing job! I am a Cancer. I know these things. :)

What I mean is, good luck and you will be brilliant!

 
At 8:42 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I hope the show is fun! How could it be, really, without me but I'm sure you are doing your best. ;)SO kidding.

Rock ON, Ms Fab!

 
At 8:49 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

ack beez, i struggled with that - i feel young, and i know you do too- but I have seen our age group put in slots of retirees (are they serious?!?) and articles which describe our age bracket in terms of "what to do with aging skin" (but isn't all skin aging, no matter how many years we have spent on this planet?), and estate planning (yeah, it's necessary, but it is for every age group)......so what the heck are we? I need many more years to do all i want to.

Grace, the schooling sounds challenging - and you are neither old nor mean but do possess a wicked cool jacket. (lord, if you are old i am decrepit, don't want that!!!)

beez, spears on frogs, thank you for clarifiying!

 
At 8:50 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

42, 43...ah, those were the days. I gave birth to DD2 forty-seven days before my 42nd birthday. She is twenty-five months and eight days younger than her sister. And in less than two hours, I will be 47. DH will be 48 three days after Christmas.

A week ago there was a doe in my front yard just before 3:00 PM. :)

I know that when you want frog legs, and your local grocery or supermarket doesn't carry said legs, you have to go frog gigging. You have to go at night in the warmer months as frogs hibernate.

 
At 8:50 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

*sweet dreams and goodnight hugs to Beez*

The student is high school age, but I haven't gotten the paperwork or IEP yet so am not positive of actual age (will be meeting with behav. spec. on Monday). Haven't had a student try to beat me up yet -- wow, I am in awe of your bravery, seriously!!! -- but have been involved in helping break up a school fight involving an emotionally disturbed student, and with a student who was threatening self-harm, plus some other behavior issues. Let's just say I've seen some of my students arrested, sigh, and I'm learning all sorts of things about both local and nationally affiliated gangs.

In this case, the home situation involves a parent who believes the student is totally innocent and a parent whose too-familiar actions creeps other teachers out (I'm sure you can imagine what I'm referring to). This is where the age, life experience, and years working with juvenile court will help! I am still working on that calm thing. I can be pretty patient with students, but still need that calm!

And thank you, GP, (and all of you) for your encouragement and support. I really really appreciate it. More than I can properly say.

 
At 8:56 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Big smiles and hugs to Sue -- yes, it is a cool jacket. :-) And you are so very very far from decrepitude! You do so much, and are so talented. (I still think that the auction of your green glass Sandman was one of the big highlights of FG.) There are times when I realize that the ol' body isn't as resiliant as it used to be and some things take longer to heal. But for me, age is a blessing!

Okay, seriously, I need to hush and go to sleep. :-)

 
At 9:02 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Well that is much more difficult when the parents are involved!!! No human was ever "totally innocent" and any one with any semblance of mental health knows that. GOOD LUCK!

You will be great! Even if it does not work out as a long term gig you will be a positive influence.

Bed now. M does not care how late I stayed up. He wants me to GET up far too early.

Night all. Unless I come back later. ;)

 
At 9:06 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i feel slightly guilty for being one of the ones who ordered the print causing lots of poster tubes for kitty. i do not envy your task of mailing them all out.


do not, i repeat, do not go to the Disney store before christmas. it was like a war zone. adults snatching toys form each other, parents ignoring crying/screaming kids, i saw one drag her child across the store by his arm, his feet were not touching the ground. who needs birth control, just go shopping.

and just so ya'll can giggle at me. i tend to read aloud each commenter's name in my mind. i like to imagine how words sound when i read them. (it took me months to read dune because of this)

so ivenotime. i was so reading that as iven otime, like you are a leprechaun or something. i've no time... i get it, i'm just s l o w.

i am so daft. giggle and carry on

 
At 9:20 PM , Blogger na said...

Happy (almost) Firbday adriandalen!

More power to you, Grace. Sounds like you're well suited to the challenge coming up.

A belated goodnight to everyone who's gone/going off to sleep. :)

"Gigging" - I'd forgotten. I learned what that means while in Texas, as in "Gig 'em, Aggies!" Ew.

I'm 41 and getting reacquainted with my creative self. No way can this be "too late"! Nope. Not buying it. Whichever muse speaks to you, at any time in your life, listen and follow. It's for YOU.

 
At 9:29 PM , Blogger na said...

