Myownspecial Insanity

Dec. 13th, 2008

04:02 pm

Tomorrow it will be 3 weeks since we got the cat.

So far I've spent $534.06 on her. Half of that amount is veterinarian bills for a regular check-up. There was also a return visit to the vet because she had tapeworms, which is not surprising considering that she had fleas and also lived as a stray for 3 months or more.

"Too bad you're not a goose that lays golden eggs," I said casually. "Then at least I'd get some sort of return on my investment."

Her answer is to purr and nudge everybody's hand with her nose, and that's when we realize she's worth every penny.

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Oct. 3rd, 2008

12:55 pm - My Turn To Talk, My Turn To Walk

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this means I'm participating in a Bay Area double-fundraiser event:

The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer --

I believe that hope for a world without breast cancer starts with me, and that's why I'm walking.

Throughout October I will post, one by one, my "10 Top Reasons Why I Am Making Strides Against Breast Cancer"

Here's Reason #1: 'Because Guys Can Also Make A Difference Against Breast Cancer' )

And on that note, if the spirit moves you, will you consider making a difference by sponsoring me with a donation?

Any amount, whether $5 or $500, will be greatly appreciated.

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Current Mood: determined
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May. 9th, 2008

10:49 pm - Idle Curiosity

Lately I spend a lot of time on YouTube listening to/watching clips of opera. Things get obsessive with me to the point where I listen to 10 performances in a row of an aria from, say, Mozart's Zauberflöte and compare the sound of the 10 different tenors or 10 sopranos (The Queen of the Night arias, in the latter case), and rate each singer in my mind as to how well they hit the high notes or pronounce the words.

I do this for a lot of different arias by other composers, too. I just compared 5 performances of "Una macchia è qui tuttora". Leontyne Price creates a vivid impression as Lady Macbeth. Other singers, several of whom I have never heard of, are even better vocal actresses than Leontyne Price.

A lot of the material I listen to is not even available through specialty music sellers. On YouTube you can also hear singers who have not performed much in the United States, or who made very few commercial recordings.

What on earth did we ever do in our spare time before YouTube came along?

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Current Mood: contemplative
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Apr. 13th, 2008

11:01 pm - RSS Feed

I still hang out 90% of the time at LiveJournal, so it seemed like a good idea to create myownspecial LJ feed for those of you who have taken up residence at InsaneJournal.


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Mar. 14th, 2008

09:00 pm - But You Already Knew That

The Randometer Test -- Make and Take a Fun Test @'s User Tests!

Current Mood: amazed
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Jan. 16th, 2008

07:14 am - Down In Albion

In about a half hour, I am going to get in my car and drive off to work. During my commute, I will listen to Babyshambles/Down In Albion and in preparation for this, I have removed the outer cellophane wrapping from the CD cover.

To judge from the varied reactions I've heard about Babyshambles, this could either go very well or else be a total failure.
In slightly more fannish news: I have two episodes of Stargate Atlantis waiting for me. It's just a matter of finding time somewhere during the evenings to view them; I have this perverse habit of falling asleep by 11 o'clock, silly me!

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Dec. 16th, 2007

08:52 pm

Past Life Quiz

Past Life Quiz

In Your Past Life You Were

A Circus Side Show Attraction

Find out your past life at


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Sep. 24th, 2007

02:21 pm - Banana Creme Reese's Cups: My Two Cents

(Actually, my 50 cents, which I am never going to see again.)

Okay, so I declare the Elvis special edition Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with banana creme to be a fail.


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Aug. 28th, 2007

05:18 pm - In My Best Xander Harris Voice, I Say:

"Again with the 'Huh?'"

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(WTF is up with that LiveJournal auto-post stuff?)

ETA: Oh.

Current Mood: baffled
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Aug. 21st, 2007

01:34 pm - Leontyne Price

So because of a lot of moving things from one room to another and just plain ol' re-organizing my stuff, I found my Leontyne Price recital CDs.

I've been letting myownspecial mom play them at full blast on the Macintosh. One is the famous "blue album", and as I listened to it, I remembered why Leontyne Price was such a hit. A truly glorious and thrilling voice.

Current Mood: thinking
Current Music: Puccini arias non-stop in my head
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Jul. 24th, 2007

07:26 pm - About The Power Outage That Has Been Affecting LiveJournal

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Jul. 18th, 2007

01:55 pm - Paul Potts

Huh... whaddya know:
Paul Potts, the winner of Britain's Got Talent, already has an album out at

Dear Powers That Be: Please make sure he doesn't ruin his voice by singing stuff that's too heavy for his voice. Kthxbai.

Current Mood: itchy
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Jul. 12th, 2007

02:12 pm - A Rose, A Name...

Sometimes I look in my inbox of a secondary e-mail account and find spam with subject headings that are so wonderfully odd that they could be user IDs.

"Oval effigy", for example. Or "Huttanuttaka Phone".

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Jun. 26th, 2007

04:58 pm - Of Course I Clicked The Link

Spam e-mail:
"Myowncrazyself, Meet your new Wee Mee!"

"Whether you're a quirky chick who likes to show off her "personality" in the summer sun or a wacky über cool surfer dude who's ready to hit the beach, you want to be yourself wherever the summer breeze takes you. No worries, we've got you covered! Make a WeeMee that's a perfect fit for you and let your personality soar through the Internet. Don't forget to show your friends!"
Um, yeah. Sure.

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Jun. 23rd, 2007

11:41 am - But Wait... What's The BAD News? :-P

The Brutally Honest Personality Test )

Current Mood: amused
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Jun. 18th, 2007

02:16 pm - My First InsaneJournal Poll

Poll #206 Fantastic Four
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

If I get my friend Francisco to go with me and pay for my ticket (and he will, because he owes me big time and he also doesn't care whether the critics like or hate the movie), should I go see FF: Rise of the Silver Surfer?

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6 (75.0%)

1 (12.5%)

1 (12.5%)

Current Mood: caffeinated
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Jun. 5th, 2007

12:03 am - Link To Picspam: Chris Evans

Hooray for fans who picspam!
Chris Evans caps -- relatively unspoilery for "Silver Surfer"

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Jun. 4th, 2007

11:04 am - Another Inmate For The Asylum

Must learn how to customize IJ and change colors.

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