Monday, March 31, 2008


I lifted this from Steph.

0. Take five books off your bookshelf.
1. Book #1 -- first sentence
2. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
3. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
4. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
5. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
6. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.

Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world. She was in a place full of sunlight. He was a magician of secondary abilities, but a consummate politician, who had succeeded in remaining in power through his ability to play his colleagues off one another. He jumped up suddenly and bolted out the door. As Mo had said: writing stories is a kind of magic, too.

First Book: Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Second Book: The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Third Book: The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud
Fourth Book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Fifth Book: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

10 Things

So I just found this on mom's blog and, hey, I need to kill time until Chloe wakes up (then we're watching Angel). So here, my loyal readers, is the 10 Things meme.

The idea is to note things you've done that you think might be unique or, at least, rare. You might be surprised by how many people end up saying "Hey, I've done that, too!" List them in your blog and let the fun begin. (Alternatively, you could add your list in comments here or put a link back to any entry you write.)

1. Rode in an SUV with a mini horse in the back. He was small. What was the point of hitching up the trailer?

2. Pierced my nose. Twice.

3. Been to Hempfest.

4. Blown up a studded condom.

5. Weathered three hurricanes on a sailboat.

6. Served spaghetti dinner.

7. Been to Oregon Country Fair.

8. Dressed up like a pirate.

9. Sat in a tire at the happiest place on earth.

10. Blown up a jellyfish.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Color Coordinated Friday Fill-Ins

1. Some relationships are meant to change. Hopefully for the better.

2. Kimya Dawson was the last concert I saw; it was supremely awesome.

3. Spring should be here soon. Let's hope.

4. Oh no! I forgot how to do the Electric Slide! Whatever shall I do?

5. I've recently started appreciating the intense magnitude of my pure awesomeness.

6. Techno, pretty pictures, Chloe, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Golds' dog, Karma, never fail to make me smile.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping long and hard, tomorrow my plans include driving to Yakima for a wedding and Sunday, I want to recuperate!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Television Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Canceled/Ended TV Shows I Like



Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer



Fruits Basket

fruits basket^^,

Looney Tunes

Looney tunes

Invader Zim

invader zim

The X Files

X Files


Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain

Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry





Fullmetal Alchemist

fullmetal alchemist

Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins Forever

1. A trip to Corvallis in a few days is so exciting!

2. Let me take you down cuz I'm going to Strawberry fields. Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about. Strawberry fields forever.

3. Chocolate chip cookies so straight from the over they're all squishy sounds like they would taste delicious!

4. Why does moshing make me feel so good?! That stuff hurts, but it's intensely awesome.

5. Europe is something I've always wanted to see.

6. It's sad when good books end.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing season seven of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, tomorrow my plans include dinner and easter egg dyeing with mom's friends and Sunday, I want to pretend a giant rabbit hid colorful eggs and candy around my house in celebration of zombie Jesus day!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's as Easy as A-B-C

Mary tagged me, so, since I'm waiting for things to buffer, I figure, hey, let's kill some of my time and some of your's. Here goes.

A - Available?: All day every day.

B-Best friend: Sibling person.

C-Cake or Pie?: Pie. Not really such a cake person.

D-Drink of choice: Chai! And this fizzy lemon thing. And orange cream Henry Weinhard's.

E-Essential thing used everyday: Computer.

F-Favorite color: My favorite color is joy. :D

G-Gummi bears or worms: I don't discriminate.

H-Hometown: I haven't the foggiest.

I-Indulgence: Junk food. Painted fingernails. Lazy days.

J-January or February: This is a stupid question. I refuse to answer it.

K-Kids and names: Mezza Luna, Snowball, Rodney, and Lestat.

L-Life: I live, I don't just exist.

M-Marriage date: Give it time.

N-Number of siblings: One real sister, one adopted sister, one adopted brother.

O-Oranges or apples: Oranges. Apples are all weird and dry out your mouth.

P-Phobias: None. Danger? Pah! I laugh in the face of danger. LOL. Danger is my middle name. That's me, MJ D. Maier.

Fine. Lack of purpose or point scares me.

Q-Quote: "Oh, poor Watcher. Did your life pass before your eyes? 'Cup of tea, cup of tea, almost got shagged, cup of tea'?" - Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

R-Reason to smile: Right now? Serenity. And I mean the movie.

S-Season: I don't discriminate.

T-Tag three people: Father figure, Stephanie, whoever wants to do it.

U-Unknown fact about me: I have trouble watching movies unless I'm doing something else like reading or writing at the same time.

V-Vegetable you don't like: Broccoli. Cauliflower. Creamed corn. Brussel sprouts. Lima beans. I'm pretty much cool with everything else, though.

W-Worst Habit: MySpace addiction. Oh and all that crack cocaine. Should probably lay off the booze, too. (That was probably tasteless and I apologize.)

X-X-rays you have had: Teeth, hand.

