Monday, May 31, 2010

Zoo photos

We took a trip to the zoo today and it was fun.  We have a nice little zoo nearby that we have a membership to and we like to walk around.  Since both me and the little man had the day off we went to the zoo.  Here's a few pictures.

Carp

Ducks standing like statues

Peacock showing off for peahen
Alligator

Friday, May 28, 2010

BIG Photo Challenge - Theme: Water


A rain puddle at my work reflecting one of the large century old Live Oaks owned by the University where I work.  I thought it looked pretty.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Teenaged me: an anecdote

When I was in, let's say 11th grade though it might have been 12th...Yes, it was 12th.  Ok, so when I was in 12th grade, I sat behind the boy I had a crush on for 3 years, his best friend, and this other guy in homeroom.  I wasn't even suppose to be by my crush since his last name was "C" and I was "B" but his friend was also a "B" and he wanted to sit by him.  But I digress.  I sat by these guys.  The other guy, let's called him Snape (he was pretty greasy), had a crush on me.  But I ignored it because he was very unattractive (to me, maybe someone else like him, doubtful).  And, like all the other nerds in school, the only reason he liked me was because I was nice to him.  Because I have trouble being outright rude to anyone in general.  Anyway,  one day Snape says to me "Hey, are you going to the [upcoming Winter] Dance?  And I said, "No, I don't think so."  And he said "Do you want to go?"  And I said, "No" thinking it was a general question about whether I was upset to be missing this dance.  As I conveyed this story to my mom later that day, it dawned on me that he was asking me to the dance.  "Do you want to go?" wasn't a general question, it was a specific question.  In a way it was good that I didn't realize what he was asking but I would have been embarrassed and not sure how to turn him down.  But oblivious me just said "no" and that was that.  Sadly, though the homeroom witnessed his embarrassment, I realized later.  I did feel bad about it.  But, I was also embarrassed that he had asked me out in front of my crush. I had no clue as a teenager most of the time.

Monday, May 24, 2010

"The End" (Lost thoughts)

Ya'll, I am so sad this is over.  I cried so much last night.  Pretty much every time someone had an epiphany.  I love Charlie and Claire and it made me so happy to see them together again.  But it wasn't just them.  It was everyone.  I'm going to miss this show, flaws and all.  I've been trying to avoid comments on other pages because I truly loved this episode and I don't want anyone to ruin that for me.  Was it perfect?  No.  Was it great?  Yes.  Am I surprised by the ending?  Yes and no.  Some people are calling the ending a cop-out.  But I wonder what would be the best way to end it other than this ending.  No matter what the writers had decided someone would be calling bullshit.  I think they told the story they wanted to tell and that's that. 

I think (and it seems to be the consensus) that everything happened on the Island and everything in Sideways world is just like a holding place for the characters tell they could move on together.  Sideways world was how the characters had wished things had gone.  So they died at some point in their lives (obviously) and made this world where Kate was innocent, and Jack had a son, and Sawyer choose to be good, etc.  There were flaws, but each character got what he or she ultimately wanted.  Some people say they died in the crash, but I don't think so. Christian says that everything really happened and that it all mattered.  It was just a holding place.  They didn't all die at once, but some died before Jack and some died after.  But they wanted to be together to move on.

I'm not sorry that the other mysteries weren't cleared up.  It would have been nice, but it wasn't the point of the show to me.  The point was what happened to the people.  I was invested in them.  I can't think right now of one mystery that I'm dying to understand.  I have reach a place of understanding with Lost.  Sometimes things happen and you will never know why.  That's a lot like real life. 

So much happened last night.  It was very epic.  The whole Lost story revolved around fate vs. free will.  Jack volunteered to be the new Jacob, but it was Hurley's destiny.  Jack's destiny was to save the Island.  Jack is a fixer so of course he would be the one to "fix" the Island.  And, God, that last scene with Vincent.  It makes me tear up just thinking about it.  It's just so sweet and moving.

There's so much to say, but others are going to analyze it to death.  I just wanted to say that I'm going to miss Lost.  It was a truly great show.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Weird dream

I had this weird dream last night where my mother-in-law was giving a party for my sister-in-law and her fiance, but they weren't there.  And I asked what kind of engagement party was it when the bride and groom aren't even there.  She said that is just a little something party (I don't know) and they didn't need to be there.
And then she offered to let me drive one of their cars home (which would never happen) and I refused so she cried.  And then the car ended up in the pool and the whole time I just keep moving through this party looking for someone, but I'm not sure who.
It was a pretty party though.

OK, so to search for someone in your dreams means anxiety about that person or relationship.  But I don't know who it was so I'm not sure what that means.  Maybe I am just anxious about relationships in general?

