On a positive note...

Sometimes it's hard to see the positive aspects of life, but I'm trying.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Yikes! I've been tagged!

Needless to say I wasn't expecting this to happen. I guess it's my own fault for having this blog. Anyway, here goes.

Four jobs you've had in your life: Motel maid at 13-15, cannery worker at 16-18 (I refused to eat green beans for a very long time after and don't ask why. You won't eat them either.), convienence store manager at 20-22, longest held job was as a retail manager for womens clothing chain for 8 years.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Shrek, Shawshank Redeption, Big Fish, and Doctor Zhivago.

Four places you've lived: Salem, OR, New Orleans, LA, San Antonio, TX, and Los Angeles, CA.

Four TV shows you love to watch: My Name is Earl, Desperate Housewives, Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis.

Four places you've been on vacation: France, Italy, Spain, and Morocco.

Four websites you visit daily: PARF, IMDb, Wild Ogre, and Celluloid Curtain.

Four of your favorite foods: Shrimp, chocolate, strawberries, asparagus.

Four places you'd rather be: New Orleans, Paris, Disneyworld, and the Moon (that would be adventurous at least).

Four albums you can't live without: Any classical, operatic, jazz, or blues albums. None of the modern crap, just throw that all away.

Four magazines you read: National Geographic (yes, I'm a closet geek), People (in the doc's office), Southern Living (gotta stay true to my roots), and Time (on occasion).

Four cars you've owned: Does it count if they've been in my husbands name. The only two in my name was a Dodge Magnum and an Olds Cutlass.

Four people to do this meme: Yikes, everyone I know who might do this has been taken.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Yes David, there are now viruses for Macs.

One of the selling points my son, David, used to encourage his dad and I to buy a Mac was that there weren't any viruses to attack a Mac. Guess what? That's all changed since last summer. There are now two viruses and apparently we got one. I'm sitting here using the loaner that we have for the next two months while our computer is being repaired. The virus that attacked seems to have messed up the video RAM. I'm just happy we're still under warrenty.

For me, my relationship with a computer is kind of a love/hate thing. I enjoy the ease with which I can communicate with family and friends. Yet my lack of understanding the technology makes me feel inadequate and is upsetting at times like these. Even more upsetting is the thought that it was probably some 13 year old with nothing better to do that created the virus that attacked our computer. Little creep. I hope he has to wear braces for the next ten years.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Blogging

For what it's worth, I think I'm really starting to get this blogging thing. For me its become a release of sorts. A safe place to vent when something is bothering me or sending expressions of my happiness out into a broader world. And it's not just the writing of ones own blog but reading about others lives and thoughts can become almost addictive.

Take my friend Susan for instance. I've never met her in person and before reading her blog only knew her from a few online groups we both belonged too. I've always liked her and after reading her bloggings I know why I like her so much. She's funny, creative, intelligent, strong, and caring. Just the type of person I like for a friend. Since we live so far apart, I'm grateful for the opportunity to get to know her better through blogging.

Then there is my Bonnie. What can I say about this amazing woman? Her courage and honesty are awe inspiring to me. She is so open and sharing of her joys and her pain. I don't think she realizes just how incredibly wonderful she is and how much her truthfulness helps those of us privilaged to be a part of her world through her blogs. And besides she's just the best damn writer I know. She is truly a Rockstar!

Amy's bloggings have a unique appeal. What a girl! She speaks her mind on anything and she does it with frankness and honesty. No bullshit here. I love keeping up with her life and am rooting for her to make it what she wants it to be and I believe she'll do it too.

When Debra blogs, and it's not as often as she should, you meet a loving, funny, generous soul. She's the real deal. I know this great gal personally and she should really write more because I know she has a lot to say and can say it very well when she wants to.

Oh, I can't leave out Rose either. One of the most interesting and intelligent people I know. This funny, quirky lady can write! What a joy to read about life from her POV.

Yes, I do read blogs written by guys too. Mostly guys who are actors like my son, David. I really enjoy the insight Hal, Bill, Stephon, and Erik give writing about their struggles as working actors in Hollywood. Oh yeah, and it's kind of interesting seeing life from a guys perspective.

I intend to keep blogging. It's getting easier everyday. I guess I do have something to say and I'm going to be saying it here. Stay tuned and hang on. It might get a bit bumpy at times.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

I'm a believer.

I've always tried to be realistic about David's chances of reaching his goal to become a recognized, award winning actor. Being his mom naturally makes me just a bit biased when it comes to his acting skills and I know I'm not as objective as the rest of the world might be when it comes to viewing his work.

Because I know I'm not very objective, I think I've become too obsessed with picking out the flaws in his work and not focusing enough on his amazing talent. Last night changed all of that for me. We got to view the first public screening of a full length FF he worked on last year, Trees Grow Tall and Then They Fall. It was cast by someone I've grown to love and admire, CD Bonnie Gillespie.

I was bowled over by David's presence on the big screen and I wasn't the only one. He got the biggest audience reaction of all the actors and believe me there were some amazing performances from that group of hugely talented people. Watching others fall in love with my son gave me one of those "Whew" moments when a parent realizes they've allowed their child to follow the right path.

