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Friday, June 29, 2007

Oooo...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Nothing right now

I would have wanted to see this :-). Too bad I won't be arriving until the 6th...

Free Public Concerts with U.S. Marine Corps Band
on June 30 & July 1




Music lovers are invited to four free public concerts being given on June 30 and July 1 by a U.S. Marine Corps band visiting the Philippines with the USS Peleliu on a regional goodwill tour.

The U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Band’s talented professional musicians have toured internationally and performed for millions throughout the Western Pacific, playing for audiences of all ages and fulfilling their duties as musical ambassadors for the Marine Corps. The 10-member, high-energy ensemble coming to Manila specializes in everything from entertaining Dixieland sounds to jazz to contemporary brass band music.

The free concerts are being given on the following dates and times. The public is invited to attend these great family events, and media are welcome to attend and cover the concerts as well. Interviews can be arranged with the band members after each concert:
  • Saturday, June 30: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Market Market!, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Saturday, June 30: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Fuente Circle, Eastwood City, Libis, Pasig City
  • Sunday, July 1: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, SM Manila, Arroceros St., corner San Marcelino St.
  • Sunday, July 1: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, The Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Officially created in 1918, the U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Band operates from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and is one of 12 “field bands” throughout the Marine Corps. Today, as in the past, the band is a versatile group composed of Marines with a wide range of musical talents.

The U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Band would like to thank co-sponsors Ayala Malls, Eastwood Citywalk, SM Supermalls, and Magic 89.9-Radio Partners, Inc. for their support and assistance in arranging these free public concerts.

The USS Peleliu is visiting the Philippines as part of a regional goodwill tour where, in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, they will provide free health clinics for citizens in poor or remote communities; build and repair houses, schools and public buildings; and donate goods such as clothes, toys, food, and medical supplies.

The ship will visit the Bicol Region, Cotabato, and the Sulu Archipelago in the Philippines, reflecting longstanding ties between our two countries as well as our continued commitment to work together to assist people in need of humanitarian outreach.

The USS Peleliu conducts many community service projects throughout the region on a regularbasis as a show of good will and partnership from the U.S. Navy.

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Hmmm...

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CC is listening to: Nothing right now

Lemme paint a picture for you. The apartment is quiet...I'm at the computer, concentrating on the task/s at hand... no other sound except for the soft hum of the ceiling fan and some birds chirping. It's almost zen-like.

Then, breaking the silence, Steve's voice at the other end of the apartment:

"Wat'cha gonna do with all that junk,
all that junk inside your trunk?
I'm a get-get-get-get you drunk,
Get you love-drunk off my hump..."

My husband, ladies and gentlemen :-).

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

If I Could Go Back in Time...

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CC is listening to: Sims Soundtrack: Building

If I could go back in time, I'd have paid more attention to my college Statistics class. Now that I'm grown up, I've come to realize that it's such a powerful tool :-).

Ah well, thank goodness for technology. There's loads of online resources and courses that I can take advantage of :-).

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

How to Fool Your Brain into Thinking You're Not Working when You Actually Are

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CC is listening to: Sims Soundtrack

It's amazing how it works. Whenever I get stressed about what it is that I'm working on and want to reduce that stress, I play the soundtrack of my favorite computer game.

In this case, it's the Sims :-). I copied all the sound files and put them into an audio CD. So right now I'm analyzing test results but my brain isn't as stressed because it feels like I'm building a 2 story house with an indoor garden and a big swimming pool :-).

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Evan Almighty

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CC is listening to: Serenata Notturna In D Major, K239: II. Menuetto E. Trio--English Chamber Orchestra (Mozart: Symphonies 25, 29, 38 & 401968)

I watched Evan Almighty yesterday, and I'm glad I did :-). I liked it :-). I guess this means I shouldn't trust Rotten Tomatoes as much and just go see movies that I think I'll like :-).

Lauren Graham's character as Evan's wife was reminiscent of her role as Gilmore Girls' Lorelai, and while that may not reflect much on her range, that was just fine by me--I was kind of hoping she'd play her role that way :-).

