June 2010!

June will be here soon! Thank you for the holiday ideas again, they were a HUGE help! Here are some other things going on in June.

It is also:

Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat-Month
Candy Month
National Drive Safe Month (but really, we should all drive safely EVERY month of the year)
Firework Safety Month (June – July 4th)
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (U.S.)
People Skills Month (International)

Anyway! I give you the “eclectic” holidays of June 2010!

1. Celebrate the Moon Day
2. Who’s Your Favorite Crooner Day
3. Make a Balloon Animal Day
4. Sing a Tune Day
5. Chill In A Kiddie Pool Day
6. Watch Something on “The Discovery  Channel” Today
7. Be A Real Man Day (as in the “Old Spice” Commercial)
8. Go Outside and Play Today
9. Act Goofy and Mysterious Today (Johnny Depp’s Birthday – 1963)
10. Learn the Words to “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow” Today (Judy Garland’s Birthday – 1922)
11. Phone Home and/or Snack on Reece’s Pieces Today (the movie, “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial” Premiered – 1982)
12. “Diary Day” – in Observance of Ann Frank’s Birthday (1929)
13. Treat Your Friends to a Barbecue and Picnic Today
14. Flag Day (Anniversary of Adopting the U.S. Flag in 1777)
15. BabyBull and BHM’s 17th Anniversary
16. Take a Day to Chill Out and Treat Yourself
17. Cat Appreciation Day
18. Social Animal’s 21st Birthday
19. Dog Appreciation Day
20. Father’s Day (Give Your Old Man A Tie Day)
21. Have a Cookout Today! (Summer Solstice)
22. Techie Gadget Appreciation Day (Take a Photo and Blog About Your Favorite Techie Gadget)
23. Write a Country Song Today (June Carter-Cash’s Birthday – 1929)
24. Silverneurotic’s Birthday!
25. Busting Out All Over Day (Share what’s “busting out” all over your world.)
26. Go On a Leisurely Bike Ride Today, Weather Permitting (Bicycle Patented in 1819)
27. Sing “Happy Birthday” to Your Confused Pet Today (Mildred J. Hill Composed the “Happy Birthday to You” Melody – 1829)
28. Use Random Quotes from Movies Directed by Mel Brooks Today (Mel Brooks’s Birthday – 1926)
29. Change the TV Channels Manually Today (The Remote Control was Introduced Back in 1964)
30. Pretend You have Super Powers Today, but Be Careful (Superman’s Birthday)

Here’s a photo of me when my family and I went to a historical village. I had a scraped-up knee from an earlier, scampering-related incident, and my haircut (along with my ensemble) made me look a bit like a boy. Oh and, contrary to what it appears like in the photo, I am wearing shorts. The t-shirt was kinda long.

Oopsie Daisy

Time for the Friday5 meme! Have a great weekend, all! There’s a holiday this weekend, so we have Monday off over here. Yay!

In the past month, what was your biggest OOPS?
– I guess finding out that I should’ve been entering some info into the computer, but that was more of an oversight and not just by me.

In the past month, what inspired you to let out your most heartfelt WHEW?
– Getting through the song “Agnus Dei” during our concert and being able to sit down for a spell while our director performed a piano solo.

In the past month, what caused you to say, “HUH?”
– I try not to say that one out loud, but if I do it’s at home, laughing at stupid people featured on “The Soup”.

In the past month, what influenced the most ZZZZZZZZs?
– I think that was last night – I slept pretty hard. I’d like to do that again tonight.

In the past month, what was most GRRRRRRRRR-worthy?
– Oh my. There were a few. There is someone who works in another department who always seems irritated with everyone. Whenever I call her to tell her she has a call, she either asks me 20 questions before she’ll take it or, if I have all the information, she interrupts me and cuts me off to take the call, all while having an attitude.

I did not take this photo, but thought it fit in well with the title!

“Why Don’t I Rent the Movie! Genius!”

I decided to do something yesterday that I’ve never done before. It’s all due to that darn book, “The Pocket Therapist” and that blasted, helpful website “Beyond Blue”. I was reading about ways to meet new people, and one idea was to sign up for a book club. I looked up my local library’s website and found out that there will be a book discussion in June, and that the book that will be discussed will be available to pick up at the library’s circulation desk. I decided to go after work to pick up the book.

