Consequences of Gay Marriage

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Good Lyrics: Here Comes the Sun

Possibly my all time favorite song.

Here Comes the Sun (click to listen)
by the Beatles

Here comes the sun
here comes the sun
and I say it’s all right

Little darling
it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling
it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it’s all right
It’s all right

Who Do I Think I Am?

After seeing the premiere episode of the new television show Who Do You Think You Are? I immediately signed up for Ancestry.com to see what fascinating things I could find. My family has acquired some information on both sides over the years, but I thought it would be fun to see just how far back we could trace things now that we’ve entered the digital age, and perhaps to compare our existing information to what is available online for accuracy. No one has ever researched our genealogy using the internet before, that I know of.

Ancestry.com is a huge time killer. It sucks you in. Every time there is some searchable info on someone in your tree, a little green leaf pops up in the corner of their box. The crack leaves! I end up sitting there for hours on end in pursuit of the next one that slowly dissolves onto the screen.

I’ve been somewhat disappointed with the subsequent episodes of the show. I thought the ones involving Sarah Jessica Parker and Emmitt Smith were the best. Sarah Jessica had an ancestor who narrowly avoided being prosecuted in the Salem Witch Trials. Emmitt Smith traced his heritage all the way back to Africa to a tiny village where (maybe it was just my imagination but) quite a few of the people shared strikingly similar physical characteristics with him. Also, Susan Sarandon’s story was pretty scandalous, as it involved her grandmother running away to marry someone else without divorcing her first husband. But the rest have been pretty blah. I personally think they should do a show on MY family for the next one, because I’ve found some stuff that is way more interesting than Matthew Broderick’s stunning revelation that MANY OF HIS ANCESTORS FOUGHT IN WARS!

Some examples.

1. My great-great-grandmother on my dad’s side, Elizabeth Davis Revell was born in 1860 in South Carolina. She was five years old when Sherman rode in and destroyed everything. Including all the courthouse records. My dad remembers her telling stories about hiding with her family in the cellar when the Union army came. But beyond that and her year of birth, we don’t really know about anything prior to her marriage, not even her parents’ names. Damn Yankees. That’s the first time in my life I’ve ever uttered those words and not been completely joking. It’s possible she didn’t even have a birth certificate, as South Carolina didn’t require them until 1915.

2. The fork of another branch on my dad’s side melded together eventually by ancestors who were from Amsterdam and Ulster, Ireland. The Amsterdam ancestors had a very Dutch name: Kindlosson. When they emigrated and stepped off the boat, someone must have thought they said “Enloes,” because that’s what was written down. Over the years, “Enloes” has morphed many times — I can understand how there would be some disparity in the family over a correct spelling. Other forms included Enloe, Enlows, Enlow. The most recent ancestors we’re related to spelled it “Enloe.” There is a strong possibility (for you conspiracy theorists out there, which I am also) that Abraham Lincoln was the illegitimate child of one of these Enloes that we are related to. I will have to do an entirely separate post on that. It’s a long story.

3. One of my Welsh ancestors jumped to his death from the Tower of London in 1244, where he was imprisoned as political collateral by the English against his brother, the Prince of Wales. He was the first born, but he was illegitimate, and the pope had only recently changed inheritance rights to blood relatives only.

Good Lyrics: U2

I saw this covered on Glee last night, and I have to say….no. Just no. My first concert, when I was about 11, was U2 and Pixies at the Charlotte Coliseum. It was amazing. My parents took me and the oldest son of their best friends. We had a blast. A drunk guy fell on me. The Zooropa tour was unbelievable. I got to leave school early to get there in time. There were cars hanging from the ceiling and big screen TVs like I had never even imagined existed. The lights, and seeing in person these people I’d been listening to records of for so long — bliss. They did “Pride: In the Name of Love” and I was so excited when they sang, “In memory of Martin Luther King, SING!” And the whole place went crazy. Best first concert experience I could ever imagine. And I mean, how awesome are my parents for taking me? I love them.