Urgh! Vampi, that's aweful, what you describe, although I am not surprised it happens. Nothing can be worth that. Or maybe I'm missing something - though I doubt it.

I contributed to Kitty's poster tube nutsiness - whee! Or, oops, sorry? I can't use Paypal from here, though, so had to send a check, so seriously, the check's in the mail. ;)

 
At 9:31 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Oh, don't get me wrong, I love/hate my muse.. She wakes me up in the night, I neglect housework, I lose focus in the middle of important calculations, I get cranky when I haven't fed the muse in too long... and when I do something/anything creative, my soul is filled with peace and happines.... quickly followed by doubt and insecurity, but I'm working on that.

It's just that my life was completely full before I woke her up. The juggling is exhausting me! If I had started BEFORE I had a family, I like to think it would have been easier.. HA!

And Vampi - you'll NEVER guess how to say my name just from the spelling. :-D

It's "TEA-SHA" ... like Mischa...

 
At 9:33 PM , Blogger vampi said...

oh i managed to miss the whole conversation about home schooling. for some reason gmail put that in a different email string. that sounds challenging and interesting. you have a good attitude going in, so i think you will do well.


ooohers much birfday wished for ariandalen.

 
At 9:39 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

I feel sort of bad going to bed before the Fabulous Miss Q has come home and told us all she's okay and the evil snow didn't try to eat her car. But I'm actually feeling sleepy at night, which is a change. Normally, I'm nocturnal but teaching forces me to go to bed long before I want to, but I'm not teaching tomorrow so I thought I'd be up for hours longer. Plus, someone has to stay up and be vigilant against the bad things that come out from under the bed or the closet, you know. Then, in the day, that someone can take a long, long nap. Right??? Okay, maybe not, but it used to work in my house. But now everyone's grown up and mom is no longer on guard duty. So, to bed instead.

Quiche, I hope you rocked the house tonight and the driving was easy!!!

 
At 9:40 PM , Blogger vampi said...

Ticia, i was close. i was adding an extra ee like alicia "tee she ah"

consider it updated in my mind :)

 
At 9:50 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

::singing::

Wintertime
Hope the drivin' is
Ea-zeeeeee!

I know, no idle wish in the Northern Plains, but I couldn't resist. ;)

Soon I may fall asleep at the keyboard.

 
At 9:51 PM , Blogger na said...

Ticia, I don't know. I stopped feeding my muses when I did start a family, and it's a bit rough to fall away and come back.

There's a marvelous, wonderful, incredible album (so say I) by Eddie Vedder, the soundtrack to "Into the Wild." This topic reminds me of the song "Hard Sun". Hmm. Can anyone give me a briefing in how to do links within a comment?

 
At 9:53 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Ohh Sue, I want to see the green glass Sandman... pics????

Good night BA (I like that Lys(?) shortened your moniker)...

I'm awake for hours yet: laundry, dishes, and maybe "muse time"...

I am completely recovered from AFP and have no plans for tomorrow.

And El:(from long ago) I've been telling anyone who'll listen that my age is "the answer to life the universe and everything". Yay for
Douglas Adams.. Did you know he died when he was 42? Spooky or what?

 
At 9:59 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I'll give it a try, Na.
< a href="http://www.website.com">Name< /a>

You wouldn't have the space between the less than symbol and the "a", or the "/a", and you do have a space between the "a" and "href="etc."

Is that as clear as mud?

 
At 10:01 PM , Blogger na said...

thanks ariandalen! i was also googlecating. think i got it...
lyrics to Hard Sun

 
At 10:02 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Ariandalen - good earworm!(I love Porgy and Bess).. but shouldn't you be singing:

Hap-py dri-ving for me,
Hap-py dri-ving for me,
Hap-y dri-ving in win-ter,
Hap-py dri-ving for me?

Vampi - Everyone gives me an extra syllable. :-D

Na - That's EXACTLY the problem I'm having... but I've compounded it by not resuming my original obsessions... I'm really starting from scratch!(Well, I'm a voracious reader, but It's NOT the same.)

 
At 10:02 PM , Blogger na said...

oh my FODS that makes me so happy. figuring that out made my day, my week. ah, the simple things...

 
At 10:03 PM , Blogger vampi said...

new meaning to killer sandwich
i love reading the bbc news. you get gems like this article. i mean poor girl, but it is kind of funny that the sandwiches were killing her. you'd think they would have focused on the soda, since soda is actually bad for you.

