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Jul. 16th, 2012 11:43 am Color Personality Meme

You are Red/Blue!
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You are both rational and emotional. You value creation and discovery, and feel strongly about what I create. At best, you're innovative and intuitive. At worst, you're scattered and unpredictable.

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Jun. 14th, 2012 04:51 pm Passkey Question

I was fortunate enough to get two rooms at the Marriott back in Oct. when they went online through Passkey. I now need to transfer one of those reservations before they take out the first night's deposit on or about July 9th. Everytime I call the Marriott, they show I have the acknowledgement from passkey but they say it isn't in their system yet to be transferred. Is anyone else having this problem? It will be my luck that I'll be saddled with both room's deposit before I can get one of them transferred. Any insight from those here would be appreciated.

Wynne

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Jul. 25th, 2011 07:07 pm Writer's Block: I am not a crook!

What was the last political scandal that got you all riled up?
Daddy Bush and Baby Bush's presidencies and all the insuing wars and misappropriation of money by their party.

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Jul. 2nd, 2011 12:02 am Writer's Block: Part deux

Which movie sequel do you like better than the first, and why?
So the writers block question is what movie sequel do I like better than the first and why? Hands down I have to say BATMAN BEGINS and DARK KNIGHT are much better than the preceding Batman movies. One because they have a better story to tell, two because they are no where near as dark as the first one, third the Batman character is played but a better actor and fourth the supporting characters and villians are more 3D in their character portrayal. Yep, definitely Batman sequels.

As for other sequels, there are a few that I found more enjoyable to watch.....namely the last Twilight movie was MUCH better than the first one. The direction was better, the characters actually did some acting instead of just reading lines and Jacob, what can I say, LOL.

Just a list:
Madagascar 2 was better than the first one.
I'm still a die hard Star Wars: New Hope but the original 3 (in reality the sequels) were 10X better than The Phantom Menace.
Star Trek First Contact heads over heels better than Generations.
Star Trek The Movie (last one) 100% better than 8/10th's of the other Original cast movies. Exceptions might be Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as the 3rd part of a series was better than its predecessors....and its funnier too!

I'm sure I could think of more if I just took the time. For the moment, this is the beginning of my list. Perhaps I'll add more to it as they come to me.

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Jun. 25th, 2011 09:55 pm Writer's Block: Toy box travesties

What childhood toy did you desperately want that your parents refused to give you? Do you still think about getting one?
I always wanted a big wooden doll house where you had all the furniture and curtains, rugs, decorations growing up. I never got one because my parents always said it was too expensive to buy each of the pieces of furniture. Once I became an adult and had my own kids, I just never had the time or money to purchase one for myself. My own daughters never wanted one but wanted Barbie houses or Little Tykes one and I made sure that I bought for them. Now that I am a grandma, I hope to buy the big wooden doll house for Laila when she gets old enough to take care of one.

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Jan. 12th, 2011 03:46 pm Not a Happy Camper....

I'm pissed. We were to have Mon. off for MLK, Jr. day and then two days of teacher workdays before the end of the semester. Now since we have a shitload of snow and ice and as of today, we've missed 3 days of school, next Wed. has been deemed a make-up day. Here is the rub. We had planned to go the beach to see my grandbaby, son and his wife since we didn't get to see them at Christmas this coming weekend and stay until Tues., the day after MLK day. Now, I hear that we will also have next Tues. as a make-up day as well. I've already made reservations and paid the deposit on a suite at an oceanfront hotel in Myrtle Beach. I doubt I will be able to cancel the reservation for Mon. nite without having to still pay for it. This sucks the big one. Was so hoping for 4 days at the beach. As much as I love being out of school for snow, I hate that these make-up days are going to interfere with my beach plans. Patootie.

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Current Music: random tv ad music

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Dec. 30th, 2010 12:58 pm A New Year....2011

New Year's Resolution....going to make a conscious effort to write more here instead of the snippets that get written over at Facebook. The fact I keep a visual journal at home also eats into the desire to write actual "words" here. Going to try never the less.

