I had to work today and most of my family had to go into town for a funeral, so I was most or less on my own for my birthday (however, since today was also my dad's birthday and my mom's is next Sunday, we're going to do something to celebrate later).  I got tons of birthday wishes via Facebook and Twitter (Thanks y'all!) and one of my dearest friends left me the sweetest voicemail.  Plus, I stretched out my birthday gift opening so I basically opened presents all day.  I wound up with Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher (I've heard nothing but good things about those and I'm eager to read them) plus the "Trial of a Time Lord" DVD boxed set (*gleeful cackle*) (Don't ask me why I'm gleefully cackling over "Trial" - I haven't even seen it yet).  And my boss left me a gourmet frozen pizza from Schwan's with a really nice note wishing me happy birthday.  All in all, a pretty good birthday.

Then, my cousin calls and says she's making a nice dinner and chocolate cake for my birthday (WHEE!). So I go over and visit while she's making dinner when her eight-year-old daughter comes up the stairs with the distinct look that she is Up To Something.  The eight-year-old tells me she has a birthday present for me, but I have to guess a riddle in order to get it.  Something to do with where birds build their nests (she's eight - it's cute).  Evidently, I guessed correctly because she leaves for a minute and comes back with this:

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(And suddenly, the fact that she had been staring at my TARDIS t-shirt at intermittent intervals makes so much more sense!)

I don't care who you are - that is so stinking adorable.
April is certainly the month for awesome birthdays, isn't it?

Today is David Tennant's birthday! Otherwise known as the Tenth Doctor, Hamlet, Barty Crouch, Jr., a random voice in "How to Train Your Dragon" ... and I'm sure plenty of other things that I just don't know about.

In honor of the day - here's a tribute video to Ten that I made a while back:



And - for a random bit of coincidence - this catalog landed on my work desk a few days ago. Usually I just throw these catalogs away because they want boatloads of money for these classroom sets of DVDs and I could probably get them on Amazon for $20 - but I had to keep this one:

Hamlet Catalog Cover

Happy Birthday, David! And here's to many, many more!
I've just been made aware (thanks to the Whoniversaries feature at Doctor Who LJ comm) that today is Peter Davison's birthday!

I can't let this go unnoticed, can I?

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Awesome Fivey fan vid #1 -



Awesome Fivey fan vid #2 -



Video from Gallifrey 22. Just because.



Many happy returns, Peter - and thanks for being such a fantastic Doctor!  And just plain awesome in general :)
(Yeah, the date says November 22 - but I'm posting this right before I go to bed, and it's the 23rd in most of the world by now, anyway).

It's an exciting day today - and not just because it's a short week. Today marks the 47th anniversary of the broadcast of the very first episode of "Doctor Who." "An Unearthly Child" was broadcast on November 23, 1963 and the rest is history. You can watch the first part of "An Unearthly Child" here (the rest of it is there too - just look down the playlist).

And I here celebrate with one of my favorite fanvids that includes all incarnations of the Doctor to this point:



Happy Birthday to our favorite Time Lord - and here's to many, many more!
I'm back from my class weekend - new semester, new instructor, new set of rules to get use to, but I love it.  Oh, and two EXTREMELY funny YouTube videos that were shown in class (and I'm too lazy to embed them, so just hit the links)

Improv at the New York Public Library: here

The Gen Y Guy: here  (this one, I have to say - I am 25 and I write in cursive, I would rather handwrite a note, and with text messaging, I spell everything out AND I use commas.  Just goes to show that generations are NOT exclusively exclusive... yeah... anyway... )

It's going to be a good semester.  Oh, and I found "Enchantment" by Orson Scott Card at Barnes and Noble (I rarely have a class weekend where I don't find the siren of B&N calling me over to spend money I don't have during my Saturday lunch break - luckily, this particular volume was rather affordable).  It came HIGHLY recommended (as in [livejournal.com profile] narniadear  insisted I put it up at the top of her list of books for me to read, so I'm going to take her advice), so I'm excited to read it.  I also found "Iron Man" at Wal-Mart for a reasonable price, so I used my birthday money to buy that DVD, which I will watch and then go see "Iron Man 2" while it's still in theaters.