Y-Your favorite food: Yes. Does that work for you?

Z-Zodiac: Virgo, which I am alot like, but my ascendant is Scorpio and I'm alot like that, too.

A Musical Thursday Thirteen!

My Thirteen Favorite Songs In 'Recently Added' In My iTunes (Which is Really Big)
1. Powerman 500, Bombshell
2. Flyleaf, All Around Me
3. Jem, Come On Closer
4. Flogging Molly, Grace of God Go I
5. Los Campesinos, We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
6. Jim Sturgess, Girl (From Across the Universe)
7. Dana Fuchs, Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Martin Luther McCoy, & T.V. Carpio, Because (From Across the Universe)
8. Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe (From Across the Universe)
9. James Marsters, Rest In Peace (From Once More With Feeling, the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
10. The Mars Volta, The Widow
11. Tegan and Sarah, Walking With a Ghost
12. Liam Lynch, My United States of Whatever
13. Cake, Short Skirt, Long Jacket

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Leveling Up

Level 1

(x) Smoked a cigarette.
(x) Smoked a cigar.
(x) Kissed a member of the same sex.
(x) Drank alcohol.

Level 2

( ) Are/been in love.
(x) Been dumped. (Funny story, actually.)
( ) Shoplifted.
( ) Been fired.
( ) Been in a fist fight.

Level 3

(x) Had a crush on an older person.
(x) Skipped school.
(x) Slept with a classmate. (Do third grade sleepovers count? Cuz I haven't had a classmate for a long time.)
(x) Seen someone/something die.

Level 4

( ) Had/have a crush on one of your friends who is now on Facebook. (I don't do Facebook. MySpace whore here.)
( ) Been to Paris.
( ) Been to Spain.
(x) Been on a plane.
( ) Thrown up from drinking.

Level 5

(x) Eaten sushi.
( ) Been snowboarding.
( ) Met someone BECAUSE of Facebook. (I told you I don't do Facebook.)
(x) Been in a mosh pit. (Wall of Death)

Level 6

( ) Been in an abusive relationship.
(x) Taken pain killers.
( ) Love/loved someone you can’t have.
(x) Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by.
(x) Made a snow angel.

Level 7

(x) Had a tea party.
(x) Flown a kite.
(x) Built a sand castle.
(x) Gone mudding (offroading).
(x) Played dress up.

Level 8

(x) Jumped into a pile of leaves.
( ) Gone sledging. (Which is what, exactly?)
(x) Cheated while playing a game.
(x) Been lonely.
( ) Fallen asleep at work/school.
Level 9

(x) Watched the sun set.
(x) Felt an earthquake.
( ) Killed a snake.

Level 10

(x) Been tickled.
( ) Been robbed/vandalized.
( ) Been cheated on.
(x) Been misunderstood.

Level 11

(x) Won a contest.
( ) Been suspended from school.
( ) Had detention.
( ) Been in a car/motorcycle accident.

Level 12

( ) Had/have braces.
(x) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night.
(x) Danced in the moonlight.

Level 13

(x) Hated the way you look.
(x) Witnessed a crime.
(x) Pole danced. (Truth or Dare. Chyaa)
(x) Questioned your heart.
(x) Been obsessed with post-it-notes.

Level 14

(x) Squished barefoot through the mud.
(x) Been lost.
( ) Been to the opposite side of the world.
(x) Swam in the ocean.
(x) Felt like you were dying.

Level 15

(x) Cried yourself to sleep.
(x) Played cops and robbers.
(x) Recently colored with crayons/colored pencils/markers.
(x) Sang karaoke. (At Logan's house. Good times. XD)
( ) Paid for a meal with only coins.

Level 16

(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t.
( ) Made prank phone calls.
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose.
(x) Kissed in the rain.

Level 17

(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus.
(x) Watched the sun set/sun rise with someone you care/cared about.
(x) Blown bubbles.
(x) Made a bonfire on the beach or anywhere.

Level 18

( ) Crashed A Party.
(x) Have travelled more than 5 days with a car full of people. (10 weeks on our longest roadtrip.)(x) Gone rollerskating/blading.
(x) Had a wish come true.
(x) Slept with a member of the same sex.

Level 19

(x) Worn pearls.
( ) Jumped off a bridge.
( ) Screamed “penis” or “vagina”.
(x) Swam with dolphins.

Level 20

( ) Got your tongue stuck to a pole/freezer/ice cube.
( ) Kissed a fish. (WTF?)
(x) Worn the opposite sex’s clothes.
(x) Sat on a roof top.

Level 21

(x) Screamed at the top of your lungs.
(x) Done/attempted a one-handed cartwheel. (Fail.)
(x) Talked on the phone for more than six hours (in one day).
(x) Recently stayed up for a while talking to someone you care about.

Level 22

(x) Picked and ate an apple right off the tree.
(x) Climbed a tree.
(x) Had/been in a tree house.
(x) Been scared to watch scary movies alone.