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Sep. 11th, 2010 05:23 pm Writer's Block: My Personal Concert

If you could have any musician or band play live - just for you and your friends - who would you pick?
Cruxshadows. They are awesome in concert and to have them perform live for just friends would be fantastic.

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Jan. 5th, 2010 11:56 pm Glad to lay 2009 to rest....

2009 was not a particularly pleasant year for my family. And then of course we start the new year with the death of our beloved father on Jan. 1, 2010 at 9:30 am. When I look back, that is extremely close to the time I gave birth on Jan. 1, 1988 to my daughter Mariam who is now 22. So to recap 2009......

First grand-daughter was born to much happiness all around.
That soon turned to dispair as we realized she had some major lung problems.
2 months of traveling between neonatal units at Florence Hospital and Charleston Children's Hospital.
Finally baby comes home and then baby momma gets sick.
Jackie had to have gallbladder out within a month of baby coming home.
Father's health deteriorating as the Alzheimers progresses rapidly.
Mother struggles with keeping dad at home and trying to do everything for him.
Jackie back in the hospital in dire straits with gallstones migrating to her pancreas where they are lodged. Her life is in peril. More surgery to repair damage.
Did have a fantastic time at DragonCon this year. Seems each year it just gets better.
School is school. I have a couple of asses as usual.
Sajid, Jackie and baby come up before Thanksgiving. We have a great time while they are here.
Dad takes a turn for the worse and mother can no longer care for him at home. He is too heavy for her to lift, change, wash, and get into bed. Hospice sends workers to the house several times a week to help. He winds up at the hospital because of dehydration and then is sent to Hospice because he is in the last stages.
Out for Christmas vacation and we spend days running back and forth to Hospice. Our family Christmas gathering is in a hospice room.
Daddy finally succumbs to the Alzheimers on Jan. 1, 2010.

Now we have to learn to cope without the man that was everything to our family. Not only was he loving and giving, he was witty, creative, artistic, friendly to everyone and generous beyond belief. Heaven has indeed received an angel,

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Dec. 28th, 2009 11:41 am An end of the year wrap-up.....

It has been awhile since I've taken the time to write more than a few snippets (thank you Facebook and Larae for getting me sooooo addicted)about the goings on in my household. As of yesterday, Dad has been at Hospice for three weeks. His kidneys are failing, he grows weaker each day, once fairly verbal is now down to an occassional couple of words or murmers that we can't figure out, doesn't eat and takes a few sips of water on occassion, is sleeping the better part of the day. It is extremely heartbreaking to see what this horrible disease has done to him. I will always remember him as the vibrant, happy, always working with his hands, joking daddy who would give you the shirt off his back. The man laying in that hospital bed is literally a shell of my father.

Christmas was as good as it could be under the circumstances. I had the girls as well as Fred's daughter here for Christmas Eve and Day. Sajid, Jackie and the baby came in on the 26th. Then we had to take Stacie to the train station early on Sun. cause she was headed to Raleigh. Fairly laid back, not as much spending this time around, not as much cheer as in the past, lots more frustration on my part. And, it didn't help that the damn Christmas tree kept falling down so I finally jerked it down even before Christmas Eve. I just couldn't deal with it anymore.

I'm tired. No amount of sleep seems to help it. Thank ghod that I'm out of school for the holidays because I really don't know if I could cope if I had to teach each day. I am thankful for my children, my husband, my parents, other family members and friends. I'm sure that this bleakness will lift at some point and am just bidding my time until the sun shines again. (That is figuratively, not literally for as I look out the window right now, I do actually see sunshine.)

I received two new leather journals for Christmas from Fred and a large set of the Prismatic water color pencils that I have been wanting. Now just have to get motivated to use them and find inspiration from somewhere. It has been awhile since I was serious about my visual journaling or my scrapbooking. On a good note, I have gotten my classes interested in visual journaling and they are loving having the freedom to take their journals and do whatever they want to in them (short of drawing vulgar pictures or talking about killing people). I do periodically have the whole class do something in the journals that is history/class related and they have found that interesting. They have become quite protective of their journals. I'm loving it.

