Monday, February 27, 2006

Movie Searching... Since I can't sleep...

Movies I want to see:
Lonesome Jim
She's The Man - Modern-day adaptation of my fave Shakespeare work - Twelfth Night
Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest - /drool
Unknown White Male
X-Men 3 - Of course!... even if they didn't bring back Nightcrawler :(
Superman Returns - Can it compare?
Just My Luck - I know, I know... but I'm a sucker for RomCom's!
A Scanner Darkly - Keanu... nuff said :P (Plus PKD story)
Lady in the Water - another M. Night...
Deep Sea 3D - The wonders of IMAX

Movies I'm not sure about:
Betty Page
MI 3 - Was not impressed with the last one and only saw the first one twice (total)... but there's always a chance it could be awesome... right?

Movies I do NOT want to see:
Miami Vice - /cringe
Hard Candy - Creepy underage girl being seduced by older man? Or is she? = ish
Bubble - and officially the wierdest movie trailer I've ever seeen
Poseidon - The original was creepy enough, thank you.

Gah! I'm too obsessed with movies.


5 comes in the am?
Who knew?
Ah the price of stress and worry. :P

Last night (if you could even call it that at 5am) bowling went well. Set a new high record for myself. I was the last to bowl and managed to win us one game by 2 points and another game by 1 point.
After bowling we went to Applebee's to meet up with some more friends because R is up. We had just sat down when my mom called. She was hesitant to tell me the news about my grandmother - which we all know never bodes well. So, I got up and went to the restroom. I had just made it through the door when she told me the news: heart failure. If they tried to do surgery she wouldn't survive. All they can do is treat her with medication to make her comfortable. I asked her if the dr. gave a time frame and the response was - nobody knows, it could be tomorrow or 6 months.

I didn't ask if 6 months was the maximum... yeesh it's like asking how long that yoghurt in your fridge will last.


I started looking at plane tickets to come home at Spring Break and they're up in the 600's if I want to fly from here.


In other news:

My laptop is stil wonky. As long as it is turned on it's ok (if a still slower than I'd like). However, when I turn it off or restart it I still have to go through a "special procedure" of pushing secret buttons in a particular order. It's like having a really technical password :P

As for my iPod - it is reset and good as new, with all my music now uploaded.

On the only other positive not I could wrangle up - I know I've been THERE.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Downfall

Friday was a good day. I only taught 1/2 the class I was expecting to. Found out I had all day Saturday off because of the weather. I went bowling with some frineds - one of whom (C) gave me an old ball. So now I have my own shoes and my own ball! Was a good day and a fun night.

Yesterday, on the other hand, started out poorly and only got worse...

-Woke up to cigarette smoke seeping under my door.
-Broken laptop.
-iPod stuck on same screen.
-Grandmother rushed to emergency room.

In that order.

-No news on grandma.
-Haven't dared to touch iPod today.
-Laptop is on and working, but if I turn it off or restart it I have to go through an annoying ritual to get it turned back on.
-Cig smoke just annoying.

Bah! I didn't want the rollercoaster to dip again so soon...
Can I yell at the engineer?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Shoebox Zoo

I stumbled accross the Shoebox Zoo one Sunday afternoon on the CBC. I was hooked immediately. A girl who grew up in Colorado moved back to her father's homeland (Scotland) after her mother dies. She discovers an antique/junk store and winds up with a box of little animal statues. After she brings them home they come alive... the rest of the series so far has been about their adventures together - along with Michael Scott. Now they're back in the U.S. I missed a couple :( but what I've seen has been quite cute :)

Thanks to Morgan I found a link to Radio Scotland's A Wizard Tale that talks about Michael Scott - the real-life man who inspired the Shoebox Zoo story.


And of course listening to the Scottish accents isn't exactly torture... ;)

My Precious!

After waiting for over 3 weeks I finally got an iPod!
Pink case.


I went back to the store yesterday and asked them to check on it yet again. The lady got on the phone with apple and griped at them a bit. They wound up giving me one sitting on the shelf - not engraved - which was fine with me because the engraving was just fluff. If mine does come in they'll switch me back :)


I ordered a new computer too... I'm getting teched up!
After doing my taxes and finding out I would get more back than I thought I figured - why not? My OLD computer lasted 6 years and is fully dead now. My laptop was great for travelling NZ but it's a bit slow for the things I need it to do now. So... new computer! I have a store here in town building one to my specs.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Another trip to D.C. for me?