Level 23

(x) Believed in ghosts. (For awhile when I was little.)
(x) Have had more than thirty pairs of shoes (not necessarily all at once).
(x) Gone streaking.
( ) Visited jail.

Level 24

(x) Played chicken. (Not with cars, but the idea was the same.)
(x) Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on.
(x) Been told you’re hot by a complete stranger.
( ) Broken a bone.
(x) Been easily amused.

Level 25

( ) Caught a fish then ate it later.
( ) Made a porn video. (Yeah, with your mom.)
( ) Caught a butterfly.
( ) Laughed so hard you cried.
(x) Cried so hard you laughed.

Level 26

(x) Mooned/flashed someone.
(x) Had someone moon/flash you.
(x) Cheated on a test.
(x) Forgotten someone’s name.
(x) French braided someone’s hair.
(x) Gone skinny dipping.
( ) Been kicked out of your house.
( ) Tried to hurt yourself.

Level 27

(x) Rode a roller coaster.
(x) Went scuba-diving/snorkelling.
(x) Had a cavity.
( ) Black-mailed someone.
( ) Been black mailed.

Level 28

(x) Been used.
(x) Fell going up the stairs.
( ) Licked a cat. (Again, WTF?)
(x) Bitten someone.
(x) Licked someone - not in private places.

Level 29
( ) Been shot at/or at gunpoint.
( ) Had sex in the rain.
( ) Flattened someone’s tires.
(x) Rode your car/truck until the gas light came on.
( ) Got five dollars or less worth of gas.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thursday Challenge: Green (Five Days Late)

Let Me Ask You

Ad It Up

I'm stealing an idea from Mary that she did in a post awhile ago. It was something to do (and I've been having an urge to blog lately), so here it goes. All you do is hit up The Slogan Generator and slap whatever you get on some pretty pictures.

My Late Contribution

For Saint Patrick's Day. I know, I know, I'm Irish I should put some effort into this holiday, but I even forgot to wear green, so this is what you get.


Introducing . . .

After much internet buzz, the band Kirkham Lancashire has finally released their very first album, But Stories We've Got, and plan to go on an international tour this Fall.

1. The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. The third picture, no matter what it is, is your album cover.You then take the pic, add your band name and the album title to it, and then post your pic to your blog.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Go Ahead

Guess who's day I made? Uh, duh. My mommy's of course. I'm pretty sure I make her day every day.
I'm totally giving it back to her (of course), but I'll also send it on to
1. Qacei. She updates less often than most, so of course her posts make my day. They're witty and often filled with fabulous pictures.
2. Gillian and Craig (and Effie and Fergus, of course). I love hearing about the crazy hijinks they get up to over there in Canada.
3. Craig. Pretty much the greatest music blog ever devoted to the strangest bands you've never heard of.
4. Diana! What can I say? It's Diana. Her never-ending enthusiasm makes my day every time I encounter it.
5. Abbi. Her posts are random and sharp and often they have something Johnny Depp related. Uh, big thumbs up.
The rules:
1. Write a post with links to five blogs that make your day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Display the “You Make My Day Award” logo.
4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs or emailing them the news.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Softer World

Happy Birthday Chloe!

I'm soooo glad you were born. There aren't even words to express how freakin' glad I am to have you. Sure, we've had our ups and downs and there was that whole me-hating-your-entire-existence phase right after you were born, but, hey, we got through it. And really, even then I totally loved you and you know it. Cuz, damn, looking back, you were the cutest thing on two short little legs and you smiled like this:

I mean, who can resist that scrunched up little face? Nobody. Especially these fine citizens who created you.

You came to us on March 11th, 1994 and 14 years have come and gone since that day.

And each and every day since then has been a little bit more memorable because you were there. Just c'mon and tell me that this doesn't brighten up your day:

I mean, freakin' adorable, no? Just look at that kid! (Your sister's not so bad, either.)

When you came the family was complete and happy. We've had rough spots (duh), but it's been no problemo to get through them when you've got a family like ours.

You, Little Bird, are quirky







classic (not unlike Abbey Road)










and exquisite.

I'm so very lucky to have a sister like you. One who's my best friend, who indulges me (if reluctantly), who I can lean on and who leans on me, and one who just makes everything fun.

I honestly don't know what I'd do without you. You're my rock, my guide, my very closest friend, and my very favorite person.

Dude, and all these awesome people you've brought into our lives!

And you let me take photos of you! And guess what? They turn out amazing because you, Little Bird, are freakin' gorgeous.

So, to sum up, you rock hardxcore (with an 'x' and everything, dude). You're my hero, my best friend, my savior, my partner in crime, and my very favorite sister ever. You boogie down,

you insited for a time that you were actually a changeling,

and, sure, you've got your head in the clouds sometimes,

but it's absolutely a good thing.
So . . .