One
by U2

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same
Will it make it easier on you now
You got someone to blame
You say…

One love
One life
When it’s one need
In the night
One love
We get to share it
Leaves you baby if you
Don’t care for it

Did I disappoint you
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well it’s…

Too late
Tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We’re one, but we’re not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other
One…
Have you come here for forgiveness
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus
To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much
More than a lot
You gave me nothing
Now it’s all I got
We’re one
But we’re not the same
Well we
Hurt each other
Then we do it again
You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can’t be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt
One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
Sisters
Brothers
One life
But we’re not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other

One…life

One

I Moved. Chaos Ensues.

So I moved into my new house. Well, I’m actually still in the process of moving into my new house. I can’t find anything because I didn’t label my boxes well, and because I own a bunch of random shit that defies labeling and ended up tossed in random boxes. It’s been a nonstop adventure since I took possession. I sort of knew what I was getting myself into. I wanted an older, quirky house, and I can deal. But there have been some annoyances that still need to be worked out. And they will be in time.

1. The dryer doesn’t work.

2. The washing machine drain pipe is clogged, so there is a rigging of plastic grocery bags at the top to prevent water from spraying out. And the whole thing rocks like it’s jamming out during the spin cycle. Not good.

3. The oven does not heat up.

4. The second dryer didn’t work either. But my boss is getting a new set and he said he’d give me his old ones.

5. I now have the smallest bathroom I have ever had to live with, and there is a window in the shower, which makes me really uncomfortable! Not much of an exhibitionist!

6. Apparently the cable line is not grounded, so they have to come install a new one on the opposite wall.

7. I either have no blinds, or they’re broken, so I’ve temporarily nailed blankets over the windows so I can sleep because I can’t deal with any light at night. That looks SO pretty!

8. Bought new mini-blinds, but have no way to drill into metal door. Borrowed friend’s drill. The cord is not long enough.

9. Rigged up a clothes line in the back yard to dry clothes without dryer. And it’s raining.

10. Can’t reach the toilet paper holder from the toilet. Must investigate other alternatives.

11. Picture window blinds raise but do not tilt.

12. I have no idea where I’m going to put all my books. And I’ve tried to pare them down in the first place. I need to buy some shelves, but I’m not great at installing things like that. Will have to figure it out.

13. All of the electrical outlets in the kitchen are upside down.

14. The refrigerator opens from the wrong side.

15. My counter space is quite minimal. Must look into a mobile island.

So, now that I’ve exhausted the cons, let’s move on to the pros.

1. Birdy has a humongous fenced back yard, and she loves it! She trots around like she’s in paradise.

2. Hardwood floors.

3. Very light and bright.

4. French doors.

5. Apple tree.

6. Three Japanese maples.

7. I have really cool neighbors.

8. There is a lake about 3 blocks away.

9. I have a garage and won’t have to scrape ice this winter.

10. I have an arts-and-crafts studio.

11. New paint.

12. Decent curb appeal.

13. Neato-mosquito potting shed attached to the back of the garage.

14. Large tool shed in the back yard.

15. Irises, rose bushes, hostas, snowball bush, thrift, and LOTS of honeysuckle. And excellent gardening space in the back yard.

And this pretty much makes everything worthwhile:

What I Learned Today

It is illegal to ship from the United States to Italy: bees, leeches, and silk worms. Also? Haberdashery. The postal worker said, “It says ‘haberdashery.’ I’m pretty sure that means hats. Or shoes.”

