ringsandcoffee: (P&P dance face off)
Ten Years ago today I first watched what became one of my all-time favorite movies, Pride and Prejudice (2005). It was also the gateway drug that turned me into an Anglophile.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST jedi Daniel)
1. Are you easily intimidated by people in some sort of power position, like say your boss or a former teacher, when you meet them on the street?
Well, I never meet old bosses on the street, but I am always a little intimidated by my current bosses. As for one previous boss (and the other person who acted like one), I still shudder a bit when I think of them.

Oh, wait, I am FB friends with a previous boss, but did not add her until after she resigned. We interacted through a mutual friend though, which I thought was a tiny bit odd.

2. Do you like pants pockets and what do you tend to put in them?
YES. I like to have a pocket for my work keys so they aren't banging against me when clipped to my lanyard. Otherwise, they are good for tissues in the winter, or hiding something in a pinch.

3. Do you believe the saying, 'Everything old is new again?'
More like everything comes around again.

4. Do you believe in serendipity?
Yes and no. (I know, boring to not explain)

5. Did you have to look up serendipity before answering Question 4?
Hahahahaha. My immediate thought was the movie with that title, and I knew I didn't believe in things happening like that. I also wanted to look it up to make sure I wasn't mistaken/misled by my memories of the movie.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
To my American friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

To my friends in the rest of the world, HAPPY THURSDAY!!!

I'm just waiting for the dryer to finish so I can get dressed (ooh, done!) and then figure out how to transport the mashed potatoes so they stay warm. I can't wait for turkey.
ringsandcoffee: (Dear Santa British gent)
I got home late last night. Better late than never.

1. What is your favorite 'food' holiday?
Thanksgiving, because I don't get real turkey any other time of year.

2. Do you prefer ham or turkey (or tofu turkey)?
Turkey. Ham is for Christmas. Well, sometimes my mom gets prime rib.

3. Do you anticipate or dread seeing your relatives for the holidays?
I see my family twice a year, so I look forward to seeing them. I see my extended family even less often, so I love when we do see each other.

4. When do you start listening to Christmas carols (for real, you can tell us)?
As late as possible. Last weekend was the first time I heard a song at a store, and I was not happy about it. However, the Christmas music was better than the kids singing Beatles songs that it alternated with.

5. How are you feeling right now with regards to the upcoming holiday season?
Today I went to a craft boutique and got exactly one gift. I like buying gifts for people, but have the worst time choosing them. If it doesn't scream the person's name, no go. Other than gift shopping, I'm looking forward to going to CA and seeing friends.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
Look what showed up in my mailbox after 2 1/2 months!

This bag made a $30 trip to who knows where. I tried returning it using the given address label, but then the post office stuck my (poorly) handwritten customs form on top of it. Bad pen + small lines + trying to press through carbon copies. I don't know if it made it across the pond, but it has a return label from an Atlanta mail recovery center. Under that label I can sort of read the reason for return, which does not make sense as the full addresses were on there. Maybe if they had not covered the original return label. Grrr. At least I got it back, as I was starting to worry I had not only lost the money, but also the postage AND the bag. Anyway, this bag would have been okay were the handled a little longer.

Supermoon chasing
I went and sat in a parking lot waiting for the moon to rise at 6:04. That time came and went, and I did not see it. I worried I could not see it from where I was, even though I had a good view east. So, I went to the other side of the park where I watched it last month. 10 minutes later, still no sight of the moon. As I was leaving, I finally saw the big orange orb much more to the north than last month. Took crappy photos with my phone, as usual. Waiting for an iOS update to improve my phone camera.

Now I'm home doing housework and avoiding grading. I will check in last week's homework packets as either turned in or not, then recycle them. The writing will wait until tomorrow.

