Saturday, November 29, 2008

The "Face"* that Launched a Thousand Words

*for further explanation of the use of the quotation mark check out Kate's very funny take on it at drkatie...(linked here)

FACEBOOK, that is. I've finally been pressured and guilted into creating a Facebook account; this, the woman who has had a blog for the past two years and has talked others into starting their blogs! So, a little late to the game but fully engaged now.

And I thought being a part of the blogosphere was time consuming. You could get lost for weeks in the Facebook world. But such fun.

So check me out on Facebook; friend me, write me, call me, follow me, whatever.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My Favorite Things

"Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, warm woolen mittens. (Seriously??)

No, no, not those favorite things. I'm talking about the security questions your bank or credit union asks you to answer before you can log on. So on the surface they seem reasonable, a good way to prevent unauthorized users into your account, a nice sense of security knowing my bank is trying to thwart identity thieves. But lately I've been locked out of my account so many times because I couldn't answer the security question.

I mean really, who could, when you're asked such inane questions as your "favorite" food, movie, song, book or restaurant? What happened to those old standbys like your mother's maiden name, the name of your pet, the town in which you were born, the high school you attended. Now those answers stand the test of time.

My favorite restaurant? Hmmm. I really like Grand Traverse Pie Company but I go to Paneras a lot. I also like Cosi, Chipotle, and McAllisters. But do they qualify as bonafide restaurants? Maybe I should say Glynn's Inn the fabulous restaurant in Huntington where we dined every week or The Mont D'or who had to die for veal piccata and crisp puffy potatoes that I've never been able to find anywhere else.

How many chances to do I get to answer this question before I'm locked out?

Ok, so let's try favorite book? So do I list the book I'm reading now? My favorite childhood book? The other dozens of books that I say, "Oh, I loved that book."

Movies? No. Songs? Just one? How about a genre like Broadway. But will I remember I said Broadway?

So now I'm getting frustrated. Why don't I get to choose my questions? Not just choose someone else's choices as questions? You know this is only going to get worse as time (read age) goes on.

So maybe the solution is to keep a copy of your answers by the computer and on you at all times in case you forget your favorite things. So do they qualify as "favorite" things anymore? And isn't that a huge breech of security?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Change of Address

One of my dearest friends is moving....FAR, FAR away.

She just sent me an email with her new address. But, I refuse to change her address at least not yet. If I don't change her address I can make believe she's still here in Michigan. After all we talk on our cell phones, and who knows where we catch each other, and we email, could be from anywhere but I prefer to think from her HOME in Michigan.

I know at some point I will have to change her address if I want to send her a real card, although those e-cards are pretty darn cute or when I send a gift. I could probably hold this one at bay for almost a year since we will absolutely get together in Michigan to celebrate Christmas and her birthday isn't for another 9 months! Maybe by then I will be OK. Her husband's company is based here and he, and of course she, will be back every 6 weeks or so. At least that's their story.

So I'm going to bury my head in the sand and blithely go about my life picturing Wendy here in Michigan. Maybe that will help me not miss her so much.

Funny No Matter What Side You Were On

I received this hilarious video from Carol Guest, our tireless Obama field director, that is so spot on I thought I would share it. It doesn't matter if you are an Obama or McCain supporter you will find this amusing.

What IS sad is that I so readily identify with the feelings expressed. In fact, right after the election, I wrote about the feeling of being at loose ends after the campaign as identical to what we in theatre call Post Show Blues. You spent enormous amounts of time day after day working with others on achieving a collective goal; electing a new president or putting on a show. When you reach that goal and the candidate wins or the show opens then closes there is a euphoria followed by a sadness and a sense of loss.

Fortunately I WAS in the middle of doing a show so the day after the election I had a rehearsal and a new purpose in life to help me get over it!

But.....I still haven't been able to delete my Obama Supporters group from my email list and I sometimes find myself secretly whispering to acquaintances, "Were you an Obama supporter" before I launch into another ancedote or suggesting a new video to Watch

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tis the Season

Join me at the Holt Cheerful Holidays Sale

Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Holt High School, 5885 W. Holt Road.


I'm very excited to be using KAZURI beads in my jewelry. They are made by women in Kenya and through the sale of their beautiful beads they are able to support upwards of 20 family members.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Glitter and Glow

The holiday season is upon us. Start it off with a delightful Christmas Home Tour and Craft show in historic Mason.
I'll have jewelry and many new designs along with Helen's antiques, collectibles, yard and garden art, Christmas trees, Snowmen, clocks, tables, bath products and lots of gift items.
1 Mile E. of Meridian Road
NOVEMBER 13, 14 & 15
Thursday and Friday 9 am. to 9 pm.
Saturday 9 am. to 5 pm.
Look for the numbered house signs...We are House # 6. Maps are available at all houses.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Our Moment is Now

In Barack Obama's words, "There is a moment in the life of every generation when, if we are to make our mark on history, the spirit must break through. This is the moment. This is our time."

Last night was euphoric. I am so glad I acted on my feelings and dreams and got involved with the Obama campaign. It was an amazing time.

The hooping and hollering and tears of joy have been shed replaced by a weird sort of floating feeling. There are no more phone calls to make, walk packs to complete or doors to knock on. Sort of like post show blues. Now it should get really exciting!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Don't forget to VOTE today! Your VOTE does count. So grab a chair, some snacks, some good reading material and head to the polls. Right now is a great time to go to the polls.

Remember; as long as you are in line by the time your polls close you can still VOTE!

Also, it is still not too late to volunteer for a few hours. Yes! Today.