I've been thinking about going back to D.C. I was only 8 the first time I went and it was a whirlwind 2 week trip from TX to PA with my grandparents. I would love to go back and look at the museums and such and NOW I have another reason for wanting to go there!

Can you imagine

Having a computer case like THIS? That's right, a computer "case."

Thanks to Mom for This HP 4 Movie Link! Can't wait!

It's also on the sidebar to the right as Aspen E the Wiki.
I've just completed my BeFore section. Will start on the actual trip stuff soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A stab in the dark?

Oh yeah... Aya, look WHAT I found in my archives.


Oh and apparently if I were a classic movie I would be:

I always liked Jimmy Stewart...

If I didn't have The Box...

I'd be driving:

The Scooby gang's Mystery Machine. You want a car with personality, but you also need space for all your friends. That's why you drive this big van, painted with a colorful (some might call it 'tacky') design. It has plenty of room for the whole gang, and even a big dog, right in the front seat. What are you waiting for? Throw your tools and equipment in the back, and hit the road.

I found This Quiz when going through some of my old posts (for the wiki). I got the same answer today that I had last time. Coincidence? I think not!

501 & Counting!

I just realized that my last post was my 500th post... which makes this one number 501!

Wooty woot woot!

Monday, February 20, 2006

"Ooooo Pretty!"

What else could I say, looking up at the chunky snow falling from the sky - backlit by a streetlight?

It earned me the following comment: "Aspen, you remind me of Kaylee." I decided to take as a compliment (which it was meant to be). She may be a bit dingy-ish but she's fun-loving and everybody likes her... Plus she winds up with the hot doctor ;)
It made me chuckle.

Survived the weekend Carousel process, though it had some very eventful moments. My last one... strange.

Bowling last night went well with us winning 3 out of 4. I bowled over my average all three games! /pats self on back

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Interpreter

Today my ASL 3 class met in the library. When the professor needed to speak with two different library workers I was the one who wound up interpreting for him.


I wouldn't have thought I could do that, but I did! I've come a long way this semester and for that I'm quite happy :)

Facebook is a Plague

Sitting at work, checking blogs and such... Quiet day in the lab... So-not complaining... just enjoying...

Everytime I'm in the lab I see people Facebooking. It's ok. I set mine up and when someone ads me or leaves a msg on my wall I check it. Otherwise... /shrug.. it's just there. Oddly enough I have had 2 different people contact me through Facebook asking for jobs in the lab. THAT's an interesting use for Facebook...

I feel like I can never quite catch up with everything I need to do. When I complete something I give myself a pat on the back, take a couple of deep breaths, and look at what I still have to do. Unfortunately, it seems the list has grown each time...

And lastly..

Found on the blog of the Queen Blogger:

Four Jobs I’ve Had

1. Senior Sales Associate
2. Clerk
3. Resident Assistant
4. Computer Lab Manager

Four movies I can watch over and over

1. Spaceballs
2. Any LOTR (yeah I know that's 3 but work with me here)
3. The Princess Bride
4. The Phanotom of the Opera

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch

2. Gilmore Girls
3. House
4. Stargate

Four Places I’ve Been on Vacation

1. Colorado
2. Australia (Sydney & Cairnes)
3. Wyoming - Yellowstone
4. San Antonio, TX

Four Favorite Dishes

1. Chicken Parmesan
2. Teriyaki (Chicken or Steak Sticks)
3. Chicken Fajitas
4. Cesar Salad

Four Websites I Visit Daily

1. target=_blank>College Life
2. target=_blank>Get Fuzzy
3. target=_blank>Two Lumps
4. target=_blank>Joe & Monkey

Four Places I’d Rather Be

1. New Zealand
2. With my Family
3. With my Friends
4. New Zealand

I've elected not to tag anyone.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


That's right... Nostricles. Thanks to L for a great laugh at dinner.
In case you can't figure that one out - nostricles are the icilces that form in your nose when it's so freaking cold outside that the moisture inside your nose actually freezes.