42 is always the number i guess when someone asks for a number. <3 DNA

oh i'm being posty tonight. i should be trying to sleep. i have a 6am call. ugh!

 
At 10:06 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I've missed the home schooling bit - have to reread comments and catch up.

Never to old to learn new things. I went back to uni in late 30's, Pete's back in late 40's, my mum is doing her umpteenth degree in her mid 70's.

 
At 10:10 PM , Blogger na said...

Ticia, new or old, it's still all coming from you, your spark.

I like the punk concept of, do it, even if you don't know how yet.

Hmmm. Non sequitur? Random thoughts, meant to be encouraging and supportive.

 
At 10:15 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Yay to NA - good work! And I'm now listening to your soundtrack recommendation... Awesome!

And Vampi - what is it about the BBC? They really do have the best stories.

Hey, does anyone have the original BBC radio version of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on CD or MP3? I know It's a weird question, but I have been unable to obtain it for years. I want it on my IPOD.

Thank Fod for "preview"

I love your encouraging words, Na. They ring true! "The Punk Concept" - perfect.

 
At 10:16 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I need Fiendish computer expert help.

I just went to my techo-phobe friend's place to make sure he had the latest security updates. To my horror I found his Automatic Windows Update hasn't been working since October. Nothing I tried worked, so I've come home very frustrated. Does anyone have any ideas?

 
At 10:28 PM , Blogger vampi said...

ticia.. email me vampiress at gmail dot com. i can hook you up

 
At 10:32 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Ticia, I don't have the HGTTG BBC radioplay. We do have, somewhere, a copy of The War of the Worlds musical with Richard Burton on tape. That needs to be on my iPod. ::nodding::

 
At 10:37 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Vampi - My Saviour!!!!! I'm doing it right now!!!

And Ariandalen - you intrigue me. I've heard the original radio play, but not this musical you speak of...

 
At 10:40 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Well, BA seems pretty BA to me, in her leather jacket n all :)

Love the conversation lines tonight!

 
At 10:41 PM , Anonymous El said...

Ticia- When I was in college "42" was the default answer for everything for my friends.

"Where's the remote?"
"42"

or

"What do you want for dinner?"
"42!"

Sadly, our profs did not find it an acceptable response. (Except for the one, but he described himself to me as "the professorial version of Marvin the Paranoid Android.")

Now it is way past my bedtime. Lorraine, I hope all went well, and I think we'll be seeing you New Year's Eve. *crosses fingers for luck*

Night, all!

 
At 10:41 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Grace, that lad sounds like quite a challenge. Good luck with him.
Ticia -yes!

 
At 10:46 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi FIends, awake and asleep! Home now safe and sound, no snow yet. Long hard gig, but much fun at times. SERIOUS lack of people at this show so we got in a lot of practice.

Fiend Amy was there which was lovely. She was half the audience most of the night.

Spent 20 minutes learning Sloop John B on stage.

Kind of says it all, Fods I am tired.

Sloop John B rocks tho.

LOVING the chatter! Darned I missed some fun things, too tierd to think of responses tho..

 
At 10:46 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lys - you made me laugh out loud! I hadn't made the BA connection until now, I blame AFP.... (Well, SOMEONE has to take the bullet!)

And El, "The professorial version of Marvin... hahaha!"

Why am I now hearing "Bueller?, Bueller?" in my head?

 
At 10:49 PM , Blogger na said...

FabLo, you still rocking?

Sally, I sure don't have a clue. Maybe Google can help?

I am needing sleep. Please excuse >yawns<... the yawns. 'Night-morning, Fiends.

 
At 10:51 PM , Blogger na said...

Ah, speak of the Empress and she appears...

 
At 10:52 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Q, you have given me tonight's earworm. Luckily, I love that song.

 
At 10:56 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Actually, I didn't spend 20 minutes LEARNING it, I sang it acapella while Paul was tuning, what I remembered, then had the bartender go and print me lyrics, and then while that was going on Paul made up a kind of island riff, we got the lyrics and brought the house down.

OK. House was SMALL.

But I stand behind the rock

 
At 10:56 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

It came out in 1978 as "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds." I like it, and after googlecating, it's available at Amazon.com on CD and as MP3s.

 
At 10:58 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I thought you stood behind the John B?