Tomorrow I have to start small reading groups. My goal is to see 2 each day. I need to rearrange the rest of my reading block though. UGH. We will be doing general comprehension and test prep - basically learning how to understand each and every question.
ringsandcoffee: (AA angst)
1. What is your favorite food to eat prepared by someone else (parent, spouse, friend, etc.)?
My initial response to this was ANYTHING. I live alone and thus cook for myself. I'm excited whenever someone else cooks. However, and maybe because Thanksgiving is near, I'll say turkey and stuffing. Of course I'm partial to my mom's stuffing, as I grew up with it, but I've yet to have one I didn't like. I have never made my own turkey. Mom says it's not that hard, but watching others each Thanksgiving, it's always checking and basting and checking again and waiting and waiting for it to be fully cooked but not overdone.

2. How many times a day do you typically eat?
Usually lunch and dinner, and a snack or 2. Breakfast for me is usually iced coffee with milk. Before you start lecturing me on how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, know that when I do eat it, I am usually STARVING (stomach rumbling, sometimes nauseated) by about 10am. Blood sugar spike, perhaps?

3. How often do you cook for yourself?

A few times a week. At least once a week I'll make something to last a few meals, either as dinner leftovers or portioned out for lunch. I eat fast food way more than I should.

4. I wish I ate more:______________________

vegetables. I love them, but they get forgotten in the fridge. I bought a bag of salad mix today, and will soon mix that up.

5. If I want a "real breakfast," I:_______________________

Go out to a restaurant. A couple of times a year I'll go to a breakfast place, and usually get some sort of omelette. Once or twice a month I get the sausage breakfast sandwich from Starbucks. On the occasional Saturday morning, I eat a bowl of cereal.
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
The sun still rises each day, and I will not let fear overtake me.


Nov. 6th, 2016 11:15 am
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
I made my pumpkin bread recipe in a bundt pan, and added cream cheese filling. I made about twice as much filling as needed, since last time it disappeared into the bread. As you can see from the picture, it still isn't much. Also, I need a good pumpkin CAKE recipe, as this is quite dense.

All in all, it's still delicious.

ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
In making some new friends, I've been looking through my current friends and there are some names I have not seen in months. Some have not posted, and others have posts which must be filtered, as I cannot see them. (I checked profiles to see when people last posted) This is all fine and good as it's your LJ, do as you please. I'll be doing a cut soon. I don't mind if you don't comment often; inactive journals or people who have not interacted in months will be going.

Much as I truly mean I don't mind if we didn't click and part ways, I still feel guilty when I do this. Contradicting myself much, eh? Let me know if you want to be added back.
ringsandcoffee: (JE You were in my path)
Today's five questions are brought to us by livejournal user amguynes, the letter F, and the number 5.

The name of...

1. Your favorite book?
Jane Eyre

2. Your favorite movie?
Pride and Prejudice (2005), Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, The Little Mermaid (yes, I said more than one movie)

3. Your least favorite adaptation of a book to a movie?
The adaptation of Jane Eyre with William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg was painful to watch. It started out badly and just got worse. I watched through my fingers, mumbling about how terrible it was over and over.

4. Your least favorite adaptation ever of anything to a movie?
Probably same as #3, as I cannot think of anything else at the moment. No, wait. The TV miniseries adaptation of Scarlett (sequel to Gone With the Wind) went downhill towards the end.

5. Your first ever novel/comic book/movie character crush?
Hmmmmmmm. I really need to think about this! Probably Rhett Butler. I read GWTW in high school. I cannot remember what other books I read around that time. I think some John Grisham and Michael Crichton, among others, but they didn't have characters worth falling for.
ringsandcoffee: (cute Sebastian)
1. What are five good health habits for one to have?
get some sort of movement in daily; reduce, not abandon, the junk food; drink iced tea at restaurants instead of soda; try to get enough sleep; take time for yourself.

2. Name any four things that you want to do before you die?
go to the UK again, try something like the trapeze or those flying swings, meet Sting (though he is more likely to die before me), learn how to level and frost cakes!

3. Name three songs to which you know all the lyrics?
Many, many songs, but...anything from The Little Mermaid, "Friends in Low Places" - Garth Brooks, "Black Water" - Doobie Brothers

4. What were you doing two hours ago?
When I first read this post this morning, I was sleeping 2 hours prior. Two hours before now, I was sitting on the couch, playing on my laptop.

