Marriage License by Norman Rockwell
Click the picture for an unonbstructed view
Source: Art.com
Featured:

CC's Random Thoughts
Franklin, TN, USA Manila, Philippines

           Temperature:

As of :           

           Temperature:

As of :           

Click for Franklin, Tennessee Forecast Click for Manila, Philippines Forecast

Background pictures illustrate current weather conditions


               CC's Tweets



Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wow, I Didn't Know That...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G, BWV 1048: Allegro--Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields (Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5)

Steve and I watched a show at the Germantown Performing Arts Theater last Sunday. We had great seats up at the balcony box. Unfortunately, I forgot my glasses at home and I'm nearsighted (or is it farsighted? I have a tough time focusing on things far away--I guess that's nearsighted).

I told Steve, "Well, if I squint I can see." He said, "Give me the swiss army knife on the keychain." {play MacGyver theme here :-)}

Then he took his ticket and punched two little pinholes on the opposite ends, making it look like a mask with pinholes instead of eyeholes.

He gave the ticket to me. "Try that."

And I'll be darned, it worked. Peeking through the pinholes naturally made my eyes focus tighter, making the faraway images clearer.

"I don't remember the scientific explanation," Steve said. "Probably has something to do with the rods and cones in your eyes."

The good news is once the lights dimmed I was able to focus on the stage on my own and didn't need the ticket. But it's nice to know that there's something I can use in a pinch that would substitute for glasses.

...well, except when I'm driving :-).

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 5:38 AM | 3 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Can't Wait for Spring

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Law and Order: SVU

Man, I can't wait for spring. It'll be good to be able to go to the park and play a little baseball again:-).


Posted by Cecille Slish | 10:01 AM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Trying Out a New Sport

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Nothing right now

I'm thinking of trying out a new sport:


I'm going to be attending trial classes in about 3 weeks to see how I take to it. I may like it, I may not, but I'd like to be able to say, "Yeah, I took the opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals :-)."

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 6:47 AM | 4 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sims 2 continued

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: the hum of the dryer

Okay, just found out that while vampirism is curable, my Sim seems to permanently have gray skin and red eyes. I'm not sure if it's because too much time has passed since she became a vampire or if it's always like that...oh well :-).

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 6:06 AM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Saturday, February 17, 2007

Sims 2

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Canadian Sunset--Etta Jones (The Best of Etta Jones: The Prestige Singles)

If you used to play Sims and haven't tried Sims 2 yet, they've come a LONG way :-). One of the neat things that you can do with your sims now is have them turn into vampires. Here's a short video preview I put together:



Is that not cool :-)?

Why would you want your Sim to be a vampire? You'd want that to happen for a *little while* at least (it's curable) because when your Sim is a vampire, their needs don't go down when it's nighttime.

That means you can use the time to build up your Sim's skills (cooking, mechanical, logic, creative, etc) and not have to worry about their social bar dropping since they're not interacting with other sims.

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 3:02 PM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Friday, February 16, 2007

A Sudden Craving...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Every Step of the Way--David Benoit (The Best of David Benoit 1987-1995)

All of a sudden... out of nowhere...

"Man, I want sisig! "

If you don't know what it is, you're better off not knowing ...

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 1:49 PM | 1 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: High Noon--Steve Oliver (A Smooth Jazz Summer)

Steve and I watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail again a few days ago and he and I have been quoting lines from the scene that I put on my sidebar :-).

The thing about Holy Grail: it's the kind of movie that's not really THAT funny when you first watch it, but when you let it sit and start to think about it, it gets funnier and funnier :-).

Like the scene on my sidebar: you know there had to be SOME people in Arthur's time that thought it was ridiculous (and unfair) that someone could be predestined to become king. It's just really funny that a few peasants digging for filth would know more about political systems than Arthur does :-).

PS: Steve turns 37 in a couple of weeks. We've decided to use one of the lines as the theme for his birthday: "I'm 37. I'm not old." :-)

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 5:59 AM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Meez

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: The Girl from Ipanema--Stan Getz (The Essential Stan Getz: The Getz Songbook)

I took out my Yahoo avatar from my sidebar and put in a Meez avatar instead (credit goes to my cousin Liz for introducing me to it :-)). It looks so much cooler, plus it's animated :-).

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 11:58 AM | 1 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Monday, February 12, 2007

Tried It, Now I'm Hooked on It

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Think of Laura--Christopher Cross (The Very Best of Christopher Cross)

I'm not really a big peanut butter fan--I'm not fond of Reese's Pieces and I've only ever had peanut butter sandwiches.

Today I discovered what it was like to put peanut butter on *toast.*


Man, talk about simple pleasures :-).

