Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Spent the weekend in NY with Dad after his (fairly minor) surgery. It was a much easier, more stress-free visit than when he had the bypass. He was up, lucid and companionable. Although he did nap in the afternoons, we spent some daddy/daughter time in the mornings, watching Goldfather and Godfather Part 2. However, I abandoned him during the basketball game to watch travel documentaries with mom.
It was the first time I'd left Bear to her own devices, and she handled it really well. She's managing the work/school thing well, and is seriously thinking about colleges again.
Here's something interesting: "State." You sign in with your twitter or FB account, and it matches your opinions on various topics with people with similar opinions. Over time, this could be a valuable tool in deciding who to follow based on their stance on certain issues. It could also make new connections and/or friends.
I was reading back through some of my posts, and realized I hadn't noted that I'd read "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister." It was by the same author who wrote "Wicked" (loved the play, hated the book), so I was leery, but I found it much more enjoyable. It really did seem more like the story told from another side, where Wicked felt like MaGuire just wandered off on his own somewhere. I mention this because it's one of the 101 Fantasy Books in 10 Years challenge.
I was out of town, hanging out with my dad after his surgery this past weekend, so I'll catch up now:
5. Link to a current song you like.
I've had "Let it Go" from Frozen stuck in my head for weeks.
6. Six lies you tell yourself:
1. "I'll do it ____ (sometime other than now)."
2. "One ___ (insert type of junk food) won't hurt."
3. "I'm generally honest with myself."
4. "I've forgiven the Evil Ex."
5. Anything to do with exercise.
6. Anything to do with diet.
7. What's the next movie you want to watch?
In theaters, Muppets Most Wanted
8. Your exercise philosophy?
It varies between "I don't wanna" and "I really should."
9. Describe a routine or ritual you have.
When I arrive at work, I turn on the lights, the computer, the heat. While the computer boots up, I make myself a bowl of cereal, then settle in and get to work.
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Thursday, March 06, 2014
I'm not sure what made me think of it, but today I remembered visiting my grandparents when they lived in Birmingham, Alabama. They may have been settling my great-aunt's estate at the time. What I remember best about the visit was sitting near a window in a restaurant that was at the top of a fairly tall building or hill or something, and having my grandmother point out to me the statue of Vulcan.
It was a tiny blur with a red point of light. I remember Grandma telling me that the statue was made to recognize Birmingham's standing as "the Pittsburgh of the South," referring to its iron and steel production. That really didn't resonate with 9 or 10 year old me, but the statue seemed pretty cool.
|The statue today|
I decided to look it up, and Wikipedia told me:
It was commissioned in 1903 by the Commercial Club of Birmingham, and sculpted by Italian-born Giuseppe Moretti. He sculpted it in pieces in New Jersey and, like the Statue of Liberty, it was shipped and assembled at its destination.
The completed weight of the statue, including the anvil, block, hammer, and spearpoint, is 120,000 pounds (54,431 kg). It's the largest cast iron sculpture in the world.
The statue was shipped to St. Louis as Birmingham's entry into the 1904 worlds fair, and was awarded a "Grand Prize". When the 1904 World's Fair ended, the Vulcan statue was dismantled and returned to its home city of Birmingham, only to be left in pieces alongside the railroad tracks due to unpaid freight bills.
Vulcan was eventually re-erected at the Alabama State Fairgrounds, but the statue's arms were installed incorrectly, and the god was without his spear, which had been lost on the way from St. Louis. With nothing to hold in its hands, Vulcan soon became an advertising figure. Over the years, Vulcan held an ice cream cone, a Coca-Cola bottle, and even Heinz pickles. In the late 1920s, the statue was disassembled for inspection. During this time, children would often play around the disassembled statue. It was painted a flesh color and was reassembled in the early 1930s.
In 1936 the Works Progress Administration partially funded a new park in the city at the top of Red Mountain. That's when the pedestal was built and Vulcan was hoisted into place. They gave him a new spear and he was repainted in an aluminum like finish.
The statue's naked buttocks have been source of humor for many years. A novelty song, "Moon Over Homewood," refers to the fact that the statue "moons" the neighboring suburb of Homewood, Alabama.
|"buns of steel"|
(that's the part Grandma told me)
The spear was restored after the 1999-2004 restoration.
So that was a lot to learn.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Woke up sleepy this morning. It's now 8am and I'm still sleepy.
Happy to know that the "Cherry Bomb" necklace is going to a good home.
Today seemed to be the day I attracted chatty people. First thing in the morning on the bus, on the way home on the bus, at the coffee shop this morning, people just settled in next to me and started talking. In truth, I found it annoying and intrusive. I was trying to live my own life: nap on my way into work, read on my way home. But ultimately I realized that these were human beings, and human interaction is frequently more important than reading (I'm not entirely convinced about napping).
Our new sales consultant came in today to meet with the boss. He and I chatted a bit and he told me about his new company. He told me the name, what it means, and what the company does. He asked for help with logos, and I told him that I'm more of a content person, with no visual artistic talent. But I had immediately had a mental image, which I tried to describe. After he met with the boss, I had three concept sketches for a logo that I gave to him. Crude, but enough that a graphic artist would know what I was going for.
Today I watched Thelma and Louise to get back on track for the 101 Things in 1001 Days.
I thought it was entertaining, but I didn't find it uplifting or empowering. How this ended up on the the AFI's "100 Years, 100 Cheers," I have no idea.