5. If you could smash and break one thing and one thing only, what would it be?
I really want to go Office Space on the copy machine at work so maybe they would finally replace it, not just keep calling in the repair guy.
ringsandcoffee: (awesome)
This evening was curriculum night. Last year, when I was new to 3rd grade, I had to do most of the presentation because the verteran teacher was sick and the other had only taught the second half of the previous year. So, I took what I knew from 5th grade and pretended I knew what I was talking about for 3rd grade. We had a power point presentation to guide us. This year, I *am* the veteran teacher. My teammate moved the slides, and our long-term sub wasn't there due to family obligations. She doesn't know the info anyway. So, again, I did the presentations. Despite feeling like I talk too fast and forgetting what the 6 traits of writing are (I eventually came up with 5). After the first one (we had 2 sessions) my teammate told me she was amazed at how well I presented. Then, sitting here at home, I am amazed at myself. Who woulda thunk that all these years later, I would actually feel like I know what I'm doing. No nerves at all, not even when I went into extra detail or forgot what I was trying to say.

Seriously. I need these moments where I feel competent. I need to remember them on the days I feel like a failure.

Then...rounding. Tomorrow needs to be the last day of teaching rounding because my head is going to explode. 2/3 of the class gets it. The others, it's sort of like reteaching the same thing literally every problem we do. Aye!
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
1. Have you ever done something awful to your hair? What happened?
I didn't do it, but it was traumatizing. In college, when my hair was still awkward and I didn't know what I was doing with it, I went to one of those cheap salons for a trim. I tried to describe how my previous person used to cut my hair. The woman proceeded to cut the front of my hair in a way that I immediately, internally, freaked out. I sat through the rest of the cut trying not to cry, and paid the $8 plus tip (I'm too nice to complain) and bolted out as fast as possible. My friend was with me, and as soon as we got in the car I lost it. Of course, it grew out, and everything was fine after a while.

Oh, I did try to cut my hair once by tying it back in a ponytail at my neck then cutting it. This resulted in a very steep slant from back to front that my friend had to try and even out. I'll scan a photo of it sometime.

2. Conversely, at what time in your life have you looked your best?
A year ago, my hair was great, my skin was clear, and I was looking pretty good. Now, my hair is still good, but I need to be working out again, and my face has some breakouts. But in all, not too bad.

3. Do you have a favorite article of clothing? Tell us what and why.
I don't have an item that I LOVE and want to wear all the time at the moment. However, I love my black leggings on the weekends. Despite still having panty lines and pretty much no butt, they are comfortable.

4. Confess the worst fashion trend you ever succumbed to.
Even with what I said in #4, I'm a little ashamed when I wear my leggings out to run errands. I feel like workout clothes should be for working out, but still, on weekends, I just want to throw something comfy on and go.

5. Are there any clothing/fashion trends today that you simply don't understand?
Hideous shoes. The fact that most tops are so sheer you can see through them. Bralettes. Super-skinny jeans. I know there are more, but I can't remember them.
ringsandcoffee: (grammar)
I guess it's Friday somewhere.

1. Do you like ketchup or tomatoes or both?
If I had to choose one, then ketchup. I like tomatoes in just about every form except by themselves. If a burger or sandwich has tomato slices on it, I don't mind because I can't really isolate the tomato flavor. If I taste too much of it, I'll take the slices off. There was a meme on tumblr once that said something like if the only way to defuse a bomb was to take a bite of a tomato, then I'm gonna die. Pretty much that.

2. Do you like grape jelly/jam or purple grapes or both?
Grape jelly, though it's about 5th on my list of preferences. Red grapes are the best, then green. I had a popsicle with purple grapes in it the other day, and it was kind of ick.

3. Do you like cider or apples or both?
Both, but cider is better. Hard cider, hot cider, cold cider, all yum.

4. Do you like cream or milk or both?
Strange question, as they aren't really used interchangeably. Both. Milk in my tea, cream in my coffee, or my half iced coffee, half milk drink every morning.