I mean, I've had toast, I've had peanut butter, but I never really thought of putting them together. It was certainly a demonstration of the whole being better than the sum of its parts: the toast was nice and crispy and warm, and it was making the peanut butter all gooey and melt-in-your-mouthy.

I'm going to be addicted to that for a while :-).

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 5:52 PM | 2 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Featured Artwork

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Within the Rose of Lavender--Jim Chappell (Laughter at Dawn)

I decided it was time to change my blog motif :-). Don't get me wrong, I like Don Li-Leger's work, but I decided it would be more interesting to start including different styles and different artists instead of the work of just one artist :-).

So I decided to narrow down the featured artwork by era, et voilà, my new blog motif :-). With Valentine's Day coming up, I figured a romantic picture of Romeo and Juliet this week would be fitting :-).

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 5:35 AM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Thursday, February 08, 2007

I Wish I Could Do That

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV. In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Alla Marcia E Molto Marcato) -- New Philharmonia Orchestra (Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 & No. 2 / Norwegian Dance No. 2 / Homage March)

Before I met Steve, I thought I was a well-read person. Then I met Steve and now I'm embarrassed that I thought so highly of myself :-).

On his desk right now, next to this keyboard I'm typing on, is Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Not just any Moby Dick, mind you, it's the 150th Anniversary Edition.


I'm looking at it and it looks so... academic. I mean geez, the thing's 726 pages. And he reads stuff like this for *leisure.*

{opens the book to a random page}
"Am I a cannon-ball, Stubb," said Ahab, "that thou wouldst wad me that fashion? But go thy ways; I had forgot. Below to thy nightly grave; where such as ye sleep between shrouds, to use ye to the filling one at last.--Down, dog, and kennel!"
Huh?

Of course you realize I'm only saying this because I'm totally jealous :-).

I once told him that one of my favorite books was Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo. I don't often read books more than once, but I read Count of Monte Cristo lots of times when I was younger. At one point I also enjoyed the movie Man in the Iron Mask, which was also written by Dumas.

And being the supportive husband that he is and wanting to share in my interests, Steve goes out and gets not only Count of Monte Cristo, but Dumas' entire Musketeers series: The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask. Each book is at least 600 pages, with a font size that's got to be less than 10.

He's read them all. Some more than once.

"Yeah, but you read Count of Monte Cristo," you say. "That's an achievement too."

Not when you find out what kind of book it was.


Yup, one of those children's books. It's 237 pages, but it's got pictures on every other page, which means the actual text only takes up 118 pages. The font size is about 18.

Like I said, it's embarrassing :-).

Labels:



Posted by Cecille Slish | 3:22 AM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Sunday, February 04, 2007

Gene Kelly on the Muppet Show

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Singin' in the Rain--Gene Kelly (Singin' in the Rain)

At the start of this video I was smiling because it was just so cool. Towards the end my eyes started to tear up because I'm just so sad that he's gone and that there will never be another one like him.

"At 14, I discovered girls. At that time, dancing was the only way you could put your arm around the girl. Dancing was courtship. Only later did I discover that you dance joy. You dance love. You dance dreams."

Gene Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996)

Labels: ,



Posted by Cecille Slish | 6:56 AM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry


Friday, February 02, 2007

Gilad's My Guy

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: The Red Pony: Suite For Orchestra: IV. Walk To The Bunkhouse--Philadelphia Orchestra (Copland: Orchestral Works: Fanfare For The Common Man/Rodeo: Three Dance Episodes/The Red Pony Suite/Lincoln Portrait)

Ever heard of Gilad? He's the guy whose show I exercise to about 4 times a week on the cable channel FitTV. Sometimes I work out to his older show called "Bodies in Motion," and sometimes it's his newer series called "Total Body Sculpt."

What I like about FitTV is that they've got a whole slew of trainers that you can choose from. Some people like the perky cheerleader types, other people like the hard-core no-mercy type instructors.

I like Gilad because he's more logical about it--he explains why we're doing that particular move, and how to do it so that you maximize the benefits.

Here's a 4-minute sample of what he does. The episodes are only 30 minutes long (10 minutes warmup, 10 minutes conditioning, 10 minutes abs & cooldown), but sometimes they're the longest 30 minutes of your life :-). Just when you think it's all over, he demands you do the move in *singles.* I remember when I did the workout in this video(this is from his Total Body Sculpt series). I had 5 pound dumbbells on each hand and towards the end I was sputtering at the TV, "Gilad, you #@;*$%..!"



But he's the only trainer I come back to every time :-).

Labels: ,



Posted by Cecille Slish | 5:38 AM | 0 Comments |
Write or read comments about this entry