Also, somewhere along the line of driving home from class this weekend, I launched into a monologue about the Arizona immigration law and some of the arguments people have made against it.  I was in the car talking to myself (yes, I am that nuts) and just gave the whole speech as though I was in front of a big crowd of supporters (or non-supporters) of the law.  I felt a lot like Julia Sugarbaker when I was formulating it, actually (thank you HillBuzz.org for introducing me to Miss Sugarbaker).  It went in some interesting directions and if I can get the whole gist of it into print, I think I might post it.  I'm sure my flist can guess where I stand on it, but my answer of why I feel that way may surprise you.  But I'm in too good of a mood to post it right now.  Maybe tomorrow.

And I think I've got my mom convinced to go back to school.  She has her associate's degree and we kids are more or less raised (the youngest two are in high school, but it's not like they need constant attention like when they were babies) and I've thought for years that she should go back and finish her degree.  So, that's going to be my next project is helping my mom get through school (she can do it - she just needs to have the confidence to actually do it.  Maybe that's a trait of many adults going back to school later in life?)

OH - and I keep forgetting - I got "The Blind Side" on DVD for my birthday and it is EXCELLENT!!  I'm a little upset at myself for not seeing in theaters, but whatever.  I think if your'e looking for a happy, upbeat, feel-good movie, that is a good one to see.  If you know next to nothing about football, the movie explains everything you'd need to know for the purposes of the story so that's not an excuse.  Sandra Bullock is one of the actresses I like to see and she's fantastic and the kid who play Michael Oher is really cool too and SJ is a hoot (he's the younger brother).  You know what, I just LOVED this movie!!  And I think everyone else should see it and love it too! (but decide for yourself).

That's my weekend updates.  I have a lot of stuff going on, so that's why things have been so scattered lately.  Hopefully things will start to calm down at some point and I can post more directed subjects and not just "What I Did Today" kind of stuff (the final "24" Rehash EVAR! will be on time, don't worry about that - not like you were, but you know...)


I really should have been doing videos with these posts the whole time.  But this week's was just too easy.  Well, I tried first to find the Back to the Future "My Name is Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan," but everyone on YouTube had to edit it themselves and inserted every bad song from Lady Gaga to Rick Astley into the scene.  Honestly, why mess with the original Van Halen version?

Even though it is my birthday (and thanks to everyone who extended well-wishes and a BIG THANK YOU to [livejournal.com profile] narniadear  for her "Birthday Emergency" post.  And a big thanks to Jack for the birthday flowers ^_^), the "24" Rehash is here at it's usual time.

If you have a bladder control problem, you're probably aware of it. )
I saw this on Conservatives4Palin a week or so back and, well, since it's my birthday tomorrow (May 17), I already resolved to put it up, even if nobody actually forgets my birthday - ha ha :) 




And if that wasn't enough, the delightful and talented Chibi Jennifer at MoonSticks.org is getting in on the action (topic-wise, anyway).  She wins on so many levels with this one.  First of all - the "R" season of Sailor Moon is my favorite season of Sailor Moon (though it seems I'm in the minority - eh, oh well) and that's what this comic refers to (I've been watching in Japanese and it's just fantastic!).  Second, the joke in the comic is even more pertinent because my dad and I share a birthday and he's quipped many times that of all his kids, he'd never forget my birthday.  Anyway, it's just funny how these things work :).  Sorry if you don't get the joke - but it's my birthday and it's my blog and I can put anything I want to up here. ^_^
This icon makes me laugh incessantly, but I'm too nice to use it too regularly (even if some people deserve it).

