9.27.2003

Book Crossing

I have just found one of those websites that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, that makes me think that people really are as wonderful as I always hope they are. Book Crossing is a site that tracks books that are left for free for others to pick up, at coffee shops or other locations, but it is much more than that. It's a huge forum for book-lovers, and it's a place that shows how much people like to share the things they love with others, even people they don't know and will never meet. The idea is that once you've read a book (and you're willing to part with it - a skill I am not good at at all, as you can tell by the four overstuffed bookshelves at my house), you register it at Book Crossing, then you put the ID number inside the book and leave it for someone to find. You can tell Book Crossing where you "released it into the wild" and people who would rather hunt for books and seek them out instead of being content to happen across them, can "go hunting" and look up all the locations in their area where books have recently been released. That way, you can find out that someone left a free copy of the new Stephen King you've been wanting to read at the Starbucks downtown yesterday, so hopefully you can get there before it's gone! Once you find a book, you go to Book Crossing and enter its ID number and your location, and essentially it continues to track the book as long as people log in when they find it. You can look up the "most traveled" books - and there are books all over the world on this site. There are some people on this site who appear to just make a habit of going to used book stores, buying tons of books, and just mass-releasing them into the wild for people to find and read for free, and to track their progress online. I'd like to do this with many of the books that are clogging my house, that I need to slowly whittle down in the next seven months. I have a goal to have one box of books to put in storage when we move, and the rest will have to go to new homes. I love the idea of free book-sharing, as I've never had the stuffed bank account I would need to support the kind of book-buying I've always wanted to do. And while I've always been lucky to have friends loan me loads of books (many of which I'm trying to work my way through at the moment), this Book Crossing thing just seems like the best idea ever.

9.23.2003

Dear Future Me...

At futureme.org, you can write an email to yourself, to be delivered at any specified date in the future. The cool thing about this site, is that you can also make your email public, and read other people's public emails, so that it becomes a really interesting multi-biographical sort of project. It is really interesting to see so many people's hopes for what they will have accomplished by a date in the future. Quite a few that said "are you thin yet?" or "do you have that master's degree yet?" Or one dated for Sept. 2036, "do you still have this crappy email account?" Hopefully we'll have much cooler communication methods than email by then...

9.21.2003

Shiny Happy People

I'm incorrigible, really - I'm supposed to be unhappy about the job circumstances, but when that J-pop gets pumping, I can't help but smile and dance. It's good stuff.

Pinball Wizard

Your eyes are like spheres of glue filled with shimmering worms.

This is my compliment of the day, courtesy of the Surrealist Compliment Generator, which I still love. Actually, this was the third attempt, as my first compliment was in French including a bunch of words I didn't know and was too lazy to look up, and my second compliment was in Spanish, which I don't speak.

I brought home a bunch of editing for the weekend, but I just can't concentrate. This job situation in this town is really draining. I feel like my husband is in a pinball machine, being smashed back and forth between metal, plastic, any sort of obstacle possible until he gets sucked down the hole only to start the whole process again. It's not just the money I'm worried about, it's the fact that it's so draining and depressing, that we both just sit at home and stare at the wall, feeling an iron walnut in our stomachs. The fun we used to have is gone lately - we're just too stressed out. Which makes me angry, because we have such a great thing, and were so lucky to find each other, I hate to waste time not enjoying life like we should be. Okay, that's all about that. Whining about problems isn't what I want to be doing on here, I just can't help it today, that's all I can think about.

It's finally sunny again. The salmon aren't yet jumping up the creeks, but they should be soon, which is really incredible to watch. Talk about tenacity. Those are some very determined fish. I think I remember reading that they don't sleep when they're migrating to spawn, which means days and days, maybe weeks, just swimming upstream against the current, throwing themselves over rocks, up salmon ladders, through culverts, over other salmon. There is a huge mob of birds fighting over the birdfeeder on our back deck right now. They get really aggressive, and unfortunately, the ones who can't get to the feeder often take their anger out on my herb garden on the porch. Poor little herbs.

9.20.2003

A New Look

I just discovered Blogskins.com, and therefore have a cool new look for The Popsicle Stand. I was annoyed with the limited skins on blogger, and now have found a remedy. So, thanks to the designers who make stuff like this for free available to those of us who are severely technologically challenged, such as myself. No, you don't understand, if the husband's away, I can't even switch between the VCR and DVD hookups by myself. It's truly that bad. This color/design scheme is by Zal at Broken Sky Designs, and it's inspired by Eeyore. I love the colors. So much better than all that white. And the colors feel a bit girly, which sometimes is a drawback to me, but at the moment seems like fun. There are some really elaborate designs at Blogskins, but many of them require image hosting, which I don't have the capability for. That's OK, simple can be better.