No longer will I critique David's abilities. Let others do that if they must. From now on I'm rock solid in his corner and am certain, without a doubt, he will succeed in this business on a far greater scale then I ever imagined possible.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

So much talent...so little time.

One of the great things about David being part of the film world is that every now and again I get to see some amazing work done by up and coming filmmakers. Last night was no exception. DH and I had the opportunity to spend one of the most entertaining evenings in awhile viewing several short films at The Flickering Image Film Festival.

My DH is the glue that holds our family together, but he doesn't have the time to get as involved in the industry his son has chosen to become a part of as I do. He rarely gets to partake of the joy of viewing young filmmakers work other then his own sons. Even then he doesn't always get to see what David has done at the same time as the rest of us.

Last night was the first film fest Homer has ever attended. He wanted to know if these films would ever be available to the general public. To him, it seemed a shame for such great films to only reach a limited audience. I really enjoyed watching his enthusiasm for an industry our son loves so much. Up until last night I had never seen him quite so...involved. I hope it continues because I really enjoyed sharing something with him that David and I have been sharing for years.

Friday, January 06, 2006

The price of fame.

My son, David, wants to be a famous actor someday. I'd prefer if he just wanted to be a working actor and forget the fame part. I'm not too sure fame or celebrity status is worth having considering the price you have to pay once you achieve it.

For some strange reason ordinary people seem to think they are entitled to comment on every aspect of your life when you become a celebrity. It's like they think they own a piece of you just because you do something well enough to gain enormous recognition and a huge salary for your success.

God forbid you should stumble and fall if you're a celebrity because it becomes a feeding frenzy in the media. Which is ofcourse egged on by the publics lurid desire to point fingers. I say if you haven't lived the life then you have no way of knowing what you would do or how you would feel in their shoes. And since when does the media tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

We all make mistakes and bad choices in our lives. I'm just happy I don't live in a fishbowl where other faulty people feel they have the right to pick my life apart to satisfy their own need to feel good about themselves.

Isn't it funny how the word lawsuit motivates people?

I was pretty pissed yesterday when I received a call from the diabetes education department at Facey Medical. This was a call informing me that my meeting to learn how to use the meter to check my blood sugar levels and receive information on how to best control my diabetes was being postponed...again.

My doctor has been after me to take the class since early November. I dutifully to set up an appointment at an office near me in Canyon Country and was told they were full up. I'd have to wait three weeks unless I wanted to drive over to the Granada Hills office. I told them I would rather wait the three weeks and go to the closer office just about five minutes from my home.

Two weeks later they called and said they had to postpone the appointment since the woman giving the class needed to go in for surgery the next week. Would I like to go to the Granada Hills office instead or wait an extra week to see the trainer here. I said I'd wait. The week of my appointment they called and said the trainer had to go out of town for additional training and would I like to go to the Granada Hills office or wait two more weeks for an appointent. I was a bit skeptical of this excuse as this was the week of Thanksgiving and I somehow didn't think anyone would be going out of town for two weeks for training. Anyhow, I opted to wait again.

The day before my appointment I receive another call saying that the trainer was recovering from surgery and would I like to see someone at the Granada Hills office or wait until just after Christmas. At this point I decide this woman just didn't want to see me and perhaps it would be best to make the trip into Granada Hills so could I get the earliest possible appointment there.

I was informed that due to the holidays they couldn't squeeze me into that office until after the first week of January. Grrrr. January 11th at 10:45 AM was to be my scheduled appointment for me to learn what I needed to do to get my 300+ blood sugar count under control, since the medications the doctor is currently giving me aren't working and he's threatening to start me on insulin injections everyday.

Yesterday morning a very cheery caller informed me that, once again, my appointment needed to be postponed as this trainer had to attend a mandatory staff meeting at that time. At which point I scoffed as I told her since this was the fourth postponment of my training that I was going to inform my husband and son to get an attorney and sue Facey Medical if I dropped dead due to a diabeties related illness before I receive my training. Wouldn't you know all of a sudden they could see me on the 11th at a slightly later time. Somehow I don't think I'll be receiving another call to postpone my training.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

This is going to be my best year ever.

Somehow I just know this is going to be the best year, so far, of my life. Don't ask me how I know this, but I do. I've never felt so much love and goodwill within my family and friends. The people I'm around are truly amazing. All very spiritual, kind, generous, caring, talented, positive people who are doing good things with their lives. Being around them inspires me to do more with my life. I really, really feel great about this year.

My day in court or how to waste six hours.

I served jury duty yesterday. Since it was only the 3rd of January and most people in the judicial system weren't back from the holidays, there was only one trial scheduled. After sitting around, reading Lovely Bones, from 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM the judge decided to dismiss the case and we were released from service.

As I sat there looking around at the jury pool, I started thinking about just what constitutes a jury of our peers and how many 50ish, middle class, white, female homemakers were there on trial? I guess it's true about older and wiser. We're either too smart to get into trouble or smart enough not to get caught.

Oh well, won't have to go through this for at least another 12 months.