You know those memories that make you laugh out loud - literally - I had one of those last night.
Someone was trying to sneak up behind me but I snuck up behind THEM! Mwahaha... Another mischevious plot foiled by yours truly.

Linden Hall is getting a new staff bulletin board down in the lobby. New theme: Greek Gods & Goddesses.
I've chosen Demeter, as she is a motherly figure... and I am "Momma."

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

PB Wiki

PBwiki logo

Is really neat. It's working great for my Project. It has taken me a bit to get used to the configuration - some of the commands are just a bit different from our class wiki, but they have a stylepage to help wtih that.

If you've got some time to spare please take a look at my My PB Wiki and let me know if you it is easy to use/move around (I only have the main page and the BeFore pages started).

Happy Valentine's Day or as S said...

Happy Singles Recognition Day!

/shakes head


In other news... A girl in the computer lab showed me THIS today... Pretty freaking cool!

Also, I've started working on my NZ PB Wiki and I'm using my Blog as a guide. It's working out quite well so far. I started posting about NZ in Jan 2003 and haven't stopped talking about it since ;)

Oh who needs sleep when there are time-wasting quizzes to take...

Aspen will have to write:

I will not wear a clove of garlic around my neck to ward against vampires

'What will you have to write on the chalk board?' at

Uhmm.... heh heh... Sorry... but I heard ~B was coming round to visit. A girl can't be too careful ya know.

Hmmm... Dad skip this part...

You will go to jail for:
You claimed sex toys as a business expense on your tax forms

Take this quiz at

You can go to jail for that?

After you die...
Guardian Angel

After death, you will exist as a guardian angel in order to protect your still-living loved ones. You might even inspire a classic Christmas movie.

Take this quiz at

Awwww man! I wanted the Beetlejuice Waiting Room!

lol these things are addicting - in the sense that they are funny and easy and way more fun that doing things like sleep or homework... /frown

ah well... night night

Ya don't say...

You are Klutz-Girl.
(Your alter-ego is Aspen)

Your super-hero ability:

Expel pollution

'What is your superhero ability?' at

Expel Pollution? That must be what comes out with the four-letter words when I do stupid things like kicking beds and such....

Aspen --


A master blogger

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at

hehehe Sweet As! Bout time somebody gave me my props!

Thanks Aya for some fun ones :)

Monday, February 13, 2006


I'm really excited about putting together my NZ Scrapbook Wiki - so much so that I'm going to have to balance that with my ASL 3 class - and with my newly added independent study class that relates to ASL and technology - and with my entirely online course. And now that my blogs and wiki's class doesn't meet anymore... I've got to get seriously organized, set a schedule for myself...

Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

If I can wiggle it...

It's not broken... Right?

For the record, don't kick your bed (or any other hard object for that matter) even on accident. Cuz it freaking hurts.

Just Click It

Click It...

Saturday, February 11, 2006

My brain hurts and I feel like an unbelievably ignorant person...

Because of words like: epistemological, Aristotle, Plato, empirical and quotes like: "heretofore unknown conceptual schemata in the form...paradigms..."

The joys of Critical and Creative Thinking.


I should have taken a philosophy class. And I should start reading the dictionary.

Friday, February 10, 2006

True...but not just once

Your darkest secret is:
You once told someone to bring it

Take this quiz at

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Trying something new

I've turned on my RSS/type feed...

Site Feed

Star Warped

I saw IT through the grapvine...


Some of the funny audio is... well... funny.

And BOOOO Flickr... Photobucket reigns supreme yet again. For some reason the pictures I uploaded to Flickr won't show up on my PB Wiki, but my PhotoBucket ones do. PB for PB... seems fitting!

tee hee....

must sleep now

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Check it out yo! Aya's a TV star!

Tuesday, February 7, 2006
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The Rocks of Punakaiki

Originally uploaded by aaspenstarshine.
North-Western part of New Zealand's South Island.

The rocks are also called the pancake rocks, because of the layers of sediments.

They're slowly being worn down by the power of the ocean.

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

A funny song by: Rolf Harris & The Beatles

Heard on The Oldies RadioNET Channel on iTunes.

Bagpiping Podcast

Congrats to Wetootwaag for getting his podcast up and running.


I've missed hearing you play out in the park and on the deck, but now I can hear it (and your ranting in Ojibwe) whenever I want!