It's mine and my dad's birthday on Monday and it seems like everyone and their dog is coming out to the ranch this weekend (they're branding calves too, so it's not entirely to come celebrate).  I hope they come bearing presents (ha ha).  I was almost inclined to let this birthday pass without notice since I hadn't got too excited about it.  This past week was pretty crappy - I got turned down for a few jobs, my bedroom flooded and I just felt lousy about life in general.  (On the flip side, when I appealed to my flist for book recommendations, they rose to the occasion magnificently!  Thanks to you all!)  But Mom asked what kind of cake I wanted and then I got excited for my birthday.  I guess I'm learning to enjoy the simple things in life :)

But it is official - the high school kids are not going to get their yearbook before school gets out.  Not for lack of effort on some kids' parts, but there are others that I could smack for their less-than-ambitious attitudes towards it (it's one thing to not care about the yearbook, but when you come in and make trouble for the ones who actually want to be there, that's when I get to be a hard-a**).  So, I guess we'll just schedule a little yearbook signing party in June when they can all come and get their books and sign them.  It's really too bad because this year's yearbook is going to be great.  And I don't think there's going be a school next year because some are going into town so they can play sports and others are just going to get their GED online (of course, that's all as of right now.  Who knows what everyone's status will be next week?  These people don't appreciate the concept of planning ahead.  They could still be waffling the day before school is supposed to start).  Well, it was fun while it lasted.  I enjoyed it.  And I like that I have a big volunteer credit to put on my resume :)

I was going to talk about more stuff, but then my mom wanted to come Facebook-stalk people and I lost my train of thought.  Then I got her set up on LiveJournal (but just for a private blog where she can come vent her feelings about life and crap.  She doesn't want anyone to see it, so I locked it down tighter than Fort Knox.  'Course, if I was an unscrupulously nosy person, I could get in and look at it because I set up her username and password.  But I'm not unscrupulously nosy.  No way.  Plus, there's nothing there that I'd want to read, anyway).
 E, by the way, stands for Emily who is my sister who is having a birthday today.  I have long maintained that she has more claim to April 22 than any crazed tree-huggers ever did or will.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIS!

PS - I finished watching the Japanese sub of Sailor Moon's first season last night!  Holy cow - it was amazing!  The ending of the first season always gets me emotional and junk, but this was something special, to say the least.  On to the R season, which is hands down my favorite - I'm a sucker for a good love story and a good backstory - or is it a little front story in this case, since the antagonists are from the future - and a little angst never hurt anybody. ^_^

ETA - I remembered this little gem from Strong Bad and I had to share in the joy (hit that Enter button a couple more times, SB!)



(It's got a picture of a little leaf so you know it's good for the environment!)
Maybe it just seems long, seeing as how I'm having to deal with this slowly loading DSL (curse you Directway!!)  Or yesterday seemed pretty long, what with all my white-trash relatives showing up for cow-branding season and Mom cussing all of them out because their white-trash dogs killed our kittens and they blamed our redneck-yet-well-behaved dogs (there is a vast difference between being white trash and simply being a redneck, which I will save for another post).

Anyway, my birthday was good.  Thanks to [profile] rosevixen and [profile] shellic for wishing me a happy birthday and for everyone else who e-mailed, called or posted on MySpace.  It good to know that I'm remembered and loved ^_^  We had cake and ice cream with the family and I got "Night at the Museum" (if you have not seen it, go out and buy it -- hilarious and classic!), The Wreckers "Stand Still, Look Pretty" and Miranda Lambert's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" CDs and an obscure movie called "Just Friends" that I have yet to watch.  I also got a bag of Cherry Cordial Hershey Kisses (yum!) and I got a couple of cards with money(!)

Then, the next day I went to BYU in Provo to watch my cousin play doubles in the State High School Tennis Championship.  He won his first match, but he lost his second.  The second was really exciting (for it being tennis, anyway).  He played the doubles team from Park City, and they have a professional tennis player for a coach.  The matches were two-out-of-three and they split the first two, so it pretty scary for Park City for a while (I thought one mom was going to have a heart attack or something).  They ended up losing, but it was fun.

