Monday, August 31, 2009
I'm still praying for the fire victims. But I'm also praying for the firefighters - big time. I cannot imagine working in 100 degree weather, fighting a raging fire in rough terrain. Must be really scary and really exhausting. Beyond anything I can imagine.
I really admire them.
Who do you really admire and why?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
It felt sooo good. The water was warm and the waves weren't superbig so we got to swim and stay in the ocean for a long time. All was perfect on the beach.
Except when we turned around and looked back at the city.
There's a huge wildfire in Angeles Crest Forest. 32,000 acres have burned and it's only 5% contained. Three homes have been lost, three people have been injured and the temperatures are rising.
It's fire season in LA. And while it comes every year, there's still something incredibly unsettling about lazing around on the beach and bodysurfing when people are in danger so serious that you can see it from 30 miles away.
A blatant reminder that while we're out having a good time it's important to think of and send good vibes to the people who aren't.
Who are you thinking of and wishing good things for?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
And suddenly, Monday and Tuesday have become my weekend. (Although I did work on a writing assignment so there was some work involved - just a different type of work.)
This is totally odd. I have been a Monday - Friday girl my whole (post college) life. And right now, although I'm thankful for the work, I'm a little turned upside down.
What's got you feeling upside down?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
And the devil is after him, in particular, because she wants to cut his heart out and sacrifice him.
I, of course, was completely riveted. But when the show was over and I shut off the TV, I did ask myself, "Why in the world don't these people leave that creepy little town?"
You gotta love suspension of disbelief. When it's done right, it's done right.
What crazy alter universe/world/setting are you totally willing to read about or watch even though its existence is completely ridiculous?
Monday, August 24, 2009
I would not. I think my parents did a lovely job naming me and "Suzanne" and "Suzie" really seem to fit me. But there are some people who don't like their names. I've often heard people say, "I wish I'd been named something else."
Sunday, August 23, 2009
She would make an excellent technical tutor. And I sure as heck need one.
What do you need tutoring for?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I'm bummed about the change of seasons and we don't really even have seasons! Are you feeling the change of seasons where you are? How are you feeling about it?
Friday, August 21, 2009
I'd head to Cabo with H. Close enough that we could get back in time for Monday and hot enough that we could do nothing but laze on the beach and enjoy the scenery.
Who would you take on a free weekend jaunt and where would you go?
Thursday, August 20, 2009
But I enjoyed English and Literature and Writing and did pretty well with them. When you were in high school, what was your best subject?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
H and I like to gnaw on bones. Pork chops, lamb chops - any kind of chop. And prime rib is like the holy grail of bone gnawing. So we decided to save the roast for a special occasion. And after some crazy calendaring, the special occasion arrived last night.
We chose R and J as our dinner mates. There are no two funnier men. Especially when put at a dinner table together. We cackled about dating experiences, contemplated when to drop dealbreakers, discussed who's getting what and who's not, giggled through plenty of below average plans to obtain what we want and then broke into J's car.
It was very entertaining. And I think, that as a foursome, we are perfect dinner mates.
When you need to lift your spirits, who do you turn to?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
She writes novels about characters who feel so real. And they're not "high concept" books, they're just stories about people trying to figure things out.
I'm into that. (Plus is it doesn't hurt that she's a steady bestseller.)
So, if you had to choose someone's career, whose would you want?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Fatburgers are thick, delicious, juicy, loaded with cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and I pair mine up with delicious skinny fries. (They have fat fries too, but I'm into the skinny fries.)
When you're dying for a burger, where do you go?
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
It's fun bunch of people I went to college with. It usually consists of tons of loud laughter and wacky storytelling.
I'm looking forward to it.
Do you have any annual get togethers? Who are they with?
Friday, August 14, 2009
"For 35 years..." Suzi said.
"You've been together 35 years?" I asked.
"Oh no...because this man made some very poor decisions, we were apart for 35 years." She smiled and reached for Ted's hand. He took hers and smiled back.
"What happened?" I asked.
"Well, we dated for a while in the 60's. But I had a son. And he wasn't ready for all that. So he ran off with a woman who made leather clothing for rock stars," Suzi explained.
"Like Cher?" I asked Ted.
"No, like Jim Morrison," he replied.
K's eyes bulged.
"Did you know Jim Morrison?"
"I sure did."
"Wow," K and I said.
"So then what happened?" I asked.
"Well, then I got married and we lost touch."
"You married the leather woman?" I asked.
"No, another woman," He said.
"So how did you finally find each other?"
"When I got divorced, my sister asked 'whatever happened to Suzi?'"
My eyes welled up. GB shook his head and handed me a napkin.
"Meanwhile," Suzi said. "I thought I'd die never having the chance to tell him how much I loved him."
"So then what?" K asked.
"I called her brother and asked what Suzi was doing. He said, 'She's still in LA waiting for you.' So I called her. She didn't answer, so I left a message. I told her I wasn't going to leave my number, that I'd just keep calling until I got her."
"How did you feel when you got the message?" GB asked Suzi.
"I didn't even hear the words. I just heard his voice. I couldn't believe it was his voice."
"So what happened when you finally got on the phone?" I asked.
"I told him, 'I thought I was going to die without ever getting the chance to tell you how much I love you,'" Suzi said.
"And I told her I'd always loved her too," Ted said.
"I think I see a Question of the Day in here somewhere," said GB.
I nodded. How could I not ask? I'm a sucker for love. True love. Love that doesn't start out crazy and then fade. Love that doesn't pale when things aren't going well. Love that's so important that you'll go back and search for it after 35 years.
Do you know any love stories like that?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
1. The smell of roses. Reminds me of playing (and eating everything I could snatch off a plant) in my grandmother's garden as a kid.
2. The smell of food slow cooking. Makes me feel safe.
3. Happy little kids being playful with a parent.
4. People who take the time to stop and chat with older people.
6. Finding a tiny new veggie sprouting on a plant.
7. Sittng fireside with my crazy family working on puzzles at Christmas.
8. Holding my Fairy Goddaughter.
Those are just a few few for me. You?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I cringed and repeated to myself, "Don't look. Don't look. Don't look." I focused on anything but those fingernails.
This was not the first time I have run into men with long fingernails. Collecting grocery carts. Fixing my computer. Ringing up a purchase.
Men with long fingernails make my skin crawl.
What makes your skin crawl?
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
It wasn't financially possible for me to go this year and I'm totally bummed about it. All weekend I've been wondering what's happening. Who met who. Who said what, etc.
I feel like I'm totally missing out.
What do you feel like you've missed out on?
Saturday, August 8, 2009
But I guess it's kind of like when my brother, the football coach, taught me how to toss and catch a football. I was pretty darn scared and doing that scream and duck girly thing at first, until he showed me how to hold my hands and grab for the ball.
If you had to give someone lessons, what skill would you teach?
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
But the closest I can get will be to keep her in mind and talk to her while I cook.
If you could spend the day with any person, alive or dead, who would you spend it with?
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Mine would probably be SUZIE C. I am who I am.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
If you were to select a food that best describes your character, what would it be?
I'm going to go with my favorite food, cheeseburgers. They are my favorite because they are a consistently satisfying, dependable choice, a little decadent, and totally fulfilling.
On the other hand, too many of them can be a health risk.
Let's replace the cheeseburger with Suzanne: She is a consistently satisfying, dependable person, a little decadent and totally fulfilling. On the other hand, too much Suzanne can be a health risk.
I completely agree with that. How about you?