;)

 
At 11:03 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I've got this special anniversary edition of war of The Worlds, redone CD's, with special big book. To go with the CD and record I already have.

 
At 11:07 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

I am WAY ahead of you Ariadalen. It's already on my wish-list there.... And THANK YOU VERY MUCH! That little foray into Amazon added 3 new things to my list... Did you know Gorey illustrated a 1960 version of Wells' "War of the Worlds"? And Gorey has a book of his favorite ghost stories? My list is already 20 pages long!
:-D

 
At 11:09 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have too much Gorey now. The Gorey kitchen can hold no more, especially since I just got that poster book...

I think my brain is shutting down...

 
At 11:12 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I know mine is. Or maybe it's just my eyes are tired of my bifocals. The fact that my right eye changed one month after getting my expensive glasses and contacts might have something to do with it. :P

 
At 11:15 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

No! No! Lorraine, you must stay awake with us! If you fall asleep, we will put toothpaste in your hair and put your unmentionables in the freezer.. oh wait.. you already live there!

 
At 11:23 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

awwwwww

 
At 11:26 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

You find the BEST pictures Sally!

 
At 11:29 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Ariandalen, I've heard of that happening with other people too. How weird....

Have we lost you Lorraine?

 
At 11:33 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I get nearly all the LOL stable by email Ticia, and lots of other cartoons and things.

 
At 11:36 PM , Anonymous jacquib said...

Hey Ariandalen,

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and may you have a surplus of sumptuous sauteed spicy brains and no Teddy Bear biscuits spread with vegemite (or the Texan equivalent!)

 
At 11:40 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Jac- how sick am I? I was thinking "eeww" of the vegemite... not the brains! LOL!

And Happy Birthday Ariandalen!

 
At 11:59 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Wow, lots of chatting while I was in bed.

Happy Firbday, Ariandalen - have a great day.

How spooky is this, tho, Lysandwr, I was watching (and weeping over) the second part of the Library story last night, too - Evol Triplet mindmeld, maybe? And then Sloop John B came on to the i-pod (shuffling away as it is) just when I got to La Quiche's comments!

Got to get dressed and do housework now, then some giftwrapping.. I am the worlds worst wrapper-upper (I have about 17 thumbs and no manual dexterity whatever) and this year I have faile dmiserably in my normal habit, which is to buy suare or rectangular gifts only, which are easier to wrap up... This year I shall be trying to wrap a garland of chillis and a 2 headed teddybear. I suppose I could try to find boxes to put them in firt, but that feels like cheating..

Meanwhile, and totally unrelated to the rest of the thread, I have started putting witterings and photos from my trip to Turkey up, in case anyone is interested. Ephesus should be up later today.

 
At 12:04 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Marjorie, that is totally spooky and fiendish.

 
At 12:13 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

Marjorie, how fiendish is that??

And I have two words for you -

Gift Bags

Off to check your musings!

 
At 12:20 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Thanks for weather reassurances to all!

If I manage a comment or two after Sunday then y'all can rest assured we made it and so did the computer (new laptop replacement came yesterday, much to my amazement).

Grace, I once had your jacket's twin! Back in my fledgling attorney days I used to throw a battered and much-loved thrift shop motorcycle jacket over my suits and head into battle. I told people it was the only coat I had (which was true) but the real reason I wore it was because it anchored me in a way no other article of clothing ever has.

I LOVED that jacket. I bought it in San Francisco during one visit when I was so very, very cold and it felt like home from the first moment I put it on.

Nice to be reminded of it. Thanks.

Oh, and Ticia, I found what you're looking for by going through amazon.ca rather than amazon.com, but this was a couple years ago.

 
At 12:26 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

Thanks Lexocat!

 
At 12:57 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Kitty, I wish! The cards are the work of John Coulthart (that's the problem with CaféPress, they don't give you a good copyright statement like they do on Moo, for instance).
Glad you like his work, he is gifted (has done illustrations for Alan Moore).

 
At 1:10 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Happy Firbday ariandalen!

 
At 1:12 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Ticia, I am with you on the juggling. some days, having that blasted muse feels like a curse.

 
At 1:14 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Oh yeah, Ariandalen. Happy Firbday from me, too!

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

Grace, regarding your son's dinner choice - we do a different Christmas dinner every year, rarely traditional - sometimes ribs, sometimes chicken kiev, bbq, shrimp - and the kids started that too, i was a bit unwilling at first, but now its fun to plan what to have each year.