5. Do you like zucchini bread or zucchini or both?
ringsandcoffee: (JE conversation)
Watching the Jane Eyre 2006 miniseries and trying to interpret what this says about my mood.


Jun. 13th, 2016 12:04 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
taken from [livejournal.com profile] meathiel

Simple rules: answer sequentially, next response must start with the last letter of the previous. No googling or backtracking or otherwise cheating.

Name – Becky
Animal - yak
Girl's name - Karina
Color - aqua
Movie – Austenland
Something you wear – dress
Drink - Sprite
Food - egg rolls
Item in the bathroom – spray bottle
Place – England
Reason to be late – did not set alarm
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Tech is replacing the compressor fan now. $800. Could be worse, like $4000 or having to pay for it myself.
ringsandcoffee: (Leo the Late Bloomer)
1. If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star?
Rock star. I like to sing, but am not great at it. I'd love if I WAS good at it and got paid for it. I don't know if I'd love touring all the time, much as I love to travel. But I'd get to see more of the world than I have so far.

2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)?
I was in the newspaper 3 times in 6th grade. Once for being part of the DARE program, once running a sack race at the end of year picnic, and I don't remember the last one.
My 1st grade class put on a production of Snow White, in which I was a (pink) rabbit. It was recorded and shown a few times on the local cable access channel. I was doing my part (maybe walking or dancing?) and my ears fell off.
I called into radio stations a few times, and at least once my request was played on air. I recorded it, I was so excited. That must have been in middle school. In high school I called in one morning because the DJs were talking about some storm damage that happened at my school - the roof had blown off a couple of buildings. I described what it looked like. That was fun as I had heard them talking while I was sitting in my car, then ran to a payphone to call.
Last summer, I was on Absolute Radio's breakfast show when I crashed their picnic. I didn't know they would put me on air, but I was thrilled.

3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show?
I had dinner with one of the girls on the show where Bret Michaels (I think) was looking for a girlfriend. She was a visiting my friend for the weekend. We went to the middle school dance (where I used to teach and my friend was the counselor) and the kids were impressed to see someone "famous."

4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I met my favorite DJs from Absolute Radio - Geoff Lloyd, Annabel Port, Christian O'Connell, Richie Firth, Andrew Bailey, and Faye Caruthers. They are famous in the UK but still. I made a sandwich for an NBA player when I worked at a sandwich shop. I didn't know who he was at the time. Oh, I met Mitch Pileggi and Dean Haglund at an X-Files convention. Shoot, was Nick Lea there too?

5. Who would play you in a movie?
Ack, someone awkward but awesome. Maybe Amy Poehler.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
I love literary-inspired web series. I hate when they end and thus no longer have new eps to look forward to. There are two I need to binge-watch (one finished, the other I think is trying to raise funds for another season) as I have known about them a long time. Anyway, if you like Anne of Green Gables, the modern adaptation Green Gables Fables isn't bad.

It just so happens that this episode aired when I am needing to watch it over and over again. If I don't get my happy ending (yet), then I read or watch it elsewhere. Over and over. And over.

For fun, here is a photo of the unattractive yet delicious cake I made over the weekend. I kept some, but most went to work with me today. My coworkers love me.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
1. Do you consider yourself young, old or middle aged?
All three. Sometimes I feel old compared to many of my friends, but then they all think I am younger than my actual age. In reality, I guess I am middle aged. The young side of middle age.

2. When you think of your parents at your current age, did you consider them older than dirt?
Hmm, I wasn't even born when my dad was my age. I guess I was about 4 when my mom was my current age. So, I didn't really consider their ages at those times.

3. What were you really into when you were a kid?
Playing outside. Making up stories as I played in the empty lots in my neighborhood. Riding my bike. Wishing I was a gymnast and doing pretend routines in my backyard or wherever I could find something to balance-walk across.

4. Who was your best friend in elementary school?
1st-2nd grades - Robin. 2nd-4th - Krissy. 4th-6th - Kristen

5. What do you bring with you everywhere you go?
Tweezers and nail clippers, tissues, hand lotion.
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