To dream that you are at a party, suggests that you need to get out more and enjoy yourself. If the party is bad, then it indicates that you are unsure of your social skills. * It was a good party but I was very anxious the whole time which leads to To dream that you are experiencing some anxiety in some affair, is a reflection of what you may be feeling during your waking life. You may have repressed thoughts, unexpressed emotions, resentment, and hostility that are triggering your anxiety dream. This dream also denotes that you are disastrous mixing business with pleasure which is ... interesting.

I have no idea what the whole car thing means.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More flower pictures

Here are two more pictures I took for the theme of 3 in the Adorible BIG Photo Challenge.

Red flowers

 Knockout Roses

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"What They Died For" (Lost thoughts)

And then that happened... I'm not sure what to say.  I'm not surprised that Jack took up the mantle of Island protector. He has always wanted to be the savior.  It was obvious that no one else really wanted it.  But it sucks that Jacob wasn't really holding hard and fast to his list while it was causing MiB to kill off the people on the list.  I'm sad because this has lead to the loss of Sayid, Jin, and Sun as well as a lot of other people.  If only the two little boys had been able to resolve their issues before instead of all these games.  But it is understandable that MiB is pissed that Jacob basically threw him under the bus.

Desmond is freaking creepy in Sideways world, yeah?  Cool to see Ana Lucia and interesting she is willing to be paid off.  But that is neither here nor there.  I'm guessing Desmond and Kate are on their way to wake up Jack at David's concert.  Maybe we will see the mom.  Is it Mother?  Doubtful.  I'm hoping for Juliet.  Maybe if they introduced Charlie and Claire she would "wake up."  I just want them to be together.   I have never shipped a couple so hard as Charlie and Claire.  But that's my own thing.

Ben was in rare form.  That man always has a game and he knows what it is like to work for MiB.  I'm betting he has an angle and that he will be important in the end just like he always wanted.  Ben just wanted to be important in some way.  I knew he was going to rat out Widmore b/c he blames Widmore for Alex's death.  So I wasn't surprised at that.  It is almost funny how fast they are going through characters.  But my Richard!  Nooooooooo.  I hope he is not dead yet.

I'm surprised so far at where this ended up.  I'm hoping to be surprised some more.  I think I've reached a Zen place with this show.  Whatever happens happens.

Monday, May 17, 2010

BIG Photo Challenge - Theme: Three

I took several pictures of different flowers around my in-laws and my house.  But the one I liked the best was the three new blooms on our Magnolia tree.  I love these flowers.  They smell so good and are so pretty.  It's a shame they don't last long.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Going to need a bigger bed

chumbuddy

This might be the greatest thing I have ever seen.  It's a shark sleeping bag thing.  So awesome.

BIG Photo Challenge - Theme: Blue

I'm probably the last one to get their picture up, but I forgot and then I remembered and then I couldn't decide.  Finally I decided on my son's deck chair.  It is a tiny kid-sized version of a regular chair and is very cute.  It resides at my parent's house.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Across the Sea" (Lost thoughts)

I usually write this after one viewing because I like writing down my initial "knee jerk" reactions.  And that is what I'm doing right now.  But I feel like this one had so much and nothing at all.  I'm going to have to watch it again.

What we learned:

Jacob and the still unnamed Man in Black are brothers, more to the point twins.  They are the mysterious blond and dark haired kid plaguing current Locke.  Except that Jacob "killed" his brother (hmmm) so whoever is walking around in the MiB suit is not the brother.  MiB and their "mother" are Adam and Eve from the beginning of the show.  So that shows that the brother was actually dead.  Was Smokey released from wherever because Jacob killed his brother in anger and threw him into the mysterious light/"heart of the Island?"  Remember when John Locke looked into the heart of the Island and thought it was beautiful.  Is the Island trying to escape itself?  Does that make any sense at all?

Jacob seemed a little simple, yes?  He was so childlike and trusting even as an adult while his brother was always questioning.  The mother seemed to favor MiB or so Jacob says and I guess he was intended to be the caretaker of the Island, but he just wanted to leave.  So it was left to Jacob to take care of the mysterious light and the whatever place it leads/lead.  Was the mother immortal?  She was stabbed with the same knife that is being passed around and she was grateful to be dying so she must have lived a long time.  She said she didn't want MiB to leave because she loved him which is a crap reason if it is true.  Was it because she herself couldn't leave or was there another reason she didn't say?  She's the one that made it so that they can't hurt each other.  Maybe Smokey is repayment for Jacob hurting his brother.   Because he wasn't suppose to.  This explains MiB saying that Jacob betrayed him and took his body from him.

Now I feel sorry for the old MiB/the brother.  He just wanted to leave and didn't seem to have any other intentions beyond it.  I do not feel sorry for the current Locke.  His intentions are obviously nasty.  I hope everyone gets the right resolution.  I'm assuming Jacob's guilt is the reason behind his acquiesce to his own murder by Ben.

