April 6th, 2008

Weird Al -- with me

Meme and incredible and very shocking news

List ten strange\quirky things about you.
1. I like listening to the national anthems of various countries and have a playlist on my iTunes\iPod titled "National Anthems". I just listened to O Canada actually....
2. I like to dip pieces of challa in grape juice for a snack. Yum!
3. I didn't get into a lot of the fads when I was a pre-teen\teen. I didn't like pocket pets, Pokemon, boy bands, etc etc. I did get into Pogs though, but that was when I was in elementary school. I'm unique! Not ;)
4. One of the first movies I remember seeing in theaters was Arachnophobia. Rescuer's Down Under came out the same time and Adam wanted to take me to see that, I wanted to see the spider movie! I also remember being on my parent's bed and looking at the edges, just waiting for a spider to get me! I was 7 when I saw it I think...I also loved the computer game....
5. I once dyed my hair royal blue. It was supposed to come out in a week, or less if I wash my hair. It didn't though, I had royal blue then turquoise and then algea green hair for nearly a full year! It was awful, I'm very wary dying my hair anything but natural colors now xD
6. I once had a Purim carnival goldfish that lived for a month. Her name was Queen Esther Condor and she was awesome. I also had a cat named Maztaball. My aunt found a stray brown tabby kitten on Passover and gave him to me. Sadly, he had feline leukemia which he gave to our two older cats Squeaky II (mane coon) and Nuchie (pronounced noo-chi and an angora). They all died within three years. Sadness.
7. In middle school I took drama. Our school was very small so the science teacher, Scott, was also the drama teacher. I remember us doing various Monty Python skits. Fun!
8. My first celebrity crush was on John Ritter if I remember correctly. I went through times where I considered him a brother figure, friend, father figure (well, Jack Tripper mostly haha). I was honestly devastated when he died. It wasn't just sadness over a celebrity I like dying. It was like losing an old friend. I completely understood how his children felt, losing my father when he was fairly young and so sudden as well. I cried for days when John died, and watching his widow Amy Yasbec talk about him to Larry King a few weeks ago opened the wounds.
9. When I was young, I had a best friend named Rocio. We were super close and role played. As soon as we got home from school, we'd get on the phone and wouldn't get off until we went to sleep. We did homework over the phone, watch tv over the phone, whatever! We also played over the phone. Nirvana was our thing. We were various people in the Nirvana scene (I was Kurt and Dave for example) and we'd pretend. In person, we played with Littlest Pet Shop and Lion King (and sometimes we made those toys Nirvana again, lmao). In middle school she ditched me to be part of the cool kids crowd. It was near summer so I turned to eating. I gained a lot of weight that summer and I never lost it. Sometimes I miss her quite a lot. What they've done with Littlest Pet Shop is criminal.
10. I've loved U2 since I was a baby. My brother used to listen to them and one of my earliest memories is him playing the Joshua Tree album with me toddling around. I was three maybe? I've loved the Beatles just as long :)

Okay, now for some wild and crazy news!

Do you older friends remember Zoe? She was my little tortie, sister to my orange guy Spencer. A little over a year ago I posted that she had died. I found the body of a small tortie cat in my backyard and thought it was her. Well...she's alive. It's the damndest thing! For the last two months I've been seeing a small tortie around the neighborhood. I could have sworn it was Zoe and got my hopes up, trying to catch her. Then I found out that a neighbor had a tortie, so I assumed it was her tortie and not Zoe. The past week a cat has been coming into the house whenever I open the dog door (dog door is usually closed but sometimes I'll open it for Spencer). I first saw a dark tail and then yesterday I saw the whole back of the cat. It. Looked. Like. Zoe! Well, while eating dinner last night I heard the collar again so when I knew she was eating, I tiptoed to the door and slammed it shut. IT WAS ZOE!!!! I burst into hystericle tears. I didn't' want to get my hopes up. I kept thinking "it's Zoe!" but deep down I thought it was some random cat that knew we had food. Where the hell has she been this whole year!? She's in very good shape. She's thin but she always was a very thin and small girl. She had absolutely no fleas on her, her coat was nice and full, and strangest of all? She had the same collar on her that I put on her. What I'm thinking is, the neighbors down the street fed her. They've told me that Spencer goes to eat from them. He's mostly indoors now but I do let him out on occasion. So they probably fed Zoe too and she came into this house whenever the door was open but I just never spotted her. I was afraid she'd also be feral or something but after squirming in my arms for a few minutes she went back to her old self, licking and purring. It's incredible, I can't believe she's alive. I feel like a shitty pet owner though, that I thought the dead cat was her. I say to myself that it was because
a. the cat was small like Zoe
b. the cat was a tortie and had a pink collar
c. I was so upset that it would be understandable thinking it was her.

I actually went to the grave to see if there was a hole...zombie cat...

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let the f-list spammage begin!!

You know you're an insane fangirl when you start plotting the creation of a mood theme. I'm debating on it though. Should it be all the SP character, Stan and Kyle, or just Kyle? Hmmm....
What's a good size for mood themes? I mean pixals...LJ icons are 100x100 but mood icons are more squat...hmmm

There are so many Hollywood Bowl shows I want to go to this summer...but don't I say that every year? Heh...