Discovered several books I am wanting to read. The 5th book in the House of Night series is out and its called Tempted. Can't wait to get that one. Want to read the Vampire Academy series and recently purchased the first 5 books of a series on Werewolves that I'm going to tackle. Seems my reading hiatus is coming to an end.

Saw SHERLOCK HOLMES and it was excellent. Will see AVATAR sometime this week. Nicolas Cage has 2 new ones coming out soon that both look good. Watched Night at the Museum 2 and it wasn't as good as the first one. That's usually the way of sequels. Well my coffee is getting cold. Gotta head over to Hospice in a few. Hope everyone had a Great Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.

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Dec. 13th, 2009 12:54 pm Too Funny.....

In 2009, Wynnegruffyd resolves to...
Take evening classes in lost.
Find a better journey.
Go to the fairies every month.
Apply for a new sca.
Overcome my secret fear of movies.
Start a bdsm fund.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
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Nov. 22nd, 2009 08:46 pm

Somewhat brief update....

Saw New Moon last night and liked it. Thought that the CGI weres were a bit much and there was that damn sparkling vampire thing again but the storyline followed the book pretty much. All in all, worth going to the theater to see it. Was smart and bought our tickets thru Fandango so walked right in.

Recieved our membership tickets for 2010 DragonCon. Have our rooms already. Started working on Steampunk as costumes for next year. We have ideas for 2 costumes each. Hopefully we'll be ready.

Saw the grandbaby last weekend. She is precious as they come and such a happy baby.

Have relegated the dogs to the yard permanently. No more inside ones. Fred built an Alpine Hotel for them (i.e. old swingset as a base, wrapped in wood and covered with a tarp. Believe it or not, they have taken to it and used it last night.

Slowly getting the house straightened out. Got rid of some furniture. Need to downsize some more. Next on the agenda.....the craft room UGH!

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Oct. 29th, 2009 05:26 pm Just a remark....

I have a student who is demon spawn!

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Sep. 13th, 2009 11:19 am ......of all things DRAGONCON......

I've been attending DragonCon for 10 years now and this is the first time I've come down with ConCrud. Actually, I think I caught it from my daughter and from Fred. Its the sniffles, dripping nose, coughing, scratchy throat, general body aches, headache like a migraine, fatique, etc. This is not a fun end to a fantastic Labor Dat weekend.

For those who care to look, here are the best of my remembrances:

A plethora of awesome Steampunk costumes this year. Think I might try that next year.

Room at the Hyatt was wonderful and looked newly renovated. Being on 3rd floor was not fun though, given the elevators and the noise late night.

Leonard Nimoy panel where William Shatner appeared halfway through and brought the house down.

Awesome seats at every panel I attended.

Mango margueritas....nothing else to be said about that.

My first time in 10 years actually spending time at the Art Show and have concluded it will be one of my first stops next year.

Wonderful conversations with other congoers as we waited in line for panels.

Charlaine Harris is the funniest and nicest author I've had the pleasure of talking to. (For those who are unaware, she writes the Southern Vampire Stories (Sookie Stackhouse) that have been made into the TruBlood tv series on HBO.)

I have to officially say that I am in love with the Cruxshadows music. I've always discounted it as being gothic/punk and therefore not something I would be interested in but this year, I spent some time at their fan booth and actually listened. Wound up buying 2 CD's.

Patrick Stewart is one funny guy.

Had a very nice chat with Anthony Daniels who played C3P0 in Star Wars. Had the opportunity to talk with him at his booth because no one else was in line late on Sat. Has a dry sense of humor and is a very suave, intelligent, English gentleman. Could totally see C3P0 in him.

Found some wonderful handmade jewelry, bought some Christmas presents (yes I thought that far enough ahead), didn't spend as much money as I have in years past, managed to stay on the low-carb diet, didn't run anyone over with the scooter.

Drum circle on Sunday night. Some amazing belly dancers.

Was nice seeing Jeff again if only briefly and running into Achbar whom I see everywhere, LOL.

All in all, a wonderful 4 days, lots of eye candy, fantastic costumes, excitment and energy, artists galore, great music, not too much elevator hassles, panel lines were certainly long, and loved having Yasmeen with us again.

