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Sunday, October 27, 2013



I was dead set on getting in an even earlier post this weekend, but plans changed. I was still dead set on writing a post, knowing I could still hop/visit throughout the week, though it isn’t exactly the ideal time frame, but then plans changed again. I suddenly had a reversal as I sat down to begin writing 30 min ago. Now with 45 min to go until midnight strikes in my region, I’ve decided to try to crush something out — quick like — and get some visiting in during the first part of this week.

My list of Thankful. Short and Sweet. Famous last words...

  1. Finally getting to the card shop to buy a few more boxes to organize and house my Magic Collection.
  2. A friend for offering me his spare boxes. I just got some, as mentioned above, because the likelihood of me seeing him any time soon are pretty slim. In the meantime, my cards are taking over my entire living room and demand immediate attention! I can always use more boxes, though!
  3. Kate and I began watching Sons of Anarchy. I had already seen the first two seasons, but was more than willing to start over again. It had been so long, anyways, that I had forgotten a handful of what happened. It’s been nice catching up and she seems to enjoy it. At least she seems to enjoy Jax… which she has called me once. Thankfully, not in bed… yet…
  4. Thankful for all the help and how supportive my girlfriend has been over the last couple of weeks. It should make November go a bit more smoothly, because I’m likely to be running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
  5. The Grey. Kate and I just watched this movie. I’d already seen it, but really like it. As it was mentioned last Tuesday (XV | TRAILER TUESDAY | XV), I have a soft spot for Liam Neeson. Great actor. The movie stirs up a lot of emotion in me and was pivotal in realizing some things needing to be addressed in one of my fiction pieces. The Grey speaks to me on both personal and creative levels.
  6. This weekend I attended a surprise birthday party with Kate. It was for one of her best friend’s parents who she has known since a child. It was a lot of fun, and Kate’s roommate was the one who made the cake for the party! She is an awesome baker! The cake was three layers and very artistic, with some very sweet personal touches made to the decorating. I’m not sure if Kate will be posting the picture of it or not, but I plan to on Wednesday. It was a work of art and simply delicious! A small cheat for the next three (don’t judge!):
  7. Double chocolate cake (the first layer).
  8. White chocolate almond cake (the second layer).
  9. Salted caramel chocolate cake (the third layer).
  10. Today Kate and I watched a friend perform in a family orchestral concert. They played four songs from various famous classical composers. It was great! I loved all of the chosen songs (one being a long-time favorite), but the one performer who stole the show was an 11 year old solo pianist. This little girl was going Kung-Fu on the piano and nothing but pure beauty was resulting from the blur of her fingertips. She was amazing. Words don’t do her justice. She is someone to be heard.

    In an embarrassing moment during the concert, however, was someone’s cell phone alarm going off for almost an entire minute. It was only later did we find out it was the conductor's phone. We also learned earlier that day he had accidentally broke someone’s cello. Talk about having a bad day. Despite those mishaps, he seemed very nice and was definitely enthusiastic and passionate about the music and the orchestra's work.

I will be making my rounds during the first part of this week, so I hope to see you all soon!

Feel free to leave your Thankful List in the comments below, if you aren’t participating directly with the blog hop!


  1. I LOVE watching a live orchestra. They're captivating (well, they CAN be, if the playing is good). Doesn't sound like the conductor was up to scratch though!

    The cake sounds incredible! And I'm sure that your determination to list every delicious layer has NOTHING to do with your ideas for our 25th ;)

    1. It was great, and the conductor did kind of muck it up a bit, but I've no doubt how passionate he is. Just having a rough day from the sounds of it.

      Haha It was so delicious, but no naked people were involved :(

  2. The concert sounds terrific (apart from the cellphone incident... as does the layer cake! Hmmm!

    What is "The Grey" about? I really like Liam Neeson as an actor, too. He is amazing.

    I always wanted to watch Sons of Anarchy but haven't managed to do it yet. Can you recommend it? What exactly is it about?

    Have a great week! :-)

    1. I highly recommend Sons of Anarchy. It is about an outlaw motorcycle club operating to keep the peace in a small town. It is chalk full of character development and lots of play between character relationships -- mixed in with plenty of outlaw action. Think stereotypes of a motorcycle club combined with the emotional drama of people trying to figure life out. Definitely worth watching.

    2. Wow, that sounds awesome! Thank you!

    3. Uh, yeah, she explained it way way better than I would have... I would have been like: It's about a motorcycle club/gang and the unfolding of events as they try to manage keeping control over their illegal activities/rackets against a whole suit of rivals. There is a great cast involved. Hope you give it a check.

      It is highly character driven, though. The hokey fighting improves as the series goes on :-)

    4. Sorry, The Grey is about a group of men who have to survive the harsh wintery weather — and some unwelcome inhabitants — of Alaska after a plane crash. Also very character driven, beautiful scenery, and plenty of emotional moments (at least they are for me).

    5. Sound good, both the movie and Sons of Anarchy. Thanks!

  3. Bahahaha, I do love Sons of Anarchy but the name call was one slip! Yeah yeah yeah, I know I will never hear the end of it.

    I held off posting a picture because I knew you wanted to use it for [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday. I am going to let you share its amazing cake glory.