Being hot and tired almost made me change my mind, as did the realization that I’d be heading into rush hour traffic on a street currently under construction. It would’ve been so easy to just go straight home and change into shorts and have dinner. I could always go tomorrow, I figured. No, because by then I would really change my mind about it. Let’s go! I did not say any of those thoughts out loud, mind you, and I don’t have multiple personalities, but I guess the grown up me was giving a pep talk to lazy me.

Anyway, the book is “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. I didn’t read what it was about, didn’t want to read anything about it before digging into the book. No distractions, people. I started reading it last night and so far so good. I need to get it all read by mid June. I have a hard time finishing books, so wish me luck! :)

Paul Bettany’s Birthday (Born this Day in 1971)!

It is Paul Bettany’s birthday today! Woot! He was born on this day back in 1971 in Harlesden, London, England. I first noticed him when he played Bill Cox in “Firewall” with Harrison Ford. Then I went back and watched the movie “Wimbledon” where he played alongside Kirsten Dunst and Sam Neill. Of course then I had to see him as Silas in “The Da Vinci Code”.

When I was finally able to see “Ironman” for the first time, the voice of Tony Starks’s computer, “Jarvis”, sounded familiar. Sure enough, the end credits rolled and Paul Bettany’s name appeared. He plays Jarvis in “Ironman 2” as well. What a gig, right?

And then, as if to make me even happier, I found out that he would play the Archangel Michael in the horror flick “Legion”. That movie received some mixed reviews, there were some pretty cheesy lines in it. Nevertheless, it was a horror movie, Paul Bettany was basically the main character trying to save the world, and that was enough to make me happy.

He’s been in a bunch of other movies, including “A Beautiful Mind”. To see more of what he’s done, click here.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bettany!

Paul Bettany - Suited Up

“Summer days driftin’ away, to uh-oh those Summer nights”

– A guy startled me the other day, just as I was turning the corner at work. Surprised, I dodged him with a little one-foot, sideways hop. My friend noticed this, and as I continued my original path, I heard her laugh, which made me laugh. When I returned to the desk she had a grin on her face. I said, “You saw that, didn’t you?”

“I did!” She laughed and continued, “I’ve heard of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, but not ‘Dancing with the Receptionist’!”

– My coworker and I have started a mental list of things we wished we had never heard from our other coworkers. Those topics include certain medical procedures (involving scopes), suggestive phrases like: “Daddy likes!”, “Come in through the back door” and “Get it up!”, certain images, etc. The list goes on. It’s what we call an “active document”. You can always add to it.

– I’m requesting some vacation days for mid June. Just a few days that will run into the weekend, so that technically I’ll have five days off. Requesting days off in this new position might get tricky, since we have to make sure there’s enough coverage for the phones while I’m gone. But I have to use my days, I’ve got a little under 20 vacation days to burn off before the end of the year.

– Yesterday while I was on the phone with another coworker from another department, he asked me to look something up on the computer. While I was checking on his info, he asked, “Has anyone told you today that you’re awesome?” I said, “Um, no, actually, they haven’t!” So he told me that I was awesome and then I said he needed to call me at 2:45 each day to say that to me again. He said he’d mark it on his calendar.

– Since it is Summer-hot this week, I decided to wear shorts on my walk after work and show off my pasty-white (“ivory bisque”) legs. Turns out 99% of the people who were walking or jogging on the same path had not soaked up the rays recently either, so I didn’t feel self-conscious.

– I watched “Justified” last night, knowing there will only be a few more episodes until the end of the season. Part of me thought I should really get some sleep, but then I ate a bit of candy and was revived enough to watch the show. I was recording it anyway, but it was a great episode. In the first episode of the season, the main character, Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant), is talking to his ex-wife. She says that, even though he may hide his temper from most people, he’s the angriest man she knows. His character does remain mellow and calm during most of the episodes, but I think the audience, myself included, waits for that anger to flare up towards the crooks and murderers he’s trying to stop. He does not disappoint us! It’s a great show. Season 2 will not be here fast enough.

Ideas for June!

Hey everyone! June is coming up soon, can you believe it? May seemed like a long month for some reason. Anyway, I welcome any eclectic holiday ideas you may have stored in those fantastic brains! Birthdays, anniversaries, crazy days, etc. Thank you! :)

Here is an old, blurry photo of my late cat, Claudia with my current roomie Skittles. They were about to start wrestling on the bed. Scandalous.

Claudia and Skittles - Smackdown