Now, we were on BYU campus and there is something you have to know.  There are a lot of jokes about how ugly girls at BYU are and I just figured they were us Utah fans having our fun.  But there is some truth to those jokes.  I cannot count how many jiggly, fat-ass "I *heart* BYU" t-shirts went running by us when we were watching the tournament.  Kudos to them for getting out and exercising, but I don't know how much it's going to help them (try laying off the Diet Coke).  Then we went to Subway for lunch and there were a couple of butt-ugly BYU guys ordering foot-long chicken teriyaki sandwiches.  No wonder they never want to get out of their Utah County bubble - their looks scare normal people's babies and puppies.

Who else watched "The Simpsons" last night?  I'm not really a huge fan, but last night's featured Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian (Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub) in a "Counter Truancy Unit" parody of "24"  The best part ever was when they threw in the traditional-over-used-yet-never-old "Mole" plotline and they named the guy "Mole" (but he really had a noble reason for selling out -- those poor ants).  And who can forget "Jack, it's a joke name, you're being set-up" "Dammit!"  We laughed.  A lot.  I probably ought to become a bigger fan of "The Simpsons," but I only can have so many fandoms ^_^

Speaking of, tonight's the big night!  Explosions! Excitement! Gunshots! The ending of this somewhat dragging season!  The set-up of next season!  When are they finally going to dump this stupid Chinese plotline?  A&E had all five season finales on the other day and I was watching the season four finale where the Chinese initially showed their faces.  It's been a long time that Jack's had these losers on his tail.  I have no idea what is going to happen, so I am not going to make any predictions because I will inevitably been wrong (the "Audrey is teh alive!!" predictions notwithstanding).  I know very well what I would like to happen, but I have a tendency to "1940-ize" things and people find that annoying and unrealistic (basically, that means that I make a happy ending for everyone).  Well, pardon me for being optimistic and thinking that pessimism is a royal waste of my time. XP

My sister and I have been re-watching "Fushigi Yugi."  We've both already seen it, but not with each other and I'm finding the experience thoroughly enjoyable.  There's a lot more to laugh about when you watch it with other people, especially during those mushy "Miaka! Tamahome!" scenes (we just finished up the infamous Tamahome is Miaka's enemy plotline and I found plenty to laugh about -- of course she's going to worry about stuff again, it's in the job description of a shojo heroine)  Though, I have found a new line that pretty much sums up Miaka.  It's courtesy of JerrytheFrogProductions.com's (which, after this week with probably be defunct, so you'd better go check it out soon ;_;) parody of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: "Darth Vader: Luke, it's your destiny.  Luke: To constantly need help or to whine?"  It's not that I don't like Miaka as a hero, just some of the stuff she does and worries about is really, really funny.  And I really wish that she would learn how to defend herself.  At least Sailor Moon had that shiny tiara frisbee and that nifty pink wand that shot sparkly stuff at the bad guys (you can win ugly or win pretty, just so long as you win).

Now if they could just realize that the idiot with the creepy flute is NOT Chiriko!!  I take issue with that ^_^

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat
Just a wacky little thing I saw on LJ today:



LJ brought this little feature in on my birthday, but I saw the headline and the date and I thought that the whole LiveJournal staff was celebrating my birthday!  Hey, I am entitled to unlimited blonde moments, since I am blonde ^_^

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat
I'm a whole year older today!!  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today is my happy birthday.  How old am I?  Yeah, like I'd post that online for the whole wide world to see ^_^

Even Toon Disney seems to be celebrating today.  Usually they just play the stupid Disney crap animated sequels (you know, Jungle Book 2, Lilo and Stitch 2, Cinderella 2 *involuntary convulsions*), but today, "Robin Hood" is on!  The old Walt Disney version with Robin Hood as a fox and Little John as a bear and the rooster minstrel.  I haven't seen this movie in years and here it is, on my birthday, on TV.  It makes me happy ^_^

Yesterday was wild, but just because I had to go driving in the city for my interview and I'm not very good at it.  Left hand turns are just not my best friends.  I would rather turn left at an stoplight instead of hopping over three lanes of traffic, thereby pissing off all the road-rage types lined up behind me.  Then I try to drive in downtown Salt Lake and... oy...  Too many pedestrians and construction and ways to miss your turn. And then when you do miss your turn, you've got to go around the block about five times to find an opening.  (And I want to move there?  Just who has the problems here?)