Ahhh the beauty of technology!

Oh and apparently:

My blog is worth $6,774.48.
How much is your blog worth?

Yes.... another sleepless night.

Monday, February 06, 2006

South Park Me

Made this lil picture here. It's different from the one Aya made of me (we made them at the same time) but I think they both look like me... :)

Know when to fold 'em

You guys missed a funny sight today. Some genius decided to park three inches from my car. LITERALLY.

*mutter* Stoopid peeps need to learn how to park.

Soooo... I had to climb in the passengers side and over to the drivers side. This was a funny thing to behold because of my long legs and the squishing and folding and grunting. Then I had to roll down my window, hang my head out and back out verrrry slowly so I didn't hit their stoopid car with my purty baby.

MacG is BACK!

You go Richard Dean Anderson! You go.

Sunday, February 05, 2006


Because everybody else is doing it and I want to be one of the in flock---crowd.

Course I see myself being a bit more towards the happy than the depressed... but what do I know.

Your Social Dysfunction:

Being average in terms of how social you are, as well as the amount of self-esteem you have, you're pretty much normal. Good on you.

Take this quiz at

Please note that we aren't, nor do we claim to be, psychologists. This quiz is for fun and entertainment only. Try not to freak out about your results.

Aspen E the Wiki

heh heh heh
that rhymed...

Ahem... So I have started a wiki on the addy is HERE and it will be linked from my blog roll. This will be the site for my Big Project for this semester... just played around with it for a bit tonight/this morning.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Why Lawwwzzzy Day!

I spent my evenin' in the company of some dear lil friends o' mine. I do believe I missed out on a wonderful party being hosted by the charming Mr. Froyd. I so hope he and his friends had a lovely time. I simply could not see gettin' all gussied up on a night this cold! Us Southern Ladies just do not possess the fortitude necessary for such a climate as this.

I reckon that there paragraph bout done him (Froyd) in. Wouldn't you agree sis?

Friday, February 03, 2006

Giddy as a School Girl

Chewy - posted - comment - my - blog!

This is awesome! I sent Chewbacca an email last night telling him I hoped he could get his blog up and running again sometime. I also said I'd love for him to let me know if and when he did... and not only did he send me an email notifying me he has started it again, but he commented on mine!
/feels super-duper special

Background: Grew up with Star Wars (like many others), Chewbacca was my fave character (him and that hottie Solo he hung out with), have one of the original Chewbacca dolls (from my childhood), and an almost-life-size cut out of him back home.

Yes... I am a Wookie lover and proud of it!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Another Wooky Bites the Dust

Thanks to Aya for spotting this.

Apparently there was a guy who started a blog as Chewbacca. Blogger made it a blog of note today and he had to close it down because it was getting too many hits and eating up his bandwidth (translation: he couldn't afford to keep it). Interesting on both accounts.
1. Unique idea
2. His own success was his downfall

Apparently he had an older blog and I found the addy HERE.

To be so wealthy...

Yes... For you I would find the 5 million dollars... even for 45%.

A Scotsman Clad in Kilt...

Left the bar one evenin' fair and one could tell by how he walk'd that he'd drunk more than his share.

Aaaah... John Denver!

But seriously, I'm actually getting something out of this Master's program! I even know what the comic at the top of this page is referring to. Thanks to WW.

How about you?Thumping the Tub?

Random bits floating around in my brain

Wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Loni for the poem!

To Do Today:
*Call the computer place again about my computer.
*Read Ch. 2 and 3 and do assignments
*Email workers
*Finish wiki assignment
*(Continue) Proposal for Big wiki assignment
*RA Staff Selection Q&A tonight
*ASL homework
*List of classes for advisor
*Check with DH about new computer
*Check with A about personal info and finalize list for lab
*Check about pc for lab
*Software move & Printer set-up
*Flyers from B for floor
*Arrange floor activity for this weekend


Originally uploaded by aaspenstarshine.
New Zealand's National Bird

The Tui

I LOVE the feathery bells at their throats. They match the call of the tui, bellish. Like nothing I've ever heard... and now I've almost forgotten what it sounds like.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Last spring I bonded with 3 British guys... They were only here for a semester, but we had some great times.

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