    I really enjoyed The Grey. It was a great movie. I think you will love 127 hours. I would totally watch that one again.

    I am so so glad we were able to go to the orchestra concert. Hopefully we can go to more in the 2013-2014 season!

    1. Nope, never hear the end of it!

      Thanks, though I wouldn't have minded at all. I just would like to post it for Wed (now today?). Still need that photobooth photo loaded up somehow...

      I've always wanted to see 127 Hours, but never had the opportunity :(

      Sure we will hit more free orchestral performances as they arrive!

  4. Jak! dude… the celebration thing, you gots them* all worked up. (nice work!) but you know how the XChromes get sometimes, they get all, 'well, since you brought it up, that must mean you want to follow-through on it' and I'm all "…but, but it was Jak's idea!" (meaning having naked cake and all). In any event, they be getting riled and such, Lizzi not so much but the scottian contingency ayyiee! Christine seemingly is taking the matter calmly but 'she-who's-name-shall-not-be-spoke'* I think she thinks I had a hand in this….amping up of the (potential) festivities…

    Just thought you should have a heads up and all

    *from the land of tornados… rhymes with Missouri

    1. LMAO I have no idea how I missed these last entries. My Gmail kind of sucks and lumps a bunch of posts under the same header even if by different people. I don't understand how Blogger/Google can suck so much sometimes.

      I already offered Kate up for your replacement! Bwuahahaha! For some reason they keep insisting that you have to lead the festivities, but I'm all thinking what happened to "Ladies first"? That is definitely a rule that doesn't become dropped when convenient, you know? The fabric of the Universe depends on rules like that...

      Christine has been oddly quite. She is either working out and getting in tip-top shape for the event... or... plotting some way to destroy any and all evidence it was even brought to light. It's a toss up... really...

      Hello there Dyanne! *hug*

    2. Whoa whoa whoa, how did I get roped in as the replacement?! I still consider myself one of the newbies... not an original and all...

      That's my excuse and I am sticking to it!

    3. Hello, my name is Christine, and I'm a little late to the party. I actually thought I was early to the party and left a comment, but it seems that all simply happened in my head, since there is, in fact, no comment from me.

      As for the cake, isn't the saying, "age before beauty"? Pretty sure that's how it goes. You're up, Clark! If you're nervous about the naked cake, we'll let you wear a Wakefield Doctrine hat.

    4. Welcome Christine! It's all good... I'm habitually late to ALL the parties! Unless it's special Naked Cake! I can imagine, though, you do many a thing in your head that never sees the true light of day >.>

      Hmm I can't argue about that saying... Nor can I argue the offer for Clark to wear his hat lol You may have a case!

  5. It's good to hear you are continuing with your Magic Collection organization. I have a tendency to get all gung-ho about a project like that, then kind of peter out before I quiiiiite get it finished. Keep working on it!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing this cake. It sounds utterly amazing! And no, it's not cheating to use the cake for three of your 10 items. Clark pulls worse shit than that all the time....

    So funny that the conductor's phone was the one going off during the concert! I was on jury duty one time for a long and tedious case. The cell phone of the assistant to one of the plaintiff's attorneys went off one day, and the judge was not happy, but still remained pretty cool about it. It happened one day to one of the jurors (a really young guy - like about 22) and the judge just teased him about it being from a girl. Then one afternoon, the judge's cellphone went off. He got a look of horror on his face, fished around in his pocket, under his robe, and pulled it out and turned it off. Then he turned to the jury and the entire court and (jokingly) said No one is EVER to know about this!

    Good to hear about your fun evenings with the lovely Miss Kate. When are you going to post a picture of the two of you together, hmmmmm?

    1. Well, I hit it strong and have begun to peter out. It happens when I become distracted and do other things, without focusing on a project. It's like a slight ADHD thingy or something. Once I start doing other things, the less likely I will get back into the full swing of things. Trying to get back to it, because I really need to get it done, and out of my living room, but with Nov here... I'm not sure how it will all go down.

      Clark DOES pull some crazy listing shenanigans lol Technically there were 3 separate levels formed into one cake, so I agree it was more viable than some other cheats I've witnessed in the past 21 weeks!

      LMFAO That is hilarious about the judge! That was all in the period of the one case? My god, you'd think after the first slip up everyone would have been on lock down about their cell phones.

      I am confused why he didn't just take a brief moment to turn it off [the conductor]. I realize they were in the middle of the piece, but I'd imagine most everyone knows their parts and when to cue up and the like where he could take 2 seconds and hit a button, no? I've always been curious just how necessary conductors are in general...

      The two of us barely ever take pictures (actually I rarely ever have any outside of family events), but we did take some in a photobooth at the party. I was hoping to share it, but not sure the best way to do so. Someone managed to get 1 of the 4 pics in good quality. That may have to suffice.

  6. Oh, that poor conductor! I once had my cell phone go off 10 seconds before I was to accompany a choir. I was mortified and grateful all at once: embarrassed that I had forgotten to mute my phone in the first place, and thankful the call didn't come at a time when I wouldn't have been able to turn it off!

    1. I'm sure he was mortified. Still, he let it go off for a minute. That was odd to me lol And during the young girls piano playing genius!

      You scenario does sound embarrassing, but definitely thankful that it occurred before going out and during the performance. Yikes >.<


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