I learned a few lessons about life and faith in there too. Don't worry, it's not a preachy movie. But since the movie *is* about a biblical event, you've got to expect that when God shows up, he's going to have some wisdom to share :-). Besides, seeing Morgan Freeman do that funky 80's snaky dance move at the end of the movie was worth the price of admission :-).

Was there anything in there that I didn't like? Well, yeah--well, it's kind of a combo. It's about the animals. The flood wasn't really widespread enough to impact more exotic animals such as giraffes and lions, so there was really no reason for them to get in the ark. But if they didn't have giraffes and lions and rhinos and polar bears, then it wouldn't be much of an ark, would it :-)? Maybe if they said somewhere in the movie that there were a few zoos in the immediate area. That would kind of help explain it, I guess :-).

But I'd watch it again if Steve decides he wants to see it :-).

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Too bad...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Promenade--Peter White (Promenade)

Too bad the first reviews of Evan Almighty don't look too good (20% on Rotten Tomatoes). I loved the trailers :-).


My favorite part was when Evan had his ark built and someone came up to him and asked, "What if it's supposed to be a flood of awareness?"

He looks at her seriously and says, "Then I'm going to be really p!$$ed."

Steve probably won't want to watch it. Eh, but who knows, I may go and watch it anyway. I've got major work-related stuff due on Monday and I may just need to reboot my brain over the weekend :-). Besides, Lauren Graham's in there and I loved her in Gilmore Girls :-).

Oooo, the Fantastic Four sequel is out too. If I REALLY wanted to zone out, I could watch two movies in one day :-).

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Happiness is...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: an episode of JAG on TV

Happiness is a big handwritten "I CC" on the bathroom mirror that was written when the mirror was dry, so you don't see it until after you step out of the shower :-).

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Full Metal Alchemist

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CC is listening to: Lullaby--Jim Chappell (Nightsongs and Lullabies)

I'm not usually a big fan of anime shows, but there's a series that I absolutely love (and Steve enjoys as well): Full Metal Alchemist.

It's about two brothers that live in a world where people practice alchemy. Their definition of alchemy is a little different from ours: our understanding of alchemy is more the specific "medieval-art-of-turning-lead-into-gold" kind of thing; their understanding of alchemy is more general: being able to break anything down to its molecular level and turn it into something else. Some people are so good at it that they become state alchemists with their own specializations.

A running joke in the series is that people usually mistake the suit of armor, Alphonse Elric, as the Full Metal Alchemist. He's not--it's actually his older brother Edward, who's very sensitive about his height :-).

Anyway, long story short: Ed and Al lost their mother when they were very young. They missed her so much that they decided to perform something forbidden in alchemy: a human transmutation, which is essentially trying to bring someone dead back to life.

Unfortunately, it didn't work (think Stephen King's Pet Sematary) and in the process, Ed lost his left leg, and Al lost his entire body (the law of Equivalent Exchange: to obtain, something of equal value must be lost).

Thanks to Ed's quick thinking, he was able to keep from losing his brother entirely by exchanging his right arm for Al's soul, which he fused into the only thing in the room he could get his hands on: an empty suit of armor.

Now they're looking for the Philosopher's Stone (which bypasses Equivalent Exchange) so that they can get themselves back to normal again without having to pay a price.

Here's a clip of one of the episodes that I found on YouTube :-). Let me set it up really quickly for you: Ed and Al found a chance to make their own Philosopher's Stone. However, it requires human sacrifice. Their enemies (who aren't human but want to be) are blackmailing Ed into creating the Stone by threatening to erase Al's transmutation circle (which is the only thing that's holding Al's soul to the armor--erase that, and he's gone).

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Bath & Body Works Temptations

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Jubilation--Jim Chappell (In Search of the Magic)


I am SO addicted to these things. They smell SOOO good :-). Plus Bath & Body Works was having their big semi-annual sale. How could I *not* get some :-)?