Vampi, giggle, that's a new one: a leprechaun - one person was convinced it was latin but the irish bent made me laugh out loud - i made it my email name during the dial-up years and ihavenotime was already taken. And Ticia, was totally mispronouncing yours.

Happiest of Firbays Ariandalen!!!!

Off to grocery shop as this is the calm in between from yesterday's storms to the one starting this afternoon. Sally, can I come live with you??

 
At 6:05 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Busy Fiends. I spent the evening on the couch watching Dr Who. Haven't gotten to the library episodes yet.

I didn't take notes, but should have, but here goes anyway:
Happy Firbday Ariandalen (I hope...)!
I had Ticia mentally pronounced right. :)
Glad the gig was fun even tho so poorly attended, and that the weather was not so bad yet. Here it was bad enough I even got sent home early (an hour and a half, but still).

Interesting to read about the many people looking for new ways to assemble their lives. I'm doing much the same thing. I devoted 20 years to one pursuit, rather singlemindedly, only to discover that the prize at the end is not something I'm really suited for. I developed all sorts of interesting and useful skills during that time, and am now looking for new and creative ways to employ them. Fortunately I have a good solid job that I can continue doing, and save money from, while I figure it out. Not enough time, but then there never is, is there?

Immediate concern: how to disentangle myself from the fluffycat long enough to get more coffee...

 
At 6:09 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

firbay?? i mean firday, of course... and i put a pic of the sandman glass up on facebook, ticia, - that was the first piece i had ever cast, and it sold me on glass as a medium. I am slowly doing more in glass and building up a repertoire of pieces, but it is pricy, so i still work in clay, wood, aluminum, until i can afford to work solely in glass. I did the base for the glass a few years later, and Lorraine sent it to me so I could get an exact fit - I wanted so badly to regrind and polish it but was forbidden to - darn that was hard following that directive. but in general, i don't like to redo projects cuz they stand as the best effort at that point in time.

 
At 6:26 AM , Blogger vampi said...

oh i've seem to have missed the picture of the glass sandman. i love glass art. i have a very pretty art glass menorah i treasure. i find here in la though, art glass tends to be glass bong or weed pipe and not actual art. the first few times i went into a shop advertising art glass, i was a bit shocked to find a head shop. oh i'm so innocent...

again i'm way too clumsy to work with hot glass.

 
At 6:32 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

I just found this wonderful art project full of tiny people somehow it seemed like something fiendish to be shared...

 
At 7:00 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

vampi, do you have a facebook account? i'm not recalling? later I can put it up on my flickr account - i need to update it with some new pics. And No you are not too clumsy - cuz this is called a warm glass process as opposed to hot glass (that's usually with a glory hole furnace running at about 2200 degrees, and involves blowing or pouring molten glass). what i do is cast glass in a mold in a kiln at the top temp of about 1550, so the kiln does the work of melting the glass, my work is making and charging the mold, and coldworking the glass after it is out of the kiln.

 
At 7:06 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Vampi, I just love glass. Glass is magical.

 
At 7:07 AM , Blogger vampi said...

ah yes i am on facebook, i'm donielle and searchable by my gmail account vampiress at gmail

 
At 7:13 AM , Blogger vampi said...

marjorie, that was hilarious. i love the snail tagging.

sorry i didn't mean to imply that bong and weed pipes can't be pretty, but when the shop has abig sign that say glass art...

i didn't even think about melting glass like that, sounds neato. i'm more familiar with the really hot fire molten glass thing. do you have your own kiln, or do ou go someplace and do this? is it a hobby thing people can learn about?

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

Morning Fiends! Ok, Pre tea post, just warning you.

Sue! I never told you I loved the winter pics and now it is your new picture! Very cool!

And I am loving all this talk about both changing things around career wise to get what you want, and art.

I am REALLY fortunate to have got to do what I wanted. I wanted to play music and be on stage since I was five, and despite a total lack of support, managed that. And I love making things go right, and my friends used to call it "Fine Tuning" meaning make it all perfect, whatever it was.

And I get to do that.

I think my new things are all to do with exploring fear. And beating it. Bees, horses...

I don't know, I have already gone to far with no tea....

 
At 7:40 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Having just finished Anathem, including the Calca at the end, I of course translated Lorraine's phrase
into:

pre -> tea -> post

not at all what was meant. :)

(Not going to explain, in case there are Fiends who want to read it but haven't finished yet.)