Crafty Love! Geese

I am a closet animal lover. I’m closeted because I don’t really go for cute. I am not the type of person you are going to find squealing over a baby bunny. I will be squealing with delight on the inside, but you’ll never see that. There are several non-domesticated animals in particular I find most adorable: otters, elephants, squirrels, gorillas, raccoons, calves, goats, turtles, kangaroos, reindeer, bears, hamsters. Lately I’ve realized there’s a new addition to the list. Geese! There are many, many wild Canada geese in my city. I don’t know why. I grew up two hours from here and can’t remember ever seeing geese back home. I do live near a bird sanctuary, and there is a small lake in my neighborhood a couple blocks away (complete with Goose Crossing road sign). So maybe that explains it.

I LOVE THE GEESE! They show up in the oddest places, like in a gaggle on the corner of an intersection. The other day I had to wait a couple minutes to turn into my driveway while a family of five waddled slowly across the road. I love to see them up close because they’re so huge and amusingly disproportionate. They look like hockey-sticks on a beach ball. I love how you hardly ever see just one. I love the strangely funny honking noises they make. It always makes me laugh. I love to see them flying overhead, because it seems to defy the laws of nature that something so big and goofy could actually take flight. And I love seeing their formations. It makes me marvel at the wonders of science and nature that they all know exactly when to synchronize a turn, when to lift one wing just a hair. I like the fact that they waddle around with this complete air of narcissism. It’s like they think the entire world exists merely for their benefit. I’m really, really happy that we share a neighborhood.

And, um, have you SEEN the Larry the Goose SNL sketch? It’s the small things in life, people. This is still making me laugh, months later. Mainly because when I was telling my mom about how cool the geese in my neighborhood are, she said, “Isn’t that what flew into Captain Sully’s plane and made them crash?”

Here are some great goose-related finds on Etsy.

8 x 12 Photograph, Goose in Flight
$19 by Rebecca Kier

Handmade silver necklace, Migration
$60 by Camilla Luchesi

Fine art print, White Goose No. 3
$25 by Sharon Montrose

Greeting Card, Honk Honk Hiss
$3.00 by Rue Renee

Free Necklace by Dote Handmade Goods

I’m giving away this handmade necklace over at On the Search for Hidden Treasure. Now’s your chance to win some of my art work! Go over there and enter to win!

TGIF Random Survey

What is your favorite possession?
Um…my dog.

Do you own a gun?
No.

If you could tell your last ex something what would you say?
You don’t deserve me anyway.

Do you get nervous before doctors appointments?
Yes.

What do you think of hot dogs?
I will eat one on the 4th of July. I like the taste of them, but the thought of it makes them hard to eat.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Everything from The Nutcracker.

What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Diet Coke/Pepsi with lemon

Can you do push ups?
No, I’m a weakling girl.

Is your bathroom clean?
At the moment, yes.

What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
A necklace I made that is a big star-shaped piece of green agate hanging on a strand of hemp.

Do you take painkillers?
Tylenol or Advil

What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
Hmm…my captivating charm and beauty? My stunning intelligence and wit? Nah, it’s probably the boobs.

Do you have A.D.D.?
Nope.

Still have a birthmark?
A couple. I have a small mole on my left ribcage and one on the back of my thigh.

What are you doing tonight?
Oh, man. I am so looking forward to SLEEPING and vegging out with the Bird Dawg while catching up on my TV for the week. I still need to watch Lost. And I still have more moving and cleaning and unpacking to do. Ugh.

Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
I wonder if they’re working on the roof yet.
I wish my drink was colder.
I feel  kinda nauseated.

Name the last 3 things you have bought.
Mini-blinds.
Pillows.
Beer.

Name 3 things you drink regularly.
Diet Pepsi
Sprite
Lemonade

Are you on a diet?
No, but I need to be.

Current worry?
Money money money money. MONEY!

Current hate?
John Mayer. Douche.

Favorite place to be?
Driving in my car with Birdy hanging out the window and listening to reggae.

How did you ring in the New Year?
By going to bed at like 10:00 pm. I was sick.

Where would you like to go?
Where would I NOT like to go?

Why do you wanna go there?
I want to see and experience as much of the world and its people as possible.