The interview itself went well and now I'm just waiting to hear back from them.  They said maybe they'd let me know next week.  I think I honestly have a good chance at this job.  It's editing, which I have scores of experience in, and it's for an online university, which I took some teaching classes, so I know a little bit about rubrics and things like that.  I guess I'll find out how this goes.

In the meantime, I get to spend a quiet birthday at home, no stress, nowhere to be (until I take my little sisters to piano lessons) and wait for Mom and Dad to get back from town.  I think we're doing cake and ice cream this weekend or something (it's my dad's birthday today too).  I don't know what the rest of the plans are, but I like not being in charge.

That's the best part about being home ^_^

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat
I love watching my icon transform.  It never gets old ^_^

What a day! First my Prose Fiction class gets canceled, then my Poetry Writing class also gets canceled, which means with my Creative Non-Fiction class canceled tomorrow, I could very well go on vacation right now!  Well, actually I couldn't, because Ted Kooser, former US Poet Laureate, is visiting campus tomorrow.  This is really the reason why my weekend has been unexpectedly extended.  Some of my professors are involved in tomorrow's events and have to get things ready.  Whateve works; I'm not complaining.
The only thing I would be unhappy about is that my poems were supposed to be workshopped today in Poetry, but I suppose it's a small price to pay :)

Also, today is my brother's 17th birthday, but he's here in Logan for the Utah FFA convention, so I got to see him and embarrass him *waves enthusiastically*  If any of you Utah State peoples happen to see a tall blond kid from the Delta group with a jacket that says "Patrick Storvanoff" (or whatever the kid's name is that he stole the jacket from), go up to him and tell him you know his sister.

I'm in such a good mood that, while I ought to be working on my many creative writing projects for school, I just can't do it.  That would require me to be all emo and depressed and morose and whatever else it is that Caffe Ibis does to people.  I have an idea for my Fiction Writing class about a girl who loses her mother in a fire when she's very young, but I can't bring myself to work on it because it's going to be literary and you can't write happy literary fiction (I tried and it turned out to be a "genre" piece and I sorta got slammed for it -- in the nicest possible way you can get slammed, I guess).

You know, that paragraph sounded really stupid, now that I went back and read it.  If I want to write something happy, then by damn, I can write something happy.  I don't want to go through life doing things that will leave me with a Prozac prescription.  That's why I hate reading sad things.  You can have conflict and discord in a story, but I like to read things that leave me feeling good, not like I want to take a gun to my head because the entire world has gone to crap and there's not a thing I can do about it.  I want to write things that say, despite the fact that things may be going bad, there is a way you can be happy and that's what life is all about (try and argue that point with me -- on second thought, don't.  I don't want to be responsible for your feelings of sadness because you lost ^_^)

Random tangent alert! I was watching Spider-Man 2 last night and this sort of relates.  Peter Parker spent that whole movie being sad and depressed because he thought he had be be Spider-Man and he had to push Mary Jane away and he had to deal with all these other problems on his own.  None of it really made him happy, even after he threw out the Spider-Man suit and went back to being regular Peter Parker.  In the end though, Mary Jane tells him that he's basically been a punk and that she's always been there for him, even though he acted like he didn't want her help or anything like that.  The ending of the movie when Spider-Man's off swinging away to fight the bad guys is the happiest Peter is in the movie because he realizes that he doesn't have to do it by himself.   It's the sort of thing that makes me stand up and cheer and wonder why the rest of the world doesn't get the message.

Happiness is a City in the State of Mind.

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat

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