Already have room reservations for next year.

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Sep. 1st, 2009 11:36 pm Dragon-Con.....

2 days and counting. Really looking forward to this DCon. Only drawback is that had to book a room at the Hyatt and the elevators are atrocious there, especially for someone using a scooter. I shall deal and still have a great time.

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Aug. 17th, 2009 04:55 pm First Day Back At School......

We had breakfast at school at 8. Yum livermush biscuit. I only ate one half of the biscuit itself and all the livermush. Still watching the carbs.
Meeting from 8:30 until 11:30. Its the same junk year after year, yet we still have to sit through the boring speeches.
Back to my classroom to get things started. Worked on my bookshelves and purged what I didn't need. Started to set up my desk drawers.
1pm broke for lunch. Subway cold cut trio with lots of veggies and no condiments. Ate 6" only half the roll but all the other goodies. Again doing good on the carbs.
Home at 4:30. Bottle of water. It was hot as hades in the school building even tho they said the air was on.
Will cook baked chicken later with brocolli.
Turn around and do it all again tomorrow.

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Current Music: NCIS theme song

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Jul. 31st, 2009 01:46 am The Countdown begins......

17 days until I report back to school
21 days until last child goes off to college and I'm an empty nester
25 days until the kids come back to school
35 days until Dragoncon

Had so many plans for the summer and projects to accomplish. Yeah, right.

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Jul. 24th, 2009 12:11 pm Just Found Out.....

Daughter-in-law has to have her gallbladder out next Friday morning. They are going to do it outpatient and recoup time should be a couple weeks. This is going to be tough with a new baby who is all of 3 months old.

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Jul. 23rd, 2009 10:30 pm TORCHWOOD.....Don't read if you don't want to see spoilers

OMG! What a roller coaster this mini-series has been and there is still one more night. Its scary, dark, heart-wrenching, thought provoking and heart in throat throughout each episode. Anyone else watching this? If so, drop me a line and tell me what you think. I sooo hope they bring the series back next year with a full complement of episodes. This mini-series however has delivered way beyond my imagination.

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Jul. 6th, 2009 09:21 am Monday Morning....

Since I was coerced into getting on Facebook, I find that I spend way too much time there. I've become addicted to Yoville which is much like Sims City. If I ever hope to accomplish anything this summer (organizing and cleaning out the house, scrapbooking, working on my visual journal, making power points for school, trips to the beach to see the grandbaby), I've got to turn off the laptop and put it away.

We are leaving tomorrow for the beach to see Laila and for me to hold her for the first time. I can't wait. The girls are going down with us as well and this will be the first time that Mariam has actually gotten to see her except in pictures.

I have a new grand-puppy. Mariam just got a Yorkie named Milo that is tiny. Cute little bugger and today we are doggie sitting. He will accompany us to the beach.

Met Mariam's new boyfriend for the first time yesterday. They came down and we went to lunch taking Yasmeen and her new bf as well. Cody is pretty quite but seems to be a nice guy, very well dressed and polite. He finally spoke more than 3 words but according to Mia, will take some time to fully open up. Hope that we didn't scare him off too much. She seems to be very happy.

Spent the evening of the fourth at the Roanwoulfe den. Its always great to be around the household and we do far too little of that lately. I don't know when it was that we played SCA but we will be going to Flight of the Falcon where I'll run newcomers point. I'm usually in the kitchen so this time going to do something different, afterall I am the Canton Chatelaine and its my duty to welcome new people into the SCA.

We've had Stacie for a little over a week now, but she will be going home today. She's been a big help while here. With Fred and my knee problems and other asundry ailments, the state of the house has been less than stellar. She has helped immensely.

Saw Transformers this past Friday and really enjoyed the movie. There are several other ones that I would love to go and see but jeez, the cost of the movies nowadays is ridiculous. Almost makes you want to wait until they come out on dvd. But, there are just some movies you HAVE to see on the big screen. Ah well, its just money, huh?

Need to turn this thing off and become productive to get ready for the beach. Need another cup of coffee. Toodles until next time.

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