Elsewhere, we get a little about the electromagnetic pockets and the wells on the Island.  Not too much about their significance that I can understand though.  But we sort of know where the donkey wheel came from even though it wasn't put in when the mother cracked MiB's head and buried the well.  But what is this light?  Is it gone now that Smokey is out?  Obviously it can still be harassed because Ben turns the wheel but it leads to Tunisia, but why there, I wonder?  And why does it move the Island?

I'm guessing the mother didn't know what to do with two boys.  Maybe she figured she had one to take over and one to be with her or something.  I need to watch this one again.  I feel like I must be missing something.  I'm noticing a lot of hate for this episode.  I liked it.  The acting on parts was meh, I will agree, but I feel like when this is all over this episode will have some deeper meaning.  It's like looking at one part of a puzzle.  That piece by itself might not be much, but all together the picture is great.  At least I am hoping so.  It was a slower episode and given what we had last week, I can understand the disappointment that this one wasn't bigger.  But I like it and I'm standing by that.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Re-obession: LOST

Last Thursday I couldn't sleep.  I sleep approximately one hour out of about 40 hours.  I was tired.  I watched Royal Wedding with Fred Astaire and Peter Lawford.  That's a good old movie if you like those.  Then I decided to watch the premiere episodes of Lost.  I figured it would be fun to see how it started.  This lead to a new obsession.  I am once again going to start watching all the episodes of Lost.  I had planned on doing this anyway once the series was over.  That way I can look for clues, knowing what it is all about.  But I've started now.

Things I have noticed so far:
It was always about Jack.  And Kate and Jack had that thing right from the very beginning.
The episode with Jack following his dad was even spookier, knowing who he really is.
The episode where John Locke had his spiritual quest or whatever is interesting, esp. with the Claire/Charlie thing and the Sun/Jin/Sayid thing.
I forgot that Adam and Eve had a bag with two polish stones in in, one black and one white.   They look like the stones that MIB had before he smashed the wine bottle.

I love Claire and Charlie and I hope they end up together again somehow with baby Aaron.  Really I do.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"The Candidate " (Lost Thoughts)

Wow.
I missed watching it last night and so I watched it during lunch.
Wow.

Sadness.

So Locke tried to kill all the candidates.  This is not surprising.  Not at all.  I'm guessing he lead them to the sub so he could keep the airplane.  Man, is he mad now.  Cause now he has to go and kill Jack, Sawyer, and Hurley.  Oh and Desmond when he finds out that Sayid *sob* didn't kill him.  Which I knew he didn't.

SAYID! WHY?  My heart is broken.  My beloved Sayid is gone, GONE!  At least he died nobly instead of all zombie, not emotions Sayid.  And Jin and Sun.  So sweet and yet they just orphaned their baby girl.  I really thought Kate was a goner.  Jin and Sun took me by suprise.  *sob*

Sayd *sob* told Jack that it was going to be him.  So I guess Sayid really thought that Jack was going to be the new Jacob.  I can believe that too.  It was always going to be Jack and Locke (after a fashion) in the end.  So does this mean that Sawyer and Hurley are goners too?  Because if Hurley dies, then I'm done.  Never again will I watch TV.  As much as I love Sayid, Hurley is just the best.  And Hurley just sobbing, o. m. g.  That made me cry more.  And Hurley's face when Jack said there is no more Sayid.  I just can't...

And Widmore was right.  It really was best that they stay in the cage.  They would have been better off.  And Jack was right.  Locke couldn't directly kill them and he was betting that someone would pull the wires.  Sawyer never had any faith.  So how is Locke going to kill the others now if he can't directly?  And where is the blond kid at now?  Is that Jacob, mocking Locke?  When will we see Richard Alpert?

I really think Jack and Kate are meant to be.  They care about each other.  Kate is shot and Jack freaks out.  Kate cries that she couldn't find him later on the beach.  I wonder what would happen in sideways world if they really meet.

Speaking of Sideways world, I know things happened, but they just don't seem to be as important though they probably are.  Jack and Claire make a better sibling connection, Anthony Cooper is brain dead, John Locke is responsible.  Anyone else wonder if John was really Locke(!) coming through.  No, just me, ok.

This whole episode was a knife in the heart. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Feeling Dreams

You ever have a dream that when you wake up, you can still feel whatever just happened?  Once in high school, I dreamed I kissed this boy in my class and I could still feel that kiss for most of the day which was nice, frankly.  Last night/this morning, I dreamed some guy knocked my sunglasses off my face and the force of the motion woke me up.  That was less pleasant than the kiss.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Big Photo Challenge: Theme: Abandoned

The Big Photo ChallengeThe theme this week for the Big Photo Challenge is Abandoned.  I pass several abandoned houses every day on my way home from work and took a picture of one the other day.  I always think about why these houses were abandoned and who used to live in them.  What happened to them?  I wonder what they look like inside.  I have a lot of time on some days.







Taken with my little Casio.