What shirt are you wearing?
A purple cowl neck shirt from Target.

What is your current relationship status?
Confused.

Favorite color(s)?
Green, turquoise, orange

Would you be a pirate?
Captain Jack Sparrow – yes. Somali kidnappers – no.

Do you sing in the shower?
No, but I always used to. I don’t know why I stopped.

What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
I was afraid my neighbor’s pet snake would escape and come into our house through the toilet. No idea.

What’s in your pockets right now?
Nothing.

Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Fractured cheekbone. Yes, I literally broke my face.

Best feeling in the world?
MDMA.

Worst feeling in the world?
Rejection.

Does someone have a crush on you?
Yep.

Do you wish on shooting stars?
No, but they do make me ponder the mysteries of the universe.

What is your favorite food?
Cheese.

What is your favorite candy?
Reese Cups and Smarties.

What song do you want played at your wedding?
Totally depends on who I’m marrying.

What song do you want played at your funeral?
I don’t really care. I won’t be there.

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Sleeping hard.

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Man, I’m gonna sleep SO LATE tomorrow!

Movies: Phish 3D

We were so worried about getting tickets to this thing. It consumed us for a week or more. “It’s not showing up! The Phish email says it’s playing here, but it’s not showing up!” Finally, the theater listed the show times on its website and we were able to purchase in advance. Had a tasty Mexican dinner with Swamp, Josh, Jess, Lizzy, Taper, and Jen before heading over — the hippie posse in tour shirts and a lot of hemp, rolling up to the ticket window on the same night as Kenny Chesney 3D. People in Wranglers beside us in line squinted up at the marquee and said, “What’s Phish 3D?” No surprise, then, that we were seven of maybe twenty people in the auditorium. If only we’d gone to Asheville, Swamp said, we could have been packed in like sardines with all our hippie brethren and drinking beers at that one theater that serves alcohol. But it was not the worst thing to have the theater practically to ourselves. We got some laughs from fellow movie-goers by shouting along to “Wilson.” The best, most comprehensive review I’ve seen is here. I highly recommend reading it. But I’ll give you a few pieces of personal feedback. I know you care so much what I think! 🙂

The acoustic set was the highlight of the whole thing. “Strange Design” was so honest and emotional, I almost cried. I loved seeing them play in daylight. I loved the set list. It was the one part of the movie where I forgot about the whole 3D thing and stopped being dizzy and just felt immersed in it, like I was sitting on the stage with them. Unfortunately, I was a little distracted by Mike’s huge blue jean bulge. He needs to invest in some looser pants. That shit just doesn’t look comfortable. That was definitely not something I needed to see in 3D.

The “Shine a Light” cover was excellent. Loved the backup singers. Loved the horn section. Even though the trombonist reminded me a little too much of Barry Gibb. Loved Trey’s faces of ecstasy and grins of sheer joy. Loved seeing his eye crinkles in 3D. “Suzy Greenberg” was entertaining but way too damn long. I wanted to smack that backup singer going “SUZY! SUZY! SUZY!” over and over and over. The first portion of the film had some great Page close-ups, where he was looking totally in the zone and deep in his groove. And it was kind of interesting to see Fish’s set up so close. I had no idea how huge his kit was. And I enjoyed playing “Where’s Waldo?” with everyone’s copy of the set lists.

Overall, I would have preferred less camera motion. Towards the end, we were all feeling sick and taking off the 3D glasses. I liked elements of it, like the balloons floating by that Swamp and I pretended to bat at each other. But as far as the show footage, it was more effective when the camera actually paused on something long enough for you to kind of savor being up close and personal. I could have done without “Maze,” which is possibly my least phavorite song. I have a little anxiety freak-out every time I hear that chorus. But everything else I was really happy to hear. And I will totally be purchasing the DVD.

Bottom line: A-. Could have been better in some ways, but I left with a great big smile on my face. And I’m totally pumped for summer tour!

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