Talked to Ben tonight. He had such an insane and busy week but he was able to chat with me tonight. He also sent me two songs he recorded, one of them an Opera song. It's so obvious he improved, it was amazing hearing the difference between these two songs and the songs from last year.

I took a nap today. Naps are fun, no? Zoe was on my chest and sleeping so I couldn't move and since I was on the Couch of Doom, I ended up falling asleep. I had a wacky dream...though for me, it was a normal dream! I dreamt that it was Friday night, so it was the Sabboth. Conan O'Brien came over for dinner and we chatted. I remember telling him that his hair made me laugh. He could do a hundred jumping jacks and his hair wouldn't move, helmet head! It was an amusing dream and proved to me that my crush on Conan hasn't died (why did I even think it did!?)

Zoe's staring at me with her sad eyes, god I missed her sad faces.

I had the most amazing anthropology assignment. We were to take a movie\book\tv show that is either overlooked or disliked (or not even known) and talk about it. It can't be any old show\book\whatever. It had to be something that had messages about today's society. I picked South Park since Matt and Trey always put messages about current events in the show, it's basically the whole point of South Park! Example; this week's episode had Canada going on strike, a reference to the Writer's Guild strike. So I did some "research"; me basically browsing episodes where the messages are very obvious. I might write up the paper here when I get my grade on it. Oh, and I had to be fairly unbiased about it. That was hard!

I'm working on the photos of Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, I'll probably post them by tomorrow night...

Charlton Heston dead at 84
I didn't agree with his views on guns but I had to admit he was a powerful figure. He was an amazing actor, I love 101 Commandments and Ben-Hur...

1. My username is ______ because ______.
Witherwings7. I liked the sound of "Witherwings" more then Buckbeak, plus the latter was already taken. "7" is my favorite number and a highly magical number so I thought it fit for a Potter based username.

2. My name is _____ because ______.
Sara after my maternal Grandfather Sam. It's the Biblical version of the name, hence the lack of "h"/

3. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
"The Hyperactive Fangirl"...because I am! Maybe I should change it to "The Utterly Insane Fangirl"? Heh

4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
"Tortured Victims". Because you are all my victims, mwahahaha.

5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.
Kyle iPod kinda icon. Because it's Kyle and he's Jewish..and I'm Jewish! I relate to Kyle quite a bit actually, for being a construction paper little boy! He's passionate, intelligent, caring, and a bit high strung. Plus he has a temper. I'd like to think I'm all those things and I know I have a temper! Favorite character (as you all know by now I'm sure!)

6. My LJ name (you know how you can change that sort of sub-name thing?) is:
Merenwen Ancalimë...I think it's my name in the language of the Elves. I'll probably change it. A lot of people also call me "Wings" (usually in the Potter and SP fandom communities). I like it...better then "wither", lol

Lol. Yiddish always wins :)
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weeee, spamming!

Quizzes are fun.

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Omfg. I just got the most random song stuck in my head! Popped in out of nowhere...Here it is!. Please don't ask me why that song popped in my head, I haven't heard it since at least 2000!

The only way you can stop this spamming is if you pry the keyboard from my cold dead fingers. Of course, you'd have to kill me first, you wouldn't want to do that would you?

*thinks of what else to post about*
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Resizing photos and then putting borders on them can be boring work. At least you guys will benefit, if there's one thing I'm proud about myself, it's my photos. Of course, some would say it's the camera and not the person behind it...but..I disagreee.

Completely random post but whatever.
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Arizona Vacation Photos: Petrified Forest

I'll do separate forests for Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. They're literally right next to each other and overlap but there's quite a bit of photos so I'll separate them :)

The red of the stone that replaced organic material in the wood and the extreme azure sky make a nice photo. I think this is my favorite landscape photo of the Forest.

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I hope you enjoyed! It's so fascinating at the Forest, I highly recommend anybody that can to visit. Many dinosaur fossils have been found here, as well as other ancient creatures. It's kinda eerie being there, knowing that these trees are billions of years old.

Arizona Vacation Photos: Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is astounding. It's a vast desert of painted hills, buttes, and mesas in many pastel and vivid colors. It's also as silent as the tomb. All you can hear is the wind (if there is any) and if an animal moves, even a little lizard, you will hear it. To me, it felt pretty wrong talking in a normal tone out there. At the bottom of the post is a video, if you turn it up you can hear me whispering but I took it to show just how silent it is. The noise you do hear is the wind. Ancient people lived here, there's evidence in their pueblos and their petroglyphs. I couldn't photograph the pueblo since I was bone tired by that time and it would have been a little hike. I did take photos of the petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock however. It really goes to show what people can do if they have to. These people lived in a harsh environment; extreme temperatures with only a small window of mild weather. From the scorching heat of the summer, where it gets into triple digits, to the frigid winters where the Park Rangers said it can get into minus temperatures. Their window for crop growing was so small, mostly from late February to very early May. Gotta respect their endurance!

It's so breathtaking.

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