I ended up spending about $65 on shower gels. Yes, it's kind of expensive, but some of these were half off. All but one is a 16oz bottle (which, if you think about it, is two Coke bottles' worth of gel for each scent). And it's not like it's going to go bad :-).

I also got Steve two bottles of his favorite scents too: the Aromatherapy Sandalwood Rose shower gel. It smells nice and masculine :-).

I think it's pretty cool that both he and I both like going to Bath & Body Works :-). In a store that primarily has female customers, it's pretty neat that I've got my husband right there with me, helping me find the better scent :-).

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Friday, June 15, 2007

You Know You're Getting Old When...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Get Here--Oleta Adams (The Very Best of Oleta Adams)

You know you're getting old when you exercise your joints and it sounds like someone's popping bubble wrap :-).

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How strange is that?

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CC is listening to: I Guess that's Why They Call it the Blues--Elton John (Greatest Hits 1976-1986)


I was just watching the Sweet Freedom video I have on my sidebar when a thought struck: I'd love to have lunch with Billy Crystal. I really would.

Isn't that weird? I don't even know the man. And the lunch has absolutely no romantic inclinations. He just seems like a guy who's been through a whole slew of experiences and would have a lot of wisdom to pass on. I mean, actor, host of the academy awards eight times, a brilliant comedian, an author (I liked his book 700 Sundays), and a children's book author.

He wrote I Already Know I Love You, which was very touching and made me feel guilty that I don't want children. It's written from a grandparent-to-be to his grandchild. Kind of made me feel terrible that my dad won't get an opportunity to feel the same way.

Anyway, all that and Billy Crystal still seems down to earth. I'd love to be able to sit down with him over lunch and just ask him questions. See what he thinks about things. See what he thinks about the world. Whatever the conversation, I know I'm going to walk out of there learning a lot--and probably holding my sides from laughing so much :-).

Y'all wouldn't happen to have any ideas how I could do that, would you :-)?

Man, now THAT'S a lofty goal--have lunch with Billy Crystal :-). It would be so awesome if I could get to do that :-).

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Happiness is...

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CC is listening to: Little Kisses--Jim Chappell (Honey Wind)

Happiness is a clean apartment, and knowing that the $550 investment you made last year in a Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner was absolutely worth it :-)...

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Jim Chappell's New CD

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CC is listening to: Missing--Jim Chappell (Honey Wind)

I just got Jim Chappell's new CD yesterday and am listening to it now:


It's reminiscent of his earlier works, particularly his album Dusk. The melodies are very contemplative, and if you let it take you, very visual :-). I've always loved his work. I'm so glad he's made another album :-).

To hear samples of the album, click here.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

What Breed of Puppy Are You?

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Are You Havin' Any Fun? --Tony Bennett (Duets: An American Classic)

A chihuahua?!

You Are a Chihuahua Puppy

Small, high strung, and loyal.
You do best in the city with a adults - young kids could crush you!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

That hit the spot :-)

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: Meditation--Charlie Byrd (Byrd by the Sea)

Ever just have a craving for sour candy? As in, the more sour, the better?

I found a candy that hit the spot :-)...


I guess because they felt and seemed like gummy bears I didn't think they'd be very sour. The taste took me by surprise :-). It's even more sour when you bite into it immediately vs. just letting it melt in your mouth :-).

{eats another one} WOOO yeah :-).

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Happiness is...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: She's Got a Way--Billy Joel (The Complete Hits Collection)

Happiness is when the only things you need to worry about today are ironing a small stack of clothes, clearing the dishwasher, and wiping the kitchen countertops :-).

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Which Superhero are You?

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: It Might Be You--Dave Koz (It Might Be You--Single)



Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Okay, that's just cool :-)...

Current Mood:
CC is listening to: 3 Day Weekend--Jeff Kashiwa (A Smooth Jazz Summer)

Oh you KNOW I'm going to try this the next time I need boiled potatoes :-)...

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What Art Movement Are You?