And I mean just finished, as in set down book pick up laptop. *grin*

 
At 7:48 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Did tat for you, Mistress. Not that I know what you are talking about, don't most of the time, but that's really where things get interesting yes?

TEA!!!!!! Oh wonderful tea! Had no tea bags, and so had to make a pot, which as everyone knows is a 1000 times better. I may take on the world today!!!!!!!

Dont stop the chatter about glass and art and school and change, please, just because I am up and blissing out here. I still have things to say about LAST night, just carry on....

 
At 7:50 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, something really great and really sucking happened in the night. (Yes, I do have adventures while sleeping apparently)

I looked out at one point in the dead of night (love that phrase) to see if it was snowing, and there was my car! I mean. with the inside lights on.

OOPS!!!!!!

Great as they were still ON, so I hope I have battery, but sucking as I had to go out and turn them off.

Which in the dark on the STeps of Doom is no fun.

 
At 7:56 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

But mostly I'm not trying to be confusing - this time I was. :)

Bunt only because I didn't want to spoil the book... honest!

I love the thrill of figuring out things that nobody else knows, but intensely dislike the surroundings of that process - the adminstration, regulation, paperwork. The specifics are different in academia and my own government job, but not that different.

I've also come to the realization that learning new things is what I love. To be truly successful in science requires a singlemindedness that I can't maintain permanently. Plus, my current job doesn't encourage me to do the part of Science that I'm really good at, and requires me to do a bunch of things that I'm not good at.

And thus, I can't be highly successful in my job, though I'm reasonably competent, nor do I want to do what it would take.

That, combined with the things about my job that cause me no end of aggravation and stress, suggest that I should be expanding my horizons.

I have a 5-year plan involving working hard at my job, paying off debts, saving money, but also exploring other options to see whether I could support myself in other ways, and with greater... not happiness, exactly, but fulfillment. And without completely divorcing myself from something that is a major part of my identity.

 
At 7:57 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Morning, Fiends!

No coffee in me yet. I do like the supportive talk about following your bliss and nurturing your creativity. Very much! You're only too old if you're dead.

Which I feel like, having stayed up very late to make a deadline, but it was worth it, because my client is Thrilled. Coffee now, though.

 
At 7:58 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Lorraine you need Yax! They are the most bestest thing ever for nasty footing - you could even just leave a pair on outdoor shoes for late-night sleepy car rescues.

 
At 8:24 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I know about YAX! I need to get more organized. That is what today is going to be about, getting this Spooky House in ORDER. I hate it when Things are not in order.

Perhaps we will do a picture tour of the Spooky House in Order tonight, if you would like to see it? I might be able to do a little vid too of Lear and Mad, if someone can help me get the code to post it.

Morning Val!!!!!!! Way to go!

Good on you for Plans, Mistress. You remind me of Paul a lot.

SNOW is here!!!!!!!Going out to do errands NOW.

 
At 8:46 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

That snail project is fun.

 
At 9:51 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Morning Q.
Spooky haus (with or without order) pics would be fun (and may even inspire me put MY house in order, too. Mostly I have things in heaps which ought to be in cupboards (or, in some cases, in other, better heaps in different rooms...)
Glad you don't have flat battery.

 
At 10:02 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

Pictures of Spooky House? Yes, please.

 
At 11:52 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

thanks lorraine! and do please vid a tour of your home - would be quite fun to see! hope your battery was ok in the prius. i just got back from insane shopping craziness - i went to pick up a few groceries as the weather is going to turn bad, and apparently everyone in the entire county thought the same thing. awful! what a nightmare of carts and lines and people taking two hours to figure out how to write a ck and spell meijers..aagh. marjorie, will ck your trip pics, nat, also want to ck the artist u linked too, andck sites and light candles as you cant see how dusty the house is when lights are low...

 
At 12:14 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Thank you, Lorraine. That's a very nice compliment.

 
At 1:41 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It WAS a compliment, I think the world of Paul.

Minneapolis Fiends who were thinking of going out to the show tonight, if you were INSANE, should read the new post right away.

Proper post with CLEANED up Spooky House tonight for the rest of you...

 
At 1:59 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Er, Q, not sure about the sanity part... among Fiends, I mean. But none of us are stupid. :)

And I did most definitely take it as a compliment!

 

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