Anyway, I like the new look. Maybe it will inspire me to write in this thing more.

9.19.2003

Attempt at an Update

OK, I am just not good at this blogging-on-a-regular basis thing. I just can't bring myself to sit in front of the computer at home because I do it at least 8 hours a day at work, and it's been too busy at work for me to be on here (although look now, I'm at work and I'm writing this). Anyway, fall seems to be a season of change for everyone I know - new babies, school starting, new job in Japan, etc. I was complaining about nothing new starting for me in the fall a few weeks ago. Within the last week, this has completely changed, and it's actually going to be pretty crazy busy. I'm back to tutoring ESL more frequently, I'll be taking a Japanese class fall quarter, and the biggest new thing - I'm going to be teaching two yoga classes a week. It will be fun, I'm really excited (and a bit nervous), but I know having a full-time job plus evening obligations every single night of the week will be very busy. I've done it in the past when helping with films or plays, and it's darn crazy. Not to mention filling out all the applications for programs to Japan, trying to actually study enough to learn some of the language, etc. I probably won't be doing the NaNoWriMo this year. I never actually finished either of my novels when I tried it in the past anyway, so it's probably just as well. Anyway, that's my quickie update because there is a stack of manuscripts staring at me right now as I'm typing this, begging me to come edit them.

9.06.2003

I am Kanga.

Somehow this does not surprise me. I played Kanga when we did a Winnie the Pooh children's play in high school, put on for the elementary school. I was cast as Kanga, because apparently even in high school I had the "maternal, caring" personality of her. So - very accurate quiz I suppose!

9.05.2003

Uninspired self-indulgence
Because I know you really care what color my plates are...

1. WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR KITCHEN PLATES?
Beige with brown and black tribal-type designs. Wedding presents.

2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - good female-centric stories.

3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Just purple.

4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Clue.

5. FAVORITE MAGAZINES?
Shape, National Geographic, Utne Reader

6. LEAST FAVORITE SMELL?
The bus stop (you will understand if you ever stand at the stop on Alabama near Xenia, on the southbound side of the street.)

7. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE
UP IN THE MORNING?
It can't really be 6 o'clock already!

8. FAVORITE COLOR?
Blues and greens.

9. LEAST FAVORITE COLOR?
Salmon.

10. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?
Usually around three.

11. FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?
That's a secret for now.

12. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE?
Remembering that love for the people in your life is more important than the daily grind.

13. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
As much chocolate as possible.

14. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST?
Yes, but my current car doesn't :(

15. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Yes, two.

16. STORMS - COOL OR SCARY?
Cool as long as I am inside. If I'm outside, they're not really scary, just uncomfortable.

17. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
'84 Pontiac 2000 named Beelzebub. She was a good car, although possessed.

18. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE?
Federico Garcia Lorca.

19. FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?
Oatmeal cookie or anything sweet.

20. BIRTHDAY & sign?
April 21, Taurus.

21. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
Yes, fairly often too on my current health food kick.

22. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Poet. That gets paid. Yeah, I know, stop laughing...

23. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR, WHAT WOULD IT
BE?
This week, maybe deep blue, next week who knows?

24. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?
Yes, for the last ten years.

25. FAVORITE MOVIE?
That's a tie between Amelie and Tank Girl.

26. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE CORRECT KEYS?
Yup.

27. WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?
A box with a renaissance fair costume in it and some other stuff I never wear.

28. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER?
3

29. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?
Honestly, watching any sport is about equally boring. Maybe fencing...

30. WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST FEAR?
Not trying hard enough to accomplish the things I want to do.

31. SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS
TO YOU.
She has great taste in art, movies, and books!

32. PERSON MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND
Hmm, this doesn't apply when you're posting on the net.

33. PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO
RESPOND?
Neither does this.

34. FAVORITE CD?
It's probably still Tori Amos, Boys for Pele, although Bjork is in the running.

35. FAVORITE TV SHOWS?
Invader Zim and Cowboy BeBop.

36. KETCHUP OR MUSTARD?
Mustard.

37. HAMBURGERS OR HOT DOGS?
Hamburgers. Do you know what's in a hot dog?

38. FAVORITE SOFT DRINK?
Sprite Remix.

39. THE BEST PLACES YOU HAVE EVER BEEN?
San Francisco, Hawaii, Yellowstone Park.

40. WHAT SCREEN SAVER IS ON YOUR COMPUTER RIGHT NOW?
That spinning geometric thing.

41. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
Professional Widow by Tori A.

42. BURGER KING OR McDonald's?
Depends what I'm ordering. Trying to avoid both at the moment.