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CC is listening to: That Lucky Old Sun--Louis Armstrong (An American Icon)

I thought this would be an interesting test. Yeah, I figured I'd be Impressionism :-).
You Are Impressionism

You think the world is quite beautiful, especially if you look at it in new and interesting ways.
You tend to focus on color and movement in art.
For you, seeing the big picture is much more important than recording every little detail.
You can find inspiration anywhere... especially from nature.

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What Color is Your Brain?

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CC is listening to: still After the Storm--Norman Brown (After the Storm)

Wow I'm just blue all over today, aren't I :-)?

Your Brain is Blue

Of all the brain types, yours is the most mellow.
You tend to be in a meditative state most of the time. You don't try to think away your troubles.
Your thoughts are realistic, fresh, and honest. You truly see things as how they are.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about your friends, your surroundings, and your life.

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What Color Should Your Blog Be?

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CC is listening to: After the Storm--Norman Brown (After the Storm)

...and this :-)...I think I'll keep my blog the way it is, though--I like earth colors more :-).

Your Blog Should Be Blue

Your blog is a peaceful, calming force in the blogosphere.
You tend to avoid conflict - you're more likely to share than rant.
From your social causes to cute pet photos, your life is a (mostly) open book.

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What's Your Inner Color?

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CC is listening to: Bali Run--Fourplay (The Best of Fourplay)

...and this...
Your Inner Color is Blue

Your Personality: Your natural warmth and intuition nurtures those around you. You are accepting and always follow your heart.

You in Love: Relationships are your top priority, and this includes love. You are most happy when you are serious with someone.

Your Career: You need to help others in your job to feel satistifed. You would be a great nurse, psychologist, or counselor.

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What Kind of Color Purple are You?

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CC is listening to: The Nearness of You--Ella Fitzgerald (Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve)

Got this test from Pebbles' blog :-)...

Dark Purple

To others, you seem a bit dark, mysterious, and moody.
In truth, you are just a very unique person who doesn't care what others think.
And you really enjoy your offbeat interests and friends.
You've decided that life is about living for yourself - simple as that.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth

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CC is listening to: Moomba--Richard Elliott (Chill Factor)

Steve and I watched Pan's Labyrinth a few days ago. I've been meaning to see it for quite some time.


Pan's Labyrinth has a 96% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, which is impressive. You don't usually see such a high rating from that site. Even Steve, after the movie was over, said it was "very well put together."

What did I think about it? To be honest, I'm not really sure. I had a lot of questions after the movie. Questions like, why did the director want this movie to have an R rating? I understand that they wanted to establish that the stepfather was very sinister, but we really didn't need to see him bash a man's face in with a bottle. I also don't see how the stepfather's cheek being sliced halfway up to his ear helped propel the story. The only reason I could think of--and if this was true, then it'd be a noble (albeit undervaluing) reason--was that Del Toro didn't think younger people would understand the subtleties of the events, that they would take the story too literally. And the only way he could make sure children wouldn't be allowed to watch the film was to throw in a lot of gratuitous violence. But like I said, there's no way for me to be sure that was his motive. For all we know he did it just because he likes special effects.

Another question is: at the child-eater's lair, Ophelia needed to use her key to open one of three wooden lockers. She chose to ignore her fairy guides (who kept pointing to the middle locker) and used it to open the first locker (a dagger was in it). We don't know what she was supposed to get from the middle locker, and what the consequence was for opening the first locker instead. We know the faun chews her out for eating food at the child-eater's lair (because he warned her not to), but nothing about opening the wrong locker.

My biggest question is: was the fairy world real, or just in the head of a little girl who wanted to escape what she was going through? I can't figure it out, because there were scenes where you could tell that it was all in her head, and yet there were things that adults experienced as a result of her fairy-world interactions, which would make it real.

It was a nice movie, great makeup on the faun, and cool job with the child-eater, but there were a few too many unanswered questions for me :-). It's definitely worth seeing, though :-).

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

SO Funny :-)...

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CC is listening to: Nothing right now

LOVE this comedian :-)! Henry Cho's got some great jokes about living in the South :-)...



His latest routine has more material in it...

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